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Event listing items can be submitted to us at They should be short and to the point, including dates, times and contact information. Please submit event listings in paragraph format (as opposed to a list format or sending a poster) and please refrain from typing them in all uppercase. All items are listed chronologically, organized by category. Our seven categories are: [Special Events], [Exhibits, Readings & Shows], [Music, Dance & Drama], [Benefit Feasts, Sales & Events], [Craft Fairs, Yard Sales & Farmers' Markets], [Meetings & Gatherings][Classes & Workshops]. Click on these seven categories for easy navigation.


The Senior Planning Center is planning to hold a Community Open House on Saturday, Oct 4th from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Mt Blue Shopping Center in Farmington. Other Senior & Community related organizations will be set up at the event including the Healthy Community Coalition doing free medical checks, Chief Peck from the Farmington Police Department explaining the Toddler TIKE program, Safe Voices, Community Dental, Sparkes Hearing Services, and more. If your organization would like to set up free of charge, please call the Senior Planning Center at 778-6601 or email to

The 5th Annual Hope With Every Step Event honoring Josh & Brooke Brochu and Emmy Rowles will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4 at Spruce Mountain High School’s Taglienti Field. 5K race, Family Fun Day and One Mile Hope Walk with Lobster Lunch. 5K registration begins at 7 a.m., start time of 8:30 a.m. Prizes for top 5K finishers and fundraising prizes. Family Fun Day opens at 10 a.m. with bounce houses, barrel train rides, kids games, live entertainment, raffles, great food and much more. For more information or to pre-register for the event please visit All proceeds to benefit the A-T Children’s Project. Rain date Oct. 5.

Pumpkin Festival. The third annual Pumpkin Festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 4. Sheepdog demonstrations, horse pulled wagon rides, scarecrow decorating and live entertainment featuring Rick Charette will highlight the daytime activities of this family friendly festival. All events will take place in the Front Street Neighborhood. For more information visit the website

Third annual New Sharon Scarecrow Reunion Oct. 4 and 5. There are several categories of scarecrows that groups, businesses, families, and individuals may enter. Copies of rules and entry forms are available at the Sandy River Farm Supply, Douin's Market, or New Sharon Town Office. The Reunion is hosted by the New Sharon Community Improvement Team. This year's Reunion is dedicated to the memory of Averill Butterfield, a CIT member, who passed away recently.

Vigils. Safe Voices will again host its annual memorial vigils to honor those who have lost their lives to domestic violence, offer hope to those still facing abuse, and to celebrate all survivors. The vigils will be happening on Monday, Oct. 6, beginning at 6 p.m. rain or shine. The Franklin County vigil will begin at the UMF Olsen Student Center on South Street in Farmington, and will include a short candlelit procession through downtown. Guest speakers will share their thoughts on the issue in our community, and a speak out will follow. The vigil is open to the public, and we encourage anyone interested to attend. For those on social media, Safe Voices is offering a new way to participate in the vigils this year. Messages of hope and awareness to survivors of partner violence can be tweeted using #digivigil. Tweets will be live-streamed and shared with attendees. FMI, contact Stacie Bourassa at 778-6297 or

The Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the Spruce Mountain Middle School Library from October 14-21. During these dates students are welcome to visit and purchase books at assigned times throughout the school day. The Library will also be open during the parent/teacher conferences for those parents who are interested in viewing/purchasing.

Farmington Emblem Club will host a blood drive on Friday, Oct. 24 at the Franklin Memorial Hospital Bass Room from noon to 6 p.m.


Concerts. The Tannahill Weavers will be performing 7 p.m. at North Church in Farmington on Tuesday, Sept. 30. The New England Celtic Arts concert series also includes a Weavers' concert at the Mexico Congregational Church 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct.1. A jam session begins 6:15 p.m. at both locations. Audience members are encouraged to bring their musical instruments to the jam sessions. The North Church is located at 12 High Street in Farmington. Concert ticket price is $20 at both locations. For reservations at North Church call 207-778-2006. The Mexico Congregational Church is at 163 Main Street in Mexico. For reservations call 207-491-0273. More info available at

New Exhibit. The Emery Community Arts Center announces an opening reception for Hydrologic Making Sense with Water, art and science connecting on behalf of our most important element. Exhibition curated by Krisanne Baker, featuring the art of 14 artists. Exhibition open through Nov. 13.

The University of Maine at Farmington proudly presents an exhibit by multi-media artist and designer Barry Whittaker as the UMF Art Gallery’s opening exhibition for the fall 2014 semester. The exhibit, “Throwing Things at the Sky to See if They Stick,” will be held from Sept. 11 through Oct. 19. The UMF Art Gallery is located at 246 Main Street in Farmington, behind the Admissions Office. Gallery hours are Tuesdays–Sundays 12-4 p.m. and by appointment. For more information or to make an appointment please contact Sarah Maline at or call her at 207-778-1062.

High Peaks Artisan Guild and Gallery on Main St. Kingfield is celebrating their One Year anniversary on Friday Oct. 10 from 5-8 p.m. during the Kingfield Artwalk. Come help us celebrate, there will be food and drink, door prizes, great conversation and artwalk. Everyone is welcome!

SugarWood Galley is located at 248 Broadway in Farmington and is open Monday thru Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Trout and Salmon exhibit at the Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum. Now you can view some of the region’s most famous and important mounts, cut-outs, paintings and carvings of the wild brook trout and landlocked salmon that swam in our local waters. Almost 50 examples of these amazing fish are on display until the end of September in the Trout and Salmon exhibit at the Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum on Route 17 in Oquossoc.

Schoolhouse Gallery is located at 266 Main Street in Kingfield. Gallery is open on Fridays from 1 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 11-4 p.m. For other times, or to request an appointment, please contact Cynthia Orcutt at 207-939-6518 or via email at For more information, please see


Dance to the music of Roy Hudson on Oct. 4 at the Farmington Elks Lodge 2430, 120 School St., West Farmington. From 8 p.m. to midnight – Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets available at Madore’s Mkt. & the Elks Lounge or call 778-6761 in advance for reservations.

October 5 at 3:00 - Arts Institute of Western Maine presents Kathryn Sytsma in “An Afternoon of Piano Delights.” Music by Chopin, Beethoven, Bach, deFalla, and Hovhaness. Nordica Auditorium. Donation. FMI 778-9437.

Square and Round Dance. On Sunday, Oct. 5 the Friendship Squares will host a Square and Round Dance from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Cushing School in Wilton. The dance will be Mainstream/Mainstream plus.The caller will be Marty Vanwart. Carol Arsenault will be the cuer. Admission is $6 per person. All square dancers are welcome. For more information call 509-6187.

Contradance, Farmington Grange, Bridge Street, West Farmington. [No family dance this month.] Regular Contra with Bien Sur playing and Kim Roberts calling, 8-10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11. $6 adults/$5 students or $15 family max. All dances taught. Beginners are welcome. No partner necessary. FMI: 491-9928 or


Benefit supper for Gracie LaPointe who has spina bifida and needs surgery. The benefit to be held at the Farmington ELKS Lodge on Sunday, Sept. 28, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The supper will include a spaghetti dinner for $7 and children under 10 are $4. Homemade spaghetti sauce, desserts and fun for the entire family. There will be music, a 50/50 raffle, auction items and all proceeds will go towards the costs associated to the surgery in Boston scheduled in two weeks.

Introducing Your Choice Nickel Bingo at the Farmington Elks! Come join us for some old fashioned fun. Format: You pay 5¢ per card, per game. Games will be regular bingo or 4 corners with every 5th game a special pattern. We will also be playing for Top Line. Extra cards will be available if you would like to change your cards during the evening. Play more. Play less. Or just change out the ones you’re using for different numbers. We will be playing on old-fashioned “hard cards.” No need for daubers. Bring your own magnetic wands and bingo chips or use some of our “special” house markers. Doors open at 4:30. Games start at 6pm. You can play all night or stop in for any amount of time you want. Light refreshments will be available. Every Monday night starting Sept. 29! FMI: 778-6761

Benefit Ghost Ride. Sandy River Lakes Railroad and the Phillips 8th Grade present 11 Annual Ghost Train Ride Saturday, Oct. 4, from 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Location is the Train Station on Bridge Street Phillips. Come see if we can scare you! There will also be concessions on sale, face painting, fortune telling, music. Come ride the train Adults $6. children under 12 $3.

Mystic Valley Grange #313 is having a Rummage Sale on Oct 4th from 10 - 2. Take out baked bean supper with brown bread, rolls, cole slaw and other baked goods. Located at 932 US Rt 2 West and Rt 17 East Dixfield. FMI call 645-2423

Oct. 4 - Sat. - Public Supper at the North Jay Grange #10, Sat. Oct. 4, 4-6 p.m. Baked beans, casseroles, salads, coleslaw, meats, breads, beverages, desserts. Adults, $7, child 10/under $3. Music by Paul Bright. FMI- 645-4628, 645-2910.

The Kingfield United Methodist Church, 51 High Street, Kingfield, ME, will be having an Public Breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 4. The menu to include: Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Homefries, French Toast, Pancakes, Sausage Gravy w/Biscuit, Homemade Muffins, Assorted Juices, Coffee, Tea. Serving from 7:30 A.M. - 10 a.m. Adults $ 5, Children $3, Family Rate $ 15. All proceeds to benefit church programs.

The Titcomb Ski Education Foundation golf tournament is being held this year at Belgrade Lakes on Oct. 6, 9 a.m. shot gun start. The tournament is a scramble/best ball format and will include lunch. This is an annual fundraiser to support ski and racing education at Titcomb Mountain. Through the 501c3 non-profit foundation, we are able to fund program scholarships for those learning to ski (both Nordic and Alpine), as well beginning racing programs. These programs enrolled well over 200 children last year. Despite lowered costs of membership, skiing and riding may be out of reach for some families and that is where we hope to help. Our goal is to continue to funding these scholarships to any child who is eligible and promote the wonderful Titcomb Mountain community! There are still openings for golf, as well as sponsorship and donation opportunities available. Contact information is or 779-7059

The annual Chicken Supper will be held at the Phillips Elementary School, on Friday, Oct. 10 from 5-6:30. The menu includes roast chicken, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, peas, squash, cranberry sauce, cole slaw, rolls and butter, with assorted pies for dessert, and coffee, tea, milk, or juice. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. The supper benefits the Phillips Community Church. FMI call Barb Gardiner, 684-3394

Souper Supper. The Chesterville Grange will be having a public "souper" supper on Friday, Oct. 10, serving between 5 and 6:30 p.m. Homemade soups, chowders, breads and dessert. Adult, $5; Child, $2.50. FMI 778-2282 or 778-5845.

Oct. 11 - Sat. Food and Rummage Sale at the North Jay Grange #10. Lots of good food, clothing, and stuff; 9 - 1 p.m. FMI- 645-4628, 645-2910.

Benefit Golf. 2014 Beaver Classic hosted by the UMF Softball team 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11 at Wilson Lake Country Club in Wilton. 18-Hole Scramble Tournament! Sign up as a team, or sign up individually and we will pair you up. Tournament fee includes a BBQ lunch and a beverage of your choice, gifts, prizes and raffles. Closest-to-the-Pin, Long Drive, and a putting competition will also give players a chance to win! Come help one of the University’s most promising young teams achieve their fundraising goal for the 2015 season! $50 per player with cart and lunch included. Please contact Ben Taylor at Wilson Lake Country Club to register your team. Call (207)645-2016 or

Farmington Oct. 11, Public Supper at Trinity United Methodist Church 4:30 to 6 p.m. Baked Beans, Casserole supper. $7 adults children, under 12 $3.50. For more information call Trinity United Methodist Church at 778-3921.

Public Baked Ham Dinner at Franklin Masonic Lodge of New Sharon on Sunday, Oct. 12 from 11:30 to 1:00. Served with potato, coleslaw, vegetables, rolls and homemade pie. Take out available. Adults-$8, age 6-12 is $6 and under 6 free. To benefit the Building Fund

Harvest Supper at Industry Town Hall on Oct. 18. 5 - 7 p.m. to benefit the Industry Community Kitchen. Ham, Corned Beef, Harvest Vegetables, Rolls, Drinks and Pies. Adults $7 - Children (3-12 yrs) $3 - Family $20.

Early Bird Breakfast will be held 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1 at Henderson Memorial Baptist Church, Academy Strret in Farmington. Bacon, eggs, muffins, fruit, breakfast casseroles, home fries, donuts, coffee and juice. $6, kids under 5 free.


Phillips First Saturday Flea Market and Craft Fair, Oct. 4 from 10-2 at the Phillips Area Community Center on Depot Street. New vendors welcome! To reserve a large table for $10, call Pam at 639-2630. Hot dogs, hot soup, drinks, and snacks for sale onsite. This is the last monthly event of the season. Lots of interesting bargains, crafts, antiques, collectibles – always something new. Scarecrow Reunion, History Walk, and Ghost Train in Phillips also on Oct. 4.

Vendor/Craft Fair. Team Izzie will be hosting a vendor/craft fair on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the KC Hall in Jay. All proceeds go to the Autism Society of Maine. For more information or to be a vendor/crafter please contact Jessica at 357-0259 or Rhonda at 320-0710.

4th Annual Wilton PTF Craft Fair Saturday, Nov. 15 at Academy Hill School in Wilton from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information or to reserve your space($20/table) contact Renee by phone at 645-3120 or by email @

Saturday Farmington Farmers' Market is open Saturdays, 9-noon, May thru Oct in the District Courthouse parking lot on Main St., Farmington. We have chicken & duck eggs, vegetables, honey, beef, pork, cookies, breads, homemade pies and more. Hope to see you there. Check out our blog at:

Rangeley Farmers’ Market is open! Every Tues from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., corner of Rte 4 and South Shore Drive.

Friday Sandy River Farmers' Market is open at the Narrow Gauge Theater Square next to the Snack Shack. Hours are 9am-2pm. Get all your local foods. Eggs, vegetables, seedlings, baked goods, gluten-free baked goods, 100% angus beef kettle corn and more.

Western Maine Market, Franklin County’s online Farmers’ Market, runs year-round and offers free delivery in downtown Farmington and Strong. Other WMM pick-up locations for Friday and/or Saturday include Avon, Kingfield, Rangeley, Rumford, Stratton, and East Wilton. Check the website for additional new locations. The website for Friday and Saturday is Contact Deborah Chadbourne, 1-(857)-225-1199,


SeniorsPlus will be at the Wilton Free Public Library on Oct. 1, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. We will be on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have about services and resources for older adults and adults with disabilities and their families. All events are free and open to the public. For further information and to make an appointment, call SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241.

Seniors' Resource Fair on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the New Sharon Town Office, 11 School Lane (off Route 134) in New Sharon. The Seniors' Fair will highlight resources available for seniors/elders including information about Meals on Wheels, transportation for medical appointments, home heating assistance, home healthcare, information about health insurance including Medicare and supplemental insurance for seniors, and much more. Three workshops will be offered during the fair: 9 a.m.: Home Safety and Balance Issues (Tips and Techniques)—presented by Franklin Memorial Hospital Physical Therapy Dept. 10 a.m.: Self Defense for Seniors—workshop offered by Officer Darin Gilbert and at 11 a.m. Supplemental Insurance & Medicare—counselors will be available from SeniorsPlus and Healthy Communities Coalition of Greater Franklin County.For additional information contact Spencer Thompson, volunteer, at 207-779-1001.

All are invited to the next monthly Contemplative Worship service at Rangeley Congregational Church on Wednesday, Oct. 8. We will begin at 7 pm in the Barn, the gathering space next door to the church's sanctuary building. Facilitated by Rev. Cathie Wallace, this time together will include meditative music offered by Sue Downes-Borko, prayer with tealights, readings and silence. Our theme in October is "Transition," and it is our hope that members of the wider Rangeley community will feel welcome at this alternative worship.

SeniorsPlus is holding a Caregiver Support Group at the Farmington Town Office, the First Monday of each month, (next Oct. 6) from 3 to 4:30 p.m. This is a wonderful chance to connect with others, share experiences, gain information, support and a friendly ear. You do not have to pre-register to attend the support group. This opportunity is FREE and open to the public. For further information, call SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241.

Strong Public Library’s Preschool Story Time on Thursdays, Oct. 9 – 30 at 11:30 a.m. Children infant – age 5 invited. Story, Snack, Activities & Crafts.

The Franklin County Homemaker Extension programs for the month of October follows. The public is more then welcome to join us at any of our meetings or community service projects. Clearwater- Oct 9 at 7:00 PM at Shorey Chapel for Rotary Christmas Ornement FMI call 778-9089. Kingfield- Oct 30 at 11:00 AM at Webster Hall for Rotary Christmas Ornament FMI call 684-5579. Neighborhood- Oct 8 at 1:30 PM at Trinity Methodist Church for Maine Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen, Tasting Party, and Rotary Tree Ornament FMI call 778-4517. North Chesterville- Oct 16 at 7 PM at Chesterville Town Office for program planning, election of officers, and collection of dues FMI contact call 778-3156. Strong Learning and Sharing- Oct 28 at 10:00 AM at The Methodist Parish House for Rotary Tree Ornament FMI call 684-4538. Weld- Oct 14 at 10:30 AM at Town Office Meeting Room for Harvest/costume Party FMI call 585-2545. Wilton Day- Oct 9 at 10:00 AM at St Luke's Episcopal Church for Maine Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen. On Oct 16 we will be making aprons FMI call 645-2423

Ancient Ones of Maine – Fall Rendezvous will be held Saturday, Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. to noon at Meadowview Road in Canton (Dirt road – 4x4 or high sitting car recommended). See the directions to the site at (GPS/Google Maps Coordinates: 44.463107,-70.265722) Come step back in time to the late 18th and early 19th Centuries for a family friendly day of learning about the skills needed to survive in pre-1840s America. Witness how people dressed, how people cooked, started fires, how they gathered food, and much more. At the Ancient Ones of Maine encampment on Saturday, we will even have guests from the Kora Shrine Temple Highlanders playing bagpipes and drums for the annual Ancient Ones Highland Games. The Highlanders raise money for the Shriners Children’s Hospitals, which provides medical care to children regardless of their family’s ability to pay. FMI – Like us on Facebook.

Message Circle on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m., Mercer Meeting House. Connect with Spirit, receive messages from your loved ones who have crossed over. This event will be held inside the historic Mercer Meeting House (circa 1800) with Mediums Rev. Beth and Mike Carter of the Madison Spiritualist Camp. All proceeds benefit the restoration of the Meeting House. $10 advance purchase tickets please call Amy at 207-587-2225. Tickets will be sold at the door, day of the event for $12. (Limited quantity of tickets will be sold for this event.) FMI: Call Amy at the number above or visit us at:


Improve Posture, Movement and General Health at an 8-week series in the Feldenkrais Method begins Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the Karate School at 221 Broadway in Farmington. The entrance is in the public parking lot near the back entrance to Tranten's.
Sliding scale fee $7 — $10 per class. Easy to do and a benefit to everyone! These Awareness Through Movement lessons will focus on the breath and rib cage. Like always if you miss the first class you are still able to join! For questions or more information please call Susie at 778 - 2513 or email

Hunter Safety Course will be held Oct. 2, Oct. 14, Oct. 16, from 6-9 pm. FMI at 645-4867. $5 Limited Enrollment. Pre-Register at Wilton Fish & Game on Monday Sept 29 at 6 p.m.

Processing Acorns into Flour: Come learn to how to enjoy this ancient staple crop of human-kind. We will go through all the steps and stages from gathering to baking on Saturday, Oct. 4, 9:30am-3pm at Koviashuvik Local Living School in Temple. For more info or to register please call 207-778-0318 or look us up at

Mason Jar Organizer (and Wine of course!) 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 at A Village Affaire, 343 Main Street in Wilton. This is a hot new home decor/organizing must have! Can be made to match any decor - so come and make one to match yours! Wines and yummy snacks included. For more info go to: or email or call 207-645-7060.

New Caregiver Support Group Forming. SeniorsPlus, the Area Agency on Aging, is forming a new Alzheimer’s or dementia caregiver support group in the meeting room at the West Paris Town Office on Tuesday October 14th from 10-11:30am. The group will give caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s or other dementias a chance to learn from each other and gain support from meeting with other caregivers. The support group will be held regularly on the second Tuesday of the month from 10:00am to 11:30am at the West Paris Town Office. The support group is FREE and open to the public. For further information call SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241.

Paint Nite 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 at A Village Affaire, 343 Main Street in Wilton.
Get your friends together for Paint Nite!! - all supplies and food will be provided -
Make some great memories and take home a fun piece of art - no art experience necessary! For more info go to: or email or call 207-645-7060.

Wreath and Wine 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at A Village Affaire, 343 Main Street in Wilton. Make a burlap wreath with a changeable accent flower or bow - even make an extra for the upcoming season and enjoy some great wine - so much fun! Wine and yummy snacks included. For more info go to: or email or call 207-645-7060.

FREE – “Introduction to Making Career Choices” Workshop. How do you make a career choice when you really don’t know what you want to do?  This one session workshop covers what to consider when making a career choice, the steps involved in creating a career plan, and the resources available to help you succeed. Women, Work, and Community will be offering this FREE workshop – “Introduction to Making Career Choices” in Farmington from 10:00-12:00 noon on Wednesday November 5, 2014 at their Farmington Office, 108 Perham Street, Suite A Farmington. Pre-registration is required: Please call Janet Smith at 778-2757 for more information or to register. For more information on Women, Work, and Community or to register for the workshop call 778-2757 or visit our website at

Classes. Mt. Blue RSD Adult & Community Education is offering more than 60 classes. There is something for everyone! If you want to get moving but are tired of the same old physical activities, why not try Clogging or Line Dancing. If you are a music enthusiast, join the Organized Acoustic Jam Sessions, including Old-Time, Country, Bluegrass, Celtic, Folk, Blues and Soft Rock or the Guitar Improvisation class. There have been several requests for American Sign Language which is being taught this fall. If you are craving crafts, register for Piecing Meets Applique, Cake Decorating, Wreath Making, or new this fall, Monster Makeup for Adults & Teens. Along with these new offerings, still available are past favorites of Advanced/Intermediate Welding, Hunter Safety and many more! You may read details about all the available courses online or register at Please also feel free to call Mt. Blue Adult Ed at 778-3460 Monday-Thursday for information or to register. It is never too late to learn something new! Call today!

Wilton CareerCenter.The following sessions are to be held at the Wilton CareerCenter 865 Us Route 2E Wilton. Telephone 645-5800; toll free 1-800-982-4311; TYY 888-697-2895 to set up an appointment. These workshops are at no charge to the public. All workshops begin promptly at listed times; registration required­­­.

O*net Ability Profiler. Call for further information as this workshop requires five or more people for attendance. This is a career exploration tool that helps clients plan work lives using a paper and pencil format with optional apparatus parts and computerized scoring. Results can be used to identify strengths for which more training/education is needed, and to identify occupations that fit their strengths.

If you have a preferred need please contact Patty Ladd at the Wilton CareerCenter by calling 207-645-5822 or e-mail her at CareerCenter partners include WMCA CareerCenter Services and Maine Department of Labor. We are equal opportunity providers. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.