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SPECIAL EVENTS & NOTICES

Spruce Mountain School District - RSU #73 - PreK Registration and Screening. PreK registration is scheduled for Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Spruce Mountain Primary School located at 107 Gibbs Mill Road in Livermore. Your child must be four years old on or before October 15, 2018 in order to register. Please call 897-3355 to schedule an appointment. It is necessary that you bring your child’s original birth certificate, current immunization records, and proof of residency (electric bill, rental agreement or tax bill). Students cannot be registered without the necessary documents. The immunization record can be obtained from your child’s physician. A certified copy of your child’s birth certificate can be obtained at the town office where you were residing at the time of your child’s birth. Your son/daughter must attend the PreK registration, as they will be taking part in several academic readiness screenings. A Collaborative PreK Classroom is available that offers families additional opportunities such as: (family resources, health services, and extended educational services). Please notify anyone you know of that has a PreK age student residing in RSU #73 that they must register at this time for the fall of 2018.

Solar + Heat Pump Open House – Farmington, ME. Friday, April 27 4:30-6:30pm. Marshall Residence; 223 Marwick Road; Farmington, ME. Learn how The Marshall’s are using solar energy and heat pump technology in their home to lower their utility bills and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. They have an 11.55-kilowatt solar array and Mitsubishi heat pumps to power their home’s energy and heating needs. The Marshall’s are offsetting 12,300lbs of carbon emissions annually. Guests attending the Open House will be able to tour the systems, ask questions and interact with other people in the community. A ReVision Energy representative will be available to discuss current trends and answer any questions. This event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served. For questions contact Holly at 207.589.4171 or hnoyes@revisionenergy.com. More info: https://www.revisionenergy.com/events/solar-heat-pump-open-house-farmington/

Week of the Young Child Free Festival: "Watch Us Grow!" is scheduled for Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10:00am-noon. A “spring-themed” community festival for families with young children (ages birth through 8), with hands-on activities, entertainment, snacks, and take-home gift bags (while supplies last). Located at W.G. Mallett Elementary School (116 Middle Street, Farmington).

Time 2 Move Ministries an international and non-denominational ministry directed by Timothy and Bethany Groves, will be at Living Waters Assembly of God in Farmington on Sunday May 1 for the 10:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. service. For nearly eight years’ Time 2 Move Ministries has been encouraging, equipping and empowering God's people to move mountains and to not settle for the ordinary but to rather partner with God and be extraordinary. Time 2 Move ministries has seen people healed in just about every service. Signs and wonders have been following to confirm the Word of God. Please join us at Living Waters 547 Wilton Road in Farmington for this event, all are welcome.

Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce Accepting Submission of Photos of the Rangeley Lakes Area for 2019 Calendar. The Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce is inviting the public to submit photos of the Rangeley region to be considered for inclusion in The Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce 2019 calendar. The Chamber is seeking photos that represent the best of the Rangeley region throughout the four seasons. All photos should be submitted to photos@rangeleymaine.com no later than May 15, 2018. For full details, visit the Chamber’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RangeleyLakes.ChamberofCommerce.RangeleyMaine/.

It’s time for RSU #9 Pre-K and Kindergarten registration. The following are the dates and times for registration at the elementary schools.
Cape Cod Hill School - Wednesday, April 4 from 3:30 -6:00 pm for both Pre-K and Kindergarten registration. Call Cape Cod Hill School at 778-3031 to schedule a time to register. Cushing School - Wednesday, May 2 from 2:00-5:30 for both Pre-K and Kindergarten registration. Call Cushing School at 645-2442 to schedule a time to register. Mallett School - Pre-K Registration will be on Wednesday, May 16 and Thursday, May 17 from 8:30-4:00. Kindergarten Registration will be on Friday, May 18 8:30-4:00. Call Mallett School at 778-3529 to schedule a time to register. Your child must be five years old on or before October 15, 2018 in order to register for kindergarten. For Pre-K, your child must be four years old, on or before October 15, 2018. At registration, you will need your child’s original birth certificate, up to date immunization records, a recent photo of your child, proof of residency and filled out parental questionnaire and medical history forms. Registration Packets should be picked up at your child’s school and completed prior to your child’s appointment. Students who are currently enrolled in Mallett, Cushing or Cape Cod Hill School’s Pre K program, do not need to re-register for kindergarten.

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.

Wednesday, May 2nd - Greater Franklin Food Council Food Summit - West Farmington Grange from 3:30-6:00 pm. Come be part of community conversations about our local food system. There will be a keynote speaker and four breakout sessions focused on Food Insecurity, Policy and Advocacy, Education and Local Resources, and Farmers and Food Producers.

Friday, May 4th - Movie Screening of "Just Eat It" hosted by the UMF Sustainable Campus Coalition, Natural Resources Council of Maine, and the Greater Franklin Food Council. Learn about efforts underway locally and statewide to reduce food waste, watch the film "Just Eat It" (run time of 1:15), and engage in a community discussion of what we can do locally to reduce food waste.

Saturday, May 5th - The 2018 Maine Fiddlehead Festival returns to Farmington on Saturday, May 5th from 10 a.m. to – 3:00 p.m. Held on the grounds of UMF’s Emery Community Arts Center, the festival includes local vendors selling early season crops, food trucks, live music, artisans, cooking demos, live animal petting zoon, and more! This year’s Tent Talks will be on making birch syrup, raising rabbits in a free environment, the benefits of a plant-based diet, hemp farming, foraging wild edible mushrooms, and how to harvest and safely prepare wild fiddleheads. The family-friendly event is free. Check out http://www.mainefiddleheadfestival.com for the full schedule of events or find us on Facebook at Maine Fiddlehead Festival.

R.E.A.S.O.N. Rides Exclusively About Supporting Our Neighbors and Lane Dube Amvets Post 33 are hosting the 1st Annual Blessing of the Bikes & Special Olympics Benefit Ride on Saturday, May 19. Rain or Shine. Blessing starts at 2:00 PM at the St. Rose of Lima Church Parking Lot. Donation bucket at the Blessing of the Bikes – Proceeds goes to the church. The ride starts immediately after the blessing. Poker Run - $5 per hand. More details day of ride. The BBQ will begin at 4:30 PM at Lane Dube Amvets Post 33. Donations accepted. The dance will be 7PM to 11PM. 50/50 & Silent Auction. Any questions, please contact Dee at 578-4326 or Sue at 576-2847

The Carrabassett Valley Public Library is now closed on Sundays! Spring Hours Begin Tuesday, April 17: Tuesday - Friday: 10-5 & Saturday: 10-3

EXHIBITS, READINGS & SHOWS

The current art show at the Wilton Free Public Library features artwork by three Wilton Mt. Blue High School students, Zoadia Lamb, Madge Curtin, and Jennell Allen and will be displayed through April. An artist reception will be held on Thursday, April 26 at 5pm. The artwork on display includes diverse mediums including watercolor, oil pastel, printmaking, ceramics and textiles. All three artists have been studying art for several years and their work reflects their love of art and the mediums that they work in. Come in and enjoy the diversity, color, and beauty of their work! For more information visit www.wilton-free.lib.me.us or call 645-4831.

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: April 26 and May 10 and 24. There will be stories, crafts and snacks. For more information call the library at 779-1128.

Mark Phillips will be performing at the New Sharon Congregational Church on Saturday April 21 at 7pm. Mark is a local performer that is regionally renown as an exciting vocalist and intrepid guitarist. Come and enjoy a classic sit-down live music event in our acoustically first-class brick church! The concert starts at 7pm and tickets are $10 at the door - free admission for children under 18! The church is located at 21 Cape Cod Hill Road in New Sharon, ME. For more information, please visit newsharonchurch.org or check us out on Facebook!

Live Music from India! Saturday, April 21. 7:30-9pm @ The Grange, West Farmington. Hridaya Hermitage, the Yogic community out in Industry, invites you to a night of Kirtan with the band Shiva Lila. Kirtan is call-and-response chanting in the Sanskrit language. Accompanied by dynamic hand percussion, this is a musical experience like no other. If you are a fan of world music or looking for some audible adventure, that will open your mind and get you dancing, don't miss this event! $10 Suggested Donation FMI: Facebook "Shiva Lila" or www.hridayahermitage.com. See you there!

Saturday April 21 – Farmington, ME. Music that tells the stories of the migration of songs from Ireland to the logging camps of North America with Sara Grey from Rockland, ME and Brian Miller from Bemidji, MN taking stage at 7:00 PM. At the North Church, located at 118 High Street Farmington, ME at 7 PM. Tickets $15.00 Call 207-778-2006 for reservations.

Jazz Service at Fairbanks Union Church. The sounds of New Orleans traditional jazz and lively gospel music will fill the Fairbanks Union Church in Farmington at 10:00 am on Sunday April 22. The South Strong Road Crew—Andy Buckland, bass, Scott Dixon, drums, Doug Walrath, keyboard and Sherry Walrath, vocals—will play throughout the service and lead the congregation in jazz versions of traditional gospel hymns. Others who will provide special music include Louise McCleery, Nan Berry, John Vetne, Bayla Beane, Austin and Elaine Marden, Karen Beacham, Louise and Joel Bunker, and the Fairbanks Church Choir.
Jazz is no stranger to the church. Many famous jazz musicians began as church musicians. Those early beginnings show through in many well-known jazz tunes like “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Everyone is invited to feel the beat and share in the fun at this all-musicseventh annual jazz service. Come early and stay late; the band will play jazz both before and after the service. An offering will be taken to benefit a new sound system for the church. For more information contact Anne Smith at 684-2108 or mclinticsmith@gmail.com.

The Franklin County Children’s Task Force invites you to dance the night away at their “That 70’s” Dance Party 40th Anniversary Celebration on April 28 from 6pm-12am at the University of Maine at Farmington North Dining Hall. Dress in your best 70’s attire and get groovy! Cocktail hour, awards and appetizers will be from 6-7pm, then from 7pm-midnight the dance floor is yours! Dance to your favorite music from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and today with some of your closest friends! This is a 21+ event with a cash bar all night so please plan accordingly. Tickets can be purchased in advance through Eventbrite.com, by visiting our Facebook Event, or by visiting Calico Patch in Farmington or the White Elephant in Strong. Tickets are $10 per person in advance or $15 per person and $25 per couple at the door. Feeling lucky? There will be $100 cash prize for the best 70’s costume and $100 cash prize for the best 70’s couples costume. We hope you’ll join us -- Stay Groovy!

Farmington, Tuesday, May 1, “Fara” The Orkney's Female SuperGroup Fiddle Band in concert, Old South Congregational Church Concert Series, 235 Main St., Farmington. Doors open at 6 pm, jam session at 6:15, concert at 7 pm. Adults $15, Students $10/$5. Ticket reservations are recommended by calling 207-491-5919. Refreshments available by donation during the jam session and intermission.
Venue information: http://www.farmingtonucc.org/get-connected.html.
Band information: http://www.faramusic.co.uk

On Saturday, May 19 at 7:00 PM one of Maine's most popular and respected bluegrass bands, the Katahdin Valley Boys, will be performing at the Vienna Union Hall in Vienna, Maine. Tickets are $10.00. FMI call 293-2674 or 293-2362 or email viennaunionhall@gmail.com. Online tickets available on the Vienna Union Hall website.

BENEFIT FEASTS, AUCTIONS & OTHER EVENTS

Books in Good Condition Wanted. Literacy Volunteers of Franklin and Somerset Counties, a non profit organization to promote literacy, is receiving book donations from May 15-18 Tuesday through Friday) at the Farmington Elks Lodge on 120 School St. in Farmington, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Volunteers will be ready to assist you in unloading. There will be donation receipt forms available. Please note: The only books we can’t utilize are encyclopedias, technology books, college text books or books that are torn, mildewed, or water damaged. We especially cherish children’s books! Please call Lit. Vol. at 500-3131 for more information or to make other arrangements.

Clean Donations Needed. It may only be April, 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.

Franklin County Chamber of Commerce's David Robie Scholarships available now on our website here! This scholarship will be awarded to an individual residing in or going to school in Franklin County, who is planning to attend—or is currently attending—an accredited, post-secondary school. The David Robie Scholarship is named after the late David Robie, who played a key role in the establishment of the scholarship during his time on the Chamber board, as well as in presenting this scholarship each year. This scholarship program is funded by the annual Franklin County Chamber of Commerce & Seth Wescott Scholarship Golf Classic held September 21 at the Sugarloaf Golf Club. Apply for the 2018 David Robie Scholarships here. Deadline is April 27, 2018

Class of 2018. Car Wash, Bottle Drive and Bake Sale. Bring your bottles, get your car washed and enjoy a sweet treat! April 28, 9AM-1PM. Pro Service Farmington

Wilton Scholarship Auction. The annual Wilton Scholarship Auction will take place Saturday, April 28 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.

2002 Toyota Tacoma Truck. Silent Bid Item – starting. bid $4,999. 287Ticket Items. Phillips Public Library Auction is being held NOW until May 4! Drawing of tickets is Saturday, May 5th – no tickets will be sold that day. Wed., Thur., Fri., 10 – 5; Sat., 10-2. Questions: 639-2665

Public Supper at the North Jay Grange #10 on May 5. 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Adults $8.00, Children 10/under $3.00. Dinner. Music. FMI- 645-4211, 645-2910, 645-9353.

Public supper at Trinity United Methodist Church May 5, 2018 4:30-6pm 612 Farmington Falls Road
Baked beans, casseroles, salads and homemade pies $8 Adults $4 children under 12

W.G. Mallett School PTA will be sponsoring a Yard Sale / Flea Market again this year on May 5, from 8-12. We welcome school groups, clubs or individuals to come join us. It’s a great fundraising opportunity. The PTA will do all the advertising for this event. If it rains, no problem, we will be able to set up inside. You can reserve a space for $15.00 each. You will need to provide your own tables. If you don’t want a space, BUT would like to donate gently used items to Mallett school for their yard sale please call Mallett school at 778-3529 to make arrangements to drop your items off. For more information please call Katie Hallman or Morgan Leso at the Mallett School.

~Herbs ~ Veggies ~Perennials ~ Annuals~ Greetings from Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District. We are happy to announce that our annual Plant Sale is back! Prepaid orders must arrive at the District office by April 23, 2018. Pickup day is May 19, 2018 from 12pm-5pm at our office located at 254 Goddard Road Lewiston, ME 04240. Please make note of this on your calendar. The District is not responsible for the condition of any orders that are not picked up on the scheduled pickup date. The District is not responsible for any plants after they have left the sale. Please keep this page for you records and only mail in the order form. For more information on the plants available check out our 2018 ordering guide at: https://www.androscogginswcd.org/plant-sale.html

April 28th Saturday North Jay Grange is celebrating Grange month with a potluck luncheon 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. Community Service program. FMI: 645-4211, 645-2910 or 645-9353

7th Annual Auction for Action- Rural Community Action Ministry
Save The Date- Saturday, April 28, 2018 for the 7th Annual Auction for Action to support the RCAM hunger and homeless prevention services and more in 14 towns in the Lewiston -Auburn region. Live and Silent Auction items from antiques to Red Sox tickets, hand crafted quilts to gift certificates from regional businesses. Ed Wheaton, Auctioneer; music by Stan Davis and Chase Stewart, door prizes, BBQ $, fun and FREE Admission. Boofy Quimby Memorial Center, Rte. 219 in Turner, ME. Doors Open @4:30, Live Auction begins @6pm. FMI (207) 524-5095. See RCAM on Facebook.

7th Annual One in Five 5K. ​April 29, 2018​ 9:00 AM. ​Thomas College - Waterville, ME​. 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 7th Annual One in Five 5K will be held on April 29, 2018 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. Check in on race day is between 7:30 and 8:30. For more information, please visit: www.silentnomore.org. To Register for the Race please visit: https://runsignup.com/oneinfive5K​

Cinco De Mayo Dinner at Grange #321. Main Street, East Wilton - Saturday May 5th - 5 pm. $10 Per Person. Live Guitar Music Provided by Chad Waversak. Appetizer: Salsa un Papas Fritas (Salsa and Chips). Dinner Includes: Sopa Tarasca (Pinto bean soup). Salsa De Pollo Sobre Arroz (Salsa Chicken, Over Spanish Rice). Crea agria un guacamole- (Sour cream and Guacamole). Pan De Maíz (Jalapeno Cornbread) Dessert : Polvorones (Mexican wedding cookies) Helado De Vainilla (Vanilla Bean Ice Cream) Beverages: Margaritas Virgenes (Virgin Margaritas)
Cafe (Coffee)

Book Sale: Sat., May 5 from 9 am to 3 pm, at Western Maine Enterprises, 128 Weld Street, Wilton (next to the Town Office). A big collection of books on many subjects for all ages and tastes; also music CDs and records. All proceeds go to the Wilton Free Public Library for its collection and programs. Pricing is by donation. For moe information, call the library at 645-4831.

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

The Winter Farmers Market is now open at the Grange Hall In Farmington. Vendors from both the Friday and Saturday outdoor markets will be present, plus a few new ones. This market will continue thru until May. The Farmington Grange Hall is located at 124 Bridge Street, just across the Bridge from Main Street. Go right at the light.

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 at the Chesterville Town Office on Tuesday, April 24 at 6:45 p.m. Guest speaker Robin Jordan, of Robin’s Flower Pot, will be presenting “Gardening Tips”. The public is cordially invited to attend. FMI 778-3156.

April 26, 6-7 will be the volunteer appreciation and annual corporations meeting of the Farmington Public Library. Corporators are required to elect officers of the board and to elect new board member terms. All are welcome. For more information call Barb Marshall 578-0286 or email bfmarshall63@gmail.com

The Memorial Day Committee in Jay will meet on April 24 at George Bunten Post 10 in Livermore Falls to discuss this year's Memorial Day Parade. Topics will include to see if there is interest in holding a parade, to find volunteers, to raise funds and to invite participants. Without volunteers stepping forward, the parade might not happen locally, for the first time anyone can remember.

Local artisan Robin Lisherness will speak at the Strong Historical Society, Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at Hammond Memorial House, 79 North Main Street, Strong. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m., potluck supper will be served at 6:00 (bring a food dish), and business meeting/program at 7:00. Mr. Lisherness will speak on the topic: “What Can Be Done With My Folks’ Old Stuff?” The public is invited to attend.

Do you have your own business or are you thinking about opening one? Steve Arner of Western Maine Law LLC will be delivering a presentation on forming a business entity at the Carrabassett Valley Public Library on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 4:30 pm as part of the Lawyers in Libraries project. He will explain the reasons business-owners may wish to form limited liability companies (LLCs) or corporations rather than operate as sole proprietorships, and will explain the key differences between the different forms of business entities, with respect to liability and asset protection, taxation, costs of operation, and operation. Steve will walk participants through the steps and costs of creating a new business entity, including reserving a name, appointing an agent, making the necessary initial and annual filings with the Maine Secretary of State, preparing bylaws or an operating agreement, electing an appropriate tax treatment, obtaining an Employee Identification Number (EIN), conducting and documenting meetings, and complying with record-keeping and annual report requirements. As with his previous presentation on advance health-care directives, Steve will show you how these tasks can be accomplished without a lawyer. For more information, search: lawyersinlibraries.org or call the library at 237-3535. This program is free and open to the public!

The next meeting of the Franklin County Democratic Committee (FCDC) will be on Sunday May 6, from 4-6pm at Mallett School in Farmington. The guest speaker will be Abbie Ryder of The Chamberlain Project Foundation. Ryder’s non-partisan presentation will address the impact, pros and cons of ranked-choice voting. An Act to Implement Ranked-choice Voting in 2021” will be on the ballot this June. “Our goal is to make sure that Maine voters can make an educated decision at the ballot box,” says Ryder. Also speaking at the May meeting is Gubernatorial Candidate Donna Dion of Biddeford. In addition on May 6, the FCDC will participate in the Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice 5K Run and Remembrance Walk in Farmington. To become a member of the 5K Run/Walk Team or for more information about the Franklin County Democrats and upcoming events, please see our website, http://franklincountydemocratsme.weebly.com, or contact Chair Yvette Robinson at yrobinson@gwi.net.

Garden Angel Project members will be meeting on Tuesday, May 8 at 11:00 a.m. in the Franklin County Extension Office. We will be reviewing the applications received and discussing volunteer responsibilities. The public is cordially invited to attend. FMI 778-3156

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

This is our Third Thursday Event for April 19, 2018. Egg-celent Creations and Organic Chicken Keeping 101. Place: Farmington Grange 124 Bridge st. West Farmington,ME. Time: 6:30 to 8:00 PM. Eggs are amazing and versatile! Join Victoria owner of Maine Homestead Project in Farmington,ME, where she raises a large mixed flock of Organic, Pastured layer hens, to learn how to make the perfect Hard boiled eggs, Fresh Mayonnaise and her famous deviled eggs. She will also teach you about how to store eggs, how to tell if they are still good, how to freeze them for long term storage, and you will go home with recipes , tips and tricks. Organic Chicken Keeping 101 We have raised our chickens 100% Organic for 7 years. All Pastured and now Soy free non gmo organic. I use all natural and organic preventative measures as my method of caring for my birds so we don't have to give them antibiotics or any other form of chemical treatments. If you are interested in a Primer on how to do this like we do, please consider coming to our third thursday on April 19, 2018. You will receive a booklet on the subject to take home as well!
Fee is $10/Per person for ingredients. Jar of Mayo and booklet of Egg recipes and tips! And now an Organic Chicken Keeping 101 booklet! RSVP @ 774-994-2843 or by IM or Email maine.homestead.project@gmail.com Farmingtongrange12 on Facebook or Maine Homestead Project on Facebook. All Ingredients will be provided by Maine Homestead Project. You will go home with a jar of Mayo and 2 booklets! Ages 13 and older

The Phillips Public Library Seed Loan Project presents the 3rd in a series of Gardening Series. Dave Fuller of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer the third presentation for the exciting new Seed Loan Project at the Phillips Public Library on April 25 @ 6:00. He will touch on a variety of topics: How to choose varieties from catalogs, No-Spray pest management options, and Succession planting.He welcomes gardening questions from the participants. Dave is an agriculture, home garden and non-timber forest products professional who has been teaching how to produce better crops for 20 years. His research focuses on the onion family and fiddleheads. The Phillips Library Seed Loan project has available sets of donated seeds that patrons can sign out and use. In return the Library asks them to donate seeds back for others to use in future plantings. The Seed Loan Project at the Library was created by volunteers, Andrea Nurse and Betsy Squibb. In addition to loaning seeds and providing seed catalogs, the program includes educational forum with local agriculturalists. The next forum will host Amy Le Blanc of Whitehill Farm in East Wilton on Wednesday, May 30. All programs are one hour and begin at 6:00 p.m. They are free and open to the public. Please contact the library with any questions @ 639-2665.

Kid’s Painting with Watercolors. Friday, April 27 @ 4pm. All ages are welcome to join us as we explore painting with watercolors! $20 per person or 2 for $30: covers the use of the facility, all supplies and instruction. Parents are welcome to join. Please pre-pay and register at Vera’s Iron & Vine located at 155 Front Street in Farmington. Space is limited to the first 10 people.

Reproductive Justice: On April 18th from 11:45am-1pm a representative from Maine Family Planning and a representative from Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights (GRR!) will be coming to Farmington to discuss reproductive justice and resources for education and activism. The event will be held in Roberts c-23 on UMF's campus. This event is free and open to the public.

Free Essential Oil Basics class Friday April 20, 5:30PM @The Chickadees Nest 127 Lower Broadway. This is an introduction to essential oils, their benefits, safety, and the top 10 oils! Please RSVP The Chickadees Nest via Facebook.

Homesteading at MSAD 52 Adult Education. Homesteading classes give students the opportunity to learn skills to live off the land and practice self-sufficiency. If you are interested in one of these classes, please register online ANYTIME at www.msad52.maineadulted.org In March: Bird Language & Nature 3/1; Easy Handmade Lotion 3/3 OR 3/22; Worm Composting 3/6; Home Cheesemaking 3/5 & 3/6; Chair Caning 3/3 & 3/10; Making Goat Milk Soap 3/13 & 3/20; Shelter Design & Thermodynamic Principles 3/15; Water Chemistry & Primitive. Purification 3/29. In April: Grow Your Own Organic Garden 4/4; Backyard Chicken Ranching 4/7; Rocket Stove Design and Friction Fire Techniques 4/12. In May: Pine Needle Basket Weaving 5/2; Common Spring Edible & Medicinal Plants 5/10; Free Alumni Harvest (Worm Composting cont.) 5/30. Register today at www.msad52.maineadulted.org

Franklin County Adult & Community Education brochure has listed Acrylic and/ or Watercolor with art instructor Barbara Hathaway, Painter of Sunsets, starting Wednesday April 4, 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Hathaway Art Studio, in Wilton. Beginners to semi-pros can watch a demo and paint along at their own pace. Composition and painting tips & technique will show how to make a beautiful sunset and reflections for a landscape. This five session course will help each student complete a painting to mat. $68 is payable to the instructor on the first class. Students can use their own photo for inspiration. Acrylic materials list includes: Canvas or panel no larger than 16" x 20", Acrylic Paint set, 3 Brushes, palette, can or jar for water, rag or paper towels, palette knife. Watercolor: WC Paint set, WC paper 140 lb., 3 WC brushes, Palette, masking tape, can or jar for water, rag or paper towels. To Register or FMI: bhaway@myfairpoint.net or 207-645-3449. Hathaway studied Advertising Design & Art at UMA and is a member of Upcountry Artists.

NAMI Maine is bringing its Youth Mental Health First Aid Course to Rangeley on May 10, 2018 at Rangeley Lakes Regional School, 43 Mendolia Rd., Rangeley, ME from 8am to 4:30pm. It is open to the community. Please register at: http://www.namimaine.org/events/EventDetails. Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach adults how to help a youth or teen (age 12-18)who is experiencing a mental health or substance abuse challenge or crisis using a five-step action plan that covers how to (1) assess a situation, (2) listen non-judgmentally, (3)give appropriate reassurance and information, (4) encourage appropriate professional help, and (5) help encourage self-help and other support strategies. Earn 8 continuing education credits and a 3 yr. national certification from NCFBH. This training meets the state mandate for school staff in suicide awareness. For more information, please contact Michael Morang: michael@namimaine.org or 207-622-5767 x 2312

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

April 2018 Workshops

MEOC-101-Essentials of College Planning
Wednesday April 18th, 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 April 5th, 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, April 18th, 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

*No workshop if Region 9 is closed due to inclement weather

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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