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Event listing items can be submitted to us at editor@dailybulldog.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

Good Shepherd Food Bank’s Food Mobile will be distributing food, including fresh produce, meat, and non-perishable items to people in need in the greater Rangeley area. Anyone in need of emergency food assistance in Rangeley and surrounding towns is welcome to attend. Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 10:30 AM to noon. Rangeley Family Medicine parking lot, 42 Dallas Hill Road, Rangeley. Good Shepherd Food Bank's Food Mobile program allows us to expand our outreach to Maine's neediest and most underserved communities. Designed to be a low-barrier distribution, our Food Mobile visits communities with a demand for emergency and supplemental food that has outgrown the capacity of local food pantries. This distribution has been funded by Rangeley Family Medicine. For more information about this Food Mobile distribution, please contact Rangeley Family Medicine at (207) 864-3303. Additional Food Mobiles at the Health Center will take place on the following dates: June 28, August 30, October 25

Family Financial Aid Presentation for parents of high school students on Wednesday, April 26 at 6 p.m. at the MBC Forum. A college financial aid information presentation for the parents of Mt. Blue High School students will be given by a representative from the Financial Aid Office at the University of Maine at Farmington. She will present information on the financial aid application process, types and sources of financial aid, and will also be able to respond to questions. Following the presentation there will be an ice cream social in the Food Court. For further information and/or questions, please call the MBHS Counseling Office at 778-3561 ext. 4712

Webster Library in Kingfield will be hosting the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine on Thursday, April 27 at 5:00 pm for the presentation “Yearning to Breath Free: the Immigrant Experience in Maine.” This event is free to the public and suitable for adults and children in the fourth grade and up. "The story of immigrants in Maine is older than the state itself. From Verrazano’s first glimpse of Maine in 1524 on, immigrants have played a key role in shaping Maine and her people. This workshop, inspired by our 2015 exhibit of the same name, provides an overview of Maine’s immigrant past, and serves as a reminder of the important role that immigrants will play in our future." http://hhrcmaine.org/programs-schools/

We are giving gifts! At the Wilson Grange, Maine Street, East Wilton on Saturday, April 29, Dinner served 5pm to 7pm. Come help us celebrate the 150th year of the National Grange. Every 15 minutes a random winner will receive a birthday gift from us! On the Menu: Baked Beans & Franks, and an array of Casseroles. For Desert: Cake and Ice cream $8 per person, $4 for children under 7. FMI 645-2400

As part of our 25th Anniversary celebration the UMF FRC will be hosting its 1st Ever Sprint Triathlon on April 29. The events include a 1/2 mile swim, a 18 mile ride on one of our Keiser indoor cycles, and a 6.5 mile run outside. The triathlon can be completed as a one person, two person, or three person team in the categories Beginner, Sport, and Expert. For a one person team the fee is $50, a two person team is $65, and a three person team is $80. Start times will be dependent on the number of participants in each category, with the Beginners starting at 8am, the Sports class around 10am, and the Experts around Noon. Any questions can be directed to Alison Thayer at athayer@maine.edu, and our registration form can be found on our website www2.umf.maine.edu/frc/. Or you can pick up a registration form at the FRC. The Awards Ceremony is scheduled for 4pm and there will be lots of prize giveaways.

The Garden Angel Project committee has been working very hard on setting up the process for the 2017 season. We are gathering information, acquiring volunteers, planning for 24 recipients’ needs for vegetable and herb plants and seeds, preparing boxes and legs, and of course waiting on the weather to make sure it is safe to deliver boxes, soil, and plants when there is no chance of frost. The 2017 Recipient Applications have been distributed at the Care and Share Food Closet, the Industry Food Pantry, the Wilton Methodist Church, and are available at the Franklin County Extension Office. Even if you were a recipient in the past, you still need to fill out a new application for this current year. Only one application per family is allowed. Applications should be filled out and returned to the Franklin County Extension Office for May 1st. Everyone who applies will be called and advised of their status for the 2017 season. FMI 778-3156.

Student Essay Contest. The 30 Mile River Watershed Association is hosting an essay contest for local high school students. In 500 words or less, participants are asked to illustrate their appreciation for Maine’s lakes and the importance of protecting them. The first place winner will receive $250 and the second and third place winners will receive $100 and $50, respectively. Essays must be received no later than Monday, May 1. Students must be residents of the watershed or be enrolled at Kents Hill, Leavitt, Maranacook, or Mt. Blue High School. For more information, visit www.30mileriver.org/get-involved/essaycontest.

Farmington Conservation Committee Presents Results of Downtown Tree Survey, You are Invited! You may have seen people wandering around last summer looking up at trees and busily putting information into their phones. The Conservation Committee was given a Project Canopy grant by the Maine Forest Service to survey the status of the trees in our downtown using UDFS I-tree software. Trees present us with great benefits but also require care. The first obvious benefit is the beauty and atmosphere trees give to our town. Their stately presence gives us a surge of hope in the spring and shade all through the hot summer days. The 592 trees of downtown Farmington absorb 1.2 million gallons of rainfall, conserve 70 megawatt hours of electricity, 630,000 BTU's of energy for cooling and heating, absorb 623 pounds of air pollution, and about 3.2 million pounds of carbon dioxide. Annual benefits are estimated at $492,402 to the residents and businesses downtown. The informational data base created by the survey shows that seventy-six percent of the trees downtown were found in good condition, eleven percent were fair, six percent were poor and six percent were dead. Eighteen trees required immediate maintenance or should be removed. This informational data base will make it much easier for public works to maintain tree health downtown. The Farmington Conservation Committee will be holding an arbor day event Tuesday, May 16 at the North Church at 3:30 PM. Patty Cormier, a state forester, will be speaking on the survey ; about how the I-tree program works and about the health and diversity of the downtown trees . A member of public works will speak on rights and responsibilities when it comes to trees on or near a town right of way or public property. Light refreshments will be served. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information contact Patty Cormier at patty.cormier@maine.gov or 592-2238. This event is free and open to anyone. There will be light refreshments.

We are delighted to offer public pre-kindergarten again to the children of M.S.A.D. #58 with a classroom in each of the elementary schools. The program will be two full days in each school taught by a certified pre-k teacher and educational technician. Students chosen to participate in these programs may ride the school bus to and from the program in their designated school. Families with children that will be 4 years old on or before October 15, 2017 and that live in the sending towns and unorganized territories for M.S.A.D. #58 may apply to participate in the Pre-Kindergarten programs. You can find the application here for more information contact Tiki White at twhite@msad58.org or 639-2086. Deadline to apply is April 28.

Western Maine Community Action, Inc.(WMCA) continues to schedule appointments for residents of Franklin County for the Low Income Home Heating Assistance Program (HEAP) who have not applied since Aug. 1, 2016. Applications will be taken through April 30, 2017 for this program year. Applicants must have an appointment. To get an appointment, call 645-3764 or 1-800- 645-9636.

Signups for T-ball baseball ages 5&6 must be at least 5 by May 1, Rookie baseball ages 7-12 must be at least 7 by May 1 and softball ages 7-12 must be at least 7 by January 1 and cannot be older than 12 before January 1will be held March 27 and 30 from 5:30-7:30 pm in the Academy Hill gym. FMI call 645-4825 or email wiltonrec@beeline-online.net “Like” us on Face Book for more info

The Mt. Blue School District Kindergarten and Pre Kindergarten Registration Dates

  • Cushing School - Wednesday, May 3 2:00-5:30 (Both Pre-K and Kindergarten). Call Cushing School at 645-2442 to schedule a time to register
  • Cape Cod Hill School - Thursday, May 4 3:30-5:30 (Both Pre-K and Kindergarten). Call Cape Cod Hill School at 778-3031 to schedule a time to register
  • Mallett School- Pre-K Registration Wednesday, May 17 and Thursday, May 18 8:30-4. Kindergarten Registration Friday, May 19 8:30-4. Call Mallett School at 778-3529 to schedule a time to register

The public is invited to view "The Healthcare Movie" free of charge, Sunday May 14, at 6 PM at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 59 High St. Wilton. Discussion following the film will deal with the failures of the American Healthcare System to provide for the health needs of people. The discussion will be based on the film and will be led by a member of Maine All Care. Attendees are welcome to participate in an open examination of the successes and failures of the Affordable Car Act. as well as all the older and most recent proposals to solve the problems of health care in America. For more information call 778-3767.

The 37th Annual Andover Olde Home Days will be held on August 4, 5, & 6: live music, parade, craft and food vendors, car show and so much more! A full event schedule is on facebook @andoveroldehomedays or FMI contact Leo Camire (207) 783-1992.

EXHIBITS, READINGS & SHOWS

A reading group led by Maine author Maria Padian. Wrecked deals with allegations of sexual assault made by a college freshman at a party. It involves multiple perspectives, complex social and political issues, and is conveyed by spot on first person narrators. The actions of the investigators, campus organizations, the accused and the accusers, are presented in a finely rendered manner which conveys both human complexity, integrity, and the capacity for self deception, and abuse. Anyone interested is invited to DDG Booksellers on April 25 at 6 p.m.

"To Sail Beyond the Sunset" Exhibition at UMF Mantor Library. The Shiretown Bookers are proud to announce their Spring exhibition, "To Sail Beyond the Sunset: the Influence of the Odyssey", running from March 15 through June 15, in the Bookers' gallery area in Mantor Library at 116 South Street in Farmington. The Shiretown Bookers (The Community Friends of Mantor Library) are a group of book lovers and collectors who support the university library by fostering its relationship with the community. The group provides free exhibitions and lectures on bookish subjects throughout the year.

High Peaks Artisan Guild. The Guild members would like to welcome you to come usher in the fall season with them. Paintings, photography, wood turnings, crazy quilts and bags, fiber art, homemade soap, felted soap, knitting and crochet, child size fleece hoodies, homemade pillows, found art, jewelry, warm glass and stained glass, and antiques and collectibles. Regular hours, Friday thru Sunday 11am-5pm, or by appointment or chance.

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

MUSIC, DANCE, DRAMA & COMEDY

Saturday, May 13. Contradance, Farmington Grange, 124 Bridge Street, West Farmington. Family Dance 6:30-7:30. $1, child; $2, adult. Pot luck snacks. Regular Contra, 8:00-10:30pm. Kim Roberts calling, Racket Factory playing. $6adults/$5students or $15 family max. All dances taught. Beginners are welcome. No partner necessary. Next dance in October. FMI, 491-9928 or <dance@starleft.org> or www.starleft.org

Film screening of BEYOND THE DIVIDE, which follows the story of how two individuals, a former Vietnam explosives engineer and a fervent peace advocate, come to a deeper understanding of each other’s differences through conversation and collaboration, finding the ideals they share are much stronger than imagined. While their philosophical differences remain unchanged, they discover their emphatic capacities expand through honest exchange of ideas and help to influence and inspire others in their community. Betsy Mulligan-Dague, the peace advocate featured in the film, will be in attendance. April 27, 6:30 pm, Nordica Auditorium, UMF. Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the UMF Diversity Lab and the Maine chapter of Veterans for Peace. http://beyondthedividefilm.com/

Sparrows Nest Theater is pleased to announce auditions for Anne of Green Gables on April 29th and 30th from 2-4pm at the Theater. Based on the classic children’s novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery, it recounts the adventures of Anne Shirley, an orphan girl who is mistakenly sent to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a middle-aged brother and sister who had intended to adopt a boy to help them on their farm in Prince Edward Island. The novel recounts how Anne makes her way with the Cuthberts, in school, and within the town. Parts are available for all ages. Performance dates are July 13,14,15 and 16th. FMI 696-4323

The traditional country band The Racket Factory is back again donating its time and talents for an evening of music and deserts at the Farmington Grange Hall on Bridge Street on Thursday May 4 at 7 pm. The ukelele playing Merry Plinksters, who are dedicated “to making the world a little happier place one plink at a time,” will open the program. Tickets are $8 in advance at the Saturday Farmer's Market and $10 at the door. Proceeds will go toward further improvements of the 128 year-old building, which today, among other things, provides space for the Winter Farmers Market, monthly Contra Dances, a year round Commercial Kitchen and, this spring, the Sandy River Players. For more information call 778-2932.

The Rangeley Friends of the Arts (RFA) is sponsoring The Theater at Monmouth (TAM) in a presentation of “The Tale of Princess Kaguya” for grades pre-K through 8 at the Rangeley Lakes Regional School on May 5, 2017. A world-premiere adaptation of a Japanese folk-tale, TAM’s production will deepen the understanding and appreciation of classic literature for learners of all ages. In addition to the performance, TAM will be providing four theater workshops to different age groups throughout the day. TAM’s visit is organized by Kindergarten Teacher Michelle Laliberte in conjunction with the School Program Committee of the RFA. FMI call the RFA at 207-864-5000 or email rangeleyarts@gmail.com

Sparrows Nest Theater is pleased to announce their upcoming production of Steel Magnolias. Performance dates for this hilarious and poignant show are May 11, 12, and 13 at 7PM and May 14 at 2PM. Set in a small town in Louisiana -- in the time of really big hair -- six women gather in Truvy's Beauty Salon ñ where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done. They also share an occasional bit of gossip as well as friendship and support. Cast members include Michelle Stinson, Misty Marston, Anne Smith, Amanda Hight, Crystal Dorr, and Valerie Huebner. This production is under the direction of Fred Liebfried and Karol Youney is the stage manager. Sparrows Nest Theater is located at 1114 West Mills Rd. Industry. Call 696-4323 for reservations

Directions to the theater: From Farmington- Take Rt. 43 into Industry, go past Clearwater lake, in about a mile, turn left onto Rt 148 (West Mills Rd). Take this rd into West Mills. The theater is on the left, shortly after a 4 way intersection. Yellow with a blue door.

From Madison- Take Rt. 148 out of Madison and through Anson. Over the river and through the woods and in about 10 minutes you'll be there! It's on the right! Yellow with a blue door.

Music. May 20, 2017 - Vienna Union Hall, 5 Vienna Mountain Road, Vienna, ME - 7:00PM - Tickets are $10. Katahdin Valley Boys Bluegrass Band. The Katahdin Valley Boys were honored as recipients of the “Bluegrass Band of the Year” award for 2012 by The Maine Country Music Association and in 2008, 2009, and 2011 by the Maine Academy of Country Music.
For more information or tickets email: viennaunionhall@gmail.com or call 293-2674

BENEFIT FEASTS, AUCTIONS & OTHER EVENTS

The Community Table in Strong is at the Forster Building the week of April 24 from 11:30 to 1:00. Come join us for a free meal and lots of fellowship...see you there.

May 6 Sat.Public Supper, North Jay Grange, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. with baked beans, casseroles, cole slaw, salads,meats, breads, beverages, desserts. Entertainment with local musicians Adults: $ 8.00, child 10/under $4.00. FMI: 645-2910, 645-9353, 645-4211.

Let's Help Open the Museum! Wilton, Maine - Western Maine Play Museum is very pleased to announce an hour of musical fun happening at the Cushing School in Wilton, Maine, on Friday, April 28, 2017, at 3:30 pm. This event will be a fundraiser for WMPM, thanks to the generosity of Carla Miller, Director of Mount Blue Music Together. A suggested donation of $10 per family will support this worthy cause. According to Miller, "This fun-filled music program is designed to engage children ages 8 months through 5 years in singing songs, chants, creating rhythms, and reciting rhymes as they move and play with basic rhythmic instruments, scarves, and other props. As the children engage in the activities, they help build their music competency in a playful expression of their joy of music-making with the adults who love them."

The St. Joseph’s Altar Guild will hold their Spring Rummage sale on Friday, April 28, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm; and on Saturday, April 29, from 9:00am to 11:30am. There are many bargains, as usual: nice used clothing, shoes, jackets, linens, books, puzzles, toys and the treasurers to be found on the White Elephant tables. We look forward to seeing our regulars and those who come in for the first time – our prices cannot be beat!

Auction - The annual Wilton Scholarship Auction will take place Saturday, April 29 at 6:30 at the Academy Hill School in Wilton. Join us for an evening of family fun, great bargains, and free home-made desserts. Auction donations are welcome at the door or call 645-3894 for pickup. All proceeds benefit the Wilton Scholarship Foundation.

The New Sharon Masons will be holding a public benefit spaghetti dinner on April 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The money raised will benefit the New Sharon softball rec league. Cost will be a donation. It will be held at the New Sharon Mason hall on route 2 next to Picture Perfect.

Phillips Public Library will hold its annual Ticket Auction at 96 Main Street, Phillips at the Studio Building. Tickets now on sale, 25 for $1. Open during library hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Drawing held on Saturday, May 6, 2017. No tickets will be sold on the day of drawing. Questions? Call 639-2665.

The New Sharon Community Improvement Team will hold a benefit yard sale Saturday, May 6, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the town office. Items for the sale are still being accepted, and can be dropped off at the town office during office hours. Arrangements for pickups can be made by contacting Jeanette Adams at 778-4015. Proceeds from the sale will be used to fund projects and events that benefit town residents, such as the CIT's community vegetable garden and flower beds.

Attention all fans of local food, farms, and foraging - Saturday, May 6 the Maine Fiddlehead Festival returns to Farmington! Festival hours will be 10:00 a.m. - 3:00p.m. at the Emery Arts Plaza on Academy Street. The free, outdoor, family event features live music, live baby farm animals, demonstration talks, vendors and farmers' market, food trucks, and more. Festival organizers are still accepting vendors of local food, fiddleheads, and food- or farming-related crafts. To reserve a free table, please contact cynthia.hoeh@gmail.com or call 778-3513 and leave a message with contact information.

Strong Public Library is holding a used book sale in the Forster Memorial Building auditorium on Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 5 – 7 pm for Strong library patrons and Strong town residents only. Then on Friday May 5 from 10:00 – 2:00, the book sale will be open to the general public. Books include fiction and non-fiction, young adult and children’s books, paperbacks, audiobooks and movies. Hard cover .50, paperback .25, audiobooks and movies 1.00.

Mallett School is hosting a flea market during the Fiddlehead Festival, May 6. The flea market will be set up in bus circle right in front of the school. Funds raised will go towards a scholarship fund to help send kids to after school programs and/or summer programs at UMF. There are so many kids who would benefit from this but don't have the funds to go...we want to help. If you are interested in a spot, please call the Mallett School (778-3529) and ask for Katie Hallman or Morgan Leso. Spaces are $15 and you will need to bring your own table. Arrangements will be made for weather so it will happen rain or shine! Anyone who would like to donate goods for Mallett PTA to sell at a table should call Mallett to arrange a drop off!

Book Sale to benefit the Wilton Free Public Library, Saturday, May 13, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Western Maine Enterprises, 128 Weld Street, Wilton (use the entrance nearest the Town Office). A large assortment of books in good condition for readers of all ages and intersts. This sale includes a recently received special collection of books on Alaska. Pricing is by donation. For more information, contact the Library at 645-4831.

So many people have someone special to appreciate, we wanted to share that United Way of the Tri-Valley Area is participating in a UPS-sponsored fundraiser for Mother’s Day. Every year UPS delivers roses that have been ordered and gives half the proceeds to local United Ways (money goes where the order originated). UWTVA is participating for the first year, so if you’re going to buy flowers, feel free to in a way that will also raise money for to benefit the community! Anyone interested just needs to call us at 778-5048 to order a dozen roses, then pick them up the Friday before Mother’s Day! If we’re all going to buy flowers anyway, we may as well have 50% of the money go to a good cause

The New Sharon masons will be having a Mothers Day public ham supper May14 from 1130 am to 1pm. It will be held at the masons hall on route 2 next to Picture Perfect. All Mothers will receive a free meal and all others will be $8. So bring the whole family.

>Members of the Mt. Blue Area Garden Club will hold their annual spring plant sale on May 20, 9 a.m. sharp at the Meetinghouse Park, across from the Court House in Farmington. Many varieties of perennial plants will be offered at reasonable prices, along with a few annuals. The plants are grown locally, in Franklin County as they come from members and friends gardens. Anyone interested in donating plants should bring their potted donations to the park between 7:15 am and 8:45 am that morning.This plant sale is a fund raiser for our scholarship offered to a Mt. Blue senior who is going on to study in the area of horticulture, Last year we were able to give a $600 scholarship to deserving graduate. A portion of the proceeds are also used to plant flowers at the Court House Garden and the WWI Memorial Gardens. Come and shop for your plant needs while supporting our scholarship and beautification programs. FYI, please call 645-2067,or 578-0145.

Public Masonic Supper at the Harland M. Harnden Masonic Hall, 70 Bryant Road, East Wilton next supper will be on May 20 and we will be serving Baked Chicken Breasts. Thank you for your continued support. For more information you may call 778-2354.

CRAFT FAIRS, YARD SALES & FARMERS' MARKETS

Yard Sale: The UMF Women's and Gender Studies department is hosting a yard sale in the backyard of the Honors House (125 Lincoln St., Farmington, ME) on Apr. 29th from 9AM-2PM. There will be a range of items from electronics to clothing.

Maine’s Mega Yard Sale at the Farmington Fairgrounds is coming soon! Join us on Saturday, June 17 from 8 AM to 2 PM for Central Maine’s largest yard sale! We are expecting over 500 yard sale shoppers, and the event will include almost 100 people selling their personal yard sale or direct sales items. Parking is free, and with just a $1 entry fee for anyone 7 years and older, visitors will be able to peruse the sales, and purchase snacks and beverages from food vendors. This will be a fun outdoor event for families! Shoppers will park on High Street directly across from the Fairgrounds. Doors to the Fairground will open promptly at 8 AM. For those wanting to sell their yard sale or hand-made/direct-sales items, registration is open online at fcanimalshelter.org under the Events tab, or call (207)778-2638 for more information. Maine’s Mega Yard Sale is one of the largest fundraisers of the year for the Franklin County Animal Shelter. The summer is a very busy time of year for the shelter, so the proceeds from entrance fees and vendor registration fees will help cover the cost of spaying/ neutering, vaccinating, feeding, and caring for the many stray cats and dogs brought to the shelter.

Farmington Winter Farmers Market is normally held every Saturday from November til the end of April, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market is located at the Farmington Grange Hall, 124 Bridge Street, West Farmington. For questions, call Bonnie Clark at 778-6637.

Franklin County-wide online farmers market, Weekly deliveries, Year-round www.westernmainemarket.com.

Tractor Supply will be hosting it's first Farmer's Market. If you grow, raise, or craft things like flowers, produce, candles, art, bees, and more...We'd love to help you sell it! Come sell at our Farmer's Market Event. There is no fee to set up. Sign up at TSCEventPartners.com, or contact Sarah at the Wilton Tractor Supply, 778-5900.

MEETINGS & GATHERINGS

The North Chesterville Extension Homemakers will be meeting on Tuesday, April 25 at the Chesterville Town Office at 7:00 p.m. The topic of the meeting is to have a work session for projects for the Maine Extension Homemakers Council Fall Meeting to be hosted by the Franklin County Extension Homemakers. The public is cordially invited to attend. FMI 778-3156.

The senior center program in conjunction with the congregate dining site will be open every Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting on May 1. Games, cards, puzzles and conversation with a hot noon meal and a program on topics of interest to seniors. Come one come all and bring a friend to the Farmington Recreational Center. Free coffee, tea and cookies available.

The Garden Angel Project group will be meeting on Tuesday, May 2 at 11:00 in the Franklin County Extension Office. The topic of this meeting is to go over the recipient applications for the coming season. FMI 778-3156

Our Health Care Crisis: A Public Forum in Farmington. On Wednesday evening, May 3, from 6:30 until 8, at the University of Maine Farmington Thomas Auditorium on High Street, Tom Saviello, Henk Goorhuis, Emily Brostek, and Connie Adler will discuss the health care crisis in our nation and possible solutions to it. Dr. Adler, long-time board president of Maine Family Planning, was recently inducted into the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame. Ms. Brostek, a Certified Health Education Specialist, serves as Executive Director of Consumers for Affordable Health Care. An emergency medical practitioner, Dr. Goorhuis chairs the board of Maine AllCare, a single-payer, Medicare for all, advocacy organization. Mr. Saviello, Maine State Senator for District #18 (including Farmington), proposed an expansion of Medicaid/MaineCare during the previous legislative session. These four distinguished and well-informed public figures will offer ideas concerning health care in Maine and throughout the United States. They will also function as a sounding board for questions, stories, and suggestions from others attending the forum. The event will provide an extraordinary opportunity to explore the range of ideas and answers for all heath care concerns. For further information contact lblisius@maine.edu.

Western Maine Audubon is pleased to present Wind Over Wings on May 10 at 7 p.m. in The Robert’s Learning Center, Room C23 at the University of Maine in Farmington. Hope Douglas, the founder, will present four live birds: A Red-shouldered Hawk, a Great Horned Owl, a Common Raven, and an Eastern Screech Owl. Wind Over Wings is a nonprofit, wildlife educational center featuring magnificent birds who are unable to be released back to their natural environment due to injury. Wind Over Wings is dedicated to cultivating curiosity, responsibility, and appreciation of wildlife by providing a personal connection with wildlife, that will lead to responsible stewardship of the environment. Each bird is an individual and each has a story to tell. Educational programs are designed to be age-appropriate, humorous, and inspiring. The program is free and open to the public. Families are encouraged to attend.

The Sandy River Valley Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society will meet at the Farmington Public Library at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 6. Kay Marsh, a genealogist for 40 years, will present “Genealogy and Photography: Resurrecting Rachel”. She'll share steps she followed to solve a genealogical problem, identifying a person in an unlabeled photo and correcting related existing genealogical records. Marsh will also include a brief overview of ways old photographs can enhance the basic facts one collects while compiling genealogy. SRVC's mission is to collect, exchange, preserve and publish genealogical records, related documents and information, to maintain a genealogical library, and to encourage interest in genealogy. Meetings are open to those interested in history and genealogy. The group meets on the first Saturday of each month, unless otherwise noted. For more information, email joannepage@myfairpoint.net.

Chandra Darshan Festival at Hridaya Hermitage on Sunday, May 28. 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Join us for an uplifting day of inspirational teachings and demonstrations on the view and practice of traditional Yoga. Step out of everyday life and experience a pure Yoga Hermitage reminiscent of ancient India—in Maine’s western mountains! This is also a rare opportunity to meet our beloved Guru, a true Yogic master. The food is amazing and kids of all ages are welcome! We’re at 243 Greenwood Brook Road in Industry, Maine. FMI and to register (required): 207-542-6606 or shyambo91@gmail.com. Find us on Facebook or visit www.hridayahermitage.com.

Maine Connections Academy (MCA), Maine’s first tuition-free, virtual public charter school for grades 7-12, is currently accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year, and will be holding a series of information sessions throughout the state for prospective students and families. An upcoming session will be held at the Comfort Inn and Suites, at 1026 Route 2E, Wilton, ME 04294, on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. Through this information session, interested families will have the opportunity to meet with MCA faculty members or representatives, connect with local families, explore the program and curriculum, and ask questions about the enrollment process while enjoying light refreshments. MCA will be hosting more information sessions online and throughout the state from March - June. To register for this event, or to view a complete list of upcoming information sessions, please visit http://www.MaineConnectionsAcademy.com/Events. MCA will enroll up to 429 students on a first-come, first-serve basis for the upcoming school year. Families who are interested in virtual school should submit an application as soon as possible by visiting www.MaineConnectionsAcademy.com/Enroll.

Caregiver Support Group at SeniorPlus, 218 Fairbanks Road, Farmington. The first meeting will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3. Each subsequent meeting will take place on the first Monday of the month, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. FMI: 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.

SeniorsPlus is holding a Caregiver Support Group at its new office location at 218 Fairbanks Road in Farmington, the first Monday of each month, from 3:00 to 4:30pm. 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.

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 Tami at 778-2792.

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.

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.

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

Watercolor Classes. Wednesdays, April 12 - May 24. Braided Streams Studio, just off Mason Road, Farmington Falls. 6 weeks, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. $150. Some materials provided. Beginner to intermediate. A new demonstration each week is paired with technique practice, composition discussion and options for individual expression in landscape and still life subjects. For more info, or to register, contact Mary Beth by April 5 at 207-624-2401 or mbkmartist312@gmail.com.

The Upper Kennebec Valley chapter of the Maine Woodlands Association will hold its April 22 event at the woodlot of Chuck Hulsey, discussing small parcel management and game cameras. Hulsey is a Regional Wildlife Biologist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and a forester and has been managing this wooded nine-acre home site very intensively for the past 18 years. His focus has been wildlife, aesthetics, and timber. The property was part of a much larger parcel which was once a field but planted to red pine in 1962. Hulsey will cover what to cut for the woodstove, and what should be retained for high quality saw timber in both the near and long term. Attendees will learn the difference between a weeding, a thinning and a regeneration cut. Cavity and snag tree management for wildlife will also be discussed, plus the management for future hard mast trees. There will be examples of techniques for propagation of natural cavities and snags, as well as the use of nest boxes. Nearly 60 species of wildlife in Maine need snags or cavity trees. Also, Assistant Regional Biologist Bob Cordes will teach attendees about the different game cameras out there. He will also help us with how and when to use them to get the most out of them. The event will run from 9 a.m. until noon.

What would you like to know before you buy a house? Do you have questions for: A Mortgage Specialist? A Building Inspector? An Attorney? A Realtor? Come join us for an informal Meet and Greet of YOUR home buying team! 186 Main Street, Farmington on Tuesday, April 25 at 5:30. We are providing informed experts, appetizers, and champagne! Please RSVP by April 20 so we can plan for materials and refreshments! (207)778-2755 info@countyseatrlty.com Hosted by County Seat Realty.

Workshop. Nurturing Skills For Prenatal Families– A 9 Week Skill Builder For Pregnant Moms And Their Supports. This program addresses the relationship between healthy pregnancies and proper nutrition, the effects of stress on a growing baby, brain development, issues of body image during pregnancy, and other possible stressors when welcoming a child into any family. Thursdays, beginning April 27, from 5:30-7 p.m. The workshop is offered free through the Franklin County Children’s Task Force. Snacks and onsite childcare available, but you must call to register. Contact Stacie at 778-6960 today. Classes meet at the Franklin County Children’s Task Force, 113 Church Street in Farmington.

Do you or someone you care for have diabetes, arthritis, heart trouble, depression or another long term health condition? Attending a Living Well for Better Health workshop will give you valuable information to help you to feel better and manage your health. You will learn how to make your daily tasks easier, relax and manage stress and new ways of finding support and solutions to your health concerns. The Living Well workshop has been shown to reduce hospitalizations by improving a person’s ability to take care of their health. Living Well is a free six-week workshop held once a week, for two and a half hours each session. Discussion and activities focus on topics such as dealing with frustration, exercising at your level of ability, working with your healthcare provider, setting personal goals, managing pain, healthy eating and improving communication skills to name a few. A family member, friend or caregiver can also participate. The next 6-week Living Well workshop series will be held on Thursdays running from April 27 to June 1 at Rangeley Family Medicine located at 42 Dallas Hill Road. A book and relaxation CD are loaned out for your use during class. If you wish to buy them the book costs $15 and the CD $10. To register or for more information, please contact Cecilia Natale at SeniorsPlus, toll free at 1-800-427-1241.

New Ventures Maine will offer My Money Works, a free five-week class starting Thursday, April 27, to help you gain the skills and confidence to stretch your money, pay your bills, reduce your debt, find money for savings, plan for retirement, and set personal financial goals. The class will be held on Thursdays from 5:30-8:00 pm, meeting for five sessions from April 27, May 4, 11, 18, & 25. Classes take place at New Ventures Office, 108 Perham St Suite # 2, Farmington. Pre-registration is required, and there is no fee for the training. For more information or to register, contact Janet Smith at New Ventures Maine at 778-2757, or email her at janet.smith@maine.edu. New Ventures Maine helps Maine people find success in their jobs, businesses and communities through tuition-free classes and workshops, and one-on-one coaching. For more information and to find classes around the state, visit newventuresmaine.org.

On Thursday, April 27 from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. please join United Way and experts in Fraud, Risk Management, and Cybersecurity for a FREE workshop called Staying Safe: Emerging Threats. This workshop is specifically designed for non-profits and is generously sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank. It will be held in the Bass Room at Franklin Memorial Hospital. Lunch will be provided by Calzolaio Pasta Co. Presenters Andy Grover, Senior Vice President, and Chief Risk Officer, and Russell Patton, Chief Information Security Officer, will provide a vital overview of the types of risks and emerging threats to nonprofit organizations today and how staff and board members of nonprofit organizations can protect their organization and donors. Topics will include--Occupation fraud and internal controls: common types of fraud, implementation of adequate controls with limited resources, board responsibilities and oversight. Cybersecurity: vendor and volunteer relationships, online payments and payment card processing, network and wireless infrastructure, phishing and other social engineering threats. The event is free and open to all nonprofits. Attendance is limited and participants must RVSP director@uwtva.org or 7785048.

Reproductive Justice: On May 1st a speaker from Maine Family planning will be coming to Farmington to discuss reproductive justice and resources for education and activism. This event will be held in Ricker 116, of the University of Maine at Farmington. It will start at 6PM.
Everyone is welcome to attend, as this is free and open to the public.

Living Well For Better Health! This free 6 session workshop is for adults with any kind of ongoing health condition. Learn new ways to deal with issues such as feeling pain, setting goals, eating well, using medications, managing stress, and more! Receive a free $10 Hannaford Gift Card at the end of each completed session, and a bonus $15 for completing all 6 sessions! A family member or friend may join you. To register or for more information, contact SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241. Date: Every Thursday from April 27 – June 1. Time: 10am-12:30pm. Location: Lower Level of Rangeley Family Medicine (42 Dallas Hill Road, Rangeley)

“Business Basics” This 3 session class covers the basics of a business plan, marketing, cash planning and is suitable for those thinking about, or are in the early stage start-up of a new business. It will help you assess the feasibility, desirability and viability of your business idea and start writing your plan. Mondays, May 8, 15, 22, 2017. 5:30 – 8:30 pm. New Ventures Maine Office 109 Perham Street Suite # 2 Farmington, ME 04938. To register or for more information please call: Karleen Andrews 557-1885 “Our purpose is to empower those thinking about change to take the next step towards a new career, a new business, a new approach, a new life. We wanted a name that would help us reach people in today’s fast-paced, Internet-oriented times,” said Gilda Nardone, Executive Director. New Ventures Maine is administered by the University of Maine at Augusta and operates out of 10 offices statewide. For more information and to find classes see newventuresmaine.org or call 1-800-442-2092. Toll free in-state.

Co-sponsored by Time and Tide RC&D and Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District, we have a forestry workshop scheduled on May 9 from 9:00am – 3:00pm in Bath. This workshop will cover topics including tree planting and transplanting, tree pruning, and browntail moth control. Our gracious hosts and presenters, Jennifer & Tom Hoerth, owners of Middle Hoerth Winter Gardens, have owned their farm for 5 years, and have more than 35 years in the horticulture, agriculture and arboriculture industries. Other planned presenters include Maine Forest Service and regional forestry/arborist expertise. This workshop is designed to be hands-on and interactive! If you have your own pruning tools please feel free to bring them alone and don’t forget to bring your questions! CEU credits have been requested for forestry/arborist licensing and pesticide applicators. More information to come. Registration Details: Space is limited! Registration is due by May 5th and is $20.00 per person. Registration includes lunch and lots of hand-outs to take home. Refunds will not be given. Workshop will be held at Middle Hoerth Winter Gardens 108 Varney Mill Road Bath, ME 04530. Parking is available on-site and we will be there to greet and direct you where to go. To register, please mail in the attached registration form to Androscoggin Valley SWCD at 254 Goddard Rd. Lewiston, ME 04240. Please make check payable to AVSWCD. For more information call (207) 241-5374 or email jlahey@maineconservationdistricts.com

Academy Hill Graveyard Workshop, Wed., May 17, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., corner of Depot & Main Streets, Wilton. Eleven SAD#9 5th grade Academy Hill & Cascade Brook GATE students, teacher Sarah Woodcock Reynolds, and Maine Old Cemetery Assoc. Workshops Committee member Deborah Tripp Probert, will be working on an interdisciplinary Language Arts/ Math/ History project,"Stones with Stories." Participants will learn how to properly clean, measure,and record inscriptions on all the cemetery's stable headstones and will also be creating a map of the Academy Graveyard as community service. Special thanks to Flossie Dere for providing students the list of approximately 40 early settlers & families interred. If you've an ancestor buried @ WILTON'S ACADEMY CORNER CEMETERY & DO NOT WISH THEIR STONE CLEANED, please notify the Wilton Town Office. Adult volunteers who'd like to assist on May 17 are most welcome!

MCHP Wellness Conference Saturday, June 17, 2017. Lewiston. Aromatherapy, dreams, homeopathy, Reiki, spirituality, crystals, sound, and movement. Open to the public, please join us. Please register today, space is limited. FMI or to register http://www.mchp.edu/wellness-conference

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.

Ridgewood Farm Summer Horse Riding Camp Each day of camp will include at least one riding lesson, crafts, swimming, caring for horses, unmounted lessons, and games! Each camp ends with a mini horse show! Camps include: Middle School Overnight (July 23-25) $400 - Three full days and two overnights filled with regular camp activities. During the camp, the students will have a great deal of responsibility taking care of horses and working together to manage the farm. No horse experience required. *Option to attend overnight camps for days ONLY (9-3:30) $175
Elementary School Day Camps (July 10-14) and (July 17-21) $275 - Five days that run from 9 to 3:30. This camp will contain regular camp activities. No horse experience required.
Elementary School Day Camp WITH OVERNIGHT (August 1-4) $375 - Four full days filled with regular camp activities. Students will get the experience of taking care of the horses and life on the farm. The final night (THURSDAY) is an overnight. No horse experience required. For more information on camps or to reserve a spot, please contact Ali Perkins at Alexa.perkins@maine.edu

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. These workshops are at no cost to the public. All workshops begin promptly at listed times. – Registration Required­­­

May Workshops
Employer Expectations
Wednesday, May 10 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
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. It is not a recruitment effort for Barclaycard US; it is a workshop for people applying for all different types of jobs. Slots are limited; please call 645-5800 to RSVP.

MEOC-101-Essentials of College Planning
Thursday, May 18 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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 to pre-register: 1-800-281-3703 for this session.

Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation
Thursday, May 4
9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
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 Training

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

Resume & Interviewing Skills
Tuesday, May 23 Region 9 Mexico 1 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Explore the basics of resumes and applications and learn how to make your resume and interview standout in a positive way. Learn to market yourself in a way that directly matches employer needs. “Tough” interview questions will be discussed so that you can answer them with confidence. Please call 645-5800 to sign up.

Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation
Wednesday, May 17 Region 9 Mexico
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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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