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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.


A free traditional Thanksgiving Dinner, sponsored by the Scottish Rite Masons of Augusta Valley. On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27 the dinner will be served at the Mt. Blue High School food court noon until 1 p.m. Everyone welcome. A reservation must be made for meals to be delivered and take-outs. We would appreciate a call from those eating the dinner at the food court also. Please call Gerry Gilman at 649-5449 or Nancy Lake at 491-4287 by Monday, Nov. 24.

The annual Lights for Life open house and lighting of the Memorial Healing Garden will be held on Thursday, Dec. 4, 5:00-7:00pm at the Hospice Community Center, 304 Main Street in Waterville. Our Hospice staff, volunteers and members of the community take time each year to celebrate the memory of their loved ones who have died by participating in our Lights for Life program in December. The lighting of the Hospice Memorial Healing Garden will take place at 6:15 pm. Join us before the lighting ceremony for some delicious refreshments, fellowship and warm hospitality. The lights in our Hospice Memorial Healing Garden, outside the Hospice Community Center, will penetrate the darkness throughout the month of December. During this time the names of your family members, friends and heroes will appear in a place of honor within the Hospice Community Center. For additional information or to purchase a memorial ornament, please call 873-3615~ Website:

Cheap Vaccine Clinics. Dec. 6 at the Jay Town Office, from 10 a.m. to noon, and Dec. 13 at the Anson Town Office, from 10 a.m. to noon)=. A program of the Franklin County Animal Shelter. Rabies: $15 and Distemper combo shot: $10. For more information call (207) 778-2638.

Holiday Open House. Darlene Mooar, administrator, the staff and the Board of Directors of The Pierce House, 204 Main Street, Farmington, invite the public to a Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 6, Chester Greenwood Day, from 1 to 3 p.m. The Pierce House is celebrating its connection to the Greenwood family. Chester Greenwood and his wife Isabel, lifelong trustees, were among the first corporators who founded the original The Farmington Home for Aged people in 1905. Isabel served as treasurer for many years. Memorabilia pertaining to the Greenwoods and The Pierce House will be on display. Old fashioned refreshments will be served and cookie decorating will take place in dining room. For more information, call The Pierce House at 778-4745.

Christmas at Norlands. Stop by the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center in Livermore on Sunday, Dec. 7, for a 19th-century holiday celebration. The historic site will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. when visitors can see how the Washburns and their neighbors, the Bradfords, anticipated Christmas and got ready for the holiday. Journey back in time and enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, 19th-century parlor games, stories, children’s craft activities in the cozy Washburn kitchen, caroling, the one-room schoolhouse, mulled cider made on the woodstove, and the simply decorated 1867 Washburn mansion. A Cookie Walk fundraiser benefits the new barn fund. For only $5, fill a bag with delicious homemade cookies to take home. Proceeds from the cookie sale benefit Norlands’ “Raise the Barn: Rebuild the Magic” fund. Admission is $8 per person; $6 ages 12 and under; Ages 5 and under are free. For more information, call 207-897-4366 or visit

MSAD 58 is currently exploring options in pre-kindergarten programming and we are inviting parents and community members that are served by the MSAD 58 schools to participate in a short survey. The survey will be sent home with students from school; the survey can also be downloaded from our website or picked up in several locations in the towns of Avon, Kingfield, Phillips, or Strong. The surveys can be returned to any MSAD 58 school and will be collected on Dec. 12.

The annual Christmas shopping event for children 12 and under will be on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Avon Town House on Route 4. Elves will be on hand to help with gift selection and wrapping. This event is sponsored by the Phillips Community of Christian Women. FMI or to volunteer: Barb Gardiner, 684-3394.


Opening Reception. The High Peaks Artisan Guild and Gallery in Kingfield will be hosting Patty Ritzo as artist of the month. Opening Friday, Dec 5, 5- 8 p.m. in conjunction with the Kingfield Friday Artwalk. Join us for great art from 10 local artists, food and drink and great conversation. All welcome. 245 Main St., Kingfield.

Photo Fridays. New to the Schoolhouse Art Gallery this winter, Photo Fridays is a series of presentations, covering various photographic topics, aimed at discussing our work with others. Photo Fridays are free of charge and start at 7 p.m., on the following Fridays: Dec. 12, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, March 13, April 10. Light appetizers and refreshments available.

New Notions Studio. located next the Herbert Grand Hotel is a quilting studio and craft gallery by artisan Jessica O’Brien. Maine fiber artists and will have rotating space available for consignment pieces. In addition to newly created home décor, jewelry, and wardrobe accessories you will also find vintage and antique pieces on retail display. Regular hours to the public are: Wednesday &Thursday 2-5, Friday and Saturday 10-6.

Exhibit. The Emery Community Arts Center announces an opening reception for Hydrologic Making Sense with Water, art and science connecting on behalf of our most important element. Exhibition curated by Krisanne Baker, featuring the art of 14 artists. Exhibition open through Nov. 13.

SugarWood Galley is located at 248 Broadway in Farmington and is open Monday thru Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Schoolhouse Gallery is located at 266 Main Street in Kingfield. Gallery is open on Fridays from 1 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 11-4 p.m. For other times, or to request an appointment, please contact Cynthia Orcutt at 207-939-6518 or via email at For more information, please see


Benefit Concert. The String Beings, a Celtic harp group, and the Franklin County Fiddlers will gather their musical talents 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23 at Mt. Blue High School's Bjorn Auditorium for a concert to benefit the Western Maine Play Museum, a non-profit emerging children’s museum in Wilton. All monies raised for this performance will benefit the museum's fundraising campaign. Donations will be accepted at the door. Suggested contributions are $10 for an individual or $25 for a family. For more information, contact Lewis at:

Concert. On Wednesday, Dec. 3, the student musicians from the Cascade Brook School will perform in the Mt. Blue Middle School gym beginning at 7 p.m. Included in this concert are the 4th and 5th grade orchestras, the 5th grade band and the 5th grade chorus. Karen Beacham, Nancy Beacham and Carol Shumway direct the 4th and 5th grade music ensembles. Free and open to the public. Concert snow dates (if needed) are Wednesday, Dec. 17 and Thursday, Dec. 18.

Concert. The Mt. Blue Middle School 6th grade orchestra, the 7th/8th grade orchestra and Mt. Blue High School orchestra will perform in a joint concert on Thursday, Dec. 4 in the Bjorn Auditorium on the Mt. Blue campus beginning at 7 p.m. These orchestras are under the direction Nancy Beacham and Steven Muise. Free and open to the public. Concert snow dates (if needed) are Wednesday, Dec. 17 and Thursday, Dec. 18.

Yaicha local singer/songwriter will perform at High Peaks Artisan Guild in Kingfield 245 Main St. Dec. 5 from 6-8. All welcome.

Concert. On Tuesday, Dec. 9, the student musicians from the Academy Hill School will perform in the Academy Hill School gym beginning at 7 p.m. This concert includes the 4th and 5th grade orchestras, the 5th grade band and the 5th grade chorus. Lindsay Burke, Daryl Pike and Steven Muise direct these student musicians. Free and open to the public. Concert snow dates (if needed) are Wednesday, Dec. 17 and Thursday, Dec. 18.

Concert. The Mt. Blue Middle School grade 6 and 7th /8th bands and grade 6 and 7th/8th choruses will present their concert on Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Mt. Blue Middle School gym. Directors for these ensembles are Karen Beacham, Lindsay Burke, Scott Dunbar, and Darryl Pike. Concert snow dates (if needed) are Wednesday, Dec. 17 and Thursday, Dec. 18.

Concert 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11 at Cape Cod Hill School. Student musicians in grades 4 and 5 will perform in the 5th grade chorus, the 5th grade band and the 4th and 5th grade orchestras under the direction of Lindsay Burke, Karen Beacham and Nancy Beacham. The concert is in the gym. Free and open to the public. Concert snow dates (if needed) are Wednesday, Dec. 17 and Thursday, Dec. 18.

Listen Local Youth Concert Auditions. The Arts Institute of Western Maine (AIWM) is inviting area youths (age 12-19) to audition for its Listen Local Recital Series concert on March 15 at 3 p.m. in Nordica Auditorium at UMF. Any interested young musician or dancer can submit an audio or visual file with a sample of his/her repertoire to AIWM. It can be sent as an mp3 file or YouTube link to Questions, or a request for a live audition, can be directed to this e-mail address. The deadline for submission is Dec. 31. AIWM is looking for performances of 5-15 minutes. More information about AIWM’s Listen Local recital series for adults can be found at For more information on Listen Local Youth call Jane Parker at 778-9437 or e-mail at


In an effort to support patients and members of the community, Mt. Abram Regional Health Center will hold a Thanksgiving Food Drive from Oct. 27 to Nov. 24. People are encouraged to bring in nonperishable food items or cash donations to the health center. Staff members will then distribute to individuals and families who are struggling to keep food on the table. According to Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, Franklin County had the second highest number of citizens suffering from food insecurity in Maine as of 2012. The numbers have not improved. Please consider a donation to help another family in your community. Mt. Abram Regional Health Center is located at 25 Depot Street in Kingfield. To learn more the health center, call 207-265-4555 or visit

The week of Nov. 24 the Community Table in Strong will once again be serving lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Forster Building. This is a free hot meal to everyone who comes and great fellowship. See you there.

The Wilton Area Food Pantry will be closed on Nov. 25; Nov. 26 and Nov. 27, and will reopen on Saturday, Nov. 29 from 10 a.m. until noon. Those who have signed up for Thanksgiving boxes, please remember to pick them up on Sunday, Nov. 23, between the hours of 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For further information you may call 645-2190.

Annual Thanksgiving Bake Sale. Wednesday Nov. 26, from 8am-2pm at Pinewood Terrace, 136 Rosewood Dr., Farmington. (out behind the fairgrounds). Pies, cookies , whoopie pies, Yeast rolls. Quick breads, fudge and other assorted baked goods. We are a non profit organization; the proceeds from the sale will benefit the residents activity program.

Socials, from 10 am - 2 pm Free lunch and conversations at Industry Town Hall on Dec. 4.

Food and Craft Sale Friday, Dec. 5 at Franklin Memorial Hospital, sponsored by Franklin Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

Titcomb Mountain Holiday Auction will kick off the season on Friday, Dec. 5 from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. at Calzolaio Pasta Company in Wilton. Lots of great items for the holidays including: great hand crafted furniture, paintings by local artisans, baked goods, handcrafted ornaments, skis, tickets and more. If you are interested in attending for dinner, please make reservations at Calzolaio Pasta Company. The auction is open to the public. Anyone interested in making a donation of an item to the auction, please contact Amy Harahan 860-8626 or Deb Aseltine 645-9648.

Amvets Post #33, 111 Main St. in Jay, ME is hosting their annual Children's Christmas Party on Saturday, December 6, from 11 am to 2 pm. Santa will arrive at noon. There will be games, prizes, a bake sale and free popcorn. Hot dogs, French fries and soda will be on sale for lunch. There will be a cake walk for children up to age 12. Individually packaged baked goods, cakes and cake/cookie pops welcome. This is not a school-sponsored event. It is open to the public. Adults must accompany children.

All You Can Eat, Public Breakfast to be held on Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Kingfield United Methodist Church, 51 High Street, Kingfield. Serving from 7:30- 10 a.m. Menu to include: Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Homefries, French Toast, Pancakes, Sausage Gravy w/ Biscuit, Assorted Juices, Coffee, Tea. Adults $5, children $3, family rate available. All proceeds to benefit church programs.

The Ladies of the Lake of Weld are having their first Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 1:00-6:00 pm at the Multi-purpose Room, in the Town Office complex 23 Mill Street in Weld featuring homemade candies---fudges, toffees, truffles, brittles---cookies, wreaths and decorations

Chester Greenwood Day Cookie Walk, Candy and White Elephant Table from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6 at Henderson Memorial Baptist Church, Academy Street in Farmington. Benefits church programs.

Chester Greenwood Day Luncheon at Henderson Memorial Baptist Church, Academy Street in Farmington, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6. Beef stew, fish and corn chowders, French onion soup, homemade bread, pickles, dessert and beverage. $7. Benefits church programs.

Community Italian Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 4:30 pm - 6 p.m. at the Industry Town Hall. Free dinner featuring Spaghetti, Lasagna, salad and desert.

Organizers said today that they have begun planning for Heat Dance IV, the fundraiser for fuel oil assistance. For the past three years, Heat Dance has been probably the most successful and best-attended charitable event in Franklin County, raising more than $21,000 last February to help keep local families and individuals warm. This year, the dance will be held on Friday, February 6 at the University of Maine, Farmington and will once again feature the popular local band Shepherd's Pie.

Special Olympics Maine is reaching out to people who knit or crochet to help with their 2015 Scarf Project. The goal of this project is to outfit all 500 Special Olympic Maine athletes who attend the state winter games in January, with a new scarf. This year's colors for the scarves are: Red Heart, Carrot #256, Burgundy #376, Paddy Green #368. The design/pattern is totally up to you. Please combine all three colors in to the scarf. Scarves can be mailed/delivered to (by Jan. 16): Attn: Katheryn Wildes; Trinity Lutheran Church; 612 Main St, Westbrook, ME 04092. For more information please call 207-854-5653.

Coat Closet at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Wilton. Each fall, St. Luke's stocks a coat closet with free, dry cleaned, gently used coats/jackets. Jackets for adults and children (including some snow suits) are available now. These go quickly. The church is open most mornings after 9:00, however, you may call ahead to 645-2639 to be sure someone is here. Please enter through the back door by the parking lot. St. Luke's is located at 59 High St in Wilton at the corner of High and School streets.


Annual Craft Fair at the Mason's Lodge in New Sharon on Rt. 2, on Nov. 29 from 9 – 3. Wreaths, quilted items, jewelry, pottery, maple syrup, candy, food, natural products and much more. For info contact at 778-6659.

Annual 8th Grade Craft Fair Nov 29, from 9-2 at the Kingfield Elementary School, Kingfield Maine. Table proceeds benefit the 8th Grade class trip. Crafts of all kinds, food and beverages on sale. Any questions contact the Kingfield Elementary School office.

Mount Vernon Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair, Nov. 29, 9 am-2 pm: 40 artists, crafters and farmers put on a show that fills the Mount Vernon Community Center and the nearby Vernon Valley Masonic Lodge. Come savor the holidays in a beautiful village setting. Everything for sale is locally made or produced. Find distinctive gifts and talk to their creators! Nibble on tasty treats and compare notes with the cooks! Great shopping and good fun. For more information on the fair, call Tom Ward at 207-293-1016. For more information on the Community Center, go to

The Annual Christmas Crafts Fair sponsored by the Franklin County Arts and Crafts Association will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, at the University of Maine at Farmington Student Center. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with free admission. Table space available; please call 778-6967 or 778-5285 for more information.

Team Izzie, Autism Awareness is holding a Craft Fair on Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the KC Hall, Rt 4, in Jay. All proceeds from this event go to the Autism Society of Maine. For more information you may contact Jessica at 357-0259.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 is having their Annual Holiday Craft Fair on Chester Greenwood Day, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Farmington American Legion building on the corner of High St. and Middle St., right along the parade route. Come and join us for the Auxiliary's Silent Auction Table and Auxiliary's Raffle. There will be 37 tables of crafters with a variety of handcrafted and homemade items on two floors and in three rooms. The auxiliary will also be selling lunches from a large luncheon menu that you can either eat in or take out. FMI call Diane, 778-9585.

Farmington Emblem Club 460 Craft Fair on Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Farmington Elks Lodge on School street in West Farmington. Tables are first come, first serve at $20 per table. FMI call Linda Abbott at 207-578-8233.

The Farmington Winter Farmers' Market will host a Fiber Spinning Meet every second Saturday of the month, this winter, at the Farmington Grange Hall. Spinners and knitters, of all levels, are encouraged to bring their spinning wheels and needles to the market for some productive social time. It will be a good time to get some help and learn some new skills. The market hours are Saturdays 9 to noon, at the Farmington Grange Hall, 124 Bridge Street in West Farmington. The meet is free to participants, unless they wish to sell something. Refreshments will be available. The market master is Bonnie Clark, 778-6637.

Western Maine Market, Franklin County’s online Farmers’ Market, runs year-round and offers free delivery in downtown Farmington and Strong. Other WMM pick-up locations for Friday and/or Saturday include Avon, Kingfield, Rangeley, Rumford, Stratton, and East Wilton. Check the website for additional new locations. The website for Friday and Saturday is Contact Deborah Chadbourne, 1-(857)-225-1199,


SeniorsPlus will be at the Farmington Town Office on Nov. 26, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. We will be on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have about services and resources for older adults and adults with disabilities and their families. All events are free and open to the public. For further information and to make an appointment, call SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241.

A Thanksgiving Day service will be held at Reeds Mill Church on Reeds Mill Road in Madrid at 10 a.m. Thanksgiving morning. Bring family and friends to celebrate this holiday in a way that truly reflects our thanks. All are invited. For directions or more information call Ginni at 639-2713.

"Advent Waiting" Worship at Rangeley Congregational Church, UCC, on Dec. 4. All are welcome at a worship service in preparation for Advent on Thursday, Dec. 4, at 7 pm in the Rangeley Congregational Church sanctuary. We will gather both to wait in the darkness and to celebrate the coming of the light. Music will include Advent hymns and Taize, and will be offered by Derek Wendelken and Tim Wallace.

Announcing an Open Al-Anon Meeting at 64 Dodge on Tuesdays starting Tuesday, Dec 2 at 7-8 p.m.


A presentation on dairy and the dietary needs of aging adults and butter churning demonstration will be held on Monday, Dec. 1 at 1pm at the Rangeley Townhouse Community Room/Rangeley meal site at 14 School St., Rangeley. This presentation is open to the public. Jami Badershall, communications manager for the Maine Dairy and Nutrition Council will talk about how dairy can meet the changing dietary needs of aging adults, including serving as a high quality protein and helping to maintain a healthy weight. She will also discuss how those with lactose intolerance can still enjoy dairy. The talk will end with a butter making demonstration. For more information contact Tracy Bessey at 864-3539 or

The fiber arts group will meet the first Friday of the month 10 am. to noon (next one Dec. 5th.) at the Wilton Free Public Library. Bring a project to work on as the group shares ideas and techniques. For more information call Glenda (207-645-0909) or contact

Adult Ed Classes. Are you an adult who would like to complete your high school education or prepare for college in 2015? We at Mt. Blue Adult Ed are anxious to hear from you! Call us a 778-3460 Monday through Thursday to register for the upcoming Orientation on Dec. 17-18. Classes will begin in January. Check us out on our website at We have staff ready to help you prepare for the HiSet (formerly GED) exam or help you with your college or career planning. There are still openings in our CNA and CRMA classes, and we have ongoing technology classes at the Adult Learning Center. There is something for everyone in all phases of learning. Call with questions or to register at 778-3460.

Drawing Class every Monday, from 5:30-8 p.m. $10. Live model $20/person. Register with Kika 400-1124. Upcountry Artists Gallery and Learning Center at 161 Main Street in Farmington. Preregistration is strongly advised.

The New Sharon Recreation Department is holding a Seniors Exercise Class. Tues: - Thurs. 8:15 am to 9:15. Held at the New Sharon Town office. Fee: $5 per class. Please contact Audrey Brown for more information 778-2567

Looking for anyone in the New Sharon area that is interested in meditation. Beginners are encouraged. Come learn how this simple thing can change your life. Classes are free. Email for more information.

Wilton CareerCenter.The following sessions are to be held at the Wilton CareerCenter 865 Us Route 2E Wilton. Telephone 645-5800; toll free 1-800-982-4311; TYY 888-697-2895 to set up an appointment. These workshops are at no charge to the public. All workshops begin promptly at listed times; registration required­­­.

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.

If you have a preferred need please contact Patty Ladd at the Wilton CareerCenter by calling 207-645-5822 or e-mail her at 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.