NOTEWORTHY

FRIDAY, JAN. 6:

– Belfast Flying Shoes First Friday Community Dance and Contra Dance, at the fellowship hall of the First Church in Belfast, UCC. Community dance at 6:30 p.m., with Lisa Newcomb and Chrissy Fowler calling and music by the All Comers Band, which welcomes musicians of all ages, instruments, and skill levels. Tunes posted at belfastflyingshoes.org; the band warms up at 6 p.m. The 8 p.m. contra dance features Chrissy Fowler calling, with music by the Gawler Family Band. Parents Ellen and John are joined by daughters Molly, Edith and Elsie, with Ethan Tischler and Bennett Konesni rounding out the band. Dances will include simple and accessible community dances for all ages, and contras with gender-neutral role terms plus a few couple dances like the waltz, polska, and schottische. All are welcome. The First Church is at 8 Court Street in Belfast, with the entrance on Spring Street. Admission for the community dance is $1 kids, $2 adults. Suggested admission for the contra dance is $15, but pay what you wish, whether less or more. Details are at belfastflyingshoes.org.

– Camden Opera House SoundCheck: It’s a Wonderful Life, 7:30 p.m. Everyman Repertory Theatre presents a one-hour Lux Radio Theatre–style staged reading of It’s a Wonderful Life. Like the original radio show, Everyman’s presentation includes Hollywood-studded commercials for Lux Toilet Soap and features a large cast of actors and sound effects. Choose-your-own reserved seats are $10, advance purchase offered via camdenoperahouse.com or 236-3154. You can also catch the free Facebook stream.

SATURDAY, JAN. 7:

– El Día de los Reyes Magos Party in Rockland, 1 to 4 p.m. at Penobscot Bay Language School, 28 Gay Street. Enjoy Mexican food, candy, drinks, music, singing and a Rosca de Reyes cake (with a surprise baked inside for one guest). Passed down as a Spanish Catholic tradition following the Spanish conquest and colonization of the Americas, el Día de los Reyes Magos celebrates the coming of the three wise men in the Christian tradition of the birth of Jesus. In many parts of Mexico, it is the three kings that deliver presents to children during the Christmas season (they might visit the school and partygoers are encouraged to bring their kids). Although rooted in the Christian tradition, the language school’s Reyes Magos celebration is not a religious event and is open to all faiths, ethnic backgrounds, ages, and anyone interested in learning about Mexican culture. Suggested donation $10.

TUESDAY, JAN. 10:

– Charting a Course for Global Trade, a Camden Conference Community Event featuring Cipperly Good at Belfast Free Library, at 6:30 p.m. No registration is required for this free community event. In 19th-century American global trade, a disproportionate amount of foreign goods traveled on Maine-built and/or Maine-captained sailing cargo vessels. Using annotated nautical charts owned by midcoast captains, this illustrated talk will show the ports of call, trade routes, and commentary of those captains as they plied their trade.  Hear stories of business dealings in foreign ports and the captains who acted as businessmen on top of their regular duties. Cipperly Good is the Richard Saltonstall Jr. Curator of Maritime History at the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, where she preserves and provides access to the object and archival collections and uses them to provide context and critical thinking about today’s issues. Her previous Camden Conference talks include “Maine in the Coolie Trade” and “Globalization Is Not New.” Camden Conference Community Events are free to all and presented in anticipation of the 36th annual Camden Conference, Global Trade and Politics: Managing Turbulence, presented February 17–19, on the stage of Camden Opera House and livestreamed to the Hutchinson Center in Belfast, the Strand Theatre in Rockland, and Hannaford Hall at USM, Portland. For more information, to purchase tickets, or to become a Camden Conference member, visit camdenconference.org.

COMING UP:

– Woodsqueer: An Evening of Conversation About the Joys of Rural Life with Gretchen Legler, presented at Rockland Public Library on Thursday, Jan. 12, at 6 p.m. Legler and her partner, Ruth, wanted to build an agrarian life far from the rapid-fire pace of the modern world. Living on 80 acres in backwoods Maine, they have honed life skills brought with them (carpentry, tracking and hunting wild game) and other skills learned along the way (animal husbandry, vegetable gardening, woodcutting). Legler will share stories from her agricultural adventures and invite audience discussion. Her writing has won numerous awards including Pushcart prizes, a Notable Essay in Best American Essays, and has been published in venues including Orion and The Georgia Review. She teaches creative writing and English at the University of Maine Farmington, where she is also the director of the Campus and Community Garden. This event is free and open to all. This event will take place in the Community Room and will be livestreamed; for the Zoom links, email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov by 4 p.m. that day.

– Architecture as Expressions of Change: Considering Food and Ukraine, hosted on Zoom by Cushing Public Library on Sunday, Jan. 15, at 1:30 p.m. Email wrobertsmaine63@gmail.com for the Zoom link. This presentation explores change: first, in the architectures of granaries and their importance in societies; and second, through a historic survey of architecture in Ukraine. Join professors emeriti of architecture J. Brooke Harrington, of Temple University, and Judith Bing, of Drexel University. Currently they are Center associates at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University and visiting scholars at the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT, in Cambridge. They live in Cushing. Camden Conference Community Events are free to all and presented in anticipation of the 36th annual Camden Conference, Global Trade and Politics: Managing Turbulence, presented February 17–19, live at Camden Opera House and livestreamed to the Hutchinson Center in Belfast, Strand Theatre in Rockland, and Hannaford Hall at USM, Portland. For more information, to purchase tickets, or become a Camden Conference member, visit: camdenconference.org.

MUSIC

THURSDAY, JAN. 5:

– Willy Kelly and Cafe Daze in Belfast, at the Underground Lounge in the basement of the Belfast Maskers Theater, 17 Court Street in Belfast. Guitarist/songwriter Kelly and his band, Café Daze, deliver a mix of folk and blues with three-part vocal harmonies, with Kelly on slide and acoustic guitars, Joe Allard on bass and guitar, and Jeff Densmore on hand drums. Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7:00. Tickets are $10, cash only, at the door.

COMING UP:

– Rasa String Quartet in Rockport, Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 1 p.m. in Union Hall. Formed in 2019, the Boston-based quartet received first prize in the Associazione Europea di Musica e Comunicazione International Chamber Music Competition (Italy) and has performed across the U.S. including multiple appearances with Rockport Music, Boston New Music Festival, and others. The quartet champions composers who are not widely known and presents them in genre-defying programs. Bay Chamber’s new Midday Music Series of four winter/spring concerts features innovative artists and ensembles and offers a midday break in the relaxed atmosphere of Union Hall. Feel free to bring your lunch. Tickets include coffee and cookies available before the concert. Tickets are $35 for ages 35-plus, $20 for ages 22 to 34, and pay-what-you-wish for those 21 or younger: baychamber.org and 236-2823.

– Camden Opera House SoundCheck: Cindy Kallet & Grey Larsen, Friday, Jan. 13, at 7:30 p.m. Folk favorites Kallet and Larsen perform at Camden Opera House, 29 Elm Street. Choose-your-own reserved seats are $10, advance purchase offered via camdenoperahouse.com or 236-3154. You can also see the show via the free Facebook livestream.

– Metropolitan Opera’s Fedora Simulcast, at downtown Rockland’s Strand Theatre, Saturday, Jan. 14, at 1 p.m. Umberto Giordano’s drama is spiked with “memorable melodies, showstopping arias, and explosive confrontations” and stars soprano Sonya Yoncheva singing the role of the 19th-century Russian princess who falls in love with her fiancé’s murderer, Count Loris, sung by tenor Piotr Beczała. Tickets for the live broadcasts are $27 adults, $25 Strand members, and $15 students, including college students with ID. 100 tickets are available for each show and will be sold as reserved seats. An encore will be presented on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 1 p.m.

FILM

THURSDAY, JAN. 5:

– London Stage Production of The Seagull, captured in high-def and shown at downtown Rockland’s Strand Theatre, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) makes her West End debut in this 21st-century retelling of Anton Chekhov’s tale of love and loneliness: A young woman is desperate for fame and a way out. A young man is pining after the woman of his dreams. A successful writer longs for a sense of achievement. An actress wants to fight the changing of the times. In an isolated home in the countryside, dreams lie in tatters, hopes are dashed, and hearts broken. With nowhere left to turn, the only option is to turn on each other. Following his critically acclaimed five-star production of Cyrano de Bergerac, Jamie Lloyd brings Anya Reiss’s adaptation of The Seagull to stage. Filmed in London’s West End with a cast including Tom Rhys Harries (White Lines), Daniel Monks (The Normal Heart), Sophie Wu (Fresh Meat) and Indira Varma (Game of Thrones). Running time is 2 hours 30 minutes. Tickets: $15 general admission, $13 Strand members.

– Rockland Public Library Screens Stateless, 6 p.m. This event is free and open to all. Director Michèle Stephenson’s new documentary follows families of those affected by the 2013 legislation stripping citizenship from Dominicans of Haitian descent, uncovering the complex history and present-day politics of Haiti and the Dominican Republic through the grassroots electoral campaign of a young attorney named Rosa Iris. This event is a collaboration with the award-winning documentary series POV (pbs.org/pov). This program will be shown in the library’s Community Room and simultaneously streamed via Zoom; the library is located at 80 Union Street. For more information or for links to attend via Zoom, email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov by 4 p.m. on Jan. 5 and identify the event in the subject line.

SATURDAY, JAN. 7:

– Strand Presents “100 Years of Movies” Series, as part of a yearlong celebration of its 100th anniversary in 2023. Films from every decade the theater has been in operation will be screened, presented with monthly themes. Each film will be introduced by a local film historian. Jan.’s theme, Showbiz Satires, opens with Show People (1928) this Saturday, Jan. 7, at 2 p.m. The film follows starry-eyed country girl Peggy Pepper (Marion Davies), who dreams of being a movie star. Show People is a silent film accompanied by a musical soundtrack. The second Showbiz Satires film will be Sullivan’s Travels (1941), screening on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. Jan.’s films will be introduced by the Strand’s film historian, House Manager Liz McLeod. Tickets are $8 general admission, $7 Strand members, and will be available at the box office 30 minutes prior to show time. For more information, visit rocklandstrand.com or call 594-0070. The Strand Theatre is at 345 Main Street in Rockland

ARTS

– Crafts and Maine Marketplace Applications Available for 2023 Common Ground Country Fair, in Unity. The fair’s Maine Marketplace and Crafts Area both promote the sales of goods and services produced by Maine people in a sustainable way. The Crafts Area application is for Maine-based craftspeople applying to sell high-quality work that is original in design and concept, and the Maine Marketplace application is for Maine-based businesses that rely on a number of employees to create the finished product or produce a product line that is not original in design or concept. The application deadline is Friday, Jan. 27. If you have any questions, contact the fair office at 568-6041 or commonground@mofga.org.

– Call to Artists for Fifth Annual What’s Nude in Boothbay Harbor? Boothbay Region Art Foundation invites members and nonmembers to submit works that celebrate the human form in paintings, sculpture, photography or mixed media. While this is a non-juried show, artists will be required to submit a registration form with a photo of their work by Jan. 30. For details, including entry fees and show dates, go to boothbayartists.org or call 633-2703.

– Call to Artists for “Passages” at River Arts in Damariscotta, the first juried show of 2023. The theme allows for vast interpretation. For example, a piece could represent a journey or transformation, a pathway or opening. Deadline for entry is Saturday, Jan. 14, at 4 p.m. The juror is Jorge Arango, art critic of The Portland Press Herald. For details, including entry fees and show dates, go to riverartsme.org.

TUESDAY, JAN. 3:

– Anne Brown’s Embracing Stillness Show at Rockport Public Library, Jan. 3–30. Photographs paying homage to the stark beauty of wintertime in Maine, on view on the library’s Art Wall on the lower level. Brown is celebrating her third winter in Rockland, having moved from Boston to the midcoast to “live a simpler life and be closer to nature.” As a photographer and videographer, she is primarily self-taught and has taken intensive workshops throughout Boston, Maine and Arizona.

FRIDAY, JAN. 6:

– Explorations Read-Aloud for Adults, online from 11 a.m. to noon. Every Friday, Camden Public Library’s YouTube channel and Facebook page stream a new recording of local thespian Joseph Coté reading aloud from a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction. This Friday, Coté reads from The Two Faces of Jan. by Patricia Highsmith.

SATURDAY, JAN. 7:

– Adult Acting Workshops at Waldo Theatre, Waldoboro, the first Saturday of January, February and March, with instructor Teralyn Reiter. The first workshop is Tackling the Monologue this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will engage in interactive games and dive into monologues from well-known plays. February 4 will offer Captivating Scenes Workshop. The March 4 topic is Developing Original Work. Reiter has worked with the Educational Theatre Association, developed online lessons for The Kennedy Center, and received a National Artist Fellowship from the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts. The cost to attend each workshop is on a sliding scale from $25 to $50. Advance registration is required for the workshops; visit thewaldotheatre.org for details and to enroll in one or more sessions. There will also be a series of bi-weekly table readings, open to adults, of new and well-known plays, beginning Jan. 21. These are offered on a drop-in basis, free of charge, and do not require registration. The scripts will vary week to week, depending upon the preferences of those who attend.

– Artists’ Reception for Resurgence: UMVA in the Midcoast, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Camden Public Library. A show by artists who have joined forces to bring back the Midcoast Chapter of the UMVA (Union of Maine Visual Artists). The reception is free and open to the public. Art exhibited will range from photography to painting to monoprints and mixed-media work. The exhibit hangs from Jan. 4 to 29 and can be viewed any day the library is open. Find Midcoast UMVA on Facebook or email them at Midcoast.umva@gmail.com. The midcoast had a UMVA chapter (2003–2008) offering group exhibition opportunities in the midcoast and beyond. That chapter held monthly meetings with guest speakers. UMVA represents visual artists statewide in all fields of endeavor.

– ArtLab for All at CMCA, Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland, from 2 to 4 p.m., with teaching artist Jen Peppe. Using symbolic language, images and metaphors, and combining personal memories, sense of place, and visual language, participants will create an accordion book. Feel free to bring in any desired images that may assist your story-making. Free and open to all.

SUNDAY, JAN. 8:

– The Poets Corner Presents Poems of the Night Sky, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Zoom. Featuring filmmaker Tara Roberts Zabriskie, who has documented Maine’s efforts to “save the stars” in her film Defending the Dark. See a trailer from the film and also hear from Nancy Hathaway, president of Dark Sky Maine. Author and poet Midge Goldberg will share selections from her recently released anthology, Outer Space, 100 Poems, published by Cambridge University Press. John Paul Caponigro, Audrey Le, and Meg Weston will read poems from this anthology as well as some of their own work as part of the presentation designed to reveal the magic of Maine’s winter skies. To register for this Zoom event (and receive the recording), go to ThePoetsCorner.org/events.

COMING UP:

– Laura Bonazzoli Explores Short-Story Cycles at Rockport Public Library, Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 11:30 a.m. What exactly is a short-story cycle? What are its characteristics, and what advantages does it offer over a traditional short-story collection or novel? And if someone is intrigued by the possibility of writing one, how might one begin? Join author Laura Bonazzoli for a discussion about short-story cycles. She will also read excerpts from her own, Consecration Pond, described by Publishers Weekly as “a solid, meditative collection of interconnected short stories that weave together seemingly disparate narratives into a satisfying and cohesive whole.” Books will be available for purchase at the event.

– Technique Tune Up – Watercolor Fundamentals with Erica Qualey, Tuesdays, Jan. 17, 24, 31, and February 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Zoom. Classes will be filled with discussion, demonstrations, and class paint-alongs. Participants will have ample time to ask questions and receive individual feedback on their work. This course is designed for beginner and intermediate painters. Some painting experience is helpful but not necessary. Materials list will be sent to participants. Cost: $144 general public; $120 Farnsworth Art Museum members. Details are at farnsworthmuseum.org.

HOME & GARDEN

TUESDAY, JAN. 10:

– Maine Agricultural Trades Show, at the Augusta Civic Center, Jan. 10–12 (Tuesday–Thursday). The State of Maine Agricultural Trades Show is sponsored by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. It typically takes place every Jan. and is a place for farm, agricultural and related sectors to network and connect around business needs and trends. Producers and consumers alike visit this three-day show to get professional expertise, learn about technologies and to gather information on the agriculture industry. The event offers promotion opportunities for agricultural service providers, equipment and supplies, and organizations exhibiting on the trade show floor. It also includes presentations on current topics, research and business trends, certification courses, and annual meetings focused on agriculture, natural resource management and food systems.

KIDS & PARENTS

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4:

– Book Time for Babies with Camden Public Library’s Miss Amy, 10 to 11 a.m. The outdoor story time in Camden Amphitheatre is themed for toddlers and babies. Weather permitting. For information, email alhand@librarycamden.org. Offered every Wednesday.

THURSDAY, JAN. 5:

– Creative Art Afternoons at Camden Public Library, 4 to 5 p.m. An after-school activity for kids who are interested in developing their artistic skills and experimenting with new crafts. One-hour projects are facilitated by Youth Librarian Miss Amy. Call 236-3440 to sign up. It’s offered every Thursday.

FRIDAY, JAN. 6:

– Indoor Preschooler Story Time at Camden Public Library, 10 to 11 a.m. Miss Amy hosts in-person story times and crafts in the Picker Room. These story times are geared for preschool-age children, but all ages and families are welcome. It’s offered every Friday.

SATURDAY, JAN. 7:

– Stockton Springs Community Library Story Hour, 10 a.m., for children of all ages. The hour-long program is part of a monthly series scheduled for the first Saturday of each month. In addition to the story, there will be snacks and an activity. Learn more at stocktonspringslibrary.org.

TUESDAY, JAN. 10:

– Midcoast Conservancy Offers Youth Cross-Country Ski Lease Program and Clinic, with a fitting session set for Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Edgecomb Eddy School. The child who will use the skis must be present. The ski lease package is $70 per participant. Any questions about the ski lease program can be directed to Andy at andyb@midcoastconservancy.org; details are at midcoastconservancy.org/events. In addition, Midcoast Conservancy will hold its annual Youth XC-Ski Clinic for kids ages 5 to 12 for six Saturdays, Jan. 7 to February 11, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson. Instructors use fun, noncompetitive methods to get skiers out on the trails each week. For more information or to register, go to midcoastconservancy.org/events. Call 389-5150 with any questions.

COMING UP:

– Middle School Book Club at Rockland Public Library, from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 11 and February 8; Thursdays, March 23 and April 6; and Wednesday, May 10. Free for all students in grades four to eight. Join Miss Katie on RSU 13 early-release days for snacks and book chats. This club will be using the Maine Student Book Award (MSBA) list: sites.google.com/view/mainestudentbookaward/home. Kids can choose any book off the list to read each month and share their thoughts with the club members. (A new MSBA list comes out every April, with some of the best books from the previous year. Each March, every student gets a chance to vote on their favorite book on the list. In April 2022, Maine students named Primer by Jennifer Muro the best book of the year.) Miss Katie has been reading the MSBA list for the past seven years and co-led the Camden Library MSBA club for four years. She is an avid reader of middle-grade books and can’t wait to chat with everyone.

– February Vacation Program for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Youth, with an online parent info session Wednesday, Jan. 11. Learn about the long weekend at Pine Tree Camp, the Dirigo Experience, to be held February 17–20. Participants will have the chance to make new friends and develop greater confidence through trying activities like snowshoeing, archery and ice fishing. Pine Tree Camp’s Dirigo Experience is designed for ages 11 to 15 and limited to 30 campers. Registration is required and full scholarships are available. Register at pinetree.campintouch.com/ui/forms/application/camper/App.

– Family Program on Shelter Building, Thursday, Jan. 12, from 3 to 4 a.m. at Coastal Rivers Salt Bay Farm in Damariscotta. In this hands-on class, naturalist Angela DesVeaux will talk about what is important in a successful shelter and introduce participants to several types of traditional structures. Everyone will have the chance to build their own shelter using natural materials. DesVeaux will also share some cold-weather skills such as how to “dress like an onion” to stay warm in winter. The program is geared for ages 6 to 11, though all ages are welcome. There is no cost to participate. Registration is required at coastalrivers.org/events.

– Aquatots: Marine Science for Mini Biologists, at Herring Gut Coastal Science Center, 59 Factory Road in Port Clyde. One-hour sessions of science, movement and art for ages 3 to 5, with sessions from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursdays, Jan. 19, octopuses; February 23, horseshoe crabs; March 16, fish; April 20, lobsters; May 25, oysters, clams and mussels; and June 22, moon snails. $10 per family. Register at herringgut.org.

– Online SAT Prep Matters and SAT Boot Camp Courses Offered Through the Hutchinson Center, in Belfast, in multiple sessions in 2023. SAT Prep Matters is designed for rising high school juniors and seniors who plan to take the SAT in 2023. The course will be offered in three sessions: Session One on February 6, 13, 27 and March 6; Session Two on April 3, 10, 24 and May 1; and Session Three on May 9, 16, 23 and 30. All run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. SAT Boot Camp will offer two sessions: Session One on February 21, 22, 23 and 24, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and Session Two on April 18, 19, 20 and 21, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.  More information, including about scholarships, is available on the Hutchinson Center website.

MISCELLANEOUS

– AIO’s Third Annual Fill the Strand Event, Keeping Neighbors Fed and Warm, set for Monday, Jan. 16, challenges the community to fill every seat in the historic theater with bags of food and funds for AIO’s Food Assistance, Energy Assistance, Weekend Meal, and Diaper Assistance programs. AIO raised nearly $50,000 in the first two Fill the Strand events. The goal for the third event is to raise $25,000. Coordinators encourage community organizations, businesses and residents to do food and fund drives within their groups, workplaces and neighborhoods to help with the drive. The food and funds collected will go directly to AIO’s programs that support Knox County families. Individuals and groups interested in learning how to participate should contact event coordinator Leila Murphy at murphy.leila@gmail.com.

TUESDAY, JAN. 3:

– Walsh History Center Hour, from noon to 1 p.m. on Zoom. Do you have a question about the history of Camden, your ancestors that may have lived in the area, or the house where you live? Ken Gross and the Walsh History Center team at Camden Public Library will help find you an answer. To request a link to participate, or simply ask a question, email kgross@librarycamden.org. Advance notice of what you are interested in discussing gives them time to have resources ready. The history hour is offered every Tuesday.

– Resting Into the New Year, on Zoom, offered by local wellness coach Hester Kohl Brooks in Camden Public Library’s annual Jumpstart Jan. series. Lie down in the comfort of your own home and experience the three-phase Daring to Rest Yoga Nidra method. In each phase, you will tend to a different type of exhaustion: physical exhaustion (rest phase), mental/emotional exhaustion (release phase), and life purpose exhaustion (rise phase). The first part is offered this Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. with the rest phase. It continues Thursday, Jan. 12, from 2 to 3 p.m. with the release phase. It concludes Thursday, Jan. 19, from 2 to 3 p.m. with the rise phase. Register on the library’s website to participate in the free Zoom program. Attend each phase of the series for a complete experience.

THURSDAY, JAN. 5:

– Happy Wanderers Hike with Coastal Mountains and Journey to Health, 10 a.m. at Fernalds Neck Preserve in Lincolnville. The hike is a moderate 1.8-mile loop that will show off one of Coastal Mountains’ most visited preserves. Directions: From Lincolnville Center, take Route 52 south for 2 miles, then turn right at Fernalds Neck Road. Follow to its end, staying left at the fork. From Camden, take Route 52/Mountain Street north for 5.8 miles, turning left at Fernalds Neck Road. Drive slowly, and park only in the parking lot, not on the roadside. 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 journeytohealth.coursestorm.com to register for this hike.

FRIDAY, JAN. 6:

– Online Camden Chess Club, online from 4 to 6 p.m. The chess club holds online matches every Friday. You can join for free at Lichess.org, under the community section, or you can visit lichess.org/team/camden-chess-club. For more information, contact Evan Annis at camdenchessclub@gmail.com.

SATURDAY, JAN. 7:

– Harbor Bird Watch on Belfast Footbridge, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition invites everyone to its monthly winter Harbor Bird Watch. Ron Harrell and Gary Gulezian will be there with their telescopes to show people whatever birds are in the harbor area and answer questions about them. Bring your binoculars and dress appropriately for the weather. And coming up, Saturday, Jan. 14, BBWC will be hosting a cross-country ski and snowshoe party at the farm of Cloe Chunn and David Thanhauser, 210 Oak Hill Road in Swanville. The outing begins at 10 a.m., there will be skiing and snowshoeing until noon, with a hotdog roast over a campfire to follow. Participants are encouraged to bring a chair, drink and side dish. For more information, contact Chunn at 338-1147. Learn more at belfastbaywatershed.org.

SUNDAY, JAN. 8:

– Post 37 and Unit 37 Monthly Meeting, 6 to 7 p.m. at Williams-Brazier Post 37, American Legion, 10 Watts Lane in Thomaston. These meetings are for members, as well as any veteran or spouse wishing to join either group. Anyone interested in joining is welcome to attend.

MONDAY, JAN. 9:

– Tech Class: “Cutting the Cord,” 4 to 5 p.m. at Rockland Public Library. Learn about canceling cable or satellite services and watching television shows online and about getting rid of a landline. This class, free and open to all, will show the wide variety of options and teach some tools for cutting the cord. No devices are required. It’s presented by the National Digital Equity Center and taught by Eric Ewing and facilitated by library staff. Enrollment with the NDEC and class registration is required; you can enroll and then register at digitalequitycenter.org (or you can call the library and staff will help enroll and register you).

– Fly Fishing the Kanektok River, Alaska, at Maine Sport, in the upstairs fly shop, 115 Commercial Street in Rockport. George’s River Trout Unlimited welcomes Dave Williams for a presentation on fly fishing on the Kanektok River in southwest Alaska. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. with an informal gathering for those who wish to visit before the presentation. The featured presentation starts at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. Learn more at georgesrivertu.org.

COMING UP:

– St. George Municipal School Unit School Board Workshop, Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 6 p.m. In-person meeting at St. George School. To join via Zoom, email m.felton@stgeorgemsu.org or call 372-6312 to contact Superintendent Mike Felton.

– St. George EDU Talks Presents: CTE for All – Engaging Students, Growing Businesses, and Strengthening Our Communities, Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m. at Mid-Coast School of Technology, in Rockland, with the option to attend in person or via Zoom. The panel talk will feature business owners discussing the challenges they’re facing finding skilled workers as well as possible solutions, and educators talking about the power of expanding access to Career and Technical Education (CTE) to students from pre-K to 12th grade. Learn more at stgeorgemsu.org/page/cte-makerspace-building.

– Wawenoc Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society to Meet, Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m. in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library. The group will first take care of annual administrative business, but the main event will be a family recipe potluck. Bring a dish to share, along with the recipe and any associated family stories, photos, etc. The group meets monthly on the third Wednesday of the month at the library to discuss topics in genealogical research. Genealogists of all abilities and skill levels are encouraged to join, from beginner to expert. Annual dues are $5 and go toward speaker fees and refreshments, but membership is not required to attend individual programs. This meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sharon Pietryka at 338-3884, ext. 25, or spietryka@belfastlibrary.org.

– Building Your Virtual Facilitation Skills, an online program offered through UMaine Hutchinson Center, on five consecutive Wednesdays, Jan. 18 to February 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $225 per person. Many professionals may have moved their work online without any training in virtual facilitation skills. This program will benefit those who would like to improve their skills in engaging virtual group members, managing a group’s virtual process and challenges, handling multiple aspects of virtual technology, and adapting facilitation techniques and tools for virtual environments. Also coming up, in person at the Hutchinson Center, in Belfast, will be Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills on May 5, 19 and June 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It costs $425. More information about both professional development courses is available on the Hutchinson Center website.