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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

American Sign Language M.A.D. Experience on Friday, April 10, from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.; cost is $5 at the door. This event will be held at the Bjorn Auditorium at Mt. Blue Campus located at 129 Seamon Rd., Farmington. This annual show featuring ASL students and a special guest, Bob Hiltermann of Los Angeles, Calif., will be presenting an entertaining evening full of ASL and music. ASL students will share their signing skills by interpreting the event and song meanings for selected songs. For more info about Hiltermann.

Spring into Action Health Fair on April 10, 11, 12 at End of the Rainbow Health Alternatives, 249 Farmington Falls Rd, Farmington, 207-778-2884. Featured Services include: 10 Min. Massage, Reflexology, Reiki, Detox Foot Bath, Ear Candling, Sound Therapy, 10 Min Skin care consult, 10 Min Tanning, 10 Min Herbal Consult, 5 Min BioMat Therapy, Rebounder & Inversion Table, Tarot 3 Card Reading ($5). Featured Products: Isotonix, New Chapter, Nature Sunshine, Homeopathics, DIY Products (essential oils etc). Featured Local Products: Wild Maine Chaga, My Berry Organics and Thundervolt Zapper. Stevia Drinks & Munchies available.

UMF Tint Sprint 5K Run/Walk: April 25. Registration is at 10 a.m., Kids Fun Run is at 10:45, Race Time is 11:45. This fun 5k is starting at the UMF FRC and goes the Turkey Trot route, but with an added bonus-- Color! Wear your white shirts, have lots of fun, and end the race/walk colorful with great new memories! First 50 Sign-ups will receive a free white 2015 Tint Sprint T-Shirt! Proceeds benefits UMF Health Club. For more information or to sign up for the event contact Tricia Tzikas at Tricia.tzikas@maine.edu.

EXHIBITS, READINGS & SHOWS

Farmington First Friday Art Walk will feature plenty of art, entertainment and more at the event to be centered downtown on April 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. Several merchants and businesses will be staying open longer on Friday and will have special activities that include musicians, poetry, refreshments and plenty of art.

Opening Reception.SugarWood Gallery welcomes Theresa (Terrie) Haley as April's Artist of the Month with an Open House Reception on Friday, April 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, April 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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.

Open Studio & Art Gallery featuring oils, pastels, and prints by Tracy Medling. Friday, April 3, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 114 Perham Street, Farmington. (Four houses up on the left from blinking yellow light.) We look forward to seeing you. For more information, please email Tracy at TracyMedling@yahoo.com.

Transcendence: Beyond the Ordinary, a multimedia art exhibit, Emery Community Arts Center, University of Maine at Farmington, through April 12. Free and open to the public seven days a week, 11 a.m. to 6 pm.

Schoolhouse Gallery new exhibit titled, “Fresh Snow and River Smoke” features the most recent nature photography of John Orcutt and Cam Held. These images showcase the subtle color and ethereal beauty that only this winter season can offer; from early morning steam rising off the Carrabassett River on a -20 degree day to a fresh dusting of snow blanketing evergreen boughs deep in a Maine forest. At Schoolhouse Gallery, located at 266 Main Street in Kingfield Village through April. Also 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.

On Exhibit. Photographer Betsy Bass's work is on exhibit at the Carrabassett Valley Library & Community Center. For those interested in finding out more about her work, she can be emailed at betsybass52@gmail.com.

The Farmington Public Library and Literacy Volunteers of Franklin and Somerset counties will be hosting a poetry contest in honor of Shakespeare’s 451st birthday on April 23. Each poet may submit up to three poems, none of which may be more than 60 lines in length, to the library. Poems should include contact information and the age category on the back. There are three age categories: under 16 years of age, 16 to 25, and older than 25 years of age. The deadline for submissions is March 30. Winners will be announced on April 17. Three prizes will be available for each category. The first prize is $50, the second prize is $25 and the third prize is a $20 gift certificate to the LVFSC book sale. All are welcome to join us for the public reading of the winning poems on April 23.

MUSIC, DANCE, DRAMA & COMEDY

Concert. Fiddle Jam Concert with Franklin County Fiddlers, visiting Strawberry Hill Fiddlers, and Waterville Acoustic Ensemble will be held 7 p.m. on Monday, March 30 in the Bjorn Auditorium at the Mt. Blue Campus. The concert is free and open to the public and will spotlight each individual group and will feature several songs they’ll perform together!

Easter Program. “Lamb of God, King of Glory,” is the name of a unique Easter program to be presented by the New Hope Baptist Church, 168 Perham St. in Farmington on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 3, 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information about this family event please call 778-9696.

Dance. Samantha Farmer, Chelse Macomber, and Gabbie Walsh, three Mt. Blue high school cheerleaders have been nominated to attend the prestigious Cheer Hawaii in june of this year. The girls are putting on a dance on April 10 from 8pm-11pm at the Farmington Elks lodge, in West Farmington. Battling bands will be “Stay Tuned” and “To Be Determined.” Tickets are $10 per person. Please contact Sandra Farmer for purchase information at 207-578-8988.

Library Murder Mystery: Help solve a mystery at the Farmington Public Library, April 11. at 6:30. Come to the library and meet ten suspects, grill them for clues, confer with your team members, offer your theory, and have fun! Tickets $15 ,or $25 a pair, are available at Devaney Doak and Garrett and the Farmington Public Library. Limited amounts available. F.M.I call Barb 578-0286, or email barb63@beeline-online.net. All proceeds to benefit the Farmington Public Library

The AcouSticks Recorder Consort will present a concert in North Church in Farmington at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 12:" A Musical Journey Through Time." The program will include pieces spanning the 13th through 20th centuries, demonstrating the versatility of the musical literature written for these sweet, mellow instruments. This event will be performed entirely on recorders, the pre-Renaissance precursor of the modern flute, which are quite unlike the screechy things used in the fourth grade to introduce children to playing music. Commentary about the composers and the music will be included. Suggested donation $10. For more info, contact: Anne Hess at anneh5012@gmail.com.

The 13th annual Kingfield POPS will present The Bangor Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lucas Richman on June 27. Maine's own Rustic Overtones will perform both as a group and with the Orchestra; bringing a new sound to the western mountains. These acts will be complemented by other musical artists. Picnics welcome, blanket or lawn chair encouraged. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Until May 15, tickets are $20. From May 15 to gate opening, tickets are $25. Tickets for the 2015 Kingfield POPS will be $30 at the gate. Kennedy Farm, Route 142 in Kingfield. The Kingfield Art Walk, a road race, Kingfield POPS Festival of the Arts, an introductory guided mountain bike ride hosted by the Carrabassett Valley chapter of NEMBA and other family-friendly activities round out the celebration of music and art. See kingfieldpops.com for tickets and for more information.

BENEFIT FEASTS, AUCTIONS & OTHER EVENTS

Cub Scout Troop 585 will be holding its annual cake auction on Thursday, April 2 at 6 p.m. at the Trinity Church. This fundraiser provides money for the pack fund. Everyone and anyone is welcome!

Benefit Bake Sale. The Franklin Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Bake Sale will be held on Friday, April 3 at the GH Bass Room Lobby at the hospital. 7:30 a.m. until sold out.

Easter Bake Sale on Friday, April 3 from 8:30-5:00 and Saturday, April 4 from 8:30-11:30 at The Franklin-Somerset Credit Union on Wilton Road in Farmington. This sale will benefit The Franklin County Relay For Life Team: Life In A Whole New Lite w/Partylite.

The Kingfield United Methodist Church, 51 High Street, Kingfield, will be having a public breakfast on April 4. Menu to include: Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, French Toast, Pancakes, Homefries, Sausage Gravy w/ Biscuit, Muffins, Coffee, Tea, Assorted Juice. Serving from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Adults: $5, Children: $3, Family Rate is available. All proceeds to benefit church programs.

Mt. Blue Softball Bottle Drive. The Mt. Blue High School girls softball team will be holding a bottle drive on Saturday, April 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help purchase needed equipment for the season. The players and coaches will be out in the Wilton, Farmington, New Sharon areas during that time and appreciate all who can make a bottle donation to support the team. The drop off for players to take their bottles will be at Madore's Market in West Farmington.

Bag Ali Benefit Sale. Franklin Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Bag Ali Sale will be held on Monday, April 6, from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Tuesday, April 7, from 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in the GH Bass Room at the hospital. Open to the public.

Public Supper at Trinity United Methodist Church, 4:30 to 6 p.m. on April 11. Baked beans and casserole supper. The prices are $7 adults and $3.50 for children 12 and 12 and under are free. For more information call Trinity United Methodist Church at 778-3921.

The Chesterville Grange will be holding a public "souper" supper on Friday, April 11th, serving between 5:00 and 6:30 pm. Homemade soups, chowders, and dessert. Adult, $5; Child, $2.50. FMI 778-2282 or 778-5845.

Public Ham Dinner at Franklin Masonic Lodge of New Sharon on Sunday, April 12 from 11:30 to 1:00. Served with mashed potato, corn and 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

The Franklin County Children’s Task Force in Farmington is hosting its 4th annual 5K/10K & Kids Fun Run on Sunday April 12 in downtown Farmington to benefit programming that aims to prevent child abuse and neglect before it starts. Participants can register online at www.active.com keywords “Run to Prevent Child Abuse”. Pre-registration cost for adults is $20 for the 5K and $30 for the 10K; you may also register on the day of the race for an additional $2 dollars. The first 50 registrants will receive free running shirts. For children under 12, the Kids Fun Run is free. Participants of the 5K/10K can pay by credit card online or by cash or check on the day of the race. Registration and check-in begin at 7:30 a.m. at the FCCTF office on 113 Church St. Farmington, ME. Kids Fun Run will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K/10K will begin at 9:00 a.m. For more information please contact us at 207-778-6960.

Hope Association Scrapbooking/Crafting Day will be held on April 18, from 7 am to 9 pm. Silent auctions, swap table, 50/50. Tables are $35 each. Please call Sally Theriault at 364-4561 for a registration form or for more information. Registration deadline is April 10.

The Downtown Business Owners Association and UMF are hosting the 2nd Annual Farmington Earth Day Clean Up Event on Wednesday April 22, from 1-3PM. Volunteers are needed to say good bye to the dregs of winter and “spring clean” the town. The meeting spot is in front of the Pierce House on Main Street, right next to the Post Office. Bags and gloves will be handed out to the volunteers. Volunteers can show up anytime from 1-3 and do as much as they want. Pick your favorite spot or get an area assigned. It’s lots of fun! All are welcome.

Used Book Sale. Literacy Volunteers of Franklin & Somerset Counties Huge Annual Used Book Sale with the lowest prices around will be held on Saturday, May 2, from 9-5 p.m. and Sunday, May 3, from 9-3 p.m. at the Farmington Elks Lodge, 120 School Street in West Farmington. (Sunday only, reduced prices with special giveaways!)

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!

The Hospice House 5K & Remembrance Walk. Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice has set the dates for its largest fundraising event of the year: The Hospice House 5K & Remembrance Walk. The events will take place on May 3 starting at the Franklin County Courthouse on Main Street in Farmington, and on May 17 starting at Central Maine Community College in Auburn. The Hospice House Planning Committee hopes to make the 2015 event bigger and better than ever and is already well underway in preparations for the event. For details on the event, start times, location information and to register visit hhrunwalk.org or call 207-795-9469.

Benefit Fund Set up. Rosalind Farrington and Joan Farrington Mills both when to MBHS, and their parents Norm and Chun still live in Wilton. Joan and her husband have just unexpectedly lost their newborn (6 week old) baby Jaxon, and are in need of your support to help with funeral and medical expenses. ($5. will help, anything you can give will help.) Fundraisers have been set up for the family here.

CRAFT FAIRS, YARD SALES & FARMERS' MARKETS

Yard Sale Items Needed. The New Sharon Community Improvement Team is seeking donations of items for its annual yard sale. Any pieces that are still useful and not broken are welcome. CIT members are available for pickup at homes and other locations if wanted. Funds raised from the sale are used to support the organization's community projects, including a vegetable garden, flower gardens, and Christmas tree lighting. The sale will be held May 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the town office. For information, call Jeannette Adams at 778-4015 or Sally Locke at 779-7282.

We are now taking applications for crafters for Hope Association’s Annual Spring Craft Fair which will be held at 85 Lincoln Avenue, Rumford on Saturday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fees for tables will go towards Special Olympics Summer Games for Hope Association’s Team Sunshine. $15 for each 8-foot table. Two chairs will also be provided per table. Table will be $10 each with a donation to our silent auction. Please call Sally Theriault at 364-4561 for an application or for more information as soon as possible. Space is limited. Deadline: Friday April 17.

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

New Sharon Snow Riders welcomes all snowmobilers in the surrounding area to join us at our next meeting on April 2 at 7pm at the New Sharon Town Office. We will be planning the dinner for our landowners and electing club offices. If you should have any questions, we can be reached at NewSharonSnow_Riders@yahoo.com - Hope to see you there!

Western Maine Women’s Business Owners Networking Event will be held on Friday, April 3, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Homestead Restaurant in Farmington. Nancy German, a voice over professional and the owner of Voiceabilities will lead our focused discussion this month. She sells her voice as the product to help businesses market their services via phone, internet, video and commercial applications and will give us some business insight from that perspective. Please look for more information next week. I hope you can make it and please bring a friend! For more info, contact Betty Gensel, Director & Business Counselor at 778-6529 or bjg@ceimaine.org.

Holy Week & Easter Schedule. Upcoming events: Maundy Thursday, April 2, 7 pm at St. Luke's Congregants recall Jesus’ act of humility at the Last Supper through a foot washing. After Holy Communion the Church is darkened in preparation for Good Friday Good Friday, April 3, noon Farmington Ecumenical Good Friday Service at Old South Church and Good Friday, April 3, 7 pm, Wilton Ecumenical Good Friday Service at Wilton Congregational Church. Great Vigil of Easter, Saturday, April 4, 8 p.m. at St. Luke's with Bishop Steven Lane Beginning in a darkened Church the Vigil celebrates Christ’s resurrection through light, scripture, Easter hymns, renewal of baptismal vows, and Holy Communion. Easter Festival Eucharist, April 5, 9:30am at St. Luke's A joyous celebration of Easter.  Please also join us for a fun indoor Easter Egg Hunt for the children immediately following the service!

Holy Week Services for Old South Church. Upcoming: Maundy Thursday Service: Old South will host a simple, silent soup supper in their vestry at 5:30 pm, followed by Maundy Thursday worship. Easter Worship Celebration: Join us at 9:30 on Easter Sunday at Old South Church to celebrate the Good News that love always wins and to explore what resurrection means for us today.

Maundy Thursday Service on April 2 at Shorey Chapel, 1109 Industry Road, Industry will begin at 6 p.m. with a Seder and potluck meal in the vestry followed by a service in the sanctuary including the reading of the Good Friday scripture. Worship services for Palm Sunday, March 29 and Easter April 5 will be at 10 a.m. All are welcome.

Easter Sunrise Service sponsored by the Farmington Area Ecumenical Ministry on Sunday, April 5 at approximately 6:15 a.m. On Voter Hill, a little more than a mile past the former WKTJ radio station; turn left and go straight UP. Meet at the intersection--a short way after you pass the farm buildings. If it is clear, or even if we have rain, snow, sleet or fog, the half-hour service will be held! Dress Warmly and remember your boots. Following the service, all are invited indoors for muffins and beverages served at the home of Fred and Denise Brittain. This year's coffee will be served by members of one of the local FAEM churches.

Pilgrim Commandery 19 Knights Templar will hold its annual Easter Service and breakfast at the Farmington/Wilton Masonic Hall on the Bryant Road in East Wilton. The Service is Sunday morning April 5, at 7:30 a.m. All Sir Knights and Master Masons are invited to attend along with their sons and grandsons. Donations will be accepted for the breakfast.

Easter Egg Hunt and Service. Living Waters A/G in Farmington, would like to invite everyone to a Giant Easter Egg Hunt for children up to 11 years of age at 9 a.m., and to our Easter service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 5. There will be adult fellowship down stairs during the Easter Egg hunt, please join us everyone is welcome!

Library Meeting. All are welcome to attend Farmington Public Library's Annual Corporator's Meeting Wednesday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. Community members interested in how they can help the library are encouraged to join us. Elections will be held for new trustees and officers. Refreshments will be served.

Book Discussion at Norlands on Wednesday, April 8. Book discussion begins at 6:30 pm. Come at 5:30 pm if interested in a tour of the 1867 Washburn mansion. Free admission.The third and last in a series of community reads is focused on This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust. Read the book and engage in a discussion facilitated by Libby Bischof, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History and Department Chair at the University of Southern Maine. Contact the Norlands for details. This activity is a part of the Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War project – a partnership between Norlands and Spruce Mountain High School – and sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council and Maine Historical Society. The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center is located at 290 Norlands Road in Livermore. FMI: 207-897-4366; norlands@norlands.org; or www.norlands.org.

Strong Public Library invites pre-school children birth – age 5 to the Spring Story Time Thursdays at 11:45 April 9 – 30. The time has been changed from 11:30 to 11:45. Come and enjoy a story, snack, craft, and a song or poem. All programs are free.

Meeting. The Franklin County Retired Educators will emerge from the receding snow pack on Monday, April 20. They will meet at the White Elephant Restaurant in Strong at 11 a.m. to greet friends, share tales of the winter past and eat a delicious lunch. The formal program will be with Jenna Mehnert talking about issues related to mental health. Members wishing to contribute to the Franklin County door prize basket at the May state convention in Augusta, please bring items for the theme of "Refresh Yourself in Franklin County" to this meeting.

The Franklin County Extension Homemaker programs for the month of April follow: Neighborhood-- April 8 at 1:30 p.m. at Trinity Methodist Church for soups. FMI call 778-4517. Clearwater-- April 9 at 7 p.m. at Shorey Chapel for a Sampler. FMI call 778-9089. Wilton Day--April 9 at 10 a.m. at St Luke‘s Church for Tea Time. FMI call 645-2423 April 16 craft day Place mats. Weld --April 14 at 10:30 a.m. at Town Office Meeting Room for Basket Weaving. FMI call 585-2545. North Chesterville--April 16 at 7 p.m. at Chesterville Town Office for Finalization of County Spring Meeting and work session also choose June outing. FMI contact call 778-3156. All Homemakers---April 20 Community Service Project-IV Covers and hats and mittens at the Wilton Town Office on the Weld Rd. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. FMI call 779-7995. Strong Learning and Sharing-- April 28 at 10 a.m. at the Methodist Parish House for Soap making. FMI call 684-4538. Kingfield-- April 30 at 11 a.m. at Webster Hall for TBA. FMI call 684-5579. The public is more then 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 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 do between two and five Community Service Projects. In partnership with the University of Maine cooperative Extension.

Livermore Falls High School, Class of 1985 30th reunion planning is underway! We are seeking contact information for all classmates. Please forward your name, mailing address, phone number and email address to lfhs85@gmail.com.

SeniorsPlus is holding a Caregiver Support Group at the Farmington Town Office, the First Monday of each month, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. 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.

Farmington Area Veterans. The Veterans’ Advocate is at the Municipal Building in Farmington the first Tuesday of every month, 9 a.m. until noon.

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

Celebrate Spring here at the New Vineyard library! We'll be learning about "Seed Saving" with guest speaker David Kidd III on Monday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the library community room. He will even be sharing some samples of heirloom popcorn! Bring any questions along with a friend! Don't miss it!

Free Argentine Tango classes with Zarvin Palacios will be held next at the Farmington Recreation Center next on Monday, March 30 at 10:30 am to 12:30 and March 31, Tuesday 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Call the Farmington Community Center for updates or scheduling questions at 778-3464 or 1-802-282-5212.

Mt. Blue RSD Adult & Community Education spring session has scheduled two art classes with instructor Barbara Hathaway, Painter of Sunsets. Acrylic Painting begins Wednesday April 1, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Hathaway Art Studio, 32 Maple Street, Wilton. It is fun to paint with acrylics as it dries quickly and is easy to clean up. Acrylic paint can be applied to almost anything including canvas, furniture, metal, wood, rocks, and fabric. Students learn to mix colors and experiment with textures and techniques. Demos will be included. Materials needed: canvas or panel no larger than 16” x 20”, acrylic paint set, three brushes one large, one medium and one small, palette which can be a foam tray or plate, rags, and a water jar. If you have an object to paint or a photo to work from, you may bring it. Art of Watercolor, using the Michael Wilcox painting technique, begins Monday April 6, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Hathaway Art Studio. Students learn to control color mixing by practicing making pleasing colors in values of light, medium and dark. Techniques will develop your painting style as you learn to make vibrant sunsets, clouds, reflections, foliage and details. Watercolor is fun and easy. Students can complete a composition that can be matted and framed or printed as a greeting card. Materials needed: watercolor paper 140lbs, watercolor paint set, 3 watercolor brushes, one large, one medium, one small, palette, paper towels or rags. Both classes are for beginners to semi-pro. The fee is $66. for the 5 week session. Hathaway has a Certificate of Advertising Design from UMA and organizes Pleine Air Art Workshops and Retreats. Other classes upon request are Boundaries That Make Life Easier & Happier, Crafts For Your Household, Illustrating Children’s Books, Journaling With Art to Release Your Fears & Doubts, Sculpturing Head, Hands and Feet. For more information or to register call: 207-645-3449 or email bhaway@myfairpoint.net

Ever thought about a career in Real Estate? If so, then this is the class for you. The Maine Real Estate Commission has approved this course as meeting all of the education requirements necessary to obtain a Sales Agent license in Maine. After successful completion of this course the student must pass a standardized state test prior to applying for their state Sales Agent license. This course is presented by the Arthur Gary School of Real Estate. The Arthur Gary School of Real Estate was established in 1991 with the founding concept of providing quality education that is interesting, fun and useful. The school has received recognition from the Real Estate Educators Association of Maine for “Real Estate Course of the Year” for four different courses for four years. School instructors have received recognition as the Real Estate Educators Association of Maine’s “Educator of the Year” for two years. Sales Agent Course begins April 2 to May 5 (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays for just 4 weeks!) Course fee: $435 (The registration fee includes books and materials.) Register ONLINE anytime at www.msad523.maineadulted.org or call 225-1010 for more information.

Fiber Arts Group. Join us at the Wilton Free Public Library every 1st Friday of the month (next one April 3. from 10:00 to 12:00.) We have had rug hooking, tatting, hand embroidery, crocheting, knitting, hand quilting , why not join us with your specialty? Call Glenda at 207-645-0909, or contact Heidi. heidiwilde.1@gmail.com. Hope to see you there.

Talking About What Comes Next: Health Care Advance Directives, an information sharing workshop with Jackie Fournier, NP, Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner will be held on Sunday, April 12, 3 p.m. at the Dr. Shaw Memorial Library in Mt. Vernon. Join us to learn how to plan ahead and write instructions for the health care you want if a time comes when you are unable to make decisions, or to state your wishes. Advance Directive offers a guide to family/friends on what your choices would be in regards to health care decisions. This free legal document is a tool that makes clear an individual's unique choices in the balance of quality and quantity of life. Jackie, who works in palliative care at CMMC, will help us work through the process of making an Advance Directive, and answer questions we might have about health care choices we all face.

Pre-Arrangement Considerations Class. Thinking about the inevitability of one's death is subject that few like to consider? For many, actually moving ahead with the pre-planning or pre-paying for their funeral is even more difficult to act on. When one begins to understand the financial and emotional pressure that a funeral can thrust on our loved ones, it becomes clear that planning in advance is a considerate and responsible thing to do. Similar to the protection that life insurance provides for loved ones; planning a funeral in advance can protect loved ones from much more than just financial concerns. You have always been there to protect them throughout your life, why not after your death? The class will help you find a balance between the emotional, spiritual and financial needs of your surviving loved ones after you have gone. Instructor: Kathy of Finely Funeral Home and the class will be held on Saturday, April 18, from 11 am to 2 pm at the Spruce Mountain Adult and Community Education at 9 Cedar Street, Livermore Falls.

MSAD #58 (Avon, Kingfield, Phillips, Strong) Kindergarten Registration. For students turning 5 on or before October 15, 2015 will be held at the following locations:
Phillips Elementary School – Tuesday, May 5, 2015 Contact Person: Joan Haggan (207) 639-2909; Strong Elementary School – Wednesday, May 6, 2015 Contact Person: Mary Stinchfield (207) 684-3521;Kingfield Elementary School – Thursday, May 7, 2015 Contact Person: Paula Coburn (207) 265-4132. Please make an appointment for your child by calling the appropriate contact person listed above. The registration/screening will take approximately one hour. Please bring your child, your child’s birth certificate and your child’s immunization record with you to the appointment.

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.

Spruce Mountain Adult Education is now offering Firearms Hunter Safety. Wednesday April 15, Monday April 27 and Wednesday April 29 from 6pm-9pm at Spruce Mountain High School Cafetetia. Please contact Spruce Mountain Adult Education at 897-6406 to register today. The cost is $15. The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's Hunter Education Course is more than a "gun safety" class. The basic mandatory course consists of classroom instruction. Each course is taught by a trained, certified volunteer instructor according to statewide standards. The course covers the following topics: Total Course = 12 Hours; Proper Handling = 2 Hours; Rifle and Shotgun = 2 Hours (1 hour each); Survival/First Aid = 2 Hours; Hunter Responsibility = 2 Hours; Map and Compass = 2 Hours; Landowner Relations = 1 Hour; Time as Needed in Course = 1 Hour. Students are provided with a course handbook, outdoor survival information, and additional handouts. Courses involve lectures and demonstrations by instructors, homework, field experiences and a final written exam. The minimum course length is 12 hours, although many will average more. You must attend every day of the class in order to receive your certificate.

The New Sharon Recreation Department is holding a Seniors Exercise Class. Tues: - Thurs. 8:15 am to 9:15 a.m.  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.

Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation on Thursday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. This is an orientation for people with disabilities who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Orientations are held the 1st Thursday of the month. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Registration not required.

Resume & Interviewing Skills on Wednesday, April 8 from 1 to 3 p.m. Explore the basics of resumes and applications and learn how to make your resume and interview standout in a positive way. Learn to market yourself in a way that directly matches employer needs. “Tough” interview questions will be discussed so that you can answer them with confidence.

Gateways to Employment on Wednesday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to noon and on Wednesday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Maine CareerCenters help bring job seekers and employers together. It is the place to start your job search or find out about education and training opportunities so you can continue to be competitive in the workplace. This workshop will provide you with more information about the resources that the CareerCenter has to offer. You will also learn about some of the newest tools that can assist you in conducting an efficient and productive job search. Topics covered include: how to tap into the “hidden job market;” identifying the skills you have to offer employers and tips on successfully completing applications, resumes, and cover letters a well how to register and apply for jobs posted through the CareerCenter.

MEOC-101-Essentials of College Planning on Thursday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This workshop introduces people to educational opportunities in general and MEOC services in particular. This interactive workshop touches on the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career and study skills. The Financial Aid portion of this workshop will provide an overview of financial basics and the completion of the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please call to pre-register: 1-800-281-3703 for this session.

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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