Editorial Cartoons by Douglas Coffin

SEARSPORT — This exhibition is displayed January to February in the downstairs gallery at Carver Memorial Library, 12 Union St. Coffin’s single-panel, black-and-white cartoons were a popular feature of the upstart Waldo Independent — a Belfast-based weekly newspaper from 1985 to 2008 — offering an alternative perspective on local news and issues. An artist talk is Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. Visit carverlibrary.org for information.

Cross-country Ski & Shoeshoe Party

SWANVILLE — Saturday, Jan. 14, 10 a.m.: Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition hosts a cross-country ski and snowshoe party at the farm of Cloe Chunn and David Thanhauser, 210 Oak Hill Road, Swanville, with skiing and snowshoeing until noon, and a hotdog roast over a campfire to follow. Participants are encouraged to bring a chair, drink and side dish. For more information, contact Cloe at 338-1147.

Belfast Maskers Open Auditions

BELFAST — Saturday, Jan. 14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Monday, Jan. 16, 5 to 8 p.m., Basil Burwell Community Theater: Belfast Maskers hold open auditions for the darkly-comedic play “Wonder of the World” by David Lindsay-Abaire, its production scheduled for late May.

Nonviolent Action & Community Organizing Training

BELFAST — Saturday, Jan. 14, 1 to 5 p.m.: UU Sanctuary on Miller Street: Training by Ethan Hughes of the Possibility Alliance and Phoebe Dolan of Maine Youth Power. FMI: 338-5719.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Candlelight Walk & Gathering

BELFAST — Monday, Jan. 16, 4:30 p.m.: Meet at the Belfast Post Office with candles; a program to commemorate Dr. King’s life at the First Church in Belfast, UCC, starts at approximately 5 p.m.

Talk: Pollinator-friendly Gardens

BELFAST — Tuesday, Jan. 17, noon: Belfast Garden Club kicks off its 2023 speaker series with a free talk on pollinator-friendly gardens by Kate Garland, a horticulturist with the University of Maine Extension Service. The one-hour public program, the first of nine lectures for 2023, will be streamed live at noon in the Abbott Room at the Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. Those who wish to join from home, may attend via Zoom. For more information and to register, visit belfastgardenclub.org. This is the first of six daytime and three evening programs in 2023 covering topics pertinent to gardening and the environment.

Teens Create

SEARSPORT — Tuesday, Jan. 17, 3 p.m. (third Tuesdays): Teens and preteens ages 11 through 19 are invited to make/draw pins with the button maker at Carver Memorial Library, 12 Union St. All supplies included. Visit carverlibrary.org for information.

Maine Balkan Choir

BELFAST — Tuesdays, Jan. 10-31, 6 to 7:30 p.m.: Rehearsals at 17 Court St. (basement of Belfast Maskers building). February dates will be 14th, 21st and 28th. No experience necessary. FMI, email joeniemczura@gmail.com, call 808-352-1714, visit joeniemczura2012.wordpress.com or simply show up.  Maine Balkan Choir, led by Anne Stancioff Tatgenhorst of Winterport and Camden, has specialized in Slavic singing since 1998 and will perform a benefit concert for Ukraine in spring 2023.

Local Genealogy Group Meets

BELFAST — Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2 p.m.: Wawenoc Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society meets in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library. Annual administrative business meeting with a family recipe potluck. Bring a dish to share, the recipe and any associated family stories, photos, etc. Meet fellow genealogists and learn more about this chapter, which meets monthly on the third Wednesday 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 of $5 go toward speaker fees and refreshments, but membership is not required to attend individual programs. This meeting is free and open to the public.

Repair Café

BELFAST — Saturday, Jan. 21, 9 a.m. to noon, Waldo County Y: 2023 New Year’s resolutions — save money; take less junk to the transfer station. Here’s how: Get your broken lamps, toaster, vacuum, mixers, radios, clocks and other household stuff and clothing fixed. Come enjoy the talented fixers at the Repair Café who will attempt to fix your stuff for free (please bring replacement parts; we do have a few basics on hand). We always are willing to teach you the secrets or, if you want to join us, the Repair Café volunteers are a great group of folks.

Musical Instrument Petting Zoo

SEARSPORT — Saturday, Jan. 21, 1 to 3 p.m.: This pop-up musical experience for all ages at Carver Memorial Library, 12 Union St., allows attendees to try out musical instruments that are free to borrow with a library card. Members of Searsport Shores Jam Ensemble will be on hand to help out. Acoustic and electric guitars (with amp), violins, banjos, mandolins, ukuleles, an upright bass and an accordion are currently available. No experience is needed. Snow date: Jan. 28. Call 207-548-2303 or email staff@carverlibrary.org for information.

Free Series: ‘Rhythm, Breath and Lullaby’

BELFAST — Monday, Jan. 23, 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.: Belfast Free Library will offer a free workshop series for young families, teaching the use of sound to calm soothe and bond with baby. Participants will even have an opportunity to create their own unique and meaningful lullabies. Maddie Chilton, board-certified music therapist and childbirth doula, will lead the three-session series, “Rhythm, Breath and Lullaby.” Held in the Abbott Room on Mondays, Jan. 23 and 30 and Feb. 6. FMI: Stephanie Holman, Children’s Services librarian, at 338-3884, ext. 26, or sholman@belfastlibrary.org.