Senior Cribbage League winners

LEWISTON — The Lewiston Senior Citizens Cribbage League winners at the Lewiston Memorial Armory on Jan. 3 were: first, Henry Maheux and Ronnie Gould; second, Don Haley and Norm Bissonnette; third, Betty Ames and Val Asselin; fourth, Mickie and Bob Cielinski; fifth, Monique Nadeau and Terry Chambers.

Next game will be played at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10. For further information, call Roger Labbe at 212-9253.

Danville Grange meeting Jan. 10

AUBURN — Danville Junction Grange 65 will meet at the hall at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10. On the program will be Rick Leighton, who will speak on financial planning.

Refreshments will be served at the close of the meeting. Members are reminded to bring a baby picture for the bulletin board. All members and guests are welcome.

Eastern Star meeting Jan. 10

AUBURN — Pine Cone Chapter 26 Order of the Eastern Star will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Masonic Hall, 1021 Turner St.

Conductress and associate conductress will be honored. A potluck supper will begin at 6. All Eastern Star members are welcome.

Cookie sale begins Jan. 11

STATEWIDE — Girl Scouts of Maine announces that the 2013 Girl Scout Cookie Sale officially begins on Friday, Jan. 11. Girl Scouts statewide are set to take orders through Jan. 27 and cookie deliveries are scheduled for the week of March 2-8.

Girl Scout Cookies sell for $4 a box and flavors include Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Lemonades, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Shortbread and Thanks-A-Lots. This year, consumers have the opportunity to enjoy a new tropical-inspired cookie infused with major vitamins. Mango Cremes with NutriFusion are crunchy vanilla and coconut cookies filled with a tangy mango-flavored creme that are touted as both “delicious and nutritious.”

Lemonades and Thanks-A-Lots now have Eco-friendly packaging that will eliminate more than 300 tons of paperboard from America’s waste stream.

Cookie Share for the Military is part of the cookie sale again this year and provides the public with the chance to buy cookies and donate them to the men and women veterans who will visit Maine Veterans hospitals and clinics statewide.

For more information, visit or call 1-888-922-4763.

Basketball free throw

AUBURN — Holy Cross Knights of Columbus Council 12,652 invites all boys and girls ages 10-14 to participate in a basketball free throw championship competition on Saturday, Jan. 12, at St. Dom’s Academy Auburn Campus. The event is free.

Registration is from 8 to 9 a.m. Proof of age is required, no exceptions. The competition will run from 9 to 11 a.m.

For more information contact Dan Leclair at 754-2841 or Joe Turmel at 240-7407.

Travelers group to meet Jan. 12

TURNER — Members of Twin City Council 160 of the United Commercial Travelers of America will hold a dinner meeting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Landmarks Restaurant. Reservations must be made by contacting SC Doug Larrabee at 345-9533.

DAV meets at new place, time

LEWISTON — Disabled American Veterans will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Lewiston Armory. Note the change of day and location. The group will meet the third Tuesday of each month.

Reading clubs select books

LEWISTON — The Lewiston Public Library has announced the next round of meetings and books for their community book discussion clubs. All of the clubs have current openings and are accepting new members.

Each of the book clubs is meeting monthly at the library. Participation is free and open to anyone 18 and over in the community. Preregistration is required and may be done by emailing the library at [email protected] or calling 513-3135.

The details for each club are as follows:

Tuesday Morning Club: next meeting on Jan. 15 at 10:05 a.m. to discuss “Sutton,” by J. R. Moehringer.

Tuesday Afternoon Club: next meeting on Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. to discuss “Team of Rivals,” by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Tuesday Evening Club: next meeting on Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss “The Marriage Plot,” by Jeffrey Eugenides.

Saturday Morning Club: next meeting on Feb. 2 at 10:15 a.m. to discuss “The Highest Frontier,” by Joan Slonczewski.

For more information, visit or contact the library’s adult services staff at 513-3135 or [email protected]

Quit for Life starts Jan. 16

LEWISTON — The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing and Healthy Androscoggin are offering Quit for Life, a five session workshop designed to teach tobacco users to become tobacco-free.

The workshop is free and takes place Wednesdays, Jan. 16 through Feb. 13, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Community Concepts, 240 Bates St.

Quit for Life includes instruction on preparing to quit, getting through the first few days, avoiding triggers to start smoking again and staying tobacco-free forever.

Emily Dooling, Tobacco Coordinator at Healthy Androscoggin, and Maureen Higgins, Cancer Health Outreach Educator at The Dempsey Center, will discuss coping strategies, information on overcoming addiction, preventing relapse, managing stress, exercise and nutrition. To address the addictive nature of nicotine, the program includes an explanation on the benefits of nicotine replacement and non-nicotine medications, how they are used and potential side effects.

The group setting provides support through sharing proven methods and the assurance that no one is going through it alone.

Space is limited. Preregister by calling Healthy Androscoggin at 795-5990.

Nutrition for cancer patients

LEWISTON — The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing is offering a free nutrition class for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. Nutrition for Life will take place Wednesdays, Jan. 16 through Feb. 6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Dempsey Center, 29 Lowell St.

During this four-part nutrition series, you will have the opportunity to explore the benefits of good food for cancer prevention, treatment and general wellness. Registered and licensed nutrition expert Judy Donnelly will arm you with knowledge and give your taste buds the opportunity to experience foods that support your immune system and good health.

You’ll leave with quick and healthy recipes that help you and your family increase your intake of protective nutrients. Topics include: Plant Based Living, Immune Boosting Foods, and Maintaining a Healthy Weight. Limited to 25 participants.

Preregistration is available by calling the Dempsey Center at (207) 795-8250; toll-free 1-877-336-7287 or online at

Pickwick Club ‘Little Dorrit’

LEWISTON — The Pickwick Club will meet Saturday, Feb. 23, from 12:30 to 2:30 at the Auburn Public Library Community Room, to discuss Charles Dickens’s “Little Dorrit, Book One.” For more information call Alexis at 778-4510 or Joanne at 583-6957.

Homeless youth documentary

LEWISTON — The Lewiston Youth Advisory Council will debut their 40-minute documentary, “Homeless Youth in Lewiston… Who Are They & What Can You Do?” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at The Downstage at LA Arts, 5 Canal Street Alley.

The documentary focuses on how youth become homeless; “Kat, Will, and Kendra: Their Stories;” the youth council’s perspective; community resources; and what members of the public can do.

RSVPs would be appreciated. Contact [email protected] or 513-3000, ext. 3205.

Winter Farmers Market Jan. 17

LEWISTON — The Lewiston Winter Farmers’ Market will hold a Tropics in January market from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, 208 Bates St.

Steel drum music, island drinks, grass skirts and spicy enticing food at the cafe will be featured. Visitors who wear a Hawaiian-style shirt will get a dollar off any purchase.

Additional parking is available in the parking lot to the right of St. Patrick’s Church.

The Lewiston Winter Farmers Market brings together 25 vendors selling Maine grown and Maine made products including fresh fruits and veggies, pasture-raised meats, eggs, seafood, live lobster, milk and artisan cheeses, fresh bread and baked goods, maple syrup, fresh cut flowers, handmade soaps and body products, fiber arts, pottery and more.

For more information visit the Facebook page or blog at or calls 207-513-3848.

Maine Twirl Girls events

POLAND — The Maine Twirl Girls out of Poland will host two events on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m. at Poland Regional High School/Bruce M. Whittier Middle School.

The first will be a Winter Wonderland Pageant for girls between the ages of 4 and 22 for a beauty walk/interview and an optional event for photogenic contest. Awards will be handed out at the end of the show.

The second event will be the kick off of their competition season, the Maine Majorette Association Competition starting at 1 p.m. Competitors from different areas will show their twirling ability. 

There will be door prizes, raffles and refreshments. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for children.

Christian Skate Night

TOPSHAM — Grace Community Chapel in West Gardiner will sponsor a Christian Skate Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at Topsham Roller World, 20 Atwood Drive. Doors open at 5:45. Storm date will be Jan. 27.

The cost of $5 includes regular skates; inline skates are $2 extra. For more information, call Tracey at 268-9153 or Pam at 837-1709.

Weight loss surgery program

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LEWISTON — Central Maine Bariatrics will host a free informational program about weight loss surgery from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the Chairmen’s Rooms on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building.

Bariatric surgeons and other members of the bariatric surgery program’s professional staff will provide a general overview of obesity and weight loss surgery options. The program will include a question and answer session.

For more information, call 795-5710.

Grants for nonprofits

ELLSWORTH/PORTLAND — Nonprofit and public organizations seeking funding for projects that draw on the strengths of the community and foster collaboration are encouraged to apply to the Androscoggin County Fund, part of the Maine Community Foundation’s Community Building Grant Program.

A volunteer committee of Androscoggin County residents and business leaders reviews grants and makes recommendations for funding. The deadline for applying is Feb. 15. Application and guidelines are available at

The Androscoggin County Committee funds projects that seek to build community connections; broaden and diversify leadership and community involvement; help communities to encourage civic involvement; increase trust across lines of difference; and encourage people to do more with others rather than just for others.