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Farmington area

Farmington, Friday, Nov. 10: UMF Community Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., Nordica Auditorium, UMF Merrill Hall. Adults, $6; senior citizens, $5; UMF students with ID, free. FMI: [email protected], 778-7072.

Chesterville, Saturday, Nov. 11: Craft fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Chesterville Grange Hall.

Farmington, Saturday, Nov. 11: Comedy by Lawn Chair Pirates, UMF’s own improv group, 8:45 p.m., The Landing, UMF Olsen Student Center. Free. FMI: [email protected]; 778-7346.

Salem, Saturday, Nov. 11: Hunters’ bean supper, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Salem Community Building. Benefits Children’s Christmas party.

Strong, Saturday, Nov. 11: Craft fair, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Strong School, 110 North Main St. Sponsored by eighth-grade class. Proceeds will benefit fund for end-of-year class trip to Boston and Portland in June. Crafters wanted. FMI and to reserve a table: 684-3521. No designated cost for table space; however, monetary donations will be accepted.

Turner, Saturday, Nov. 11: Craft fair, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Turner Elementary School, 91 Matthews Way. Admission, $1. Prize and craft raffles. Food and beverages served all day. Proceeds for TES playground fund. FMI: 225-3620.

West Farmington, Saturday, Nov. 11: Contradance with the West Franklin County Fiddlers, Cynthia Phinney calling, 8 to 11 p.m., Farmington Grange, Bridge Street, Route 43. Special events: 7 p.m. workshop; learn to dance the Hambo. Workshop free; dance $6, $15 family max. All welcome, no partner necessary. FMI: 397-2241, [email protected], www.starleft.org.

Farmington, Sunday, Nov. 12: UMF Sunday Film Series “Tokyo Drifter,” 7 p.m., Lincoln Auditorium, UMF.

Farmington, Thursday, Nov. 16: UMF’s Star or Dud Search, 7:15 p.m., The Landing, UMF Olsen Student Center. Free.

Farmington, Thursday, Nov. 16: Comedy of Paul D’Angelo, 7:15 p.m., The Landing, UMF Olsen Student Center. Free. FMI: [email protected]; 778-7346.

New Sharon, Thursday, Nov. 16: Story hour, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., New Sharon-Jim Ditzler Memorial Library.

Canton, Friday, Nov. 17: Thanksgiving pie sale; order by Nov. 17; pick up, 9 to 11 a.m., Nov. 21, Ponemah Rebekah Lodge Hall. Mince, chicken, pecan, $10; pumpkin, apple lemon and chocolate cream, $8. To order, Doris, 597-2541.

Farmington, Saturday, Nov. 18: Christmas fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, Route 2. Turkey and biscuits from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. FMI: Alice Redfield, 778-2336.

Jay, Saturday, Nov. 18: Christmas fair, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Rose Parish Hall. Homemade donuts, coffee. Lunch at 11 a.m. Raffle. FMI: 897-4818.

Livermore Falls, Saturday, Nov. 18: Annual charity auction at the Livermore Falls High School, viewing of items at 6:30 p.m., auction at 7 p.m. Light refreshments provided. FMI: Gayla Drake, 897-2905, ext. 232.

New Sharon, Saturday, Nov. 18: Annual pre-holiday sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., United Methodist Church. Lunch available. Sponsored by Women’s Society.

Rangeley, Saturday, Nov. 18: Holly Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the barn of the Congregational Church, High Street. Lunch prepared by Rangeley Lakes Regional School senior class, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Skowhegan, Saturday, Nov. 18: Pet Expo, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Skowhegan Armory, North School Street. Sponsored by Tri-County Obedience Club. Vendors, demonstrations.

Temple, Saturday, Nov. 18: Craft fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., town hall. Sponsored by Temple Fire Auxiliary. Benefits Volunteer Fire Department.

Wilton, Saturday, Nov. 18: Mt. Blue High School craft fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nichols Expo (GH Bass), Route 156, Weld Road. Tables available. FMI: Shannon Smith, 778-4726.

Farmington, Sunday, Nov. 19: UMF Sunday Film Series “Fahrenheit 451,” 7 p.m., Lincoln Auditorium, UMF.

Farmington, Sunday, Nov. 26: UMF Sunday Film Series “Woman in the Dunes,” 7 p.m., Lincoln Auditorium, UMF.

New Sharon, Thursday, Nov. 30: Story hour, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., New Sharon-Jim Ditzler Memorial Library.

Farmington, Saturday, Dec. 2: Craft fair and luncheon, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., American Legion Post home. Hosted by Auxiliary. FMI: Katie Hallman, 778-4720.

Farmington, Sunday, Dec. 3: UMF Sunday Film Series “Nobody Knows,” 7 p.m., Lincoln Auditorium, UMF.

Farmington, Friday, Dec. 8: Comedy by Lawn Chair Pirates, UMF’s own improv group, 8:45 p.m., The Landing, UMF Olsen Student Center. Free. FMI: [email protected]; 778-7346.

Farmington, Sunday, Dec. 10: UMF Sunday Film Series “Spirited Away,” 7 p.m., Lincoln Auditorium, UMF.

Farmington, Wednesday, Dec. 13: UMF’s Star or Dud Search, 7:15 p.m., The Landing, UMF Olsen Student Center. Free. FMI: [email protected]; 778-7346.

Farmington, Thursday, Dec. 14: UMF’s Tom O’Donnell will perform lost songs of the 1990’s, noon, The Landing, UMF Olsen Student Center. Free. FMI: [email protected]; 778-7346.

Farmington, Thursday, Dec. 14: Comedian Chris Coccia, 7:15 p.m., The Landing, UMF Olsen Student Center. Free. FMI: [email protected]; 778-7346.

New Sharon, Thursday, Dec. 14: Story hour, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., New Sharon-Jim Ditzler Memorial Library.

New Sharon, Thursday, Dec. 28: Story hour, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., New Sharon-Jim Ditzler Memorial Library.

Oxford Hills area

Bethel, Friday, Nov. 10: American Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5 p.m., Gould Academy, Church Street.

Norway, Friday, Nov. 10: Performance by Mary Ukelady, ukulele folk singer, Books N Things, 430 Main St. Free. FMI: 739-6200.

Mechanic Falls, Saturday, Nov. 11: Hunters’ breakfast, 5 to 9 a.m., American Legion Post. Sponsored by Ladies Auxiliary.

Paris, Saturday, Nov. 11: Christmas fair, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Deering Memorial United Methodist Church.

Paris, Saturday, Nov. 11: Veterans Day program, 10 a.m., Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School. Sponsored by American Legion Post 72. FMI: Bill Damon, 743-6764.

Paris, Saturday, Nov. 11: Hunter’s breakfast, 5 to 7 a.m., South Paris fire station, Western Ave. $5 per person. Sponsored by Norway/Paris Lions Club.

West Paris, Saturday, Nov. 11: Veterans’ Day parade and dedication of new Veterans’ monument. Line up 9:30 a.m. at Agnes L. Gray Elementary School, Main Street; march begins at 10 a.m.

Paris, Thursday, Nov. 16: Story time for preschoolers, 10 a.m., public library, FMI: 743-6994.

Canton, Friday, Nov. 17: Thanksgiving pie sale; order by Nov. 17; pick up, 9 to 11 a.m., Nov. 21. Ponemah Rebekah Lodge Hall. Mince, chicken, pecan, $10; pumpkin, apple lemon and chocolate cream, $8. To order: Doris, 597-2541.

Gorham, N.H., Saturday, Nov. 18: “A White Mountain Christmas” Arts and Crafts fair, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., public library, 35 Railroad St. Visit from Santa. Light luncheon. FMI: (603) 466-2525. Benefits Gorham Public Library.

Norway, Saturday, Nov. 18: St. Catherine’s Sodality annual Holiday Fair, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., St. Catherine’s Parish Hall, 32 Paris St. Tables available for $10. To reserve: Sylvia, 743-7231.

Paris, Saturday, Nov. 18: Holiday fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., First Congregational Church. Popovers, 9 to 10 a.m.; lunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

West Paris, Saturday, Dec. 2: Community showcase and craft fair, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Agnes Gray gymnasium, Main Street. Christmas parade to tree lighting follows at 5 p.m. Display space available: $5 when supplying own table, $10 if table needed. FMI or to schedule a display: Lisa, 674-2127 or Cindy, 674-3507.

River Valley area

Bethel, Friday, Nov. 10: American Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5 p.m., Gould Academy, Church Street.

Rumford, Saturday, Nov 11: Veterans’ Day observance, 9 a.m.; service, 10 a.m.; Mountain Valley High School. Sponsored by VFW 1641.

Mexico, Thursday, Nov 16: Free stop-smoking program, noon to 1 p.m., Region 9 building. Light lunch provided. FMI or to sign up: Stephanie, 364-7408.

Canton, Friday, Nov. 17: Thanksgiving pie sale; order by Nov. 17; pick up, 9 to 11 a.m., Nov. 21. Ponemah Rebekah Lodge Hall. Mince, chicken, pecan, $10; pumpkin, apple lemon and chocolate cream, $8. To order, Doris, 597-2541.

Rumford, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17 and 18: Mountain Valley High School’s fall play production, “An Evening of Culture,” 7 p.m., Muskie Auditorium. Tickets, $5; students and seniors, $3.

Rumford, Saturday, Nov. 18: Autumn fair, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rumford United Methodist Church, Linnell Street.

Rumford, Saturday, Dec. 2: Christmas fair and breakfast, 8 a.m., Rumford Point Congregational Church U.C.C.

Lewiston area

Auburn, Friday, Nov. 10: Scrabble for Teens, 3 p.m., Auburn Public Library. FMI: Sally, 333-6640, ext. 2008, or [email protected]

Auburn, Thursday, Nov. 9: Teenior Knitting Club, 6 p.m., Auburn Public Library.

Auburn, Friday, Nov. 10: Teen Anime Drawing Club, at 3:30 p.m., Auburn Public Library.

Greene, Friday, Nov. 10: Get-together for World War II veterans, 1 to 5 p.m, Meadows Senior Living Center. Buffet will be provided. FMI: 946-3007.

Lewiston, Friday, Nov. 10: The Senior College “Food for Thought” luncheon program will feature Alan Elze speaking on the island of Sicily, its history and culture, noon, function room 170 at USM/L-A. Cost, which includes lunch, is $6 with advance reservation or $8 at the door. Reservations should be made by noon Thursday: 753-6510 or usm.maine.edu/lac.

Lisbon, Friday, Nov. 10: Pot roast supper, 5:30 to 7 p.m., VFW 9459, Route 196. Turkey raffle. Adults, $6; children under 10, $3. FMI: 353-2152.

Pownal, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10 and 11: Little Country Church Christmas Fair, Friday, 2 to 7 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., North Pownal United Methodist Church, 851 Lawrence Road. Crafts, decorations, baked and canned goods, knitted and sewn items, Mrs. Claus’ attic, treasure chest, silent auction; hot meals both days. FMI: Caron, 688-4101; Nancy, 688-4481.

Winthrop, Friday, Nov. 10: Fish chowder luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Congregational Church. $6. Takeout available. Wheelchair-accessible. Benefit for the church and its missions. FMI: 377-5923 or 377-8639.

Auburn, Saturday, Nov. 11: Bean and casserole dinner, 5 to 6 p.m., St. Louis Church Hall, Third Street. Adults, $6.50; under 12, $3.25.

Lewiston, Saturday, Nov. 11: Vineyard Christian School scrapbooking fundraiser, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., 9 Foss Road. Preregister, $20; day of, $25. FMI: Jen Marcotte, 577-6659.

Lewiston, Saturday, Nov. 11: L & A Veterans Council will sponsor the annual Musical Tribute to Veterans, 10 a.m., Lewiston Armory, Central Avenue. To be added to the schedule and line-up, contact Bert Dutil, council chairman, 786-2305.

Lewiston, Saturday, Nov. 11: Turkey supper, 4 to 6 p.m., Holy Family hall. Sponsor: Holy Family Council 10019, Knights of Columbus. Adults, $7.

Mechanic Falls, Saturday, Nov. 11: Hunters’ breakfast, 5 to 9 a.m., American Legion Post. Sponsor: Ladies Auxiliary.

Minot, Saturday, Nov. 11: West Auburn Congregational Church annual harvest supper, seatings at 5 and 6 p.m. Adults, $7; children 12 and under, $3; under 3, free. Proceeds to benefit the building fund.

New Gloucester, Saturday, Nov. 11: Amvets Auxiliary annual harvest supper, 5 to 6 p.m., Amvet Hall, Route 100. Baked ham and fixings. Adults, $7; children under 12, $3.

Pownal, Saturday, Nov. 11: Auction, 2 p.m., Mallett Hall, Route 9. Auction items include paintings and art, fine handmade crafts, woodwork, antiques, furniture, services, gift certificates. Refreshments on sale. Proceeds to benefit the bicentennial celebration. FMI: Kathy, 688-4153, or Kelly, 688-4611.

Sabattus, Saturday, Nov. 11: Veterans Day open house, opening at noon. Bean and casserole supper, 4:30 to 6 p.m., American Legion, Post 135, Island Road. Adults, $6; 10 and under, $3.

Turner, Saturday, Nov. 11: Craft fair, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Turner Elementary School, 91 Matthews Way. Admission, $1 donation at the door. Prize and craft raffles. Food and beverages served all day. Proceeds for TES playground fund. FMI: 225-3620.

Winthrop, Saturday, Nov. 11: Rotary Club, hunter and family breakfast, 5 to 9 a.m., Winthrop Congregational Church. Proceeds support Winthrop Rotary Community Projects.

Mechanic Falls, Sunday, Nov. 12: Country legends and memorial awards show, noon, Silver Spur, Route 121. Presented by Down East Country Music Assn. Adults, $8; children under 12, $4. 50/50, raffles, food bar. FMI: Jackie, 793-8884; Gary, 377-8035; Lolalee, 674-2571; Shirley/Dean, 743-2922.

Auburn, Monday, Nov. 13: Book Discussion of “Brokeback Mountain” by Annie Proulx, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Auburn Public Library.

Lewiston, Monday, Nov. 13: Babytime, 10 a.m., Lewiston Public Library.

Auburn, Tuesday, Nov. 14: A concert of medieval and Renaissance music presented by the Calderwood Consort, 7:15 p.m., High Street Congregational Church. Admission, one nonperishable food item for the church’s weekly pantry.

Lewiston, Tuesday, Nov. 14: Preschool story time, 10 a.m., public library.

Lewiston, Tuesday, Nov. 14: Homeschool book discussion group, 10 a.m., public library.

Auburn, Wednesday, Nov. 15: Preschool story time, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Lewiston, Wednesday, Nov. 15: Open Gym, 2 to 4 p.m., the Toy Library, 134 College St. For home-schoolers; $2 a child. FMI: 782-1112.

Lewiston, Wednesday, Nov. 15: After-school art, 3:30 p.m., public library.

Auburn, Thursday, Nov. 16: Baby’s Night Out, 6 to 6:20 p.m. Babies from birth through 24-months and a caregiver.

Auburn, Thursday, Nov. 16: Teenior Knitting Club, 10 a.m., Auburn Public Library.

Auburn, Thursday, Nov. 16: Marvel Databases for Parents and Teens, 6 p.m., Auburn Public Library, for parents and teens looking for ways to get research and homework assignments done, using reliable databases.

Auburn, Thursday, Nov. 16: Atlas (Auburn Teen Library Advisors), 4 p.m., Auburn Public Library. Pizza and refreshments will be served.

Auburn, Friday, Nov. 17: Scrabble for Teens, 3 p.m., Auburn Public Library. FMI: Sally, 333-6640, ext. 2008, or [email protected]

Lewiston, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17 and 18: Russell Park Rehab and Living Center annual Christmas fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Baked items, crafts, white elephant tables and raffles.

Lewiston, Friday, Nov. 17: Preschool story time, 10 a.m., public library.

Lisbon, Friday, Nov. 17: Bean and casserole supper, 5:30 to 7 p.m., VFW 9459, Route 196. Adults, $6; children under 10, $3. FMI: 353-2152.

Sabattus, Friday, Nov. 17: Turkey raffle, penny sale drawing, 7 p.m., American Legion Post 135, Island Road.

Auburn, Saturday, Nov. 18: Christmas fair, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, 757 Summer St. Cafe, crafts, baked goods, jams, jellies, wreaths, granny’s attic, silent auction, fair trade productions (from developing nations).

Auburn, Saturday, Nov. 18: Craft holiday fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., United Methodist Church.

Auburn, Saturday, Nov. 18: Craft fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., High Street Congregational Church. FMI or to rent tables: 784-4828.

Auburn, Saturday, Nov. 18: Gingerbread Fair, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., First Universalist Church Vestry, 169 Pleasant St. Live music by Phil “Gingerbread” House. Luncheon, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. FMI: 783-0461 or www.uuauburn.org.

Auburn, Saturday, Nov. 18: Christmas fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sixth Street Congregational Church. Visit with Santa. Lunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Auburn, Saturday, Nov. 18: Saturday Stories and Crafts with Judy D’Amour, 10 a.m., Auburn Public Library. Bring your own favorite teddy bear and listen to Mousekin’s Thanksgiving by Edna Miller and Byron Barton’s The Three Bears. Children may make a colorful hand-print turkey to take home.

Lewiston, Saturday, Nov. 18: Holy Cross Parish and Trinity Catholic School Holiday Fest, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Holy Cross Church Hall, 1080 Lisbon St. Activity table for the kids, crafts, 50/50, raffles. FMI: Anna Marie Lewis, 783-2696

Lisbon Falls, Saturday, Nov. 18: Christmas fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lisbon Falls Methodist Church. Beef stew lunch, including gingerbread with whipped cream, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Adults, $5; children, $2.

Lisbon Falls, Saturday, Nov. 18: Holy Trinity Parish Christmas Craft Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Holy Trinity Parish, 67 Frost Hill Ave. Crafts, baked goods, children craft area, raffles. Free admission. FMI: Pat Tardiff, 353-5035, or Katie Carville, 353-9056.

Livermore Falls, Saturday, Nov. 18: Annual charity auction at Livermore Falls High School, viewing of items at 6:30 p.m., auction at 7 p.m. Light refreshments. FMI: Gayla Drake, 897-2905, ext. 232.

Lewiston, Sunday, Nov. 19: Pancake breakfast, 7 to 11 a.m., Holy Cross Church hall, 1080 Lisbon St. Sponsored by Holy Cross Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Assembly 2870. Adults, $6; 12 and under, $3. FMI: Dan Leclair, 240-3537.

Lewiston, Monday, Nov. 20: Babytime, 10 a.m., public library.

Lewiston, Tuesday, Nov. 21: Preschool story time, 10 a.m., public library.

Auburn, Wednesday, Nov. 22: Preschool story time, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., Auburn Public Library.

Lewiston, Wednesday, Nov. 22: After-school art, 3:30 p.m., public library.

Lewiston, Wednesday, Nov. 22: Open Gym, 2 to 4 p.m., the Toy Library, 134 College St. For home-schoolers; $2 a child. FMI: 782-1112.

Lewiston, Monday, Nov. 27: Babytime, 10 a.m., public library.

Auburn, Wednesday, Nov. 29: Preschool story time, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., Auburn Public Library.

Lewiston, Tuesday, Nov. 28: Preschool story time, 10 a.m., public library.

Lewiston, Wednesday, Nov. 29: After-school art, 3:30 p.m., public library.

Lewiston, Wednesday, Nov. 29: Open Gym, 2 to 4 p.m., the Toy Library, 134 College St. For home-schoolers; $2 a child. FMI: 782-1112.

Auburn, Thursday, Nov. 30: Teenior Knitting Club, 6 p.m., Auburn Public Library.

Auburn, Friday, Dec. 1: Scrabble for Teens, 3 p.m., Auburn Public Library. FMI: Sally, 333-6640, ext. 2008, or [email protected]

New Gloucester, Saturday, Dec. 2: Shaker Christmas fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, Route 26.

Sabattus, Sunday, Dec. 3: Monthly breakfast, 7:30 to 10 a.m., American Legion Post 135, Island Road. Adults, $6; children under 10, $3.

Auburn, Friday, Dec. 8: Scrabble for Teens, 3 p.m., Auburn Public Library. FMI: Sally, 333-6640, ext. 2008, or [email protected]

Auburn, Saturday, Dec. 9: Ham dinner, 5 to 6 p.m., St. Louis Church Hall, Third Street, Adults, $6.50; children under 12, $3.25.

Buckfield, Saturday, Dec. 9: Holiday Home Tours, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Benefits Buckfield High School Class of 2007 Project Graduation. Tickets available at Tilton’s Market beginning Nov. 11, $10 each. The Buckfield Inn will offer an exclusive luncheon menu that day at special event pricing. Seating will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. FMI and reservations: call the Inn directly at 336-2220. FMI: Joan Abrams, 336-3600; Regina Hutchinson, 336-3312.

Auburn, Sunday, Dec. 10: Public breakfast, 8 to 10 a.m., VFW Post 1603, 588 Minot Ave. $3.50/$4.50. Benefit for children’s Christmas party.

Winthrop, Sunday, Dec. 10: CODA Chorus Christmas concert, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Children’s choir 2 p.m. concert. Free-will offering.


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