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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.


Candidates Debate. A University of Maine at Farmington chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, a national political science honors society, is hosting a debate between Andy Buckland and Ed David, the two candidates for Maine State House District 113 (Farmington/New Sharon). The debate takes place from 7-9:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 20, in North Dining Hall in the UMF Olsen Student Center. The event is free and open to the public. The two-part debate will consist of moderator-asked questions based on topics the candidates submit, and audience-submitted written questions.

Farmington Emblem Club will host a blood drive on Friday, Oct. 24 at the Franklin Memorial Hospital Bass Room from noon to 6 p.m.

Harvest Festival at the Farmington Baptist Church, 194 Whittier Road in Farmington. Saturday, Oct. 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This is a family event with fun for all ages. There will be popcorn, punch, a bounce house, lots of games, and new this year: a best-decorated pumpkin contest with prizes. Non-scary costumes are welcome. Call 779-0731 for more information

Deepavali festival at Hridaya Hermitage on Sunday, October 26. 9 AM to 7:30 PM. Come experience Hridaya Hermitage and help us celebrate Deepavali -- a traditional festival of Light. Teachings on yoga, a chance to meet our amazing Gurus, great food and fun for all ages! We’re located at 243 Greenwood Brook Road in Industry. FMI and to register (required) please contact Bhagavan Das at: 207-542-6606 or Visit us online at

Chesterville Town Halloween Party will be held on Friday, Oct. 31st, at the Chesterville Town Office from 6:00-8:00 p.m. All children ages 12 and under are cordially invited to attend. Activities will include games, crafts, food, costume party, hayride, and haunted barn. This event is sponsored by the North Chesterville Extension Homemakers. FMI 778-3156.


A Movie showing of “God’s Not Dead”. Where: Playing at Farmington Baptist Church. When: Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. Cost: Free. There will be a free will offering taken to donate the homeless shelter in Farmington. Cider and Donuts will be given after the movie. Brought to you by a group of churches in the community.

New Exhibit. The Emery Community Arts Center announces an opening reception for Hydrologic Making Sense with Water, art and science connecting on behalf of our most important element. Exhibition curated by Krisanne Baker, featuring the art of 14 artists. Exhibition open through Nov. 13.

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

Schoolhouse Gallery is located at 266 Main Street in Kingfield. Gallery is open on Fridays from 1 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 11-4 p.m. For other times, or to request an appointment, please contact Cynthia Orcutt at 207-939-6518 or via email at For more information, please see


Auditions for Sandy River Players' Holiday Variety Show. Think Bing and Bob With A Twist! Oct. 21 & 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Lincoln Auditorium. Show Dates: December 20 & 21. We are looking for holiday skits, storytelling and musical acts. Contact Karen West, 778-0435, or Robin Lisherness, 684-4483 for more information. Proceeds to be shared with Farmington Public Library.

The Stone Hearth Café and Teachers Lounge Mafia are teaming up to bring a monthly comedy jam to the Farmington area. This coming Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. Teachers Lounge Mafia and a guest group will showcase their different-every-time improv stylings for free while the audience enjoys dinner from the Stone Hearth Cafe. At 8 p.m. the show shifts into an improv jam, hosted by TLM, which anyone can participate in, even the audience! Then at 8:30 p.m. any aspiring stand-up comedians are welcome to take the stage in an open mic setting for a three to five minute set. The evening is designed with content intended for high school age and older, while the stand-up comedy portion will shift into mature content. For more information contact:

Macbeth Unmasked! Thursday, Oct. 23 - 6 p.m. at the Vienna Union Hall. Attend a free talk and discussion of the Theater at Monmouth production of Shakespeare's Macbeth. The talk will be led by Dr. Misty Beck, PhD. The play will be performed at the Vienna Union Hall on Saturday the 25th.

Novel Jazz to Bring Classic Ellington and Strayhorn to U. Maine in Farmington - The Novel Jazz Septet will be in concert on Saturday, 25 October, 2014 at Nordica Auditorium, Merrill Hall, on the Univ. Maine Farmington campus. They’ll present an evening of classic jazz by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, two pillars of the jazz world. The band will play both well-known standards plus lesser-known compositions, recently transcribed from original scores at the Smithsonian. You can learn more about the band at their web site, This is part of the concert series of the Arts Institute of Western Maine (AIWM). The show begins at 7:30 PM. Admission is $12. AIWM events are free for students 18 years and under, plus students with ID. AIWM is an affiliate of the University of Maine Farmington.

Macbeth. Saturday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. Vienna Union Hall. The Theater at Monmouth’s on the road production of Macbeth will be performed. This production is part of “Shakespeare in American Communities”, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. This will be the third time the Theater at Monmouth troupe has traveled to Vienna to perform. Tickets are sale now. $7 paid in advance $10 at the door. For more information contact Marianne Archard 293-2674, Dodi Thompson 293-2670 or email This production is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

On Sunday November 2 the Wilton Friendship Squares will host a Square and Round Dance from 2:00-5:00 pm at the Cushing School in Wilton. The dance will be Mainstream/Mainstream plus. The caller will be Walter Lougee. Carol Arsenault will be the cuer. Admission is $6 per person. All square dancers are welcome. For more information call 509-6187.

Contradance Saturday, Nov. 8, Farmington Grange, Bridge Street, West Farmington. The Family Dance is happening this month, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., $2 adults, $1 child. Potluck snacks, 7:30 to 8 p.m. Regular Contra with the Franklin County Fiddlers playing and John McIntire calling, 8:00-10:30 p.m. $6adults/$5students or $15 family max. All dances taught. Beginners are welcome. No partner necessary. FMI, 491-9928 or <> or

Dan Kennedy returns for his third annual piano concert at Nordica Auditorium, UMF Merrill Hall Saturday, November 15, 7:30 p.m. to benefit the Franklin UCC Honduras Partnership El Junco project. Classically trained but also a lover of Jazz and Rock, Dan charms audiences with his own compositions . Admission by donation, $10 suggested.


Want to have fun and help with a great cause? Start a team for Freezin' for a Reason! WMCA 2014 2nd Annual Polar Plunge at Bass Park – Wilson Lake, Wilton on Oct. 25. Remember how the Ice Bucket Challenge took off? Challenge your friends, neighbors and anyone you like or not to The Polar Plunge! Let’s make Freezin' for a Reason do the same thing! Help WMCA respond to the needs of our neighbors.

Spruce Mountain Phoenix Football Spaghetti Luncheon. The Spruce Mountain High School Football Boosters will be hosting a spaghetti luncheon and pie auction on Sunday, Oct. 26. It will be held at Spruce Mountain Adult Education Cafeteria, the former Spruce Mountain High School South Campus, in Livermore Falls. The luncheon is being held from 12:00-1:30pm and the pie auction will be at 1:30pm. Cost of the spaghetti lunch is $5.00 adults and $3.00 for children and senior citizens. Lunch will include spaghetti, salad, dessert and a drink. The pies for the auction will be made by the Spruce Mountain High School Football Players. Come out for an afternoon of good food, fun and support these boys! Find out which football player is the best cook!

Franklin Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is having a Bake Sale & Craft Fair on Oct. 24 at the FMH Bass Room. 8:00 AM – Until gone. Open to the public

The Chesterville Grange will be having a public "souper" supper on Friday, October 24, serving between 5:00 and 6:30 pm. Homemade soups, chowders, breads, and dessert. Adults, $5.00; Child, $2.50. FMI 778-2282 or 778-5845.

Let's Make A Deal Fundraiser! Come with your costumes and trinkets to play Let’s Make a Deal 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Mt. Blue High School Auditorium. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the following locations: Ron’s Market and Fitness Express in Farmington. Sponsored by the all-volunteer Neighbors Helping Neighbors of Franklin County to help raise money for the citizens of Franklin County. For more information, call Mike at 491-1510 or Dave at 491-6547. See our Facebook page.

In an effort to support patients and members of the community, Mt. Abram Regional Health Center will hold a Thanksgiving Food Drive from Oct. 27 to November 24. People are encouraged to bring in nonperishable food items or cash donations to the health center. Staff members will then distribute to individuals and families who are struggling to keep food on the table. According to Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, Franklin County had the second highest number of citizens suffering from food insecurity in Maine as of 2012. The numbers have not improved. Please consider a donation to help another family in your community. Mt. Abram Regional Health Center is located at 25 Depot Street in Kingfield. To learn more the health center, call 207-265-4555 or visit

Nov. 1, Sat. - Public Supper at the North Jay Grange #10, 4-6 p.m. Baked beans, casseroles, turkey, salads, cole slaw, breads, beverages, desserts. Dinner Music with Danny Taylor, Adults: $7.00, child 10/under. $3.00. FMI - 645-4628, 645-2910.

Annual Harvest Supper will be held Saturday, Nov. 1 from 5 to 6 p.m. at Old South First Congregational Church, Main Street, Farmington. Buffet style supper will feature oven-roasted turkey and baked ham, with all the fixings including homemade pies for dessert and beverages. $9 for adults and $6 for children under 12 years of age with family discounts available. Proceeds from the Annual Harvest Supper benefit the Church's 2015 youth summer camp scholarship program. FMI call church office 778-0424.

Public Supper. Mercer Community Center, Turkey Pie Supper. Nov. 1, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Turkey Pie, Mashed Potato and Gravy, Peas, Carrots, Squash, Cranberry Sauce, Rolls, Pies, Tea and Coffee. Adults $8 - Children $4. Sponsored by the Mercer United Methodist Church.

Public Baked Ham Dinner at the Industry Town Hall on Saturday Nov. 1 from 5 PM to 6:30 PM for the Preservation of the Shorey Chapel Building with 10 percent of the proceeds going to the Farmington ECU Heating Program. Adults $8. age 5 to 11 $3, under 5 free. Contact 778-2157 for more information.

Early Bird Breakfast will be held 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1 at Henderson Memorial Baptist Church, Academy Street in Farmington. Bacon, eggs, muffins, fruit, breakfast casseroles, home fries, donuts, coffee and juice. $6, kids under 5 free.

There will be a Benefit Bake Sale and Lap Quilt Raffle to benefit the Chesterville Town Kitchen Fund on Tuesday, November 4 starting at 8 a.m. until the food is gone. There will be a variety of baked goods as well as coffee and tea available for sale. This event is sponsored by the North Chesterville Extension Homemakers. FMI 778-3156

Nov. 8, Sat. - Holiday Craft and Food Sale at the North Jay Grange #10, 9:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Hunters Breakfast. Nov. 8, from 4:30 - 9:30 a.m. Phillips Elementary School. This event will benefit the 8th grade class trip to Quebec in June. Menu: eggs (your choice) pancakes, homefries, cheesy hashbrowns, bacon, sausage, toast, english muffins, coffee, juice, milk. Adults:$6 children under 12 $4. Doesn't matter if you are a hunter or not you are still welcome to come join us.

Mt. Viewers 4-H Club 1st annual fundraiser Saturday, Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Vernon Valley Mason Lodge, Route 2 in New Sharon. Donate your new or used tack or make a $10 donation to rent a table to sell your own items (tack, crafts baked items). Bean and frank lunch will be available. Contact Karen Snyder at 778-2234 or for more info,

Public Roast Pork Dinner at Franklin Masonic Lodge of New Sharon on Sunday, November 9 from 11:30 to 1:00. Served with potato, coleslaw, vegetables, rolls and homemade pie. Take out available. Adults-$8, age 6-12 is $6 and under 6 free. To benefit the Building Fund


The University of Maine at Farmington’s annual Arts and Crafts Show is seeking artists and crafters from across Maine interested in exhibiting their original and creative work at this open-to-the-public show. This year’s event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 1, in the UMF Olsen Student Center on South Street in Farmington. The UMF Arts and Crafts Show serves as a rich opportunity for vendors to sell their handcrafted, one-of-a-kind art and gift items, clothing, hand-sewn crafts, holiday items and much more. For more information, or to book your space for the upcoming event, please call the UMF Conference & Events Office at 207-778-7344 or email Doris Tutlis at

Annual Craft Fair at Edgewood Rehabilitation and Living Center on Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Serving lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Corn Chowder. $3.50. Call to rent a table at 778-3386 and ask for Shelley or Donna. 10 large tables and 5 small tables.

4th Annual Wilton PTF Craft Fair Saturday, Nov. 15 at Academy Hill School in Wilton from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information or to reserve your space($20/table) contact Renee by phone at 645-3120 or by email @

Looking for Crafters to Register for a space at the Mt. Blue Craft Fair -- At the New Mt. Blue Campus on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $25 for a 10 ft space Crafters contact: Regina Voter at 778-3561, ext 4751, or for more information and a registration form.

Saturday Farmington Farmers' Market is open Saturdays, 9-noon, May thru Oct in the District Courthouse parking lot on Main St., Farmington. We have chicken & duck eggs, vegetables, honey, beef, pork, cookies, breads, homemade pies and more. Hope to see you there. Check out our blog at:

Rangeley Farmers’ Market is open! Every Tues from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., corner of Rte 4 and South Shore Drive.

Friday Sandy River Farmers' Market is open at the Narrow Gauge Theater Square next to the Snack Shack. Hours are 9am-2pm. Get all your local foods. Eggs, vegetables, seedlings, baked goods, gluten-free baked goods, 100% angus beef kettle corn and more.

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 Contact Deborah Chadbourne, 1-(857)-225-1199,


“Climate Change” and the effects on gardening, is the title of the presentation which will be given by Julia Daly, Professor of Geology, at the University of Maine at Farmington, on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the 6 p.m. meeting of the Mt. Blue Area Garden Club. Members and guest will meet at the Trinity United Methodist Church on the Farmington Falls Road at 5:30 p.m. for a social half hour, and to enjoy finger foods and beverages. Hostesses will be Roxanne Worster, Debbie Davis-Robinson, and Ronda Southworth. The meeting is free and opened to the public. FMI please call 897-5572.

The second fall meeting of the Franklin County Arts and Crafts Association will be held Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the University of Maine at Farmington North Dining Hall. Registrations for the annual Christmas crafts show will be taken at 6:30 p.m., followed by a business session at 7. The show is scheduled for Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the UMF Student Center. For more information, call 778-2791 or 7783943.

The Strong Church of the Nazarene, Main Street, Strong will have a missionary from the Philippines, Dr. Floyd Cunningham on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 6:00 p.m. who will be presenting on the Asia-Pacific region. Directly following the presentation, there will be a potluck dinner for all. Public is invited and a free-will offering will be taken.

SeniorsPlus will be at the Farmington Town Office on Oct. 22, 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 freeE and open to the public. For further information and to make an appointment, call SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241.

Public Call-In Forum. Oct. 23, 6:30-8:00 PM for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), family members, siblings, guardians, correspondents, friends, advocates, and service providers for adults with I/DD are encouraged to provide feedback on services provided by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services Office of Aging and Disability Services. Call-In Toll-Free Conference Number: 1-877-455-0244. Conference Code: 4806634974. To join the online meeting:

Message Circle on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m., Mercer Meeting House. Connect with Spirit, receive messages from your loved ones who have crossed over. This event will be held inside the historic Mercer Meeting House (circa 1800) with Mediums Rev. Beth and Mike Carter of the Madison Spiritualist Camp. All proceeds benefit the restoration of the Meeting House. $10 advance purchase tickets please call Amy at 207-587-2225. Tickets will be sold at the door, day of the event for $12. (Limited quantity of tickets will be sold for this event.) FMI: Call Amy at the number above or visit us at:

The Franklin County Homemaker Extension programs for the month of October follows. The public is more then welcome to join us at any of our meetings or community service projects. Strong Learning and Sharing- Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. at The Methodist Parish House for Rotary Tree Ornament. FMI call 684-4538. Kingfield- Oct 30 at 11 a.m. at Webster Hall for Rotary Christmas Ornaments. FMI call 684-5579.

Strong Public Library’s Preschool Story Time on Thursdays, Oct. 9 – 30 at 11:30 a.m. Children infant – age 5 invited. Story, Snack, Activities & Crafts.


Franklin Memorial Hospital Offers Orientation for Faith Community Leaders. Community pastors and faith community leaders are welcome to a hospital orientation and tour on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at Franklin Memorial Hospital. The program is sponsored by the FMH Chaplain Program, and is offered during the annual Chaplain Care Week, observed at medical centers nationwide. The one-hour event will include visiting policies, location of hospital units, and services provided by the Chaplain Program. Three time slots are available: 8-9 a.m.; 11 a.m.-noon; 4-5 p.m. and participants should report to the Bass Room. To register please call 779-2509 and leave a message. Representatives from all faith traditions are welcome.

Parent Internet Safety Information Night. Hosted by the Franklin County Children’s Task on Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 6 pm-8 pm. at Cascade Brook School Cafetorium. This event is open to any interested parents/community members and begins at 6 pm at the Cascade Brook School Cafetorium. We ask that the event be for parents only, but will be providing free childcare on site for any interested families. The night will begin with an overview of the many activities and specific sites that students are exploring online based on student responses to surveys and classroom discussion. After the information overview, there will be an open discussion period featuring area law enforcement, community educators in the field of healthy relationships, as well as a recently graduated, tech savvy, former Mt Blue high school student who will be offering information and insights into social media use and a hands-on demonstration of digital devices. The discussion period will allow the opportunity for an informal question/answer period. We are very excited to offer this opportunity for Parents and hope to see all of you there! Please contact Douglas Saunders, Education Coordinator at the Franklin County Children’s Task Force, for any information concerning the event!

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

Wreath and Wine 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at A Village Affaire, 343 Main Street in Wilton. Make a burlap wreath with a changeable accent flower or bow - even make an extra for the upcoming season and enjoy some great wine - so much fun! Wine and yummy snacks included. For more info go to: or email or call 207-645-7060.

Everyone’s Resource Depot (ERD) will hold Halloween mask making workshops on Monday through Thursday (Oct. 27-30), from 3-5 p.m. Many creative ideas for masks, costumes, and party decorations made from ERD’s wonderful assortment of reusable materials will be shared with workshop participants. Materials in good supply for mask making are: sparkly felt, yarn, colorful foam pieces and buttons, paper of all kinds, leather scraps, feathers, ribbon and fabric. A small fee will be charged for materials and instruction. All ages are welcome ! ERD is located in the Education Center, Room 9, at the corner of High and Lincoln St. on the UMF campus. ERD is open to the public Monday through Friday from 3-5 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. For information about workshops and special openings and programs, please call 778-7150. Or visit our website <>.

FREE 5 Week Class Offered "My Money Works: Tools for Smart Money Choices." A FREE 5 week class for anyone interested in Smart Money Choice, is being offered in Farmington starting on November 3, 2014. This 15-hour class can help you gain the skills and confidence you need to stretch your money, pay your bills, reduce debt, find money for savings, plan for retirement, and set personal financial goals. At the end of the class you will have a plan to achieve greater financial stability. A follow-up session is scheduled to provide additional networking and support. Successful completion of this class meets one of the requirements for the Family Development Account (FDA) matched savings program. Pre-registration and attendance at both sessions is required. Classes will be held on Mondays, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 34, Dec.1 from 5:30 to 8 pm at Women, Work and Communities Office at 108 Perham Street, Suite A Farmington, ME. For more information or to register please call Janet Smith at 778-2757.

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. Women, Work, and Community will be offering this FREE workshop – “Introduction to Making Career Choices” in Farmington from 10:00-12:00 noon on Wednesday November 5, 2014 at their Farmington Office, 108 Perham Street, Suite A Farmington. Pre-registration is required: Please call Janet Smith at 778-2757 for more information or to register. For more information on Women, Work, and Community or to register for the workshop call 778-2757 or visit our website at

Destination Marketing with Donna Moreland of the Maine Office of Tourism. The Maine Woods Tourism Training Initiative in conjunction with the Franklin County Tourism Network and the Maine Woods Consortium is sponsoring a 3 hour workshop with Donna Moreland of the Maine Office of Tourism. Donna will present on utilizing packages and itineraries to drive exposure for your business as well as how to create customer experiences that connect with people emotionally, the newest trend in destination marketing. When: November 20, 12pm – 3pm. Where: University of Maine at Farmington; Olson Student Center; North Dining Hall A

Exciting announcement for those who had begun their GED testing but did not complete all five tests. In 2014, Maine switched from the GED test to the HiSET test. During 2014, Maine will combine any prior GED scores with HiSET scores so you can earn your diploma without having to retake the tests you have already passed. After January 1, 2015, GED test scores will not be accepted and only HiSET test scores will be valid for a High School Equivalency Diploma. If you passed your GED tests and earned your High School Equivalency Diploma in the past, this is still valid and you do not need to do anything further. If you have any questions, want to finish your GED/HiSET tests, or want to get started on your path to the future, please call the Mt. Blue RSD Adult Education office in Farmington at 778-3460 Monday-Thursday for further information.

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.

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 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.