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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.


Snow Sculpting. The Phillips Public Library is hosting a snow sculpting event on Saturday, Jan. 21, beginning at 2 pm. Participants should bring shovels, small tools, buckets, cardboard boxes and an idea. Hot chocolate and cookies will be available. Storm date is Saturday, Jan 28, at 2 p.m.

Mt. Blue Rec Cheering will host their annual Exhibition at Mt. Blue High School on Sunday, Jan. 22, at 10 am for family, friends and community. The cheerleaders will perform their routines for the public for the first time before beginning competitions. Mt. Blue Rec Cheering has four teams, Rising Stars (PreK-2nd grade), Shooting Stars (2nd-4th grade), Shining Stars (4th-6th grade) and Super Stars (6th-8th grade). The Mt. Blue High School cheerleaders and University of Maine at Farmington cheerleaders have also been invited to perform. Doors will open for spectators at 9 am and admission will be $3 for children and $5 adults.

Vasant Pachami Festival at Hridaya Hermitage on Sunday, January 29. 10:00AM to 7:00PM. Join us for an inspirational day of teachings and demonstrations on the view, practice and wisdom of classical Yoga. Experience a pure Yoga Hermitage reminiscent of ancient India. This is also a rare opportunity to meet our beloved Guru, a true Yogic Master. The food is amazing and kids of all ages are welcome! We’re located at 243 Greenwood Brook Road in Industry. FMI and to register (required): 207-542-6606 or Find us on Facebook or visit

The Franklin County Spelling Bee will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the Strong School at 7 p.m. Grade 5 - 8 students representing the school districts of Flagstaff, RSU 9, Rangeley, Spruce Mountain, and MSAD 58 will compete to go to the State Spelling Bee in March. The snow date is Feb. 8, same place and time. The public is invited to attend.


The Arts Institute of Western Maine presents the Navigator, a Buster Keaton movie, with Doug Protsik on piano at The Emery Community Arts Center on the University of Maine at Farmington campus on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. Admission $10 for adults, free under 18 and UMF students with student ID. Time will go back to 1924 with the showing of The Navigator, one of Buster Keaton’s biggest hits, accompanied on Old Time Piano by Doug Protsik. The events in this hour long movie are hilarious.

Exhibit & Reception. Artist Katherine Maloney's paintings are on exhibit at the Carrabassett Valley library this month and next. A wine and cheese reception for the artist will be held on Feb. 10, from 4:30-6 p.m. Stop by the Carrabasssett Library Gallery to see her paintings. The lobby is open M-F: 10-5, Saturdays: 10-5 and Sundays: 12-3.

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

Exhibit. The Shiretown Bookers are proud to announce their winter exhibition “Great Books about Great Food,” running now through Feb. 11, in the Bookers’ gallery area in Mantor Library at 116 South Street in Farmington.

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.


Play performance. Sandy River Players, in partnership with the Farmington Historical Society at the North Church continues its performances of the musical, 1776, this week. Performances scheduled for this week are 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20 and Saturday, Jan. 21 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22. The Historical Society will host a pie social one hour before each show and during intermission. Tickets are $15 for seniors and students and $17 for the general public. They may be purchased at Devaney, Doak, and Garrett Booksellers, or by calling the SRP reservation line from 2 to 8 p.m. The number is 779-7884. Tickets will also be available at the door, but the Players recommend planning ahead.

Friendship Squares Dancing Club is offering two free square dancing lessons, Jan. 16 and Jan. 23, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Academy Hill School, Wilton. No obligation, just come and try it out. Our group is fun and welcoming. We meet every Monday night from 6:30 to 9 pm at the Academy Hill School in Wilton. The first hour is for beginners with help from the experienced dancers as well. As the evening progresses, the dancing level is for more developed and experienced dancers. Our callers are Walt and Gracie Bull. They provide instruction in a very relaxed, easy setting with a personal touch. Square dancing is uniform world-wide, with English as the common language. It is a good way to have fun with your partner but it is also a way for singles to meet other people. We are open to ages 14 and up and we come from many different locations and backgrounds. It is fun for all and a good chance to get some exercise and a few good laughs too! For more information email or or call Franklin County Adult Education, Farmington, ME 778-3460.

Concert. Prince Edward Island and Canadian fiddle icon Richard Wood will be in concert with Gordon Belsher at the Old South Church on Thursday, Jan. 19. Curtain is 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students and UMF with ID. Call 207-299-3686. Refreshments by donation. More information is available at: FMI on the performers:

Concert. The Opus One Big Band will perform a concert to benefit the Mt. Blue Regional School District music program on Sunday, Jan. 22, at 4 p.m. The evening will include performances by Mt. Blue High School and Mt. Blue Middle School jazz ensembles. Featured will be music department musicians Karen Beacham, Krista Lyman, Steven Muise, and Adrian St.Pierre. Following the concert will be dessert in the food court with music provided by the Franklin County Fiddlers. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

Film. The movie Deep Water Horizon will be screened on Friday and Saturday, Jan 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. Shows are $5 and we’ll be poppin’ the popcorn. RFA Lakeside Theater is located at 2493 Main St. in Rangeley. Call 864-5000 for more information.

The second annual gathering of local story tellers will entertain folks at the Phillips Area Community Center (PACC) on Saturday, Jan. 28. The event includes a potluck supper beginning at 5 p.m. with the stories and tall tales beginning shortly after. Admission is $5, or bring a dish to share. Food needs to arrive by 4:30 p.m. and allows free entry for one person. Those bringing food are asked to call Winona at 639-4296 to let her know what they will be bringing.

Concert. The Flipsides, a student a Capella group from Mt. Blue High School in Farmington, will be performing the opening concert of the 2017 Brick Church Concert series in New Sharon on Jan. 28 at the New Sharon Congregational Church UCC. The concert starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10 at the door. Bring the whole family! The Church is located at 21 Cape Cod Hill Road, New Sharon.

Valentine's Day Dance. The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a dance on Feb. 11 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Farmington Elks Club. Music by The Legends. Co-hosts KeyBank and County Seat Realty. $20 per couple, $10 single. Tickets at chamber office or FMI call Shannon at 778-4726.


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

Public Supper. On Saturday, Jan. 21, there will be a Public Supper at the Harland M. Harnden Masonic Hall, 70 Bryant Road, East Wilton, from 5 until 6:30 p.m. The menu will be Chicken Pie, Cranberry Jell, Vegetable, Rolls, Dessert and Beverages. $8 for adults and $5 for those under the age of 12.

Old Fashioned Grange Baked Bean Suppah 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Wilson Grange on Main Street in East Wilton. Don't forget to bring a friend or two. $8 a person, Children under 6, $3 this includes beverage and dessert, the conversations and the smiles are free. So skip all the excuses because we all know it's cold out, but the food is warm and oh so good. Can't wait to see you.

Heat Dance VI will take place on Friday, Feb. 3 at the North Dining Hall on the University of Maine at Farmington campus. The dance begins at 7 p.m. and will feature the music of Shepherd’s Pie, which as in past years is donating its time and music. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, available now at Devaney Doak and Garrett Booksellers, the Calico Patch and the Homestead restaurant, all in downtown Farmington. The Homestead is holding a special pre-dance dinner. A $20 gold-plated ticket will entitle holders to a limousine ride to and from the Homestead to the dance and a glass of champagne at the restaurant. Benefits EcuHeat, which administers the funds, provides a one-time, 50-gallon fuel oil delivery – or the equivalent in wood or pellets – to needy individuals and families.

Buffet Luncheons for Seniors. Under the guidance of Chef Sean Minear, the Culinary Arts students at Foster Career and Technical Education Center will be offering a buffet luncheon for seniors 60+ at their Chef’s Table Café at Mt. Blue High School, 129 Seamon Road in Farmington. The buffets will next be offered on Feb. 10 and March 9 from 11 a.m. to noon. The buffets will include: hot entrees, salads, breads, desserts, and drinks. Please RSVP by Feb. 3 for the Feb. 10 buffet by calling SeniorsPlus at 795-4010. A donation of $5 for lunch is requested. Parking will be available around the back of the building, making it a short walk to the Chef’s Table. Signs will be posted to direct you to the available parking. Handicap accessibility will also be available. This program is a jointly supported effort by the Farmington School District, the Technical Center and SeniorsPlus.

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.

Benefit Calendars Available. The Porter Lake Association in Strong and New Vineyard is taking orders for its annual fall fundraiser. We are selling wall photo calendars that feature photos of the lake from throughout the year. The pictures are submitted from anyone that enjoys the lake. They are $20 and make a great gift. Please contact for more info.

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.

Fiber Day at he Farmington Grange Winter Farmers’ Market, Saturday, Feb 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your spinning wheel, knitting needles or crochet hooks and join in our group of needle crafters. Or just come and watch to find out how to make and knit your own yarn. All are welcome at the Farmington Grange Hall, 124 Bridge St., West Farmington. For questions, call Bonnie Clark at 778-6637.

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Monday, Jan. 23: Farmington Historical Society Meeting, this month only at UMF Roberts Learning Center, 3rd Floor Geography Lab. 6 p.m. Potluck, meeting to follow. Program: UMF student Layne Nason presents his project, "Farmington Historic Maps Overlay” with photos too. Everyone welcome.

North Chesterville Extension Homemakers will be meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. in the Chesterville Town Office. The meeting will feature guest presenter, Lois King, who will instruct people on how to decoratively wear scarves. You may bring your own scarves; rectangles, squares, and triangles are suggested, or Lois will have a few for people to practice on. The public is cordially invited to join us. FMI 778-3156.

The Farmington Warming Center has resumed its 10th season and will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout January and February. In March, the center will be open on Tuesdays only. 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Attendees are welcome to coffee and conversation, to make a puzzle or play a game. A lunch of soup and dessert will be provided at noon. There is no cost but any contribution will be gladly accepted to enrich this program. Coffee and snacks will also be provided by community friends. Locations: Henderson Memorial, 110 Academy St. 778-2163 on Tuesdays, next: Jan. 24, 31 and Feb. 7; St. Joseph’s, 133 Middle St. 778-2778 on Tuesdays- Feb. 14, 21, 28 and March 7, 14, 21, 28; Old South, 227 Main Street 778-0424, All Thursdays starting through Feb. 23. If schools are canceled, the Warming Center will also be canceled, too. Further questions can be directed to 778-2163.

Fiber Day at he Farmington Grange Winter Farmers’ Market, Saturday, Feb 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your spinning wheel, knitting needles or crochet hooks and join in our group of needle crafters. Or just come and watch to find out how to make and knit your own yarn. All are welcome at the Farmington Grange Hall, 124 Bridge St., West Farmington. For questions, call Bonnie Clark at 778-6637.

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.


“Roadwise Driver” Course With Harry Sterling. This class is designed to meet the needs of all drivers: experienced, over 55, or not confident! This is a great class for teens too! Participants are provided with all of the resources they need to stay safe behind the wheel. Upon completion, students receive a certificate of completion, which may entitle the holder to lower insurance rates! Sign up and improve your driving skills today! Brochures and AAA material will be provided. Call 897-6406 to register! Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 12 to 4 p.m. Spruce Mountain Adult and Community Education. $20.

Learn to Shop, Cook, and Eat Healthy on a Budget! Are you looking for a way to make healthier meals at home without breaking your budget? Teaching 10 Tips is a free nutrition course open to anyone in the public. Learn how to cook healthy and delicious meals while saving money at the grocery store. Work with a professional nutritionist from Healthy Community Coalition and enjoy free tastings at each class. You will also receive a free $10 Hannaford Gift Card during a grocery tour as part of the course. First class starts Thursday Jan. 26, from 3 pm to 4 pm at the Foster Memorial Building at 14 South Main Street, Strong. Following classes take place Thursdays Feb. 2, 9, and 16. To register, please call Strong Area Health Center at 207-684-4010. Space is limited so register early!

Ready for a career change but don’t know where to begin? This 2 hour workshop will help point you in the right direction. We will cover what to consider when making a career choice, the steps involved in creating a career plan, and the resources available to help you succeed. At the end of this workshop, you will have: A basic outline of what you want to decide, discover, or plan. New Ventures Maine is offering a FREE workshop “Your Next Career Move” at NVME Office, 108 Perham Street Suite # 2 Farmington ME. Tuesday; February 1, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 pm. All services are FREE. For more information on New Ventures Maine or to register please call Janet at 778-2757.

Workshop. Community Nurturing Parenting– A 10 Week Workshop For Caregivers With Children Of Any Age. No one is born knowing how to parent. It’s something we learn growing up, and sometimes we need support to become the parents we wish to be. You will learn new skills and attitudes important in caring for yourself, your children and the world around you. Thursdays, beginning Feb. 2from 5:30-7:30 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.

Maine-Wabanaki REACH will present a free Ally Workshop on Saturday, Feb. 4 in Farmington from 9:30-4 p.m. (snow date Feb. 11). Registration is required and the session is filling quickly. This workshop has been well received across the state with over 550 Mainers participating. Maine and Wabanaki people are at an historical juncture in their long relationship. The ally workshop is an opportunity for non-Native people to reflect on our shared history and future with Native people. The workshop includes a very brief history of US government relationships with Native people; awareness of white privilege; and ally responsibilities. Register by emailing or calling 951-4874. Maine-Wabanaki REACH is a cross collaborative organization of Wabanaki and Maine people working towards truth, healing and change to support Wabanaki self-determination.

Workshop. Nurturing Fathers– A 13 Week Course For Fathers And Male Caregivers Designed To Build Parenting And Nurturing Skills. Work as a group with other Dads to learn more about what fatherhood means to you. Each class provides proven skills that foster and support healthy family relationships and child development. Mondays, beginning on Feb. 6, from 5-7:30 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.

Has long-term unemployment or job search got you down?  Do you feel your confidence
lagging?  Attend this 3-week class to help you assess your self-confidence and learn some concrete tools that can help you to keep your confidence strong throughout your job search.
New Venutures Maine will be offering a 3-week class: “Building Confidence” Wednesdays, Feb. 8, 15, 22, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 pm. This class will be held at Farmington Office at 108 Perham Street, Suite # 2. For more information on Women, Work, and Community or to register for the training please call Janet Smith at 778-2757.

Intro to Self-Employment Workshop. Preparing for work in today’s ever-changing world can be a challenge whether you are transitioning from school to work, have lost one job and are looking for another, or are interested in a new career altogether. New Ventures Maine has been helping individuals find a job, go back to school or start a business for 37 years. “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, February 13, 2017 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 “Our purpose is to empower those thinking about change to take the next step towards a new career, a new business, a new approach, a new life. We wanted a name that would help us reach people in today’s fast-paced, Internet-oriented times,” said Gilda Nardone, Executive Director. New Ventures Maine is administered by the University of Maine at Augusta and operates out of 10 offices statewide. For more information and to find classes see or call 1-800-442-2092. Toll free in-state.

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

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

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

T.O.P.S Weight Loss. Meeting every Monday night, 6 to 8 p.m. Meetings are at the Wilton Methodist Church. (weigh in starts at 6, till 6:45, meeting starts at 7. Take off pounds sensibly.

Wilton CareerCenter Workshops. For those who are looking to make a change in careers or get a new job, the Wilton CareerCenter offers 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.

January 2017 Workshops

MEOC-101-Essentials of College Planning on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, from 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.

Introduction to Self-Employment on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, from 1 to 3 p.m.
This one-session 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 for start-up, the major elements of a business plan, and the many resources available to help you succeed. There is no fee for this class. There is limited class space and pre-registration is required. To register or FMI contact Karleen Andrews at New Ventures Maine 207-557-1885 or

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

The Wilton CareerCenter is located at 865 US Route 2E in Wilton. 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.

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.