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Unemployment Help

January 28, 2015, 10:00am - January 28, 2015, 1:00pm

Jesup Memorial Library

Maine Unemployment Security Law requires all individuals filing for Unemployment Insurance benefits to be registered with the Maine Job Bank. Jesup Memorial Library is here to help those without a computer or Internet connection to comply with the new law. A representative from the State of Maine Department of Labor/Tri-County Career Center will be available at the Jesup on Wednesday, Jan. 28 from 10am-2pm to register people for the Maine Job Bank. Registration takes approximately 15 minutes and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call the Tri-County Career Center in Bangor at (207) 561-4050 with any questions.

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The Latest News and Events in Bar Harbor, Maine

It’s a beautiful Winter, so your year round BHMA members are here to keep you warm, entertained and well fed. Below are featured some of the upcoming events. For current events also check out our local Chamber of Commerce.

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 7pm – 8.00pm
Jesup Memorial Library
AI & Robots: Promise or Peril
Depending on whom you talk to, artificial intelligence, or AI is either the best or the worst that can happen to mankind. This question will be explored at Jesup Memorial Library as we attempt to answer this question. Presented by Ed Snyder, Gray Cox and Ron Beard.

Friday, January 23rd, 2015 9.30pm
Thirsty Whale Tavern
Live Music: The Crown Vics
Get your Rockin’ Hillbilly on with local band The Crown Vics

Friday, January 23rd, 2015 7.00pm
Jesup Memorial Library

Travel Talk & Slideshow by Jane Fenno-Vaux: “Senegal”
One of West Africa’s most stable countries, Senegal offers a world of choices to the traveler. On Friday, Jan. 23, at 7:00 p.m., Jane Fenno-Vaux will share images and impressions from her recent trip to this fascinating country at the Jesup Memorial Library.
From the noisy, vibrant markets of the capital city of Dakar, to unspoiled ocean beaches, a Unesco World Heritage Site with colonial architecture, and lush national parks resplendent with the sounds of nature, Senegal truly has something for everyone.
Leave the cold Maine winter behind with a virtual trip to this tropical getaway in the company of fellow travel enthusiasts at the Jesup on the Jan. 23rd.
Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Saturday January 24th, 2014 8.30am – 10am
Financial Literacy Course for Women: Borrowing Basics

The YWCA MDI, 36 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor is sponsoring a Financial Literacy Course for Women.  Our next class is Borrowing Basics and will be held on January 24 at 8:30AM.  Contact Anna Carr, 288-5008 or to preregister.  The instructor for this class is Vicky Hall, Vice-President, Bar Harbor Banking & Trust Co. and the curriculum is Money Smart for Adults from the FDIC.  Childcare is available upon request.
36 Mt. Desert St. Bar Harbor

Saturday, January 24th, 2015
Thirsty Whale Tavern
Closing Night
Enjoy a relaxing night at the Whale as the staff wind down for their annual break.

Saturday, January 24th, 2015 6pm – 8pm
Seal Cove Auto Museum

Family Program: Night at The Museum
for more info.  email

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015  10am – 2pm
Jesup Memorial Library

Maine Unemployment Job Bank Sign-Up

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015  7pm
Jesup Memorial Library
Shakespeare Open Mic Night at The Jesup

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015  10 a.m. to 12 noon
Jesup Memorial Library

Healthcare Insurance Sign-up with MDI Hospital (at the Jesup)

Thursday, February 5th, 2015 7pm
Jesup Memorial Library
Talk & Slideshow by Steve Ressel: Winter Ecology

Saturday, February 7th, 2015 throughout the day
Jesup Memorial Library

Take Your Child to the Library Day
11 a.m. – Storyteller Hope Lewis
All day – Play Library Bingo

Saturday, February 7th, 2015 7pm – 10pm
Seal Cover Auto Museum
he Roaring Twenties comes to the Seal Cove Auto Museum!
The Brass Club Speakeasy will include live music with Shane Elllis and Swingin’ Overtime, a 10-peice swing band; a Brass Club cocktail, created just for this event; prohibition era beers and cider, hosted by Tyler Johnson and the Liquor Locker; charity blackjack tables; and even a belly dancing performance by dancer Lyla Raqs.
Period-inspired dress is encouraged but optional. It’s sure to be the cat’s pajamas!
Tickets are $20 for museum members, and $35 for non-members (which includes a Flying Merkel membership to the museum for the year). To reserve you spot and get the password that will let you in the door, call the museum at 207-244-9242.

Sunday, February 8, 2015  2 p.m.
Jesup Memorial Library
Sundays at the Jesup Winter Concert #4 – Hawk Henries

This renowned Native American flutist and traditional flute maker will perform his own songs and traditional songs.
For more information, call the Jesup Memorial Library at (207) 288-4245 or email
Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015  7pm
Seal Cove Auto Museum
Lecture: Advertizing and the Auto Stay

for more info. email

Sunday, March 15, 2015,  2 p.m.
Jesup Memorial Library
Sundays at the Jesup Winter Concert #5
Gus LaCasse & Friends
Gus LaCasse brings his unique sound to Jesup Memorial Library on Sunday, Mar. 15, at 2 p.m. A prodigy, Gus plays fiddle in the Celtic and Cape Breton traditions and will be accompanied on guitar. His appearance is part of the Sundays at the Jesup Winter Concert Series, which is generously underwritten by Machias Savings Bank. For more information, call the Jesup Memorial Library at (207) 288-4245 or email

Thursday, March 12th, 2015
RE-OPENS for the season….

March 30th – April 3rd, 2015
Seal Cove Auto Museum

Children’s Art Program
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Sunday, April 12, 2015,  2 p.m.
Jesup Memorial Library
Sundays at the Jesup Winter Concert #6
Acadia Chorale
On Sunday, April 12th, at 2 p.m., the 60-strong community chorus, Acadia Choral Society, will close out the Sundays at the Jesup Winter Concert Series with a preview of their spring show. The series has brought an eclectic selection of musical artists to the community throughout the winter season. Join us for this grand finale! This and all of the Jesup’s winter concerts are free to all, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Machias Savings Bank. For more information, call the Jesup Memorial Library at (207) 288-4245 or email

Saturday, April 18th, 2015 10am – 2pm
Seal Cove Auto Museum
Lego Day
Come play with us! Kids of all ages are invited to come and be inspired by the unique collection of the earliest cars and motorcycles, and then create their own automobile inspiration with the museum’s Lego® brand blocks.

May 14th – 17th. 2015
Village of Bar Harbor
Taste of Bar Harbor Food Festival

Bar Harbor, 207-288-5103. Come celebrate the rich culinary traditions of our region, and explore the exciting industries that are shaping the new flavors of Bar Harbor. With a variety of world-class dining experiences, the Taste of Bar Harbor has something for every palate. Featuring the Chef’s Table Evening, Pub Tour, Dessert Night, Eden Farmer’s Market and Waiter Race, among other events like cooking classes, tastings, tours and much more. For more information and tickets, please visit our website

Monday, May 25th, 2015 10am
Town Pier
Memorial Day
207-288-5103, 10am, Town Pier, Bar Harbor, 207-288-5103, Commemorate the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country at a traditional Memorial Day Ceremony in Bar Harbor. Join the Legion, Coast Guard, Fire Department and our nation’s veterans on Monday, May 26th at 10 am on the Bar Harbor Town Pier.

Saturday, June 20th – Sunday, June 21st, 2015 10am-5pm
Village Green
Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-5pm, Bar Harbor Village Green, 207-288-5103. Tour and shop at one of Bar Harbor’s longest running art shows. Over 30 artists will display and sell their original works on the Village Green at the corner of Main & Mount Desert Streets. Rain or shine

Sunday, June 21st, 2015 5pm
Agamont Park
207-288-5103, Bring your family to Agamont Park on Father’s Day for a free outdoor concert. With lively music from ‘Flash! In the Pans’ steel drum band, it’s fun for dancing with the entire family. In the event of rain, the concert will be held at the Bar Harbor Congregational Church.

Saturday, July 4th, 2015 6am onwards
Various locations in the Village of Bar Harbor
207-288-5103, Voted the best small town Fourth of July celebration in the country, Bar Harbor offers a fun-filled day for the whole family. Fuel up with a blueberry pancake breakfast on the town’s athletic field, before watching the parade on Main Street with over 80 floats and displays. Then head back to the athletic field for Bar Harbor’s own seafood festival, complete with lobster races! Once you’ve had enough lobster, come on down to the waterfront for the Harborside Concert Series that begins at 3pm and plays all the way up to the fireworks.

Wednesday’s In July & August 8.30pm
Agamont Park
Every Wednesday from through mid-July through the end of August, beginning shortly after dusk, Agamont Park in Downtown Bar Harbor, 207-288-5103, Come enjoy an outdoor movie every Wednesday in August in Agamont Park in downtown Bar Harbor. Family-friendly movies will begin at 8:30pm, with free popcorn provided by presenting sponsor Camden National Bank.

September 10-14, 2015
Acadia National Park/Mount Desert Island
207-288-5103, Come enjoy the pristine night skies above Acadia and Downeast Maine at this singular festival. Star gaze atop Cadillac Mountain with astronomers, take a boat cruise under the stars while listening to Wabanaki folklore, listen to one of the nationally renowned speakers that are featured annually. Get hands on with activities including night sky photography workshops, night hikes, and viewing events among so many others. Visit for updates and a complete schedule of events.

Saturday, November 7th, 2015 6am
Village of Bar Harbor
207-288-5103, Set your alarm, because the early bird gets the deals as you shop in your PJs for extra discounts in downtown Bar Harbor. The sale hours are 6-9am, with the bed and pajama parade beginning at the Village Green at 10am with the 8th Annual Bed Races immediately following on Cottage Street. Come join us for Bar Harbor’s most favorite and silliest tradition.
Friday, December 4th, 2015 5pm – Midnight
Village of Bar Harbor
207-288-5103, Help us ring in the holidays by welcoming Santa to Bar Harbor on the Village Green at 5pm, before having a chance to join him and his elves at the MDI YMCA for activities including having your picture taken with Santa, decorating cookies or enjoying a horse drawn “sleigh” ride among many others. The 14th Annual Midnight Madness Sale will also be held later in the evening, from 8pm-midnight. There will be great discounts, music, food, drink and midnight raffles!


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