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Farmington area

Farmington, Wednesday, Nov. 29: Movie, “Femmes aux Yeux Ouverts,” 7p.m., Lincoln Auditorium, UMF Roberts Learning Center. Free. In French with English subtitles. Sponsored by UMF French Club. FMI: 778-7420.

Farmington, Friday, Dec. 1: Titcomb Mountain holiday auction, 7 p.m., Granary Restaurant. Preview at 6 p.m. Performance by Mt. Blue Voices. FMI: 778-9031.

Farmington, Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 30 to Dec. 3: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Alumni Theater, UMF. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Advance tickets, Howard’s Rexall, Main Street. Adults, $8; children 12 and under, seniors and UMF students, $5. Opening night, $5.

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

New Sharon, Friday, Dec. 1: Spaghetti dinner and book fair, Cape Cod Hill School. Dinner, 5 to 6:30 p.m., $5 per person or $20 per family; book fair, 4:30 to 7 p.m. Helps fund field trips, playground equipment and enrichment activities.

Dixfield, Saturday, Dec. 2: Christmas fair, 7:30 am. to 2 p.m., Dixfield Congregational Church. Breakfast, photos with Santa from 9:30 to 11 a.m., $1. Lunch available.

Fairbanks, Saturday, Dec. 2: Silent auction, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fairbanks Union Church, Route 4, benefits Fairbanks School Neighborhood Association Building Fund.

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, Saturday, Dec. 2: Grand opening, Ski Museum at the Farmington Ski History Museum Chester Greenwood Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Church Street Commons. FMI: call 491-5481.

Farmington, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2 and 3: Western Maine Choral Society Winter Concert featuring UMF Community Chorus, 7:30 p.m., Saturday; 3 p.m., Sunday; Nordica Auditorium at UMF. Adults, $6; Seniors, $5; tickets at Mickey’s Hallmark or at the door. FMI: 778-7072.

Farmington, Saturday, Dec. 2: Chester Greenwood Day. Parade downtown, 11 a.m.; Festival of Trees at Granary Restaurant all day; auction, 6 p.m.; chili contest in the park, noon; flag raising and cake cutting, noon; horse drawn wagon rides, noon to 2 p.m.; polar bear club dip in Clearwater Lake, 3 p.m.

New Sharon, Saturday, Dec. 2: Baked bean takeout, 10 a.m. to noon, New Sharon Congregational United Church of Christ on Cape Cod Hill Road, $14. To reserve call Mary at 778-2366.

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

Farmington, Thursday, Dec. 7: Sole Expression a cappella concert at 7:30 p.m., Nordica Auditorium in Merrill Hall at UMF. Special guests the On and Off Girls.

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

Farmington, Friday, Saturday, Dec. 8 and 9: Friendly Workers holiday fair, Fairbanks Union Church, ham supper Friday, 5 to 6:30 p.m., food fest on Saturday.

Farmington, Friday, Dec. 8: Holiday crafts and food fair, 9 a.m. to noon, Franklin Memorial Hospital lobby. Sponsored by the hospital auxiliary.

Avon, Saturday, Dec. 9: Christmas in Avon sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Avon Community Hall. Items by area craftsmen. 50/50 raffle.

Farmington, Saturday, Dec. 9: Santa Claus visits downtown, 9 a.m. to noon, Franklin County Children’s Task Force, Church Street. Photos with Santa, free horse drawn sleigh rides, 9 a.m. to noon.

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

Livermore Falls, Tuesday, Dec. 12: American Red Cross blood drive at Tri Town Area, Route 4 from noon to 6 p.m.

Farmington, Wednesday, Dec. 13: American Red Cross blood drive at University of Maine, North Dining Hall, from noon to 5 p.m.

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: Music: UMF’s Tom O’Donnell, 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.

Farmington, Thursday, Dec. 14: American Red Cross blood drive at University of Maine, North Dining Hall, from noon to 5 p.m.

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

Farmington, Saturday, Dec. 16: Free horse drawn sleigh rides, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., downtown. Sponsored by the Downtown Business and Professional Association.

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

Farmington, Friday, Dec. 29: American Red Cross blood drive, Franklin Memorial Hospital, 1 Hospital Drive, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Oxford Hills area

Bridgton, Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 27, 28: Lake Region Community Theatre auditions for “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown,” at Bridgton Memorial School, Depot Street, 7 to 9 p.m.

Norway, Tuesday, Nov. 28: November Best of Health at Stephens Memorial Hospital. Colon questions answered by Dr. Fernanco Navarro, 6 p.m. Call 743-1562 Ext. 326 to register.

Bethel, Thursday, Nov. 30: Silent film “The Phantom of the Opera,” 7 p.m., Bingham Hall, Gould Academy, Church Street. Live accompaniment by the Alloy Orchestra. Tickets at the door. Adults, $6; students, $4. FMI: 824-3575

Paris, Thursday, Nov. 30: Story time for preschoolers, 10 a.m., Library. FMI: 743-6994.

Paris, Friday, Dec. 1: Take-a-chance auction, doors open 5 p.m., auction at 7 p.m., Oxford Hills Middle School cafeteria, Pine Street. Host: Oxford County 4-H Leaders’ Association.

Paris, Dec. 1 to 30: Colonial Williamsburg Christmas, historic 1840 house at McLaughlin Garden. Restored and decorated parlors, dining room. Viewing Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.

Bethel, Saturday, Dec. 2: Greens sale, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., West Bethel Union Church. Crafts, baked goods, cookie walk.

Bethel, Saturday, Dec. 2: Telstar craft fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Telstar Middle/High School, Route 26. Reserve by contacting the school, 824-2136, or Pat Nasta, 824-0547.

Bethel, Saturday, Dec. 2: Taste of Bethel and theme wreath silent auction, noon to 2 p.m. FMI: call the Chamber of Commerce at 824-2282 or visit www.bethelmaine.com.

Bridgton, Saturday, Dec. 2: Craft fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Town Hall. FMI: 743-6175.

Buckfield, Saturday, Dec. 2: Holiday craft fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Buckfield Junior/Senior High School. Sponsored by the Nezinscot Valley Music Boosters. FMI: 890-5731 or 336-2557.

Buckfield, Saturday, Dec. 2: Christmas beano, 2 p.m., doors open 1 p.m., American Legion Hall John D. Long Post 58, Route 140. Sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 58.

Oxford, Saturday, Dec. 2: Holiday fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Madison Avenue Elementary School, 5 Madison Ave. Sponsored by Paris Elementary PTO. FMI: Wendy, 744-0318.

Oxford, Saturday, Dec. 2: “Toys Galore” Chinese auction, 2 p.m., Hosanna Church building. Drawing begins at 3:30 p.m. Snow date, Saturday, Dec. 16. Sponsored by Resistance Ministries. FMI: 743-6982.

Oxford, Saturday, Dec. 2: Roast beef supper, 4 to 6:30 p.m., Rock-O-Dundee Rider’s club house, Paine Road. $6.50 for adults; $3 under 12. FMI: 539-2616.

Paris, Saturday, Dec. 2: Craft and bake fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Market Square Health Care Center. FMI: Lynne Wheeler 743-7086 Ext. 330.

Paris, Saturday, Dec. 2: Pot roast supper with strawberry shortcake, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Deering Memorial Methodist Church, Main and Church streets. Adults $7, children under 12, $3.

Paris, Saturday, Dec. 2: Open house and Advent fair, 8 to 11 a.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 34 Buckfield Road. Proceeds benefit Oxford Hills Food Pantry, Oxford Hills Christian Academy and Trinity’s music program.

Waterford, Saturday, Dec. 2: Pick and cut Christmas trees, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in South Waterford. Cost: $20. To benefit Norway/Oxford Boosters and Waterford Recreation.

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, 5 p.m. Display space, $5 with table, $10 otherwise. FMI: Lisa, 674-2127 or Cindy, 674-3507.

Paris, Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 7 to 10: Trees and trains, McLaughlin barn and house. Set up by Maine Garden Railway Society. Members, $3; non-members, $5; under 12, $3; under 5, free.

Paris, Friday, Dec. 8: Tree of Caring lighting ceremony, 7 p.m., Maine Veterans’ Home, 477 High St. Music and refreshments following tree lighting.

Paris, Saturday, Dec. 9: Auburn Methodist Ringers and Androscoggin Chorale concert, 7:30 p.m., South Paris First Congregational Church. FMI: www.mainemusicsociety.org.

Paris, Saturday, Dec. 9: Christmas tree sale, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., First Baptist Church of Paris Hill.

Bridgton, Monday, Dec. 11: American Red Cross blood drive at Howell Laboratories, Route 117, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Canton, Friday, Dec. 15: American Red Cross blood drive at Canton Town Hall, 36 School St. from noon to 6 p.m.

Locke Mills, Sunday, Dec. 17: Christmas Cantata, 4 p.m., Union Church. FMI: Joyce Hathaway, 674-2259.

Bridgton, Tuesday, Dec. 26: American Red Cross blood Drive, Bridgton Masonic Hall, Route 117, 2 to 7 p.m.

River Valley area

Bethel, Thursday, Nov. 30: Silent film “The Phantom of the Opera,” 7 p.m., Bingham Hall, Gould Academy, Church Street. Live accompaniment by the Alloy Orchestra. Tickets at the door. Adults, $6; students, $4. FMI: 824-3575

Bethel, Saturday, Dec. 2: Telstar craft fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Telstar Middle/High School, Route 26. Reserve by calling school, 824-2136, or Pat, 824-0547.

Dixfield, Saturday, Dec. 2: Christmas fair, 7:30 am. to 2 p.m., Dixfield Congregational Church. Breakfast, photos with Santa from 9:30 to 11 a.m., $1; wreaths, candy, baked goods, crafts, more. Lunch available.

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

Rumford, Saturday, Dec. 2: Christmas fair from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Athanasius-St. John Church. Wreaths, crafts, Chinese auction, more. Hot turkey luncheon, eat in or takeout. FMI: 369-8026.

Rumford, Saturday, Dec. 2: Adult Christmas party at the Snowshoe Club. Social hour 5 to 6 p.m.; roast pork supper at 6 p.m. Music by E/I Band 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets on sale at club. Members, $7; Guests, $8.

West Paris, Saturday, Dec. 2: Craft fair and showcase, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Agnes Gray School gym. Christmas parade and tree lighting at 5 p.m. FMI: Lisa 674-2127.

Andover, Monday, Dec. 4: Andover Service Circle senior appreciation dinner at 4 p.m. at Andover Town Hall. Call Pat Meek at 392-2281 regarding attendance.

Peru, Saturday, Dec. 9: Christmas craft fair, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rockemeka Grange Hall, 92 Peru Center Road. Benefits Families in Crisis Task Force. FMI: 562-8581; Rod Jamison, 562-8799.

Canton, Friday, Dec. 15: American Red Cross blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. at Canton Town Hall.

Lewiston area

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

Auburn, Tuesday, Nov. 28: Dr. Billie Gammon speaks on “The True Story of a Girl Named Julia,” 7 p.m., Androscoggin County Building. Sponsored by Androscoggin Historical Society. Free; wheelchair accessible.

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.

Lewiston, Thursday, Nov. 30: Line and partner dancing, 7 p.m., Central Hall; entrance, 4th level of Centreville Garage.

Lewiston, Thursday, Nov. 30: Women in Islam to be discussed at USM/L-A, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 170 at USM on 51 Westminster St. Light dinner will be served. Public invited, no charge. FMI: contact Khadra Jama at [email protected]

Lewiston, Thursday, Nov. 30: 7 p.m., at Callahan Hall at the Lewiston Public Library, 200 Lisbon St., The Grumps concert, benefits Lewiston Youth Empowerment Program, Admission: $5. FMI: 753-6534.

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

Auburn, Friday, Dec. 1: United Methodist Church of Auburn handbell Christmas performance, 7 p.m. Pie social follows at fellowship hall. Free will offering.

Auburn, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2: first annual holiday fair, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Lutheran Social Services, 155 Center St. (green building). Free admission. Crafters needed, $10 per table both days.

Lisbon, Friday, Dec. 1: Ladies Auxiliary Post 9459 casserole and bean supper, 5:30 to 7 p.m., $6 for adults, $3 for children under 10, at post home, Route 196. FMI: 353-2152.

Auburn, Saturday, Dec. 2: Androscoggin Valley String Quartet benefit concert, 3 p.m., for the Casa Hogar orphanage at the West Auburn Congregational Church, corner of Marston Hill Road and West Auburn Road, FMI: call 777-4643.

Buckfield, Saturday, Dec. 2: Christmas beano, 2 p.m., doors open 1 p.m., American Legion Hall John D. Long Post 58, Route 140. Sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 58.

Danville, Saturday, Dec. 2: Bean and casserole supper, 5 p.m., Danville Grange Hall. Adults, $6; children $3. Game party at 7 p.m.

Gray, Saturday, Dec. 2: Maine mystery writer Julie Spencer-Fleming, 1:30 p.m., Stimson Hall, 4 Shaker Road, next to town office. Sponsored by Gray Public Library. FMI: 657-4110.

Gray, Saturday, Dec. 2: Sabbathday Lake Grange 365 holiday fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the hall on Sabbathday Road off Route 26. Lunch will be served. FMI: call Pam Dyer at 657-4612.

Gray, Saturday, Dec. 2: Christmas craft fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Good Shepherd UMC, 151 West Gray Road.

Greene, Saturday, Dec. 2: Old Fashioned Christmas, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Universalist Church, Route 202. Benefits Sunday School children’s heifer project. FMI: 225-5181.

Lewiston, Saturday, Dec. 2: Holy Cross Knights of Columbus bean supper, Holy Cross Church hall, 1080 Lisbon St., 4 to 6:30 p.m. $6 per person, $3 12 and under. Takeout available. FMI: Dan Leclair, 240-3537.

Manchester, Saturday, Dec. 2: Poinsettia tour, 11 a.m., Longfellow’s Greenhouse. Free

Mechanic Falls, Saturday, Dec. 2: Lamplighter Smorgasbord at the First Congregational Church, from 5 to 6 p.m. Adults $7, Children $3.

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

Sabattus, Saturday, Dec. 2: Baked bean and casserole supper, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Our Lady of the Rosary Parish. Adults, $6; under 12, $3. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus. Benefits parish programs. FMI: Roland R. St. Amand, 375-6586.

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

Lisbon, Tuesday, Dec. 5: Family craft night, 6 p.m., Lisbon Community School cafetorium. Students, staff and families welcome. Free, sponsored by the LCS PTO. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Lewiston, Wednesday, Dec. 6: American Red Cross blood drive, Lepage Center, St. Mary’s Hospital, from noon to 6 p.m.

Auburn, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7, 8 9: Auburn Middle School drama students perform “Dracula” by Bram Stoker at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday at Auburn Middle School. Tickets at door. FMI: call 784-1356.

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.

Auburn, Saturday, Dec. 9: Book, yard sale, 9 to 11 a.m., Child Health Center, 24 Falcon Drive. Sponsored by Child Health Center’s Developmental Therapy Preschool. Raffles, bake sale and refreshments.

Buckfield, Saturday, Dec. 9: Holiday home tours, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Benefits Project Graduation. Tickets available at Tilton’s Market, $10 each. FMI: Joan Abrams, 336-3600; Regina Hutchinson, 336-3312.

Lisbon, Saturday, Dec. 9: VFW Post 9459 40th anniversary dinner, 5:30 to 7 p.m., $6 adults, $3 children under 10. Music, 7 to 11 p.m., at post home, Route 196. FMI: 353-5291 Wednesday to Friday after 4 p.m.

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

Lewiston, Sunday Dec. 10: Auburn Methodist Ringers, Androscoggin Chorale concert, 3 p.m. at Franco-American Heritage Center. FMI: www.mainemusicsociety.org.

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.

Winthrop, Thursday, Dec. 14: American Red Cross blood drive, St. Francis Church, Lake Street, 1 to 6 p.m.

Auburn, Friday, Dec. 15: Turkey raffle, 7 p.m., VFW Post 1603, 588 Minot Ave. Benefits New Auburn Little League Baseball. FMI: 784-6883.

Lewiston, Friday, Dec. 15: Christmas band concert, 7:30 p.m., Saints Peter and Paul Basilica, 27 Bartlett St. Traditional Christmas music by the Bath Municipal Band. Admission by donation.

Auburn, Saturday, Dec. 16: Christmas bake/craft sale, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Kmart. Sponsored by Tommys Feral Feline Friends.

Poland, Monday, Dec. 18: American Red Cross blood drive, Poland Whittier Middle School, 1457 Main St., Route 26, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Auburn, Tuesday, Dec. 19: American Red Cross blood drive, Auburn Motor Sales, 699 Center St., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Winthrop, Tuesday Dec. 21: American Red Cross blood drive, Winthrop High School gym, 221 Rambler Road, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Auburn, Wednesday, Dec. 27: American Red Cross blood drive, Auburn mall, 550 Center St., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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