NOTEWORTHY

THURSDAY, JAN. 19:

• Maine Commissioner of Labor in Chats with Champions Series, 10 a.m. at Skidompha Library. Laura Fortman, commissioner of Maine Department of Labor, will present an illustrated talk about looking toward the future of Maine’s labor force.  Fortman will speak about current trends in Maine’s labor market, innovative hiring practices, and what the Department of Labor is seeing and doing within the world of work. Chats with Champions is a free community offering from the library, which is at 184 Main Street in Damariscotta.

• Climate Change and the Maine Ski Industry with Elizabeth Burakowski, on Zoom from 6 to 7 p.m. Mid-Coast Audubon’s series of nature talks in partnership with the Camden Public Library continues with an online program where Burakowski explores the effects of a changing climate on the ski industry and the outlook for winter in the United States. Go to the library’s website for details.

SATURDAY, JAN. 21:

• The Big Rockland Chill, a new outdoor winter festival hosted by the Strand Theatre and taking place in the Oak Street alley in downtown Rockland, along with screenings inside the theater. The event starts at 1 p.m., with outdoor activities wrapping up at 5 p.m. and theater screenings continuing into the evening. All activities are free of charge. Outdoor events in the alley are appropriate for all ages and may include everything from a bonfire to a Pet Parade, to a steel pan performance by Planet Pan and a Yeti Disco Party. In the theater, free screenings start at 1 p.m. with an encore presentation of Rockland: A Maritime Heritage. From 2 to 5 p.m., a series of family-friendly winter-themed short films will be offered. Evening screenings will include a family-friendly movie at 6 p.m. and a movie for adult audiences at 8 p.m. The Big Rockland Chill is part of a year-long series of events presented by the theater’s board and staff to celebrate the Strand’s 100th year in business on Rockland’s Main Street, as well as its 10th anniversary as a nonprofit. Visit the Strand’s website for the full schedule and event updates.

SUNDAY, JAN. 22:

• Living History Presentation at Hope Library, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Hank Lunn, historian and retired teacher, will introduce attendees to Abiel Briggs, a young farmer living in Massachusetts in 1775 on the eve of the American Revolution. The presentation is made in period costume, with equipment and maps of Briggs’ route across Maine to Quebec. Lunn is a descendant of Briggs.

TUESDAY, JAN. 24:

• Wildlife Photos from Maine and Around the World, a noon webinar hosted by Merryspring Nature Center of Camden. Merryspring volunteer Carla Skinder will show photos of wildlife from land, sea and air taken in familiar Maine as well as at exotic locales around the world. To accompany the photos, she will share colorful stories about how she got the shots and speak about her photography methods. This program is part of the Winter Online Talk series at Merryspring. Access to a computer or smart device is required to attend. Email info@merryspring.org to register. Zoom links are sent on the morning of each program. Attendance is free for all.

COMING UP:

• Coastal Rivers Hosts Online Talk on Beavers, Wednesday, January 25, at 4 p.m. Ben Goldfarb, author of the award-winning book Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter, will discuss the history of this world-changing species and reveal how the modern conception of a healthy ecosystem has been distorted by the fur trade that once eliminated millions of beavers from North America’s waterways. He will share how beavers can help fight drought, flooding, wildfire, and climate change and will explore how people can coexist with this challenging but vital rodent. This program is free of charge. Registration is required at coastalrivers.org. A link will be sent to participants after registration.

MUSIC

THURSDAY, JAN.19:

• Abigail Nash Concert at Rockland Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Nash will perform a selection of classical melodies on the violin, mixed in with some lively fiddle numbers. Nash is a longtime faculty member at Midcoast Music Academy and is an active Teaching Artist through the Maine Arts Commission. This event will take place in the library’s Reading Room.

• Indie Folk-Rocker Becca Biggs and Band in Belfast, at the Underground Lounge, in the basement of the Belfast Maskers Theatre at 17 Court Street. Biggs has been making music in the midcoast for a half-dozen years, first as a member of homesteader trio Sugarbush and most recently with her solo album Genie, released this past spring. Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10, cash only, at the door.

SATURDAY, JAN. 21:

• Sweet Chariot Music Festival Sampler, from 7 to 10 p.m. Rockport Opera House presents a winter concert that brings the weeklong summer festival to the stage for one night. With musical talent from New England and beyond delivering seafaring shanties and a musical variety show format. Guests include Daisy Nell and Capt. Stan Collision; Bennett Konesni; Dillon Bustin; John and Rachel Nicholas; David Dodson; Annegret Baier; Doug Day; Eric Kilburn; Lisa Redfern; Ritt Henn and Beth Falcone; Will Brown; and special guests. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at rockportoperahouse.org or at the door. FMI: 542-0836.

SUNDAY, JAN. 22:

• Music for a New Year by VoXX: Voice of Twenty, 3 p.m. at Phippsburg Congregational Church, 10 Church Lane in Phippsburg. The auditioned midcoast a cappella vocal ensemble’s program “centers around music of consolation and joy as we emerge from the worst of a worldwide pandemic and welcome the lengthening days and the return of the sun.” A wide range of composers and genres offer variations on these themes. Tickets are $20, cash or check, at the door. Learn more at voiceoftwenty.com.

TUESDAY, JAN. 24:

• Met Opera Encore: Fedora, 1 p.m. Captured at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera and screened at downtown Rockland’s Strand Theatre. Umberto Giordano’s drama is spiked with “memorable melodies, showstopping arias, and explosive confrontations” and stars soprano Sonya Yoncheva singing the role of the 19th-century Russian princess who falls in love with her fiancé’s murderer, Count Loris, sung by tenor Piotr Beczała. Run time is 2 hours 45 minutes. $23 adults, $15 Strand members, $5 students 18 and under and college students with ID. FMI: 594-0070, RocklandStrand.com.

COMING UP:

• Mike Farris at Strand Theatre, Friday, January 27, at 7:30 p.m. The Grammy-winning Nashville roots-rocker brings his soulful voice and powerful guitar to downtown Rockland. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show. For more information, visit rocklandstrand.com or call 594-0070.

• John and Rachel Nicholas Launch the Good Trouble Project, Saturday, January 28, at 7 p.m. at Rockland UU Church, 345 Broadway, featuring Boston’s Dean Stevens, the Nicholases, and guests David Dodson and Lisa Redfern. The goal of the GTP is to produce several concerts a year and donate a percentage of the proceeds toward various organizations. The GTP’s first recipient will be John and Lillian Miles Lewis Foundation, to honor the legacy of Congressman Lewis and his wife, Lillian. Doors open at 6:30. There is parking behind the church. In case of inclement weather, the show will be held on Saturday, February 4. Tickets are $15. Call 508-314-1506 for information or to reserve seats.

FILM

SATURDAY, JAN. 21:

• Encore Screening of Rockland: A Maritime Heritage, a new documentary from filmmaker Dale Schierholt, at downtown Rockland’s Strand Theatre at 1 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. The film was cowritten with local author John Bird based on his book Rockland, Maine: Rise and Renewal. The film chronicles the history of the city of Rockland from its settlement as a part of Thomaston to the city it is today, by tracing the ebbs and flows of its evolution through its ties to the sea. Joining Schierholt and Bird on the production was local video historian Wayne Gray. Joseph Coté narrates the film and Mary Alice Bird contributes readings of Rockland poets.

ARTS

SUNDAY, JAN. 22:

• Painting Workshop: Abstraction and the Landscape, 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Camden Public Library. Students will reflect on the use of abstraction as a response to landscape and create their own abstract landscape works. Artists to be explored include Andrew Wyeth, Vincent Van Gogh, Joan Mitchell, and John Walker. Led by local artist Karen Jelenfy. Advance registration and a $10 materials fee are required. For more information and to sign up, visit librarycamden.org.

MONDAY, JAN. 23:

• Camden Public Library’s Monday Morning Book Club, meets 10 to 11 a.m. in person at the library and over Zoom. For the month of January, the group will be reading and discussing Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty. New members are welcome. To receive the Zoom link, email jsagaser@librarycamden.org.

HOME & GARDEN

SATURDAY, JAN. 21:

• Belfast Community Works Repair Café, 9 a.m. to noon at Waldo County YMCA, 157 Lincolnville Avenue in Belfast. Bring fibers that need fixing or small electrical appliances that need repair. They have some common parts available at cost, but bring replacement parts if you have them. Basic bike repair and maintenance are also offered. This is a free event, designed to help people build community, save money and keep things out of the landfill. All are welcome.

TUESDAY, JAN. 24:

• Belfast Garden Club Evening Lecture Series on Zoom, 6:30 p.m. Catherine Schmitt, environmental scientist from the Schoodic Institute, gives a program on the Landscape of Change project on Mount Desert Island. Back in the 1880s, a group of Harvard students, known as the Champlain Society, sparked conservation efforts that eventually led to the formation of Acadia National Park. Schmitt will describe how the Landscape of Change project uses the Champlain Society logbooks as a baseline to measure the effects of climate change. To register for the Zoom link, go to belfastlibrary.org. The lecture series is cosponsored by the All of Belfast Climate Dialogues, a project of the Belfast Free Library.

FOOD & DRINK

SATURDAY, JAN. 21:

• Annual Souper Supper & Cake Auction with Rosey Gerry, 5 to 7 p.m. at Appleton Village School to benefit Appleton Library. Supper price is $10 for ages 13 and older, $5 ages 12 and under, with a family cap of $30. For more info, contact Jess Pearson at 785-5656 or appletonlibraryme@gmail.com.

KIDS & PARENTS

THURSDAY, JAN.19:

• Aquatots: Marine Science for Mini Biologists, at Herring Gut Coastal Science Center, 59 Factory Road in Port Clyde. One-hour sessions of science, movement and art for ages 3 to 5, with sessions from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursdays: January 19, octopuses; February 23, horseshoe crabs; March 16, fish; April 20, lobsters; May 25, oysters, clams and mussels; and June 22, moon snails. $10 per family. Register at herringgut.org.

MONDAY, JAN. 23

• Free Workshop Series for Young Families, to be held at Belfast Free Library in the Abbott Room from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. on Mondays, January 23, 30 and February 6. “Rhythm, Breath and Lullaby” will be led by Maddie Chilton, a board-certified music therapist and childbirth doula. She will guide participants in using sound to calm, soothe and bond with baby. Participants will have an opportunity to create their own lullabies. For more information, contact Stephanie Holman, Children’s Services librarian, at 338-3884, ext. 26, or sholman@belfastlibrary.org.

TUESDAY, JAN. 24

• S.E.A. Grantee Presentations and Celebrations, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Camden Public Library. Teachers who received grants from local organization S.E.A. (Stewardship Education Alliance) will present their projects in the Picker Room at the library, with time for celebration and chatting afterward. Anyone who is interested in learning more about S.E.A. and the projects of local teachers who have received S.E.A. grants is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served. Learn more about S.E.A. at stewardshipeducationalliance.org.

MISCELLANEOUS

• Winter Physical Activity Challenge, a seven-week event open to local businesses, organizations, schools and individuals. Participants are challenged to be physically active for at least 30 minutes, four times a week, or an equivalent amount of time in order to reach the symbolic goal of traveling across the state of Maine. The challenge runs from January 16 to March 5. This program is free of charge and all are welcome to participate. Registration is required and can be done online at bit.ly/mushing-2023. The deadline to register is Friday, January 20. For more information, email LCHWOWCouncil@mainehealth.org or call LincolnHealth Education at 563-4540.

THURSDAY, JAN. 19:

• Belfast Senior College Winter Courses Begin, welcoming students 50 and older, with 12 courses ranging from photography, watercoloring and making a glass mosaic to play reading, tabletop travel, contract bridge and “Getting to Know your iPhone.” To become a Senior College member and register for courses, go to belfastseniorcollege.org.

• Resting into the New Year Phase 3: Rise, 6 p.m. on Zoom. Join local wellness instructor Hester Kohl Brooks for the third part of a three-part online Yoga Nidra series. Lie down in the comfort of your home to experience the Daring to Rest Yoga Nidra method. In this phase (Rise), you’ll tend to “life purpose exhaustion.” For more information and details on how to register, visit librarycamden.org.

SATURDAY, JAN. 21:

• Wildlife Tracking Walk and Workshop, 10 a.m. at Merryspring Nature Center, in Camden, at 10 a.m., led by Kirk Gentalen of Maine Coast Heritage Trust. Deer, coyote, fox, raccoon, and fisher tracks are all possibilities when Merryspring is under a blanket of snow. Gentalen will also instruct how to look for clues to the presence of owls. Guests should meet in front of the Merryspring Ross Center. No registration is necessary. Participants should dress in layers and wear appropriate boots for walking off trail in deep snow. A limited supply of snowshoes may be available. Binoculars and cameras are encouraged. All children should be accompanied by an adult.