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Farmington area
Check it out:

Turner, Thursday, Dec. 23: Joan Ricker’s annual sing-a-long, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Old Turner Town House, Turner Center. Hot chocolate, mulled cider, cookies and a visit from Santa.

Farmington, Friday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve candlelight service, 7 p.m., Henderson Memorial Baptist Church. Includes lessons and carols, a special story for Christmas, choir music and lighting of candles. All welcome. FMI: 778-2163.

Jay, Friday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve service, 6 p.m., Bean’s Corner Baptist Church. Includes nativity scene with music and readings. Public welcome. FMI: 645-2925.

Turner, Friday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve candlelight service, 6 p.m., Universalist Church, Turner Center.

Wilton, Friday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Service, 5:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, Main Street. Special music, children’s program, traditional candlelighting and song.

Livermore Falls, Saturday, Dec. 25: Free Christmas dinner, 11:30 to 1:30, American Legion Hall. All welcome. For reservations: 897-3593, leave a message. Home delivery available.

Phillips, Tuesday, Dec. 28: American Red Cross blood drive, 2 to 6:30 p.m., Phillips Community Middle School, Route 4. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

Farmington, Thursday, Dec. 30: American Red Cross blood drive, 2 to 7 p.m., Franklin Memorial Hospital, 1 Hospital Drive. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

Farmington, Saturday, Jan. 8: Contradance with Yankee Soul Revue and calling by John McIntire, 8 to 11 p.m.; basic workshop, 7:30 p.m., City Lights North, 231 Broadway St. $5; $10 family max. FMI: 397-2241 or e-mail [email protected]

Oxford Hills area (Norway, Paris)

Norway, through Monday, Dec. 27: Commons Art Collective Group Show and holiday sale, Fare Share Commons, Main Street. Jewelry, handmade books, glass pins, poetry, ceramic art, handmade cards, photographs, wood sculpture.

Waterford, Friday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve service community celebration, 6:30 p.m., Waterford Congregational Church, Plummer Hill Road. Christmas story presentation, choir performance, carol singing.

Bridgton, Tuesday, Dec. 28: American Red Cross blood drive, 2 to 7 p.m., Masonic Lodge, Route 117. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

Bethel, Friday, Dec. 31: New Year’s Bethel celebration, 6 p.m. Advance sale: adults, $10 advance, $12 at the door, children under 18, $8/$10; under 5 free. Five programs of entertainment, ecumenical service, crafts and activities for children, community bonfire, horse-drawn wagon rides, food court, and fireworks. Advance sale tickets available at Society’s Museum Shop and other locations throughout the area.

Locke Mills, Friday, Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve dance, 8:30 p.m. to 12:15 a.m., Town Hall. $8.50 per person, includes buffet lunch at 9:45 p.m. Music by Richard Felt Orchestra. Benefit for Greenwood Historical Society.

Welchville, Friday, Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve dance and buffet, Emugene Staples Hall. Music by Country Ladds. By reservation only. FMI: 743-8289 or 539-4813.

South Paris, Thursday, Jan. 6: Swingin’ Bears Square Dance Club dance, 7 to 10 p.m., Oxford Hills Middle School. Pine Street. FMI: contact Sue Corning, 743-7176 or Eleanor Herrick, 782-4050.

River Valley area (Rumford)

Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 22: Greater Rumford Area Ministers’ Pantry Service will serve a free lunch at noon, Town Office.

Andover, Friday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve candlelight service, 7 p.m., First Congregational Church.

Dixfield, Friday, Dec. 24: Christmas candlelight service, 6 p.m., Dixfield Congregational Church.

Mexico, Friday, Dec. 24: Christmas Candlelight service with special music, 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 20 Roxbury Road.

Mexico, Friday, Dec. 24: Family Christmas service, 6 p.m., Mexico Congregation Church, Main Street. Includes lighting of Advent candles, the story “The Cobbler and His Guest” presented by Pastor Ginger and her husband, John, singing of several Christmas carols, and 11 p.m. candle and carols service.

Mexico, Sunday, Dec. 26: Service of worship, with the message “Telling the Stories of the Carols,” 10 a.m., Mexico Congregational Church, Main St. Soloists, the Senior Choir and the congregation will sing Christmas carols. FMI: 364-8603.

Mexico, Tuesday, Dec. 28: Preschool mystery story hour for children ages 2 to 5, 10 a.m., Public Library. FMI: 364-3281.

Rumford, Tuesday, Dec. 28: Open house, 6 to 8 p.m., Black Mountain new base lodge. Light refreshments served.

Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 29: Greater Rumford Area Ministers’ Pantry Service will serve a free lunch at noon, Town Office.

Bethel, Friday, Dec. 31: New Year’s Bethel celebration, 6 p.m. Advance sale: adults, $10 advance, $12 at the door, children under 18, $8/$10; under 5 free. Five programs of entertainment, ecumenical service, crafts and activities for children, community bonfire, horse-drawn wagon rides, food court, and fireworks. Advance sale tickets available at Society’s Museum Shop and other locations throughout the area.

Rumford, Friday, Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve dance, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., Rumford American Legion Hall. Music by Hooligan’s. $10 advance; $15. at the door.

Dixfield, Monday, Jan. 3: Preschool story time for children ages 2 to 5, 10:30 a.m., Ludden Memorial Library. FMI: 562-8838.

Lewiston area

Auburn, Wednesday, Dec. 22: Preschool story hour, 9:30 to 10 a.m., Public Library, Auburn Mall.

Lewiston, Wednesday, Dec. 22: Baby rhyme time, 9:30 a.m., Public Library.

Lisbon Falls, Wednesday, Dec. 22: Open Mic and Showcase presents blues and folk music with Final Edit, 7p.m., Lisbon Teen Center Coffee House, 32 Main St. All ages welcome. Free. FMI: 353-3010.

Lewiston, Thursday, Dec. 23: Advent songfest featuring music by Cornerstone, 7 to 8 p.m., Holy Cross Church, 1080 Lisbon St. Freewill offering accepted. FMI: 783-7241.

Turner, Thursday, Dec. 23: Joan Ricker’s annual singalong, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Old Turner Town House, Turner Center. Hot chocolate, mulled cider, cookies and a visit from Santa.

Turner, Friday, Dec. 24: Christmas eve candlelight service, 6 p.m., Universalist Church, Turner Center.

Lewiston, Sunday, Dec. 26: Lewiston Singles Club dance, 7 to 11 p.m., C & J Hall, 711 Webster St. $8/$7. Music by Bushwack.

Lewiston, Monday, Dec. 27: Bookin’ It with Babies, 10 a.m., Public Library.

Lewiston, Monday, Dec. 27: Advocates for children play group, 10 to 11 a.m., B Street Community Building, 57 Birch St., Suite 204. FMI: 783-3990.

Lewiston, Tuesday, Dec. 28: Preschool stories, 10 a.m., Public Library.

Auburn, Wednesday, Dec. 29: Preschool story hour, 9:30 to 10 a.m., Public Library, Auburn Mall.

Lewiston, Wednesday, Dec. 29: Baby rhyme time, 9:30 a.m., Public Library.

Lewiston, Saturday, Dec. 31: Countryside Dancers New Years Eve dance, 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., C & J Hall, 711 Webster St.

Lewiston, Sunday, Jan. 2: Lewiston Singles Club dance, 7 to 11 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 150 East Ave. $8/$7. Music by Mainly Country.

Auburn, Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 5 and 6: L/A Arts presents the Foreign film “The Triplets of Belleville,” 7 p.m., Central Maine Community College, 1250 Turner St. Film club members, $5; non-members, $7. FMI: 1-800-639-2919 or at www.laarts.org.

Lewiston, Thursday, Jan. 6: Bates College women’s basketball team vs. Colby, 3 p.m., Alumni Gymnasium. Free.

Lewiston, Sunday, Jan. 9: Lewiston Singles Club dance, 7 to 11 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 150 East Ave. $8/$7. Music by Wild Horse.

Lewiston, Tuesday, Jan. 11: Bates College men’s basketball team vs. Endicott, 7 p.m., Alumni Gymnasium. Free.

Lewiston, Wednesday, Jan. 12: Bates College’s Phillips Fellowship recipient John Karass discusses his research trip to Greece, 7:30 p.m., Chase Hall, Skelton Lounge. Free.

Lewiston, Thursday, Jan. 13: Bates College’s Phillips Fellowship recipient Aarjan Dixit discusses his research trip to India, 7:30 p.m., Chase Hall, Skelton Lounge. Free.

Hallowell, Sunday and Monday, Jan. 16 and 17: Auditions for production “Death of a Salesman,” 6 p.m., Sunday; 4 p.m., Monday, City Hall Auditorium. FMI: contact Gaslight Theater, 626-3698.

Lewiston, Sunday, Jan. 16: Lewiston Singles Club dance, 7 to 11 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 150 East Ave. $8/$7. Music by Bill Trowell Trio.

Lewiston, Thursday, Jan. 20: L/A Arts presents acoustic fun with Cheryl Wheeler, 7:30 p.m., Ramada Inn, 490 Pleasant St. Adults, $18; children, students and seniors, $15; table seating 10, $150. FMI: 1-800-639-2919 or www.laarts.org.

Lewiston, Sunday, Jan. 23: Lewiston Singles Club dance, 7 to 11 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 150 East Ave. $8/$7. Music by Country Ladds.

Lisbon, Thursday, Jan. 27: Lisbon Community School winter band and chorus concert, 7 p.m.; doors open 6:30 p.m., Lisbon Community School. $1; under 5, free. 50/50 and quilt raffle. Snow date Thursday, Feb. 3.

Lewiston, Sunday, Jan. 30: Lewiston Singles Club dance, 7 to 11 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 150 East Ave. $8/$7. Music by Steve and Good Old Boys.

Casco, Saturday, Feb. 5: Baked bean supper, 5 to 6 p.m., Crescent Lake Community Hall, Route 11, Webbs Mills. Adults, $6; children under 12, $3; under 5, free. Includes hot dogs, American chop suey, salads, breads, beverage and homemade pies.

Augusta, through March 11: Arbor Day National poster contest. All fifth grade classes are invited to create posters reflecting the theme “Trees are Terrific…and Energy Wise. FMI: Jan Ames Santerre, State contest coordinator, 623-2371 or e-mail [email protected]


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