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Farmington area



Jay, through Saturday, March 5: Registration to bowl for Relay for Life bowl-a-thon happening Saturday, March 12, 3 p.m. at The Alley, 26 Elm St. Registration and sponsor forms available at Canton Town Office. FMI: contact Kathy, 597-2920 or 597-2139.

Farmington, Thursday, March 3: UMF celebrates Women’s History month with its annual, Women in History Banquet, Hors d’oeuvres and wine served at 6 p.m.; dinner at 6:30 p.m., North Dining Hall, Olsen Student Center. $12. Featuring guest speaker Libra Professor Momin Rahman. Public is invited. Black tie encouraged. Tickets available at Mickey’s Hallmark and Calico Patch or UMF Women’s Studies Center, 778-7387.

Jay, Friday, March 4: Bible prophecy seminar “The Prophecy Code: Bible Secrets Unlocked,” 7 p.m., Seventh-day Adventist Church. Free. Includes study materials.

Farmington, Friday, March 4: spaghetti supper from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Titcomb Mountain Ski Slope. Menu: spaghetti, bread, salad, pie, beverage. Adults, $5; children 12 and under, $3.

Farmington, Saturday, March 5: Annual Community Wellness Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., UMF Health and Fitness Center on Quebec Street. Free introductory fitness classes, health screenings and information provided by health care professionals and more. FMI: 778-7495.

Farmington, Saturday, March 5: Start of three art classes for children at Foothills Art Center. Classes include Crafty Creatures & Creations, grades K to 3, 10 to 11:30 a.m.; Art of Card-Making, grades 4 to 6, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Drawing for Kids, ages 6 to 9, 10 to 11:30 a.m. All levels of ability welcome. First 2 classes run for 6 weeks, $45 each. Drawing of Kids runs 5 weeks, $37.50; sliding fees available. FMI or to sign up: Anne Geller, 778-0448.

Farmington, Saturday, March 5: Benefit Gala concert, 3 p.m., Nordica Auditorium, UMF. Adults, $1; seniors, $8; UMF students, free. Features the debut of 3 new choirs: the Nordica Mens Chorus, Nordica Womens Chorus and Sole Expression, a collegiate a cappella ensemble. Proceeds benefit a new Arts Space at UMF’s Mantor Library. Tickets available at Mickey’s Hallmark or by calling 778-7072.

Jay, Saturday, March 5: Public baked bean supper, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., St. Rose Hall. Adults, $5; children under 12, $2.50. Includes hot dogs, homemade rolls, biscuits and pies. Sponsored by the Daughters of Isabella Circle 677.

New Sharon, Saturday, March 5: Takeout bean supper, 10 a.m. to noon, New Sharon Congregational United Church of Christ, Cape Cod Hill Road. $12 per meal. Includes a quart of beans, a pint of coleslaw, yeast rolls or brown bread and whole homemade pie. To reserve meals contact Leona, 778-3812 or on day of pick up, call the church, 778-2517.

Rangeley, Saturday, March 5: Winter carnival, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wilhelm Reich Museum Conference Center. Snowshoe trek, hiking, snowshoeing, sliding, snowman building race, cooking on bonfire. Many indoor hands-on activities and cooking inside. FMI: 864-3443.

Wilton, Saturday, March 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 and coleslaw, casseroles and desserts. Benefit for church building fund.

Farmington, Tuesday, March 8: Video showing of “Good Kurds, Bad Kurds: No Friends but the Mountains,” 7 p.m., Roberts Learning Center, Room 23, UMF. Free. Discussion led by Terry and Kathy Lynch of Temple follows the screening. Sponsored by Western Mountains Peace Action Workshop.

Farmington, Wednesday, March 9: Noontime concert series presents Readfield Alternative School performing a mix of bluegrass, country and popular music, 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., Nordica Auditorium, UMF. Donations at the door. FMI: 778-7136.

Wilton, Wednesday, March 9: Wilton Community Forum Breakfast features new Chief of Police Wayne Gallant as guest speaker, doors open at 6:30 a.m. for breakfast buffet; program from 7 to 7:30 a.m., First Congregational Church, 386 Main St. Free. Public invited to attend.

Farmington, Thursday through Sunday, March 10 through 13: Theater UMF presents “The House of Blue Leaves,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Alumni Theatre, UMF. Adults, $6; students other than UMF students, $5; seniors and children under 13, $3.50. For reservations: 778-7465.

Farmington, Friday, March 11: Western Maine Legislative Caucus breakfast forum features Sen. Dennis Damon who speaking about tax reform package, 7 a.m., Olson Student Center North Dining Hall, UMF. Free. Open to the public. FMI: 778-7274.

Farmington, Friday, March 11: Farmington Rotary Club’s annual “Price is Right” show, 7 p.m., Mount Blue High School auditorium. $8, advance; $10, at the door. Quality prizes including showcase prize valued at $2,000. Tickets at Mickey’s Hallmark or from any Rotarian.

Farmington, Saturday, March 12: St. Patrick’s Day supper, 4 to 6:30 p.m., St. Joseph Parish Hall. Adults, $6; children 12 and under, $3. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus. Proceeds benefit Graduation Breakfast in June. FMI or reservations: contact Paul Hersey, 778-0586 or Jim Gilbert, 645-9413.

Farmington, Saturday, March 12: A scrapping day fundraiser for Mount Blue High School’s yearbook, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Mount Blue High School. $25, FMI or to register: contact Therese Hersey, 778-0586 or e-mail [email protected]

Farmington, Saturday, March 12: Public supper from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church. Baked beans, casseroles, salads, biscuit and pies.

Farmington, Saturday, March 12: Two Old Friends, Mac McHale and Emery Hutchins, perform at 7:30 p.m. in Nordica Auditorium at UMF. Concert features some Irish and sea songs, old-time traditional country music and some sing alongs. Sponsored by the Arts Institute of Western Maine. Adults, $6; seniors, $5 and children under 16, free.

Jay, Saturday, March 12: Relay for Life bowl-a-thon, 3 p.m., The Alley, 26 Elm St. Storm date March 26; to be announced on 92 Moose. FMI: contact Kathy, 597-2920 or 597-2139.

Salem, Saturday, March 12: St. Patty’s Day supper, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Salem Community Building. Corned beef and cabbage meal to benefit the Salem Fire Dept. Auxiliary and Salem UMC.

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.

Turner, Saturday, March 12: Old fashioned baked bean supper and bluegrass and gospel music concert featuring the LaClaire Family, supper from 5 to 6:30 p.m.; concert at 7 p.m., Turner Village Church. Donations for supper accepted; freewill offering taken for concert. FMI: 225-2258.

Farmington, Sunday, March 13: Basket beano, 1 p.m.; doors open 11:30 a.m., Farmington Elks Lodge. Sponsored by Farmington Emblem Club. For tickets: 778-4726.

Salem, Sunday, March 13: Old time country/bluegrass concert featuring A&E Hill Country Music, 1 p.m., Community Building. Sponsored by the Salem Pine Tree Club.

Livermore Falls, Tuesday, March 15: American Red Cross blood drive, noon to 6 p.m., Murray Hall Tri Town, Route 4. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

Farmington, Wednesday, March 16: Noontime concert series presents Syncopations under the direction of Carol Shumway, 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., Nordica Auditorium, UMF. Donations at the door. FMI: 778-7136.

Greenville, Thursday, March 17: American Red Cross blood drive, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., American Legion Hall, Pritham Avenue. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

Rangeley, Friday, March 18: Cabin Fever Reliever Concert, 7 p.m., Rangeley Public Library. Concert features musicians of the Rangeley area on piano, guitar, flutes and singing torch songs. Freewill offering benefits Rangeley Public Library. FMI: 864-5529.

Farmington, Saturday, March 19: Monthly community luncheon, noon to 1 p.m., Henderson Memorial Baptist Church on Academy Street. Menu: Corned beef and cabbage, carrots, potatoes, biscuits and dessert. Offered at no charge. FMI: the church at 778-2163 or Dot Bryant at 778-4608.

Rangeley, Monday, March 21: Husband and wife team from the Mahoosuc Guide Servive present a slide show and lecture on their 10 years of adventure in the Yukon, 7 p.m., Rangeley Public Library. Sponsored by Rangeley Guides and Sportsmen and Rangeley Public Library. Free. FMI: 864-5529.

Farmington, Wednesday, March 23: Noontime concert series presents Donald Pride performing classical guitar, 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., Nordica Auditorium, UMF. Donations at the door. FMI: 778-7136.

Farmington, Wednesday, March 30: Noontime concert series presents classical guitar duets with Charlie Haiss and Jim Ellis, 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., Nordica Auditorium, UMF. Donations at the door. FMI: 778-7136.

Farmington, Sunday, April 3: Literacy Volunteers of Franklin and Somerset Counties sponsor benefit showings of “The Merchant of Venice” at two afternoon performances, 1 and 4 p.m., at Narrow Gauge Cinema. Tickets: The Booksellers, Twice Sold Tales, Howard’s Rexall and Mickey’s Hallmark. FMI: 778-3460.

Turner, Sunday, May 29: Free distribution of vegetable seeds, noon to 1 p.m., Turner Village Church. The second step in the three-step shared harvest dinner happening Sunday Oct. 9. FMI: 225-2248.

Oxford Hills area (Norway, Paris)



Hebron, Thursday, March 3: One Book One Community reading program “Thoreau’s Legacy” presentation by Peter Coviello of Bowdoin College, 7 p.m., Hupper Library, Hebron Academy. Free. Snow date: March 4. FMI: 743-5309.

Paris, Thursday, March 3: Lenten luncheon, noon to 1 p.m., Deering Memorial United Methodist Church, corner of Main and Church streets. $5 per person. Includes soup, sandwich and beverage. Sponsored by Oxford Hills Clergy Association.

Bethel, Friday, March 4: Benefit auction, 7 p.m.; preview of items at 6:30 p.m., Crescent Park School. Proceeds for the Buck family who were burned from their home.

Buckfield, Friday, March 4: World Day of Prayer service, 1 p.m., Buckfield Community Church. Program written by the women of the country of Poland, will be led by the women of the Church of East Sumner. Refreshments follow.

Hartford, Friday, March 4: Hartford community goodwill potluck supper and dance, supper at 6 p.m.; dance at 7 p.m. Free. Bring a dish to share, a board game and a friend. Organized by volunteers. FMI: contact Anita, 388-3339 or Lee, 388-2510.

Oxford, Friday, March 4: World Day of Prayer service, 9:30 a.m., Oxford Congregational Church.

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

Oxford, Saturday, March 5: Chinese auction, 1 p.m.; doors open 11 a.m., Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School cafeteria. Includes bake sale, food buffet, 50/50. Proceeds for OHCHS Head Custodian Scholarship Fund. Donations welcome and should be submitted to your school custodian by Friday, March 4. FMI: contact Mike Perkins, 539-2517.

Paris, Saturday, March 5: Oxford County Bicentennial Celebration bicentennial quilt unveiling, 9 a.m., County Commissioner’s Chamber, Western Avenue. This project represents over a year’s work and contributions from all the county’s towns and plantations.

Bridgton, Sunday, March 6: Charity ski race for Hear ME Now! Maine’s auditory oral learning center, 9 a.m to 4 p.m., ski all day; race at 1 p.m.; awards at 4 p.m., Shawnee Peak.

Sumner, Sunday, March 6: 100th birthday open house celebration for Roger Brigham, 2 to 4 p.m., Congregational Church, East Sumner. Refreshments, cake cutting, and birthday song at 3 p.m. No gifts, cards only. Donations may be made to St. Francis of Assisi or the Salvation Army in Roger’s name. FMI: Cynthia Norton, 388-2667.

Norway, Wednesday, March 9: American Red Cross blood drive, 8 a.m. to noon, Stephens Memorial Hospital, 18 Main St.

Paris, Thursday, March 10: Lenten luncheon, noon to 1 p.m., Deering Memorial United Methodist Church, corner of Main and Church streets. $5 per person.

Locke Mills, Saturday, March 12: Old-time dance, 8 to 11 p.m., Town Hall. Music by the Richard Felt Orchestra. Benefit Greenwood Historical Society.

South Paris, Saturday, March 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, 782-4050.

South Paris, Saturday, March 12: St. Patrick corned beef supper and dance, supper 5 to 6 p.m.; dance 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Legion Hall, Church Street. Supper and dance, $9; supper only, $6; dance only, $6. Music by Country Ladds.

Bridgton, Monday, March 14: American Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., bus at Howell Laboratories, Route 117. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

Paris, Thursday, March 17: Lenten luncheon, noon to 1 p.m., Deering Memorial United Methodist Church, corner of Main and Church streets. $5 per person.

South Paris, Thursday, March 17: American Red Cross blood drive, 2 to 7 p.m., South Paris Fire Station, Western Avenue. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

Buckfield, Monday, March 21: American Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5 p.m., Buckfield High School, Turner Street. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

Locke Mills, Saturday, March 26: Old-time dance, 8 to 11 p.m., Town Hall. Music by the Richard Felt Orchestra. Benefit Greenwood Historical Society.

River Valley area (Rumford)



Bethel, Friday, March 4: Benefit auction, 7 p.m.; preview of items at 6:30 p.m., Crescent Park School. Proceeds for the Buck family after a fire at their home.

Rumford, Friday, March 4: Comedian Bob Marley appearance fund-raiser for Class of 2005, 6:30 p.m., Mountain Valley High School. $15. Tickets can be purchased at the Mountain Valley High School office, Franklin Savings Bank or Hannaford.

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

Mexico, Saturday, March 5: Girl Scout Troop 567 cookie sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mexico Wal-Mart. $3.50 per box. Cash and carry; no orders. FMI: 364-0890 or 364-2138.

Newry, Saturday, March 5: Black Diamond Family Entertainment Series presents Gary Rosen, Teddy Bear Picnic Troubadour, 7 p.m., at the Grand Ballroom, Grand Summit Resort Hotel, Sunday River Ski Resort. Tickets $4/$6 children ages 6-12, $6/$8 adults. FMI: 824-3575.

Roxbury, Saturday, March 5: North Oxford Unit of the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life committee’s annual family ice fishing derby, 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ellis Pond. $5. Preregister or register day of derby from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Ellis Pond Variety. Cash prizes for first, second and third largest trout, pickerel and bass. Children’s scavenger hunt. Food, coffee, hot cocoa and beverages available. FMI: 364-8358.

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

Mexico, Tuesday, March 8: Preschool story time and craft hour for children ages 2 to 5, 10 a.m., Public Library. Craft will be Mittens. FMI: 364-3281.

Newry, Tuesday, March 8: Black Diamond Family Entertainment series presents the magic of Kevin Robart, 7 p.m., Grand Ballroom, Grand Summit Resort Hotel, Sunday River Ski Resort. Adults, $6/$8; children 6 to 12, $4/$6. FMI: 824-3575.

Rumford, Wednesday, March 9: Harlem Rockets vs. River Valley Dream Team, 7 p.m., at Mountain Valley High School. Featuring Kevin “Showboat” Jackson, “King of basketball comedy” also co-starring Ricky “Rim Rocker” Lopes. $6 advance tickets, $7 at door. Tickets on sale: Hannaford, Franklin Savings Bank, Mountain Valley Middle School and Mountain Valley High School. Sponsored by Mountain Valley Athletic Boosters.

Newry, Saturday, March 12: Black Diamond Family Entertainment Series presents Jason Bishop, Illusionist, 7 p.m., at the Grand Ballroom, Grand Summit Resort Hotel, Sunday River Ski Resort. Tickets $4/$6 children ages 6-12, $6/$8 adults. FMI: 824-3575.

Peru, Saturday, March 12: Spring craft fair, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rockemeka Grange Hall, 92 Peru Center Road. Raffles, crafts, food sale, Chinese auction, fish pond, white elephant sale. Fundraiser for Families in Crisis Task Force. FMI or donations: 562-8581.

Rumford, Saturday and Sunday, March 12 and 13: Le Paresseux Club St. Patrick’s annual outing, at the club, Waldo St. Saturday club opens 1 p.m., Fraternal Union meeting 2 p.m., corned beef and ham supper 5-6 p.m. $6 per person $3 children 12 and under. Dance with music by E/I Band 8 p.m. to midnight. Sunday line up for parade in front of Thibault Funeral Home, Penobscot St at 9 a.m., Mass at St. A & St. J Church 9:30 a.m., meatloaf dinner at club at noon, $4 per person, $2 children 12 and under. Awards for parade 2 p.m.

Newry, Tuesday, March 15: Black Diamond Family Entertainment Series presents The McDades, Cool Tunes with a Celtic Root, 7 p.m., at the Grand Ballroom, Grand Summit Resort Hotel, Sunday River Ski Resort. Tickets $4/$6 children ages 6-12, $6/$8 adults. FMI: 824-3575.

Rumford, Saturday, March 19: The Maine Hysterical Society will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Muskie Auditorium, Mountain Valley High School, to raise money for the MVHS Scholarship Fund. FMI: 364-4547.



Lewiston area



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.

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

Hebron, Thursday, March 3: One Book One Community reading program “Thoreau’s Legacy” presentation by Peter Coviello of Bowdoin College, 7 p.m., Hupper Library, Hebron Academy. Free. Snow date: March 4. FMI: 743-5309.

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.

Lewiston, Thursday, March 3: Book Reach presentation of storytelling and books for children by volunteer readers, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Public Library. FMI or to volunteer: contact Kathleen Demers, 784-0135, ext. 4 or e-mail [email protected]

Buckfield, Friday, March 4: World Day of Prayer service, 1 p.m., Buckfield Community Church. Program written by the women of the country of Poland, will be led by the women of the Church of East Sumner. Refreshments follow.

Gardiner, Friday, March 4: Pat Pepin with the Boneheads at “Alive! From Johnson Hall,” 7:30 p.m., Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center, 280 Water Street. $8. FMI: 582-7144 or e-mail [email protected]

Hartford, Friday, March 4: Hartford community goodwill potluck supper and dance, supper at 6 p.m.; dance at 7 p.m. Free. Bring a dish to share, a board game and a friend. Organized by volunteers. FMI: contact Anita, 388-3339 or Lee, 388-2510.

Lewiston, Friday, March 4: Discussion of “The Concept of the Messiah” by Rabbi Hillel Katzir, spiritual leader at Temple Shalom in Auburn, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., USM Lewiston-Auburn College, room 105, 51 Westminster St. Brown bag lunch with shared cookies and cider. FMI: contact Barry Rodrigue, 753-6574 or e-mail [email protected]

Lewiston, Friday, March 4: Advocates for Children “Cookies and Crafts,” 10 to 11 a.m., B Street Community Building, 57 Birch St., Suite 204. FMI: 783-3990.

Lewiston, Friday, March 4: Fish and chips dinner, 4:30 to 7 p.m., Holy Cross Church, 1100 Lisbon St. Adults, $6; children under 12, $2.50. Macaroni and cheese dinner available, $5/$2.50.

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

Lisbon, Friday, March 4: VFW Post 9459 benefit supper, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the post home, Route 196. Shepherd’s pie or ham with biscuit, vegetable, dessert, coffee or tea. Adults, $6, children under 10, $3. FMI: 353-4879, leave a message.

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.

Portland, Friday, March 4: Dance, 7 to 11 p.m., Portland Elks, Congress Street. Music by Vintage.

Readfield, Friday, March 4: Maranacook Jazz Band swing dance, 7 to 10 p.m., Maranacook High School gymnasium. $10 per person; $20 per couple. Proceeds for theater lighting in the gym.

Auburn, Saturday, March 5: Festival d’art, 1 to 6 p.m., Great Falls School. Free. Celebrating the artistic talents and cultural diversity of the Lewiston-Auburn area. Visual artists, musicians and performers. FMI: 777-6592.

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.

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

Gardiner, Saturday, March 5: Michael Cooper performs “Masked Marvels and Wondertales,” 7:30 p.m., Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center, 280 Water St. Adults, $12.50; members, $11.50; children under 13, $10. Seating limited. Snow date: Sunday, March 6, 2 p.m. FMI or reservations: 582-7144 or e-mail [email protected]

Gray, Saturday, March 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 beans, chop suey, coleslaw, hot dogs, brown and Italian breads and pies.

Greene, Saturday, March 5: Women’s Club of Greene luncheon, noon to 1 p.m., Greene Central School. $4.50. Includes beef stew or chicken noodle soup, sandwich, beverage and dessert. Luncheon held during annual town meeting lunch break. Proceeds to help community seniors and children.

Hallowell, Saturday, March 5: Gaslight Theater presents “That’s Italian” Italian dinner and cabaret featuring Omar Ricardo with Marcia and the Antipastos, doors open 5:30 p.m.; Italian buffet 6:30 p.m.; show begins 7:30 p.m. $25 per person, includes buffet. Reservations recommended. FMI: 441-1267 before 8:30 p.m or e-mail [email protected]

Lewiston, Saturday, March 5: Androscoggin Labor Folk Festival, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., USM Lewiston-Auburn College, 51 Westminster St. Adults, $5; children under 12, free. Entertainment, contra-dance, noon-time potluck lunch and supper. Hosted by students and apprentices of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 567. FMI: contact Barry Rodrigue, 753-6574 or e-mail [email protected]

Lisbon, Saturday, March 5: Comedian Bob Marley will perform, 6 p.m., Lisbon High School. Presented by LHS Booster Club. Tickets $15, available at Kitty Korner Store, Miller’s Variety Store and the school office. FMI: Linda, 353-9850.

Mechanic Falls, Saturday, March 5: Lamplighter smorgasbord, 5 to 6 p.m., First Congregation Church. Adults, $6; children, $3. Includes baked beans, casseroles, salads, deviled eggs, gingerbread and topping, and beverages.

Mechanic Falls, Saturday, March 5: “Price is Right,” 7 p.m., Elm Street School. Tickets, $7 at door. FMI: Phil, 346-3621.

New Gloucester, Saturday, March 5: Chicken pie sale, Sabbathday Lake Grange, old Route 26. $7 each or 2 for $12. To order ahead contact Pam Dyer, 657-4612.

Pownal, Saturday, March 5: Spaghetti supper and auction, 5 p.m., North Pownal United Methodist Church, 851 Lawrence Road. Adults, $5; children, $2.50. Includes salad, garlic bread and brownies a la mode. FMI: contact Karen, 829-5470 or Nancy, 688-4481.

Sabattus, Saturday, March 5: Baked bean and casserole supper, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Our Lady of the Rosary Parish. Adults, $6; children under 12, $3. Includes desserts and beverages. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. FMI: contact Robert Ayotte, 375-4057.

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

Manchester, Sunday, March 6: Manchester Grange antiques show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Grange Hall, Route 202. $1.50 admission. Quality dealers, home-cooked lunches. Proceeds for Grange scholarship fund and local elementary school. FMI: 623-3436.

Sabattus, Sunday, March 6: Breakfast buffet from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at American Legion Post 135, Island Road. Adults, $5; 10 and under, $2.

Auburn, Monday, March 7: The book “Monstor” by Walter Dean Myers for the teen online book discussion will be available at the Public Library, Auburn Mall. Space for discussion group is limited. To sign up: 782-3191 or e-mail [email protected]

Lewiston, Monday, March 7: Advocates for children play group, 10 to 11 a.m., B Street Community Building, 57 Birch St., Suite 204. FMI: 783-3990.

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

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

Lewiston, Monday, March 7: Book Reach presentation of storytelling and books for children by volunteer readers, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Public Library. FMI or to volunteer: contact Kathleen Demers, 784-0135, ext. 4 or e-mail [email protected]

Poland, Monday, March 7: American Red Cross blood drive, 3 to 7:30 p.m., Poland Community School, 1250 Maine St.

Richmond, Monday, March 7: American Red Cross blood drive, 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., American Legion, Carding Machine Road.

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

Lewiston, Tuesday, March 8: Hooked on Books discussion group, for parents and children ages 8 to 11, will talk about “The Secret of Platform 13” by Eva Ibbotson, 11 a.m., Public Library.

Lewiston, Tuesday, March 8: Book buddies, 3:30 p.m., Public Library.

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

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

Lewiston, Wednesday, March 9: Countryside Dancers club night, free lessons, 6 to 7 p.m.; regular lessons, 7 to 8 p.m.; dancing, 8 to 9:30 p.m., C & J Hall, 711 Webster St.

Lisbon Falls, Wednesday, March 9: The Cicada Brothers, three-piece acoustic contemporary band, 7 p.m., Lisbon Teen Center Coffee House, 32 Main St. Show and coffee shop is free and open to all ages. Open mic will end the evening. FMI: 353-3010 or www.bandmusicservice.com.

Auburn, Thursday, March 10: Local author Jim Baumer presents “Journaling: How to Keep One and How to Turn Your Words into a Story,” 6 to 7 p.m., Public Library, Auburn Mall. Part of Teenior series for teens and adults. FMI: 782-3191 or visit www.auburnpubliclibrary.org.

Greene, Thursday and Friday, March 10 and 11: Sawyer Memorial features Sandy Mortimer who will present her film on Isreal and Jordan entitled “More Stories from the Holy Lands,” 7 p.m. Thursday; 2 and 7 p.m. Friday, 371 Sawyer Road. Free. Doors open one hour before shows. Show duration is approximately 80 minutes. FMI: 946-5311.

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]

Lewiston, Friday, March 11: Advocates for Children “Cookies and Crafts,” 10 to 11 a.m., B Street Community Building, 57 Birch St., Suite 204. FMI: 783-3990.

Lewiston, Friday, March 11: Fish and chips dinner, 4:30 to 7 p.m., Holy Cross Church, 1100 Lisbon St. Adults, $6; children under 12, $2.50. Macaroni and cheese dinner available, $5/$2.50.

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

Lewiston, Friday, March 11: Senior College Food for Thought luncheon features presentations by instructors of upcoming spring semester courses, 11:30 a.m., USM Lewiston-Auburn College, 51 Westminster St. $5, advance; $7, at the door. Includes lunch. FMI and reservations: 753-6510 or visit www.usm.maine.edu/lac.

Lewiston, Friday, March 11: American Red Cross blood drive, 6:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., CMMC, 300 Main St. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

Lisbon, Friday, March 11: VFW Post 9459 Ladies Auxiliary boiled dinner, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the post home, Route 196. Adults, $6, children under 10, $3. Ham raffle following dinner. FMI: 353-2152.

Lisbon, Friday, March 11: Post 158 Auxiliary dinner, 5 to 6 p.m., Webster Street. Mexican lasagna, rice, bread and butter, dessert, coffee. Adults, $5; under 12, $2.50; under 6, free. FMI: Betty, 724-2493.

Lisbon, Friday, March 11: Lisbon High School class of 2006 will hold a spaghetti dinner and karaoke night in the cafeteria and gym. Seatings, 5 and 6 p.m. Tickets, $6 each or $20 for family of four, available at the door or at LHS office. Car raffle winner announced at 7. FMI: Linda, 353-9850.

Topsham, Friday and Saturday, March 11 and 12: Down East Country Dance Festival, Mount Ararat Middle School. Contra, swing and folk dancing, workshops and family activities. FMI: 563-8953 or visit www.starleft.org/decdf.

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

Auburn, Saturday, March 12: Auburn Parks and Recreation Dept. presents its 11th annual spring ice performance “Toe Picks and Cool Flicks,” 3 p.m., Ingersoll Arena. $3 cover for ages 12 and up.

Auburn, Saturday, March 12: Family sing-along with music educator Sue Barre, 2 p.m., Public Library, Auburn Mall. Enthusiasm, tunes and rhythm instruments.

Auburn, Saturday, March 12: Countryside Dancers anniversary dance, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., High Street Congregational Church, 109 Pleasant St.

Lewiston, Saturday, March 12: Bean and casserole supper, 4:45 to 6 p.m., Calvary United Methodist Church, 59 Sabattus St. Includes pies, desserts, hot biscuits. Adults, $6, children under 12, $3.

Lisbon Falls, Saturday, March 12: Public turkey supper, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Masonic Hall, Oak Street. $6 donation.

Lisbon Falls, Saturday, March 12: Baked bean and casserole supper, 4:30 to 6 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.

Portland, Saturday and Sunday, March 12 and 13: Maine Mineralogical and Geological Society’s gem and mineral show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Finley Gym, University of New England, 716 Stevens Ave. Adults, $4; seniors and teenagers under 18, $3; under 12, free. FMI: contact Roberta, 459-7986 or e-mail, [email protected]

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.

Turner, Saturday, March 12: Old fashioned baked bean supper and bluegrass and gospel music concert featuring the LaClaire Family, supper from 5 to 6:30 p.m.; concert at 7 p.m., Turner Village Church. Donations for supper accepted; freewill offering taken for concert. FMI: 225-2258.

Auburn, Sunday, March 13: Breakfast to benefit Operation Uplink, 8 to 10:30 a.m., VFW Post 1603, 588 Minot Ave. Complete breakfast with no charge for coffee and juice, $3 to $4. FMI: 784-6883.

Lewiston, Sunday, March 13: American Red Cross blood drive, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Holy Family Church, 607 Sabattus St. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

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

Poland, Sunday, March 13: Poland Spring’s annual Chinese auction, tickets sold from noon to 2 p.m.; drawing begins at 2 p.m., Excelsior Grange, Harris Hill Road. FMI: 998-4566.

Auburn, Monday, March 14: American Red Cross blood drive, 2 to 7 p.m., Fairview Elementary School, Minot Avenue. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

Brunswick, Monday, March 14: “Human Sacrifice” murder case author James Moore to speak, 7 to 9 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, corner of Pleasant and Middle streets. Free. FMI: visit www.trialanderrordennis.org.

Lewiston, Monday, March 14: American Red Cross blood drive, 1 to 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 150 East Ave. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

Lewiston, Monday, March 14: Advocates for children play group, 10 to 11 a.m., B Street Community Building, 57 Birch St., Suite 204. FMI: 783-3990.

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

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

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

Lewiston, Tuesday, March 15: Book buddies, 3:30 p.m., Public Library.

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

Lewiston, Wednesday, March 16: Countryside Dancers club night, free lessons, 6 to 7 p.m.; regular lessons, 7 to 8 p.m.; dancing, 8 to 9:30 p.m., C & J Hall, 711 Webster St.

Auburn, Thursday, March 17: Hot Topic: electronic resources featuring novelists and how to get current and older magazines online, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Public Library, Auburn Mall. FMI: 782-3191 or visit www.auburnpubliclibrary.org.

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

Lewiston, Thursday, March 17: L/A Arts presents the traditional and African music of Samite, 7:30 p.m., Ramada Inn, 490 Pleasant St. Adults, $18; children, full-time students and seniors, $15; table seating up to 10, $150. FMI: 1-800-639-2919, 782-7228, or visit www.laarts.org.

Lewiston, Friday, March 18: Advocates for Children “Cookies and Crafts,” 10 to 11 a.m., B Street Community Building, 57 Birch St., Suite 204. FMI: 783-3990.

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

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.

Auburn, Saturday, March 19: Farm yard stories with Judy D’Amour and her farmyard rooster Bouncer, 10 a.m., Public Library, Auburn Mall. Craft will be pussy willow pictures.

Auburn, Saturday, March 19: Knights of Columbus monthly bean and macaroni supper, 5 to 6 p.m., St. Philip’s church hall, Center Street (Route 4). Adults, $6; children 5 to 12, $3; uncer 5, free.

Lewiston, Saturday, March 19: Advocates for children play day, 9 to 11 a.m., B Street Community Building, 57 Birch St., Suite 204. This month’s theme: “Reading is Fun.” Sing songs, play games, make crafts. FMI: 783-3990.

Lisbon, Saturday, March 19: VFW Post 9459 Ladies Auxiliary supper, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the post home, Route 196. Beans, hotdogs, cole slaw, American chop suey, desserts, coffee or tea. Adults, $6, children under 10, $3. FMI: 353-2152.

Portland, Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20: Old House trade show, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Westbrook College Campus gymnasium, 716 Stevens Ave., Portland. $10 admission covers both days and workshops. FMI: contact Greater Portland Landmarks, 774-5561 or visit www.portlandlandmarks.org.

Wales, Saturday, March 19: Baked bean, ham and lasagna supper sponsored by Wales Presbyterian Women, 5 to 6 p.m., Wales Youth Center, Pond Road (Route 132). Menu includes beverages and pies. FMI: Alice, 375-8382.

Augusta, Sunday, March 20: Concert featuring Ladies of the Lake, St. Paddy’s Day special, 2 p.m., Jewett Hall Auditorium, University of Maine Augusta. Adults, $10; students, $5; children under 12, free. Presented by UMA College of Arts and Humanities and UMA Senior College. FMI: 621-3551.

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

Buckfield, Monday, March 21: American Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5 p.m., Buckfield High School, Turner Street. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

Lewiston, Monday, March 21: Advocates for children play group, 10 to 11 a.m., B Street Community Building, 57 Birch St., Suite 204. FMI: 783-3990.

Lewiston, Monday, March 21: Bookin’ it with babies, 10 a.m., Public Library.

Lewiston, Monday, March 21: Book Buddies, 3:30 p.m., Public Library.

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

Lewiston, Tuesday, March 22: Book buddies, 3:30 p.m., Public Library.

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

Lewiston, Wednesday, March 23: Countryside Dancers club night, free lessons, 6 to 7 p.m.; regular lessons, 7 to 8 p.m.; dancing, 8 to 9:30 p.m., C & J Hall, 711 Webster St.

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.

Gray, April 2, 8 and 9: Good Shepherd United Methodist Church mystery dinner production, “A Treacherous Night on the Midnight Train,” 6:30 p.m., Spring Meadows Country Club. Tickets, $29.50 per person, include dinner, tax, tip and the play. Dinner choices: prime rib, stuffed chicken, baked fish. For reservations, 929-4020.

Manchester, Sunday, April 24: Manchester Grange antiques show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Grange Hall, Route 202. $1.50 admission. Quality dealers, home-cooked lunches. Proceeds for Grange scholarship fund and local elementary school. FMI: 623-3436.

Lewiston, Friday, March 25: Advocates for Children “Cookies and Crafts,” 10 to 11 a.m., B Street Community Building, 57 Birch St., Suite 204. FMI: 783-3990.

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

Lewiston, Friday, March 25 through Saturday, May 7: All Maine Invitational: L/A Arts annual art exhibit, Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; closed holidays, Lewiston Auburn College, University of Southern Maine, 51 Westminster St. Free. FMI: 1-800-639-2919, 782-7228 or visit www.laarts.org.

Portland, Friday, March 25: Dance, 7 to 11 p.m., Portland Elks, Congress Street. Music by Vintage.

Lewiston, Saturday, March 26: Countryside Dancers dance, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., C & J Hall, 711 Webster St. Dessert table available.

Lewiston, Sunday, March 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, March 28: Advocates for children play group, 10 to 11 a.m., B Street Community Building, 57 Birch St., Suite 204. FMI: 783-3990.

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

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

Auburn, Tuesday, March 29: Book discussion featuring “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel, 6:30 p.m., Public Library, Auburn Mall. FMI: 782-3191 or visit www.auburnpubliclibrary.org.

Lewiston, Tuesday, March 29: Preschool stories, 10 a.m., Public Library.

Lewiston, Tuesday, March 29: Book buddies, 3:30 p.m., Public Library.

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

Lewiston, Wednesday, March 30: Countryside Dancers club night, free lessons, 6 to 7 p.m.; regular lessons, 7 to 8 p.m.; dancing, 8 to 9:30 p.m., C & J Hall, 711 Webster St.

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.

Lewiston, Thursday, March 31: L/A Arts All Maine Invitational exhibit opening, 5 to 7 p.m., Lewiston Auburn College, USM, 51 Westminster St. Free. FMI: 800-639-2919.

Casco, Saturday, April 2: 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.

Portland, Saturday, April 2: Dance, 7 to 11 p.m., Portland Elks, Congress Street. Music by Vintage.

Lewiston, Sunday, April 3: Lewiston Singles Club dance, 7 to 11 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 150 East Ave. $8/$7. Music by Wild Horse.

Portland, Friday, April 8: Dance, 7 to 11 p.m., Portland Elks, Congress Street. Music by Vintage.

Winthrop, Friday, April 8: Fish chowder luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Winthrop Congregational Church. Adults, $6. Takeouts available. Wheelchair accessible.

Lewiston, Sunday, April 10: Lewiston Singles Club dance, 7 to 11 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 150 East Ave. $8/$7. Music by Bushwack.

Lewiston, Sunday, April 17: Lewiston Singles Club dance, 7 to 11 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 150 East Ave. $8/$7. Music by Patio Cowboys.

Lewiston, Sunday, April 24: 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.

Portland, Friday, April 29: Dance, 7 to 11 p.m., Portland Elks, Congress Street. Music by Vintage.

Casco, Saturday, May 7: 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.

Winthrop, Friday, May 13: Fish chowder luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Winthrop Congregational Church. Adults, $6. Takeouts available. Wheelchair accessible.

Turner, Sunday, May 29: Free distribution of vegetable seeds, noon to 1 p.m., Turner Village Church. The second step in the three-step shared harvest dinner happening Sunday Oct. 9. FMI: 225-2248.


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