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BROOKSVILLE — When Helen and Scott Nearing first published “Living the Good Life” in 1964, the couple had already spent 30 years living off the grid in southern Vermont, after aborting earlier careers in New York City. Helen had played concert violin and studied Eastern philosophy. Scott was an educator and economist.

BLUE HILL — Warren Lehrer’s new book is his first novel, and it will likely be a first of sorts for his readers, too.

ELLSWORTH — Just as gardeners might have various plots of flowers and vegetables and shrubs planted over their properties, the Ellsworth Garden Club has created pockets of beauty all over the city.

BLUE HILL — The “Incredible Self-Portrait Machine” will be featured at the Blue Hill Inn on Aug. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. as part of First Friday Blue Hill, a self-guided tour of art galleries, businesses and restaurants.

BAR HARBOR — Kimberly Ridley and Rebekah Raye, author and illustrator respectively of the award-winning picture book “The Secret Pool,” will lead a fun morning of nature journaling on Wednesday, Jul 30, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

MOUNT DESERT — Northeast Harbor is booming with art. Three galleries have begun hosting a weekly artwalk and will continue to hold open receptions every other Thursday from 5-7 p.m. These functions welcome the public to admire fine art, meet local and national artists, and eat, drink and socialize.

BAR HARBOR — The final week of the 2014 Bar Harbor Music Festival will feature two string orchestra concerts conducted by Francis Fortier. Guest soloist oboist Gerard Reuter and violinists Francis Fortier and Jeffrey Ellenberger will perform music by Mozart, J.S. Bach, Barber, Dvorak, Vivaldi, Marcello and Benjamin Britten.

MOUNT DESERT — Star Gallery in Northeast Harbor, now in its second year, has expanded to a second building. Currently on view in its original space on Neighborhood Road are sculptures by Katie Bell and drawings by Emily Brown. The show lasts through July 30.

The Acadia Repertory Theater has gone from the proverbial sublime to the utterly ridiculous with their second play of the season, Molière’s “School for Wives.”

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