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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.


Old Home Days is the theme of the annual Family Fun Days in the Stratton area June 24-26. This weekend of food, music, entertainment and fireworks is a family-oriented event. Click here for a schedule of events.

Meet & Greet Social. The Titcomb Estate Tennis club invites old and new members to a Meet & Greet Social at the court on Sunday, June 26. Stop by anytime between 1 – 4 p.m. A clay tennis court located at the end of Orchard Street (and the corner of Fountain Street), near the entrance to Bonney Woods. Open to anyone who wants to try out the court. Come check it out, play a game or two, meet some new people. Clay court-flat soled shoes only. For more information, please contact Mark Stofan 778-4752 or Sandy Richard 512-0101.

Boat Parade. The Clearwater Lake Improvement Association will hold its Boat Parade Saturday evening, July 2 at dusk (8:45 p.m.). Anyone interested in participating or watching, the Parade forms at the “head” of Clearwater Lake, Industry. Dress up your boat and ask neighbors and friends to join in the fun of the evening.

Food Mobile Visit. The United Methodist Economic Ministry Food Pantry will be hosting the Good Shepherd Food Mobile. It will be distributing food, including fresh produce, perishable and non-perishable items to people in need in the Salem area. Anyone in need of food assistance in the Salem and surrounding area is welcome. The Food Mobile will take place Wednesday, July 6,  from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Economic Ministry (UMEM), 1458 Salem Rd, Salem. Please bring your own bags and boxes for your food. This distribution has been made possible through the generosity of the United Methodist Economic Ministry. For more information, please call UMEM at 678-2611.

Reading Prize Drawing. Strong Public Library is giving young patrons between the ages of 12 and 18 a chance to win a Kindle Fire this summer. All that is necessary to earn chances to win this 7-inch Kindle Fire with case is for young people to register by July 7 at the library then as they check out books and read this summer, they will qualify for the drawing which will be held on Aug. 25. The winner does not have to be present in order to win. Each time these young people visit the library and hand in a very brief “pages read” form, their name will be entered. Registration forms and other paperwork are available at the library on Tuesdays, 1 to 7 p.m., Thursdays 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to  2 p.m.

Free Breakfast. Mt. Blue Regional School District (RSU 9) will be serving free breakfasts and lunches beginning Monday, June 27 and ending Thursday, July 28. No meals will be served on Monday, July 4th or Thursday, July 21st. Please refer to the following schedule for locations and times. W.G. Mallett School, 116 Middle Street, Farmington Monday through Thursday (no meals will be served on Fridays) Breakfast will be served from 9:00 am – 9:20 am. Lunch will be served from Noon – 12:20 pm. Cascade Brook School, 162 Learning Lane, Farmington Monday through Thursday (no meals will be served on Fridays) Breakfast will be served from 9:00 am – 9:20 am Lunch will be served from Noon – 12:20 pm Bjorn Park, corner of High Street and U.S. Route 2, Farmington Monday through Thursday (no meals will be served on Fridays) Lunch will be served from Noon – 12:20 pm. There are no income requirements or registration necessary to participate in the summer food program. Any child under age 18 may come to eat for free.


SugarWood Gallery SugarWood Gallery's next “Artist of the Month” is Ramona du Houx of Solon. Open House Reception will be held on Friday, July 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. during Farmington’s First Friday Art Walk. The public is invited. Refreshments will be served. The gallery is located at 248 Broadway in Farmington. Regular store hours are 10 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Opening show for "Flying Bear Prints" at Minnehonk Gallery, Main Street, Mount Vernon, Friday July 1, from 4 to 7 pm. This village event also includes Corner Shop Antiques, Lakeside Serendipity, and Ivan and Sara's Jewelry open 4 to 7 pm, and the Olde Post Office Café (serving 5 to 9 pm). Come and eat, browse, relax on the shores of Lake Minnehonk!

Exhibit. The Rangeley Friends of the Arts is celebrating their beautiful new Lobby Gallery space with an exhibit of local artists’ and artisans’ work during the first theatrical performance of the year - Why Do Fools Fall In Love? - on June 30, July 1, 2 & 4. Every Rangeley Region maker of art and craft is invited to exhibit an item in the newly painted Lobby Gallery. Both wall hung (2D) and sculptural pieces (3D) are welcome. The exhibit will be enjoyed by the audiences for the production both before and after the performance and during intermission. Join the celebration of our beautiful new gallery space on Main Street! To be a part of the exhibit, please call the office at 207-864-5000 or email

Art Exhibit. The New Portland Community Library is showing the work of Cindy Taylor Clark through this month. Clark's focus is painting contemporary symbolism with the feminine form and nature. Her paintings and drawings are being shown at the New Portland Library through June.

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

Art Exhibit. The Emery Community Arts Center on the University of Maine at Farmington campus latest exhibit, “ASPECTS: 4 ARTISTS,” features the work of four prolific local artists: Lori Soucie, David Crowley, Sue Bisaillon and Roger Bisaillon. This dynamic new mixed media exhibit runs now through Aug. 14, The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Local Artists Exhibit at CV Library. This summer local artists are showing their art at the Carrabassett Valley Public Library & Community Center Gallery. A wine & cheese reception will be held Friday, Aug. 5, from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Begin Family Community Room, for guests to meet the artists and celebrate their artwork. Enjoy the patio, browsing of the Forever Stones and Carrabassett Library Community Garden. This event is free and open to the public. Exhibiting artists include: Betsy Bass, Karen Campbell, Katie Maloney, John Orcutt, Greg Thomas, Patty Thomas, Patty Ritzo, Isaac White, Jessica Williams, and there is room for more! Please email Library Director, Andrea DeBiase  at to request an application for showing future artwork. You may refer to the application for more information or call us 237-3535. We are happy to consider returning artists (every other year) and welcome new artists to show at the CVPL & CC.


Sunday Blues in the Barn. Chicago blues man and recipient of the 2012 Blues Music Award Bassist of the Year, Biscuit Miller with his band, The Mix, will kick off the summer blues concert season in the 1827 Barn at the Mountain Village Farm B&B. The property at 164 Main Street is in the charming foodie town of Kingfield. The series begins on June 26 with Biscuit Miller & The Mix playing their fun and funky style blues. All performances begin at 4 p.m. and seating is limited. Tickets are $40 for the series, $12 if purchased in advance or $15 at the gate. Call Lisa Standish at 207-­265-­2030 for tickets or information.

City Lights North Summer Program Performance on Thursday, June 30 at the UMF Emery Arts Center, 7 p.m. Free admission. This is the culminating performance of the City Lights North summer dance camp. Students and teachers from Boston and Maine perform together: many dance styles, solo songs, and short drama scenes.

Play. A production of Why Do Fools Fall In Love? will hit the stage of the RFA Lakeside Theater on June 30, July 1, 2, and 4. The show is produced by the Rangeley Friends of the Arts and includes popular music of the late '50s and '60s in a comedic story about love, marriage, and the overwhelming dating game. For tickets or more info visit

Play. Sparrows Nest Theater is proud to present Bridge to Terabithia, A play based on the award winning book by Katherine Paterson. June 30, July 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. July 3 at 2 p.m. Call 696-4323 for reservations. Sparrows Nest Theater is located at 1114 West Mills Rd. Industry

6th Annual Classical Meets Pop Concert and Fireworks Display featuring award winning NPR From the Top Alumni Musicians. On Sunday, July 3 at 7:30 pm five award-winning and internationally known classical musicians will present an exciting concert of classical and pop music in the Mount Vernon Community Center on Minnehonk Lake in Mt. Vernon. Tickets are $10/adult, $5/child for indoor general admission seating. Reservations are strongly recommended as indoor seating is limited. To order tickets, email Dan Onion, or phone 293-2076. Guests are also encouraged to bring blankets or chairs and sit outside on the lawn to listen for free. Fireworks will follow the concert at 9:15 p.m. Concert to benefit the 30-Mile River Watershed Association and Parker Pond Association. FMI: or

Concert. The Vienna Union Hall is happy to present for the third year the wonderful a cappella voices of Village Harmony, a group of young people from around the world. The concert is on Tuesday, July 5 at 7 p.m. at the Union Hall in Vienna. FMI call 293-2674 or email

Concert. The Taiko Group will be performing at International Night, July 8, at the Stephen A. Bean Municipal Airport in Rangeley. The event will begin with “The Taste of Japan” at 6 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at, at the RFA Lakeside Theater Box Office, or at the door. Admission is $15 and $10 for youths age 18 and under. Attendees should bring their own seating.

Band Concert Series. Come listen to the traditional Monday night Old Crow Indian Band Concerts, 7 p.m., Meetinghouse Park, Farmington. Mondays through Aug. 29. A fun, free activity for the whole family to enjoy.


The annual Fireworks and Chicken BBQ will be held at the Narrow Gauge Square, off Front Street in Farmington. On Sunday July 3. starting at 5 p.m. To reserve your BBQ Chicken dinner call 778-3235 (7 am to 7 pm), we have 300 dinners the cost is $9 per dinner. The Fireworks are being sponsored by Franklin Savings Bank, Kyes Insurance Agency, the Farmington Fireman’s Benevolent Association and area businesses. Reservations for the BBQ dinner must be made no later than July 1. If you have further questions about the activity call the above phone number. We look forward to seeing you at the Chicken BBQ with family and friends. This should be a fun time for everyone. Mark those dates on your calendar and be ready for a great evening followed by the fireworks at dusk.

Annual July 4th Strawberry Shortcake will be served at the Pierce House lawn, Main Street in Farmington, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. featuring Pikes' locally grown fresh strawberries, fresh baked biscuit and whipped cream. $4. Proceeds benefit Old South First Congregational Church, UCC community outreach through improved handicapped accessibility in the Newman Wing Extension. For further information call the Church office at 207-778-0424.

Souper Supper. The Chesterville Grange will be holding a public "souper" supper on Friday, July 8, serving between 5 and 6:30 p.m. Homemade soups, chowders and dessert. Adults, $6; Children, $3. FMI 778-2282.

Benefit Supper and Auction for Trent Flanders and Family will be held on Saturday, July 9, Post 28 American Legion Hall in Farmington at 2 p.m. Legionaire Scott Flanders' young son, Trent is recovering from critical medical problems. The spaghetti supper, and auction are for their benefit. Donations for the auction are needed, and they can be hand made or baked goods. Please drop these off by Friday, July 8. FMI contact Wendi Smith at 491-8808.

Public Supper. North Jay Grange Public Supper, from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 9. Baked beans, casseroles, meats, salads, coleslaw, breads, desserts, beverages. Adults, $8; child 10/under $3. Music by L & D Country. FMI: 645-4211, 645-9353, or 500-2330.

Homeless Shelter Fund raiser. John Moore and Jen Bjorn have kindly and generously organized a novel and fun fund-raising event, all proceeds of which will go to Western Maine Homeless Outreach. On Sunday, July 10 (rain date: July 11) at 8:30 p.m., John Moore will screen Independence Day: Resurgence on the patio of the Stone Hearth Cafe. Sixty tickets priced at $20 apiece are available for seating on the patio. That price includes a small popcorn and soda. Food and drinks can also be ordered from the Cafe. There will also be 140 tickets at $6 apiece available. They are good at the Narrow Gauge Cinema from July 10 through July 14 for any film showing at the Narrow Gauge Cinema on those five days. These tickets, too, include a small popcorn and soda. The tickets will be available Monday, June 20, from Ryan Goding at TD Bank in Farmington, from Chuck Ellis at Key Bank in Wilton, and from Tom Saviello at Front Street Mercantile in Farmington.

Golf Benefit. Lady Golfers are invited to register and play in a golf tournament on Tuesday, July 19 at Maple Lane Golf Course in Livermore. The proceeds will benefit patients at the Martha Webber Breast Cancer Center at Franklin Memorial Hospital. Ladies may register as teams of four or as individuals to be placed on a team by calling Rick at 897-3770. There will be team and individual prizes. Registration fee of $100 per team includes a catered lunch by Two Sisters. Cart fees are $10 per rider. There will be raffles during the day and a live auction of items donated by supporting businesses after lunch.

Picnic on the Lawn. Henderson Memorial Baptist Church on Academy Street in Farmington. July 23, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Menu: Hamburgers and hot dogs, salad, baked beans, beverages and dessert. Adults $7. Children $3. If it rains, the event will be held indoors.

Benefit Lobster/Chicken on Saturday, Aug. 13 at North Vienna UMC. Menu includes whole lobster, all cooked and picked or homemade children salad with sides. Take home or eat in. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Whole lobster meal $18; chicken salad meal $14. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will be sold until Aug. 10. For more info: call 557-5842, 293-3751, or 293-3889. Benefits ministries of the church, 572 Tower Road in Vienna.


Wilton Lions Club Annual Yard Sale will be held on Friday – Sunday, June 24 – 26 on Routes 2 & 4 at the next store from Big Apple in Wilton. Friday and Saturday 8 – 4; Sunday 8 to noon. Wilton Lions will pick up your yard sale items. Help the Lions help the community by calling one of these phone numbers for pick up: Bruce Ibarguen 645-2727; Peter Franchetti 592-5587; Frank Harris 645-3288. Donations are tax deductible, receipts are available.

Weld Artisan and Farm market will take place every other weekend through out the summer (Next June 26) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is located in front of the Weld General Store in Weld, Maine at the crossroads. Many products will be available: Grass fed meats, seasonal fruits and vegetables, artisan breads, specialty baked goods, natural beauty products, angora knit products and specialty hand spun yarns, angora rabbits available for petting, eggs, Webb Valley rocking chairs, rustic art, El Toro Mexican food truck, free 10 minute chair massages (when the massage therapist is available), and much more. Stop by and see us! It is worth the ride! For information call Jerry at the Weld General Store: 585-2231.

First Saturday of the Month Flea and Craft Market is open and will continue first Saturdays through Sept. 3, 10 - 2, at Phillips Area Community Center, 21 Depot St., Phillips. Tables, chairs, and tablecloths provided; 8-foot table is $10. For more information, or to reserve a table, call Pam at 639-2630.

Industry Community Kitchen will hold a Vendor Fair on Sept. 10 at Industry town Hall. Interested vendors should contact Sharon at 207-778-6526 to reserve their table.

The Saturday Farmington Farmers Market’s season 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, fresh seafood, kettle corn, beef, rabbit meat, jams, coffee, canned goods, fruits, baked goods, seedlings, fibers, flowers and crafts. You can chat with vendors, taste delicious samples of locally produced food and support local agriculture. See our blog for more information:

Franklin County-wide online farmers market, Weekly deliveries, Year-round


Farmington Historical Society Meeting will be held on Monday, June 27, North Church 118 High St. 6 p.m. Pot luck dinner. Meeting to follow. Art Ray will tell about “The Rise and Fall of the Narrow Gauge Railroad.” Everyone is welcome.

Colonial Daughters Chapter DAR will hold their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 28, at the Calzolaio Restaurant in Wilton. The meeting will start at 11 a.m., lunch will be ordered off the menu. At 1 p.m. the group will adjourn to the Wilton Historical Society next door where Pam Brown will introduce the group to Sylvia Hardy, Wilton’s giantess, born in 1824 weighing 3 ½ lbs, Sylvia grew to most 8 feet tall, memorabilia will be on display.

Annual Picnic. The Madrid Historical Society (MHS) will once again host the town’s annual picnic, Saturday, July 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The picnic will take place in “Bud’s Field” on Reeds Mill Road. Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, and place settings will be provided. Please bring a dish to share and beverage of your choice. Look for the banner and signs if this will be your first time to the picnic. All residents and landowners in Madrid are welcome to attend along with their families and friends. The MHS seeks to preserve the memories and heritage of the Township of Madrid for future generations as well as provide community activities for the current generations. In addition to the annual summer picnic, MHS provides a Christmas party for the children of Madrid. For more information about any MHS activities visit our website, or call Ginni at 639-2713.

On Sunday July 3, The Dead River Area Historical Society, will feature what is believed to be, the largest collection of artifacts from the Arnold March to Quebec hosted by Alan Burnell, of Eustis and Rocky Freeman from Rangeley. Alan will share the story of how Col. Benedict Arnold marched through Maine on his Trek to Quebec City in the 1700’s during the Revolutionary War. And Rocky will demonstrate how these brave men lived with the 1770's era tent and wearing Revolutionary War clothing. Ken and Duluth Wing spent many years searching the area of General Arnold’s march with a metal detector and found a wide assortment of items left by Arnold and his men. The book The Lost Villages of Flagstaff Lake will be available for sale as well as signing.

Revival at First Apostolic Church, Routes 2 & 4 in Wilton on July 8 and 9 at 6:30 p.m. Extravaganza on Sunday, July 10. Hot dogs, hamburgers, and chips at 12:30 p.m. Outdoor Jubilee at 2 p.m. Special singing, skits, worship. Everyone Welcome! Drawing for prizes.

Annual Meeting. The Clearwater Lake Association will hold it Annual Meeting on Sunday, July 10 at the Industry Town Hall. The Potluck Dinner will begin at noon and the meeting will follow. Please bring your favorite dinner dish to share with the members. All members and interested persons are invited to attend this meeting. Beverages (water, soda, coffee/tea) will be provided.

Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group. New, ongoing, every second and forth Monday nights starting at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are held at Franklin Memorial Hospital in the Allen room. If you have any questions, please call/text Angela at 446-0609 or email her at

ATV Meetings. If you have an ATV and would like to make a difference and help out we would like to see you at our meetings. The meetings are held every third Wednesday of the month in Mt.Vernon. For more information please contact Chris Currier at 441-5090 and/or Paul LeBlond at 491-6738.

Ongoing support group for people who have a loved one with a mental illness. It meets every third Wednesday at the Farmington hospital. Any questions you can call Louise at 592-9933 or Tami at 778-2792.

New location for Family Caregiver Support Group Monthly Meetings in Farmington! SeniorsPlus is holding a Caregiver Support Group at Farmington
SeniorsPlus; 218 Fairbanks Road. 1-800-427-1241. 1st Monday of each month. 3 pm to 4:30 pm. The First Monday of each month, from 3:00 to 4:30pm. This is a wonderful chance to connect with others, share experiences, gain information, support and a friendly ear. You do not have to pre-register to attend the support group. This opportunity is free and open to the public. For further information, call SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241.

The Wilton Historical Society will be holding its monthly meeting every 2nd 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 @ 645-2091


Summer Classes & Activities. Gold LEAF Senior College-UMF will introduce its summer term of classes and activities on June 29 at the North Dining Hall, Olsen Student Center, UMF. The annual meeting will be from 3 to 4 p.m. for members with course descriptions and registrations to follow. Free. Open to the public. Gold LEAF is a member-run organization that promotes lifelong learning. Membership is open to anyone age 50 and over, and spouse/partner regardless of age.

Arts & Craft Workshops for July. July 5th and 7th. Everyone’s Resource Depot. July Arts and Crafts workshops for children of all ages. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3-4 pm. Fee: $1 Topic:“Jungle Book Characters. For info call 778-7150. Also July 12 and 14: “Recycled Robots;” July 19 and 21: “Noisemakers;” July 26 and 28: “Under the Sea Projects.”

Saturday Summer Reading Program at the Chesterville Center Meeting House - Free program from July 9 - August 13, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Aimed at ages 4 - 11 (Children under 4 welcome if accompanied by adult.). Stories, activities, books to borrow, reading incentives. Theme will be "Summer Outdoors in Maine." Co-sponsored by the Chesterville Center Meeting House and the newly formed Chesterville Community Library group. To register or to volunteer, call 956-5831 or email Chesterville residence not required for participation.

Bible School. “Submerged” is the theme of Shorey Chapel’s (1109 Industry Rd, Industry) Vacation Bible School for 2016. All ages 5 through 12 are welcome to join us for this fun learning experience. We will share Bible stories, crafts, games, music and snacks. Join us July 13, 14 and 15, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and on Friday night from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for the closing family picnic and program. To pre-register contact Fran by July 10th at or call/text at 207-491-3803.

Enchanted Herbs and Botanicals, which recently began offering New Paradigm Hypnotherapy services at its 156 Main St. Farmington, ME location, is pleased to be offering a Smoking Cessation Workshop on July 15, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. This is a group hypnosis event so the focus will be on using hypnotherapy to aid in smoking cessation. In addition to group events, individual sessions are also available. In addition to smoking cessation programs, services are available for Anxiety, Building Confidence, Changing Habitual Behavior, Concentration and Focus, Depression, Dream Work, Fears and Phobias, Pan Management, Past Life Regression, Performance Enhancement, Regression, Relationship Issues, Stress Relief, Studying Focus and Success and Weight Control. For more information you may visit or check out their Facebook event at You may also call Enchanted Herbs & Botanicals at 207-860-0318.

Wilton CareerCenter Workshops. For those who are looking to make a change in careers or get a new job, the Wilton CareerCenter will be offering a variety of programs for job seekers. All workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 645-5800.

Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation on Thursday, July 7, from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
This is an orientation for people with disabilities who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Orientations are held the first Thursday of the month. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Registration not required.

“Employer Expectations” on Wednesday, July 13, from 1 to 3 p.m.
The workshop will cover the following topics: Creating a Great Resume, Preparing for Your Interview, Preparing for a New Job. Individual follow-ups may occur for Resume Critique as requested. This workshop is facilitated by Barclaycard US. It is not a recruitment effort for Barclaycard US; it is a workshop for people applying for all different types of jobs. Slots are limited; please call 645-5800 to RSVP.

MEOC-101-Essentials of College Planning on Thursday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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 to pre-register: 1-800-281-3703 for this session.

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.

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

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.