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Event listing items can be submitted to us by emailing thedailybulldog@gmail.com. They should be short and to the point, including dates, times and contact information. Please submit event listings in paragraph format (as opposed to a list format or sending a poster) and please refrain from typing them in all uppercase. All items are listed chronologically, organized by category. Our seven categories are: [Special Events], [Exhibits, Readings & Shows], [Music, Dance & Drama], [Benefit Feasts, Sales & Events], [Craft Fairs, Yard Sales & Farmers' Markets], [Meetings & Gatherings][Classes & Workshops]. Click on these seven categories for easy navigation.

SPECIAL EVENTS & NOTICES

Franklin County Adult Education is pleased to announce the release of their Fall / Winter Catalog of Classes. This fall they will be offering over 95 classes. If you are looking for general education classes, workforce training or enrichment, this new catalog has something for everyone. You can sign up for classes online at www.rsd9.maineadulted.org or by calling the office at (207) 778-3460. Your future awaits!

Don’t throw out those old or broken electronics! The 11th Annual “Earth Day Every Day!” electronics recycling day gives greater Farmington area and Franklin County an opportunity to responsibly dispose of household electronic devices, otherwise referred to as “e-waste”, instead of disposing of them in a way that could harm the environment and ultimately be dangerous to all life. As a community service project, unwanted, old and broken electronics, otherwise referred to as “e-waste,” will be collected for Maine Department of Environmental Protection approved recycling and disposal “Earth Day Every Day!” event has been rescheduled to take place on Saturday, September 21 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Farmington Hannaford parking lot located on Route 2 & 4, the Wilton Road, rain or shine. The April e-waste disposal was cancelled unexpectedly.

The Town of Wilton says that the Route 2 side of the Pond Road will be closed from Sept. 23 through Sept. 27 and Wilton has chosen not to keep one lane open for the elderly, the businesses and the residence. Law Mountain Wreaths N' Bakery will be open regular hours at 218 Pond Road Wilton Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 6 to 2 and Saturday 6 to 1. The Town of Wilton has decided that the only point of entry is Weld Road/Route 156. We pray that we see you.

Fall Farm Day proudly presented by Martin Woods Farm to benefit the United Way of the Tri-Valley Area on Sept. 28. Come join us for a day full of fun farm activities, live music, and a spectacular Farm to Table meal including a good ‘ole fashion pig roast. Horse drawn Carriage rides, pumpkin & face painting, pony rides & petting zoo, apple bobbing contest, riding demo by Katelyn Helger, and bonfire with smores available for all to enjoy! $20/carload 12:00 - 5:00 @ Martin Woods Farm 24 Abijah Hill Rd. Starks. Call or text Katelyn (207)420-6673 for questions or more info

Rangeley Area Fall Festival for Families will be taking place Sept. 28 from 10 am - 1 pm at the Rangeley Health and Wellness Pavilion! There will be food, games, and activities galore! Join us for a farmer’s market, apple press, pumpkin painting, touch-a-truck, face painting, corn hole, arts & crafts, music, and more! This is a free and fun event for families, sponsored by the Franklin County Children’s Task Force and Rangeley Health and Wellness! Come join the fun at the Rangeley Health and Wellness Center at 25 Dallas Hill Rd. Rangeley, Maine. For more information contact the Franklin County Children’s Task Force at 207-778-6960 or Joanne at Rangeley Health and Wellness at 207-864-3332. See you there!

The Wilton Recreation Department will hold sign-ups for its Kindergarten basketball program on Sept. 23 and 25 from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Kineowatha Park office. This program is open to in town and out of town boys and girls. Sessions begin Oct. 2 in the Academy Hill gym. For more information call 645-4825.

6th Annual Rangeley Brat & Strudel Tasting Contest. Friday, October 4, 2019. 5 PM to 6:30 PM. Rangeley Inn & Tavern. 2443 Main St., Rangeley. The popular 6th Annual Brat & Strudel Contest will be held on Friday, October 4th, at the Rangeley Inn. Local chefs will serve samples of their best Brat & Strudel recipes for judging by the public and a panel of German judges. Come and enjoy some German flavor!

Visit with the artists, shop or participate in free workshops during the statewide Maine Craft Weekend. On exhibit both October 5 and 6 will be exquisitely embroidered antique Czech folk garments that have inspired FolkAnna’s fiber art. Vera Johnson will offer a free workshop “Copper Repousse or Embossing” on October 5, Saturday, 1-3 pm. Janis Lilly will offer a free workshop “Round and Rectangular Loom Knitting” on October 6, Sunday, 12-4 pm. No registration is needed, stop in for a few minutes, stay as long as you like. Location is Vera’s Iron and Vine, 155 Front Street, Farmington, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Knitting Brigades of World War I: Volunteers for Victory in America and Abroad. Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the New Vineyard Public Library from 3:00Pm – 4:30PM. Join Holly Korda as she shares vintage photos and stories of the Knitting Brigades in Maine and around the nation--and be prepared to share any stories you may have!

EXHIBITS, READINGS & SHOWS

You may have heard of "The Moth Story-Hour" on NPR, or "Stories from the Stage on PBS, but our plan is a little different from those venues. We want ALL ages to gather to share stories from our personal lives, or a favorite children's book, tale or myth. We are hosting a "Story-Share" Sunday afternoons on September 8, 15, & 22, from 2-4 pm in the Undercroft of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Rangeley. Come to tell and be heard, or just to listen!

New art exhibit at the Carrabassett Valley Public Library & Community Center! Jess Beer will be exhibiting her paintings throughout the months of September and October of 2019. A Wine & Cheese Reception will be held on Friday, September 27 from 4:30-6pm. Please join us to meet the artist and enjoy some refreshments!

The Rangeley Friends of the Arts presents the Western Mountain Photography Show on Sept. 14, through Oct. 6, 2019, at the Lakeside Contemporary Art Gallery, located in the lobby of the RFA Lakeside Theater, 2493 Main Street, Rangeley. The theme of this year’s exhibit is The Artists Trail, a new joint project of the RFA and the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust that designates 15 scenic sites in the Rangeley Region for plein air artists and photographers. Meet the photographers, enjoy the Juried Exhibit and the Awards Reception: a catered, public event where the winners will be recognized and prizes awarded, beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The event is exclusively sponsored by ENS Associates. For more information, call the RFA at 207-864-5000.

Join us on Saturday September 28 at 10:30 at the Farmington Public Library for the Dandelion Girl puppet show. Featuring puppets and storytelling by Nancy Tyndall, Dandelion Girl is a show for children of all ages. "A kindly woodchuck couple who long for a child rejoice when their wish brings a teeny tiny girl named Dandelion. Dandelion is a delight, but when she spills a pitcher of milk, the frightened child runs off into the forest. There she meets a snowshoe hare, a bear picking blackberries, and a dragon who is fiercely guarding his shining jewels. Is Dandelion quick enough to snatch a jewel, or does she have something to trade? What is it that a dragon living deep in a dark cave had never known? Come to the Farmington Public Library at 10:30 on Saturday, September 28th and find out for yourself!" Free, and donations welcome.

Michelle Houts writes both fiction and nonfiction for elementary and middle-grade readers. Houts has written the biographies of a woman who played baseball (KAMMIE ON FIRST), a midcentury modern artist (COUNT THE WINGS: THE LIFE AND ART OF CHARLEY HARPER), the first woman to solo hike the Appalachian Trail (WHEN GRANDMA GATEWOOD TOOK A HIKE) and an owl (SILENT SWOOP). She the author of the science-based chapter book series LUCY’S LAB and the beautifully-illustrated SEA GLASS SUMMER. Houts writes from a restored one-room schoolhouse and is a frequent speaker at schools and conferences. Find out more about Michelle Houts, including her 52 Letter Challenge and The Mark Boney Promise, an anti-bullying campaign, at www.michellehouts.com. Michelle will be doing a book talk and signing at the Carrabassett Valley Public Library on Thursday , Oct. 10 in the Begin Family Community Room. She will be doing programs at Kingfield and Stratton Elementary Schools during the day Thursday, sponsored by the CV Library’s Maggie Trafton Memorial Fund. Special thanks to the Sugarloaf Hotel for providing accommodations for Michelle. Contact CV Library Director, Andrea DeBiase 237-3535 for more information.

Jessica Beer is exhibiting her paintings the Carrabassett Valley Public Library & Community Center through October. Stop by during the weekend! Library is open 10-3; enjoy the patio and see the Carrabassett Library Community Garden, built and run by volunteers; the garden feeds those in need through the Stratton Food Pantry. You can also order your Patio Forever Stone anytime. Order forms will be at the library or we can email one to you.

Join us at the Farmington Public Library on October 10, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. for a book and travel talk by Jayne Boisvert for her book "Pilgrimage To Paris: The Cheapo Snob's Guide to the City and the People Who Lived There". A Maine resident and a professor of French language, literature, history and film, Dr. Boisvert wrote about her experience so that others may learn about "an enjoyable and unique way to discover the city", as well as some of the famous Americans from history who also experienced Paris. Join us for an engaging and fun talk.

Hannah Paige will be at the Farmington Public Library for a book talk focused on her second published novel, 30 Feet Strong. Featuring the main character William Thomas Clark, William "shares the initials with the World Trade Center for a reason: he was born on September 11th, 2001 at 8:46 am, the same time the first plane hit the North Tower. Because of this, he can see the ghosts of those lost on 9/11. Flash forward ten years. The memorial is about to open and William Thomas Clark enters the lives of four people in New York affected by the terrorist attacks in different ways: a retired veteran who lost his daughter to flight United 93, a widow of a first responder, a 911 operator whose first day happened to be her last, and a doctor who finds the body of the woman he loved while working the Triage Center at Ground Zero. In “30 Feet Strong”, the question of how a second can send us on a downward spiral that demands our most unshakeable strength to recover is one that several characters tackle." Held on October 17th, 6:00 to 7:00 in the evening at the Farmington Public Library.

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. highpeaksartisanguild.homestead.com

Bartlett Memorial United Methodist Church Parish Thrift Shop, at 35 East Dixfield Road, North Jay, is opening Saturdays, 9:00 a.m to 1:00 a.m. Lightly used clothing for everyone, household items, dishes, kitchen & bath items, craft & sewing needs, children's books & toys, some sports items, gardening and outdoor decorations, Christmas items, furniture and some antiques. Handicap accessible, bathroom and good parking. Some items are priced. You can fill a bag for $2. Donations are welcomed by leaving items at the Parish Thrift Shop when it is open.

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

MUSIC, DANCE, DRAMA & COMEDY

Farmington Baptist Church hosts a monthly JAM Night with local musicians on the 2nd Friday night at 6PM. (9/13, 10/11, 11/8, 12/13) Come enjoy a night of good music, coffee and snacks. Bring your friends. There is no cost...it’s free! Farmington Baptist Church is located at 194 Whittier Rd In Farmington. For more information call 207-779-0731.

The Moose Creek Cloggers invite you to a free introductory class on Monday September 23 at the Cushing School in Wilton from 6 - 7 pm. For more info contact pat@thelibbys.org.

Friendship Squares Dancing Club Invites you to two free square dancing lessons: September 24 and October 1, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Academy Hill School cafeteria, Wilton, Maine

Sparrows Nest Theater will hold auditions for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever on September 29 and October 6 at 1114 West Mills Rd, Industry. Performance dates are December 5-8. Roles for all ages! FMI call 431-9927

BENEFIT FEASTS, SALES & EVENTS

The Community Table reopens the week of September 23 from 11:30-1:00 at the Forster Building in Strong. Everything is free but donations are accepted. Free hot meal and sundries to take home. Hope to see you there for food, fun and fellowship. Open to all.

The 2020 Temple Historical Society calendar is now on sale and may be purchased from any member of the society and is also available at the Temple Town Office. The theme of the calendar this year is "HERE AND NOW" and features current information and photos of the different services that keep the townspeople up to date on town activities and how and where to access them. We are also pleased to add a current "TEMPLE BUSINESS DIRECTORY" which gives a listing of local business owners whose current business is located in Temple or a surrounding community. It provides easy access to the business owners name, the name of the business and contact accessibility. The cost of the calendars is $10.

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.

Skowhegan Savings Bank will be holding a bottle drive over the next month, raising money for the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post. The drive will collect bottles at the bank at 134 Hannaford Drive during business hours between the dates of Aug. 29 and Sept. 30. All funds raised through the drive will go toward the benefit of the Veterans of Foreign Wars James A McKechnie Post 10881, to construct a new building on Route 43. Redemption bottles can be dropped off at the bank Monday through Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to noon. A drop box will be available on the porch as well.

Plants Are Best Potluck Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, at Industry Town Hall starting at 5:00 p.m. Please bring a plant-based dish to share if you are able. All are welcome. For more information please call Lori at 207-778-5066.

On Saturday evening, Sept. 21, 2019 there will be a Public Supper at the Harland M. Harnden Masonic Hall, 70 Bryant Road, East Wilton, Maine, from 5 until 6:30 p.m. The menu will be Baked Chicken, Potatoes, Veggies, Rolls, Assorted Homemade Pies and Beverages. $9 for Adults and $5 for those under 12. For more information you may call 778-2354.

The Pancakery Cafe returns! Join us for fresh hot pancakes, homemade soups, great coffee drinks, and more, all served up in our vibrant "pop-up" cafe, where everything is free, and everyone is welcome. We also offer vegan and vegetarian items, and great coffee drinks, too. Plus, live music from talented local artists. Located in the vestry of Old South First Congregational Church, 235 Main Street in Farmington, the Pancakery Cafe is open on the second and fourth Sundays of the month (excluding holidays), beginning Sept. 22. Food is served 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 the church Facebook page, or write to the youth group program at Jodie@FarmingtonUCC.org.

Monday, Sept. 23, Farmington Historical Society Meeting, 6 p.m. Potluck, North Church 118 High St. Farmington. Meeting to follow. Program at 7:15 p.m., “Abbott Boys: Attending the Abbott School in the 1920’s,” presented by former UMF intern, Layne Nason. Everyone welcome.

We invite you to the Wilton Library’s book sale on Saturday, September 28, from 9 am to 3 pm, at Western Maine Development, 128 Weld Road. We have added many new books since our Blueberry Festival sale. This will be our sale before next spring, so come and stock up on winter reading. As always, pricing is by donation and all proceeds go to the Wilton Library’s collection and programs. For more information, you can call the library at 645-4831.

Literacy Volunteers of Franklin and Somerset Counties is having their second annual Fall Book Sale and free Family Literacy Festival to be held on Saturday, September 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their Literacy Center on 9 Cedar St., Livermore Falls. All proceeds from the book sale will fund the Literacy Volunteers Adult Tutoring program. Find great deals on books of all kinds, and join in a variety of children’s games and story read alouds, as well as Fred and Matilda’s Petting Farm ( goats and rabbits) outside. Literacy Bucks will be given out at the Apple Pumpkin Festival. Each Literacy Buck can be used to purchase a book at the sale. For more information call 500-3131 or email literacyolunteersfs@gmail.com.

Wilson Grange on Main Street in East Wilton Will be having a Harvest Supper On Saturday Sept. 28 starting at 5 pm until 6:30 pm On the Menu: Ham, Mashed Potatoes, Carrots & Onions, Squash, Rolls, Homemade Pickles, Apple Crisp for Dessert, Coffee and a Beverage A Vegetarian Option will be Available $10.00 for Adults - $5.00 for Children Under 6 For more info Call Jim Neuschwanger 645-3388

Harvest Supper Saturday Sept. 28 5 till 6:30 pm Ham, Mashed Potatoes, Carrots & Onions,Squash, Rolls, Homemade Pickles, Apple Crisp for Dessert, Coffee & Beverage, Vegetarian Option Available. $10.00 Adults - $5 Under 6 Wilson Grange - Main Street, East Wilton

Struts for Strays! 5K Trail Run & Dog Walk. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 - Titcomb Mountain Lodge, Farmington - Check-in opens at 8:00 a.m., race starts at 9:00 a.m. Registration is $20 for 12 and under and $25 for 13 and up. All registrations include a 2019 event logo T-shirt. Register at https://fcanimalshelter.org/strut-for-strays-2019

Don’t forget your pies! The Bake Sale will be in the library lobby Saturday morning, Oct. 12 from 9:00am until the pies and baked goodies are GONE. Buy your pies early – they go fast! We need bakers! Bring in some goodies on Friday or between 8:30-9am Saturday if you would like to donate treats for our sale. Look us up at www.carrabassettvalley.org, or the Carrabassett Valley Public Library Facebook page for more details.

Sunday, October 6 (rain date Oct 13), Annual Jane Dean Memorial Walk for Heat, 12:30 pm at Clearwater Pond Public Parking on Shadagee Road, Industry. Benefits ECU Heat assisting Franklin County Residents. More info call Dan at 778-4158 or Fran at 491-3803

The Carrabassett Valley Public Library will sponsor a Used Book Sale on Saturday, Oct. 12 and Sunday, Oct. 13 in the Spruce Room downstairs in the Sugarloaf Base Lodge. Sponsored by the CV Public Library and Sugarloaf Area Christian Ministry, the proceeds are shared among local food pantries and the library. If you want an early look at the books, come up to the lodge on Friday, Oct. 11 at 2:00 to help sort and set-up; choose some for yourself!

Christmas Craft Fair at Beans Corner Baptist Church (17 Chesterville Road, Jay) Nov. 2 9 -2 pm – We will be offering free lunch from 11-1pm . Crafters & Vendors wanted! Table rental $20 or space is $15. There will be a great silent auction with proceeds going to Missions . Proceeds from the table/space rental will benefit Care and Outreach ministries. Contact Beth Hoyt at church@beanscorner.org or 645-2925.

Due to the date change of the Industry Community Kitchen’s HOLIDAY FAIR to Nov. 23 (used to be the first Saturday in December) we wanted to let possible vendors know early to sign-up for the new date at the Industry Town Hall, 10 AM- 2 PM. Table rentals for $15 OR $10 plus and item for our silent auction. Contact Phyllis 491-8876 for more info.

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.

CRAFT FAIRS, YARD SALES & FARMERS' MARKETS

The Saturday Farmington Farmers Market’s is open for the season in the District Courthouse Parking Lot, 129 Maine St, Farmington. Vendors will be set up from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, May through October. We have vegetables, kettle corn, beef, jams, canned goods, fruits, homemade pies, micro greens, breads, seedlings, flowers and crafts. You can chat with vendors, taste delicious samples of locally produced food and support local agriculture. Double your EBT/SNAP dollars at the Farmington Farmers’ Market with Maine Harvest Bucks. Visit: http://www.maineharvestbucks.org/ For more information email: mypieforyou@gmail.com.

MEETINGS & GATHERINGS

Summer at The Church of the Good Shepherd. The Rev. John S. Rogers is the visiting priest at the Church of the Good Shepherd through September as the parish continues its search for a permanent Rector. Fr. John is Chaplin Emeritas of St. George’s school, Newport , RI, where he served for 23 years as Chaplin, Chair of the Theology Department and Varsity Coach of basketball and baseball. In addition to his tenure as Rector of St. Alban’s, Cape Elizabeth, he served a number of parishes in Rhode Island, Virginia, Georgia and St. Bart’s in the French West Indies. He and his wife, Judy summer in Oquossoc. Sunday services at the parish are at 7:30 and 9:30 am, music during 9:30 service, Robert Ludwig organist and choir director. He studied at Davidson College and Yale University.

Please join us for contemplation, prayer, and community at three outdoor Twilight Vesper services, to be held on the lawn of Old South First Congregational Church in Farmington. Designed and led by the youth group, these simple, 20-minute services will offer candlelight, time for silent meditation, quiet acoustic music, and more. In addition, a simple observance of Communion, open to everyone, will be served. Twilight Vespers will be held September 22 and 29, and October 6, at 7 pm, rain or shine. For more information, write to Jodie@FarmingtonUCC.org or check the church Facebook page.

Mobile Office Hours for congressman Jared Golden will be at the Farmington Public Library on Thursday, September 26, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. His representatives will be on hand to answer questions, and hear concerns from constituents.

Sunday, Oct 13, 2019 9:00 -11:00 Kineowatha Park, Wilton, ME Free, open to all Second Sunday Nature Walks. We're likely to encounter insects, ferns, mosses, bryophytes, and mushrooms of course. Join local Maine Master Naturalists Anthony Underwood and Lynda Fournier for a leisurely walk on the second Sunday of each month, from May through November. We will visit an assortment of local, public trails in Farmington, Wilton, and Jay. Share your knowledge or learn something new as we look at nature up-close. All experience levels and family members are welcome, but please keep dogs leashed during the walk. Please wear terrain/weather appropriate footwear. Trails are easy to moderate difficulty. Subscribe to our blog at https://secondsundaywalks.blogspot.com/
A full list of locations can be emailed by contacting secondsundaywalks@yahoo.com. Got a picture of a bug, or wildflower you want identified? Or maybe just a question about local nature? email us!

Sunday, November 10, 2019 9:00 -11:00. Bonney Woods, Farmington, ME Free, open to all. Second Sunday Nature Walks. You never know what we'll find! Hopefully some interesting animal tracks, insect cocoons, asters and other late season flowers. Join local Maine Master Naturalists Anthony Underwood and Lynda Fournier for a leisurely walk on the second Sunday of each month, from May through November. We will visit an assortment of local, public trails in Farmington, Wilton, and Jay. Share your knowledge or learn something new as we look at nature up-close. All experience levels and family members are welcome, but please keep dogs leashed during the walk. Please wear terrain/weather appropriate footwear. Trails are easy to moderate difficulty. Subscribe to our blog at https://secondsundaywalks.blogspot.com/ A full list of locations can be emailed by contacting secondsundaywalks@yahoo.com. Got a picture of a bug, or wildflower you want identified? Or maybe just a question about local nature? email us!

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.

St. Luke's Episcopal Church will be back in front of Life's Perks Coffee shop on Main St. in Wilton with a "Listen, Love, and Pray" table, Wednesdays from 9 to 10 am weather permitting.

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.

Is reading Tolstoy’s War and Peace on your bucket list? Then have we got a book group for you! The LORLs (Lovers of Russian Literature) are going to lose themselves in Tolstoy’s epic masterpiece, meeting monthly from May through November 2019 (taking the month of July off). We’ll be meeting on the third Saturday of the month, from 12:30-2:30 p.m., at the Jay-Niles Memorial Library in North Jay. We will read roughly 200 pages a month, and members are free to volunteer to moderate any given monthly meeting. We’re still in the formative stages — the reading plan will be available shortly — but please mark your calendars for the third Saturday. And please call or email for more details and to register for the group. We’d like to thank The Jay-Niles Memorial Library for kindly sponsoring our group; without their support this group would not be possible. Group Contact: Alexis DesRoches, 207-779-8979, leckie1950@gmail.com

Let's Talk Books Program - 2019. It is already Spring and Let’s Talk Books will soon be resuming its meetings at the library. I’m inviting all of you to join us. We will be meeting on the third Wednesday of the month, from 2-4 p.m., in the library starting in May. This year we will have a theme for each month in addition to other books we may be reading and want to share. We will also have a group read where everyone reads the same book and we discuss it together. The book chosen for this year is “The Visionist” by Rachael Urghart. Copies will be available at the library. We also hope to hold our annual author’s night sometime in August. I’m looking forward to meeting with all of you. The schedule for this year follows. If you have any questions please see Mina at the Library or you can email me at ​dej6168@gmail.com
Meeting Schedule:
August 21 - (Group Read) The Visionist by Rachel Urquhart
September 18 - Non Fiction
October 16 - History (can be fiction or non-fiction)
November 20 - Travel

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 namaine.org 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 christianliberationorg@gmail.com. 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.

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.

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

Spruce Mountain Adult Education would like to announce that our College Transitions program is beginning Monday, Sept. 23. This intensive twelve week course will help students improve their reading, writing, and math skills, raising them to a “college level”. Students will take the Accuplacer, tour local colleges and explore college and career options. In addition, students will receive help with the FAFSA application process and discover multiple scholarship opportunities. Classes will meet on Mondays from 9:00 to 1:30, and Thursday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:30. Earn one credit from Central Maine Community College or University of Maine at Augusta for completing the College Transitions program. Contact Michelle Guillaume at Spruce Mountain Adult and Community Education today at 897-6406 or visit us at 9 Cedar Street, Livermore Falls.

The Center for Workforce & Professional Development at Central Maine Community College (CMCC) will offer Introduction to Phlebotomy Techniques on Wednesday evenings, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m., from September 25 to December 18. A combination of lecture, lab and hands-on practical experience, this course is aimed at developing skills needed to work in an entry-level phlebotomist position. Coursework includes selecting and preparing the skin puncture site, collecting specimens, adhering to the proper health and safety guidelines, record keeping, and the patient/technician relationship. This course is open to the public and is intended for anyone looking to gain entry-level employment at hospitals, clinics, or other healthcare settings. The cost of the class is $750 and includes all instructional materials. Deadline for registration is September 18. For more information or to register, please contact CMCC’s Center for Workforce & Professional Development at 207-755-5280, email workforcedevelopment@cmcc.edu, or visit www.cmcc.edu/professionaldevelopment.

A Gravel Road Evaluation & Maintenance course will be held at the Chesterville Town Office on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, from 8 a.m. to noon. This class is being organized by the Franklin County Soil & Water District. The proper maintenance of gravel roads in Maine is important for providing residents safe and reliable year-round access to their properties while minimizing costly capital repairs to these roads over time, but it is also an important part of protecting our natural resources from degradation. In this training, participants will learn how proper maintenance protects property values and water quality, gravel road materials, how to evaluate a gravel road for maintenance needs, gravel road Best Management Practices, managing water on and adjacent to roadways, non-tradition and low cost alternatives, and will include a guided site walk of a local gravel road with State Soil Scientist Dave Rocque and Nonpoint Source Training Coordinator John Maclaine to provide a real-life scenario for discussion of potential improvements and practices. This class qualifies for 4 hours of Continuing Education Credit for individuals Certified in Erosion Control Practices by MDEP. Pre-registration is required. Make checks payable to FCSWCD in the amount of $45/person and mail to: FCSWCD - 107 Park St - Farmington ME 04938. You must include the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of each participant registered. For more information call, Rosetta White at 778-4279 or email rosetta.thompson@franklincswcd.org.

Barbara Hathaway, Painter of Sunsets, artist from Wilton is scheduled to instruct Acrylic and/or Watercolor starting Tuesday, October 1, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Hathaway Art Studio in Wilton, 32 Maple Street. This 5 session class is for beginners to semi-pros. Techniques include a lesson in composition, mixing colors, making washes, using the paper wet or dry. The last class will finish up on details and show how to mat the final painting. Students will learn how to make beautiful skies, sunsets, reflections, mountains, rocks and trees. Students can watch a demo
and work from their own photo as they work at their own pace. Fee: $68 is payable to the instructor at the first class. Materials for watercolor are: Watercolor paper 140 lbs., WC paint set, palette, 3 WC brushes, 1 large, 1 medium, 1 small.
Materials for Acrylic are: Canvas no larger than 16" x 20", AC paint set, palette, 3 brushes, Large, medium small. Hathaway has taught art at several adult education programs and is currently the GFWC Maine Federation of Women's Club Art Dept. Chairman and member of Upcountry Artist. FMI: call the instructor at 645-3449 or email: bhaway@myfairpoint.net.

Beyond Consequences, Logic & Control, Parenting Children with difficult behaviors, is a two hour talk with a powerpoint, by Meredith Mustard. It is an introduction to the concepts and science that supports a love-based approach to parenting children with difficult and challenging behaviors. "Meredith’s experiences working with children with autism, facilitating art groups with homeless children, and fostering and adopting her son spurred her on to learn about healing from childhood trauma. She has participated in many intensive courses and researched relationship-building parenting models. Experiencing success in her own family motivated her to become a parenting coach." Held at the Farmington Public Library on Oct. 24, 6:00 to 8:00 in the evening. The event is free and open to the public.

Spruce Mountain Adult Education and Western Maine Community Action are partnering to provide a Culinary and WorkReady Training beginning in late October. The Culinary component of the training will be taught by Executive Chef Wayne Kregling and will provide students the opportunity to acquire their National ServSafe Food Manager Certification. WorkReady, taught by Adult Education, will help students polish their soft skills resulting in a State recognized WorkReady Certificate. Students will also participate in paid Work Experiences with local employers. To be considered for the program, candidates must pass a CASAS Reading and Math assessment which will be arranged through the training site. The 10-week class will be offered in Livermore Falls and will run Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:00-2:00pm with paid work experiences of various hours on Thursday through Sunday. There is no charge for this program for those individuals who financially qualify. Interested candidates should contact Spruce Mountain Adult Education (207) 897-6406.

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.

September 2019 Workshop

MEOC-101-Essentials of College Planning
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. 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. Please call 1-800-281-3703 for workshop details and registration.

Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation
Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. 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, Sept. 17, 2019. 11 - 12:30
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.

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