Items submitted to Check it Out must be events that benefit nonprofit organizations and be open to the public. Submissions should be received at least seven days in advance of the event.



Farmington area



Livermore Falls, Tuesday, May 24: Silver and Gold perform, 7 p.m., in the Gazebo.

Farmington, Wednesday, May 25: American Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5 p.m., Mount Blue Middle School, 269 Middle St. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

Wilton, Friday and Saturday, May 27 and 28: Lawn sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Main Street Garage, Maine Street. Sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 518. Proceeds benefit their Washington D. C. Jamboree trip.

Industry, Saturday, May 28: Plant sale, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Town Hall. Benefit for Mate Youth Connection.

Industry, Saturday, May 28: Baked bean and casserole supper, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Industry Town Hall. Benefit for Starks/West Mills churches.

Strong, Saturday, May 28: Town-wide yard sale, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., tables at EJ’s Market, American Legion Field, Elm Crest Enterprises and Main Street locations. Rain date May 29. Benefit for the Strong Area Business and Civic Alliance. Donation drop-off can be arranged by calling Heidi, 684-2073.

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.

Livermore Falls, Tuesday, May 31: Bing and Nancy Crosby and Barry Wood perform, 7 p.m., in the Gazebo.

Temple, Friday, June 3: “The Beanstalk Variations” performed by professional puppet theater Figures of Speech Theater, 7:30 p.m., Temple Stream Theater, Intervale Road. Adults, $8; children under 12, $5; or pay what you can. Comedy and music for adults and children. FMI: Foothills Arts Center, 778-0448.

Farmington, Saturday, June 4: American Red Cross blood drive, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mount Blue High School gymnasium. Sponsored by Anson Voter Eagle Scout Project. FMI: 645-2077 or 1-800-382-0743.

Farmington, Saturday, June 4: Yard and plant sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fairbanks School Neighborhood Association, Route 4. Donations accepted. FMI: 778-4272, 778-3808, 778-4349 or 778-6214.

Farmington, Saturday, June 4: Maine Mountain Chamber Music presents music by Haydn, Shostakovich and Dvorak, 7:30 p.m., Nordica Auditorium, UMF. Adults, $8; seniors, $6; children under 16, free. Features Peter Zazofsky, Jennifer Elowitch, Laurie Kennedy, Elizabeth Anderson and Yuri Funahashi. Sponsored by Hannaford Brothers and The Arts Institute of Western Maine.

New Sharon, Saturday, June 4: Takeout bean supper, 10 a.m. to noon, New Sharon Congregational United Church of Christ, Cape Cod Hill Road. $12. Includes one quart baked beans, pint of coleslaw, yeaast rolls or brown bread, and whole homemade pie. To reserve meals: contact Leona, 778-3812 or Mary, 778-2366; on day of pick up call the vestry, 778-2517.

Strong, Saturday, June 4: Sandy River Paddle Fest, 8 a.m. coffee and doughnuts; launch at 9 a.m.; start at Sandy River Bridge in Strong to Fairbanks Bridge and end at routes 2 and 4 junction at DHS pull-out; rafting, canoe and kayak demos, noon, Fairbanks Bridge. Free. Bring lunch, snacks and safety equipment. Easy paddle in Class 1 water.

Farmington, Friday, June 10: Music by Vermont-based a cappella group Village Harmony, 7:30 p.m., Nordica Auditorium, UMF. Adults, $6; seniors, $5; children under 16, free. Sponsored by Arts Institute of Western Maine.

Farmington, Saturday, June 11: Contradance with Greg Boardman and Sons and John McIntire calling, 8 to 11 p.m., Grange Hall, Bridge Street, West Farmington. $5 per person; $10 family max. Free basics workshop at 7:30 p.m. FMI: 397-2241, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.starleft.org.

Oxford Hills area (Norway, Paris)



Paris, through Monday, May 23: Preregistrations accepted for Keeping Families First workshop occurring Wednesday, May 25, 9:30 a.m. to noon, 9 Olson Road. Free. FMI: 743-6329 or 1-800-287-1482.

South Paris, Monday, May 23: Preregistration for “Keeping Families First” workshop being held Wednesday, May 25 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Extension Office, 9 Olson Road., off Route 26. FMI: 743-6329.

South Waterford, Monday, May 23: Bear Mountain Grange open house and potluck supper, 6:30 p.m., Grange Hall, routes 35 and 37. Awarding of the Community Service Award for the year follows supper.

Norway, Tuesday, May 24: Opening reception for photography exhibit “Woman With A Weird Eye” by local essayist and designer Pamela Chodosh, 7 to 9 p.m., Memorial Library, Main Street. Show will run through Thursday, June 30. Short reading and refreshments. FMI: 743-5309.

Norway, Tuesday, May 24: Celebrate Downtown Norway, 5 to 7 p.m., Norway Savings Bank Lobby, Main Street. Food, Music, Displays. Special guest John E. Baldacci.

South Paris, Tuesday, May 24: Parenting Education Group presents Positive Parenting sessions, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Community Concepts, Main Street. Free. FMI: 739-6367.

West Paris, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 24 and 25: Officer Phil’s Safety Program, Agness Gray School on May 24 and Legion Memorial School on May 25.

Norway, Thursday, May 26: Ballroom dance to benefit R.E.A.C.H., 6:30 to 8 p.m., Guy E. Rowe School Cafeteria. $25 minimum. Waltz, fox trot, tango, jitterbug.

Bethel, Saturday, May 28: St. Never’s Day sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Society Director Stan Howe’s house, 18 Broad St. FMI or to donate items:l 824-2908 or 1-800-824-2910.

Bethel, Saturday, May 28: Faye Taylor Memorial Art Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dr. Mason House Exhibit Hall. FMI: 824-2908 or 1-800-824-2910.

Farmington, Saturday, May 28: Yard sale, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, routes 2 and 4. Treasures, tools, furniture, 1969 Dodge Dart, books, cassette tapes, videos, exercise bikes, dehumidifiers, baked goods, pastries.

Livermore, Saturday, May 28: Sheep to Shawl day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Washburn-Norlands Living History Centers. $3. Demonstrations teach steps to process wool into yarn. Experience the art of shearing, skirting, washing, carding, spinning and knitting. FMI: 897-4366.

New Sharon, Saturday, May 28: Final baked bean and casserole supper of the season, 5 to 6:30 p.m., New Sharon United Methodist Church annex. Adults, $6; children under 12, $2. Includes salads, coleslaw, chop suey, rolls and pie. Sponsored by the church Woman’s Society.

West Paris, Saturday, May 28: Public supper, 5 to 6 p.m., Grange Hall, Church Street. Adults, $6; children under 12, $3. Sponsored by West Paris Grange 298.

South Paris, Tuesday, May 31: Parenting Education Group presents Positive Parenting sessions, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Community Concepts, Main Street. Free. FMI: 739-6367.

Norway, Thursday, June 2: Ballroom dance to benefit R.E.A.C.H., 6:30 to 8 p.m., Guy E. Rowe School Cafeteria. $25 minimum. Waltz, fox trot, tango, jitterbug.

Denmark, Friday, June 3: New England singer/songwriter Lynn Deeves concert, 7:30 p.m., Pioneer Meeting House. $10. Limited seating. For reservations: mail $10 admittance to Nurture Through Nature, 77 Warren Road, Denmark ME, 04022; include your e-mail or telephone number. Proceeds help bring solar power to the new retreat space. FMI: 452-2929.

Berlin, N.H., Saturday, June 4: Champion fiddler Erica Brown and her band Blue Grass Connection performs, 7 p.m., Community Arts Center, 155 Emery St. $10; students K to 12, $5. Held in conjunction with Berlin’s Lilac Festival. FMI: 603-752-1028.

West Paris, Saturday, June 4: Spring fair and flea market, 9 a.m., Grange Hall, Church Street. Held in conjunction with Old Home Days. Sponsored by West Paris Grange 298.

Norway, Thursday, June 9: Ballroom dance to benefit R.E.A.C.H., 6:30 to 8 p.m., Guy E. Rowe School Cafeteria. $25 minimum. Waltz, fox trot, tango, jitterbug.

Waterville, Monday, July 4: Public breakfast, 7:30 to 10 a.m., Wilkins Community House, Plummer Hill Road.

Lovell, Sunday, July 10: Antiques show and sale, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Historical Society, Route 5. $3. Certified appraiser will give free appraisals of up to two items. Food and beverages available. FMI: 925-1238.

River Valley area (Rumford)



Dixfield, Monday, May 23: Preschool story time for children ages 2 to 5, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Ludden Memorial Library. FMI: 562-8838.

Mexico, Tuesday, May 24: Preschool story and craft hour for children ages 2 to 5, 10 a.m., Public Library. Craft will be a birthday surprise. FMI: 364-3281.

Mexico, Tuesday, May 24: Birthday party, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Public Library. Used book sale. Puppeteer show with Michelle Boucher-Ladd and Gabriel Ladd at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Raffles and door prize drawing at 4:30 p.m. FMI: 364-3281.

Mexico, Wednesday, May 25: Greater Rumford Area Ministers’ Pantry Service will serve a free lunch, noon, Town Office.

Rumford, Wednesday, May 25: Preschool story time for children ages 2 to 5, 10 a.m., Public Library. FMI: 364-3661.

Rumford, Thursday, May 26: Sirloin tip supper, 4:30 p.m. until sold out, American Legion Post 24, 184 Congress St. $6 per person. Members and guests welcome.

Bethel, Saturday, May 28: St. Never’s Day sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Society Director Stan Howe’s house, 18 Broad St. FMI or to donate items:l 824-2908 or 1-800-824-2910.

Bethel, Saturday, May 28: Faye Taylor Memorial Art Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dr. Mason House Exhibit Hall. FMI: 824-2908 or 1-800-824-2910.

Rumford, Monday, May 30: Memorial Day parade, 9 a.m., Canal Street.

Mexico, Tuesday, May 31: Preschool story and craft hour for children ages 2 to 5, 10 a.m., Public Library. Craft will be an alligator craft. FMI: 364-3281.

Rumford, Tuesday, May 31: American Red Cross blood drive, 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Mountain Valley High School, Hancock Street. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

Rumford, Tuesday and Thursday, May 31 and June 2: Children’s Theatre auditions for “Finding Nemo”, 6 p.m., Public Library. Open to children ages 5 to 15. Older teens interested in backstage work welcomed. FMI: 364-3661.

Mexico, Wednesday, June 1: Greater Rumford Area Ministers’ Pantry Service will serve a free lunch, noon, Town Office.

Mexico, Wednesday, June 1: Book Cafe’s adult book discussion group, 6 p.m., Public Library. FMI: 364-3281.

Lewiston area



Lisbon, through Wednesday, May 25: Reservations being accepted for VFW Post 9459’s annual barbecue happening Sunday, May 29, Route 196. $7 for steak; $6 for chicken. Includes fixings, desserts, and coffee or tea. Open jukebox. FMI and reservations: 353-5291.

Greene, through Saturday, June 4: Donations accepted for good, clean items for the Greene Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary’s yard sale at Farris Equipment on June 4. Proceeds benefit GVFD. FMI or to donate: contact Brenda Theriault, 946-5750.

Lewiston, Monday, May 23: Bookin’ it with babies, 10 a.m., Public Library.

Lewiston, Monday, May 23: Advocates for Children play group, 10 to 11 a.m., B Street Community Building, 57 Birch St., Suite 204. FMI: 783-3990.

Auburn, Tuesday, May 24: Lecture “Spiritual Healing: How to Do it” by Christian science teacher and practitioner Evan Mehlenbacher, 7 p.m., Book Burrow, 593 Center St. Free.

Lewiston, Tuesday, May 24: Preschool stories, 10 a.m., Public Library.

Lewiston, Wednesday, May 25: Countryside Dancers dance, free lessons 6 to 7 p.m.; regular lessons 7 to 8 p.m.; dancing 8 to 9:30 p.m., C and J Hall, 711 Webster St.

Lewiston, Wednesday, May 25: American Red Cross blood drive, 6:30 to 11 a.m., Sisters of Charity Health/Lepage Conference Center, Campus Avenue. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

Lisbon Falls, Wednesday, May 25: Folk artist and story teller David Smith, 7 p.m., Lisbon Teen Center Coffee House, 32 Main St. Show and coffee shop is free and open to all ages. Open mike will end the evening. FMI: 353-3010 or www.bandmusicservice.com.

Winthrop, Wednesday, May 25: American Red Cross blood drive, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Winthrop High School, Rambler Road. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

Lewiston, Friday, May 27: Bookin’ It with Babies, 10 a.m., Public Library.

Lewiston, Friday, May 27: Cookies and Crafts, 10 to 11 a.m., Advocates for Children, B Street Community Building, 57 Birch St., Suite 204. Craft is caterpillars. FMI: 783-3990.

Gray, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 28, 29 and 30: Friends of the Maine Wildlife Park’s annual plant sale, during regular park hours, Maine Wildlife Park. Park admission: adults, $5; seniors, $4; children under 12, $3.25; under 3, free; group of 15 or more, $25 per person. FMI: 657-4977 or visit www.mainewildlifepark.com.

Gray, Saturday, May 28: Baked bean and casserole supper, 5 p.m., First Congregational Church, Route 115. Adults, $6; children under 12, $2. Handicapped accessible. FMI: 657-4279 or day of supper, 657-3279.

Lisbon, Saturday, May 28: Baked bean and ham supper, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Lisbon Methodist Church, School Street. Adults, $6; children, $2. Sponsored by Methodist Women. FMI: 353-8951.

Lewiston, Sunday, May 29: 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.

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.

Lewiston, Monday, May 30: Advocates for Children play group, 10 to 11 a.m., B Street Community Building, 57 Birch St., Suite 204. FMI: 783-3990.

Winthrop, Monday, May 30: Memorial Day breakfast, 7:30 to 10 a.m., Winthrop Congregational Church UCC. Adults, $5; children under 12, $3; under 5, free. Includes eggs, ham, sausage, home fries, baked beans, muffins, juice, milk and coffee. Parade follows breakfast.

Leeds, through Tuesday, May 31: Donations being accepted for Rural Community Action Ministry’s annual yard sale scheduled for June. To donate items: contact the office, 524-5095 or 224-7505. Not accepting clothing, appliances or mattresses/box springs.

Lewiston, Tuesday, May 31: Preschool stories, 10 a.m., Public Library.

Poland, Wednesday, June 1: Poland Recreation Department open house, 6 to 8 p.m., 1231 Maine St., Poland Town Hall.

Lewiston, Friday, June 3: Cookies and Crafts, 10 to 11 a.m., Advocates for Children, B Street Community Building, 57 Birch St., Suite 204. Craft is caterpillars. FMI: 783-3990.

Gray, Saturday, June 4: Maine Conservation School, Maine Wildlife Park. Learn about Bryant Pond camp sessions for boys and girls ages 8 to 17. Park admission: adults, $5; seniors, $4; children under 12, $3.25; under 3, free; group of 15 or more, $25 per person. FMI: 657-4977 or visit www.mainewildlifepark.com.

Mechanic Falls, Saturday, June 4: Lamplighter smorgasbord, 5 to 6 p.m., First Congregational Church. Adults, $6; children, $3. Includes baked beans, casseroles, salads, coleslaw, deviled eggs, desserts and beverages.

Pownal, Saturday, June 4: Baked bean supper, 4:30 to 6 p.m., North Pownal United Methodist Church, 851 Lawrence Road. Adults, $6; children, $3. Includes spaghetti, potato salad, coleslaw, pickled beets, biscuits, brown bread and homemade pies. Handicapped accessible. FMI: contact Nancy, 688-4481 or Karen, 829-5470.

Sabattus, Saturday, June 4: Spaghetti supper, 4 to 6:30 p.m., Maxwell-Gill Hall, High Street. Adults, $5/$6; children under 12, $2.50/$3. Take out available. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus. FMI: 375-6951.

Wales, Saturday, June 4: Yard sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wales Youth Center, Pond Road, Route 132. Rain or shine. Sponsored by Wales Presbyterian Women.

Wiscasset, Saturday, June 4: Morris Farm Trust’s peerless perennial plant sale, 10 a.m., 156 Gardiner Road, Route 27 North. FMI: 882-4080.

Lewiston, Sunday, June 5: Lewiston Singles Club dance, 7 to 11 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 150 East Ave. $8/$7. Music by Wild Horse.

Sabattus, Sunday, June 5: Buffet breakfast, 7:30 to 10 a.m., Harry J. Conway Post 135, Island Road. Adults, $5; children under 10, $2.

Lewiston, Monday, June 6: Advocates for Children play group, 10 to 11 a.m., B Street Community Building, 57 Birch St., Suite 204. FMI: 783-3990.

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

Winthrop, Friday, June 10: Fish chowder luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Winthrop Congregational Church. Adults, $6. Takeouts available. Wheelchair accessible.

Gray, Saturday, June 11: Maine custom wood sculpture, Maine Wildlife Park. Bill Fournier uses a chain saw to create eagles, bears and more. Finished pieces for sale. Park admission: adults, $5; seniors, $4; children under 12, $3.25; under 3, free; group of 15 or more, $25 per person. FMI: 657-4977 or visit www.mainewildlifepark.com.

Waterville, Saturday, June 11: Railroad festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Maine Central Steam Engine site, 470 College Ave. Clown, music, scavenger hunt, kids games and contests, face painting, railroad presentations, model railroad. Sponsored by Friends of the 470. Proceeds helps restore the old steam engine. FMI: 872-4940 or visit www.waterville-me.gov/470.htm.

Lewiston, Sunday, June 12: Lewiston Singles Club dance, 7 to 11 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 150 East Ave. $8/$7. Music by Mainly Country.

Poland, Sunday, June 12: Poland Recreation Department brunch for adults over age 50 from Poland, Mechanic Falls and Minot, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Poland Community School Gymnasium. Free. Presentation of recreational options for older adults and community trips and activities.

Lewiston, Monday, June 13: Advocates for Children play group, 10 to 11 a.m., B Street Community Building, 57 Birch St., Suite 204. FMI: 783-3990.

Lewiston, Friday, June 17: Cookies and Crafts, 10 to 11 a.m., Advocates for Children, B Street Community Building, 57 Birch St., Suite 204. Craft is caterpillars. FMI: 783-3990.

Gray, Saturday, June 18: Randy’s taxidermy, Maine Wildlife Park. Display of tools of trade and finished mounts. Park admission: adults, $5; seniors, $4; children under 12, $3.25; under 3, free; group of 15 or more, $25 per person. FMI: 657-4977 or visit www.mainewildlifepark.com.

Lewiston, Sunday, June 19: Lewiston Singles Club dance, 7 to 11 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 150 East Ave. $8/$7. Music by Bushwack.

Lewiston, Monday, June 20: Advocates for Children play group, 10 to 11 a.m., B Street Community Building, 57 Birch St., Suite 204. FMI: 783-3990.

Lewiston, Friday, June 24: Cookies and Crafts, 10 to 11 a.m., Advocates for Children, B Street Community Building, 57 Birch St., Suite 204. Craft is caterpillars. FMI: 783-3990.

Portland, Saturday, June 25: Secret gardens of Portland tour, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $15 advance; $17 day of event. Self-guided tour of 12 private gardens in Portland. FMI: 773-0202 or visit www.propeople.org.

Gray, Saturday, June 25: Maine Forest Service presentation, Maine Wildlife Park. Meet a district forest ranger, learn how rangers protect and manage Maine’s forests. Smokey the Bear visit from noon to 12:30 p.m. Park admission: adults, $5; seniors, $4; children under 12, $3.25; under 3, free; group of 15 or more, $25 per person. FMI: 657-4977 or visit www.mainewildlifepark.com.

Lewiston, Sunday, June 26: 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.

Lewiston, Monday, June 27: Advocates for Children play group, 10 to 11 a.m., B Street Community Building, 57 Birch St., Suite 204. FMI: 783-3990.

Hallowell, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 30, July 1 and 2: Gaslight Theater’s musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Hallowell City Hall Auditorium. FMI: 626-3698.

Gray, Saturday, July 2: Presentation and white-tailed deer information with the deer tracker Dick Bernier, Maine Wildlife Park, Route 26. Park admission: adults, $5; seniors, $4; children under 12, $3.25; under 3, free; group of 15 or more, $25 per person. FMI: 657-4977 or visit www.mainewildlifepark.com.

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

Hallowell, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 7, 8 and 9: Gaslight Theater’s musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Hallowell City Hall Auditorium. FMI: 626-3698.

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

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

Lewiston, Sunday, July 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.

Lewiston, Sunday, July 31: Lewiston Singles Club dance, 7 to 11 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 150 East Ave. $8/$7. Music by Bushwack.


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.