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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

Easter Egg Hunt. Come join us here at Farmington Baptist Church. April 19 at 9 a.m. We will share the True Story of Easter. Every Child will receive their very own set of resurrection Eggs to take home. Immediately Following the brief story time, the Children will be on the loose to find candy filled eggs! Join the Fun! (Easter Egg hunt is for children through 6th grade. Rain or Shine. For More information please call 779-0731

Earth Day Cleanup. The Farmington Downtown Business Owners Association is sponsoring a town clean-up in honor of Earth Day Tuesday, April 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. Bags and gloves will be distributed at The Pierce House next to the Post Office in downtown Farmington. Everyone is invited to participate, at anytime between 1 and 3 p.m. Ask your friends to join you. The more volunteers the more we’ll get done! For any question please contact Jo-Anne Bean Palmer event volunteer coordinator at 778-2200 or jbeanpalmer@yahoo.com.

Free electronics "E-Waste" disposal and recycling. Accepting old and broken:TVs, computers, printers, monitors, VCRs, microwaves, stereos, gaming devices, phones and other devices listed at www.ewastemaine.com. Approved by Maine DEP. To be held on Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Aubuchon Hardware parking lot, on Route 2 & 4 in Farmington. Sponsored by the Old South First Congregational Church. Free, donations will be accepted to support community service and outreach programs.

Baseball Signups. Farmington and North Franklin Area Babe Ruth sign-up night Sunday, April 27: 13s at 4 p.m., 14 & 15s at 5 p.m. Hippach Field in Farmington. For more info see your coach or contact Cal at 491-2836 or Cathy at 778-8547.

Franklin County’s Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Services (formerly SAVES) is holding the 16th annual March for Violence-Free Communities on Wednesday, April 30. Participants will gather at the gazebo in Meeting House Park on Main Street in Farmington (across from the Superior Courthouse) at 5:30 PM. Marchers are invited to carry signs, pass out brochures with information about violence and local resources, make noise, and have fun. The March will lead to a Speak Out at the Old South Church on Main Street in Farmington. Community members will have the opportunity to speak out and share their thoughts and feelings on the issues surrounding all forms of violence. Light refreshments will be served.

Maine Fiddlehead Festival. Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. the third annual Maine Fiddlehead Festival will take place on the grounds of the Emery Community Arts Center, Academy Street, Farmington. This free festival features a farmers market, food vendors, information tables, demonstration talks, a fiddlehead walk, live music with Franklin County Fiddlers and other local musicians, supervised children's activities and more! Tent Talk topics will include fiddlehead ferns, raising a dairy goat, no-knead bread, pressure canning, making wine, low hoop tunnels, wild mushrooms, and making/cooking with rocket stoves. For a schedule of events, visit www.mainefiddleheadfestival.com.

2014 Wilton Scholarship Applications. Applications for the 2014 Wilton Scholarship Foundation scholarships are now available at the Mt. Blue Guidance Department, Wilton Town Office and Wilton Public Library. Applications can also be downloaded from the Guidance Department web site at mbrsd.org. All current and former graduates from Wilton, East Wilton, East Dixfield, Dryden, and Weld are eligible. For further information call Robin Bragg at 645-3213 or Ken Sawyer at 645-3894. Deadline to mail or return applications is May 14.

EXHIBITS, READINGS & SHOWS

Poetry Reading. The winners of the 2nd annual poetry contest sponsored by Literacy Volunteers and the Farmington Public Library will read their award-winning work on 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23 at the library. The contest is being held for the second year in honor of Poetry Month in April and Shakespeare’s 450th birthday on April 23, 1564.

Reading & Memoir Writing Discussion. Devaney Doak & Garrett Booksellers is holding a reading and book signing featuring Helen Peppe, author of the memoir Pigs Can’t Swim, 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 24. Peppe will discuss her new book, Pigs Can’t Swim, “an outrageous, hilarious, and touching memoir of childhood as the youngest of nine children in a hardscrabble, beyond-eccentric Maine family.” Peppe will also make a slideshow presentation on the craft of writing a memoir.For more information regarding this event contact DDG Booksellers, 193 Broadway, Farmington, Me 04938 at 778-3454, or by email at info@ddgbooks.com.

Art Exhibit. University of Maine at Farmington art students will present their senior thesis projects in an exhibition entitled “Pardon My Tartle!” at the UMF Art Gallery and the Emery Community Arts Center from April 10 through May 17. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Art at the New Portland Community Library to June 30: "Color of Women ~ Intentional Creativity" Paintings and poems by Cynthia Taylor Clark of Embden, shown along with works in oil and watercolors by her daughter, Jessica Lynn Clark, a children's book illustrator of Sitka, Alaska. Artist reception on Sunday April 27 from 4-6 p.m. Everybody welcome! Library hours - Mon. Wed. Thurs. 4-6 p.m., Sat. 10 to noon.

The High Peaks Artisan Guild Gallery on Main Street in Kingfield is exhibiting the works of over 10 artists and craftsman. The gallery is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. year round.

Winter 2014 Exhibit at the Schoolhouse Gallery. An exhibit of photographs called Frozen, The Art of Ice & Snow features large format photographs taken by John, Cynthia and Jonathan Orcutt of landscapes that are dominated by ice and snow. Most images have been captured here in Maine's High Peaks region, many of them taken this winter. Schoolhouse Gallery is located at 266 Main Street in Kingfield. This exhibit will remain on display until June. The Schoolhouse Gallery is open on Fridays from 1 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 11-4 p.m. For other times, or to request an appointment, please contact Cynthia Orcutt at 207-939-6518 or via email at corcutt86@gmail.com. For more information, please see www.schoolhouseartgallery.com

The Western Maine Art Group is seeking fine artists, painters, and a limited number of photographers and artisans to exhibit at this year’s 47th Norway Arts Festival. This is a juried art festival offering prizes for Best in Show, First and Second Prize in Painting, First and Second Prize in Photography, and First Prize in Fine Artisan. Last year the prize money amounted to $3,000. Prior exhibitors do not need to be juried again. Space requests are honored in the order of applications received. The exhibit date is Saturday, July 12, with a rain date of Sunday, July 13. Westerrn Maine Art Group is proud of our artists and artisans. We provide a 10’by 10’ space with coffee and goodies to get you started, help with unloading and setup, and designated parking. Applications and more information is available online at the website of the Western Maine Art Group – www.westernmaineartgroup.org.

MUSIC, DANCE & DRAMA

Local singer/song-writer Mark Phillips will be performing a concert at the New Sharon Congregational Church on April 19 as part of the 2014 Brick Church Concert series. Admission is $10, paid at the door. The concert starts at 7pm. All ages are welcome. All proceeds go to the Church General Fund. Church location is 21 Cape Cod Hill Road, New Sharon.

Concert. Saturday, April 19, - 7 p.m. at the Vienna Union Hall, 5 Vienna Mountain Rd. Vienna. The Second Annual Evening of a cappella featuring three groups. Back Bay Four formed in early 2001 from the Portland Downeasters. They were the Granite and Pine Division Champion quartet in 2007. They sing a variety of music, both modern and old in the barbershop style. Good-Time Sound's repertoire includes barbershop, doo-wop, pop music and rock classics of the '60s + '70s. And, Chantez, a women's quartet and offshoot of Maine-ly Harmony, have sung together since 2002 and collectively boast 84 years of barbershop singing. Tickets: $8 in advance $10 at the door to purchase advance tickets call: Libby - 293-2362. Dodi - 293- 2670 or Marianne - 293-2674 or email: viennaunionhall@gmail.com

Dinner/Dance. The Farmington American Legion will be hosting their 120 club dinner and dance at the Post on Saturday, April 26. Happy hour begins at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 5:30 p.m., then the raffle drawings and 50/50 prize will be awarded. At 7 p.m. dance and enjoy the music of Dreamin' Big. They are great entertainers, and offer a wide variety of music for your listening or dancing pleasure. Anyone interested in signing up for future membership can contact Dennis Collins at 778-5221 or irishinme@myfairpoint.net.

BENEFIT FEASTS, AUCTIONS & OTHER EVENTS

No Masonic Public Supper in April.  In observance of Easter, please be advised that there will not be a Public Masonic supper on April 19, at the Harland M. Harnden Masonic Hall, 70 Bryant Road in East Wilton. The next Public Masonic supper will be held on May 17 and we will be serving Roast Pork Loin at that supper. Looking forward to see everyone on May 17. For more information please call 778-2354.

The Wilton Day Homemakers will be having an Easter bake sale on Sat., April 19 at the Methodist Church on Main Street in Wilton. 9 AM until sold out. Money raised wil go to benefit the 4-H scholarship. FMI call 645-4823 or 645-2423

Benefit Pie Sale. Relay for Life Team Positively Purple members are putting their baking skills to work by making homemade pies for Easter. Come to the Dollar Tree store in Jay on Saturday, April 19th, at 9 a.m. and let us help you with your Easter meal and you can help us with our Relay for Life fundraising to help fight cancer.

American Legion Post 61 at 62 School Street here in Kingfield will resume Bingo Saturday, April 19. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., Games begin at 6:30.

Delicious spaghetti dinner at Calzolaio Pasta Co. in Wilton, April 21, 2014, 5-8 p.m., to benefit Cape Cod Hill School's Destination Imagination team and their trip to Global Finals in Tennessee! Adults $7, children 12 and under $5, or $20 per family. FMI contact Lynn Wells at 778-3031.

Lobster Stew Luncheon. The Fairbanks Union Church, Farmington, will hold a Lobster Stew Luncheon on Friday, April 25, from 11:30 am to 1 pm. The Luncheon includes lobster stew, biscuit, pumpkin or apple desert and cream, and coffee/tea beverages. Eat it in the church or take it away for later. The donation for the luncheon is $10. Find out more at www.fairbanksunionmaine.org and on our Facebook page.

Passport Dinner to the World of Dr. Seuss. Wilson Grange #321 will be having another Passport Dinner Friday, April 25 at 6pm. Our theme this month is "Passport Dinner to the World of Dr. Seuss". We are located on Main St. in East Wilton across from Shelly's Hometown Market. Our menu will include Green Eggs and Ham. (Of course) The charge for adults is $12 and children $8. Reservations are a must and can be made by calling 645-3676 or emailing us at wilsongrange@gmail.com. So please come and join us for a tribute to word in celebration of stories that are not so absurd. And...If you wish to be silly and dress a bit LOUD You'll get no complaints from us; in fact...we'll be proud. We look forward to seeing you at our next Passport Dinner.

Mystic Valley Grange #313 will be having a Rummage and Food Sale on April 26 from 10 AM - 2 PM. Lunch served from 11 - 1. Mystic Valley Grange is located at 932 US RT 2 West in East Dixfield. FMI call 645-2423.

Benefit Spaghetti Supper for Gil Ward and family to help defray medical expenses on Saturday, April 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Chesterville Town Hall. Spaghetti, meatballs, garlic bread, salad, dessert. Anyone wishing to assist with the supper please call Marilyn Turner at 645-4735 or Cindy Whittier at 778-3078.

Literacy Volunteers of Franklin & Somerset Counties. Huge Annual Used Book Sale. Saturday, May 3, 9-5 p.m. and Sunday, May 4 9-3. Farmington Elk’s Lodge 120 School Street, West Farmington. Book donations always accepted. For more info call the LVFSC Office at: 778-3460 (Also accepting donations of new & gently used items for our upcoming annual “Huge Indoor Yard Sale” June 22. Tables will be rented out.)

Penny Auction. The Phillips Public Library’s annual Penny Auction is still looking for contributions of items for inclusion in its sale. Any such items may be brought to the Library Studio. The auction, to be held in the Studio (former cafeteria), will be open to browsers and ticket buyers beginning April 2 from 10-5 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays, and 10-2 p.m. on Saturdays. The drawing will take place on Saturday, May 10, starting at 10 a.m. Proceeds from the auction benefit the Library, and are an important part of the Library’s maintenance.

Call for Vendors: Applications are available for artists, crafters, and historical exhibitors to participate in Norlands’ Strawberry Festival to be held on Saturday, June 28, 2014. A Craft and Artisans Fair and an Historic Exhibitors Fair are a part of the event. Applications are due by May 23, 2014. The Norlands welcomes artists, crafters, photographers, painters, potters, jewelers and more to exhibit, demonstrate, and/or sell their original artwork. All items must be handmade, not mass produced, store bought, re-sale, or imported items. The Norlands also seeks qualified and experienced artisans, re-enactors, and scholars wishing to demonstrate a traditional craft using 19th-century materials or methods such as woodworking, fiber arts, or blacksmithing. All applications are subject to approval. For a copy of the guidelines and application form, please call 207-897-4366, email norlands@norlands.org, or visit www.norlands.org.

CRAFT FAIRS, YARD SALES & FARMERS' MARKETS

The St. Joseph's Altar Guild will hold their Spring Rummage Sale on Friday, April 25, from 3pm to 6pm, and Saturday, April 26, from 9am to 12noon. We are located on the corner of Quebec and Middle Sts,Farmington, in the parish hall. We will have our usual array of clean used clothing, white elephant items, books, toys, linens, and accessories. All items are very reasonably priced. We look forward to seeing our old clientele and will no doubt meet new shoppers. See you soon.

Taking reservations for spaces and tables for another Indoor/Outdoor Yard Sale at UMF. Saturday, July 5 from 10am until 3pm. This year we might even have it on the lawn. Tables are still $15 each, prepaid. FMI call 207-652-2385 and leave your contact information. Last year we had 12 tables...this year, Let's double that!

Farmers' market at the Farmington Grange on Saturdays. Vendors from both Sandy River Farmers Market (Fridays) and Farmington Farmers Market (Saturdays) are in attendance, as well as some other vendors, with vegetables, meats, honey, gourmet cuisine, pies, jams, baked goods, eggs, crafts and more. From 9 a.m. til noon, at 124 Bridge Street. For more information, call Bonnie Clark at 778-6637, or Richard Marble at 778-6968.

Western Maine Market, Franklin County’s online Farmers’ Market, runs year-round and offers free delivery in downtown Farmington and Strong. Other WMM pick-up locations for Friday and/or Saturday include Avon, Kingfield, Rangeley, Rumford, Stratton, and East Wilton. Check the website for additional new locations. The website for Friday and Saturday is www.WesternMaineMarket.com. Contact Deborah Chadbourne, 1-(857)-225-1199, info@westernmainemarket.com.

MEETINGS & GATHERINGS

Western Maine Storytelling Guild monthly meeting will be held on Thursday, April 17, from 7-8:30 p.m. in Room 123 of the Olsen Student Union, South St. Farmington, ME. Parking available on the street on in the High St. parking lot. All who are interested in storytelling are welcomed. Telling is optional.

Maundy Thursday Service At Shorey Chapel Industry, Thursday April 17 will begin at 6 p.m. with a Seder and potluck meal in the vestry at 1109 Industry Road, Industry, followed by a service in the sanctuary. Worship services for Easter on April 20th will be at 10 a.m. You are welcome to both services. FMI: 491-3803.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Holy Week Schedule: Maundy Thursday, April 17, 7 pm at St. Luke's. Congregants recall Jesus’ act of humility at the Last Supper through a foot washing. After Holy Communion the Church is darkened in preparation for Good Friday. Good Friday, April 18, noon. Farmington Ecumenical Good Friday Service at Old South Church. St. Luke’s participates in the noon Farmington Ecumenical service. Good Friday, April 18, 7 pm. Wilton Ecumenical Good Friday Service at Wilton United Methodist Church. St. Luke’s participates in the annual Wilton Ecumenical Good Friday service. Great Vigil of Easter, Saturday, April 19, 8 pm at St. Luke's. Beginning in a darkened Church the Vigil celebrates Christ’s resurrection through light, scripture, Easter hymns, renewal of baptismal vows, and Holy Communion. Sunrise service (at 5:47 am) on Voter Hill. Easter Festival Eucharist, April 20, 9:30 am at St. Luke's. A joyous celebration of Easter. Please also join us for a fun indoor Easter Egg Hunt for the children immediately following the service!

Old South Church Holy Week Services. On Maundy Thursday (April 17) we will offer a simple soup supper at 5:30 pm in our Vestry, followed by a remembrance of the Last Supper in the Matthew Rm at 6 pm. On April 18 we will host FAEM's community Good Friday Service at noon in our sanctuary. Then, on Easter Sunday, we will celebrate the resurrection at the Sunrise service (at 5:47 am) on Voter Hill and during our 9:30 festive family worship (ending with an all-church Hallelujah Chorus!) We are located at 227 Main St.

Panel Discussion and Screening of the film "Tricked" at the University of Maine Farmington, Thomas Auditorium on Thursday, April 17, from 6:30-8:30 pm. Destie Hohman Sprague, program coordinator of the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault, along with individuals working in law enforcement and direct service providers will take part in a panel discussion on human trafficking here in Maine. They will discuss changes occurring throughout various communities in the state as well as current preventative and response efforts. Following the panel discussion the film, Tricked, will be screened. Tricked exposes tactics used by pimps to prey upon, abuse and victimize young women and girls in cities across America. The ultimate goal of the event is to enhance awareness of the growing sex trade in Maine to empower young people and our communities to respond to and prevent exploitation. For further information contact event organizers Lillian Lake (lillianlake1@gmail.com) and Nicole Coffey Kellett (nicole.kellett@maine.edu).

Henderson Memorial Baptist Church Holy Week special services continue: On April 17 Communion and Tenebrae at 7 p.m. This service recalls the Last Supper Jesus shared with his disciples. On April 18 the community is invited to a Good Friday service at Old South Congregational Church, 227 Main Street, from noon – 1 pm. This service is sponsored by Farmington Area Ecumenical Ministry (FAEM). On Easter morning, April 20, Henderson Memorial Baptist Church and Summit Faith Community welcome visitors to an Easter Breakfast at 9 a.m. and a Celebration of the Resurrection at 10:15 a.m. Henderson Memorial Baptist Church is located at 110 Academy Street in Farmington. For more info, call 778-2163.

Easter Program. The New Hope Baptist Church, 268 Perham Street in Farmington, will present a program of music and drama entitled “Amazing Grace” Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 18, 19 and 20 at 7 p.m.

Easter Services: The Phillips Community Church will have the following services for Easter: Maundy Thursday: Worship and Supper (fruit, cheese, and breads) at Phillips Community House at 5:30 p.m. We will be joined by the Weld Congregational Church. Sunrise Service: The Phillips congregation will join the Weld Congregational Church in Weld. Easter Sunday Worship: 11:15 a.m. at the Phillips Community Church.

Celebrate Easter with a free showing of The Life of Jesus Christ film. Saturday, April 19 at 6 pm. The two-hour film portrays the ministry and miracles of Jesus, His final days and resurrection. Please join us at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 141 Woodfield Drive, Farmington (just off Perham St, top of the hill). Preview available here. All are welcome, though reverence is requested during the film.

April 20. Easter Sunrise Service 6:30 a.m. Titcomb Hill Farm on Anson Street in Farmington. Easter Breakfast served at 7:30 a.m. at the Farmington Baptist Church, 194 Whittier Road, Farmington. Easter Service at 10:30 a.m.

Commandery Easter Service. Pilgrim Commandery #19 Knights Templar will hold its annual Easter Service and breakfast at the Farmington/Wilton Masonic Hall on the Bryant Road in East Wilton. The Service is Sunday morning April 20 at 7:30 a.m. All Sir Knights and Master Masons are invited to attend along with their sons and grandsons. Donations will be accepted for the breakfast

Maine Land Conservation Conference on Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26. Every spring the Maine Coast Heritage Trust sponsors the Land Conservation Conference. Many workshops and field trips are offered. To learn more go to the Maine Land Trust Network web site and click on meetings and workshops. Foothills Land Conservancy is offering to provide funding for a few local people to attend. For more information contact Conrad at 645-2155. Foothills Land Conservancy is located in the Western Foothills of Maine; we currently manage a parcel at the headwaters of Wilson Lake in Wilton, Me. We have opportunities for people interested in making a difference in their community to join our board of directors. We meet a few times a year or more as needed and we are people with a diverse set of skills. Our board meetings are open to the public. Every June we have an annual meeting. This year the meeting will be held at the Wilton Academy School cafeteria at 6:30 pm on June 11.

Farmington Baptist Church, Annual Women's Tea on May 10, from 11:30 - 1:30 p.m. FREE ~ Theme: Joy Spilling Over. Come join us and be blessed with special music, speakers, fellowship and food/tea. Feel free to bring your favorite tea cup FMI: Farmington Baptist Church @ 779-0731

NAMI Support Group - Do you have a family member coping with Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Schizophrenia, Panic Disorder, a Personality Disorder or OCD? NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) now has a Family Support Group for the Farmington area. Meetings will be held in the Allen Room at Franklin Memorial Hospital on the third Wednesday of every month from 6:30-8 p.m. The group is led by trained volunteers who also have family members living with mental illness. All are Welcome. There is no fee or registration required. FMI call Tami at 778-2792 or Louise at 592-9933.

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

Kindergarten and Pre Kindergarten Registration DatesMallett School: Kindergarten, Thursday, May 29, 8:00 to 4:30, please call the 778-3529 for an appointment; Pre-K, Thursday, May 15, 8:00 to 4:30 or Friday, May 16, 8:00 to 3:00, please call 778-3529 for an appointment. Your child must be five years old on or before October 15, 2014 in order to register for kindergarten. For Pre-K, your child must be four years old, on or before October 15, 2014. At registration, you will need your child’s original birth certificate, up to date immunization records, a recent photo of your child, and filled out parental questionnaire and medical history forms. New this year - packets should be picked up at your child’s school. Students who are currently enrolled in Mallett, Cushing or Cape Cod Hill School’s Pre K program, do not need to re-register for kindergarten.

UMF to offer Lifeguard Course over April Vacation. The Fitness Center will be hosting an American Red Cross Lifeguard Course Saturday, April 19 through Wednesday, April 23, with no class Sunday, April 20. Participants must pass a pre-course swimming skills evaluation and be 15 years old. This program reflects training skills that correspond with cutting edge research on how guards should be training, and the most effective skills needed to prevent, prepare and respond to emergencies. Non-members to the Fitness Center are given 2 visit passes, upon paid in full registrations, to practice the pre-course swimming skills. Complete course information can be found at http://frc.umf.maine.edu or by calling Jennifer Pageot at 207.778.7437.

Pruning Your Trees, A Hands on Workshop of How To Prune Ornamental and Forest Trees. On April 23, The Maine Forest Service Project Canopy and the Farmington Conservation Commission will be offering a hands on workshop on how or when to prune ornamental trees, young trees, or ice storm damaged trees. Whether in your backyard or in your neighborhood park shaping young trees through proper pruning practices will help them grow healthy and strong. We will have various tools to show how to do proper cuts, removing branches and enhancing the form of the tree. We will also discuss when and why to prune forest trees. This workshop will be held at the Farmington Town Office, 153 Farmington Falls Road (park around back and use back door) from 12:30 to end. We will prune some trees locally. This is a free workshop and open to anyone. Any questions, contact Patty Cormier at 592-2238 or patty.cormier@maine.gov. No need to pre-register.

Throwing Clinic. The Farmington Area Cal Ripken Baseball League is happy to announce Jim Smith "Smitty," UMF asstant softball coach, is once again offering himself to a one day throwing clinic April 27. The clinic is for ages 7-9 from 10 to 11 a.m. and ages 10-12 from 11 to noon at the UMF Health & Fitness Center. $5 fee, all proceeds will benefit the Farmington Area Cal Ripken League. For more info, call Megan at 577-5527 or Lee at 491-1727.

Writing the Stories of Our Lives: the Memoir Workshop presented by Elizabeth Cooke. May 3, from 10 am to 2 pm, Wilton Free Public Library. Our lives can be seen as a series of stories, either chronological or around one topic, or whatever we can devise: we can focus on the single day when life changed, the decade when our experience led us to a life focus, our lives with our families. There are no limits to the shape or subject of a memoir. The goal is to enjoy the exploration of memory and discover what we find, and we always find something. At this workshop we need only bring pencil or pen, a notebook or paper, the memories we hold inside, and a desire to respond to the writing exercises Elizabeth will provide as a means of getting started. Elizabeth Cooke taught English and writing for 36 years; she learned to become a writer by teaching her students, of all ages and types, to write. She has published two novels; Complicity and Zeena, and a work of non-fiction called Tong Ting Finds a Family, the story of her adoption of a two year old from China well after her first children were born. Now that she is retired she is undertaking a writing project, a memoir, about her years in the classroom and the moments from own life, and how each affected and shaped the other.

RSU 73 Pre-K Registration. RSU 73 is committed to serving all 4 year olds in the Towns of Jay, Livermore, Livermore Falls area. In partnership with Androscoggin HeadStart, Child Development Services and Community Concepts, RSU 73 will be hosting a registration for all four (4) year olds for the district’s Pre K program. Registration will be held on May 7, 2014 at RSU 73 Central Office. If your child will be four(4) years of age on or before October 15th and you want to register him/her in PRE-K please call Livermore Elementary School at 897-3355 to schedule an appointment. At the time of registration you will need to provide your child’s birth certificate, a current immunization record and proof of residency as they are requirements of the registration process. If you would like to complete the registration form prior to May 7 you may pick up a registration form from Livermore Elementary School, Jay Elementary School or RSU 73 Central Office. If you have any questions/queries please e-mail Wendy Moreau at wmoreau@rsu73.org.

Upcountry Artists Presents Adventures in Painting series at the Gallery and Learning Center. Pre-registration is required. $20 per person per session. Tuesday, May 13, 5:30pm-8pm: Painting like a Pro: In this session artist will choose a favorite artists with a distinct style and paint an original painting reflecting that style. Thursday, June 12, 5:30pm-8pm: Group Painting: Participants in this session will participate in one very large group painting. Applying paint to canvas as inspiration strikes. The large group painting then will be divided among participants. Minimum 5 participants are needed for this workshop. For more information or to reserve a spot, please call: 207-400-1124 or email at: upcountryartists@gmail.com

MSAD 58 (Avon, Kingfield, Phillips, Strong) Kindergarten Registration for students turning 5 on or before Oct. 15, 2014 will be held at the following locations: Kingfield Elementary School – Wednesday, May 14, Contact person: Paula Coburn (207) 265-4132; Phillips Elementary School – Thursday, May 15, 2014 Contact person: Joan Haggan (207) 639-2909; Strong Elementary School – Friday, May 16, 2014 Contact person: Mary Stinchfield (207) 684-3521. Please make an appointment for your child by calling the appropriate contact person listed above. The registration/screening will take approximately one hour. Please bring your child, your child’s birth certificate (certified copy), and your child’s immunization record with you to the appointment. Thank you.

Wilton CareerCenter.The following sessions are to be held at the Wilton CareerCenter 865 Us Route 2E Wilton. Telephone 645-5800; toll free 1-800-982-4311; TYY 888-697-2895 to set up an appointment. www.mainecareercenter.com. These workshops are at no charge to the public. All workshops begin promptly at listed times; registration required­­­.

MEOC-101-Essentials of College Planning. 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. 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

Gateways to Employment. 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.

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.

Community College Advisor. A college advisor will talk to you about your options to attend college. He will help you explore college choices based on your interests and career goals. Call Randy Berry @ 207-740-0112 or e-mail him at rberry@cmcc.edu

If you have a preferred need please contact Patty Ladd at the Wilton CareerCenter by calling 207-645-5822 or e-mail her at patty.e.ladd@maine.gov. CareerCenter partners include WMCA CareerCenter Services and Maine Department of Labor. We are equal opportunity providers. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.

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