AUBURN — Great Falls Balloon Festival, Aug. 19-21, along the banks of the Androscoggin River, balloons launching 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily from Simard Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston, weather permitting. Festival kicks off Friday morning, Aug. 19, runs through early evening of Sunday, Aug. 21. This year’s theme, “Critters in the Clouds,” refers to the special-shaped balloons: Hootie the Owl, Annie the Ladybug and Bud E. Beaver. Entertainment and activities to take place at both Simard Payne Park and Festival Plaza in Auburn.
BAR HARBOR — Sheridan Steele, Acadia National Park superintendent, and College of the Atlantic faculty member Ken Cline will discuss the park, its visitors and nature disorder for COA’s Coffee & Conversation series at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, at COA’s Deering Common Campus Center. Free and open to the public. For information, call 801-5621 or 288-5015, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit coa.edu.
GRAY — Jerome Richard, president of the Maine Bow Hunters Association, and his wife, Tina, both certified firearm and archery safety instructors for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, will showcase archery skills and provide instruction for all ages, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Maine Wildlife Park. Admission to park free for ages 3 and under; $5 ages 5-12; $7 adults, $5 seniors. Groups of 15 or more are $3.50 per person. For information, call 657-4977, or visit mainewildlifepark.com or mefishwildlife.com.
GUILFORD — A state-approved trapper education course, 6-9 p.m. Sept. 7 and 8, and 8 a.m.-noon, Sept. 17, at Piscataquis Community High School. Attendance at all sessions is required. For information, call 876-3497.
MACHIAS — Downeast Coastal Conservancy will be at the Children’s Activity Center at Machias Blueberry Festival, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, and 9 a.m.-noon Sunday, Aug. 21, featuring animal puppet shows and birdhouse building for kids. There also will be area hiking guides, a new brochure, information on DCC’s new projects and volunteer opportunities. For information, call 255-4500.
NEWRY — Registration for the 12th Annual North American Wife Carrying Championship at Sunday River Ski Resort opens at noon Thursday, Sept. 1. Registration is $49 per couple and available online at www.sundayriver.com. Registration is open to only 50 couples, with race day scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 8. On-site registration will be offered only if space allows on the day of the event.
PRESQUE ISLE — The Crown of Maine Balloon festival Aug. 25-28 at Northern Maine Fairgrounds, 84 Mechanic St. Family event with balloon launches at 5:30 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday and 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. All launches weather-dependant. Multiple events during the weekend. For complete listing, visit crownofmaineballoonfest.org. Most events are free.
ROCKLAND HARBOR — Penobscot Bay Rendezvous regatta, Aug. 18-21 at Rockland Harbor, daily races for sailboats, poker run and photo pursuit events for powerboats. Superyachts, classics, performance racers, picnic boats and lobster yachts invited to enter. For registration information, fees and complete schedule of events, visit penobscotbayrendezvous.com or call 236-4378.
WINSLOW — State-approved bowhunting course 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Winslow Fire Department. For information or to register, call 660-6382.