Summer is here and schools are out. We are going to try  and keep a list of FREE, family friendly, events that are going on in the Ellsworth and Mount Desert Island area, which will be published weekly on the WDEA website. Here is a list of free events that are occurring July 8th-14th and includes the 1st free family friendly movie in Ellsworth on Thursday, July 11th

While this is not a comprehensive list, it's what I have been able to find by talking to the Chambers of Commerce, Public Libraries and events that I'm generally aware of. If you would like to have your FREE event listed, please email it to me in advance at chris.popper@townsquaremedia.com

Monday July 8th
Ellsworth - 9AM-12 Noon Ellsworth Public Library - Computer Class- Internet Safety. Learn tips and strategies to keep your information safe online. Computers will be available  Led by Chris Suggs of the National Digital Equity Center. Preregistration is recommended by calling 667-6363.

Southwest Harbor -10AM Let's Read with Deanna! with Deanna Aguinaga-Whyte, Southwest Harbor Public Library - Perk up your ears and open your hearts. A new resident of MDI, Deanna will share her favorite stories for ages 5-7 with books rangin from Susan Verde's "I Am Human" to Jo Witek's "In My Heart: the book of Feelings". This story time explores young emotional hearts and how we speak to them. We will also explore beginning yoga poses that align with our books. For more info call 244-2065

Northeast Harbor - 10:30 AM Northeast Harbor Library - Cosmic Juggling. - Michael Menes combines dazzling juggling acts, hilarious comedy and audience participation to amaze the who family.

Ellsworth - 2-3PM Ellsworth Public Library- Solar System Exploration with Shawn Laatsch. Join Shawn Laatsch the Director of the Emera Astronomy Center for a Solar System Exploration. Hear about some of the current NASA missions to the planets, and do a fun Pocket Solar System activity.

Southwest Harbor - 2-4 PM Southwest Harbor Public Library - Get help with basic computer tasks such as setting up email accounts, transferring photos, completing online forms, attaching photos to emails, scanning document, creating and using documents in Word, Excel, Access, Google Drive etc. Laptop users are encouraged to bring their own computer. Registration is recommended for a 1 on 1 half hour session. Call 244-7065

Ellsworth - 3-6PM Free Meal served at the Episcopal Church on State Street across from the Moore School

Bar Harbor - 8PM Village Green - Bar Harbor Town Band. The 3rd concert of the 2019 Summer Season (Rain Location - Congregational Church bordering the Village Green)
Tuesday July 9th
Ellsworth - 10:30-11:30 AM - Ellsworth Public Library - Across the Universe Family Music Program. Back for the 2nd summer, this free family music group is for children and parents. There will be singing, dancing and playing of instruments all while working on early literacy and social skills. The class is geared towards kids 3-6 but all ages and abilities are welcome.
Ellsworth - 2-3:30PM - Ellsworth Public Library. Caregiver's Support Group. Join for coffee, conversation, education and support with Eastern Area Agency on Aging. The group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month in the Riverview Room.

Bar Harbor - 4-7PM. Free Community Meal with entertainment. Prepared by Open Table MDI. Served at Bar Harbor Congregational Church on Mount Desert Street.

Wednesday July 10th
Southwest Harbor
- 10- 10:45 AM Southwest Harbor Public Library - Toddler Storytime. Designed for children 3 -5 but all are welcome. Join the Children's Library staff in songs, simple sign language and interactive short stories.

Ellsworth - 10-11:30 AM Ellsworth Public Library . Summer of LEGO. The weekly summer LEGO group is back. Come build something awesome! Children 3 and up are welcome to attend. Children under 10 should be accompanied by an adult. There will be LEGO bricks for little builders and regular bricks for everyone else. Not sure what to build? There will be weekly space themed challenges!

Ellsworth- 3-7PM First Congregational Church - Welcome Table. All community members are invited to a free meal in the dining hall. Enter the Church Street door located diagonally across from the Ellsworth Police Station. 2 Church Street, Ellsworth

Ellsworth - 6-7PM Ellsworth Public Library- Summertime Deights: Mr. Harley. The "Summertime Dellights" series kicks off for 2019 with Mr. Harley! Get ready for some fun singing and dancing with kid's music for children of all ages.

Bar Harbor 6:30-8PM Jesup Memorial Library - Acadia Astronomical Society - The club welcomes new members, and the program is open to everyone at no charge. The club uses the Jesup’s lending telescope to scope out the night skies, teaches people to use it and offers exciting programs about what’s to be seen in the sky at night. For more information, contact the club at acadiaastronomicalsociety@gmail.com.

Ellsworth - 7PM . Ellsworth Town Band -  The 2nd concert of the 2019 Summer Season. Bring a folding chair and some bug spray. Held at Union River Harbor Park

Bar Harbor- 7-8 PM - Jesup Memorial Library -Author Talk and Book Signing: Adam Frank "Light of the Stars:Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth" In Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth, astrophysicist, NPR commentator, and New York Times contributor Adam Frank tells the story of humanity’s coming of age as we awaken to the possibilities of life on other worlds and their sudden relevance to our fate on a climate-changed Earth. Adam compares modern, human society to confused teenagers: as a society, we, like teens, are in desperate need of a more knowledgeable, more experienced model to follow (regardless of how vehemently we may deny it). So, Adam argues, we should look to the stars. Adam traces the question of alien life and intelligence from the ancient Greeks to the leading thinkers of our own time, and shows how we can only be successful as a civilization if we recognize what science has recently discovered: that we are just one of ten billion trillion planets in the Universe.

Thursday July 11th
Bar Harbor - 10:30-11:30AM Jesup Memorial Library - Summer Reading Program: "To the Moon with NASA"

Ellsworth - 10:30-11:30 Ellsworth Public Library - Storytime and Craft. Designed for kids ages 2-3 with their caregivers. Join Miss Keli for stories, songs and crafts.

Southwest Harbor - 1:30-2:30PM Southwest Harbor Public Library- Apple Tech Help. Free assistance for Apple Laptops and devices. Pre-registration is required. Call 244-7065

Ellsworth - 2-3PM Ellsworth Public Library - Astronaut Academy. Do you have what it takes to travle to space? Find out during the "Astronaut Academy". Astronauts in training will get a chance to taste test space food, participate in physical activities, make rockets, "moon" rocks and lots of other fun things.

Northeast Harbor - 4PM Northeast Harbor Library - Mammal Tracks - Activities include making plaster tracks, "Mammal Who Am  I?" Mammal Track Match-Up with special guest master naturalist Pam Parvin.

Bar Harbor - 5:30-7PM MDI High School - Library Talk "Dawson's Fall" with Roxana Robinson. The Jesup Memorial, Northeast Harbor and Southwest Harbor Public Libraries announce their first island wide author event with critically acclaimed author Roxana Robinson. Robinson will be speaking about her newest book Dawson's Fall

Southwest Harbor - 6PM Southwest Harbor Public Library - The Changing Forest with the Library's Story Campers. Join us for a woodland puppet show created by the Library's story campers who studied wildlife habitats during this week's Summer Story Camp.

Ellsworth - 6-7PM Ellsworth Public Library - Book a Month Club. Join the group for an informal discussion of "Salt to the Sea" by Ruta Sepetys. Coffee and tea provided. The group will meet in the Riverview Room.

Ellsworth - 6PM Ellsworth Public Library - The Ellsworth Chess Club, hosted by Dick Powell meets weekly on Thursday. Visitors and new people are welcome.

Bar Harbor - 6-8PM Jesup Memorial Library- Get Your Knit On! Knitters meet every Thursday 6-8PM to knit, share/trade yards, talk knitting and have fun.

Bar Harbor - 8PM Village Green - Bar Harbor Town Band. The 4th concert of the 2019 Summer Season (Rain Location - Congregational Church bordering the Village Green)

Bar Harbor - 7-8PM Jesup Memorial Library - Authors Kim Stanley Robinson and Adam Frank in Conversation. Join preeminent science fiction author and environmentalist Kim Stanley Robinson for  talks about the environment, science and more. Robinson, who is a Hugo, Nebula, and Locus award winner, will be in conversation with author and astrophysicist Adam Frank. Robinson and Frank, the author of “Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth” will discuss topics including astrobiology, the chances of finding life in the universe, what humanity will do in space. “Light of the Stars” explores the possibilities of life on other worlds and their sudden relevance to our fate on a climate-changed Earth.

Ellsworth 8PM - Knowlton Park Free Summer Movie "Ralph Breaks the Internet". Taking place six years after saving the arcade from Turbo’s vengeance, the Sugar Rush arcade cabinet has broken, forcing Ralph and Vanellope to travel to the Internet via the newly-installed Wi-Fi router in Litwak’s Arcade to retrieve the piece capable of saving the game.

Friday July 12th
Southwest Harbor - 10-11AM Southwest Harbor Public Library - Baby Storytime. Susan Michalski and Amanda Crafts welcome babies with songs, rhymes and short stories. Baby Storytime is designed especially for babies under 2 years but older siblings are invited.

Bar Harbor - 5:30-7PM MDI High School - Library Talk "Dawson's Fall" with Roxana Robinson. The Jesup Memorial, Northeast Harbor and Southwest Harbor Public Libraries announce their first island wide author event with critically acclaimed author Roxana Robinson. Robinson will be speaking about her newest book Dawson's Fall

Ellsworth 6-7:30 PM Waterfront Concert- Harbor Park 413 Water Street Open Mic wiith Fox and the Hound - Born of dovetail harmonies and hopeful roots music: we sing stories of love, life and traveling in earnest - with compliments of sass and silly. Bring your talent and share a few moments under the gazebo with Fox and the Hound.

Saturday July 13th
Ellsworth -9-10AM Ellsworth Public Library -Coffee with the Director. Drop in to chat with library director Amy Wisehart and learn more about what's happening at the Ellsworth Public Library

Ellsworth - 9AM -9:45AM Ellsworth Public Library -Baby Story and Play.for newborns to 3 year olds. Join Miss Cheryl for a story and sing some favorite songs followed by informal playtime. A great opportunity for parents to connect and the kids to play

Bar Harbor - 9-10AM Jesup Memorial Library - Write On! Writer's Group. Writer's Group for all levels and genres. Come prepared to read your work and critique the work of your fellow writers.

Southwest Harbor - Flamingo Festival 9AM Parade, 10-2 Craft Fair at the Harbor House 10-1PM Coast Guard Open House, as the Southwest Harbor Coast Guard Station, Clark Point Road

Southwest Harbor - 9:30 - 12:30PM Southwest Harbor Public Library. Every Saturday from 9:30 to 12:30 get help with basic computer tasks such as setting up an email account, transferring photos, attaching photos to emails, completing online forms, scanning documents, creating and using documents in Word, Excel, Access, Google Drive etc. Laptop users are encouraged to bring their own computer. Registration is recommended.

Ellsworth - 10-12 Noon, Ellsworth Public Library - Hancock County Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting.

Ellsworth - 1-2PM, Ellsworth Public Library. Book Discussion "The Japanese Corpse". A discussion of the crime novel "The Japanese Corpse" by Janwillem va de Wetering. Copies of the book are available to borrow at the library.

Bar Harbor - 7-8PM Jesup Memorial Concert - Harp Concert with Phoebe Durand-McDonnell. Join Durand-McDonnell, who is from Bar Harbor, for an evening of harp music. Durand-McDonnell began studying harp at age ten and just graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory with a major in harp performance and a minor in music history. She recently received a Fulbright to study historical harp performance in the Department of Musique Ancienne at the École de Musique in Geneva, Switzerland.

 

Sunday July 14th
Southwest Harbor - Flamingo Festival Craft Fair 10-2 Harbor House. 1PM Bee Parks and the Hornets Album Release Party under the tent at the Harbor House

 

Ongoing
Ellsworth - Knowlton Park's Splash Pad is the place to cool off in Ellsworth!

Photo Chris Popper

The restroom facilities are open from 8AM to 9 PM. The changing rooms at Knowlton Park are open as well. Water in the Splash Pad will operate between 10AM and 8PM, everyday, unless the temperature falls below 65, which it will then automatically shut off until the temperature rises again.

Looking for somewhere that's kid friendly and FREE in Bar Harbor to cool off? The place to go is the Glen Mary Wading Pool! The Pool has a maximum depth of 2 feet and is open daily from 10AM to 8 PM. There is no lifeguard on duty, and children under 10 need to be accompanied by someone 14 and over. Pets are not allowed in the fenced in area. Food and beverage is allowed but not in the water. There are changing facilities

The Glen Mary Wading Pool is located at 11 Waldren Road. The easiest way to get there is to go on Park Street and go past the YMCA and cross Ledgelawn Avenue. At the end of the road turn right onto Glen Mary Road. At the end of the road turn left onto Waldren Road.

 

Handy Phone Numbers
Ellsworth Public Library - 207-667-6363
Southwest Harbor Public Library - 207-244-7065
Northeast Harbor Public Library - 207-276-3333
Jesup Memorial Library - 207-288-4245