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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

Trail walk and winter tree ID with Forester Amanda Dow-Smith at LEAP’s Stone Soup Gardens Thursday. Jan. 29, from 2-4 p.m. The plan is to use the Forest Trees of Maine book to identify the trees along the trail, and to learn how to prune a forest tree correctly. There will be some snowshoes available to borrow, but please bring your own if you have them. Stone Soup Garden Trails are located at 482 Farmington Falls Road, up the long dirt driveway just before Dan and Scott's Funeral Home. For more information, please call 491-5983 or email darryl@leapcommunity.org

Final Friday, Ladies Night Outs. Upcountry Artists Gallery. Come make some art, enjoy wine and snacks and the company of friends! 5:30-7:30 p.m. Please preregister. Jan 30, painting ceramics; Feb 27, Painted Lampshades; March 27, Pendants to wear, Contact Mardy 778-6495. April 24, Calderesque Mobiles; May 29, Gelatin Printmaking with Plant material. Contact Mary Beth 624-2401.

The Strong Public Library will be closed from Feb. 1, until approximately Feb. 21 so that new carpet can be installed. If the work is completed before the 21st, the library will reopen earlier. Patrons are encouraged to return all items by Jan. 31.

Celebrate the full ‘Snow Moon’ on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at a moonlight walk with enjoyable company in Wilton’s beautiful Kineowatha Park! Young and old, and all those in between, are welcome to join the members of the Wilton Conservation Commission to explore the park’s grounds and trails along Wilson Lake. We will be meeting at Kineowatha Park, High Street, Wilton at 6:30 P.M. near the skating rink and warming shack. Participants are encouraged to bring warm boots, snowshoes or cross-country skis. No flashlights are needed as long as the sky is clear. At the end of the trek a warming fire will be available with marshmallows for toasting and hot cocoa for participants. For more information contact Nancy Prince at 645-4027. (Posted 1/23/15)

Please join us for a free screening of the documentary The Connection at UMF’s Roberts Auditorium 023, Saturday, Feb. 7 at 7 pm. Learn the scientific evidence behind the mind body healing connection! Watch the first 15 minutes free online at https://www.theconnection.tv. There will be time for questions and discussion after the film.

Mt. Blue State Park, Winter Family Fun Day, Saturday, Feb. 7. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Take it outside at Mt. Blue State Park with cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ice skating demos. Snowshoes, skis and some ice skates are available for use. There will also be guided snowshoe nature walks, a winter camping demonstration, outdoor nature center, sliding on Center Hill and tote, sleigh and hay wagon rides with horses. There is a warming hut and a hot lunch is provided. $1.50/adults. Kids under 12 and seniors free. For more info: 585-2261.

The Franklin County Spelling Bee is set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10  in the gym at Strong Elementary School. Students from MSAD 58, RSU 9 RSU 73, RSU 78 and Flagstaff RSU will compete for a chance to participate in the Maine State Spelling Bee in March. The public is invited to attend. If needed, Feb. 11 is the snow date - same time and place.

The Franklin County Children’s Task Force will be holding its annual Children’s Festival from 11-3 on Feb. 14. The Children’s Festival is an opportunity for families to break up the winter blues and get out and enjoy a day of free activities. We offer a low cost food court, with pizza, ice cream, popcorn and water or juice. There are activities in the hands on room such as such as face painting, games, and crafts. The ever-popular cookie decorating will be back for the little ones and the Nintendo Wii. The Gross Motor room will have fun stuff like mats for tumbling. You can also find a quiet corner for reading a book with your child. We will have music and entertainment in the North-dining hall throughout the day. In addition we also have C.H.I.P.S. doing a brief video and fingerprints for child identification. Come on out and watch as children’s eyes light up with excitement. We look forward to seeing you there, remember, February 14 at the UMF student center is where all the action will be.

Celebrate Valentine's Day at the Norlands. The Norlands presents a dinner and historical program titled “Keepers of the Hearth: A Conversation Between the Washburn Ladies” on Saturday, February 14. Arrive by 5:30pm for a tour of the 1867 Washburn family mansion. A three-course dinner begins in the Farmer’s Cottage at 6:00 pm and includes squash soup, chicken with roasted potatoes and glazed carrots, biscuits, and dessert. A vegetarian option is available. After enjoying dinner, step back into the 19th century parlor in the Washburn mansion where you will visit “Patty Washburn” and her two daughters, Martha and Caroline, portrayed by Norlands' staff in period costume. The women will share family stories of courtship, love, and marriage. The ladies of the house along with special guest “Hempstead Washburne” will then entertain you with some romantic music of the period, accompanied by guest Jerry Ellis on the Washburn piano. Tickets are $23 per person and must be purchased in advance due to limited seating in this historic venue. Purchase tickets by February 10th by calling 207-897-4366 or email norlands@norlands.org.

Feb. 14, The Wilton Fish & Game will be holding its 1st Annual Michael J. Rowe Memorial Ice Fishing Derby on Wilson Lake in Wilton, on Maine's Free Fishing Day. Presale tickets may be purchased at Shelley’s Hometown Mkt., East Wilton, and at Mosher’s Seafood in Farmington. Tickets may also be purchased on derby day at the Wilton Boat Launch starting at 6 a.m. Final weigh in will be at 4 p.m. Registration $5. A free Family Fishing Clinic will be offered from 9 AM – 3 p.m. at the boat launch. No experience required, bait and equipment provided. Heaviest cold water fish in the adult category receives $150. Great prizes for the remaining adult categories. In the youth category, the heaviest fish receives a Wooden Commemorative Box of Max Traps given in memory of Michael J. Rowe. This year there will also be a surprise item for the smallest fish in the youth category. Great items for remaining youth categories. (Heaviest Fish) Multiple door prizes! There will be ice skating and a warming fire if weather permits. Lunch will be available by the WF&G Youth Competition League as their fundraiser. For more information call Alan at 207-778-2450.

Free day at Spruce Mountain Ski Slope. Franklin Savings Bank and Western Mountain Financial Services have teamed up with the Spruce Mountain Pharmacy to sponsor an afternoon of healthy winter outdoor activities for Mainers. Spruce Mountain Ski Slope in Jay will be free Sunday, Feb. 18, noon to 4 p.m. for skiing and other activities. Cross country ski equipment will be available from Maine Wintersports. A Free Ski and Tube event is also planned for Black Mountain of Maine in Rumford Feb. 26. Ski and board rentals are available for $15. Rental quantities are limited, however. A Free Ski and Board event is also being planned for Titcomb Ski Slope. Details will come later.

EXHIBITS, READINGS & SHOWS

Somewhere Here: Visions from Chinese and Taiwanese Artists in Maine tells the migration stories of seven incredible artists. Although they share similar paths, the exhibition highlights the individuality of each artist’s experience. The featured artists are: Ni Rong, Brian Chu, Yuan Zuo, Nanfei Wang, Lihua Lei, Shiao-Ping Wang, and Ling-Wen Tsai. Curated by Colby College students, the exhibition will be on view at the Common Street Arts Gallery from Feb. 4 to Mar. 14, with a reception on Feb. 6, 5-7 pm. The Gallery is open Wed.-Sat. 12-6pm; it is located at 16 Common Street, Waterville. For more information call: 207.872.ARTS.

Book Reading, Signing. DDG Booksellers will be sponsoring a book signing, reading, live music and lively discussion of local author Peter Hardy's new book "Thorn: The Prophet" on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 5 p.m. at The Homestead Bakery.For more information regarding this event contact DDG Booksellers, 193 Broadway, Farmington, Me 04938 at 778-3454, or by email at info@ddgbooks.com.

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 next following Fridays: Feb. 13, March 13, April 10. Light appetizers and refreshments available.

Transcendence: Beyond the Ordinary, a multimedia art exhibit, Emery Community Arts Center, University of Maine at Farmington, to March 22. Free and open to the public seven days a week, 11 a.m. to 6 pm.

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

Gallery. The High Peaks Artisan Guild and Gallery in Kingfield is featuring Patty Ritzo as the artist of the month. Join us for great art from 10 local artists at 245 Main St., Kingfield.

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.

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 corcutt86@gmail.com. For more information, please see www.schoolhouseartgallery.com

MUSIC, DANCE, DRAMA & COMEDY

Kennebec Valley Music Festival: The Kennebec Valley Music Festival will be held at Mt. Blue High School on Saturday, Jan. 31. Auditions were held in October for students from 22 different schools. Spruce Mtn. High School students who were accepted to the band festival are: Amber Delaney – flute, Sam Brenner – Clarinet, William Brenner – clarinet, Brandon Anctil – Trumpet & Tad Jewett – trombone.

AIWM sponsors Silent Film Night at The Emery Featuring Doug Protsik Playing Live Piano to Buster Keaton's 1928 Masterpiece "Steamboat Bill, Jr." Join us for a fun night for the whole family as Doug Protsik plays a live and improvised score to the 1928, silent, feature-length comedy starring Buster Keaton in "Steamboat Bill Jr." Date of the event: Saturday, Jan. 31. Time: 7pm. Location: Emery Community Arts Center, 111 South Street, Farmington, ME 04938. Admission is $10 at the door. Free for children 18 and under and students with ID. This event is sponsored by the Arts Institute of Western Maine, an affiliate of the University of Maine at Farmington.

The Teacher’s Lounge Mafia will once again be performing their zany improv comedy act at the Wilton Free Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 7. Doors open at 6:30 pm for a Silent Auction Show starts at 7:30 pm. Entertainment suitable for the whole family. Tickets only $5 at the door! Refreshments available! All proceeds benefit the WFPL. Silent auction includes fine art, crafts, and many business-donated gifts. Built from audience-provided suggestions, Teachers Lounge Mafia delivers improvisational games and sketches designed to yank people right out of mud season and on to higher ground. The group performs a combination of short, medium, and long form improv games and structures. Thus, the group performs interactive games similar to those popularized on television’s Whose Line Is It, Anyway? as well as original formats and scenes in the traditions of Second City, Groundlings, Upright Citizens Brigade, and Improv Olympic. No two shows are ever just alike. Teachers Lounge Mafia consists of local comic actors Jeff Bailey, Emily Pottle, Dan Ryder, Natalie Simmons, Kyla Wheeler, Gavin Pickering and Alex Krietzman. For more information abot TLM visit their website at http://www.teachersloungemafiaimprov.com/Teachers_Lounge_Mafia_Improv

Fur Ball: A Family Dance! on Saturday, Feb. 14, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at UMF's South Dining Hall. Tickets $20 per family, or $5 per person and will be available at the door.

BENEFIT FEASTS, AUCTIONS & OTHER EVENTS

The Community Table will be open again the week of Jan. 26 at the Forster Memorial Building in Strong from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. This is a free hot meal to everyone. Come and enjoy the food and fellowship.

Souper Supper. The Chesterville Grange will be holding a public "souper" supper on Friday, Jan. 30, serving between 5 and 6:30 p.m. Homemade soups, chowders, breads, and dessert. Adults, $5; Children, $2.50. FMI 778-2282.

Auction. Katherine Renshaw and Ashley LaGross is holding an auction at the Webster Hall on Jan. 31 to raise funds for Relay for Life and also Boys and Girls Club. The doors open at 9 a.m. with refreshments and baked goods for sale, the official drawing will be at 3 p.m. Winners do not need to be present to win. This is part of a school project for Mr. McCafferty class that are doing solution forum. Money raised will be donated to the Relay for Life and also the boys and girls club. There will also be a sign up sheet for anyone who would like to join a relay for life team. Any questions please call me Katherine Renshaw at (207) 578-8989.

February dates for the Industry Community Kitchen Socials are: Feb. 5 and 19. Socials are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Industry Town Hall and include a free lunch.

Heat Dance IV, the fundraiser for fuel oil assistance to be held 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6 at the University of Maine at Farmington's North Dining Hall. Featuring the popular local band Shepherd's Pie. Regular admission tickets $10 available at the Homestead, Devaney, Doak and Garrett booksellers and Calico Patch. The Homestead Bar and Bakery in downtown Farmington is sponsoring a special pre-dance dinner. Attendance to the event is with a special “gold plated” ticket, on sale at the restaurant beginning Jan. 12, entitles the holder to a glass of champagne and a limousine ride from the restaurant to the dance at the University of Maine’s North Dining Hall. Tickets are $20, and include admission to the dance. Dinner is not included.

The Kingfield United Methodist Church, 51 High Street, Kingfield, will be having an All you Can Eat Public Breakfast on Feb. 7. The menu to include: French Toast, Pancakes, Bacon, Sauasage, Homefries, Sauasage Gravy w/Biscuit, Scrambled Eggs, Homemade Muffins, Assorted Juice, Coffee, Tea. Serving from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Adults $5, Children $3, Family Rate Available.  All proceeds to benefit church programs.

Ham Dinner at Franklin Masonic Lodge of New Sharon on Sunday, Feb. 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Served with potato, corn, string beans, applesauce, rolls and homemade pie. Take out available. Adults-$8, age 6-12 is $6 and under 6 free. To benefit the Building Fund

A Free Senior Citizen Valentine Luncheon will take place on Thursday, February 12 at noon in the Chesterville Town Office on the Dutch Gap Road. Everyone is invited to partake in a complete ham dinner with all the trimmings or veggie pasta for our vegetarian friends. Table favors, Valentine cards, music entertainment by Dona Whittemore and her group will be enjoyed and attendees will have a chance to take home the centerpieces on each table. This fun event is sponsored by the North Chesterville Extension Homemakers. FMI 778-3156.

Valentine's Dance. Feb. 14. Dance at 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Farmington Elks Lodge. Entertainment by "Legends." Donations of $20 per couple, members and guests. Sponsored by Farmington Emblem Club #460. Tickets available from Shannon at 778-4726 or any Emblem Club member.

Farmington Public Supper at Trinity United Methodist Church 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14. Baked Beans Casserole supper. $7 adults children under 12 $3.50. For more information call Trinity United Methodist Church at 778-3921.

Tainter/Simoneau’s fight for a Cure is hosting Cabin Fever Reliever Dance @ the Jay Amvets on March 28 from 8-midnight. Music is by Crash Road Band. Tickets: In advance $25/couple and $15/single. At the door $30/couple and $20/single. For tickets please call: Leslie 897-6808, Tina 897-5533, Lisa 592-5006 or Brittany 897-8611. Proceeds are going to Brain Cancer Awareness

Farmington Emblem Club 460 will be offering Basket Bing on Sunday, March 15. Longaberger baskets will be the prizes at the event, to be held at the Farmington Elks Lodge. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and bingo starts at 1. Lunch and refreshments will be available. Raffles shall be held. Tickets available from Shannon at 778-4726 or any Emblem Club member. Come early if in a group of four or more, and planning to sit together.

Come join the Big Brothers Big Sisters annual fundraiser Bowl For Kids’ Sake on May 2 at Moose Alley in Rangeley and May 9 at Meadow Lanes in Wilton. Enjoy bowling? Want to start a team? Visit www.firstgiving.com/ccibfks to start a team and fundraising today!

CRAFT FAIRS, YARD SALES & FARMERS' MARKETS

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 www.WesternMaineMarket.com. Contact Deborah Chadbourne, 1-(857)-225-1199, info@westernmainemarket.com.

MEETINGS & GATHERINGS

SeniorsPlus will be at the Farmington Town Office on Jan. 28, 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.

The Farmington Warming Center are open on Tuesdays and Thursdays in January, February and March 2015 for its sixth season. Hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and everyone is invited. Henderson Memorial Baptist Church, 110 Academy St. (778-2163) Tuesdays: Feb. 3, 10; St. Joseph’s Church, 133 Middle St. 778-2778 Tuesdays: Feb. 17, 24 ; March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Old South Church, 227 Main Street -778-0424 All Thursdays: Jan. 29; Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26. If schools are closed because of weather, the Warming Center will be canceled, too. If any further questions, please call 778-2163.

The Franklin County Commissioners "Informational Gathering" scheduled for Jan. 27 to discuss current and potential TIF projects in the Unorganized Territory has been postponed. The meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, Jan. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sugarloaf Inn.

SeniorsPlus will be at the Wilton Free Public Library on Feb. 2, 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.

Join us at the Wilton Free Public Library on Friday Feb. 6 10 a.m. to noon. We encourage anyone interested in hand work, such as rug hooking, hand embroidery, penny rug art, etc. Look forward to having you join us. Call Glenda 207-645-0909 or contact Heidi (heidiwilde.1@gmail.com) for more info.

Harold Nutting. 80th Birthday Open House. Please stop by to wish Harold a happy birthday on Sunday, Feb. 8, between 1 pm and 4 pm at his residence at 56 Seavey Road Industry Maine. Call 778-9091 for directions or with questions.

The Phillips Community Church will hold its Annual Meeting on Sunday February 22 at the Community House on Main St. at 12:30p.m. There will be a buffet dinner followed by the meeting. Please bring a dish to share. FMI: Kate Dunham, 639-2012.

The Franklin County Extension Homemaker programs for the month of February: Weld, Feb 10 at 10:30 a.m. at Town Office Meeting Room for Bread for Shut-Ins/Farmers ‘Market Planning. FMI call 585-2545. Neighborhood, Feb 11 at 1:30 p.m. at Trinity Methodist Church for Games. FMI call 778-4517. Wilton Day, Feb 12 at 10 a.m. at St Luke‘s Church for Herb Cooking. FMI call 645-2423. Clearwater, Feb 12 7 p.m. at Shorey Chapel for Healthy Carbs. FMI call 778-9089. North Chesterville, Feb 19 at 7 p.m. at Chesterville Town Office for Making St Patrick's Day Cards for the Elderly at Nursing Homes. Plan bake sale for Chesterville Town Meeting Day. FMI contact call 778-3156. Strong Learning and Sharing, Feb 24 at 10 a.m. at the Methodist Parish House for Bracelets. FMI call 684-4538 Kingfield, Feb 26 at 11 a.m. at Webster Hall for TBA. FMI call 684-5579. The public is more than welcome to join us at any of our meetings or community service projects. Franklin County Extension Homemakers do educational programs, learning new things, have fun & enjoy food, friendship. We learn leadership skills. We welcome new members and have day & evening meetings. We also do 1 or 2 Community Service Projects a year. Each of the seven groups also does between 2 and 5 Community Service Projects. Programs are in partnership with the University of Maine cooperative Extension.

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.

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

Attention parents/caregivers of infants & toddlers: Come play with your young children as you observe and support their amazing development. We are now registering families for a UMF Monday evening playgroup starting in February. This playgroup is for children under three years of age and is based on a model called PIWI (Parents Interacting with Infants). The playgroup’s focus is parent/caregivers’ observations of and interactions with their young children. The weekly playgroup sessions are facilitated by Dolores Appl, a UMF professor and her students, who are preparing to be teachers of young children. Each week the students plan meaningful learning activities based on the interests of the families attending. The groups are free and enrollment is open to all families of infants and toddlers. However, registration is required. If you would like to register or want more information, please contact Dolores at 778-7507 or dappl@maine.edu.

Join us for our new College Transitions class! This grant funded, intensive 12 week course can bridge the gap between you and college.  You will discover strategies to improve your technology, time management and study skills as well as your reading, writing and math levels. In addition, students will complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid), explore career options, tour local community colleges and universities, and research scholarship opportunities.  Representatives from the Community College and the University of Maine System will be available to answer any questions. One college credit may be earned when students meet the standards of the class. This class is offered free of charge. We would also like to extend a special invitation to include all of our Veterans who are preparing to return to college. This class is for you! Call Spruce Mountain Adult Education today for more information or to register for the class. Class size is limited – enroll now. Classes start Monday, Jan. 26.  Call 897-6384, 491-3030, 320-0879, or visit us at our new location:  9 Cedar Street, Livermore Falls.

The Wilton Friendship Square Dance Club has canceled their square dance classes for Jan. 12. The next class will be Monday, Jan. 26, and will be the second free trial class. FMI 509-6187.

After School at the Gallery. Upcountry Artists Gallery and Learning Center, 161 Main Street Farmington. After School at the Gallery for children grades 3 and up on Thursday, Jan. 29. 3-5 p.m. $5. Projects and arts of all kinds! Contact Mardy 778-6495. Drop-ins OK.

Cheese Making 101. Hands-on Make & Take: Yogurt, Mozzarella, and Ricotta. Sponsored by: Echo Ridge Cheese. Held at: Echo Ridge Farm, 2080 North Rd, Mt. Vernon. To benefit The Dr. Shaw Memorial Library. All materials provided; Just bring a few small jars to take home your yogurt, and heavy duty washing gloves if you have them. 10 am to 2 pm on Feb. 7, (Feb. 14 Snow Date). Space is limited to 6. Preregistration Required. $50 p/p- $75 /couple/family member. To Register: Register at the library by calling (293-2565) or emailing (DrShaw@shaw.lib.me.us ) or call Alice Olson at 293-2502 (email: aolson815@gmail.com)

The first in a series of Sugarloaf Creative Discovery Workshops will be a creative writing workshop, The Power of the Sentence, led by UMF professor Jeffrey Thomson on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center. The workshop, held from 10 AM to 5 PM, will offer a craft talk, writing assignment, and critique. Participants will have the opportunity to get outdoors to cross-country ski, snowshoe, or walk as well as have time to write. The workshop includes lunch, an individual conference with Jeffrey Thomson, culminating with a reading by him and reception. The cost is $85 (includes rental equipment. If necessary, please arrive by 9:30 AM for fitting.). For more information and registration, please contact Mary Poulin at 462-2315 or basspoulin@gmail.com.

Chocolate Class. Due to popular request, another Chocolate Class will be held Feb. 8, just in time to make Sweet Delights for Valentine’s Day. Mark your calendars! And be certain to pre-register (6 people needed to hold each session). FMI call 578-2055. Will hold two sessions that date if interest warrants.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce the start of its second Citizens Police Academy. These classes will start on Tuesday, Feb. 10 and will be held each Tuesday evening through March 31. Classes are scheduled to start at 6 p.m. and go until 9 p.m. All classes will be held at the New Sharon Town office. Classes are open to anyone living in Franklin County and are free. Last year we held these classes in Stratton. This year we are hoping to draw people living in Chesterville, Industry, New Sharon and the surrounding towns who are interested in learning how their Sheriff’s Office conducts law enforcement operations in a rural environment. The six-week course will cover typical topics such as patrol operations, use of K-9s, drug investigation, and administrative functions. If interested, please contact us at 778-2680.

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

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. www.mainecareercenter.com. 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 patty.e.ladd@maine.gov. CareerCenter partners include WMCA CareerCenter Services and Maine Department of Labor. We are equal opportunity providers. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.

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