Coast Guard Auxiliary boating classes in Boothbay Harbor
The Coast Guard Auxiliary will hold two classes for recreational boaters at the Boothbay Harbor Community Center next month. Space is limited to 10 people in each course.

To register, call 633-4748 or contact David Eastwood at [email protected]

The first course, Suddenly in Command, is for people who do not have much experience on the water. Topics include pre-underway planning, developing situational awareness, understanding how boats handle, VHF radio introduction including how to get help in an emergency, Coast Guard required safety equipment and regulations and accident assessment and reporting.

The class is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Aug. 2-3. The cost is $40. 

The second course, Navigating Midcoast Maine, is an introduction to navigation and how to read the information found on navigation charts and chart plotters.

Students will be taught the basics about the information found on nautical charts including GPS charts and learn about navigation aids using a chart of the Boothbay area. True and magnetic headings, variation, lines of position, chart symbols, piloting, latitude and longitude, and dead reckoning will also be taught.

The classes are from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Aug. 7, Aug. 9, Aug. 14 and Aug. 16. The cost is $80.

Good Food Week announced for Bath
Good Food for Bath declared July 21-27 as Good Food Week throughout the city.

The group of local advocates are encouraging people to eat locally sourced food and check out community organizations working to decrease food insecurity in Bath. A series of eight events about hunger-fighting programs will be hosted by organizations including the Bath Farmer’s Market, SNAP-Ed, Bath YMCA, Merrymeeting Gleaners, Bath Area Backpack Program, Salvation Army and Kennebec Estuary Land Trust.

For more information, contact Kelsey Keller at [email protected]

Good Food Week Menu of Events
Thursday, July 26, Salvation Army Food Pantry – Open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fresh produce and canned goods are available to anyone.

Friday, July 27, Bath Area Backpack Program event – The Bath Area Backpack Program will be at Brackett’s Market giving out healthy eating tips and tricks.

Inaugural Damariscotta Lake paddle regatta upcoming
Midcoast Conservancy and Maine Farmland Trust will host the first Love the Lake Regatta at Damariscotta Lake on Saturday, Aug. 11.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center in Jefferson. It will feature kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards.

Participants can use their own watercraft or use one of the Midcoast Conservancy fleet of paddle boats and boards. As part of its Outdoor Adventure & Learning program, Midcoast Conservancy has dozens of canoes, kayaks and paddleboards that are trailered to sites across the Midcoast region.

The day will include races for all ages and abilities and safety protocols will be reviewed before the event. Personal floatation devices will be available.

A picnic lunch is planned for after the event, and Midcoast Conservancy will provide drinks and dessert for everyone.

To register, visit midcoastconservancy.org/events/damariscotta-lake-regatta-day/. For more information, call (207) 389-5150.

Celebrity Chef Challenge set for Sept. 8
On Saturday, Sept. 8, chefs from central and Midcoast Maine will compete in the 6th Annual Celebrity Chef Challenge. This year’s event will be held with Spectrum Generations’ partner, the Central Lincoln County YMCA, at their newly renovated facility at 525 Main Street in Damariscotta.

The Celebrity Chef Challenge brings together culinary experts presenting them with the challenge of creating a dish following Meals on Wheels guidelines, which include a chosen protein, vegetable and starch. The challenge then requires following low-sodium levels, and each chef can add herbs and other spices to the dishes they prepare.

Funds raised from the event will support Spectrum Generations’ programs and services, like Meals on Wheels, as well as CLC YMCA Community Programs.

Tickets are $75 per person or $700 for a table of 8, which includes a complimentary 1/4-page program ad. The event begins at 5 p.m. with a cocktail hour, cash bar, passed hors d’oeuvres created by the chefs and a silent auction.

For more information, contact Sarah Brown at 620-1677 or [email protected]

Sponsorships available and auction items will be accepted until Aug. 31.

New acupuncture, therapeutic massage office in Newcastle
Sharon A. Gordon, a licensed & nationally board-certified acupuncturist, and Susan Peters, a licensed massage therapist announced that they’ve opened a new therapeutic acupuncture & massage office at 39 River Road in Newcastle.

Gordon began her practice four years ago at Spectrum Generations in Damariscotta offering acupuncture to help combat PTSD and addiction. Prior to relocating to Maine, Gordon treated patients for over 20 years in an integrative medical practice in New York specializing in chronic pain, immune and digestive disorders.

Gordon holds a masters of acupuncture degree from the 

Academy For Five Element Acupuncture in Florida & advanced training from the New England School of Acupuncture & the Swedish Institute in New York City. Over the years, Gordon has integrated therapies of cupping, gua-sha, moxibustion & aromatherapy to help restore her patient’s health and vitality.

Peters has been a massage therapist since 2006, and she has an associate degree from the New York College of Health Professions and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta. Peters has worked at Spruce Point Inn, in Boothbay since 2012 and focuses on therapeutic and medical sports massage.

Peters uses deep tissue, trigger point therapy, stretching, warm stone and Korean Amma massage techniques to reduce pain & increase range-of-motion. Peters is also a former Golden Glove national boxing.

For more information, visit acusharon.com or call (207) 482-0725.