BUCKFIELD – The Buckfield Planning Board will meet Monday, July 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the Buckfield Municipal Center.

Rec Committee

PARIS – The Paris Recreation Committee will meet Monday, July 5, 6 p.m. at the Paris Town Office.

Meeting rescheduled

GREENWOOD – The Planning Board meeting normally scheduled for the first Monday of the month has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, July 12, at the Town Office.

Book donations

WEST PARIS – The Friends of the West Paris Memorial Library is accepting donations of books for its upcoming book sale in August at the library. The sale date will be announced later. Books may be left at the library during regular hours from 1:30 to 6 p.m. and Wednesdays from 1:30 to 7 p.m. Proceeds will support the library and its activities.

Library programs

WATERFORD – The Waterford Library will offer two children’s summer programs. The Pre-K Club will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, July 6 and 20 and Aug. 3 and 17. These sessions support children entering kindergarten in the fall and is an extension of SAD 17’s Family Literacy Program. More information may be obtained by calling Sharon Merrill, program director, at 583-6327. The summer reading and events program, Discover New Trails, is for children in grades one through six. It will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. for six Wednesdays beginning July 7. Each session will feature an event or planned activity. More information may be obtained by calling Julie Hoyle at 583-6953.

Ranger talks

GORHAM, N.H. – The White Mountain National Forest announces the start of the summer “Wednesday Night With a Ranger” speaker series July 7. It will be held at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Pinkham Notch Visitor Center on Route 16, 11 miles south of Gorham. The first presentation is by the “Leave No Trace” trainers, promoting and teaching low-impact hiking and camping techniques. The program includes a brief history of Leave No Trace and includes a slide show, games and demonstrations to inspire land stewardship for all outdoor enthusiasts. Programs are free, and all are welcome. Programs are about an hour long and include free popcorn. More information may be obtained by calling the Androscoggin Ranger Station at 603-466-2713, TTY 603-466-2856, or the Appalachian Mountain Club at 603-466-2721.

Meditation classes

BUCKFIELD – A four-week Tai Ji Qi Gong series will be held in the gardens of Hedgehog Hill Farm during July. Qi Gong is a type of ancient Chinese exercises done with the breath to enhance internal energy and promote a sense of relaxation. Three different breathing patterns will be explored as a meditational experience. Classes will be held amid the flowering gardens. The class will be taught by Betsey Foster. She has studied Qi Gong and T’ai Chi since the mid-1980s and has taught since 1993. She is also a Qi Gong student of Dr. Ywang Jwing-ming, Boston. Classes will meet from 6:30 TO 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, July 8-29, at 54 Hedgehog Hill Farm Road, Sumner. For information or to register phone 875-2426.

Artists prepare for festival

NORWAY – Michael Raymond and Martha Grover are two of the 80 or more artists who will exhibit their artwork in the 32nd Annual Norway Sidewalk Art Show on Saturday, July 10. Raymond’s oil painting of his wife, Stacy, won third prize in the show last year. The Buckfield man shows a new work called, “Organic Machine.” Grover is a student at the University of Massachusetts working toward her master of fine arts majoring in ceramics. Her fanciful teapots are among some of the pieces that she will have on display.

Run to the Lake

NORWAY – Healthy Oxford Hills presents its third annual Oxford Hills 8K Run to the Lake on Sunday, July 11. It begins with the 1K children’s fun run at 7:45 a.m. Events include the 5K fitness walk at 8 a.m., and the 8K road race at 8:30 a.m. People may register at Norway Savings Bank on Main Street, or online at Active.com. Entry fees are $10 for the 8K road race, $5 for the 5K fitness walk, and $2 for the 1K children’s fun run. There will also be a $10 deposit, which will be refunded unless the participant chooses to submit it to the 50/50 cash drawing held during the post-race awards ceremony. More information may be obtained by calling 743-5933, extension 775. The event is sponsored by several local businesses.