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Farmington area

Farmington, Thursday, Dec. 7: Mt. Blue Middle School concert, 7 p.m., at the gym. Free.

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, Thursday, Dec. 7: Environmental stories, 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Mt. Blue Middle School cafeteria.

Farmington, Friday, Dec. 8: Lissa Schneckenburger, fiddler and folk singer, 7:30 p.m., Mt. Blue Auditorium, 129 Seamon Road. Opening, Franklin County Fiddlers. FMI: 778-3511.

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.

Wilton, Friday, Dec. 8: Public talk, Crisis in the Darfur Region of Sudan, North Africa, 7 to 8 p.m., Wilton Congregational Church, by Dr. Richard Fredland, visiting professor of African history at UMF. Free.

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, Saturday, Dec. 9: Chinese shadow puppetry workshop by Foothills Arts Center, Pleasant Street, 9:30 a.m to 3 p.m. Adults and students grades 5 and up, $15; discounts for families and early registration. FMI: 778-0448 or [email protected],

Farmington, Saturday, Dec. 9: Baked bean and casserole supper, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Trinity UMC.

Farmington, Saturday, Dec. 9: Contradance, 8 to 11 p.m., City Lights North, 231 Broadway. Learn basics, 7:30 p.m. Music by The Racket Factory. FMI: Stan, 397-2241.

Farmington, Saturday, Dec. 9: The Franklin County Children’s Task Force in having an open house from 9 a.m. to noon at 113 Church St. Sponsored by the Farmington Business and Professional Association.

Livermore, Saturday, Dec. 9: Norlands Christmas, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, 290 Norlands Road. Meal, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., $10. Mansion tours, adults, $4, children, $2. FMI: 897-4366.

Wilton, Saturday, Dec. 9: Caroling, tree lighting, 2 to 4:30 p.m., downtown. Santa arrives by firetruck. Refreshments available.

Wilton, Saturday, Dec. 9: Children’s shopping for parents, new or gently used donated gifts, nothing over $1, from 9 to 11 a.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. FMI: call 645-2639.

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

Livermore Falls, Sunday, Dec. 10: Emmanuel Assembly of God youth Christmas program, “His Space,” 6 p.m. Refreshment follow.

New Sharon, Monday, Dec. 11: Cape Cod Hill School concert, 7 p.m., in the gym. Free.

Weld, Monday, Dec. 11: Weld School Concert, 6:30 p.m., Weld Town Hall. Free.

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

Farmington, Wednesday, Dec. 13: Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5 p.m., UMF North Dining Hall.

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, Wednesday Dec. 13: Cascade Brook School concert, 7 p.m., Mount Blue High School gym.

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.

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

Farmington, Friday, Dec. 15: Theater for Peace program and discussion, 7:30 p.m., Old South Congregational Church, Main Street. Students will perform “Crazy for Oil;” discussion follows. Donation, $6. FMI: Anne Geller, 778-0448; [email protected]

Fayette, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Dec. 15, 16, 17: “The Living Nativity,” 7 p.m. Friday and Sunday, 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Music, drama. Free, but tickets required due to limited seating. Reservations, 685-9492.

East Dixfield, Saturday, Dec. 16: Baked bean and casserole super, 5 to 7 p.m., fire station. Donations accepted to benefit Harland “Chipper” Osgood. FMI: 645-3254.

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

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

Fryeburg, Friday, Dec. 8: Dinner and dance for Billy Holt at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 5 to 7 p.m., dance 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Dinner only, adults $7, children 12 and under $4; dance only, adults $5, children 12 and under $1. Both, adults $10, children 12 and under $5. FMI: 935-2546.

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

Andover, Saturday, Dec. 9: Craft fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Andover Fire Station. Santa will arrive at 1 p.m. Crafters may reserve a table by calling Elaine at 392-1140.

Hebron, Saturday, Dec. 9: Holiday spirit boutique, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Hebron Station School, 884 Station Road. Benefits “The Depot” after school enrichment.

Norway, Saturday, Dec. 9: Make a gingerbread house, 1 to 3 p.m., Norway Memorial Library. For children 13 to 18. Instructor: Hilary White. Materials supplied. Register by Wednesday, Dec. 6. Space limited. FMI or to register, 743-5309; [email protected]

Otisfield, Saturday, Dec. 9: Holiday dinner, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Otisfield Community School. Performance by school chorus and instrumentalists. Benefits field trips.

Otisfield, Saturday, Dec. 9: Lisa Bean Thurston Memorial Christmas tree lighting, 7 p.m., town office. Visit with Santa. Lights available in memory or honor of loved ones, $2.50. Benefits Otisfield scholarship fund.

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

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

Paris, Saturday, Dec. 9: Teddy bear dance, 7 to 10 p.m., Oxford Hills Middle School, Pine Street, sponsored by Swingin’ Bears Square Dance Club. Square and round dancing. Stuffed toys will be collected for Right Start Christmas for Kids. Couples, $10; singles, $5; free to non-dancers. Refreshments. FMI: Sue Corning, 743-7176; Eleanor Herrick, 782-4050.

Woodstock, Saturday, Dec. 9: Christmas Cantata, 11 a.m., Seventh Day Adventist Church, Perkins Valley.

Locke Mills, Sunday, Dec. 10: Benefit supper, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Locke Mills Legion Hall. To benefit Robin Chandler and children due to losing their belongings in a fire. Adults $6, children under 12 $3. Donations and gifts accepted. FMI: Dorene 674-2346.

West Paris, Sunday, Dec. 10: Christmas Cantata, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., West Paris Baptist Church.

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

Bryant Pond, Thursday, Dec. 14: Tineka Ouwenga of Bethel speaks at Whitman Memorial Library, 10 a.m., about her growing up in the Netherlands living in Nazi-occupied Holland during World War II. Free. Light refreshments. FMI: 674-2143.

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

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

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

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

River Valley area

Bethel, Thursday, Dec. 7: Bethel Historical Society’s Dr. Moses Mason House Museum open for hot cider and holiday treats at 6 p.m., seasonal music. William Andrews will discuss his new book, “Stealing History,” at 7:30 p.m.

Rumford, Thursday, Dec. 7: Chicken dinner, 5 p.m., American Legion Post 24. $6. Take-out meals available; call ahead, 369-9053.

Carthage, Friday, Dec. 8: Christmas at the Church program at 6 p.m. at Carthage Union Church on Rt. 142 features Alan Hutchinson on piano, the music of New Beginnings. Free and all are welcome. Sponsored by the Church and Carthage Historical Society. FMI: 562-7473 or 778-2042.

Rumford, Friday, Dec. 8: Turkey dinner, 5:30 p.m., Blazing Star Lodge, Route 232, $6; chances $1 or 6 for $5. Sponsored by Mt. Zircon 142 Star Club.

Andover, Saturday, Dec. 9: Craft fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Andover Fire Station. Santa arrives at 1 p.m. Tables: Elaine, 392-1140.

Bethel, Saturday, Dec. 9: Public supper at 5:30 p.m. followed by Lighting of Christmas Tree at 6:30 p.m. at Bethel United Methodist CHurch. Meal prices: Adults, $6; under 12, $3.

Bethel, Saturday, Dec. 9: Children’s Stage Adventures present, The Princess and the Pea, at 2 and 7 p.m. at Crescent Park School. Tickets: $8 students/$10 adults/$12 reserved seating. FMI: 824-2839.

Bethel, Dec. 9 and 10: Bethel United Methodist Church “Reason for the Season” weekend. Dec. 9, memorial Christmas tree lighting with names read at a 6:30 p.m. Christmas program for children, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 10 at the church.

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.

Rumford, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9 and 10: RAAPA’s “A Musical Christmas Card,” Mountain Valley High School auditorium. Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets, RAAPA members, Bartash, Port to Port, Hannaford, Log Cabin Craftworks, Larsen’s Electric. FMI: Sara Perry 364-7304.

Rumford, Saturday, Dec. 9: Craft, food sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Rumford Grange 115, Rumford Center. Corn chowder lunch. Tables, $7. FMI: Vicki Ann Clark, 364-2129.

Bethel, Sunday, Dec. 10: Western Mountains Senior Players production, 2:30 p.m., Gould Academy’s McLaughton Auditorium. Includes 7 one-act plays. Free.

Bethel, Monday, Dec. 11: Mahoosuc Community Band’s Christmas concert at 7 p.m. at West Parish Congregational Church.

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

East Dixfield, Saturday, Dec. 16: Baked bean and casserole super, 5 to 7 p.m., fire station. Donations accepted to benefit Harland “Chipper” Osgood. FMI: 645-3254.

Rumford, Thursday, Dec. 21: Take-out holiday poutine sale, 4 p.m., St. Athanasius-St. John Parish Center. Sponsored by The Acadian Society; benefits Dr. Edward Martin Book Scholarship Fund. Order before Dec. 14, 364-4629, 5 to 9 p.m.

Rumford, Sunday, Dec. 31: New Years Eve at Black Mountain of Maine with happy hour at 7, dinner buffet at 8, dance with Scot and Cindy Grassett from 9 to 1, dessert buffet at 10:30, champagne toast at midnight. Price: $35 per person Tickets on sale at Hair Design, Adley Auto Sales and Davis Florist.

Lewiston area

Auburn, Thursday, Dec. 7: Literacy Volunteers-Androscoggin holiday open house and booksale. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Great Falls School, 140 High St. Proceeds to benefit LV-A. Free refreshments. FMI: 753-1772.

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.

Lewiston, Thursday, Dec. 7, 14: Line and partner dancing at 7 p.m. with the Countryside Dancers at Central Hall, 191 Lisbon St. entrance 4th. level of Centreville Garage.

Lewiston, Thursday, Dec. 7: Festival of Lights, 5:30 p.m., corner Sabattus Street and Campus Avenue. Sponsored by Sisters of Charity. Santa, Mrs. Claus arrive by sleigh. Photo with Santa, $1; visit Santa’s workshop, $3. Benefits Renaissance and Genesis houses and adolescent and child behavioral inpatient units at St. Mary’s RMC.

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

Auburn, Friday, Dec. 8: Chris Martell shares a song at a recent Open Mic/Poetry Slam at the First Universalist Church of Auburn, presented by Pleasant Note Coffeehouse. Sign-up is at 7 p.m.; show starts at 7:30 at 169 Pleasant Street (across from Dairy Joy). Free childcare and admission; donations welcome. Accessible. FMI call 783-0461 or go to

Lewiston, Friday, Dec. 8: Preschool storytime, 10 a.m., public library.

Lewiston, Friday, Dec. 8: L-A Senior College “Food for Thought” luncheon, noon, USM/Lewiston-Auburn. Entertainment by “Vocal Eloquence,” the Edward Little H.S. a cappella choir. Advanced reservation, $6; $8 at door. Reserve by noon, Dec. 7, 753-6510 or online at

Lewiston, Friday, Dec. 8: 50’s and 60’s Sock Hop from 8 to midnight, at the Lewiston Elks. Members and guest welcome. Prizes for best dressed couples.

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.

Augusta, Saturday, Dec. 9: Model Railroad Celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Maine State Museum in the State House Complex in Augusta. Free admission

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.

Lewiston, Saturday, Dec. 9: Greek dinner, 4 to 7 p.m., Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 155 Hogan Road, $8, $4 for children under 13. FMI: 783-6795 or Chris Karagiannes at 622-0027.

Lewiston, Saturday, Dec. 9: Human rights festival, focus on Eurafasian people, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., USM/LA campus, Room 170, 51 Westminster St. Film, lecture, discussion, dance. Free. FMI: Dr. Barry Rodrigue, 753-6574.

Lisbon, Saturday, Dec. 9: VFW Post 9459 40th anniversary, 5:30 to 11 p.m., post home, Route 196. Meal, 5:30; adults, $6; under 10, $3. Music by Cheryl, 7 p.m. FMI: 353-5291, Wednesday to Friday after 4. Reservation deadline: Dec. 1.

Lisbon Falls, Saturday, Dec. 9: Baked bean and casserole supper, 4:45 to 6 p.m., Holy Trinity Church parish hall, 67 Frost Hill Ave. Adults, $6; under 12, $4; under 4, free. Families with children under 12, $15. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus. FMI: 353-5636.

Poland, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9, 10: Poland Regional High School/Whittier Middle School Boosters Christmas tree sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., student parking lot, Maine Street. FMI: 345-9835.

Sabattus, Saturday, Dec. 9: The Jacques on the Wales Road will be having a casserole and bean supper at 5 p.m. Dancing will follow till 9:30 p.m. $6.00.

Wales, Saturday, Dec. 9: Oak Hill High School’s Voices of Color and Jazz Band performance, 6:30 p.m., Wales Presbyterian Church, Route 132. Offerings accepted. FMI: Marilyn, 375-6604.

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:

Lisbon Falls, Sunday, Dec. 10: Christmas play, “The Arch Angel,” 5 p.m., Lisbon Falls Baptist Church, 555 Lisbon St. Presented by The Maranatha Messengers, a puppet ministry. FMI: 353-8518.

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.

Lewiston, Monday, Dec. 11: Babytime, 10 a.m., public library.

Auburn, Tuesday, Dec. 12: Court Street Baptist Church invites the public to our Advent Tuesday noon services. Homestyle meal served at 12:30 p.m. A donation is requested to cover the cost of food. FMI: 784-6661.

Lewiston, Tuesday, Dec. 12: Book discussion group, 9 a.m., public library.

Lewiston, Tuesday, Dec. 12: Preschool storytime, 10 a.m., public library.

Lewiston, Thursday, Dec. 14: Peek-A-Boo puppet show, 9:30 a.m., New Life Community Center, 134 College St. FMI: 782-1112.

Lewiston, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Dec. 14, 15, 16: Vineyard Church of Lewiston will present the 10th annual Living Nativity at The Vineyard , 9 Foss Road. Free and open to the community. FMI: call the Vineyard at 784-9500.

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

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.

Lewiston, Friday, Dec. 15: Preschool storytime, 10 a.m., public library.

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

Auburn, Saturday, Dec. 16: Bean and casserole supper, 5 p.m., United Methodist Church, 439 Park Ave. Adults, $6; children 6 to 10, $3; 5 and under, free.

Lewiston, Saturday, Dec. 16: Jazz for the holidays concert, 7 to 9 p.m., Calvary United Methodist Church, 59 Sabattus St., by Mellow Magic Ensemble. $10, credit cards accepted. FMI and advance tickets, 782-0198. Benefits the church.

Poland, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 16, 17: Poland Regional High School/Whittier Middle School Boosters Christmas tree sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., student parking lot, Maine Street. FMI: 345-9835.

Auburn, Sunday, Dec. 17: Holiday Pageant at the First Universalist Church, 169 Pleasant St. Join the service at 10 a.m. Accessible. FMI 783-0461 or

Lewiston, Monday, Dec. 18: Babytime, 10 a.m., public library.

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

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

Lewiston, Tuesday, Dec. 19: Preschool storytime, 10 a.m., public library.

Lewiston, Wednesday, Dec. 20: Holiday sing-along, 6 p.m., public library. Free, but must get ticket to attend. Tickets available Dec. 6 from children’s desk. FMI: 784-0135 ext. 4.

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

Lewiston, Friday, Dec. 22: Preschool storytime, 10 a.m., public library.

Lewiston, Friday, Dec. 22: Christmas concert, 8 p.m., middle school auditorium, Central Avenue. Presented by All Student Theatre Project. Donations accepted. Benefits Child Health Center Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring Programs.

Auburn, Sunday, Dec. 24: Breakfast, 8 to 10 a.m., VFW Post 1603, 588 Minot Ave. $3.50/$4.50. Benefits Auburn Little League Baseball. FMI: 784-6883.

Lewiston, Tuesday, Dec. 26: Preschool storytime, 10 a.m., public library.

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

Lewiston, Friday, Dec. 29: Preschool storytime, 10 a.m., public library.

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