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Event listing items can be submitted to us at 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.


Chewonki presents Bats of the World. Bringing their secret lives to light on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 4:30 p.m. At the Carrabassett Valley Public Library & Community Center Begin Family Community Room. Bats comprise nearly one-quarter of the world's approximately 4,000 mammal species, yet humans continue to fear and misunderstand them. Bats do so much to help us survive, but now they need our help. Our engaging slideshow and interactive demonstrations will introduce participants to the role bats play in ecosystems. Participants leave the program with an appreciation for the tremendous diversity of bats in the world and for their irreplaceable niche in our natural ecosystem. 1 hour--free and open to the public. Seating is limited, first come and first served.

Titcomb Challenge. Titcomb Mountain ski area will host the Titcomb Challenge coordinated by students from the University of Maine at Farmington Alpine Operations Certificate Program on Wednesday, Feb. 22. The 12-hour event will include a variety of races, competitions, and fun for all ages. The Titcomb Challenge coincides with school breaks at local Maine schools as well as UMF. For students and families who are choosing to stay local during this time off, the Titcomb Challenge hopes to provide a day full of skiing and fun events. For a fee of $5 entrants can participate in eight different events. Click here to see the schedule of events.

Branding Strategy Sessions. The Franklin County Network of Networks will host two Maine High Peaks Branding Strategy Sessions. One will be held on Feb. 28, 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the University of Maine at Farmington with guest presenter, Simon Rucker, executive director for the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust on behalf of the High Peaks Initiative and the second one on March 1, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Sugarloaf Inn with guest presenter Nancy Perlson, also representing the High Peaks Initiative. RSVPs are appreciated at this link.

Ashes-to-Go. For the third year, St. Luke's Episcopal Church of Wilton, will take to the streets to offer "Ashes-to-Go" in two locations. On Ash Wednesday, March 1, The Rev. Barbara J. Clarke, St. Luke's Interim Priest-in-Charge, will be by the Wilton Post Office from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and then by the Farmington Post Office from noon until 12:30 p.m. "Ashes to Go" will be available to anyone who wishes the imposition of ashes and a brief blessing. What started in Chicago in 2007 has spread across the country among Episcopal clergy to include cities and towns around Maine with the goal of meeting and serving people where they are. In addition, St. Luke's in Wilton will hold a traditional Ash Wednesday service at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome. St. Luke’s is located at 59 High Street in Wilton, at the corner of High and School Streets. The parking lot is behind the church and there is also street parking in front. For more information, please call the church office at 645-2639 or go to


Film: Peak Oil ~ A Love Story. Date: Thursday, Feb. 23. Time: 4:30. Carrabassett Valley Public Library & Community Center in the Begin Family Community Room. For years artist and Peak Oil activist and Skowhegan Art teacher, Iver Lofving, has been happily spreading his message of energy apocalypse. He believes that when the Earth reaches its peak of oil production, the collapse of civilization will follow – or not. Will we listen?

SugarWood Gallery. Featured artist is Dr. Susan Sanders. The Gallery is located at 248 Broadway in Farmington. Info: 207-778-9105. To see more of Susy’s work visit

Photography exhibit titled, Isolated Visions by John and Cynthia Orcutt will remain on display throughout the winter, 2017. For more information, please contact Cynthia Orcutt at (207) 939-6518 or

High Peaks Artisan Guild. The Guild members would like to welcome you to come usher in the fall season with them. Paintings, photography, wood turnings, crazy quilts and bags, fiber art, homemade soap, felted soap, knitting and crochet, child size fleece hoodies, homemade pillows, found art, jewelry, warm glass and stained glass, and antiques and collectibles. Regular hours, Friday thru Sunday 11am-5pm, or by appointment or chance.

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


The Sandy River 3. Friday, Feb. 24 at 7 pm at Mercer Community Center, Rt 2 and Beech Hill Road, Mercer. Julie Davenport, Bud Godsoe, and Stan Keach. Adults $7, students $5, children 10 and under free. Songs about Maine, Country, Folk and Bluegrass. Smooth harmony. Red-hot picking! FMI (Stan 397-2241)

Winter Diva Show. “I Love Diva – a Trip to the Tropicana Club,” the RFA’s Winter Diva Show, are now on sale. The show features the comedic talent of Barney Martin from the Maine Hysterical Society, as well as local comedian Carolyn Smith and a cast of talented singers and dancers. This show is for two nights only, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24 and 25 at the RFA Lakeside Theater in Rangeley. To reserve your seat, visit and click on the “Buy Tickets” tab at the top of the page. You may also call or visit the Theater Box Office at 2493 Main Street, hours: Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Choose from either theater seating or cabaret table seating: all seats are $25. Beer, wine and appetizers will be available both before and during the show.

The Ladles, a band consisting of fiddle, guitar, banjo and three part female harmony, will be playing at the New Sharon Congregational Church in New Sharon on Feb. 25. This is the second concert of the 2017 Brick Church Concert series. The concert starts at 7pm and tickets are $10 at the door. Bring the family for an evening of unique, entirely acoustic, home-grown music! The Church is located at 21 Cape Cod Hill Road, New Sharon, ME. For more information:

Improv Comedy. Western Maine's improv comedians, Teachers Lounge Mafia will be performing on Saturday, Feb. 25 in a benefit to support the Mt. Blue Campus World Language student trip to China this spring. Performance starts 7 p.m. upstairs at The Granary restaurant on Pleasant Street in downtown Farmington. $10 to benefit students going to China. This show contains mature content. Tickets sold at the door. FMI: Contact Gail Carlson or Ruth Haszko at MBC 778-3561.

Wilton Fire Department Dance. The Wilton Fire Department will be hosting its 6th Annual Dance featuring "Dreaming Big" on March 18, 7 p.m. - midnight. $10 per person Farmington Elks Lodge. Tickets are available at Madore's Market, Shelly's Hometown Market, Steve's Market, Gale McDonald at the Public Safety Office in Wilton, Mon-Fri, 8 am - 2 pm or by calling Judy Burdick at 645-3279. Put on your dancing shoes and come join us for a night of fun!


The week of Feb. 21 the Community Table at the Forster Building in Strong will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day. Come join us for a free meal, fun and fellowship. Hope to see you there!

New Vineyard Public Library Annual Cabin Fever Supper will be held at Smith Hall, Rt. 27 New Vineyard on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. On the menu will be Beans, Hot Dogs, Casseroles, Breads, and a vast array of Deliscious Pies! Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children under 12, or $20 for a family deal. Take out will also be available if you can’t stay. There will also be musical entertainment and the Wheel of Fortune. So take a break from the winter blast and warm up with a great meal and a visit with your neighbors, as well as supporting the library!

Paint night fundraiser to benefit Lego team's trip to world championship. FLL Paint night was rescheduled to Wednesday, March 1. Art educator Tammy Lindsey of Spruce Mountain Elementary School in Jay will be leading a paint night fundraiser extravaganza to support the Spruce Mountain Middle School state champion FIRST Lego League team - Clan of Mor'du - in their quest to travel to St. Louis, MO to compete in the FLL World Championship April 26th through April 30th. The fundraiser will be held from 6 - 8 pm at Spruce Mountain Middle School. All necessary supplies will be provided. Appetizers will be served throughout the evening. The cost is $45 per person with a limit of 25 participants. All proceeds will go to Clan of Mor'du to help defray travel expenses. To reserve a spot, please contact Jay Lindsey at SMMS at 897-4319 ext 212 or email him at

Snowmobile Ride-In Benefit has been rescheduled to Friday, March 3. Jed Zelie, a ninth-grade student at Mt. Abram Regional High School has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He is currently undergoing treatment at Maine Medical Center in Portland. In an effort to help his family with increasing medical costs, Mt Abram High School staff and students would like you to join us for a snowmobile ride-in to the high school. Breakfast will be served from 7-7:45 a.m. with a suggested donation of $5. Please RSVP for breakfast and/or order a T-shirt using one of the following options: Contact your local Snowmobile Club: Go to this link If you are unable to join us please consider helping his family through an online donation @

The Franklin County Children’s Task Force will be holding two simultaneous Father Daughter Dances again this year on Saturday March 4 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. One dance will take place at the Jay Middle School Gym, and the other will take place in the more northern area of Franklin County be at the Phillips Elementary School. Dances are sponsored in part by Otis Federal Credit Union and The Opportunity Center of North Franklin County. Anyone wishing to purchase advance tickets may do so at Calico Patch in Farmington, The Flower Barn in Jay, Edmunds in Phillips or The White Elephant in Strong. One ticket covers both Father and his daughter(s). Our DJs this year will be Down the Dirt Road in Jay and Chris Keith in Phillips. Cost for tickets is $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Fathers and their daughters are encouraged to come and dance the night away, enjoy give-away prizes and each other’s company. For more information please contact the Franklin County Children’s Task Force at 778-6960 or stop by our office at 113 Church Street in Farmington.

New England Boiled Dinner at the Henderson Memorial Baptist Church on Academy Street, Farmington. March 4, from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Beef, vegetables, homemade bread, pies and beverages. Tickets $8. Everyone welcome. Call 778-3854 for more information.

A Card Making Workshop, Relay for Life Fundraiser will take place on March 18, 2017 from 10 a.m. -3 p.m. at the Jay Niles Memorial Library in Jay, Maine. Pre-registration is required and the $30 registration fee includes breakfast, lunch and supplies to create 20 cards and one project. There will also be raffles in order to raise more money. Please contact Lois King by March 4th at 645-2610 for more information and to register.

LEAP is in the running for Bangor Savings’ 2017 Community Matters More Grant Again this year, Bangor Savings strengthens communities by seeding the dreams and goals of nonprofit organizations in Maine towns, with their 10th Anniversary “Community Matters More” pledge program. This year, LEAP (Life Enrichment Advancing People) has been selected as one of the finalists for a $5,000 grant, and we are hoping for your support. Voting takes place during February at all Bangor Savings branches, and paper ballots must be dropped off by Feb. 28. Any Maine resident of any age is eligible to vote. Online ballots are available at or you may pick up ballots at your local BSB branch. LEAP is a local non-profit residential service provider who strives to empower people of all abilities to believe in themselves, live healthy and well, make friends and have hope for the future. Our foundational principle is to provide services that encourage well-being, self-expression and experiences of joy. For more information on LEAP, and to learn more about our mission and services, please visit us at

A Chinese Auction, cabin fever reliever and a fun afternoon will take place on February 26, Sunday Afternoon at the Fairbanks School, 508 Fairbanks Road, Farmington, Maine. Bidding starts at 12:00pm, and drawing of tickets will take place at 1:00pm. You buy tickets at the door and use them to bid on items that you like. At 1:00 the winning ticket of each item will be drawn. You must be in attendance to win. We will have a door prize and refreshment will be available. Donations are being accepted for new and gently used items and gift certificates. Call 778-3808 or 778-4349 to donate or for more information. Ample parking and we are handicapped accessible.

Coldwell Banker Sandy River Realty looking for donations for local Animal Shelter. Support your Local animal shelter by dropping of pet supplies at Coldwell Banker Sandy River Realty. Some of the items the shelter is looking to be donated are #4 Health grain free dog food, Purina Cat Chow, Scoopable litter, tennis balls for the dogs, cleaning supplies ( bleach) and Cash donations. All donations will be presented to Franklin County Animal Shelter in the month of February. Feel free to speak with one of our agents or staff members, Monday thru Friday 9-5. We would love to take your donations for our local animal shelter.

Joanne & Warren Noyes have generously offered to donate a quilt for a raffle to benefit the Carrabassett Valley Public Library! Joanne designs a new quilt at least once a year for us to hang in the Maggie Trafton Children's Corner. This is one of our favorites based on the popular book by Eric Carle. We are willing to give it up so it can be yours! Tickets are available at the CV Library. You can also buy through the mail by sending a check to: CV Library, 3209 Carrabassett Dr, Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947. Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10. Drawing will be held in April, before the end of ski season. For more information , please call the library at 207-237-3535.

Mugs Now Available. Titcomb Ski Club Educational Foundation's mug are now available for purchase at the Titcomb Mountain lodge during business hours as part of the Dunkin Donuts Community Mug Program grant. The Foundation received 450 mugs that will be sold for $20 each. Each mug’s owner is entitled to a free hot or iced coffee on Sundays for the entire 2017 year at any Dunkin Donuts in Maine, as well as Coos and Carroll County locations in New Hampshire. 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the mugs will benefit the Foundation. Questions can be directed to Titcomb Mountain at 778-9031.

The Titcomb Ski Club Educational Foundation is now listed as an Amazon Smile Charity through the Amazon Smile Foundation. Amazon Smile is the same Amazon you know; same products, same prices, same service. When you shop Amazon via, you can select the Foundation as the charity to receive 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products. You can set up TSCEF as your charity from the Amazon website. Shopping at Amazon Smile returns money to our community. For more information go to the log in at or to


Farmington Winter Farmers Market is normally held every Saturday from November til the end of April, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market is located at the Farmington Grange Hall, 124 Bridge Street, West Farmington. For questions, call Bonnie Clark at 778-6637.

Franklin County-wide online farmers market, Weekly deliveries, Year-round


Farmington Historical Society Meeting, North Church 118 High St., Farmington on Monday, Feb. 27, 6 p.m. Potluck and short meeting. This month’s program, “Titcomb Family Memories" will feature descendants of “Hat" Titcomb’s family recalling memories of “Greenacres” and the “Titcomb House” (now the FHS museum). Everyone is welcome.

The North Chesterville Extension Homemakers will be meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Chesterville Town Office. The topic will be finalizing the Free Senior Citizen St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon and making the table favors. The public is cordially invited. FMI 778-3156.

The Farmington Warming Center has resumed its 10th season and will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout January and February. In March, the center will be open on Tuesdays only. 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Attendees are welcome to coffee and conversation, to make a puzzle or play a game. A lunch of soup and dessert will be provided at noon. There is no cost but any contribution will be gladly accepted to enrich this program. Coffee and snacks will also be provided by community friends. Locations: St. Joseph’s, 133 Middle St. 778-2778 on the next Tuesdays: Feb. 21, 28 and March 7, 14, 21, 28; Old South, 227 Main Street 778-0424, All Thursdays starting through Feb. 23. If schools are canceled, the Warming Center will also be canceled, too. Further questions can be directed to 778-2163

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 Tami at 778-2792.

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.


Gold LEAF Senior College Spring Term Kickoff. The Gold LEAF Institute Senior College at University of Maine Farmington invites you to the kickoff of its Spring term on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the UMF Olsen Student Center, North Dining Hall, 111 South St., Farmington. The event is free and open to the public. Gold LEAF is a member-run organization that promotes lifelong learning. Membership is open to anyone 50 or older, and spouse/partner regardless of age. The program will run from 3 to 4 p.m.; course registrations will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. For more information call 778-7063, email, or go to​

Organizational Zen Talk Postponed to March 1. How to get stuff done, feel more in control of your time, and bring organizational peace into your life. Have you ever bought something you already owned because it was easier than finding the thing you had? Do you find yourself misplacing keys, glasses, or small children? Are you feeling overwhelmed and edgy over things you may have forgotten to do? Has clutter taken over part of your life? Do you need help getting New Year's resolutions to stick? Join organizational habits expert Janie Downey Maxwell on March 1, from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Carrabassett Valley Public Library to learn how to get more done. From big projects to everyday tasks, Janie can help you bring organizational peace into your life. Please bring a pad of paper and something to write with. Free and open to the public.

The Mt. Blue RSD Adult & Community Education Spring Art Classes scheduled with artist instructor Barbara Hathaway, Painter of Sunsets, starts March 1, 2017, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. the Hathaway Art Studio in Wilton. Art of Watercolor releases creative talent in watercolor art. Five sessions will take students through color mixing, use of brush techniques, and creating beautiful sunsets and reflections. Landscapes, ​seascapes, flowers, animals and detailed works can be painted easily. Students can paint along with a demo or use their own photo for inspiration. Tips on drawing compositions and matting a finished work will be included. This class is for beginners to semi-pros or even someone who ​wants to get back to painting. Watercolor is fun and ​easy to clean up. Other mediums can be considered. Classes may be combined. ​Materials needed include: Watercolor Paint set, WC paper 140 lb. tablet form, WC brushes one large, one medium, one small, palette, paper ​towels or rags. FMI or to register: 207-645-3449 or

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Tri-County EMS is pleased to announce an EMT Course which will be held at Med-Care Ambulance starting on March 2, 2017 - July 22, 2017. This course will be on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6- 9 pm with a couple of Wednesday evenings and some Saturday's from 8-4 pm. Deadline to register will be Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. For more information and registration form please contact Diane Kelley at 207-795-2880 or email

The Sandy River Valley Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society will meet at the Farmington Public Library at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 4. Jim King, the organization's president, will present an overview of DNA testing. King will explain the different types of DNA tests and review the four largest testing companies. For those researching their ancestry, DNA test results might help solve genealogical "brick walls." The public is invited to attend, and donations are gladly accepted. SRVC collects, exchanges, preserves and publishes genealogical records, related documents and information. The group maintains a genealogical library and encourages those with an interest in genealogy to join their meetings on the first Saturday of each month. Most meetings are at the library, but some are off-site field trips. For more information, email

Scheduling information meeting for parents/guardians of Grade 8 students going to Mt. Blue Campus next school year will be held on Wednesday, March 8, at 6 p.m. at the Bjorn Auditorium at Mt. Blue Campus.

BLAST (Babysitter Lessons & Safety Training) Tri-County EMS will be hosting a BLAST class on April 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Franklin Memorial Hospital. This course is designed for people ages 13 and older. This program can prepare children to interview for a babysitting job, select safe and suitable games and activities, prevent accidents, perform CPR, AED use, First Aid basics and begin babysitting safely and competently. Please contact Diane Kelley at 207-795-2880 or for more info and registration form.

Workshop. Nurturing Skills For Prenatal Families– A 9 Week Skill Builder For Pregnant Moms And Their Supports. This program addresses the relationship between healthy pregnancies and proper nutrition, the effects of stress on a growing baby, brain development, issues of body image during pregnancy, and other possible stressors when welcoming a child into any family. Thursdays, beginning April 27, from 5:30-7 p.m. The workshop is offered free through the Franklin County Children’s Task Force. Snacks and onsite childcare available, but you must call to register. Contact Stacie at 778-6960 today. Classes meet at the Franklin County Children’s Task Force, 113 Church Street in Farmington.

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.

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

February 2017 Workshops

MEOC-101-Essentials of College Planning- Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 10:00 - 1:00
This workshop introduces people to educational opportunities in general and MEOC services in particular. This interactive workshop touches on the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career and study skills. The Financial Aid portion of this workshop will provide an overview of financial basics and the completion of the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please call to pre-register: 1-800-281-3703 for this session.

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 at 1-207-622-8555

CareerCenter partners include WMCA CareerCenter Services and Maine Department of Labor
We are equal opportunity providers. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.