SUMNER – A lecture, “Culinary Herbs,” will be offered at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 18, at Hedgehog Hill Farm. There will also be a tour of the production gardens where the five kinds of basils, several catnip relatives, a variety of mints, lemon balm, tarragon and two kinds of rosemaries grow.

Visitors will be able to see, smell and taste a great number of herbs. They will learn about growing and using the many plants that create a cook’s palette of fragrance and taste.

Hedgehog Hill Farm gardens are open to the public for strolls, painting and photographing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Free lectures are held rain or shine and no reservations are needed.

For further information, directions or activities, call 388-2341, e-mail [email protected] or visit

Vacation school

SUMNER – The Congregational Church of East Sumner will hold daily vacation Bible school from July 19 to 23 for ages 3 to grade six. Sessions will run from 9 to 11:30 a.m., with a Friday program at 6 p.m.

The focus of the week is “The Adventures of David: The Shepherd Boy Who Became a King.” Crafts will include candles, appliqued cards, slingshots, stone sculptures and a banner. Each day’s session will have songs, snacks, stories and a visit from Benjamin, one of David’s shepherd friends.

The mission project for the week will be canned or boxed foods for the Church Food Bank or a money collection for the Heifer Project to provide livestock to struggling families. All area children are welcome.

For more information, or to register early, call Cyndy Norton at 388-2667.

Retirees to meet

PARIS – The Oxford County Education Association-Retired will meet on Friday, July 23, at the South Paris Congregational Church. The social period will begin at 10:30 a.m.

After a brief business meeting at 11, Tom Windsor will talk on “Going through Probate.” After lunch the scholarship fund-raiser will be bingo. New retirees are welcome. Those not in a telephone chain should call 743-7677 to reserve a lunch.

Bridge play

NORWAY – Oxford Hills Duplicate Bridge welcomed new players as they met July 9. Joining the group were Adena Doyle, Deborah and Jerald Burwick, George Kimball, Bill and Jean Hersey.

Winners for north-south were: first, Dick Allen and Pete Cummings; second, Deborah and Jerald Burwick; third, Georgette Jewell and Pat Quinn. East-eest winners were: first, Carol Curran and Suzanne Andrews; second, Eleanor Griffin and Adele Bendes; third, Barbara and Paul Beegel.

Duplicate bridge is played at 9 a.m. each Friday at the Fare Share Coop Building, 445 Main St. All bridge players are welcome. Refreshments are served and a partner is guaranteed. Parking and entrance are behind the coop.

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