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SPECIAL EVENTS & NOTICES

The Carrabassett Valley Recreation Department is pleased to offer a Gymnastics, Climbing & Trampoline Program for Girls and Boys Grades K-10 at the CV Anti-Gravity Recreation Complex at 3207 Carrabassett Drive Carrabassett Valley. Tuesdays Nov. 7, Nov. 14, Nov. 21, Nov. 28 from 3:15 pm - 5:30 p.m. No fee at this time. Maintaining our balance with Decal Gymnastics for more than 16 years. Please contact 237-5566 or email dbowker3@roadrunner.com to register. Participant waivers are required in order to attend the program. Please provide your child with comfortable clothing for the program. No jeans ... Participant Waivers may be found on line at www.carrabassettvalley.org

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Franklin County 4-H is holding its annual semi-formal recognition event on Friday, Nov. 17, from 7–9 p.m., at the Mt. Blue Learning Campus, 129 Seamon Road, Farmington. Award presentations honoring Franklin County 4-H members and volunteers for their achievements in 2017 will begin promptly at 7 p.m. in the Forum performance space. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Tiffany Wing, 207.778.4650, 800.287.1478 (toll free in Maine); or tiffany.wing@maine.edu.

A Warm Clothing Giveaway will be held at the Fairbanks School, 508 Fairbanks Road, Farmington on Monday, November 20 from 12:00 to 3:00pm. A variety of adult and children's warm clothing, shoes, boots for the winter months will be available. New this year we will offer sheets and blankets. Donations of clothing, shoes, boots, sheets and blankets are welcomed by calling 778-3808 or 778-4349. We will pick up within a 10 miles radius of Farmington.

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) educational meeting at Fairbanks Meeting House Nov 28 & 29 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. Here is a great opportunity to clear any confusion about the ACA and you options and responsibilities. This is FREE to attend with local experts from The Senior Planning Center. You can RSVP at 207-778-6565

Need help with your computer skills? Having trouble with your new phone or device? Carrabassett Valley Public Library is pleased to announce that the Tech Guy will be here to help troubleshoot your laptop, smart phone or tablet! Patrick Smith brings 30 years of experience to the table on the following Thursdays: November 30 and December 28, from 10-noon. Help will be available first come first served. You do not have to be a member of the library to participate but membership is free for everyone. See you at the library! If these days and times don't work for you, Library Director Andrea DeBiase welcomes you anytime. Come in and set up an email account, learn about MARVEL!, Maine's virtual library, which provides every resident of Maine with access to a collection of full text and abstracts from magazines, newspapers and reference books that are credible, reputable resources, or try downloading a free eBook or audiobook through cloud Library! Library hours are Tue-Fri: 10-5 & Sat: 10-3. Closed on Saturday, November 11, Veterans Day. Closed Nov. 22 & 23 for Thanksgiving, open Friday, Nov. 24: 1-5 & Saturday, Nov. 25: 10-3. Call Andie at 237-3535 for more information.

The Farmington Rotary Club will be holding its annual Festival of Trees, tree auction, on Dec. 2 at the Farmington Community Center on Middle Street. The Festival starts at 10 a.m. for the public to view the beautiful trees, with all kinds of activities going on throughout the day. There is even a "raffle tree" so that tickets can be purchased throughout the day with the winner announced that evening! The auction itself starts at 6:30 p.m. with Rotary members Adrian and Jeff Harris auctioning off trees and Kent Wiles as MC. There are also beautiful wreaths and wonderful baked goods to bid on! During the day there will be music groups performing Holiday music. In the evening Mark Gentle will be playing live as well. The Rotary Project is a wonderful and festive event. Christmas Trees donated by Gooley's Family Christmas Tree Farm. Proceeds from this event will be used to fund Rotary Club projects and food pantries.

Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves will be visiting the children again this year on Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Conference Center at the Wilhelm Reich Museum on Dodge Pond Road in Rangeley from 8 to 11 a.m. Come and enjoy another great “Breakfast With Santa.” We never know what Santa’s elves will bring from the North Pole for the children to make but we do know they will have fun. And don’t forget that decorating Christmas cookies is a must. Santa’s helpers will prepare a yummy breakfast of chocolate chip, blueberry or plain pancakes served with syrup, sausages and a beverage. Admission fee is: $5.00 per person. All ages welcome. It’s a great way to get into the spirit of Christmas just seeing those little faces as Santa walks in with a HO HO HO. Proceeds to benefit The Wilhelm Reich Museum’s scholarship program. (A graduating senior from Rangeley Lakes Region School who is attending a school to study in the field of science receives a $500.00 scholarship.) For more information call: 864-3443.

The Wilson Grange #321 will be having our annual "Happy Holidays Yard and Bake Sale" on Dec. 16. This is your chance to perhaps find that unexpected gift at a great price or buy some sweets for that Holiday gathering. Doors will be opening at 9 am till 2 pm. We are located at 1338 Maine Street in East Wilton, across from Shelly"s Hometown Market

EXHIBITS, READINGS & SHOWS

Renown photographers, John and Cynthia Orcutt, have spent the better part of the past decade exploring Maine's High Peaks. They’ve photographed the breathtaking landscapes in all four seasons to develop their most recent work of art, “Enduring Heights”, a book dedicated to the vast High Peaks Region of Maine. On Nov. 30, the Orcutts will launch for a limited-time “Enduring Heights”, a large-format photography exhibit at Couleur Collection in Falmouth. The free event is Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. The exhibit opening will feature a presentation from the Orcutts, where they will be signing and selling their new book. Conservation and art enthusiasts alike are encouraged to attend to experience the awe inspiring and enthralling images that truly capture the essence of the Maine High Peaks landscape and the lure of this wilderness area. If you cannot make it to the celebration on November 30, the exhibit will be on display through New Year’s Eve.

The Farmington Public Library is showcasing the works of four artists until Dec. 29. Mary McFarland of Farmington is a fiber artist, Dona Seegers from Mt. Vernon works in sculpted paper. Kingfield-resident Jan Royall is a stained glass and multimedia artist, while Penny Hall, also of Kingfield, creates book art and also works in clay. All four artists have worked together many times before, hence the title of the exhibit "Reunion." Most recently their work was seen in 2015 at the Emery Arts Center Exhibition. Each artist is donating a work to be raffled off in December. Raffle tickets are $1 per ticket or ten tickets for $5. One does not need to be present to win. Winners will be notified by phone.

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

There will be no Farmington Contradance in November. Join us in December with the Franklin County Fiddlers. FMI 491-9928 or dance@starleft.org

Story Hour. Jim Ditzler Memorial Library in New Sharon will hold a story hour on the following dates: November 2 & 16, December & & 21, January 4 & 18, February 1 & 15, March 1,15, & 29, April 12, & 26 and May 10,& 24. There will be stories, crafts and snacks. For more information call the library at 779-1128.

New England Celtic Arts will present Cape Breton's Ben Miller and Anita MacDonald in concert at Green Church Concerts in Mexico on Wednesday, Nov. 15; and at North Church Concert Series in Farmington on Thursday, Nov. 16. Doors open at 6 p.m. with shows at 7 p.m. A jam session in Farmington will start at 6:15 p.m. The Green Church is located at 163 Main Street in Mexico, tickets are $15. Call 207-562-4445. North Church is located at 118 High Street in Farmington. Tickets $15. Call 207-778-2006 for reservations or neceltic@gmail.com.

Elsinore Castle, William Shakespeare’s fictional home of Danish royalty, is once again coming to life with the University of Maine at Farmington’s major fall production of “Hamlet.” This Theatre UMF production will be presented at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 16 through Saturday, Nov. 18, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 19 in the UMF Alumni Theater. Directed by Jayne Decker, playwright and UMF faculty member, Hamlet tells the haunting tale of the prince of Denmark and his tragic journey as he seeks revenge on his uncle Claudius who has murdered his father and married his mother. As is characteristic of Shakespeare’s works, the play is a complex study of human frailties and their ultimate consequences. Tickets for the performance are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and non-UMF students and $5 for UMF students with I.D. Tickets are available at the time of the performance and can be reserved by calling the Theatre UMF box office at 207-778-7465.

Farmington Baptist Church Drama Team Presents: Dec. 10 10:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Real... Really? The story of family, traditions, and keeping the Real story of Christmas the focus of our celebration. This play follows the family from "This Changes Everything" as Penelope & Jason are older and now mom & dad must learn to deal with the changes in their family dynamics. The drama team has been working hard to present this Christmas play.

Rangeley Community Chorus (RCC) will present their annual Holiday Concert on December 15 at 7:00 PM at Church of the Good Shepherd, 2614 Main St. in Rangeley. Enjoy classic Christmas music and original holiday works from the full chorus as well as soloists and small group selections, poetry and readings. The RCC is under the direction of Erin Smith and accompanied by Robert Ludwig. The Concert is sponsored in part by Bald Mountain Camps. Tickets are $15/$10-youth and are available online at rangeleyarts.org: click on “Buy Tickets” at the top of the page. Tickets will also be available at the door. The RCC is a group which includes both year-round and seasonal residents of the Rangeley area and members from surrounding towns. They are sponsored by the Rangeley Friends of the Arts, a non-profit organization bringing “the arts to life” in the Rangeley Lakes Region. For the RFA’s complete schedule of events, visit www.rangeleyarts.org.

BENEFIT FEASTS, AUCTIONS & OTHER EVENTS

A benefit Spaghetti supper for Mike Kennedy of Livermore on Saturday, Nov. 18 at the AmVets Hall , Jay, Maine. 4:30 p.m. -7 p.m. $7 for adults $4 for children under 10 years of age. Raffles, 50/50, silent auction, & Basket raffle. All proceed will go to end of life expenses for Mike Kennedy

A Thanksgiving potluck is being held at the Western Mountains Baptist Church on November 19 immediately following the 10:00 Sunday morning worship. Feel free to attend with or without a dish to share; there will be plenty of food for all. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge. The meal will be served 11:15-ish. WMBC is located at 928 Carrabassett Road, on Rt.27.

Family Game Night & Dessert Potluck. Wednesday Nights starting Nov. 15, 2017 @ 6 PM to 8PM. At the Farmington Grange Hall and through the Winter Months to come! (We will not be holding game night on Wednesday, Nov. 22, due to Thanksgiving holiday to follow) This is a Free event. Play your favorite games or learn new ones... Bring your Board games, cards, chess, checkers backgammon and so much more.... Scattergories, Balderdash and Classic Trivial Pursuit will be there! Bring a dessert or snacks to share, we will provide decaf coffee, hot chocolate and teas and all paper products! Our first Night we will be holding a raffle for a fun gift basket! Must be present to win! $1 per ticket! For more information contact us @ farmingtongrange12@gmail.com or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FarmingtonGrange12/

LEAP (Life Enrichment Advancing People) is holding a fundraiser in support of the people we serve in Franklin, Oxford, and Androscoggin counties on Nov. 18 from 10a-2p at the Fairbanks School Function Hall at 502 Fairbanks Road in Farmington. Please save the date and join us in some pre-holiday gift choosing or self-pampering from popular vendors like LulaRoe, Posh, Pampered Chef, Paparazzi, and more! There will also be charming homemade signs and a bake sale!

Luncheon & More on Saturday Nov. 18, from 9AM to 2PM Turkey & Biscuit Luncheon 11:30 to 1PM Cost $7.00 Craft tables for rent - For more information call 778-3921 Check out our silent auction, crafts, cookie walk, baked goods & candy. We also have a table of nearly new items. Pony rides will be available for the children. Location: Trinity United Methodist Church 612 Farmington Falls Road, Farmington,ME

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church members will be taking orders for Thanksgiving pies for pickup at the church on Wednesday, November 22 from 10 a.m. – Noon. Traditional 9-inch pies (pumpkin & apple) priced at $10 and others such as mince, pecan, lemon meringue, berry at $12. Orders need to be called in by Sunday, Nov. 19 to the church office at 645-2639 or to Carolyn McLaughlin at 645-2312. Please leave a message with name, pie order, and call-back number. FMI about St. Luke's, please visit the website: www.stlukeswilton.org.

Thanksgiving bake sale, Wednesday Nov. 22 8am-2pm at Pinewood Terrace 136 Rosewood drive Farmington to benefit the activities program, call 779-0511 FMI

A free traditional Thanksgiving dinner sponsored by the Scottish Rite Masons of Augusta Valley will be taking place Thursday, Nov. 23 at the Mt. Blue High School food court. The dinner will be from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome. A reservation must be made for meals to be delivered and take outs. A call for reservations at the food court would be appreciated as well. Gerry at 649-5449 or Nancy at 491-4287. Please call by Monday Nov. 20

Our Annual Christmas Decorations Sale will be held, Saturday, Nov. 25 at the Fairbanks School from 9:00 to 1:00pm. New and gently used indoor and outdoor Christmas decorations, linens, toys, ornaments, tins, trees, wreaths, and so much more. There will be gift items as well. Donations are being accepted by calling 778-3808, or 778-4349. This sale will benefit the winter maintenance fund. Fairbanks School is located on 508 Fairbanks Road (route 4 north), Farmington.

Once again, this year’s Titcomb Mountain Holiday Auction will be held on Friday evening, Dec. 1, 2017 at Calzolaio Pasta Company in Wilton. The auction which is sponsored by the Farmington Ski Club and the Titcomb Ski Club Education Foundation is in its 22nd year and continues to bring the community together in a fun evening for a great cause. This year’s auction will feature a variety of items from area craftsmen and businesses, as well as community members. If you have New items or handcrafted items you would like to donate to the auction please contact Marty Pike at 778-1025 or drop the Item off on or before November 30th at Hight Chevrolet, Wilton Rd Farmington. To get a glimpse of some of the items to be auctioned this year, please visit the Calico Patch storefront on Broadway as a window display will be on hand for viewing the week before the auction. If you and friends are interested in attending the auction, the silent auction bidding will begin at 6 p.m. at Calzolaio Pasta Company followed by the live auction at 7 p.m. If you are interested in eating dinner as well, please call Calzolaio early with reservations to begin at 4:30 p.m. down stairs Their number is 645-9500. For additional information, please call 778-9031.

Cookie Walk. At the Henderson Memorial Baptist Church on Academy Street in Farmington. Saturday, Dec. 2. 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Kingfield United Methodist Church, 51 High Street, Kingfield, will be hosting a public breakfast on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Menu to Include: French toast, Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, home fries, Sausage gravy/ biscuit, assorted juice, coffee, tea. serving from 7;30-10 A.M. Adults: $ 5.00, Children: $ 3.50. All proceeds to benefit church programs.

Save the Date. The UMF Classified Employee Scholarship Committee will be holding its annual Silent Auction on Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 9:00am - 1:00pm at North Dining Hall B & C in the UMF Student Center on South Street in Farmington. We will have handcrafted items, Books, gift certificates, gift baskets, home baked food items, plus many more unique items. We have something for everyone. Please stop by to see what we have to offer and support our efforts. All proceeds go to scholarships for the children, step children and grandchildren of UMF's Classified Employees. For more information contact Sharon Barker at 778-7250 or Becky Houle at 778-7590.

CRAFT FAIRS, YARD SALES & FARMERS' MARKETS

The Winter Farmers Market is now open at the Grange Hall In Farmington. Vendors from both the Friday and Saturday outdoor markets will be present, plus a few new ones. This market will continue thru until May. A special Holiday Market will take place on Wednesday, Nov 22, instead of Saturday the 25th, for those shopping for Thanksgiving treats and fixings. The Farmington Grange Hall is located at 124 Bridge Street, just across the Bridge from Main Street. Go right at the light.

Food and Craft Sale Saturday, Nov. 18. North Jay Grange. 9:00 - 1:00 p.m. More items for sale. FMI: 645-4211, 645-9353, 578-0821.

The Class of 2019 will be hosting the Mt. Blue Craft Fair on Nov 18, 9a-2p at the Mt. Blue High School Gym. Over 50 craft vendors to shop with. For more information email sdamon@mtbluersd.org

New Vineyard Public Library is pleased to announce we are celebrating our Tenth Annual Craft and Bake Sale on Saturday, November 18 from 8am -1pm at Smith Hall in New Vineyard. Many favorite crafters will be returning with such gifts as hand knitted items, turned wooden bowls, wreathes and kissing balls and lovely art and photographs. We are pleased to have new vendors selling metal work, folk art and seasonal decorations. We will have a bake sale as well with lots of pies for your Thanksgiving table. All proceeds benefit the New Vineyard Public Library and the work we do to be a keystone of the New Vineyard community. We look forward to see you there. For More Information call 652-2250 or like us on Facebook!

Annual Christmas Fair at St. Rose Catholic Church on Saturday, November 18 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. If you are interested in renting a booth, please call Yvonne at 897-5392. We will have over 100 items to be raffled off. Turkey Pot Pies, Fish Chowder, Cookie Walk, Bake Sale and more.

New Sharon will be having its Annual Craft Fair on Saturday, November 18 at the Masonic Lodge on Rt. 2 in New Sharon from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Items for sale include: pottery, photography, ornaments, tole paintings, candy, wooden dishes, LuLaRoe clothing, and more. Food will also be available for purchase. FMI: call Judy @ 778-6659.

Wilton Day Homemakers 7th Annual Craft Fair Nov 18 from 9-2. At St. Luke’s Church corner of School St and High St. We will have soup and finger rolls for lunch. We will have a cookie walk, kids make and take, white elephant table as well as crafters. We will also have raffle baskets!! Some of the themes this year will be Blueberry basket, Christmas basket, Chocolate basket, dog basket, craft basket, and many more. For more information, or to rent a table, please contact Becky at 779-7995.

Crafters are wanted for the New Vineyard Public Library Craft Fair and Bake Sale on November 18 from 9-2. FM! 652-2250 or LIke us on Facebook.

The origins of the Mount Vernon Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair are lost in the mists of time. But anyway, this popular event has been held for many years and is now a much-loved community tradition. 40 local artists, crafters and farmers will display their wares at the Mount Vernon Community Center and Vernon Valley # 99 Masonic Lodge in beautiful “downtown" Mount Vernon on Saturday, November 25th, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. There will be everything from art glass, ceramics and jewelry to lotions, potions and soaps. Plus yummy treats! Come join us. For more information about the fair, call Tom Ward at 293-1016.

Mt. Viewers 4-H Club will hold a craft fair on Nov. 25 at the Vernon Valley Mason Lodge in New Sharon. There is a $15 fee for a table to sell your own items; lunch will be available. Call 779-6774 or 778-2234 for more information.

Annual craft fair Saturday, November 25th from 9:00 to 2:00 at the Kingfield Elementary School on the Salem Road in Kingfield. This is to benefit the 8th grade. Venders from knit items, jewelry, hand woven baskets, to quilt items, etc, will be on display. Come join us.

Chester Greenwood Day. Holiday Craft Fair at the Farmington American Legion in Farmington, Maine. Saturday, December 2 9AM - 2 PM. Table Space Available for $20.00. 2 Floors of Crafts. Large Luncheon Menu. For More Information or to reserve a table call Katie @ 778-4720. We Are On The Parade Route!

The Annual Christmas Crafts Fair sponsored by the Franklin County Arts and Crafts Association will be held Saturday, December 2, at the University of Maine at Farmington Student Center. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with free admission. Table space available; please call 491-5877 or 778-5285 for more information.

Friends of The Hill Hippie Holiday at the Mercer Community Center on Dec. 16, 2017. Craft fair runs from 10am - 4 pm. Artisan Craft Tables, tie dye, gems, crystals, vintge and handmade clothing, hula hoops, baked goods, soaps, herbs, pottery AND MORE! Santa Shop for kids only (includes help wrapping gifts) Make a Gingerbread House 11am - 1pm ($10) Christmas Cookie Walk 2 -4 pm. CASSEROLE SUPPER featuring Homemade Tourtiere Pie
5-6:30 pm (bring a casserole by 4:45 for free admission) $8/$20 family. OPEN MIC/COMMUNITY JAM 7-9 pm. VENDING $25 table. Contact hillkatz420@gmail.com or FaceBook/friendsofthehill

MEETINGS & GATHERINGS

Would you like to get more involved in your community? Not sure how or where to start? Consider attending one of our Recreation Committee meetings! This is a great group of citizens working to better the quality of life in our Town. Their focus ranges from trail and park improvements to hosting concerts in the park during the summer to the upcoming winter festival in February. You can choose what you would like to be involved in, attend when you are available, and get involved in your community. The next Recreation meeting will be held this Wednesday evening at 6:00 at the Jay Town Office. We'd love to have you join us!

Thanksgiving Service at Reeds Mill Church. Rev. David W. Smith, pastor of the Wilton Congregational Church, will lead worship at Reeds Mill Church, 995 Reeds Mill Road, Madrid, Thanksgiving morning. No electricity but kerosene lamps and a warm wood stove. An old fashioned celebration of thanks, truly honoring the reason we celebrate this holiday. www.reedsmillchurch.org 639-2713.

The Mt Blue Area Garden Club is proud to invite the public to attend its November meeting. Aaron Bowden, of Koboku Bonsai -Art and Pottery is known to be dedicated to the cultivation, design, continued education and the preservation of the timeless in the living art form
called Bonsai. Aaron will be presenting a bonsai workshop to the Mount Blue Area Garden Club at 6 pm on Nov. 21, 2017. This is open to the public; refreshments will be served. The workshop will take place at the Trinity United Methodist Church on Rt. 2, just east of Farmington. In addition to being an experienced bonsai enthusiast, Aaron is a master potter, musician/vocalist, Bagpiper and multi-faceted artist. Koboku Bonsai- Art and Pottery gives him the opportunity to create art in many different forms: miniature living trees, fine pottery and visual art through painting and drawing. Bonsai was introduced by Zen Buddhism in the far east many centuries ago (About 2500 years). Making it's way to China, it was known then as Pun-Sai. Bonsai, some many years later was introduced to Japan, where soon after the cultivation for bonsai flourished and became more of the art form it is known as today.

North Chesterville Extension Homemakers will gather at the Chesterville Town Office on Tuesday, November 28 at 6:00 p.m. (Please note the change of time.) We will be having a “Pot Luck” supper, please bring your recipe, and plan the Chesterville Town Christmas Party. FMI 778-3156

NOTE: Date Change. Where Should the Money Go? Farm Bill Funds in Franklin County. Each year individuals, foresters, farmers, community members, and others are tasked with the job of identifying priority areas of concern in each district (county). Next, the areas of concern are prioritized as to how USDA funding will be assigned to do work to help alleviate the problems. Allocation of local funds for the implementation of conservation programs under the 2014 Farm Bill will come from these decisions. If you are an agricultural producer; private woodland owner; member of an environmental or watershed organization or land trust; knowledgeable in soil, water, plant, wetland or wildlife sciences; and/or are familiar with agricultural and natural resource concerns in Franklin County, please join us for discussion and coffee. This year the meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 11, 2017 at the Chesterville Town office -409 Dutch Gap Rd. For more information, contact the NRCS office at 778-4767 x 105 or amanda.burton@me.usda.gov. NRCS and SWCDs are equal opportunity providers and employers.

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) educational meeting at Fairbanks Meeting House Nov. 28 & 29 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. Here is a great opportunity to clear any confusion about the ACA and you options and responsibilities. This is FREE to attend with local experts from The Senior Planning Center. You can RSVP at 207-778-6565

SeniorsPlus is holding a Caregiver Support Group at its new office location at 218 Fairbanks Road in Farmington, the first Monday of each month, from 3:00 to 4:30pm. 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.

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.

ATV Meetings. If you have an ATV and would like to make a difference and help out we would like to see you at our meetings. The meetings are held every third Wednesday of the month in Mt.Vernon. For more information please contact Chris Currier at 441-5090 and/or Paul LeBlond at 491-6738.

Ongoing support group for people who have a loved one with a mental illness. It meets every third Wednesday at the Farmington hospital. Any questions you can call Louise at 592-9933 or 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

Betsy Mancine, owner of Training Floor Fitness, will be offering a seminar on nutrition which will include subjects such as how to simplify eating, how stress effects food choices and how to manage this effectively, and how to incorporate exercise into your daily life in or outside of a gym setting. This session will run on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 beginning at 6:45pm. The event is open to the general public. Cost is $10, $5 for TFF members, and free for those in the small group training session. For more information or to register for the event, please visit Training Floor Fitness's Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/events/2090641807830476/

SMART CHOICES - A 10-Week Weight Management Program created by the UMF FRC to aid people who are serious and dedicated to losing weight and/or improving general health and decreasing health risks associated with being overweight. Unlike other weight loss programs, Smart Choices will focus on both nutrition and exercise education. Each weekly session will include a discussion of a health or nutrition related topic such as, but not limited to, portion control, healthy dining out, managing the holiday binging, Total Energy Expenditure and Resting Metabolic Rate. After the 30-45 minute discussion, Smart Choices participants will be led through a full body workout session with Alison Thayer or Mike Colella, both ACE Certified Personal Trainers. Participants will be asked to keep both a food and exercise/activity journal and weekly weigh ins or measurements will be encouraged. Smart Choices starts on November 15 and will meet on Wednesdays at 5:30pm. Please contact Alison Thayer at 778-7567 for more information or to register for the program.

Third Thursday's : Seed Saving Chat & Seed Swap. Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 - 6:30PM to 8:30 PM @ Farmington Grange Hall. This is a free, fun informal chat about seed saving. Are you unsure of where to begin? Or have you tried saving seeds before and failed? We will be discussing the basics as well as how to grow with the intention of saving seeds. We are also hosting a seed swap to swap seeds:
1. They must be seeds that were grown in the last 2 seasons.(2016 & 2017)
2. They must be open polinated or of Heirloom variety.
3. We prefer seeds that were grown here in Maine where they will be grown next season, but if you have a summer home that you saved seeds from another state that's okay too!
4. You must pre-bag and label your seeds, with no less than 10 seeds per bag. (Plastic baggies or paper envelopes are best)
5. Label your seeds with their name and the year they were harvested in. As well as if they were grown organically or with conventionally.
Refreshments will be served during the seed swap! There is no fee for this event! For more information visit us at our Facebook page here Or email us at farmingtongrange12 @gmail.com

Free Thanksgiving Day Workout. Training Floor Fitness, located at 25 Cedar Street (AYS Building/old high school) in Livermore Falls, will be offering a free Thanksgiving Day boot camp style workout at 7:30am on Thanksgiving morning. Donations of cash or food items will be collected as admission. All cash and food will be donated to the Fayette Baptist Food Pantry. The food pantry is open from 3-5pm on Thursdays located at Fayette Baptist Church, 39 Baldwin Hill Road, Fayette. The workout will be for all levels, ages, and abilities. All are welcome. For more information or to register for the event, please visit Training Floor Fitness's Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/events/470314140035588/

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) educational meeting at Fairbanks Meeting House Nov 28th & 29th from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. Here is a great opportunity to clear any confusion about the ACA and you options and responsibilities. This is FREE to attend with local experts from The Senior Planning Center. You can RSVP at 207-778-6565

Italian Anisette S Cookies Workshop. Thursday, Dec. 14 2017 - 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM @ Farmington Grange Hall. Just in time for Christmas, participants will​​ make, bake & decorate these amazing cookies; a classic Italian treat essential to the Christmas season. Cost is $15 per person & includes all ingredients. Space is limited so pre registration is required by December 12th if you will attend! (We need to know how much to purchase for the event) Arleen Masselli will lead this workshop. As the owner of a bakery and Italian Mom, she is well versed in making lots of wonderful treats. This is the first of, we hope, many workshops she will host! Italian Anisette S cookies. They are called S cookies because of how they are shaped. It makes about 3 to 4 dozen cookies. Cost includes everything, plus you take what you make home! Beverages will be served along with these wonderful treats! ​For more information and to sign up for this workshop go to our facebook page here ​https://www.facebook.com/events/1553484148040662/
Or email us @ farmingtongrange@gmail.com

Join us at the FCCTF for our next Parent Enrichment Workshops! Please call the Franklin County Children’s Task Force to register at 778-6960. All workshops are free including snacks and childcare!

1-2-3 Magic—For caregivers of children ages 2-12 — Single session
Saturday, November 18th from 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Wednesdays, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29 from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM at MALLETT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Mondays, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM at RANGELEY LAKES REGIONAL SCHOOL
Monday 11/27 from 9 AM - 12 PM at FARMINGTON HEAD START
1-2-3 Magic offers parenting solutions that are easy to learn and that WORK! This course covers STOP Behaviors- things you want your child to stop doing, such as whining, throwing tantrums, or shouting; and START Behaviors– the things you want your child to do, such as cleaning their room, going to bed, or doing homework.

1-2-3 Magic & More—For caregivers of children ages 2-12 — Single session
Saturday, January 20th from 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
1-2-3 Magic & More offers, even MORE, parenting solutions that are easy to learn and that WORK!

Alcohol, Anger & Abuse--Group-based prevention sessions for parents & professionals — 5 Sessions
Mondays, 3/26, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25 from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
This innovative community-based training program for parents and professionals explores the understanding and prevention of the relationship between alcohol and other drug use and child abuse and neglect.

Families in Substance Abuse Treatment & Recovery — 17 Sessions
Thursdays, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, & 3/29 from 5:30 PM -7:00 PM
These group-based workshops are ideal for partners of parenting adults in treatment and recovery, extended family who may be parenting children of substance abusing adults, and adults in treatment and/or recovery who are in parenting relationships with children.

Surviving Your Adolescents– How to Manage & Let Go of Your 13-18 Year Olds — Single Session
Wednesdays, 3/14 & 3/21 from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
From the creator of 1-2-3 Magic, this program takes a step-by-step approach that will help end hassles and offer concrete solutions. Caregivers will learn the difference between teens and parents, what problems require professional attention, five ways to improve any parent/teen relationship, tactics to combat testing and manipulation, and more.

Active Parenting: First Five Years— A workshop for parents with children ages birth to five — 4 Sessions
Mondays, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12 from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Thursdays, 10/19, 10/26, 11/9, 11/16 from 9 AM - 11 AM at FARMINGTON HEAD START
No one is born knowing how to parent. It’s something we learn growing up, and sometimes we need a little support to become the parents we wish to be. This class addresses basic skills for new parents, caregivers, and early childhood staff.

Nurturing Parenting— A ten-week workshop for parents with children of any age! -- Single Session
Thursday, November 30th from 9 AM - 11 AM at WILTON HEAD START
Tuesdays- 11/7, 11/14, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 12/26, 01/2, 01/9, & 01/16 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM at FAIRBANKS CHURCH
No one is born knowing how to parent. It’s something we learn growing up, and sometimes we need a little support to become the parents we wish to be. In the Nurturing Parenting Program, you will learn new skills and attitudes important in building self-worth in your children. Join us for an opportunity to connect and talk with other parents– snacks (and great support!) provided.

Active Parenting Now— A 6-week workshop for caregivers of children ages 5-12
Mondays, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2 from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Work as a group with other Dads to learn more about fatherhood means to you. Each class provides proven skills that foster and support healthy family relationships and child development.

Nurturing Fathers— A 13-week workshop for fathers with children of any age
Wednesdays, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20, 12/27, 1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21 from 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Work as a group with other Dads to learn more about fatherhood means to you. Each class provides proven skills that foster and support healthy family relationships and child development.

Check our Facebook page for updates, or call our team today at 778-6960 or 1-888-429-6960 to find out about off-site class offerings and to hear how we can help you through the world’s greatest (and toughest) job– parenting! *Unless otherwise noted, the workshop will take place at the Children's Task Force, located at 113 Church St. Farmington, ME.

MSAD 52 Adult Education celebrates National Adult Education Family Literacy Week by awarding students FREE books to share with their family and friends. The National Adult Education Family Literacy week is an opportunity for adult education programs to educate communities about programs and support systems for the 36 million adults in the US with limited English or reading skills. Low education and skill levels of adults are a fundamental barrier to every major challenge facing the United States, including early childhood education, education reform, economic development and improving the health and well-being of the nation's families and communities. Access to Adult Education programs have shown a 20% decrease in the number of adults without a high school diploma. MSAD 52 is a leader in providing academic instruction aligned to college and career readiness standards with preparation and coaching for individuals without a high school diploma, On average a person with a high school diploma or equivalent earns about $9,620 more per year than a non-graduate. If you are interested in learning more about the our programs and offerings for diploma, HiSet, College Transition and Work Certification projects please call 225-1010. Visit us on the web at www.msad52.maineadulted.org

The University of Maine at Farmington Fitness and Recreation Center invites ambulatory adults aged 60 years and older to attend Tai Chi for Healthy Aging & Balance. The class meets on Mondays and Thursdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m., September, October, and November 2017, in The Landing, in the UMF Olsen Student Center. Interested participants must register in advance by visiting the UMF FRC front desk at 152 Quebec St., Farmington. Class is limited to 20 participants. Class is free for UMF FRC members (excluding HT pass holders because of pass restrictions) and $30/month for nonmembers. The class, which uses tai chi, a Chinese martial art that uses slow, mindful movements, is open to ambulatory adults, including people in chairs. The class aims to teach participants to view falls and fear of falling as controllable; to set realistic goals for increasing mobility and activity; to foster greater understanding of fall risk factors; and to increase strength and balance through exercise. It is recommended that participants attend all classes in order to reap the class's benefits, as the movements are cumulative. The course will be taught by Karen Hellekson, an aerobics instructor and tai chi practitioner who trained for the class at Brookline Tai Chi, which since 2010 has been offering the course in collaboration with Dr. Fuzhong Li of the Oregon Research Institute to create an evidence-based fall-prevention protocol.

Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University, a class on personal finance. Learn how to get out of debt, build an emergency fund, prepare for retirement and kids' college so that you can later build wealth and be outrageously generous! Held at Beans Corner Baptist Church, Monday nights from 6-7:30, 9/11/17 - 11/6/17. The cost (including materials) is $50 per family. For more information, contact Lori Koban, lori.koban@maine.edu.

Small Business Essentials workshop series for the Jay region A free, three-part series for potential, new and existing small business owners to learn or refresh their business skills. Take one or all three.
All workshops take place at the Spruce Mountain High School, 33 Community Drive, Jay
Time: 5:30 - 8:00 pm; Nov. 6: Starting a Business and Essentials of Business Planning; Nov. 13: Essentials of Small Business Marketing and Pricing
Nov. 20: Small Business Financials. Registration is required: http://www.mainesbdc.org/business-essentials-madison-jay/
or call 207-780-4420.

Bring Your Own Device. Do you have a phone or tablet that you don’t quite understand how to use? Are there some features on your device that you haven’t figured out how to use properly? Pine Tree Cellular of Farmington is partnering with SeniorsPlus to do a series of FREE classes at the Farmington Area Community Center to help you understand you phone or tablet. You do not need to be a customer of US Cellular or Pine Tree Cellular to attend any of these classes. The classes will be held next on Mondays, November 20th, December 4th, and December 18th at 12 – 1 p.m. Please register with SeniorsPlus for these classes with the type of device you have and questions that you have. To register or for more information, call SeniorsPlus, at (207) 795-4010.

Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area to offer Grieving Children’s Program Facilitator training. HVWA will offer a 20 hour facilitator training for their grieving children’s program, Hope’s Place, starting Thursday, November 2, 2017. The training dates will be Saturdays: November 4 and 11 from 8:30am-12:30pm and Monday and Thursdays: November 2, 6, 9 and 13 from 5:30-8:30pm. Those who complete the training are prepared to co-facilitate a peer grief support group for children, teens, their parents or guardians. The mission of Hope’s Place is to provide a safe, supportive environment for grieving children, teens and families through peer support groups, which nurture and encourage safe expression of grief and loss. Hope’s Place honors each person’s individuality and their process towards discovery of resiliency and emotional well-being. The training will be taught by the staff and volunteers at the Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area’s community Center, 304 Main Street, Waterville. There will be a $30 processing fee for materials. For more information, call Bereavement/Youth Services Coordinator, Jillian Roy at 873-3615, email at jroy@hvwa.org or visit www.hvwa.org

New Vineyard Public Library is a bustling place! Join us for our weekly events. Wednesday Mornings 10:30 Storytime and Craft for preschoolers. Wednesdays afternoons at 12:30 Infant/ Toddler songs and Fingerplay. Friday mornings 10:30 Stitchers gather to work on handwork. FMI 652-2250 or join us on Facebook!

The following sessions will be held at the Wilton Career Center 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. The following sessions are offered by Western Maine Community Action and Bureau Employment Services. These workshops are at no cost to the public. All workshops begin promptly at listed times. – Registration Required­­­

November 2017 Workshops

“Employer Expectations”
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 1:00 – 3:00
The workshop will cover the following topics: Creating a Great Resume, Preparing for Your Interview, Preparing for a New Job. Individual follow-ups may occur for Resume Critique as requested. This workshop is facilitated by Barclaycard US. It is not a recruitment effort for Barclaycard US; it is a workshop for people applying for all different types of jobs. Slots are limited; please call 645-5800 to RSVP.

MEOC-101-Essentials of College Planning
Thursday, November 9, 2017 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.

Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation
Thursday November 2, 2017 9:00 – 10:30
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

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

Rumford Area - Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation
Wednesday November 15, 2017 Region 9 Mexico 2:00 – 4:00
This is an orientation for people with disabilities who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Orientations are held the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Registration not required

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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