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Happenings are a little sparse this week, but I have a couple of things to share:

Cyanotype printing workshop

So, your first reaction to that heading may be, “What the heck is a cyanotype??” A cyanotype is a very beautiful process using blue paper that reacts to sunlight and water. One can make very interesting images using natural shapes and materials. You can learn and experiment with this technique on Sunday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to noon at Sears Island, a perfect place to collect some unique natural items!

Artist Sandi Cirrillo and Ashley Megquier will host the workshop for adults and kids 12 years and up and show you how this works so you can come home with an impressive image. There is a $10 per person fee for materials and you must preregister at outreach@friendsofsearsisland.org. Time to learn something new!

Five Animal Qigong

Carver Memorial Library invites everyone to participate in Five Animal Qigong, a movement series similar to tai chi. This series is a fun and friendly introduction to Turtle, Snake, Crane, Tiger, and Dragon, led by Dean Anderson. All ages are welcome, children to seniors. The series is held on the back library lawn (canceled if it’s raining), on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. If there is enough interest, sessions will continue into October and beyond. Donations are appreciated but the library encourages everyone who would like to attend. Thanks to funds from a federal pandemic relief grant, the library is able to fund the first few months of the series as a pilot program. Qigong offers gentle movement, stress relief, and a bit of social contact while out in the fresh air.

The Five Animal Qigong Form is a traditional Qigong form used throughout China with regional variations; this is the Wudang Mountain form. The animals come from Chinese legends and observations of animals in the wild, Turtle, Crane, Snake, Tiger, and Dragon. Dean learned the form from Master Zhong Xue Chao when he visited our area. Dean has been practicing Taiji and Qigong for 14 years and hopes to continue for the rest of his life. They have a weekly drop-in class on Saturday in Belfast and Dean co-teaches a class on Tuesday and Friday mornings in Stockton Springs.

For more information, call the library at 548-2303, go to carverlibrary.org or visit in person at 12 Union St. in Searsport.

Prepare to fling!

Don’t forget that Searsport’s Fling Into Fall is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 8, and Saturday, Oct. 9. Pumpkin carving and festive scarecrows are back as well as the parade and fireworks. I will have a more complete list in a couple of weeks. If you have questions about your group participating in some way, get in touch with the events committee with Sandra Otis Anderson at 548-6530.