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Event Listings

Event listing items can be submitted to us at thedailybulldog@gmail.com. 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.

SPECIAL EVENTS & NOTICES

Maine's Paper and Heritage Museum, Church Street, Livermore Falls, Friday May 25, History Night. Come to the museum for pulled pork sandwiches, tours and yard sale. Noon to 8pm

CHBC will be sponsoring Ultimate Frisbee in Kineowatha Park this summer, beginning June 2, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tournament-style games will be played on Saturday mornings, are co-ed and open to all young adults, high school to college age. There is no fee to compete. No worries if you've never played. We'll provide instruction and you can learn as you go. This is a great chance to make new friends, strengthen relationships, and compete in a fast paced, action filled contest. FMI, contact Shawn @ 356-1145, Milt @ 779-6571 or copy and paste the following links to your web browser for additional resourses:
http://www.chbc.me/events/TEAMROSTER.pdf
http://www.chbc.me/events/banner20.pdf

Koviashuvik Local Living School will be holding a free open homestead event on Saturday, May 26 at its location at 71 Lake Drive, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. All are welcome. Come take part in the joys of a handmade life. Carve a quick stirring spoon with a draw-knife, grind some acorns into flour, or pound basket material from a brown ash log. In between activities, check out neat ideas for living simply from the land. Peek into our stone root cellar for storing vegetables, ice storage house that provides 3-season refrigeration, earth-bermed greenhouse that doesn't freeze, log cabin home, Cree-inspired earth lodge for apprentices, and the classroom building, made from locally harvested wood. Visit the vegetable gardens, nut orchard, rainwater collection systems, solar dehydrator, solar hot water system, or outdoor kitchen with rocket stove. Don't forget to say hi to the baby rabbits, the milking goats, and the ducks. There is something for everyone. For more info call 207-778-0318 or email Info@Koviashuvik.com or visit mainelocalliving.com

A grand opening event for Groups: Recover Together, will be held on June 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Groups: Recover Together office at 138 Pleasant Street. Dr. Dorothy Thayer, a family medicine doctor, will present information about the local opioid addiction epidemic.

Primary Candidates Meet and Greet on Monday, June 11 At Collins’ Cakes and Bakes on Main Street in Wilton. 5 to 8 P.M. Sponsored by Wilton Democratic Committee. Come meet our candidates for State Senate, House of Representatives, Judge of Probate, District Attorney and County Treasurer. Refreshments served

The Fly Rod Crosby Trail Needs You. Want a chance to get outdoors in the backcountry of Madrid Township, learn new or practice your trail building skills and spend time outdoors involved in an important community effort? The High Peaks Alliance is rebuilding a section of the Fly Rod Crosby Trail in Madrid, this spring along the Orbeton Stream. The work will involve clearing brush, reestablishing water bars, building bog bridges, and marking the trail with paint and signs. No special skills or experience is required. You only need to bring a smile, water, a bag lunch, some bug dope, sunscreen, work gloves, safety glasses, and boots. We are planning the following work days: Wednesday June 13, Saturday June 16 (rain date Sunday June 17), Wednesday June 27, and Saturday June 30 (rain date Sunday July 1). Meet at the Madrid Kiosk on Reeds Mill Road. For more information about work days or how you might help, please contact Betsy at squibb@maine.edu or 207-639-3432.

The UMF Summer Soccer Camp Is accepting registrations for our 2018 Camp! We offer a half day camp for children entering grades K-2 and a full day camp for children entering grades 3-10. June 25-29. Location: Prescott Fields. Cost: $85-Half Day Full Day-$155. To Register: http://www.goumfbeavers.com/camps-list Questions? Contact Molly Wilkie: 207-778-7529 or molly.wilkie@maine.edu

Vendors Wanted. Chesterville Family Fun Day Event. Saturday, August 11. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Chesterville Town Hall. We are looking for a variety of vendors/crafters to purchase a space at our annual event. $15 for a 10 x 10 indoor spot. Chesterville residents free. Call 778-6520 for further information or email bobg@beeline-online.net

Food Mobiles at Rangeley Family Medicine. April 4, May 9, September 5, October 3, 10:30-12. Rangeley Family Medicine, 42 Dallas Hill Rd., Rangeley, is hosting a free food distribution in partnership with The Good Shepherd Food Bank. Anyone struggling to keep food on the table is welcome. Please bring your own box or bags! For more information, please contact Rangeley Family Medicine at 207-864-3303.

EXHIBITS, READINGS & SHOWS

Wilton Free Public Library will display the paintings and sculptures of Robert Lockwood for their next public art show. The show will run May 3 through June 29 and will feature a variety of works by the Industry, Maine resident. An open house artist’s reception will be held Thursday, May 10th from 6:30 to 7:30 at the library. Lockwood studied painting and design at the Philadelphia College of Art, and painting, drawing, and classical guitar in Madrid, Spain. He received a BFA and MFA at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University. He taught drawing and design at the Philadelphia College of Art and has shown his painting and drawings at the former Marian Locks Gallery in Philadelphia and the O.K. Harris Hundred Acres Gallery in New York City. His work is in several museums and private collections. In addition, Lockwood has redesigned more than 50 newspapers in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe and Southeast Asia. He started the first international information graphic service and created the Associated Press’s information graphics news service while working for 18 years as a consultant for AP’s executive editor and president. He is also the author of three books: News by Design, whumsical, and George Anthiel Gives a Concert. This event is free and open to the public. For more information please contact the library, 645-4831 or lynne@wilton-free.lib.me.us.

Sparrows Nest Theater is proud to present Steel Magnolias May 10-13 May 10, 11, and 12 at 7:00pm May 13 at 2:00 pm For reservations call 778-2468

John Rosenwald will present Harvest: Selected Poems at 6:30, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 at Devaney, Doak & Garrett Booksellers, 193 Broadway, Farmington, Maine. Rosenwald has been active as a poet for more than half a century, published widely, and given more than five hundred invited readings in England, Germany, China, Canada, and the United States. In addition to crafting his own poetry, he spent twenty years translating Rilke’s Sonnets to Orpheus and created a workshop responsible for introducing to an American audience many of the Chinese poets who emerged as dissidents at the end of the twentieth century. He was Professor of English at Beloit College, Wisconsin, for thirty-three years and helped edit the distinguished Beloit Poetry Journal from 1976 until 2015, when he retired as senior editor and as President of the BPJ Foundation. In Farmington, Rosenwald has produced/directed Michael Broek’s The Logic of Yoo and Gu Cheng’s The City, perhaps the most important long poem from China in the past quarter century. In 2003 Zhejiang Province bestowed upon him the West Lake Friendship Award and in 2006 Fudan University in Shanghai honored him as distinguished guest and speaker at its centennial celebration. Rosenwald earned his Ph.D. in Victorian Culture at Duke University and has held four Fulbright scholarships in Germany and in China In 2009 both he and his wife, Ann Arbor, were given honorary doctorates by the University of Maine Farmington.

Lupine Festival-Art & Antique Show. June 23, 2018. 10am – 4pm. The Outdoors Sporting Heritage Museum, Oquossoc ME. The Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce and The Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum hosts this Annual Art and Antique Show in Oquossoc on June 23, 2018 from 10am to 4pm. The grounds of the Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum will come alive with numerous vendors featuring; antique dealers, book sellers, craftspeople and artists sharing their talents and selling their goods in an annual celebration of the fabulous flowers filling the region’s fields. To register for this event contact the chamber at 207-864-5571.

High Peaks Artisan Guild, Gallery and Antiques. The Guild members would like to welcome you to come usher in the fall season with them. Paintings, photography, prints and cards, travel art, wood turnings, crazy quilts and quilted bags, fiber art, felted soap, homemade soap, knitted and crochet items, child size fleece hoodies, homemade pillows, found object art, jewelry, warm glass and stained glass, pottery, salvaged wood furniture, hand forged wrought iron items, antiques and collectibles. An unexpected find in the heart of historic downtown Kingfield. Regular hours open, Friday thru Sunday 11-5pm, Thursdays thru January or by appointment or chance. (207)340-8143 or home (207)446-4316, 245 Main Street, Kingfield. highpeaksartisanguild.homestead.com

New Sharon Historical Museum regular hours are Wednesday nights, 5 to 7 p.m. and by appointment 207-578-4068.

MUSIC, DANCE, DRAMA & COMEDY

Story Hour. Jim Ditzler Memorial Library in New Sharon will hold story hours on the following dates: May 10 and 24. There will be stories, crafts and snacks. For more information call the library at 779-1128.

Sparrows Nest Theater will be holding auditions for Little Women May 19 and May 26 at the theater from 1-4. Performance dates for the show are July 12-15. We are casting 11 females and 3 males. Sparrows Nest Theater is located at 1114 West Mills Road, Industry, Maine. For more information call 431-9927.

Saturday, May 19, 7:00 pm - David Mallett Band, Chesterville Center Union Meeting House - Enjoy David Mallett’s classic sound and latest creations in this intimate setting with great acoustics! Corner of Borough and Zion’s Hill Rds, Chesterville. Tickets $25 ahead, $30 at the door. Call 293-4321 or email alewill52@fairpoint.net. Refreshments will be served.

The Franklin County Fiddlers will share a brief and casual concert for the public on Monday evening, May 21. We'll share our tunes and laughter. The fiddlers have had another busy year, they performed at the Farmington Contradance, the School Spirit challenge, St. Joseph's St. Patrick's Day dinner, the MBHS Senior Rumble, the annual "Home for the Holiday's" concert, the Fiddlehead Festival, the Rotary's Festival of Trees, the Tri-M talent show, and they had a workshop and performance with one of Scotland's finest fiddlers, Allen Henderson. The fiddlers have been raising funds and are launching a "Music and Memory" project that will provide ipods and personally curated playlists for residents of the Pierce House. Please join us in the Mt. Blue Campus Forum, 7 p.m. for our concert.

Fendrick and Peck return to the North Church. The gifted acoustic folk duo Fendrick and Peck return to Farmington’s North Church for a concert on Thursday evening, May 24, 2018, at 7 p.m. From their home in southern Wisconsin they travel the country, performing their music, inspiring others to engage with the world around them and at the same time, in the words of one of their songs, to “be still,” to engage the quiet worlds inside ourselves. This concert marks their fourth appearance in Farmington in recent years, as they return each summer to Maine to participate in and teach at the Annual Conference on the Great Mother, held in Damariscotta each June. One participant says, “Madeline has the rare ability to hit harmonic chords with beautiful precision and Brian’s song “Walt Whitman’s Haversack” is one of the strongest pieces to be recorded in the past two decades.” Fendrick and Peck’s discs include “Be Still,” “The Lutefisk Waltz and Other Tails,” and “Lucky Penny.” Their fourth release will appear this summer. The North Church is located at 118 High Street in Farmington. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a “pie social” and jam session. Anyone interested in joining the jam session only needs to bring an instrument. Children participating get free admission to the performance. For the general population tickets are $15. High school and college students pay $10. Elementary students pay $5. For reservations call 207-778-2006. Or just come. You won’t be sorry!

The Wilton Free Public Library will be hosting a poetry share on Thursday, May 31 from 6:30-8pm. If you enjoy writing poetry and would like to share some of your work with other poets this event is for you! This is an opportunity to read and discuss your poems with other local writers. For more information contact the library at 645-4831 or lynne@wilton-free.lib.me.us.

Rangeley Community Chorus presents an evening of music with the theme “True Colors” on Friday, June 1, at 7:00 pm at Church of the Good Shepherd, 2614 Main St. in Rangeley. The concert will include songs presented by the full chorus, as well as by small groups and soloists. The Chorus is under the direction of Erin Smith and is supported by the Rangeley Friends of the Arts, celebrating their 50th year. The Chorus included members from the Rangeley Region as well as the neighboring towns of Stratton-Eustis and Carrabassett Valley. Membership is open and rotating. New singers are always welcome, and any level of experience is accepted. Admission is $15 / $10 for 18 and under. Tickets can be purchased in advance on-line at www.rangeleyarts.org – click on “Buy Tickets.” They can also be purchased at the RFA Lakeside Theater Box Office on Mon-Thurs from 10-2, or by calling 207-864-5000, and will be available at the door. FMI call 207-864-5000.

A concert by the ChoralArt Camerata of Portland will be sponsored by ArtsFarmington, on June 2 at 7:30 in Nordica Auditorium which is on the second floor of Merrill Hall at the University of Maine at Farmington. Tickets will be $15 for adults. Persons 18 and under are free as are UMF students with ID. No one will be turned away. The ChoralArt group in Portland Maine was founded in 1972 by singers committed to excellence in choral performance, ChoralArt comprises three ensembles: a symphonic ChoralArt Masterworks, a 50-voice ChoralArt Singers which performs the Christmas at the Cathedral series, and the a cappella ChoralArt Camerata. The ChoralArt Camerata is a small selective group that presents programs centering on the great a cappella tradition of the Renaissance Era and the extraordinary a cappella music coming from the United States, Canada, Europe, and other world cultures. In their SpringSong sacred music with secular madrigals, art songs and folk music. Their Farmington concert will contain such favorites as Shenandoah, Steal Away, Ave Maria, and I Will Lift Mine Eyes, as well as lessor know works like Three Madrigals by Jean Berger, Simple Song by Leonard Bernstein, and This Will Be Our Reply to Violence by Aaron Robinson. The music director, Robert Russell, joined ChoralArt in 1979. Since that time he has been an assistant professor and the director of choral music at the University of Southern Maine. A native Virginian who studied in North Carolina and Colorado, he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from the University of Colorado. He retired from USM in 2015 and is devoting his current musical energies to Choralart and to guest appearances. For more information on the group and its conductor visit www.choralart.org

The Rangeley Friends of the Arts will host a Student Music Recital at the Lakeside Theater on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 6:30 pm. Admission is free, but your at-will donations are gratefully accepted. The students of local music instructors will be showcasing their progress this year on the piano, strings, drums, voice, and other instruments. The RFA financially supports each student taking private lessons locally in music through the admission fees collected at RFA events all year long. For more information on the RFA and their programs, visit www.rangeleyarts.org.

Kingfield POPS Concert. Saturday June 30, 2018 Featuring: Bangor Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lucas Richman with collaborating guests Adam Ezra Group and Gypsy Tailwind Reunion Featuring Anna Lombard and solo performances by: Shawn Tooley | GoldenOak l Gypsy Tailwind Reunion l Adam Ezra Group. The Western Mountain Trash Can Band. The Kingfield POPS will be everything our audience has come to expect over the last 16 years, with a few refreshing changes that showcase our commitment to providing music programming for all ages. Once again the BSO performance will end our program and conclude with a Fireworks Finale! Off street parking is required. Follow signs for POPS PARKING. Bringing a wagon or wheeled cooler will assist with getting your items to the field. HANDICAP parking is on Kennedy Farm. Don’t forget to bring a blanket/tarp or low-back chair, flashlight, an extra layer or two and rain gear. No pets, no open flames or any fireworks are allowed. Picnics are welcome. Food vendors will also be onsite. Pop up tents are only allowed in designated areas so that the view of the stage is not obstructed for others. Tickets prices are $20 through May 15, 2018, then $25 until gates open on June 30th, 2018. Prices at the gate are $30. Youth 17 and under are free!!! GATES OPEN AT 4:30pm Questions? www.kingfieldpops.com Kingfield POPS on Facebook info@kingfieldpops.com (207) 265-7677

BENEFIT FEASTS, AUCTIONS & OTHER EVENTS

Clean Donations Needed. It may only be May, but the Farmington Falls Fire Company members are already thinking July. Plans are coming together for their annual Benefit Yard Sale and Chicken BBQ. All proceeds from the day’s events are utilized for the Farmington Falls Youth Baseball Programs. Clean donations for the Yard Sale are needed from the public. The committee is accepting donations now for storage until July. For information on how to drop off your donation or have it picked up and brought to the fire station, please call and leave a message for Bob at 778-3156 or Junior at 778-2181.

Annual plant and bake sale at Trinity United Methodist Church, Farmington Falls Road. Saturday, May 26. 9am - 2pm.

Annual Plant Sale and Bake Sale, Saturday, May 26, Industry Town Hall, 9 am-1 pm, to benefit the Camp at the Eastward scholarships for local youth. Call Maria at 778-9404 to donate plants!

Saturday, May 26, Plant Sale, Bake Sale and Beans, Shorey Chapel, Route 43, Industry, 9 am - noon.

June 2 Saturday Public Supper at the North Jay Grange #10, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Adults $8, Children 10/under $3. Dinner Music. FMI- 645-4211, 645-2910, 645-9353.

Saturday, June 2, 9-noon at the New Portland Community Library. Annual Plant, Bake and Book Sale to benefit the library. Stop in for a plant for your garden, baked goods for your Sunday dessert and lots of good reading for over the lazy summer month! We are located at 899 River Road in East New Portland. If you have any questions, please call us at 628-6561

You are invited to a Vegan breakfast potluck on June 3, 2018 at 8 a.m. at the Industry Town Hall, Industry, Maine. Please bring a plant based dish to share and feel free to bring a friend. All are welcome. For more information call 778-5066.

New Vineyard Public Library Golf Scramble - Sunday June 10, 2018 - Diadema Golf Club Do you play golf and are interested in teeing up to support the New Vineyard Public Library? We are accepting applications of individuals or teams of four for our Annual 9 Hole – Best Ball Golf Scramble. Cost is $45 each golfer which includes lunch. Advanced registration required. Contact John at 652-2417 for availability of openings. Held at the Diadema Golf Club - 419 New Portland Rd, North Anson, ME 04958. Registration starts at 7:30 AM, with a shotgun tee time starting at 8:30AM.

Join us for the 2018 Maine Mega Yard Sale! Want to clear out your garage, basement, or attic, and help the Franklin County Animal Shelter at the same time? The date of the Maine Mega Yard Sale has been set for Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 8am to 2pm! Sign up now to reserve a space at the Farmington Fairgrounds to sell your unwanted stuff at the Maine Mega Yard Sale! Shoppers over 7 years can shop for $1. All proceeds from space reservations and entrance fees go to help our furry friends at the shelter, while all your sales go directly in your pocket. Questions? Call FCAS at 207/778-2638, or email dory@fcanimalshelter.org, or register online at www.fcanimalshelter.org/events.html

Join us for our First Annual Barks & BBQ, June 23 @ 5pm! Dress up your pooch in his or her fashionable best, grab the kids, and join us for an evening of live music with local favorite, Shepherd's Pie, BBQ, and FUN on the stone patio of Titcomb Mountain Lodge! Douin's Market will be providing a delicious BBQ plate dinner, including BBQ chicken or pork, potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans, macaroni salad, and one of their famous whoopie pies for dessert, while the awesome Farmington-based band, Shepherd's Pie, will be performing their danceable mix of jazz, pop, classic rock, and country from 5pm to 9pm. Register online at www.fcanimalshelter.org/events.html, or in person at the shelter! Want to sponsor our event? Email dory@fcanimalshelter.org for details! All proceeds will benefit your furry friends at the Franklin County Animal Shelter, so spread the word!

Wilton Lions Club Annual Yard Sale will be held on Friday – Sunday, June 22 to 24. At Route 2 & 4 next to the Big Apple in Wilton. Hours: Friday & Saturday 8 – 4, Sunday 8 – 12 noon. Lions Club will accept the following donations: items of clothing, furniture, books, tool, dishes and glassware and much, much more. Donations to the yard sale may be made by calling the following members: Bruce Ibarguen 645-2727; Bruce Dyke 645-2131; Ken Wiley 645-4217; Norm Crowley 645-5193; Al Kaplan 491-5996. Donations are tax deductible and a receipt can be provided upon request.

Free Brunch! The Pancakery offers free pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, coffee, tea, and more (while supplies last). Come inside our warm vestry and let our Jr. Youth Group serve you a hot meal. Open the second and fourth Sundays of each month (through May 13), 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. 227 Main Street, Farmington. For more information, call the church office at 778-0424.

CRAFT FAIRS, YARD SALES & FARMERS' MARKETS

Parish Thrift Shop at Bartlett Memorial UMC, North Jay, opens Saturday May 26, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Lots of lightly used clothing for men, women, children and babies, shoes, toys, household items, books, craft & sewing items, jewelry, some furniture, antiques, audio & visual equipment. Handicap entry at front door. Good parking. The shop will be open for the summer on Saturdays. Donations are welcome.

The Annual Fairbanks School Yard Sale will be held June 2 from 8:00am to 1:00pm. We are located at 508 Fairbanks Road, Farmington - from the center lights in Farmington we are two and one half miles north on route 4. Watch for signs. In the event there is rain the sale will be held June 9. Please no early birds we need to complete our set up. Donations accepted by calling 778-3808 or 778-4349. The proceeds will benefit our lighting up grade.

New Vineyard---The New Vineyard Public Library will hold its annual "BLACK FLY BASH" (aka, flower, vegetable, bake and book sale) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 2 at Smith Hall on Main Street. Lilies from the noted Vienna gardens of Helen Wilkey will be featured. Those attending can also stock up on "goodies" prepared by local cooks and get their books for summer reading. All proceeds benefit the library.

On Saturday, June 2, there will be a Flea Market from 9a.m. to 4p.m. at the Phillips Community House, 31 Main St, Phillips. Light refreshments will be available. Donations to the sale are welcome, especially craft supplies. Contact Kate Dunham at 639-2012 to coordinate your donation. All proceeds from this sale will benefit the Community House New Furnace Fund. Sale is sponsored by Phillips Community Church.

BCBC Summer Craft Fair on July 28th, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bean's Corner Baptist Church,17 Chesterville Road, Jay. All proceeds will go to a Missions and town of Jay community project (TBD). There will be a silent auction with some great items! Crafters & Vendors wanted! 8 ft table rental $20 and 8x8 ft space is $15 FMI or to rent your table or space email Beth Hoyt at church@beanscorner.org or call 645-2925.

MEETINGS & GATHERINGS

On Saturday, September 15, 12PM a Farmington High School alumni class reunion will be held with time and place to be announced. We are looking for alumni (1930 through 1969) graduates current address and/or phone number to update list of graduates. Please send any info to bonnielander1948@gmail.com so that we can send you a notice with all information about your class reunion and to update alumni lists. Can’t wait to see you all again!

Sparrows Nest is proud to present a unique experience for people who love drama, books and food! Each week starting on Wednesday, April 18-May 23 at 7:00pm you are invited to meet at the Sparrows Nest to discuss the book Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. No doubt you've heard of this book, currently a TV series on Hulu, about a futuristic society in which a woman's worth is based on her fertility. During our gatherings we will discuss readings from the book and read from selections developed into interactive scripts. We will also eat foods that connect with the story. BYOB (book) and let us know at info@sparrowsnesttheater.org if you'd like to join us.

North Chesterville Extension Homemakers will be meeting on Tuesday, May 22 at 6:00 p.m. in the Chesterville Town Office on the Dutch Gap Road. The topic of the meeting is a presentation on Bees. Russell Black will be bringing his portable bee hive with him and speaking on the importance of bees for our society. All meetings are free and the public is cordially invited to attend. FMI 778-3156.

The Foothills Land Conservancy will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, June 6 at 6:30pm at the Academy Hill School Cafeteria in Wilton. Following a short business meeting, Dr. Ann Dorney will make a presentation titled “For the love of birds.” Dr. Dorney has been a family doctor in Skowhegan for 35 years, has served in the State Legislature, and works in the community on opiate addiction. Dr. Dorney currently serves as a trustee for Somerset Woods Trustees, a land trust in Skowhegan, and has led several vernal pool and bird walks over the years. She has camped all her life, save one year, after which she vowed she would never do that again. Dr. Dorney credits her passion for birds to her professor at Earlham College, Jim Cope, who was an incredible ornithologist and teacher. He taught her how to call in owls, watch for raptors along the highway and pull off the road if you see an interesting pond. The public is invited to attend.

Rev. Valerie Hodges from Washington State, United Pentecostal Evangelist. Holy Ghost Revival! Come and experience Pentecost! The Bible- Church in the book of Acts. First Apostolic Church Wilton ME Route 2 & 4. June 8 & 9 at 6:30p and 10th at 2p.

Every Monday SeniorsPlus hosts the Senior Center at the Farmington Recreation Center on Middle Street in Farmington. Anyone is welcome, a hot meal is provided (suggested $3 donation), as well as games, companionship, an opportunity to visit and socialize. In addition, speakers are present the 1st and 3rd Mondays to review topics of interest to our Senior Community. When: Every Monday (except holidays) Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Place: Farmington Recreation Center (Middle Street, Farmington) Why: to get out, socialize, turn down your heat at home, and have a good meal with friends! How: call 800-427-1241 to reserve your hot meal OR just show up! We'd love to have you.

Satellite Office Hours for SeniorsPlus at 218 Fairbanks Road, Farmington. SeniorsPlus announces office hours for its satellite office location at 218 Fairbanks Road in Farmington. Office hours for scheduled appointments will be every Wednesday from 12:30pm to 4:30pm. Visitors will need to call 1-800-427-1241 to schedule an appointment. “Walk-in” hours from 12:30pm to 4:30pm will be held on the 2nd Thursday of every month. Staff 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. These services are free and open to the public. For further information call SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241.

Have you been looking for like-minded people that seek to experience the depth of love from God that He provides…then please read! This is not a solicitation from a church nor is this a plea to get people to serve. The Spirit has been quite clear to provide a venue for people that desire the fellowship and soul feeding that a church environment could provide without the condemnation and expectations associated with organized religion. What exactly this will look like is yet to be determined. Not that we don’t want some vision of this but we do not want any ‘mans’ vision. We are completely comfortable with whatever God may be doing. When I say ‘we’ there are just a few that have been praying for God’s direction. For those interested come for regular "Consider This" videos and "Sermons" as lead by the Spirit. If you want to be included on our reminder list please leave your email in the discussion section of our Christian liberation organization Youtube site , or email us directly at christianliberationorg@gmail.com. We reside in the western mountains of Maine and would welcome gatherings. Looking forward with great expectation of God’s work! May you experience the joy and peace of the Father, Son & Spirit!

Wilton Chapter TOPS of Me. Meets Mondays 6 pm to 7pm. Wilton Methodist Church. Come check us out. For info call J. Stinchfield @645-7074.

SeniorsPlus will be at the Wilton Free Public Library the 1st Thursday of every month from 1 pm to 4 pm. 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.

Veterans of Foreign Wars, James A. McKechnie Post 10881, has changed the monthly meeting to the 1st Thursday of each month. 7 pm at the Farmington Municipal Bldg., downstairs in back of building.

ATV Meetings. If you have an ATV and would like to make a difference and help out we would like to see you at our meetings. The meetings are held every third Wednesday of the month in Mt.Vernon. For more information please contact Chris Currier at 441-5090 and/or Paul LeBlond at 491-6738.

Ongoing support group for people who have a loved one with a mental illness. It meets every third Wednesday at the Farmington hospital. Any questions you can call Louise at 592-9933 or Kathy.

The Wilton Historical Society will be holding its monthly meeting every second Thursday from now until November. Each month we will have a guest speaker. The meeting are held at the Farm and Home Museum on Canal St. (behind Key Bank). The business meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. with the guest starting around 7 P.M. All are invited as we are open to the public. For more information please call Pam Brown at 645-2091.

T.O.P.S Weight Loss. Meeting every Monday night, 6 to 8 p.m. Meetings are at the Wilton Methodist Church. (weigh in starts at 6, till 6:45, meeting starts at 7. Take off pounds sensibly.

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

There are two upcoming Mandalas & Tea classes (Monday May 7 @10 am and Friday May 18 @ 6 pm.) Pour a cup of tea and join us at Vera's Iron and Vine at 155 Front St. in downtown Farmington for a relaxing evening of transforming your doodles into beautiful mandalas. There will be a variety of pens, markers, and pencils to color with. $10 covers the facility and use of supplies. Please call (207)418-0374 or visit the shop to register.

Marketing Strategies that Help Build Your Business - 3 seminar series. FREE with registration. May 15 and 22 and June 5. Time: 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Jay Niles Library, 983 Main St., N. Jay, ME. In this 3-part series business owners will develop a better understanding of the marketing strategy for their business. The seminars will help them create their marketing message, understand their customers and influencers and develop inexpensive marketing strategies that work for their business including digital and social media marketing. Registration is for all 3 seminars. To register online:
http://www.mainesbdc.org/marketing-series-jay/ or call 207-780-4420.

Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area is offering a 6-week grief support group to those that have experienced the loss of a loved one or significant person to overdose. The group will meet Thursdays from 6:00-7:30 pm starting May 17 and will be facilitated by trained hospice bereavement volunteers. Meetings are free and will be held at the Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area Community Center, 304 Main Street in Waterville. Contact Jillian Roy, Adult and Youth Bereavement Services Coordinator, for more information or to join the group. Phone 873-3615 x 19 or email jroy@hvwa.org.

Healthy Community Coalition Hosting Free Workshop that Addresses Drug Use Stigma. The Healthy Community Coalition (HCC) is hosting a free workshop titled “Understanding Drug-Related Stigma” on Thursday, May 24, 1-7:30 p.m. in the Bass Room at Franklin Memorial Hospital. The workshop is for professionals who work or deal with those who use drugs, as well as anyone in the community who is interested in learning more about addiction and how personal biases, stigma, and shaming can have a negative effect on people who use drugs. The workshop will help participants understand why people use drugs, explore their own biases and gain tips on how to have more empathy and understanding for people who may have an active substance use disorder. A meal catered by Calzolaio’s will be provided. To register please contact Ashley McCarthy, HCC program and planning coordinator at 779-2463

On May 30 from 6-8 PM at Rangeley Lakes Regional School, Wright-Pierce Engineers and the Rangeley Region Economic Opportunity Committee will hold a public workshop to offer residents and business owners the opportunity to develop goals for revitalization of downtown areas of Rangeley and Oquossoc. Feedback will be solicited on general village/town improvements, sidewalks, crosswalks, trails, economic development, housing, and local regulations/ordinances to develop community planning goals. Wright-Pierce will use this information to draft concept plans for the village areas. Later this summer a second public meeting will be held to review plans, and to incorporate additional public input into a final report to be presented at third public meeting late fall. Don’t miss this opportunity to have your voice heard and help shape the vision for the future of Rangeley and Oquossoc!

Spruce Mountain Financial Literacy Program. Four Week Financial Literacy Program; March 23; March 30, April 6, April 13, 2018. All classes are 5-7 PM. Prudential is offering Financial Literacy Seminars through the Spruce Mountain Adult & Community Education program 9 Cedar St. Livermore Falls, ME this Spring over a four week period. Each weekly seminar is from 5PM-7PM, covering two separate financial topics. The instructor is Herb Moyer, a retired 28 year high school teacher and Financial Professional with Prudential. To register for the programs contact: Robyn Raymond, Director at 207-897-6406.

Savings and Investing Basics (week 1)
Types of Savings Accounts; Money Markets; CD’s; Simple vs Compound Interest; Fees, Charges & Penalties; Truth in Savings Act; Rule of 72(doubling your $$); Bonds; Mutual Funds; Stocks; Retirement Plans; Savings vs Investing Accounts; Investment Fraud

What is a Mutual Fund? (week 1)
History & Characteristics; Investment Objectives; Four Types; Stock Funds; Bond Funds; Hybrid Funds; Asset Allocation; Fund Organization & Features; Regulations; Fees; Services

Don’t Try to Predict the Market
(week 2)
Aspects of the Stock Market; Emotional Investing; Principles of Investing; Having Goals; Performance of the Market; The S & P 500; “Time In The Market”; Asset Allocation & Diversification; Asset Class Performance; Index Definitions; Summary

Understanding Portfolio Statistics of Mutual Funds (week 2)
Alpha; Fund Manager Performance; Beta; Correlation; Duration; Information Ratio; R-Squared; Risk vs Return; Sharpe Ratio; Standard Deviation; Style Charts; Capture Ratio

Financial Challenges That Matter Most (week 3)
Your Finances; Life Stages & Challenges; Fundamentals of Work & Saving; Time & Compounding; Diversification; Tax-Deferral; Investment Management; Types of Mutual Funds; Choices About Income, Possessions, & Debt; Mutual Funds vs Annuities; Risk vs Return; Role of Insurance in Protecting Assets and Potentials; Aspects of and Types of Life Insurance; Chronic/Critical Care; Long-Term Care Protection

Protecting Yourself From Identity Theft (week 3)
This one hour seminar gives attendees the knowledge and the defensive skills they will need to avoid having their identity stolen in the first place, and the resources and actions they will need to take if their identity has been compromised.

Money Talks for Teens (week 4) "Money Talks for Teens 0299211-00001-00 "
Making Money; Paying Taxes; Creating A Budget; Pay Yourself First; Fixed vs variable Expenses; Savings Accounts; Investing Accounts; Reconciling; Credit & Debt; Buying A Car; Paying for College; Living On Your Own; Insurance; Conclusion

Strategies for College Funding (week 4) "Strategies for College Funding 0273225-00002-00
The Perception Challenge; Why College ?; Tomorrow’s Costs; Monthly Investment Challenge To Reach Goals; Ways To Fund Higher Education; 529 College Savings Plans; College Pre-Payment Plans; Coverdell Education Savings Accounts; Mutual Funds; Series EE & I Savings Bonds; UGMA & UTMA Accounts; Other Funding Sources; Comparing Different Plan Options; Determination Process; Questions To Ask Yourself; Tips

Join us at the Franklin County Children's Task Force for our next FREE Parent Enrichment Workshops! Please call the Franklin County Children’s Task Force to register at 778-6960. All workshops are free including snacks and childcare!

More 123 Magic for Childcare Providers - Single session, Monday, April 2 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. More 1-2-3 Magic offers even MORE discipline solutions that are easy to learn and that WORK! This course covers START behaviors—things you want children to do, such as cleaning up after themselves, going to bed, or doing homework.

Alcohol, Anger & Abuse - 5 group-based prevention sessions for caregivers, dads, and moms. Wednesdays March 28, April 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 5-6:30 p.m. This innovative community-based training program for parents explores the understanding and prevention of the relationship between alcohol and other drug use and child abuse and neglect.

Active Parenting for Step Families - 6 sessions for caregivers, dads, and moms. Mondays April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, and 14 from 5-7 p.m. Location TBD at time of registration. This video-based program aims to help couples work together to raise children in an often challenging stepfamily environment. You will learn how to use powerful communication and negotiation skills to strengthen marriage and family. Active for Stepfamilies is also useful for foster parents, adoptive parents, single parents and others affected by loss and change.

Cooperative Parenting and Divorce - 7 sessions for caregivers, dads, and moms. Wednesdays May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, June 13, and 20 from 5-7 p.m. This video-based program gives divorcing or separating parents the power to make positive changes that shield their children from parental conflict and guides them into establishing a long-term relationship with the child’s other parents. It is the most extensive, informative and interactive resource to date examining the complex realities of divorce.

Active Parenting: First 5 Years - 4 session workshop for all caregivers with children ages birth to five. Mondays May 21, 28, June 4, and 11 from 5-7 p.m. Location TBD at time of registration. No one is born knowing how to parent. It’s something we learn growing up, and sometimes we need a little support to become the parents we wish to be. This class addresses basic skills for new parents, caregivers, and early childhood staff.

Nurturing Parenting - 10 sessions for dads, moms and caregivers. Mondays June 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 5-7 p.m. Location TBD at time of registration. No one is born knowing how to parent. It’s something we learn growing up, and sometimes we need a little support to become the parents we wish to be. In the Nurturing Parenting Program, you will learn new skills and attitudes important in building self-worth in your children.

Families in Substance Abuse Treatment & Recovery - 17 sessions for caregivers, dads, moms, and extended family. Wednesdays June 27, July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, September 5, 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 5:30-7 p.m. These group-based workshops are ideal for partners of parenting adults in treatment and recovery, extended family who may be parenting children of substance abusing adults, and adults in treatment and/or recovery who are in parenting relationships with children.

Check our Facebook page for updates, or call our team today at 778-6960 or 1-888-429-6960 to find out about off-site class offerings and to hear how we can help you through the world’s greatest (and toughest) job– parenting! *Unless otherwise noted, the workshop will take place at the Children's Task Force, located at 113 Church St. Farmington, ME.

New Vineyard Public Library is a bustling place! Join us for our weekly events. Wednesday Mornings 10:30 Storytime and Craft for preschoolers. Wednesdays afternoons at 12:30 Infant/ Toddler songs and Fingerplay. Friday mornings 10:30 Stitchers gather to work on handwork. FMI 652-2250 or join us on Facebook!

The following sessions will be held at the Wilton Career Center 865 Us Route 2E Wilton, ME. Telephone 207-645-5800; toll free 1-800-982-4311; TTY: Maine Relay 711 to set up an Appointment. The following sessions are offered by Western Maine Community Action and Bureau Employment Services. These workshops are at no cost to the public. All workshops begin promptly at listed times. – Registration Required­­­

May 2018 Workshops

Employer Expectations
Wednesday May 16th, 2018 1:00 - 3:00
The workshop will cover the following topics: Creating a Great Resume, Preparing for your interview, Preparing for a New Job. Individual follow-ups may occur for resume Critique as requested. This workshop is facilitated by Barclaycard US. The workshop is not a recruitment effort for Barclaycard US. This is a workshop for anyone who is interested in improving their resume writing skills; as well as tips on interviewing, and new job preparedness from an employer’s perspective. Please call 645-5800 to RSVP

MEOC-101-Essentials of College Planning
Wednesday May 16th, 2018 10:00 - 12:00
This workshop introduces people to educational opportunities in general and MEOC services in particular. This interactive workshop touches on the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career and study skills. The Financial Aid portion of this workshop will provide an overview of financial basics and the completion of the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please call 1-800-281-3703 for workshop details and registration.

Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation
Thursday May 3rd, 2018 9:00 - 10:30
This is an orientation for people with disabilities who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Orientations are held the 1st Thursday of the month. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Registration not required

Small Business Trainings
Small Business Administration will be offering three different workshops “Starting Your Own Small Business” Access to Capital” and “Federal and State Resources for Small Business” Most of these Workshops are two hours long. For more information please call Bill Card @ 1-207-622-8555

Rumford Area

Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation
Wednesday, May 16th, 2018
Region 9 Mexico
2:00 - 4:00
This is an orientation for people with disabilities who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Orientations are held the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Registration not required

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.

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