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

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.

Chesterville, Friday, Dec. 15: Christmas concert/ham dinner at 6 p.m., North Chesterville Grange Hall. Concert after dinner. Benefit fuel funds. Cost $5 for concert or dinner, $10 for both. FMI: call 778-2342.

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]

Farmington, Saturday, Dec. 16: Community Christmas meal from noon to 1 p.m. at Henderson Memorial Baptist Church on Academy St. No charge. All are welcome. FMI: 778-2163 or 778-4608.

Farmington, Saturday, Dec. 16: Northfield- a cappella vocal traditions of Medieval and Renaissance Europe and early America perform at 7:30 p.m. in Nordica Auditorium at UMF. Adults, $6; seniors, $5; free for 16 and under. FMI: 778-4572.

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.

Farmington, Saturday, Dec. 16: Northfield, a cappella vocals of medieval and renaissance Europe and early America, 7:30 p.m., Nordica Auditorium, UMF. Adults, $6; seniors, $5; 16 and under and UMF students, free.

Livermore Falls, Saturday, Dec. 16: A new puppet ministry performs, A puppet Christmas, at 6:30 p.m. at Eaton Memorial Methodist Church. All are welcome to the program.

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

New Sharon, Sunday, Dec. 17: Christmas cantata, The Splendor of Christmas, presented at 6:30 p.m. at the New Sharon United Methodist Church.

Rangeley, Sunday, Dec. 17: Northfield-a cappella vocal traditions of Medieval and Renaissance Europe and early America perform at 4 p.m. at Rangeley Congregational Church. Donations at the door. FMI: 778-4572.

Rangeley, Sunday, Dec. 17: Northfield, a cappella vocals of medieval and renaissance Europe and early America, 4 p.m., Rangeley Congregational Church. Donations at door.

Rangeley, Sunday, Dec. 17: Christmas bird count. FMI: Jennifer Perry, 603-463-3085; [email protected]

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, 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.

Paris, Saturday, Dec. 16: Hanging of greens, 4 to 6 p.m.; potluck dinner, 6 to 7 p.m.; lighting of Christmas tree and caroling, 7 p.m., First Baptist Church of Paris, top of Paris Hill.

Waterford, Saturday, Dec. 16: Waterford Library Christmas community gathering for families, 7 p.m., Waterford Common. Candle-lit caroling, refreshments, Santa.

Fryeburg, Sunday, Dec. 17: Fryeburg Academy candlelight concert, 7:30 p.m., Molly Ockett Middle School Gymnasium. Free.

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

Norway, Sunday, Dec. 17: Christmas concert, 3 p.m., Second Congregational Church. Free. Carols, choral, hand bells, readings, treats. FMI: 743-2290.

West Paris, Sunday, Dec. 17: Christmas pageant, 9:15 a.m., West Paris Baptist Church.

West Paris, Sunday, Dec. 17: Christmas pageant, 11 a.m., Mission Congregational Church.

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

River Valley area

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.

Andover, Saturday, Dec. 16: Breakfast with Santa, children up to age 12, 9 to 11 a.m., Andover Town Hall. FMI and reservations, Pat, 392-2281.

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, Sunday, Dec. 17: Hoop shoot contest, 9 a.m., Mountain Valley High School, ages 8 to 13. Registration, 8 to 9 a.m. Sponsored by Rumford Elks. FMI: Dick Welch, 364-2548; Ann White, 364-7081; Elks Lodge, 364-4022.

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, Monday, Dec. 11: Red Cross blood drive, 1 to 6 p.m., High Street Congregational Church.

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, Wednesday, Dec. 13: Holiday concert, 7 to 8:15 p.m., Olin Arts Center, Bates College, by Auburn Community Band. Free. Donations accepted on behalf of the Salvation Army. FMI: 784-0191 or www.auburncommunityband.org.

Lewiston, Thursday, Dec. 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. 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: Vineyard, 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.

Auburn, Friday, Dec. 15: Teen open mic, 6 p.m., public library, 49 Spring St. Music, spoken word, comedy, 18 and under. Performer sign-up, 5:30 p.m. Free. FMI: [email protected] or 333-6640 ext. 4.

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.

Lisbon, Friday, Dec. 15: Supper, 5:30 to 7 p.m., VFW Post 9459, Route 196. Adults, $6; children under 10, $3. FMI: 353-5291, Wednesday to Friday after 4 p.m.

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.

Lewiston, Saturday, Dec. 16: “The Victorian Nutcracker,” 7:30 p.m., Bates College Schaeffer Theatre. Tickets at Bull Moose Music.

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 www.uuauburn.org.

Auburn, Sunday, Dec. 17: MidCoast Symphony Brass Quintet, 10 a.m., Sixth Street Congregational Church.

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.

Lisbon, Friday, Dec. 22: Christmas get-together, 6 p.m., VFW Post 9459 and Ladies Auxiliary with guests and friends, post home, Route 196. Bring dish to share. FMI: 353-5291, Wednesday to Friday after 4 p.m.

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.

Lisbon, Friday, Dec. 29: Supper, 5:30 to 7 p.m., VFW Post 9459, Route 196. Adults, $6; children under 10, $3. FMI: 353-5291, Wednesday to Friday after 4 p.m.


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