THURSDAY, MAY 18:

  • “Japanese Knotweed Hoe-Down and Plant Walk,” 5:30-8:30 p.m., Motherwort Farm, 855 Swanlake Avenue, Swanville. Herbalists Steve Byers & Gretchen Piper show how to dig for and make medicine with Japanese knotweed. With music and a potluck. $10 donation. FMI: 205-2515.

FRIDAY, MAY 19:

  • Union Farmers’ Market Opens for the Season, 3-6 p.m. on Union Common. Eighteen vendors offer organic produce, meat, cheese, artisanal foods, handcrafted wares. Kids can build a bluebird house at 3:30 p.m. The Rusty Hinges will play and guest vendor Marion Gray of Union Art League will show how she makes baskets. FMI: unionfarmersmarket.org.
  • Communi-TEA at Thomaston Library, 3-4:30 p.m. Tea, sweets and savories served. This one celebrates the library’s new Gazebo with a ribbon cutting. Bring a donation for the food pantry.

SATURDAY, MAY 20:

  • Public Supper & Variety Show at Tranquility Grange Hall, Route 52 in Lincolnville. Supper at 5 p.m. Baked beans, casseroles, salads, homemade desserts. $10 adults/$5 ages 5-12/free over 90 and under 5. Show at 6 p.m. Funds hall restoration. FMI: 763-3343.
  • Public Supper in Washington, from 5-6:30 p.m. at Mt. Olivet Lodge. With turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, veggies, rolls. $10 adults/$5 kids.
  • American Homebrewers Association to Host Members’ Rally in Portland, 7-9 p.m. at Shipyard Brewing Company. Meet local brewers and sample their beer. FMI: homebrewersassociation.org.

SUNDAY, MAY 21:

  • Pancake Breakfast to Benefit Hidden Valley Nature Center, 7:30-10:30 a.m. at Alna General Store. $10 includes coffee and a side.
  • Public Breakfast Buffet in Bath, 7:30-9:30 a.m., Knights of Columbus Hall on Middle Street. Eggs to order, bacon, pancakes, coffee, more. Donation of $7 adults/$3 under 12/free under 3.

MONDAY, MAY 22:

  • Circle Supper Returns to Rockland Congregational Church, 5:30 p.m. Martha’s Famous Ritzy Chicken, rice pilaf, veggie, bread & butter, cranberry sauce, dessert and coffee or tea. $9.
  • Spruce Head Community Hall Spring Potluck Supper, 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to bring a casserole, salad or dessert, plus a place setting. Coffee, tea, punch and homemade bread provided. FMI: 594-2457.

TUESDAY, MAY 23:

  • “Mead: What It Is, Was, and May Become,” noon at Merryspring Nature Center, Camden. Learn how honey wine, known as mead, is made from Sean Bailey of Fat Friar’s Meadery in Newcastle. $5/free for MNC members.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24:

  • Spaghetti Dinner at Federated Church in Thomaston, 5-6 p.m. Friends of Thomaston Public Library serve pasta with a choice of sauce, salad, garlic bread and ice cream to raise funds for the library’s 40 Days of Summer program. $7 adults/free under 10.
  • Italian Night Supper at People’s United Methodist Church, South Thomaston, 5:30 p.m. Italian dishes, bread, salads, beverages, desserts. $8 adults/$4 kids under 13.

COMING UP:

  • Maine Democratic Party Spring Dinner at Bangor Elks Lodge, with guest U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, who is the DNC deputy chair, on Fri., May 26. Cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. RSVP by May 20: mainedems.org.
  • Grand Opening of United Farmers’ Market of Belfast, Sat., May 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The year-round indoor market at 18 Spring Street features farmers & artisans. FMI: belfastmarket.com.
  • Italian Night Potluck-Style Dinner, Sat., May 27, 5 p.m. at St. Denis Hall, Route 126, North Whitefield. St. Denis Knights of Columbus Council 1423 serves a variety of Italian cuisine along with drinks and desserts. FMI: 542-0820.
  • Nancy Harmon Jenkins on “Maine Grains: A Complicated Story,” Thurs., June 1, 7 p.m. at Tranquility Grange in Lincolnville. The food writer discusses the industry’s comeback as artisan bakers and craft brewers set up shop in Maine. RSVP: mainefarmlandtrust.org. Her talk opens Maine Fare, which has morphed from a two-day Belfast food festival to a month of in-depth foodie events. FMI: mainefarmlandtrust.org or Facebook.

ONGOING:

  • Midcoast Farmers’ Markets, offering organic food and artisan goods. Most take SNAP/EBT and give out Maine Harvest Bucks. Belfast, Waterfall Arts, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays. Camden, 116 Washington Street (the old tannery site), 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays and 3:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays. Unity, Unity Community Center, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays.