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, Dec. 20: Farmington Community Gay/Straight Alliance, 7 p.m. Room 119B, UMF Psychology Bldg.. Free, donation suggested. Open to the public. Sponsored by UMF Psychology Department. FMI: [email protected] or 778-7379

Livermore Falls, Monday, Dec. 25: Free Christmas Dinner, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., American Legion Post Hall, Reynolds Avenue. FMI, reservations: 897-3593. Home delivery available.

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.

New Sharon, Saturday, Jan. 6: Baked bean takeout, 10 a.m. to noon, Congregational United Church of Christ, Cape Cod Hill Road. Quart beans, pint coleslaw, yeast rolls or brown bread, large pie, $14. FMI and to reserve: Mary, 778-2366.

Oxford Hills area

West Paris, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 20, and 22: Cookies for Santa at Public Library. Children, teens, others decorate Christmas sugar cookies, drink hot chocolate from 1:30 to 6 p.m. Dec. 18 and 22, 1:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 20. FMI: 674-2004.

Norway, Thursday, Dec. 21: Talk “Christmas Joy! Christ bring the closer view of God,” 7 to 8 p.m., First Church of Christ, Scientist, 5 Morrill Road. Kari Mashos, a Christian Science practitioner, speaks. Punch, cookies and Christmas music at 6:30 p.m. FMI: 890-9944.

Otisfield, Sunday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve candlelight service, 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., Spurr’s Corner Church, Route 121. Sing Christmas carols, light candles, listen to choral and solo vocalists.

Otisfield, Sunday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve service, 7 p.m., East Otisfield Free Baptist Church, Rayville Road.

Paris, Sunday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve service, 7:30 p.m., Deering Memorial United Methodist Church, Main Street.

Paris, Monday, Dec. 25: Christmas community dinner, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 17 East Main St. No fee. Takeouts. FMI: 674-5185.

Paris, Monday, Dec. 25: Christmas community dinner, 2 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 34 Buckfield Road. Worship service, 3 p.m. No fee. FMI: 743-6906, leave message with name and number attending. Transportation available.

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

Locke Mills, Sunday, Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve dance at the Locke Mills Town Hall from 8:30 – 12:30 p.m.. Buffet at 9:45 p.m.. Music by Richard Felt Orchestra. Benefits Greenwood Historical Society. Tickets at door, $9.

Lewiston area

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, 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: 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.

Lewiston, Saturday, Jan. 6: Bean supper, 4 to 6:30 p.m., Holy Cross Church Hall, 1080 Lisbon St. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 12652. Adults, $6; 12 and under, $3. Take outs. FMI: Dan Leclair, 240-3537.

Lisbon, Friday, Jan. 12: Lisbon Library children’s Services presents “Rock ‘N Roll Over Dead,” a mystery dinner for children in grades 5-8, 5 to 7 p.m. Sign up and get tickets in Children’s Room. FMI:call 353-6564.

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