Talk: ‘Commercial-Free Childhood’

FREEPORT — Dr. Susan Linn, director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, will give a public talk titled “The Gift of a Commercial-Free Childhood,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Merriconeag Waldorf School’s Community Hall, 57 Desert Road. Donations will be accepted at the door.

While parents try to set limits at home, marketing executives work day and night to undermine their efforts with commercial messages irresistible to children. Childhood obesity, violent behaviors, precocious sexuality, rampant consumerism, family stress and the erosion of children’s creative play have all been linked to a commercialized childhood.

Linn will provide suggestions for what can be done to protect children.

Linn is the author of “Consuming Kids: The Hostile Takeover of Childhood” and “The Case for Make Believe: Saving Play in a Commercialized World.”

“Health Care Movie” at library

RUMFORD — Rumford Public Library will hold a free showing of “The Health Care Movie” at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9. Discussion will follow.

For more information, call Joe Sirois at 364-3913.

Quilters to meet Oct. 9

RUMFORD — Rumford Area Quilters will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Rumford United Methodist Church, Linnell Street.

Bring your favorite tip or idea to share. Show and tell welcome. All area quilters are invited. For more information, call 562-7050.

Public supper at ‘Green Church’

MEXICO — A public supper will be served at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Mexico Congregational Church, UCC (the Green Church).

The menu includes ham, vegetables and homemade pies. Adults, $8; children under 12, $3. Take-outs will be available at 5:30; call 364-8603.

Gift basket raffle at Mexico Library

MEXICO — The Mexico Public Library is holding a gift basket raffle. There are 15 beautiful, themed gift baskets that the library is selling tickets on.

Tickets are available through Monday, Nov. 17, when the winners will be drawn for each of the baskets. This will allow plenty of time for the winners to pick up their baskets before the holidays, should they be wanted for gifts.

The following are the baskets being raffled off: All Things Pumpkin, Autumn Days, Blueberry Blitz, Christmas Corner, Frozen Frenzy!, It’s Playtime, It’s Pumpkin Time, Marvelously Maple!, Pamper Yourself, Playing with Planes!, Puzzles Galore!, Soup’s On!, Sundaes at Home, Warming Up! and Yahoo for Yarns!

All baskets are on display in the library. Tickets can be purchased at the library’s circulation desk. Tickets are $1 for one ticket; $2 for three; $5 for seven. Attendance at the drawing is not required to win.

Contact the library at 364-3281 with any questions.

Teacher conferences at Dirigo

DIXFIELD — Dirigo High School will hold teacher/parent/student conferences from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, and from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21.

Each conference will be held to 15 minutes. Parents who need additional time or who cannot make one of these nights may schedule an appointment with the teacher at a more convenient time.

Email JoAnne Weston at [email protected] to schedule a conference. Or call Dirigo High School at 562-4251, ext. 228. When emailing or calling, make sure that you know which teachers you wish to see.

Teachers will not be available for walk-ins. Appointments must be made by Tuesday, Oct. 14, or Friday, Oct. 17, in order to create schedules for the teachers.

Stephens High School Class of 1954

MEXICO — The Stephens High School Class of 1954 will meet for a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Dick’s Restaurant.

Rumford Elks plan pasta night

RUMFORD — Rumford Elks Lodge will hold its PER Pasta Night from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct, 15. All are welcome.

Takeout will be available. 

Lasagna, bread, salad and dessert will be served for $5.

Please use the River Street entrance.

For more information, call 364-4022.

Stephens High School Class of 1949

RUMFORD — Members of the Stephens High School Class of 1949 will meet for their regular monthly luncheon at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the River Valley Grill, formerly the Route 2 Diner.

Raw milk production guidelines

ORONO — University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s bulletin with guidelines on raw milk production is available for licensed dealers and people interested in becoming licensed with the state of Maine.

Donald E. Hoenig, VMD, UMaine Extension, authored “Raw Milk Production: Guidelines for Maine Licensed Dealers.” Topics covered include milking procedures, milk room equipment, milking facilities, cleaning equipment, raw milk and foodborne illness, and tests conducted by the Department of Agriculture.

More information, free downloads and bulletin copies for $1 each are available from the UMaine Extension Publication Catalog, and by contacting 207-581-3792 or [email protected]