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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.


Santa is coming to the Jay Town Office on Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 12-4 p.m.

Children's Christmas Party. AMVETS Post 33 at 111 Main St in Jay, will be holding its annual children's Christmas Party on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cake walk, games, food sale, Santa arrives at noon. Open to the public. Contact info AMVETS 897-4112.

Christmas Parties. The Madrid Historical Society will be hosting two Christmas parties this December. The first party is for the children who live in Madrid/East Madrid, ages 10 and under, on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the schoolhouse on the corner of Schoolhouse Rd. and Reeds Mill Road. There will be holiday activities and games. And Santa will pay a visit! Please call Ginni at 639-2713 by Nov. 30 with the names and ages of children who will be attending. Parents are encouraged to stay, and older siblings are invited to attend as Elf Helpers. There will be lunch for all who attend. The second party is on Monday, Dec. 14, 6 p.m., same location. This party is for the adults in the community. Bring something to share for a potluck, the beverage of your choice, and a wrapped gift for the “Yankee Swap.” There is a “rain/snow” date of Thursday, Dec. 31 (New Year’s Eve).

The Chesterville Town Christmas Party will be held on Sunday, Dec. 13 at the Chesterville Town Office on the Dutch Gap Road from 2-4 p.m. There will be cookie decorating, stories, music, gifts for children to pick out for their parents, cookies, cupcakes, popcorn balls, cocoa, punch, and of course, a visit from Santa who will arrive on the fire truck. This free event is sponsored by the North Chesterville Extension Homemakers. FMI 778-3156.

Legislative Forum will be held Tuesday, Dec. 15 at the Mt. Blue Campus. The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce has invited our state legislators to discuss topics including minimum wage, Land for Maine's Future and MaineCare Expansion. There will be time allowed for audience questions and to be moderated by Paul Mills of Farmington. From 6:30 to 7 p.m. refreshments and socializing; from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the Legislative Forum.

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“Books of the Ancestors” exhibit. The University of Maine at Farmington Mantor Library and the Shiretown Bookers presents “Books of the Ancestors: Immigration and the Family Tree,” an exhibit showing the extensive resources that Farmington offers for genealogical research. The exhibit will run from December through February, in the Bookers’ display area in Mantor Library at 116 South Street in Farmington. There will be an opening reception at the exhibition on Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 5-6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

SugarWood Gallery. Friday, Dec. 4: Artist reception 5 to 8 p.m. for KiKA Nigels at SugarWood Gallery 248 Broadway, Farmington. Nigels' work will remain on exhibit and available for sale during the month of December. SugarWood Gallery is located at 248 Broadway in Farmington. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

High Peaks Artisan Guild (HPAG) is pleased to present Jeff Seaberg as featured artist of the month for December. Jeff describes his artwork as "Abstract Realism." The subjects he chooses are places or objects seen through Jeff's perspective, albeit abstracted with vibrant color and enthusiasm. Come share some light fare, punch, and spirits as you talk with the artist during first Friday ArtWalk, on Friday, Dec. 4, 5 to 8 p.m. We are located at 245 Main St. in Kingfield,

Art exhibit at the New Portland Community Library, featuring the drawings, paintings, and photographs of Allison Dubois. The show will run through the end of January. The library is open from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Saturdays and also on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 4-6 p.m. The library is located at 899 River Road in New Portland.

Show: Black Elk Speaks Revisited, by painter Nancy Norris, is now on exhibit at the Carrabassett Valley Public Library & Community Center.

New Sharon Historical Society hours have changed to Wednesday nights, 5 to 7 p.m. and by appointment 207-578-1874.

Schoolhouse Gallery is located at 266 Main Street in Kingfield Village. On display currently are other photographs by nature photographers John Orcutt and Cam Held, paintings by Valerie Aponik, as well as other art and crafts from the High Peaks region of Maine. We look forward to seeing you! For more information, please call Cynthia Orcutt at 207 939 6518, email or visit

Carrabassett Valley Exhibit. Artist Lucia Swallow will be exhibiting her paintings at the Carrabassett Valley Public Library & Community Center through December. A Wine & Cheese Reception will be held on Monday, Dec. 28 from 4:30-6. Cards and magnets will also be on sale inside the library. Please find more information here:


Open Mic Night. The next music night at the Wilson Grange in East Wilton will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Open Mic Night is held on the first and third Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and offers a relaxed and supportive atmosphere for musicians and music fans alike. Everyone is welcome! FMI contact Jim Neushwanger at 645-3388.

Dave Rowe Holiday Special. Thursday Dec. 3 – Farmington. Dave Rowe Holiday Special with Denny Breau and Phil House. A highlight of the event will be the playing of the 1904 Cole antique tracker organ. 7 p.m. At North Church 12 High Street Farmington, Me. Refreshments available before the concert and at intermission by donation. Jam session at 6:15 Tickets $15 Info: 207-778-2006 or

Improv comedians Teachers Lounge Mafia presents Stale Milk & Sour Cookies 8, for two nights of irreverent seasonal comedy, Friday, Dec. 4 and Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mt. Blue Campus Forum. All proceeds will benefit United Way of the Tri-Valley Area. Local musician Brent Laflin joins the fun. The Mt. Blue Campus Forum's doors open at 7 p.m. with showtime at 7:30 p.m. The show contains mature content. Tickets are $10 and on sale now at United Way of the Tri-Valley Area offices, 232 Broadway in Farmington. Remaining tickets will be available at the door. Advance purchase highly encouraged. For more information regarding this performance, contact Teachers Lounge Mafia on Facebook or call the United Way of the Tri-Valley Area (207) 778-5048.

Christmas Presentation. Farmington Baptist Church presents This Changes Everything! A Christmas presentation on Dec. 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 13 at 10:30 am. Admission is free. For more information please call the church office at 779-0731. Farmington Baptist Church is located at 194 Whittier Road in Farmington.

Contradance, Farmington Grange, 124 Bridge Street, West Farmington on Saturday, Dec. 12. Regular Contra with the Rackett Factory playing and Kenlyn Clark calling, 8 to 10:30 p.m. $6 adults/$5 students or $15 family max. All dances taught. Beginners are welcome. No partner necessary. FMI: 491-9928 or or

A Winter Revels at the Vienna Union Hall on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. A night of fun and community featuring local talent and comedian Randy Judkins. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children 10 and under. Get your tickets early since the show has sold out each year. For advance tickets call Marianne 293-2674, Libby 293-2362 or Dodi 293-2670 or email viennnaunionhall


Benefit Silent Auction. The UMF Classified Employee Scholarship Committee will be holding a Silent Auction at Olsen Student Center North Dining Hall B & C on Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring a wide variety of items, including, Handcrafted items, Gift Baskets, Homemade food items, Books, gift cards, a 50/50 raffle and much more. For questions or further information you may contact Rebecca Houle at 778-7590 or Sharon Barker at 778-7250.

Spaghetti Benefit Supper will be held on Thursday, Dec. 3, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at W.G Mallett School, 16 Middle Street, Farmington. The Early Childhood Club at the University of Maine at Farmington is hosting a benefit supper to support a family in the area who has recently lost their home to a house fire. Donations will be collected at the door, and child supervision is available throughout the evening. Suggested donation items include: size 3T and 5T child clothing, non-perishable food items, size small women's clothing, toys, and children's books. We hope to see you there!

Holiday Craft & Bake Sale on Dec. 4(Fri) by Franklin Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. 8 am until sold out. All Proceeds benefit technology and Programs at the hospital. Visit Hospital Gift Shop for Holiday Shopping. Gourmet Chocolates available. Happy Holidays to All!

Public Breakfast. The Kingfield United Methodist Church will be hosting a public Breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 5. Menu to include: scrambled eggs, homefries, bacon, sausage, pancakes, french toast, sausage gravy over biscuit, coffee, tea, assorted juices. Serving from 7:30- 10 a.m. Adults $5, Children $3. A family rate is available. All proceeds to benefit church programs.

Chester Greenwood Day Luncheon, Cookie Walk and White Elephant Sale will be held at the Henderson Memorial Baptist Church on Academy Street in Farmington on Saturday, Dec. 5. Walk and sale begin at 8 a.m.; luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Beef stew, fish chowder, French onion soup, home made bread, beverages, gingerbread with whipped cream. $7.

Parade of Trees. The Rangeley Rotary and Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring the annual Parade of Trees on Saturday, Dec. 5 at Saddleback Mountain. Ticket prices are $30 per person in advance and $35 at the door. Ticket price includes dinner and the event. Tickets are available from a Rotarian, a Chamber director or at the Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce at 6 Park Road in Rangeley. Trees will be delivered on Dec. 6 to successful bidders. For more information, visit

Fund Raising Auction. The Shiretown Riders Snowmobile Club of Farmington and Temple will be holding a fund raising auction on Sunday, Dec. 6, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Temple Town Hall. Over 150 new items retail valued at about $10,000, all donated by local merchants will be up for auction. Proceeds will benefit winter trail maintenance. There will be light refreshments available. For more information contact Joe LaBelle at 491-0994 or Debbie Durrell at 778-6553.

Supper. December 12, 2015 Public Supper at Trinity United Methodist Church. 4:30 to 6:00 PM Baked beans and casserole supper. The prices are $7 for adults and $3.50 for children 12 and 17, 12 and under are free. For more information call Trinity United Methodist Church at 778-3921.

Public Ham Dinner at the Masonic Lodge Hall in New Sharon on Dec. 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Adults $8, Children under 6 free. Take-out available. Benefits the Building Fund.

First Annual Family Christmas Dinner: a free community event being held on Christmas Day, Dec. 25 at the Chesterville Town Hall, located at 409 Dutch Gap Road, in Chesterville. Hours are 12-3 p.m. All are welcome to attend. We are serving a traditional Christmas meal consisting of ham, squash, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, rolls, and of course, pies! Serving will be family style. Hot meals will be delivered to those who are home bound. Call Arleen at Knowlton Corner Farm, (207) 778-6520 to reserve a meal for delivery within the SAD 9 area. Free transportation will be arranged for those who might otherwise be unable to attend. This dinner is for anyone who is alone on Christmas; anyone who cannot do a meal; or for those who just want to be with a wonderful group of people. Santa will be visiting us for dinner as well. Guests may make reservations by calling Arleen.Hope to see you there!

Tyngtown Club's Winter Fundraiser: Great gift idea, a 12-month Photo Calendar featuring photos of Wilson Lake on sale now for $15. Calendars may be purchased at: Wilson Lake Inn office – Open daily 7 a.m.– 10 p.m.; Ray Ray’s Café - Open Tue.-Thurs.: 6 am-3 pm, Fri. 6-8 pm, Sat-Sun: 7 am-; Wilton Free Public Library – Tues.: 10 – 5, Wed. 12 – 7, Thurs. 10 – 7, Fri. 10 Sat. 10 – 1 and at the town office. Benefits the club's charitable activities.

The Dead River Area Historical Society’s pictorial 2016 calendars are now available. You can find them for sale at Pine’s Market, and Fotter’s Market, and while you are there browse around if they don’t have it you don’t need it. You can also purchase them through the mail for $6 plus $2 for postage for each calendar. Send to: Dead River Area Historical Society, PO Box 15, Stratton, ME 04982. There are many pictorial calendars left from previous years for sale at $2.50 each. You can also order a cook book ($6 each or two for $10) from the same address as the calendars. For more information call Mary Henderson at: 246-2271.

Each year Safe Voices sponsors the Feed a Family program for Thanksgiving and the Adopt a Family program for Christmas. These programs match donors with a family affected by domestic violence, and help make the holiday special for families who are struggling financially and wouldn’t otherwise be able to provide a holiday meal or gifts. Donors are needed for both these programs; individuals, businesses and community organizations are all welcome. To get more information or to sign up, please contact Steve at Safe Voices, 795-6744 ext. 10 or

Coat Closet at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Wilton continues. Each fall, St. Luke's stocks a coat closet with free, dry cleaned, gently used coats/jackets. Jackets for adults and children (including some snow suits) are available through the first of the year. Salvation Army has given the church another shipment. The church is open most mornings after 9 a.m., however, we recommend you call ahead to 645-2639 to be sure someone is here. Please enter through the back door by the parking lot. St. Luke's is located at 59 High St in Wilton at the corner of High and School streets.

Benefit Calendars. Local photographer Alana Ranney of Alana's Fine Art Photography located in Strong is selling calendars and donating $5 per calendar sold to the Franklin County Animal Shelter. The cost per calendar is only $22 each. To order by mail you can send a check before December 1st to Alana's Fine Art Photography, PO Box 24, Strong, ME, 04983. For more information


Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4 at Sandy River Center, 119 Livermore Falls Road, Farmington. We will have a 50/50 raffle, bake sale and Lunch can be purchased. Contact Melissa Malone at 778-6591.

The Annual Christmas Crafts Fair sponsored by the Franklin County Arts and Crafts Association will be held Saturday, Dec. 5, at the University of Maine at Farmington Student Center. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with free admission. Table space available; please call 778-6967 or 778-5285 for more information.

Annual Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mercer Community Club. Join us for crafts, food and more. Sponsored by the Mercer United Methodist Church.

Winter Farmers Market. Farmington Grange 12 is hosting the Winter Farmers' Market at the Grange hall in West Farmington on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fifteen or more local producers will offer everything from bread, meats, cheese, pies, cookies, vegetables, herbs, soaps, yarn and more. A special holiday market will be offered the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and Christmas, instead of the Saturday after. The Grange Hall is located at 124 Bridge Street in West Farmington, just across the bridge from main street. Shoppers should watch for the signs. For questions, please call Bonnie Clark 778-6637.

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Kineowatha’s Artisan, Craft, Antiques & Collectibles Show to be held on June 25, 2016 from 9am-5pm. Looking for vendors, artists, antique collectors, and vintage savvy booths. $50 a roomy 10’X10’ section. There will be advertising in the form of Radio, paper, internet ads, & social media. This is a rain or shine event so it is a guaranteed day. No last minute adjustments. Also looking for food trucks, self sufficient food carts, trailer etc. there will be no electricity provided. Food vendors will be charged a flat rate of $80 instead of by the front square footage. All requests for an application can be handled thru, Hart’s Event Planning on Facebook, or contact 207-860-0032 Contact person: Alicia Hart.


Meeting. New Sharon Snow Riders welcomes all snowmobilers in the surrounding area to join us at our next meeting 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3 at the New Sharon Town Office. We will be discussing trail maintenance and organizing a club ride in January or February. If you should have any questions, we can be reached at - Think Snow!

Local Work Group meeting. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), in cooperation with the Franklin County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD), invites all local residents with an interest in conservation practices on private agricultural lands and woodlands to participate in a Local Work Group meeting on Dec. 7. The Local Work Group provides input for the USDA-NRCS to consider while making decisions based on natural resource concerns. Allocation of local funds for the implementation of conservation programs under the 2014 Farm Bill will come from these decisions. The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. at the Farmington Municipal Building, 153 Farmington Falls Road. If you plan to attend, or need accommodations to attend, or for more information, please contact the Farmington NRCS office by Dec. 2 at 778-4767 x 105 or e mail

Evening Vespers Wednesdays in Advent. St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Wilton, in addition to its regular 9:30 a.m. Sunday services, will hold 6 p.m. vespers each Wednesday in Advent (Dec 2, 9, 16, 23). These candlelight services will last about 30 minutes and will be an opportunity for prayer and quiet reflection during the busy holiday season. St. Luke's is open to all. We are conveniently located at 59 High St. (corner of High and School Streets) in Wilton. FMI: 645-2639.

Community Service of Compassion. Fairbanks Union Church is hosting a special "Community Service of Compassion and Hope in the Christmas Season" on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. The Christmas season is a joyful time for many people, but for those who have lost a loved one, or who are struggling with the emotions that the Christmas season can evoke, this can be a difficult time of the year. This service will provide music, song and prayer in support of those experiencing loss. A candle-lighting ceremony will be part of the service as well as special music. Rev. Douglas Dunlap, Rev. Gayle Holden and Rev. David Smith will be leading the service. The Fairbanks Union Church, 583 Fairbanks Road, Farmington ME 04938, is located three miles north of downtown Farmington, on Route 4, and is handicap accessible. All are welcome to attend. For more information please call 779-1785 and leave a message and someone will return your call.

There is an 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.


Nail & String Art Workshop Crafty ME! Come out and join us for a fun night of making a ready to hang wall art piece. $25, all supplies provided on Thursday Dec. 10, from 6-8 p.m. at Upcountry Artists’ Gallery & Learning Center, 161 Main St., Downtown Farmington. Please rsvp to or 207-860-2618 to sign up.

Hands-on classes offered Dec. 13 & 20, from 1-3 p.m. in Farmington. Learn the basics in chocolate-making with Pam, "the chocolate lady" and take home all delicious items you create (approx.2 pounds!). $40 per person. Six people minimum needed to hold workshop. Fun for family or friends. FMI call/text 578-2055 or email to: Reserve your space Today.

Free Rapid Tax Course. Liberty Tax Service in Farmington is hosting a Tuition Free Rapid Tax Course! The course will take place Dec. 14 through Dec. 18, with a class time of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. During the course, students will learn how to prepare individual tax returns as well as tax preparation for small businesses. The class is free to the public with employment opportunities available upon completion. The class will be held at the Liberty Tax office located at 586 Wilton Rd. in Farmington. Anyone interested in attending can call Liberty Tax at 207-613-0500 or email to register.

Beginners Beekeeping Class. Western Maine Beekeepers Association, a Chapter of Maine State Beekeepers Association will be holding a beginners beekeeping class. Instructor EAS Certified Master Beekeeper: Carol Cottrill. First class Wednesday evening, Jan. 20, 2016. Registration is from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Region 9 Adult Learning Center
377 River Road Mexico, Maine. Eleven weekly classes on Wednesday evenings , 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Class fee $40 includes the textbook and a one-year membership in Western Maine Beekeepers Association FMI: E-mail or call (207) 364-0917.

Mount Blue Music Together. As a parent, you want to expose your child to quality programs that help your child learn and grow. At Mount Blue Music Together family classes, grownups experience movement and music along with their preschool child in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Carla Miller is the director and teacher at Mount Blue Music Together. She is now accepting registrations for enrollment in classes in the Farmington area. With over 38 years experience teaching and caring for young children, she brings her love of music and her commitment to appropriate activities to help your little one develop basic music competency. Music making at home is made easier by the CD, songbook and parent education materials included in the cost of tuition. Call Miller for more information at 207-778-9983.

Wilton CareerCenter. For those who are looking to make a change in careers or get a new job, the Wilton CareerCenter will be offering a variety of programs for job seekers in December. All workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 645-5800.

GATEway to Employment: Wednesdays, Dec. 2 and 16, 9 a.m. to noon. This workshop offers an overview of basic information on resumes; interviews and job search skills as well as CareerCenter and community resources available during a job search—learn how the CareerCenter can help!

Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation: Thursday, Dec. 3, 9 to 10:30 a.m. This orientation is for people with disabilities, who are considering Vocational Rehabilitation services. Registration is not required.

“Employer Expectations” workshops, facilitated by Barclaycard US, on Thursday, Dec. 10, from 9 to 11 a.m. and again at 5 to 7 p.m. This is not a recruitment effort for Barclaycard US. This workshop is for people applying for all different types of jobs. The following topics will be covered: Preparing for a New Job: Company Research, Values Alignment, Job Fit, O*Net and Planning your goals; Creating a Great Resume: Content, Verbiage, Style and Editing; Preparing For Your Interview: Understanding common interview questions, Interview mistakes, How to answer questions and map answers to your role, Practice interviews/mock interviews, Dress for Success, Preparing for non-verbals and Common sense reminders. Individual follow-ups may occur for Resume Critique as requested. Slots are limited; please call the Wilton CareerCenter at 645-5800 to RSVP.

Essentials of College Planning for Adults: Thursday, Dec. 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Covers the basic steps for successful college enrollment: learn about college and trade schools, entrance requirements, readiness and transitional issues of adult students, admissions procedures and financial aid. Review a typical admissions application, request admissions materials and financial aid information from prospective colleges and complete the financial aid form. To register, call 1-800-281-3703. Bring last year’s income tax forms to the appointment.

Resumes and Interview Skills: Call for Schedule. An in-depth exploration of the job search, resumes, applications and interviews. Learn how to stand out positively by marketing yourself—in person and on paper—in a way that directly matches employer needs. “Tough” interview questions will be discussed so that you can answer them with confidence. Call us at 645-5800 to check our schedule of dates and times and schedule a workshop.

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

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O*Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge.

Call 645-5800 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for additional information and to register for workshops held at the CareerCenter. The CareerCenter, located at 865 U.S. Rt. 2E Wilton, is open 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information is available on the CareerCenter website here.

Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.