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, Thursday, Feb. 8: American Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5 p.m., North Dining Hall, University of Maine at Farmington.

Farmington, Thursday, Feb. 8: Reading by Janisse Ray, 7:30 p.m., Thomas Auditorium, UMF Preble/Ricker Hall. Free. Sponsored by UMF’s Visiting Writer Series. FMI: [email protected], 778-7454.

Farmington, Thursday, Feb. 8: Sharing Day, 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Mt. Blue Middle School Cafeteria. Snow date, Feb. 13.

Jay, Thursday, Feb. 8: “Annie Jr.,” 7 p.m., Jay Middle School cafeteria. Tickets at the door, seating limited. Adults, $2; students, $1; children under 5, free.

Farmington, Friday, Feb. 9: Visual and Performing Arts, Vagina Monologues auditions, 7 p.m., fundraiser for SAVES. Thomas Auditorium, UMF Preble/Ricker Hall. Free. Sponsored by UMF Women’s Studies Dept. FMI: [email protected], 491-5544.

Farmington, Friday, Feb. 9: Make a Valentine, 3 to 5 p.m., Everyone’s Resource Depot, Education Center, corner High and Lincoln streets, UMF. All ages, fee: $1. FMI: 778-7150.

Rangeley, Friday, Feb. 9: Rummage sale, 6 to 8 p.m., Episcopal Church Undercroft, Main Street. Proceeds benefit community outreach.

East Wilton, Saturday, Feb. 10: Contradance with The Racket Factory, Cynthia Phinney calling, at Wilson Grange, Main Street. $6 admission, $15 family max, 8 to 11 p.m. with 7:30 p.m. free basics workshop. FMI: 397-2241 or [email protected] www.starleft.org

Farmington, Saturday, Feb. 10: Valentine’s Day jewelry sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fairbanks Union Church, Route 4. Benefits Fairbanks School Neighborhood Association’s Building Fund. FMI: Patty Jacobs, 778-4272.

Farmington, Saturday, Feb. 10: Supper and dance, 6 to 11 p.m., Farmington Elks Lodge. Members and guests; $25 per couple. Supper, 6 to 7 p.m.; dance, 7 to 11 p.m.; entertainment by “Legends.” Sponsored by Emblem Club 460. FMI and tickets: 778-4726.

Farmington, Saturday, Feb. 10: Auditions, sign-ups, information for Foothills Arts Center production “Hurricane of Change.” Speaking, solo parts for adults and kids grades 7 and up. Chorus for adults and kids grades 5 and up; 10 a.m. or 1 p.m., Mt. Blue High School Auditorium. FMI: 778-0448; [email protected]

Farmington, Saturday, Feb. 10: Supper, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Trinity UMC.

Farmington, Saturday, Feb. 10: Make a Valentine, 10 a.m. to noon, Everyone’s Resource Depot, Education Center, corner High and Lincoln streets, UMF. All ages, fee: $1. FMI: 778-7150.

Jay, Saturday, Feb. 10: Spaghetti supper, 3 to 8 p.m., Jay VFW. Deliveries to Verso Paper, Otis mill. Benefits Paul Chretien. FMI: Harold and Marcia Newcomb, 897-3883.

Livermore Falls, Saturday, Feb. 10: Rummage and food sale, 9 a.m. to noon, First Baptist Church, 25 Church St. Sponsored by American Baptist Women. FMI: 897-4651.

New Sharon, Saturday, Feb. 10: Baked bean and casserole supper, 4:30 to 6 p.m., New Sharon Methodist Annex. Benefits David Dill. Sponsored by Square and Compass Club, Order of the Eastern Star, Methodist Church and Congregational Church.

New Vineyard, Saturday, Feb. 10: Cabin Fever Supper , Talent Show at Smith Hall, 5 to 7 p.m. Admission: $5 adults, $3.50 for children, a family can eat for $15. Take outs. Proceeds benefit the New Vineyard Library. FMI: Lisa Laflin at 652-2283.

Rangeley, Saturday, Feb. 10: Rummage sale, 9:30 to noon, Episcopal Church Undercroft, Main Street. Proceeds benefit community outreach.

Farmington, Sunday, Feb. 11: Farmington Rotary Club’s basket bingo at the Farmington Elks Lodge, School Street. Games start 1 p.m. FMI: Deb Harris at 778-9000 or Kent Wiles at 592-5263, 645-3957 or 778-5911.

Farmington, Sunday, Feb. 11: Basket bingo, 1 p.m., Elks Lodge. Doors open at 11:30. Lunch, refreshments available. Sponsored by Farmington Elks 2430; benefits Farmington Rotary. FMI and tickets, Elks, 778-6761; Kent Wiles, 645-2886; Harris Real Estate, 779-9000.

Farmington, Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 12 and 13: Make a Valentine, 3 to 5 p.m., Everyone’s Resource Depot, Education Center, corner High and Lincoln streets, UMF. All ages, fee: $1. FMI: 778-7150.

Strong, Friday, Feb. 16: Community contra dance, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Forster Memorial Building. Beginner workshop, 6:30 p.m. Live music, $5 per person, $15 family. Sponsored by Strong Area Business and Civic Alliance.

Farmington, Saturday, Feb. 17: Children’s festival, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., UMF. Admission is free.

Livermore, Saturday, Feb. 17: Living History demonstrations, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, 290 Norlands Road. Hot cocoa, fresh donuts, home-made beef stew. Free, meals $5 per person. FMI: 207-897-4366 or e-mail: [email protected]; web site: www.norlands.org.

Industry, Sunday, Feb. 25: Pig roast, 12 p.m., Town Hall. Adults $8, Children 10 and under $4.

Farmington, Saturday, March 10: Cabin Fever Reliever dance, West Farmington Elks Lodge, 8 p.m. to midnight. Sponsored by Shiretown Riders Snowmobile Club. FMI: Jill Boulette at 778-3482.

Oxford Hills area

Bryant Pond, Thursday, Feb. 8: Nancy Hohmann, guest speaker, 10 a.m., Whitman Memorial Library, on communicating with animals. Free. Light refreshments. FMI: 674-2143.

Paris, Thursday, Feb. 8: Story time for preschoolers, 10 a.m., public library. FMI: 743-6994.

Naples, Friday, Feb. 9: American Red Cross blood drive, 2 to 7 p.m., routes 11 and 302.

Hebron, Saturday, Feb. 10: Italian supper, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Hebron Community Baptist Church, benefits furnace fund, $6. FMI: 966-2694.

Harrison, Saturday, Feb. 10: American Red Cross blood drive, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Calvary Church.

Locke Mills, Saturday, Feb. 10: Dance, 7 to 10 p.m., Town Hall. Music by Richard Felt Orchestra, benefits Greenwood Historical Society. FMI: Joyce Hathaway 674-2259

Norway, Saturday, Feb. 10: Rummage sale, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Second Congregational Church basement, 5 Elm St. Main St., Clothes, coffee, donuts. FMI: 743-6272.

Paris, Saturday, Feb. 10: Inside yard sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., American Legion Hall, Church Street, South Paris. Tables, $10 each; call Marilyn Ramsay, 743-5723.

Paris, Thursday, Feb. 15: Story time for preschoolers, 10 a.m., public library. FMI: 743-6994.

Waterford, Thursday, Feb. 15: Pot luck supper, 6 p.m., Wilkins Community House,Plummer Hill Road. Bring friend and dish to share. Beverages, breads provided. FMI: Frederic Engdahl 583-6677.

Otisfield, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 16, 17 and 18: Otisfield Winter Carnival. Friday, 6 p.m., variety show, breakfast, fishing derby, ice skating and snow sculptures, pony rides at Seeds of Peace, spaghetti and meatball dinner, and more.

Hebron, Saturday, Feb. 17: Italian supper, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Hebron Community Baptist Church. Benefits furnace fund. Adults, $6; children, reduced rate. FMI: 966-2694.

Norway, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 17 and 18: Oxford Hills Snowfest, Lake Pennesseewassee, Norway Lake near Little Red School House, Route 118. Hosted by Norway Tracker’s snowmobile club. FMI or schedule of events: Richard, 527-2175 or Stan, 743-6483.

Oxford, Monday, Feb. 19: American Red Cross blood drive, 2 to 7 p.m., Hosanna Church of God, 109 Schoolhouse Road.

Paris, Wednesday, Feb. 28: Cabin Fever Concert Series, “Delta Knights,” 6 to 8 p.m., Paris Fire Hall, Western Avenue. Sponsored by Paris Parks and Recreation. Free. FMI: 743-2501.

Waterford, Wednesday, Feb. 28: Book discussion, “Moon Tiger,” 10:30 a.m., public library.

Paris, Wednesday, March 28: Cabin Fever Concert Series, “Audiologic,” 6 to 8 p.m., Paris Fire Hall, Western Avenue. Sponsored by Paris Parks and Recreation. Free. FMI: 743-2501.

River Valley area

Rumford, Thursday, Feb. 8: Lasagna supper, 4:30 p.m., American Legion Post 24. $6, takeouts available, call ahead, 369-9053.

Rumford, Friday, Feb. 9: Dance, 6 to 8 p.m., Armory, 85 Lincoln Ave. Admission: $1.

Mexico, Saturday, Feb. 10: Public turkey supper, 5 p.m., Mexico U.C.C. Adults, $7; children under 12, $3.

Rumford, Sunday, Feb. 11: Oxford County ARC snowmobile ride-In, 12:30 to 3 p.m., 319 Swain Road. Beans, hot dogs, coffee. FMI: Catherine, 364-4561.

Rumford, Monday, Feb. 12: Rumford Area Rotary lobster lunch, delivered to businesses, $7. Fax orders to 364-2664 or call 364-7225 by 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7.

Lewiston area

Auburn, Thursday, Feb. 8: Primitive folk art class, 6 p.m., public library. Dry felting on wool. $12 materials fee. FMI: 333-6640 or www.auburnpubliclibrary.org.

Lewiston, Thursday, Feb. 8: Peek-A-Boo Puppet Show, 9:30 a.m., New Life Community Center, 134 College St. FMI: 782-3939.

Auburn, Friday, Feb. 9: Open mic, 7:30 p.m., First Universalist Church, 169 Pleasant St. For song, spoken word or movement. Sign up at 7:15. Free. Child care, refreshments. FMI: 783-0461 or www.uuauburn.org.

Lewiston, Friday, Feb. 9: Babytime, 10 a.m., public library. Ages birth to 2.

Lewiston, Friday, Feb. 9: Babytime, 10 a.m., public library.

Lewiston, Friday, Feb. 9: Food for Thought luncheon, noon, L-A Senior College. Rosemary Waltos on the Auburn Public Library. $6 with reservation, $8 at the door. FMI: 753-6510 or usm.maine.edu/lac.

Lisbon, Friday, Feb. 9: Pot roast supper, 5 to 6:30, American Legion. Sponsored by Auxiliary. Adults, $6; children, $3. FMI: 784-0447.

Lisbon, Friday, Feb. 9: Bean and casserole supper, 5:30 to 7 p.m., VFW Post 9459, Route 196. Adults, $6; children under 10, $3. FMI: 353-2152.

Auburn, Saturday, Feb. 10: Used book sale, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., public library. Benefits library’s collections, services and programs. Book donations welcome.

Auburn, Saturday, Feb. 10: Swamp Donkeys folk band, 2 p.m., public library. FMI: 333-6640 or www.auburnpubliclibrary.org.

Harpswell, Saturday, Feb. 10: Public roast beef supper from 5 to 7 p.m. at Elijah Kellogg Church, 917 Harpswell Neck Road. Adults, $8; children, $4; family $18. FMI: call Susan Ferris at 666-3247.

Hebron, Saturday, Feb. 10: Italian supper, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Hebron Community Baptist Church, benefits furnace fund. $6 per person. FMI: 966-2694.

Lewiston, Saturday, Feb. 10: Greek dinner, 4 to 7 p.m., Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, corner Hogan and Stetson roads. Adults, $8; children under 13, $4. FMI: 783-6795.

Lisbon Falls, Saturday, Feb. 10: Baked bean and casserole supper, 4:45 to 6 p.m., Holy Trinity Church parish hall, 67 Frost Hill Ave. Adults, $6; children under 12, $4; children under 4, free; family with children under 12, $15. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus. FMI: 353-5636.

Mechanic Falls, Saturday, Feb. 10: Valentine scholarship dance, 8 p.m. to midnight, Silver Spurr banquet hall. Music by the BelAirs. Couples, $25; singles, $12.50. Proceeds benefit the Rock-O-Dundee Riders Snowmobile Club’s scholarship fund. FMI: 539-2616 or 539-2322.

Poland, Saturday, Feb. 10: Fourth annual ice fishing derby, 1/2 hour before sunrise to 3:30 p.m., Middle and Upper Range Ponds. Prizes and trophies. $10 adults, $3 for youth 12 and under, with family max of $18. Derby day tickets at weigh-in station, Flying Lobster and at the boat ramp on Upper Range Pond. FMI: Barney Stilphen, 415-8450; www.gngfootball.org. Benefits Gray-New Gloucester Patriot Football and Maine Hooked On Fishing – Not on Drugs.

Sabattus, Saturday, Feb. 10: Country Western singer Sammi Angel will perform at the Sabattus American Legion Post 135, Island Road. $6 per person. FMI: 375-4058, Monday through Friday, 5 to 8 p.m.

Auburn, Sunday, Feb. 11: Breakfast, 8 to 10 a.m., VFW Post 1603, 588 Minot Ave. $3.50/$4.50. Benefits New Auburn Little League. FMI: 784-6883.

Lewiston, Sunday, Feb. 11: Generation JP2, a Catholic young adult group in Lewiston/Auburn, hosts Theology on Tap at DaVinci’s Eatery, 35 Canal St. Bishop Richard Malone speaks on “In the World, Not of the World, But How?” Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Lewiston, Monday, Feb. 12: After school art, 3:30 p.m., public library. Ages 7 to 14.

Lewiston, Monday, Feb. 12: Preschool storytime, 10 a.m., public library. Ages 2 to 5.

Lewiston, Monday, Feb. 12: After school art, 3:30 p.m., public library.

Lewiston, Tuesday, Feb. 13: Preschool storytime, 10 a.m., public library. Ages 2 to 5.

Lewiston, Tuesday, Feb. 13: Book buddies, 3:30 p.m., public library. For grades 1 to 6.

Auburn, Wednesday, Feb. 14: Preschool story program, 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., public library.

Auburn, Friday, Feb. 16: Teen open mic, 2 to 4 p.m., public library. Free. FMI: Sally, 333-6640.

Lewiston, Wednesday, Feb 14: Book buddies, 3:30 p.m., public library. For grades 1 to 6.

Lisbon, Wednesday, Feb. 14: Philip W. Sugg Middle School seventh grade spaghetti dinner, PWS cafeteria, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit students’ Camp Kieve fund. Adults $5, seniors and children under 10, $3. Tickets at door. FMI: 353-3055 or www.union30.org.

Auburn, Thursday, Feb. 15: Baby’s Night Out, 6 to 6:20 p.m., public library.

Auburn, Thursday, Feb. 15: Heritage Quest Online, 6 p.m., public library. Online database of genealogy material. FMI: 333-6640 or www.auburnpubliclibrary.org.

Lewiston, Friday, Feb. 16: New Life Community Center Teens showing movie “Pay It Forward” free, 7 p.m., New Life Community Center, 134 College St. FMI: 782-3939.

Lewiston, Friday, Feb. 16: Babytime, 10 a.m., public library. Ages birth to 2.

Lisbon, Friday, Feb. 16: Fish or chicken supper, 5:30 to 7 p.m., VFW Post 9459, Route 196. Adults, $6; children under 10, $3. FMI: 353-2152.

Sabattus, Friday, Feb. 16: Pasta supper, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Jillson’s, Jordan Bridge Road. Tickets: $5 in advance at Dominican Sisters convent, 61 Lisbon Road or $6 at door. Benefits Loaves and Fishes and the local food pantry. FMI: Ellie Brown, 375-4747.

Auburn, Saturday, Feb. 17: Knights of Columbus bean supper, 5 to 6 p.m. at St. Phillips Church, Route 4.

Freeport, Saturday, Feb. 17: Appalachian Mountain Club author John W. Neff, book signing, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., LL Bean’s flagship store.

Sabattus, Saturday, Feb. 17: Bean and casserole supper, 4:30 to 6 p.m., American Legion Post 135, Island Road. Adults, $6; under 10, $3.

Lewiston, Friday, Feb. 18: Babytime, 10 a.m., public library.

Lewiston, Monday, Feb. 19: After school art, 3:30 p.m., public library. Ages 7 to 14.

Lewiston, Monday, Feb. 19: Preschool storytime, 10 a.m., public library. Ages 2 to 5.

Lewiston, Tuesday, Feb. 20: Preschool storytime, 10 a.m., public library. Ages 2 to 5.

Lewiston, Tuesday, Feb. 20: Book buddies, 3:30 p.m., public library. For grades 1 to 6.

Lewiston, Tuesday, Feb. 20: Preschool storytime, 10 a.m., public library.

Auburn, Wednesday, Feb. 21: Preschool story program, 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., public library.

Auburn, Wednesday, Feb. 21: Teen Anime Drawing Club, 3 p.m., public library.

Lewiston, Wednesday, Feb 21: Book buddies, 3:30 p.m., public library. For grades 1 to 6.

Auburn, Thursday, Feb. 22: Book discussion, 6:30 p.m., public library. “Tell Me a Riddle” by Tillie Olsen. FMI: 333-6640 or www.auburnpubliclibrary.org.

Lewiston, Thursday, Feb. 22: Hope Haven Gospel Mission open house fundraiser, 1 to 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit mission’s capital campaign, at the first floor, Lincoln Street side. FMI: contact Hope Haven at 783-6086.

Lewiston, Friday, Feb. 23: Babytime, 10 a.m., public library. Ages birth to 2.

Lisbon, Friday, Feb. 23: Chicken alfredo supper, 5 to 6:30 p.m., American Legion. Sponsored by Auxiliary. Adults, $6; children, $3. FMI: 784-0447.

Augusta, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 24 and 25: Outdoor sports, gun show, Augusta Armory, Western Avenue. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Adults $5; kids and military, free. Sponsored by The Ancient Ones living history club. FMI: 582-7178 or [email protected]

Auburn, Sunday, Feb. 25: Breakfast, 8 to 10 a.m., VFW Post 1603, 588 Minot Ave. $3.50/$4.50. Benefits Operation Uplink for troops in Iraq. FMI: 784-6883.

Lewiston, Monday, Feb. 26: After school art, 3:30 p.m., public library. Ages 7 to 14.

Lewiston, Monday, Feb. 26: Preschool storytime, 10 a.m., public library. Ages 2 to 5.

Lewiston, Monday, Feb. 26: After school art, 3:30 p.m., public library.

Auburn, Tuesday, Feb. 27: Androscoggin Historical Society annual meeting, 7 a.m., County Building, 2 Turner St. Unit 8.

Lewiston, Tuesday, Feb. 27: Preschool storytime, 10 a.m., public library. Ages 2 to 5.

Lewiston, Tuesday, Feb. 27: Book buddies, 3:30 p.m., public library. For grades 1 to 6.

Auburn, Wednesday, Feb. 28: Preschool story program, 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., public library.

Lewiston, Wednesday, Feb 28: Book buddies, 3:30 p.m., public library. For grades 1 to 6.

Auburn, Saturday, March 3: American Cancer Society pancake breakfast, 8 to 10 a.m., at Applebee’s at 599 Center St., to support Relay For Life. $5. Seatings at 8, 8:40 and 9:20 a.m. FMI or for tickets call Applebees at 784-3986, for AMC at 373-3729 or Janet Miles at 784-3824.

Sabattus, Sunday, March 4: Buffet breakfast, 7 to 10 a.m., American Legion Post 135, Island Road. Adults, $6; under 10, $3.

Sabattus, Friday, March 16: Buffet supper, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Jillson’s, Jordan Bridge Road. Tickets: $5 in advance at Dominican Sisters convent, 61 Lisbon Road or $6 at door. Benefits Loaves and Fishes and the local food pantry. FMI: Ellie Brown, 375-4747.

Sabattus, Saturday, March 17: Bean and casserole supper, 4:30 to 6 p.m., American Legion Post 135, Island Road. Adults, $6; under 10, $3.

Sabattus, Sunday, April 1: Buffet breakfast, 7 to 10 a.m., American Legion Post 135, Island Road. Adults, $6; under 10, $3.

Sabattus, Saturday, April 21: Bean and casserole supper, 4:30 to 6 p.m., American Legion Post 135, Island Road. Adults, $6; under 10, $3.

Auburn, Friday and Saturday, June 15, 16: Relay For Life of Androscoggin County, Edward Little High School track FMI: American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or online at www.cancer.org.


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