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SPECIAL EVENTS & NOTICES

Snowshoe trails are open at French Falls Park and the Jay Recreation Area. Get out and enjoy winter in Maine right in our own backyard. The trails are beautiful and close to home!

The Strong Public Library is once again hosting Rosie the Therapy Dog. Rosie is a patient listener, and will be in the library from 10:30 to 11:30 on the following Saturdays: March 21, April 18 and May 16. Please call with any questions, 684-4003 or contact the librarian at estronglibrary@gmail.com.

February Frolix continues! During the week of Feb. 16, we have more frolics on schedule. Kelly will continue with February story hour at the Dr. Shaw Memorial Library at 10AM on Wednesday, Feb. 19th. Later that same day, starting at 1pm, there will be Sledding down the hill behind the library! Bring your own sled and join the fun. We'll have some hot chocolate and a few snacks at the library if you need to come in and warm up a bit (snow date for sledding will be 1pm on Thursday, the 20th). Then Friday at 2pm at the Olde Post Office Cafe, the Frolix committee will host a trivia contest! Come have some fun and test your skills at trivia (some of it might be Maine trivia)! The cooks at the cafe will have their usual array of baked goods and drinks for sale. Saturday morning at 9AM the Mt. Vernon Community Center will host it's usual community breakfast, always a good time to visit a bit with neighbors and friends.

Mt. Vernon & Vienna Plan February Frolix. Do you feel stuck in the house during the winter? The Mt. Vernon Age Friendly Committee, along with several other groups in Mt. Vernon and Vienna, have planned a number of events to get you out and enjoying winter in our towns. Check the Dr. Shaw Memorial Library Facebook page for weather cancellations.

Story Hour – Wednesday, Feb. 19 and 26, 10 a.m. at Dr. Shaw Memorial Library. Head librarian Alice will read a story followed by an appropriate craft or other activity.

Learn to Knit/Crochet – Monday, Feb. 24, 1 p.m. at Dr. Shaw Memorial Library. Supplies for a valentine project and patient teachers will be provided.

Sledding – Wednesday, Feb. 19, 1 p.m. behind the Library. Hot chocolate at the Library.

Tax Aid – Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Dr. Shaw Memorial Library. Call the Library (293-2565) for an appointment to have your taxes prepared.

Skating – Sunday, Feb. 23, 1 p.m. at the Town Beach. Hot chocolate at the Community Center.

Leap Day Brunch – Saturday, Feb. 29, 11 a.m. at the Community Center. When it’s too hard to get up for a 9 a.m. breakfast. Bring your appetite.

Grand Final Concert and Sing-A-Long, Greg Hatt and Students - Saturday, Feb. 29, 3 p.m. at Dr. Shaw Memorial Library. Bring your voices, enjoy a treat.

Any local apple enthusiast would describe John Bunker as the expert in the field. Or, orchard, in this case. But after being recently awarded the 2019 Commissioner's Distinguished Service Award for his contribution to Maine agriculture, Bunker is now recognized by experts and novices alike as Maine's "Apple Whisperer."

The Palermo resident is on a mission, not only to find and preserve the rare apples of the world, but to spread the desire in others to do the same. People line up with apples in hand anytime Bunker does an event, hoping for any tidbits of information on the variety, or perhaps hoping to solve one of Bunker's many apple mysteries.

Local apple lovers will have the chance to line up with their own varieties on Feb. 20 as John Bunker joins the Greater Franklin Food Council for a discussion on his latest book, "Apples and the Art of Detection". The event will be held at Twice Sold Tales on Main Street and will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Bunker has a particular interest in Franklin County, where he found the "Deane" apple and is on the search for the "Sarah" apple. There are between 2,000 and 3,000 varieties of apples in the state, and in the nearly 40 years that Bunker has been involved in the apple scene, he has discovered roughly 100 more varieties that would have otherwise gone extinct. In 1984 he founded FEDCO Trees in an effort to spread the wealth of the rare apple varieties he was finding. Many of Bunker's discoveries are now available for purchase through the Maine seed company.

Carrabassett Valley Public Library invites you to join us for a Kind Kids music program, and dancing with Rob & Amanda on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 4:30! Kind Kids music incorporates world musical genres and infuses important lessons about kindness, empathy, and environmental responsibility. Now featuring Amanda Panda’s music revolving around themes of mindfulness, compassion, family, friends, kindness and silliness. Her family songs are based on familiar tunes with re-created lyrics for all ages to enjoy. When Rob Duquette and Amanda Panda perform together special blue furry guest “Muffy the Marionette” is sure to be dancing too! Free and open to the public. Call the library at 237-3535 for more information.

Phillips Public Library, 96 Main Street, Phillips, ME 04966 Friday, Feb. 21 @ 2:00
Presenter: Mark Brockmann, CG Several Western Maine and New Hampshire indigenous lithic rock types will be displayed and discussed. The presentation will focus on those lithic types found in the Sandy River Valley Area of Western Maine. Participants are invited to bring in personal lithic specimens/artifacts for identification/discussion. A small donation is appreciated. Light refreshments will be served. Questions? Call: 639-2665

SnowCross "Miracle on the Mountain" at Titcomb Mountain, Feb. 21 from 10:00 to 4:00, a community-sponsored event. This free day features open skiing, fat bike riding, snow bowling, a snowboarding demonstration, a chalk talk and demonstration, and a fire pit with hot chocolate, marshmallows & s'mores. Attendees could win one of three prizes: Grand prize - skis, bindings & poles; First Prize - Tablet; Second Prize - 32" TV (must be present to win). Enjoy the last day of February vacation on the slopes!

5th Annual Fat-Tire Bike Loppet is Feb. 23, 2020 at 10:00 AM Rangeley Lakes Trails Center, 524 Saddleback Mtn Rd. For more information call 207-864-4309, or send us an email at rlxcski@gmail.com.

For the Sixth year, St. Luke's will take to the streets to offer "Ashes-to-Go" in two locations. On Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26, The Rev. Suzanne Cole (Mother Sue), St. Luke's rector, will be in downtown Wilton from 9 am to 10 am and then in downtown Farmington from noon until 1:00 pm. "Ashes to Go" will be available to anyone who wishes the imposition of ashes and a blessing. Mother Sue will pray with anyone who would like to stop by. What started in Chicago in 2007 has spread across the country among Episcopal clergy to include cities and towns around Maine with the goal of meeting and serving people where they are.

In addition, St. Luke's will hold an Ash Wednesday Eucharist at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome. St. Luke’s is located at 59 High Street in Wilton, at the corner of High and School Streets. For more information, please call the church office at 645-2639 or go to www.stlukeswilton.org.

Sit ‘n Stitch/Knit/Craft. Join us for an evening of cross-stitching, knitting, crocheting, or whatever your craft of choice is! Because our hobbies are relaxing, but they’re even more fun with friends! Bring whatever project you are working on, want to dedicate some time to, or maybe even need some help with. There are always tips and tricks shared when we get together, mixed into the conversation and the laughter! Meets Thursday, Feb. 27 and the last Thursday of every month from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Twice Sold Tales, Farmington. For more information or to confirm, contact Joanna at 931-8644 or institches2334@aol.com.

Bookworms Book Group. If you enjoy reading and your tastes tend to span a variety of genres or you stay away from the bestsellers (so many good authors out there, after all!), we’d love to have you be a part of the new book group starting up in February! This will be a monthly book group that aims to be interesting, engaging, and fun! We’ll be choosing titles and such at this first meeting, so be sure to come with recent reads to recommend. Kick-off meeting will be Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 5:30 p.m. at Twice Sold Tales, Farmington. For more information or to confirm, contact Joanna at 931-8644 or institches2334@aol.com.

25th Annual Legendary Rangeley Lakes Loppet, March 7, 2020, 8:30 AM Rangeley Lakes Trails Center, 524 Saddleback Mtn. Road

7th Annual Moose Dash Snowshoe Race, March 15, 2020, 10:30 AM Rangeley Lakes Trails Center, 524 Saddleback Mtn. Road. Call 207-864-4309 for more information

4th Annual Best Dog on Earth Day- A Celebration of Dogs and Earth Day April 25, 2020, 10 a.m., Start and Finish at the Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce (6 Park Road) Rangeley Health and Wellness and the Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring the 4th Annual Best Dog on Earth Day event, a celebration of dogs and Earth Day, on Saturday, April 25, 2020. The event will be a Fun Run/Walk with or without your dog. Registration is 9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. at the Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce.

NAMI Maine Walks on the Capitol. 52 Water Street, Hallowell, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. NAMI Maine Walks on the Capitol May 30 is the state's largest, stigma-busting event where hundreds of people gather to raise awareness, decrease stigma, and celebrate mental health. Rooted in National Alliance on Mental Illness' (NAMI) core values of advocacy, support and education, NAMI Maine Walks on the Capitol will begin with a rally at the Maine State Capitol in Augusta, followed by a celebration of music, food trucks, and short educational talks at NAMI Maine's home office in Hallowell. Participants are encouraged to create walk teams to fundraise for NAMI Maine’s statewide educational programming on mental health and suicide prevention.

EXHIBITS, READINGS & SHOWS

Focus Printmaking III. February 6-March 28, 2020. An invitational group exhibition featuring the work of Maine printmakers: Karen Adrienne, Judith Allen, Susan Amons, Christine Beneman, Holly Berry, Stephen Burt, Joan Busing, Julie Crane, David Driskell, Elizabeth Jabar, Amanda Lilleston, Liz McGhee, Larinda Meade, Daniel Minter, Lisa Pixley, Ellen Roberts, Scott Schnepf, Carter Shappy, Michael Torlen, Neil Welliver. Please join us for this exciting invitational printmaking exhibition. The participating artists employ a wide variety of printmaking techniques and many belong to Maine printmaking organizations including Peregrine Press, Circling the Square Press, Printcraft, Running With Scissors and Pickwick Press. They are recipients of prestigious residences and fellowships such as the Monhegan Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Pollack-Krasner Foundation, Heliker-Lahotan Foundation and Tamarind Institute. Several have taught at institutions including Maine College of Art, Colby College, University of Maine, University of New Hampshire, Rhode Island School of Design and University of New England. Greenhut Galleries;
146 Middle Street; Portland, ME

The University of Maine at Farmington’s Visiting Writers Series will be hosting a reading with author Jaed Coffin. Coffin will be reading from his work at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27, in The Landing in the Olsen Student Center. Sponsored by the UMF Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, the series events are free and open to the public.

A new exhibition by Jillian Herrigel at the Carrabassett Valley Library & Community Center. The exhibition features 15 acrylic paintings and will be on display until Feb. 28. A Wine & Cheese Reception will be held Friday evening, Feb. 21 from 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. For more information on the artist visit http://www.jillianherrigel.com/

Student Art Exhibition. Elementary students from Regional School Unit 9 have teamed up with the University of Maine at Farmington to produce "Art Madness"- an exhibition of work from budding second through fifth-grade artists on display at the Emery Arts Center until Feb. 7. The show includes a varied selection of art media including, painting, mixed media, drawing, weaving, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking and some large-scale collaborative work. Content ranges from works of abstract art, observation studies, self-portraits, cultural symbolism and Maine lighthouse studies.

Mosaic Exhibit. Candace Jackman's one-of-a-kind mosaics are on exhibit at the Farmington Public Library through early March. Her mosaics are composed of various materials including, but not limited too, Italian and Mexican smalti glass, stained glass, stones, shells, found materials, ceramic & porcelain china, etc.

MUSIC, DANCE, DRAMA & COMEDY

Mid Maine Youth Orchestra will be performing concerts on Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at the MPAC at Messalonskee High School in Oakland (snow date Feb. 29) and on March 1 at 3 p.m. at the Bjorn Auditorium at Mt. Blue High School (snow date March 8) Admission is free, donations gratefully accepted. www.midmaineyouthorchestra.com

Mt Blue Softball Spring Training Benefit Dance. Mt Blue Softball will be hosting a benefit Valentine's Dance to raise funds for a trip to Tennessee for spring training in April. The dance will be Feb. 15 at the Farmington Elks Lodge, 7-11 pm. There will be a 50/50 and raffles. Music will be provided by DREAMIN BIG dj/karaoke. Tickets are $10 each and available at Madore's Market and Steve's Family Market, or by calling Ron Smith at 207-320-5595.

Old South Church Concert Series will get a jump start on St. Patty’s Day month. The celebration kicks off on Sunday, March 1st as the traditional Irish band, HighTime returns to the Old South Church stage from Connemara, the music heart of Ireland. Doors open at 6 pm. Jam session 6:15 pm. Concert 7 pm. Adults $15, Students $10/$5. Refreshments will be available during jam session and intermission by donation. Ticket reservations are recommended by calling 207-491-5919. Old South Church is handicapped accessible.

Part two of Old South Church’s St. Patty’s Day celebration continues on Monday, March 9 with Belfast, Ireland based band, Realta. This five-piece band is described by Irish Music Magazine as “A full bodied pine and whistle extravaganza." Realta makes full use of the intricate melodies and driving rhythms that make Irish music so loved throughout the world. Doors open at 6 pm. Jam session 6:15 pm. Concert 7 pm. Adults $15, Students $10/$5. Refreshments will be available during jam session and intermission by donation. Ticket reservations are recommended by calling 207-491-5919. Old South Church is handicapped accessible.

Wilton Fire Department Dance – The Wilton Fire Department will be hosting their 9th Annual Dance at the Farmington Elks Lodge featuring "Dreaming Big" March 14, 2020, 7 pm – 8 pm, Social Hour, Dance 8 pm - midnight. Tickets are $10 each. Tickets are available at Madore's Market, Shelly's Hometown Market, Steve’s Family Market, Gale McDonald at the Public Safety Office in Wilton, Mon-Fri, 8 am - 2 pm or by calling Judy Burdick at 645-3279. Put on your dancing shoes and come join us for a night of fun!

BENEFIT FEASTS, SALES & EVENTS

UMF Softball Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser. Saturday, Feb. 22 from 5pm to 7pm. North Dining Hall on the UMF campus. $7 for adults, $5 for all students, and kids ages 4 and under eat for free. Tickets available at the door. That evening there will also be a 50/50 raffle and a small silent auction available for bidding.

St Luke's Episcopal Church in Wilton will be holding a FREE pancake supper (pancakes, sausages, fruit, juice, coffee and tea) on Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m.

Join the Mt. Blue Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) for a fun paint night on Feb. 29! All money raised will be used for members to attend the annual State Leadership Conference. At the conference FBLA members will participate in business competitions against business students from all over the state of Maine and also attend workshops. Below is the link to register for the event. Preregistration and design selection is required prior to the event. More information here.

Saturday, March 7, New England boiled dinner, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.at Henderson Memorial Baptist Church, 110 Academy Street in Farmington. Along with corned beef, ham and veggies, the menu includes home-made pies and bread. $9 adults; $5 ages 5 and under.

New England Boiled Dinner. Sat. March 7, 4:30-6:30 pm. Corned Beef ... Ham... Potatoes ... Beets ... Carrots ... Turnip ... Cabbage ... Onions ... and ... pickles. Home-Made Pies And Breads. Coffee And Tea. Tickets: ADULTS... $9. FIVE AND UNDER... $5. Henderson Memorial Baptist Church; 110 Academy St.; Farmington, Me. 04938. Don't forget to bring a friend!

Vegan Potluck ~ third Tuesday of every month, 7-8pm. Free, sponsored by the Sat Manax Yoga Ashram. At the Grange Hall at 124 Bridge Street in Farmington. Bring a dish or a small donation. A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from the worst impacts of climate change." -UN Report Join us to eat, discus and explore the diet proven to reverse chronic illness and environmental degradation! For more information, click here.

Community Dining Site. Seniors are welcome every Monday to the Farmington Community Center (127 Middle Street) for time to socialize and enjoy a healthy meal (suggested donation $3 though not required). Open every Monday except holidays., 10:00 to 2:00 with lunch served at 11:30.

Farmington Elks Nickel BINGO! Just a nickel a card per game – 38 games, and last game is a quarter a card. Top and Bottom Line progressive games build until $400. Every Monday Night! Doors open at 4:30, games begin at 5:15. Farmington Elks, School St, West Farmington. For more information call or text 491-0019.

CRAFT FAIRS, YARD SALES & FARMERS' MARKETS

Western Maine Market - Online Farmers’ Market. www.WesternMaineMarket.com. Operating weekly, year-round. Place your order on Wednesday to receive it Friday. We have pick-up locations in Farmington, Freeman, Kingfield, New Vineyard, and Rangeley. We offer free delivery directly to your home or workplace along our delivery route:
Route 4, downtown Farmington to Strong
Route 27, Farmington to Kingfield
Routes 142 & 145, Kingfield to Strong
Town Farm Rd., Farmington
Delivery beyond that route may be available for a fee. Call Deborah at 207 860-0703 or email info@WesternMaineMarket.com for more info.

Due to renewed interest in customers and vendors, the Farmington Grange has decided to continue the Winter Farmers Market on an altered schedule. Starting Feb. 8, the Market will meet on EVEN dates, on Saturdays; in essence, every other Saturday. The times will be the same, 10-1. Due to agreement with the post office, we have more parking available this year, next to the hall, during market hours. When the post office closes at 11, even more parking spaces are available. It should be noted that vendors need to bring their products in before 10, so people should not count on parking close to the building before 10. Some vendors have decided to take the rest of the winter off, but new vendors have joined. Anyone wishing to be a vendor at the market should contact Bonnie Clark at 778-1416. Child vendors are encouraged to participate at no fee. Root vegetables are still available, frozen vegetables, cheesecakes, all types of meats and poultry, fresh eggs, pickles, jams, sauces, syrups, dried herbs, etc. Baked goodies, breads and sweets. Medicinal items, soaps, lotions, baskets, crafts, fiber art, and much , much more. There is free coffee and tea, board games are available, the fires are roaring, and plenty of good socializing. Please join us. The Farmington Grange Hall is located at 124 bridge Street in West Farmington, just across the bridge from Main Street, to the right.

MEETINGS & GATHERINGS

The February Worship Services, schedule for Bartlett Memorial United Methodist Church at North Jay are as follows:
Feb. 23 Sunday Worship, 9 a.m., with Barbara Hathaway, Certified Lay Minister.
The Worship services include praise and thanksgiving to God, Scripture Reading, Hymn singing, prayers and concerns and Christian fellowship. The church is yellow and is located at 35 East Dixfield Rd., North Jay. All are welcome to attend. See the church website for more information. www.faithstreet.com/church/bartlett-memorial-united-methodist-church-north-jay-me

Foster Career and Technical Education Center would like to invite parents of current Mt. Blue High School 10th grade students to a Bridge Academy Informational night, February 26, from 5:30-6:30. This informational session will take place on the Mt. Blue campus, food court. Parents and current sophomores are encouraged to hear from professionals regarding how Bridge Academy of Maine and the University of Maine at Augusta can provide dual enrollment opportunities during students' junior and senior year of high school. A light dinner will be provided.
*Bridge Academy Highlights*
-Integrated technical skill-based education that ties academic to real world careers through integrated CTE based labs.
-Dual enrollment with an opportunity to earn 24+college credits while in high school.
-Credits fully transferable within the University of Maine system. The Maine Community College System, and many other post-secondary institutions.
-Additional career assessment, career exploration, and advising while in high school. Campus visitations, business visitations and summer academies.
-The potential to complete an Associate's Degree in Applied Science within 12 months and or A Bachelor's degree within 36 months following high school graduation.
For more information please call Mary Redmond-Luce, at 778-3562 or email mredmondluce@mtbluersd.org
For more information regarding Bridge Academy: https://www.bridgeacademymaine.org/
To apply for Bridge Academy online please go to: https://bridgeacademymaine.org/foster2020app

Sit ‘n Stitch/Knit/Craft Join us for an evening of cross-stitching, knitting, crocheting, or whatever your craft of choice is! Because our hobbies are relaxing, but they’re even more fun with friends! Bring whatever project you are working on, want to dedicate some time to, or maybe even need some help with. There are always tips and tricks shared when we get together, mixed into the conversation and the laughter! Meets Thursday, February 27th and the last Thursday of every month from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Twice Sold Tales, Farmington. For more information or to confirm, contact Joanna at 931-8644 or institches2334@aol.com.

Bookworms Book Group If you enjoy reading and your tastes tend to span a variety of genres or you stay away from the bestsellers (so many good authors out there, after all!), we’d love to have you be a part of the new book group starting up in February! This will be a monthly book group that aims to be interesting, engaging, and fun! We’ll be choosing titles and such at this first meeting, so be sure to come with recent reads to recommend. Kick-off meeting will be Wednesday, February 26th at 5:30 p.m. at Twice Sold Tales, Farmington. For more information or to confirm, contact Joanna at 931-8644 or institches2334@aol.com.

The Lovers of Russian Literature discussion group will be examining Fyodor Dostoevsky’s 'The Brothers Karamazov' over four monthly meetings, March 21, April 18, May 16. All meetings are 12:30-2:30 p.m., at the Jay-Niles Memorial Library in North Jay. Murder mystery, courtroom drama, triangular love affair, among three brothers and their vicious father — what more could you want? Dostoevsky portrays all of Russian life in the troubled political, social, and spiritual atmospheres of its “Golden Age.” We read in English! FMI: Alexis, 779-8979, leckie1950@gmail.com. Many thanks to the Jay-Niles Memorial Library for making our group possible.

Please join The Pickwick Club for a 2-part discussion of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Saturday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, April 25, 2020, 12:30-2:30 p.m., at the Auburn Public Library, 49 Spring Street in Auburn. The Pickwick Club is a book group devoted to the works of Charles Dickens. We also explore a wide array of other 19th century authors and general Victoriana. FMI: Alexis at 779-8979, leckie1950@gmail.com, or Joanne at 583-6957, e_j_morse@roadrunner.com.

Monday, Feb. 24, Farmington Historical Society Meeting, 6 p.m. Potluck at the NORTH CHURCH, 118 High St. Farmington. Short meeting to follow the potluck. Program begins at 7 p.m. Local historian Taffy Davis will be sharing her research on farming in this area, “A Brief Look at Farmington’s 200 Year Agricultural History." Please come and bring a friend.

North Chesterville Extension Homemakers will be meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Chesterville Town Office on Tuesday, Feb. 25. The topics for the evening are “Hot Foods to Share” which is a pot luck supper, “Finalizing the Free Senior Citizen St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon” with Glenda Barker for March 16th to be served at noon, and “Making St. Patrick’s Day Cards” with Sue Starrett. All meetings are free and the public is cordially invited to attend. FMI please leave a message at 778-3156.

Foster Career and Technical Education Center would like to invite parents of current Mt. Blue High School 10th grade students to a Bridge Academy Informational night, Feb. 26, from 5:30-6:30. This informational session will take place on the Mt. Blue campus, food court. Parents and current sophomores are encouraged to hear from professionals regarding how Bridge Academy of Maine and the University of Maine at Augusta can provide dual enrollment opportunities during students' junior and senior year of high school. A light dinner will be provided.
*Bridge Academy Highlights*
-Integrated technical skill-based education that ties academic to real world careers through integrated CTE based labs.
-Dual enrollment with an opportunity to earn 24+college credits while in high school.
-Credits fully transferable within the University of Maine system. The Maine Community College System, and many other post-secondary institutions.
-Additional career assessment, career exploration, and advising while in high school. Campus visitations, business visitations and summer academies.
-The potential to complete an Associate's Degree in Applied Science within 12 months and or A Bachelor's degree within 36 months following high school graduation.
For more information please call Mary Redmond-Luce, at 778-3562 or email mredmondluce@mtbluersd.org
For more information regarding Bridge Academy: https://www.bridgeacademymaine.org/
To apply for Bridge Academy online please go to: https://bridgeacademymaine.org/foster2020app

Caregiver support group in Farmington. The first Monday of the month (except holidays when they meet on the following day): SeniorsPlus will hold a Caregiver Support Group at its office location at 218 Fairbanks Road in Farmington from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia are invited to connect with others, share experiences, gain information, and find support and a friendly ear. The support group is free and open to the public. No pre-registration required. For further information, call SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241.

St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Wilton holds worship services each Sunday at 9:30 am. The Episcopal Church welcomes you wherever you are on your spiritual journey. St. Luke's is located at 59 High St. at the corner of School and High Streets in Wilton. FMI about the church: www.stlukeswilton.org or find us on Facebook. Phone number: 645-2639.

SeniorsPlus has Farmington Office Hours. The Farmington office of SeniorsPlus at 218 Fairbanks Road is open by appointment 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Mondays, and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Call 207-795-4010 to schedule an appointment. On the second Thursday of every month, the Farmington office is open from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. for walk-in hours. (No appointment needed.) Staff is available to answer any questions or concerns about services and resources for older adults and adults with disabilities and their families. These services are free and open to the public.

Patriotic prayer for our country on Wednesdays, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at 227 Macomber Hill Road in Jay, at the chapel at the top of the hill. Call 207.595.0865 for more information.

A support group for mothers who have lost a family member to addiction or who have children currently addicted. Mondays 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Henderson Memorial Baptist church, 110 Academy Street, Farmington.

Incarcerated Family Support Group: Rose's Room, a support group for family and loved ones of incarcerated men and women, will meet at St. Joseph's Church, 133 Middle St., Farmington, at 7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month. All with loved ones in jail or prison are welcome. Join us for a non-judgmental, supportive, safe space to share experiences with friends who know what it's like to have a loved one in the system. For more information, call 207-491-2527. Rose's Room supports loved ones of ALL faiths and/or no faith. All are welcome.

Drugs causing you problems? We can help you achieve freedom from active addiction. Narcotics Anonymous Three meetings per week in Farmington. Go to namaine.org or call 1-800-974-0062 for more information.

Al-Anon meetings in Farmington. Offers help and hope for friends and families of alcoholics. Meets Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7 - 8 p.m. at Franklin Memorial Hospital. FMI call Arin 207-242-4848.

Christian liberation organization. Have you been looking for like-minded people that seek to experience the depth of love from God that He provides ... then please read! This is not a solicitation from a church nor is this a plea to get people to serve. The Spirit has been quite clear to provide a venue for people that desire the fellowship and soul feeding that a church environment could provide without the condemnation and expectations associated with organized religion. What exactly this will look like is yet to be determined. Not that we don’t want some vision of this but we do not want any ‘mans’ vision. We are completely comfortable with whatever God may be doing. When I say ‘we’ there are just a few that have been praying for God’s direction. For those interested come for regular "Consider This" videos and "Sermons" as lead by the Spirit. If you want to be included on our reminder list please leave your email in the discussion section of our Christian liberation organization Youtube site , or email us directly at christianliberationorg@gmail.com. We reside in the western mountains of Maine and would welcome gatherings. Looking forward with great expectation of God’s work! May you experience the joy and peace of the Father, Son & Spirit!

Wilton Chapter TOPS of Me. Meets Mondays 5:30 pm to 7 pm. Wilton Methodist Church. Come check us out. For info call J. Stinchfield @645-7074.

Veterans of Foreign Wars, James A. McKechnie Post 10881, has changed the monthly meeting to the first Thursday of each month. 7 pm at the Farmington Municipal Bldg., downstairs in back of building.

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 Kathy.

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

Class: Growing your own microgreens this winter. Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 6:00 at the End of the Rainbow, 249 Farmington Falls Road, Farmington, ME. Lori Ireland will show you how to start your own microgreens at home and you will go home with your own little starter kit. Class costs 5.00 per person. For more information call 778-2884. Microgreens are fun to grow and give your more vitamins and carotenoids than baby greens.

FREE – "Budgeting Basics Workshop." New Ventures Maine is offering a free workshop called “Budgeting Basics” at Rangeley Lakes Region School, 43 Mendolia Road, Rangeley ME, 04970. Thursday, March 12 from 6:00-8:00 pm. In this 2 hour workshop, you will learn about the basic components of building a budget. We will discuss money tracking, goal setting, challenges, ways to reduce expenses, and how understanding your overall financial situation can be helpful in creating a budget that works for you. All workshops and follow-up coaching are free. To register for this workshop visit our website at www.newventuresmaine.org. For more information on New Ventures Maine please call Janet Smith at 778-2757.

United Way is providing free tax preparation services to those individuals and households that made less than $56,000 in 2019. Taxes are prepared by IRS-certified volunteers and a quality review process is followed to ensure high levels of accuracy on each return. Who: households/individuals who made less than $56,000 in 2019. What: taxes done for FREE and connections to valuable resource information. Where: UMF, Roberts Learning Center Room 103 (first floor). When: now through March 14. Wednesdays from 4-6p. Saturdays from 9a-1p. How: call 778-7954 or email freetaxprepservice@gmail.com to schedule an appointment. Cost: $0.00 (huge thank you to Skowhegan Savings Bank for their sponsorship)!

FREE – "Your Money Personality Workshop." New Ventures Maine is offering a free workshop, “Your Money Personality” at Rangeley Lakes Region School, 43 Mendolia Road, Rangeley ME, 04970. Thursday, March 19 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Managing your money is more than just numbers. In this 2 hour workshop we will use a fun and unique “Money Habitudes” game to identify your money management style. Developed by Syble Solomon, this process helps you learn how your habits and attitudes towards money affect your decisions and actions related to money. We will use the results as a starting point for thinking about how you can become more comfortable managing your money. All workshops and follow-up coaching are free. To register for this workshop visit our website at www.newventuresmaine.org. For more information on New Ventures Maine please call Janet Smith at 778-2757.

FREE – “Clean-up Your Credit Workshop." New Ventures Maine is offering a free workshop called “Clean-up Your Credit” at Rangeley Lakes Region School, 43 Mendolia Road, Rangeley ME, 04970. Thursday, March 19 from 6:00-8:00 pm. In this free, 2-hour workshop learn how to reduce your debt, improve your credit, and maintain a good credit score. Create your own step-by-step plan to pay down your debt. All workshops and follow-up coaching are free. To register for this workshop visit our website at www.newventuresmaine.org. For more information on New Ventures Maine please call Janet Smith at 778-2757.

Yoga Class~ third Tuesday of every month, 6-7pm, $10 Farmington Grange, 124 Bridge St, West Farmington, Maine 04938 Most people think Yoga is for young, fit people. This could not be further from the truth! Yoga is for everyone who wants to live a healthier, happier life in body and mind! No prior experience required. Vegan potluck to follow.

The University of Maine at Farmington Fitness and Recreation Center invites ambulatory adults aged 60 years and older to attend Tai Chi for Healthy Aging & Better Balance. The class meets on Mondays and Fridays, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Jan. 27 to May 8, 2020, in The Landing, in the UMF Olsen Student Center. Interested participants must register in advance by visiting the UMF FRC front desk at 152 Quebec St., Farmington. Class is limited to 20 participants. Class is $50. The class, which uses tai chi, a Chinese martial art that uses slow, mindful movements, is open to ambulatory adults, including people in chairs. The class aims to teach participants to view falls and fear of falling as controllable; to set realistic goals for increasing mobility and activity; to foster greater understanding of fall risk factors; and to increase strength and balance through exercise. It is recommended that participants attend all classes in order to reap the class's benefits, as the movements are cumulative. The course will be taught by Karen Hellekson, an aerobics instructor and tai chi practitioner who trained for the class at Brookline Tai Chi, which since 2010 has been offering the course in collaboration with Dr. Fuzhong Li of the Oregon Research Institute to create an evidence-based fall-prevention protocol.

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.

February 2020 Workshops

Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation

Friday, Feb. 7, from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
This is an orientation for people with disabilities who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Orientations are held the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Registration not required

MEOC-101-Essentials of College Planning

Wednesday Feb. 26, from 10:00 - 12:00
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 1-800-281-3703 for workshop details and registration.

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.

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