NOTEWORTHY

THURSDAY, MARCH 23:

  • Forum: “Refugees, Immigration, and Sanctuary,” 6:30-8:15 p.m., First Congregational Church in Camden. Video from the 2017 Camden Conference is shown, followed by a talk with clergy members who examine immigration from a biblical and personal perspective. Free public event sponsored by the church’s new Faith and Public Issues Task Force.
  • Learn About and Look for Lichens, with naturalist Diann Henderson. She gives a talk at Camden Library at 7 p.m. Thursday on local lichens. She leads a hike on Friday; meet at Camden Hills State Park at 8:45 a.m. Bring a hand lens to both, if you wish.

FRIDAY, MARCH 24:

  • 5th Annual Story Slam at Sweet Tree Arts in Hope Center, 6:30 p.m. Local storytellers illustrate the theme of “Change,” with yarns about the Maine outdoors, an airport drama and a tale of candy and kale. $12 advance tickets: sweettreearts.org. $15 at the door.
  • Folk Dance Brunswick, 6:30-9 p.m. at People Plus, 35 Union St., Brunswick. World music and dance. All welcome. $5. FMI: folkdancebrunswick.com.
  • The Maine Boatbuilders Show for 2017, at the Portland Sports Complex from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday & Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Power- and sailboats. FMI: portlandyacht.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 25:

  • Bar Harbor Comic Con 2017, at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel Conference Center from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. All-ages sci-fi and fantasy con with artists, authors, tabletop and video gamers, cos-play, live music and vendors. Suggested admission donation of $5 per person/$15 per family.
  • “Walking on Air: Aerial Adventures of Phoebe Omlie,” 1 p.m. in the Owls Head Transportation Museum’s series Women Who Dare: Pioneering Women of Transportation. Talk by historian and author Janann Sherman. $10 donation.
  • “Going to the Dogs and Cat$” at Rockland School of Ballet, 7-10 p.m. Swing & Sway dancers will lead lessons, Café Miranda will provide a bar, and “desserts and delectables” will be served at the benefit for May HTR Foundation, which supports shelters, rescues and other groups that help animals. $25 tickets: mayhtrfoundation.org.
  • 6th Annual Farnsworth [Collective] Bash with Sofi Tukker, 8 p.m. at 449 Main Street in Rockland. 21+ event with origami theme, cash bar by Rollie’s, dance music by Grammy-nominated Sofi Tukker, and art installations in the former 3 Crow restaurant space. $35/free for members. Tickets are at 2017collectivebash.splashthat.com.

SUNDAY, MARCH 26:

  • 6th Annual Liberal Cup Biathlon, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson. Race combining cross-country skiing and target shooting. FMI: midcoastconservancy.org.
  • 34th Annual Maine Maple Sunday, sugarhouses around the state open their doors and offer tours, family fun, and tastes of syrup and candy. The full Maine list is at mainemapleproducers.com. On the midcoast, stop by The Riley School in Rockport from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for live music, tasty treats, guided nature walks, crafts. Camden-Rockport Historical Society holds sugaring demos and offers free maple-sugared ice cream at Conway House from noon-3 p.m. The driveway is next to Hannaford plaza on the town line.
  • John Cariani’s “Almost, Maine” Lunch and Show, 11:30 a.m. at Rollie’s Bar and Grill in Belfast. Cold Comfort Theater performs and lunch is served. $20 tix must be bought in advance at Rollie’s.
  • Mrs. Maine International Pageant, at 3 p.m. in Brunswick Crooker Theater. $30 adults/$25 under 19. Tix at the door. FMI: mrsmaineinternational.com.

MONDAY, MARCH 27:

  • People’s Forum on Health Care, 6-8 p.m., First Parish Church, 425 Congress St., Portland, presented by Southern Maine Workers’ Center, and other organizations. Forum features speakers impacted by the health care crisis, and the desirability of univeral publicly funded care will be presented. Maine State legislators will be attending. FMI: maineworkers.org.

TUESDAY, MARCH 28:

  • STRIVE Inmate Rehab Program Founder in Chats with Champions, 10 a.m. at Skidompha Public Library. Jerome Weiner talks about the program that’s reducing the recidivism rate in the Maine prison system. Free.
  • Free Talk on “Japanese Garden Design,” 6:30 p.m. at Belfast Free Library. Lee Sligh and Liz Stanley show slides and talk about ancient and far-off gardens in the series co-hosted by the library and Belfast Garden Club.
  • Male Argentine Dance Company Che Malambo at Strom Auditorium, Rockport, at 7 p.m. Dramatic footwork, drumming and music inspired by the South American gaucho. $30/$10 under age 25: baychamberconcerts.org.
  • “Maine’s Red Tides: The Good, the Bad, and the Toxic,” 7 p.m., Café Sci at Camden Public Library. Dr. Cindy Heil gives a free public talk on the algae and their connections to climate change and human activities.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29:

  • “The Allagash: New England’s Wild and Scenic River,” 6:30 p.m., Rockport Opera House. Slide talk by author and retired Maine forest Ranger Tim Caverly about loggers and other characters, and the river’s wildlife.

THURSDAY, MARCH 30:

  • “Shaken, Not Stirred” Fundraiser at Rockland’s Strand Theatre, to benefit Coastal Children’s Museum of Rockland. James Bond–themed event starts with VIP cocktail party from 5-6 p.m. with martinis and other beverages, nibbles, a James Bond trivia contest, and a raffle of gift baskets linked to different 007 movies. $30 tix: rocklandstrand.com or door. “Dr. No” screened at 7 p.m. $10 suggested donation for just the movie.
  • Panel of Seasoned Journalists on “Info Wars: Fact, Fiction or Opinion,” 6 p.m. at Rockland Public Library. Free, public forum with moderator Jo Dondis, who’s worked at CNN, ABC, CBS and PBS, and four national-level pros: Joshua F. Moore, Mark Benjamin, Jesse Ellison and Matt Storin.

COMING UP:

  • Holistic Mystic Fair at Augusta’s Calumet Club, 334 West River Road, on Saturday, April 1, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mediums, massages, gems and herbs, an animal communicator (bring a photo of your pet), and more. $5 admission doesn’t include individual services. FMI: enchanteddragons.net.
  • Swing & Sway Dancing Puts on Spring Showcase, Saturday, April 1, at High Mountain Hall in Camden, at 2 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. Family show featuring competitive ballroom dancers showcasing classic ballroom and Latin performances. $10 tix: swingnsway.com.
  • “Food, Fun & Foolery” Auction and Party in Rockland, Saturday, April 1, 5:30 p.m. at Elks Lodge on Rankin Street. With silent and live auctions, music by Midcoast Community Chorus musicians, finger foods, cash bar. $5 tix available at Clean Bee Laundry, Camden; The Grasshopper Shop, Rockland, Green Store, Belfast; 975-0582. No tix at door.
  • 2017 EQME Awards Gala & Silent Auction, Saturday, April 1, at Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland. Featuring a tribute to Maine’s LGBT bars and nightclubs. FMI: equalitymaine.org.
  • Local Music in Support of Local Theater in Belfast, Saturday, April 8, 7:30-10 p.m. at Bay Wrap. $20 donation covers food, drinks, and live music by Sugarbush and James Spartz to support Midcoast Actors’ Studio’s 2017 season. FMI: midcoastactors.org or 370-7592.
  • Boothbay Region YMCA “We Are Family” Celebration, Tuesday, April 11, 5:30 p.m. With a Y-Arts program at 6 p.m. followed by volunteer recognition and staff and award presentations. Catering by Boathouse Bistro. $12 tix: at the Y or boothbayregionymca.org.