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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.


Ice Cream Social. The Dead River Area Historical Society in Stratton, will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30. An Ice Cream Social with musical entertainment at no cost will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information call 246-2271.

Benefit run/walk. Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services (SAPARS) is holding its 2nd annual Teal Ribbon Run/Walk 5K on Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Holman House, 227 Main Street in Farmington. On the day of the event, registration will begin at 9 a.m. with the 5K starting at 10 a.m. Registration is $15 for participants who register by Sept. 6 and will include a free T-shirt! After Sept. 6th the registration fee will be $20. For participants 12 years old and younger, the event is free. Fore more information, call Kayce Hunton at 778-9522. Register and pay online at This event is generously sponsored by Franklin Savings Bank.

Wilton Fish & Game Field Day on Saturday, Sept. 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Trap, Old Time Cowboy Shoot, Shooting Gallery Eye and Ear Protection Required. Lunch provided by youth league. FMI: 645-4867.

Pet Appreciation Week. Tractor Supply in Wilton is going to be having a fun for the whole family event Saturday, Sept. 19. It's time for our annual Pet Appreciation Week and we will be celebrating with WKTJ 99.3fm radio station. They will be here doing a live broadcast and we will have giveaways and great sales throughout the store. As always, we will be having a lot of local participation with BBQ, adoptions, and demonstrations. Listen to WKTJ 99.3 fm for up to date details about who will be here and when!

Jay-Livermore-Livermore Falls Chamber Of Commerce Annual Apple Pumpkin Festival. September 26. 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. Livermore Falls Recreation Field. Celebrate Fall in the Central Androscoggin River Valley. A variety of vendors and craft artisans, displays, demonstrations, exhibits, contests, music, seasonal decorations, raffles, seasonal products for sale, as well as activities for the kids, and plenty of food for sale all day long!! Admission is FREE!! Vendors wanted: Please call for an application. FMI: (207) 897-6755. Check out our Facebook page for up-to-date information and great pictures!!

Carrabassett Valley Public Library FALL HOURS will be in effect beginning Tuesday September 1, 2015, and are as follows: Tues, Thu & Fri: 10-5; Wed: 1-5 & Sat: 10-1


SugarWood Gallery welcomes Melanie Farmer as the Artist of the Month.  Farmer’s work will remain on exhibit and available for sale during the month of August. SugarWood Gallery is located at 248 Broadway in Farmington. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday and 10 to 4 on Saturday and Sunday.

The Dead River Area Historical Society is open for the season every weekend through August from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. On display in the museum are artifacts, manuscripts, and photographs that have been donated or loaned by interested townspeople and descendants of original families of the Dead River Region. Collections from 1850 on include old carpentry and logging tools, china, glass, church organ, furniture from native families, a complete schoolroom, a memorial room to the "lost" towns of Flagstaff and Dead River, the lineage of several native families, and a host of memorabilia from native homesteads. For more information call: Mary Henderson 246-2271.

New Sharon Historical Society hours have changed to Wednesday nights, 5 to 7 p.m. and by appointment 207-578-1874, starting July 15.

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

"Flying Bear Prints" at the Minnehonk Gallery, Main Street in Mt. Vernon: now through Sept. 5th, Thurs. Fri. Sat. 10 am-4 pm. Unique works by printmakers Judith Krischik, Ann Warren and Jan Webber. Contact:


Old Crow Indian Band Concerts & ice cream. For years, people of all ages have attended the Monday night concerts in Meetinghouse Park and listened to the repertoire of the Old Crow Indian Band. To show their appreciation, the band will be giving free ice cream at the last concert of each month this summer. Concerts are held every Monday night, weather permitting, through August. The music starts at 7 p.m. and continues until 8:30 p.m. A donation box is available to help cover costs of the band. Free ice cream will be offered next on Aug. 31.

Ballroon Dance Class. Starting Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Farmington Community Center, 127 Middle St. Farmington. Six classes $10 per lesson or paid in advance is $54. For more details call Marge McHugh 491-1730. Bring a friend or meet a new friend there. Great fun, great exercise, great social skills event. So put down those iPads and come dance with me!

Maine Mountain Chamber Music presents a concert featuring the Daedalus String Quartet, along with Laurie Kennedy, viola, and Yuri Funahashi, piano. Mendelssohn’s String Quintet #2 in B Flat, Op. 87, The Space Between by Anna Weesner, and Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34. Saturday, September 12, 2015, 7:30 p.m.. Nordica Auditorium at the University of Maine at Farmington, Farmington, Maine. $12 / free for 18 & under and for students with Id. Sponsored by the Arts Institute of Western Maine. For more info: 207-491-0768

Contradance Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Farmington Grange, Bridge Street, West Farmington. Family dance 6:30-7:30 p.m. with potluck snacks. Regular contra with Ben Sur playing and Cynthia Phinney 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.

Workshop and Concert of Songs for Children! Martin Swinger, a singer songwriter and guitarist will give a workshop followed by a concert for children at the Mercer Community Center, 1015 Beech Hill Road, on Sunday, Sept. 13. The workshop will start at 2 pm. Then, after a brief intermission with some delicious wholesome refreshments the concert will start at 3 pm and end at 4 pm. This fun event, made possible by a grant from the Maine Arts Expansion Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, will be free for all! It is the last in a series of "4 cultural events" with MCF support in 2015. For more information contact Dorothy at 587-2361, or check online at *The Mercer Community Center is just off Rt. 2 at the blinking orange light, 8
miles West from Norridgewock, or 4 miles East from New Sharon.

Try Square Dancing for Free! Fall square dance classes with the Wilton Friendship Squares begin September 14, 2015 at the Wilton Academy school cafeteria. Class times are 6:00-8:30 pm for new students, with a Plus class from 8:30 -9:00 pm. The first two classes are free for new students, and half-price after that for new students. Classes are held every Monday that school is open through December 14. FMI 509-6187 or see our listing in the RSU 9 Fall Adult Education mailing.

Rock N Roll Open Mic/Jam/Dance. '50's, 60's 70's 80's Oldies rock, classic Rock, Rock, Alternative Rock. Saturday, Sept. 19 6-10 p.m. at the V.F.W. in Jay on the corner of Rt. 133 and Jewell street. Like to play classic rock and old rock? Bring your instrument. If you don't play an instrument, bring your dancing shoes and your friends! There is no cover charge this is free to the public. For a night of entertainment. For more information contact, Rick Benedetto: 207-645-9834 or Brian Chick 207-860-8119.


Reeds Mill Ladies Circle having a Sale on Sept. 4 and 5 at Ron's Station Route 4 Phillips from 9 a.m. to ? Quilts and other homemade items will be available.

The Kingfield United Methodist Church, 51 High Street, Kingfield, ME, will be hosting a public breakfast on September 5, 2015. Menu to include: Scrambled Eggs, Homefries, Bacon, Sausage,Pancakes, French Toast, Sausage Gravy w/ Biscuit, Assorted Juices, Coffee, Tea. Serving from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Adults: $5, Children: $3, Family Rate Available. All proceeds to support church programs.

13th Annual Farmington Elks Lodge scholarship ride in memory of Tim Maillet, September 6, 2015, 8:00 am registration or pre- register. Raffles, live auction, pizza, music, fun, fun, fun!!! We awarded $20,000 in scholarships this year!!!! 120 School Street, W. Farmington, ME

Public Supper at Trinity United Methodist Church 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Sept. 12. Baked beans and casserole supper. The prices are $7.00 adults and $3.50 for children 12 and 12 and under are free. For more information call Trinity United Methodist Church at 778-3921. September supper proceeds go to Salem Economic Ministry.

The Northwoods Gravel Grind is a bicycle race in Rangeley Maine on Sunday, Sept. 27, at 10 a.m. Proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Community Concepts, a youth mentoring program. A Gravel Grind is a bicycle race on Gravel roads. There are two routes this year, 34 and 75 miles. Registration is $40 until August, then $45 until race day and $50 on race day. Email for more information or go to for information and the link to register on


Jay/Livermore Falls Lions Club Annual Yard Sale will be held at the Jay Plaza, (behind McDonald's in the Dollar Tree parking area) Saturday, Aug. 29, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 30, from 8 a.m. to noon.

St. Luke's Annual Yard Sale is set for Saturday, Sept. 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain or Shine in the church parking lot and basement. The church will have a large selection of household items, along with, homemade baked goods for sale (such as, pie by the slice). St. Luke’s is located at the corner of School & High streets in Wilton at 59 High St. Please call 645-2639 or email to for more information. FMI about St. Luke's, visit

Vendors Sought. The Rangeley Trail Town Festival Sept. 6, 10am-4pm is now in its 4th year and is pleased to say that attendance has increased each year and the enthusiasm is growing! We are looking for vendors/artisans that offer a product that is handmade by the person/people doing the selling (no imports, please!). Especially important is that the product(s) relate in some way to the Appalachian Trail, enjoying the great outdoors, sustainable planet, ecology, get the idea. Vendor spaces are approx 10 x 10 and cost $25.The location is on Pond Street between Forks in the Air, Ecopelagicon, and Haley Pond Park. Details and vendor applications are available to download at

Crafters and Vendors welcome. 5TH Annual Wilton PTF Craft Fair-Saturday Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Academy Hill School in Wilton. Crafters and Vendors welcome. For more information or to reserve your space ($20/table) contact Renee Woodard by phone/text at 645-3120 or email

We are now taking crafter applications for River Valley Rotary Club’s 22nd Annual Oktoberfest Craft Fair which will be held at 85 Lincoln Avenue, Rumford on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The non-refundable fee will be $25 for each 8-foot table or $20 per table if you donate an item toward our silent auction. Two chairs will also be provided per table. Please call Sally Theriault at 364-4561 for an application or for more information as soon as possible. Space is limited. Deadline: Friday, Oct. 2.

Weld Farmer's Market: Every Sunday until Labor Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Weld Center. We are having such fun! We hope you will stop by and check things out! There is heritage pork, grass fed beef, sausage, bacon and a variety of other meats, natural beauty products, artisan knitted angora and alpaca items and angora rabbits, novelty baked goods, farm fresh eggs, Webb Valley Rocking Chairs; cedar with tung oil, and pine painted in a variety of colors, and more. The produce is starting to arrive as well and more! For information call Jerry at 585-2231.

Come to the Saturday Farmington Farmers' Market in the courthouse parking lot on Main Street, Farmington. Every Saturday 9am-noon. Start out your market morning with a delicious cup of coffee and a homemade donut, muffin or butter roll. We have Greens, Artisan Breads, Eggs, Honey, Lamb, Pork, Beef, Jams and Jellies, Pies and Baked Goods.

Franklin County Farmers’ Markets: Farmington, Friday - 9am-2pm, May-Oct on Front Street by Better Living Center; Saturday - 9am-noon, May-Oct 
Main Street Courthouse parking lot; Saturday - 9am-noon, Nov-Apr 
Grange Hall, Bridge Street West Farmington; Phillips, Saturday - 10am-2pm, late May-Sept 
American Legion Hall, Depot Street; Rangeley Area Tuesday - 11am-2pm, June-Sept, Route 4 & South Shore Dr. Sandy River Plantation; County-wide online market, Weekly deliveries, Year-round For contact info or updates on any of the farmers’ markets in Franklin Co. go to


Old Home Sunday will be celebrated at Reeds Mill Church on Sunday, Aug. 30. All are welcome to this nondenominational Christian “Church in the Wildwood”. This special day celebrates not only the founding fathers of this church, but all the people who have made the ongoing ministry of this church possible. A potluck picnic is held at noon – rain or shine. Bring your place setting and beverage and a dish to share. The worship service starts promptly at 1:00. As has been tradition for the last several years, Reverend John Gensel of the Dixfield Congregational Church will be the guest speaker. This will be the last summer worship service for this year. Mark your calendars for the remaining 2015 special gatherings, including a Hymn Sing on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m., a Thanksgiving service on Nov. 26 at 10 a.m., and a Christmas Candlelight Service on Dec. 20 at 3 p.m. Call Ginni with any questions-639-2713.

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

SeniorsPlus will be at the Wilton Free Public Library on September 2, 2015 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.

Constituent Outreach Hours. The office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today announced that his staff will hold the following constituent outreach hours for Franklin County at the University of Maine Farmington Student Center, 111 South Street, Farmington on Tuesday, Sept. 8, from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Outreach hours offer an opportunity for area residents to meet directly with a staff representative to discuss specific problems, legislative issues, or any concerns regarding federal government agencies. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 1-800-432-1599.

SeniorsPlus is holding a Caregiver Support Group at the Farmington Town Office on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 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.

The Franklin County Extension Homemaker programs for the month of Sept.: Weld, Sept 8 at 10:30 a.m. at Town Office Meeting Room for Program planning. FMI call 585-2545. Neighborhood, Sept 9 at 1:30 p.m. at Private Home for program planning. FMI call 778-4517. Clearwater, Sept 10 at 7 p.m. at Shorey Chapel for program planning. FMI call 778-9089. Wilton Day, Sept 10 at 10 a.m. at St Luke‘s Church for Dues, Election of Officers and Program Planning. FMI call 645-2423. North Chesterville--Sept 24 at 7 p.m. at Chesterville Town Office for program planning, Election of Officers, and Dues. FMI contact call 778-3156. Kingfield, Sept 25 at 11 a.m. at Webster Hall for Election of Officers and plan for year to come. FMI call 684-5579. Strong Learning and Sharing, Sept 29 at 10 a.m. at the Methodist Parish House for Dues, Election of Officers and Program Planning. FMI call 684-4538. The public is more then welcome to join us at any of our meetings or community service projects. In partnership with the University of Maine cooperative Extension.

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.

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services (SAPARS) is providing one-on-one support in Jay, Rangeley and Phillips for youth and adults. SAPARS is working to continue their drop-in services that take place in the schools, throughout the summer. New meeting locations have been established so survivors of sexual violence, and concerned others can access support without having to travel to the Farmington office. An advocate will be available on Tuesdays in Jay, on Wednesdays in Phillips and on Thursdays in Rangeley. For information on drop-in times and locations, please call the SAPARS office at 778-9522. Survivors, concerned others, and community members can also call our 24-hour helpline at 1-800-871-7741 for help and support.

Central Maine's Fibromyalgia Support Group. This new group will start meeting on the 2nd Weds of each month beginning Sept 9, from 10-11:30 am at the Augusta Alfond Center for Health. Join us as we work through the hardships we face daily, learn ways to maximize our quality of life, reduce isolation, and restore hope. This is a structured meeting with monthly topics chosen by members followed by an open discussion. Free to the public. FMI: Beth Connors- 207-975-4654 or email


Sign Up Now: CompTIA A+ Training in Franklin County. This non-credit, Central Maine Community College (CMCC) course will be offered on Tuesday and Thursdays, 4:00-8:00 p.m., starting Oct. 13 and ending Dec. 15. Classes will meet at the Franklin County Adult & Basic Education Center at 129 Seamon Road in Farmington. This course prepares participants for the Comp TIA A+ exam and covers maintenance of PCs, mobile devices, laptops, operating systems and printers. Tutoring is available for students who may not be “college ready.” The CompTIA A+ course is being offered at no charge and includes two test vouchers and all required books and materials. The registration deadline for this CompTIA A+ course is Sept. 18. For more information or to register, please contact Emily Butterfield at 207-755-5375 or Registration is available online at

Overcoming Our Fears Workshop. Dr. Gordon S. Grose of Oregon, with roots in Dryden, will present a workshop, "Overcoming Our Fears," at Bean's Corner Baptist Church Thursday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. Grose will use concepts from his recent book, "Tragedy Transformed: How Job's Recovery Can Provide Hope For Yours," in his presentation. His book is the result of 12 years of research and interviewing, and contains stories of people in tragedy who found hope through their experience through God and the account of Job's struggles. Grose pastored three congregations and counseled in a mental health clinic before retiring in 2003 in order to write. In his book, Dr. Grose demonstrates biblical Job's relevance for people today, and describes people who survived the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the sudden death of a spouse, and suicidal depression. The workshop is free. Beans's Corner Baptist Church is located at the intersection of Routes 156 and 133. For more information, call 645-2925.

NAMI Family to Family class. Course will be in Dixfield. There will be a free 12-week class every Thursday for helping people who have a loved one with a mental illness. Course starts: Sept. 3 to Nov. 19, from 6 – 8:30 p.m. This is a very helpful class with loads of information and networking to help anyone who wonders about how to get help for their Loved one. Any questions at all call Sue at (207)418-7904

Wilton Fish & Game Assoc. Hunter Safety Course Sept. 3, Sept. 15, Sept. 17 6 p.m to 9 p.m. Register at 645-4867. $5 Limited Enrollment.

Try Square Dancing for Free! Fall square dance classes with the Wilton Friendship Squares begin September 14, 2015 at the Wilton Academy school cafeteria. Class times are 6:00-8:30 pm for new students, with a Plus class from 8:30 -9:00 pm. The first two classes are free for new students, and half-price after that for new students. Classes are held every Monday that school is open through December 14. FMI 509-6187 or see our listing in the RSU 9 Fall Adult Education mailing.

FREE – “Introduction to Making Career Choices” Workshop. How do you make a career choice when you really don’t know what you want to do?  This one session workshop covers what to consider when making a career choice, the steps involved in creating a career plan, and the resources available to help you succeed. New Ventures Maine will be offering this FREE workshop – “Introduction to Making Career Choices” in Farmington from 10:00-12:00 noon on Monday September 14 at NVME Office, 108 Perham Street Suite 2 in Farmington. Pre-registration is required: Please call Janet Smith at 207-778-2757 for more information or to register. New Ventures Maine is a statewide non-profit organization committed to improving the economic lives of Maine women, men and their families.  The organization works with individuals "where they are" and provides them with support, guidance, and the tools they need to take the next steps toward a more promising future.  New Ventures Maine provides individual assistance and group training in building careers, starting and growing businesses, planning for financial security, and becoming community leaders. All services are free to participants.  For more information on New Ventures Maine or to register for the workshop call 778-2757 or
visit our website at

Free – My Money Works: Tools for Smart Money Choices. Are you ready to become more comfortable and confident with money? This 15 hour class can help you gain the skills and confidence you need to stretch your money, pay your bills, reduce your debt, find money for savings, and set personal financial goals. At the end of the class you will have a plan in place to achieve greater financial stability. A follow-up session is scheduled to provide additional networking and support. New Ventures Maine is offering a FREE 5-week “My Money Works: Tools for Smart Money Choices” at their Farmington Center at 108 Perham Street Suite 2, Farmington on Wednesdays; September 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. All services are FREE.  For more information on New Ventures Maine or to register for the training please call Janet Smith at 778-2757. New Ventures Maine is a statewide non-profit organization committed to improving the economic lives of Maine men, women and their families.  The organization works with all individuals "where they are" and provides them with support, guidance, and the tools they need to take the next steps toward a more promising future.  New Ventures Maine provides individual assistance and group training in building careers, starting and growing businesses, planning for financial security, and becoming community leaders.  Visit our website at

Become a Certified Basketball Official. Central Maine Board No. 20 is offering basketball a 5-week rules course for people interested in becoming a certified basketball official. The class meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Sept. 29 at UMF Education Center's Room 107.
The cost is $60. For more information contact TJ Halliday at 522-2029 or e-mail at

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. These workshops are at no charge to the public. All workshops begin promptly at listed times; registration required­­­.

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. Call the Wilton CareerCenter to sign up for these workshops.

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