Read on for a list of local events in the Knox and Waldo Counties. Submit your events to: news@villagesoup.com.

NOTEWORTHY

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17:

• A Program about Funny Programs: The Greatest Sitcoms of All Time, 6:30 p.m. via Zoom at Cushing Public Library. Historian Marty Gitlin gives an affectionate ranking of the diverse world of TV situation comedies, including I Love Lucy, Mary Tyler Moore, All in the Family, Cheers, Andy Griffith, Seinfeld, The Big Bang Theory and others. It will include snippets of familiar shows as well as a historical survey of the genre. He will describe how sitcoms have evolved over the decades and impart trivia and other information. To register for the free program, call Wendy Roberts at 691-0833 or email wrobertsmaine63@gmail.com.

• Guided Photographic Tour of Rockport, 6:30 p.m. at Rockport Public Library. Kevin Johnson, photo archivist for the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, will show Rockport photographs from the vast photography archives of the Penobscot Marine Museum and talk about the town’s nautical history. This talk is free and open to all.

• Bird Expert to Speak in Rockland, 5 to 7 p.m. at Project Puffin Visitor Center, 311 Main Street. Project Puffin continues its summer Wednesday Night Lecture series with a presentation by Stephen W. Kress, founder of Project Puffin and author of the recently published second edition of The Audubon Society Guide to Attracting Birds and many other books on creating bird habitat. He will discuss the parallels between establishing island seabird populations and backyard bird habitat – which is often an island among sterile landscapes of neighboring properties. His talk will emphasize inter-relationships between wild birds and native plants that offer vital food, shelter and nesting habitats. Owners of properties of all sizes can attract more birds and a greater variety of birds by planting vegetation in a manner that mimics natural plant communities. The presentation discusses how native plants attract birds with sweet fruits in the summer, fatty foods just in time for migration and fruits high in carbohydrates over the winter. Free; call to reserve your seat: 596-5566.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18:

UPDATED: This event has been postponed to Thursday, Aug. 25, 4 p.m. Tess Gerritsen at Owls Head Village Library’s August Garden Gathering, 4 p.m. The author is the featured speaker in the series. Bring a chair or blanket. Refreshments will be served. Free, donations accepted. Inclement weather date is a week later. RSVPs are encouraged to owlsheadvillagelibrary@gmail.com.

• Second Annual Bark + Brew in the Barn, hosted by Pope Memorial Humane Society at Harmony Hill Farm (1140 North Pond Road, Warren). Tickets are $35 per person or $60 for a couple and include one beer or wine, complimentary popcorn, and a chance at door prizes announced throughout the night. Additional beverages are available by donation, and food from several vendors will be for sale. With games and the music stylings of DJ SweeT. The evening’s proceeds go directly to the Pope Memorial Humane Society Sherman Medical Fund. Tickets can be purchased online at bit.ly/PMHSbarkbrew. Organizers expect a sell-out, meaning tickets will not be available for purchase at the door.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19:

• Free Tours of Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s Aldermere Farm, in Rockport, are offered at 10 a.m. Fridays on August 19 and 26. They will also be offered at 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays on September 7, 14, 21, and 28. Tours start at the farmhouse, 20 Russell Avenue, and are led by volunteer docents who will share the history of the 200-year-old saltwater farm. Meet Aldermere’s iconic belted Galloway herd and the 4-H Club that works with them. Admission is free. Donations are accepted. Registration is required. Learn more at aldermere.org or by calling 236-2739.

• Discover Belfast History Walking Tours, 10 a.m. Fridays in August. Join Megan Pinette, Belfast historian, for a one-hour walk up Main Street with commentary about the history of Belfast, people and events and a look at historic architecture. It starts at the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce at 14 Main Street. Cost is a $10 donation for support of the Belfast Historical Society, cash or check only.

• Free Historic Walking Tours of Camden, at 4 p.m. Fridays in summer. Meet in the Camden Public Library’s Children’s Garden for a stroll to explore several historic sites in downtown Camden, including the Camden Public Library grounds and Amphitheatre. Learn about the town’s people, places, and industries. The tour ends at the Village Green. Free. Donations accepted to benefit the library. For all ages.

• Belfast Harbor Fest and Classic Boat Show at Steamboat Landing, this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Events include Friday’s Evening by the Bay, with Belfast Mayor Eric Sanders leading a live auction, plus a silent auction, music by duo Jonesville, and finger food at the new 15 Front Street. Tickets are $20 at belfastharborfest.com, or $25 at the door, and benefit the Waldo County Technical Center student fund. Saturday’s events include a 5K run, pancake breakfast, Boat Building Challenge, bands, food, and children’s activities. Sunday features the Cardboard Boat Race and Habitat for Humanity Lobster Gala. The full schedule is at BefastHarborFest.com.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20:

• Ninth Annual Pie & Art Festival at Stockton Springs Community Library, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The library fundraiser offers a variety of homemade pies and a range of fine art pieces from Maine artists Judy Belasco, Sarah Faragher, Allegra Kubas, William Landmesser, Scott Moore, Betty Schopmeyer, Dawn Staples-Knox, Anne Spencer, Jo Swift, Peter Walls, and Anne Marie Welsh. Also on exhibit through August 20 in an Art in the Stacks show are paintings by Stockton Springs resident Mark Quigley.

• Blacksmithing, Militia Training, and More at the Camden-Rockport Historical Society, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Troops at Camden, a Maine living history group interpreting the period 1779-1814, will be encamped on the grounds of the 1770s Thorndike Homestead in Camden. This free, family-friendly event is an opportunity for the public to learn what life was like in midcoast Maine during the Revolutionary War period and in the years that followed. This event is part of a series of encampments taking place monthly, through October. Children will have an opportunity to take part in a mock “basic training for new soldiers,” based on Von Steuben’s Revolutionary War manual. Upon completion of their instruction, the new recruits will receive enlistment papers, which they can sign using a quill and ink. The sessions last 20-30 minutes, and will be offered at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. The historic Thorndike house will also be open to the public. Visitors can learn about 18th-century daily living through demonstrations and participatory activities. For more information, contact the Camden-Rockport Historical Society at CRHSME@myfairpoint.net or go to Facebook.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21:

• Robinson Homestead Open House, 945 River Road in St. George, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event coincides with the annual Gilchrist-Robinson Reunion, held at the St. George Grange Hall at Wileys Corner. The historically significant Homestead, built in 1805, is owned by the St. George Historical Society. Vintage board games found on the premises will be featured. Brief tours will also be offered at the nearby North Parish Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., with a focus on the Robinson family gravesites. Meet at the Wileys Corner Church to join the tour. This is a family-friendly event. Donations will be accepted.

• John Bird to Tell Tales in Spruce Head, 3 p.m., at Spruce Head Community Hall. Rockland native John Bird will regale his audience with well-known (and little-known) stories of the history of Rockland, once famed as Lime City. Born in this historic hub of the lime and granite industries, and a graduate of Bowdoin College, Bird returned to the midcoast in 1990 after a career in independent education. Since then, he has spent endless hours documenting Rockland’s history and has written two books: Rockland, Maine’s Tidal Turn and Rockland, Maine: Rise and Renewal. Refreshments will be served. The Spruce Head Community Hall is on Village Road in downtown Spruce Head. For more information, call 594-8028.

MONDAY, AUGUST 22:

• Open House Birthday Party for Captain Jim Sharp, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sail, Power & Steam Museum, 75 Mechanic Street in Rockland. The museum’s founder is feted as he turns 89 with a public party on a day the museum is normally closed. He will be on hand to regale visitors with stories, share a piece of birthday cake and smile when birthday wishes are shared on cards to sign at the museum. While admission will be free, visitors are welcome to offer a donation to the nonprofit museum in honor of Sharp. The Sail, Power & Steam Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to celebrate, honor, experience, and share this area’s maritime heritage.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 23:

• Author Talk with Paul Doiron, 6:30 p.m., on the lawn at Thomaston Public Library. In the event of rain, it will move indoors to the gym. Cushing Public Library and Thomaston Public Library welcome the local, award-winning author who will read from Hatchet Island, his latest book in the best-selling crime series featuring game warden Mike Bowditch. This program is free and open to all ages. For more information, contact Thomaston Public Library at 354-2453 or library@thomastonmaine.gov or Cushing Public Library at 354-8860.

MUSIC

TUESDAY, AUGUST 16:

• Salt Bay Chamberfest 2022 Season Continues, this Tuesday, August 16, with Festival Concert 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Damariscotta’s Lincoln Theater (with a 6:30 p.m. pre-concert talk); Wednesday, August 17, Piano Puzzlers at 5 p.m. at The 1812 Farm; Thursday, August 18, Thursday @ Noon with Jennifer Koh at noon at Rockland’s Strand Theatre; Friday, August 19, Master Class at 1 p.m. at Lincoln Theater and Festival Concert 4 at 7:30 p.m., also at Lincoln Theater (with a 6:30 p.m. pre-concert talk); and wrapping up on Saturday, August 20, with a Family Concert at 10:30 a.m. at Lincoln Theater. Details are at saltbaychamberfest.org.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17:

• Julia Lane to Play in Round Pond, 7:30 p.m. at the Little Brown Church on Route 32. The singer, songwriter and Celtic harper will play a solo show with admission by donation ($15 suggested) and proceeds going toward maintenance of the Little Brown Church. For more information, call 529-5438, email castlebay@castlebay.net or visit castlebay.net.

• Summer Music Series at St. Paul’s Union Chapel, Waldoboro, at 6:30 p.m. The Resonance Residence will perform an improvised program that draws on world music, folk music, avant-garde classical composition and jazz. The Resonance Residence is a trio collaboration of vocalist Andrea Goodman, trumpeter Mark Tipton and flutist Carl Dimow.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18:

• Belfast Summer Nights: The Right Track, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the free series on Thursdays at Steamboat Landing Park, Belfast. A 10-piece R&B band with guitars, horns, keys, drums, singers, and dancers. Opening is Michael Cressey, singer-songwriter. Free admission; hat passed for donations. No dogs in the lower concert area. Bring a picnic, chairs, and dancing shoes. Go to Facebook for details or call 322-7123.

• MaMuse in Concert, 7 p.m. at Waldo Theatre, 916 Main Street in Waldoboro. MaMuse is the folk and gospel-inspired duo of Sarah Nutting and Karisha Longaker, who come to The Waldo from Sebastopol, California, and play varied acoustic instruments including upright bass, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, and flute. The show will be opened by the Camden Hills Regional High School a cappella group Fortissima, an extra-curricular student-led ensemble. Concessions, including beer and wine, will be available. Tickets are $20 in advance online and $25 at the door. Visit  waldotheatre.org for more information and to learn more about The Waldo’s ongoing mission to connect its community with the arts.

• DaPonte String Quartet Concerts This Week, featuring Thompson’s “Alleluia,” Beethoven’s Quartet in C minor, Op. 18, no. 4, and Schubert’s Quartet in A minor, “Rosamunde,” with guest Alexander Romanul, violin: this Thursday, August 18, at 7:30 p.m. at Robinhood Free Meetinghouse, Georgetown; and Saturday, August 20, at 7:30 p.m. at Ocean View Grange in Tenants Harbor. Details are at dapontequartet.org.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20:

• The Hot Suppers in Searsmont, 4 p.m. on the lawn of Searsmont Community Center in the Live Outside the Library concert series. Bring a camp chair and a hat. The concert will be moved into the Community Hall in the event of inclement weather. The Hot Suppers are composed of Waldo County musicians who meld original music with their favorite rock, blues, old country, and Americana tunes: singer Annadeene Fowler, Russ and Travis Lloyd on guitars, Tom Fowler on mandolin and baritone sax, Jeff Densmore on an assortment of percussion, Sean Ociepka on bass, and John Pranio on fiddle and harmonica. The concert is free to the public.

• Lake Trio in Northport, 7:30 p.m. at Bayside Community Hall, 813 Shore Road. A program of works by classical composers including Brahms, Beethoven, and Rachmaninoff in the Bayside Community Hall. The trio is comprised of members Philipp Elssner, violin; Ben Maxwell, cello; and Jacob Wang, piano. They met at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Elssner is a longtime Baysider. The trio is making its Maine debut before traveling to Canada to perform in Montreal. The concert is free to the public.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21:

• Camden Summer Sounds: CountryGrass, 4 p.m. at Camden Snow Bowl, 20 Barnestown Road in Camden. The free Sundays-in-August concert series continues with Breakin’ Strings, preceded by Travis James Humphrey. BYO picnics and lawn seating. Rain location is Camden Opera House (decision made 5 p.m. day before). FMI: camdenoperahouse.com.

• Happenings on the Harbor: Righteous Women Who Rock! Music Fest, 4 to 8 p.m. at Rockport Harbor. Music by The Milk & Honey Rebellion, Random Ideas and Lovewhip. Music starts at 5:00. Food trucks open at 4:00. Free and open to the public. Donations accepted. FMI: 691-7388.

FILM

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17:

• The Race to Alaska, at downtown Belfast’s Colonial Theatre. Held annually since 2015, this race is 750 miles between Port Townsend, Washington, and Ketchikan, Alaska, with all boat entries powered by sail or oarspersons only. Belfast’s Leigh Dorsey and her sister Claire completed the 2022 race last month, becoming the first female muscle-powered team to do so as part of their racing group named “Don’t Tell Mamma.” Leigh Dorsey, along with the sisters’ custom rowing boat, Mursu, will be in attendance in the Colonial’s Dreamland auditorium to give a talk about her race to Alaska between the two showings, which are set to begin at 4 p.m. and at 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18:

• Film Screening from POV by PBS, Rockland Public Library presents a free, public screening of Manzanar, Diverted When Water Becomes Dust by Ann Kaneko and Jin Yoo-Kim, at 6 p.m. with the option to attend at the library or via Zoom. In the film, three communities intersect, sharing histories of forced removal – Japanese Americans who were incarcerated at the Manzanar WWII concentration camp, Native Americans who were forced from their lands, and ranchers-turned-environmentalists, who were bought out by the LA Department of Water and Power. How do they come together in the present moment to defend their land and water from Los Angeles? For more information or for the Zoom links, email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov by 4 p.m. on August 18 and identify the event in the subject line.

ARTS

• “Therapeutic Play” at Belfast Free Library in August, an exhibit of varnished watercolors by Kelly Derosiers will be on display in the library’s ground-floor Kramer Gallery throughout the month. Derosiers, a former teacher of both art and science, explores the connections between the disciplines in the works.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 16:

• Friends of the Rockland Public Library Annual Meeting, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Community Room of the library. New officers for the board will be elected. Open to the public; refreshments will be served.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17:

• Local Authors Night at Stockton Springs Community Library, at 6:30 p.m. The three local authors, from Maine Authors Publishing and Cooperative, are William Anthony, Hans Krichels and Janet Williams. Anthony’s book, Farnsy, is a novel featuring William Phineas Farnsworth, a young police officer on the Maine coast. He loves police work, but his relationship with Lucy is off again, and with his 35th birthday looming, he feels trapped in a life as predictable as the tides – until some Necco wafers appear mysteriously in summer cottages on nearby lakes. Krichels’s recent book, We Have Met the Enemy, is a collection of essays, screeds, and story-poems all based on observations and happenings during the days of the pandemic in the author’s town. Williams’s recent book, Maxx and Mrs. Queen, is an animal rescue story about Maxx, Harry, Greta, Tootsie, and ZaZa, who were homeless until Uncle Oscar found them one cold, dark night and took them home. All are welcome at the presentation. Autographed copies of the books will be available for purchase.

HOME & GARDEN

TUESDAY, AUGUST 16:

• Growing Garlic in Maine, online at noon, hosted by Merryspring Nature Center. Retired Extension educator David Fuller will lead the presentation on all aspects of successful garlic growing in Maine. Fuller will cover variety selection, choosing a site, when to plant and harvest, and some details about research findings from garlic grown in Maine. This class is suitable for both established and new growers of garlic. Email info@merryspring.org to register. Zoom links will be sent the morning of each program. Attendance is free.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19:

• Belfast Garden Club’s Open Garden Days Continue, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. The gardens of Meg Berger and Ronald Cooper at 76 Miller Street will be open to the public, rain or shine, as part of the garden club’s seasonal celebration of area gardens Fridays through August 26. Admission is $5.

• Korean Natural Farming Workshop, 2 to 4 p.m. at Erickson Fields Preserve, 164 West Street in Rockport. The free, hands-on workshop, presented by Erickson Farm and Program Manager Aaron Englander, will teach attendees new farming techniques including making natural fertilizers. Englander will demonstrate the agricultural method that encourages self-sustaining, closed-loop systems through minimizing external inputs. Learn the practices of KNF and adaptations to Maine. KNF is applicable to many types and scales of farming, from backyard veggie gardening to large-scale livestock operations. The goal of the workshop is for attendees to leave equipped with the knowledge to implement KNF practices on their own farm or garden. Attendees should bring a notepad, pen, water, and sunscreen. Space is limited. Registration will be open until August 18 at aldermere.org.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20:

• Belfast Community Works Repair Café, 9 a.m. to noon at the Waldo County YMCA. Bring fibers that need fixing or small electrical appliances that need repair. They have some common parts on hand 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, AUGUST 23:

• Monarch Butterfly Tagging Program for Adults on Sears Island, from 9 to 11 a.m. Serena Cole will teach program attendees about monarch life cycles, habitat, and migration patterns and will lead a hike to the milkweed field on Sears Island, a certified Monarch Waystation. At the field, participants will have the opportunity to look for butterflies and carefully net and assist with tagging them as part of the Monarch Watch program, which tracks the annual butterfly migration. Seeing and catching monarchs cannot be guaranteed. Space is limited and advance registration will be required. To sign up, email Cole at satnam23410@yahoo.com. Registration is complete upon receiving a confirmation email.

• Midcoast Conservancy to Hold “State of Damariscotta Lake” Event, 4 to 6 p.m. at Wavus Camp in Jefferson. Anyone interested in learning more about the health of Damariscotta Lake and what Midcoast Conservancy is doing to protect it is invited to join Damariscotta Lake Watershed Manager Patricia Nease and other Midcoast Conservancy staff for the first-ever State of Damariscotta Lake event. Topics to be addressed include cyanobacteria, invasive aquatic species, how the lake is changing, LakeSmart certification, how anyone can get involved through Midcoast Conservancy’s lake volunteer programs, and how everyone can do their part to protect the lake. The event is free and open to the public; registration is requested by going to midcoastconservancy.org/events-list/state-of-the-lake.

COMING UP:

• Conservation Bus Tour of Knox and Waldo Counties, Friday, September 9. The Knox-Lincoln and Waldo Soil & Water conservation districts have teamed up to offer the tour, which will highlight five residential properties and a public park that earned Knox-Lincoln certification through its Conservation Landscape Certification Program. See landscapes enhanced with native plants, meadowscapes, perennial gardens, pollinator gardens and wildlife habitat features. The air-conditioned motor coach ride will be narrated, snacks served, and lunch will be served at The Hoot, a gourmet farm-to-table restaurant in Northport. Registration is required by August 30. These tours typically sell out. Cost is $50 per person (mail-in) and $52 online and includes all food and travel. To request more information or to register for the tour, contact Julie at 596-2040, julie@knox-lincoln.org, or register online at knox-lincoln.org/2022-conservation-bus-tour.

FOOD & DRINK

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18:

• Bluet’s Thursdays in the Field, 181 Appleton Ridge Road, Searsmont, Thursdays in August from 4 to 6 p.m. $10 per ticket, with sales donated to Georges River Land Trust. Guests are invited to check out the wild blueberries, hike the River to Ridge trail, and try samples of local oysters, cheese, veggies and crisps.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20:

• Summer Pancake Breakfasts in South Thomaston, every Saturday through August 27, from 7:30 to 9 a.m., at People’s United Methodist Church, 13 Chapel Street. Available to eat in or take away. Blueberry and plain pancakes, sausages, scrambled eggs, hash browns, juice and coffee. $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12. Proceeds support church and community outreach programs.

• Rose Hip Bake Sales in South Thomaston, Rockland District Nursing Association introduces The Rose Hip, a weekly bake sale sustaining community nursing. Sales will be every Saturday through September 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Weskeag village green in South Thomaston. From-scratch blueberry pie, a second seasonal fruit pie, traditional British GF scones and Bakewell Cream biscuits, ideal for strawberry shortcake. Each week’s offerings will be posted on Facebook and Instagram @rosehipbakers, and pre-orders are accepted via email by Thursday noon: rosehipbakers@gmail.com. All proceeds benefit RDNA.

• Baked Bean Supper in Thomaston, serving begins at 5 p.m. at Williams-Brazier Post 37, American Legion, 10 Watts Lane. Dine in or pick up a meal to go. Meals may also be ordered ahead of time and then picked up after 5 p.m. by contacting William Demmons: 314-3400 or robmainer@outlook.com. Menu: baked beans, natural casing hot dog, coleslaw, American chop suey, rolls/brown bread, sweet and sour pickles, coffee and water, and dessert. $10 per meal.

• Dine-In or Take Out Public Lobster Supper, 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Olivet Lodge, Washington. A whole steamed lobster with butter, corn-on-the-cob, coleslaw, chips, dessert and drink. $20. If paying by check, make check payable to Mount Olivet Lodge. The Lodge is located a quarter mile north of Washington village on Route 220.

MONDAY, AUGUST 22:

• Community Breakfasts at Chestnut Street Baptist Church, Camden, Mondays from 6:30 to 9 a.m. All are welcome. The church is next to the Village Green.

KIDS & PARENTS

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17:

• Free Takeaway Explorer Kits, available for pickup at Merryspring Nature Center, in Camden, starting at 9 a.m. This is the last kit of the season. Offered by Merryspring Nature Center and Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District to children and their families, Explorer Kits are take-home activities designed to inspire outdoor exploration and independent learning. Available on a first-come, first-served basis from a box in front of Merryspring’s Ross Center. Kits are free; donations are accepted. For more information: education@merryspring.org or 236-2239.

• Macroinvertebrate Mission, from 2:30 to 5 p.m., at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson. Midcoast Conservancy and Jefferson Public Library invite kids 6 to 18 years old to investigate dragonfly nymphs to stonefly larva to leeches – small creatures that play a big role in rivers, forests and wetlands. Free. Register at midcoastconservancy.org.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18:

• Party at Sweet Tree Arts in Hope, 5 to 8 p.m. With music by Elsie Gawler and Ethan Tischler, arts experiences, local food and drinks trucks, vendors and a raffle with many prizes. This fundraising event supports community arts work and the Sweetland School program. Rain date is August 19. Bring your own chair or picnic blanket to the outdoor event. Suggested donation for tickets: $10 per person, $25 per family.

Tickets at the door only, no online sales. Tickets include music, arts experiences, and one raffle ticket (food not included in ticket price).

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19:

• Owl Pellet Program at Merryspring Nature Center, Camden, at 10 a.m. In this final Free Family Friday of the summer, families are invited to learn about Maine’s native owls. After a short presentation about owl behavior and biology, guests will open up owl pellets to discover mammal bones hiding inside. There are no live owls at this program. Registration is required: call 236-2239 or email info@merryspring.org.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20:

• Tunes & Trowels: Jazz Guitar with Bill Barnes, 2 to 4 p.m. at Belfast City Park, below the playground. The Sunflower Circle Song Series continues. Free, all ages welcome. Enjoy some tunes while you garden in community. Bring a trowel, sun hat, and water bottle. FMI contact Chelsea: 504-0813 or joyfulbodies@gmail.com.

MISCELLANEOUS

TUESDAY, AUGUST 16:

• Developing a Vision for the Midcoast Region, at noon, with the option to attend at First Congregational Church in Camden or via Zoom. Camden Rotary Club hosts Midcoast Council of Governments Executive Director Mathew Eddy. His talk will address challenges and opportunities related to natural resources, housing, community development and land use strategies. It is part of a series the club is hosting to promote local economic and workforce development. Contact Stephanie Griffin for Zoom connection details: steph.griffinsg00@gmail.com.

• Maine CASA to Hold Online Training, August 16–19. This four-day, online training is free and is designed to prepare attendees for certification as volunteer guardians ad litem in Maine child protection cases. The foundation of a CASA’s work is learning about the case and then advising the court what the CASA believes is in the child’s best interest. CASAs come from a wide variety of professional and personal backgrounds and are guided throughout the process by CASA program staff. CASAs bring their own perspectives to their work as volunteers. Those interested in the training must complete an application and, if invited to participate, must also complete criminal and child protection services background checks. For more information about becoming a volunteer, contact Maine CASA Legal Services Advisor Darren Defoe at 213-2864 or by email at darren.defoe@courts.maine.gov.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18:

• 2022 Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign Kick-Off Event and Hiring Fair, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Augusta Civic Center, 76 Civic Center Drive. Governor Janet Mills and other guest speakers will take part in an opening ceremony prior to the hiring fair, beginning at 10 a.m. Over 200 hiring employers and resource providers are expected at the kickoff event, which is open to all job seekers, not just veterans. Veterans, military family members and civilians seeking assistance in job search and training are encouraged to contact their closest Maine CareerCenter, which can be found online at mainecareercenter.gov/locations. Veterans’ representatives and career counselors are available at each location.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20:

• Lincolnville Center Indoor Flea Market, 8 a.m. to noon at the Community Building. Vendors will offer a variety of merchandise including antiques, crafts, art books, and value-added farm products. There will also be a selection of homemade sweet and savory baked goods such as breakfast casseroles and quiche, cookies, muffins, sweet breads, baked beans and American chop suey, all packed for takeout. The event is sponsored by the United Christian Church. The Community Building is located at 18 Searsmont Road (Route 173) in Lincolnville Center.  FMI: 785-3521.

• Coastal Mountains’ Thrill of the Hill Relay Race, beginning at 9 a.m., at Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport. The family-friendly four-mile relay race is the first-ever relay race at Beech Hill. Assemble a team of three to five runners and run five legs of four miles, down Beech Hill and across to Erickson Fields Preserve, all on groomed gravel trails. All runners must register online prior to the event at coastalmountains.org – look for the big green button.

• Ride the Rails to Hike the Trails, with everyone invited to board the Wiscasset, Waterville, and Farmington Railway steam train at Sheepscot Station in Alna for a 20-minute trip through the woods to Top of Mountain, where volunteers from Midcoast Conservancy will take passengers on a guided tour of the scenic Trout Brook Preserve. Following the 1.5-hour guided hike, the historic steam train will return hikers to Sheepscot station. The ticket price of $20 for adults and $10 for youth includes the train ride, the guided hike, and parking at Sheepscot Station. Wheelchairs cannot be accommodated; alternatives include the Sheepscot Valley Service or a Caboose Adventure. Future dates for this year’s events are September 3 and October 1. Trains leave at 11 a.m. Registration is required at wwfry.org.

• Mountain Bike Clinic at Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson, from 2 to 4 p.m. The last of three mountain bike clinics offered by Midcoast Conservancy, this one will cover how to corner properly, handling speed, how to make drops, and wheelies. Guides will lead riders to the hidden gems at HVNC that will challenge their skills and help them progress. To learn more about the clinic and register, go to midcoastconservancy.org.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 23:

• Online Entrepreneurship Training, offered by New Ventures Maine, starts Tuesday, August 23. The tuition-free, comprehensive, online course is for anyone with a business idea or current business. The 14-week course covers topics including the customer, competition, marketing, recordkeeping, taxes, financing, legal aspects, and more. In-class activities, guest speakers, and homework assignments lead to a completed business plan and road map for success. This comprehensive course includes three follow-up networking sessions. To request or complete an application, register for the orientation, or learn more, contact Gigi Guyton at New Ventures Maine (gigi.guyton@maine.edu) or visit the New Ventures Maine website.