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Event listing items can be submitted to us by emailing 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.


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!

Rangeley’s Snodeo weekend kicks off with the Chili/chowder Cook-off on Thursday, Jan. 23 at the Gingerbread House Restaurant, Oquossoc at 5 p.m. The fun continues with Casino Night at Bald Mountain Camps at 6:30 p.m. Friday “Welcome to Snodeo” begins at 4 p.m. followed by a live auction at 6:30 p.m. at Moose Alley. Saturday is a full day of snowmobile events including Rock Maple X Country Races & Tame The Track Vintage Racing starting at 9 a.m. at Steven Bean Municipal Airport and The Rave X Show at Boss Power Equipment at 2 p.m. The Parade begins at 5:30 p.m. from The Rangeley Inn, travels down Main Street and onto the lake for a spectacular fireworks show.

Calling all Middle and High School Students! The Wilton Free Public Library is having a Game Night on Friday, January 24th from 5-7pm. We are digging out some classic board and card games along with newer ones too! Come and join us and bring a friend! Snacks? Yes! Admission charge? None! For more info contact the library at 645-4831 or

Fundraiser for UMF Equestrian Club! $20/carload for all events ~ Saturday, January 25, 2020 ~ Proudly Hosted by Martin Woods Farm, 24 Abijah Hill Rd., Starks. Snowshoe Trail Race, Sleigh Rides, Wreath Making Tutorial, Cookie Decorating, FROZEN Themed Photo Shoot with Elsa, Tug-of-War Contest, Snow Sculpture Contest, Pony Rides, Wonderland Scavenger Hunt, Bonfire all day!

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.

Chair Yoga – Sat., Feb. 1, 9 a.m. at Dr. Shaw Memorial Library. Ann Parker will help us get fit in 2020. Call the Library (293-2565) to reserve a spot.

Koffee Klatch – Tuesday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m. at Dr. Shaw Memorial Library. David from AARP Tax Aid and Brooke from Spectrum Generations will provide information on benefits that seniors and others may not be familiar with.

Story Hour – Wednesday, Feb. 5, 12, 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.

Snow Shoeing – Friday, Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. Meet at the Community Center for shuttling to Ezra Smith WCA for snow shoeing led by Kirsten from KLT. Snowshoes will be available for borrowing.

Pot-Luck– Friday, Feb. 7, 6 p.m. at the Vienna Grange. Program is on aging at home.

Celtic Fiddler Owen Kennedy – Saturday, Feb. 8, 2 p.m. at the Community Center. Typical Scottish foods will be served after the concert.

Learn to Knit/Crochet – Monday, Feb. 10 and 24, 1 p.m. at Dr. Shaw Memorial Library. Supplies for a valentine project and patient teachers will be provided.

Game Night
– Friday, Feb. 14, 6 p.m. at the Community Center.

Valentine’s Day Dinner – Friday, Feb. 14 5 p.m. at Olde Post Office Café. Music by Tom Giorodono. Call for reservations.

Concert, Sandy River Ramblers – Saturday, Feb. 15, 6:30 p.m. Community Center. Join the fun.

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.

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.


Play Performance. Sandy River Players, a community theater group based in Farmington, is excited to announce its first production of 2020, Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. The show runs from Thursday, Jan, 16 to Sunday, Jan. 19 and marks the beginning of SRP’s 50th anniversary year.The performances on Jan. 16-18 begin at 7 p.m. and on Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. at the Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF campus at 111 South Street in Farmington. The performance on Saturday, Jan. 18 will be followed by a 50th Anniversary Gala at Emery Community Arts Center. The Gala will begin at 9 p.m. and is free and open to the public, no RSVP required. Tickets are $14 for general admission and $11 for seniors and students and will be available at the box office for each performance. Advance tickets are on sale at Devaney Doak & Garrett Booksellers and through the SRP reservation line at 207-779-7884. For more information about the show, find SRP on Facebook at or contact Karen West at 207-491-0435 or

Dance Performance. ArtsFarmington, affiliated with the University of Maine, is pleased to bring Droplet Dance to the Emery Community Arts Center in Farmington on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. Droplet Dance, a small 2-person dance company will feature Molly Gawler as dancer. Molly’s musician friend Lissa Schneckenburger will accompany her with live music. The name droplet refers to the company’s celebration of water. The dances will be in modern and classical styles and incorporate acrobatics as well as mime and theatrical elements to bring characters and narratives to life. Admission is $12 for adults, 18 and under free as are UMF students with ID. $5 For students of other Maine colleges. The performance is suitable for children. No snow date, for information call 587-2361 or 249-5980.

The storytelling group Western Order of Dedicated Storytellers (WOODS) are now holding their monthly meetings at Twice Sold Tales, 155 Main Street in downtown Farmington. The next meeting is set for Friday, Feb. 7. The group meets regularly on the first Friday of each month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The storytelling guild is free and open to the public. Seasoned tellers, new tellers and listeners are always welcome; no storytelling experience necessary. WOODS members are happy to mentor those who are new to storytelling. Coffee and goodies will be available for purchase from Twice Sold Tales. For more information about WOODS, call Rob Lively at (207) 645-2982, or send an email to Visit on the web to view more storytelling activities.

Storytelling in Rangeley. Who doesn’t have a story to tell, and what better place than at The Kitchen Table to tell that story? The RFA Lakeside Theater will play host to an evening of personal storytelling on Feb. 15, beginning at 7 p.m. This multi-media event comes with dual invitations: One to those wishing to tell their tales and another to those looking to listen to others tell their tales. First, if you are possibly interested in getting up and letting the world know about that time when you were there in that place doing that thing then you should contact Tim Straub at 864-9995, or email him at The Kitchen Table is a production of the Rangeley Friends of the Arts. For their complete schedule of events, visit

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

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.


Friendship Squares Dancing Club. Invites you to two free square dancing lessons: Jan. 21 and Jan. 28 , from 6:30pm to 8:00 pm. Academy Hill School, Wilton, Maine. Our group is fun and welcoming. We meet every Tuesday night from 6:30 to 9:00 pm at the Academy Hill School in Wilton, ME. 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 caller is Mike Dusoe. He provides 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 call Marilyn and Larry Waugh, 778-6450, or the Franklin County Adult Education office, Farmington, ME 778-3460.

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.


Vegan Potluck~ third Tuesday of every month, 7-8pm. Free. 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!

On Saturday evening, Jan. 18, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., there will be a public supper, at the Harland M. Harnden, Masonic Hall, 70 Bryant Road, in East Wilton, Maine. The menu will be chicken pie, vegetables, rolls, ginger bread and whipped cream and beverages $9 for adults and $5 for those under the age of 12. For more information, you may call 778-2354.

Wednesday, January 22 at End of the Rainbow at 6:00 p.m. Tonight we are making an easy simple dessert you can make anytime, eat as much as you want because it is health for you. Come join us for $5.00 per person. For more info call 207-778-5066.

Spruce Mountain High School Nordic Ski team is having a cribbage tournament fundraiser on Thursday, Jan. 23 from 6-9 in the high school cafeteria. It is a doubles tournament, $10/adult, $5/students. To preregister or for information please contact Kerry Brenner. email: or 897-4336 ext. 418

Plants Are Best/Greater Franklin Food Council will be at the Farmer’s Market in West Farmington on January 25, 2020 from 10:00 to 1:00. We will be serving up free samples. We are giving out 8 ounce containers for a donation. Hope you will come try it.

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.

January 25, 2020, Plant-based potluck at the Industry Town Hall starting at 5:00 p.m. We will also be playing the documentary The Marshall Plan following the meal. Please bring a dish to share. For more information call Lori at 207-778-5066.

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.


The Farmington Grange #12 is again hosting the Winter Farmers Market and Welcome Center on Saturday mornings from 10 to 1pm. Free coffee and hot drinks and board games are provided by the Grange. The Grange Hall is located at 124 Bridge Street in West Farmington, which is just across the bridge from Main Street. The market will continue from November thru January. For more information, please all Bonnie Clark at 778-1416.


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: or find us on Facebook. Phone number: 645-2639.

Wilton Day Homemakers will meet on Jan. 16 at 10:00 at St Luke’s Church on High Street for our craft day. We will be making seasonal crafts for Pinewood Terrace. Anyone interested in joining us are welcome to attend.

Monday, Jan. 27, Farmington Historical Society Meeting, THIS MONTH at The Pierce House, 204 Main St. Farmington. Pot Luck 6 p.m., short meeting and program: “Local Gals Make Good—Little Known Ladies of Franklin County.” presented by Claudia Bell, FHS member. Everyone welcome.

Public Meeting. Bureau of Parks and Lands. Tumbledown Public Land/Mount Blue State Park Management Plan Scoping . The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands, will hold a public scoping meeting on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 6:00-7:30 pm at the UM Farmington Olsen Student Center, North Dining Hall B. The meeting will initiate the development of a Management Plan for over 10,500 acres of Public Reserved Land known as the Tumbledown Public Land and nearby Mount Blue State Park, which totals over 8,000 acres. The purpose of the meeting is to share information and obtain input from the public regarding their interests and ideas for the future management of these public lands. Additional opportunities to comment will be provided once a draft Plan has been written. Contact Jim Vogel, Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, 22 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333, (207) 287-2163, email at for further information.

North Chesterville Extension Homemakers will be meeting on Tuesday, January 28th at 6:30 p.m. in the Chesterville Town Office. Alison Haines will be presenting the program “Cooking with Spices and Herbs”. All meetings are free and the public is cordially invited to attend. FMI leave a message at 778-3156.

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,, or Joanne at 583-6957,

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.

St. Luke's Episcopal Church will be back in front of Life's Perks Coffee shop on Main St. in Wilton with a "Listen, Love, and Pray" table, Wednesdays from 9 to 10 am weather permitting.

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 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 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 6 pm to 7pm. 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.


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.

Main-Land Development, Inc., located in Livermore Falls, will be hosting space for a run of Financial Peace University classes starting in January. Classes will be held on Thursday nights from 6-8pm beginning on Thursday, Jan. 23 and running for nine weeks. Cost is $129.99. However, there are a few discounted memberships available on a first come, first pay basis. For more information or to sign up for the discounted membership, please email Bob Berry at Introverted? I get you. Sign up directly at Learn to control you money so it doesn't control you!

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.

Renovation CrossFit, located in Livermore Falls at 25 Cedar Street (AYS Building), will be offering a new Intro to CrossFit session. The classes are designed to teach you what to expect in a CrossFit class, teach the foundational movements, teach how to increase your fitness, and, more importantly, show you how to make a CrossFit class work for you. Classes run on Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 5:15-6pm staring on Jan. 14, 2020 and going until January 30, 2020. The cost is $79 which includes six intro classes and four "drop in" classes to be used for any regular CrossFit class once the first six classes are completed. To sign up, follow this link: For more information, email

Beginning Beekeeping Class: Interested in becoming a Maine Beekeeper?
Western Maine Beekeeping Association a chapter of Maine State Beekeepers Association is offering a Beginning Beekeeping Class. First Class Jan. 21. Registration begins at 6 p.m. Class is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes are Tuesday evenings 1/21/2020 thru April 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Course fee is $50. This includes the text, notebook and one year membership in WMBA. Location: Region 9 Technical School, Mexico. Family friendly FMI 207-578-1705

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.

January 2020 Workshops

Rumford Area Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation

Region 9 Mexico Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 2 to 4 p.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 Jan. 22, 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.