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Community briefs Feb. 18

Feb 18, 2021

Meditation retreat offered via Zoom Feb. 21

ROCKLAND — On Sunday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. to noon, Rachel Nixon will lead a half-day meditation retreat, hosted by The Dancing Elephant. The morning will be a blend of guided practice, silence, loving-kindness meditation, walking meditation deep listening and mindful movement. The program is open to the community by donation. No previous meditation experience is required. Registration is required to receive Zoom link.

Nixon has been exploring Buddhist teachings since 1999. She has been trained as a meditation instructor and a K-12 mindful schools educator.

All Dancing Elephant programs are donation-based and available for all levels. For more information and to register, visit or contact Rachel at or 594-1694.

Vose Library to offer Armchair Adventure topic on New Zealand Feb. 24

UNION — Vose Library announced their weekly "Zoom with Vose Wednesdays at 6 p.m." program for Feb. 24: Armchair Adventure to New Zealand with Tim and Laurie Warden.

Join Vose Library Trustee Laurie Warden and her husband, Tim, as they talk about their trip to New Zealand in February and March 2020. The Wardens traveled throughout both the north and south islands in a camper van, and found many roads less travelled.

Email before 3 p.m. Feb. 24 to request an email invitation and password to attend this program.

Vose Library is located at 392 Common Road, and is offering curbside pick-up services with appointment-only, in-person visits starting Feb. 23.

For more information, call 785-4733.

Free virtual session on My Cart, My Plate program Feb. 24

VIRTUAL — Join this informative Zoom lunchtime presentation Wednesday, Feb. 24, from noon to 12:30 p.m., to learn tips and tricks to help set up grocery shopping success.

My Cart, My Plate is free; pre-registration is required to obtain virtual access. Visit or call 301-3950 to register.

Virtual talk on stress reduction from the Rockland Public Library Feb. 25

ROCKLAND — The Rockland Public Library presents an interactive event on methods for curtailing stress, Thursday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. on Zoom. This event is free and open to all.

Join librarians Jessie Blanchard and Patty King for a talk about stress reduction Thursday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. They will present tips and techniques including mindfulness, movement and self-care. They will also share resources that can serve as a stress reduction toolkit. This event is intended for adults and young adults.

For a link to the Zoom event, email by 1:30 p.m. Feb. 25 and identify the desired event to attend in the subject line.

Rockland Partners Launch a Community Conversation

Rockland Public Library to host talk on community conversations Feb. 24

ROCKLAND — On Wednesday, Feb. 24, join for a free online Community Conversation centered around the question of how Rockland residents can continue to make Rockland a welcoming place for everyone.

A Community Conversation is where community members of all backgrounds and views come together to discuss a topic or issue of public life in a way that creates constructive conversation, often across differences. Participants listen to each perspective, build relationships and generate ideas for possible action.

Volunteer facilitators are needed. As a facilitator, interested persons will be paired with a notetaker in a breakout room of around 10 conversation participants to guide the group through discussion questions around the themes of inclusion, creating community and working together.

In preparation for the Community Conversation, facilitators will receive training by the Maine Development Foundation on basic facilitation principles and skills, and what to expect Feb. 24. The facilitator training will take place Monday, Feb. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m.

It will be recorded and available to view for those who would like to facilitate but cannot attend at that time. Mayor Ed Glaser will be emceeing the event. Registration is required.

Register via Eventbrite at

For more info, contact David Gogel at or 593-6095.

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