NOTEWORTHY

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11:

– Where the Wild Things Were, 7 p.m. via Zoom in Friends of Merrymeeting Bay’s 26th annual Winter Speaker Series. Author Will Stolzenburg and FOMB Chair Ed Friedman discuss how scientists have begun to understand the ways in which many ecosystems are driven top-down by the presence of predators – whether starfish, sea otters, wolves or cougar – and how their elimination is causing imbalances in ecosystems, including in Maine, where deer and rodent populations have increased, fostering excesses of ticks, diseases, weeds and invasive plants. Stolzenburg and Friedman ask: Are we willing to adapt to a rewilding of dominant predators? Could we co-exist? Stolzenburg’s first book, Where the Wild Things Were, was a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection. Next up in the Winter Speaker Series, on Thursday, February 9: Running Silver!, with noted aquatic conservation biologist John Waldman. Programs are free, open to the public, and accessible via hyperlink at fomb.org.

THURSDAY, JAN. 12:

– Woodsqueer: An Evening of Conversation About the Joys of Rural Life with Gretchen Legler, presented at Rockland Public Library 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 the skills they brought with them (carpentry, tracking and hunting wild game) and the skills they 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. It will take place in the Community Room and will be livestreamed; for the Zoom links, email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov by 4 p.m.

– Ed Robinson on The Wonder of Maine’s Wildlife, 6:30 p.m. at Cushing Public Library. The outdoorsman, writer and photographer returns to the library, where an earlier program of his featured “stunning images, animal calls, facts and anecdotes about the variety of species making Maine a special place.” Robinson and his family moved to Orr’s Island, Harpswell, in 2007 and, in addition to his volunteer work with many conservation groups, he has published two books of wildlife essays in a series called Nature Notes from Maine. The program is free and open to the public.

SATURDAY, JAN. 14:

– Watts Hall Band Dance Party – Winter Edition, 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Watts Hall Community Arts, 174 Main Street in Thomaston. The 10-piece, vocally driven Watts Hall Band, with its full horn section, keyboards and guitar, play high-energy, danceable rock, blues, and R&B favorites. Hors d’oeuvres by donation and cash bar. Tickets are $15 in advance at wattshallthomaston.com, $20 at the door.

SUNDAY, JAN. 15:

– Architecture as Expressions of Change: Considering Food and Ukraine, hosted on Zoom by Cushing Public Library 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. They live in Cushing. Camden Conference Community Events are free to all. Learn more at camdenconference.org.

MONDAY, JAN. 16:

– 34th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Candlelight Walk and Celebration, in Belfast. Gather at the Belfast post office at 4:30 p.m., then walk to the First Church in Belfast, UCC, 104 Church Street. A program to commemorate King’s life will start at around 5 p.m. in the sanctuary. Speakers this year include Nnenaya Bloomstein and Rio Dubois, who will share their perspectives on civil rights work in schools and with young people, and Sheriff Jason Trundy, on Waldo County’s efforts at ensuring racial equity. Belfast Community TV will film the event. More information: BelfastMLKDay@gmail.com, 338-5089.

– The Far North: A Donald MacMillan Lecture Film, 6:30 p.m. through Zoom. The Sail, Power, and Steam Museum of Rockland hosts its first “Captains’ Quarters” of the new year. Rescheduled from December, this online talk, the first in a two-part series, will begin with an introduction by Captain Jim Sharp, museum co-founder, as he recounts his work with the schooner Bowdoin and shows clips from the film The Far North: A Donald MacMillan Lecture Film, which includes historic motion picture footage from Labrador and Greenland with MacMillan’s narration. Registration is required and available on the museum’s website: sailpowersteammuseum.org. Attendance is free. Part two of the talk will be held Jan. 30.

TUESDAY, JAN. 17:

– Come Boating! Winter Adventure Series Returns, offered on Zoom by Come Boating! And Belfast Free Library. The opener, this Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 6:30 p.m., features a slide presentation by Jonathan Fulford titled Around Newfoundland in a Small Boat. This past summer, longtime environmental activist and experienced sailor Fulford sailed the Dawn B from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, around Newfoundland, and back to Belfast, a 2,800-nm adventure. Over the summer, 20 different people joined him to sail legs of this trip, 10 of them from the midcoast. The Winter Adventure Series continues Tuesday, February 21, with a presentation by sisters Clare and Leigh Dorsey about their 2022 race to Alaska; on Tuesday, March 21, Arista Holden will give a presentation on the Atlantic Challenge Contest of Seamanship, which is coming to Belfast in July 2024. For more information, call the library at 338-3884, ext. 10. To register for the Zoom links to programs, go to belfastlibrary.org.

MUSIC

– Registration for Down East Singers Open, now through Jan. 24, at downeastsingers.org. Rehearsals for the Easter portion (Parts II and III) of Handel’s Messiah are held on Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 10, from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. at Watts Hall, 174 Main Street in Thomaston. The performance will be on Memorial Day, May 29, at Watts Hall. Singers of all voice parts are welcome. Membership fees for spring semester are $80. Down East Singers’ past performances can be viewed on YouTube. For more information, call 619-0413 or visit the group’s website.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11:

– Rasa String Quartet in Rockport, 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 and Boston New Music Festival. 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 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.

– UMaine Treble a Cappella Group Renaissance to Perform at Strom Auditorium, at Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport, at 7 p.m. The concert will also feature Camden Hills student-led a cappella groups The Off-Beats and Fortissima. The event will be free, but donations will be accepted to help continue bringing performance opportunities to CHRHS students.

FRIDAY, JAN. 13:

– Camden Opera House SoundCheck: Cindy Kallet & Grey Larsen, 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.

– “Music for a New Year” by VoXX: Voice of Twenty, presented in three venues in January. The auditioned midcoast a cappella vocal ensemble’s program “centers around music of consolation and joy as we emerge from the worst of a worldwide pandemic and welcome the lengthening days and the return of the sun.” A wide range of composers and genres offer variations on these themes. Performances are set for this Friday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. at New Event Center, 15 Front Street in Belfast; Sunday, Jan. 15, at 4 p.m. in Union Hall, 24 Central Street in Rockport; and Sunday, Jan. 22, at 3 p.m. in Phippsburg Congregational Church, 10 Church Lane in Phippsburg. Tickets are $20 (cash or check) at the door. Learn more at voiceoftwenty.com.

SATURDAY, JAN. 14:

– Met Opera LIVE: Fedora, 1 p.m. broadcast from New York City’s Metropolitan Opera to downtown Rockland’s Strand Theatre. 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. One hundred 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.

COMING UP:

– St. Cecilia Chamber Choir Holding Auditions, in preparation for their May and June concerts. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings at 6:45 p.m. starting on Jan. 18, at St. Andrew’s Church on Glidden Street in Newcastle. To schedule an audition, call Linda Blanchard at 380-2768 or email audition@ceciliachoir.org. For more information about the choir, visit ceciliachoir.org.

FILM

SUNDAY, JAN. 15:

– Free Screening of Selma and Panel Discussion, 2 p.m. at Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the 2014 Academy Award winner Selma is shown. In it, Martin Luther King Jr., played by David Oyelowo, and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The historical drama is rated PG-13 for brief strong language and disturbing thematic material. Following the film, you’re invited to stay for a multigenerational panel discussion on issues of racism and engaged citizenship. No tickets or reservations are necessary to attend. Additional information on this screening is available at LincolnTheater.net.

ARTS

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11:

– Laura Bonazzoli Explores Short-Story Cycles at Rockport Public Library, 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? Join author Laura Bonazzoli for the answers. She will read excerpts from her own short-story cycle, 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.

– Art and Journaling for Teens and Adults, from 4 to 5 p.m. in person and at Camden Public Library and on Zoom. Amy Hand will be facilitating creative art and journaling projects through emails and via Zoom. If you are interested in receiving the project ideas or would like to receive a link to participate in the Zoom meeting, email alhand@librarycamden.org. It’s offered on Zoom every Wednesday, and on second Wednesdays, the program will also happen in person.

THURSDAY, JAN. 12:

– Cézanne: Portraits of a Life, in the Exhibition on Screen series, with showtimes at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at downtown Rockland’s Strand Theatre. Filmed at the National Portrait Gallery in London, with additional interviews from art experts and correspondence from the artist himself, the film takes audiences to the places Cézanne lived and worked and sheds light on an artist who is perhaps one of the least known and yet most important of all the Impressionists. $15 general admission, $12 Strand members.

– Learn to Make Accordion Books, 6 p.m., offered in person and on Zoom in Camden Public Library’s Jumpstart January series. Amy Hand will teach several adaptations of this easy book craft. If you feel inclined, you can enter your book into the Annual Accordion Book Art Show at the library. $10 materials fee. Registration details: librarycamden.org.

SATURDAY, JAN. 14:

– Art Lesson Series Offered by Waldoboro Public Library, via Zoom on Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m. Artist Debe Loughlin offers three different techniques. The first class, this Saturday, will be Watercolor on Clayboard; the second, Jan. 28, will be Acrylic on Old Wood; and the third, February 18, is Gouache on Paperboard. Students with questions can email the instructor at debe.loughlin@gmail.com. Students are expected to provide their own supplies and the library will provide a list of basic and inexpensive supplies needed upon registration. No experience is necessary. Class size is limited to 10. Each class is a stand-alone, and people may sign up for one, two, or all three. This program is free of charge. To register, call the library at 832-4484, email info@waldoboro.lib.me.us, or ask at the front desk.

TUESDAY, JAN. 17:

– Painting Morning Sun in Watercolor, noon at Camden Public Library in its Jumpstart January series. Watercolor artist Jaeohk Cho Keenan will instruct on how to paint morning sun and sunrise landscapes with watercolor. Techniques are also applicable for painting other kinds of light. $10 materials fee. Registration details: librarycamden.org.

– 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 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. A 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. 17:

– Talk on Pollinator-Friendly Gardens, streamed live at noon in the Abbott Room at Belfast Free Library, 106 High Street, with the option to attend over Zoom. The Belfast Garden Club kicks off its free, public 2023 speaker series with the talk by Kate Garland, a horticulturist with the University of Maine Extension Service. Focusing on native plants and landscape management, Garland will offer practical tips for gardeners on ways to provide food, habitat and water resources for pollinators. Her talk will include an introduction to the Pollinator-Friendly Garden Certification program at the University of Maine Extension Service. Belfast Garden Club will offer six daytime and three evening programs in 2023 with support from the Belfast Free Library. Programs cover topics pertinent to gardening and the environment. The daytime programs are held at noon at the library and are also available on Zoom. The evening programs, cosponsored by the library, are presented at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom only and this year focus on managing the impact of climate change on gardens, farms and forests.

FOOD & DRINK

COMING UP:

– Classes Focused on Healthy Diet, offered by Rockland’s Good Tern Co-op at its Hole in the Wall Bagel Cafe, next door at 754 Main Street. On Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 5:30 p.m., Valerie Robinson teaches how to make gluten-free sourdough bread using whole grains. On Sunday, Jan. 29, at 3 p.m., Prudence Grubb will teach an introduction to the Ayurvedic diet. Both are free of charge. All ingredients will be provided, and participants will receive recipes. Registration for one or both classes is required. You can sign up on Facebook. For more information, contact Heather Hynd at goodtern@goodtern.coop.

KIDS & PARENTS

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11:

– 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.

– Early Release ArtLab at CMCA, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, in downtown Rockland, from 1 to 4 p.m. with fiber artist Bobbie Tilkens-Fisher. Learn weaving basics and make a tiny tapestry from a variety of yarns, strings, and fibers. Free and open to all ages; all materials provided.

– Escape Room Event for Tweens at Rockport Public Library, 5:30 p.m. Youth Services Librarian Stephanie Miller will meet participants in the YA Room, where a series of mysterious puzzles must be solved in order to discover a key hidden among the book stacks. The clues will ultimately lead to a secret locked box containing an intriguing treasure to take home. The event is free and open to all students ages 11 to 15. Email smiller@rockportmaine.gov for more information.

– February Vacation Program for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Youth, with an online parent info session this 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.

THURSDAY, JAN. 12:

– Family Program on Shelter Building, from 3 to 4 p.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.

TUESDAY, JAN. 17:

– Teens Create: Make Your Own Custom Pins, 3 p.m. at Carver Memorial Library, in Searsport, in its third-Tuesdays series. Express yourself by designing pins you complete using the library’s button maker. All supplies included. For teens and preteens ages 11 to 19.

COMING UP:

– 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.

MISCELLANEOUS

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11:

– Beginners and Senior Fitness Dancing, 2 p.m. at Camden Public Library in its Jumpstart January series. Rita Swidrowski, a senior and dance instructor at the YMCA, will lead a variety of cha-chas, twists, boogies, and mambos to pop songs old and new. No dance experience is necessary and each person is encouraged to follow his or her body’s needs and abilities. Free. Registration is required: librarycamden.org.

– St. George Municipal School Unit School Board Workshop, 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.

THURSDAY, JAN. 12:

– Grief Support Group in Brunswick, offered by All Saints Parish starting this Thursday, from 1 to 3 p.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 132 McKeen Street. If you are interested or have questions about participation, call Tricia Smith at 798-2371. The St. Patrick Church community in Newcastle also offers a grief support group, facilitated by John Nolan and Debby Carroll. If you are interested in joining or know someone who could benefit, contact Martha Corkery at martha.corkery@portlanddiocese.org or 725-2624.

– Resting into the New Year Phase 2: Release, 2 p.m. on Zoom in Camden Public Library’s Jumpstart January series. Join local wellness instructor Hester Kohl Brooks in the second part of a three-part online Yoga Nidra series. Lie down in the comfort of your own home to experience the three-phase Daring to Rest Yoga Nidra method. In this phase (Release), you’ll tend to mental and emotional exhaustion. Free. Details are at librarycamden.org. Phase 3: Rise will be offered on Zoom on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m.

FRIDAY, JAN. 13:

– Update on Belfast Community Co-op Plans, 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast and over Zoom. Co-op member-owners are invited to meet, greet, and receive an update on renovation plans for the building the co-op has owned and occupied in downtown Belfast since 1993. Zoom participants can register via a link at belfast.coop/january-13-owner-forum. Member-owners planning to attend in person can RSVP via email to board@belfast.coop.

SATURDAY, JAN. 14:

– Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Party, hosted by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition at the farm of Cloe Chunn and David Thanhauser, 210 Oak Hill Road in Swanville. The party begins at 10 a.m. with skiing and snowshoeing until noon, followed by a hotdog roast over a campfire. Participants are encouraged to bring a chair, drink, and side dish. For more information, contact Chunn at 338-1147. Learn more at belfastbaywatershed.org.

– Nonviolent Action and Community Organizing Training, 1 to 5 p.m. at the UU Sanctuary on Miller Street in Belfast, led by Ethan Hughes of the Possibility Alliance and Phoebe Dolan of Maine Youth Power. The training is offered in solidarity with Belfast’s MLK Jr. Day Candlelight Walk. For more info, call 338-5719.

MONDAY, JAN. 16:

– Third Fill the Strand Food and Funds Drive, at the Strand Theatre in Rockland. The goal is to fill every seat in the historic theater with bags of food and funds to support AIO’s programs. You can help by hosting your own mini food and fund drive within your family, workplace, neighborhood or group. The food and funds collected will go directly to AIO’s Food Assistance, Energy Assistance, Weekend Meal, and Diaper Assistance programs. You can donate a bag of food or sponsor a bag at $25, both of which will fill one seat in the theater. You can make a donation at aiofoodpantry.org/strand or visit the Strand this Monday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

TUESDAY, JAN. 17:

– St. George EDU Talks Presents: CTE for All – Engaging Students, Growing Businesses, and Strengthening Our Communities, 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.

COMING UP:

– 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 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 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 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.