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, though Friday, Aug. 12: Reservations for “Meal, Laugh and Learn” program happening Friday, Aug. 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Washburn-Norlands Living History Center. $21 per person. Includes country meal of chicken pot pie, pickled beets, coleslaw, and apple pie and ice cream. FMI: 897-4366.

Rangeley, Monday, Aug. 8: Contra dance/concert and silent art auction, 7 p.m., Wilhelm Reich Museum Conference Center, Dodge Pond Road. Adults, $6; children, $3. FMI: 864-3907 or e-mail [email protected]

Livermore Falls, Tuesday, Aug. 9: Bing and Nancy Crosby perform, 6 p.m., at the Gazebo.

Livermore, Wednesday, Aug. 10: Summer family program presents “Livermore Frontier Stories” in the One-room Schoolhouse, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Norlands Living History Center, off Route 4. $3. Bring picnic lunch. FMI: 897-4366.

Wilton, Wednesday, Aug. 10: Classic car cruise night, 6 to 8 p.m., Dutch Treat.

East Dixfield, Friday, Aug. 12: Campfire country music jam session, 6 to 9 p.m., Countryfolk Music Theatre, Route 2. Free. Dancing follows from 9 to 11 p.m. FMI: Linda, 645-4752 or Larry, 645-4875.

Livermore Falls, Friday, Aug. 12: Steve Bertrand with Country Gospel will perform, 6 p.m., at the Gazebo.

Salem, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12 and 13: Rummage sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Salem Community Building, Route 142. Hot dogs and drinks available. Benefit for Salem United Methodist Church’s building fund.

Farmington, Saturday, Aug. 13: Franklin County Animal Shelter’s birthday bash, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Meetinghouse Park, Main Street. Bake sale to benefit shelter, craft and food vendors, face painting. FMI: 778-2638.

Farmington, Saturday, Aug. 13: Public supper, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church. Includes baked beans, casseroles, salads, biscuit and pie.

Farmington, Saturday, Aug. 13: Contradance with The Kennebec Highlands Band and John McIntire calling, 8 to 11 p.m., Grange Hall, Bridge Street, West Farmington. $5 per person; $10 family max. Free basic workshop at 7:30 p.m. FMI: 397-2241, e-mail [email protected], or visit www.starleft.org.

Jay, Saturday, Aug. 13: Jay Historical Society’s open house, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Jay Hill. Tours of the homestead, display of Jay Hill circa 1840, hot dogs and beverages available, huge lawn sale under the tent.

Livermore Falls, Saturday, Aug. 13: Gazebo market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Town Gazebo. Produce, crafts, music. FMI: 897-3321.

Mount Vernon, Saturday, Aug. 13: Auction, 11 a.m., Lakeside in the Village. Rain or shine. Household goods, furniture, sporting goods, gift certificates. Lunch available and provided by the Beach Committee. FMI: 293-3773.

Rangeley, Saturday, Aug. 13: Auction, 10 a.m., Wilhelm Reich Museum Conference Center, Dodge Pond Road. Items available for viewing at 9 a.m. Donations welcomed. FMI: 864-3443.

Livermore, Sunday, Aug. 14: Music at the Meeting House featuring vocals with Michael and Anita Linkenbach, 9:10 a.m., North Livermore Baptist Church.

Livermore, through Sunday, Aug. 14: Reservations accepted for Norland’s “Meal, Laugh and Learn” program happening Friday, Aug. 19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Norlands Living History Center’s Granite Library, off Route 4. $21 per person. Includes homemade meal in the farmer’s cottage. Followed by “Typical Day in School” in the one-room school house. Reservations required. FMI: 897-4366.

Rangeley, Sunday, Aug. 14: A “mushroom walk” will be the topic of the Wilhelm Reich Museum’s Natural Science Program, 2 to 4 p.m., on the museum grounds. Lead by Michaeline Mulvey and Ted Elliott of the Maine Mycological Society.

Livermore Falls, Tuesday, Aug. 16: Barry Wood and Guests perform, 6 p.m., at the Gazebo.

Livermore Falls, Tuesday, Aug. 16: American Red Cross blood drive, noon to 6 p.m., Tri-Town Area Murray Hall, Route 4. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

Livermore, Wednesday, Aug. 17: Summer family program features 19th Century crafts and games of the period, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Norlands Living History Center, off Route 4. $3 per program. Bring picnic lunch. FMI: 897-4366.

Wilton, Wednesday, Aug. 17: Classic Car Club’s cruise night, 6 to 8 p.m., Dutch Treat. Music, classic cars and bikes, 50/50 raffle and more.

East Dixfield, Friday, Aug. 19: Campfire country music jam session, 6 to 9 p.m., Countryfolk Music Theatre, Route 2. Free. Dancing follows from 9 to 11 p.m. FMI: Linda, 645-4752 or Larry, 645-4875.

Livermore Falls, Saturday, Aug. 20: Gazebo market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Town Gazebo. Produce, crafts, music. FMI: 897-3321.

Stratton, Saturday, Aug. 20: Flagstaff Area ATV Club’s fundraiser dinner, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Stratton-Eustis Community Building. Adults, $6; children under 10, $3. Includes baked beans, macaroni and cheese, chop suey, salads, rolls, pies and beverages.

Wilton, Saturday, Aug. 20: Inside yard sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wilson Grange Hall, East Wilton. Baked beans to go. Tables to rent for $10. FMI: 645-4848.

Farmington, Tuesday, Aug. 23: American Red Cross blood drive bus, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wal-Mart, Route 2. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

Livermore, Wednesday, Aug. 24: Summer family program’s nature walk and Abenaki stories, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Norlands Living History Center, off Route 4. $3 per person. Bring picnic lunch. FMI: 897-4366.

Wilton, Wednesday, Aug. 24: Classic Car Club’s cruise night, 6 to 8 p.m., Dutch Treat. Music, classic cars and bikes, 50/50 raffle and more.

East Dixfield, Friday, Aug. 26: Campfire country music jam session, 6 to 9 p.m., Countryfolk Music Theatre, Route 2. Free. Dancing follows from 9 to 11 p.m. FMI: Linda, 645-4752 or Larry, 645-4875.

Livermore Falls, Saturday, Aug. 27: Gazebo market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Town Gazebo. Produce, crafts, music. FMI: 897-3321.

Jay, Saturday, Sept. 3: Chili cook-off, 1 to 6 p.m.; registration at noon, VFW Post 3335, 66 Jewell St. Free spectator admission; $10 per cook-off entrant. Food concessions and outside music. Cash prizes. Early reservation suggested. FMI: contact Janice, 897-2122.

Livermore Falls, Saturday, Sept. 3: Gazebo market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Town Gazebo. Produce, crafts, music. FMI: 897-3321.

Farmington, Saturday, Sept. 10: Contradance with John Kuehne and Friends with Franois Neville calling, 8 to 11 p.m.; basic workshop 7:30 p.m., Farmington Grange, Bridge Street, West Farmington. FMI: 397-2241, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.starleft.org.

Livermore Falls, Saturday, Sept. 10: Gazebo market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Town Gazebo. Produce, crafts, music. FMI: 897-3321.

Livermore Falls, Saturday, Sept. 17: Gazebo market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Town Gazebo. Produce, crafts, music. FMI: 897-3321.

Livermore Falls, Saturday, Sept. 24: Gazebo market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Town Gazebo. Produce, crafts, music. FMI: 897-3321.

Livermore Falls, Saturday, Oct. 1: Gazebo market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Town Gazebo. Produce, crafts, music. FMI: 897-3321.

oxford hills area

Harrison, Tuesday, Aug. 9: Sebago-Long Lake music festival’s “Celebrating the Bicentennial,” 8 p.m., Deertrees Theatre and Cultural Center, Deertrees Road. Adults, $20; students, $8. Box office hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. FMI: 583-6747 or visit www.deertreestheatre.org.

Locke Mills, Tuesday, Aug. 9: Public supper and dance, 5:30 p.m. supper; 9 p.m. dance, American Legion Hall. $7. Music by the Parisians.

Paris, Tuesday, Aug. 9: Anderson Staples Post 112 concert series in the park, 7 p.m., Moore Park, Park Street. Free.

Gorham, N.H., Wednesday, Aug. 10: Program “The Goals and Gear of Fire in the Forest,” 8 p.m., Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, Route 16. Free. Complimentary popcorn. FMI: 603-466-2713 or 603-466-2721.

Waterford, Wednesday, Aug. 10: Summer hymn sing, 7 p.m., Waterford Congregational Church, Plummer Hill Road. Ice cream social follows.

Berlin, N.H., Thursday, Aug. 11: Performance with organ recitalist Brian Jones, 7 p.m., Community Arts Center, 155 Emery St. $10. FMI: 603-752-1028.

Harrison, Thursday and Friday, Aug. 11 and 12: GreenLight TheatreWorks presents “The History of America (Abridged),” 8 p.m., Deertrees Theatre and Cultural Center, Deertrees Road. $20. Box office hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. FMI: 583-6747 or visit www.deertreestheatre.org.

Lovell, Thursday, Aug. 11: The State Street Traditional Jazz Band, 7:30 p.m., The Brick Church, Christian Hill Road, just off Route 5. $5 donation at the door. FMI: 829-9253.

Bar Mills, Friday and Sunday, Aug. 12 and 14: Dorreen’s Jazz New Orleans, 7:30 p.m., Saco River Grange Hall, 29 Salmon Falls Road. Adults, $15; students and seniors, $12. FMI: 929-6472.

Bethel, Friday, Aug. 12: Bridges to Health and Healing lecture, 7 p.m., Crescent Park Elementary School. Donations accepted. Features Message therapist Sharon Lyon presenting Chance Favors the Prepared Mind. FMI: 824-7031.

Bethel, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 12, 13 and 14: Sudbury Canada Days at Bethel Historical Society. Features “Hall Lecture,” old time crafts, art show, historical films, children’s parade and games, badminton and croquet tournaments, log drivers’ bean supper, open house at Lower Sunday River Schoolhouse, old-fashioned hymn sing at the Middle Intervale Meetinghouse. FMI: 824-2908 or 800-824-2910.

Harrison, Saturday, Aug. 13: The Dave Rowe Trio, 8 p.m., Deertrees Theatre and Cultural Center, Deertrees Road. $18. Box office hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. FMI: 583-6747 or visit www.deertreestheatre.org.

Locke Mills, Saturday, Aug. 13: Old fashioned dance, 8 to 11 p.m., Town Hall. Music by the Richard Felt Orchestra. Benefit for Greenwood Historical Society.

Norway, Saturday, Aug. 13: Public supper, 4 to 6 p.m., Heywood Club clubhouse, corner of Crockett Ridge and Round the Pond roads. FMI: 743-7361.

Otisfield, Saturday, Aug. 13: American Red Cross blood drive, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Spurrs Corner Church, 1005 Route 121.

Oxford, Saturday, Aug. 13: Flea market, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oxford County Fairgrounds, Route 26. Buyers and sellers wanted. Inside and outside spaces. Benefits Agricultural Museum. FMI or to reserve space: 743-8422.

Paris, Saturday, Aug. 13: Inside yard and bake sale, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., West Paris Historical Society. FMI: contact Betty Jones, 674-2507 or David Ring, 743-6733.

South Paris, Saturday, Aug. 13: Benefit smorgasbord supper for fire victim Harley Stevens, 5 to 6:30 p.m., American Legion Hall, Church Street. Adults, $6; children under 12, $3. Sponsored by Post 72 Auxiliary and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9787 and Auxiliary. FMI: contact Marilyn Ramsay, 743-5723.

South Paris, Saturday, Aug. 13: Comedy and juggling with tienne, 8 p.m.; doors open 7:30 p.m., Celebration Barn, 190 Stock Farm Road, off Route 117 North. Adults, $10; children under 12, $8. FMI and tickets: 743-8452.

Stoneham, Saturday, Aug. 13: Pig roast, 4 to 6 p.m., Fire Station. Adults, $7; children under 11, $4. Sponsored by Stoneham Knight Riders.

Waterford, Saturday, Aug. 13: “Evening of Music” concert, 7:30 p.m., Waterford Congregational Church, Plummer Hill Road. $10. Proceeds for church programs.

Welchville, Saturday, Aug. 13: Smothered beef supper, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Oxford Grange. Adults, $6; children under 12, $3.

Bridgton, Sunday, Aug. 14: Open mike, 3 to 6 p.m., IC Unplugged at Cafe DeCarlo Internet Cafe and Espresso Bar. Free. FMI: 647-4596.

Hebron, Sunday, Aug. 14: Old home Sunday with guest speaker Harold Duff, 2 p.m., East Hebron Baptist Church. Music, refreshments, fellowship. FMI: 966-1902 or 966-3135.

Waterford, Sunday, Aug. 14: Concert featuring choir of 40 men and women, 9:30 a.m., Waterford Congregational Church, Plummer Hill Road.

West Paris, Sunday, Aug. 14: Open house, 2 to 4 p.m., Finnish American Heritage Center, Maple Street. Explore the museum, library and gift shop, videos and albums to view. Coffee and pastries available.

Harrison, Tuesday, Aug. 16: The Downeast Brass, 8 p.m., Deertrees Theatre and Cultural Center, Deertrees Road. $14. Box office hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. FMI: 583-6747 or visit www.deertreestheatre.org.

Waterford, Wednesday, Aug. 17: Indoor yard sale, 7 a.m. to noon, Wilkins Community House basement, Plummer Hill Road.

Waterford, Wednesday, Aug. 17: Public breakfast, 7:30 to 10 a.m., Wilkins Community House, Plummer Hill Road. Adults, $5; children under 10, $3; under 5, free. Proceeds for community and grange projects.

Harrison, Thursday and Friday, Aug. 18 and 19: GreenLight TheatreWorks presents “Cliffhanger” by James Yaffee, 8 p.m., Deertrees Theatre and Cultural Center, Deertrees Road. $20. Box office hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. FMI: 583-6747 or visit www.deertreestheatre.org.

South Paris, Friday, Aug. 19: Drew Richardson in vaudeville variety show “Help! Help!” 8 p.m.; doors open 7:30 p.m., Celebration Barn, 190 Stock Farm Road, off Route 117 North. Adults, $10; children under 12, $8. FMI and tickets: 743-8452.

Bridgton, Saturday, Aug. 20: Summer bazaar, 9 a.m., to 6 p.m., St. Joseph’s Church Parish Hall and Parish Center, 225 South High St. Plants, baked goods, crafts, jewelry, white elephant table, raffle, food and beverages. Sponsored by St. Joseph’s Women’s Guild.

Harrison, Saturday, Aug. 20: Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans, 8 p.m., Deertrees Theatre and Cultural Center, Deertrees Road. $20. Box office hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. FMI: 583-6747 or visit www.deertreestheatre.org.

Lovell, Saturday, Aug. 20: Arts and artisans fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., New Suncook Elementary School, Route 5. Free. Crafts, jewelry, blown glass, painterly art, pottery, woodenwares. Includes used book sale. Benefit for Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library.

South Paris, Saturday, Aug. 20: Rotary lobster and clambake dinner, 3 to 7 p.m., Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, near tennis courts, Fair Street. $18, advance; $20, day of event. Includes one lobster, steamers, corn-on-the-cob, soda and watermelon. Tickets available at Western Auto or Lake Region Awards, Norway or contact Patty Rice, 743-7777 or Jon Kendrick, 774-0224.

South Paris, Saturday, Aug. 20: “A Life in Her Day” physical comedy and serious theater with Hilary Chaplain, 8 p.m.; doors open 7:30 p.m., Celebration Barn, 190 Stock Farm Road, off Route 117 North. Adults, $10; children under 12, $8. FMI and tickets: 743-8452.

Bridgton, Sunday, Aug. 21: Open mike, 3 to 6 p.m., IC Unplugged at Cafe DeCarlo Internet Cafe and Espresso Bar. Free. FMI: 647-4596.

West Paris, Sunday, Aug. 21: Open house, 2 to 4 p.m., Finnish American Heritage Center, Maple Street. Explore the museum, library and gift shop, videos and albums to view. Coffee and pastries available.

Locke Mills, Monday, Aug. 22: American Red Cross blood drive, 1 to 6 p.m., American Legion, Gore Road. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

Harrison, Tuesday, Aug. 23: Celtic music with Isla, 8 p.m., Deertrees Theatre and Cultural Center, Deertrees Road. $14. Box office hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. FMI: 583-6747 or visit www.deertreestheatre.org.

Bridgton, Wednesday, Aug. 24: American Red Cross blood drive, 1:30 to 7 p.m., Municipal Complex, 1 Chase Commons. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

Waterford, Wednesday, Aug. 24: Indoor yard sale, 7 a.m. to noon, Wilkins Community House basement, Plummer Hill Road.

Harrison Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 25, 26 and 27: GreenLight TheatreWorks presents “Marriage Play,” 8 p.m., Deertrees Theatre and Cultural Center, Deertrees Road. $20. Box office hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. FMI: 583-6747 or visit www.deertreestheatre.org.

South Paris, Friday, Aug. 26: Eccentric performing workshop show, 8 p.m.; doors open 7:30 p.m., Celebration Barn, 190 Stock Farm Road, off Route 117 North. Adults, $8; children under 12, $6. FMI and tickets: 743-8452.

Norway, Saturday, Aug. 27: “A Night of Lyrical and Powerful Music” with Maine artists Kate Schrock and Mary Uke, 7:30 p.m., Fare Share Commons, 447 Main St. $12, advance; $15, at the door. Seating is limited. For tickets: 838-6950. FMI: visit www.kateschrock.com and www.maryukelady.com.

South Paris, Saturday, Aug. 27: Julie Goell in “Georges Bizet is Dead,” 8 p.m.; doors open 7:30 p.m., Celebration Barn, 190 Stock Farm Road, off Route 117 North. Adults, $10; children under 12, $8. FMI and tickets: 743-8452.

Waterford, Saturday, Aug. 27: Indoor yard sale, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wilkins Community House basement, Plummer Hill Road.

Bridgton, Sunday, Aug. 28: Open mike, 3 to 6 p.m., IC Unplugged at Cafe DeCarlo Internet Cafe and Espresso Bar. Free. FMI: 647-4596.

West Paris, Sunday, Aug. 28: Open house, 2 to 4 p.m., Finnish American Heritage Center, Maple Street. Explore the museum, library and gift shop, videos and albums to view. Coffee and pastries available.

Bridgton, Monday, Aug. 29: American Red Cross blood drive, 1:30 to 7 p.m., Oxford Hills High School Cafetorium, Route 26. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

Harrison, Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 1 through 4: GreenLight TheatreWorks presents “Sight Unseen,” 8 p.m., Deertrees Theatre and Cultural Center, Deertrees Road. $20. Box office hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. FMI: 583-6747 or visit www.deertreestheatre.org.

South Paris, Saturday, Sept. 3: “The Push Workshop” workshop show, 8 p.m.; doors open 7:30 p.m., Celebration Barn, 190 Stock Farm Road, off Route 117 North. Adults, $8; children under 12, $6. FMI and tickets: 743-8452.

Bridgton, Sunday, Sept. 4: Open mike, 3 to 6 p.m., IC Unplugged at Cafe DeCarlo Internet Cafe and Espresso Bar. Free. FMI: 647-4596.

Bridgton, Sunday, Sept. 11: Open mike, 3 to 6 p.m., IC Unplugged at Cafe DeCarlo Internet Cafe and Espresso Bar. Free. FMI: 647-4596.

Bridgton, Sunday, Sept. 18: Open mike, 3 to 6 p.m., IC Unplugged at Cafe DeCarlo Internet Cafe and Espresso Bar. Free. FMI: 647-4596.

Bridgton, Sunday, Sept. 25: Open mike, 3 to 6 p.m., IC Unplugged at Cafe DeCarlo Internet Cafe and Espresso Bar. Free. FMI: 647-4596.

River valley area



Mexico, Wednesday, Aug. 10: Greater Rumford Area Ministers’ Pantry Service will serve a free lunch, noon, Town Office.

Bethel, Friday, Aug. 12: Bridges to Health and Healing lecture, 7 p.m., Crescent Park Elementary School. Donations accepted. Features Message therapist Sharon Lyon presenting Chance Favors the Prepared Mind. FMI: 824-7031.

Bethel, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 12, 13 and 14: Sudbury Canada Days at Bethel Historical Society. Features “Hall Lecture,” old time crafts, art show, historical films, children’s parade and games, badminton and croquet tournaments, log drivers’ bean supper, open house at Lower Sunday River Schoolhouse, old-fashioned hymn sing at the Middle Intervale Meetinghouse. FMI: 824-2908 or 800-824-2910.

East Dixfield, Friday, Aug. 12: Campfire country music jam session, 6 to 9 p.m., Countryfolk Music Theatre, Route 2. Free. Dancing follows from 9 to 11 p.m. FMI: Linda, 645-4752 or Larry, 645-4875.

Canton, Saturday, Aug. 13: Canton Historical Society’s garage and food sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 25 Canton Point Road. Rain or shine. FMI: 597-2012.

Rumford, Saturday, Aug. 13: Bean hole bean supper, 5 p.m., Blazing Star Lodge, Route 232. Adults, $6; children under 12, $3. Includes hot dogs, coleslaw, potato salad, bread, coffee, dessert and punch. Takeout available. FMI: contact Rick, 364-7390.

Mexico, Saturday, Aug. 13: Public supper, 5 p.m., Mexico U.C.C., Green Church. Adults, $6; children under 12, $3. Includes barbecue chicken and homemade pies.

Mexico, Tuesday, Aug. 16: “Wild Things” costume party for children ages 2 and up, 10 a.m., Calvin Lyons Hall. Conclusion to “Rock & Roll: Go Where the Wild Things Are” summer reading program. Dress in any type of “Wild Things” costume. Costume judging, prizes, games, contests, play-acting. Summer reading program certificates for program participants. Pizza and soda will be served. FMI: 364-3281.

Rumford, Wednesday, Aug. 17: American Red Cross blood drive, 1 to 6 p.m., American Legion, 184 Congress St. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

East Dixfield, Friday, Aug. 19: Campfire country music jam session, 6 to 9 p.m., Countryfolk Music Theatre, Route 2. Free. Dancing follows from 9 to 11 p.m. FMI: Linda, 645-4752 or Larry, 645-4875.

Dixfield, Sunday, Aug. 21: Outdoor market, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Main Street. Rain or shine. Food, craft items, flea market finds, raffle tickets, collectibles. Vendor space, $15. FMI: contact Ralph or Norine, 562-8816, days. Also bicentennial road race, FMI: 562-7172.

East Dixfield, Friday, Aug. 26: Campfire country music jam session, 6 to 9 p.m., Countryfolk Music Theatre, Route 2. Free. Dancing follows from 9 to 11 p.m. FMI: Linda, 645-4752 or Larry, 645-4875.

lewiston area



Auburn, Monday, Aug. 8: Auburn Public Library’s teen summer event presents a visit by suspense writer Christopher Fahy, 6 to 7:30 p.m., The Book Burrow, Center Street. FMI: 782-3191, ext. 4 or e-mail Sally Holt, [email protected]

Auburn, Monday, Aug. 8: American Red Cross blood drive, 1 to 6 p.m., High Street Congregational Church, 109 Pleasant St. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

Lewiston, Monday, Aug. 8: Bookin’ It with Babies, 10 a.m., Public Library.

Lewiston, Monday, Aug. 8: Advocates for Children play group, 10 to 11 a.m., B Street Community Building, 57 Birch St., Suite 204. FMI: 783-3990.

Auburn, Tuesday, Aug. 9: L/A Arts Music in the Parks presents Mom’s Home Cooking’, noon to 1 p.m., Festival Plaza, Main Street. Free. Rain date Aug. 10. FMI: 1-800-639-2919 or 782-7228.

Casco, Tuesday, Aug. 9: Book sale, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Public Library.

Lewiston, Tuesday, Aug. 9: Preschool stories, 10 a.m., Public Library.

Auburn, Wednesday, Aug. 10: Mad Science show, 10 a.m., Tot Lot. Presented by Lewiston Recreation and Parks Department, Auburn Parks and Recreation Department. Sponsored by Auburn Hannaford.

Auburn, Wednesday, Aug. 10: Auburn Community Band concert “Big Band and Dance Music,” 7 p.m., Festival Plaza, Main Street. Free. Free parking available in parking garage across the street. Bring lawn chairs. FMI: 784-0191 or visit www.auburncommunityband.org.

Gardiner, Wednesday, Aug. 10: Comedy, illusion, magic and clowning with Lee Faulkner, noon to 1 p.m., Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center’s outside mini-park, 280 Water St. Free. In the event of rain, held inside. FMI: 582-7144 or e-mail [email protected]

Lewiston, Wednesday, Aug. 10: Countryside Dancers dance, dress rehearsal for Balloon festival demo 6 p.m., followed by dancing to 9:30 p.m., C and J Hall, 711 Webster St.

Lisbon Falls, Wednesday, Aug. 10: Singer/songwriter Jeff Vye of the Maine Songwriters Association will perform, Lisbon Falls, 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.

Auburn, Thursday, Aug. 11: American Red Cross blood drive bus, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Advantage Payroll Services, 126 Merrow Road. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

Casco, Thursday, Aug. 11: Book sale, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Public Library.

Lewiston, Thursday, Aug. 11: L/A Arts Music in the Parks presents Annegret Baier and Shamou, noon to 1 p.m., Courthouse Plaza, Lisbon Street. Free. Rain date Aug. 12. FMI: 1-800-639-2919 or 782-7228.

Lewiston, Thursday, Aug. 11: Midsummer lakeside concert series presents “Ireland Reclaimed” a program of Irish and Irish-influenced music by Brendan Taaffe with Matt and Shannon Heaton, 6 p.m., Florence Keigwin Amphitheater, overlooking Lake Andrews, Bates College. Rain site is Olin Arts Center Concert Hall, 75 Russell St. Free. Bring blanket or lawn chair and a picnic supper. FMI: 786-6400.

Lewiston, Friday, Aug. 12: Bookin’ It with Babies, 10 a.m., Public Library.

Lewiston, Friday, Aug. 12: Cookies and Crafts, 10 to 11 a.m., Advocates for Children, B Street Community Building, 57 Birch St., Suite 204. FMI: 783-3990.

Sabattus, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12 and 13: Benefit garage sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dominican Sisters convent, 61 Lisbon Road. Proceeds for Loaves and Fishes and local food pantry.

Auburn, Saturday, Aug. 13: American Red Cross blood drive, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Auburn Mall, 550 Center St. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

Gray, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13 and 14: “Honor the Animals’ POW-WOW” with Native American craft vendors, drummers, dancers, singers and traditional foods, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 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.

New Gloucester, Saturday, Aug. 13: Shaker bake sale, 10 a.m., Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village. Featuring Shaker recipes.

Sabattus, Saturday, Aug. 13: Bean and casserole supper, 5 to 6 p.m., Jacques Cartier Club, Wales Road. Adults, $6; children, $2.50. Dance to the oldies following supper. FMI: 375-9008.

Sabattus, Saturday, Aug. 13: Recording artist Sammie Angel performs, 7 to 11 p.m., American Legion Post 135. $6 per person. FMI: 321-544-2232 or e-mail [email protected]

Auburn, Sunday, Aug. 14: Scrabble crossword game club, 5 to 8:30 p.m., Great Falls School, 140 High Street. All levels of players welcome. FMI: contact Sharon Hawkes, 344-0026.

Gray, Sunday, Aug. 14: Gallery exhibit by wildlife artist Persis Weirs, 5 to 7 p.m., 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, Aug. 14: Lewiston Singles Club dance, 7 to 11 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 150 East Ave. $8/$7. Music by Mainly Country.

Lewiston, Monday, Aug. 15: Advocates for Children play group, 10 to 11 a.m., B Street Community Building, 57 Birch St., Suite 204. FMI: 783-3990.

Auburn, Tuesday, Aug. 16: L/A Arts Music in the Parks presents Hot Club of Portland, noon to 1 p.m., Festival Plaza, Main Street. Free. Rain date Aug. 17. FMI: 1-800-639-2919 or 782-7228.

Sabattus, Tuesday, Aug. 16: American Red Cross blood drive, 2 to 7 p.m., Our Lady of the Rosary, Route 9. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

Auburn, Wednesday, Aug. 17: Auburn Community Band concert “Take Two!” 7 p.m., Festival Plaza, Main Street. Free. Free parking available in parking garage across the street. Bring lawn chairs. FMI: 784-0191 or visit www.auburncommunityband.org.

Gardiner, Wednesday, Aug. 17: Blues favorites with the Blues Buzzards, noon to 1 p.m., Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center’s outside mini-park, 280 Water St. Free. In the event of rain, held inside. FMI: 582-7144 or e-mail [email protected]

Lewiston, Wednesday, Aug. 17: Countryside Dancers dance, dress rehearsal for Balloon festival demo 6 p.m., followed by dancing to 9:30 p.m., C and J Hall, 711 Webster St.

Sabattus, Wednesday, Aug. 17: Sabattus Recreation Club’s youth soccer program registration, Town Office. FMI: contact Nancy Provost, 375-4581 or e-mail [email protected], or Cindy Soucy, 375-8420 or e-mail [email protected]

Lewiston, Thursday, Aug. 18: Picnic in the park, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., meet at Kennedy Park. Free. Registration required. FMI: 783-3990.

Lewiston, Thursday, Aug. 18: L/A Arts Music in the Parks presents Esperanza, noon to 1 p.m., Courthouse Plaza, Lisbon Street. Free. Rain date Aug. 19. FMI: 1-800-639-2919 or 782-7228.

Topsham, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 18, 19 and 20: Midcoast Youth Theater presents the children’s musical comedy “The Lady Pirates of Captain Bree,” 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 1 p.m. Saturday, Mount Ararat High School. Adults, $8; seniors and students, $5. FMI: 729-1819.

Lewiston, Friday, Aug. 19: Cookies and Crafts, 10 to 11 a.m., Advocates for Children, B Street Community Building, 57 Birch St., Suite 204. FMI: 783-3990.

Lewiston, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 19 and 20: All Student Theatre Project hosts “Love is in the Air: an Evening of Broadway Love Songs,” 7:30 p.m.; doors open 7 p.m., Olin Arts Center, Bates College, off Russell Street. Donations accepted at the door. Proceeds for Abused Women’s Advocacy Project. FMI: 795-6744.

Gray, Saturday, Aug. 20: Owl prowl, 8 to 10 p.m., Maine Wildlife Park, Route 26. Regular park admission fee. Weather permitting. Learn what wildlife does at night. Bring flashlight. 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.

New Gloucester, Saturday, Aug. 20: Bean supper, 5 to 6 p.m., AMVETS Post 6. Adults, $6; children under 12, $2; under 6, free. Includes biscuits, coleslaw, brown bread, hot dogs, American chop suey and homemade pies. Air conditioned.

Lewiston, Sunday, Aug. 21: Lewiston Singles Club dance, 7 to 11 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 150 East Ave. $8/$7. Music by Clary Hill.

Poland, Sunday, Aug. 21: Chicken pie dinner, noon to 1 p.m., Excelsior Grange Hall, 446 Harris Hill Road. Adults, $7; children under 12, $2.50. Handicapped accessible.

Auburn, Monday, Aug. 22: Auburn Public Library’s annual pizza party and book swap teen summer event, 6 to 7 p.m., Papa Gino’s, Auburn Mall. Free. Bring books, comics or novels to swap. Includes pizza and soda. Summer reading program grand prize to be drawn. FMI: 782-3191, ext. 4 or e-mail Sally Holt, [email protected]

Lewiston, Monday, Aug. 22: Advocates for Children play group, 10 to 11 a.m., B Street Community Building, 57 Birch St., Suite 204. FMI: 783-3990.

Auburn, Tuesday, Aug. 23: L/A Arts Music in the Parks presents Tinpanic, noon to 1 p.m., Festival Plaza, Main St. Free. Rain date Aug. 24. FMI: 1-800-639-2919 or 782-7228.

Lewiston, Tuesday, Aug. 23: American Red Cross blood drive, noon to 6 p.m., Ramada Inn, 490 Pleasant St. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

Auburn, Wednesday, Aug. 24: “The Auburn Community Band’s Greatest Hits” concert, 7 p.m., Festival Plaza, Main Street. Free. Free parking available in parking garage across the street. Bring lawn chairs. FMI: 784-0191 or visit www.auburncommunityband.org.

Gardiner, Wednesday, Aug. 24: Martin Swinger performs original songs and American traditional tunes, noon to 1 p.m., Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center’s outside mini-park, 280 Water St. Free. In the event of rain, held inside. FMI: 582-7144 or e-mail [email protected]

Lewiston, Wednesday, Aug. 24: 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, Thursday, Aug. 25: L/A Arts Music in the Parks presents Jess Tardy, noon to 1 p.m., Courthouse Plaza, Lisbon Street. Free. Rain date Aug. 26. FMI: 1-800-639-2919 or 782-7228.

Lewiston, Friday, Aug. 26: Cookies and Crafts, 10 to 11 a.m., Advocates for Children, B Street Community Building, 57 Birch St., Suite 204. FMI: 783-3990.

Lisbon, Friday, Aug. 26: Potluck supper, 5:30 to 7 p.m., VFW Post, Route 196. Adults, $6; children under 10, $3. Hosted by Post Auxiliary. FMI: 353-2152.

Gray, Saturday, Aug. 27: Sparks Ark wild animal information and displays with Dave Sparks, 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.

Mechanic Falls, Saturday, Aug. 27: Community pig roast and barbecue, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tyrian Masonic Lodge, Route 11, South Main Street. Adults, $8; children under 12, $3. Includes hot dogs, corn on the cob, potato salad and homemade desserts. Seating limited. Tickets available at the door or in advance at Village Kitchen, Poland, NAPA Auto Parts, Mechanic Falls, or by calling Eugene Chandler, 345-9579.

Portland, Saturday, Aug. 27: Lobster bake dinner and dance, 6 p.m. to midnight, Portland Elks, 1945 Congress St. Music by Vintage.

Sabattus, Saturday, Aug. 27: Bean casserole and Sammie Angel show, supper 5 to 6 p.m.; show 7 to 11 p.m., Jacques Cartier Club, Wales Road. Supper: adults, $6; children, $2.50; show, $5; supper and show, $10. FMI: 375-9008.

Auburn, Sunday, Aug. 28: Scrabble crossword game club, 5 to 8:30 p.m., Great Falls School, 140 High Street. All levels of players welcome. FMI: contact Sharon Hawkes, 344-0026.

Lewiston, Sunday, Aug. 28: Lewiston Singles Club dance, 7 to 11 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 150 East Ave. $8/$7. Music by Bushwack.

Lewiston, Monday, Aug. 29: Bookin’ It with Babies, 10 a.m., Public Library.

Lewiston, Monday, Aug. 29: Advocates for Children play group, 10 to 11 a.m., B Street Community Building, 57 Birch St., Suite 204. FMI: 783-3990.

Lewiston, Tuesday, Aug. 30: Preschool stories, 10 a.m., Public Library.

Lewiston, Wednesday, Aug. 31: American Red Cross blood drive, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sisters of Charity Lepage Center, Campus Avenue. FMI: 1-800-482-0743.

Lewiston, Wednesday, Aug. 31: 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.

Hallowell, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 1, 2 and 3: Gaslight Theater’s comedy drama “Dinner with Friends,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Hallowell City Hall Auditorium. FMI: 626-3698.

Gray, Saturday, Sept. 3: Wildlife chalk art contest for kids, Maine Wildlife Park, Route 26. Rain date, Sunday, Sept. 4. 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, Sept. 4: Lewiston Singles Club dance, 7 to 11 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 150 East Ave. $8/$7. Music by Clary Hill.

Hallowell, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 8, 9 and 10: Gaslight Theater’s comedy drama “Dinner with Friends,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Hallowell City Hall Auditorium. FMI: 626-3698.

Portland, Friday, Sept. 9: Dance, 7 to 11 p.m., Portland Elks, 1945 Congress St. Free. Music by Vintage.

Winthrop, Friday, Sept. 9: Fish chowder luncheon, 11:30 to 1 p.m., Winthrop Congregational Church. Adults, $6. Includes biscuits, crackers, pickles, beverage and homemade pie. Takeout available. Handicapped accessible. Proceeds benefit the church.

Auburn, Saturday, Sept. 10: Brothers Don and Bob Thibodeau and other members of the Downeast Country Music Association perform, 7 p.m., Central Maine Community College. $8 in advance; $10 at the door. Proceeds benefit Loaves and Fishes and the Sabattus food pantry. FMI or adanced tickets: contact Sister Lucille, 375-8399.

Gray, Saturday, Sept. 10: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife open house, 9:30 to 3:30 p.m., Maine Wildlife Park, Route 26. Free. Donations appreciated. Fish and wildlife exhibits and displays. FMI: 657-4977 or visit www.mainewildlifepark.com.

Lewiston, Saturday, Sept. 10: Rock n’ roll casino, 7 to 11 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn. $30 per person. Casino style game tables, live music by Free Spirit and The Time Travelers, prizes, silent auction. Gourmet hors d’oeuvres, assorted desserts and coffee available. Space limited. Proceeds for Good Shepherd Food Bank. FMI and tickets: contact JoAn Chartier, 782-3554 or e-mail [email protected]

Auburn, Sunday, Sept. 11: Scrabble crossword game club, 5 to 8:30 p.m., Great Falls School, 140 High Street. All levels of players welcome. FMI: contact Sharon Hawkes, 344-0026.

Gray, Sunday, Sept. 11: Grandparents day, Maine wildlife park. Free admission for grandparents; regular fee for other family members. 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, Sept. 11: Lewiston Singles Club dance, 7 to 11 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 150 East Ave. $8/$7. Music by Wild Horse.

Lewiston, Sunday, Sept. 18: Lewiston Singles Club dance, 7 to 11 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 150 East Ave. $8/$7. Music by Country Ladds.

Auburn, Sunday, Sept. 25: Scrabble crossword game club, 5 to 8:30 p.m., Great Falls School, 140 High Street. All levels of players welcome. FMI: contact Sharon Hawkes, 344-0026.

Lewiston, Sunday, Sept. 25: 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.

Gray, Friday, Oct. 14: Halloween night hike, 6 to 8 p.m., Maine Wildlife Park, Route 26. Regular admission. Wear costumes. Door prizes. Rain date Saturday, Oct. 15. 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, Friday, Nov. 11: Veteran’s Day/closing day, Maine Wildlife Park Route 26. Free admission for Veterans today only; regular admission for others. 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.

Augusta, Friday, Sept. 16: Jazz/swing music with Muriel Havenstein and Friends, 7:30 p.m., Jewett Hall Auditorium, UMA. Adults, $10; students, $5, children under 12, free; subscription rates available. FMI: 621-3551 or e-mail [email protected]

Augusta, Sunday, Oct. 16: Benefit concert with cello/piano duo Noreen and Phillip Silver, 2 p.m.; pre-concert talk by Prof. Silver at 1 p.m., Jewett Hall Auditorium, UMA. Adults, $10; students, $5, children under 12, free; subscription rates available. Proceeds for the Michael Klahr Holocaust Education Resource Center. FMI: 621-3551 or e-mail [email protected]


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