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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.


Annual Maple Sunday event being held March 26 at Maple Hill Farm 390 Titcomb Hill Rd. in Farmington. The sap house will be open to the public from 10 am to 3pm weather permitting. Come join us as we celebrate the season with sap boiling demonstrations, free maple samples, and an array of maple goodies to sample and/or purchase in addition to jugs of Pure Maple Syrup. FMI please call 778-4506

Celebrate Maine Maple Sunday at Norlands, Maine's oldest living history farm and museum. Pancake breakfast and old-time maple sugaring on Sunday, March 26 from 9:30am to 2pm. Enjoy pancakes and sausage, served with Norlands’ own maple syrup, in the historic farmer’s cottage. Sap boiling demonstrations take place in the sugar house. Help tap trees and collect sap. Meet Lefty and Poncho, Norlands' working team of oxen. The one-room school house is also open. Meet the school’marm as if it’s 1853. Bring snowshoes and enjoy the beautiful 445 acres at this historical site. The gift shop will be open and filled with Norlands’ own syrup and other maple treats to take home. The only charge is $5-$7 for breakfast; otherwise the event is free. No reservations are necessary. 290 Norlands Road in Livermore. FMI: 897-4366 or

2017 Farmington Area Cal Ripken Baseball Sign Ups: Registration Night for Farmington Area baseball will be on Wednesday, March 29 from 5:30 until 8:00 pm in the Mt Blue Middle School Cafeteria. This league is for children ages 4 through 12 (the child's age on May 1, 2017). The registration fee for T-ball (ages 4-6) and Rookies (ages 7-8) is $20. The registration fee for Minors (ages 9-10) and Majors (ages 11-12) is $25. For all new players, please bring a birth certificate for age verification. If you have any questions or are interested in coaching, please contact Nic Koban at

On Saturday April 1, Tractor Supply in Wilton ME will be hosting the Maine Woods Mobile Vet. Injections and examinations for small animals will be available from 9:30am to 11am. Then these same services will be available for large animals form 11am to noon. Most injections (like rabies) cost around 15$. Some injections like kennel cough are 25$. It's a great way to safe guard your pets without spending an arm and a leg for an office visit!

The Mallett School Food Pantry's next distribution will be Wednesday, April 12, 3:45-4:45.

Best Dog on Earth Day. Rangeley Health and Wellness and the Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring the Best Dog on Earth Day event, a celebration of dogs and Earth Day, on Saturday, April 22, 2017. The event will be a Fun Run/Walk with or without your dog. Registration is 8:30 - 9:30 AM at The Rangeley Inn. The Franklin County Animal Shelter will be there with adoption information, nail clipping and more. Have your picture taken with your dog, win a prize and have fun! Registration is $5 and includes a tree seedling to plant and a raffle ticket for a gift basket from local businesses. For more information contact the Chamber at 207-864-5571.

The Home and Living Show will take place at the Spruce Mountain High School Dome on April 22 and 23

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services (SAPARS), will be holding their 19th annual March for Violence-Free Communities on Monday, April 24th, 5:30 PM, at the Gazebo in Meeting House Park on Main Street in Farmington. Marchers are invited to carry signs, raise awareness, make noise, and have fun. The March will be followed by a Speak Out in the Old South Church, which will be a safe space for people to say as much or as little as they like. This is a FREE event, and it is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please call (207) 778-9522, or visit

We are delighted to offer public pre-kindergarten again to the children of M.S.A.D. #58 with a classroom in each of the elementary schools. The program will be two full days in each school taught by a certified pre-k teacher and educational technician. Students chosen to participate in these programs may ride the school bus to and from the program in their designated school. Families with children that will be 4 years old on or before October 15, 2017 and that live in the sending towns and unorganized territories for M.S.A.D. #58 may apply to participate in the Pre-Kindergarten programs. You can find the application here for more information contact Tiki White at or 639-2086. Deadline to apply is April 28.

Western Maine Community Action, Inc.(WMCA) continues to schedule appointments for residents of Franklin County for the Low Income Home Heating Assistance Program (HEAP) who have not applied since Aug. 1, 2016. Applications will be taken through April 30, 2017 for this program year. Applicants must have an appointment. To get an appointment, call 645-3764 or 1-800- 645-9636.

Signups for T-ball baseball ages 5&6 must be at least 5 by May 1, Rookie baseball ages 7-12 must be at least 7 by May 1 and softball ages 7-12 must be at least 7 by January 1 and cannot be older than 12 before January 1will be held March 27 and 30 from 5:30-7:30 pm in the Academy Hill gym. FMI call 645-4825 or email “Like” us on Face Book for more info

The Mt. Blue School District Kindergarten and Pre Kindergarten Registration Dates

  • Cushing School - Wednesday, May 3 2:00-5:30 (Both Pre-K and Kindergarten). Call Cushing School at 645-2442 to schedule a time to register
  • Cape Cod Hill School - Thursday, May 4 3:30-5:30 (Both Pre-K and Kindergarten). Call Cape Cod Hill School at 778-3031 to schedule a time to register
  • Mallett School- Pre-K Registration Wednesday, May 17 and Thursday, May 18 8:30-4. Kindergarten Registration Friday, May 19 8:30-4. Call Mallett School at 778-3529 to schedule a time to register


"To Sail Beyond the Sunset" Exhibition at UMF Mantor Library. The Shiretown Bookers are proud to announce their Spring exhibition, "To Sail Beyond the Sunset: the Influence of the Odyssey", running from March 15 through June 15, in the Bookers' gallery area in Mantor Library at 116 South Street in Farmington.  The Shiretown Bookers (The Community Friends of Mantor Library) are a group of book lovers and collectors who support the university library by fostering its relationship with the community. The group provides free exhibitions and lectures on bookish subjects throughout the year.

The Carrabassett Valley Public Library will be hosting a book talk with Maine author, Ron Chase, on Friday, March 24 at 4:30 p.m. in the Begin Family Community Room at the Carrabassett Valley Public Library & Community Center. Chase will be discussing his book The Great Mars Hill Bank Robbery.

“Storyfest” of the University of Maine at Farmington presents the talk “What Good Is Story? Telling Tales in Uncertain Times” on Wednesday, April 12, from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 pm, in Roberts Building, Room 023. Stories—folktales, legends, personal stories, and more contain unsuspected depths and powers. Folklorists and storytellers Jo Radner of Lovell and Peggy Yocom of Farmington will discuss with audience members how stories work on multiple levels, how our human brains are wired to think in story form, and how knowing about story and storytelling practices can serve us now. Free and open to the public. FMI: Dr. Steven Quackenbush, Psychology.

A reading group led by Maine author Maria Padian. Wrecked deals with allegations of sexual assault made by a college freshman at a party. It involves multiple perspectives, complex social and political issues, and is conveyed by spot on first person narrators. The actions of the investigators, campus organizations, the accused and the accusers, are presented in a finely rendered manner which conveys both human complexity, integrity, and the capacity for self deception, and abuse. Anyone interested is invited to DDG Booksellers on April 25 at 6 p.m.

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.


Dona Whittemore and Paula Kaiser with the Off the Hill band will play an April Fool’s Day show at the Phillips Area Community Center (the PACC) at 7 p.m. April 1. Off the Hill plays a little bit country, a little bit pop, a touch of bluegrass, and a little bit rock. This family-friendly show is being billed as “Dance Like a Fool”, packed with oldies, enthusiasm, and 3-part harmonies. Admission is $10 adults, $5 students, with refreshments available for purchase. For more information, call 639-2630.

Line Dancing Classes at the American Legion Post #28 in Farmington to help support our veterans. Instructor is Nancy Ellis. There will be two classes Friday nights March 17, 24 and 31, and April 7, 14, and 21. First class will be from 5 pm- 6 pm. Second class, a repeat of the first class, will be from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm. $5 a class or $8 if you take both classes. Pay as you go. Come a bit early to be ready to start on time. FMI: Nancy, 778-6463.

A concert, featuring outstanding young musicians from the Farmington area, will be held on Sunday, March 26 at 3pm in Nordica Auditorium in Merrill Hall on UMF campus. This event is sponsored by The Arts Institute of Western Maine, an affiliate of the University of Maine at Farmington. Performing will be Ian Berry, percussion; Jillian Conant, soprano; Thad Gunther, piano; Zach Gunther, violin; Hallie Pike, clarinet; Nolan Rogers, cello; Darby Sabin, soprano; Isabelle and Phoebe Rogers, sopranos; and Sawyer Zundel, saxophone. Patricia Hayden will accompany. Admission will be by donation, and a reception will follow the concert. For more information call 778-9437.

Native Oak will be performing at the New Sharon Congregational Church on Friday, March 31. Native Oak is a local cover band featuring acoustic guitar, mandolin, and banjo along with three part male harmony. Come and enjoy a local spin on songs from the 1950's through the 1970's with a few current songs mixed in. The concert starts at 7pm and tickets are $10 at the door. Free admission to children under 18!n The Church is located at 21 Cape Cod Hill Road, New Sharon, ME. For more information visit

Saturday, April 8. Contradance, Farmington Grange, 124 Bridge Street, West Farmington. Family Dance plus Regular Contra, 6:30-10:30pm. $3small kid plus parent, or $6adults/$5students or $15 family max. Franklin County Fiddlers with John McIntire calling. All dances taught. Beginners are welcome. No partner necessary. FMI, 491-9928 or <> or


Fundraiser Dance for Hope Association. Music by: Noel and Fawn. Friday, March 24. 7-10 pm. Location: Rumford Eagles Club Function Hall. $5 cover charge proceeds to benefit Hope Association. 50/50 raffle and other great raffles

We're hosting a MBHS Students vs. Staff Basketball Game. A basketball game where each of the four high school classes will play against the staff. To be held at the Mount Blue High School gymnasium at 6 PM on Friday, March 24. To raise money for the Junior class of 2018

Spaghetti dinner and silent auction being held Saturday March 25 at Foster building in Strong from 4 to 7 p.m. donations at the door for supper to benefit Nadine Pillsbury who was in a car accident on Jan. 1. If you would like to donate for the auction please contact Roberta Howard 949-0483

The New Sharon Masons will be having a benefit spaghetti dinner for the Cape Cod Hill Pto on Saturday, March 25 from 4pm to 6pm. Donations will be accepted. It will be held art the mason hall on Route 2.

Sponsored by Mt. Blue Seniors. Come See The spectacular show With our feature Comedian Kevin “Showboat” Jackson and Dunk Specialist Roosevelt “Rolex” Lee. Harlem Superstars Comedy Basketball vs. Mt. Blue Senior Boys and Girls DREAM Team Mt. Blue High Sc​hool, Farmington, Maine on Wednesday,​ March 29, 2017 at 6:30pm. All tickets Honored from the March 15th Date.. Tickets at the door:​ All Seats $9.00

Dance. $10 per person on March 31, 2017 from 8 to 12. UMF South Dining Hall on South Street in Farmington. Featuring the band Stay Tuned. Proceeds to benefit the MBHS CHUSA Cheerleaders.

The Wilton Early Childhood Center Annual Auction will be held on Friday, March 31 at the GD Cushing School in Wilton. Items may be viewed beginning at 6:00, Auctioneer Adrian Harris will start the bidding at 6:30. Over 60 items to be auctioned off! Items include a stay at a vacation rental in beautiful Rangeley, Sea Dogs tickets behind home plate, a Red Sox baseball signed by player Matt Barnes, Easter baskets, quilts, afghans, Scentsy baskets, artwork from local artists, a ride in a Wilton Firetruck during the Wilton Blueberry Festival Parade, and many more! There will be a bake sale during the Auction where there will be pizza, crock pot meals, baked goods and drinks for purchase. All money raised goes directly to the Wilton Early Childhood Center. If you have items to donate or any questions, please contact Amy Eustis at 671-4039. Hope to fill the gym for what promises to be a very fun night!

Wilton Youth Baseball Sea Dogs Fundraiser Four general admission tickets just $20 (a $36 value) Last year this fundraiser allowed WYB to purchase 20 new Under Armour helmets and 4 complete sets of Under Armour catcher's gear for the league. **Anyone wishing to purchase tickets may contact a Wilton Youth Baseball player or contact Renee Woodard on Facebook or by phone/text at 645-3120 to get tickets. We will sell tickets until March 31.

On Saturday April 1st, from 8:00 to 12:00, the Hall Family Farm of East Dixfield will host a benefit Pancake Breakfast with Maple Syrup, Sausage and Coffee in the old School House on the farm. This will be by Donation to benefit State Representative Russell Black who is recovering from heart by-pass surgery. Give generously and give from the heart. Thank you for helping to make the breakfast a success to benefit Russell.

The Kingfield United Methodist Church, 51 High Street, Kingfield, will be hosting a public breakfast on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Menu to include: Pancakes, French Toast, Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, Sausage Gravy/ Biscuit, Assorted Juice, Coffee, Tea. Adults: $5.00, Children: $ 3.00, a family rate is available. Serving from 7:30- 10.00 A.M. All proceeds to benefit church programs.

Benefit Pancake Breakfast and silent auction, April 1 at the old East Dixfield school house. In East Dixfield, time 8am-12pm. Donations at the door for the pancake, sausage and baked bean breakfast, to benefit Rep. Russell Black, who recently underwent a quadruple Bypass Heart Surgery. If you would like to donate to the auction please call Joanne Karkos at 645-2862

The Chesterville Heritage Society is hosting a cabin fever reliever Spaghetti dinner on Saturday, April 8 at the Chesterville Town Hall. Dinner includes spaghetti, Italian breads, cole slaw and dessert. Dinner will be served from 4:30 pm to 6 pm, for only $7. Join your friends and neighbors for great food and great conversation! FMI call 897-4907

The Franklin County Children’s Task Force in Farmington is hosting its 6th annual 5K/10K & Kids Fun Run on Sunday April 30, 2017 in downtown Farmington to benefit programming that aims to prevent child abuse and neglect before it starts. Participants can register online at keywords “Run to Prevent Child Abuse”. Pre-registration cost for adults is $20 for the 5K and $30 for the 10K; you may also register on the day of the race for an additional $2 dollars. The first 50 running registrants will receive free shirts. For children under 12, the Kids Fun Run is free. Participants of the 5K/10K can pay by credit card online or by cash or check on the day of the race. Registration and check-in begin at 7:30 a.m. at the FCCTF office on 113 Church St. Farmington, ME. Kids Fun Run will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K/10K will begin at 9:00 a.m. For more information, please contact us at 207-778-6960.

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


The Farmington Warming Center. 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: March 21, 28. If schools are canceled, the Warming Center will also be canceled, too. Further questions can be directed to 778-2163.

The Brain Injury Association of America's Maine Chapter is hosting a FREE Maine Brain Injury Resource Fair at the Calumet Club in Augusta on Thursday, March 30, 2017, from 1pm - 4pm. Brain injury survivors, family members/caregivers, friends, professionals, and anyone interested in learning more about brain injury resources and supports in Maine are welcome to attend. Exhibitors will include brain injury programs, providers, advocacy organizations, support groups, veterans' organizations, recreational opportunities, the Maine Brain Injury Waiver, and more! Please visit to register as an attendee or exhibitor. On-site registration will also be available.

1st Apostolic Church located at: 536 RT. 2 E Wilton, ME 04294.207-645-4901 (The church with the red roof) Would like to invite you to come join in our Easter Celebration. Sunday April 16, 2017 12:30 Sunday School and Easter egg hunt 6 pm Messiah Play.

The Sandy River Valley Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society will meet at the Farmington Public Library at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 1. Presenter Kathy Lynch will share her expertise on "Researching the Immigrant German Ancestors in the 18th Century." Lynch will include ports of embarkation and ships; Philadelphia and Newcastle arrivals; waves of immigration; hazards and blocks to immigration; reaction to immigrants; records available and where to find them. 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

St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Wilton announces worship schedule for Holy Week. Contact: Lisa Lindsay or the Rev. Barbara J. Clarke at 645-2639 for more information. Holy Week Schedule:
Palm Sunday: April 9, 9:30 AM, Holy Eucharist, Reading of the Passion
Maundy Thursday, April 13, 7 PM: Holy Eucharist and Stripping of Altar
Good Friday, April 14, at noon: Good Friday Liturgy, followed by Stations of Cross, as desired
Good Friday, April 14, 7 PM: Wilton Ecumenical Community Service, Stations of the Cross
Easter: April 16, 5:55 AM: Ecumenical Sunrise Service on Voter Hill, Farmington. At 9:30 AM: Festival Holy Eucharist at St. Luke’s with Easter egg hunt following service for the children. All are welcome to St. Luke's. Located at 59 High St. at the corner of High and School Streets. For more information, call church office at 645-2639 or go to church website:

Annual Corporators' Meeting of the Farmington Public Library. Become a Corporator of the Farmington Public Library. Come to our Annual Meeting, April 11 5:30-6:30 and meet the people who make the Library work. We encourage energetic and imaginative participation and welcome ideas and support that can make the library a better place. You may volunteer for short or long-term projects, serve on a committee, or just come to listen and have snacks. You will receive e-mailed copies of the monthly Trustee Meeting Minutes and learn of the challenges we face, the decisions we make, and our plans for the future.-- Door prizes and a silent auction. Questions? Email or call, 578-0286

Easter Sunrise Service sponsored by the Farmington Area Ecumenical Ministry on April 16 at approximately 5:55 a.m. (as the sun appears over the hills, civil twilight is at 5:24 a.m. which is as light begins to change as we move toward sunrise) On Voter Hill, a little more than a mile up the hill, go straight up. Meet at the intersection a short way after you pass the farm buildings on the right. Dress warmly. Following the service, all are invited for coffee served at the home of Fred and Denise Brittain.

SeniorsPlus is holding a Caregiver Support Group at its new office location at 218 Fairbanks Road in Farmington, the first Monday of each month, from 3:00 to 4:30pm. We 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. All events are FREE and open to the public. For further information and to make an appointment, 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.

Satellite Office Hours for SeniorsPlus at 218 Fairbanks Road, Farmington. SeniorsPlus announces office hours for its satellite office location at 218 Fairbanks Road in Farmington. Office hours for scheduled appointments will be every Wednesday from 12:30pm to 4:30pm. Visitors will need to call 1-800-427-1241 to schedule an appointment. “Walk-in” hours from 12:30pm to 4:30pm will be held on the 2nd 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.


Peep show! Join us for a free seminar to learn about raising chicks and what you need to get started. March 28 from 5 to 6 p.m. at Aubuchon Hardware at 361 Wilton Road. Topics to include supplies, nutrition, egg production and different breeds. Peeps available on April 21 & 22 and May 19 & 20. No reservations; first come, first serve.

High tunnel workshop March 29 in Farmington University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a high tunnel management workshop on Wednesday, March 29, 2–5 p.m., at the UMaine Extension office, 138 Pleasant Street, Suite 1, Farmington. Extension vegetable specialist Mark Hutton, and insect diagnostician Clay Kirby, will discuss high tunnel management, integrated pest management, irrigation and fertigation. The workshop will be held simultaneously at Extension offices in Oxford and Somerset Counties by web conferencing. Cost is $10; registration is required. Register online:( Farmington class is limited to 20 attendees. Participants are eligible for two pesticide certification credits upon completion of the workshop. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.778.4650 or email

Watercolor Classes. Wednesdays, April 12 - May 24. Braided Streams Studio, just off Mason Road, Farmington Falls. 6 weeks, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. $150. Some materials provided. Beginner to intermediate. A new demonstration each week is paired with technique practice, composition discussion and options for individual expression in landscape and still life subjects. For more info, or to register, contact Mary Beth by April 5 at 207-624-2401 or

The Western Maine Audobon monthly program will be held Wednesday, April 12 at 7 p.m. For this month’s program, we take a break from animals to explore our native plants. Botanist Irene Barber will highlight some selected, readily identifiable local plants, focusing on their ecology, pollinators, and bird companions. As part of this she will help us learn about which plants might attract which birds to your property. Irene teaches horticulture at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Roberts 101, Roberts Learning Center University of Maine at Farmington. This program is free and open to the public.

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.

MCHP Wellness Conference Saturday, June 17, 2017. Lewiston. Aromatherapy, dreams, homeopathy, Reiki, spirituality, crystals, sound, and movement. Open to the public, please join us. Please register today, space is limited. FMI or to register

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

April 2017 Workshops

“Employer Expectations”
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 1:00 – 3:00
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.

MEOC-101-Essentials of College Planning
Thursday, April 20, 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.

Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation
Thursday, April 06, 2017 9:00 – 10:30
This is an orientation for people with disabilities who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Orientations are held the 1st Thursday of the month. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Registration not required

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

Rumford Area - Resume & Interviewing Skills
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 Region 9 Mexico 1:00 – 2:30
Explore the basics of resumes and applications and learn how to make your resume and interview standout in a positive way. Learn to market yourself in a way that directly matches employer needs. “Tough” interview questions will be discussed so that you can answer them with confidence. Please call 645-5800 to sign up.

Rumford Area - Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Region 9 Mexico 2:00 – 4:00
This is an orientation for people with disabilities who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Orientations are held the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Registration not required

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.