PHILLIPS – The Phillips Men’s Club will meet at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at the Community House. Team 1 with Captain Scott Adams and members Bob Thomas, Bob Beal, Chuck Boyer and Lawrence Knight will serve.

Temple gathering

WILTON – Temple Shalom Tsafon (North), the Franklin County branch of Temple Shalom in Auburn, will meet Sunday, April 10, at 305 Main St. to talk about the upcoming Jewish festival of Passover. The gathering will begin at 5 p.m. and will include a vegetarian potluck dinner.

Rabbi Hillel Katzir, the spiritual leader of the group, will teach and lead Passover songs, teach Passover-related Hebrew words, and talk with the group about the many levels of meaning in the Hagadah, the special prayer book used at the Passover dinner.

The event is open to anyone who is interested and there is no charge. People who are planning to attend are asked to bring a vegetarian main dish or salad for sharing.

For more information, Rabbi Katzir can be reached at 786-4201.

Thrift sale

STARKS – The Helping Hands Thrift Store, a program of East Parish Housing Ministry, will have its semi-annual bag sale starting Thursday, April 7, and continuing for three weeks. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and all proceeds benefit housing programs for low income families in the area. A bag of items such as clothing, household items, books, toys, will be $3 during the sale.

Society speaker

FARMINGTON – The Farmington Historical Society will meet Monday, April 11, at the Henderson Memorial Baptist Church, Academy Street. A potluck supper will be held at 6 p.m., followed by a business meeting and program at 7 p.m.

Jan Stevens will speak on “The History of Education in Temple.” New members and guests are welcome.

Info meeting

NEW PORTLAND – Officials from New Portland and from Franklin Memorial Hospital and its NorthStar ambulance services will hold a public informational meeting on ambulance services and requested subsidies.

The meeting will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 10, at the New Portland Fire Department. The purpose is to address public questions about proposals for ambulance service and the level of care that will be provided.

NorthStar is based in Livermore, Farmington, Carrabassett Valley and Rangeley and answers more than 5,000 calls a year in Franklin, Androscoggin, Oxford and Somerset counties.

Club dance

WILTON – Friendship Squares Square Dance Club will hold the monthly dance at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the Cushing School. The caller will be Walter Lougee and round dance cuer will be Scott Williams.

Chapter program

FARMINGTON – The Sandy River Valley Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 9, at the Farmington Public Library. Cheryl Patten will present a program about genealogical data. Her topic is “Is It Proved? Evaluating Your Genealogical Evidence.” Anyone with an interest in genealogy is welcome to attend.

Jam session

JAY – A potluck supper and jam session of country music for June Dyer, who will undergo another eye surgery, will be held starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the Amvets Hall.

Donation is $7 a person. There will be a 50/50 raffle. For advance tickets, call 645-5193 or 645-3388.

Food sale

JAY – There will be a food sale from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the North Jay Methodist Parish House. A light luncheon will be available.

Spring concert

FARMINGTON – The UMF Community Orchestra will perform a spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9, in Nordica Auditorium on campus. The orchestra members include UMF and School Administrative District 9 students, Western Maine community members and a few professionals from all over Maine.

Conductor Graybert Beacham will lead the orchestra in two fanfares for brass, including Bach’s “Fanfare for the Common Cold,” Mozart’s “Violin Concerto in G Major” with UMF student Jessica Parsons as soloist and the “Symphony No. 40 in G Minor,” also by Mozart.

Tickets may be purchased at Mickey’s Hallmark on Main Street prior to the concert or at the door: adults, $6; senior citizens, $5; children under 12, $2.

Film to be aired

FARMINGTON – A documentary film, “The Future of Food,” will be shown at 7 p.m. Monday, April 11, in Ricker Addition, Room 205, on the campus of the University of Maine at Farmington.

The controversy surrounding genetic modifications for commercial purposes has stirred emotions in the United States and abroad, but most citizens know little about the issue.

The public is invited to attend at no charge, although donations will be accepted to continue the educational film series presented by Western Mountains Peace Action Workshop. For more information, call Eileen Kreutz at 779-1943.

Washburn talk

BRUNSWICK – The Joshua L. Chamberlain Civil War Round Table will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at the Brunswick Junior High School cafeteria.

Kerck Kelsey of South Freeport will speak on Israel Washburn Jr., the subject of his recent book, “Israel Washburn Jr.: Maine’s Little-Known Giant of the Civil War.” Washburn was one of the seven sons of Israel and Patty Washburn of the Norlands in Livermore, all of whom distinguished themselves in various careers. Kelsey’s program will cover Gov. Washburn’s effort in leading Maine during the first two years of the war.

The meeting is open to the public and is free.

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