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


Watershed Survey Results Presented. The Friends of Wilson Lake will be hosting an informative presentation summarizing the results of the 2016 Wilson Lake, Varnum Pond and Pease Pond watershed survey on Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Academy Hill School. The watershed survey was designed to help understand the trend of declining water clarity that has been documented at Wilson Lake over the past decade, to create a list of source-water protection strategies for Varnum Pond, and to better understand the inputs to Pease Pond that have led to algal blooms in the past. The presentation will include an overview of the types of problems that were identified during the survey, their impact on water quality, and what can be done to address the problems and protect the water quality of the freshwater resources in the Town of Wilton in the future. The public is invited to attend.For more information contact Rob Lively at (207) 645-2982.

Mountain Holly Days: The Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the annual Mountain Holly Days event has been scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 8 - Sunday, Dec. 11. This year's event promises to be the most exciting ever. There will be shopping and dining specials, refreshments, horse-drawn wagon rides, special festivities, family activities, tasting events and contests. This event epitomizes the time-honored tradition of families shopping together and enjoying holiday festivities & activities. Shoppers will enjoy many special offers from local businesses, find unique, quality gifts for that special someone and participate in various holiday activities. Visitors will enjoy shopping and dining with personal, friendly service and none of the hassles of big-city shopping. For more information call 207-864-5364.

Santa's Workshop. Each year, St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Wilton provides area children an opportunity to shop for inexpensive gifts at Santa's Workshop for their adult loved ones. While children shop with the help of elves, adults are treated to refreshments in the kitchen. The children then have their finds gift wrapped. Items are arranged on tables by price, most ranging between only 25 cents and $1. This is a community outreach program. All of the funds received go directly back into the program for the next year. In addition, parishioners make donations of gifts for purchase. St. Luke's Sunday school teacher, Justy Nazar, is the event coordinator. Santa's Workshop will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 9 until 11:30 a.m. This is a very popular event, so arrive early for the best selection. St. Luke's is located at 59 High St. at the corner of School and High Streets.
Please call the church with questions at 645-2639 or visit the website:

Christmas Celebration. The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center in Livermore opens on Saturday, Dec. 10 for a family-friendly interactive Christmas celebration. Doors open at 11 a.m. Experience Christmas in the 19th century and participate in living history activities around this beautiful and tranquil estate. Activities include horse-drawn wagon rides, period music, crafts for all ages, storytelling, parlor games, cooking in the farmer’s cottage, the one-room schoolhouse and tours of the decorated 1867 Washburn family mansion. Mulled cider and other refreshments made fresh on the woodstove will be available while supplies last. The redesigned gift shop will be open and filled with unique treasures to meet your holiday shopping needs. A Cookie Walk fundraiser benefits the new barn fund. For only $5, fill a bag with delicious homemade cookies to take home. Arrive early as this popular fundraiser always sells out by early afternoon. General admission is $10 per person; $6 ages 12 and under; $25 family rate. Members enjoy a 20% discount on admission. The Norlands is located at 290 Norlands Road in Livermore. For more information, call 207-897-4366 or visit

Parade of Trees: The Rangeley Rotary and Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce's annual Parade of Trees will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10 at Saddleback Mountain. The festive evening will start with hors d'oeurves 5 to 6:30 p.m. Buffet dinner will be served 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by the Tree & Wreath live auction. In addition to the trees donated and decorated by local businesses, there will also be special trees decorated by the Rangeley Lakes Regional School students and a portion of the proceeds from these trees will go to support their activities. There will be a silent auction that not only supports the Rotary and the Chamber, but also numerous other non-profit groups that work so hard in the community throughout the year. Tickets are available from a Rotarian, a Chamber director or at the Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce at 6 Park Road in Rangeley.

Chesterville Town Christmas Party will be held on Sunday, Dec. 11 from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Chesterville Town Office. Come see Santa arrive on the firetruck, decorate cookies, hear a story, enjoy cocoa, cupcakes, popcorn balls, and visit the table for children to pick out free gifts to be wrapped for their parents, grandparents, etc. This free event is sponsored by the North Chesterville Extension Homemakers. FMI 778-3156.

Walk to Bethlehem Annual Pageant on Sunday, Dec. 11. The Rangeley Inn, Main St, & the Church of the Good Shepherd. This unique event, which recreates Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem, will begin at the Rangeley Inn at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to join the “Walk” through the village of Rangeley, which is led by community members costumed as nativity figures. Carols are sung as the procession meanders through the snowy streets of the village of Rangeley. When the Walk-ers reach the Church of the Good Shepherd, they will join others in anticipation of the evening’s program: a traditional family oriented Christmas presentation of carols, classical music, dance and drama. The program begins at approximately 6 pm.

Winter Solstice Festival at Hridaya Hermitage on Sunday, Dec. 18. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Join us for an event-packed day of inspirational teachings and demonstrations on the view and practice of authentic Yoga. Step out of everyday life and experience a pure Yoga Hermitage reminiscent of ancient India. 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 located at 243 Greenwood Brook Road in Industry. FMI and to register (required): 207-542-6606 or Find us on Facebook or visit


New Exhibit. The Shiretown Bookers are proud to announce their winter exhibition “Great Books about Great Food,” running from Dec. 7 through Feb. 11, in the Bookers’ gallery area in Mantor Library at 116 South Street in Farmington.

Art Reception. Barbara Ramsay Stewart of Kingfield will be the featured artist at Carrabassett Valley Public Library during the months of November and December. A wine and cheese reception is planned for Friday, Dec. 9 from 4:30-6 pm. Stewart paints mostly with acrylics but enjoys watercolors and gouache as well.

SugarWood Gallery “Artist of the Month” Mary Beth Morrison. The gallery is located at 248 Broadway in Farmington and is open Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

New photography exhibit titled, Isolated Visions by John and Cynthia Orcutt will remain on display throughout the winter, 2017. For more information, please contact Cynthia Orcutt at (207) 939-6518 or

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.


Improv Comedy Benefit. Teachers Lounge Mafia bring Stale Milk & Sour Cookies 9, their annual, mature content, irreverent holiday improv improv comedy event to Mt. Blue Campus in Farmington on Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. $10 tickets to benefit United Way of the Tri-Valley Area. For more information, contact TLM on Facebook or contact UWTVA at (207) 778-5048.

Snow Dance! Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. at Titcomb Mountain. Live music with Nuclear Salad. El Toro Mexican Grill will be there. Ticket Prices: Adults $10; Children and College Students $5; and Families $25. All proceeds will benefit Titcomb Ski Club Educational Foundation. For more information, go to

Auditions. The Winter Diva Show is back and director Carolyn Smith is looking for extraordinary talent to create an extraordinary show! Auditions will take place Saturday, Dec. 10, between 5 and 6 p.m. at the RFA Lakeside Theater on Main Street in Rangeley. Both male and female performing roles will be considered. Show dates are Feb. 24 and 25 at the RFA Lakeside Theater. Reserved seating tickets are now available online. Visit and click on the “Buy Tickets” Tab at the top of the page. All seats are $25. Beer and wine will be available. We are looking for YOU! Babaloooo!

Contradance, Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Farmington Grange, 124 Bridge Street, West Farmington. Regular Contra with Velocipede playing and Kim Roberts calling, 8-10:30 pm. $6 adults/$5 students or $15 family max. All dances taught. Beginners are welcome. No partner necessary. FMI: 491-9928 or or

"His Name Is Jesus," a 30-minute musical celebrating the story of Christmas, will be presented by the Bean's Corner Baptist Church Choir on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10 & 11, at the church. The Saturday concert will be held at 7 p.m., and Sunday's at the 10:30 a.m. service. Both are open to the public at no charge. Each program will also include congregational carol singing and a short message. Arranged by Mosie Lister, the musical includes narration and familiar songs such as "O Come All Ye Faithful," "Go Tell It On The Mountain," and "O Holy Night." The church is located at the intersection of Routes 156 and 133. For more information, call the church at 645-2925.

Mercer United Methodist Church Open House. Christmas Sing Along. Saturday, Dec. 11 from 3 to 4 p.m.. 30 minutes of Christmas carols. 30 minutes of social time.

Rangeley Community Chorus Holiday Concert on Friday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m. at then Church of the Good Shepherd. Included in the program will be a wide range of Christmas and holiday music including both favorites and originals. In addition, there will be a few surprises in the way of solos and small group numbers, and a few bad jokes may jump out between songs. Please join us for a wonderful evening of holiday cheer and great music!

Friendship Squares Dancing Club is offering two free square dancing lessons, Jan 16 and Jan 23, 6:30pm to 7:30pm at the Academy Hill School, Wilton, Maine. No obligation, just come and try it out. Our group is fun and welcoming. We meet every Monday night from 6:30 to 9:00 pm at the Academy Hill School in Wilton. The first hour is for beginners with help from the experienced dancers as well. As the evening progresses, the dancing level is for more developed and experienced dancers. Our callers are Walt and Gracie Bull. They provide instruction in a very relaxed, easy setting with a personal touch. Square dancing is uniform world-wide, with English as the common language. It is a good way to have fun with your partner but it is also a way for singles to meet other people. We are open to ages 14 and up and we come from many different locations and backgrounds. It is fun for all and a good chance to get some exercise and a few good laughs too! For more information email or or call Franklin County Adult Education, Farmington, ME 778-3460.

Saturday, December 17 - 7:00PM - Vienna Union Hall - A Winter Revels a family friendly holiday show with local acts and featuring Castlebay, Maine’s premier Celtic duo. For tickets call 293-2674 or email Tickets are $8.00 adult, $4.00 children 10 and under. Babes in arms free.

Celtic Revival! ECMA nominees The SKY Family will be performing their high energy Celtic/pop-rock music, dance and Gospel production Celtic Revival! Delighting audiences from coast to coast across the U.S. and Canada, the SKY Family is Eastern Canada's premier Irish Dance production. Fast-paced music and high-energy dance combined with humor and inspiration makes a toe-tapping time for the whole family! Saturday, December 17 at 7:00pm Chesterville Meeting House at Zions Hill Rd (corner of the Borough Rd and Zions Hill Rd), Chesterville, Maine. 207-320-5221 Free will offering will be taken.


The UMF Classified Employee Scholarship Committee will be holding its annual Silent Auction on Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at North Dining Hall B & C in the UMF Student Center on South Street in Farmington. We will have handcrafted items, Books, gift certificates, gift baskets, home baked food items, plus many more.. we have something for everyone. Please stop by to see what we have to offer and support our efforts. Proceeds go to scholarships for children, step children and grandchildren of UMF's Classified Employees. For more information contact Sharon Barker at 778-7250 or Becky Houle at 778-7590.

Festival of Trees Saturday Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. at Saddleback Mountain. Mark your calendars for the annual Festival of Trees Auction and Community Holiday Party! Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Proceeds from the event benefit the Rangeley Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce. Your local Rotary is dedicated to supporting children and seniors in your community. Your participation in the Festival of Trees directly benefits our children & seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber or from any Rotarian.

Free Community Christmas Dinner. Everyone is invited to the 2nd Annual Family Style Christmas Dinner, a free community event. Christmas Day, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Harnden Masonic Hall, 70 Bryant Road, Wilton (road across from Tractor Supply). Traditional Holiday Meal: Ham, squash, potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, rolls, and pies! pies! pies! Free transportation available both to and from the event. Reservations required by Dec. 22. Call Knowlton Corner Farm at 778-6520. Let’s join together as a community for some good fellowship, good company and good food.


Holiday Craft and Bake Sale on Friday, Dec. 9. The Franklin Memorial Hospital's Auxiliary is hosting its annual holiday craft and bake sale in the hospital lobby beginning at 8 a.m. until sold out. This event features seasonal crafts and many baked goods.

Farmington Winter Farmers Market has opened on Saturdays at the Farmington Grange Hall, 124 Bridge Street, West Farmington, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Farmington Grange Hall is located just across the Rt 2 bridge (Main Street) and to the right at the stop light. The Farmers Market will be held every Saturday from November til the end of April. New to the winter market this year will be Cantrells Seafood and Beyond Shoe Repair. For questions, call Bonnie Clark at 778-6637.

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Would you please post our upcoming 5K? In Maine, 1 in 5 people will experience sexual violence in their lifetime. This shocking statistic has outraged many of us in our community. We have decided to take a stand against sexual violence by running or walking at this event in support of those survivors in our own home towns. The 6th Annual One in Five 5K will be held on April 30, 2017 at Thomas College in Waterville at 9:00AM. The proceeds from this race will benefit the Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center and its fight to end sexual assault and support survivors through their healing journey.


A Discussion on Discontinued and Abandoned Roads 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12 at Farmington Town Office. Discontinued and abandoned roads are a longstanding issue, and there have been numerous attempts to develop cures by crafting statutes to assist municipalities, which have met with limited success. All are welcome to join the Upper Kennebec Valley Chapter of the Small Woodland Owner’s Association of Maine for a presentation and discussion with attorney-logger-forester Mike Maines. He will speak on this very complicated subject and discuss recent legislation. The annual chapter planning meeting will follow the talk. If you have suggestions for programs in 2017, please share them! Please bring a food item to aid our thinking. The town office/ fire station is at 153 Farmington Falls Road (Route 2). Please park around back; upstairs meeting room. Contact: Patty Cormier, 592-2238 or If weather is a concern, check You do not need to be a member to attend, all are welcome and no pre-registration is necessary!

Candlelight Service at Reeds Mill Church. Reeds Mill Church will hold its annual Candlelight Christmas Service on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 3:00 in the afternoon. All are welcome to this historic church in the wildwood-where the wood fire keeps you warm on the outside, favorite Christmas Carols and the Christmas Story will warm you on the inside, and kerosene lamps light your way. For more information please call at 639-2713 or check out our website,

Christmas Services. The Phillips Community Church will hold a Longest Night Vesper Service (also known as Blue Christmas Service) on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 5 p.m. Caroling at Shadagee Apartments will follow at approximately 6 p.m. Christmas Eve Services will be on Saturday, Dec. 24 at 5 p.m. at the church. Pastor Susan A Tierney will conduct these events. There will be no church services on Sunday, Dec. 25, Christmas Day, nor on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, New Year's Day. Services will resume on Sunday, Jan. 8 at 10:45 a.m. with a program on missions in Honduras. All are welcome.

Caregiver Support Group. 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 to 4:30 p.m. We will be on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have about services and resources for older adults and adults with disabilities and their families. All events are free and open to the public. For further information and to make an appointment, call SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241.

SeniorsPlus office hours for its new satellite office location at 218 Fairbanks Road in Farmington. Office hours for scheduled appointments will be every Wednesday from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Visitors will need to call 1-800-427-1241 to schedule an appointment. “Walk-in” hours from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm will be held on the second 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.

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.


Registration for UMF 2016-17 Winter Term open. University of Maine at Farmington 2016-17 Winter Term courses are now open for registration by members of the public not enrolled in a UMF degree program. Currently, spaces are still available in courses in business, chemistry, education, English, geology, Honors (arts), political science, psychology, rehabilitation studies, snowsports and technology. Individuals may view courses at and pre-register by adding courses to the online bookbag. They can also register in person from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday thru Friday, at the Merrill Center in UMF’s Merrill Hall, 224 Main St, or call 778-7100. Winter Term courses will begin on Dec. 19 and run until Jan. 13. The deadline for course registration is the first day of classes and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact the UMF Merrill Center at 778-7237 or, or Jonathan Cohen, associate provost, at or 207-778-7430.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Tri-County EMS is pleased to announce an EMT Course which will be held at Med-Care Ambulance starting on Jan. 9, 2017 and end May 20, 2017. This course will be on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6-9 pm with some Saturday's from 8-4 pm. For more information and registration form please contact Diane Kelley at 207-795-2880 or email Deadline to register will be Friday, December 16, 2016.

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.

Wilton CareerCenter Workshops. For those who are looking to make a change in careers or get a new job, the Wilton CareerCenter will be offering a variety of programs for job seekers. All workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 645-5800.

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

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

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.