Prayer group

PARIS – Dealing with the challenges of life can be made a little easier when shared with friends. First Congregational Church, 17 East Main St., Paris, will hold a weekly prayer/support group at 3 p.m. each Thursday in the Haskell House Building next to the church.

Started for those dealing with cancer, the group welcomes people struggling with any of life’s issues. For more information, contact the Rev. Don Mayberry at 743-2437.

New banjo club

NORWAY – The yet-to-be-named banjo club will practice from 7 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday in the Fair Share Market Commons room, 477 Main St. Persons interested in playing or listening to ragtime and jazz played on four-string banjos are welcome.

The club plays several gigs a month and welcomes new members of all skill levels. Contact Alan Hamilton at 875-2680 or [email protected]

Art reception

NORWAY – Norway Memorial Library will host a First Friday art opening reception of “Maine Scenes” from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2. Works displayed will be by current and former members of the Western Maine Art Group.

The public is invited to meet some of the artists, view recent works by local artists, collected works by artists who worked locally in the past and have refreshments.

Some of the artists whose work will be shown are Marjorie di Pretoro, Lajos Matolcsy, Ellen O’Neill, Judy Schneider, Barbara Traficonte and Ellie Viles. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 743-5309. The exhibit will continue through February and March and may be viewed any time the library is open.

Other locations hosting concurrent Friday openings are the Painted Mermaid Gallery in Paris and the Fare Share Commons in Norway. Hours may vary between locations.

Knitting club

WATERFORD – An informal knitting group meets in the Waterford library on the first and third Monday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m., weather permitting. New and experienced knitters are invited to work on their projects. Assistance will be available from expert knitters. The next meeting is on Feb. 5.

The February book discussion will take place in the Waterford Library at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28. All are welcome. The title chosen is “Moon Tiger,” the 1987 winner of Britain’s Booker Prize, by Penelope Lively.

The library is open to all residents of Waterford. Hours are Monday 2 to 6 p.m., Wednesday 3 to 8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to noon and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Guild speaker

PARIS – The Western Maine Knitting Guild will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Feb. 6, at the First Congregational Church, 17 East Main St., Paris. Speaker will be Jan Friend from Naturally Fuzzy Yarns, 24 Zakelo Road, Harrison.

Anyone interested in knitting is welcome. For more information, call Midge Leighton at 743-7677 or Marvis Maynard at 744-0167. In the event of a storm, if the schools are closed, there will be no meeting.

College workshop

PARIS – The Maine Educational Opportunity Center will offer a free workshop on the essentials of college planning from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, at the Paris Career Center, 232 Main St.

The workshop will outline the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career planning and study skills. Preregistration is required. For more information or to register, call 1-800-281-3703.

4-H ski day

PARIS – Four-H members, families and friends are invited to attend the annual 4-H Cross Country Ski Day at Carter’s Farm beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20. There is a small trail fee and rental fee for the day.

For more information, contact Extension Educator Susan Jennings at 743-6329 or 1-800-287-1482 or stop by 9 Olson Road, South Paris.