THURSDAY, JULY 27:

  • “Why World War I Is Still Relevant 100 Years Later,” 4 p.m., Jackson Memorial Library, Tenants Harbor. Talk by author Michael Knapp on what the American Battle Monuments Commission does to ensure the legacy of soldiers who fought in the “war to end all wars.”
  • “Tell Your Life Story,” 6:30 p.m., Belfast Library. Free program led by Eddie Adelman combining humor, music & excerpts from famous memoirs to encourage people to write their stories. 30-minute workshop follows for people to try Adelman’s tips. Limited seating; come early.
  • Talk on the Balano Family of St. George, at St. George Grange Hall on Wiley’s Corner Road. Potluck 6:30 p.m. Talk at 7:30 p.m. by James Balano on his grandfather, prosperous sea captain James W. Balano, and his father, who wrote “The Log of the Skipper’s Wife,” based on journals kept by the sea captain’s wife.
  • Talk by Author of “The Gillchrest Papers,” 7 p.m., Penobscot Marine Museum’s Visitor Center, Searsport. Free talk by Renny Stackpole about an 1800s Thomaston family who built ships and sailed them around the world.
  • 2nd Annual Camden Classics Cup, Thursday-Saturday. Two days of racing by sailors from far and wide. Public events include viewing of the Parade of Sail at 10 a.m. on Saturday in Camden Harbor and a Saturday night dance party at Camden Yacht Club. $60 tix include open bar, food and dancing to the music of the Jason Spooner Band: 236-4378. Details and footage of last year’s CCC: camdenclassicscup.com.
  • VivMo Shorts, at St. Lawrence Arts in Portland. Vivid Motion’s dancers of all ages tell nine short stories through dance, each by a different choreographer, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. $14 adults/$7 under 13: vividmotion.org.
  • Two Weekends of Annie in Belfast, Belfast Maskers put on the musical at United Farmers’ Market of Maine, 18 Spring St., at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday & Saturday, July 27, 28 & 29 and Aug. 3, 4 & 5, with 2 p.m. matinees on Sunday, July 30 & Aug. 6. $15 adults/$10 under 13 at door or belfastmaskers.com.
  • Camden Shakespeare Festival, with performances of Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing at area venues including Camden Public Library’s Amphitheatre through Aug. 13. Schedule: camdenshakespeare.org.
  • Grease at Maine State Music Theatre, on Bowdoin College campus, Brunswick, through Aug. 5. The Who’s Tommy plays for one day only on Monday, July 31, with shows at 2 & 7:30 p.m. FMI: msmt.org.

FRIDAY, JULY 28:

  • Free Friday Tours of Aldermere Farm in Rockport, 10 a.m. July 28 & Aug. 4. See the Belted Galloway cows, learn about the farm’s history, and meet Aldermere Achievers 4-H members. Meet at the farmhouse. FMI: mcht.org.
  • “Exploring Life at Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vents,” 10:30 p.m., Brooke Hall at Darling Marine Center in Walpole. Free public talk by Dr. Jeremy Rich, who dove in the submersible Alvin to the pitch-black seafloor to study lifeforms that use chemosynthesis to survive. Registration: tinyurl.com/y87uxsmw.
  • Free Walking Tours in Downtown Camden, 4 p.m. Fridays to Sept. 15. 90-minute tours start at Camden Library, pass historic spots, and end inside Camden Opera House. Donations taken. Reservations: 236-3440.
  • Talk by Author of “Modern Coliseum: Stadiums and American Culture,” 5:30-7:30 p.m., The Barn Swallow Book Shop, 166 Russell Ave. (across from former library), Rockport. Colby College Prof. Ben Lisle tracks the evolution since World War II of these “engineered marvels.”
  • Folk Dance Brunswick, 6:30-9 p.m. People Plus, 35 Union St., Brunswick. World music and dance. All welcome. $5 donation. FMI: 200-7577, folkdancebrunswick.com.
  • Talk by Author of “Dirty Wars and Polished Silver,” 7 p.m., Left Bank Books, Belfast. Lynda Schuster on her memoir about being a Wall Street Journal war correspondent and then the wife of a U.S. diplomat. Save your seat: 338-9009 or leftbank@myfairpoint.net.
  • Sunset Dessert Cruise Aboard the Elizabeth Ann, 6:15-8 p.m. Departs from Monhegan Boat Line dock in Port Clyde. $15 adults/$7.50 under 12. Benefits charities supported by Naomi Chapter 25, Order of the Eastern Star, in St. George. Reservations required: 372-0510.
  • Red Velvet Opening Night at Theater at Monmouth, with performances through Aug. 17. Also at TAM, Macbeth, through Aug. 18. Othello, through Aug. 19. Molière’s The Learned Ladies, through Aug. 20. Three Days of Rain, through Aug. 18. Schedules: theateratmonmouth.org.
  • Ghosts of Fort Knox Guided Tour with East Coast Ghost Trackers, 8-11 p.m., Fort Knox State Historic Site, Prospect. FMI: friendsoffortknox.org.
  • 27th Annual Penobscot Bay Gam, Friday & Saturday. The host venue is Sail, Power & Steam Museum on the south end of Rockland Harbor. Friday features a shoreside potluck. Dick and Moira Benzel of SV Equinox will give a talk on their recent cruise to Cuba at 11 a.m. Saturday. FMI: cruisingworld.org.
  • Weekend of Contemporary Dance in Northport, Blue Goose Center, Route 1. Women’s Works presents “Center,” performed in the round, at 7 p.m. Friday & Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. $15 tix at the door. FMI: womensworksdance.com.
  • Bangor State Fair Opens, Bass Park & Cross Insurance Center, runs to Sun., Aug. 6, featuring midway with rides, horse & oxen pulling, crafts, food, flower show, and more. Admission: $14 adults/$7 seniors (60+) and Military Days/free under 3. FMI: bangorstatefair.com.

SATURDAY, JULY 29:

  • 4th Annual Celebrate Unity Festival, including vendors, food, entertainment and fun for the kids at the Field of Dreams from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The full schedule is on the Unity Barn Raisers Facebook page.
  • “Arts on the Hill: Shakespeare” at Beech Hill Preserve in Rockport, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Players from Camden Shakespeare Festival perform the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet and snippets of Much Ado About Nothing at the preserve’s Beech Nut lodge. Pack a picnic for the free all-ages performance. Refreshments and a reception follow. FMI: coastalmountains.org.
  • Party for Donors to Donkey Rescue in Brooks, 5 p.m. Peace Ridge Animal Sanctuary serves wine and hors d’oeuvres and offers tours and a chance to meet other supporters. Donate $50 or more before July 29, and it will be matched. The nonprofit is home to over 250 farm animals rescued from abuse and neglect. FMI: peaceridgesanctuary.org.
  • 17th-Century Living History Encampment at Colonial Pemaquid, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. & 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. at the State Historic Site in Bristol. Demos of fish processing, blacksmithing, militia firearm drills and more. FMI: friendsofcolonialpemaquid.org.

SUNDAY, JULY 30:

  • Photographer to Share Images from 900-Mile Arctic Adventure, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Strand Theatre, Rockland. Peter Ralston shows images of Inuit villages & hunting camps, polar bears & whales under the midnight sun; shares his observations of “the most dramatic theater of rapid climate change on the planet.” Free; donations go to Georges River Land Trust and Herring Gut Learning Center.
  • Free Community Dance with DJ Joel Mann in Northport, 7 p.m. It will be held on Bayside’s b-ball court. Rain moves it into the Community Hall at 813 Shore Road.

MONDAY, JULY 31:

  • “Writing Through Difficulty: Shift Your Perspective, Transform Your Story,” 10-11:30 a.m., Camden Public Library. Teresa Picardi leads the memoir workshop that teaches how to write about hard times and how writing can help you heal. Registration: 236-3440.
  • “New England’s Knight, Sir William Phips,” 7:30 p.m., The Contented Sole Restaurant, next to Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site, Bristol. Tad Baker on the first royal governor of Massachusetts, who put an end to the Salem Witch trials, and Phips’ connections to Pemaquid. $5.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 1:

  • “What Makes a Beautiful Boat?” at Camden Library, 1 p.m. Bob Stephens of Stephens Waring Yacht Design in Belfast on the details that make a boat a classic, whether it is one or 100 years old.
  • Talk on the Effectiveness of Citizen Science, 5-6:30 p.m., Café Sci at Bigelow Lab for Ocean Sciences, East Boothbay. Senior Research Scientist Nick Record talks about how he has used it to create forecasts that help people understand and interact with the environment, from jellyfish encounters to deer tick populations. Free. Registration: bigelow.org/cafesci.
  • Illustrated Talk on America’s Role in World War I, 6:30 p.m., Belfast Free Library. Free public program by historian Richard Rubin, author of “Back Over There,” which chronicles his visits to battlegrounds in France where U.S. soldiers turned the tide against Germany.
  • Talk by Local Astrologer, 6:30 p.m., Rockland Public Library. Ananur Forma gives an interactive talk entitled “Use Astrology to Understand Life’s Journey.”
  • Physical Comedian Michael Menes at Bayside Community Hall, 813 Shore Road, Northport, 7 p.m. He’ll juggle and jest in the free all-ages show.
  • “Warren: The Postcard View,” 7 p.m., Warren Historical Society, 225 Main St. Kevin Johnson, photo archivist for Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, shows images from Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company as well as a short film about the company, founded in Belfast in 1909.
  • Maine Coast Stone Symposium at Boothbay Railway Village, a month-long celebration of the history, art and culture of Maine's stone industry. The exhibit “Built with Stone: The Story of Granite, Slate, and Limestone in Maine” will be displayed all month. Talks, demos, artists in residence and a gala are on the agenda. FMI: railwayvillage.org.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2:

  • Free Panel Talk on “Making It Here: Women’s Views, Women’s Voices,” at 10:30 a.m., Summer Lecture Series in the Island Institute’s fourth-floor conference room, 386 Main St., Rockland. Tom Groening, editor of The Working Waterfront, moderates the talk with island residents and writers Barb Fernald, Courtney Naliboff and Sandy Oliver.
  • Walking Tours of UMaine’s Darling Marine Center in Walpole, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 16. Take a free tour of the waterfront laboratories and learn what the scientists are up to. RSVP: tinyurl.com/y8h2dbgs.
  • Atlantic Ballet Company Performs “Beauty and the Beast,” 4 p.m., Camden Library Amphitheatre. Free admission; donations taken. FMI: 542-9205.
  • Talk by Birder Don Reimer on Maine’s Most Intelligent Birds, 5 p.m., Project Puffin Visitor Center, 311 Main St., Rockland. He discusses the resourceful Corvid family, which includes ravens, crows and blue jays. Limited seating. Save your spot: 596-5566.
  • Talk on Penobscot Culture, 7-8:30 p.m., Sunset Seminar at Camden Yacht Club. James Francis Sr. & Jennifer Neptune, who live and work on Indian Island, dispel romanticized notions of cultures from the past and discuss how terrain and climate influence a culture’s development. Neptune will give a basket weaving demo. Free; donations go to Camden Area Youth Seamanship Program.
  • “Ambiguous Allegiances in Revolutionary Maine,” 7:30 p.m., Old Town House, just off Union Common. Dr. Liam Riordan, a Fulbright Scholar and former director of UMaine’s Humanities Center, gives the talk on historic events at Machias, Falmouth and Castine.
  • 70th Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland, Harbor Park, Weds.-Sun., Aug 2-6. Events include live music, tastings and carnival rides. Admission and cost of events and rides vary by day. FMI: mainelobsterfestival.com.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 3:

  • Pemaquid Resident Russ Lane in Chats with Champions, 10 a.m. at Skidompha Library, Damariscotta. He will show his documentary about his lighthouse keeper father’s rescue of teens from a sinking sailboat in the 1950s and their reunion 58 yeas later.
  • “Portrait of a Granite Schooner Captain,” 7 p.m., a Maine Coast Stone Symposium event at Boothbay Railway Village. John Anderson gives a talk about his grandfather, Anders Anderson, a Swedish immigrant who sailed boats loaded with granite from Penobscot Bay to places as far away as Canada and the Caribbean. $5 donation.
  • “Life on the Edge: Will Clamming Survive?,” 7 p.m., Tenants Harbor Town Office. Milky ribbon worms, green crabs, acidic waters and changes in the mudflats are challenging the survival of clams. Join the discussion with hands-on clammers and experts. Refreshments provided. Sponsored by St. George Conservation Commission and Friends of St. George.
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor, Ten Bucks Theatre performs at Fort Knox State Historic Site in Prospect. Shows start at 6 p.m. Thurs.-Sun., Aug. 3-6. $10 at the door.

COMING UP:

  • Belfast Flying Shoes Contra Dance, Fri., Aug. 4, 8 p.m., American Legion Post 43, 143 Church St., Belfast. With band Polaris and caller Steve Zakon-Anderson. $10 adults/$8 ages 13-20/$5 kids. FMI: belfastflyingshoes.org.
  • Talk by Author of “Negro Island Light,” Sat., Aug. 5, 2 p.m. at Camden Library. Claudette Lewis Bard discusses her book, which is set in Camden.
  • Incendiary: An Evening of Short Performances by Women at Waterfall Arts, Belfast, Sat., Aug. 5, at 7 p.m. Suzanne Stone, Becca Glaser and Lisa Leaverton perform experimental theater for mature audiences. FMI: waterfallarts.org.
  • 2017 Wings & Wheels Spectacular at Owls Head Transportation Museum, Sat. & Sun., Aug. 5 & 6. Among the offerings this year, a very limited number of rides in a B-25 bomber and a B-17G Flying Fortress: azcaf.org/plane/b17g-flying-fortress. For more on the W&W weekend: ohtm.org.
  • “Speed Dating & Friending” in Camden Library’s Amphitheatre, Sun., Aug. 6, 2 p.m. Meet new friends and maybe a date. Sign-up: cmiller@librarycamden.org.
  • Talk by Author of “Son of Terror: Frankenstein Continued,” Sun., Aug. 6, 2 p.m. at Alice L. Pendleton Library, 309 Main Road, Islesboro. Massachusetts author William Chanler discusses and signs his debut novel.