Stockton Springs Community Library

Tai Chi class is now on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and still meets at the Town Office, lower level.

A universe of stories will start on Tuesday, July 2, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and continue every Tuesday in July. They will have stories, snacks and activities for children ages 3 to 12. Please call the library for any questions at 567 4147.

Also, if you are interested in being a vendor at the community yard sale, The Great Event, on Sept. 7, please contact the library to get your space.

Town Office

Please save the date for the Stockton Springs Ambulance Service’s fifth annual Run for Your Life 5k & 12k road race, which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21, beginning at 9 a.m.

Raffle tickets are available at the Town Office for a beautiful handmade afghan donated by Judy Wing. All proceeds directly benefit the Stockton Springs Ambulance Service. It is hanging in the Town Office for anyone who would like to check it out in person.

Recycling dates for July will be Thursdays, July 11 and July 25.

Harbor Days are scheduled for the weekend of July 26-27.

Stockton Springs Historical Society

The July meeting will not be until the second Sunday, July 14, at 1:30 p.m., because of Fourth of July weekend.

Coastal Mountains Land Trust

The Coastal Mountains Land Trust has had its initial closing on the Mt. Tuck property, with further progress over the next 18 months. At the Volunteer Appreciation dinner, I saw a drone video of Mt. Tuck and with the addition of trails, it will be a spectacular place to hike. On Tuesday, July 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the Land Trust will host an open house at the Stockton Yacht Club for more information on its plans. An additional date is planned for August as well.

Penobscot Marine Museum

On Thursday, July 11, Penobscot Marine Museum celebrates beloved children’s book author E. B. White’s birthday with fun for all ages. Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. the museum will hold a family-friendly birthday party, and between 6 and 8:30 p.m., a cocktail party for the author’s adult fans.

The museum will hold an exhibit reception on Sunday, July 14, between 5 and 7 p.m. for Susan Tobey White’s "Lobstering Women of Maine." The reception is free, and will be held at the museum’s Old Town Hall located at 7 Church St. in Searsport. Along with the artist, many of the women portrayed in these paintings are planning on attending the reception.

In conjunction with the exhibit, White will also be teaching an acrylic painting workshop using photos from the museum’s collection as inspiration on Saturday, July 27. The cost of this one-day workshop is $125 or $115 for museum members, and will be held on the museum’s campus. Preregistration is required by July 19. For more information on the reception, call 207-548-2529. To register for the workshop, please call 207-548-2529, ext. 213, or email jganskop@pmm-maine.org.

Yankee Clipper

The Yankee Clipper is now in the water and hopefully will start its summer schedule of sightseeing trips.

As usual, the June weather continues to confound us with a sunny day followed by rain and foggy days, so there is slow growth in our gardens. The other day coming back from my garden, there was a tall blue heron standing on the road near the fire pond for our community. The mosquitoes have been terrible with standing water in ditches and odd places everywhere. The rosa rugosa are blooming and combined with the spicy lilacs leave a gorgeous scent in the air when you walk by them.

The big catamaran is in the harbor directly opposite my place, while other sailboats await the installation of their masts. There are lots of events planned this summer down at the Stockton Harbor Yacht Club, so please consider joining. One of the best events they have, in my opinion, is the band LC Williams and the Driver Blues Band, which is on July 27. Still with sapphire blue skies above and plenty of stars out at night, please get out and enjoy as these days are what we have been waiting for.

Thought for the week: "The sky is part of creation in which nature has done for the sake of pleasing man." — John Ruskin