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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.


Please join us at Old South Church (227 Main Street, Farmington) at 12 noon on Monday January 21 for our annual Martin Luther King Day Service sponsored by Farmington Area Ecumenical Ministry. Our guest speaker this year is Craig Hickman from Winthrop. As well as being an organic farmer and writer, Craig serves in the Maine House of Representatives as the Democratic representative for Maine's 81st district. He has been appointed Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, and Chair of the Citizen Trade Policy Commission. A collection will be taken for "Harvest Bucks", a United Way project which aims to encourage those on a limited income to buy more local fruits and vegetables. All checks should be made payable to United Way and will all be contributed to Harvest Bucks in support of their mission.

Rangeley's Snodeo weekend kicks off on Thursday, January 24 at 5:00 PM with the Chili/Chowder Cook-Off sponsored by the Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce & Budweiser at The Gingerbread House Restaurant. Taste samples of chili and chowder prepared by the area's restaurants and vote for your favorite chili and chowder. See who wins bragging rights!

Rangeley's Snodeo Weekend, January 24, 25 and 26, sponsored by the Rangeley Lakes Snowmobile club begins with Casino Night at Bald Mountain Camps. The fun continues with Welcome to Snodeo at Moose Alley on Friday, January 25th with a live auction. Activities are all day Saturday including RaveX Show, RMR XC Race, Radar Run, Snowmobile Parade and much more.

Plants Are Best is hosting a plant-based potluck at the Industry Town Hall on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Please bring an appetizer or dish to share. We will also be playing the movie Planeat after the meal. Whether you are vegan, plant-based, vegetarian or plant curious, all are welcome.


Devaney, Doak and Garrett Booksellers will host a book signing on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. for local author Jaimi Buck. During her Literacy Volunteers sessions, Jaimi often had different ideas about how the stories she read could (or should!) end. Soon she was writing her own original stories, often coming up with new ideas before the current story she was working on was finished! Jaimi brings her love of farming and animals and her concern for others to her storytelling. This is certainly the case in her first illustrated children's book, Trouble Wave the Rooster. Illustrated by local artist Alana Knapp, Trouble Wave is the story of a rooster who develops a passion for playing soccer, so much so that he turns the farm yard into a soccer field complete with cheerleaders (the goats) and announcers (the horses)! But when Trouble Wave plays too rough, his teammates decide it is time for them to stand up for themselves and restore peace to the barnyard. Jaimi has often mentioned that she wants to write stories to make others happy, and this unique and colorful storybook is sure to bring smiles! There will be copies of the book available to purchase at the book signing.

Join children's book author & podcaster Angela Ferrari for a Spectacular Story-Time & Kids-Dance-Party at the New Vineyard Public Library on Saturday, February 16th at 10:30 am. Her books: Digger’s Daily Routine, What Do You See, The Shape Escape, An Extraordinary Book, & Lawrence the Lighthouse will be available for purchase. Event open for all ages - FMI 652-2250

School Vacation Week – Tuesday, February 19, 2019 – 1:30 – 2:30 - New Vineyard Public Library Chewonki Traveling Natural History Program will present, “Tide Pools” at the New Vineyard Public Library, 20 Lake St, New Vineyard. Open to all ages, come learn about Tide Pools and the home to a variety of species whose unique adaptations allow them to maintain stability in a world that is in a constant state of change . “Using this interactive traveling display, participants will dip their hands into the three zones of Maine’s rocky intertidal ecosystem and touch some of the ocean’s most magnificent species.”

High Peaks Artisan Guild, Gallery and Antiques. The Guild members would like to welcome you to come usher in the fall season with them. Paintings, photography, prints and cards, travel art, wood turnings, crazy quilts and quilted bags, fiber art, felted soap, homemade soap, knitted and crochet items, child size fleece hoodies, homemade pillows, found object art, jewelry, warm glass and stained glass, pottery, salvaged wood furniture, hand forged wrought iron items, antiques and collectibles. An unexpected find in the heart of historic downtown Kingfield. Regular hours open, Friday thru Sunday 11-5pm, Thursdays thru January or by appointment or chance. (207)340-8143 or home (207)446-4316, 245 Main Street, Kingfield.

New Sharon Historical Museum regular hours are Wednesday nights, 5 to 7 p.m. and by appointment 207-578-4068.


Friendship Squares Dancing Club. Invites you to two free square dancing lessons: Jan. 8 and Jan. 15, from 6:30pm to 8:00 pm. Academy Hill School, Wilton, Maine. Friendship Squares Dancing Club is offering two free square dancing lessons, January 8 and January 15, from 6:30pm to 8:00 pm at the Academy Hill School, Wilton, Maine. No obligation, just come and try it out. Our group is fun and welcoming. We meet every Tuesday night from 6:30 to 9:00 pm at the Academy Hill School in Wilton, ME. The first hour is for beginners with help from the experienced dancers as well. As the evening progresses, the dancing level is for more developed and experienced dancers. Our caller is Mike Dusoe. He provides instruction in a very relaxed, easy setting with a personal touch. Square dancing is uniform world-wide, with English as the common language. It is a good way to have fun with your partner but it is also a way for singles to meet other people. We are open to ages 14 and up and we come from many different locations and backgrounds. It is fun for all and a good chance to get some exercise and a few good laughs too! For more information email or call Marilyn and Larry Waugh, 778-6450, or the Franklin County Adult Education office, Farmington, ME 778-3460.

Farmington- Old South Church concert series kicks off 2019 season with internationally acclaimed and award winning Prince Edward Island musicians, Richard Wood (fiddle and step dancing) and Gordon Belsher (guitar/vocals) on Thursday, January 17. Doors open at 6 pm. Jam Session 6:15. Concert 7 pm. Adults $15, Students $10/$5. Refreshments by donation. Ticket reservations 207-491-5919. Church is located at 235 Main Street in Farmington. FMI; Richard Wood ; Gordon Belsher,

Valentine dance put on by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. Feb. 9, 2019. American Legion Hall. 7PM -11PM. Mark Gentle playing. $10 a person. Tickets at County Seat, Chamber office 778-4215 and Shannon Smith. 778-4726. There will be a raffle. Beverage of the night will be Strawberry Daiquiris

Dance with Dreamin' Big to benefit Mt Blue Softball Spring Training trip to Myrtle Beach in April. The dance will be held on February 23, 2019 at the Farmington Elks Lodge from 7-11 pm. There will be a 50/50 and raffles, Tickets are $10 per person and available at Madores Market and Steves Family Market. For more info, or to donate raffle items, please call Ron Smith at 778-2167.


Jan. 26. 4:30-6:00 p.m. Location is at the AYS building cafeteria. ( Old L.F. Hight School.) Enter on side of building follow the sign. Beans, Hot dogs, Cole Slaw, Bread, Soup, dessert, sponsored by Fayette Baptist Church

Public supper at Trinity United Methodist Church February 2, 2019 4:30-6pm 612 Farmington Falls Road Baked beans, casseroles, salads and homemade pies $8 Adults $4 children under 12

Bake Sale: Thursday, Feb 14th at Otis Credit Union in Jay 9am to 5pm. Fundraiser for Relay for Life. Team: Friends for the Fight. FMI call Crystal 578-0296.

Free Loaves and Fishes Chowder Luncheon, Trinity United Methodist Church, 612 Farmington Falls Road, Farmington, Maine Wednesdays Jan. 9 thru March 27, 2019 ALL ARE WELCOME 11:30-12:30. No School - No Chowder For Loaves and Fishes Cancellations - List to WKTJ For further information 778 - 3921 or 778 - 2170

The Pancakery Cafe serves free brunch on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, January 13 through May 12, 2019. The brunch takes place in a colorful restaurant-style setting, with youth group kids waiting on tables and flipping pancakes in the kitchen. The menu includes soups, grilled sandwiches, quiches, and of course, pancakes. The Pancakery Cafe also offers classic espresso and cappuccino drinks. Plus, local musicians play a variety of acoustic music during the dining hour. Located in the vestry of Old South First Congregational Church, 235 Main Street in Farmington, the cafe serves food from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. More details, including up-to-date menus, dates of operation, and featured musicians, can be found on Facebook at "The Pancakery" or write to the youth group program at

The Free Store - A community Clothing Recycling Program is located on the 3rd floor of St. Rose of Lima Parish Hall on Church Street, Jay (big brick building across from the church). The store provides free clothing for men, women and children in local communities. We are open Saturday mornings from 9:00 AM til Noon. Donated items may be dropped off at the parish hall when the store is open. Please access the store by the door in the back parking lot. FMI please call 897-2173.

Free Loaves and Fishes Chowder Luncheon, Trinity United Methodist Church, 612 Farmington Falls Road, Farmington, Maine. Wednesdays Jan. 9 thru March 27, 2019. ALL ARE WELCOME. 11:30-12:30. No School - No Chowder. For Loaves and Fishes Cancellations - List to WKTJ. For further information 778 - 3921 or 778 - 2170

Community Dining Site. Seniors are welcome every Monday to the Farmington Community Center (127 Middle Street) for time to socialize and enjoy a healthy meal (suggested donation $3 though not required). Open every Monday except holidays., 10:00 to 2:00 with lunch served at 11:30.

Farmington Elks NICKEL BINGO! Just a nickel a card per game – 38 games, and last game is a quarter a card. Top and Bottom Line progressive games build until $400. Every Monday Night! Doors open at 4:30, games begin at 5:15. Farmington Elks, School St, West Farmington. For more information call or text 491-0019.


Plants Are Best through the Franklin County Food Council will be giving free samples of minestrone soup and the recipe at the January 5th Winter Farmer’s Market in West Farmington.

Farmington: The Winter Farmers Market begins Saturday, November 3, at 10 am. The market is held at the Farmington Grange Hall, 124 Bridge Street, West Farmington, which is just across the Rt. 2 bridge. The winter market will meet every Saturday until May. The market will feature farm products as well as locally produced cosmetics, crafts and baked goods, as well as vegan cooking demonstrations. The hours are 10am until 1pm. New vendors are asked to contact Bonnie Clark at 778-6637 or email


Monday Jan. 28: Farmington Historical Society will meet this month at the PIERCE HOUSE, 204 Main St., Farmington. 6 p.m. Pot Luck, meeting to follow. Steve Sharoun will present the program, “A History of the Town Farms of Farmington." Parking and entrance are at the rear of the building. Please join us and bring a friend.

The annual business meeting for the Phillips Community Church will be held on Sunday, February 10th at noon at the Community House, 31 Main St in Phillips. This will follow regular morning worship which has been moved for the winter to the Community House. Morning worship starts at 10:45a.m. There will be a buffet dinner provided by those attending, and anyone is invited to attend. FMI: Mary Dunham, 491-9986

St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Wilton holds worship services each Sunday at 9:30 am. Sunday School is at 8:45 am. In Advent, we continue with lighting the candles of the Advent wreath and having communion each Sunday. This year's Christmas Eve Service will be held at 5:00 pm. This includes a Nativity Play with the St. Luke's youth, Holy Communion, music, and candlelight. On Sunday, December 30th, we will have a Lessons and Carols Service. The Episcopal Church welcomes you wherever you are on your spiritual journey. St. Luke's is located at 59 High St. at the corner of School and High Streets in Wilton. FMI about the church: or find us on Facebook. Phone number: 645-2639.

SeniorsPlus announces office hours for its satellite office location at 218 Fairbanks Road in Farmington. Office hours for scheduled appointments will be every Wednesday from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Visitors will need to call 1-800-427-1241 to schedule an appointment. “Walk-in” hours will be held on the second Thursday of every month from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Staff 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. These services are free and open to the public. For further information call SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241.

Satellite Office Hours for SeniorsPlus at 218 Fairbanks Road, Farmington. SeniorsPlus announces office hours for its satellite office location at 218 Fairbanks Road in Farmington. Office hours for scheduled appointments will be every Wednesday from 12:30pm to 4:30pm. Visitors will need to call 1-800-427-1241 to schedule an appointment. “Walk-in” hours from 12:30pm to 4:30pm will be held on the 2nd Thursday of every month. Staff 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. These services are free and open to the public. For further information call SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241.

Drugs causing you problems? We can help you achieve freedom from active addiction. Narcotics Anonymous Three meetings per week in Farmington. Go to or call 1-800-974-0062 for more information.

Al-Anon meetings in Farmington. Offers help and hope for friends and families of alcoholics. Meets Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7 - 8 p.m. at Franklin Memorial Hospital. FMI call Arin 207-242-4848.

Have you been looking for like-minded people that seek to experience the depth of love from God that He provides…then please read! This is not a solicitation from a church nor is this a plea to get people to serve. The Spirit has been quite clear to provide a venue for people that desire the fellowship and soul feeding that a church environment could provide without the condemnation and expectations associated with organized religion. What exactly this will look like is yet to be determined. Not that we don’t want some vision of this but we do not want any ‘mans’ vision. We are completely comfortable with whatever God may be doing. When I say ‘we’ there are just a few that have been praying for God’s direction. For those interested come for regular "Consider This" videos and "Sermons" as lead by the Spirit. If you want to be included on our reminder list please leave your email in the discussion section of our Christian liberation organization Youtube site , or email us directly at We reside in the western mountains of Maine and would welcome gatherings. Looking forward with great expectation of God’s work! May you experience the joy and peace of the Father, Son & Spirit!

Wilton Chapter TOPS of Me. Meets Mondays 6 pm to 7pm. Wilton Methodist Church. Come check us out. For info call J. Stinchfield @645-7074.

SeniorsPlus will be at the Wilton Free Public Library the 1st Thursday of every month 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.

Veterans of Foreign Wars, James A. McKechnie Post 10881, has changed the monthly meeting to the 1st Thursday of each month. 7 pm at the Farmington Municipal Bldg., downstairs in back of building.

Ongoing support group for people who have a loved one with a mental illness. It meets every third Wednesday at the Farmington hospital. Any questions you can call Louise at 592-9933 or Kathy.

The Wilton Historical Society will be holding its monthly meeting every second Thursday from now until November. Each month we will have a guest speaker. The meeting are held at the Farm and Home Museum on Canal St. (behind Key Bank). The business meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. with the guest starting around 7 P.M. All are invited as we are open to the public. For more information please call Pam Brown at 645-2091.

T.O.P.S Weight Loss. Meeting every Monday night, 6 to 8 p.m. Meetings are at the Wilton Methodist Church. (weigh in starts at 6, till 6:45, meeting starts at 7. Take off pounds sensibly.


Yoga Class Every Sunday 3:30-5:00, $15 Learn Yoga postures to release stress, reverse dis-ease, rejuvenate mind and body. Experience how to breathe and meditate to find the inner fulfillment we are all looking for. Open to all levels. Bring a your mat, if you have one. Join us for a vegan Yogi meal at 5:30, $10. Please call ahead (207) 485-1228. FMI: 234 Greenwood Brook Rd. Industry, ME

First Impressions Matter: Resume & Interview Preparation This 2 hour workshop offers you current tools, resources, and guidance to write an effective resume and to prepare for a successful interview.Tuesday, February 26, 2019 10:00 – 12:00 noon New Ventures Office, 108 Perham Street Suite 2, Farmington To sign up or FMI, Janet Smith 778-2757 or email:

Introduction to Self-Employment This one-session workshop will help you decide if self-employment is the right choice for you. The class covers the pros and cons of owning your own business, the steps needed for start-up, the major elements of a business plan, and the many resources available to help you succeed. Monday, February 11,20196:00 - 8:00 pm New Ventures Office, 108 Perham Street Suite 2, Farmington Sign up, Karleen Andrews 557-1885 or

The following sessions will be held at the Wilton CareerCenter at 865 US Route 2E Wilton, ME. Telephone 207-645-5800; toll free 1-800-982-4311; TTY: Maine Relay 711 to set up an Appointment. These workshops are at no cost to the public. All workshops begin promptly at listed times. – Registration Required.

January 2019 Workshop

MEOC-101-Essentials of College Planning
Wednesday, Jan. 23. 10 - 12.
This workshop introduces people to educational opportunities in general and MEOC services in particular. This interactive workshop touches on the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career and study skills. The Financial Aid portion of this workshop will provide an overview of financial basics and the completion of the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please call 1-800-281-3703 for workshop details and registration.

Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation. Friday Jan. 4. 9 - 10:30
This is an orientation for people with disabilities who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Orientations are held the 1st Friday of the month. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Registration not 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. For more information please call Bill Card @ 1-207-622-8555

Rumford Area - Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation. Region 9 Mexico
Tuesday, Jan. 15. 2:30 - 4:00
This is an orientation for people with disabilities who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Orientations are held the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Registration not required

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.