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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.


The Rangeley Oktoberfest Weekend, which will be held Thursday, Sept. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 2, activities range from a Brat & Strudel contest to Stein Hoisting competitions to special menus at many restaurants in Rangeley and Oquossoc to the Maine Forestry Museum's 23rd Annual Apple Festival. Click here for a schedule of events.

Senior Resource Fair celebrating seniors will be held on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Mt. Blue Campus. The fair, for those 55 and older, is a collaboration of several area agencies and service organizations that support seniors, will feature free vendor presentations and three seminars on senior-related topics from 9 to noon. A free buffet breakfast will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. in the cafeteria on Mt. Blue Campus. The breakfast will be catered by the Culinary Arts program at the Foster Career Technology Eduation Center. For more information, contact Mary Richards at

Community Harvest Festival. Join Maine Mountain Children's House for the Third Annual Community Harvest Festival from 3-7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1. Located at the beautiful Mountain Village Farm B&B in Kingfield. Featuring live music, local food trucks, kids festival games, donation cash bar, wagon rides, and more! Adult tickets are available for $10 at or $15 at the door. Kids 17 and under are free!

The Maine Forestry Museum invites you to their 24th annual Apple Festival on Oct. 1, from 9 am to 3 pm at the Church of the Good Shepard, 2614 Main St., Rangeley. Admission is Free. Enjoy a hearty “Lumberjack Breakfast” served all day. Watch and sample apple pressing demos. Try some delicious homemade baked goods. Shop beautifully crafted rustic furniture and home décor made by the museum. All proceeds go toward keeping our museum open. Learn about the history of forestry and logging in Maine. See all the many wonderful Arts & Crafts Vendors and their wares. Lots of fun for the whole family. Don’t miss this event!

Ghost Train Rides Again. The Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes RR Museum is pleased to announce the return of the Ghost Train, Saturday, Oct. 1. The Philips Middle School eighth-grade class will provide the spooks, decorations, and concessions, as the steam powered trains wind through woods and fields. This family fun event begins at 6:30 p.m., tickets will be sold until 9:30 p.m., trains will continue to run until all ticket holders get to ride. The new Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes RR is located at 52 Bridge Street in Phillips. Find our more at, 207-639-2380 (on operating days) or find us on the web

Voter registration drive for Farmington residents and UMF students. At the Olsen Student Center on Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Oct. 4 from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. Check your registration or register to vote in advance of the Nov. 8 election! Bring a piece of mail with your physical address.

Franklin County History Tour. Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10-4. The Fall Franklin County History Tour to be held on Saturday October 8, 2016 with the following Historical Societies and Museums participating: Dead River Historical Society—Stratton; Farmington Historical Society – Titcomb House, The Octagon House and North Church; Kingfield Historical Society and Stanley Museum; Lexington/Highland Historical Society; Livermore Falls – Maine’s Paper & Heritage Museum; Nowetah’s Indian Museum – New Portland; New Vineyard Historical Society; Phillips Historical Society and Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad Museum located in Phillips; Rangeley Historical Society and Outdoor Sporting Heritage; Maine Forestry Museum; Strong Historical Society-Hammond House; The Wilton Farm and Home Museums. FMI Contact – Jane Stinchfield – 860-8545 - Phillips Historical Society

Legislative Candidate Forum Breakfast on Wednesday Oct. 12, 7am-9:30 am at the North Dining Hall University of Maine at Farmington. Featuring Maine Senate Candidates Dist. 17: Senator Tom Saviello, Joanne Dunlap; Maine House of Representative Candidates: Dist. 114: State Rep. Russell Black, Guy Iverson; Dist. 112: State Rep. Thomas Skolfield, Barbara Chassie; Dist. 113: Lance Harvell, Scott Landry; Dist. 74: Keith Cornelio, Christine Riley. The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce has asked the candidates to come prepared to speak about what they feel is the most critical topic facing Maine today and what should be done about it. We will also ask the candidates opinions regarding MaineCare expansion and Maine's income, sales and property tax. Glenn Kapiloff, Franklin County Chamber of Commerce President, will be the moderator of this event. Questions will be taken from the audience as time allows. This legislative forum is free and open to the public RSVP is requested (207) 778-4215 or This event is made possible by event sponsors: Franklin Savings Bank, Life Enrichment Advancing People (LEAP), Comfort Inn & Suites.

Election Issues Forum. The UMF College Democrats, and College Republicans are co-sponsoring an Election Issues Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Landing, inside UMF’s Olsen Student Center. Join us for an interactive discussion on Money, Politics, Ranked Choice Voting and Maine. The Maine Citizens for Clean Elections will present on the clean elections system in Maine. Come learn more about how money in politics is harming our democracy and stopping progress on the issues we care about - and what you can do about it! Local candidates running under the clean elections system will be speaking about their experiences. The Committee for Ranked Choice Voting will also present on their November ballot initiative (Question 5). This event is free and open to the public.

Halloween comes to life early this year, Saturday, Oct. 22 in Kingfield. Starting at 4 p.m. with a re-enactment of October 1869’s Pumpkin Freshet on the Carrabassett, things then move to the Herbert Hotel for ghost story table talk. Then take a short walk to hear about haunted houses, visit a talking pumpkin, watch an amazing fire spinner and a witches’ dance. Stop at Governor King’s mansion for more ghost stories and finish at the Riverside Cemetery for ghostly encounters with some of Kingfield’s notable and long gone citizens.


Author Reading. The University of Maine at Farmington Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing program presents fiction author, Bret Anthony Johnston, as the first reader in this year’s popular Visiting Writers Series. Johnston will read from his work at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a meet and greet with the author.

Calling all Chesterville artists! The first-ever Chesterville original art exhibition will open on Friday, Sept. 30 at the Chesterville Center Union Meeting House, coinciding with Chesterville Poetry Night. Hangable works of art in any medium, by Chesterville residents, are welcome. Youth are welcome. Works will remain on display until Oct. 9. To share your art, please call 778-3513. Leave a message if no response.

The second annual Chesterville Poetry Night will be held on Friday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Chesterville Center Meeting House, One Borough Road, Chesterville. This event is free and open to the public. All Chesterville poets are invited to participate, and to pre-register by calling 778-3767. Original works read at Chesterville Poetry Night will be published (with permission)! The Meeting House is a non-profit enterprise and is handicapped-accessible.

Exhibit. SugarWood Gallery's “Artist of the Month” is Mike Breau of Peru, Maine. Regular store hours are 10 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Exhibit. The University of Maine at Farmington Art Gallery is proud to announce its first exhibit of the academic year, “Nocturnes” by painter and printmaker Michel Droge. The show will run from Sept. 8 to Oct. 9. The gallery is located at 246 Main Street in Farmington, behind the UMF Admissions Office. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sundays from 12 to 4 p.m. and by appointment. For more information or to make an appointment please contact Sarah Maline, UMF Art Gallery director, at or 207-778-1062.

"Presenting Chesterville Artists"- The Chesterville Center Union Meeting House will present the work of current Chesterville artists in an exhibit that will open on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The exhibit will continue the following weekend on Saturday, Oct. 8 and Sunday, Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All Chesterville residents are encouraged to submit ready-to-hang artworks by Wednesday, Sept. 28. Please contact Cynthia Stancioff at 778-3513 to make arrangements. This show is free and sponsored by the non-profit Chesterville Center Union Meeting House, Inc.

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


Sparrows Nest Theater will hold auditions for “Twas the Night Before Christmas” on Oct. 1 from 10:00 a.m. -12pm and Oct. 2 from 12:00-1:30 at Sparrows Nest. There are parts available for all ages. Performance dates are Dec. 1-4. For more information call Diane Leeman at 696-4323.

Auditions. The Sandy Rivers Players of Farmington is holding auditions on the University of Maine at Farmington campus for the musical production of 1776. Auditions will be held on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 1 to 4 p.m., in Roberts C23; on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 1 to 4 p.m., in Nordica Auditorium; and on Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., in Lincoln Auditorium. Seven performances of "1776" will be scheduled over the weekends of Jan. 14 and 21, 2017. For more information please visit the SRP website at, or email

On Saturday, Oct. 1, the Arts Institute of Western Maine is sponsoring a Maine Mountain Chamber Music concert featuring Jasmine Lin, violin, Elizabeth Anderson, cello, and Maine Mountain Chamber Music co-directors Laurie Kennedy, viola, and Yuri Funahashi, piano. They will perform the single movement Piano Quartet by Gustav Mahler, the Piano Quartet by Joaquin Turina, the Claude Debussy Cello Sonata, and "Songs of My People" by Michael White. The concert will be held in Nordica Auditorium at the University of Maine at Farmington, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, free for 18 and under and students with ID.

The Sandy River Ramblers, Maine's premier Bluegrass Band who have performed at many of the top venues in Maine, has graciously offered to do a benefit concert at Reeds Mill Church in Madrid. The concert will be a mix of Gospel and original songs about Maine. Some of the gospel songs will be from the church's hymnals - singing along will be encouraged! Imagine the sound of great gospel songs as they reverberate in the church’s acoustically awesome space - we’ll really get the rafters rolling! If you are a fan of close vocal harmonies and spot-on instrumentals you will love the Sandy River Ramblers’ music. The Ramblers’ most recent CD, Cry of the Loon and other original songs about Maine, has been called “a gift to Mainers” by popular Maine writer/journalist George Smith. The concert is scheduled for Oct. 2, 2 p.m. Cost: good will donation during the concert.

Open Mic/Jam night at Troll Valley Disc Golf and Campground. Monday nights 6:30 to 9 pm. Red Schoolhouse Road, Farmington. The Bistro is open, serving food, beer and wine. 207-778-3656.

Kingfield. Friday, Oct. 7. 6 p.m. An evening of stories at Webster Library presented by Western Maine Storytelling. Free and open to the public. Entitled “Marvels and Mysteries: Stories from the Mountains of Maine,” the program features Maine storytellers Phyllis Blackstone, Judy Loeven, and Peggy Yocom.

Blues in the Barn will feature To Be Determined on Saturday, October 8th from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Mountain Village Farm B&B, 164 Main Street, Kingfield. The popular rock band from Franklin County will offer their own rendition of the blues, which will have the audience up on its feet and rocking out in the beautiful old barn. El Toro Food Truck & Mexican Grill and a Beer Garden will be on site. Tickets are $10 at the gate. Free for children 12 and under. Free parking on site.

Saturday, Oct. 8. Contradance, Farmington Grange, 124 Bridge Street, West Farmington. Regular Contra with the Rogers Brothers playing and Kim Roberts calling, 8 to 10:30 p.m. $6adults/$5students or $15 family max. All dances taught. Beginners are welcome. No partner necessary. FMI, 491-9928 or <> or

The Theater at Monmouth Presents Shapespeare's The Tempest on Saturday, October 22 at 7:00 pm at the Vienna Union Hall. $13.00 prepaid, $15.00 at the door. Tickets are on sale October 1. FMI call Libby 293-2670 or email


The Community Table in Strong at the Forster Building will be held the week of Sept. 26. This is a free hot meal to anyone who wishes. They will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come and enjoy the fellowship. Donations are welcome.

7th Annual Hope with Every Step Maine Superhero 5k run/walk and Family Fun Day on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Spruce Mountain High School in Jay. This year our Family Fun Day is featuring Calzolaio Pasta Company's pasta meal, a live remote radio broadcast by 92 Moose, life sized board games including Hungry Hungry Hippos and Chutes and Ladders, multiple bounce houses and an inflatable 72-foot obstacle course from Mad Tents, DJ Jazzy Hartford, Walmart Heart Touch-A-Truck, tons of food, a live auction, raffles and more! Please come out and support Team Josh, Brooke and Emmy by helping us raise money for the A-T Children's Project. The ATCP supports first rate research for life improving therapies and a cure for Ataxia Telangiectasia (A-T), a deadly rare genetic disease that Josh, Brooke and Emmy suffer from. Register at Like us on

The Kingfield United Methodist Church, 51 High Street, Kingfield, will be hosting a Public Breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 1. Menu to include: Pancakes, French Toast, Bacon, Sausage, Scrambles Eggs, Sausage Gravy/Biscuit, Assorted Juices, Coffee, Tea. Serving from 7:30 - 10 a.m. Adults: $5, Children: $3, a Family Rate is available. All proceeds to benefit Church programs.

Saturday, Oct. 1 Public Supper at the North Jay Grange No. 10, from 4 to 6 p.m., Baked beans, casseroles, salads, cole slaw, desserts. Music with Terry Moore. Adults: $8, and children 10/under, $3. FMI - 645-2910, 645-9353, 500-2330.

Free Coats! Coat & Cupboard offers free coats, hats, mittens, and blankets to folks in Franklin County. A new program by the youth group of Old South Church, Coat & Cupboard is open the first Sunday of each month, (next on Oct. 2) 9 am to 11 am---plus, special hours on Chester Greenwood Day! We are located in the rear of the Holman Parish House, 227 Main Street, Farmington. For more information, or to donate gently used outerwear or blankets, please call the church office at 778-0424, or email us at

Wilson Grange #321 (Main st, East Wilton) annual harvest supper, October, 7 @6PM. Cost $10. FMI and reservations call 645-3388.

Phillips Chicken Supper. On Friday, Oct. 7, the Phillips Community of Christian Women will again cook up their annual chicken supper, to be held from 5-6:30 at the Phillips Elementary School. The traditional menu continues: roast chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, peas, squash, coleslaw, rolls, assorted pies for dessert, and beverage of your choice, including coffee, tea, milk, or apple juice, all for $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. FMI: call Barb Gardiner at 684-3394

The 20th Annual Mt. Blue Football Tailgate Party will be held before the home varsity football game, against the Nokomis Warriors. This is also Homecoming & Youth Football night with M.B.A.Y.F on Friday, Oct. 7 at Mt. Blue High School. The menu includes half chicken meal for $6.50, a quarter pound hamburger or two hotdogs each for $5. All meals include coleslaw, chips, a brownie and a drink. Food will be served between 4:30 and 6:30pm. Seating is available. Tickets are available to purchase from all Mt. Blue High School football players, Shelley’s Hometown Market in East Wilton & Madore’s Market in West Farmington. Advanced tickets are advised. All proceeds benefit the Mt. Blue High School football Program.

Saturday, Oct. 8, Food and Rummage Sale at the North Jay Grange No. 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lots of good stuff. FMI 645-2910, 645-9353, 500--2330.

Saturday, Oct. 8, the annual Rangeley Congregational Church Mission Board turkey supperat "The Barn" on High Street in Rangeley. We will be serving from 5 p.m. until sold out. The menu will include roast turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, home made rolls and cranberry sauce. All this and home-made apple crisp with whipped cream for dessert. Come to meet with your family and friends for a wonderful sit-down dinner served home style. Take out will, also, be available. Please call for reserved take-outs at 864-5360 or leave a message at 864-5966. All proceeds will be used for the church's mission work locally, nationwide and worldwide. $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

The 1st Annual 1980s Rock Extravaganza. "Help Stock The Shelves" 80's themed dance on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the American Legion Post from 8 p.m. to midnight. The FUNdraisers, a special projects division of Neighbors Helping Neighbors, is hosting the dance to benefit The Farmington Care and Share Food Pantry and The Wilton Area Food Pantry. Raffle tickets will be given for each pound of nonperishable food donated. Raffle ticket drawings will be held throughout the evening for some great prizes for products or services donated by local businesses. Music by DJ Roger Robbins, Cash Bar, and munchies. $10 tickets available at the door, or by calling Dave 491-6547, Arleen 778-6520, Mike 491-1510 at Fitness Express. The FUNdraisers will donate all profits from the ticket sales to the two food pantries.

Ham Dinner on Sunday, Oct. 9, from 11:30 a.m to 1 p.m. at Franklin Lodge Hall, Route 2, New Sharon. Ham, Raisin Sauce, Mashed Potatoes, Peas, Carrots, Rolls, Home Made Pies, Coffee and Tea. Take Out Available. Adults $8; children 6 to 12 $6; children Under 6 free. Benefit Building Fund.

Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a Benefit Spaghetti Supper for Ray Gosselin, on October 15, 2016 from 4 to 7 PM. Adults $8.00 Children under 12 $5.00. Being held at the KC Hall Main St Jay Me. Thank you for your support.

Book Sale to benefit the Wilton Free Public Library: Saturday, Oct. 15, , 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., at Western Maine Enterprises, 128 Weld Street, Wilton (next to the Town Office). Many books in good condition for readers of all ages and tastes. By donation.


Benefit Lawn Sale on Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Christy's, route 2, Mercer. Sponsored by the Mercer United Methodist Church.

Seeking Crafters and Vendors for Wilton PTF'S Annual Craft Fair on Saturday Nov. 12, 2016 from 10 AM-3 PM at the Academy Hill School in Wilton. The cost is $20/table. For more information or to reserve your space contact Renee Woodard by phone or text at 645-3120 or by email at

Mt. Blue Campus Craft Fair. Saturday, November 19, 2016. 10X10 space, $25 Now taking registrations. Contact Regina Savage at 778-3561 or Spaces are filling up fast!

The Saturday Farmington Farmers Market’s season is open for the season in the District Courthouse Parking Lot, 129 Main St, Farmington. Vendors will be set up from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays through October. We have vegetables, fresh seafood, kettle corn, beef, rabbit meat, jams, coffee, canned goods, fruits, baked goods, seedlings, fibers, flowers and crafts. You can chat with vendors, taste delicious samples of locally produced food and support local agriculture. While at the Saturday Farmington Farmers Market, bring your shoes, leather bags, old favorite slippers or boots or broken zippers. Drop them off and Lucas from Beyond Shoe Repair will fix them for you and bring them back to the market next week. See our blog for more information:

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Meeting. The Strong Historical Society will hold its regular meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at the Hammond Memorial House, 79 N. Main Street, Strong. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for those wanting to tour the house. A potluck supper will be enjoyed at 6 p.m. (please bring a dish). A brief business meeting at 7 p.m. will be followed by guest speaker, Russell Black, our State Representative. He has promised to leave all political issues in Augusta. Instead, he will be speaking about beekeeping. The public is welcome, so let's give him a good reception.

Edith Lucas Pagelson will be speaking in the Begin Family Community Room at the Carrabassett Valley Public Library & Community Center at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6. She is a Falmouth resident and Holocaust survivor. This book talk is free and open to the public.

The Mt. Blue High School Class of 1971 is looking for members of their class to attend a reunion on Oct. 8. This event will be held at the American Legion Hall in Farmington. There will be a cocktail hour followed by a Pig Roast. It will free for all members of the class of '71 and their significant other. For more information and to RSVP please contact Sue Austin Black at / 645-2990 or Katie Stevens Hallman at / 778-4720

Field Trip. What’s happening at the Phillips Historical Museum? Sunday, Oct. 9 railroad curator Allan Soccea will lead a field trip to Madrid Junction railroad siding and Berlin Mill site at Toothaker Pond. All interested parties should meet at the Museum at 1:00 pm to car pool. This field trip is FREE to Museum members and $5.00 donation for non-members.

Homemaker meetings for October: Clearwater: Oct 13 at 7:00 PM at Shorey Chapel Program Rotary Tree Ornaments; Neighborhood: Oct 5 at 1:00 PM at Trinity Methodist Church Program Fall or Christmas Crafts; North Chesterville: Oct 25 at 7:00 PM at Chesterville Town Office Program Rotary Tree Ornament/Finalize Town Halloween Party; Strong Learning and Sharing: Oct 25 at 10:00 AM at Methodist Parish House Program Rotary Tree Ornaments; Weld: Oct 11 at 10:30 AM at Town Office Meeting Room Program Cultural Study/Dues are Due; Wilton Day: Oct 13 at 10:00 AM at St Luke's Episcopal Church Program Rotary Tree Ornaments. Oct 20 at 10:00 AM makeing cards

Community Conversation. The Maine Community Foundation will hold a Community Conversation for Franklin County residents on Thursday, Oct. 13, in Farmington. The gathering, a continuation of MaineCF conversations across the state, includes breakfast. Steve Rowe, MaineCF’s president and CEO, will facilitate the event from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at North Dining Hall on the University of Maine Farmington campus. More information and registration are available on Eventbrite.

Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group. New, ongoing, every second and forth Monday nights starting at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are held at Franklin Memorial Hospital in the Allen room. If you have any questions, please call/text Angela at 446-0609 or email her at

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

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.


Adult Education Enrichment Classes for the week of Monday, Sept. 26. Spruce Mountain Adult & Community Education, 9 Cedar St.Livermore Falls. Call 207-897-6406 to sign up.
Canning Blueberry Jam: Thursday, Sept. 29, 6-8pm. If you have never made and canned jams before, this class is for you! You will learn the process of making and canning blueberry jam. Materials provided include jars, lids, pectin, and sugar. There will be a $10 material fee paid directly to the instructor. The class fee is $20.
Card Making: Wednesdays, to Oct. 19 6-8pm . You will create 6 homemade greeting cards a week that can be used for a variety of different occasions. Each student will need small scissors, double sided tape and paper trimmer. There is a weekly material fee of $8 paid directly to the instructor and a $10 class fee. Spots still available!
Firearms Hunter’s Safety: Wednesday, Sept. 28; Tuesday, Oct. 11; & Thursday, Oct. 13 6-9pm @ SMHS Cafeteria. State of Maine approved Firearms course which is required to obtain a hunting license. Students must attend all three classes to complete the course. Register early! The class fee is $15. Almost full!
Fly Tying: Thursday, Sept. 29 to Nov. 3 6-7:30pm. Want to tie your own flies? Is it time to re-stock the fly box? Interested in trying some new fly patterns? Look no further! In this class, we will tie your favorite fly. You’ll find easy fly tying instruction, teach you what fly tying materials you will need, give you a list of the materials you will need along with all the steps needed. A material fee of $75 for a kit will be paid directly to the instructor. The class fee is $30.

The Mt. Blue Adult Education Fall art classes are scheduled with artist Barbara Hathaway, Painter of Sunsets, starting Wednesday, Sept. 28 at the Hathaway Art Studio in Wilton. Classes are 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Art of Watercolor is a five week session to explore color mixing and use of brush techniques, while creating beautiful sunsets and reflections. Landscapes, seascapes, flowers and detailed works can be painted easiy with watercolor. Students can paint along with a demo or use their own photos for inspiration. Tips on drawing compositions and matting a finished work are included. This class is for beginners to semi-pros. Other mediums can be considered: Oils, Pastel, Acrylics. Hathaway studied art at the University of Maine at Augusta and organizes Plein Air Art Retreats and Workshops. A supply list is available upon registering with the following contact information: or 207-645-3449.

What will you do after the Fair is over? Mt. Blue RSD Community Education is offering more than 60 classes including many new ones. Did you know that Plants are Best for your health? Learn how to cook with whole plant-based foods to improve your health. How would you like to learn Soap Making or Using Essential Oils to avoid the additives of commercial products? Are you a baby boomer who needs to Understand Medicare or want to be sure your driving skills are up to par by attending an interactive presentation on Keeping Your Keys? Of course, there are always the community favorites, including Calligraphy, Tai Chi, Beekeeping, Fly Tying, Hunter Safety, Ukulele, Cooking Classes for biscuits, donuts, pie crusts, Wine Making, Fortune Telling, Photoshop AND MANY MORE. Whatever your interests might be, we have something for you! Classes begin September 26 so there is still time to register! For more information of to register for classes you may go on line to, drop by the office or call Monday-Thursday 8:30-4:00 at 778-3460.

On Oct. 13 at the Entrepreneurs Connect event at the Fairbanks School Meeting House, local entrepreneurs, business owners, and community members will have the opportunity to network and learn from presenters who have entrepreneurial experience themselves. The event will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. If you are interested in attending this event, please register by Oct. 6. For more information, and to register go online to or call

Hand Gun Training. The Wilton Fish & Game Association will be offering a basic hand gun training for ages 21 years and older under the instruction of Sheriff Scott Nichols. Participating students will under go a four hour training at the Wilton Fish & Game location on Rt. 2 in Wilton. The next class is Saturday, Oct. 22nd. and begins at 9AM ending at 1PM. There will be 10 students per class so that there is adequate instruction per student. Participants must pre-register and prepay a $20.00 class fee at the time of registration. To register please call Sharon 778-3690 or email This is a wonderful opportunity to learn safe gun practices. Students must bring their own handgun unloaded in a holster with at least 50 rounds of ammunition. Also remember to bring your hearing and eye protection. No magnums are allowed on the indoor range.

Clay hand-building with Cheryl Herr-Rains in Vienna for all skill levels; project techniques are designed-for-success with impressive outcomes. Starts Monday, Oct 10- Nov 28, 3 to 5 p.m. (time may change to accomodate best for most), 7 weeks, 5 to 10 people, $300 includes all tools and materials. If interested send message to for this or future session.

“Intro to Self-Employment Workshop” This introductory workshop will help you decide if self-employment is the right choice for you. The class covers the pros and cons of owning your own business, the steps needed to get started, the major elements of a business plan, and the many resources available to help you succeed! Monday, Oct. 24, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. New Ventures Maine Office 109 Perham Street Suite # 2 Farmington, ME 04938. To register or for more information please call: Karleen Andrews 557-1885

The following is a schedule of classes currently being offered through the Franklin County Children’s Task Force. 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 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. To be held on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 9 am–12:00 pm *Off-site offerings: Jay, ME: Oct. 4th, 11th, and 18th from 5:30-7:30. (Three weeks of programming)

Cooperative Parenting and Divorce: Shielding Children from Conflict. This video-based program gives divorcing or separating parents the power to make positive changes that shield their children from parental conflict and guides them into establishing a long-term relationship with the child's other parents. It is the most extensive, informative, and interactive resource to date examining the complex realities of divorce. WHEN: Mondays & Wednesdays, 11/28, 11/30, 12/5, 12/7, 12/12, 12/14, 12/19, & 12/21 from 5:30-7:30 PM

All classes located at the Franklin County Children’s Task Force, 113 Church Street in Farmington, ME unless otherwise noted. If you are interested in learning about these or other parenting topics, or would like to know more about FCCTF’s parenting support options, call the education department today at 778-6960 to hear how we can help to support you through the world’s greatest (and toughest) job– parenting!

Maine School of Masonry is pleased to announce a second year program has been added to the curriculum. The course program is in historic brick and stone restoration. The course is open to anyone that has an interest in historic building conservation. The program will begin in September of 2016 and end in May of 2017. For more information please call 207-639-2392 or visit our website School of Masonry Restoration.

Wilton CareerCenter Workshops. 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. All workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 645-5800.

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 Trainings
Small Business Administration will be offering three different workshops “Starting Your Own Small Business” Access to Capital” and “ Federal and State Resources for Small Business” Most of these Workshops are two hours long. For more information please call Bill Card @ 1-207-622-8555

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