Waterville Creates and community partners plan to hold the annual Arts in Bloom event on Saturday, May 14, in downtown Waterville.

People can explore creativity with free programs scheduled throughout the day, according to a news release from Waterville Creates.

• 9 a.m. Spring Story Walk with the Waterville Public Library, 73 Elm St.

The day will start with a walk on the North Street Community Connector Trail. Liz Davis will lead this event reading from the Story Walk panels of “Busy Spring: Nature Wakes Up” by Sean Taylor and Alex Morss. Local artist and naturalist Serena Sanborn will help identify the natural wonders spring is bringing along the trail. In the event of inclement weather, the walk will be canceled and the craft will be held on the library’s front porch.

• 10 a.m. Screening of “The Secret Garden” at Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square

Young Mary Lennox is sent to her uncle’s mansion after she becomes an orphan. Overseen by the austere Mrs. Medlock, Mary doesn’t have much freedom. While secretly exploring the house, she discovers her late aunt’s neglected garden. The garden proves to be a magical place for Mary, the maid’s son Dickon, and Mary’s bitter cousin Colin Craven.


• Free “Grab and Go” kits for teens and adults available from 10 a.m. to n00n at the Waterville Public Library.

Stop by the Waterville Public Library during Library to Go hours and pick up a Mini Canvas Painting Kit. Unleash creativity and celebrate Arts in Bloom with a miniature masterpiece, complete with an easel.

• 1-3 p.m. Making Cyanotypes (a.k.a. “sun prints”) at the Children’s Discovery Museum, 7 Eustis Parkway

This free workshop led by artist, Michel Droge and archeologist, Sarah Loftus, is a pairing of science and art. The cyanotype process uses paper that undergoes a chemical change when exposed to sunlight and resulting in one-of-a-kind prints. Each print will use natural objects like leaves, flowers, and ferns.

• 1-3 p.m. Planting at the Children’s Discovery Museum

The Children’s Discovery Museum extends an invite to its lawn for an afternoon of planting. Colorful flower bulbs paired with fragrant herbs will be available to fill raised beds that will bloom in the front of the museum building. Girl Scout Troop 545 will prepare the raised beds prior to the event.


• 1-3 p.m. Free scoop of ice cream from Stone Fox Creamery courtesy of Colby College Museum of Art at the Children’s Discovery Museum.

A scoop of homemade Maine ice cream from the creamery comes courtesy of the museum. People can pick up a watercolor art kit for painting a favorite springtime blossoms.

• 1-3: p.m. Bubbles and Coloring with Kennebec Valley Community Action Program at the Children’s Discovery Museum

• Scavenger Hunt: All Day

Download the app Story Trails of Maine for any android or iPhone device. Find the 3D printed items in town and take photos.

For more information, call Waterville Creates at 207-616-0292.

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