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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.


Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Grand Re-Opening of UCU Farmington on Sept. 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy refreshments and lunch, a live radio remote with WKTJ, giveaways, a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and more! See their new drive-up lane and expanded parking lot as well as their new interactive technology! University Credit Union is located at 154 High Street, Farmington.

SAPARS 3rd annual Teal Ribbon Run/Walk 5K. Please join us on Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Holman House, 227 Main Street in Farmington, for our 3rd annual Teal Ribbon Run/Walk 5K! Registration will begin at 9 a.m. with the 5K starting at 10 a.m. The fee is $15 for participants who register by Aug. 31 and will include a free T-shirt! (Please note: After Aug. 31 the registration fee will be $20). For participants 12 years old and younger, the event is free. Register online at FMI call (207) 778-9522. This event is generously sponsored by Franklin Savings Bank!

In an attempt to introduce small children to books and the joys of reading, Strong Public Library will be offering a program called Baby Times for toddlers age 1- 2 for four consecutive Mondays beginning September 12. The program will run from 10:30 -11:00 a.m. and will consist of the reading of a book, some physical activity, and a snack. Parents and/or grandparents who bring their toddlers will be expected to join in the activity.

Apple Pumpkin Festival. The Jay, Livermore, Livermore Falls Chamber of Commerce will be hosting our annual Apple Pumpkin Festival on Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Rec field in Livermore Falls. We are looking for vendors and crafters to be a part of this great day. Interested parties can contact the Chamber office at 500-2464 or sign up/download an app on our website at Join the thousands of people that come and enjoy the day of crafts, food, music, and lots of fun activities for the kids. Check out website for a current list of vendors and activities.

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 UMF Art Gallery is pleased to present the work of Maizie Argondizza, University of Maine at Farmington alumna of the class of 1954. Her unique portrayal of nature’s beauty will be on exhibit Aug. 22 through Sept. 1, featuring a public reception for the artist 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Exhibit. SugarWood Gallery “Artist of the Month” Mike Breau of Peru, Maine, will be feted at an Open House Reception Friday, Sept. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. during Farmington’s First Friday Art Walk. The public is invited. Refreshments will be served. Regular store hours are 10 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

New 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. An opening reception with a conversation with the artist will be held from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 8. These events are free and open to the public. 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.

Wilton Farm and Home Museum. The museum is open every Saturday from 1-4 in August. If anyone would like to tour the museum they may call Pam Brown @ 645-2091 to set-up a time. We will also be open on these dates for anyone in Wilton that has gone to Luce Studio’s in Farmington. We have all their pictures and negatives from 1997 to 2014 and some earlier. If they would like to come and see if there are any of their families. They may take them and we have a release form from Luce Studio’s so they can have the pictures done at any photo shop (i.e. Walmart, Rite Aid, etc.)  We will be asking for a donation to go to the museum for future programs.

Rangeley. Sept. 2 & 3. The Fifth Annual Rangeley Trail Town Festival. Friday: Maine Outdoor Film Festival, 7 p.m., inside the Rangeley Inn, free snacks, $5 / $2 under 12. Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pond Street, free. Celebrate the outdoors with games and activities for all, including Gifford’s Ice Cream Eating Contest and a marshmallow roast. Music by Denny Breau. Arts and crafts, exhibits, raffle. BMC food truck and local restaurants. FMI: or Ecopelagicon, 864-2771.

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


Concerts. New England Celtic Arts will present Irish step champions "The Gothard Sisters" at North Church Concerts with the Farmington Historical Society on Thursday Sept. 8 and at Phillips Area Community Center on Saturday, Sept. 10. Curtain time is 7 p.m. at both venues. At North Church, 12 High Street, Farmington, refreshments available before the concert and at intermission by donation. Jam session at 6:15 p.m. Concert tickets are $15. The Phillips Area Community Center is located at 21 Depot Street Phillips. Tickets $15. More information is available at the NECA website

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.

Band Concert Series. Come listen to the traditional Monday night Old Crow Indian Band Concerts, 7 p.m., Meetinghouse Park, Farmington. Mondays through Aug. 29. A fun, free activity for the whole family to enjoy.


Public Breakfast. The Kingfield United Methodist Church, 51 High Street, Kingfield will be hosting a public breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 3. Menu to include: French toast, Pancakes, Bacon, Sausage, Home Fries, Sausage Gravy/ Biscuit, Scrambled Eggs, Coffee, tea, Assorted Juices. Serving from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Adults: $5; Children $3; a family rate is available. All proceeds to benefit church programs.

The 10th Annual Donn Barker Memorial Horseshoe Tournament will be held Saturday, Sept. 3 at the Farmington Elks Lodge - School Street, West Farmington. $10. Registration fee per person. Sign up will start at 10 a.m. the games start at noon. Lunch will be catered. T-Shirts will be available for purchase and there will be a 50/50 raffle. Proceeds to benefit the Elk’s Lodge Backyard Fund. Questions contact the Elks Lodge at 778-6761.

Cut-a-thon fundraiser will be held at Renee's Mane Attraction at 74 Farmington Rd, Strong on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Haircuts, styles, eyebrow waxing, gel manicures, raffles, games, a bake sale & more! 100% of proceeds go to Jared & Emily Espeaignnette, they just had a baby girl born with Tetralogy of Fallot who will require multiple open heart surgeries at a very young age.For more information contact Allison Ames at (207) 578-8190.

1K/5K run/walk. Donations to benefit the Strong 8th Grade Class of 2017 end of the year class trip. 9 AM, Sunday, Sept. 11 at Strong Elementary School. Rain Date: Sunday, Sept. 18,- same place and time: 110 No. Main Street; Strong, ME 04983. 684 - 3521. Registration is 8 AM - 8:50 AM Suggested donations - 1K $5 / 5K $10.

A benefit event at The Red Barn restaurant at 455 Riverside Drive in Augusta on Sept. 13. The owner, Laura Benedict, is donating 50 percent of the proceeds to the Connie Gilman/Joseph Douin Living Donor Transplant Fund from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. The menu includes amazing seafood and much more.


Kingfield Farm Stand at Narrow Gauge Depot in Kingfield on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Locally grown and/or produced; Lettuce, cukes, tomatoes, squash, garlic, Swiss chard, kale, goats milk soap and lotions, fruits as available. Much more to come as the season progresses. Contact Debi at:

Annual Benefit Yard Sale. St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Wilton will hold its annual yard sale fundraiser in the church parking lot from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3. Yard sale items include household goods, crafts, books, children's toys, furniture. In addition, there will be an assortment of baked items for sale.
The church is located at 59 High St. (corner of School & High Streets) in Wilton. For more information, go to or call 645-2639.

First Saturday of the Month Flea and Craft Market is open and will continue first Saturdays through Sept. 3, from 10 - 2, at Phillips Area Community Center, 21 Depot St., Phillips. Tables, chairs, and tablecloths provided; 8-foot table is $10. For more information, or to reserve a table, call Pam at 639-2630.

There will be another Artisan and Farm Market on Sunday September 4, located at the crossroads in the town of Weld. Webb Valley Rocking Chairs and rustic folk art will be available, handspun Angora yarns and specialty knit items, eggs and seasonal vegetables, specialty baked products available, and much more! Please contact Jerry at the Weld General store for information. 585-2231. Come see us, it is worth the beautiful ride!

Industry Community Kitchen will hold a Vendor Fair on Sept. 10 at Industry town Hall. Interested vendors should contact Sharon at 207-778-6526 to reserve their table.

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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Planning Meeting. It’s time to start thinking about this year’s Chester Greenwood Day! The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce organizes the parade, chili and gingerbread contests, and promotes Chester Greenwood Day. This year being the 40th Chester Greenwood Day we are thinking of few new ideas. We invite chamber members and community members to be on the committee, help with planning, or volunteer on the day of the event. If you would like to help, please join us at the committee meeting Wednesday, Aug. 31 8 a.m. at the Chamber office at Walmart in Farmington.

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

SeniorsPlus is holding a Caregiver Support Group at its new office location at 218 Fairbanks Road in Farmington, on Sept. 6, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. This support group is for caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s or other forms of Dementia. This is a wonderful chance to connect with others, share experiences, gain information, support and a friendly ear. You do not have to pre-register to attend the support group. This opportunity is free and open to the public. For further information, call SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241.

Franklin County Homemakers Meetings for September: Wilton Day meeting will be Sept 8 at St Luke’s Episcopal Church at 10 a.m. meeting will be Program Planning; Clearwater Homemakers meeting Sept 8 at Shorey Chapel at 7 p.m. meeting will be Program Planning; Weld meeting Sept 13 at Town Office Meeting Room at 10:30 a.m. meeting will be Program Planning; Neighborhood Homemakers meeting Sept 14 at Trinity Methodist Church mee; North Chesterville Homemakers meeting Sept 15 at Chesterville Town Office at 7 p.m. meeting will be Program Planning/collect dues/election of officers/start planning Town Halloween Partyting will be Program Planning; Strong Learning and Sharing meeting Sept 27 at Methodist Parish House at 10 a.m. meeting will be Election of Officers/ Collection of dues.

Meeting. The Mt. Blue Area Garden Club will hold its next meeting on Sept. 13 which Priscilla Bean will present the program "Nature Printing with Pressed Leaves and Flowers." All are welcome to attend the meeting 12:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, Farmington Falls Road, Farmington. Hostesses, Karen Clary, Janet O'Neil and Matiana Glass will provide light refreshments. If you are unable to attend this meeting we hope you will stop by our booth at the Farmington Fair, September 18th thru 24th.

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

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.


An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Course will be offered this fall beginning Sept. 8. The class will meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm with some Saturday sessions. The course will be held at the Farmington Fire Station. This course prepares participants for both a Maine EMS license and a National Registry of EMT certification. An EMT license is an entry level requirement to seek employment with an ambulance service. The course is expected to end in February 2017. For more information including the course schedule and tuition information or to register for the course please call the Tri-County EMS office at 795-2880 or email

“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! Friday, September 9, 2016 9:00-11:00 am. At the Wilton CareerCenter 865 US Route 2E, Wilton. 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)

Families in Substance Abuse Treatment & Recovery- 17 weeks of programming offered. Each group-based session is designed to last 90 minutes, and the workshops are ideal for partners of parenting adults in treatment and recovery, extended family members who may be parenting children of substance abusing adults, and adults in treatment and/or recovery for substance abuse problems and who are in parenting relationships with children. Participants may choose which sessions to participate in. WHEN: Mondays & Wednesdays, 9/26, 9/28, 10/3, 10/5, 10/12, 10/17, 10/19, 10/24, 10/26, 10/31, 11/2, 11/7, 11/9, 11/14, 11/16, 11/21, & 11/23 from 4:00-5:30 PM (No Class on 10/10)

Nurturing Skills for Prenatal Families- 9 week skill builder for pregnant moms & their supports. The Prenatal program addresses the current issues faced by couples expecting a child including the use of prescription drugs, alcohol and tobacco during pregnancy; the relationship between healthy pregnancies and proper nutrition; the effects of stress on the baby; and issues of body image, weight gain, dieting and brain development during pregnancy. WHEN: Thursdays, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, & 11/17 from 4:00-6:00 PM

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.

Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation— Thursday, Sept. 1, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. This orientation is for people with disabilities, who are considering Vocational Rehabilitation services. Registration is not required.

Employer Expectations—Wednesday, Sept. 14, 1 to 3 p.m. The workshop will cover the following topics: Creating a Great Resume, Preparing for Your Interview, Preparing for a New Job. Individual follow-ups may occur for Resume Critique as requested. This workshop is facilitated by Barclaycard US. It is not a recruitment effort for Barclaycard US; it is a workshop for people applying for all different types of jobs. Slots are limited; please call 645-5800 to RSVP.

Essentials of College Planning for Adults— Sept. 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This workshop introduces people to educational opportunities in general and MEOC services in particular. This interactive workshop touches on the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career and study skills. The Financial Aid portion of this workshop will provide an overview of financial basics and the completion of the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please call to pre-register: 1-800-281-3703 for this session.

O*net Ability Profiler
Call for further information as this workshop requires five or more people for attendance. This is a career exploration tool that helps clients plan work lives using a paper and pencil format with optional apparatus parts and computerized scoring. Results can be used to identify strengths for which more training/education is needed, and to identify occupations that fit their strengths.

Small Business 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.