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, Tuesday, March 6: Talk: Democratization in a Restored Democracy: The Case of Estonia, 11:30 a.m., North Dining Hall, UMF Olsen Student Center. Free. FMI: [email protected], 778-7409.

Farmington, Tuesday, March 6: Acoustic blues concert, noon to 12:30 p.m., Nordica Auditorium, University of Maine. Features Don Emery and Steve Levine. Free, donations accepted. FMI: 645-2157.

Farmington, Wednesday, March 7: Loaves and fishes lunch, 11:30 to 12:30, Trinity United Methodist church, Route 2. Free will donation to help people in need.

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.

Farmington, Saturday, March 10: Beef stew luncheon, noon to 1 p.m., Old South First Congregational Church. Free. Delivery: 778-0424 during the week or 778-4438 morning of luncheon.

Jay, Saturday, March 10: Lasagna supper, 4 to 7 p.m., Jay Middle School Cafeteria. Adults $5; children, $3. Benefits Steve Thompson, recently diagnosed with leukemia. Raffles, give-aways. Tickets at the door or in advance.

Kingfield, Saturday, March 10 (Sunday, March 11 storm day): Chinese auction, 12 to 2 p.m., drawing at 2 p.m. Webster Hall, School St. Kingfield. Refreshments provided, benefits American Cancer Society. Sponsored by Friends & Family Ties Relay for Life Team. FMI 265-5897.

Wilton, Saturday, March 10: Contradance with The Old Grey Goose, 8 to 11 p.m., Wilson Grange, Main Street, East Wilton. $6; $15 family. Free learn-to workshop, 7 p.m. FMI: 397-2241; [email protected]; www.starleft.org.

Farmington, Sunday, March 11: Benefit concert, 2 p.m., Mt. Blue High School auditorium. Mt. Blue Jazz Band and Mt. Blue Voices will perform. Free; donations accepted. Benefits the new high school Music Theory Lab.

Farmington, Sunday, March 11: Literacy Volunteers benefit movie, 1 and 4 p.m., Narrow Gauge Cinema. “The Painted Veil.” Tickets, $5, at the door or in advance at Twice Sold Tales; Mickey’s Hallmark; Devaney, Doak and Garret Booksellers.

Livermore Falls, Tuesday, March 13: American Red Cross blood drive, noon to 6 p.m., Murray Hall, Route 4.

Farmington, Wednesday, March 14: Loaves and fishes lunch, 11:30 to 12:30, Trinity United Methodist church, Route 2. Free will donation to help people in need.

Farmington, Thursday, March 15: Job fair, 9 to 4 a.m., UMF Olsen Student Center. Representative from Target will conduct interviews for full-time entry level positions. Open to the public; free. Bring resume. FMI: [email protected] or 778-7029.

Farmington, Thursday, March 15: UMF career fair, 11 a.m., North Dining Hall, UMF Olsen student center. Free and open to the public. 50 employers; summer jobs, internships, full-time entry level jobs. Register for Enterprise Rent-a-Car interviews on April 3. FMI: [email protected] or 778-7029.

Farmington, Friday, March 16: American Red Cross blood drive, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mount Blue High School.

Farmington, Saturday, March 17: Corned beef and cabbage dinner, noon to 1 p.m., Henderson Memorial Baptist Church, Academy Street. Free. FMI: 778-2163 or Dot Bryant, 778-4608.

Wilton, Saturday, March 17: St. Patrick’s Day open house, 3 to 5 p.m., Wilton Free Public Library. Fiddle and guitar music, refreshments and readings.

Wilton, Saturday, March 17: St. Patrick’s Day ham, corned beef and cabbage dinner, 4 to 6 p.m., St. Joseph’s Parish Hall with Franklin County Fiddlers. Adults $7; seniors, children under 12, $5. Take-out available. Benefits Franklin County Fiddlers Ireland trip. Reservations: 778-0586, 778-4474.

Farmington, Wednesday, March 21: Loaves and fishes lunch, 11:30 to 12:30, Trinity United Methodist church, Route 2. Free will donation to help people in need.

Jay, Saturday, March 25: Scrapbook and rubber stamp workshop, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Middle School, $20. To register call 897-4319.

Jay, Monday, March 26: American Red Cross blood drive, 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., Jay High School, 4 School St.

Farmington, Wednesday, March 28: Loaves and fishes lunch, 11:30 to 12:30, Trinity United Methodist church, Route 2. Free will donation to help people in need.

Farmington, Saturday, March 31: Auction, Mt. Blue Middle School; by Franklin County Soil & Water Conservation District. Doors open, 5:15 p.m.; bidding starts 6 p.m. FMI: 778-4279.

Farmington, Tuesday, April 3: Job fair, 8 a.m., UMF Olsen student center. Representative from Enterprise Rent-a-Car will conduct interviews for entry level management trainee program. Register at March 15 career fair. FMI: [email protected] or 778-7029.

Oxford Hills area

Fryeburg, Tuesday, March 6: Fryeburg Historical Society, 7 p.m., American Legion Hall, Bradley Street. Program by Ed Jones on “Cornshop Time.” Refreshments; open to the public. FMI: Diane Jones, 697-3484.

Paris, Wednesday, March 7: Lecture, 4 p.m., McLaughlin Garden, 97 Main St. “Clematis: Queen of the Flowering Vines.” Snow date: March 14.

Bryant Pond, Thursday, March 8: Speaker Susan Clement Farrar, 10 a.m., Whitman Memorial Library. Farrar will speak on two of her books, “Samantha on State” and “Emily and Her Cavalier.” Free. Light refreshments. FMI: 674-2143.

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

Paris, Thursday, March 8: Luncheon, noon to 1 p.m., Deering Memorial United Methodist Church. Donation, $5. FMI: 743-6782.

Norway, Friday, March 9: Norway Summer Festival kick-off spaghetti supper, 5:30 to 7:30, Universalist Church, 479 Main St. $10. Tickets: Norway Memorial Library; Books ‘n Things. Music by Lona Bedard Trio.

Lovell, Saturday, March 10: Spaghetti supper, 4 to 7 p.m., Center Lovell Fire Station, Route 5. Benefits Scott Thomas. $7 per person.

Paris, Saturday, March 10: Norway Paris Kiwanis children’s breakfast, 7 to 11 a.m., Paris Fire Station, Western Avenue. Children under 12 free, 12 and older and adults $6 each. Drawings for books. FMI: Kathy Laplante, 583-2978.

Paris, Saturday, March 10: Dance, 8 to 11 p.m., South Paris Legion Hall, Church Street. Benefits fire victim Vira Micklon. Sponsored by Norway-Paris Lions Club. Music by the Belairs. Tickets: $10, available at Parts & Pieces, Oxford; Androscoggin Bank, Paris; and at door. Limited seating.

Buckfield, Wednesday, March 14: American Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5 p.m., Buckfield High School, Turner Street.

Bryant Pond, Thursday, March 15: Discussion on “Yeh, Yeh’s House” 1:30 p.m., Whitman Memorial Library. Bob and Cil Rice, who have traveled to China, will lead the discussion. Free and open to the public.

Paris, Thursday, March 15: Luncheon, noon to 1 p.m., Deering Memorial United Methodist Church. Donation, $5. FMI: 743-6782.

Paris, Saturday, March 17: Vera Bradley Preview Tea, 1 to 3 p.m., Garden Gift Shop, McLaughlin Garden, 97 Main St. Free. Refreshments provided.

Paris, Saturday, March 17: St. Patrick supper and dance, Legion Hall, Church Street. Corned beef supper, 5 to 6 p.m.; dance, 6:30 to 9:30. Music by Country Lads. Supper and dance, $10; supper only, $7; dance only, $5. Benefits area veterans.

Greenwood, Sunday, March 18: Basket bingo, doors open 11 a.m., begins 1 p.m., Locke Mills Legion Hall, Gore Road. Sponsored by Friends of Telstar; benefits Telstar students/senior scholarships. $10 a sheet with 16 games, $5 for 2 blackout games. Consolation prizes, 50/50, basket raffles, food and drinks. FMI: Susan 824-3336, Brenda 824-2288 or e-mail [email protected]

Paris, Wednesday, March 21: Lecture, “Day Lilies,” 4 p.m., McLaughlin Garden, 97 Main St. Lecture on day lilies and no-till gardening.

Norway, Tuesday, March 27: American Red Cross blood drive, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Stephens Memorial Hospital, 18 Main St.

Bridgton, Wednesday, March 28: American Red Cross blood drive, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bridgton Academy, Route 37 Box 292.

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.

Bridgton, Thursday, March 29: American Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bridgton Hospital, South High Street.

River Valley area

Rumford, Friday, Mar. 9: Salmon pie lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., St. Barnabas Church. Price: $6.50; takeouts, 364-2193 Friday morning.

Rumford, Saturday, March 17: St. Patrick’s Day dance, 8 to midnight, American Legion Hall, Congress Street. Music by Billy Scott and Kevin Libby. Admission by donation to the American Legion baseball program.

Greenwood, Sunday, March 18: Basket bingo, doors open 11 a.m., begins 1 p.m., Locke Mills Legion Hall, Gore Road. Longaberger basket bingo sponsored by Friends of Telstar to benefit Telstar students/senior scholarships. $10 a sheet with 16 games, $5 for two blackout games. Consolation prizes, 50/50, basket raffles, food and drinks. FMI: Susan 824-3336, Brenda 824-2288 or e-mail [email protected]

Lewiston area

Lewiston, Tuesday, March 6: American Red Cross blood drive, noon to 7 p.m., Central Maine Medical Center, 300 Main St.

Auburn, Wednesday, March 7: Preschool story program, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., public library.

Auburn, Wednesday, March 7: Teen Anime drawing club, 3 p.m., public library. Free food.

Lewiston, Wednesday, March 7: American Red Cross blood drive, noon to 7 p.m., Central Maine Medical Center, 300 Main St.

Lisbon, Wednesday, March 7: American Red Cross blood drive, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Lisbon High School, Route 196.

Auburn, Thursday, March 8: Imagine Talking to the World, 6 p.m., public library. David Blethen on a short-wave radio journey.

Lewiston, Thursday, March 8: American Red Cross blood drive, noon to 7 p.m., Central Maine Medical Center, 300 Main St.

Lewiston, Thursday, March 8: Dancing with Countryside Dancers, 7 p.m., Central Hall, 191 Lisbon St. Entrance, 4th level, Centreville Garage.

Lewiston, Thursday, March 8: Toy Library and Peek-A-Boo Puppet Theatre presents Chaplain Dan Mathieu and Sparky the Fire Dog, 9:30 a.m., New Life Community Center, 134 College St.

Auburn, Friday, March 9: First anniversary open mic/poetry slam, 7:30 p.m., First Universalist Church of Auburn, 169 Pleasant St. Sign-up, 7:15. Pleasant Note’s open mic features local artists for song, spoken word or movement. Free admission/accessible/ childcare/refreshments available. FMI: 783-0461 or www.uuauburn.org.

Lewiston, Friday, March 9: L-A Senior College luncheon, noon. Program highlights instructors and courses for spring semester. $6 with advance reservation, $8 at door. Call 753-6510 or online at usm.maine.edu/lac.

Lewiston, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, March 9, 10, 11: “The Contrast” an American comedy of manners; Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.; Bates College Gannett Theater, Pettigrew Hall, 2 Andrews Road, $6; Bates faculty, staff, senior citizens and non-Bates students, $3. FMI: 786-6161 or https://transact.bates.edu/boxoffice/.

Lisbon, Friday, March 9: Salmon and meat pie supper, 5 to 6 p.m., American Legion Post 158, 10 Webster St. Sponsored by ladies auxiliary.

Auburn, Saturday, March 10: “In a Chord” singing trio, 10 a.m., public library. Performance appeal to preschool through second-graders and their families.

Lewiston, Saturday, March 10: Basket bingo, Kora Shrine Temple, 11 Sabattus St. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.; games begin at 9:30 a.m. Snow date: Sunday, March 11. $10 in advance, $13 at the door. Tickets: Kora Shrine Center or 782-5234.

Lewiston, Saturday, March 10: Bean and casserole supper, 4:45 to 6 p.m., Calvary United Methodist Church, 59 Sabattus St. Adults, $6; children $3.

Lisbon Falls, Saturday, March 10: 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.

Auburn, Sunday, March 11: Breakfast, 8 to 10 a.m., VFW Post 1603, 588 Minot Ave. $3.50/$4.50 Benefits Operation Uplink phone cards for troops. FMI: 784-6883.

Auburn, Monday, March 12: Maine author Robert W. Chapman, 6:30 p.m., public library. Part of Annie Prescott Discussion series; discussion of “A Certain Fall.”

Auburn, Monday, March 12: American Red Cross blood drive, 2 to 7 p.m., Fairview School, Minot Ave.

Lewiston, Tuesday, March 13: American Red Cross blood drive, noon to 7 p.m., Central Maine Medical Center, 300 Main St.

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

Buckfield, Wednesday, March 14: American Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5 p.m., Buckfield High School, Turner Street.

Lewiston, Wednesday, March 14: American Red Cross blood drive, noon to 7 p.m., Central Maine Medical Center, 300 Main St.

Auburn, Thursday, March 15: Baby’s night out, 6 to 6:20 p.m., public library.

Auburn, Thursday, March 15: Military records research for genealogy, 6 p.m., public library. Advance registration, 333-6640.

Lewiston, Thursday, March 15: American Red Cross blood drive, noon to 7 p.m., Central Maine Medical Center, 300 Main St.

Lewiston, Thursday, March 15: Dancing with Countryside Dancers, 7 p.m., Central Hall, 191 Lisbon St. Entrance, 4th level, Centreville Garage.

Lewiston, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, March 16, 17, 18: “The Contrast” an American comedy of manners; Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.; Bates College Gannett Theater, Pettigrew Hall, 2 Andrews Road, $6; Bates faculty, staff, senior citizens and non-Bates students, $3. FMI: 786-6161 or https://transact.bates.edu/boxoffice/.

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.

Auburn, Saturday, March 17: Stories with Judy D’Amour, 10 a.m., public library. Bring favorite stuffed animal. FMI: 333-6640.

Lewiston, Saturday, March 17: CMMC spring gala, Kora Shrine Temple. Benefits CMMC Nurses Continuing Education Endowment Fund. FMI: CMMC development office, 795-2957.

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.

Wales, Saturday, March 17: Baked beans and lasagna supper, 5 to 6 p.m., Wales Youth Center, Route 132. Benefits Wales Presbyterian Church budget. FMI: Alice, 375-8382; Marilyn, 375-6604.

Lewiston, Sunday, March 18: American Red Cross blood drive, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Holy Family church, 607 Sabattus St.

Lewiston, Tuesday, March 20: American Red Cross blood drive, noon to 7 p.m., Central Maine Medical Center, 300 Main St.

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

Auburn, Wednesday, March 21: Teen Anime drawing club, 3 p.m., public library. Free food.

Lewiston, Wednesday, March 21: American Red Cross blood drive, noon to 7 p.m., Central Maine Medical Center, 300 Main St.

Lewiston, Wednesday, March 21: Spaghetti supper, 4 to 6 p.m., Holy Cross Church Hall, 1080 Lisbon St. Sponsored by Holy Cross Knights of Columbus Council and Walton School PTO. Adults, $5; 12 and under, $3. Benefit Jillian Dumais. Raffles and prizes. FMI: 782-1845, 777-7205.

Lewiston, Thursday, March 22: Dancing with Countryside Dancers, 7 p.m., Central Hall, 191 Lisbon St. Entrance, 4th level, Centreville Garage.

Lewiston, Thursday, March 22: American Red Cross blood drive, noon to 7 p.m., Central Maine Medical Center, 300 Main St.

Lewiston, Thursday, March 22: Toy Library and Peek-A-Boo Puppet Theatre presents Chaplain Dan Mathieu and Sparky the Fire Dog, 9:30 a.m., New Life Community Center, 134 College St.

Lisbon, Friday, March 23: Corned beef and cabbage supper, 5 to 6 p.m., American Legion Post 158, 10 Webster St. Sponsored by ladies auxiliary.

Turner, Friday, March 23: North Turner Presbyterian Church annual Mud Supper, 5 to 7 p.m., GAR Hall, Route 219. To celebrate Maine’s fifth season: mud. Free will donation.

New Gloucester, Saturday, March 24: American Red Cross blood drive, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Masonic Hall, Route 100.

Poland, Saturday, March 24: Easter Bunny Fair, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Poland Community Church, Maine Street. Benefits Tri-Town Food Bank.

Lewiston, Thursday, March 29: Dancing with Countryside Dancers, 7 p.m., Central Hall, 191 Lisbon St. Entrance, 4th level, Centreville Garage.

Lewiston, Tuesday, March 27: American Red Cross blood drive, noon to 7 p.m., Central Maine Medical Center, 300 Main St.

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

Lewiston, Wednesday, March 28: American Red Cross blood drive, noon to 7 p.m., Central Maine Medical Center, 300 Main St.

Readfield, Wednesday, March 28: American Red Cross blood drive, 12:30 to 6 p.m., Maranacook Community School, Route 17.

Lewiston, Thursday, March 29: American Red Cross blood drive, noon to 7 p.m., Central Maine Medical Center, 300 Main St.

Auburn, Saturday, March 31: Learn to juggle, 10 to 11:15 a.m., public library, kids 9 and older. Limited space. To register, 333-6640.

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

Auburn, Saturday, April 7: Schooner Fare, 7 p.m., Court Street Baptist Church. Adults, $15; under 12, $10. Tickets: Plantasia, 144 Main St., Auburn; Carroll’s Music Center, 160 Canal St., Lewiston; or, 740-2913. Presented by Robustelli, Rotz and Soucy, PA; Benefits Odd Fellows and Rebekahs Home of Maine.

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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