FARMINGTON – A series of talks on “Ways to Better Health” will be presented during March at Megan’s Yoga Studio on Lower Broadway. The first talk will feature D. Jepsen, hypnotist, from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 8. Jepsen will explain how hypnosis works and give an understanding of what it is and how it can help health.

Acupuncturist Sandy River will give a talk on “Balancing Hormones Naturally” from 7 to 8 p.m. on March 16. On March 23 from 7 to 8, Megan Roberts will lead participants in “Chanting as a Form of Meditation” and on March 30, Chiropractor Jason Steinhouser will talk about the benefits and reasons behind chiropractic care.

All talks are open to the public free, but the studio requests that an item for the local food closet is brought for a donation. For more information, call Megan at 778-2964.

Author to read

FARMINGTON – The University of Maine at Farmington will host a reading by Pulitzer Prize finalist Sydney Lea at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in Thomas Auditorium, Preble/Ricker Halls. It is free and open to the public.

Lea’s reading, presented as part of UMF’s Visiting Writers Series, will be followed by a question and answer session and book signing.

Lea, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his book of poems, “Pursuit of a Wound,” has published seven poetry collections, a novel, “A Place in Mind,” and a collection of naturalist essays, “Hunting the Whole Way Home.”

For more information, contact UMF Associate Professor Gretchen Legler at 778-7182 or [email protected]

UMF discussion

FARMINGTON – The University of Maine at Farmington will host a discussion on Thursday, March 10, led by gender specialist Ari Kane titled, “The Transgender Phenomenon in Post-Modern America.” It will begin at 7 p.m. in Room C-23 of Roberts Learning Center. The event is free and open to the public. A question and answer session will follow.

Kane’s talk is one of many events taking place at UMF during the spring semester as part of the university’s annual “One Book, One Campus” program organized by staff at Mantor Library. This year’s theme is gender diversity and the reading selection is “She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders,” by Jennifer Finney Boylan.

For more information, visit the One Book, One campus Web site at http://library.umf.maine.edu/OBOC or contact event coordinator Shelly Davis at 778-7224 or [email protected]

Dance slated

JAY – The 14th annual Father/Daughter Dance hosted by the Franklin County Children’s Task Force will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at Jay High School cafeteria. Tickets are $10 at the door or $9 in advance. Tickets cover admission for dad and his escort(s) and advance tickets are available at Mickey’s Hallmark, Farmington; Mario’s, Wilton; The Flower Barn or Riverside Quick Stop, Jay.

Coffee house

FARMINGTON – The G.I. Coffee House, to be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 11, at Old South Congregational Church, will feature music provided by singer/songwriter Phil Poirier.

The coffee house provides a welcome for troops and their families and friends with time for coffee, cookies and good music.

Poirier was born in Rumford but now lives in Livermore Falls. He plays original songs that he terms comtemporary folk, with a bit of the blues thrown in. His first CD, “House with Fire Burning,” came out in December and samples of his music can be heard at www.philpoirier.com.

Coffee house organizers are still collecting items for the troops and donations such as foot powder, sunscreen, books, sunglasses, non-chocolate candy would be appreciated. The coffee house is offered free, although donations are welcome.

Medical course

FARMINGTON – Franklin Memorial Hospital is enrolling students for a medical terminology course being offered starting March 14 and meets every Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. for 13 weeks.

At the conclusion, students will be able to identify terms of the human body, as well as diagnostic tests, diagnoses and surgical procedures utilized by each medical specialty.

The fee and required textbook is $380. For more information or to enroll, call Kristen Grondin in the FMH Education Department at 779-2381.

Club dinner

NEW SHARON – The Square and Compass Club will host a smothered beef dinner from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 13, at the New Sharon Methodist Church annex. The meal also includes mashed potatoes, vegetables, rolls and pie. The cost is $8.50 and the proceeds will benefit the building fund.

Meeting supper

CHESTERVILLE – The Chesterville Heritage Society will sponsor the annual town meeting supper from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 14, at the Chesterville Town Hall. The menu includes lasagna, baked beans, salad and dessert to eat in or take out. Cost is adults, $5, children under 12, $2.50.

Help victims

STRONG – The fourth- and fifth-graders from Strong Elementary School have decided to send a check for $100 to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims.

Students used the funds earned at the school store, called “Best Buy Supply,” selling items such as pencils, erasers and folders. They gave the funds to the Save the Children Foundation.


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