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

SPECIAL EVENTS & NOTICES

Devaney Doak & Garrett Booksellers on Broadway is celebrating its milestone alongside nationally-acclaimed Farmington author Bill Roorbach, who released his first book, Summers With Juliet, 25 years ago. The festivities run from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at DDGs on Friday, May 27. The party will feature beloved characters from favorite books and literary challenges. Attendees can win desirable prizes by identifying the book from the object, guessing the identity of eight mysterious books in the window, and matching the Old Friend to the correct quote. Roorbach will be on hand to sign copies of a just-released new edition.

Mainely T members will arrive at the Herbert with their cars on Friday, May 27th, for a two-day stay. The last time in Kingfield for the group was in 1987, and we are thrilled with their return. The tour itinerary will take them throughout area, 85 miles of road on Saturday. Dinner at the Herbert on Friday evening and Saturday, an especially festive night of a Maine Guides Dinner followed by an old-time sing-a-long around the piano in the Herbert lobby.

Koviashuvik Local Living School: Open Homestead May 28. Date: Saturday, May 28. Time: 10:00am-4:00pm; tours at 10:30, 12:30, and 2:30. Cost: FREE, bring a friend! Tours include: the new classroom!, stone root cellar, ice storage house, earth-bermed greenhouse, Cree-inspired earth lodge, vegetable gardens, nut orchard, edible landscaping, rainwater collection systems, solar dehydrator, solar hot water system, rocket-stoves, composting toilet, and the Knapp’s log cabin home.

4th Annual Home, Garden, & Sport Show sponsored by The Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce is Saturday, May 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Rangeley Inn & Tavern, 2443 Main Street, Rangeley. There will be inside and outside vendors, door prizes, food, displays and local information for your home, garden, and sport activities.

The Nordica Homestead Museum will be opening for the season on June 1. It houses artifacts from the life and career of the famous opera diva, Lillian Nordica, born in Farmington, Maine in 1857. The museum is located on the Holley Rd. which is off Rt. 4/ 27, north of Farmington. Its hours of operation are 1-5pm, Tuesday-Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children. Call 778-2042 for more information.

Come one, come all to the Calvary Hill Carnival! Join us Sunday, June 5 from 2 - 6 pm for some free food and family fun. Rain or Shine. We welcome anyone interested in coming at 10:00 am for the weekly church service (including nursery and kids church). Calvary Hill Baptist Church ~ 195 US Rt. 2E ~ Wilton ~ 645-2343 ~ www.chbc.me ~ calvaryhill@myfairpoint.net.

Hippach Field Centennial Celebration. There will be free food, exhibits and a vintage baseball game to celebrate the Hippach Field centennial. On June 18 at Hippach Field there will be free hot dogs, chips, drinks and popcorn followed by a short program to recognize the 100 years that Hippach Field has been the gateway to Farmington. This will be followed by a vintage baseball game being played by the Dirigo Base Ball Club and the Sunrise Base Ball Club. The event is free to all. Please bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Rangeley's first annual Black Fly BBQ contest will be held this June 18 on the Saturday before Father's day. Teams of two are invited to share their best BBQ or grill recipe with the public and dazzle them with their mastery of outdoor cooking.
Contestants bring their own grill whether it's gas, charcoal, or what have you. They prepare their secret recipes and offer samples to guests in hopes of being chosen the crowd favorite. There is also an overall first place judge's award. One lucky team will be going home home with fabulous gifts and prizes, just in time for the grilling season. This event is held rain or shine, for the first time, at the Shed BBQ restaurant, 2647 Main Street, Rangeley Maine. The Shed, well known for its award winning beef brisket and pulled pork sandwiches, will kick off the summer by hosting the contest. Doors open at high Noon for this BBQ show down. Accompanying the delicious fare will be local live entertainment to keep the good times rolling. For further information and a copy of the contest rules, contact the Shed on Facebook, at getshedfaced.com, or call 207-864-22219.

Clear Water food pantry will be hosting the Good Shepherd food Mobile. It will be distributing food, including fresh produce, perishable and non-perishable items to people in need ,in the Industry area. Anyone in need of food assistance in Industry and surrounding area is welcome. It will take place on June 22, 2016 at Industry town hall parking lot. 9;30 -11 Please bring bags and boxes for your food. This is made possible through the generosity of the Doree Taylor Foundation .For more information please call Brenda Bickford, director of Clear Water food bank at 778-3368

Kineowatha's Artisan, Craft, Antiques & Collectibles Show,Wilton, Maine. June 25, 2016 9AM-5PM. We have space for 150+ vendors/exhibitors. Sign up! Also looking for self-sustaining food vendors, such as food trucks, carts etc. The spaces are a roomy 10' x 10'. Each space for $50. Bring your own tent and chairs. Spaces are on flat ball fields. Every space is a great space! Portion of the booth fees will be going to the Town of Wilton Rec department for updating park equipment. There will be advertisement such as internet ads, social media, newspaper, and flyers. Contact Alicia 207-860-0032, hartseventplanning@gmail.com or on Facebook

EXHIBITS, READINGS & SHOWS

SugarWood Gallery. Duncan Miller of Livermore, is SugarWood's Artist of the Month for May. SugarWood Gallery is located at 248 Broadway in Farmington. Regular store hours are 10 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The Ghost Book of China’s Misty Poets. A spring exhibition, "Ghost Book," will run through May at UMF Mantor Library. Beijing, 1978: three young artists hurriedly post on city walls the still-damp pages of... Today, the first unauthorized publication in the People’s Republic of China. Produced by mimeograph, bicycle, and paste brush, the pages vanish quickly, making the magazine a “Ghost Book.” No first edition survives. Three poets from Today—Gu Cheng, Shu Ting, and Bei Dao (also the editor)—soon become famous, symbolizing new freedoms for artists following the death of Mao. With others they become known as the “Misty Poets.” The exhibition includes rare later editions of Today, poetry from the movement, praise from the world press, translations by John Rosenwald, curator of the exhibit, and Ann Arbor’s photographic portraits of the poets, who collectively create a new Chinese literature. The exhibition is a production of the Shiretown Bookers.

The New Portland Community Library is hosting an Artist's reception on Saturday, June 4 from 10-12. Cindy Taylor Clark,a resident of Embden, has been a visual artist since she was a child designing her own greeting cards and poems for family and friends. She reached her life goal of working for Hallmark Cards after attending Butera School of Art in Boston, Ma. in 1969. After marriage, twins, and 40 years of designing greeting cards, and her own line of patterns for the Quilt Industry, she followed her Soul's calling to the” Color of Woman” Method of painting by Shiloh Sophia. She is a certified Intentional Creativity Coach and Teacher and a member of the Color of Woman Leadership Circle. Her focus is painting Contemporary Symbolism with the feminine form and nature. She believes that we all have the creative ability to express our own heart's story through Art and journaling .She is available to assist those who want to find a new way to bring more self awareness and healing to their own creative process. Her paintings and drawings are being shown at the New Portland Library for May and June.

The Rangeley Friends of the Arts is celebrating their beautiful new Lobby Gallery space with an exhibit of local artists’ and artisans’ work during the first theatrical performance of the year - Why Do Fools Fall In Love? - on June 30, July 1, 2 & 4. Every Rangeley Region maker of art and craft is invited to exhibit an item in the newly painted Lobby Gallery. Both wall hung (2D) and sculptural pieces (3D) are welcome. The exhibit will be enjoyed by the audiences for the production both before and after the performance and during intermission. Join the celebration of our beautiful new gallery space on Main Street! To be a part of the exhibit, please call the office at 207-864-5000 or email rangeleyarts@gmail.com

Local Artists Exhibit at CV Library. This summer local artists are showing their art at the Carrabassett Valley Public Library & Community Center Gallery. A wine & cheese reception will be held Friday, August 5, from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Begin Family Community Room, for guests to meet the artists and celebrate their artwork. Let’s hope for a nice evening so we can enjoy the patio, browsing of the Forever Stones and Carrabassett Library Community Garden. This event is free and open to the public. Exhibiting artists include: Betsy Bass, Karen Campbell, Katie Maloney, John Orcutt, Greg Thomas, Patty Thomas, Patty Ritzo, Isaac White, Jessica Williams, and there is room for more!
The Carrabassett Valley Public Library & Community Center is proud to share this beautiful exhibit space in our lobby gallery. We would love to display your artwork for the community to enjoy. Our library has many public events and meetings that attract people to our Begin Family Community Room. We request a showing time of 2 months. Display Periods include: September & October during the busy Sugarloaf Homecoming Weekend (Columbus Day), November & December ( includes Christmas vacation week), January& February ( includes February Vacation week) and the busy months of March & April. Included is an artist reception usually planned for a late Friday afternoon/evening during the first month of the exhibit. Reservations to display can be made up to 2 years in advance, and we ask that a 2 month notice be given if the show is cancelled or postponed. Please email Library Director, Andrea DeBiase (adebiase@carrabassett.lib.me.us) to request an application for showing artwork. You may refer to the application for more information or call us 237-3535.
We are happy to consider returning artists (every other year) and welcome new artists to show at the CVPL & CC. Please feel free to share this invitation. See you at the library on August 5 if not before!

New Sharon Historical Museum hours have changed to Wednesday nights, 5 to 7 p.m. and by appointment 207-578-1874.

Schoolhouse Gallery is located at 266 Main Street in Kingfield Village. On display currently are other photographs by nature photographers John Orcutt and Cam Held, paintings by Valerie Aponik, as well as other art and crafts from the High Peaks region of Maine. We look forward to seeing you! For more information, please call Cynthia Orcutt at 207 939 6518, email corcutt86@gmail.com or visit www.schoolhouseartgallery.com.

MUSIC, DANCE, DRAMA & COMEDY

Concert. New England Celtic Arts in collaboration with Music New Brunswick will present Bluegrass/Folk duo Tomato/tomato on CD release tour of "I go Where You Go" at North Church Concerts with the Farmington Historical Society in Farmington on Wednesday, May 25. Curtain time is 7 p.m. A jam session and pie social will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets $15. Call 207-778-2006 for reservations or www.necelticarts.com.

On Saturday, June 4 at 7:00 p.m., the Chesterville Center Union Meeting House will host a concert featuring Northfield, the long-time area favorite early music vocal ensemble. Starting off the event will be a ribbon-cutting for a newly completed handicap-access ramp and deluxe outdoor privy, after which the recently re-united Hopeful Corvettes will perform a brief opening act. Northfield's performance will begin at 7:30. The event is free, although donations for the non-profit Meeting House will be gratefully accepted. The newly published Chesterville Poetry Night volume will be for sale. Refreshments will be available. FMI call 778-3637 or 778-3513.

Free intensive performance camp for youth 6-18 years old at City Lights North, 231 Broadway, Farmington, Maine. All styles; come ready to dance, sing, act, fence, and work hard. Teachers from Boston City Lights include Tiara and Tisleem Anderson, Floatski, Russell Ferguson/Side Street, Adrienne Hawkins, and Duggan Hill. Program ends with a show at Emery Arts Center, UMF. Drop-in registration June 11 and 12, 8 am-3 pm. Program: June 16-30, 8 am to 3 pm daily. Show at Emery Arts Centre, UMF, June 30. Call 617-695-2856 until June 5; 207 778 9114 from June 5 on.

The American Songbook Continues - An evening with Kyle Addison Knuppel, Matt Davis and Peter Gaudioso at the Vienna Union Hall. Saturday June 11, 2016 - 7:00 PM. Tickets $8.00 pre-paid or $10.00 at the door. For tickets call Libby at 293-2362 or Marianne at 293-2674 or email: viennaunionhall@gmail.com or eacharville@gmail.com.

BENEFIT FEASTS, AUCTIONS & OTHER EVENTS

Kyle Fox is selling Mt Blue Cougar key chains at the high school office to help fund his trip to Boston at the end of the school year. They are homemade and for the low, low price of just $1.25 you can help this young man go and enjoy his field trip. Thank You!

The Community Table will be open this week at the Forster Memorial Building in Strong for free lunches from 11:30 to 1:00 each day....this will be the last week until September...hope to see you there...

Souper Supper. The Chesterville Grange will be holding a public "souper" supper on Friday, May 27, serving between 5 and 6:30pm. Homemade soups, chowders, and dessert. Adults, $6; Child, $3. FMI 778-2282 or 778-5845.

Farmington Historical Society Spring Yard Sale: Sat. May 28, 8 a.m. to noon, Octagon House, 126 High St. in Farmington. Furniture, household goods, attic treasures, books, etc.

The Mt. Blue High School girls' and boys' tennis teams are having their annual 24 Hour Marathon on Saturday, May 28 starting at 8:00 a.m. and continuing until 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 29. The event takes place at the Mt. Blue High School tennis courts. The public is invited to challenge a member of the team to a tennis match, pledge money to a team member, or come watch the team play. The marathon is dedicated to the memory of three past coaches, Barry Carlson, Nolan Thompson, and Stan Kuklinski. For more information, contact Judy Upham at theuphams@myfairpoint.net or tel. 778-4751.

The New Portland Community Library will host a fundraising Chinese Auction and 50/50 Raffle at the Happy Horseshoe Campground in Lexington Township on May 28. Bidding from 10-11 A.M., Winners announced at 11 A.M. Must be present to win auction items. 2.7 miles from Tindall’s Country Store and Dam Diner on Long Falls Dam Road in New Portland. 628-6561 if questions.

Shorey Chapel Annual Plant and Food Sale, Saturday, May 28, from 9 a.m. to noon at the church on Rt 43, village of Allens Mills, town of Industry. There will be a variety of annuals, perennials and vegetable plants and a variety of food. For more information call Dale at 778-2157.

Annual plant sale. Perennials, veggies and herbs! Annual plant sale to benefit Camp at the Eastward scholarship fund, Saturday, May 28 at the Industry town hall 9 am - 1 pm. FMI 778-9404. Help send a child to camp this summer! Applications, scholarship and program information www.campattheeastward.org

Farmington Police & Farmington Fire & Rescue is hosting a Community Fund Raising Barbeque . Sponsored in part by Walmart with Assistance from Farmington American Legion. On Memorial Day May 30, 2016 from 11 AM until 2 PM. At the Farmington Municipal Building, 153 Farmington Falls Road. All proceeds and donations will be sent to and benefit the Lone Survivor Foundation restores, empowers, and renews hope for wounded service members and their families. The Lone Survivor Foundation provides support for wounded service members, their spouses, children, and caregiver(s) by empowering them with helpful techniques and tools addressing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI), military sexual trauma and chronic pain. The Lone Survivor Foundation is a Federal 501(c)3 non-profit founded in 2010 by Navy SEAL (Ret.) Marcus Luttrell. What you get for your donation: 1 Hamburger, 1 hot dog, 1 bag of chips and 1 can of soda. Come join us in raising money for an incredible foundation and help renew hope and empower our service men and women. Also a performance by local country artist Mark Gentle

Expenet Technologies would like to announce that they are supporting the Franklin County Indoor Yard Sale.
The Franklin County Indoor Yard Sale is being held this Memorial Day weekend on May 28th, 29th, and 30th from 8 AM – 3 PM every day at 430 Main St, Wilton next to the Wilton Post Office. It is also the location of the old Wilton Hardware Store. Expenet will be present and we will be selling refurbished computers as well as used parts and accessories. Vendor spaces are still available. 8’ X 8’ spaces are being sold for $25 for all three days. Must bring your own tables and chairs. Proceeds from the purchase of spaces will be donated to the Western Maine Play Museum. Contact Marylena at 779-7722 or purchase at the Wilton Hardware Store. Don’t have time for a table? Western Maine Play Museum is accepting donated items to be sold at the WMPM table! Expenet Technologies, (207) 645-4449 www.expenet.com Support@expenet.com

Richards Florist Partners With Mt. Blue High School FBLA. The local chapter of Future Business Leaders of America annually awards a scholarship to a graduating senior who will continue his or her education in the business field. This year, Richard’s Florist is helping to raise some of the money that will be awarded. Richard’s Florist has partnered with F.B.L.A to sell bouquets during the Thomas Performing Arts Center’s annual dance recitals June 3, 4, and 5. Parents and friends and family can pre-order or purchase flowers the night of the recital. Thank you to Richard’s Florist for working with our chapters F.B.L.A in this activity! You can contact Richard’s Florist to pre-order at: (207) 778-3401

The Kingfield United Methodist Church, 51 High Street, Kingfield, will be hosting a Public Breakfast on Saturday, June 4, 2016. Menu to include: Pancakes, French Toast, Bacon, Sausage, Sausage Gravy/ Biscuit, Homefries, Scrambled Eggs, Assorted Juices, Coffee, Tea. Serving from 7:30- 10:00 A.M. Adults: $5.00, Children: $3.00, A family rate is available.

2 Day Summer Yard Sale and Plant Sale. The Old South First Congregational Church, will hold a 2 day Yard Sale and Plant Sale on Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4 next door to the Church at the Holman Parish House, 227 Main St., Farmington from 8 am to 2 pm. The yard sale will include various categories like books/cd/tapes, childrens’ items, Christmas decorations, tools and garden items, furniture, housewares, arts & crafts, sporting equipment, outdoor recreation, and more. The plant sale will include varieties of perennials, biennials, annuals, herbs, shrubs and house plants. Proceeds will benefit the Church’s community service, outreach and youth programs.

June 4, Sat. - Public Supper at the North Jay Grange, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Baked beans, casseroles, meats, salads, coleslaw,,breads, beverages and desserts. Adults $8 - child 10/under $3. Music entertainment by John T. Bravin. FMI: call 645-2910, 645-9353.

New Vineyard Public Library Annual Black Fly Bash. Plant and Bake Sale on Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Smith Hall, Route 27, New Vineyard. Great selection of Plants and Baked Goods. Choice of flowers, vegetables and most noted Vienna’s Helen Wilkie’s Lilies - $5 each. Pick up breads, cookies, pies and candies so that you aren’t cooking for your summer guests. All proceeds benefit the NV Public Library.

Wilton Fish & Game Youth League will be having a yard sale. June 4 & 5 from 9AM – 3PM. WF&G Clubhouse on #2 -- Wilton. Youth League will collect unwanted items! Greg @ 931-8724 or Erin @ 645-3438

The Fairbanks School will host their Annual Yard Sale, June 11 from 8:00 am to 1:00pm. At 12:00 all items will be half price. Please no early birds before 8:00am. Fairbanks School is located on 508 Fairbanks Road, Farmington. We are two and one half miles north on route 4 from the center lights in downtown Farmington. Donations other then clothing and computers are being accepted by calling 778-3808 or 778-4349. If rain, postponed to another date to be announced. Benefit the Fairbanks School Maintenance Fund.

Pork Loin Dinner. June 12 - 11:30 - 1:00. Masonic Lodge, New Sharon. Pork Loin, Mashed Potatoes, Veggies, Gravy, Rolls, Coffe and Home Made Pies. Take Out Available. Adults $8. Children 6 to 12, $6, Children under 6 Free

Art for Alzheimer’s Paint Nite. On June 18 there will be a wonderful fundraising event, Art for Alzheimer’s Paint Nite, at the Fairbanks School Meeting House. This is an RSVP only event with proceeds benefiting the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in October. The evening will include heavy hors d’oeuvres and wine. All painting supplies included. Cost is $35 per person which must be paid in advance to reserve your spot. Space is limited to RSVP is encouraged early. Contact photographybynatashia@gmail.com or call 779-1787 to RSVP.

The Parish Thrift Shop sponsored by Bartlett Memorial United Methodist Church, North Jay, is now open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m throughout the summer. Lightly used clothing, household items, books, baby clothing, shoe, sports items, sewing needs, & crafts can be purchased for a dollar a bag. Some furniture items are available a reasonable price. Handicap accessible from the front door. Bathroom and good parking. Donation are also accepted. The shop is located beside the UM Church.

CRAFT FAIRS, YARD SALES & FARMERS' MARKETS

Donations Wanted for Benefit. The Farmington Falls Fire Company is asking for donations of clean usable items for their annual fundraising sale this summer. Proceeds help support the youth baseball teams in Farmington Falls. Please contact Junior Turner at 778-6221, Bob Gramlich at 778-3156 or Jim Millet at 491-6170 (evenings only).

East Wilton Union Church Camp Scholarship Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, May 28 (rain date: June 4th), from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1306 Main St. East Wilton, Church Parking lot behind church. Variety of Items – Some items marked “Make your own price” Yummy Food Table also! FMI – call Pastor Robbie Locke: 578-0687 or Lovis Noyes: 645-4676.

Franklin county indoor yard sale Memorial Day weekend, May 28, 29, and 30 at 430 Main street in Wilton next to the Wilton Post Office. Will be held 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day. Several vendors will be present with more spaces available. 8X8 spaces for sale - $25. Proceeds from sales of spaces will go to the Western Maine Play Museum. Contact Marylene to register at 779-7722 or stop by the Wilton Hardware Store.

Memorial Day Lawn Sale. May 28 – May 30. May 28 at 8 AM to May 30 at 9 PM. Chesterville Town Office; 409 Dutch Gap Rd, Chesterville, Maine 04938. Find your treasure! Join us as a customer, seller or vendor for a weekend of fundraising. Tables are available for all three days at great price of $25 inside/we provide table, $20 outside/we provide table or $15 outside/you provide table. Rain or Shine! Message page to reserve your table and hope to see you all there supporting our efforts Vendors welcome and space is limited! please contact page us via facebook email at chestervillelibrary@gmail.com or Erin Dyar at 207-320-5221 for purchase.

Yard Sale. Trinity Methodist Church will be having its annual yard sale on Saturday, May 28 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church at 612 Farmington Falls Rd. This is an indoor/outdoor event and will include a bake sale to benefit Special Olympics and a plant sale. Hot dogs, chips and soda will be available as well. FMI call the church 778-3921.

Weld Memorial Day Weekend Open Air Market: Sunday May 29, 9-1. Located at the Crossroads at the Weld General Store parking lot. Vendors will be selling heritages meats, eggs, baked goods, seasonal vegetables, hand made angora rabbit products, natural beauty products, Webb Valley Rocking chairs, rustic art, and much more! Come and check us out! For information contact Jerry at the Weld General Store: 585-2231

The Saturday Farmington Farmers Market’s season is open for the season in the District Courthouse Parking Lot, 129 Maine St, Farmington. Vendors will be set up from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays May through October. We have vegetables, fresh seafood, kettle corn, beef, rabbit meat, jams, coffee, canned goods, fruits, baked goods, seedlings, fibers, flowers and crafts. You can chat with vendors, taste delicious samples of locally produced food and support local agriculture. See our blog for more information: http://freshmainefood.blogspot.com

The Annual Yard Sale will be held Saturday, June 11 at the Fairbanks School Community Building on 508 Fairbanks Road, Farmington. The sale starts at 8 am sharp. The sale will end at 1 pm. No early birds please. Fairbanks School is located two and one half miles north at the center light in downtown Farmington on route 4. Everything one half price at 12:30 pm. Donations are being accepted by calling 778-3808 or 778-4349.

Maine's Mega Yard Sale will be held June 18 at the Farmington Fairgrounds to benefit the Franklin County Animal Shelter - save the date! Last year we had hundreds of shoppers and nearly 70 sellers. Registration is now open to sell your stuff, so visit fcanimalshelter.org or call 778-2638 for more information and to register!

Wilton Lions Club Annual Yard Sale will be held on Friday – Sunday, June 24 – 26 on Routes 2 & 4 at the next store from Big Apple in Wilton. Friday and Saturday 8 – 4; Sunday 8 to noon. Wilton Lions will pick up your yard sale items. Help the Lions help the community by calling one of these phone numbers for pick up: Bruce Ibarguen 645-2727; Peter Franchetti 592-5587; Frank Harris 645-3288. Donations are tax deductible, receipts are available.

Kineowatha's Artisan, Craft, Antiques & Collectibles Show in Wilton, Maine. June 25, 2016. 9AM-5PM. Free Admission for patrons. We have space for 150+ vendors/exhibitors. Sign up! Also looking for self-sustaining food vendors, such as food trucks, carts etc. The spaces are a roomy 10' x 10' space. Bring your own tent and chairs. Spaces are on flat ball fields. Every space is a great space! Portion of the booth fees will be going to the Town of Wilton Rec department for updating park equipment. There will be advertisement such as radio, internet ads, social media and paper. For applications hartseventplanning@gmail.com OR call Alicia at 207-860-0032. Please leave a message.

Industry Community Kitchen will hold a Vendor Fair on September 10 at Industry town Hall. Interested vendors should contact Sharon at 207-778-6526 to reserve their table.

First Saturday of the Month Flea and Craft Market is open and will continue first Saturdays through Sept. 3, 10 - 2, at Phillips Area Community Center, 21 Depot St., Phillips. Tables, chairs, and tablecloths provided; 8-foot table is $10. For more information, or to reserve a table, call Pam at 639-2630.

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

MEETINGS & GATHERINGS

Colonial Daughters Chapter DAR will hold a regular meeting on Tuesday, May 24, at the Fairbanks Union Church, 583 Fairbanks Road, Farmington. The meeting will start at 1:00 p.m. Phil McIntyre will share with the group his experiences with managing the Skye Theater in Carthage and bringing Celtic music to our area.

Farmington Historical Society Meeting, 6 p.m. Monday, May 23: Potluck at North Church, 118 High St., meeting to follow. Just in time for spring planting, this month’s program will be “Pesky Plants of the Past and other Wicked Botanicals” presented by Weslene Marble. Come join us and bring a friend.

Nursing Moms Group. Beginning Wednesday, May 25 from 10-11:00 am, The Franklin County Children’s Task Force and local Doula Paula Norcott are teaming up to offer a weekly drop in group for nursing moms at Franklin Memorial Hospital. New, expectant and experienced mothers are welcome to attend when convenient to gather for snacks, fun chats and support. The group will meet in the Chisholm Conference room, and front desk staff will help direct you to the location. If you have questions, please call 778-6960 or email sbourassa@fcctf.org.

The Annual Meeting of the Wilton Free Public Library Association will be held Wednesday, June 8, at 6:30 p.m. The Wilton Free Public Library Association is a non-profit corporation which must hold a yearly meeting to elect officers. Any resident of the town of Wilton is invited to attend. Following the Association meeting, the library board will hold its June meeting.

Reeds Mill Church in Madrid depends on the interest and presence of people who appreciate the history of the church and wish to see it maintained and continue on as a functioning worship center. We welcome ideas of ways to keep the church in the public eye and to keep preserving its rich past. The annual meeting of the parishioners of Reed Mill Church is set for Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 2:00 PM. Members of the church and all other interested parties are invited to attend with the intention of hearing reports, act on any business, and to share thoughts on the activities of the church. Due to a generous donation of firewood last year, attendees are not asked to bring logs for the wood stove this year! Please call Ginni Robie at 639-2713 if you have any questions.

Colonial Daughters Chapter DAR will hold their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 28, at the Calzolaio Restaurant in Wilton. The meeting will start at 11 a.m., lunch will be ordered off the menu. At 1 p.m. the group will adjourn to the Wilton Historical Society next door where Pam Brown will introduce the group to Sylvia Hardy, Wilton’s giantess, born in 1824 weighing 3 ½ lbs, Sylvia grew to most 8 feet tall, memorabilia will be on display.

Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group. New, ongoing, every second and forth Monday nights starting at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are held at Franklin Memorial Hospital in the Allen room. If you have any questions, please call/text Angela at 446-0609 or email her at angelagodbout@yahoo.com.

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.

SeniorsPlus is holding a Caregiver Support Group at the Farmington Town Office, the First Monday of each month, from 3:00 to 4:30pm. This is a wonderful chance to connect with others, share experiences, gain information, support and a friendly ear. You do not have to pre-register to attend the support group. This opportunity is FREE and open to the public. For further information, call SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241.

The Wilton Historical Society will be holding its monthly meeting every 2nd 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 @ 645-2091

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

Do you have a woodlot and are wondering what you can do to it, or how to improve it? Explore the www of small woodlot management: what do you have on the lot, what do you want to do with it, when do you want to do it. Enjoy talking and listening to Michael Kankainen, a private forester with 45 years’ experience in land stewardship, public lands, industrial lands and private wood lots. He is the owner of 430 acres himself in Phillips, Solon and Kingfield. Michael will be joining us at the New Portland Community Library on Saturday, May 21, at 10 a.m. Come for Michael’s presentation, and then explore the various resources the library has available on the subject. Books and pamphlets are available to borrow. We are located at 899 River Road in East New Portland. Please call 628-6561 if you have any questions.

Card Making Workshop on May 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Jay Niles Memorial Library. $30 Registration Fee must be received before the day of event. Breakfast, Lunch, Supplies for 20 cards and 1 project included in fee. Bring adhesive, scissors and markers or other writing supplies. Contact Lois King by May 7, to register 645-2610 or loisking@yahoo.com.

Alzheimer’s Disease: Know the 10 Signs. This class will be offered via Web-Ex at 218 Fairbanks Road, Farmington on Thursday, May 26, from 1 – 2:30 p.m. Peter Baker, LMSW, Manager of Helpline Services, Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter will lead the workshop. At the workshop, you will learn: How to tell the difference between Alzheimer’s and typical aging; steps to take if you recognize a warning sign in yourself or someone you know; the process to receiving an Alzheimer’s diagnosis; and why early detection is crucial. Please register with SeniorsPlus at 795-4010.

Open House. The Maine School of Masonry invites you to attend an open house on Friday, May 27, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please join us for a tour and for information on the Masonry program. Students that may be interested in the field of Masonry are encouraged to attend along with their family members. The event is open to the public, everyone is welcome to come and see projects done by the 2015-16 Students. Applications will be available for anyone interested in attending the 2016-17 school year.
We hope to see you there! For more information please call 207-639-2392 or email masonryschool@tds.net.

Maine Savvy Caregiver 1 Training will be held 2 to 4p.m. Tuesdays, May 31 through July 5 at the new SeniorsPlus Office, 218 Fairbanks Road in Farmington (same building as Child Development Svcs.) If you are caring for someone with dementia, this training will help you learn how to take care of yourself and reduce stress and also communicate more easily with your person. This is a 6-week workshop, with each session lasting two hours. This class is free but pre-registration is required. Call SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241 to reserve a seat.

PHILLIPS Members of the Phillips Area Micro-Loan committee will be available for one-on-one, confidential discussions to discuss loan options with interested parties on June 1, from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Appointments can be made by calling 639-5000. The location of appointments (Phillips Town Office or Avon Town Office) will be determined by the time of day appointments are made. The committee member will explain the application process and answer questions. The Phillips Area Micro-Loan provides affordable loans for people wishing to start up or continue small business in Phillips, Avon, and Madid Township. Loans up to $25,000 are available. The business must be located in Philips, Avon or Madrid Township; however, the person applying is not required to live in any of those places. There are no application fees. The applicant, however, will be responsible for any fees associated with the loan, such as legal, filing, and closing documents. There are several local businesses that have benefited from Micro-Loan assistance since 1994. If you or someone you know would like to create a business or expand an existing one, please call to make an appointment.

First-Time Home Buyers Course hosted by University Credit Union. When: Part 1 - June 4, 9am-2:30pm. Part 2 - June 5, 9am-2:30pm. Where: Comfort Inn, 1026 US-2, Wilton, ME 04294. Learn everything you need to know about the home buying process with our popular two part course with HoMEworks! This course will teach you: The home buying process, money management and the costs involved, how to qualify and obtain a mortgage loan, determining creditworthiness and affordability, what to expect at closing and how to avoid being ripped off. Attendance at both days of this course could make you eligible for the $3,500 MSHA grant to apply towards closing costs! Visit ucu.maine.edu to register or call 800.696.8628 for more information!

Leadership Opportunity for Area Youth. The UMF Fitness and Recreation Center will be offering a Leader In Training (LIT) Program in conjunction with the Summer Daze Camp. The program, which is designed for children ages 13-16, offers team building, communication training, CPR/First Aid certification, field trips, and the opportunity to make new friends and have fun! The program will be offered in 1 week sessions at $105/session starting June 20 ending Aug 5. The LIT program will be a challenging and rewarding experience for participants. Complete program information can be found at http://frc.umf.maine.edu or by calling Leah at 207.778.7138. Please see the Summer Daze Camp information for specific camp activities.

Summer Daze Camp 2016. The UMF FRC Summer Daze Camp operates for 7 week-long sessions beginning June 20 from the Fitness and Recreation Center. The program is designed for children grades 1-6 (kindergarteners with permission). Activities will include swimming, water games, field trips, sports, arts and crafts, and field games. The cost is $130/session for members and $155/session for non members (an additional $10 is required for a camp T-shirt). Register at the Fitness and Recreation Center now! For more information please contact Leah Brackett 778-7138 or visit our website http://frc.umf.maine.edu to obtain necessary registration forms.

The annual UMF Summer Soccer Camp will take place from June 20 to June 24 at Prescott field. The camp is co-ed with an emphasis on player development. Our primary focus for each camper is improving individual skill proficiency while having fun in a positive learning environment. Our staff is comprised of players and coaches from the University of Maine Farmington men’s and women’s soccer teams and outstanding college, high school, and youth soccer coaches. Players have the option of attending the half day camp (ages 5-7) or the full day camp (ages 8-18). Registration can be done online or by completing the camp brochure. More information can be found at the following link found here.

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

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

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

Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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