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Continuing thru May
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Art & Poetry Exhibit
Artwork and poems created during April's Artists & Poets 2022 Series will be on display for in May through Monday, May 30. Find out more about the Artists & Poets 2022 Series, click here! Exhibit is open during regular Library hours.

Tuesday, May 17
ArtWaves Presents: Painting with Fleece - Spring Landscapes
5:30PM: Felting galore with a rainbow of colors, beads and feathers to add in. Work from a reference photo or design a fantasy landscape! All materials included to needlefelt a landscape or other piece of your choice. Click here to register.

Wednesday, May 18
Wendell Gilley Museum Presents: Warbler Walks
7AM: Join the Gilley on two warbler walks led by Rich MacDonald, a field biologist, guide, birder, naturalist, and writer. His birding-related travels have taken him all over the world, including Antarctica, but he calls Mount Desert Island home and birds here year-round. Meet at the Gilley. Cost is $7 per person, per walk. Click here to register.

Thursday, May 19
ArtWaves Presents: Thursday Figure Drawing
Noon to 3PM: Where the model is the star, no instruction, but plenty of easels, horses, paper, charcoal and fellow friendly artists. 8 and over, under 18 allowed with parental signature.$15 per week or members can register with $25 per month at a significant discount! Click for more info and to register.

Thursday, May 19
ArtWaves Presents: Zumba with Erin Allen
5:30PM: It's a dance party, no experience needed! Every class is different; the music, people and weather, and we always have a blast! Erin leads a workout that caters to all levels of fitness and ability. All you need is a love for music and movement (or come to class to fall in love with dancing), but no experience necessary. Click here for more information and to register.

Thursday, May 19
A Climate to Thrive Presents: Help Address Climate Change
6PM on line: Are you concerned about climate change? Would you like to be part of the solutions but wonder where best to start? Would you like to know which actions have the greatest impact at the societal, local, and individual levels? Click here to learn more about this educational event and to register.

Friday, May 20
Wendell Gilley Museum Presents: Build A Birdhouse
1:30PM: Join naturalist Rich MacDonald at the Wendell Gilley Museum to build a birdhouse and learn about the birds who will live there in this two-hour workshop. The class is for people 10 and older and anyone younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited - click here to register.

Saturday, May 21
Wendell Gilley Museum Presents: Writing Workshop
9AM: Get inspired by pieces from the museum's permanent collection and current exhibitions, with writer and artist Annaliese Jakimides. This workshop is designed to help you unlock your creativity and leave with some works in progress, and to have some fun along the way. Click here to register.

Saturday, May 21
ArtWaves Presents: "We've Got Your Number!"
9:30AM: Having a visible house number is very important for local delivery and emergency services, but it can also be beautiful! Join Liz for this workshop to learn mosaic techniques with glass and ceramic on a wood plaque. Bring an image of your house to coordinate colors and themes!Click here for more information and to register.

Saturday, May 21
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Acadia Explorer Program 1 of 4: Location - Carroll Homestead
10AM: Calling all outdoor explorers! The Southwest Harbor Public Library is teaming up with Acadia National Park Service to offer adventurous, educational, outdoor programs that will focus on nature, hiking, leave no trace, weather, local wildlife, literacy, and more. Much more information available click here!

Monday, May 23
ArtWaves Presents: Ballet for all Bodies (Teen and Adult)
5PM: This class consists of a gentle warm up at the ballet barre, followed by larger movement progressions in the center of the floor. We'll explore technical concepts such as turnout, the use of momentum, and anatomical alignment to guide us through traditional ballet exercises. Click here for more information and to register.

Monday, May 23
ArtWaves Presents: Modern Dance Technique (Teen and Adult)
6:15PM: In this introductory level class, we’ll work to develop a movement practice that centers both self-care and togetherness. We'll work to access availability, spaciousness, presence, and pleasure both individually and collectively. Click here for more information and to register.

Saturday, May 28
ArtWaves Presents: Introduction to Cyanotypes with Dale
10AM: In this introductory class you’ll learn all the basics of this amazing alternative photographic technique. We’ll make prints using the Classic formula as well as the “New” formula. Plus lots more! Click here for more information and to register.

Thursday, June 2
23rd Annual Acadia Birding Festival
Acadia's birding community invites you and your family to celebrate the ecological wonders of the birds of the Gulf of Maine at the Acadia Birding Festival. Explore Mount Desert Island and its birds through numerous events and venues. Click here for program information and to register.

Thursday, June 2
Healthy Acadia Presents: Explore the Joy of Mindful Walking with Healthy Acadia and Jen Harry
5PM on Zoom: This free online event is the latest installment in Healthy Acadia’s Monthly Mindfulness series. Mindful Walking is an easy way to practice mindfulness in everyday life and has been shown to have multiple benefits for our mental and physical well-being. Click here for more information and to register.

Friday, June 3
ArtWaves Presents: Photography Basics 2-Day Workshop
5:30pm to 8:30pm Friday and Sunday, June 5th: This course was created to teach only what you need to know in the important basics of photography as a stepping-stone for you to move forward in this rewarding visual art. Click here for more information and to register.

Saturday, June 4
ArtWaves Presents: Japanese Shibori on Silk Scarves with Sandi
1-4PM: Students in this workshop will learn about the Japanese resist method of creating designs on silk. You will also be given the opportunity to paint directly on your scarves. Click here for more information and to register.

Saturday, June 11
Downeast Scenic Railway Presents: Touch A Train!
Touch-a-Train is back! Join us Saturday, June 11, starting at 9:00 a.m. for our first event of the 2022 season, where the kids will get to explore train equipment, learn how railroads work, and get to ride on the train! The excursion will leave at 1:30 p.m! Click here to sign up!

Saturday, June 11
Seal Cove Auto Museum Presents: Cars and Coffee - Woodies
10AM - 1PM: Join us as we celebrate the delightful, often coastal nostalgia that Wooden bodied cars invoke! Bring your wooden-bodied automobile (fondly known as “woodies”) to the Museum and share it alongside other fabulous visiting vehicles and those in the Museum’s collection. There is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy and admire. Click for more details.

Saturday, June 18
Island Arts Association's Annual Spring Craft Fair
10AM - 5PM on the Pemetic School Lawn, downtown Southwest Harbor. Help us celebrate spring and find some unique hand made treasures to take home!

Saturday, June 18
ArtWaves Presents: Spray Paint Street Art Stencil Making with Lynx
10AM: Learn how to cut and spray a stencil in this fast-growing popular art form. We will explore how to properly utilize negative space in order to get the best outcomes through our designs. You will also be shown techniques on spraying the stencils in order to get varying results and how color theory can be applied to the spray paint medium. Click for details and to register.

Sunday, June 19
Island Arts Association's Annual Spring Craft Fair
10AM - 5PM on the Pemetic School Lawn, downtown Southwest Harbor. Help us celebrate spring and find some unique hand made treasures to take home!

Sunday, June 19
Healthy Acadia Presents: Juneteenth Ellsworth
Noon - 4PM at the Knowlton Community Park in Ellsworth. 'Illuminating the Continuum of the Black Experience in Maine' with music, poets, speakers, and delectable food for all families this Father’s Day, 2022. Broadcast live on WERU Community Radio 89.9 FM and streaming online at weru.org

Saturday, June 25
ArtWaves Presents: Needle Felted Teacup Village with Kristen M. Walsh
10AM: In this fun, fast paced, yet beginner-friendly class you’ll learn basic needle felting techniques that will open the door of this amazing art/craft form! Wool can be twisted, rolled and folded in specific ways (and then needled, of course) to create every shape imaginable. Click here for more information and to register.

Tuesday, June 28
YWCA MDI Presents: Pie Sale!
YWCA MDI will be having their annual pie sales every Tuesday starting 6/28/22 and running through 8/30/22 from 10 am until sold out. Homemade pies are lovingly baked by our volunteers. All proceeds go towards our lodging program for women and girls. Be sure to get yours before they are gone!

Wednesday, June 29
Wendell Gilley Museum Presents: Flute Making Workshop with Hawk Henries
9AM: earn from a master of the Eastern Woodland Flute, Hawk Henries, and make your own flute from bamboo using only hand tools – carving knives, files, sandpaper and fire. All tools and materials will be provided. Space is limited and registration is required. Click here to register.

Monday, July 4
Southwest Harbor's Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Display
Help celebrate the Fourth of July on the Quietside by supporting the annual fireworks display in Southwest Harbor. To pay for a professional show, insurance, signage, and permits, we need to raise $12,000. Click here to donate; and be sure to join us at 9:00 PM for the show! (Rain date is Saturday, July 9.)

Saturday, July 23
Coastal Fine Arts Alliance's Annual Gallery on the Green
Continues Sunday, July 24: Join us and see what Maine artists have been working on for the past year! This is your chance to take home some real treasures. Click here for more information!

Thursday, July 28
Charlotte Rhoades Park's Annual Butterfly Release
2 sessions - 1:30PM or 3:30PM: When you check-in, you will receive your boxed butterflies to release at the park or take home. Enjoy refreshments and fun activities for all ages. This annual fundraising effort is used to support all the activities and upkeep at the park, and pays for new plantings downtown. Click here for more information and to register. Advance reservations required.

Saturday, August 6
Coastal Fine Arts Alliance's Annual Gallery on the Green
Continues Sunday, August 7: Join us and see what Maine artists have been working on for the past year! This is your chance to take home some real treasures. Click here for more information!

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