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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

Free Ski Night: Otis Federal Credit Union and Ski Depot are sponsoring a free ski night on Feb. 10 from 5-8 p.m. at Spruce Mt. in Jay.

Ice Fishing Derby. The Wilton Fish & Game's 2nd Annual Michael J. Rowe Memorial Ice Fishing Derby on Wilson Lake is Saturday, Feb. 13 from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday is also the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's free family fishing day, which means a fishing license is not required in order to participate. Everyone can come enjoy the fun. The registration fee for all attending to fish is $5. Tickets are available for purchase at Shelley’s Hometown Market in East Wilton, and Wilton Hardware on Main street in Wilton. FMI call 778-2450.

Children’s Festival. The Franklin County Children’s Task Force will be holding its annual Children’s Festival from 11-3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13 at UMF's student center. The Children’s Festival is an opportunity for families to break up the winter blues and get out and enjoy a day of free activities. Low-cost food court, with pizza, ice cream, popcorn and water or juice will be available. There are activities in the hands-on room such as such as face painting, games, and crafts. The ever-popular cookie decorating will be back for the little ones and the Nintendo Wii. The Gross Motor room will have fun stuff like mats for tumbling. You can also find a quiet corner for reading a book with your child. We will have music and entertainment in the North-dining hall throughout the day. In addition, we also have C.H.I.P.S. doing a brief video and fingerprints for child identification. Admission is free.

Free Ski Day at Spruce Mountain in Jay on Monday, Feb. 15. This event is sponsored by the Healthy Community Coalition, Franklin Savings Bank, and ReEnergy Livermore Falls. The Maine Winter Sports Center Cross-Country trailer will be on-site with 70 sets of skis/boot/poles for people to enjoy on the xc trails at Spruce. An alpine GS race is planned as an extension of the "Sunday Funday" races held each Sunday at Spruce. A great kickoff to the events held each day at Spruce Mountain over the February Vacation!

Free Ski Night. On Friday, Feb. 19, Healthy Community Coalition is partnering with University Credit Union to offer a free family skiing at Titcomb Mountain from 4-8 p.m. HCC staff will be at the lodge to hand out lift tickets. Come meet Monty Moose; there will also be games, goodies, and free giveaways to those who attend.

Radio Controlled Model Flying Franklin County Aircraft Modelers invites everyone to come fly or watch a free demonstration on Friday, Feb. 26, from 6– 9 p.m. at the Garrett-Schenck School Gymnasium in Anson. Small Electric Powered/Gliders/Rubber Band. For more information, click here.

The Wilton Recreation Department will be offering a trial teen basketball league for the month of March, 2016. If it goes well it will be added as a regular program starting in December 2016. This will be open to players in grades 9-12 who did not play on their school team. This will be open to both boys and girls and is open to both Wilton residents as well as those from out of town. There will be an informational meeting on Wednesday, February 24 at 5pm at the Wilton Academy. Anyone with questions prior to the meeting can contact the rec department at 645-4825 or at wiltonrec@beeline-online.net. Not an RSU 9 event

The Ancient Ones Outdoor Sports And Gun Show will be held on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 9-5 and Sunday, Feb. 28, from 9-3 at the Augusta Armory, 179 Western Ave., Augusta. The armory will be filled with antique to modern firearms, Maine crafts, knives, jewelry, soaps, candles, blacksmith wares, pies, homemade bread, fishing gear, lab puppies, Maine author retired warden Johnny Ford along with two other authors. Guides, firearms instructors, ammunition a hand made boat, custom wood carving, baskets, hand carved walking sticks, antique items and so much more! Active duty and reserve military and their families get in free. Under 18 free. $6 entry fee. Buy your ticket Saturday and get in free Sunday! The Ancient Ones Of Maine are a non-profit living history group. Any Questions please contact the show director, Ray Hamilton 897-5058.

EXHIBITS, READINGS & SHOWS

Photography Exhibit. Beginning in February, Doug Archer's beautiful photography is on exhibit at the New Portland Community Library. An artist reception will take place on Sunday, Feb. 28 from 2-4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The show will run through the end of April. The library is open from 10 to noon on Tuesdays and Saturdays and also on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 4 to 6 p.m. The library is located at 899 River Road in New Portland.

High Peaks Artisan Guild. Nora West will be February's featured member artist at the High Peaks Artisan Guild located at 245 Main Street, in downtown Kingfield. For more information about HPAG visit www.highpeaksartisanguild.com or find the guild on Facebook.

Talking Walls: Discover Your World. Jan 13 - Feb 8 Exhibit in Emery Flex Space on the UMF's campus.

SugarWood Gallery is located at 248 Broadway in Farmington. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

New Sharon Historical Museum hours have changed to Wednesday nights, 5 to 7 p.m. and by appointment 207-578-1874.

Schoolhouse Gallery is located at 266 Main Street in Kingfield Village. 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.

MUSIC, DANCE, DRAMA & COMEDY

Improv Comedy. Mt. Blue Curtain Raisers invite comedy lovers of all sorts to the Mt. Blue Campus Forum, Thursday, Feb. 11 for a wicked cheap pre-Valentine's Day date night. Starting at 7:30 p.m., the Curtain Raisers will celebrate the arrival of February school vacation and recognize the existence of a certain love-struck day, all for only $3.

Saturday, Feb. 13: Contradance, Farmington Grange, 124 Bridge Street, West Farmington. Family Dance this month, 6:30-7:30pm, $2/$1. Pot luck snacks, 7:30-8:00/Regular Contra, The Pineland Fiddlers playing and Cynthia Phinney calling, 8:00-10:30pm. $6adults/$5students or $15 family max. All dances taught. Beginners are welcome. No partner necessary. FMI, 491-9928 or <dance@starleft.org> or www.starleft.org

Valentine Dance. Farmington Emblem Club 460 will hold its Valentine Dance 7-11 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Farmington Elks Lodge. Legends playing. Tickets $20 couple and $10 single. FMI or tickets call Shannon 778-4726.

February 19. Farmington. Five local storytellers will share folktales and personal stories from 7:00-8:15pm at the Farmington Grange at 124 Bridge St., Rt. 43 West. The program, “Around the World and Home Again,” is intended for adults and older children. Free. Open to the public. Light refreshments. FMI: Peggy, 778-9641.

BENEFIT FEASTS, AUCTIONS & OTHER EVENTS

Confection Election Benefit. The Wilton Free Public Library is having its annual Confection Election on Friday, Feb. 12, from 6-8 p.m. You can bring your dessert specialty to enter the competition or come and simply enjoy some incredible treats. There will also be music to enjoy and a craft for children. The admission fee is $5 for adults and $2 for children which covers all food and drink! There will be a Junior (15 and under) and Adult Chef (16 and older) division so any age can enter. Vote for your favorites with spare change and the dessert with the most change at the end of the night wins! We hope to see you there!

Wilson Grange in East Wilton is holding a Kuwait dinner and a presentation by exchange student Fatama Al Ragom on Feb. 12 at 6PM. Cost $10. Meal will be Machboog chicken and rice, Vegetarian dish available by request. Appetizers and desserts will also be served. To make reservations or FMI call 645-3388. Walk ins welcome.

Women’s Breakfast. The Western Mountains Baptist Church in New Portland is hosting a Women’s Breakfast 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13. There will be food, fun and fellowship. All ladies are invited to attend and will be treated to a wonderful breakfast cooked by the Men’s Ministry. For more information, call Debi at 684-2050 or Pastor Tom at 557-3802.

Feb. 13 Public Supper at Trinity United Methodist Church. 4:30 to 6 p.m. Baked beans and casserole supper. The prices are $7 adults and $3.50 for children 12 and 17, 12 and under are free. For more information call Trinity United Methodist Church at 778-3921.

Valentine Potluck Dinner. The Phillips Community Church is sponsoring a community Valentine potluck dinner at the Phillips Community House on Main Street 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13. All are invited. Just call Barb Gardiner at 684-3394, tell her what you plan to bring, and she will reserve a place for you.

Public Ham Dinner on Feb. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Franklin Lodge Hall, New Sharon. Baked Ham, Veggies and Home Made Pies. Adults $8. Children 6 to 12 years of age $6. Children under 6 Free. Take out available. Benefit, Building Fund.

There will be a Public Masonic Supper at the Harland M. Harnden Masonic Hall, 70 Bryant Road, East Wilton, Maine, on Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. The menu will be Baked Ham, Potatoes, Vegetables, Dinner Rolls, Assorted Home Made Pies, and Beverages. $8 for adults and $5 for those under the age of 12. For more information, please call 778-2354.

Famous Baldacci Fund Raiser Spaghetti Dinner. Feb. 20, 2016 at 4 pm to 6pm. K.C. Hall, Main Street Jay, Maine. Adults $10, Children $6, under 5 free.

Cape Cod Hill School's Ice Fishing Derby will be held on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Crowell Pond, Rt. 41, New Sharon. Tickets on Sale the Day of the Derby or Call Jim Prescott at 778-0464. $5/person; $20/family. Prizes, Prizes, Prizes! Fun for the whole family! Trophies for biggest Perch, Pickerel, Bass and Brook Trout. 100 percent of the funds help support student learning at Cape Cod Hill School!

Paint+Sip Party Fundraising Event for Western Maine Play Museum is planned for Saturday, Feb. 27, at Marco’s, 12 Mollison Way, in Lewiston. The event begins at 6 p.m. and is coordinated by Cre8tive Events. $35, and seating is limited to 50 participants. To reserve your spot for this pre-paid event, please email westernmaineplay@gmail.com; send your check to WMPM, P.O. Box 1161, Wilton, ME 04294, or if you prefer, you may pay through PayPal on the website. Reservations and payments must be received by Feb. 20. There will be a cash bar and appetizers available throughout the evening. If you would like to include dinner at Marco’s prior to the event, reservations may be made by contacting the restaurant: 207-783-0336.

Free Loaves & Fish Chowder. Wednesdays to March 30. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church, Farmington Falls Road, Farmington. Always check for school cancellations. No School, No Luncheon. For further information call 778 - 4429.

The 5th Annual One in Five 5K will be held on April 24, 2016 at Thomas College in Waterville at 9 AM. The proceeds from this race will benefit the Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center and its fight to end sexual assault and support survivors through their healing journey. In Maine, 1 in 5 people will experience sexual violence in their lifetime. This shocking statistic has outraged many of us in our community. We have decided to take a stand against sexual violence by running or walking at this event in support of those survivors in our own home towns. All Preregistrations include a free t-shirt. Preregister (online) Individual: $15 for Students; $25 for others Teams*: Student Teams (5 person minimum): $10 for Students; $20 for others. Registration Day of Event Individual: $20 for Students; $30 for others Teams*: Student Teams (5 person minimum): $15 for Students; $25 for others. T-shirt's the day of are $10. http://www.silentnomore.org/one-in-five-5k.html

CRAFT FAIRS, YARD SALES & FARMERS' MARKETS

Indoor Flea Market. Saturday, Feb. 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mercer Community Center. Tables $10 each or 2 for $15. Call Bev at 362-4088 or Marlene at 587-2414. Hope to see you all there on the 20.

Winter Farmers Market. Farmington Grange 12 is hosting the Winter Farmers' Market at the Grange hall in West Farmington on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fifteen or more local producers will offer everything from bread, meats, cheese, pies, cookies, vegetables, herbs, soaps, yarn and more. The Grange Hall is located at 124 Bridge Street in West Farmington, just across the bridge from main street. Shoppers should watch for the signs. For questions, please call Bonnie Clark 778-6637.

Franklin County-wide online farmers market, Weekly deliveries, Year-round www.westernmainemarket.com.

MEETINGS & GATHERINGS

Ash Wednesday Service. The Phillips Community Church will hold an Ash Wednesday Service on Feb. 10 at 5 pm. All are welcome. For more information call Kate Dunham 639-2012.

North Chesterville Extension Homemakers. On Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m., (snow date – Feb. 18th) the North Chesterville Extension Homemakers will be meeting in the Chesterville Town Office to plan the St. Patrick’s Day Free Senior Citizen Luncheon, make cards and table favors for each person that attends, and plan the bake sale for the Chesterville Town Voting day set for March 14. FMI 778-3156.

The New Sharon Congregational Church UCC will be having Native Oak for the 2nd concert in the 2016 Brick Church Concert Series, on Saturday February 13, 2016 @ 7 pm. Admission is $10, paid at the door. All ages are welcome. The Church is located at 21 Cape Cod Hill Road, New Sharon, ME

Thrive After 5. Saturday, Feb. 20 at the Mt. Blue Campus. 129 Seamon Road, Farmington, ME 04938. At 5 p.m. Hosted by Heather Cleaves, Angela Whelpley,
Penny Estes, Myra Estes, Margarette Mark. Sustained Energy, Joint & Inflammation Support, Mental Clarity, Digestive & Immune Support, Antioxidants, Pro-Biotics, Appetite Control,
Restful Sleep Please join us to hear about the amazing Thrive product line and what it can do for you!!

Attention businesses! Save the Date! We are excited to announce that the Jay, Livermore, Livermore Falls Chamber of Commerce and the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce are joining forces with the Department of Economic and Community Development and the Greater Franklin Development Council to host a session focused on providing our local businesses with a chance to meet the resources available them. WHO: Local Business Owners WHERE: St. Rose Parish Hall 2 Church Street, Jay Maine 04239 WHEN: MARCH 10, 2016 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Visit The Jay-Livermore-Livermore Falls Facebook page for more information

Farmington Historical Society Meeting, Monday, Feb. 22, 6 p.m. potluck and meeting at North Church on corner of High St. and Court St. Guests are welcome. Program: Richard Marble, member of Maine Metal Detecting Group, will reveal how he discovered earliest Farmington Gore School. Also introducing a new program feature: monthly reading from a journal or diary. This month’s reading will be from Vester Coffin Warren’s journal. Members are encouraged to contribute ancestors’ writings at future meetings.

An ongoing support group for Survivors of Suicide Loss meets every 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at Franklin Memorial Hospital from 6:30 to 8:30pm.

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 Tami at 778-2792.

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

Valentine making, Feb. 8-12 from 3-5 p.m. at Everyone’s Resource Depot in the UMF Education Center corner of High and Lincoln Streets in Farmington. All ages welcome. Small fee ($1). For info, call 778-7150.

Passwords, Payments, Pins, and Privacy! Tim Flight, web application developer and Carrabassett Valley resident, will be giving a presentation about digital security on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 4:30 p.m., at the Carrabassett Valley Public Library. Today we trust computers and “the cloud” with our most precious documents and personal details. Learn simple and easy steps you can take to protect your digital life. Tim will share tips to keep track of hundreds of passwords, selecting secure PINs for your smartphones, dos and don’ts for WiFi, safely paying for goods online, and keeping malware off your computer. The library is located at 3209 Carrabassett Drive, Carrabassett Valley, Maine. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

Free tax help for people of all ages with low to moderate income. AARP TAX-AIDE. Free income tax preparation help. Federal and State of Maine Tax Returns. Now to April 8. Taxes are Prepared & Electronically-filed by IRS-Certified Volunteer Tax Preparers. At Carrabassett Valley Public Library, 3209 Carrabassett Valley Drive. Fridays, 11:30 – 3:30 p.m. Appointments: 246-2157.

Talking Grasses and Grains. Rick Kersbergen, UMaine Extension Professional, will be giving a talk on grasses and grains for livestock feed 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 at the Farmington Municipal Building. Sponsored by Franklin County Farm Bureau, the presentation will be held in the downstairs conference room. Light refreshments will be served. For more information call Pam at 645-2568.

Cheese Making 101. Hands-on make and take: yogurt, mozzarella, and ricotta. Sponsored by Echo Ridge Cheese to benefit the Dr. Shaw Memorial Library. At Echo Ridge Cheese, 2080 North Rd., Mt. Vernon. All materials provided – just bring a few small jars to take home your yogurt, and bring some heavy duty washing gloves if you have them. 10AM-2PM, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 (Feb. 20 snow date) Space is limited to 6 people. Preregistration required. $50/person, or $75 for two family members together. To register: call the Dr. Shaw Memorial Library (293-2565), or call Alice Olson at 293-2502

The University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) men's soccer team is hosting an indoor soccer skills clinic in mid-February at the UMF Fitness and Recreation Center (FRC). Players will have the opportunity to work with college coaches and players to help improve their technical skills in a fun environment. The clinic is open to anyone aged 7-14 years old and of all ability levels. The clinic's emphasis will be placed on player development on the game of soccer and improving technique. The clinics will be composed of three sessions: Feb. 14: Noon – 1 p.m.; Feb. 21: Noon – 1 p.m.; Feb. 28: Noon to 1 p.m. $30 for all three sessions. Click here for the official clinic brochure. Registration is available on the UMF camp registration page. If you have any questions, contact men's head soccer coach, Tommy DiNuzzo by email at thomas.dinuzzo@maine.edu or by phone at 703-517-9754.

Gold LEAF Spring Open House. The Gold LEAF Institute Senior College invites you to its Spring Term Kickoff on Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 3-5 p.m. at the North Dining Hall, UMF Student Center, 111 South Street, Farmington. Come join us to meet the presenters and other Gold LEAF members. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Anyone age 50 or older who is interested in learning about Gold LEAF is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Gold LEAF Institute at 207-778-7063 or check our website: http://goldleaf.wikispaces.com.

Reviving and Managing “Wild” Apple Trees class on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. to noon. Many woodland owners in Maine have them, forgotten apple trees that are struggling to survive. Though many of these trees are of wild origin and may not be enjoyable to you or I for food there is a diverse amount of wildlife that welcome the chance for their apples! So do you want to learn some tips on how to make these trees prosper? Then come to the Yankee Woodlot in Skowhegan where apple tree enthusiast Joe Dembeck will provide a tour of recently rehabbed trees and discuss methods and tools used to manage them. Dress warm as we will venture outdoors for the event. This is a free event and there is no need to pre-register. Directions: 7 County Drive in Skowhegan, off the Back Road to Norridgewock, halfway between the Margaret Chase Smith Library and the Kennebec Valley Community Action Program office. Look for our sign by the road. Any questions- Patty Cormier- 592-2238 or patty.cormier@maine.gov. This event is sponsored by the Somerset County Soil and Water Conservation District, The Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine and the Maine Forest Service.

A CPR Course on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the New Portland Community Library. Suggested Donation $15. Please call the library to sign up (628-6561). There is a 20 person limit. 899 River Road, New Portland, Maine 04961

Maine Savvy Caregiver 1 Training. SeniorsPlus Education Center, Lewiston – SeniorsPlus announces Savvy Caregiver 1 training scheduled in Androscoggin county. If you are caring for a family member with dementia, this training will help you learn how to take care of yourself, reduce stress and also communicate more easily with your loved one. This is a 6-week workshop, with each session lasting two hours. This class is free but pre-registration is required. Call SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241 to reserve a seat. SeniorsPlus Education Center; 8 Falcon Road; Lewiston, Maine. 2:00 to 4 p.m., Tuesdays Feb. 23 to March 29 (4/5/16 snow date). Facilitator: Nate Miller

Workshop: Best Management Practices and Cement Alternatives for Your Woodland Trail or Road Crossings. Join the Upper Kennebec Valley chapter of the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine on Thursday, Feb. 25, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a presentation by Blaine Miller of Dirigo Timberlands on the new concrete arch culverts or concrete bridges that he designs as alternatives for the traditional corrugated metal culverts and wood bridges. Tom Gilbert the new Water Quality Forester for the Maine Forest Service will also review the use of Best Management Practices. Blaine started his concrete business in 2013 and has since been providing a longer lasting, more environmentally and cost efficient product for many landowners, large and small since. Poorly designed culverts and bridges can cost and frustrate landowners as well as block the natural movement for fish and other aquatic wildlife. The meeting will be held at the Farmington Town Office, 153 Farmington Falls Road (park in back, use back door). This is open to anyone and free, no need to pre-register. Any questions contact Patty Cormier at 592-2238, or patty.cormier@maine.gov.

Herbs for a Healthy Winter. Sunday, Feb. 28, At NOON. Hosted by The End of the Rainbow Health Alternatives, Farmington, 778-2884 or 639-4125. $25 Pre-Reg Required. Given by “Kempton Wild Herb Farm” Learn what herbs to prevent winter colds, flu and winter allergies. Also learn how to battle Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Explore how to use these herbs and why specifically those plants. Make some Fire Cider and Throat Balls to take home.

Community Ed classes are available in the Strong/Phillips area and you can register by calling Mt. Abram High School at 207-678-2701 x 4226. Class descriptions are available in the Mt. Blue course catalog, pages 28-29, or on line at rsd9.maineadulted.org. These classes are:
Yoge
Driver's Ed
Artist Trading Card Tutorial & Swap
Mixed Media Art Journaling
Gelli Plate Mono-Printing

February Classes for Spruce Mountain Adult and Community Education, located at 9 Cedar Street in Livermore Falls, ME. Call us today to sign up! (207) 897-6406

Do You Want to be a Real Estate Agent? $5.00
Come in and explore what the work of a real estate agent entails.  How to get your real estate license and the costs of being in the business. It’s multi-faceted work for those who like to be their own boss. Wednesday, February 10th from 6-9pm (one time class)

Family Fun FREE
Bring the whole family for a night of Valentine’s themed games, crafts, and more. Thursday, February 11th from 5:30-7:30pm (monthly class)

Becoming a Notary Public in Maine $30.00
Have you ever thought about the historical significance of the Notary Public?  Why, our society could not function without them! The responsibilities of the Notary Public, are revered by our legal system.  Learn how you can serve the people of Maine with a Notary Public Commission from the Secretary of State’s Office. Wednesday, February 17th from 6-8pm (one time class)

Baking Whoopie Pies $25.00
Come in to have fun and learn how to make whoopie pies to take home and delight your family and friends.  There will be a $15.00 material fee paid directly to the instructor.
Tuesday, February 23rd repeat on March 1st and March 8th from 6-9pm (repeat class)

Maine Driving Dynamics
$40.00 for ages 64 & younger; $10.00 for ages 65 & older
This course offers all drivers the opportunity to improve their defensive driving skills. Instruction will cover collision avoidance techniques, safety issues, driver habits, and attitude. Those completing the course will receive a 3 point credit on their driving record.
Tuesday, February 23rd and Thursday February 25th from 6-8:30pm

Teaching 10 Tips FREE
This will consist of FOUR sessions based on the theme of “add a fruit or vegetable to every meal” or “healthy eating on a budget”.  The classes are based on the USDA’s “10 Tips Nutrition Education Series”, which provide simple, easy to follow tips from the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Tuesday, February 23rd to March 15th from 5-6pm (4 weeks)

Baking Cream Horns $30.00
Learn how to make cream horns/French horns.  There will be a $35.00 equipment fee paid directly to the instructor.  You will bring home six cream horns, filling bag, six pastry tube/molds, and frosting recipe. Thursday, February 25th repeating on March 3rd and March 10th from 6-9pm (repeat class)

Friday Morning Social $5.00 wkly/$30.00 for total
Do you love Bingo, Dominoes, and Cribbage?  Are you free Friday mornings? Come in, meet up with your friends, and have a blast with us! Friday, February 26th to June 10th from 9-11am (meets twice a month)

Beginning Hula Hooping $50.00
This class will be going over beginner hoop techniques, including hooping around the waist, arms and legs.  We will also cover hoop tricks and transitions to help create your own personal flow.  We’ll be hooping along to music.  Prepare to have fun as you get a great, low-impact workout! Please bring comfortable shoes and a hoop if you have one. Monday, February 29th to April 4th from 5:30-6:30pm (7 weeks)

Yoga & Meditation $45.00
This workshop series will introduce you to the benefits of a yoga and meditation practice. Scientific studies confirm tangible health benefits for improved immunity, lower inflammation and decreased pain.  It has also been linked to greater happiness and compassion. Monday, February 29th to March 14th from 6:30-7:45pm (3 weeks)

Mt. Blue Adult & Community Ed is excited to offer 80 classes covering many areas of interest. To learn about these classes, call 778-3460 for a free catalog or go on-line at rsd9.maineadulted.org. Some classes being offered include:

Dental Assisting - This 15-week course is designed to introduce students to various aspects of dental assisting including dental pathology, charting, assisting the dentist during procedures, instrumentation, dental terminology, sterilizing of instruments, infection control and patient care.

Using Tapping for Change
- Tapping is a proven way to eliminate obstacles and build enthusiasm. Learn what it is and how to apply it to your life.

Clay Class – Learn clay hand-building and decorating techniques for beginners or intermediates.

Performing Arts – Preparation for any performance experience, including public speaking, musical theater, acting, singing or band production. Classes are performance based with emphasis on full physical stamina and control as well as breathing exercise, shaping sounds and listening techniques.

Poetry Journaling
– Learn to use art and writing together to express and record your thoughts, preserving memories for you and your loved ones.

Basic Sewing Machine Class – Learn to “drive” a sewing machine and learn step-by-step basics of cutting, pinning and sewing straight seams. Sharpen skills or learn new skills. This is a hands-on class.

Boat Handling – Learn to handle a power or sail boat under power, close quarter maneuvering, docking with currents, and docking with winds and more.

Quinzhee – A quinzhee is a snowcave made by hollowing out a pile of serried snow. Learn how to safely pile snow and carve a shelter.

Call Mt. Blue Adult & Community Ed for more information or to register today. 778-3460 or online at rsd9.maineadulted.org.

Mt. Blue Adult & Community Ed is offering training for exciting professions! Sign up today for the upcoming classes: Dental Assisting - This 15 week course is designed to introduce students to various aspects of dental assisting including dental pathology, charting, assisting the dentist during procedures, instrumentation, dental terminology, sterilizing of instruments, infection control and patient care. Fee $850.
CRMA – 40-hour course designed to teach residential care workers to administer selected non-injectable medications in a licensed residential care or group home setting. Fee $350. CNA – 180-hour course designed to prepare the student to be a nursing assistant. Fee $1300. CNA-MED TECH - - State approved 120-hour Certified Medical Technician course preparing CNA’s working in nursing homes to administer medications under the supervision of an RN. Call today for more detailed information and to register or go on-line at rsd9.maineadulted.org. Mt Blue Adult & Community Ed 778-3460.

A resource gathering for local craftspeople on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. at Brenda Simoneau's store at Justa Alpaca Farm in Farmington Falls. The address is 998 Farmington Falls Road. Those interested in spinning, knitting or crocheting are welcome to come and work and share ideas.

Nurturing Fathers– A 13-week training course designed to teach parenting and nurturing skills to men offered through the Franklin County Children’s Task Force. Each class provides proven skills that foster and support healthy family relationships and child development. Wednesdays, Feb. 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 27, May 4, 11, 18 & 25 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. All classes offered are free, including snacks and onsite childcare. Pre-registration is required. Interested participants must call personally to sign up. Contact Stacie at 778-6960 today!

1-2-3 Magic—For parents with children ages 2-12 offered through the Franklin County Children’s Task Force. 1-2-3 Magic offers parenting solutions that are easy to learn and that work! This one-day course covers stop Behaviors- things you want your child to stop doing, such as whining, throwing tantrums, or shouting. Saturday, March 19 from 9 am to noon. All classes offered are free, including snacks and onsite childcare. Pre-registration is required. Interested participants must call personally to sign up. Contact Stacie at 778-6960 today!

Active Parenting for Stepfamilies—A six-week course to assist and support blending families offered through the Franklin County Children’s Task Force. This video-based discussion program aims to help couples work together to raise children in the often challenging step family environment. Learn how to use powerful communication and negotiation skills to strengthen marriage and family. Designed both for parents and stepparents, this course is also useful for foster parents, adoptive parents, single parents and others affected by loss and change. Thursdays, March 24, 31, April 7, 14, 28, & May 5 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. All classes offered are free, including snacks and onsite childcare. Pre-registration is required. Interested participants must call personally to sign up. Contact Stacie at 778-6960 today!

Wilton CareerCenter. For those who are looking to make a change in careers or get a new job, the Wilton CareerCenter will be offering a variety of programs for job seekers in February. All workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 645-5800.

Employer Expectations on Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. 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.

Gateways to Employment on Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 9 to noon and Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 9 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, Feb. 11, 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.

Small Business Administration will be offering three different workshops: “Starting Your Own Small Business," “Access to Capital," “Federal and State Resources for Small Business.” Most of these workshops are two hours long. For more information please call Bill Card at 622-8555.

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O*Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge.

Call 645-5800 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for additional information and to register for workshops held at the CareerCenter. The CareerCenter, located at 865 U.S. Rt. 2E Wilton, is open 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information is available on the CareerCenter website here.

Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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