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Event listing items can be submitted to us by emailing 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.


3rd Annual Rangeley RuKaBi Race May 24, 2020 10:00 AM Rangeley Town Park Call (207) 864-5571 or (207) 864-3055 for more information Rangeley RuKaBi Race - Bike 3.5 miles - Kayak 1.5 miles - Run 3.5 miles. Co-sponsored by Rangeley Health and Wellness and Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce.

Sat April 4 from 1-3 there will be a Free Easter Extravaganza at Bean's Corner Baptist Church at 17 Chesterville Rd. Jay. Games, Snack, crafts, Egg hunt, face painting, (weather permitting) Bounce house

4th annual Best Dog on Earth Day - A Celebration of Dogs and Earth Day. April 25, 2020, 10:00 AM. Start and Finish at the Hatchery Brook Preserve Trail. Rangeley Health and Wellness and the Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring the 4th Annual Best Dog on Earth Day event, a celebration of dogs and Earth Day, on Saturday, April 25, 2020. The event will be a Fun Run/Walk with or without your dog. Registration is 9:15 - 9:45 AM at the Hatchery Brook Preserve Trail.

NAMI Maine Walks on the Capitol. 52 Water Street, Hallowell, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. NAMI Maine Walks on the Capitol May 30 is the state's largest, stigma-busting event where hundreds of people gather to raise awareness, decrease stigma, and celebrate mental health. Rooted in National Alliance on Mental Illness' (NAMI) core values of advocacy, support and education, NAMI Maine Walks on the Capitol will begin with a rally at the Maine State Capitol in Augusta, followed by a celebration of music, food trucks, and short educational talks at NAMI Maine's home office in Hallowell. Participants are encouraged to create walk teams to fundraise for NAMI Maine’s statewide educational programming on mental health and suicide prevention.

Lupine Festival - Art & Antique Show June 20, 2020 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Outdoor Heritage Museum Call 207-864-3091 for more information. The Outdoor Heritage Museum hosts this Annual Art and Antique Show in Oquossoc. The grounds of the Outdoor Heritage Museum will come alive with numerous vendors featuring antique dealers, book sellers, craftspeople and artists sharing their talents and selling their goods in an annual celebration of the fabulous flowers filling the region’s fields. The museum will have special discounts in the Gift Shop on arts, gifts, fishing gear and books. To register for this event call 207-864-3091.


Mosaic Exhibit. Candace Jackman's one-of-a-kind mosaics are on exhibit at the Farmington Public Library through early March. Her mosaics are composed of various materials including, but not limited too, Italian and Mexican smalti glass, stained glass, stones, shells, found materials, ceramic & porcelain china, etc.


The Rangeley Friends of the Arts will hold Open Auditions for the RFA Summer Musical “Sweeney Todd” on Sunday, March 29, beginning at 2:00 PM at the RFA Lakeside Theater, 2493 Main Street in Rangeley. The Auditions are open to those entering 9th grade thru adults. Performances will take place July 4, 6, 7, at 7:00 pm, and July 5 at 4:00 pm. Sweeney Todd rehearsals will run from April 5 through July 2. Rehearsals will be 2 nights a week through April and May, and 3 times a week in June, and every night of performance week.


Wilton Scholarship Applications. Applications for the 2020 Wilton Scholarship Foundation and Hazel Chaney scholarships are now available online at the School Counseling Office link on the Mt. Blue High School website. Copies are also available at the Wilton Town Office or call Ken Sawyer at 645-3894. All current and former graduates from Wilton, East Wilton, East Dixfield, Dryden, and Weld are eligible. Deadline to mail return applications is May 14. Use home time to do them now. Stay safe!

The Warming Centers at St. Joseph (Tuesdays) and St. Rose (Fridays) are being replaced by a takeout meal initiative. Because social gatherings statewide are restricted due to coronavirus, Parish Social Ministry is shifting focus to providing meals for people to take home. Please watch the Parish Facebook page for updates, and install the myparish app ( if you don’t have it.

For this week, takeout meals will be available from the St. Joseph Hall on March 17 from 11 a.m. to noon. Takeout meals will be available from the St. Rose Hall on March 20 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. If we have enough volunteers, we may be able to expand that the following week to include more days. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Max Becher at or 897-2173 ext. 1205. Volunteer needs include making and bringing soups and other dishes to be packaged up, helping with packaging, and possibly delivering meals. We are adapting to a rapidly changing situation, so please check back for updates!

The bicentennial supper planned at St. Rose on March. 20 is also cancelled. Please consider making a contribution to the blessing box at either Parish as you are able.

The Farmington Falls Fire Company, Inc. is now accepting clean donations for their annual Yard Sale and Chicken BBQ which will be held on July 11, 2020, on Philbrick Park. Proceeds from the event sponsor the Hawks Majors and Minors baseball teams and maintain Philbrick Park. To donate or FMI leave a message for Bob at 778-3156 or Junior at 778-2181.

Vegan Potluck ~ third Tuesday of every month, 7-8pm. Free, sponsored by the Sat Manax Yoga Ashram. At the Grange Hall at 124 Bridge Street in Farmington. Bring a dish or a small donation. A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from the worst impacts of climate change." -UN Report Join us to eat, discus and explore the diet proven to reverse chronic illness and environmental degradation! For more information, click here.

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 4:00 and games begin at 4:50 with an early bird game. Must be at least 16 years old to be in the room. Farmington Elks, School St, West Farmington. For more information call or text 491-0019.


Western Maine Market - Online Farmers’ Market. Operating weekly, year-round. Place your order on Wednesday to receive it Friday. We have pick-up locations in Farmington, Freeman, Kingfield, New Vineyard, and Rangeley. We offer free delivery directly to your home or workplace along our delivery route:
Route 4, downtown Farmington to Strong
Route 27, Farmington to Kingfield
Routes 142 & 145, Kingfield to Strong
Town Farm Rd., Farmington
Delivery beyond that route may be available for a fee. Call Deborah at 207 860-0703 or email for more info.

Due to renewed interest in customers and vendors, the Farmington Grange has decided to continue the Winter Farmers Market on an altered schedule. Starting Feb. 8, the Market will meet on EVEN dates, on Saturdays; in essence, every other Saturday. The times will be the same, 10-1. Due to agreement with the post office, we have more parking available this year, next to the hall, during market hours. When the post office closes at 11, even more parking spaces are available. It should be noted that vendors need to bring their products in before 10, so people should not count on parking close to the building before 10. Some vendors have decided to take the rest of the winter off, but new vendors have joined. Anyone wishing to be a vendor at the market should contact Bonnie Clark at 778-1416. Child vendors are encouraged to participate at no fee. Root vegetables are still available, frozen vegetables, cheesecakes, all types of meats and poultry, fresh eggs, pickles, jams, sauces, syrups, dried herbs, etc. Baked goodies, breads and sweets. Medicinal items, soaps, lotions, baskets, crafts, fiber art, and much , much more. There is free coffee and tea, board games are available, the fires are roaring, and plenty of good socializing. Please join us. The Farmington Grange Hall is located at 124 bridge Street in West Farmington, just across the bridge from Main Street, to the right.


The Lovers of Russian Literature discussion group will be examining Fyodor Dostoevsky’s 'The Brothers Karamazov' over four monthly meetings, March 21, April 18, May 16. All meetings are 12:30-2:30 p.m., at the Jay-Niles Memorial Library in North Jay. Murder mystery, courtroom drama, triangular love affair, among three brothers and their vicious father — what more could you want? Dostoevsky portrays all of Russian life in the troubled political, social, and spiritual atmospheres of its “Golden Age.” We read in English! FMI: Alexis, 779-8979, Many thanks to the Jay-Niles Memorial Library for making our group possible.

Please join The Pickwick Club for a 2-part discussion of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Saturday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, April 25, 2020, 12:30-2:30 p.m., at the Auburn Public Library, 49 Spring Street in Auburn. The Pickwick Club is a book group devoted to the works of Charles Dickens. We also explore a wide array of other 19th century authors and general Victoriana. FMI: Alexis at 779-8979,, or Joanne at 583-6957,

SeniorsPlus has Farmington Office Hours. The Farmington office of SeniorsPlus at 218 Fairbanks Road is open by appointment 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Mondays. Call 207-795-4010 to schedule an appointment. On the second Thursday of every month, the Farmington office is open from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. for walk-in hours. (No appointment needed.) Staff is available to answer any questions or concerns about services and resources for older adults and adults with disabilities and their families. These services are free and open to the public.

St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Wilton holds worship services each Sunday at 9:30 am. 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.

Patriotic prayer for our country on Wednesdays, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at 227 Macomber Hill Road in Jay, at the chapel at the top of the hill. Call 207.595.0865 for more information.

A support group for mothers who have lost a family member to addiction or who have children currently addicted. Mondays 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Henderson Memorial Baptist church, 110 Academy Street, Farmington.

Incarcerated Family Support Group: Rose's Room, a support group for family and loved ones of incarcerated men and women, will meet at St. Joseph's Church, 133 Middle St., Farmington, at 7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month. All with loved ones in jail or prison are welcome. Join us for a non-judgmental, supportive, safe space to share experiences with friends who know what it's like to have a loved one in the system. For more information, call 207-491-2527. Rose's Room supports loved ones of ALL faiths and/or no faith. All are welcome.

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.

Christian liberation organization. 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 5:30 pm to 7 pm. Wilton Methodist Church. Come check us out. For info call J. Stinchfield @645-7074.

Veterans of Foreign Wars, James A. McKechnie Post 10881, has changed the monthly meeting to the first 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.


First Free Saturday CrossFit Classes. Renovation CrossFit (RCF) is hosting their First Free Saturday classes on March 7, 2020. All classes held that day are free. This is a great time to come try out a CrossFit class. CrossFit is a constantly varied workout that is doable for all ages and abilities. All movements can be scaled so that everyone feels successful. Classes are at 7am or 8:30am. Classes include regular CrossFit at 7am or 8:30am as well as our popular CrossFit Kids class at 8:30am! While your kiddos work out with our fabulous Coach Mackenzie, the parents work out in a separate space with our wonderful Coach Betsy. RCF is located at 25 Cedar Street in Livermore Falls (AYS Building). For more information or to sign up, contact

Nutrition Coaching. A six week nutrition coaching group will begin on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at Renovation CrossFit (RCF). It will be held on Sunday evenings from 6-7pm. RCF is located at 25 Cedar Street, Livermore Falls (AYS Building). For six weeks we will dig into sustainable nutrition that brings results. Each week brings a new habit, a new challenge, and a fresh way to look at "popular diet culture." We will dig into nutrition what, why, and HOW to apply in a way that works for YOU. This isn't just about learning more nutrition info. By the end of the six weeks, you'll know how to apply the right choice for your life, goals, and results! No quick fixes, fads, or special purchases required. Just real people. Real food. Real solutions. Cost is $79/person. Dates of the classes are March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 19 and 26. You can book online at:

FREE – "Budgeting Basics Workshop." New Ventures Maine is offering a free workshop called “Budgeting Basics” at Rangeley Lakes Region School, 43 Mendolia Road, Rangeley ME, 04970. Thursday, March 12 from 6:00-8:00 pm. In this 2 hour workshop, you will learn about the basic components of building a budget. We will discuss money tracking, goal setting, challenges, ways to reduce expenses, and how understanding your overall financial situation can be helpful in creating a budget that works for you. All workshops and follow-up coaching are free. To register for this workshop visit our website at For more information on New Ventures Maine please call Janet Smith at 778-2757.

United Way is providing free tax preparation services to those individuals and households that made less than $56,000 in 2019. Taxes are prepared by IRS-certified volunteers and a quality review process is followed to ensure high levels of accuracy on each return. Who: households/individuals who made less than $56,000 in 2019. What: taxes done for FREE and connections to valuable resource information. Where: UMF, Roberts Learning Center Room 103 (first floor). When: now through March 14. Wednesdays from 4-6p. Saturdays from 9a-1p. How: call 778-7954 or email to schedule an appointment. Cost: $0.00 (huge thank you to Skowhegan Savings Bank for their sponsorship)!

The public is invited to attend an Informational Speaker Night at The VFW Post 3335 in Jay Tuesday, March 17th “EXPLAINING HEAT PUMPS” *Why Heat pumps are efficient *Return on investment *Installation process. Presented by Matt Kortus. DYER ELECTRIC. FREE ATTENDANCE. 5pm Social., optional. 5:45 Corn Beef Dinner $10. 6:30pm Speaker Presentation. Reservations required for dinner or attendance by Sunday, March 15. Jay/Livermore Falls Lions Club
Connie Godfrey 207-441-0944

FREE – "Your Money Personality Workshop." New Ventures Maine is offering a free workshop, “Your Money Personality” at Rangeley Lakes Region School, 43 Mendolia Road, Rangeley ME, 04970. Thursday, March 19 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Managing your money is more than just numbers. In this 2 hour workshop we will use a fun and unique “Money Habitudes” game to identify your money management style. Developed by Syble Solomon, this process helps you learn how your habits and attitudes towards money affect your decisions and actions related to money. We will use the results as a starting point for thinking about how you can become more comfortable managing your money. All workshops and follow-up coaching are free. To register for this workshop visit our website at For more information on New Ventures Maine please call Janet Smith at 778-2757.

FREE – “Clean-up Your Credit Workshop." New Ventures Maine is offering a free workshop called “Clean-up Your Credit” at Rangeley Lakes Region School, 43 Mendolia Road, Rangeley ME, 04970. Thursday, March 19 from 6:00-8:00 pm. In this free, 2-hour workshop learn how to reduce your debt, improve your credit, and maintain a good credit score. Create your own step-by-step plan to pay down your debt. All workshops and follow-up coaching are free. To register for this workshop visit our website at For more information on New Ventures Maine please call Janet Smith at 778-2757.

The Connected Leader. Creating a Culture of Engagement & Collaboration One Employee at a Time. March 24, 2020 | The Homestead, Farmington. 2:30 - 5pm The Connected Leader Seminar Event. 5 - 6:30pm Networking Reception. Space is limited to just 30 participants. Early registration is recommended. In this disruptive and fast-paced era of always needing to learn, do, and achieve more, it can sometimes feel like we don't know where our anchor is. National speaker and business strategist Lisa Danforth will guide participants in an afternoon of discussion and activities that create connections across all aspects of who we are as leaders and emerging leaders. Becoming a more connected leader means deepening your engagement with
• Yourself: Identify your values and motivations (so that you have a bigger WHY to make choices from when the path is not clear)
• Your Team: Inspire buy-in and a capacity for leadership (so that your team is motivated from within)
• Your Community: Multiply your impact and grow value by investing in others (so that you can inspire others to step forward into their greatness)
This seminar is for community leaders, entrepreneurs, managers, and those aspiring to leadership roles in their company and community. Organized in partnership with Safe Voices, the domestic violence resource center, and sponsored by Franklin Savings Bank. Proceeds to benefit survivors of domestic abuse and human sex trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Make your own laundry detergent. Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at End of the Rainbow, 249 Farmington Falls Road, Farmington. Cost 5.00 per person. You will go home with a sample of laundry detergent and you will learn how to make more that will last you for months and save you money. For more information call Lori at 207-778-5066.

Wilton artist, Barbara Hathaway, Painter of Sunsets, is scheduled to instruct Acrylic and/or Watercolor at the Hathaway Art Studio & Gallery, though the Franklin County Adult Community Education spring 2020 program. The class is for five sessions, starting Wednesday April 1 to April 29. The evening class is for beginner to semi- pros, beginning at 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.. Students bring their own supplies. The $68 fee is payable to the instructor on the first class night. Hathaway has instructed art at several adult education programs, a Michaels's Store, Plein Air Art Workshops and Retreats, and is currently the Maine Federation of Women's Club Art Dept. Chairman. She is a past Upcountry Artists Secretary and past Board Member. FMI:

Yoga Class~ third Tuesday of every month, 6-7pm, $10 Farmington Grange, 124 Bridge St, West Farmington, Maine 04938 Most people think Yoga is for young, fit people. This could not be further from the truth! Yoga is for everyone who wants to live a healthier, happier life in body and mind! No prior experience required. Vegan potluck to follow.

The University of Maine at Farmington Fitness and Recreation Center invites ambulatory adults aged 60 years and older to attend Tai Chi for Healthy Aging & Better Balance. The class meets on Mondays and Fridays, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Jan. 27 to May 8, 2020, in The Landing, in the UMF Olsen Student Center. Interested participants must register in advance by visiting the UMF FRC front desk at 152 Quebec St., Farmington. Class is limited to 20 participants. Class is $50. The class, which uses tai chi, a Chinese martial art that uses slow, mindful movements, is open to ambulatory adults, including people in chairs. The class aims to teach participants to view falls and fear of falling as controllable; to set realistic goals for increasing mobility and activity; to foster greater understanding of fall risk factors; and to increase strength and balance through exercise. It is recommended that participants attend all classes in order to reap the class's benefits, as the movements are cumulative. The course will be taught by Karen Hellekson, an aerobics instructor and tai chi practitioner who trained for the class at Brookline Tai Chi, which since 2010 has been offering the course in collaboration with Dr. Fuzhong Li of the Oregon Research Institute to create an evidence-based fall-prevention protocol.

The following sessions will be held at the Wilton CareerCenter 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.

March 2020 Workshop

MEOC-101-Essentials of College Planning

Wednesday March 25th, 2020 10:00 - 12:00

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 March 6th, 2020 9:00 - 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 March 17th, 2020 2:00-4:00
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.