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Farmington area



Wilton, Tuesday, Feb. 1: Guest speaker Juanita Oftedahl speaks on “unfinished projects” at the Western Mountain Women’s Connection luncheon, 11:30 to 1:15 and dinner from 6 to 8 p.m., Boiler Room Restaurant. Reservations and cancellations necessary by contacting Jane, 645-2282, Laurie, 369-0068, April, 562-4645 or Darlene, 597-2955.

Farmington, Thursday, Feb. 3: Food check-out day, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Save-A-Lot. Includes educational display on diversity and scope of agriculture in Franklin County. Donations accepted for Ronald MacDonald House with coupons for donors and door prizes. Sponsored by Franklin County Farm Bureau. FMI: 645-2568.

Farmington, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 4 and 5: Open house exhibit and sale of paintings by Susan Pomeroy, 4 to 7 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Heirlooms of Tomorrow. Struggling with cancer, Pomeroy has experimented with various art forms. Profits to benefit Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice.

Strong, Friday, Feb. 4: Community movie night features the film “Snow Dogs” rated PG, 6:30 p.m., Strong United Methodist Church Parish Hall. Free. Children not admitted without an adult. Snacks and drinks provided. Inclement weather will postpone event.

Turner, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 4 and 5: Maine Music Educators Association District II Instrumental Honors Music Festival, concert at 4 p.m., Leavitt Area High School gymnasium. $5 per person; $10 per family. Features 270 music students grades 7 to 12 from 35 area schools.

Farmington, Saturday, Feb. 5: An evening of Cello and piano music performed by Katie Kennedy and Chiharu Naruse, 7:30 p.m., Nordica Auditorium, University of Maine Farmington. Adults, $6; seniors, $5; children under 16, free. Sponsored by the Arts Institute of Western Maine. FMI: 778-7136.

New Sharon, Saturday, Feb. 5: Take-out bean supper from 10 a.m. to noon at New Sharon Congregational United Church of Christ, Cape Cod Hill Rd. Meal includes 1 qt. baked beans, a pint of coleslaw, yeast rolls or brown bread, whole homemade pie for $12. To reserve meal: Leona, 778-3812. On day of pick up, call the church at 778-2517.

Wilton, Saturday, Feb. 5: Public supper, 4 to 6 p.m., First Apostolic Church, Routes 2 and 4. Adults, $5; children, $3. Includes baked beans, hot dogs, potato salad, coleslaw, casseroles, rolls and desserts. Benefit for church building fund.

Farmington, Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 8 and 9: American Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5 p.m., University of Maine North Dining Hall. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

Farmington, Saturday, Feb. 12: Tickets now on sale for a Valentine’s Dance and Supper at the Farmington Elks Lodge. Supper from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., dance featuring the music of the Legends from 8 p.m. to midnight. $25 per couple for supper and dance. Sponsored by the Farmington Emblem Club. FMI or tickets: Shannon Smith at 778-4726.

Farmington, Saturday, Feb. 12: Contradance with The Racket Factory and John McIntire calling, 8 to 11 p.m., City Lights, 231 Broadway. $5; family max, $10. Free basic workshop, 7:30 p.m. FMI: 397-2241, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.starleft.org.

Farmington, Saturday, Feb. 12: Tickets now on sale for the Farmington Emblem Club’s annual Valentine Dance and Supper at the Farmington Elks Lodge. Supper from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. followed by dance from 8 to midnight with the music of The Legends. Tickets: $25 per couple includes supper and dance. FMI or tickets: Shannon Smith at 778-4726.

Farmington, Saturday, Feb. 12: Recital presented by 2001 Metropolitan Opera audition winner, tenor Jesus Garcia, 7:30 p.m., Nordica Auditorium, UMF. Adults, $10; senior citizens, $8; children, $5. Sponsored by the Arts Institute. Tickets available at Mickey’s Hallmark on Main Street.

Jay, Saturday, Feb. 12: Benefit dinner and dance for Operation Uplink, 6 p.m., dinner; 8 p.m. to midnight, dance, VFW Post 3335, Jewell St. $15 per person. Includes prime rib dinner. Music by Alibi. Advance tickets only for sale at the post or by calling 897-5112.

Phillips, Saturday, Feb. 12: Mount Blue Voices concert and buffet dinner, dinner at 6 p.m.; concert at 7 p.m., Methodist Church. All invited. Bring a dish to share. Donations accepted. FMI: contact Pat Matulaitis, 639-3786.

Starks, Saturday, Feb. 12: Ham and bean supper, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Memorial Hall. Adults, $6; children, $3. Sponsored by West Mills Community Church and Church of Christ Presbyterian.

Turner, Saturday, Feb. 12: Valentine’s Day dance, 8 p.m. to midnight, Boofy Quimby Memorial Center. $10 per person. Music by the Rockin’ Road Runners Band. 50/50. FMI and reservations contact Betty, 597-2299. Sponsored by Buckfield Buckeneers Football Association.

Farmington, Sunday, Feb. 13: Concert by Celtic trio, three Cape Breton musicians and Franklin County Fiddlers’ Association, 2:30 p.m., UMF Nordica Auditorium, Academy Street. $10 per person; students with ID, free. FMI and reservations: contact Phil McIntyre, 562-4445 or e-mail [email protected]

Industry, Sunday, Feb. 13: Annual pig roast, noon, Town Hall, Route 43. Adults, $8; children under 10, $4. Includes roast pork, baked potato, gravy, peas, carrots, salad, rolls, homemade pies and beverages. Sponsored by Northern Lites Snowmobile Club. FMI: 778-2739.

Salem, Sunday, Feb. 13: A&E Hill Country music will perform at 1 p.m. at the Salem Community Building with old time country/bluegrass music. Donations accepted. Sponsored by the Salem Pine Tree Club.

Livermore, Monday, Feb. 21: American Red Cross blood drive, 2 to 7 p.m., Wayside Bible Baptist Church, Route 4. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

Farmington, Monday, Feb. 28: American Red Cross blood drive, noon to 6 p.m., Franklin Memorial Hospital, 1 Hospital Drive. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

Turner, Saturday, March 12: St. Patrick’s Day dance, 8 p.m. to midnight, Boofy Quimby Memorial Center. Music by the Rockin’ Road Runners Band. 50/50. FMI and reservations contact Betty, 597-2299. Sponsored by Buckfield Buckeneers Football Association.

Oxford Hills area (Norway, Paris)

Norway, Tuesday, Feb. 1: Art Moves Dance Studio workshop, 6 to 8 p.m. at the studio on Cottage Street for teens and adult dancers with at least five years of dance experience who are interested in teaching or co-teaching dance at local schools as part of the Art Moves into the Schools program. Also open to any physical education teacher who teaches dance in their school. Class size is limited. Sign up by calling 743-5569 or email: [email protected]

Paris, Tuesday, Feb. 1: One Book One Community kick-off with presentation by “Ernie’s Ark” Maine author Monica Wood, 7 p.m., Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School Forum. FMI: 743-5309.

Bethel, Saturday, Feb. 5: Public supper, 5:30 p.m., Bethel United Methodist Church. Adults, $6; children under 12, $2.50. Includes baked beans, hot dishes, salads, rolls, pies and beverage.

Bethel, Tuesday, Feb. 8: Gould Academy’s Performing Arts Series presents “The Hot Club of San Francisco” Gypsy Jazz, 7:30 p.m., Bingham Hall, Gould Academy, Church Street. Adults, $6; students, $4. FMI: 824-3575.

Harrison, Thursday, Feb. 10: One Book One Community Readers’ Theatre, 7 p.m., Fare Share Commons, Main Street. FMI: 743-5309.

South Paris, Friday, Feb. 11: Chinese auction, bidding at 5 p.m.; auction at 7 p.m., Fire Station, Western Avenue. Benefit for Jason and Alicia Richards of Norway. FMI: contact Sharon, 743-8197 or Debbie, 539-4043.

Harrison, Saturday, Feb. 12: American Red Cross blood drive, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Calvary Church, Main Street. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

Locke Mills, Saturday, Feb. 12: Old-fashioned dance, 8 to 11 p.m., Town Hall. Music by Richard Felt Orchestra. Benefit of Greenwood Historical Society. FMI: contact Joyce Hathaway, 674-2259.

South Paris, Saturday, Feb. 12: 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, 782-5359.

South Paris, Saturday, Feb. 12: Sweetheart ham supper and dance, 5 to 6 p.m., supper; 6:30 to 9:30, dance, American Legion Hall, Church Street. Music by Country Ladds.

Oxford, Tuesday, Feb. 15: American Red Cross blood drive, 2 to 7 p.m., Hosanna New Testament Church, 109 Schoolhouse Road. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

Oxford, Saturday, Feb. 26: American Red Cross blood drive, 7 a.m. to noon, American Legion Hall, Route 121. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

South Paris, Saturday, Feb. 26: Inside yard sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Legion Hall, Church Street. Tables, $10. FMI: contact Marilyn Ramsay, 743-5723. Doors open for setup, 7 a.m.

River Valley area (Rumford)

Dixfield, Monday, Jan. 31: Preschool story time for children ages 2 to 5, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Ludden Memorial Library. FMI: 562-8838.

Dixfield, Tuesday, Feb. 1: Adult Reading Group, 11 a.m. to noon, Ludden Memorial Library. FMI: 562-8838.

Mexico, Wednesday, Feb. 2: Greater Rumford Area Ministers’ Pantry Service will serve a free lunch, noon, Town Office.

Mexico, Wednesday, Feb. 2: Book Cafe’s adult book discussion group, 6 p.m., Public Library. FMI: 364-3281.

Rumford, Wednesday, Feb. 2: Theatrical troupe from the Theater at Monmouth will perform Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” 7 p.m., Mountain Valley High School Muskie Auditorium. Tickets $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 students, available at Rumford Municipal building.

Rumford, Wednesday, Feb. 2: Preschool story time for children ages 2 to 5, 10 a.m., Public Library. FMI :364-3661.

Bethel, Saturday, Feb. 5: Public supper, 5:30 p.m., Bethel United Methodist Church. Adults, $6; children under 12, $2.50. Includes baked beans, hot dishes, salads, rolls, pies and beverage.

Dixfield, Monday, Feb. 7: Preschool story time for children ages 2 to 5, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m, Ludden Memorial Library. FMI: 562-8838.

Bethel, Tuesday, Feb. 8: Gould Academy’s Performing Arts Series presents “The Hot Club of San Francisco” Gypsy Jazz, 7:30 p.m., Bingham Hall, Gould Academy, Church Street. Adults, $6; students, $4. FMI: 824-3575.

Mexico, Wednesday, Feb. 9: Greater Rumford Area Ministers’ Pantry Service will serve a free lunch, noon, Town Office.

Rumford, Wednesday, Feb. 9: Preschool story time for children ages 2 to 5, 10 a.m., Public Library. FMI: 364-3661.

Rumford, Thursday, Feb. 10: American Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5 p.m., Rumford American Legion, 184 Congress St.

Rumford, Sunday, Feb. 13: Oxford County ARC 30th annual Ride-In, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Horizon’s Unlimited, 319 Swain Rd. Sponsored by the Northern Oxford County snowmobile and local service clubs. Raffle drawing at 12:30 p.m. FMI: 364-4561.

Dixfield, Thursday, Feb. 17: American Red Cross blood drive, 1 to 6 p.m., Masonic Lodge, Route 2.

Lewiston area

Lewiston, through Tuesday, Feb. 15: “The Photography of Griffith Jerome Davis” the late photojournalist and U.S. foreign service officer, Bates College, George and Helen Ladd Library. Free.

Lewiston, through Saturday, March 19: Bates College Museum of Art exhibits “The Body Holographic” by Harriet Casdin-Silver,” “Between Science and Art” X-ray Photographs by Judith K. McMillan, and “New Acquisitions” local and global contemporary photography, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, 75 Russell St. Free. FMI: 786-6158 or visit www.bates.edu/museum.xml.

Lewiston, Monday, Jan. 31: Bookin’ It with Babies, 10 a.m., Public Library.

Lewiston, Monday, Jan. 31: Bates seminar series in entrepreneurship features speaker Rommel Padanou, native of Gabon and founder of Zegnon Group Inc., 7 p.m., Bates College, Chase Hall Lounge. FMI: 786-6232.

Lewiston, Monday, Jan. 31: Irish dancing class, 7 to 8:30 p.m., St. Patrick’s Church Hall, Walnut and Blake streets. $3. No partner needed. Beginners welcome. FMI: 933-9761.

Mechanic Falls, Monday, Jan. 31: American Red Cross bloodmobile blood drive, 3 and 8 p.m., Elm Street School. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

Lewiston, Tuesday, Feb 1: Preschool stories, 10 a.m., Public Library.

Lewiston, Tuesday, Feb 1: Book Buddies, 3:30 p.m., Public Library.

Lewiston, Tuesday, Feb. 1: American Red Cross blood drive, 3 to 8 p.m., Bates College Chase Hall. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

Auburn, Wednesday, Feb. 2: Preschool story time, 9:30 a.m., Public Library, Auburn Mall.

Auburn, Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 2 and 3: L/A Arts presents foreign film in Mandarin with English subtitles “Happy Times,” 7 p.m., Central Maine Community College, 1250 Turner St. Film club member, $5; nonmember, $7. FMI: 1-800-639-2919 or visit www.laarts.org.

Lewiston, Wednesday, Feb. 2: Baby rhyme time, 9:30 a.m., Public Library.

Lewiston, Wednesday, Feb. 2: American Red Cross blood drive, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sisters of Charity Health, Lepage Conference Center, Campus Avenue. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

Auburn, Thursday, Feb. 3: Baby’s night out, 6 to 6:20 p.m., Public Library, Auburn Mall.

Auburn, Thursday, Feb. 3: Author and former Sun Journal reporter Ed Rice discusses baseball’s history and the first Native American to play in the major leagues, Maine’s Louis Sockalexis, 6:30 p.m., Public Library, Auburn Mall.

Auburn, Friday, Feb. 4: Winter festival 2005 presents the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society’s annual wine tasting presented by Austin’s Fine Wines and Food, 7 to 9 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, Auburn River Watch. $25 per person. Includes wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres. To purchase tickets call 786-4713. Tickets limited Reservations necessary.

Lewiston, Friday, Feb. 4: Bookin’ It with Babies, 10 a.m., Public Library.

Lewiston, Friday, Feb. 4: Wear red fashion show, 6:30 p.m., Lepage Conference Center, 99 Campus Ave. $20 per person. Includes style show modeled by local physicians, wine tasting by Central Distributors Inc. and hors d’oeuvres offered by Davinci’s Eatery. For tickets: 777-8808.

Lisbon, Friday, Feb. 4: Public supper, 5:30 to 7 p.m., VFW Post 9459, Route 196. Adults, $6; children under 10, $3. Includes chicken with fixings, dessert and coffee or tea. FMI: 353-4879.

Portland, Friday, Feb. 4: Swing dance, 9 p.m. to midnight; lessons from 8 to 9 p.m., North Deering Grange Hall, 1408 Washington Ave. $10, includes lesson. Music by Victory Swing. FMI: 653-5012.

Turner, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 4 and 5: Maine Music Educators Association District II Instrumental Honors Music Festival, concert at 4 p.m., Leavitt Area High School gymnasium. $5 per person; $10 per family. Features 270 music students grades 7 to 12 from 35 area schools.

Auburn, Saturday, Feb. 5: Comic book writing and illustration with creator of “Parverian Tales” Michael Jordan, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Book Burrow. Bring artwork to share. Pizza will be served. Registration required. FMI: contact Sally, 782-3191 ext. 4 or e-mail [email protected]

Auburn, Saturday, Feb. 5: Lasagna dinner, 5 to 6 p.m., St. Louis Church Hall, Third Street. Adults, $6; children under 12, $3. Includes vegetable, salad, dessert and beverage.

Casco, Saturday, Feb. 5: Public supper, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Crescent Lake Community Hall, Route 11, Webbs Mills. Adults, $6; children under 12, $3; under 5, free. Includes baked beans, hot dogs, American chop suey, salads, bread, beverage and homemade pies.

Danville, Saturday, Feb. 5: Bean and casserole supper, 5 p.m., Grange Hall. Adults, $6; children, $3. Game party at 7 p.m.

Gardiner, Saturday, Feb. 5: Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center presents a concert by Portland Chamber Music Festival, 7:30 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, Gardiner Common, 2 Dresden Ave. Adults, $12; seniors and children under 13, $10. Refreshments served. FMI and reservations: 582-7144 or e-mail [email protected]

Gray, Saturday, Feb. 5: Public supper, 5 to 6 p.m., American Legion, 15 Lewiston Road. Adults, $5.50; children under 12, $2.50; under 5, free. Includes hot dogs, chop suey, coleslaw, brown and Italian bread, and pies.

Mechanic Falls, Saturday, Feb. 5: Lamplighter smorgasbord, 5 to 6 p.m., First Congregational Church. Adults, $6; children, $3.

New Gloucester, Saturday, Feb. 5: Pineland Farms presents a natural dyeing lecture with local artist and dyer Jolie Green, 10 a.m. to noon, Pineland Farms Visitors Center. $15 per person. FMI and registration: contact Sarah Hunt, 926-3914 ext. 101.

New Gloucester, Saturday, Feb. 5: Raising Readers book festival, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Pineland Farms. Reading of winter-theme picture books and outdoor activities. FMI: contact Diane Skog, 541-7560 or visit www.raisingreaders.net.

Poland, Saturday, Feb. 5: Ice fishing derby, starts hour before sunrise to 4 p.m., Middle and Upper Range Ponds. Weigh-on station located at Flying Lobster Restaurant, Route 26. Adults, $5; children under 12, $1; family max, $15. Tickets available at Dag’s Bait Shop, Auburn, Mooney’s Bait Shop, New Gloucester, Allen’s Country Store, and on day of derby, Flying Lobster Restaurant. FMI: contact Barney Stilphen, 657-5400. Proceeds for Gray-New Gloucester High and Middle schools football programs.

Sabattus, Saturday, Feb. 5: Bean and casserole supper, 4:45 to 6 p.m., Our Lady of the Rosary Parish basement, High Street. Adults, $6; children under 10, $3. FMI: 375-6951.

Augusta, Sunday, Feb. 6: Super Sunday ski and outdoor table tour, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Tree State Arboretum, 153 Hospital St. Adults, $15; children under 12, $5; members receive $5 discount. Tour the Arboretum trails. Food and refreshments from local restaurants located throughout the course. FMI: 621-0031 or e-mail [email protected]

Lewiston, Sunday, Feb. 6: Lewiston Singles Club dance, 7 to 11 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 150 East Ave. $8/$7. Music by Clary Hill.

Sabattus, Sunday, Feb. 6: Buffet breakfast, 7:30 to 10 a.m., American Legion Post 135, Island Road. Adults, $5; children under 10, $2.

Lewiston, Monday, Feb 7: Bookin’ it with babies, 10 a.m., Public Library.

Lewiston, Monday, Feb 7: Book Buddies, 3:30 p.m., Public Library.

Lewiston, Monday, Feb. 7: Irish dancing class, 7 to 8:30 p.m., St. Patrick’s Church Hall, Walnut and Blake streets. $3. No partner needed. Beginners welcome. FMI: 933-9761.

Lewiston, Tuesday, Feb 8: Preschool stories, 10 a.m., Public Library.

Lewiston, Tuesday, Feb 8: Hooked on Books, 11 a.m., Public Library.

Lewiston, Tuesday, Feb 8: Book Buddies, 3:30 p.m., Public Library.

Auburn, Wednesday, Feb. 9: Preschool story time, 9:30 a.m., Public Library, Auburn Mall.

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

Lewiston, Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 9 and 10: Peek-a-Boo puppet show, 9:30 to 10 a.m., New Life Community Center, 134 College St. Children over 1, $2. Includes snack. FMI: 782-1112.

Auburn, Thursday, Feb. 10: Electronic resources tour of library databases and MARVEL! Maine’s virtual library source for full-text magazine articles, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Public Library, Auburn Mall. All ages.

Lewiston, Thursday, Feb. 10: Artist’s talk with London holographer Pearl John and lecture by Bates College Professor of Physics Hong Lin, 7 p.m., Bates College Museum of Art, 75 Russell St. Free.

New Gloucester, Thursday, Feb. 10: Pineland Farms offers a cable knit hat class, 6 to 8 p.m., Pineland Farms Visitors Center. $45 per person. Includes all supplies. FMI and registration: contact Sarah Hunt, 926-3914 ext. 101.

Brunswick, Friday, Feb. 11: Concert by Celtic trio, three Cape Breton musicians and Franklin County Fiddlers’ Association, 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 15 Pleasant St. Adults, $12; students, seniors and Ceilidh House members, $10. Advance tickets available at MacBean’s Music, Maine Street. FMI and reservations: 688-4515 or e-mail [email protected]

Lewiston, Friday, Feb. 11: Bookin’ It with Babies, 10 a.m., Public Library.

Lewiston, Friday, Feb. 11: Senior College Food for Thought luncheon program presents “Satire in Alice in Wonderland” with Barbara Randall, noon; doors open 11:45 a.m., University of Southern Maine Lewiston-Auburn. $5 advance; $7 at the door. Includes lunch. For reservations: 753-6510 or visit www.usm.maine.edu/lac.

Lisbon, Friday, Feb. 11: Family movie night presents “Shark Tale,” 6:30 p.m., Lisbon Community School. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by LCS PTO and Community Library. FMI: 353-4132.

Lisbon, Friday, Feb. 11: Public supper, 5:30 to 7 p.m., VFW Post 9459, Route 196. Adults, $6; children under 10, $2.50. FMI: 353-2152.

Winthrop, Friday, Feb. 11: Fish chowder luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Winthrop Congregational Church. Adults, $6. Takeouts available. Wheelchair accessible.

Gardiner, Saturday, Feb. 12: Maine Hysterical Society variety show, 7 p.m., Johnson Hall, 280 Water St. FMI and reservations: visit www.mainehysterical.com or call 1-877-391-4660

Hallowell, Saturday, Feb. 12: Kennebec Valley Art Association’s “Artists” rummage sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Harlow Gallery, 160 Water St. No early birds. FMI: 622-3813, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.harlowgallery.org.

Lisbon, Saturday, Feb. 12: Valentine’s dance, 7 to 11 p.m.; doors open, 5 p.m., VFW Post 9459, Route 196. DJ and Karaoke. Fingerrolls and snacks. FMI: 353-4879.

Lisbon Falls, Saturday, Feb. 12: Baked bean and casserole supper, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Holy Trinity Church Parish Hall, 67 Frost Hill Ave. Adults, $6; children under 12, $4; under 4, free; family with children under 12, $15. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus. FMI: 353-5636.

New Gloucester, Saturday, Feb. 12: Pineland Farms presents story hour on the farm featuring “Frederick” by Leo Lionni, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Pineland Farms Visitors Center. Adults, $5; children, $2. Includes making a craft. FMI and registration: contact Patti Reidman, 926-3914 ext. 105.

Portland, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 12 and 13: Maine Home, Remodeling and Garden show “Meet the Chefs,” 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Cumberland County Civic Center. Adults and seniors, $6; children under 10, free.

Turner, Saturday, Feb. 12: Valentine’s Day dance, 8 p.m. to midnight, Boofy Quimby Memorial Center. $10 per person. Music by the Rockin’ Road Runners Band. 50/50. FMI and reservations contact Betty, 597-2299. Sponsored by Buckfield Buckeneers Football Association.

Auburn, Sunday, Feb. 13: Public breakfast, 8 to 10:30 a.m., VFW Post 1603, 588 Minot Ave.$3/$4. Includes coffee and juice. Benefit for New Auburn Little League Baseball. FMI: 784-6883.

Augusta, Sunday, Feb. 13: Third Sundays at Jewett concert series presents DaPonte String Quartet, 2 p.m., University of Maine Augusta. Adults, $10; students, $5; children under 12, free. FMI: 621-3551.

Lewiston, Sunday, Feb. 13: Lewiston Singles Club dance, 7 to 11 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 150 East Ave. $8/$7. Music by Country Ladds.

Auburn, Monday, Feb. 14: American Red Cross blood drive, 1 to 6 p.m., High Street Congregational Church, 109 Pleasant St. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

Lewiston, Monday, Feb 14: Bookin’ it with babies, 10 a.m., Public Library.

Lewiston, Monday, Feb 14: Book Buddies, 3:30 p.m., Public Library.

Lewiston, Monday, Feb. 14: Irish dancing class, 7 to 8:30 p.m., St. Patrick’s Church Hall, Walnut and Blake streets. $3. No partner needed. Beginners welcome. FMI: 933-9761.

Lewiston, Tuesday, Feb 15: Preschool stories, 10 a.m., Public Library.

Lewiston, Tuesday, Feb 15: Book Buddies, 3:30 p.m., Public Library.

Auburn, Wednesday, Feb. 16: Preschool story time, 9:30 a.m., Public Library, Auburn Mall.

Lewiston, Wednesday, Feb. 16: Baby rhyme time, 9:30 a.m., Public Library.

Auburn, Thursday, Feb. 17: Baby’s night out, 6 to 6:20 p.m., Public Library, Auburn Mall.

Lewiston, Thursday, Feb. 17: L/A Arts presents jazz performer Jay Leonhart, 7:30 p.m., Ramada Inn, 490 Pleasant St. Adults, $18; children, full-time students and seniors, $15; table for 10, $150. FMI: 1-800-639-2919 or visit www.laarts.org.

Lewiston, Friday, Feb. 18: Bookin’ It with Babies, 10 a.m., Public Library.

Lisbon, Friday, Feb. 18: Public supper, 5:30 to 7 p.m., VFW Post 9459, Route 196. Adults, $6; children under 10, $3. Includes shepherds pie, dessert and coffee or tea. Proceeds for benefit packages for troops. FMI: 353-4879.

Portland, Friday, Feb. 18: Swing dance, 9 p.m. to midnight; lessons from 8 to 9 p.m., North Deering Grange Hall, 1408 Washington Ave. $8, includes lesson. Music by Maine Swingin’ DJ’s. FMI: 653-5012.

Auburn, Saturday, Feb. 19: Judy D’Amour’s Saturday story “Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!” 10 a.m., Public Library, Auburn Mall. Children may make lion and mouse finger puppets.

New Gloucester, Saturday, Feb. 19: Pineland Farms offers sleigh rides, 1 to 3 p.m., Valley Farm Education Center. $5 per person. Reservations appreciated. FMI and registration: contact Patti Reidman, 926-3914 ext. 105.

New Gloucester, Saturday, Feb. 19: Pineland Farms offers an adventure in spinning class, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pineland Education Center. $45 per person. Includes all supplies. FMI and registration: contact Sarah Hunt, 926-3914 ext. 101.

Lewiston, Sunday, Feb. 20: Lewiston Singles Club dance, 7 to 11 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 150 East Ave. $8/$7. Music by Bill Trowell Trio.

Lewiston, Monday, Feb. 21: Irish dancing class, 7 to 8:30 p.m., St. Patrick’s Church Hall, Walnut and Blake streets. $3. No partner needed. Beginners welcome. FMI: 933-9761.

New Gloucester, Monday, Feb. 21: Pineland Farms explorers vacation day camp for children ages 7 to 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pineland Farms Education Center. $75 per child. Sleigh rides, learn card-weaving, explore nature photography, bake goodies from scratch, play games. Registration necessary. FMI and registration: contact Patti Reidman, 926-3914 ext. 105.

Auburn, Tuesday, Feb. 22: “Girl With a Pearl Earring” book discussion with Tracy Chevalier, 6:30 p.m., Public Library, Auburn Mall. Copies of book available.

Lewiston, Tuesday, Feb. 22: Preschool stories, 10 a.m., Public Library.

Lisbon Falls, Tuesday, Feb. 22: Presentation by Lewiston MAINEiac hockey players for children grades 5 through high school, 1 p.m., Public Library. Discussion of life as a hockey player, demonstration of hockey gear, answering audience questions, drawings for team-autographed hockey stick and pair of game tickets. Preregistration required. FMI: 353-6564.

Auburn, Wednesday, Feb. 23: Preschool story time, 9:30 a.m., Public Library, Auburn Mall.

Lewiston, Wednesday, Feb. 23: Baby rhyme time, 9:30 a.m., Public Library.

Lewiston, Wednesday, Feb. 23: Young writer’s workshop Grab the Space for children grades three through six with storyteller, singer, playwright and actor Michael Parent, 2 to 4 p.m., Public Library. Followed by presentation for family and friends, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Registration required. FMI: 782-3191 ext. 3.

New Gloucester, Wednesday, Feb. 23: Pineland Farms explorers vacation day camp for children ages 7 to 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pineland Farms Education Center. $75 per child. Sleigh rides, learn card-weaving, explore nature photography, bake goodies from scratch, play games. Registration necessary. FMI and registration: contact Patti Reidman, 926-3914 ext. 105.

Lewiston, Friday, Feb. 25: Bookin’ It with Babies, 10 a.m., Public Library.

New Gloucester, Friday, Feb. 25: Pineland Farms explorers vacation day camp for children ages 7 to 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pineland Farms Education Center. $75 per child. Sleigh rides, learn card-weaving, explore nature photography, bake goodies from scratch, play games. Registration necessary. FMI and registration: contact Patti Reidman, 926-3914 ext. 105.

New Gloucester, Friday, Feb. 25: Pineland Farms presents “Who Goes There?” Owls of Maine presentation, Pineland Visitors Center. FMI and registration: contact Sarah Hunt, 926-3914 ext. 101.

Auburn, Saturday, Feb. 26: American Red Cross blood drive, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Auburn Mall, 550 Center St. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

Lisbon, Saturday, Feb. 26: Bean supper, 5 to 6:30 p.m., VFW Post 9459, Route 196. Includes hot dogs, coleslaw, American chop suey, desserts and coffee or tea. FMI: 353-2152.

New Gloucester, Saturday, Feb. 26: Pineland Farms offers sleigh rides, 1 to 3 p.m., Valley Farm Education Center. $5 per person. Reservations appreciated. FMI and registration: contact Patti Reidman, 926-3914 ext. 105.

Lewiston, Sunday, Feb. 27: Lewiston Singles Club dance, 7 to 11 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 150 East Ave. $8/$7. Music by Wild Horse.

Lewiston, Monday, Feb 28: Bookin’ it with babies, 10 a.m., Public Library.

Lewiston, Monday, Feb 28: Book Buddies, 3:30 p.m., Public Library.

Lewiston, Monday, Feb. 28: Irish dancing class, 7 to 8:30 p.m., St. Patrick’s Church Hall, Walnut and Blake streets. $3. No partner needed. Beginners welcome. FMI: 933-9761.

Lewiston, Thursday, March 3: Artist’s talk with new media artist David Kareken, 7 p.m., Bates College Museum of Art, 75 Russell St. Free.

Portland, Friday, March 4: Swing dance, 9 p.m. to midnight; lessons from 8 to 9 p.m., North Deering Grange Hall, 1408 Washington Ave. $10, includes lesson. Music by Lex and Joe Blues Swing. FMI: 653-5012.

Casco, Saturday, March 5: Public supper, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Crescent Lake Community Hall, Route 11, Webbs Mills. Adults, $6; children under 12, $3; under 5, free. Includes baked beans, hot dogs, American chop suey, salads, bread, beverage and homemade pies.

Lewiston, Wednesday, March 9: Bates College Museum of Art Director’s tour, noon, 75 Russell St. Free.

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]

Winthrop, Friday, March 11: Fish chowder luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Winthrop Congregational Church. Adults, $6. Takeouts available. Wheelchair accessible.

Turner, Saturday, March 12: St. Patrick’s Day dance, 8 p.m. to midnight, Boofy Quimby Memorial Center. Music by the Rockin’ Road Runners Band. 50/50. FMI and reservations contact Betty, 597-2299. Sponsored by Buckfield Buckeneers Football Association.

Portland, Friday, March 18: Swing dance, 9 p.m. to midnight; lessons from 8 to 9 p.m., North Deering Grange Hall, 1408 Washington Ave. $8, includes lesson. Music by Maine Swingin’ DJ’s. FMI: 653-5012.

Hallowell, Thursday through Saturday, March 24 through 26: Gaslight Theater presents “Death of a Salesman,” 7:30 p.m., Thursday; 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, City Hall Auditorium. FMI: 626-3698 or visit www.gaslighttheater.org.

Hallowell, Thursday through Saturday, March 31 through April 2: Gaslight Theater presents “Death of a Salesman,” 7:30 p.m., Thursday; 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, City Hall Auditorium. FMI: 626-3698 or visit www.gaslighttheater.org.


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