AROOSTOOK COUNTY — The Parish of the Precious Blood invites children to bring their bicycles to one of five churches in Aroostook County on June 15-16 for the Blessing of the Bikes, which offers blessings for safe travel: 11 a.m. June 15, Holy Rosary Church, 34 Vaughn St., Caribou; 11 a.m. June 15, St. Mary Church, 331 Main St., Presque Isle; 11:30 a.m. June 16, St. Mark Church, Allen Farm Road, Ashland; noon June 16, St. Denis Church, 143 Main St., Fort Fairfield; noon June 16, St. Louis Church, 100 Main St., Limestone. 321-7810.

AUGUSTA — A free Christian music concert by pianist Brian Sproul of Kentwood, Mich., who has released two CDs, “Circle of Praise” and “One Starry Night,” after a supper at 5:30 p.m. June 11, to benefit vacation Bible school, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 209 Eastern Ave. 623-9486.

AUGUSTA and PORTLAND — Mainers are invited to join Pray for America bus rally with National Day of Prayer leadership at 5:30 p.m. June 11, First Baptist Church, 360 Canco Road, Portland, with a prayer rally at 6:30 p.m.; and at 9 a.m. June 12, River Rock Christian Fellowship, Chelsea, just outside Augusta, 65 River Road.

AUGUSTA — St. Mark’s Whatever Week Arts Festival, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 29, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 9 Summer St. Rain or shine. Indoor and outdoor spaces available on first-come first-served basis at $20 per table. Tina Mann at 446-3297 or

BANGOR — The Baroque Orchestra of Maine concert, directed by Heidi Powell, 7:30 p.m. June 15, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 225 French St. Tickets available at the door. Adults $20; students free. Visit or email

BANGOR — Organ concert on historic E. & G. G. Hook organ (1860) by Abraham Ross, organ scholar at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., 4 p.m. June 9, St. John’s Catholic Church, 207 York St. 942-6941 or

BANGOR — Photography show “The Holy Land Then and Now” with more than 60 unique photos dated between 1860 and 1905 by photographers Felix Bonfils and William Rau on display June 9 and the next week during regular business hours, Congregation Beth El, 183 French St.

BANGOR — Twelfth annual week of Art Camp for children grades one through eight on theme of “Something’s Fishy,” 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 24-28, Redeemer Lutheran Church, 540 Essex St. Cost $100. To register, 945-3166.

BELFAST — Meteora, a folk trio of Kat Logan, Jim Loney and Will Brown, 7 p.m. June 8, Unitarian Universalist Church, 37 Miller St. Reserved tickets $10 adults; $6 for children and senior citizens. Tickets at the door $12 adults; $8 for children and senior citizens. 789-5276 or

BELFAST — Deirdre Good, professor of New Testament at General Theological Seminary in New York City and author, Bible study, 9 a.m. Sundays, St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 95 Court St. 338-2412. No need to sign up in advance, just bring Bible.

BLUE HILL — Simmering Pot, which offers free community meals, 2:30-6 p.m. Mondays, First Congregational Church of Blue Hill, 22 Tenney Hill. Donations accepted. Worship services, 10 a.m. Sundays. 374-2891.

BLUE HILL — Peaceable Kingdom Day Camp for children ages 5-10 (some flexibility), 9 a.m.-noon June 17-21, First Congregational Church, 22 Tenney Hill. Indoor and outdoor art, music, nature activities. No fee; donations welcome. Information from Wendy Ritger by June 10, or 374-2891.

CASTINE — Sermon “Believing in Miracles” with the Rev. Tim Hall, 9:30 a.m. June 9, Trinitarian Congregational Parish of Castine, 68 Main St. Service of worship and installation for Hall as the 28th pastor and teacher of the church, formed in 1820, by clergy and lay representatives from 20 churches of the Hancock-Waldo Association, United Church of Christ, 4 p.m. June 9. or 326-9486.

CASTINE — Sermon “How Can I Help?” on resolving conflict between self-interest and community need, by interim minister the Rev. Charles J. Stephens, 10:30 a.m. June 9, Unitarian Universalist Church, town common. 326-9083. Information at

EAST MILLINOCKET — A Lawn Party including an auction with auctioneer Kermit Cote will be held on Aug. 1 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, as a major fundraiser for the church. The church is feeling the effects of the economic downturn that is having an impact on the Katahdin area’s paper and wood industries. Those who want to donate items to the auction, excluding clothes and appliances, should call 746-3333 Mondays-Thursdays. This replaces the annual yard sale.

ELLSWORTH — Downeast Humanists & Freethinkers on the topic “What You Don’t Know About Religion (But Should),” by sociologist and author Ryan T. Cragun, 3-5 p.m. June 15, Ellsworth Public Library, Riverview Room.

ELLSWORTH —Sociologist and author Ryan T. Cragun on his new book, “What You Don’t Know About Religion (But Should),” 3-5 p.m. June 15, Ellsworth Public Library, Riverview Room downstairs. Free and open to the public, sponsored by Downeast Humanists & Freethinkers.

ELLSWORTH — Free public classes on human development and personal growth, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Unitarian Universalist Church of Ellsworth in cooperation with The Whole Health Center of Bar Harbor. Church located at 121 Bucksport Road. For more information on the series, call The Whole Health Center at 288-4128.

HANCOCK — Jesus is My Idol, an American Idol-type of singing competition, auditions on June 15, Crossroads Apostolic Church. Finalists will sing on June 22 in a live community concert. Audience decides winner of $300 prize. Contestants must register at

LIMERICK — Regular services by Pastor John Short Jr., 10 a.m. Sundays, Maine Life Gate Christian Church, 3 Foss Road. Saturday service at 6 p.m.

LINCOLNVILLE — Ladies Retreat/Seminar, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. June 8, Bayshore Church, Route 1. Speaker Barbara Arnold of Erial, N.J., on “Keys to Dynamic Bible Study.” Love offering to help Arnold cover transportation costs. Linda Brawn 236-3123 or Janet Plausee 789-5811.

ORRINGTON — Church service for senior citizens followed by question-and-answer period with Eastern Area Agency on Aging, directed by Colleen Dunn, agency staff, beginning at 6 p.m. June 9, Lighthouse Church of God, 696 River Road. This service will be offered every other Sunday, with speakers from agencies and organizations associated with senior citizen services.

ROCKLAND — Free “Evening with Grownups,” 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 8, First Universalist Church, 345 Broadway (Route 1A). Potluck social 5:30 p.m.; movie “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” 6:30 p.m., followed by discussion. Bring beverage or snack to share. 594-8750 or

SEARSPORT — A free country music-style gospel sing with Caroll and Brenda Farley, 10 a.m.-noon June 16, Overcomers Christian Fellowship, 11 Frankfort Road. 493-6653. Free-will offering.

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Vesta Kowalski, a retired Episcopal priest and the first Gentile to receive a doctorate from New York City’s Jewish Theological Seminary, will lead a tour to the Holy Land, Nov. 6-17. An informational meeting will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 319 Main St., Southwest Harbor. This will be an ecumenical, historical and cultural tour, and includes a visit to Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Jordan. RSVP to Michaeleen Ward, 669-8241.