THURSDAY, MAY 18:

  • “Enjoy a Simpler Life by Organizing Your Home,” 6:30 p.m., Rockland Library. Pro organizer Diane Smith gives tips on “rightsizing” your space. Free.
  • Slide Talk by Maine Arts Educators Who Visited Malawi, 7 p.m. at Camden Library. Lindsay Pinchbeck and Argy Nestor discuss the trip they took with Go! Malawi, a Maine nonprofit that supports education, commerce and conservation programs in rural Malawi.
  • “The Roots of Piracy,” 7 p.m., Winter Street Center, Bath. Author and tall ship sailor James Nelson on the 17th-century geopolitics that caused a wave of piracy, and its impact on American history.
  • “The Future of Our Forests, Rivers, Lakes, Fields, and Ocean” Panel Talk, 7-9:30 p.m., Alamo Theatre in Bucksport. Experts discuss their concerns for the region’s health and the impact of current politics on Maine’s environment. Hosted by Maine Common Good Coalition, a group of Second District citizens. FMI: mainecommongood@gmail.com.
  • 3 Performances of “Love That Song” at Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta, with song, dance and comedy by Hearts Ever Young, a troupe of players 65 and older, at 7 p.m. Thurs. and at 2 p.m. Fri. & Sat. $10 donation at door. FMI: 563-3346.

FRIDAY, MAY 19:

  • Book Launch of “One Man’s Maine: Essays on a Love Affair,” 5-7 p.m., Left Bank Books, Belfast. Free party with talk by author Jim Krosschell, head of Coastal Mountains Land Trust’s board. RSVP: leftbank@myfairpoint.net or 338-9009.
  • Community Night at Medomak Arts in Waldoboro, 6-9 p.m. Food and live music at the Friendship Street arts center. Everyone is invited. $5 donation. FMI: medomakarts.org, 832-4774.
  • 12th Northeast Livestock Expo at Windsor Fairgrounds, Friday-Sunday. Showcasing beef and dairy cattle, sheep, goats, rabbits and poultry. Friday is Kids Day. Free admission. Public welcome. FMI: northeastlivestockexpo.com.

SATURDAY, MAY 20:

  • Union Fair Car Show, 10 a.m. See rat rods, muscle cars, trucks and motorcycles on Union Fairgrounds off Route 17. $5 admission/free under 12.
  • WW&F Railway Museum Open in Alna, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Diesel trains leave the station at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. for five-mile round-trip rides. Try out the hand car and see restoration projects in the shops. FMI: wwfry.org.
  • “Cultivating Political Distrust,” 3 p.m., May Shop Talk at Old Professor’s Bookshop, Belfast. The head of the Department of Political Science at UMaine Orono gives a free talk on how some players promote distrust to meet their own political ends.
  • “Coastal Kids Rocks” Benefit, 6 p.m. at Lincoln Academy Dining Commons. Music, food, silent auction, cash bar. $40. FMI: 563-5335.
  • “Frank Field’s View from High Street,” 7 p.m., Belfast Free Library. UMaine English professor Kay Retzlaff presents a slice of mid-19th century life in Belfast through the eyes of Field, who kept a boarding house on Primrose Hill and was Belfast’s animal pound keeper. The Belfast Historical Society talk is free and open to all. FMI: belfastmuseum.org.
  • Dance Party Double Bill: Johnny Hoy & the Bluefish and Sax Gordon, 8:30 p.m.-midnight at Blue Goose Dance Hall, Route 1, Northport. Season opener of the all-ages, chem-free That Little Town Rocks/Rites of Summer dance series. $20 admission. $10 under 12. FMI: themidcoastdanceclub@gmail.com.

SUNDAY, MAY 21:

  • Shearing Day at Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm in Unity, at 141 Cosby Brook Road. Shearing of the farm’s 35 alpacas starts at 8 a.m. All welcome.
  • Talk on McCurda’s General Store, 1 p.m., Jefferson Fire & Rescue Building. Arlene McCurda Cole talks about the store started by her great-grandfather after he came home from the Civil War. All welcome.
  • “Quirky Strange Wild: From Skunk Cabbages to Lilacs,” 4 p.m., Playhouse Theater, 107 Church Street, Belfast. Poets Linda Buckmaster, Elizabeth Garber, Rebecca Jessup, Judy Kaber and Belfast Poet Laureate Tom Moore read verses that celebrate strange spring plants. You are invited to sign up at 3:30 p.m. to read your own poem or one you like. $10 donation at door. Save a seat: 338-5777.

MONDAY, MAY 22:

  • Talk on Skidompha Library’s Early Years, 3-4 p.m., The Lincoln Home in Newcastle. The Damariscotta public library’s executive director, Pam Gormley, talks about its start as a social literary club in the 1880s and changes that have taken place since. Public welcome.
  • The Little Mermaid, 5 p.m., Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta. Boothbay Region YMCA presents the free Arts For All Reader’s Theatre production. Intended for youth and adults with mental or physical disabilities, Arts For All offers monthly workshops where participants come together to rehearse and perform Readers’ Theatre productions of classic stories.

TUESDAY, MAY 23:

  • Evening Chats with Champions: “Our Diverse Entrepreneurs,” 5 p.m. at Skidompha Library, Damariscotta. Meet businesspeople from Riverside Butcher Company, Phelps Architects Inc., Lincoln County Publishing, and Gallagher, Villeneuve and DeGeer, PLLC. After the moderated discussion, mingle with the panel members over local beer and wine.
  • Talk on “Adding Years to Our Life, and Life to Our Years,” 6 p.m., Jefferson Public Library in Jefferson Village School. Bette Bond tells why you don’t have to run 10 miles a day, eat sprouts and twist into impossible shapes to be healthy, and she provides a few simple ideas for aging gracefully. Free.
  • Talk by Author of “The Fat Lady Sings,” 6:30 p.m., Belfast Free Library. Cheryl Fuller, Ph.D., reads from and talks about her new book, which explores “what it means to live in a large body in our culture.”
  • Talk on Threatened Remote Coral Reefs, 7 p.m., Café Sci series at Camden Public Library. Dr. Ben Neal of Bigelow Lab for Ocean Sciences presents his team’s findings in the Central Pacific on how coralline algae, which are critical to reef health, are increasingly threatened by fungal disease. Free.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24:

  • Local Entrepreneurs to Pitch Their Plans in Rockland, 5 p.m., Center for Maine Contemporary Art. Eight hopefuls based in towns from Belfast to Waldoboro will get five minutes each to describe their ideas to a panel of judges in the 2017 Top Gun Midcoast Regional Pitch-Off. Two will be selected to move on to the statewide Top Gun Showcase in Portland on June 7 to vie for a $10,000 prize. FMI: mainestreamfinance.org.
  • Free “Fake News” Community Forum, at Mobius, 319 Main Street, Damariscotta. Sign-in and refreshments at 6 p.m. Panel talk from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with Lincoln County News Editor James Oliver, WCSH-6 reporter Don Carrigan, Maine Public political correspondent Mal Leary, and Portland Press Herald editorial page editor Greg Kesich.
  • “Domestic Violence Awareness” Public Forum in Friendship, 6:30 p.m., Friendship United Methodist Church, Route 97. Short video and panel featuring the Maine chaplain for Parents of Murdered Children, a monitor for Certified Batterer Intervention Programs, and a legal advocate for New Hope for Women. All welcome. FMI: 354-0232.

THURSDAY, MAY 25:

  • Two Pulitzer Prize Winners to Read in Portland, at the Maine Irish Heritage Center, Reception at 6 p.m. Reading and conversation at 7 p.m. with Anthony Doerr (“All the Light We Cannot See”) and Richard Russo (“Nobody’s Fool”). Reception $100. Reading $40. Tix; wayfinderschools.org.
  • 3 Nights of Dessert Theatre by the MVHS Players, at Medomak Valley High School, Waldoboro. Curtain at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday & Saturday, May 25, 26 & 27. Comedy acts are put on before and after an intermission serving of Moody’s Diner pie. $8 door. $5 seniors & students.
  • Marijuana Forum, Rockport Opera House Meeting Room, 7 p.m. Public invited, to get a better understanding of the new law and what it means to our towns. Speakers: State legislators, Paul McCarrier, Atty. Phil Saucier.
  • Watershed School Senior Project Presentations, 5 p.m., St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, 33 Chestnut St., Camden. Free, public invited. Seniors present their final-semester projects. FMI: 230-7341, watershed-school.org.

COMING UP:

  • Benefit Contra Dance, Fri., May 26, Rockport Opera House, 7-10 p.m., hosted by CHRHS students. Music by Sassafrass Stomp and caller Chrissy Fowler. Proceeds go toward scholarships for high school students in Liberia.
  • 7th Annual Boots on the Ground at Knox Museum, Sat., May 27, 11 a.m. The free event will be held under the tent at Montpelier, the white mansion at the turn to St. George in Thomaston. With musters, live music, lunch, fun for the kids, tours of Montpelier and a talk by Air Force combat veteran and Air National Guard pilot Major Mary Jennings Hegar, author of “Shoot Like a Girl: One Woman’s Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front.” All welcome.
  • Penobscot Marine Musuem Opens for the Season, Sat., May 27, 1-5 p.m. The Searsport museum starts its 81st year by celebrating master boatbuilder Ralph Stanley’s long career. “Ralph Stanley: An Eye for Wood” will be screened at 1 p.m. Belfast Bay Fiddlers & Friends take the stage at 2 p.m. Bring your instrument and join in. Toast Stanley at 3 p.m. and hear about his influence on the tradition of boatbuilding. Old Grey Goose will play American folk at 4 p.m. PMM admission will be $1 all day.
  • Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site in Bristol Opens for the Season, Sat., May 27, 2 p.m. Maine St. Andrew’s Pipes & Drums play traditional tunes of the British Isles on the parade ground of Fort William Henry. With commentary and a salute to those who have served the nation.
  • 10th Annual Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder Restoration Festival, Sat. & Sun., May 27 & 28. Food, footraces, family fun, a concert by the Chris Fitz Band and an up-close look at thousands of alewives swimming up the restored ladder. FMI: damariscottamills.org.
  • Salute to Veterans in Waldoboro, Sun., May 28, 4 p.m., VFW Hall on Mill Street. With recognition of midcoast veterans and MIAs, and a look at the work of Charles Lilley American Legion Post 149 and Soule Shuman Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4525.