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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 Farmington Police Department will be open until 7PM on October 31 for “trick or treaters.”

No Parents Allowed – The ULTIMATE Clubhouse for kids will be having a sneak peek opening Friday, October 31 from 5-10 pm. No Parents Allowed, located at 107 Church Street, is a more than a before and after school clubhouse. They offer many exciting activities for children ages 5-12. There is a science club, arts and crafts, cooking club and much more! And they help with homework! This 3500 square foot facility also has a pool table, air hockey table, foosball, ping pong and a life size checker board table. Parents can enroll their children full time, part time or utilize their flex care and pay only when you need. They are open before and after school, early/late start Wednesdays, snow days, school vacations and most holidays.

Halloween fun at Edgewood Rehab and Living Center at 221 Fairbanks Road, Farmington and Orchard Park Reb and Living Center at 107 orchard Street Farmington, will be holding their annual door to door knocking on Friday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This event is for birth to 6th grade. For parents and older children who wish to come in and dress up to show the residents their customs they will be provided with cookies and punch. For more information please contact Shelley Seavey at 778-3386 or Dorita Woodcock at 778-4416.

Chesterville Town Halloween Party will be held on Friday, Oct. 31, at the Chesterville Town Office from 6-8 p.m. All children ages 12 and under are cordially invited to attend. Activities will include games, crafts, food, costume party, hayride, and haunted barn. This event is sponsored by the North Chesterville Extension Homemakers. FMI 778-3156.

Open House at the Chesterville Fire Department on Sunday, Nov. 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Smoke Trailer and Fire Prevention for all ages. For more information contact Captain Aaron Forbes at (207) 491-1493.

Veterans Remembrance Program. The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center in Livermore presents a special tribute honoring local Civil War veterans and highlights life on the home front from the perspective of local women. This special event takes place 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8. A heritage dinner will be followed by readings and music of the Civil War in the Ladies’ Parlor of the 1867 Washburn Family Mansion. There is limited seating available. Tickets, $22 per person, must be purchased in advance by Nov. 3. To purchase tickets, call 897-4366 or email

The 7th Annual Turkey Trot 5K/10K & 1 Mile Fun Run is coming up this year at 10:00 am Saturday November 22nd, 2014! Free t-shirts to the first 100 registered runners. Cost for the 10K is $20 ($25 on race day), 10K UMF Students is $15 ($20 on race day), 5K is $15 ($20 on race day), 5K UMF students is $10 ($15 on race day), and Kids Fun Run/Walk for ages 10 and under: $5 ($8 race day). Kids race starts at 9:30am and the 5K/10K begins at 10am. So save money and preregister! Registration forms may be picked up in advance at the Fitness and Recreation Center or downloaded from the website: Please contact Leah Brackett, 778-7138, FRC Assistant Director with any questions.

Events at Spruce Mountain High School for the week of Nov. 3.
College Visits:
Representative from the following colleges will be at SMHS on the following dates to meet with interested seniors: Monday, Nov. 3 – Husson University; Tuesday, Nov. 4 – Colby College.
JMG I & I Ceremony:
The Spruce Mtn. High School Jobs for Maine Graduates will hold an Initiation & Installation Ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Dinner will be served at 5:30 with the ceremony to follow.
Math Meet:
Spruce Mtn. High School will host 10 schools in the Pi-Cone North Math Meet on Wednesday, Nov. 5 beginning at 2:30 p.m.
End of 1st Quarter:
Grades will end on Wednesday, Nov. 5 for SMHS students. Report cards will be mailed out by Friday, Nov. 14.
SMART Robotics:
There will be a SMART Robotics team meeting on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. in the SMHS Library.
No School Nov. 10 & 11:
There is no school for children in RSU 73 on Monday or Tuesday. Monday, Nov. 10 will be a teacher workshop day. Tuesday, November 11th is a holiday in recognition of Veteran’s Day.
Athletics at Spruce Mtn. High School:
Friday, Nov. 7 - Varsity Football Semi Final Playoff game TBA


New Notions Studio. located next the Herbert Grand Hotel is a quilting studio and craft gallery by artisan Jessica O’Brien. The opening reception for Notions Studio will coincide with The Kingfield Friday Art Walk, Nov. 7 from 5-8 pm. The opening will exhibit the current in production work of Jessica and feature several quilts made by her grandmother, Rebecca Strickland. Additional fiber crafts including, but not limited to, felting, knitting, crochet, embroidery, etc., by various Maine artisans may also be presented and available for purchase. Notions Studio is first and foremost a work space for Jessica and as quilts are produced they will be for sale. Jessica also hopes to provide a venue for other Maine fiber artists and will have rotating space available for consignment pieces. In addition to newly created home décor, jewelry, and wardrobe accessories you will also find vintage and antique pieces on retail display. Regular hours to the public are: Wednesday &Thursday 2-5, Friday and Saturday 10-6.

Exhibit. The Emery Community Arts Center announces an opening reception for Hydrologic Making Sense with Water, art and science connecting on behalf of our most important element. Exhibition curated by Krisanne Baker, featuring the art of 14 artists. Exhibition open through Nov. 13.

SugarWood Galley is located at 248 Broadway in Farmington and is open Monday thru Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Schoolhouse Gallery is located at 266 Main Street in Kingfield. 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 For more information, please see


Violinist Dean Stein and pianist Chiharu Naruse will perform the Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2 in Nordica Auditorium on the second floor of Merrill Hall on the campus of University of Maine, Farmington. This event is proudly sponsored by the Arts Institute of Western Maine (AIWM) and University of Maine, Farmington. Admission is $12 at the door. All AIWM events are free for anyone 18 years old and younger and students with ID. AIWM is an affiliate of the University of Maine, Farmington.

On Sunday, Nov. 2 the Wilton Friendship Squares will host a Square and Round Dance from 2:00-5:00 pm at the Cushing School in Wilton. The dance will be Mainstream/Mainstream plus. The caller will be Walter Lougee. Carol Arsenault will be the cuer. Admission is $6 per person. All square dancers are welcome. For more information call 509-6187.

Concert. Musician Heather Pierson will perform at the North Church 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6. A community jam session and refreshments start at 6:15 p.m. The event is sponsored by New England Celtic Arts and the Farmington Historical Society.North Church is located at 118 High Street in Farmington. Cheese cake and pie will be available before the concert and at intermission. Concert tickets are $15. Reservations at: 207-778-2006 or or 207-491-0273.

Native Oak will play at the Phillips Area Community Center on Saturday, November, 8, as part of a bean supper evening that will benefit the Phillips American Legion's maintenance fund. Native Oak is Randy Gauvin ,guitar and 6 string banjo, Bill Colwell,mandolin,Mike Worthley,guitar and accordion, with a special guest appearance by Mike O'Brien of Norridgewock on dobro and banjo. Doors open at 5:30 pm with admission to the supper and concert at $10 adults, $5 children.

Contradance Saturday, Nov. 8, Farmington Grange, Bridge Street, West Farmington. The Family Dance is happening this month, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., $2 adults, $1 child. Potluck snacks, 7:30 to 8 p.m. Regular Contra with the Franklin County Fiddlers playing and John McIntire calling, 8:00-10:30 p.m. $6adults/$5students or $15 family max. All dances taught. Beginners are welcome. No partner necessary. FMI, 491-9928 or <> or

Dan Kennedy returns for his third annual piano concert at Nordica Auditorium, UMF Merrill Hall Saturday, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m. to benefit the Franklin UCC Honduras Partnership El Junco project. Classically trained but also a lover of Jazz and Rock, Dan charms audiences with his own compositions . Admission by donation, $10 suggested.


Special Olympics Maine is reaching out to people who knit or crochet to help with their 2015 Scarf Project. The goal of this project is to outfit all 500 Special Olympic Maine athletes who attend the state winter games in January, with a new scarf. The Scarf project is a wonderful opportunity for people who would like to volunteer for Special Olympics but perhaps they are not able to get to an event. The scarves are seen as an outward display of support, dedication, pride and encouragement for the athletes. This years colors for the scarves are: Red Heart, Carrot #256, Burgundy #376, Paddy Green #368. The design/pattern is totally up to you. Please combine all three colors in to the scarf. (The majority of our athletes are teens and adults) Special Olympics Maine would like to thank Katheryn Wildes and the Trinity Lutheran Church for taking on this years scarf project. Scarves can be mailed/delivered to (by Jan. 16): Attn: Katheryn Wildes; Trinity Lutheran Church; 612 Main St, Westbrook, ME 04092. For more information please call 207-854-5653

Donnie Stevens has diabetes and CLL leukemia. We are having a benefit supper and ticket auction on Nov. 1 at Boofy Quimby Memorial-Center Turner, Maine. Baked Bean or Mac&Cheese (Hot Dogs) Supper/Ticket Auction. Supper, Adults $5/ 12 and under $2.50. Ticket Auction Drawing will be at 6 p.m. Featuring music by Roadhouse.

In an effort to support patients and members of the community, Mt. Abram Regional Health Center will hold a Thanksgiving Food Drive from Oct. 27 to Nov. 24. People are encouraged to bring in nonperishable food items or cash donations to the health center. Staff members will then distribute to individuals and families who are struggling to keep food on the table. According to Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, Franklin County had the second highest number of citizens suffering from food insecurity in Maine as of 2012. The numbers have not improved. Please consider a donation to help another family in your community. Mt. Abram Regional Health Center is located at 25 Depot Street in Kingfield. To learn more the health center, call 207-265-4555 or visit

Chesterville Heritage Society's Annual Hunter's Breakfast. Eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, homefries and much more! Saturday, Nov. 1st, 5am to 9am at the Chesterville Town Hall. All you can eat for $6, kids under 12 $3. FMI: Greg Soule 207-897-4907.

Saturday, Nov. 1: Public Supper at the North Jay Grange 10, 4-6 p.m. Baked beans, casseroles, turkey, salads, cole slaw, breads, beverages, desserts. Dinner Music with Danny Taylor, Adults: $7, child 10/under. $3. FMI - 645-4628, 645-2910.

Annual Harvest Supper will be held Saturday, Nov. 1 from 5 to 6 p.m. at Old South First Congregational Church, Main Street, Farmington. Buffet style supper will feature oven-roasted turkey and baked ham, with all the fixings including homemade pies for dessert and beverages. $9 for adults and $6 for children under 12 years of age with family discounts available. Proceeds from the Annual Harvest Supper benefit the Church's 2015 youth summer camp scholarship program. FMI call church office 778-0424.

Public Supper. Mercer Community Center, Turkey Pie Supper. Nov. 1, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Turkey Pie, Mashed Potato and Gravy, Peas, Carrots, Squash, Cranberry Sauce, Rolls, Pies, Tea and Coffee. Adults $8 - Children $4. Sponsored by the Mercer United Methodist Church.

Public Baked Ham Dinner at the Industry Town Hall on Saturday Nov. 1 from 5 PM to 6:30 PM for the Preservation of the Shorey Chapel Building with 10 percent of the proceeds going to the Farmington ECU Heating Program. Adults $8. age 5 to 11 $3, under 5 free. Contact 778-2157 for more information.

Early Bird Breakfast will be held 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1 at Henderson Memorial Baptist Church, Academy Street in Farmington. Bacon, eggs, muffins, fruit, breakfast casseroles, home fries, donuts, coffee and juice. $6, kids under 5 free.

There will be a Benefit Bake Sale and Lap Quilt Raffle to benefit the Chesterville Town Kitchen Fund on Tuesday, Nov. 4 starting at 8 a.m. until the food is gone. There will be a variety of baked goods as well as coffee and tea available for sale. This event is sponsored by the North Chesterville Extension Homemakers. FMI 778-3156

November and December events at the Industry Town Hall. Socials: 10 am - 2 pm Free lunch and conversations at Industry Town Hall on November 6, November 20, December 4. Hunter's Breakfast November 8th from 5 am - 8 am. Cost: $5. At the Industry Town Hall. Community Italian Dinner: December 13 from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm. Free dinner featuring Spaghetti, Lasagna, salad and desert. Craft Fair on November 15 from 8 am - 2 pm Industry Town Hall

Wilton Community Rummage Sale. A community rummage sale will be held on Friday, Nov. 7 from 9AM to 3PM and on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 9AM to 2PM at the First Congregational Church on Main St. in Wilton. Gently recycled goods are available providing fabulous bargains. Clean used clothing and household items in good repair may be purchased by donations. For more information contact Dawn Girardin at 585-2130 or First Congregational Church at 645-2535.

The Wilton Free Public Library will be hosting a Mexican Fiesta Dinner, Saturday, November 8 at the Lions Club Hall on Main Street, next to the Wilton Fire Dept. The event starts at 5:00 p.m. with authentic Mexican cuisine served family-style. There will be fun games for the kids, music, and a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $10 each for adults and $5.00 for children 10 and under. Tickets are available at the Wilton Free Public Library. For more information call (207) 645-4831. Proceeds will benefit Wilton Free Public Library programs and collections.

Nov. 8, Sat. - Holiday Craft and Food Sale at the North Jay Grange #10, 9:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Hunters Breakfast. Nov. 8, from 4:30 - 9:30 a.m. Phillips Elementary School. This event will benefit the 8th grade class trip to Quebec in June. Menu: eggs (your choice) pancakes, homefries, cheesy hashbrowns, bacon, sausage, toast, english muffins, coffee, juice, milk. Adults:$6 children under 12 $4. Doesn't matter if you are a hunter or not you are still welcome to come join us.

Mt. Viewers 4-H Club 1st annual fundraiser Saturday, Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Vernon Valley Mason Lodge, Route 2 in New Sharon. Donate your new or used tack or make a $10 donation to rent a table to sell your own items (tack, crafts baked items). Bean and frank lunch will be available. Contact Karen Snyder at 778-2234 or for more info,

Public Supper at Trinity United Methodist Church 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8. Baked Beans Casserole supper. $7.00 adults, children under 12 $3.50. For more information call Trinity United Methodist Church at 778 - 3921.

Public Roast Pork Dinner at Franklin Masonic Lodge of New Sharon on Sunday, Nov. 9 from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Served with potato, coleslaw, vegetables, rolls and homemade pie. Take out available. Adults-$8, age 6-12 is $6 and under 6 free. To benefit the Building Fund.

A new and gently used Holiday Decorations sale will be held November 22, from 8:00 to 1:00 at Fairbanks School, 508 Fairbanks Road, Farmington. Christmas ornaments, bulbs and balls, indoor/outdoor decorations, books, candles, linens, candles, lights, wreaths, some gifts items and more. There also will be a variety of Thanksgiving decorations. All items way below retail prices.


The Farmington Winter Farmers Market will begin again Nov 1 and will meet every Saturday until May; from 9 am until 12 noon. The market meets in the Farmington Grange Hall at 124 Bridge Street. Every second Saturday will feature a fiber spinning meet as well. For more information contact Bonnie Clark, 778-6637.

The University of Maine at Farmington’s annual Arts and Crafts Show is seeking artists and crafters from across Maine interested in exhibiting their original and creative work at this open-to-the-public show. This year’s event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 1, in the UMF Olsen Student Center on South Street in Farmington. The UMF Arts and Crafts Show serves as a rich opportunity for vendors to sell their handcrafted, one-of-a-kind art and gift items, clothing, hand-sewn crafts, holiday items and much more. For more information, or to book your space for the upcoming event, please call the UMF Conference & Events Office at 207-778-7344 or email Doris Tutlis at

Our 5th Annual Craft Fair will be held, Nov. 8 from 9:00am to 2:00pm. at Fairbanks School, 508 Fairbanks Road, Farmington. Artisans and Crafters will present you with handmade items from jewelry, knitted items, doll clothes, catnip items, wooden cutting boards, chip and dips sets, dream catchers, baskets, quilts, driftwood lamps, goats milk products, Sweater mittens, items made from Hawaiian material, hand sewn items, local photos on canvas, food, and so much more. Don't miss this events - it is a good one. This will be a good time to get a jump start on your holiday purchases.

Annual Craft Fair at Edgewood Rehabilitation and Living Center on Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Serving lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Corn Chowder. $3.50. Call to rent a table at 778-3386 and ask for Shelley or Donna. 10 large tables and 5 small tables.

4th Annual Wilton PTF Craft Fair Saturday, Nov. 15 at Academy Hill School in Wilton from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information or to reserve your space($20/table) contact Renee by phone at 645-3120 or by email @

Christmas Craft Fair and Lunch organized by the Phillips Community Church and the Community of Christian Women on Saturday, Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Phillips Community House. For more information, call Jeanne Conroy, 639-3000.

Looking for Crafters to Register for a space at the Mt. Blue Craft Fair -- At the New Mt. Blue Campus on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $25 for a 10 ft space Crafters contact: Regina Voter at 778-3561, ext 4751, or for more information and a registration form.

Saturday Farmington Farmers' Market moves indoors to the Farmington Grange in West Farmington on Nov. 1. Chicken & duck eggs, vegetables, honey, beef, pork, cookies, breads, homemade pies and more. Hope to see you there. Check out our blog at:

Friday Sandy River Farmers' Market is open at the Narrow Gauge Theater Square next to the Snack Shack. Hours are 9am-2pm. Get all your local foods. Eggs, vegetables, seedlings, baked goods, gluten-free baked goods, 100% angus beef kettle corn and more.

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 Contact Deborah Chadbourne, 1-(857)-225-1199,


SeniorsPlus is holding a Caregiver Support Group at the Farmington Town Office, the First Monday of each month, from 3:00 to 4:30pm. 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.

The Franklin County Homemaker Extension program. The public is more then welcome to join us at any of our meetings or community service projects. Kingfield- Oct 30 at 11 a.m. at Webster Hall for Rotary Christmas Ornaments. FMI call 684-5579.

Strong Public Library’s Preschool Story Time on Thursdays, Oct. 9 – 30 at 11:30 a.m. Children infant – age 5 invited. Story, Snack, Activities & Crafts.

Contemplative Worship on "Gratitude" at Rangeley Congregational Church Barn, Nov. 6. All are welcome at RCC's November 6th Contemplative Worship at 7 pm in the Barn, led by Rev. Cathie Wallace and including music offered by Derek Wendelken and Tim Wallace on guitar and mandolin. Our altar, our music, our readings, our music will reflect our thanks-giving. We will recognize that some of us are in a place in our lives when it is harder to feel gratitude because we are in pain, or living in loss, or wrestling with our demons; and we will remember that even and perhaps especially in the midst of difficulty, we are still, we are always loved by God. Perhaps you haven't been to church lately or ever, and would like the opportunity to sit in a circle with a group of fellow-seekers, sharing music, silence, readings and prayer. Or, perhaps you belong either to RCC or to another church, but would like to sit in contemplation in addition to Sunday worship. Whoever you are and wherever you are on your life's journey, you are welcome!

The Franklin County Homemaker Extension programs for the month of November follows. The public is more then welcome to join us at any of our meetings or community service projects. Clearwater-- Nov 13 at 7:00 PM at Shorey Chapel for Healthy Substitutes. FMI call 778-9089. Kingfield--Nov 20 at 11:00 AM at Webster Hall for Christmas Cards for Shut-ins. FMI call 684-5579. Neighborhood-- Nov 12 at 1:30 PM at Trinity Methodist Church for Rotary Tree Ornaments. FMI call 778-4517. North Chesterville--Nov 20 at 7:00 PM at Chesterville Town Office for Maine Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen/ FMI contact call 778-3156 Strong Learning and Sharing--Nov 18 at 10:00 AM at The Methodist Parish House for Christmas Gifts from the Kitchen. FMI call 684-4538. Weld -- Nov 11 at 10:30 AM at Town Office Meeting Room for Garden Trip to Longfellow's. FMI call 585-2545. Wilton Day--Nov 13 at 10:00 AM at St Luke's Episcopal Church for Decorations for Festival of Trees On Nov 15 Craft Fair. FMI call 645-2423. In partnership with University of Maine cooperative Extension.


For Halloween fun on Friday, Oct. 31, from 3:30-5:30 Mask decoration for kids after school ($5/child); from 7-8:30 p.m. Mask making for adults, ($10/person) and from 7-8:30 Face painting for children. Upcountry Artists Gallery and Learning Center, at 161 Main Street. Preregistration is strongly advised.

Everyone’s Resource Depot (ERD) will hold Halloween mask making workshops on Monday through Thursday (Oct. 27-30), from 3-5 p.m. Many creative ideas for masks, costumes, and party decorations made from ERD’s wonderful assortment of reusable materials will be shared with workshop participants. Materials in good supply for mask making are: sparkly felt, yarn, colorful foam pieces and buttons, paper of all kinds, leather scraps, feathers, ribbon and fabric. A small fee will be charged for materials and instruction. All ages are welcome ! ERD is located in the Education Center, Room 9, at the corner of High and Lincoln St. on the UMF campus. ERD is open to the public Monday through Friday from 3-5 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. For information about workshops and special openings and programs, please call 778-7150. Or visit our website <>.

Beaded Jewelry workshop with Deb $25. Make all you wish, materials included. 10am-noon: Nov 1, earrings, Nov 8, bracelets, Nov 15, necklaces, Nov 29, Rings. Call Deb 265-2558 for more information.Upcountry Artists Gallery and Learning Center, at 161 Main Street. Preregistration is strongly advised.

Free 5 Week Class Offered "My Money Works: Tools for Smart Money Choices." A Free 5 week class for anyone interested in Smart Money Choice, is being offered in Farmington starting on Nov. 3, 2014. This 15-hour class can help you gain the skills and confidence you need to stretch your money, pay your bills, reduce debt, find money for savings, plan for retirement, and set personal financial goals. At the end of the class you will have a plan to achieve greater financial stability. A follow-up session is scheduled to provide additional networking and support. Successful completion of this class meets one of the requirements for the Family Development Account (FDA) matched savings program. Pre-registration and attendance at both sessions is required. Classes will be held on Mondays, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 34, Dec.1 from 5:30 to 8 pm at Women, Work and Communities Office at 108 Perham Street, Suite A Farmington, ME. For more information or to register please call Janet Smith at 778-2757.

Drawing Class every Monday 5:30-8 p.m. $10. Monday, Nov 3: Live model $20/person. Register with Kika 400-1124.Upcountry Artists Gallery and Learning Center, at 161 Main Street. Preregistration is strongly advised.

The Farmington Winter Farmers Market will host a Fiber Spinning Meet every second Saturday of the month, this winter, at the Farmington Grange Hall. Spinners and knitters, of all levels, are encouraged to bring their spinning wheels and needles to the market for some productive social time. It will be a good time to get some help and learn some new skills. The market hours are 9 to noon, at the Farmington Grange Hall, 124 Bridge Street in West Farmington. The meet is free to participants, unless they wish to sell something. The first market day is November 1, the first spinning meet is Nov 8. Refreshments will be available. The market master is Bonnie Clark, 778-6637.

Free – “Introduction to Making Career Choices” Workshop. How do you make a career choice when you really don’t know what you want to do?  This one session workshop covers what to consider when making a career choice, the steps involved in creating a career plan, and the resources available to help you succeed. Women, Work, and Community will be offering this FREE workshop – “Introduction to Making Career Choices” in Farmington from 10:00-12:00 noon on Wednesday Nov. 5, 2014 at their Farmington Office, 108 Perham Street, Suite A Farmington. Pre-registration is required: Please call Janet Smith at 778-2757 for more information or to register. For more information on Women, Work, and Community or to register for the workshop call 778-2757 or visit our website at

Christmas Tree Growing and Marketing 101. Please join the Upper Kennebec Valley Chapter of the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine and the Maine Forest Service for a session on growing Christmas trees for beginners. Growing quality trees can be a complicated business or hobby. Come learn the basics from the experts: Maine Forest Service Christmas Tree Expert, Dave Rochester and Christmas Tree Farmer Walter Gooley of Conifers Unlimited in Farmington. They’ll explain acquiring growing stock, picking a site, planting, fertilizing, controlling, shearing and marketing. We will meet and Walter Gooley's Tree Farm on Cowen Hill Road off Route 27. His farm is the white farmhouse on the right, about a mile up Cowen Hill Road. Please dress for the weather, we will be outside some. It will start at noon on Thursday, Nov. 13. This is a free event and open to all, no need to pre-register. Any questions, contact: Patty Cormier, 592-2238, or Start Chapter Meeting

Elizabeth Cooke will offer a writing workshop at the Wilton Free Public Library, titled “Writing Our Stories,” with a focus on writing “the scene.” Participants will practice writing dialogue, using sensory details and narrative lines, along with exercises in point of view and time shifts. New and experienced writers are welcome! The workshop will be held Saturday, Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Wilton Free Public Library. The workshop is limited to 8 participants. To pre-register or request more information, call Lynne at 645-4831.

Destination Marketing with Donna Moreland of the Maine Office of Tourism. The Maine Woods Tourism Training Initiative in conjunction with the Franklin County Tourism Network and the Maine Woods Consortium is sponsoring a 3 hour workshop with Donna Moreland of the Maine Office of Tourism. Donna will present on utilizing packages and itineraries to drive exposure for your business as well as how to create customer experiences that connect with people emotionally, the newest trend in destination marketing. When: Nov. 20, 12pm – 3pm. Where: University of Maine at Farmington; Olson Student Center; North Dining Hall A

The New Sharon Recreation Department is holding a Seniors Exercise Class. Tues: - Thurs. 8:15am to 9:15 Held at the New Sharon Town office. Fee: $5 per class. Please contact Audrey Brown for more information 778-2567

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. These workshops are at no charge to the public. All workshops begin promptly at listed times; registration required­­­.

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.

If you have a preferred need please contact Patty Ladd at the Wilton CareerCenter by calling 207-645-5822 or e-mail her at 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.