Things to do in Bar Harbor

What adventures will you have this week in Bar Harbor?


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It’s our weekly roundup of future events and past stories.

Every Monday, we’ll have a quick preview of events happening that week in Bar Harbor and you can look for in-depth features later on in the week.

And if you’d like something listed, just let us know by commenting or contacting us!

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GET YOUR NEWS ON!

I’m just one person, so some weeks there will be more news than others as I try to fit things around my editing novels, podcasting, and writing my own books and actually making a living, but here you go!

Here are the links to our stories from the past week in case you missed any.

Family Fun Days at the Jesup Featuring Miniature Donkeys Sure to be an A-Mule-Sing Good Time

Worried Town Council Gives Eligible Seniors Property Tax Relief

Voters will decide on the fate of town’s super majority rule

Town’s Cruise Ship Management Plan Floats Forward Past Split Council

FLOWER TO THE PEOPLE: VOTERS WILL AGAIN DECIDE THE FATE OF ADULT USE MARIJUANA RETAIL STORES IN BAR HARBOR


Get Your Comedy On!


Get Your Run On!

5th Annual Running for Rides Mary Parker Memorial 5k Race

This annual race was created to honor and celebrate Mary Parker’s passion for Island Connections’ mission, neighbors, and volunteers.  The race will begin at 9am on Saturday, October 15. Same-day registration will begin at 8am.

Costs

Cost for registrations received prior to race day are $25 for Adults and $15 for Youth 15 & under. T-shirts will be given out to the first 50 participants. To pre-register, click below.

All proceeds benefit Island Connections.

Location and Time

October 15, 2022 at 9 a.m.

To Find Out More and Register

https://runsignup.com/Race/ME/BarHarbor/5thAnnualRunningforRidesMaryParkerMemorial5kRace

Downeast Horizons 2022 Color Fun 5K

This year’s theme is Spooky Neon! Come dressed in your favorite costume attire! Gather your family and friends and start planning your group costumes!

All pre-registered race participants will receive a race packet containing a t-shirt, protective sunglasses, color powder packet, temporary tattoos & stickers while supplies last.

Location and Time

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2022 AT 9 AM; Ellsworth

Costs

Vary between $12 and $25

For information and to register.


Get Your Book On!

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Library History Tour

Jesup Board Member Mike Hastings has done extensive research on the library’s historical building and he will share some of the highlights during this guided tour. Did you know that the Jesup used to host famous print shows or that some of the building’s original light fixtures were designed by the same person who did work on the White House? Get a peak behind the scenes and even go into the attic! (Note: This tour includes going up and down the library’s steep staircases).

When:

·       TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2022

·       11:00 A.M. to 12:00 PM and 5 p.m. to 6 P.m.

Location:

Jesup Memorial Library



Sail to South America with the Bruntons

In 1993, Don and Malu Brunton set sail from Portland, Maine to South Eastern Brazil aboard a twenty-two foot sailing sloop, with their two year old daughter, Isabella. Now, twenty nine years later, they have arrived here in Bar Harbor aboard their fifty-foot cutter sloop after half a lifetime of pioneering endeavor in South America. Join them as they share stories from their adventures on the waters around the globe.

When:

·       TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2022

·       3:00 P.M.  to 4:00 P.M.

Location:

·       Jesup Memorial Library


Archives Tour with Isabella Connelly

Learn more about what treasures are hidden in our archive with Isabella Connelly, the Jesup’s Collection Manager & Digital Archivist. Connelly will give a tour of the archives, share some of the special items and talk about the Jesup’s work to have much of our archive available online through the History Trust.

Location and Time

·      WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2022

·       1:00 P.M.  to 2:00 P.M.

·       Jesup Memorial Library


Family Fun Day and Bendable Maine Launch

Join the Jesup and Bendable Maine for a fun party to celebrate the end of summer! There will be miniature donkeys, face painting, bubbles, a photo booth, crafts, door prizes, refreshments and more. Also, learn more about the Jesup’s online offerings from downloadable books and audiobooks, databases, comics, and more including our newest offering Bendable Maine. Bendable is an online learning platform where you can take classes, find resources and more. It is available to anyone with a library card. Stop by to have fun, enjoy a snack and learn more about what your library card can do for you.

Location and Time

THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 2022

11:00 AM  1:00 PM

Jesup Memorial library


Campaign Open House with Library Director Matt DeLaney

Do you have questions about our plans to expand the Jesup? Thoughts on our design or campaign approach? Want to learn more about our progress and timeline? Stop by for an open house from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. to speak with Library staff, including Library Director Matt DeLaney. 

Location and Time

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2022

4:00 P.M. to  5:00 P.M.

Jesup Memorial Library


VIRTUAL WRITE ON! WRITING GROUP

Want support for your craft? The Write On! writer’s group has been meeting at the Jesup since 2014, and remotely during the pandemic. Each meeting, members may bring in up to 1200 words to read for feedback, and in turn offer feedback to others. Although each member doesn’t get to read work every time, the group shares the time fairly. The group meets on Zoom, and hold in confidence what is shared. This group welcomes adults 18 and up writing in many genres. There’s no homework–the only commitment is two hours on Saturday mornings.

Date and Time

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Location

Zoom

How to Attend

Call the library, 207-288-4245, for more about us and how to join, or email info@jesuplibrary.org.


GET YOUR MUSIC ON!

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Landscape of Change with Halcyon

Join us for an evening of music and imagery featuring Halcyon, the renowned Maine-based string quartet, as members share their love of music in ways that foster connection, community, vibrancy, joy, warmth, and accessibility. In each concert, they work to create a space that draws upon word, art and music to tell a story that is relevant to our community. This year, Halcyon will perform classical compositions accompanied by a multimedia presentation that explore how our environment is changing around us, along with findings from our work through Landscape of Change. Launched in April 2019, Landscape of Change focuses on comparing the Mount Desert Island environment past and present to document change and inform decisions about how to respond today to ensure a livable future. It is a collaboration between MDI Historical Society, MDI Biological Laboratory, Schoodic Institute, College of the Atlantic, National Park Service, and A Climate to Thrive. In conjunction with this special performance by Halcyon, and adding to this exciting event, will be the work of local artist Jennifer Steen Booher. We are honored to exhibit Booher’s work from her series, “We Change With Them,” an exploration of shifting ecosystem dynamics resulting from climate change. Institute. There is a suggested donation of $10.00 per person. Please register online at schoodicinstitute.org

Date and Time

Saturday Aug 27, 2022
6:00 P.M. – 7:15 P.M.

Location

Schoodic Institute

Fees/Admission

Suggested donation of $10.00 per person

Contact Information

info@schoodicinstitute.org 207-288-1310
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 GET YOUR ART ON!

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OPEN STUDIO – MEMBER MONDAYS

Members can reserve a table in our studio for an hour or the whole session and have access to our non-consumable tools or use some materials from our stock!

$10 for reserved space – participant brings supplies. 

OR $25 for reserved space plus access to consumable materials; felting, glass, paint, printmaking.

Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Masking, vaccinated, and social distancing for staff and participant safety.

Date and Time

Monday, July 25, 2022
2:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. EDT

Location

ArtWaves, 1345A State Highway 102, Bar Harbor

Fees/Admission

$42.00

Website

https://www.artwavesmdi.org/event

Contact Information

207-266-0010
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MONDAY EVENING FIGURE DRAWING – EMOTION THROUGH BODY LANGUAGE

Join Gabrielle for instructed sessions on portraiture and clothed figure drawing or use the time to practice with our model! Mondays – instruction from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. then drawing from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Masking, vaccinated, and social distancing for staff and participant safety.

Date and Time

Mondays, 2022
5 p.m. – 8 p.m. EDT

Location

ArtWaves, 1345A State Highway 102, Bar Harbor

Fees/Admission

$50.00

Website

https://www.artwavesmdi.org/event-4849702

Contact Information

207-266-0010
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MONDAY & THURSDAY NIGHT FIGURE DRAWING

Please register, space is limited

Artists will have a few quick warm-up poses then be able to spend time refining a long pose. Registration necessary- ArtWaves maintains distances for safety.

The model is the star, no instruction, but plenty of easels, boards, horses, paper, charcoal and fellow friendly artists. Feel free to bring your paints and brushes as well!

18 and over, under 18 allowed with parental attendance or prior signature.

Date and Time

Mondays and Thursdays
6 p.m. – 9 p.m. EDT

Mondays 6-9 single pose and Thursdays multi poses

Location

ArtWaves Fine Arts Studio

Fees/Admission

$15 for 3-hour session
Members: $25 month fee

Contact Information

office @artwavesmdi.otrg
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ELEMENTS OF A GRAPHIC NOVEL – SUMMER SERIES

Join Gabrielle and feel free to bring your questions and current work in progress! See the syllabus below.

To Register:  https://artwavesmdi.org/event

Gabrielle is a young illustrator and multimedia artist. She grew up on a small island in Maine, and consistently finds her art influenced by her upbringing. She worked for the Illustration Institute based out of Portland Maine in 2020 producing a short documentary series about how drawing influences thinking. Gabrielle is currently enrolled at College of the Atlantic and is on course to graduate with a study in visual narratives. When she’s not drawing or crafting you can find her planning her next cross-country bike tour.

Date and Time

Sundays until August 28
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. EDT

Location

ArtWaves, 1345A State Highway 102, Bar Harbor

Fees/Admission

$42 per session

Website

https://www.artwavesmdi.org/event

Contact Information

office@artwavesmdi.org
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KIDS CRAFTERNOONS

ArtWaves  is devoting afternoons of studio (under the big tent) sessions for children to create. Most workshops use unique materials like fiber, ink, stained glass and wax.  Weekly themes. Open to kids between 7-11. No skills required.

Masks, vax’d (over 5), and distancing for staff and participant safety. 

To Register:  https://artwavesmdi.org/event

Date and Time

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Location

ArtWaves, 1345A State Highway 102, Bar Harbor

Fees/Admission

$30 materials included or bring some of your own! ($20 for members) Student membership is $36 a year!

Contact Information

office@artwavesmdi.org
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Calming Crafts for Adults – Creating Collages with Paper and Sparkles

Each Friday the Jesup Memorial Library will provide a space for people to gather in a no pressure, minimal skills required, fun, social way to engage in stress free crafts. You can bring your own craft project or take part in one we provide. This is a drop-in gathering. You are welcome to stay the whole hour or grab the project and go create in your own space.

We will even have craft projects available after Friday to grab and go. Check in at the circulation desk to see what we have available.

Date and Time

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2022

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Location

Jesup Library

Fees

Free


LIVIAH’S CRAFTERNOONS

Kids aged 7-11 years of all skill levels Masks, vax’d (over 5), and distancing for staff and participant safety.

Date and Time

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

3 p.m – 5 p.m.

Location

ArtWaves 1345A Hwy 102 Bar Harbor

Fees/Admission

$30 materials included or bring some of your own! ($20 for members)

Website

https://artwavesmdi.org/event-4878637

Contact Information

207-266-0010
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Paint With Ink, String, and Watercolor

This class is excellent at freeing you from blocks to your creative spirit. It is also meditative, playful and satisfying. You will use ink, string, your own energy and watercolor on watercolor paper to create and go home with one to three completed pieces.

About the instructor: Gloria Avner has been creating and teaching art professionally for over twenty years. She is well known for specializing in painting BATIK Style. Both beginners and professional artists like to take her courses more than once. Ms. Avner has traveled the world and ran an art gallery in Town Hill for 35 years (Aquarius Artifacts). Her paintings are in Florida Galleries and collections across the country, and she is also well known for her Pet Portraits. See her work on Facebook, IG (@gloriavner), and Fineartamerica.com.

Date and Time

Tuesday Aug 23, 2022
11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. EDT

Location

ArtWaves 1345A Hwy 102 Town Hill Bar Harbor

1345A Hwy 102 Bar Harbor ME 04609

Fees/Admission

$35 ($25 for members)

Website

https://artwavesmdi.org/event-4892925

Contact Information

207-266-0010
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CREATING A PET PORTRAIT with Gloria Avner

CREATING A PET PORTRAIT with Gloria Avner – Aug 23 2022 If you’ve ever wanted a beautiful portrait of your favorite furbaby (or bird or horse or snake), you have two choices: Pay a professional artist or have an energizing learning experience and do it yourself! Pet Portrait Artist – Gloria Avner will give you step-by-step guidance, working with soft pastels, pastel pencils, and velour paper.

Date and Time

Tuesday Aug 23, 2022
1:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Tuesday Aug 23rd, 2022, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Location

ArtWaves. 1345A Hwy 102 Town Hill Bar Harbor

1345A Hwy 102 Bar Harbor ME 04609

Fees/Admission

$100 ($90 for members)

Website

https://artwavesmdi.org/event-4892852

Contact Information

207-266-0010
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2D Felted Portraits

Who will you create?! In this workshop you will learn the basics of 2D needle felting and how to turn wool from a fiber mess into a coherent image. Felted friends make great gifts or decorations. Bring reference images of the person you want to craft.

Date and Time

Tuesday Aug 23, 2022
6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

Please arrive early to settle in before class begins.

Location

ArtWaves 1345A Hwy 102 Town Hill Bar Harbor

1345A Hwy 102 Bar Harbor ME 04609

Fees/Admission

$42 with materials included ($32 for members)

Website

https://artwavesmdi.org/event-4900337

Contact Information

207-266-0010
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2D Felting Flowers and Plants

2D Felting Flowers and Plants – Aug 2022 Join Gabrielle to 2D felt lovely flowers and luscious plants. You will learn the basics of 2D needle felting starting from a sketch to a finished piece. Bring reference pictures of the flora you want to feel.

Date and Time

Wednesday Aug 24, 2022
3:30 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.

Please arrive early to settle in before class begins.

Location

ArtWaves 1345A Hwy 102 Town Hill Bar Harbor

Fees/Admission

$42 with materials included ($32 for members)

Website

https://artwavesmdi.org/event-4900384

Contact Information

207-266-0010
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Paint Like the Masters: Modigliani Oil Pastels

Paint Like the Masters: Modigliani Oil Pastels Modigliani was an innovative Italian Artist, early 20th c., who became famous for his stylized portraits of long-necked women. We will create our own striking portraits in this step-by-step guided course.

Date and Time

Thursday Aug 25, 2022
11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

Location

ArtWaves Art and Dance Studios 1345-A State Highway 102 Village of Town Hill, Bar Harbor,

1345A Hwy 102 Bar Harbor ME 04609

Fees/Admission

$42.50 ($32.50 for members)

Website

https://artwavesmdi.org/event-4891217

Contact Information

207-266-0010
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Felting 3D Beetles and Moths

Felting 3D Beetles and Moths – Aug 2022 Join Gabrielle to felt lovely beetles and moths. In this workshop you will learn how to needle felt 3D form starting with a pipe cleaner armature and evolving it into a complete form. All felting skill levels are welcome. 

Date and Time

Saturday Aug 27, 2022
10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Please arrive early to settle in before class begins.

Location

ARTWAVES 1345A Hwy 102 Town Hill Bar Harbor

1345A Hwy 102 Bar Harbor ME 04609

Fees/Admission

$50 with materials included ($40 for members)

Website

https://artwavesmdi.org/event-4900294

Contact Information

207-266-0010
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Mosaic Beetles, Moths, and Insects

Mosaic Beetles, Moths, and Insects – Aug 20222 Learn how to mosaic insects with Gabrielle. In this workshop you will plan and execute a mosaic starting with a sketch and turning it into a glorious glass mosaic. Bring reference images of an insect of your choice.

Date and Time

Saturday Aug 27, 2022
1:30 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. EDT

Location

ArtWaves 1345A Hwy 102 Bar Harbor

1345A Hwy 102 Bar Harbor ME 04609

Fees/Admission

$52.50 ($42.50 for members)

Website

https://artwavesmdi.org/event-4900307

Contact Information

207-266-0010
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GET YOUR MOVEMENT ON!

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YOGA BY THE BAY

Date and Time

Daily
9 a.m – 10 a.m. EDT

Location

Bar Harbor Inn & Spa, 1 Newport Drive, Bar Harbor

Fees/Admission

$15 per person.

Contact Information

Contact Beth for questions (340) 643-6467
Send Beth an Email


ZUMBA!

It’s a dance party, no experience needed!

Come take care of yourself, shake, smile & sweat!  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. You can follow along and give it your own flair! Come join our classes throughout the week, in the gorgeous dance studio at ArtWaves!  If you haven’t tried Zumba and want to talk with Erin, feel free to email anytime. 

Date and Time

Thursdays
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. EDT

Location

Dance Studio at ArtWaves, 1345A State Highway 102, Bar Harbor

Fees/Admission

$40-$50 per month ($10 per week paid monthly)

Website

https://artwavesmdi.org/event


MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE (TEEN/ADULT)

Modern Dance Technique (Teen/Adult) 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. Students will investigate basic patterns of choreography, experimenting with principles of velocity and momentum and exploring personal and shared movement impulses.

Participants of diverse abilities, needs, and backgrounds are encouraged to participate. Dance experience is welcomed, but not necessary. No outdoor shoes or tap shoes in the studio. Please change out of shoes in the office area. Drinks in the office area only.

Date and Times

Monday Aug 8, 2022
6:15 PM – 7:15 p.m.

Mondays through Aug. 29

Location

ArtWaves 1345A Hwy 102 Bar Harbor

Fees/Admission

$70 for 5 sessions ($60 for members)

Website

https://artwavesmdi.org/event-4849036

Contact Information

207-266-0010
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Get Your Movie On!

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2022 Maine Outdoor Film Festival

Join the Maine Outdoor Film Festival for an evening of outdoor adventure and conservation films under the stars at Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park. The Maine Outdoor Film Festival is an outlet for Maine filmmakers’ creativity. By attending a Maine Outdoor Film Festival screening, thousands of Mainers get the chance to see specially curated outdoor adventure and conservation filmmaking in their area. The film program will last approximately two hours, including a 10-minute intermission. Please bring your own chair for comfort and safety. You might also consider bringing a headlamp, a brown bag lunch and bug spray.

Date and Time

Thursday Aug 25, 2022
7:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.

Location

Schoodic Institute

9 Atterbury Circle Winter Harbor ME 04693

Fees/Admission

Tickets are $15/person or take advantage or our Friends & Family pack, 4 tickets for $50! Register up to 6 people, tickets after the 4 pack will be at the discounted rate of $12.50/person. Register today at schoodicinstitute.org/event/2022-maine-outdoor-film-festival/

Contact Information

207-288-1310 info@schoodicinstitute.org
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REEL PIZZA

https://www.reelpizza.net/now-playing

Location: 33 Kennebec Place, Bar Harbor

This week’s showings include Bullet Train and Elvis.


CRITERION THEATRE

https://www.criteriontheatre.org/

Location: 25 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor


Get Your Food On!

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HOMEMADE PIES AT THE YWCA MDI

Join the Y for its Tuesday pie sales at the YWCA Mount Desert Island.  All the pies are homemade by YWCA volunteers, and the proceeds go to the Y’s lodging program for women and girls.

Date and Time

Tuesdays
10 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. or until sold out.

Location

36 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor, ME
207-288-5008

Cost

$20 – $30

Website

Homepage

Contact Information

Suzanne White-Kelly
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BAR HARBOR’S EDEN FARMER’S MARKET

Maine grown, raised and value added delights in Bar Harbor. Sundays, 9 a.m. – Noon, rain or shine, Mother’s Day weekend until the end of October. 

Date and Time

Sundays
9 a.m. – Noon

Location

Park and Main Street at the YMCA parking lot, Bar Harbor

Website

http://mdifarmersmarkets.com


GET YOUR CIVIC DUTY ON!

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TOWN GOVERNMENT MEETINGS

SOUTHWEST HARBOR:

Regular Meeting Schedule (meetings held at the Town Office unless otherwise noted)

Board & Committee Meeting Schedule

Select Board: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of every month @ 6 p.m.


Conservation Commission: 1st Tuesday of every month @ 4 p.m. via zoom


Planning Board: 1st & 3rd Thursdays of every month @ 6 p.m. at the Town Office and via zoom


Historical Cemetery Committee: 3rd Wednesday of every month @ the Town office or otherwise specified @ 2 p.m.


Harbor Committee: 2nd Monday of every month @ 6 p.m.


Shellfish Committee: 2nd Monday of every month @ 5 p.m. 


Board of Appeals: 2nd Wednesday of every month (as needed) @ 6 p.m.


Warrant Committee: as needed


TREMONT:

Planning Board Meeting- Public Hearing August 23rd @6pm

The Planning Board may act on an application by Madeline Brogdon to open a 15-site campground located at 158 Harbor Drive, Tax Map 003 Lot 010A.

The application may be reviewed at the Tremont Town Office. M-F 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This is an in-person public hearing.


BAR HARBOR:

According to the town’s website, “Meetings that are broadcast live can be viewed at home by watching Cable Access Channel 7 or 1303 (Spectrum Cable only) and online at Town Hall Streams.”

Task Force on Climate Emergency

August 22, 2022, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Council Chambers

More Details

Warrant Committee

August 22, 2022, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @Council Chambers

More Details

Parking Solutions Task Force

August 25, 2022, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

More Details


REGULAR SCHEDULE OF BAR HARBOR’S MAIN COMMITTEE/BOARD MEETINGS

· Town Council meetings– the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m.

· Planning Board meetings- the first Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m.

· Design Review Board– the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 6 p.m.

· Appeals Board – As needed, call the Planning Office for meeting times


MOUNT DESERT:

Planning Board Meeting

August 24, 2022 – 6:00pm

Hancock County Commissioners Caucus Warrant

August 25, 2022 – 3:00pm


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