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A compilation of events occurring in and around Waldo County.
Rustic wreath making
SEARSPORT — Wednesday, Nov. 2, 3 p.m.: Come make a rustic wreath out of fabric scraps, birch bark and other fun materials at Carver Memorial Library, 12 Union St. Some wreath forms available, or bring your own. Adults and teens. Visit for more information.
Belfast’s Little River Trail. Courtesy of Coastal Mountains Land Trust
Happy Wanderers Hike
BELFAST — Thursday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m.: Join Coastal Mountains Land Trust, Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital’s Journey to Health program for a Happy Wanderers Hike at the Little River Trail. This trail is 7-plus miles, so hikers will do an out-and-back section, totaling approximately 2 miles. The trail ambles along the river with some ups and downs. The terrain is considered moderate-slightly difficult (personal perspective included).  Bring hiking poles, if you would like. It is hunting season; wear orange!
Mount Tuck Preserve Trail Opening and Celebration
STOCKTON SPRINGS — Friday, Nov. 4, 2 p.m.: Join Coastal Mountains Land Trust for the opening of its new 1.8-mile one-way trail on the 244-acre Mount Tuck Preserve. Trail snacks. Walk the trail at 2:30 p.m. at your own pace. The moderate difficulty trail gradually climbs to the 565-foot summit and a scenic viewpoint  Hiking out and back takes between 1:15 and 2 hours depending upon pace. From Stockton Springs: Turn north on Route 1. In 4.1 miles, turn left onto Meadow Road. Continue 0.6 miles and park on right (north) side of road. Meet at trail kiosk.
View from Mount Tuck, Stockton Springs. Courtesy of Coastal Mountains Land Trust
Holiday Fair
MONROE — Friday, Nov. 4, 4 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Monroe Community Library Holiday Fair, Monroe Town Hall, 8 Swan Lake Ave. Two-day sale of holiday décor, ornaments, collectibles, decorations, selection of cooking, travel, holiday and children’s books CDs, DVDs and more. Homemade baked goods and a children’s craft table on Saturday.
‘Nowhere Left’
BELFAST — Friday, Nov. 4, 5:30 p.m.: Exhibition opening and artist reception for prints and paintings by Paul Valentine at Waterfall Arts, 256 High St. Valentine’s work celebrates the beauty and power of the earth and asks the viewer to consider the impact that their lifestyle leaves upon it. He also teaches an “Introduction to Relief Printmaking” workshop Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Visit for information.
Hunters Breakfast
SEARSPORT — Saturday, Nov. 5, 4 to 9 a.m.: Boy Scouts will serve breakfast at the Searsport Community Building, 42 Prospect St. Suggested donation is $8 per person. For an additional $5 donation, they will fill a thermos.
Fall Fair at First Congregational Church
SEARSPORT — Saturday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: The Fall Fair at First Congregational Church of Searsport, sponsored by the Women’s Fellowship, returns in Curtis Hall after a two-year hiatus, with baked goods, homemade jams, jellies and pickles, a white elephant table, creative handiwork, lots of jewelry, a silent auction, and a warm lunch with a variety of quiche and a fruit cup. The Missions Committee will be selling baked beans and a variety of breads for a take-home meal, with proceeds benefiting Florida hurricane relief.
Scottish Women Curlers
BELFAST — Saturday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.: United States Women’s Curling Association Scottish Women’s 2022 Curling Tour at Belfast Curling Club on Route 3. Curlers will be escorted onto the ice at 9 a.m. by members of Portland’s bagpipe band, the Dunlap Highland Band, to start the competition. Team play begins at 9 a.m. with a second draw at 2 p.m. Public welcome.
Polio Plus Fundraiser
UNITY — Saturday, Nov. 5, 2 p.m.: Unity Area Rotary Club will raise funds for Polio Plus at Stone Tree Farm and Cidery on Albion Road. Music by Kate McCann. The Ugly Dumpling food truck will also be there serving up food.
Turkey Supper
FREEDOM — Saturday, Nov. 5, 4:30 p.m.: Freedom Congregational Church will hold a Turkey Dinner with desserts. Adults $10, children $5, 3 and under free.
Haystack Mountain Family Storybook Hike
LIBERTY — Sunday, Nov. 6, 1 p.m.: Guided storybook hike to Haystack Mountain’s summit. Liberty Library has provided the children’s book “Over in the Forest” by Marianne Berkes in story walk format; individual pages of the book will be situated along the 1-mile loop trail from base to summit. Meet at Roberts Field parking lot behind the Donald S. Walker Health Center, 43 W. Main St., Liberty. Donations to Friends of Haystack Mountain welcome. FMI:
Carver Memorial Library Book Club
SEARSPORT — Tuesday, Nov. 8, 1 p.m.: Discuss or just listen in on “Boar Island” by Nevada Barr on the library lawn, 12 Union St. In case of rain/cold, this group will meet inside in the Reading Room. All are welcome. Visit for more information.
Free Veterans Benefit Course
THORNDIKE — Thursday, Nov. 10, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Mount View Complex. A basic guide to veterans’ benefits law. Free; preregister with Regional School Unit 3 Adult and Community Education Department, 568-3426. Learn how to apply for VA disability benefits, and what a veteran needs to prove to win his or her case.
Free Veterans Day Breakfast
SEARSPORT — Friday, Nov. 11, 6 to 10 a.m.: Breakfast sponsored by Searsport Scouts at the Community Building, 42 Prospect St. Free for veterans. Donations appreciated.
Hunters Breakfast
FREEDOM — Saturday, Nov. 12, 5 to 10 a.m. at the Freedom Fire House. Suggested donation to the Fire Department is $8. Menu includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, baked beans, biscuits and gravy, toast, juice and coffee.
Winter Bird Watching
BELFAST — Saturday, Nov. 12, 8:30-10 a.m.: Winter is the best season for seeing birds in Belfast Harbor. Several Arctic species come “down south” for better eating; resident birds are also here. Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition’s Ron Harrell and Gary Gulezian will lead a bird watch on the second Saturday each month at the Belfast footbridge with their telescopes. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather.  Schedule: Nov. 12, Dec. 10; in 2023, Jan. 14, Feb. 11 and March 11.
Hunters Supper & Raffle

UNITY — Saturday, Nov. 12, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Benjamin Berry Post 50, Windemere Lane. Adults, $10. Children 6-16, $5. Baked beans and hot dogs and many different kinds of casseroles and salads and desserts.
Contour map of Head of Tide Preserve. Courtesy of Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition
Geology Walk
BELFAST — Sunday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m.: Join the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition for a 2 1/2-hour Geology Walk with geologist Brooks McKinney. Meet at Head of Tide Preserve in Belfast, conserved by Coastal Mountains Land Trust. The Sunday hike avoids hunters during deer hunting season; however, wearing blaze orange clothing is recommended. Bring water, a snack, a warm layer, and rain gear. FMI: 338-1147;
Teens Create: Candy turkey treats
SEARSPORT — Tuesday, Nov. 15, 3 p.m. (third Tuesdays): Get your stomach ready for Thanksgiving by creating realistic edible turkey treats using Oreos, chocolate and candy corn. For ages 11 to 19. Visit for more information.
Free Repair Café
BELFAST — Saturday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m.-noon, Waldo County Y: Fix your broken stuff — keep your lamps lit for the dark winter nights, repair those holes in your clothes to stay warm. Start thinking about all the holiday favorites that add cheer to your homes. Bring us small electric  appliances (bring spare parts), clothing that may need a hem or buttons. Save money and keep things out of the landfills.
We also have fun.
Prayer meetings
SEARSMONT — Tuesdays, 6 to 7 p.m.: Searsmont United Methodist Church (located next to Fraternity Village General Store) is planning to offer weekly prayer meetings at the church, with coffee and light refreshments. All in the community are welcome. Feeling stressed? Can’t sleep? Want to learn the Breath Prayer? Need someone to listen and pray with you? Their doors and their hearts are open. Questions? Call the pastor: 785-4140.
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