Thursday, Nov. 24
Thanksgiving Community Meal
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 11 White St., 12:30 to 2 p.m. A free, sit-down turkey dinner with all the traditional dishes. If you are considering helping or want to provide food, contact coordinator Ron Staschak at 691-7578.
Friday, Nov. 25
Rockland’s Festival of Lights weekend
On Friday, Santa arrives on Middle Pier at noon and will light the lobster trap tree at 6 p.m. Sales and special events all day Saturday on Main Street, then downtown closes to vehicles for the Parade of Lights at 6 p.m. Breakfast with Santa, Sunday at Rockland Elks Lodge, 210 Rankin St., 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Waldo Theatre’s “Sound of Music” sing-along, 4 p.m.
An immersive theatrical experience for the whole family, plus door prizes and a costume contest.
Author Eddie Adelman at Sherman’s
Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shops hosts book signings by midcoast author Eddie Adelman in Rockland Friday, and in Damariscotta Saturday, from 1 to 3 p.m. Adelman’s most recent book, “Don’t Get Me Started,” is a collection of 35 mostly humorous columns and essays on a variety of topics.
Yuletide in St. George
This Friday and Saturday, along Route 131 and in Tenants Harbor and Port Clyde. Find a variety of unique gifts, antiques, artwork and more. For downloadable Yuletide maps, go to stgeorgebusinessalliance.com.
Saturday, Nov. 26
Silent auction and raffle, Friends of the Rockland Public Library
More than 30 decorated tabletop trees and wreaths available at Rockland Public Library. Bidding begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Raffle tickets are on sale at the library check-out desk, 2/$5 or $3 each. Raffle winners will be drawn at 4 p.m. All proceeds support the library.
Pope Memorial Humane Society craft show
More than 40 artists from around Maine, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rockland Elks Lodge, 210 Rankin St. Admission is a suggested $2 donation. Lunch will be available for purchase. All proceeds will go to Pope Memorial Humane Society for food, medicine and supplies for animals under their care.
Millay House open house
Open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 198A Broadway St. See construction 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.
Monday, Nov. 28
Monday night blues
At 7 p.m., Tas Cru performs the last show of the season for this weekly blues series at the Grey Owl Bar and Grill, downstairs at the Trade Winds, 2 Park Drive, Rockland. All shows $20, tickets available at the door. See Facebook @MondayNightBlues.
Shakespeare Society of Rockland meeting
From 2 to 4 p.m. via Zoom, read and discuss “Macbeth,” Act 5. This is the final meeting until January 30, when the group begins “The Winter’s Tale.” For further information, email President Hope Kocian at [email protected]
Tuesday, Nov. 29
PFAS Forever Chemicals
Join Herring Gut’s Learn-Discover-Grow series and learn about PFAS. From 7 to 8 p.m., speakers Heather Spalding of Maine Organic Farmers Association and Ed Friedman of the Friends of Merrymeeting Bay will discuss forever chemicals and how they affect the watersheds and all of us. Register for free at herringgut.org/current-offerings.
Wednesday, Nov. 30
Bear hunt story time
Join Miss Katie at the Rockland Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Bring your stuffed bears (or other stuffed animals) for books and songs followed by a parade and a scavenger hunt.
Thursday, Dec. 1
“Beyond Supply Chains: America’s Changing Economic and Trade Policy”
The Camden Conference and Rockland Public Library present Bill Hall on global supply chains and how the pandemic changed them. This free event will take place in the library’s Community Room, 6:30 p.m. and over Zoom. Email [email protected] for the Zoom link.
Toys for Tots raffle
Toys for Tots Knox County will hold a raffle drawing on Dec. 11 for 20-inch boys’ bicycle and 20-inch girls’ bicycle, each with a matching helmet. Tickets are $1 each.
Watch facebook.com/toysfortotsknox for ticket locations, or contact Toys for Tots Knox County.
For more information please contact Jody Dinsmore, 207-542-2483, [email protected]toysfortots.org.
Lobster Festival seeking 2023 poster artist
The Maine Lobster Festival seeks an artist to create the 2023 festival poster. The winner will receive a $1,000 commission and must release the rights of the artwork to the Maine Lobster Festival. Artists are asked to submit samples of their work and a bio. A requirement for the poster is a large lobster, so it is helpful for the committee to see a sample lobster. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Dec. 30, 2022. Submissions will be accepted online. The winning artist will be chosen by a committee.
New Hope Midcoast holiday sale
New Hope Midcoast is holding a holiday sale of Maine-made gifts from now through Dec. 15. Pick up is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 or Monday, Dec. 19 at 5 Beech St., Rockland or 18 Belvedere St., Damariscotta. Items for sale include tea towels from designer Jennie blue, hand-made chocolates and spices from Sugar and Spice Farms, “There’s Grounds for Hope” coffee from Rock City Roasters and Maine Gold maple syrup. Proceeds benefit the agency’s comprehensive support for Midcoast Maine residents affected by domestic abuse.
Weekend Holiday Open Houses
Museum of Maritime Pets, 75 Mechanic St., 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, No. 26 through Dec. 24. More info: 390-5909, museumofmaritimepets.org.
Holiday preview party at Montpelier, Friday, Dec. 2, 6 p.m.
Be the first to view the holiday decorations at Knox Mansion. Enjoy food, drinks and the music of the Bill Barnes Trio. Tickets are $75 at the door, $60 for members. Montpelier is at 30 High St., Thomaston. Tickets: knoxmuseum.org/events.
“Walkin’ the Line” at Watts Hall
Watts Hall Community Arts is excited to present two performances of “Walkin’ the Line – A Tribute to Johnny Cash,” at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3, in the upstairs auditorium of Watts Hall, 174 Main St. The live show stars Scott Moreau as the Man in Black, backed by a band of local musicians. See wattshallthomaston.com for more information.
Tom DiMenna sings Gordon Lightfoot
The Waldo Theatre in Waldoboro presents Portland-based musician Tom DiMenna singing the songs of Gordon Lightfoot on Friday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. Tickets for the concert are $15 in advance and $20 day of the show.
Free parking is available on Main Street and School Street. 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. The Waldo is no longer requiring proof of vaccination and has shifted to masks optional for all visitors.