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SPECIAL EVENTS & NOTICES

New programs at the CV Library
Fri. March 29 - FLY ROD CROSBY ~ Pam Matthews Book Talk 4:00
Sat. March 30 - Talk Saves Lives American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) 3:30

Maple Hill Farm invites you to join their annual SAP HOUSE CELEBRATION on Sat. March 23 from 12 noon to 3pm and Sun. March 24 from 9am to 3pm. Located at 390 Titcomb Hill Rd. The Tracy family and friends will be providing an amazing and delicious array of maple treats to sample and purchase in addition to jugs of 100% pure maple syrup. FMI call 778-4506 or visit the Facebook page.

True Mountain Maple Syrup’s 2nd annual Maine Maple Sunday. Sunday March 24 from 10am-4pm. 227 Federal Row, Industry, Maine. Please join us for tours of the sugarhouse and facilities and a wide selection of maple foods. For more information: 207-778-2058 or truemountainmaplesyrup@gmail.com

Pancake Breakfast and Maple Sugaring on Sunday March 24 at Washburn-Norlands Living History Center in Livermore. Step into the past for a taste of history. Pancakes and sausage, drizzled in Norlands' own maple syrup,served in the historic farmer's cottage and 1867 Washburn family kitchen. Boiling demonstrations take place in the sap house. The one-room schoolhouse will also be open. Breakfast is $5-$7. Free admission to sap house and one-room schoolhouse. Norlands is located at 290 Norlands Road in Livermore. For more information, visit www.norlands.org or call 207-897-4366.

Owls In The Library! The Strong Public Library will be hosting the Chewonki Foundation's Owls of Maine program on Thursday March 28, at 6:00 p.m. In the words of the Chewonki Foundation: Three live owls are the highlights of this program, which introduces participants to the owls native to Maine and New England. Beginning with slides and sounds, participants will learn the identifying characteristics and calls of each owl. Then, using talons, wings, and skulls, we explore the adaptations of these silent nocturnal hunters. This program ends with an intimate and detailed look at live owls, bringing these creatures of the night into the light!

The Brain Injury Association of America's Maine Chapter is holding the 2019 Maine Brain Injury Resource Fair on Thursday, March 28, 2019, 1-4 pm, at the Augusta Armory in Augusta. This event is FREE to attend! Brain injury survivors, family members/caregivers, friends, professionals, and anyone interested in learning more about brain injury resources and supports in Maine are welcome to attend. Exhibitors will include brain injury programs/providers, legal and advocacy organizations, support groups, veterans' organizations, caregiver resources, recreational opportunities, the Maine Brain Injury Waiver, and more! Please visit www.biausa.org/maine to register. On-site registration will also be available.

Tickets for the 8th Annual Speakeasy Fundraiser are on sale now! Tickets can be bought at Devaney, Doak & Garrett or Tranten's Family Market- both Farmington and Kingfield locations. The Speakeasy Fundraiser benefits local area food pantries and food insecurity programs with live 1920s music, cocktails by Calzolaio Pasta Co. and a an era-appropriate experience! The event will take place Saturday April 6 at the West Farmington Grange. Outfits encouraged!

Franklin County Job Fair. Wednesday April 10, 2019; 10:00 am to Noon. Franklin Memorial Hospital – Bass Room. 111 Franklin Health Commons, Farmington, ME 04938. To register your business or FMI: Leo Deon 207-753-9092 or visit: www.mainecareercenter.gov

6th Annual Farmington Earth Day Volunteer Cleanup, April 22, 2019, anytime from 1-3 pm, Meeting spot Pierce House lawn, 204 Main Street, next to the Post Office Farmington has celebrated Earth Day with a volunteer cleanup the past five years. Young and old -- individuals, families, businesses, and student and civic groups have all helped clean up plastics and other litter around the streets and parkways. Bags and gloves will again be provided at the Pierce House meeting spot. Our mascots, Fred's famous baby miniature goats, will be on hand to cheer us on, and to be petted before or after you hit the streets. This year’s theme is “Plogging for Plastic.” What is “plogging,” you ask? A great form of exercise that combines walking or jogging with picking up litter -- to help you and your neighborhood get in good shape at the same time! UMF students will be available for a demonstration of this fun and worthwhile exercise technique. Bring family and friends. Promote your group with tee shirts or hats, etc. Or just show up. All are welcome! If any questions, call Jody Bean Palmer at 778-2200.

Saturday, April 27. Please plan to attend Rural Community Action Ministry’s 8th Annual Auction for Action at Boofy Quimby Memorial Center, Route 219 (Howes Corner Road) in North Turner. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. with a Silent Auction, a variety of food for sale, live entertainment with Stan Davis, door prizes and more! The Live Auction, with Auctioneer Ed Wheaton, will begin at 6:00 p.m. RCAM provides homelessness and hunger prevention services to our most vulnerable neighbors in Buckfield, Canton, Greene, Hartford, Leeds, Litchfield, Livermore, Livermore Falls, Monmouth, Sabattus, Sumner, Turner, Wales, and Wayne. RCAM’s Auction for Action is a great opportunity to learn more about RCAM services, meet new friends and strengthen our communities.

Entering the Healing Temple - A Day of Sanctuary for Women will be held once again in Maine, April 27 at the Big White Barn, Readfield, from 10 am - 5:30 pm. Are you long overdue for a day devoted to your own nurturing? Do you need to slow down, have a day to reset and exhale? This is a guided journey that will have the feel of a meditative retreat, healing ritual and spa. You are invited to surrender into receiving, to be nourished, supported and witnessed in a safe place within an intimate group of women. Cost, contact, and registration information available at this link https://www.insightbodywork.com/readfield-april-2019

Are you a fan of fermentation? Do you make sauerkraut or barrel pickles, kimchee or yogurt? Beer or wine? kombucha? Something else fermented and awesome? The Fiddlehead Festival planners invite you to share your creations and spread the Joy of Fermentation at this year’s festival, Saturday, May 4 from 10 - 2:00 on the UMF campus. We seek people who want to either demonstrate their process, show off their items, give a talk, sell fermented products or enter them in a taste competition. If you are interested please call Cynthia at 778-3513. Leave a message if no answer.

Readfield Union Meeting House - 2019 events
March 24 - Soupah Sunday at Kents Hill ski lodge (benefits the Vestry)
RUMH is at 22 Church Rd, Readfield 04355. facebook.com/readfield.union.meeting.house

EXHIBITS, READINGS & SHOWS

The Farmington Public Library is happy to to announce that Art Quilts Maine will be exhibiting their traveling show during the months of April and May. "The mission of Art Quilts Maine is to support members in their exploration of contemporary quilt art, to inspire creativity and individuality, and to promote the understanding, appreciation, and recognition of contemporary quilters in the state of Maine." There will be a Meet and Greet at the library with local quilter Sally Rowe on Thursday, April 4, from 3-5p.m. Please join us!

Lovely War reading on Friday, April 5, 6:30 pm at Devaney Doak & Garrett Booksellers, 193 Broadway Farmington ME. A Reading and Book Signing by award winning Young Adult author Julie Berry.

New 2019 Art Exhibit at the Carrabassett Valley Public Library & Community Center for March & April! Patty Thomas is the founder of Alpine Design and a member of High Peaks Artisan Guild. She has been painting throughout her life. Patty loves to paint in watercolors; mostly painting in acrylics. She paints on anything including canvases, paper, wood, furniture, trompe l'oeil. Her most popular works are painting landscapes of the Sugarloaf area on old found recovered skis. Her husband Greg Thomas tears off the bindings and mounts them together on recycle wood. Patty sees a painting every time she goes outside; every element is art and she views the world as one big canvas. The exhibit in the lobby can be viewed M-F 8-5, Sat: 10-5 & Sundays 12-3 A Wine & Cheese Reception will be held on Friday, March 8 from 4:30-6pm. For more information, please call the library at 237-3535.

The Shiretown Bookers, in affiliation with the University of Maine at Farmington, are proud to announce their upcoming exhibition "Paradise: The Literature of Gardening," running from March 15 through May 15, in the Shiretown Bookers' Hall in Mantor Library at 116 South Street in Farmington. Great literature often takes place in a garden: Pride and Prejudice, The Importance of Being Ernest, Alice in Wonderland, Midsummer Night's Dream, The Secret Garden, but there is also an entire literature about gardening itself. This is an exhibition of books that celebrate the plot, the plants, and the process: histories, surveys, aesthetic studies, manuals, seed catalogs, and glorious picture-books, works that bring hope to the end of a long hard winter.The exhibition is curated by Abby Tooker. There will be an opening reception at the exhibition hall on March 15, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. All events of the Shiretown Bookers are free, and the public is invited.

High Peaks Artisan Guild, Gallery and Antiques. The Guild members would like to welcome you to come usher in the fall season with them. Paintings, photography, prints and cards, travel art, wood turnings, crazy quilts and quilted bags, fiber art, felted soap, homemade soap, knitted and crochet items, child size fleece hoodies, homemade pillows, found object art, jewelry, warm glass and stained glass, pottery, salvaged wood furniture, hand forged wrought iron items, antiques and collectibles. An unexpected find in the heart of historic downtown Kingfield. Regular hours open, Friday thru Sunday 11-5pm, Thursdays thru January or by appointment or chance. (207)340-8143 or home (207)446-4316, 245 Main Street, Kingfield. highpeaksartisanguild.homestead.com

New Sharon Historical Museum regular hours are Wednesday nights, 5 to 7 p.m. and by appointment 207-578-4068.

MUSIC, DANCE, DRAMA & COMEDY

Farmington, March 21-Toronto’s quintet Union Duke, will bring soulful indie-folk mixed with bluegrass to the stage, in their only Maine performance at the Old South First Congregational Church, 235 Main St, Farmington. Doors open 6 pm, jam session 6:15pm, concert 7 pm. Refreshments by donation. Adults $15, Students $10/$5. Ticket reservations call 207-491-5919. FMI band www.unionduke.com

Libraries Rock! All Ages Rock Concert! Jay-Niles Memorial Library Friends Present: The Only Hope on March 23, 2019. 4:00-7:00pm @ Jay-Niles Memorial Library, 983 Main St, Jay, Maine. $5 Admission ($2.50 to The Only Hope/$2.50 to the Library) (Capped at $20 for families) Refreshments available for sale. FMI: call 645-4062 or email thoke@jaynileslibrary.com

The Weld Extension Homemakers will host an annual Spring performance of the FRANKLIN COUNTY FIDDLERS at the Weld Town Hall on March 23, 2019 at 7 o'clock in the evening. The event is FREE to all including refreshments (lots of homemade cookies). Donations will be accepted during the event and go directly to the Franklin County Fiddlers program. We hope to see you there!

ArtsFarmington will be presenting another Youth Concert on March 26 at 7 p.m. in Nordica Auditorium in Merrill Hall at the Univ. of Maine at Farmington. It will feature talented young musicians from the Farmington and Jay/Livermore Falls areas. Admission will be by donation. For more information about the youth concert you can call 778-9437. ArtsFarmington is an affiliate of the Univ. of Maine at Farmington.

BENEFIT FEASTS, AUCTIONS & OTHER EVENTS

Mallett School is currently selling our Spring Calendar Raffles ... there are some amazing prizes, multiple drawings and a great cause! Anyone wanting to purchase a calendar can still get in on the fun. Drawings start this week, but there are plenty of prizes to be had! Proceeds benefit the Mallett PTA, which in turn supports the Mallett students and teachers. Just this year the PTA has helped: purchase left-handed scissors for students, pay for transportation to/from field trips, provide bean bags for reading nooks, weekly readers, and so much more! Anyone interested in suiporting a great cause can call 620-4922 for a calendar or comment on the Mallet PTA facebook post! www.facebook.com/mallettpta

Here is the menu for the Community Table for the week of March 25 from 11:30 to 1:00 each day at the Forster Building in Strong. Monday: Chicken alfredo, Tuesday: Roast Beef and mashed potatoes, Wednesday: Roast Pork and mashed potato, Thursday: Homemade mac and cheese, and Friday: Meatloaf. Plus all kinds of side dishes and take home items. As always it is free but donations are accepted. Hope to see you there.

Public suppers at the New Sharon Methodist Church on the following dates: 3/23/19, 4/27/19, and 5/25/19. Suppers are scheduled for 5:00-6:30 and the price is $9.00 for adults

Free Loaves and Fishes Chowder Luncheon, Trinity United Methodist Church, 612 Farmington Falls Road, Farmington, Maine Wednesdays Jan. 9 thru March 27, 2019 ALL ARE WELCOME 11:30-12:30. No School - No Chowder For Loaves and Fishes Cancellations - List to WKTJ For further information 778 - 3921 or 778 - 2170

St. Rose of Lima will be providing free community suppers on the Friday evenings of Lent. Each supper will be held from 4:30 to 6:00 PM in the St. Rose of Lima parish hall, 1 Church Street, Jay.
Friday, March 22 – Meatless Spaghetti
Friday, March 29 – Tomato Basil Soup, Mac-n-Cheese, and Ployes
Friday, April 5 – Fish Chowder, Corn Chowder, Vegetable Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Friday, April 12 – Vegetable Lasagna

Auction next Friday at W.G. Mallett School. Franklin County Soil & Water Conservation District is holding a public auction at Mallett School on Middle in Farmington on Friday, March 22, 2019. Doors open at 5:15 pm for registration for bid numbers and viewing of the auction items. The auction will commence at 5:45 pm with Adrian Harris volunteering as auctioneer for the evening. Items are still coming in, but lists of the items will be available in our office co-located with the USDA Service Center at 107 Park St in Farmington starting Thursday, March 21 from noon - 4:00 p.m. and Friday morning until noon. Pre-registering for a bid number will save you time at the door. Stop by the office or call 778-4279 to register. You May also e mail for a bid number until 4 p.m. on Wed., March 20.

Valerianne Hinkley, Morgon Macomber and Sylvia Williamson are juniors at Mt Blue High School and members of the Varsity Cheerleading team who are fundraising to cover the expense of CheerHawaii USA camp. They will be hosting a spaghetti dinner on Sunday March 24, 2019 4-7pm for $5 per person at the Wilton Lions Club.

Community Charity Pot-Luck Dinner benefiting the Wilton Food Pantry, hosted by the Wilton Democratic Committee, Saturday, April 13th 5-6pm at the Wilton Lions Club (864 Main Street). Suggested donation to attend: $5 and a potluck dish, children 12 and under free.

The Pancakery Cafe serves free brunch on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, January 13 through May 12, 2019. The brunch takes place in a colorful restaurant-style setting, with youth group kids waiting on tables and flipping pancakes in the kitchen. The menu includes soups, grilled sandwiches, quiches, and of course, pancakes. The Pancakery Cafe also offers classic espresso and cappuccino drinks. Plus, local musicians play a variety of acoustic music during the dining hour. Located in the vestry of Old South First Congregational Church, 235 Main Street in Farmington, the cafe serves food from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. More details, including up-to-date menus, dates of operation, and featured musicians, can be found on Facebook at "The Pancakery" or write to the youth group program at Jodie@FarmingtonUCC.org.

The Free Store - A community Clothing Recycling Program is located on the 3rd floor of St. Rose of Lima Parish Hall on Church Street, Jay (big brick building across from the church). The store provides free clothing for men, women and children in local communities. We are open Saturday mornings from 9:00 AM til Noon. Donated items may be dropped off at the parish hall when the store is open. Please access the store by the door in the back parking lot. FMI please call 897-2173.

Free Loaves and Fishes Chowder Luncheon, Trinity United Methodist Church, 612 Farmington Falls Road, Farmington, Maine. Wednesdays Jan. 9 thru March 27, 2019. ALL ARE WELCOME. 11:30-12:30. No School - No Chowder. For Loaves and Fishes Cancellations - List to WKTJ. For further information 778 - 3921 or 778 - 2170

Maine Mega Yard Sale Benefiting the Franklin County Animal Shelter, June 22, 2019 from 8am to 2pm, at the Farmington Fairgrounds. Want to clear out your garage, basement, or attic, and help the Franklin County Animal Shelter at the same time? The date of the Maine Mega Yard Sale has been set for Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 8am to 2pm! Sign up now to reserve a space to sell your unwanted stuff at the Maine Mega Yard Sale! Direct sales vendors, crafters, food vendors, antiques dealers, etc. all welcome as well! All proceeds from space reservations and entrance fees go to help our furry friends at the shelter, while all your sales go directly in your pocket. Register online and get all the details here: https://fcanimalshelter.org/maine-mega-yard-sale-2019. Questions? Call FCAS at 207/778-2638, or email dory@fcanimalshelter.org. All shoppers 7 and up enter for $1. Free parking available via Maple Avenue entrance.

2nd Annual Barks & BBQ Benefiting the Franklin County Animal Shelter, July 20 at Titcomb Mountain from 5pm to 9pm. Bring your pooch, grab the kids, and join us for an evening of live music, BBQ, and FUN on the stone patio of the gorgeous and scenic Titcomb Mountain Lodge! We'll be offering a delicious catered BBQ plate dinner while the awesome Farmington-based band, Shepherd's Pie, will be performing their dance-able mix of jazz, pop, classic rock, and country from 5pm to 9pm. All proceeds will benefit your furry friends at the Franklin County Animal Shelter, so spread the word! Purchase your tickets here https://fcanimalshelter.org/barks-and-bbq-2019 via our online registration form, or drop by the shelter to register! Questions? Call FCAS at 207/778-2638, or email dory@fcanimalshelter.org.

Community Dining Site. Seniors are welcome every Monday to the Farmington Community Center (127 Middle Street) for time to socialize and enjoy a healthy meal (suggested donation $3 though not required). Open every Monday except holidays., 10:00 to 2:00 with lunch served at 11:30.

Farmington Elks NICKEL BINGO! Just a nickel a card per game – 38 games, and last game is a quarter a card. Top and Bottom Line progressive games build until $400. Every Monday Night! Doors open at 4:30, games begin at 5:15. Farmington Elks, School St, West Farmington. For more information call or text 491-0019.

CRAFT FAIRS, YARD SALES & FARMERS' MARKETS

Spring Craft Fair – Crafters wanted! May 4, 2019. A Franklin County Chamber of Commerce event to be held at the Titcomb Mountain Lodge - Farmington. 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Tables are $25 each. Please reserve your spot today! 207-778-4215

Farmington: The Winter Farmers Market begins Saturday, November 3, at 10 am. The market is held at the Farmington Grange Hall, 124 Bridge Street, West Farmington, which is just across the Rt. 2 bridge. The winter market will meet every Saturday until May. The market will feature farm products as well as locally produced cosmetics, crafts and baked goods, as well as vegan cooking demonstrations. The hours are 10am until 1pm. New vendors are asked to contact Bonnie Clark at 778-6637 or email clarksfarm@gmail.com.

MEETINGS & GATHERINGS

It is with pleasure the Mt Blue Area Garden Club invites the public to join them to share gardening tips. The group will meet on Tuesday March 19, 2019 at 12:30 at Trinity United Methodist Church, Farmington Falls Road. Members will share gardening tips they have gleaned over their years of gardening with annual and perennial flowers, as well as vegetables and herbs. Come and hear about practical ideas you can put into practice in you garden this year! You may even have a favorite tip to share with the group. Members are asked to bring finger foods to share with the group. Tea and coffee will be provided.

The Franklin County Republicans would like to announce their Lincoln Round Table event will be held Saturday, March 30 at 6pm in the Bass Room of the Franklin Memorial Hospital. Keynote speakers this year will be Sen. Susan Collins and Bruce Poliquin. Please join us for catered hors d’oeuvres and casual conversation with revolving discussions at tables on the topics of: The 2nd Amendment, Taxes, Life, Health Care and Education. Come and share your ideas and concerns. Tickets are $10, with raffle prizes, which will include a modern sporting rifle. If you would like tickets in advance, please contact Franklin County Chair Hutch McPheters at hutchmcpheters@gmail.com. Additional our monthly meeting will be held Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 pm at Masonic Lodge in Kingfield (250 Main St.).

Climate crisis got you down? Are you ready to shift from problems to solutions? Join the Farmington Climate Crisis Coalition and their guest, Peter Garrett, Ph.D., on Friday, April 5 at 6:30p.m. at Old South Church on Main Street, Farmington, for a presentation about the bold, bi-partisan carbon reduction strategy outlined in the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019. Learn why this bill offers a realistic hope for meaningful progress toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Former State Senator Tom Saviello will lead a discussion following the presentation. This event is free and open to the public.

Volunteer Appreciation and Annual Corporators Meeting at the Farmington Public Library, 117 Academy St. Farmington, ME 04938 on April 10 Farmington Public Library ANNUAL CORPORATORS MEETING 6:30 The corporator's meeting is an annual event where library patrons hear the annual library report, ask questions and offer advice. We encourage you to become involved in the library and give feedback to the directors as they serve to meet the community's needs. At this annual meeting, all corporators will have the opportunity to elect the library directors for the coming year. No RSVP is necessary! Snacks will be provided and there will be drawings for door prizes! We encourage all library patrons to attend and become involved in the library's mission. Put April 10th on your calendar! 6:30 to 7:00!

Sunday, April 21 Come join with the Lakes Christian Fellowship, on Easter morning, for a 6:00 AM Sunrise Service, followed by a 6:30AM Free breakfast. That’s at the Belgrade Center for All Seasons, on Rt 27, in Belgrade Lakes, ME. FMI: www.Lakescf.org Phone 207-458-4784

SeniorsPlus announces office hours for its satellite office location at 218 Fairbanks Road in Farmington. Office hours for scheduled appointments will be every Wednesday from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Visitors will need to call 1-800-427-1241 to schedule an appointment. “Walk-in” hours will be held on the second Thursday of every month from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Staff will be on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have about services and resources for older adults and adults with disabilities and their families. These services are free and open to the public. For further information call SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241.

Satellite Office Hours for SeniorsPlus at 218 Fairbanks Road, Farmington. SeniorsPlus announces office hours for its satellite office location at 218 Fairbanks Road in Farmington. Office hours for scheduled appointments will be every Wednesday from 12:30pm to 4:30pm. Visitors will need to call 1-800-427-1241 to schedule an appointment. “Walk-in” hours from 12:30pm to 4:30pm will be held on the 2nd Thursday of every month. Staff will be on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have about services and resources for older adults and adults with disabilities and their families. These services are free and open to the public. For further information call SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241.

Drugs causing you problems? We can help you achieve freedom from active addiction. Narcotics Anonymous Three meetings per week in Farmington. Go to namaine.org or call 1-800-974-0062 for more information.

Al-Anon meetings in Farmington. Offers help and hope for friends and families of alcoholics. Meets Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7 - 8 p.m. at Franklin Memorial Hospital. FMI call Arin 207-242-4848.

Have you been looking for like-minded people that seek to experience the depth of love from God that He provides…then please read! This is not a solicitation from a church nor is this a plea to get people to serve. The Spirit has been quite clear to provide a venue for people that desire the fellowship and soul feeding that a church environment could provide without the condemnation and expectations associated with organized religion. What exactly this will look like is yet to be determined. Not that we don’t want some vision of this but we do not want any ‘mans’ vision. We are completely comfortable with whatever God may be doing. When I say ‘we’ there are just a few that have been praying for God’s direction. For those interested come for regular "Consider This" videos and "Sermons" as lead by the Spirit. If you want to be included on our reminder list please leave your email in the discussion section of our Christian liberation organization Youtube site , or email us directly at christianliberationorg@gmail.com. We reside in the western mountains of Maine and would welcome gatherings. Looking forward with great expectation of God’s work! May you experience the joy and peace of the Father, Son & Spirit!

Wilton Chapter TOPS of Me. Meets Mondays 6 pm to 7pm. Wilton Methodist Church. Come check us out. For info call J. Stinchfield @645-7074.

SeniorsPlus will be at the Wilton Free Public Library the 1st Thursday of every month from 1 pm to 4 pm. We will be on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have about services and resources for older adults and adults with disabilities and their families. All events are FREE and open to the public. For further information and to make an appointment, call SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241.

Veterans of Foreign Wars, James A. McKechnie Post 10881, has changed the monthly meeting to the 1st Thursday of each month. 7 pm at the Farmington Municipal Bldg., downstairs in back of building.

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 Kathy.

The Wilton Historical Society will be holding its monthly meeting every second Thursday from now until November. Each month we will have a guest speaker. The meeting are held at the Farm and Home Museum on Canal St. (behind Key Bank). The business meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. with the guest starting around 7 P.M. All are invited as we are open to the public. For more information please call Pam Brown at 645-2091.

T.O.P.S Weight Loss. Meeting every Monday night, 6 to 8 p.m. Meetings are at the Wilton Methodist Church. (weigh in starts at 6, till 6:45, meeting starts at 7. Take off pounds sensibly.

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

A nationally accredited food safety program for Food Service Managers, Directors, Chefs, Kitchen Managers, Dietitians, Dietary Managers and Food Service staff. Topics include food handling and much more! Friday, March 22 8am-4:30pm & SAT 3/23 $165. Re-Certification Test @ 10 ONLY $75. Must pre-register by March 19.

Canning 101: Waterbath Basics on Sunday, March 24, 1 PM – 4 PM. Farmington Grange #12. 124 Bridge street. West Farmington,ME. Victoria of Maine Homestead Project has been canning for almost 20 years. "I have been canning jams, salsa, pickles, relishes and jalapeno candy for years. Knowing what is in my food is important to me. I don't want unpronounceable words on my food labels. I love to see my hard work go from the large gardens we grow to the shelves of our pantry." You will be learning Safety and the basics of waterbath canning. We will be making a batch of Organic Strawberry Rhubarb Jam to welcome spring! Fee is $15 per person and includes a jar of jam to take home, class work sheets and a sense of empowerment to can at home safely! Bring a towel and apron,a notebook, pencil, and your questions. Class is about 3 hours. Coffee and tea provided. *If weather causes us to cancel we will reschedule for the next weekend, March 31. RSVP with Victoria at maine.homestead.project@gmail.com Or call at 774-994-2843 Or through the event page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/414429729312817/

MSAD 52 Adult & Community Education is offering these classes for the month of March.
Looking to improve your career skills, we have theses classes to offer:
MSAD 52 Substitute Training FREE MON 3/25 4-7pm
For the inner artist in you, we have these classes available:
Pottery PAINT NIGHT $15 (with a $10 material fee) TUES 3/12 6-9pm
PAINT Your PET Portrait $30 WED 3/13 OR WED 5/8 6-9pm
For the outdoor Adventurer...
Take a Hike $35 WED 3/27-4/10 6-8:15pm
Leavitt Baseball Clinics $545 2 SATURDAYS 3/30 & 4/6
Please register for any of these classes at www.msad52.maineadulted.org or call us at 225-1010 for more information.

The Franklin County Adult Education has scheduled Barbara Hathaway, Painter of Sunsets, to instruct Art Classes in Acrylic and/ or Watercolor, at the Hathaway Art Studio, 32 Maple Street, Wilton, starting Wednesday, April 3. Join the class at 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and chose the medium you want to use. Be inspired by painting along with a demo or use your photo for references. The class is for beginners to more advance. Students will learn wet on wet techniques to form a composition starting with a beautiful sunset sky. Mixing colors will advance your skills to create the background and foreground of mountains, trees, rocks and water reflections. Forming lights and shadows will make your painting look real. You will have time to finish and mat a composition that would make a good Easter or Mother's Day gift or card. Supply list for Watercolor is: Watercolor 140 lb.tablet, 3 WC brushes, one large, one medium, one detailed, WC paint set, palette, paper towels or rag. Acrylic supplies include: Acrylic paint set, 3 AC brushes, 1 large, 1 medium, 1 detailed, Canvas or panel not larger than 16" x 10", palette, paper towels or rag. The class has 5 sessions and the fee is $68 payable to the instructor on the first class. Good well lite parking area and handicap accessible. Hathaway has instructed art in several Adult Ed programs and organizes Pleine Air Art Retreats and Art Workshops. She is currently the Art Department Chairman for the GFWC Maine Federation of Women's Clubs, and member of Upcountry Artist. FMI: bhaway@myfairpoint.net or 207-645-3449

Erosion and Sediment Control Workshop. Provides Credits to Work in Shoreland Zoning. Strong- An Erosion and Sediment Control workshop is being held on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Strong Town Office’s Foster Memorial Building - 14 South Main Street. The class is open to anyone interested in working in shoreland zoning areas of the State. Either certification or re-certification credits will be given through the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. By attending this session, you will also learn about new state-of-the-art erosion control techniques and ways to save time and money on your construction projects as well as become eligible for discounts, expedited DEP permitting and other free educational resources. Three year extension of contractor certification & 7 Shoreland Zoning credits for CEOs Available. 8:00 a.m. Registration, 12:30. buffet style lunch, 4:15 P.M. adjourn. For a registration form: send e mail to rosetta.thompson@franklincswcd.org , go to either https://www.facebook.com/FCSWCD/ or http://www.franklincswcd.org/Workshops.html

Produce Safety Alliance grower training will be held on Friday, April 5 at the University of Maine Farmington's Olsen Memorial Student Center in Conference Room 123. Parking is available at Lot 15, behind the Student Center on High Street. The course will provide a foundation of farm food safety best practices and comanagement information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. The course includes a training manual, Produce Safety Alliance/Association of Food and Drug Officials course completion certificate, lunch and snacks, in addition to learning about safety best practices. In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions. This is grant funded, limited to Maine residents only. Registration closes March 29. Limit to 28 attendees. Registration is online, here. If you need a reasonable accommodation, please contact Tiffany Wing at 207.778.4650 or tiffany.wing@maine.edu by Friday, March 29.

Canning 201: Pressure Canning Basics on Sunday, April 7, 11am to 4pm. Farmington Grange #12 124 Bridge St. West Farmington,ME. Victoria of Maine Homestead Project has been canning for almost 20 years. "I have been Pressure canning chicken,broths, beans, beef, low acid veggies and corned beef and potatoes for several years. Knowing what is in my food is important to me. I don't want unpronounceable words on my food labels. I love to see my hard work go from the chicken coop and large gardens we grow to the shelves of our pantry." You will be learning Safety and the basics of pressure canning. We will be making a batch of corned beef and potatoes,and a veggie yet to be decided. Pre registration and Payment is required for this class, Limit of four people. Fee is $35 per person to cover the cost of jars and Ingredients, and includes 2 jars of finished product to take home, class worksheets and a sense of empowerment to pressure can at home safely! Bring a lunch, a towel and apron,a notebook, pencil, and your questions. Class is about 5 hours. Coffee and tea provided.and a desert. To pre register please email Victoria at maine.homestead.project@gmail.com or
Call 774-994-2843 or go to the event page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/1259122004245863/

Pond Construction and Maintenance Class. Wednesday, April 17, 2019. 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Join at the Farmington Municipal Building’s downstairs conference room (153 Farmington Falls Rd) to get your questions answered in a clear and concise manner. Re-certification contact hour credits available. Presenters will cover: Pond construction and maintenance; laws, regulations, and permitting; pond biology and related topics; as well as a field pond site visit. Participant will leave with their own “Ponds - Planning, Design, Construction” handbook plus new knowledge about ponds. $45 by March 20th and $55 after that date. For an Erosion control field guide add $15.

United Way Offers Two Grant Writing Workshops. Have you always wanted to write a grant but did not know where to start? Do you have some grant writing experience but could benefit from new information and collaborating with your peers? United Way is excited to collaborate with University of Main Professor, Karen Barrett, PhD to offer two unique opportunities to learn more about grant writing; a skill that anyone working in the non-profit sector would benefit from having. Please note that class sized will be limited to 15 participants to ensure a more productive learning environment.
Grant Writing Demystified: A workshop for beginning grant writers . May 15, 9 – 12. $50
Workshop leader: Professor Karen Barrett, PhD. University of Maine Farmington Teaching and Learning Collaborative, 3rd Floor, Room 329 Kalikow Education Center. Limit of 15 so register early by calling 778-5048 or emailing director@uwtva.org
Next steps to achieve success . May 22 AND May 29, 9 -12 (Participants must take both the May 22 and 29 sessions which build on each other). $100. Professor Karen Barrett, PhD. University of Maine Farmington Teaching and Learning Collaborative, 3rd Floor, Room 329 Kalikow Education Center. Limit of 15 so register early by calling 778-5048 or emailing director@uwtva.org Also, for this class: Participants should bring to the first session an identified project, at least 3 funding sources, and a draft budget.
United Way of the Tri-Valley Area’s mission is to unite people and resources to improve lives and build a strong and healthy community. Every dollar and hour is appreciated, so please consider helping United Way help others by making a tax deductible charitable contribution. For more information about United Way of the Tri-Valley Area, visit www.uwtva.org or call 778-5048. Follow United Way on Facebook to be kept up to speed on programs and initiatives that are up-coming (www.facebook.com/uwtva).

The following sessions will be held at the Wilton CareerCenter at 865 US Route 2E Wilton, ME. Telephone 207-645-5800; toll free 1-800-982-4311; TTY: Maine Relay 711 to set up an Appointment. These workshops are at no cost to the public. All workshops begin promptly at listed times. – Registration Required.

March 2019 Workshop

MEOC-101-Essentials of College Planning
Wednesday Mar. 27, 2019. 10:00 - 12:00
This workshop introduces people to educational opportunities in general and MEOC services in particular. This interactive workshop touches on the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career and study skills. The Financial Aid portion of this workshop will provide an overview of financial basics and the completion of the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please call 1-800-281-3703 for workshop details and registration.

Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation
Friday Mar. 1, 2019. 9:00 - 10:30.
This is an orientation for people with disabilities who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Orientations are held the 1st Friday of the month. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Registration not required

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

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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