• Halfway There at Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta, this Friday and Saturday, with performances at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. both days. The theater’s resident company offers the comedy by Canadian playwright Norm Foster and brings audiences to small-town Rangeley, where Janine and her closest friends start to wonder if they’ve found everything they’re looking for after an out-of-town doctor shows up. For dates, times and tickets ($15 adults, $13 LT members, $5 ages 18 and under), go to

• Award-Winning Essayist in Rockland and Damariscotta, Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shops will host book signings by midcoast author Eddie Adelman in Rockland this Friday, and in Damariscotta this Saturday, both from 1 to 3 p.m. Adelman’s recently published book is titled Don’t Get Me Started. It contains 35 columns and essays that have run in The Portland Press Herald, Bangor Daily News and on Maine Public Radio since 1998. Most of the essays fall into the category of humor and satire, covering topics as varied as mission statements, home ownership, politics, aging rock stars, cell phones, allergies, junk food, Maine winters, sketchy drivers, and Facebook.

• Yuletide in St. George, this Friday and Saturday, along Route 131 and in the villages of Tenants Harbor and Port Clyde. St. George business owners and organizations are holding craft fairs and sales of artwork and antiques, books, holiday ornaments and wreaths, Dutch bulbs, unique gifts, stocking stuffers and food items. Red YULETIDE signs and colorful event maps will identify participating locations. This is the 18th year that more than 20 St. George merchants and nonprofits will welcome holiday shoppers to their shops, galleries, restaurants, and food venues over Thanksgiving weekend. On Saturday, Nov. 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Odd Fellows Hall and Wileys Corner Grange will host craft fairs at their St. George locations. Jackson Memorial Library and St. George Historical Society in Tenants Harbor will be open with art, crafts, and historical memorabilia on display. For downloadable Yuletide maps, go to

• Rockland’s Festival of Lights, this Friday to Sunday. On Friday, Santa arrives on Middle Pier at noon, and the tree lighting is at 6 p.m. Activities take place all day Saturday around town, and then Main Street is closed to traffic for the 6 p.m. Parade of Lights. Breakfast with Santa is served Sunday from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Elks Lodge.


• Millay House Festival of Lights Open House, 198A Broadway in Rockland, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contractor Kirk Rouge of KR Construction has completed the renovation of the 131-year-old house, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. See the progress, partake of cider and cookies, and share your thoughts and ideas for future programs and events at the birthplace of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay.


• Civil War Presentation at Belfast Free Library, 6:30 p.m. Civil War authors Diane Monroe Smith and Ned Smith will share the results of their research into the lives of Civil War veterans from Belfast. The free presentation will take place in the library’s Abbott Room. Diane Smith is the author of Washington Roebling’s Civil War (2019), Fanny and Joshua, Chamberlain at Petersburg, and Command Conflicts in Grant’s Overland Campaign. Ned Smith’s books are unit histories on the 22nd Maine and the 2nd Maine Cavalry. In 2020 when the pandemic canceled all book tours and travel, the Smiths started visiting cemeteries in central and coastal Maine, finding veterans’ resting places and then researching their histories.


• Tinsel & Tails Holiday Gala & Silent Auction, Thursday, Dec. 1, at 5:30 p.m. Join PAWS at 16 Bay View in Camden for a holiday celebration with wine, heavy appetizers, music, and a silent auction. Tickets are $100 and limited to just 75 individuals, so be sure to purchase them before they sell out. Learn more at Meanwhile, the PAWS 50/50 Raffle for the Animals is under way and will close on Dec. 7, awarding one winner with a jackpot worth 50% of the total amount raised.

• “Beyond Supply Chains – America’s Changing Economic and Trade Policy,” Thursday, Dec. 1, at 6:30 p.m. at Rockland Public Library. The Camden Conference and Rockland Public Library present Bill Hall in a free talk open to all. It will also be available on Zoom. Email to receive the Zoom link. Hall ponders global supply chains and how they were affected by the pandemic. He asks whether the Biden administration’s new approach to international trade – and the actions being taken or considered by other countries – will have profound effects on globalization and whether those developments would be good or bad for U.S. prosperity. Hall was an intelligence officer for the U.S. He’s the immediate past president of the World Affairs Council of Maine and serves on the boards of several Maine nonprofit organizations. For information on the 36th annual Camden Conference – Global Trade and Politics: Managing Turbulence – February 17-19, visit

• 36th Annual Christmas by the Sea Weekend, Thursday to Sunday, Dec. 1–4. It kicks off with the holiday parade in downtown Camden on Friday at 6 p.m., followed by the lighting of a Christmas tree in Harbor Park, with Santa presiding over both events. Those wishing to participate in the Christmas by the Sea parade should contact Holly Anderson at to receive a participation form. On Saturday at 9 a.m., Santa will arrive by boat at the Camden Public Landing, where he’ll have time to greet children before he heads to the Camden Snow Bowl for another official entrance and his traditional reading of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” at 10 a.m. Photos with Santa and Elf Ellen will take place directly following story time, between 10:30 a.m. and noon. On Saturday at 5 p.m., Santa will make an appearance at the Lincolnville Beach bonfire before retiring for the evening. Throughout the weekend, in Camden, Lincolnville and Rockport, events will include horse-and-carriage rides, cookie decorating for all ages, the CBTS Storefront Treasure Hunt, a traditional Christmas Market, holiday craft fairs, Beltie Holiday, a Walk Through Bethlehem, musical performances, and more. For all the details, pick up a Christmas by the Sea events brochure at the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce office (2 Public Landing) or visit the Christmas by the Sea Facebook page.

• Knox Museum Preview Party, Friday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. Be among the first to view the Thomaston house musuem’s decorated unique and grand rooms. With cocktails, tables laden with a multitude of savories and sweets, and music by the Bill Barnes Trio. Montpelier, home of the museum, is at 30 High Street in Thomaston. Tickets $75 at the door; members $60.

• Wiscasset Holiday Marketfest, Friday to Sunday, Dec. 2–4. Seasonal activities throughout Wiscasset village include visits with Santa, a petting zoo, carolers, historic house tours and horse-drawn wagon rides. Throughout the weekend, the historic and seasonally decorated Nickels-Sortwell House offers self-guided tours with knowledgeable docents nearby. For details and a schedule of activities, visit

• Belfast Maskers Present The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, at Basil Burwell Community Theater, 17 Court Street in Belfast, Dec. 2 to 11, with shows at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and matinees at 2 p.m. Sundays. In this Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman children – probably the most inventively awful kids in history. Tix are available at and in the lobby a half-hour before each performance. General admission $18, with a $3 discount for students and seniors. The first Friday show has a Preview Night price of $10 for all ages. A discount of 15% applies to orders of six or more tickets purchased on the website.

• Atlantic Ballet Company’s Nutcracker at Camden Opera House, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4, with both performances at 3 p.m. ABC’s guest artist, Cristian Laverde Koenig, will travel from New York City to perform. Tickets are $16 and $20, available at Planet Toys in Camden and the Grasshopper Shops in Belfast and Rockland and online at

• Beltie Holiday at Aldermere Farm, 20 Russell Avenue in Rockport, on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to noon. Celebrate the holidays at Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s farm that’s home to Belted Galloway cattle. Activities include a photo-booth with Beltie calves, free Beltie-ornament-making kits, 4-H Club bake sale, balsam fir wreaths sale by Peopleplace Cooperative Preschool, and free hot cocoa. In lieu of admission, donations will be accepted to fund supplying beef to food pantries. For more info, call 236-2739 or visit

• Downtown Christmas Festival in Thomaston, Saturday, Dec. 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. A host of family-friendly events is planned, primarily on downtown Main Street. From 2 to 3:30, visitors are invited to view and vote on their favorite downtown window displays, stop by RisingTide Boxing (144 Main Street) to make wildlife-friendly decorations to hang on the town Christmas tree, and head over to Watts Hall (174 Main Street) to write letters to Santa and partake of complimentary hot chocolate and cookies. At 3:30 attendees can parade to the Town Mall and sing Christmas carols led by pastor JB Usher of Solid Rock Church. At the mall, children will decorate the town Christmas tree with their handmade ornaments and Santa Claus will be on hand to light the tree. The Downtown Christmas Festival coincides with other events in town, including the first day of Knox Museum’s Holiday Open House at Montpelier and the second night of Watts Hall Community Arts’ presentation of “Walkin’ the Line – A Tribute to Johnny Cash.” More information and a breakdown of events can be found on Thomaston Main Street’s Facebook page.



• Mondaynite Jazz Orchestra Holiday Concerts, with the first this Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Belfast Boathouse, 34 Commercial Street in Belfast. The 18 piece-big band will play a mix of modern and traditional jazz and holiday favorites. Listen, dance and sing along. All ages welcome; donations requested. MoJO will perform Saturday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. at John Street United Methodist Church, 98 John Street in Camden. All ages welcome, with donations in support of the church’s mission requested.


• Tom DiMenna Sings the Songs of Gordon Lightfoot at Waldo Theatre, in Waldoboro, Friday Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. The Maine singer-songwriter delivers a show packed with nostalgia, storytelling, and music. Tickets for the concert are $15 in advance and $20 day of the show. Assistive listening devices are available at the box office. Doors open at 6 p.m. Concessions (including beer and wine) will be available for purchase. For more information visit

• “Walkin’ the Line – A Tribute to Johnny Cash,” Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3, at 7 p.m. both nights, in the upstairs auditorium of Watts Hall, 174 Main Street in Thomaston. The live show stars Scott Moreau as The Man in Black, backed by a band of local musicians. Moreau, a native of Litchfield, has traveled the world performing as Johnny Cash for more than a decade. Ten years ago, he wrote “Walkin’ the Line” based on interviews, anecdotes and portions of the autobiography Cash and featuring more than 25 of Cash’s best loved songs. He’s also toured as Cash in Million Dollar Quartet, including a run at Maine State Music Theatre. “Walkin’ the Line” runs two hours and includes an intermission. The nearby Block Saloon will provide a cash bar, and concessions will be available by donation. Seating is general admission; doors open at 6:30 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $35 in advance through noon on the day of each show via EventBrite, linked at If available, tickets at the door will be $40.

• Sheepscot Valley Chorus “Handel and Christmas Pops!” Concerts, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4, at 3 p.m. both days, at Boothbay Harbor Congregational Church. Handel’s Messiah will be performed with professional soloists and chamber orchestra. Holiday pops favorites accompanied by a chamber orchestra will round out the second half of the program. A highlight will be one of Robert Shaw’s arrangements of Christmas carols, The Many Moods of Christmas, Suite IV. Tickets are available at For more information, email, or visit and

• DaPonte String Quartet Chamber Music Performance, Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m., at Union Hall, 24 Central Street in Rockport. Concert Series I will consist of the Mozart String Duo in B flat Major for Violin and Viola, Dohnanyi Serenade for String Trio, Op. 10, and Beethoven String Trio in C minor, Op. 9 no 3. Tickets may be reserved for $25 or pay-what-you-wish at the door.

• Shawn Colvin on the Strand Stage, Friday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. The three-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter performs in downtown Rockland. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 day of show. Beer and wine are available at concessions. To buy tickets, or for more information, visit or call 594-0070.

• Lúnasa: Irish Christmas, Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. The Irish band, with special guest Dave Curley, returns to Camden Opera House, 29 Elm Street, for another holiday season concert. Tickets are $54 in advance and $64 day-of-show at or by calling 236-3154.

• Holiday Concert: Songs of Solomon Gospel Choir, at Rockport Opera House on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. Bay Chamber Concerts hosts the Harlem-based choir founded in 2001 by veteran conductor Bishop Chantel Wright. The ensemble has performed with notable artists including Ashford and Simpson, Elton John, and “American Idol” winners Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia Barrino and Ruben Studdard. For their return to Bay Chamber, the choir will perform a program of Gospel and holiday favorites. Tickets, at, are $35 for ages 35-plus, $20 ages 22 to 34, pay-what-you-wish 21 and under at



• Sound of Music Sing-Along at Waldo Theatre, in Waldoboro, at 4 p.m. A one-show-only screening of the 1965 Technicolor musical, with subtitles so that everyone can sing along to the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein. With a host, a costume contest, and free interactive prop bags for audience members of all ages. Ticketholders will be eligible to win one of several door prizes donated by local merchants, and refreshments and snacks will be available for purchase. The Waldo is asking those who are able to bring a canned food donation for the Waldoboro Food Pantry. Adult tickets are $10 online/$15 at the door. Youth tickets are $5. More information at

• How the Grinch Stole Christmas at Stockton Springs Community Library, 6:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to the holiday screening of the 1966 animated film based on the children’s book of the same name by Dr. Seuss. It is the story of the Grinch trying to take away Christmas from the townsfolk of Whoville below his mountain hideaway. Boris Karloff, in one of his final roles, narrates the film and also provides the speaking voice of the Grinch. In addition to the film screening there will be snacks, an activity, and surprises. The event is free. For more information, call 567-4147.


• Holiday Family Movie Series at the Rockport Opera House: Elf, Saturday, Dec. 3, at 3:30 p.m. Celebrate Christmas by the Sea with a screening of the popular 2003 Christmas comedy starring Will Ferrell as a human raised by Santa’s elves. Everyone is welcome to participate in an Elf Yourself activity before the movie starts at 4 p.m. Free and open to everyone. Register online: at or 691-7388. The family series continues Saturday, Dec. 10, 3:30 p.m. with The Grinch, and Saturday, Dec. 17, 3:30 p.m. with It’s a Wonderful Life, starring James Stewart and Donna Reed.


• Watts Hall Community Players Announce Merry Mannequin Celebration, set for Saturday, Dec. 10, at Watts Hall in Thomaston. Solo designers and teams are invited to transform evergreen boughs (and their own ribbons, ornaments, additional greenery, twinkle lights, and other embellishments) into a holiday gown. Set-up in the morning will be followed by a public viewing from 3 to 5 p.m., along with voting for the favorite. Donations from voters will support the AIO Energy Assistance program. There is a $10 materials fee per team. To sign up or for more information, contact or; put Merry Mannequins in the subject line.

• Call for Art by Belfast Free Library, which seeks submissions from artists to exhibit in the library’s Barbara Kramer Gallery in 2023. The gallery, located in the library’s entrance on the ground floor, can exhibit up to 20 framed pieces. Exhibits are generally scheduled monthly, though sometimes for two months. Submit a few digital images of your work with a description and brief bio to Brenda Harrington at The deadline for submission is Dec. 1. Acceptance notification will be sent by the end of Dec..


• Shakespeare Society of Rockland to Meet, via Zoom, from 2 to 4 p.m. Macbeth, Act 5 will be read and discussed. Founded in 1889, the society is in its 133rd year. This is the final meeting of the fall term. The group resumes meetings on January 30 with The Winter’s Tale. For further information, email President Hope Kocian at


• Sally Loughridge Show at Rutherford Library in South Bristol, throughout Dec., with a public reception on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. This exhibit shares local images as well as others along the coast and from Monhegan Island, where she has painted annually for over 15 years with a group of artist friends. The exhibit includes both oil and soft pastel works, all of which are for sale. Rutherford Library is open Wednesday and Thursday noon to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.



• St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Thanksgiving Community Meal, 12:30 to 2 p.m. This year, the church returns to a sit-down meal in the parish hall. The free turkey dinner will still have all the traditional dishes: roast turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, squash, cranberry sauce, peas and carrots, and lots of pies. Gluten-free and vegan items will also be available. The church is located at 11 White Street in Rockland. If you are considering helping or want to provide food, contact coordinator Ron Staschak at 691-7578. To support this community meal with a donation, do so electronically on the St. Peter’s parish website or send a check, made payable to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church with “Thanksgiving Meal” in the memo line, to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 11 White Street, Rockland, ME 04841.


• First Church in Belfast Free Community Meal, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. The menu includes a variety of hot soups including gluten-free and veggie, along with sandwiches, beverages and desserts. Serving is in the upstairs fellowship hall of the church. Families and children are encouraged to attend, and all are welcome. For more information, call the church office, 338-2282.


• Kitchen Licensing Workshop, Thursday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center in Unity. Designed for farmers and aspiring small business operators interested in food processing for resale, this workshop will cover licensing, food safety best practices, labeling and more. There will also be a tour of MOFGA’s commercial kitchen, indicating exactly what is covered during an inspection, and a panel with small business owners. This event is priced on a sliding scale from $25 to $75. Pay the amount that fits your budget. Suggested general-admission price: $60. Suggested MOFGA member price: $45. Participants in MOFGA’s Journeyperson or MFRP programs and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous or Person of Color): free of charge. Register by Nov. 27 at


• Public “Waffles with Santa” Breakfast in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 3, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Mt. Olivet Lodge. Served will be waffles, bacon, juice and coffee. Free photo with Santa for children. Adults $8, children under 8 years old $4. Located a quarter mile north of Washington village on Route 220.

• Share the Light Activity Kits for Kids Available, Friends of Sears Island offers the free grab-and-go activity kits for children ages 5 to 12, with materials to make homemade fire starters for staying warm on winter nights, gold paper to make star ornaments or a garland for the solstice, a kindness calendar, ideas for helping animals in winter, and suggestions for celebrating the solstice. To request a kit, email After receiving a confirmation email, families can pick up their kits now through Dec. 2 at Carver Memorial Library in Searsport. Kits are free; donations to Friends of Sears Island allow the organization to continue to offer programming at no cost.


• Breastfeeding Support Group, Wednesdays, Nov. 23 and 30, from 11 a.m. to noon at Beebe Health Center, 15 Anchor Drive, Rockport. This informal support group for breastfeeding families provides interaction as well as individual assistance when needed. Women wanting more information about breastfeeding are also welcome. Facilitated by a lactation consultant from the Women and Infants unit. Because of room occupancy constraints, the meeting is limited to a maximum of seven moms with babies in arms. Siblings will not be allowed at this time. Call 301-8337 for more information. This group is free to attend but registration is required at


• Indoor Preschooler Story Time at Camden Public Library, 10 to 11 a.m. Children’s Librarian Miss Amy hosts story times especially themed for preschool-aged children, in the Picker Room on Friday mornings. For information, email

• Stockton Springs Community Library Storytime Friday Mornings, 10 to 11 a.m. For children of all ages, including preschoolers and homeschoolers. It will be held each week, offering fun and seasonal stories, a craft and a snack. For more info, call 567-4147.


• Share the Wonder, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the Farnsworth campus in downtown Rockland. In conjunction with the Rockland Festival of Lights, the Farnsworth will offer an assortment of family-friendly activities: artmaking, an outdoor climbing structure, refreshments, music, a book signing, and more. Free to all, with activities for all ages.


• Bear Hunt Storytime at Rockland Public Library, Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 10:30 a.m. Kids are invited to bring their stuffed bears (or other stuffies) and join Miss Katie for a bear-themed storytime. Enjoy bear books and songs, then join Miss Katie in a bear parade, followed by a bear scavenger hunt around the library.

• Story Walk at Erickson Fields Preserve, Thursday, Dec. 1, at 10:30 a.m. Families are invited to join Rockport Public Library Youth Services Librarian Stephanie Miller for a story walk through the Rockport preserve. Miller will be reading aloud from the book Owl Moon by Jane Yolen. The book tells the story of a young girl and her father who go “owling” late on a winter night. This free program is presented by the Rockport Public Library and Maine Coast Heritage Trust.

• Polar Express Family Event at Rockport Opera House, Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 5:30 p.m., presented by Rockport Public Library. Attendees will be greeted by the Polar Express conductor; costumed chefs will be serving baked goods and hot cocoa; and one of Santa’s elves will be distributing jingle bells. Families will be transported with a film screening of The Polar Express, a 2004 classic celebrating friendship, bravery, and the spirit of the holidays. More information can be found at

• Holiday Ocean Animals for Ages 3 to 5, in Herring Gut Coastal Science Center’s Aquatots Program, on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 1 to 2 p.m. and again on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 11 a.m. to noon. Children are invited to join in the jingle-shell fun while learning about candy cane shrimp, snowflake moray eels, pinecone fish, and more. Sessions take place in Herring Gut’s Lower Classroom, 17 Lobster Pound Road in Port Clyde. $10 per family. Register at


• 2022 Adopt-A-Family Program, Knox County Homeless Coalition invites people to bring joy to midcoast families. If you are interested in adopting a family, order from the online Amazon wishlist at and have the items shipped directly to KCHC, where “elves” will wrap and deliver the gifts. To make a monetary donation, go to and choose “Adopt-A-Family” from the drop-down menu. Sign up to volunteer to be a wrapper by emailing to get on the schedule.

• Puppy Raisers Wanted, by the Maine Region of Guiding Eyes for the Blind, which is looking for people in the midcoast willing to take in a puppy for 14 to 16 months to teach it basic skills and socialization. Puppy classes are held in Belfast. Raisers receive ongoing, local support every step of the way and free veterinary care. Email for details:


• Take a Break with Guided Meditation, Wednesdays, Nov. 23 and 30, online from noon to 12:30 p.m. Find a quiet spot and sign in for as much of this short meditation break as you can. The class will begin with a guided meditation, followed by silent meditation and a brief time for reflections/questions. This class is free. Visit or call 301-3950 to register.


• Fifth Annual Foodbank Farm 5K, at Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust’s Salt Bay Farm in Damariscotta, with a 5K trail run and 1-mile walk/fun run at 9 a.m. to benefit Twin Villages Foodbank Farm. Open to runners and walkers of all ages. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome. Registration is required and may be done online at or at There is no fee to participate, though monetary donations are encouraged and can be made online during registration.


• Annual Festival of Lights Tree and Wreath Silent Auction and Raffle, held by Friends of the Rockland Public Library at the library. Bidding on the individual trees and wreaths will begin at 1 p.m. and end at 4 p.m. Winning raffle tickets will be drawn at 4 p.m. The auction features more than 30 decorated tabletop trees and wreaths. Local businesses trim each tree and wreath in inventive ways and often include gift certificates. The library will be decked out in the holiday spirit as well, with free cider and cookies available while supplies last. Proceeds directly support the Rockland Public Library.

• 42nd Annual Festival of Lights Craft Show, hosted by Pope Memorial Humane Society, at Rockland Elks Lodge, 210 Rankin Street in Rockland, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A suggested donation of $2 is asked at the door, with all entrance proceeds going directly to Pope Memorial Humane Society. The Elks Lodge’s kitchen will be open and serving lunch for purchase. Over 40 artists from all over Maine will showcase ornaments, jewelry, pottery, candles, clothing, holiday-themed items, and more. Additionally, there will be a silent auction, bake sale, and the opportunity to purchase the cookbook Recipes to the Rescue, a collection of recipes from the Pope Memorial Humane Society community.

• Advent Vigil for Disarmament at Bath Iron Works, Saturdays, Nov. 26 and Dec. 3, 10 and 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The group will gather in front of the Administration Building at Bath Iron Works on Washington Street in Bath and then walk down to leaflet the workers at the shift change. For more info, call 763-4062.

• Weekend Holiday Open Houses at Museum of Maritime Pets, 75 Mechanic Street in Rockland, featuring exhibits, a volunteer opportunities showcase, and gift shopping for people and pets, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 26 through Dec. 24. More info: 390-5909,


• “Helping to Calm Strong Emotions with Resonant Language,” a three-day online workshop in the University of Maine Hutchinson Center’s professional development program, on Wednesdays, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7 and 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. via Zoom. Participants will learn practical strategies for helping calm strong emotions in themselves and others. These techniques can be employed to mitigate conflict between students, dispel tension during customer service interactions, reduce workplace friction, and minimize stress with family and friends. The cost is $175 per person. More information is available on the Hutchinson Center website.

• Happy Wanderers Hike at Stover Preserve in Belfast, with Coastal Mountains and Journey to Health, Thursday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. This trail is an easy .9-mile hike that meanders along the Passagassawakeag River. After finishing this loop, you are welcome to cross the road to the Head of Tide Preserve, where the group will do an additional mile on moderate terrain. Hunter orange is suggested for hiking safety. Parking will be at Head of Tide Preserve, across the street from Stover Preserve. A Coastal Mountains staffer will direct parking. Directions: From downtown Belfast, take Main Street west and immediately turn right onto Waldo Avenue. In 1.5 miles, turn right onto Doak Road. Parking area is on the left immediately after Doak’s Machine Shop. Happy Wanderers meet on the first Thursday of each month. The hikes range in location from Rockport to Stockton Springs. Each outing is led by a Coastal Mountains Land Trust and Journey to Health staff member. Go to to register for this hike.

• Book Sale at Rockport Public Library, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Rockport Room in the library’s lower level will be filled with gently used books, CDs, DVDs, and puzzles for all ages and tastes. Volunteers from the Friends of the Rockport Public Library will keep book tables stocked full of fiction, nonfiction, mystery, Maine-themed, specials, and more. Annual Friends members will receive 10% off purchases. Only cash or checks will be accepted. Contact the library at 236-3642 if you would like to volunteer at the sale. Assistance is needed with set-up and breakdown (moving tables and books) and cashiering. Volunteers will have access to free books.

• Boothbay Region Garden Club Annual Holiday Festival, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 32 Emery Lane in Boothbay Harbor. The annual Holiday Festival (formerly Festival of Trees) offers holiday floral arrangements, table décor, handmade gifts from nature, baked goods, and a new Dinner’s Ready section, with members’ favorite meals frozen and ready to take home. Trees, gift baskets, wreaths and gift certificates will also be available for sale. Proceeds support scholarships and environmental and community projects. Cash or check only.

• Rockport Garden Club’s Holly Berry Fair, Saturday, Dec. 3, from 8 a.m. to noon, at a new location for the annual fair, West Rockport Baptist Church, 545 Park Street, near the intersection of Routes 90 and 17 in Rockport. Offerings will include homemade cakes, cookies, preserves and pies, vintage items, costume and new jewelry, decorated wreaths and trees, hand-painted furniture, hostess gifts, freshly decorated holiday greenery, Christmas ornaments, critter toys, gnomes, felted and wool ornaments, knitted hats, scarves, wool appliquéd Christmas pillows, knit hats and scarves and Cook’s Corner, featuring vintage china and glassware. The Holly Berry Fair is the club’s primary fundraiser for its scholarship program and to plant and maintain Rockport’s public gardens.

• Christmas Bazaar in South Thomaston, Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at People’s United Methodist Church, 13 Chapel Street. Handmade ornaments and crafts, bake sale with preserves, Christmas White Elephant tables, wreaths, and kids’ activities. Santa will be there to hear wishes and take photos. All proceeds will be used to support church and community programs.

• Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County Offers Gift-Wrapping, Music and Treats, Saturday, Dec. 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. Anni and the Rainmakers will be playing in the vestry of Belfast First Baptist Church, 93 High Street, Belfast. The veterans of the summer’s Lobster Gala on the waterfront play a wide range of music, including dance tunes. While you listen to the music or dance to it, you can get your presents wrapped and/or purchase holiday treats. The event is free; donations will be accepted. Everyone is invited to stay for the whole two hours or drop by for a short time.

• Georges River Land Trust Bonfire Party, Thursday, Dec. 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. (rain/snow date on Friday, Dec. 9). Everyone is invited to toast the land trust’s volunteer corps around a bonfire at Gibson Preserve, 637 Woodman’s Mill Road in Searsmont. Anyone interested in learning more about the Georges River Land Trust or motivated to help care for 70 miles of trails in 18 preserves or monitor 51 easements is encouraged to attend and meet like-minded volunteers. Light snacks and beverages will be served. For more information, contact Marie McNeely 594-5166.

• Advanced Training in Sediment and Erosion Control: Winter Best Management Practices Certification Course, on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 8 a.m. to noon at Wiscasset Parks and Recreation, 242 Gardiner Road in Wiscasset. Registration deadline is Dec. 9. John Maclaine of Maine DEP and Louisa Crane of Knox-Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation District lead the class where participants will be exposed to concepts for controlling erosion on residential sites, learn about regulations and permits required when disturbing soil near natural resources, discuss the importance of selecting and installing appropriate vegetation for a site, and explore other tools available for creating long-term resilient residential landscapes. The fee is $95. Register online at For more information, contact Knox-Lincoln SWCD office at 596-2040 or