Learn about ticks, protection during event in Bath
BATH — Nananda Col will lead a forum in Bath about ticks and tick protection at a KELT (Kennebec Estuary Land Trust) Untapped event Bath Brewing Company on Sept. 17 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Col was afflicted two tickborne diseases due to not taking tick precautions while mushroom foraging, according to the trust. Now, she shares presentations with local groups about things people can do to protect themselves from ticks and tick-borne diseases. Nananda is also part of a group of Georgetown citizens working together to identify ways to control tick populations on the island.

There is limited space for this event. Preregistration is appreciated by calling 442-8400 or visiting kennebecestuary.org.

KELT Untapped is a monthly informal event where folks can chat about a topic they’ve been curious about with a local expert.

Magician at Orion on Sept. 21
TOPSHAM — Illusionist and magician Chris Lengyel will be performing his show, “Chris Lengyel: Nothing Up My Sleeves,” beginning at 7 p.m. on Sept. 21 at The Orion Performing Arts Center. The show features everything from small, intimate tricks and mentalism and storytelling to bigger stage-size illusions.

Lengyel has been doing magic for over a decade. He has performed his show to audiences all over the east coast, including public figures and celebrities.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and can be purchased in advance at Maine School Administrative District 75’s business office at 50 Republic Ave. in Topsham. Tickets will also be available at the door.

The show is a fundraiser for Orion capital projects, currently focused on upgrading the theatrical lighting to LEDs. The Orion Performing Arts Center is Maine School Administrative District 75’s theater inside Mt. Ararat Middle School with about 900 seats.

For more information, visit orionperformingartscenter.org or contact Judy Lloyd at [email protected] or 729-2950.

Theater Project of Brunswick announces season
BRUNSWICK — The Theater Project of Brunswick kicks off its 47th year with a mix of original, classic and modern plays for its next season.

On Sept. 28, under the direction of Michael Rafkin, the group presents the world premiere of “Seal,” written by the Maine playwright Clay Graybeal. On Nov. 2, Theater Project founder and artistic director Al Miller will direct William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” a tale of love and mistaken identity.

December will see the return of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” by Barbara Robinson, which will open on Dec. 7. On Dec. 19, Al Miller reprises “Wales & Tales,” the show featuring stories, music and seasonal cheer.

“Peter and the Starcatcher,” by Rick Elice and directed by Al Miller, opens Feb. 1. This story introduces the characters of Peter Pan, Mrs. Darling, Tinkerbell and Wendy before they embark on their more familiar Neverland adventures.

“Inherit the Wind” by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee opens March 15. Christopher Price will direct this accounting of the 1925 Scopes Trial and the polemical debate between science and religion.

The season finishes with the 23rd annual production of “Voices in the Mirror,” an original sketch comedy and improvisational production performed by the young adults of The Young Company under the direction of Karin Baard.

All of the productions take place in the historic building at 14 School Street in Brunswick. For more information, visit theaterproject.com​ or call 729-8584.

River Arts new show opening
DAMARISCOTTA — River Arts will open its new “Artists’ Choice” exhibition on Friday, Sept. 21. The show will run through Oct. 19. There is an opening reception scheduled for 5-7 p.m. on Sept. 21.

Artist and art educator John Lorence will be the juror for the exhibition. Lorence has been the recipient of fellowships at YADDO, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation and the McDowell Colony. He has exhibited both his paintings and sculpture extensively in solo and group exhibitions in Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. as part of the Art-in Embassy program. Lorence’s professional interests include painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, art history, conservation and archeology as well as short films.

River Arts holds 10 themed, open, juried exhibitions per year with some of Maine’s most prominent art community members as jurors. More than 1,000 different Maine artists have exhibited in these shows. The gallery program creates opportunity for artists to have their work selected, participate in the gallery process and sell their work. More than 7,000 people visited the gallery and participated in events and workshops last year.

The mission of River Arts is to nurture and encourage participation in the arts throughout Maine by providing exhibition, studio and performance spaces, classes and workshops, for people of all ages and abilities and support a wide range of activities in artistic disciplines by partnering with other arts and performance organizations to produce programs.

For more information, email [email protected] or call 563-1507.

Book talk with Silva at Patten Free Library
BATH — Katherine Silva returns to Patten Free Library on Wednesday, Sept. 19, to discuss her latest publication, “The Collection.” The event begins at 6:30 p.m.

Silva is the Midcoast Maine author of the Monstrum Chronicles series. Her second book in the series, “Aequitas,” was nominated for a 2013 Maine Literary award. She published her first comedy, “Night Time, Dotted Line,” in November 2013. She is a member of the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, New England Horror Writers Association and the founder of the Midcoast Maine Halloween Readings series.

For more information, visit katherinesilvaauthor.com.

Chocolate Church holding auditions
BATH — The Chocolate Church Arts Center will hold auditions for the holiday theater production of “The Santa Diaries.”

Auditions will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30 and from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1.

Actors of various ages and experience levels are encouraged to audition, and there are many roles for children. For speaking roles, come prepared with a 90-second contemporary monologue. Also, please be prepared to read from the script.

The Santa Diaries will be directed by Matthew Ambrosino and staged on Dec. 13-16.

For more information, call 442-8455 or email [email protected]

New art show opening in Brunswick
BRUNSWICK — Thornton Oaks Retirement Community is hosting an opening reception for an exhibit by the Casco Bay Art Club.

The reception will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3 in the Merrymeeting Room at 25 Thornton Way. The exhibit will run through Nov. 30.

The art show and sale will offer a mix of oils, pastels and watercolor paintings. Also included will be an assortment of mixed medium, wood block etchings and notecards for holiday gifts.

Exhibiting artists include Carolyn Bachman, Kathy Baribeau, Donna Baughcum, Betsy Bisson, Carol Durgin, Jane Dugan Fife, Lois Jordan, Louise Minot and Valerie Tamplin.

For more information, call 373-4600.

New art, Maine retrospective at Pine Tree Society
BATH — On Friday, Sept. 21, Pine Tree Society will open its doors for the Bath Art Walk to unveil two new paintings created by Maine artists Richard Hasenfus of Georgetown and Maryluise Hutchinson of Cushing.  Hasenfus’s “Winter Lighthouse” and Hutchinson’s “The Perfect Snowman” were painted for Pine Tree Society’s 2018 holiday card series.

Also on view will be over 60 paintings representing “A Maine Retrospective: The Art of Pine Tree Society’s Holiday Cards.”  This extensive collection dates back to the early 1960s.

“In the 1960s, Pine Tree Society had the idea that a Maine-themed holiday card would be a perfect fundraiser,” said Noel Sullivan, president and CEO of Pine Tree Society. “More than 50 years later, that tradition is still going strong, and we have acquired an extensive collection of quintessential Maine art.”

The art featured in this show has raised more than $3 million dollars to support and transform the lives of Maine people with disabilities. All of the proceeds from annual holiday card sales support Pine Tree Society’s programs.

The paintings showcase a variety of mediums and styles and are a visual time capsule of Maine in the winter, from country scenes to woods and fields to the rockbound coast and iconic lighthouses.

Featured artists Hasenfus and Huthchinson have both designed cards for Pine Tree Society before. Hasenfus’s first card design was in 1969 and that painting, “Peaceful Harbor,” will be on display.

“Concerts For a Cause” set for Brunswick
BRUNSWICK — Ellis Paul will perform for the UU Church of Brunswick’s “Concerts for a Cause” on Saturday, Sept. 29. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.

This year’s “Concerts for a Cause” series will benefit The Gathering Place, a daytime shelter for the homeless, and the Brunswick Teen Center, a drop-in center for teens to meet friends and have fun after school and during the summer.

Celebrating 25 years as a touring musician, Paul has released 17 adult albums and two children’s albums, published two children’s books and has garnered awards from the Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Award and 14 Boston Music Awards. In 2015, he founded the New England Songwriters’ Retreat, an annual 4-day weekend retreat held in early September at The Guest House in Chester, Conn.

For more information, visit uubrunswick.org.

Author to discuss public access to beaches
BRUNSWICK — Author and law professor Orlando E. Delogu will speak about public access to Maine’s beaches on Monday, Sept. 24, at the Curtis Memorial Library. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.

Delogu advocates for a re-examination of the court cases that ceded title to Maine’s intertidal lands to upland owners and limited public use of these lands to “fishing, fowling and navigation.” He is emeritus professor of law at the University of Maine School of Law. A question and answer session will follow his presentation and copies of his book “Maine’s Beaches are Public Property” will be available for purchase and signing.

Delogu, one of the founders of the Maine Civil Liberties Union, has taught at Maine Law for more than 50 years and has been involved in policy issues from the local to the international level. He served for five years on Maine’s Board of Environmental Protection, was a Portland City Councilor, served on the Portland Planning Board and chaired the Association of American Law Schools’ Environmental Law Section.

At Maine Law, Delogu taught property law, as well as courses on land use, environmental, administrative, state-local government law and medical-legal law. He taught legal process and constitutional law to graduate students in the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine. He is also a writer and a regular contributor to a number of publications on topics including land use, environmental and state/local government tax issues.

For more information call 725-5242 or visit curtislibrary.com.

Full moon paddle upcoming
JEFFERSON — Midcoast Conservancy will host a full moon paddle at the Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23.

Participants will paddle under a full corn moon, called that by early farmers because they had more nights of bright moon light to gather crops, as they glide along Little Dyer Pond after a 1.5-mile hike into the woods.

Little Dyer Pond is a pond with no public boat launch and almost no shoreline development. Midcoast Conservancy will provide the canoes, paddles and life jackets. All ages are welcome. Participants should be comfortable in a canoe on flat water, able to steer a canoe and able to walk three miles on moderate trails.

Space is limited by the number of boats available and pre-registration is required.

Midcoast Conservancy’s Hidden Valley Nature Center is open to the public 365 days a year from dawn to dusk. The nature center is comprised of 1,000 acres of diverse habitat and laced with nearly 30 miles of multi-use trails.

For more information, visit midcoastconservancy.org or call 389-5150.

Writing competition at Topsham library
TOPSHAM — Topsham Public Library is accepting submissions for its annual writing competition, The Joy of the Pen, until Saturday, Oct. 6.

The contest is free to enter for year-round Maine residents who are amateur or professional writers. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, Maine-related nonfiction, teen poetry and teen fiction. Submissions can be made at joyofthepen.topshamlibrary.org.

A reception will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17 to announce the winners.

For more information, call 725-1727 or visit topshamlibrary.org.