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

Farmington, Wednesday, Aug. 2: Village Harmony, 7:30 p.m., Nordica Auditorium, UMF Merrill Hall. Open to the public. Adults, $6; seniors, $5; children under 16 and UMF students with ID, free. Sponsored by The Arts Institute of Western Maine. FMI: [email protected], 645-2157, http://artsinstitute.org.

Rangeley, Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 2 and 3: Rummage sale, hosted by the Episcopal Church Women in the church undercroft, Main Street. 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursday. Clothing, household goods, boutique and baby clothing specials.

Livermore Falls, Thursday, Aug. 3: Victor Mercier Band, 6 to 8 p.m., in the gazebo.

Rangeley, Thursday, Aug. 3: Book and bake sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., public library. Best sellers, children’s books and other media. Bargain prices and “bag of books” specials.

East Dixfield, Friday, Aug. 4: Countryfolk Music Theatre potluck meal (bring a dish), 5 p.m.; jam session, 5 to 8 p.m.; guest performer, 8 to 9 p.m.; U.S. Route 2. Free. 13-year-old Caela Waite of Turner will entertain with her keyboard and vocal skills with jazz, country and showtune renditions. FMI: Larry Bisbee, 645-4875; www.countryfolkmusic.com.

Industry, Saturday, Aug. 5: Lobster stew supper, Industry Town Hall, 4:30 to 6 p.m. or until food runs out. Menu: lobster stew, salads and strawberry shortcake. $8 a serving. Sponsored by Clearwater Ministries Inc., assisted by Shorey Chapel.

Livermore Falls, Saturdays, Aug. 5, 12, 19 and 26: Farmers’ market, 6 to 8 p.m., in the gazebo.

Wilton, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 4 and 5: 24th annual Wilton Blueberry Festival, blueberry bazaar, yard sales, “Re-Creation” concert, bingo and more highlights Friday, pancake breakfast, music, parade of boats, fireworks and much more on Saturday.

Farmington, Sunday, Aug. 6: Joyful Noises presents “Gloria in D,” 4 p.m., Henderson Memorial Baptist Church, Academy Street. Admission by donation.

Livermore, Aug. 6: Music in the Meeting House at North Livermore Baptist Church presents Silv’ry Seasons, 9:10 a.m.

Turner, Sunday, Aug. 6: Artist’s and opening reception for “The Third Eye” a photography exhibit, 2 to 5 p.m., Turner Center for the Arts, 98 Matthews Way, in the Leavitt Institute Building. Free. Refreshments. Regular gallery hours, Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. FMI: 225-3115 or http://turnercenterart.com.

Rangeley, Monday, Aug. 7: American Red Cross blood drive, 2 to 6 p.m., G.S. Church, Main Street. Open to the public.

Carrabassett Valley, Tuesday, Aug. 8: American Red Cross blood drive, 2 to 6:30 p.m., Sugarloaf USA. Open to the public.

Livermore Falls, Tuesday, Aug. 8: American Red Cross blood drive, noon to 6 p.m., Tri Town Area Murray Hall, Route 4. Open to the public.

Livermore Falls, Tuesday, Aug. 8: Bing Crosby Band, 6 to 8 p.m., in the gazebo.

Wilton, Tuesday, Aug. 8: Angela Fletcher techniques for easing stress, Jean Bisnett coping skills; 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Boiler Room for the Christian Women’s Club. $12; all women welcome. Reservations essential. FMI: Betsy, 562-8395; Jane, 645-2282.

Wilton, Tuesday, Aug. 8: Slide presentation, 7 p.m., public library. Maine contemporary art presentation by Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) education director Cathy Melio. Guest artist, Nancy Romines Walters. Free. Attendees receive pair of guest passes to CMCA in Rockport Harbor. FMI: 645-4831.

Livermore, Wednesday, Aug. 9: One hour learning adventures into the past, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, 290 Livermore Road. Adults, $5; children, $3. Advanced reservations are requested. FMI: 897-4366 or e-mail [email protected]

Livermore Falls, Thursday, Aug. 10: Richard Moreau Band, 6 to 8 p.m., in the gazebo.

Rangeley, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 11 and 12: Rangeley’s Pieceful Pines Quilters annual quilt show, 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Congregational Church and Barn.

Farmington, Saturday, Aug. 12: Contradance with Frigate, John McIntire calling, 8 to 11 p.m., Farmington Grange, Bridge Street, Route 43, Farmington. $6 admission, $15 family. 7:30, free basics workshop. FMI: 397-2241 or [email protected]

Jay, Saturday, Aug. 12: Jay Historical Society open house, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Holmes-Crafts Homestead on Jay Hill. Tours of the house, lawn sale, produce and food table, sale of hot dogs, ice cream and Indian pudding.

Weld, Saturday, Aug. 12: Farmers’ market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sponsored by the Weld Homemakers. FMI: Susan at 585-2291.

Livermore Falls, Tuesday, Aug. 15: Silver & Gold Band, 6 to 8 p.m., in the gazebo.

Livermore, Wednesday, Aug. 16: One-hour learning adventures into the past, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, 290 Livermore Road. Adults, $5; children, $3. Advanced reservations are requested. FMI: 897-4366 or e-mail [email protected]

Rangeley, Wednesday to Saturday, Aug. 16 to 19: ACME Productions of Rangeley presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, 7 p.m., Rangeley Lakes Regional School gymnasium. Space is limited. FMI and reservations: Rangeley Lakes Regional School, 864-3312 ext. 101. Ticket prices: $8-$12.

Livermore Falls, Thursday, Aug. 17: Victor Mercier Band, 6 to 8 p.m., in the gazebo.

Rangeley, Saturday, Aug. 19: The Wilhelm Reich Museum will hold an auction at the Conference Center on Dodge Pond Road starting at 10 a.m. Viewing is at 9 a.m.

Livermore Falls, Tuesday, Aug. 22: Barry Wood Band, 6 to 8 p.m., in the gazebo.

Livermore, Wednesday, Aug. 23: One-hour learning adventures into the past, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, 290 Livermore Road. Adults, $5; children, $3. Advance reservations are requested. FMI: 897-4366 or e-mail [email protected]

Livermore Falls, Thursday, Aug. 24: Richard Moreau Band, 6 to 8 p.m., in the gazebo.

Farmington, Saturday, Aug. 26: Peggy Lynn and Dan Duggan, folk music, 7:30 p.m., Nordica Auditorium, UMF Merrill Hall. Open to the public. Adults, $6; seniors, $5; children under 16 and UMF students with ID, free. Sponsored by The Arts Institute of Western Maine. FMI: [email protected], 645-2157, http://artsinstitute.org.

Turner, Saturday, Sept. 2: Annual yard sale, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Goodwin Well and Water on Route 4. There will be snacks and drinks for sale.

Oxford Hills area

Gorham, N.H.,Wednesday, Aug. 2: Wednesday Night with a Ranger speaker series presents “A Day in the life of a Backcountry Ranger”, 8 p.m., Appalachian Mountain Club’s Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, Route 16. Presented by a White Mountain National Forest Backcountry Ranger.

Locke Mills, Wednesday, Aug. 2: Greenwood Historical Society meeting, 6 p.m., historical building. Annual potluck supper. FMI: Joyce Hathaway, 674-2259.

Paris, Wednesday, Aug. 2: Audiologic music, 10 a.m. to noon, Moore Park. In case of rain, event will be held at the Paris fire hall, Western Avenue. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Free admission. FMI: 743-2501.

Paris, Wednesday, Aug. 2: Vocal Solution, 6 to 8 p.m., Moore Park. In case of rain, event will be held at the First Congregational Church, South Paris, across from the Mildred M. Fox Elementary School. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Free admission. FMI: 743-2501.

Waterford, Wednesday, Aug. 2: Breakfast, 7:30 to 10 a.m., Wilkins Community House, located beside the Waterford Congregational Church, Plummer Hill in Waterford Village. Menu: scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage links, muffins, doughnuts, orange juice and coffee. Cost: $5 and $3 for children 5 to 10, free for children under 5.

Lovell, Thursday, Aug. 3: Dan Moore: “An Evening of Piano & Harpsichord,” 7:30 p.m., Brick Church, Christian Hill Road off Route 5. $10 Donation. Benefits the restoration of the Brick Church.

Paris, Thursday, Aug. 3: Storytime for preschoolers, 10 a.m., public library. FMI: 743-6994.

Paris, Friday, Aug. 4: Art in the Barn opening night, 5 to 8 p.m., McLaughlin Foundation Garden, 97 Main St. FMI: 743-8820 or www.mclaughlingarden.org.

Locke Mills, Saturday, Aug. 5: Blueberry Festival from 7:30 to 11 a.m. or sold out at the Locke Mills Union Church. Blueberry pancakes, pies, sundaes, blueberries, baked goods and trinkets and treasures. FMI: Joyce Hathaway, 674-2259.

Norway, Saturday, Aug. 5: Book signing by author Patricia Gott, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Books ‘n Things, Main Street. FMI: 743-2628.

Oxford, Saturday, Aug. 5: American Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oxford Fair Grounds. Open to the public.

Oxford, Saturday, Aug. 5: Summerfest fundraiser, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hannaford. To benefit United Way of Oxford County. Yard sale, race cars and their driver. Photo with driver, $1. Two lucky wheels, $1 per spin. Lunch special, two hot dogs or a hamburger, chips and soda, $3.

Oxford, Saturday, Aug. 5: Flea market, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oxford Fairgrounds, Route 26. Benefits the agricultural museum at the fair. Inside/outside spaces available. Reservations or FMI: 743-8422.

Oxford, Saturday, Aug. 5: Community supper, 5 to 6 p.m., Oxford Congregational Church, King Street. Menu: turkey, ham, baked beans, casseroles, salads, homemade pies, coffee, tea and cold drinks. Adults, $6; children 6 through 12, $3; children under 5, free.

Oxford, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 5 and 6: Norway-Paris Lions Auto Show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oxford County Fairgrounds.

Paris, Saturday, Aug. 5: Summer fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., South Paris Universalist Church, 36 Pine St. Baked food, handwork table, collectibles, antiques. Lunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., lobster salad roll lunch, $8; chicken roll dinner, $6.

Poland, Saturday, Aug. 5: Thompson Lake Environmental Association annual meeting, Camp Fernwood.

South Paris, Saturday, Aug. 5: Book sale, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Paris Public Library. Donations welcome. FMI: 743-6994.

South Paris, Saturday, Aug. 5: Craft fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Western Maine Veterans’ Home, 477 High St. 40 crafters will participate. Benefits activities of the home. Sponsored by the advisory committee.

Stoneham, Saturday, Aug. 5: Sixth annual Pig Roast, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Stoneham Fire Station. Sponsored by Stoneham Knight Riders Snowmobile Club. Tickets at the door: $8 adult; $5 children age 5 to 11. Tickets in advance: $7/$4.

West Paris, Sunday, Aug. 6: Open house, 2 to 4 p.m., Finnish-American Heritage Center, Maple Street.

Lovell, Monday, Aug. 7: American Red Cross blood drive, 2 to 7 p.m., Lovell Firehouse, Main Street. Open to the public.

Locke Mills, Tuesday, Aug. 8: Supper dance at the Legion Hall, Gore Road, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Music by the Country Ladds. Tickets for the supper and dance: adults, $8; children, $3.50. Benefit Jackson-Silver American Legion Auxiliary.

North Waterford, Tuesday, Aug. 8: Public supper, 5 to 6:30 p.m., North Waterford Congregational Church. Menu: baked beans, American chop suey, casseroles, salads, brown bread, rolls, beverages and homemade pies. Adults, $7; children under 12, $3.50.

Gorham, N.H., Wednesday, Aug. 9: Ranger speaker series presents “On the rock with the Mount Washington Avalanche Center,” 8 p.m., Appalachian Mountain Club’s Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, Route 16.

Paris, Wednesday, Aug. 9: Country Jim Palmer, 6 to 8 p.m., Moore Park. In case of rain, event will be held at the Paris fire hall, Western Avenue. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Free admission. FMI: 743-2501.

South Paris, Wednesday, Aug. 9: Jennifer Armstrong, musical storyteller, 10 a.m., First Congregational Church, East Main St. Free; sponsored by Paris Public Library Summer Reading Program. FMI: 743-6994.

Lovell, Thursday, Aug. 10: Dave Rowe Trio, 7:30 p.m., Brick Church, Christian Hill Road. Admission by donation: $14; seniors, $10.

Oxford, Thursday through Monday, Aug. 10 to 14: His Place Teen Center yard sale, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Route 26 next to the Fish Market. Set up, Aug. 9.

Paris, Thursday, Aug. 10: Story time for preschoolers, 10 a.m., public library. FMI: 743-6994.

Jay, Saturday, Aug. 12: Jay Historical Society Open House, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. FMI: Marlene Landus, 897-3501 or Dot White, 897-4876.

Norway, Saturday, Aug. 12: Chicken barbecue supper, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Second Congregational Church, 205 Main St. Menu: barbecue chicken, baked beans, corn on the cob, coleslaw, homemade rolls, blueberry cake, beverage. Dancing under the tents to a DJ after supper. Adults, $9; children under, 10. Rain or shine.

Oxford, Saturday, Aug. 12: Third annual I-Did-A-Paddle (Motorless Regatta), Thompson Lake.

South Paris, Saturday, Aug. 12: Bag sale, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Old Paris Fire Station, Pine Street. Donations welcome. FMI: 743-6994.

Sumner, Saturday, Aug. 12: Chicken pie supper, 5:30 p.m., East Sumner Congregational Church. Menu: chicken pie, mashed potato, gravy, peas, coleslaw, rolls, dessert, punch and coffee. Handicapped accessible. Adults $7 children under 12 $3.

Woodstock, Saturday, Aug. 12: Annual picnic, 6 p.m. at the Billing’s home, 70 South Main St., bring plates, utensils and a chair.

Norway, Tuesday, Aug. 15: “Addressing the Crisis in Congo: Notes from the Field,” Alexander Petroff, Working Villages International, 6:30 p.m., Fare Share Market, 443 Main St. Slide presentation and discussion. Public welcome, free. FMI: Laura Kahn 725-1047, www.workingvillages.org.

Norway, Wednesday, Aug. 16: First person account – P.E. Armstrong “The rescue of the inmates of Santo Tomas Internment Camp,” Manila, Philippines, in February 1945 as seen through the eyes of a young Marine from Maine. Articles from the engagement to be viewed afterward, 7 p.m. at the Society House, 71 Main St. FMI: 743-2305.

Bolsters Mills, Saturday, Aug. 19: Chicken pie supper, seating at 5 and 6 p.m., United Methodist Church. Includes potato, vegetable, dessert and beverage. Adults, $7; under 12, $3. Handicapped-accessible, air conditioned. Ticket sales begins at 4 p.m., reservations 9 a.m. to noon. FMI: 583-9024.

Waterford, Saturday, Aug. 19: Breakfast, 7:30 to 10 a.m., Wilkins Community House, next to the Waterford Congregational Church, Plummer Hill. Menu: scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage links, muffins, doughnuts, orange juice and coffee. Cost: $5 and $3 for children 5 to 10; children under 5, free.

Woodstock, Saturday, Aug. 19: History Day and sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Woodstock Historical Society.

Poland, Saturday, Aug. 26: First annual Thompson Lake Environmental Association pig roast, Agassiz Village Camp on Thompson Lake.

Mechanic Falls, Sunday, Aug. 27: Down East Country Music Association presents 26th annual Awards Show, noon, Silver Spur, Route 121. Adults, $10; children under 12, $5. Adult competitors, $5; youth competitors, $2 for children under 12. Refreshments available. Winners will represent the state of Maine in the Tennessee Nationals. FMI: Jackie, 793-8884; Gary, 377-8035; Dean, 743-2922.

Oxford, Thursday through Tuesday, Aug. 31 to Sept. 5: His Place Teen Center yard sale, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Route 26 next to the Fish Market. Set-up, Aug. 30.

Norway, Wednesday, Sept. 20: Fun Times in Unusual Places – Roy Earle. Come and hear one person’s account of “things not many people get to do.” 7 p.m. at the Society House, 71 Main St., Norway. FMI: 743-2305.

River Valley area

East Dixfield, Friday, Aug. 4: Countryfolk Music Theatre potluck meal (bring a dish), 5 p.m.; jam session, 5 to 8 p.m.; guest performer, 8 to 9 p.m.; U.S. Route 2. Free. 13-year-old Caela Waite of Turner will entertain with her keyboard and vocal skills with jazz, country and showtune renditions. FMI: Larry Bisbee, 645-4875; www.countryfolkmusic.com.

Mexico, Friday, Aug. 4: American Girl Tea Party, 1 p.m., Calvin Lyons Hall, next to the public library. Girls ages 6 to 11 will meet American Girl Josefina; crafts and games. FMI and RSVP: 364-3281 or inquire at circulation desk.

Andover, Saturday, Aug. 5: Andover Service Circle’s second annual Andover Olde Home Days road race, 8 a.m. Preregistration $10 or day of race, $12; 1-mile open run $5; 1-mile walk $5. Register 7 a.m. Aug. 5 at Andover Elementary School; or preregister and get a t-shirt by contacting A.M. Mahar at 364-3180 or B. Bailey at 392-1475.

Canton, Saturday, Aug. 5: Chicken pie supper, 5 p.m., Ponemah Rebekah Lodge Hall. Menu includes mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, peas, carrots, coleslaw, cranberry sauce, beverage and pie. Adults, $7; under 12, $5. Takeout available.

Rumford, Saturday, Aug. 5: Annual book sale, sponsored by Friends of Rumford Library, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the public room of the library. Books displayed by categories for ease of shopping, and good buys promised by organizers.

Gorham, N.H., Wednesday, Aug. 9: Ranger speaker series presents “On the Rock with the Mount Washington Avalanche Center,” 8 p.m., Appalachian Mountain Club’s Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, Route 16.

Rumford, Wednesday, Aug. 9: American Red Cross blood drive, noon to 6 p.m., American Legion, 184 Congress Street. Open to the public.

Dixfield, Sunday, Aug. 20: Dixfield Main Street Outdoor Market, fourth annual bicentennial road races, live music, G. Dana Holt Gazebo, miniature horses and more. Vendor spots available for $15 fee. Applications at Log Cabin Craftworks. FMI: 562-8816 daytime.

Lewiston area

Auburn, Wednesday, Aug. 2: Auburn Community Band, “America’s Favorite Songs,” 7 to 8:15 p.m., Festival Plaza, Main Street, weather permitting. FMI: www.auburncommunityband.org.

Gardiner, Wednesday, Aug. 2: Village Harmony, teen a cappella chorus singing songs from around the world, Johnson Hall Mini-Park, 280 Water St., noon to 1 p.m., free. Rain location, inside Johnson Hall. FMI: www.johnsonhall.org.

Lewiston, Wednesday, Aug. 2: Lewiston Public Library computer lab open to senior citizens looking to develop basic computer skills, 1 to 3 p.m. Staffed by high school student volunteers. Free.

Lewiston, Wednesday, Aug. 2: American Red Cross blood drive, 1 to 6:30 p.m., CMMC Whole Bloods and Pheresis, 300 Main St. Open to the public.

Auburn, Thursday, Aug. 3: L/A Arts Music in the Parks, noon, Festival Plaza. FMI: [email protected]; www.laarts.org.

Auburn, Thursday, Aug. 3: Teenior Knitting Club, 10 a.m., public library. FMI: 333-6640, ext. 2008, or [email protected]

Lewiston, Thursday, Aug. 3: American Red Cross blood drive, 1 to 6:30 p.m., CMMC Whole Bloods and Pheresis, 300 Main St. Open to the public.

Auburn, Friday, Aug. 4: American Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5 p.m., Clover Health Care, 440 Minot Ave. Open to the public.

Sabattus, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 4 and 5: Church yard sale, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pathway Community Church, 181 Sabattus Road, across from Stevens Hardware. Tools, furniture. FMI: Mary Beth Caffey, 754-7970.

Auburn, Saturday, Aug. 5: Festival Plaza, at the movies beginning at dusk, “Edward Scissorshands.” Purchase popcorn and drinks from the concession stand. FMI: 784-0191.

Gray, Saturday, Aug. 5: Gray Fire-Rescue annual chicken barbecue dinner, 125 Shaker Road. Dinners of a half-chicken will come with coleslaw, chips and rolls. The dinners are $6 each.

Lewiston, Friday, Aug. 4: Preschool story time, 10 a.m., Public Library.

Gray, Saturday, Aug. 5: Chicken barbecue, noon until sold out, Gray Public Safety Building (central station). Sponsored by Gray Fire-Rescue. Benefits public safety. Menu: half-chicken, coleslaw, chips, rolls.

Gray, Saturday, Aug. 5: Supper, 6 p.m., American Legion, 15 Lewiston Road. Menu: beans, chop suey, coleslaw, hot dogs, breads, desserts. Adults, $6; children under 12, $2.50; under 5, free.

Leeds, Saturday, Aug. 5: Leeds Community Church will host visiting missionaries from Cameroon, Africa. Baked ham supper at 5 p.m. with salads, vegetarian dishes, rolls, applesauce, ice cream and brownies, beverages. Mission program by the Boyds following the meal. Free-will offering. FMI: 524-5444.

New Gloucester, Saturday, Aug. 5: Shaker Village Pesto Party, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, herbs will be harvested from the Shaker herb gardens. Recipes, tastings and fun follow. Preregistration required, $25. FMI: 926-4597.

Pownal, Saturday, Aug. 5: Baked bean supper, 4:30 to 6 p.m., North Pownal United Methodist Church, 851 Lawrence Road. Menu: three kinds of beans, spaghetti, potato salad, coleslaw, pickled beets, biscuits, brownbread, homemade pies. Adults, $6; children, $3; under 3, free. Handicapped accessible. FMI: Nancy, 688-4481; Karen, 829-5470.

Turner, Sunday, Aug. 6: Artist’s and opening reception for “The Third Eye,” a photography exhibit, 2 to 5 p.m., Turner Center for the Arts, 98 Matthews Way, Leavitt Institute Building. Free. Refreshments. Regular gallery hours, Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. FMI: 225-3115 or http://turnercenterart.com.

Lewiston, Monday, Aug. 7: Bookin’ It with Babies, 10 a.m., Lewiston Public Library.

Winthrop, Monday, Aug. 7: Judy Pancoast, 2 p.m., Norcross Point. Sponsored by Friends of the Charles M. Bailey Public Library. The Kidpop! show is a 45-minute musical event for children and families. Free and open to the public.

Lewiston, Tuesday, Aug. 8: American Red Cross blood drive, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., CMMC Whole Bloods and Pheresis, 300 Main St. Open to the public.

Lewiston, Tuesday, Aug. 8: Preschool story time, 10 a.m., Lewiston Public Library.

Auburn, Wednesday, Aug. 9: Auburn Community Band, “Big Band and Dance Music,” 7 to 8:15 p.m., Festival Plaza, Main Street, weather permitting. FMI: www.auburncommunityband.org.

Gardiner, Wednesday, Aug. 9: The Bellowphone Show with Leonard Solomon, Johnson Hall Mini-Park, 280 Water St., noon to 1 p.m.; free. Rain location, inside Johnson Hall. FMI: www.johnsonhall.org. Solomon, classically-trained musician and inventor, offers an irreverent one-man recital of music, comedy and juggling.

Lewiston, Wednesday, Aug. 9: American Red Cross blood drive, 1 to 6:30 p.m., CMMC Whole Bloods and Pheresis, 300 Main St. Open to the public.

Lewiston, Wednesday, Aug. 9: Lewiston Public Library computer lab open to senior citizens looking to develop basic computer skills, 1 to 3 p.m. Staffed by high school student volunteers. Sessions are free, no preregistration required.

New Gloucester, Wednesday, Aug. 9: Shaker Village Pesto Party, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, herbs will be harvested from the Shaker herb gardens. Recipes, tastings and fun follow. Preregistration required, $25. FMI: 926-4597.

Auburn, Thursday, Aug. 10: L/A Arts presents Jerks of Grass (bluegrass), noon, Festival Plaza. Free. Rain date: Friday, August 11, noon. The outlaws of Maine’s bluegrass scene show off their instrumental speed and cheeky attitudes. FMI: 782-7228; www.laarts.org

Auburn, Thursday, Aug. 10: Teenior Knitting Club, 10 a.m., public library. FMI: 333-6640, ext. 2008, or [email protected]

Cumberland, Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 10 to 13: Cumberland Craft Show; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Cumberland Fairgrounds, 169 Blanchard Road. Presented by United Maine Craftsmen. 300 artisans. Rain or shine. FMI: 621-2818 or visit www.unitedmainecraftsmen.com.

Greene, Thursday, Aug. 10: Gospel concert featuring “Chapter IV” of Booneville, N.C., at The Baptist Church of Greene, 102 Main St., at 6:30 p.m.

Greene, Thursday, Aug. 10: Ken’s Traveling Magic Zoo will entertain at the annual Children’s Day program at the Sawyer Memorial, 371 Sawyer Road. 2 p.m. only; free admission; doors open 1 p.m.; air-conditioned. FMI: 946-5311, http://ourworld.cs.com/sawyerfoundation.

Lewiston, Thursday, Aug. 10: American Red Cross blood drive, 1 to 6:30 p.m., CMMC Whole Bloods and Pheresis, 300 Main St. Open to the public.

Greene, Friday, Aug. 11: Shaw Brothers will entertain at the Sawyer Memorial, 371 Sawyer Road, 2 and 7 p.m.; free admission; air-conditioned auditorium; doors open one hour before shows. FMI: 946-5311 or http://ourworld.cs.com/sawyerfoundation.

Lewiston, Friday, Aug. 11: Preschool story time, 10 a.m., Public Library.

Lewiston, Friday, Aug. 11: Spaghetti dinner fundraiser for the Danny and Shawn Memorial Bench, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Elks Lodge, 1675 Lisbon St. $5 per person.

Winthrop, Friday, Aug. 11: Bill Roorbach and Wes McNair reading from their book “A Place on Water,” 7 p.m., Winthrop Town Office. The event is part of the Winthrop Area Community Read which celebrates the region’s lakes and watershed. Sponsored by the Friends of the Charles M. Bailey Public Library. Several copies of the book are available for loan through the Library. FMI: Melanie Taylor Coombs, 377-8673; [email protected]; www.winthropmaine.org.

Auburn, Saturday, Aug. 12: Festival Plaza, at the movies beginning at dusk, “The Incredibles.” Purchase popcorn and drinks from the concession stand. FMI: 784-0191.

Portland, Saturday, Aug. 12: Third annual Maine Pagan Pride Day Festival, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Allen Avenue Unitarian Church, 524 Allen Ave. Free and open to the public. Donations of canned goods for a local food pantry encouraged.

Gray, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 12 and 13: “Honor the Animals” Pow Wow, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Maine Wildlife Park, Route 26. Native American drumming and dancing demonstrations, craft vendors, singers and traditional foods. Dancers with regalia will be admitted to the park for free on those 2 days only. Representatives of the Maine Abenaki, MicMac & Passamaquoddy tribes will be in attendance. Native Americans from N.H. & Mass. are expected to be at the park as well. Portion of the proceeds for new exhibits for the red and gray foxes. Regular park admission fees will be charged.

Lewiston, Monday, Aug. 14: Bookin’ It with Babies, 10 a.m., Lewiston Public Library.

Lewiston, Tuesday, Aug. 15: Preschool story time, 10 a.m., Lewiston Public Library.

Auburn, Wednesday, Aug. 16: Auburn Community Band, “Take Two,” 7 to 8:15 p.m., Festival Plaza, Main Street, weather permitting. FMI: www.auburncommunityband.org.

Gardiner, Wednesday, Aug. 16: Gelina Family Band, lively bluegrass and country tunes by family from Gardiner, Johnson Hall Mini-Park, 280 Water St., noon to 1 p.m.; free. Rain location, inside Johnson Hall. FMI: www.johnsonhall.org.

Auburn, Thursday, Aug. 17: L/A Arts presents singer/songwriter Carolyn Currie, noon, Festival Plaza. Free. Rain date: Friday, August 18, noon. Her “luminous voice” carries listeners to a place of reflection and emotional intensity. FMI: 782-7228; www.laarts.org

Auburn, Thursday, Aug. 17: Teenior Knitting Club, 10 a.m., public library. FMI: 333-6640, ext. 2008, or [email protected]

Lewiston-Auburn, Saturday, Aug. 18 to 20: 12th annual Great Falls Balloon Festival.

Lewiston, Friday, Aug. 18: Preschool story time, 10 a.m., Public Library.

New Gloucester, Saturday, Aug. 19: Nature walks, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, Route 26. Adults, $5; children $2; under 6, free. Reservations required. FMI: 926-4597.

New Gloucester, Saturday, Aug. 19: Handmade paper using a wide variety of resources, made for writing, painting, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, Route 26. Preregistration required, $30. FMI: 926-4597.

Lewiston, Monday, Aug. 21: Bookin’ It with Babies, 10 a.m., Lewiston Public Library.

Lewiston, Tuesday, Aug. 22: Preschool story time, 10 a.m., Lewiston Public Library.

Auburn, Wednesday, Aug. 23: Auburn Community Band, “Greatest Hits” from past 25 summer seasons, 7 to 8:15 p.m., Festival Plaza, Main Street, weather permitting. FMI: www.auburncommunityband.org.

Gardiner, Wednesday, Aug. 23: Bruce Mackenzie Johnson, magician, juggler, character comedian, Johnson Hall Mini-Park, 280 Water St., noon to 1 p.m.; free. Rain location, inside Johnson Hall. FMI: www.johnsonhall.org.

Auburn, Thursday, Aug. 24: L/A Arts presents Bellamy Jazz Band, noon, Festival Plaza. Free. Rain date: Friday, August 25, noon, HiltonGarden Inn. These veteran jazz musicians play traditional New Orleans and Chicago jazz and swing with panache. FMI: 782-7228; www.laarts.org.

Auburn, Thursday, Aug. 24: Teenior Knitting Club, 10 a.m., public library. FMI: 333-6640 ext. 2008 or [email protected]

Greene, Thursday and Friday, Aug. 24 and 25: Filmmaker Frank Klicar will narrate his film, “Slovenia and Croatia,” Sawyer Memorial, 371 Sawyer Road. Thursday, 7 p.m. and Friday, 2 and 7 p.m.; free admission; doors open one hour before shows; air-conditioned. FMI: 946-5311 or http://ourworld.cs.com/sawyerfoundation.

Auburn, Friday, Aug. 25: L/A Arts presents Kate Wegner/Chuck Donnelly and Evergreen (Celtic and Bluegrass), noon, Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch. Rain location, indoors. Sole sponsor: Hilton Garden Inn.

Lewiston, Friday, Aug. 25: Preschool story time, 10 a.m., Public Library.

Auburn, Saturday, Aug. 26: Festival Plaza, at the movies beginning at dusk, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Purchase popcorn and drinks from the concession stand. FMI: 784-0191.

New Gloucester, Saturday, Aug. 26: Shaker Style Dovetail Tray, Chris Becksvoort will lead workshops at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, Route 26. Preregistration required, $40. FMI: 926-4597.

New Gloucester, Saturday, Aug. 26: Chair-canning, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, Route 26. Preregistration required, $30. FMI: 926-4597.

Sabattus, Saturday, Aug. 26: Turkey dinner, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Pathway Community Church, 181 Sabattus Road, across the street from Stevens Hardware. Adults, $6.50; children 4 to 12, $4; under 4, free.

Mechanic Falls, Sunday, Aug. 27: Down East Country Music Association presents 26th annual awards show, noon, Silver Spur, Route 121. Adults, $10; children under 12, $5. Adult competitors, $5; youth competitors, $2 for children under 12. Refreshments available. Winners will represent Maine in the Tennessee Nationals. FMI: Jackie, 793-8884; Gary, 377-8035; Dean, 743-2922.

Lewiston, Monday, Aug. 28: Bookin’ It with Babies, 10 a.m., Lewiston Public Library.

Lewiston, Tuesday, Aug. 29: Preschool story time, 10 a.m., Lewiston Public Library.

Auburn, Thursday, Aug. 31: Teenior Knitting Club, 10 a.m., public library. FMI: 333-6640 ext. 2008 or [email protected]

Turner, Saturday, Sept. 2: Annual yard sale, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Goodwin Well and Water, Route 4. Snacks and drinks for sale.

Poland, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15 and 16: Second annual quilt retreat, Poland Spring Resort, hosted by the Poland Spring Preservation Society. Froncie Quinn is coming from Vermont to share her talent and knowledge at a workshop. Workshops, vendors, yard sale. FMI or reservations: 998-4142.


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