THURSDAY, APRIL 20:

  • Poet Kristen Lindquist to Read at Rockport Public Library, 4 p.m. Three of her poems have been read by Garrison Keillor on NPR’s “Writer’s Almanac.”
  • “Eco-Friendly Yard Care: How You Care for Your Yard Matters,” 5:30 p.m. Rockport Opera House. Hildy Ellis of Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District and Megan Patterson of Maine Pesticide Control Board lead the public forum. With refreshments and a Q&A. FMI: aaplanning@town.rockport.me.us.
  • Marine Researcher on “The Evil Twin of Climate Change,” 6:30 p.m. Belfast Free Library. State Rep. Mick Devin of Newcastle, who is also a marine biologist, talks about ocean acidification, rising seawater levels, marine debris, and bills he has sponsored to do something about it. This free public talk is part of Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition’s Earth Days Waldo County series.
  • “Curious Corvids,” 7 p.m. at Camden Library. Mid-Coast Maine Audubon hosts Don Reimer’s program on some of Maine’s most intelligent and resourceful birds: crows, ravens and jays.

FRIDAY, APRIL 21:

  • Semiannual Card & Game Party at St. Margaret’s Church, Belfast, 1 p.m. Friends of Belfast Free Library hold the afternoon of bridge, canasta, chess, gin, etc., with nonstop refreshments and a raffle prize. $10 per person goes to the library. Registration: 338-4118.
  • “Animals in Antarctica” Program at Belfast Free Library, 2 p.m. Staff from OceansWide, a nautical research group based in Newcastle, share photos from their latest trip and tidbits about whales, penguins, seals and seabirds.
  • “The Writing Life: Roller Coaster and Merry-Go-Round,” 7 p.m. at Left Bank Books in Belfast. Author Monica Wood gives a free public talk, and signs just-out paperback copies of her book “The One-in-a-Million Boy.”
  • Folk Dance Brunswick, 6:30-9 p.m., People Plus, 35 Union Street, Brunswick. World music and dance. All welcome. $5. FMI: folkdancebrunswick.com.
  • Talley’s Folly at Rockport Opera House, by Everyman Repertory Theatre, at 7 p.m. Friday & Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tix $20 adults/$10 students at Left Bank Books, Rock City Cafe, Zoots Coffee, 236-0173 and everymanrep.org. $25 at the door.
  • Monster Truck Destruction Tour in Portland, at Cross Insurance Arena, with events Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Pit Parties with a chance to meet the drivers precede each event. FMI: mtdtour.com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 22:

  • Mind Body Spirit Festival in Belfast, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at UMaine Hutchinson Center. Holistic health practitioners, gems & crystals, psychics, Reiki, an animal communicator and more. $5 admission. FMI: mindbodyspiritfestival.org.
  • March for Science at UMaine Orono, noon-2 p.m. on the mall near Fogler Library. Speakers at noon. March at 1 p.m. Maine’s part in the national March for Science. FMI: umaine.edu/marchesforscience.
  • Animals from Sparks’ Ark to Visit Thomaston Public Library, 1 p.m. Meet Josh Sparks and rescued animals from his reserve. His visits often include a fox, hedgehog, bat, owl and snake. Free public event with refreshments.
  • Author Richard Grant Reads from His Thriller “Cave Dwellers,” 2 p.m. at Owl & Turtle Bookshop in Camden. He’ll sign copies of his new WWII espionage novel after the free reading.
  • “Hither & Yon: Maine Poems from Away,” 3 p.m. Old Professor’s Bookshop in Belfast hosts Colby College Associate Professor of English Adrian Blevins, who reads her award-winning poetry. Free.
  • Roller Derby at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport, Rock Coast Rollers vs. Mass Attack. Doors open 5 p.m. First whistle 6 p.m. $8 advance: eventbrite.com or RCR’s Facebook page. $10 door. Kids under 5 free.

SUNDAY, APRIL 23:

  • “Kid Hugging Day” at Midcoast Goat Cheese Creameries, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sample artisanal cheeses and see lambs and kids at Appleton Creamery, Copper Trail Farm in Waldoboro and Fuzzy Udder Creamery in Whitefield. They are part of the new Midcoast Cheese Trail.
  • Unity Raceway Presents The Austin Grant Mud Bowl, with racing starting at 1:30 p.m. Grandstand tickets are $5. FMI: unityraceway.info.
  • “Art & Science of Permaculture” Events in Belfast, free public events to wrap up Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition’s Earth Days Waldo County. At 2 p.m., see permaculture at Head of Tide Preserve on Doak Road with gardener Karin Wittmann. Head to Belfast Free Library for a 5 p.m. potluck. Drinks provided; bring plates & utensils. At 6 p.m., the library screens “Inhabit,” about permaculture’s potential to affect the nation. Co-screened by Sierra Club Maine.
  • Program by Baird Whitlock on Poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, 3 p.m. at Left Bank Books in Belfast. Professor emeritus Whitlock describes the Victorian-era poet who wrote of nature and religion, and reads eight of his poems, including “The Windhover,” which Hopkins called “the best thing I ever wrote.” Save your seat: 338-9009 or leftbank@myfairpoint.net.

MONDAY, APRIL 24:

  • Learn How to ID Maine’s Hawks and Owls, 3-4 p.m. at The Lincoln Home in Newcastle. Maine Audubon’s John Weinrich will give a free public talk and show photos of raptors and their habitats.
  • Poets’ Corner Members to Read at Camden Library, 4 p.m. National Poetry Month is marked by area poets Jim Ostheimer, Trina French, Paul McFarland and Bill Eberle.
  • At Belfast Library: “Our Boys Over There: Belfast During World War I,” 7 p.m. Free program by Belfast Historical Society President Megan Pinette, who describes life in Belfast in the days before the war, Belfast soldiers’ experiences at the front, and postwar remembrances.
  • Tim Sample “Comedy for a Cause” Show at Samoset Resort in Rockport, 7:30 p.m. The Maine comedian performs to raise funds for Midcoast Habitat for Humanity and Rockland District Nursing Association. $16 advance tickets: mrra.net or 942-6772. $18 at the door.

TUESDAY, APRIL 25:

  • Talk on “Reimagining Our Rivers” at Merryspring Nature Center, Camden, at noon. Landis Hudson of Maine Rivers on the relationship between rivers and the Gulf of Maine and how dam removals are shaping the future of restoration efforts in Maine. $5/free for MNC members.
  • “Big Ben & Stanley & Their Stupid Funny Stuff,” 6:30 p.m., Rockland Public Library. The Rockland Historical Society provides an hour of “smiles and laughter” during a presentation of novelties in the library’s lower level. FMI: 354-0582.
  • Talk at Belfast Library: “Mother’s Day Love Lessons” 6:30 p.m. Meghan Vigeant gives the free public talk about mothers and shares some of the audio recordings gathered from the elders she has worked with over the years.
  • Talk on How Oyster Parasites Might Benefit Human Health, 7-8 p.m., Café Sci at Camden Public Library. Bigelow Lab for Ocean Sciences researcher Dr. José Antonio Fernández-Robledo on how the genetic diversity of marine parasites might benefit medical science.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26:

  • Rockland Poet George Chappell to Read at Camden Library, 1-2 p.m. His collection “When Souls Walk Away” is based on his work with veterans at the VA hospital at Togus in Augusta.
  • “Glimpses of God” Author to Speak About Losing a Child, 5 p.m., Wiscasset Library. Michelle Peele of Alna on the accident that took her daughter’s life and how she worked her way back to the “land of the living.”

THURSDAY, APRIL 27:

  • “Woodland Wildflowers: Jewels of the Forest,” at First Congregational Church in Camden. Free public talk by Bill Cullina, executive director of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, at 9:30 a.m. Refreshments at 9 a.m. Hosted by Camden Garden Club.
  • Rockport Poets’ Corner Members to Read at Rockport Library, 4 p.m. The group of local poets who meet twice a month read from their new chapbook.
  • 15th Annual Poets/Speak! at Bangor Public Library, 4:30-8 p.m. More than 25 well-known and emerging poets celebrate the theme “Originals: Roots & Sources” in conjunction with the library’s month-long Smithsonian exhibit “Human Origins.” With live jazz and refreshments.
  • Mid-Coast Ducks Unlimited to Hold Annual Banquet & Auction, 5:30 p.m., Rockland Elks Club. The nonprofit group restores natural habitat and wetlands in North America. FMI: ducks.org.
  • “Osprey Watch” at Topsham Public Library, 6-7:30 p.m. Free presentation on Osprey Watch, a citizen science project that makes it easy for anyone to monitor local nests and report data that helps better understand these threatened birds. FMI: btlt.org.
  • “Swarm of Poets” at Rockland Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Adult and teen contest winners read their poems as the library wraps up Poetry Month 2017. Rockland’s Poet Laureate Joanna Hynd hosts the free public event.
  • Talk on Microplastics in the Ocean, 6:30 p.m., Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Rockland. Talk by Paty Matrai of Bigelow Lab for Ocean Sciences. She discusses how microplastics are affecting phytoplankton, the base of the marine food chain.
  • Potluck & Vintage Movies of the Midcoast, at St. George Grange Hall on Wiley’s Corner Road. Potluck 6:30 p.m. Program at 7:30 p.m. featuring two short films provided by Northeast Historic Films in Bucksport, including one shot in 1940 by the Rockland Camera Club. Free; donations taken. FMI: 372-8893.
  • “Life on the Edge: Shorebirds and Waders,” 7 p.m., Tenants Harbor Town Office. Three experts from Maine’s Inland Fisheries & Wildlife tell what migratory birds need on their annual treks to and from Central and South America. Priority habitats along with maps, online Habitat Viewer and other materials available from IF&W will be discussed. Refreshments. All welcome. FMI: 372-6459.
  • 16th Annual Maine Playwrights Festival in Portland & Orono, at Portland Ballet Studio Theater from April 27 to May 6, and for a single night on May 7 at Cyrus Pavilion Theatre at UMaine Orono. FMI: acorn-productions.org.

COMING UP:

  • Belfast Community Radio Founders’ Ball, Friday, April 28, from 7-10 p.m. at Waterfall Arts in Belfast. Free celebration with unveiling of the Founders’ Plaque, refreshments, and music by volunteer DJs from WBFY 100.9 FM radio.
  • Almost, Maine, Cold Comfort Theater puts on the romantic comedy in Belfast at the First Baptist Church on High Street. Curtain: 7 p.m. Friday & Saturday, April 28 & 29, and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 30. Tix are $15 adults/$10 students and on sale at Left Bank Books in Belfast or the door.
  • Climate March & Rally in Augusta, Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. It runs in conjunction with marches around the country to demand “serious action at both state and federal levels.” Speakers will include politicians, a lobsterman and conservation experts. Starts at 111 Sewall Street behind the Maine State House.
  • Book Launch with Kristen Lindquist, Saturday, April 29, 4 p.m. The local poet celebrates the release of her new book “Tourists in the Known World” with a reading and signing.
  • Dance Party with Primo Cubano at Rockport Opera House, on Saturday, April 29. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Salsa dance lessons and demos at 7 p.m. Primo Cubano plays at 7:30 p.m. The dance is sponsored by Belfast Dance Studio and all proceeds benefit Ashwood Waldorf School, which is celebrating its annual community services Serve-A-Thon. $20 tickets: ashwoodwaldorf.org. $25 at door.
  • Sister Elizabeth Wagner on Her Life as a Hermit, Sunday, April 30, 2 p.m. in Palermo Community Library’s Meet the Author Series. The author of “Seasons in My Garden” talks about founding of Transfiguration Hermitage in Windsor.
  • Maine’s First Ship to Hold Annual Gala Dinner, Tuesday, May 2, 5:30 p.m. at J.R. Maxwell’s in Bath. The group building a 51-foot replica of the pinnace Virginia hosts guest speaker Jim Nelson, Virginia’s rigger. With a silent auction and a raffle drawing for MFS-student-built Bevins skiff.