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Event listing items can be submitted to us at editor@dailybulldog.com. 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.

SPECIAL EVENTS & NOTICES

The annual Career Fair at the University of Maine at Farmington will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 4, in the Olsen Student Center corridor, located on South Street in Farmington. The event is hosted by UMF's Career Services and is free and open to the public. An annual event for over 15 years, this year’s spring job fair features recruiting representatives from more than 40 businesses, non-profit and government organizations, summer camps and learning centers. Representatives will be on campus to hire for full-time and part-time career positions, seasonal jobs and internships. Businesses represented will include those focusing on technology, community and mental health programs, education, media and marketing, recreation sports, hospitality services, summer camps and more. Registration is not required by job seekers. In the event of cancellation due to inclement weather, the fair will take place on Friday, March 6. To see a full list of participating employers and for more information, visit the UMF Career Services website at http://careers.umf.maine.edu/job-fairs-and-career-events/umf-spring-job-fair/.

On Saturday March 7th, Tractor Supply in Wilton will be hosting a vaccination clinic from 10am through 11:30am with the Maine Woods Mobile Vet. She will be offering Rabies vaccinations for $15, canine distemper for $25, feline distemper for $19, and Lyme for $30. This is the perfect time to get your pets ready for spring! If you have any questions, please call Sarah at Tractor Supply, 778-5900.

Public Pruning Session. On Thursday, March 5, LEAP will host and event “pruning wild apple trees” at our Stone Soup Gardens location, 482 Farmington Falls Road. Please join us at 2 p.m., snowshoes highly recommended. FMI contact Darryl Wood at 491-5983.

Saturday March 7 Dummy Downhill at Titcomb Mt! Get you dummies ready! Judging of the dummies will start at 1 p.m. in front of the Ski Lodge. The competition will begin immediately after the judging.The dummies will be judged in the following categories: originality or most creative, best workmanship, fastest time, longest distance, most spectacular crash, and overall winner. We will also have a second event for the dummies. Any dummies that survive the first run may be entered in a jump competition. Prizes for the jump competition will be given for the longest jump and the most spectacular crash. Dummy Requirements: Entry Fee - $5 per dummy, dummies must be a minimum of two feet in height, weight can not exceed 75 pounds, entrants are responsible for clean-up and disposal of dummies, no-pyrotechnics are allowed. Materials – A wide range of materials are acceptable to build your dummy. Materials of great weight should not be used. Below is a partial list of acceptable materials: Wood, Plastic, Paper Mache, Paper, Styrofoam, Metal Fasteners.

The Strong School Public Speaking contest will be held at 7:00PM on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. The top three speakers from this event will advance to the Regional Public Speaking Contest that will be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

UMF Kids Night Out: The UMF Health Club is hosting a kids night out on March 13th from 6pm-9pm at the North Dining Hall at UMF. There will be snacks, activities, and a movie option for the kids. The activities will include gym class like games. Event is by donation. Children must be potty trained to attend. For more information please contact Tricia Tzikas at tricia.tzikas@maine.edu.

Calling all teens, we have just the ticket to cure your winter blahs! Rooted Youth and Americorps are partnering with Emmanuel Assembly of God to provide a free movie night! (*EAG is kindly providing the venue but this is not a church event). Our last movie night was a big success and we want to do it again! We will have: Games, snacks and a showing of the hit movie "The Giver!" Come on down to movie night and bring your friends. This event is just the ticket to cure your winter blues! When: Saturday, March 14 at 5:30pm. Where: Emmanuel Assembly of God (on Shuy Corner, where Route 133 and Route 17 meet). For more information contact Rooted Youth at 578-0894 or rooted.youth.maine@gmail.com and please like us on facebook!

The Western Mountains Baptist Church on Route 27 in New Portland will be hosting their 3rd annual Sliding Party on March 14th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join children and “their adults” on Gilmore Hill for some fast and furious sledding. There will be folks on snowmobiles to haul you back up the hill. After sliding, families are invited to go to the church to get warmed up by cooking hotdogs and marshmallows on an open fire. There will be plenty of goodies to eat and lots of hot chocolate. Be sure to dress warm. For more information call Kathy at 265-4651 or Pastor Tom at the church at 265-2557.

Celebrate the arrival of spring with the first annual Equinox 5K run/walk race on Saturday, March 21. The race begins and ends at Old South First Congregational Church, 235 Main Street, Farmington. Registration opens at 9:30 am and the race begins at 11:00 am. Delicious homemade prizes for winners in each category. Please consider donating a package of men's socks, which we will distribute to homeless individuals in Boston as part of our annual work with CityReach. The entrance fee is $15, which will also be used to help support this mission trip. Sponsored by Old South Youth Groups. For more information, please contact Jodie Gunther at Jodie@FarmingtonUCC.org

UMF Tint Sprint 5K Run/Walk: April 25. Registration is at 10 a.m., Kids Fun Run is at 10:45, Race Time is 11:45. This fun 5k is starting at the UMF FRC and goes the Turkey Trot route, but with an added bonus-- Color! Wear your white shirts, have lots of fun, and end the race/walk colorful with great new memories! First 50 Sign-ups will receive a free white 2015 Tint Sprint T-Shirt! Proceeds benefits UMF Health Club. For more information or to sign up for the event contact Tricia Tzikas at Tricia.tzikas@maine.edu.

EXHIBITS, READINGS & SHOWS

Kingfield Friday Artwalk March 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. All venues are free and open to the public. Kendrick Charles will be driving his horse and sleigh throughout the village, stopping at each of our 12 participating businesses, many of whom provide free refreshments and drinks.

Film Screening. The Rangeley Friends of the Arts will be presenting movies in the month of March at the Lakeside Theater on Main Street in Rangeley. Shows at 4 & 7 p.m. Armageddon, directed by Michael Bay and starring Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler will show on March 7. (PG-13)

Photo Fridays. New to the Schoolhouse Art Gallery this winter, Photo Fridays is a series of presentations, covering various photographic topics, aimed at discussing our work with others. Photo Fridays are free of charge and start at 7 p.m., on the next following Fridays: March 13, April 10. Light appetizers and refreshments available.

Film Screening. The Rangeley Friends of the Arts will be presenting movies in the month of March at the Lakeside Theater on Main Street in Rangeley. Shows at 4 & 7 p.m. Evan Almighty, starring Steve Carell and Morgan Freeman, will show on March 21. (PG)

Transcendence: Beyond the Ordinary, a multimedia art exhibit, Emery Community Arts Center, University of Maine at Farmington, to March 22. Free and open to the public seven days a week, 11 a.m. to 6 pm.

Schoolhouse Gallery new exhibit titled, “Fresh Snow and River Smoke” features the most recent nature photography of John Orcutt and Cam Held. These images showcase the subtle color and ethereal beauty that only this winter season can offer; from early morning steam rising off the Carrabassett River on a -20 degree day to a fresh dusting of snow blanketing evergreen boughs deep in a Maine forest. At Schoolhouse Gallery, located at 266 Main Street in Kingfield Village through April. Also 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 corcutt86@gmail.com or visit www.schoolhouseartgallery.com.

On Exhibit. Photographer Betsy Bass's work is on exhibit at the Carrabassett Valley Library & Community Center. For those interested in finding out more about her work, she can be emailed at betsybass52@gmail.com.

SugarWood Gallery is located at 248 Broadway in Farmington. The gallery is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Somewhere Here: Visions from Chinese and Taiwanese Artists in Maine tells the migration stories of seven incredible artists. Although they share similar paths, the exhibition highlights the individuality of each artist’s experience. The featured artists are: Ni Rong, Brian Chu, Yuan Zuo, Nanfei Wang, Lihua Lei, Shiao-Ping Wang, and Ling-Wen Tsai. Curated by Colby College students, the exhibition will be on view at the Common Street Arts Gallery to March 14. The Gallery is open Wed.-Sat. 12-6pm; it is located at 16 Common Street, Waterville. For more information call: 207.872.ARTS.

The Farmington Public Library and Literacy Volunteers of Franklin and Somerset counties will be hosting a poetry contest in honor of Shakespeare’s 451st birthday on April 23. Each poet may submit up to three poems, none of which may be more than 60 lines in length, to the library. Poems should include contact information and the age category on the back. There are three age categories: under 16 years of age, 16 to 25, and older than 25 years of age. The deadline for submissions is March 30. Winners will be announced on April 17. Three prizes will be available for each category. The first prize is $50, the second prize is $25 and the third prize is a $20 gift certificate to the LVFSC book sale. All are welcome to join us for the public reading of the winning poems on April 23.

MUSIC, DANCE, DRAMA & COMEDY

Fiddler. Thursday, March 5 – Farmington. Current reigning Scottish and Canadian Maritime fiddle Champion 7 p.m. at North Church, 12 High Street, Farmington. Pie and refreshments available before the concert and at intermission. Jam session led by Cynthia Phinney at 6:15 Concert tickets are $15.00 Info: 207-778-2006 or www.necelticarts.com.

Father Daughter Dances. The Franklin County Children’s Task Force will be holding two simultaneous Father Daughter dances again this year on Saturday, March 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. One dance will take place at the Jay Middle School gymnasium, and the other will take place at the Phillips Elementary School. Advance tickets at Calico Patch in Farmington, The Flower Barn in Jay, Edmunds' in Phillips or The White Elephant in Strong. One ticket covers both Father and his daughter(s), music put on by DJs Chelsea Hutchinson and Chris Keith. Tickets $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Fathers and their daughters are encouraged to come and dance the night away, enjoy give-away prizes and each other's company. For more information please contact the Franklin County Children’s Task Force at 778-6960 or stop by our office at 113 Church Street in Farmington.

Sparrows Nest Theater at 1114 West Mills Rd. Industry Maine announces auditions for the play "Henry and Ramona". Based on the beloved children's books by Beverly Cleary, "Henry and Ramona" has parts for 2 men, 2 women, 7-8 boys ages 10-13, and 3-5 girls ages 5-13. Auditions will be held March 7 and 8 from 2-4 at the Starks Community Center and March 14 and 15 from 2-4 at Sparrows Nest Theater. Performance dates for this show are April 30-May 3. For more information call Diane Leeman at 696-4323 or email at dleeman@msad54.org.

Saturday, March 14. Contradance, Farmington Grange, Bridge Street, West Farmington. No family dance this month. Regular Contra with the Racket Factory playing and Kim Roberts calling, 8:00-10:30pm. $6adults/$5students or $15 family max. All dances taught. Beginners are welcome. No partner necessary. FMI, 491-9928 or <dance@starleft.org> or www.starleft.org

Melt the Snow Ball II on Saturday, March 14, from 7 to 11 p.m. at UMF's North Dining Hall. A fun rocking dance with the Burnin’ Band. Help us dance the snow away. Snacks Provided, Cash Bar $8 in advance; $10 at the door. All proceeds to benefit the restoration and programming of the Vienna Union Hall. For advance tickets call 293-2674 or email viennaunionhall@gmail.com

St. Patrick’s Day/ Cabin Fever Dance with Matt and the Barnburners 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, March 14 at the Farmington Elks Lodge. Tickets $6 per person, available at Madore’s Market, The Elks Member Lounge or call 778-6761 to reserve a ticket. You *must* have a ticket or be on the reserve ticket list to enter! Call 778-6761 for more info.

Play. The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to present Martin McDonagh’s Tony-nominated tragicomedy “The Cripple of Inishmaan” as its spring Theatre UMF production. Performances take place at 7:30 p.m., March 19-21, and at 2 p.m., March 22, in the UMF Alumni Theater. Written in the great tradition of Irish storytelling, McDonagh’s play is woven around the true story of the making of the 1934 film, “Man of Aran.” The play tells the story of Cripple Billy, an unloved boy determined to audition for the film, and the remote island community’s comic and often insensitive reaction to his venture of hope and discovery.This Theatre UMF production is sponsored by the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry. The play contains some adult language. Tickets for the performance are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for students. Tickets are available at the time of the performance and can be reserved by calling the Theatre UMF box office at 207-778-7465.

The 13th annual Kingfield POPS will present The Bangor Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lucas Richman on June 27. Maine's own Rustic Overtones will perform both as a group and with the Orchestra; bringing a new sound to the western mountains. These acts will be complemented by other musical artists. Picnics welcome, blanket or lawn chair encouraged. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Until May 15, tickets are $20. From May 15 to gate opening, tickets are $25. Tickets for the 2015 Kingfield POPS will be $30 at the gate. Kennedy Farm, Route 142 in Kingfield. The Kingfield Art Walk, a road race, Kingfield POPS Festival of the Arts, an introductory guided mountain bike ride hosted by the Carrabassett Valley chapter of NEMBA and other family-friendly activities round out the celebration of music and art. See kingfieldpops.com for tickets and for more information.

BENEFIT FEASTS, AUCTIONS & OTHER EVENTS

Free Loaves & Fish Lunch. Every Wednesday. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Starting March 4, to March 25. Trinity United Methodist Church on Farmington Falls Road in Farmington, ME.All are welcome. Check for school cancellations. NO school No Luncheon. Further Information call 778-4429.

Public New England Boiled Dinner will be held on Saturday, March 7 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Henderson Memorial Baptist Church, Academy Street in Farmington. Beef, vegetables, homemade bread, pies and beverages. $8. All are welcome!

Mt. Blue Music Boosters 4th Annual Dinner Cabaret on March 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Calzolaio Pasta Co. Tickets: $25/person. Buffet Includes: Plated Salad - Pasta buffet w/penne & marinara, garlic & butter sauces, meatballs & sausage -garlic bread w/oil & spices - Cheesecake w/ strawberry sauce. Note: A cash bar will be available. Entertainment: Thaddeus Gunther: piano & accordian. Talisker: celtic vocals. Foothills Jazz Quartet Tickets available at: DDG Booksellers - Farmington and The Wilton Public Library - Wilton. This event is one of our largest fund raisers. The proceeds from the Cabaret go to benefit our scholarship program that the Music Boosters award to students to attend music camps or take private music lessons in the summer. The Music Boosters support the music program for K-12 students in our school district. The Boosters help provide music, concerts, masters classes, instrument repairs, equipment and other needs as they arise. The Music Boosters are very proud to be part of such a wonderful music program. Please come out and support The Music Boosters as we continue to help provide for our school districts amazing music program. Last year this event raised $1,300! For more information contact Debbie Seeley at 491-8503.

The Kingfield United Methodist Church, 51 High Street, Kingfield, will be hosting a public breakfast on March 7. Serving from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00a.m. Menu to include: Pancakes, French Toast, Bacon, Sausage, Homefries, Scrambled Eggs, Sauasage Gravy w/ Biscuit, Muffins, Coffee, Tea, Assorted Juice. Adults: $5, Children: $ 3, Family Rate is available. All proceeds to benefit church programs.

On March 8, at the Western Mountains Baptist Church, there will be a Potluck Lunch right after church. Bring your favorite Mexican food dish to share with some “amigos”. If Mexican food is not anything you enjoy, please feel free to bring a dish more appealing to your taste. Potlucks are a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a meal together, spend time with family and friends and to meet new friends. For more information, please call Pastor Tom at the church, 265-2557 or email: westernmountainbaptist@tds.net.

Pork Roast Dinner at Franklin Masonic Lodge of New Sharon on Sunday, March 8 from 11:30 to 1:00. Served with potato, vegetables, applesauce, rolls and homemade pie. Take out available. Adults-$8, age 6-12 is $6 and under 6 free. To benefit the Building Fund

Bake Sale sponsored by the North Chesterville Extension Homemakers will be held on March 9 at the Chesterville Town Office for the benefit of the town kitchen fund from noon to 4 p.m.

The annual mitten basketball game will be held between the Phillips and Strong 8th grade students at the Strong School beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11. There will be a bake sale auction of homemade goodies during half time. All proceeds from the evening will be split between the two classes. Please come have some fun and support the two classes.

Souper Supper. The Chesterville Grange will be holding a public "souper" supper on Friday, March 13, serving between 5 and 6:30 p.m. Homemade soups, chowders, and dessert. Adult, $5; Child, $2.50. FMI 778-2282 or 778-5845.

Bake Sale: Friday, March 13 at Otis Credit Union in Jay 9am to 5pm. Fundraiser for Relay for Life. Team: Friends for the Fight. FMI call Crystal 578-0296.

Jobs for Maine's Graduates is hosting the Harlem Superstars at Spruce Mountain High School Friday, March 13, at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale in advance at all Spruce Mountain District school offices for $7, and will be available at the door for $8. The Harlem Superstars will be challenged by the Spruce Mountain Dream Team, composed of school staff and faculty. This is a fun filled evening for all ages; young people especially enjoy participating in the half-time show.

Public Supper at Trinity United Methodist Church 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 14. Baked Beans Casserole supper. $7 adults, children under 12 $3.50. For more information call Trinity United Methodist Church at 778-3921.

Farmington Emblem Club 460 will be offering Basket Bingo on Sunday, March 15. Longaberger baskets will be the prizes at the event, to be held at the Farmington Elks Lodge. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and bingo starts at 1. Lunch and refreshments will be available. Raffles shall be held. Tickets available from Shannon at 778-4726 or any Emblem Club member. Come early if in a group of four or more, and planning to sit together.

Hay, Hay! Auction To Benefit Education Programs. Franklin County Soil & Water Conservation District will hold a public auction at WG Mallett School on Middle Street in Farmington on Friday, March 20. ** Note the date was changed from March 27 to March 20. Doors open at 5:15 pm with the bidding commencing at 6 pm. Jeff Harris will start the auction at 6 p.m. Anyone who registers for a bid number by March 18th will have a chance to win the door prize. An up to date auction list will be available at the USDA Service Center at 107 Park St in Farmington starting Monday, March 23rd. Pre-register for a bid# and get a ticket for the free special drawing (must be present to win). Stop by the office or call 778-4279 for more information.

Town Meeting Public Supper, Chesterville Town Hall, Monday, March 23, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. The Chesterville Heritage Society will host its annual pre-meeting supper of lasagna, American chop suey, baked beans, garlic bread, cole slaw, drinks, and assorted bars for dessert. $6.00 for this sumptuous feast and the opportunity to see old friends and make new ones. Attendance at Town Meeting admired but not required! FMI call Greg Soule, 897-4907.

Tainter/Simoneau’s fight for a Cure is hosting Cabin Fever Reliever Dance at the Jay Amvets on March 28 from 8-midnight. Music is by Crash Road Band. Tickets: In advance $25/couple and $15/single. At the door $30/couple and $20/single. For tickets please call: Leslie 897-6808, Tina 897-5533, Lisa 592-5006 or Brittany 897-8611. Proceeds are going to Brain Cancer Awareness

Come join the Big Brothers Big Sisters annual fundraiser Bowl For Kids’ Sake on May 2 at Moose Alley in Rangeley and May 9 at Meadow Lanes in Wilton. Enjoy bowling? Want to start a team? Visit www.firstgiving.com/ccibfks to start a team and fundraising today!

The Hospice House 5K & Remembrance Walk. Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice has set the dates for its largest fundraising event of the year: The Hospice House 5K & Remembrance Walk. The events will take place on May 3 starting at the Franklin County Courthouse on Main Street in Farmington, and on May 17 starting at Central Maine Community College in Auburn. The Hospice House Planning Committee hopes to make the 2015 event bigger and better than ever and is already well underway in preparations for the event. For details on the event, start times, location information and to register visit hhrunwalk.org or call 207-795-9469.

CRAFT FAIRS, YARD SALES & FARMERS' MARKETS

Sandy River Center will be holding a craft fair and raffle on Friday, March 13 from 9:00am-3:00pm. The address is 119 Livermore Falls Road, Farmington. Please contact the activities department if you have any questions. 207-778-6591.

The Farmington Winter Farmers' Market will host a Fiber Spinning Meet every second Saturday of the month this winter at the Farmington Grange Hall. Spinners and knitters, of all levels, are encouraged to bring their spinning wheels and needles to the market for some productive social time. It will be a good time to get some help and learn some new skills. The market hours are Saturdays 9 to noon, at the Farmington Grange Hall, 124 Bridge Street in West Farmington. The meet is free to participants, unless they wish to sell something. Refreshments will be available. The market master is Bonnie Clark, 778-6637.

Western Maine Market, Franklin County’s online Farmers’ Market, runs year-round and offers free delivery in downtown Farmington and Strong. Other WMM pick-up locations for Friday and/or Saturday include Avon, Kingfield, Rangeley, Rumford, Stratton, and East Wilton. Check the website for additional new locations. The website for Friday and Saturday is www.WesternMaineMarket.com. Contact Deborah Chadbourne, 1-(857)-225-1199, info@westernmainemarket.com.

MEETINGS & GATHERINGS

Free Spirit Drum Circle starting up again. Free Spirit is an open drum circle which means everyone is invited, from the novice to the know-it-all. Come be free to create. Djembe, conga, dundumba, cow bell, triangle, bring whatever strikes a beat and have fun. But make sure you bring a coat and hat; the Free Spirit garage is still quite cold. Coffee, tea, and small treats are always in great supply. Bring a pal. 207-652-2385. 2228 New Vineyard Road/Route 27 in New Vineyard. $2 donation or a can of food for the food closet. See you there on 1st Wednesday night of each month (March 4) at 5pm-630pm. Be Free and Create.

SeniorsPlus will be at the Wilton Free Public Library on March 4, from 1 pm to 4 pm. We will be on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have about services and resources for older adults and adults with disabilities and their families. All events are free and open to the public. For further information and to make an appointment, call SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241.

March 5 Contemplative Worship at Rangeley Congregational. RCC’s monthly Thursday evening Contemplative Worship is at 7 p.m. in the Barn on March 5. The church’s hope is that this worship opportunity will serve our wider Rangeley community as well as our congregation. This quieter, more meditative worship includes music from Taize offered on guitar and mandolin by Derek Wendelken and Tim Wallace; readings; prayer with candlelight; and silence. Our theme on March 5th is “Journeys.” All are welcome!

Fiber Arts Group. Join the group at Wilton Free Public Library every first Friday of the month (next March 6 at 10 a.m. to noon). We encourage anyone to bring your hand-work, such as rug hooking, tatting, embroidery, crochet, knitting. Any questions call Glenda 207-645-0909 or contact Heidi at heidiwilde.1@gmail.com

Alzheimer’s Association-Caregiver Support Group meets at the Franklin Memorial Hospital, the third Wednesday of each month, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. For more information call 800-272-3900.

The Farmington Warming Center is open on Tuesdays in March 2015. Hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and everyone is invited. St. Joseph’s Church, 133 Middle St. 778-2778. Open next: March 10, 17, 24, 31. If schools are closed because of weather, the Warming Center will be canceled, too. If any further questions, please call 778-2163.

The Franklin County Extension Homemaker programs for the month of March: Weld 10:30 a.m. on March 10 at Town Office Meeting Room for Italy. FMI call 585-2545.Neighborhood 1:30 p.m. on March 11 at Trinity Methodist Church for Flower arranging to be presented by person from the Flower Barn in Jay. FMI call 778-4517. Wilton Day 10 a.m. on March 12 at St Luke‘s Church for Cooking for one. FMI call 645-2423 Craft Day March 19 dish clothes and pot holders. Clearwater 7 p.m. on March 12 at Shorey Chapel for Safety program. FMI call 778-9089. Strong Learning and Sharing 10 a.m. on March 24 at the Methodist Parish House for Cookies. FMI call 684-4538. Kingfield 11 a.m. on March 26 at Webster Hall for TBA. FMI call 684-5579. The public is more then welcome to join us at any of our meetings or community service projects. Franklin County Extension Homemakers do educational programs, learning new things, have fun & enjoy food, friendship. We learn leadership skills. We welcome new members and have day and evening meetings. We also do one or two Community Service projects a year. In partnership with the University of Maine cooperative Extension.

SeniorsPlus is holding a Caregiver Support Group at The Rangeley Town Office. The group will meet the second Thursday of each month, from 2 to 3:30pm – the next one will be held on March 12. This support group is for caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s or other forms of Dementia. This is a wonderful chance to connect with others, share experiences, gain information, support and a friendly ear. You do not have to pre-register to attend the support group. This opportunity is FREE and open to the public. For further information, call SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241.

Democrat Party's St. Patrick’s Day Pancake Breakfast on Saturday March 14, from 8 am to 10:30 am. This year, in keeping with a rotational schedule with the Democratic Committees in Wilton and Jay, the breakfast will be held at the Fairbanks School on the Fairbanks Road, Farmington. Open to the public. Cost of breakfast: $3/children (under the age of 10); $6/adult; $15/family. For further information, contact Yvette Robinson at 778-5228

Brent Laflin will be the featured speaker at the next Mt. Blue Area Garden Club meeting on March 17, to be held at the Trinity United Methodist Church on the Farmington Falls Rd. Members and guests will meet at 6:00 p.m. for a half-hour social gathering. At 6:30 Brent Laflin will be teaching the art of constructing a garden trellis using simple and cost effective materials. Hostesses for this meeting will be Mary Green, Janet O'Neil, and Karen Clary who will be offering desserts and a beverage. Public is cordially invited to attend. FMI please call 645-2067.

The monthly meeting of the WOODS (Western Order of Dedicated Storytellers) Storytelling Guild will be held on Thursday, March 19 from 7:00-8:30 at the Farmington Public Library, Academy St. Farmington, ME. All who are interested in storytelling are invited. Telling is optional.

Livermore Falls High School, Class of 1985 30th reunion planning is underway! We are seeking contact information for all classmates. Please forward your name, mailing address, phone number and email address to lfhs85@gmail.com.

SeniorsPlus is holding a Caregiver Support Group at the Farmington Town Office, the First Monday of each month, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. This is a wonderful chance to connect with others, share experiences, gain information, support and a friendly ear. You do not have to pre-register to attend the support group. This opportunity is free and open to the public. For further information, call SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241.

Farmington Area Veterans. The Veterans’ Advocate is at the Municipal Building in Farmington the first Tuesday of every month, 9 a.m. until noon.

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

Maine Savvy Caregiver 1 Training will be held 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays, March 5 to April 9 at Franklin Memorial Hospital, Chisholm Room, Farmington. SeniorsPlus sponsoring the sessions for those caring for a family member with dementia. This training will help you learn how to take care of yourself and reduce stress and also communicate more easily with your loved one. This is a 6-week workshop, with each session lasting two hours. This class is free but pre-registration is required. Call SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241 to reserve a seat.

The Temple Historical Society Room at the Temple Town Hall will be open to the public on Sunday, March 8 from 1-3 PM. All archives, photos, and recent donations will be on display and members will be available to answer any questions and to assist in any research.

Bring It On! is a very special opportunity for those who have attended an ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experience) Summit or for those who work in the field of education, social services or medicine. This group is meant to help you move to the next level of insight and skill development in building resilience in yourself and the people around you, each day and in every interaction. In this 3 1/2 hour interactive workshop, Chris Trout will teach, model, facilitate, coach and challenge us as we explore the “brass tacks” of fostering resilience with even the most challenging children and adults. The ACEs Summit was about information and mindset. Bring It On! is about filling your toolbox - and building your network of like-minded colleagues, so that toolbox continues to grow. Join us and others in your community to discuss the effects of ACEs. Place: UMF North Dining Hall, Date: March 10, Time 8:00 AM-12:00 PM, and Cost: Free. Breakfast will be provided. Space is limited to the first 100 participants! If interested in attending please email Renee Blanchet at rblanchet@fcctf.org or call (207)778-6960.

UMF Fitness and Recreation Center Offers Free Youth Fitness Certification Program. In collaboration with the Healthy Community Coalition, the UMF Fitness and Recreation Center, will be offering a free Youth Fitness Certification Program to children in grades six through eight to learn all about safe and effective weight training and aquatic fitness. This six-week class will teach kids how to safely and effectively participate in strength training with free use of weight equipment and the pool. At the end of the course, participants will take a written and practical test, including a swim test. Once passed, they will receive a special pass that allows them to utilize the Fitness and Recreation Center without adult supervision. This free and open to the public program will be held from 2:30–5 p.m., on Tuesdays and Thursdays from March 10–April 16, at the UMF Fitness and Recreation Center. For more information or to sign up for this program, contact Tricia Robinson, UMF assistant director of fitness and recreation, at tricia.robinson@maine.edu, or 207-778-7505.

Argentine Tango classes with Zarvin Palacios will be held for the first time at the Farmington Recreation Center next on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17; Monday, April 13 and Tuesday April 14. Monday sessions will run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Tuesday 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Call the Farmington Community Center for updates or scheduling questions at 778 3464 or 1-802-282-5212.

Laws that Affect Landowners discussion will be held 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 19 at the Farmington Town Office, 153 Farmington Falls Road (use back entrance). Please Join the Upper Kennebec Valley chapter of the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine (SWOAM) for an informative session with Rick LaFlamme, landowner relations specialist with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (and North Woods TV star!). He will talk about his role working with landowners to help with issues concerning your land and other users, and answer questions on laws that affect landowners, such as access, trespass, hunting laws, and how wardens can assist you. Please park around back. Contact: Patty Cormier, 592-2238, or pattycormier@maine.gov, anyone is welcome, no need to pre-register and it is free.

Ever thought about a career in Real Estate? If so, then this is the class for you. The Maine Real Estate Commission has approved this course as meeting all of the education requirements necessary to obtain a Sales Agent license in Maine. After successful completion of this course the student must pass a standardized state test prior to applying for their state Sales Agent license. This course is presented by the Arthur Gary School of Real Estate. The Arthur Gary School of Real Estate was established in 1991 with the founding concept of providing quality education that is interesting, fun and useful. The school has received recognition from the Real Estate Educators Association of Maine for “Real Estate Course of the Year” for four different courses for four years. School instructors have received recognition as the Real Estate Educators Association of Maine’s “Educator of the Year” for two years. Sales Agent Course begins April 2 to May 5 (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays for just 4 weeks!) Course fee: $435 (The registration fee includes books and materials.) Register ONLINE anytime at www.msad523.maineadulted.org or call 225-1010 for more information.

Pre-Arrangement Considerations Class. Thinking about the inevitability of one's death is subject that few like to consider? For many, actually moving ahead with the pre-planning or pre-paying for their funeral is even more difficult to act on. When one begins to understand the financial and emotional pressure that a funeral can thrust on our loved ones, it becomes clear that planning in advance is a considerate and responsible thing to do. Similar to the protection that life insurance provides for loved ones; planning a funeral in advance can protect loved ones from much more than just financial concerns. You have always been there to protect them throughout your life, why not after your death? The class will help you find a balance between the emotional, spiritual and financial needs of your surviving loved ones after you have gone. Instructor: Kathy of Finely Funeral Home and the class will be held on Saturday, April 18, from 11 am to 2 pm at the Spruce Mountain Adult and Community Education at 9 Cedar Street, Livermore Falls.

Drawing Class every Monday, from 5:30-8 p.m. $10. Live model $20/person. Register with Kika 400-1124. Upcountry Artists Gallery and Learning Center at 161 Main Street in Farmington. Preregistration is strongly advised.

The New Sharon Recreation Department is holding a Seniors Exercise Class. Tues: - Thurs. 8:15 am to 9:15 a.m.  at the New Sharon Town office. Fee: $5 per class. Please contact Audrey Brown for more information 778-2567.

Wilton CareerCenter.The following sessions are to be held at the Wilton CareerCenter 865 Us Route 2E Wilton. Telephone 645-5800; toll free 1-800-982-4311; TYY 888-697-2895 to set up an appointment. www.mainecareercenter.com. These workshops are at no charge to the public. All workshops begin promptly at listed times; registration required­­­.

O*net Ability Profiler. Call for further information as this workshop requires five or more people for attendance. This is a career exploration tool that helps clients plan work lives using a paper and pencil format with optional apparatus parts and computerized scoring. Results can be used to identify strengths for which more training/education is needed, and to identify occupations that fit their strengths.

If you have a preferred need please contact Patty Ladd at the Wilton CareerCenter by calling 207-645-5822 or e-mail her at patty.e.ladd@maine.gov. 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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