Two concerts to feature the music of George Harrison
Mid-Week Music will present two concerts this week featuring the music of George Harrison, at 7 p.m. Wednesday and at 1 p.m. Sunday, both at the Historic Town House School, at 135 North St.
Kennebunk musicians and avowed Beatles freaks Dana Pearson and Andy MacLeod will perform the two-hour “All George” show, including the songs “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Behind That Locked Door.”
Tickets are $15 for members and $18 for all others. Get them at

Attend lecture on Maine’s Black history
Old Berwick Historical Society will present a lecture by journalist Bob Greene about Maine’s Black history at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Berwick Academy in the Dining Commons.
Maine is the whitest state in America, yet Black people have a long history here. Maine’s first doctor may have been a Black man. The nation’s first Black lawyer passed the bar and began practicing in Portland. Maine had slaves, but it also had Black builders, farmers, fishermen, ship captains and educators.
Admission is free to members, with a $5 suggested donation for non-members. The lecture is open to the public, no registration is required. Masks are mandatory inside the building. The lecture will be recorded and posted to the society’s website at or call 384-0000.

Bird seed sale fundraiser orders due by Friday
Friday marks the deadline to put in orders for the Mid-Coast Audubon’s annual bird seed sale to raise funds to support bird conservation and education programs.
Five varieties of seed will be offered: Black oil sunflower seed, 20 pounds for $22; 40 pounds for $36; Sunflower meaties (hulled), 25 pounds for $30, or 50 pounds for $52; Melody Mix 20 pounds for $17; 40 pounds for $28; Thistle (Nyger) 5 pounds for $12; and Suet blocks, $2.50 each. Orders must be placed by 5 p.m.
Orders can be placed online at
Seed must be picked up from 10 a.m. to noon at one of two locations: Plants Unlimited, 629 Commercial St. (Route 1) in Rockport, or at Lincoln County Publishing, 116 Mills Road, Newcastle. Please specify your preferred pick-up site on your order form.

Learn about Maine’s early labor union movement
Spirits Alive will present the second installment in its online Winter Lecture Series, entitled “The Maine Charitable Mechanics, 1815–1890,” at 1:30 p.m. Saturday only via Zoom.
In 1815, Portland artisans and tradesmen established the Maine Charitable Mechanics Association (MCMA). The founders were housewrights, painters, tailors, blacksmiths, masons, and other tradesmen. This early association foreshadowed the formation of the labor union movement in Maine. In 1859, the cornerstone for Mechanics Hall was laid by architect Thomas Sparrow, but design and construction was accomplished entirely by MCMA members. Today, Mechanics Hall presents community events that connect to that rich history, promoting ingenuity, creativity, and the diffusion of useful knowledge.
Paul Stevens will present the story of MCMA.
Lectures are free, but donations are appreciated. To register, or for more details, go to

Church hosts pregnancy support initiative
“Be Courageous,” an unplanned pregnancy support group at Holy Martyrs Church in Falmouth is expanding with hopes of reaching even more people in need.
“Walking with Moms in Need,” is a nationwide initiative that increases support for pregnant and parenting mothers facing difficulties. Holy Martyrs Church will host an open house that will be held on the last Monday of each month from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from a variety of people who have dealt with the very same decisions and situations they might be confronting now.
Representatives from several local organizations that are committed to providing resources to women in need will be in attendance at each meeting, including Adoption Solutions of Maine, which assists women who are either pregnant or want to adopt and provides in-person assistance as well as confidential guidance via phone, text, or email; Mother Seton House, an organization based in Fryeburg that provides education, counseling, and other support services for pregnant women and new mothers; and ABBA, a free, medically certified pregnancy resource center in Portland that offers pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and education that allows women to make empowered choices for themselves and their futures.

Winter Horticultural Series hosts final talk
Join the Camden Garden Club at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday for “Lasagna Gardening” with Liz Stanley, the final talk in its annual Winter Horticulture Series presented online in partnership with the Camden Public Library. The Zoom link to attend is available at with pre-registration required for each event.
Lasagna gardening, or sheet mulching, is a technique to transform part of a lawn or waste space into a new vegetable or perennial bed by layering and recycling readily available materials. After letting the area rest, the layers break down, building a growing medium of organic matter that improves the soil substrate’s quality. This presentation will discuss some examples of lasagna gardens, what kinds of “recipes” were used, and which plants thrive in this environment.
The free horticultural talks are open to everyone.


Library will host two online events this week
Kids on vacation are invited to join children’s librarian Miss Amy for a three day “Virtual Vacation Camp” of online activities, featuring a new theme each day. Wednesday will be “Make Your Own Simple Cookbook,” Thursday’s theme is “Make your own Pedaling Person,” and Friday’s activity is an “At Home Scavenger Hunt.” Younger siblings are welcome to join in. Sign up to participate by emailing Registrants will receive an email with the Zoom link to join and a list of simple materials found around the house to have on hand.
For adults, an online event to discuss immigrant housing challenges will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The Connecting Across Cultures “New Mainers” series will explore the hurdles faced by immigrants for housing in Maine. The public is invited to hear from a panel of speakers directly involved in immigrant housing efforts, who will offer a picture of the situation and explain the specific needs. Visit the “What’s Happening”events calendar on the library’s website to register and receive the Zoom link.

Learn about mushroom cultivation through UMaine
University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a webinar for home gardeners about mushroom cultivation from noon to 1:15 p.m. Friday.
“Spring Has Spawned: Getting Your Garden Ready for Mushroom Cultivation” topics include basic fungal biology and growing methods, necessary tools and materials, culinary and ecological benefits, suitable mushroom species and best times to prepare, plant and expect harvests. Louis Giller, North Spore’s education and events coordinator, will lead the workshop.
Registration is required; a sliding scale fee is optional. Register on the event webpage to attend live or receive the recorded link. This is the first in a five-part spring gardening webinar series offered through April for Maine gardeners.
For more details or to register, go to

Webinar on basic maple sugaring on Thursday
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Oxford County Soil and Water Conservation District will offer a webinar about maple sugaring from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Friday.
“Homestead Maple Sugaring,” presented by Jason Lilley, UMaine Extension Professional, will cover everything you need to know about making your own maple syrup, including identifying and tapping trees, collecting and boiling sap, as well as filtering, grading, and canning syrup. Lilley will focus on homestead-scale systems that require a limited initial investment in equipment.
Registration is required and a sliding scale program fee of $5 or $10 is optional.
For more information, visit To request a reasonable accommodation, contact Chantelle Hay at 744-3111 or email (email preferred). Registration deadline is by 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Online talk to discuss basics of plant breeding 
Vose Library’s Virtual Wednesday series will feature an online talk with Wendy Reinemann at 7 p.m. Wednesday via Zoom.
Reinemann is the owner of Guini Ridge Farm, a diversified operation that includes raising livestock, market gardens and the most recent addition: a garden center in Rockport. She will head the talk “New Plant Varieties, So How Did They Do That?”
Closed captioning will be available. Call 785-4733, email, or stop by Vose Library at 392 Common Road for a Zoom registration link.

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