Prayer and support group

SEARSPORT — A new prayer and support group has begun on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Searsport. Anyone experiencing grief, trauma recovery, a major life change, an illness, or needing support for the challenges of everyday living, is welcome and encouraged to participate.

The group will be facilitated by Pastor Ed Gabrielsen, who has experience in pastoral counseling, meditation, and stress reduction. The prayer and support group will meet weekly, and each session will provide time for sharing, meditation and prayer.

Those wishing to participate should register by calling Pastor Ed Gabrielsen at 595-9173. The group will meet in the lower level of the church buildings in the Murphy Room, accessed through the Knox Brothers Avenue entrance.

Fling into Fall

SEARSPORT — Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7 and 8: Annual fall festival with a host of activities, parade, live music, food, bonfire, lobster boat tour, pumpkins, scarecrows, costumes, crafts, car show, chili, chowder and pie contests, and fireworks.

Blood drive

BELFAST — Saturday, Oct. 8, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Waldo County YMCA, 157 Lincolnville Ave.  Register in advance at Enter sponsor code Meetinghouse to schedule an appointment.

Nature walk: Geology of Sears Island

SEARSPORT — Saturday, Oct. 8, 2-5 p.m.: Coastal Mountains Nature Program, in partnership with Friends of Sears Island, presents Geology of Sears Island at the island in Searsport. Dr. Steve Norton, professor emeritus of earth and climate sciences at the University of Maine, will lead an exploration of the past 350 million years of Midcoast geological history by exploring the rocks and sediment of Sears Island.  This walk is timed to take advantage of low tide, exposing the shoreline of the island.   Meet at the entrance to Sears Island at the end of the causeway off Route 1 in Searsport. Note: Hunting is allowed on the island, so participants are encouraged to wear hunter orange.

Last  Chance  Bean Supper

PROSPECT — Saturday, Oct. 8, 4 to 6 p.m.: Prospect Community Center hosts its monthly benefit supper at the Prospect Community Center dining room, corner of  routes 1A and 174  across from the Prospect Fire House. Baked beans, hot dogs, pulled pork, lasagna, American chop suey, macaroni  and cheese, scalloped potatoes, broccoli, clam, and chicken casseroles, fresh salads, homemade pies, cakes and yeast rolls. Adults $10, children under 12 $2. You can’t eat at home for less! Benefit for building maintenance and community concerns.  For more info, call 567-3170 or email Takeout available

Staged reading of ‘Treasure Island’

BELFAST — Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8 and 9, at 7 p.m.: The Belfast Maskers presents a newly-written stage adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s cherished classic at the Basil Burwell Community Theater, 17 Court St. Audience members must wear a mask for the duration of the play. General admission tickets are $15/adults and $10/students and seniors at A 15% discount for groups of six or more is applied when purchased online.

Annabelle, rescued while investigating a local cruelty/starvation case, now lives at Peace Ridge Sanctuary. Peace Ridge Sanctuary website


Run/walk for Peace Ridge Sanctuary

BROOKS — Saturday, Oct. 8, 9:45 a.m. check-in: Peace Ridge Sanctuary will hold a benefit 5K Run for the Animals & 1 Mile Fun Walk at its new Northeast Equine Facility in Freedom and Albion. Vegan prizes will be awarded to the top fundraiser as well as to top finishers and raffle winners. Free vegan barbecue for all participants. For more information, event details and registration, visit

Field Care & Basket-Making

BELFAST — Sunday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m.: Belfast Blueberry Cooperative invites the public for weed-harvest and crafting: two hours of field care help (for pay or a PYO blueberry credit – your choice) that will produce basketry materials for a free afternoon blueberry basket-making workshop (for all who have helped for two hours) with Rose Whitehead on site, plus produce winter birch fodder for 10 Saanen goats and a Jersey calf (who will all be there helping to weed). Cordage can also be made, and Goldenrod potpouri, dried flowers, and herbal teas or seeds may also be gathered from the field (herbalist Steve Byers hopes to be there to answer questions about plant uses). Bring either a picnic potluck lunch offering to share, or a bag lunch. Blueberry juice will be provided.  FMI: 338-3301.

Book talk at SSCL

STOCKTON SPRINGS — Sunday, Oct. 9, 2 p.m. Author Mac Smith will discuss his latest book, “Disaster at the Bar Harbor Ferry” at Stockton Springs Community Library. A Navy veteran of the first Gulf War and former reporter for The Bar Harbor Times, Smith now lives in Stockton Springs, in the village of Sandy Point. He is Stockton’s town manager.

Pie and Politics: Meet candidates

MONTVILLE — Sunday, Oct. 9, 2 to 4 p.m.: Union Harvest Grange on Center Road is hosting a “Pie and Politics” event with gubernatorial candidate Sam Hunkler,  U.S. representative candidate Tiffany Bond, state Senate candidates Chip Curry and Mary Ann Kinney, state House candidate Stanley Paige Zeigler, and sheriff candidates Jason Trundy and Todd Boisvert. Come, ask questions and eat homemade pie.

Flu vaccine clinics

ISLESBORO — Tuesdays, Oct. 11, 18 and 25, 1-3 p.m., Health Center Annex (Town Office Parking Lot). No appointment necessary. Please wear short sleeves.

Family pumpkin decorating

SEARSPORT — Friday, Oct. 14, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or while supplies last at Carver Memorial Library: Kids, teens and families are invited to decorate a pumpkin to take home. The library will have tempera paint sticks and fun design ideas to get you started. (Note: Participants will not be using carving tools). The Waldo County Reentry Center Garden is supplying the pumpkins.

PMM Twilight Tours

SEARSPORT — Friday, Oct. 14, 5 p.m.: Penobscot Marine Museum will hold its annual season-ending program, Twilight Tours. Participants will meet the spirits of those lost at sea during tours that start every 10 minutes. The cost is $8 per person if pre-purchased, or $10 per person at the door. To purchase tickets, visit Pre-registration is recommended; drop-ins are welcome.

This is an outdoor evening event with volunteer actors stationed throughout the museum’s three-acre campus. Attendees will walk around the campus visiting the “ghosts” and hearing their stories. A ghost ship, a waterspout, Confederates, yellow fever, and a menagerie at the bottom of the ocean are just a few of the plots visitors will encounter on Twilight Tours. FMI:

Repair Cafe

BELFAST — Saturday, Oct. 15, 9 a.m. to noon: Free! Bring fibers that need fixing or small electrical appliances that need repair to the Waldo County YMCA, 157 Lincolnville Ave. Bring replacement parts if you have them. Sewing machine will be available for mending. Basic bike repair and maintenance. To help plan for needed repairs and manage crowding, fill out the form at

Boat ramp closed

SWANVILLE — Saturday, Oct. 15: The Swan Lake Association has announced that the Arthur Farnham boat launch at Swan Lake will be closed for maintenance.

Teens Create: Ghost Luminaries

SEARSPORT — Tuesday, Oct. 18, 3 p.m.: Get into the Halloween spirit by creating a ghost luminary at Carver Memorial Library. Draw your ghost’s face — scary or silly — and light them up for display using an LED tealight. For teens and preteens age 11-19.


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