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


The United Methodist Church Parish Thrift Shop at North Jay is closed for the season. Thanks to all who visited and shopped. See you next spring.

Best wishes of success to all of our students as they start a new school year! We would like to announce the beginning of a new program here at the New Vineyard Public Library. Starting Thursday, Sept. 21 at 4pm we will launch our Young Scholars program. Stop by the library for homework help, activities, snacks and reading. To celebrate Author Caryl Edwards will join us to read from her book Rosebud, A princess...Finally! FMI: 652-2250. Or like us on Facebook!

Rangeley Regatta. On Friday Sept. 22 beginning at 1:30 pm, the Rangeley Lakes Region Historical Society will be hosting the 3rd Annual Rangeley Regatta for the middle school students of North Franklin County at the Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum in Oquossoc. Teams for Rangeley, Stratton, Phillips, Strong and Kingfield will again vie for the coveted Rangeley Regatta Cup. Events include; a one mile run, Public Speaking, Fly Tying ,Fly Casting, Outdoor Trivia, Art, Cane Relay, Kayak Relay and the premiere event... Boys and Girls crew style races in the Society's fleet of vintage Rangeley Boats. All water events are to be held at nearby Oquossoc Cove Marina on Rangeley Lake. Come cheer the kids on and enjoy the fun. For more information or to donate please call 864-3091.

Coach Nate Quirion (“Coach Q”), his coaching staff and players will be hosting a Cougars Camp for all area kids, grades K-2, on Saturday, Sept. 23 at Mt. Blue Campus' Caldwell Field. The event will run from noon to 1 p.m. There is no cost to attend the camp. No football equipment is necessary, but participants are encouraged to bring sneakers (Cleats suggested, but not necessary), shorts, t-shirt, water bottle (preferred, but not necessary as water will be available) and A FUN, POSITIVE ATTITUDE and EFFORT of “Becoming a Cougar!”

The park cleanup at Scott Paul Veterans Park is being held on September 24 from 11-5pm. There will be live music and BBQ.

Woodlands Memory Care of Farmington Open House, Sept. 27 to Oct. 1, 2017, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily. Located at 175 Knowlton Corner Road. Reservations not required. In celebration of our newest senior living community, our doors are open to the public for a four-day open house. Meet our leadership team and enjoy a guided tour of our specialized memory care community. Woodlands Senior Living partners with families to make each day the best possible for every resident we serve, while helping to bring peace of mind to the people who love them. For more information, contact 207-860-3999.

Celebrate the Colors, Taste and Sounds of Fall at Rangeley Oktoberfest in the beautiful Western Mountains of Maine. This 4-day celebration from September 28 to October 1 will feature food, entertainment and a cornucopia of beers in a unique festival exploring the restaurants, pubs, shops and museums located on the National Scenic Byway from Rangeley to Oquossoc. Oktoberfest Weekend kicks off with the popular 4th Annual Brat & Strudel Contest. Local chefs will serve samples of their best Brat & Strudel recipes for judging by the public and a panel of German judges. The contest will be held at the Rangeley Inn on Thursday, September 28 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Come and enjoy some German flavor!

Train Fair and Ghost Train Saturday, September 30 is going to be a busy day in Phillips – for both the town and the railroad. Not only is it the Sandy River Business Association’s Fall Fest, the SR&RLRR’s Ghost Train will run that evening, The Scarcrows will be out on Main Street (see below), and the Phillips Area Community Center (PACC) will host a Model Rail and Hobby Fair during the day. For more information or to reserve a vendor or display space at the Model Train Fair, call Pam Matthews at 639-2630.

Come join us for the Annual Apple Pumpkin Festival of the Jay, Livermore, Livermore Falls Chamber of Commerce. Saturday, Sept. 30 from 10 am - 3 pm on the Livermore Falls Rec Field. Vendor spots still available. Sign up on our website at or contact the Chamber office at 500-2464 for more information.

New Vineyard Public Library is pleased to welcome author Mac Smith on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 11am. He will discuss his recent book Mainers on the Titanic. Also beginning Thursday 21 at 4pm our afterschool program begins with a visit from author Caryl Edwards who will discuss her picture book Rosebud ... a Princess Finally! FMI: 652-2250 or like us on Facebook!

Ghost Train rides again. Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017. 6:30-9:00pm. Sponsored by the Phillips 8th grade class of 2017 and the Sandy River Lakes Railroad. Located on Bridge Street, Phillips Maine

The Youth Group at Old South Church re-opens Coat & Cupboard on October 1. We'll be offering free coats, hats, boots, and mittens, as well as blankets. We are open the first Sunday of each month, October through March, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am, as well as special hours on Chester Greenwood Day. Coat & Cupboard is located at 227 Main Street in Farmington, next to Old South Church. For more information, check out our new "Coat & Cupboard" Facebook page.

The Wilton Area Food Pantry will host the The Good Shepherd Food Mobile on Thursday, October 5 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., in the Methodist Church parking lot, at 600 Main Street, in Wilton, across the street from Franklin Savings Bank. Anyone in need of food assistance is welcome to come. Please bring your own bags or boxes. As this is a business day for Franklin Savings Bank, those coming to the Food Mobile, are requested not to park in the Bank parking lot. For more information, please call 645-2190

8th Annual Hope With Every Step 5K Run/Walk and Family Festival at Farmington Fairgrounds on Saturday, Oct. 7. featuring L-A Harley Band, Warrior Village Airsoft, Calzolaio Pasta Company, Touch-A-Truck, Gigaballs, games, multiple huge inflatables and reasonable pricing. This community event is held in honor of Josh Brochu (age 15) & Brooke Brochu (age 12) of Jay and Emmy Rowles (age 11) of Lewiston who suffer from the deadly degenerative rare genetic disease, Ataxia Telangiectasia (A-T). 5K Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. with a race start time of 8:30 a.m. Prizes and medals awarded. Family Festival 10 am - 3 pm. Pre-register, create a free online fundraising page, for event information, to become an event sponsor and to DONATE please visit: Registration is available at event. Raise $100 or more and receive a $5 free lunch voucher. The top fundraiser prize is a DRONE! Unlimited use of inflatables $5, kids games unlimited play with prizes $5. FREE ADMISSION AND PARKING. All proceeds will benefit the A-T Children’s Project, a grassroots nonprofit organization which funds biomedical research and clinical centers for A-T. For updates on event information visit

DV Candlelight Vigil and Speakout - October 12 - 6:00 p.m., Coburn Park, Skowhegan. Local leaders and community members will come together for our annual candlelight vigil and speak out against domestic violence. The group will then march down to the Skowhegan Town Office. A round table discussion will follow. Light refreshments will be served.

Gold LEAF Senior College Fall/Winter Term Kickoff – NEW LOCATION. The Gold LEAF Institute Senior College at University of Maine Farmington invites you to the kickoff of its Fall/Winter term on Wednesday, October 18, at OLD SOUTH CHURCH, 227 Main St., Farmington. The event is free and open to the public. Gold LEAF is a member-run organization that promotes lifelong learning. Membership is open to anyone 50 or older, and spouse/partner regardless of age. The program will run from 3 to 4 p.m.; course registrations will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. For more information call 778-7063, email, or go to

First Annual Race Against Domestic Violence - October 14 - 8:00 a.m., Goodwill Hinckley, Fairfield. The 5-Kilometer (3.1 mile) loop course starts and finishes at Prescott Hall on the beautiful Goodwill-Hinckley campus. All proceeds benefit the Family Violence Project, whose mission is to end domestic violence in Kennebec and Somerset counties by increasing victim safety, empowering survivors, and advocating for social change. The link for online registration is below.

New Sharon Historical Committee’s 1st Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest. October 25, 2017. 4-6 p.m. All contestants must register their pumpkin anytime between 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, October 25. Pumpkins must be carved and finished at home and brought to registration site completed. Judging will take place and prizes awarded at 5:30 p.m. You can pick up your pumpkin after prizes have been awarded. Do not put your name on your pumpkin. You will be given a number when you register. No ‘Flame’ candles allowed (use battery operated or snap lights ONLY). Entries will be judged on: Overall Appearance, Originality, Creativity. Prizes will be awarded for: Cutest, Funniest, Scariest, Most Creative, Most Original. Register onsite when you drop off your pumpkin. There is no registration fee for this event.

Volunteers (Age 18+) Needed! The Good Shepherd Food Mobile is coming to Rangeley Family Medicine (42 Dallas Hill Road, Rangeley) next on Oct. 25 from 10:30 am – noon. We are looking for volunteers to assist with distributing the free food for families in need. If you would like to help out, or if you would like more information about the event, please contact Josh at or 207-660-9914.


Black and White Photographs. By Two Area Women Photographers: Cindy Rehagen Langewisch (Livermore Falls) and Jo Josephson (Temple) Aug. 1 through Sept. 30 at the Farmington Public Library, Farmington. Library Fund raiser: Raffle tickets on sale at the library. $1 each or 10 for $5. Win an original photograph from either photographer. Drawing Sept. 30.

Two Celebrated Artists to Appear at Outdoor Museum in Oquossoc. The Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum in Oquossoc will host two renowned artists on Sept. 23 from 10-4pm. Fly-tier Selene Dumaine will be displaying her skills in a live fly-tying demonstration. Dumaine is a world-recognized tier known for her mastery of Carrie Stevens techniques and patterns as well as her unique originals. She will accompany David Tibbetts, watercolorist, author, and poet with over 60 years of experience in capturing the magic moments of fly-fishing on rivers and lakes in his paintings and poems. Tibbetts will host a book signing for his watercolor collection book “A Journey On The End of a Fly Rod” in addition to selling six original watercolors at incredibly discounted prices,signed and numbered prints, posters, and copies of his entertaining children's books. This will be perhaps the best opportunity to purchase that special Holiday gift at once in a lifetime prices while supporting the museum. The Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum is located at the corner of routes 4 &17 in Oquossoc and can be reached at 864-3091.

The Shiretown Bookers are proud to announce their summer exhibition, “Cockamamie! Odd and Unusual Books from Members’ Collections”, running through September 28, in the Bookers’ display area in Mantor Library at 116 South Street in Farmington. Some remarkable books will be on display, each of them unusual in some way. Some are books in strange forms, such as Mr. Bridge and Mrs. Bridge, two novels that intersect in their stories and in their bindings, or Migrant, a graphic novel that takes place on one huge page. There are books on strange subjects, such as The Practical Book of Tapestries, or The Romance and Tragedy of Banking, and books that have problems, including a children’s book that accidentally switches from English to German half way through. And there are particularly beautiful books, such as a Victorian woman’s fishing diary, complete with water colored sketches of her catches. As always, the exhibition will illustrate the Bookers’ tenet that all readers are book collectors in one way or another. The Shiretown Bookers are a group of book lovers and collectors representing both the university and the local community. They provide lectures and round tables during the academic year, and exhibitions open all year round.

Cathie Pelletier is the author of twelve novels, ten of which are under her own name, beginning with The Funeral Makers. Her newest novel, A Year After Henry, was a recent finalist for the Maine Fiction Award. Her first middle grade novel, The Summer Experiment, was published in 1994. Under the pseudonym of K. C. McKinnon she wrote two novels, Dancing at the Harvest Moon and Candles on Bay Street, the latter earning a million dollar advance. The first McKinnon novel was translated into 19 languages and was a CBS TV film.The second was translated into 16 languages and was a Hallmark Hall of Fame film. Two of Cathie’s novels under her own name have received notable mentions from the New York Times Book Review. Her third, The Weight of Winter, won the New England Booksellers Award. In 2006, Running the Bulls won the Paterson Prize for Fiction. She was also presented with the Bernie Schweid Award from Tennessee Booksellers. Cathie lives in Allagash, Maine!

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.


Roochie Toochie & The Ragtime Shepherd Kings are coming to the Phillips Area Community Center (PACC) on Saturday, September 23, as part of a two-week tour of Maine. This old-time novelty jazz and pop quintet, with members from Nashville, Detroit, and New Orleans, offer an evening of Tin Pan Alley hits.

Friday, September 22 - 7:00 p.m. - North Sea Gas - The Best of Scotland -Folk Band - Vienna Union Hall. Tickets are $12. For tickets or more information email or call 293-2674.

Friendship Square Dance Club is offering two free square dancing lessons on Monday, Sept. 25 and on Oct. 2 from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Academy Hill School in Wilton. Our callers are Walt and Gracie Bull. They provide instructions to the different square dance moves. The dance club is open to ages 14 and up. It's a good chance to get some exercise and a few good laughs too! For more information email or call Marilyn and Larry Waugh at 778-6450 or the Franklin County Adult Education office in Farmington at 778-3460. Hope to see you there!

Sparrows Nest Theater is pleased to announce auditions for The Homecoming on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 from 2-4pm both days. Play synopsis: Known on television as The Waltons, they're called The Spencers in the original book, which is how they're named here. The time is the Great Depression and the large Spencer family, living at the foot of a Virginia mountain, is struggling hard just to survive. With his father having to take the only available job a long way from home, Clay-Boy is stuck with unusual responsibility for his brothers and sisters. He is also worried because his father is already long overdue in getting home. In the climax, the father makes it—just as they are in despair about him. He brings a special gift for his son, a gift that reveals unexpected understanding and the strength of a loving family. Performance dates: Nov. 30-Dec.3. Cast: All ages -13 males, 9 females

“Dare To Dream” with Paula Dunn In Concert. October 6 & 7. Paula Dunn will be performing in concert at 7PM, October 6th in Kingfield at 40 High Street. Cost is $15 per person. Saturday, Oct. 7, Paula will be speaking to ladies and teen girls at a seminar titled “Dare to Dream”. Starting time is 9AM. Cost for this is $20.00 and includes lunch. Paula Dunn’s singing was born out of a desire to help those who are hurting and to challenge people to rise above the obstacles in their lives, and to be successful. Paula can relate to audiences of all ages and backgrounds as she shares of growing up with a father in prison, drugs and alcohol in the home, a mom dying of cancer, and a brother and sister kicked out when they were 14. She tells of God’s grace as she experienced His hand reaching down to rescue her. She also shares humorous stories of being a wife and mother, and of learning to juggle those roles with her ministry. Camping-type accommodations are available with pre-registration to both events. Call Carol Rogers at 670-8527 or 639-5306 to pre-register or with any questions. To be part of a Paula Dunn event is to catch a glimpse of God’s caring heart and to experience a life-changing time of ministry and commitment.

David Mallett Band. Oct. 14, 2017. 7PM. Mount Vernon Community Center . Advance tickets $22 contact Alan Williams at 207 293 4321 or e-mail At the door: $25 All profits to be donated to the Mount Vernon Food Bank. Donations to The Mount Vernon Food Bank of dry or canned goods and money will be collected at the door!


The 2018 Temple Historical Society Calendar is now on sale the the Temple Town Hall. Filled with photographs from the society's archives, the calendar will benefit the historic society. For further information contact Jo Josephson at 778-2021.

The Dead River Area Historical Society’s pictorial 2018 calendars are now available. The cover features Stratton High School Class of 1968– 50 Years Ago with Marie Tasker, Kathleen Webber, Judy Bigelow, Huguette Dube, Carlene Wilbur, Gregory Scribner, Timothy Targett, Morris Henderson, Richard Fotter, Richard Frost, and Floyd Nile. You can find them for sale at Flagstaff General, Pine’s Market, and Fotter’s Market, and while you are there browse around. These stores have an amazing amount of everything you can think of. Some you can’t find anywhere else. If you don’t see it just ask. You can also purchase them through the mail for $8.00 plus $2.00 for postage for each calendar. Send to: Dead River Area Historical Society, PO Box 15, Stratton, Maine 04982. There are many pictorial calendars left from previous years for sale at $2.50 each. You can also order a cook book ($6.00 each or two for $10.00) from the same address as the calendars. For more information call Mary Henderson at: 246-2271

Mt. Abram High School has kicked off their fall Yankee Candle Fundraising! This fundraiser is to help support each class to raise money for their Senior Class Trip and Prom. They earn 40% of anything they sell. Please contact any Mt. Abram student for details or shop online at:; Group Number: 990100392; Group Name: MT. ABRAM HIGH SCHOOL. Thank you all so much for your support for our students to reach their goals!

Annual Gail Saviello Memorial Tennis Tournament Scrambles at Academy Hill courts, Wilton on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 9 am. All players welcome. Proceeds will benefit upkeep of the Academy Hill courts and the Wilton Public Library. Donation: $15 adults, $5 students 18 and under. Lunch and snacks provided by Tyngtown Club. Just show up to enter.

Mindy Strong Benefit Dinner! Sunday, Sept. 24 from 12 PM to 4 PM at the Calzolaio Pasta Co. $10 for those 12 and up, $7 for 11 and under. Cash bar. Basket raffles. All proceeds to benefit the Sprague family. Mindy, wife and mother of two, was severely crushed between a train and a cement wall and is now at ICU in Bangor, Maine. The family needs help paying for its basic needs as well as costs associated with Mindy's care. Please come and support the Sprague family.

Strut for Strays! is next Saturday, September 30 at 10:30 a.m. Registrations will be accepted through the start of the race. Sign-in begins at 9 a.m. All registrations include a free event t-shirt, and a chance to win either a free all-day lift ticket from Sugarloaf or a free night's stay at the Comfort Inn in Wilton (must be present to win) among other awesome prizes.

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 Sept. 30 from 9AM-2PM. There will be a range of items from electronics to clothing.

Toga, Toga! Dinner Dance to benefit the Weld First Responders and Volunteer Fire Dept. Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 A.D. Revel in the past with dinner and live music by Gil and the Welders at the Kawanhee Inn in Weld. 5:00 and 6:30 dinner seatings. Tickets $25 a person. checks payable: the Kawanhee Inn. Must be purchased in advance at the Weld Town Office, The Kawanhee Inn, Skoolhouse Variety, the Weld General Store

The 4th Annual Strut for Strays! 5K Trail Run & Dog Walk, benefiting the Franklin County Animal Shelter, is scheduled for Saturday, September 30. The race starts at Titcomb Mountain Lodge at 10:30 a.m., and follows an approximate 5K course that includes the Nordic trails of Titcomb Mountain and the Whistlestop Trail (this will be an ALL TRAIL course!). All ages and fitness levels are welcome, and you can even bring your favorite four-legged friend to walk/run with you! This is a perfect course for both novice and experienced runners. Registration is $20 for registrants 12 and under on race day, and $25 for 13 and up, and all registrations include a 2017 event T-shirt with original logo artwork by our own Catherine Chapman! Additional event t-shirts and long-sleeve logo t-shirts and hoodies are also available to purchase with your registration! More information can be found at under the Events/Strut for Strays tab. Register online here:

The Kingfield United Methodist Church, 51 High Street, Kingfield will be hosting a public breakfast on Saturday, October 7, 2017. Menu to include: French Toast, Pancakes, Bacon, Sausage, Home Fries, Sausage Gravy/ Biscuit, Scrambled Eggs, Coffee, Tea, Assorted Juices. Serving from: 7:30 to 10 A.M.. Adults:$5.00, Children:$3.50. All proceeds to benefit church programs.

On Friday October 13 the Phillips Community of Christian Women will again cook up their annual chicken supper, to be held from 5-6:30p.m. at Phillips Elementary School. The traditional menu continues: roast chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, peas, squash, rolls, assorted pies for dessert, and beverage of your choice, including coffee, tea, milk, or apple juice, all for $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. We couldn't do it without our loyal community volunteers, so if you want to cook or lend a hand, call Barb Gardiner at 684-3394.

Book Sale. Saturday, October 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Western Maine Enterprises, 128 Weld Street, Wilton (next to the Wilton Town Office). This is a big sale with books for readers of all ages and all interests, with a special collection of books on Alaska and numerous music CDs. Many new books have been added since the last sale. Pricing is "by donation" and all proceeds go directly to the Wilton Free Public Library. For more information, call the library 645-4831.

The Franklin County Children’s Task Force (FCCTF) invites you to help them in the crusade to make a difference in the lives of children at the “Make Tracks for Kids” TAR-2-TRAIL 5K & 1-mile Run on Saturday October 14! This course will be a combination of tar and trail beginning at the FCCTF! Runners will enjoy the fall foliage, get their shoes dirty, and breathe in the fresh air as they run this scenic course through the wooded paths of Bonny and Flint Woods in Farmington. Pre-registration for the 5K is $15, visit *keywords: Make Tracks for Kids to sign up today! Race day registration begins at 7:30 (5K fee: $20, 1-mile fee: $5) and the event will begin at 9:00am. Would you rather participate in a walk? You’re in luck! A simultaneous 2-Mile Walk will be held at the “Make Tracks for Kids” event beginning at the FCCTF. Ask your family, friends, and co-workers to join you as you walk to make a difference in Franklin County! To participate, please fill out a pledge form (found @ and bring it with you to the walk-a-thon. All proceeds from the Make Tracks for Kids Event will benefit the 21st Century Kids of F.R.A.N.K.L.I.N. After School Program.​

Hunters Breakfast. Saturday, November 4, 2017. 4:30-9:30 am
Phillips Elementary School. Sponsored by the 8th grade class of 2017 all proceeds benefit their class trip at the end of 2018 school year to Quebec


The United Methodist Parish Thrift Shop, at North Jay, is opened for the summer on ​Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with $1 a bag days, ​for lightly used clothes, books, toys, household items, ​crafts & sewing, shoes, dishes, some sports & video items. Good parking and handicap entry at side door.

Come to the Saturday Farmington Farmers' Market every Saturday May thru Oct at the 
Farmington District Courthouse parking lot. 9-noon Our Blog: Check out Farmington Farmers Market on Facebook. For more information email: Lots of fresh, Maine, local food.

Phillips First Saturday of the Month Flea and Craft Market, from 9-1 at the Phillips Area Community Center on Depot Street. New vendors welcome! To reserve a large table for $10, call Pam at 639-2630. Snacks for sale at the Farmers’ Market next door in the old depot. Lots of interesting bargains, crafts, antiques, collectibles – always something new.


The Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors of Rural Community Action Ministry will be held at the RCAM office, 81 Church Hill Road in Leeds beginning at 6:30PM on Monday, September 18.

The Mindshift Institute Presents Cosmos and Consciousness Reunion. Rangeley, Maine. Sept. 22-23, 2017 For 10 years, the Mindshift Institute held its annual “Cosmos and Consciousness” conference in beautiful Rangeley. This year, 5 years after our last event, we are excited to announce that we are having a “Mindshift Cosmos and Consciousness Rangeley Reunion.” If you attended one or more of the conferences, consider joining us!! If you know someone who participated, please let them know. The Mindshift Rangeley Reunion will feature an Informal gathering on Friday, Sept. 22 at 7 pm and a full-day gathering on Saturday, Sept. 23, 10 am – 4pm at The Rangeley Inn. There is no admission charge for the reunion. However, you need to make your own arrangements for lodging and meals. The Rangeley Inn is offering a two-night package for Reunion participants, with an option for Saturday lunch and a special dinner in their Fine Dining Room on Saturday night. We highly recommend staying at The Rangeley Inn and signing up for the meals. The Saturday dinner has always been a wonderful experience at the conferences. For more information, go to our website at or visit our Facebook page

Oquossoc- The Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum will host two renowned artists on September 23 from 10-4. Fly-tier Selene Dumaine will be displaying her skills in a live fly-tying demonstration. Dumaine is a world-recognized tier known for her mastery of Carrie Stevens techniques and patterns as well as her unique originals. Her presentation-quality streamers and flies will be available for purchase at the museum. She will accompany David Tibbetts, watercolorist, author, and poet with over 60 years of experience in capturing the magic moments of fly-fishing on rivers and lakes in his paintings and poems. Tibbetts will host a book signing for his watercolor collection book “A Journey On The End of a Fly Rod” in addition to selling six original watercolors at incredibly discounted prices, as well as signed and numbered prints, posters, and copies of his entertaining children's books. This will be perhaps the best opportunity to purchase that special holiday gift at once in a lifetime prices while supporting the museum. The Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum is located at the corner of routes 4 &17 in Oquossoc and can be reached at 864-3091.

Mon. Sept. 25: Farmington Historical Society Meeting, 6 p.m. Pot Luck at North Church, 118 High St., Farmington. Meeting to follow. Program: “Maine Memory Network—How to Use it” presented by UMF Prof. Theresa Overall. Please join us. Everyone welcome.

The Franklin County Retired Educators will resume their fall meetings on September 25 at 11AM in the Rangeley Episcopal Church. The program will be a presentation by staff from Senior Plus. If you want to car pool or need a ride, call another member for help. Annual dues of $10 are payable at this meeting. The book swap will be available. Lunch will be chicken pot pie, baked potatoes coleslaw, and blueberry cake for $12.Phone tree callers will contact members for a lunch count. Remember, if you reserve a meal and do not attend, you are responsible to pay. If you have not been called by September 18 and wish to reserve a meal, please call Carolyn at 778-4282.

The Franklin County Arts and Crafts Association has scheduled three fall meetings in preparation for its annual crafts fair. The first meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 26 in Room 123 of the University of Maine at Farmington Student Center. Registrations for the fail will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a business session at 7. Subsequent meetings are scheduled for Oct. 24 and Nov. 14 at the same location. An annual event for more than 40 years, the fair this year will be held Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the student center. For more information, call 778-3943 or 778-2791.

North Chesterville Extension Homemakers will be meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 7:00 p.m. in the Chesterville Town Office on the Dutch Gap Road. Please come with ideas of things you would like to do or study for Program Planning for 2018. We will also be planning the Chesterville Town Halloween Party and bring ideas so we can pick the Rotary Christmas Tree Ornament. The public is cordially invited. FMI 778-3156

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.

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.

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.

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.


Join us at the FCCTF for our next 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!
Active Parenting: First Five Years— A workshop for parents with children ages birth to five. 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. There will be 4 Sessions: Thursdays, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5 from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM.

Alcohol, Anger & Abuse– Group-based prevention sessions for parents & professionals. This innovative community-based training program for parents and professionals explores the understanding and prevention of the relationship between alcohol and other drug use and child abuse and neglect. There will be 5 Sessions: Mondays, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/16 & 10/23 from 5:30 PM -7:00 PM.

Surviving Your Adolescents– How to Manage & Let Go of Your 13-18 Year Olds. From the creator of 1-2-3 Magic, this program takes a step-by-step approach that will help end hassles and offer concrete solutions. Caregivers will learn the difference between teens and parents, what problems require professional attention, five ways to improve any parent/teen relationship, tactics to combat testing and manipulation, and more. This workshop will take place on Saturday, 9/23 from 9:00 AM -12:30 PM.

Become a Certified Basketball Official. Central Maine Board #20 is offering basketball a 5-week rules course for people interested in becoming a certified basketball official. The class meets at 6:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning September 26 at UMF Education Center Room 107. The cost is $65. For more information contact TJ Halliday @ 522-2029 or e-mail at

Watercolor Art with art instructor Barbara Hathaway, Painter of Sunsets, is listed in the Farmington Adult Education brochure and schedule to start Wed. Sept. 27 for 5 sessions, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Hathaway Art Studio, 32 Maple St., Wilton. Techniques and tips will make landscapes with colorful sky, sunset, mountains, trees, water reflections and details. Class is for beginners to semi-pro. Supplies needed are Watercolor paint set, WC paper 140 lbs. tablet form, 3 WC brushes one large, one medium, one small, palette, water can or jar, paper towels or a rag. FMI: 645-3449 or

Entrepreneurs Connect Event Focuses on Surprising New & Future Trends in Insurance. October 5th, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Fairbanks School Meeting House. On Oct. 5 at the Fairbanks School Meeting House in Farmington, local entrepreneurs, business owners, and community members will have the opportunity to network and learn from presenters who have entrepreneurial experience themselves. Registration for this event is $25, with a reduced fee available for students. We are offering a limited amount of scholarship tickets for this event. Contact the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce at for information on how to receive a scholarship ticket. For more information and to register online, go to or call 778-4215.

The University of Maine at Farmington Fitness and Recreation Center invites ambulatory adults aged 60 years and older to attend Tai Chi for Healthy Aging & Balance. The class meets on Mondays and Thursdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m., September, October, and November 2017, in The Landing, in the UMF Olsen Student Center. Interested participants must register in advance by visiting the UMF FRC front desk at 152 Quebec St., Farmington. Class is limited to 20 participants. Class is free for UMF FRC members (excluding HT pass holders because of pass restrictions) and $30/month for nonmembers. The class, which uses tai chi, a Chinese martial art that uses slow, mindful movements, is open to ambulatory adults, including people in chairs. The class aims to teach participants to view falls and fear of falling as controllable; to set realistic goals for increasing mobility and activity; to foster greater understanding of fall risk factors; and to increase strength and balance through exercise. It is recommended that participants attend all classes in order to reap the class's benefits, as the movements are cumulative. The course will be taught by Karen Hellekson, an aerobics instructor and tai chi practitioner who trained for the class at Brookline Tai Chi, which since 2010 has been offering the course in collaboration with Dr. Fuzhong Li of the Oregon Research Institute to create an evidence-based fall-prevention protocol.

Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University, a class on personal finance. Learn how to get out of debt, build an emergency fund, prepare for retirement and kids' college so that you can later build wealth and be outrageously generous! Held at Beans Corner Baptist Church, Monday nights from 6-7:30, 9/11/17 - 11/6/17. The cost (including materials) is $50 per family. For more information, contact Lori Koban,

New Ventures Maine Offers Free Career Class. Starting Thursday, October 5, New Ventures Maine will offer “My Next Career Move,” a free, five-week class that helps you prepare for a new career path with a plan that’s right for you. In this class you will review your skills, interests, and experiences and relate them to occupations. You will identify educational opportunities, research the local job market, and strengthen your resume for a targeted job search. My Next Career Move is open to people of all ages and incomes. Whether you are currently unemployed, underemployed, or simply considering a career change, this class will help you discover options that fit. This class will be held on Thursdays from 5:30-8:00 pm, meeting for five sessions from October 5 to November 2. Classes will take place at NVME Office, 109 Perham Street Suite # 2, Farmington. A previous participant said that he “…benefited from the supportive environment, encouragement from classmates, job search resources, and from setting goals week to week.” New Ventures Maine helps people find success in their jobs, businesses and communities through tuition-free workshops and one-on-one coaching in the areas of career building, starting a business, and money management. Pre-registration is required, and there is no fee for the class. For more information or to register, contact Janet Smith at 778-2757, or register online through our website

Free Budgeting Basics Class on Oct. 10.(Livermore Falls) On Tuesday, October 10 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm New Ventures Maine will offer Budgeting Basics, a free 2-hour workshop to help you gain the skills and confidence to stretch your money, pay your bills, and save for future goals. The class will be held at RSU 73 Spruce Mt Adult Education. Livermore Falls. Budgeting Basics is open to individuals and couples of all ages and incomes. Anyone who is interested in feeling better about their money situation is welcome to attend. New Ventures Maine helps Maine people find success in their jobs, businesses and communities through tuition-free workshops, classes, and one-on-one coaching in four program areas: Building a Career, Starting a Business, Managing your Money, and Becoming a Leader. Pre-registration is required. Call Janet Smith with questions or to register 778-2757, or register on line by visiting the New Ventures Maine website

Self-Employment Workshop Offered by New Ventures Maine. Have you always wondered about starting your own business but you are not sure how to start? Come to a two hour, tuition free workshop offered by New Ventures Maine on Monday, October 16 between 6:00-8:00 pm. The class will be held at New Ventures Maine Office, 109 Perham Street Suite # 2, Farmington. This one-session workshop will help you decide if self-employment is the right choice for you. The class covers the pros and cons of owning your own business, the steps needed for start-up, the major elements of a business plan, and the many resources available to help you succeed. The workshop will be led by Karleen Andrews, Microenterprise Specialist for the Western Region of New Ventures Maine. Please register in advance for this popular workshop. Register online at For more information about this class please email Karleen Andrews at or call her at (207) 557-1885. A statewide organization serving all sixteen Maine counties, New Ventures Maine offers skills development and support in the areas of career planning, entrepreneurship and financial management. For more information on our programs, classes, and resources please visit or call 1-800-442-2092 to find the center closest to you.

FREE – “Exploring Careers” - Workshop. Ready for a change? New Ventures Maine is offering a free workshop entitled “Exploring Careers” at RSU 73 Spruce Mt Adult Education, Livermore Falls on Tuesday, October 17 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. If you are ready for a career change but not sure where to begin, this free, 2 hour workshop will help point you in the right direction. Learn what to consider when choosing a career path, explore education and training options, and discover resources to help you succeed. New Ventures Maine helps people find success in their jobs, businesses, and communities through tuition-free workshops and one-on-one coaching in four program areas: Building a Career, Starting a Business, Managing your Money, and becoming a Leader. For more information or to register call Janet Smith at 778-2757, or sign up online at their website

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!

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.

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

September 2017 Workshops

MEOC-101-Essentials of College Planning
Thursday, September 21, 2017 10:00 - 1:00
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 to pre-register: 1-800-281-3703 for this session.

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, September 20, 2017 Region 9 Mexico
2:00 – 4:00
This is an orientation for people with disabilities who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Orientations are held the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Registration not required

CareerCenter partners include WMCA CareerCenter Services and Maine Department of Labor. We are equal opportunity providers. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.