Overcoming adversity through art
BRUNSWICK — Author and artist Maureen Egan will speak about overcoming adversity through art on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Curtis Memorial Library.

The event begins at 3:30 p.m.

Egan, author of “The Light From Here: A Breast Cancer Story,” will share how making art — both writing and painting — supported her through a series of challenges, culminating in her breast cancer diagnosis in 2012. With her art as a backdrop, her presentation is a journey of the heart and a portrayal of marriage, self-reflection and adversity.

“When facing difficulties, I turn to beauty, imagery, and color, which comfort me and lead me to my strength,” Egan said.

Each chapter of the book is accompanied by a painting that portrays the symbolic, nonverbal aspects of the experiences she faced.

A 35-year resident of the Midcoast, Egan painted still lifes and illustrated a column for Downeast Magazine in the 1980s when she first moved to Maine. In 2006, after working for 12 years in administration at Ashwood Waldorf School, she returned to painting and has since has shown her work annually at various venues in the region. Egan’s art is on display at the Ann Hooper Women’s Imaging Center at Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast, where she is a patient.

The library event will include a book signing and card sale. Egan’s book and art can be seen at thelightfromhere.com.

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

Air Force band to play in Midcoast
BOOTHBAY HARBOR — The U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Brass Band will perform a free concert on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Boothbay Harbor Opera House.

The show begins at 7 p.m.

The Heritage of America band was one of the original Army Air Corps bands, created by order of the Secretary of War in 1941; it was assigned to Barksdale Field in Louisiana. In June 1946, after a short stay at Brooks Field in Texas, the band arrived at Virginia’s Joint Base Langley-Eustis, its current home.

For more than 75 years, the professional airmen musicians bring music to the mid-Atlantic region during live concerts and to the nation in televised events. The Heritage of America Band has performed ceremonies for U.S. presidents and foreign heads of state, including the Queen of England and the president of France. Using today’s technology, the band reaches a worldwide audience through its website, social media accounts and audio recordings. Additionally, the band travels more than 150,000 miles annually to perform hundreds of concerts for listeners across a 15-state region from Maine to South Carolina.

The concert will include a mix of patriotic music, Americana and Broadway tunes.

Library to host community conversations on affordable housing
BRUNSWICK — Curtis Memorial Library will be hosting a series of three community conversations on the topic of affordable housing this fall. Each session will feature expert speakers followed by audience Q&A. The 90-minute sessions begin at 6 p.m.

– Housing Vulnerability & Homelessness: Thursday, Oct. 18

This session will explore financial fragility and the many reasons why people lose their housing and will feature presentations from James Myall, a policy analyst with the Maine Center for Economic Policy; Cullen Ryan, executive director of Community Housing of Maine and the chairman of the Statewide Homelessness Council; and Giff Jamison, operations manager at Tedford Housing.

– The Local Landscape: Tuesday, Oct. 30

Learn about the current and projected landscape of affordable housing in local and regional housing markets. Speakers will include John Hodge, executive director of the Brunswick and Topsham Housing Authority; Kevin Bunker, Developers Collaborative; and Jane Millett, Brunswick Town Councilor and local realtor.

– Promising Practices, Thursday, Nov. 29

Six local and statewide leaders will explore innovative approaches and funding opportunities that address housing affordability. Panelists include Greg Payne, director, Maine Affordable Housing Coalition; Matt Panfil, director, Brunswick Department of Planning and Development; Carol Eyerman, assistant planner, Topsham Department of Planning and Development; Bill Floyd, executive director, Genesis Community Loan Fund; Debora Keller, executive director, Bath Housing; and Mark Primeau, executive director, Habitat for Humanity/7 Rivers Maine.

With rising home costs and increasing rental rates — and resulting cost burden to low and middle-income families in the area — a group of community members and librarians planned this series to bring attention to this need in the local area and to provide information and ideas about steps people can take to address it.   

The forums will offer up-to-date information on needs, trends and issues, how the community and local organizations are addressing needs and issues and what neighbors can do to support affordable housing for all.

The forums will be recorded and will be available for viewing on TV3 Brunswick, the TV3 website and the Curtis Memorial Library website.

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

Open mic night coming up
DAMARISCOTTA — Singer/songwriter Kathi Nordone will be the featured entertainer at a Community Open Mic event on Sunday, Oct. 14, at Mobius.

The event will run 3-5 p.m. All ages are invited to perform.

Nordone has lived in Maine for 10 years. Most recently she performed at the Fryeburg and Union fairs, the Bradley Inn, Joe Lane Lobsterman’s, The Little Brown Church in Round Pond and Sundays at the Saint George River Café in Warren.

She is also a media artist and taught color theory college classes in Austin, Texas. She has exhibited in New York City, Texas and at the Pemaquid Art Gallery. She grew up in Lincolndale, a hamlet in the town of Somers, in Westchester County, New York.

The fee to perform is $5; general admission is $10 for adults and free for children.

For more information, email [email protected]

Book sale set for this weekend
WISCASSET — The Friends of Wiscasset Library will hold a sale on Friday, Oct. 12, and Saturday, Oct. 13. All books and materials from the Used Book Room will be available for 50 percent off.

Currently, prices are $3 for hard cover books, $2 for trade paperbacks and $1 for mass market paperbacks. A large collection of novels which have been priced at four books for $1 will also be half price.

Reducing the inventory in the Used Book Room will provide  space for the library’s annual Children’s Christmas Sale on Dec. 8.

The sale will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13. All proceeds go to support the Wiscasset Public Library and its programs.

The Used Book Room is open to the public any time the library is open. It was completely renovated over the last three years.

Appalachian ballads & stories at concert
PHIPPSBURG — Joe Penland will perform ballads and share stories from his native Appalachia when he appears in concert at Phippsburg Congregational Church on Saturday, Oct. 13. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Penland has been singing the ballads and telling the stories of his people for more than 50 years and is the recipient of the Bascom Lunsford Award, which is named for the founder of the longest running folk festival in America. He has released six recordings, has toured Great Britain eight times and is a fixture at folk music festivals.

Admission at the door is $15 for adults and $8 for students. Advanced tickets are $12.

For more information, call 389-1770.

Final weeks of season at gallery
DAMARISCOTTA — The Stable Gallery will close for the year on Friday, Oct. 19. After that, the eight artists who manage the gallery will turn their attention to getting ready for the 2019 season.

Jon Luoma, a painter and one of the managing artists, said quality and variety keeps him coming back to the gallery each year.

“Variety of approaches, viewpoints, styles, techniques, subject matter and media, all by Maine artists working in our locality,” he said in a press release.

For Roz Welsh, a painter and jeweler from Damariscotta, Stable Gallery is a special place that is open and friendly without giving up on professionalism. She said it’s good to be part of something that is bigger than any one part.

“It’s family, “ said Mary Hall, another jeweler from Damariscotta. “Some artists have been with us for all our thirteen years. Still, each year is different, as we strive to keep finding talented artists to include.”

Hati Modr, a painter who lives in Harpswell, appreciates the diversity of talents and shared dedication required to manage a successful gallery.

“Eight of us who manage the gallery meld our different skills into an organization that works,” Modr said.

Stephen Vowles, a woodworker of Damariscotta, said quality and continuity are not a given without effort from everyone involved.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Oct. 19.

For more information, call 563-1991.