FARMINGTON – A free community concert featuring the Franklin County Fiddlers and the Syncopations will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 1, in the Bass Room at Franklin Memorial Hospital.

The public is invited to listen to two premiere groups from Mount Blue High School. The Syncopations, directed by Carol Shumway, is the all-girls’ choral ensemble that was selected to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City at the 2004 Field Studies International National Women’s Honor Choir.

The well-known 20-member group, Franklin County Fiddlers directed by Steve Muise, tours around Maine and beyond playing jazz and traditional string classics.

For more information, call the Development Office at 779-2750 or 1-800-398-6031, ext. 2750.


LIVERMORE FALLS – The Library Media Center will host a Coffeehouse Night from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 1, in the Livermore Falls High School cafeteria. It is an evening of poetry reading and music performed by students and staff. Some of the music and poetry presented is original work.

Door prizes are awarded and specialty coffees, tea, bottled water and other beverages, along with desserts, are offered free. Donations are accepted to help cover expenses.

Annual meeting

STRONG – The Strong Historical Society’s annual meeting will be held Wednesday, April 6, at the Strong Historical House. The evening will begin with a potluck supper at 6 p.m followed by the meeting and an election of officers.

UMF reading

FARMINGTON – The University of Maine at Farmington will host a reading by award-winning writer Barrie Jean Borich at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in Thomas Auditorium, UMF’s Preble/Ricker Hall.

The reading is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a question and answer session and book signing. The reading is part of the UMF Bachelor of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing’s Visiting Writers Series.

SAD 58 class

AVON – SAD 58 Adult and Community Education will offer “Taekwondo for Beginners” starting Tuesday, April 12, for eight weeks at the Opportunity Center of North Franklin County with chief instructor Rob Goding.

Classes will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and will cover such topics as the origin of Taekwondo and health benefits and will include training in self-defense and cardio self-endurance, kicking drills, blocking drills and basic sparring techniques. The cost is $50 a person and the minimum age is 5 years. Maximum class size is 30.

All students must preregister by Tuesday, April 5. For more information or to register, call the Office of Adult and Community Education at 678-2701, ext. 226, or visit the Web at and click on “Adult and Community Education” for course offerings.

Dog training

AVON – A basic dog training and obedience class will be offered through SAD 58 Adult and Community Education, beginning Tuesday, May 10, at the Opportunity Center of North Franklin County, Avon Road.

All participants from the first canine training class in February will graduate on April 12. Those interested in the next session are invited to attend graduation ceremonies at 6 p.m. April 12 at the Opportunity Center.

The eight-week class, instructed by Carol Rogers, will include housebreaking, crate training, basic obedience, canine massage, people greeting, nail and ear care, curbing bad habits, licensing and topics on canine health.

Class runs every Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with a graduation in June. Cost is $45 a person with canine. Class size is limited to eight. For more information or to register, call 678-2701, ext. 226, before May 3.


CHESTERVILLE – The North Chesterville Extension Homemakers will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, at the Chesterville Town Office. The topic will be “Pilates.” Diane Maberry will lead the session. Scott Sinary from UMF will speak about pilates, and demonstrate techniques. Public is invited.

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