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

Oquossoc, Wednesday, March 21: Ladies breakfast, 7 to 9 a.m., Gingerbread House. FMI: 864-3602.

Carthage, Thursday, March 22: Singer-songwriter Teresa Doyle, 7 p.m., Skye Theater, 2 Highland Drive. $10. Sponsored by New England Celtic Arts. FMI: 562-4445; http://www.necelticarts.com.

Farmington, Thursday, March 22: SAD 9 “Music in Our Schools” concert series, string celebration, Mt. Blue High School gym, 129 Seamon Road. Ice cream sale follows in cafeteria. Proceeds go to the scholarship fund. FMI: Carol, 778-3561.

Farmington, Thursday, March 22: Native Oak in concert, 7 p.m., Franklin Memorial Hospital, Bass Room. Free. FMI: 779-2750 or 1-800-398-6031, ext. 2750.

Wilton, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 22, 23, 24: Sportsman Show and Book Sale, Public Library, Nichol’s Building, Weld Road. Books sold by donation.

Farmington, Friday, March 23: The Price is Right, 7 p.m., Mt. Blue High School Auditorium. Sponsored by Farmington Rotary. Tickets $8 in advance; $10 at the door. FMI: Clayton King, 778-3375.

Farmington, Friday, March 23: Dinner theater, 7 p.m., Mt. Blue Middle School café. $10. Benefits One-Act Theater and Show Choir State Festival competitions. Door prizes. FMI: Jim Perkins or Kim Fast, 778-3511, or Lisa Rackliff at 645-3816.

Farmington, Saturday, March 24: Dinner theater, 4 and 7 p.m., Mt. Blue Middle School café. $10. Benefits One-Act Theater and Show Choir State Festival competitions. Door prizes. FMI: Jim Perkins or Kim Fast, 778-3511, or Lisa Rackliff at 645-3816.

Jay, Saturday, March 24: Benefit bean supper, 4:30 to 6 p.m., St. Rose Hall. Sponsored by Daughters of Isabella Circle 677. Adults, $5; children under 12, $3.

Jay, Saturday, March 24: Crafter’s Escapade, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jay Middle School. $20 per person. Lunch, gift bag, classes, demonstration, raffles. FMI: Dianne, 897-4319 ext. 262.

Livermore, Saturday and Sunday, March 24, 25: Maine Maple Syrup Days, Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, 290 Norlands Road. All you can eat pancake breakfast, adults, $5; children, $3.50. Wagon rides, maple syrup demonstrations, $1.

Livermore Falls, Saturday, March 24: Baked bean and casserole supper, American Legion, 17 Reynolds Ave., 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Take out meals within five mile. FMI: 897-5676

New Sharon, Saturday, March 24: Bean supper, 5 to 6:30 p.m., by United Methodist Church Woman’s Society. Adults, $7; children 12 and under, $2. Proceeds to help pay church expenses.

Wilton, Saturday, March 24: Guns vs. Hoses basketball game, 7 p.m., Academy Hill School gym. Adults, $5; children ages 5-12, $3; under 5, free. Fundraiser for local firefighters and law enforcement.

Farmington, Sunday, March 25: Doug Protsik performs authentic piano score to the classic silent movie “The Kid Brother” (1927), 7 p.m., Lincoln Auditorium, Roberts Learning Center, UMF. Adults, $5; children, $3. FMI: 778-4699.

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. Freewill donation to help people in need.

Fairbanks, Saturday, March 31: Chinese auction, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fairbanks Church, Route 4. New and used items, antiques, collectibles; lunch available. FMI: Patty Jacobs, 778-4272.

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, Saturday, March 31: Mystery dinner theater, 6 p.m., Franklin Memorial Hospital Bass Room. Benefits United Way. “Zelda and Zoe’s Spirits of Suspicion” by Mystery for Hire. Silent auction. $34. Limited seating; reserve by Friday, March 23. FMI and tickets: Nancy Morgan, 778-5048; [email protected]

Wilton, Saturday, March 31: Craft fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nichols Expo Center, Weld Road. Entertainment by Sammie Angel. Tables: $20. Concessions. FMI: Shannon Smith, 778-4726.

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.

New Sharon, Saturday, April 7: Baked bean take-out, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Congregational United Church of Christ, Cape Cod Hill Road. Cost: $14. FMI: Mary, 778-2366.

Turner, Saturday, April 7: Italian supper, benefits Jerry Edwards family, 5 to 7 p.m., BQMC building, North Turner. Sponsored by family, friends of Landslide Band. FMI and donations: 225-6205, 224-7931, 225-2372.

Farmington, Sunday, April 8: Easter service and breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Masonic Hall, Main Street. Hosted by Pilgrim Commandery 19 Knights Templar. Sir knights, Masons invited to attend with sons, grandsons. Donations accepted for breakfast. FMI: S.C. Ross, 778-2809.

Farmington, Saturday, April 14: Contradance with North Star Sisters, 8 to 11 p.m., Farmington Grange, Bridge Street, Route 43. John McIntire calling. 7:30 p.m., beginner/brush-up lesson. $6 admission, $15 family. No partner necessary. FMI: 397-2241; [email protected]; www.starleft.org.

Oxford Hills area

Norway, Wednesday, March 21: Story time for children ages 2 to 5, 10:30 a.m., Norway Memorial Library. FMI: 743-5308.

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

Bridgton, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, March 22, 23, 24, 25: Lake Region High School Drama Club musical production “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” March 22, 23, 24 at 7 p.m.; March 24, 25 at 2 p.m. Tickets: Hayes True Value, Bridgton; Krainin Real Estate offices in Bridgton, Naples and Raymond; Lake Region High School. FMI: LRHS, 693-6221 ext. 285.

Paris, Thursday, March 22: Story time for preschoolers, 10 a.m., Public Library. FMI: 743-6994.

Paris, Thursday, March 22: Lunch, noon to 1 p.m., Deering Memorial United Methodist Church. Donation $5. FMI: 743-6782.

Norway, Friday, March 23: Baby Boosters will provide children under age 2, their parents or caregivers rhymes, finger plays, songs, stories and other activities, 10:30 a.m., Norway Memorial Library. FMI: 743-5308.

Norway, Friday, March 23: Ma Jong and other Chinese games for children, 12:45 p.m., Memorial Library. Space limited. FMI & to register: 743-5308.

Paris, Friday, March 23: Concert featuring “Meant To Be” quartet, 7 p.m., Deering Memorial United Methodist Church. Tickets at door or Books ‘n Things, Norway. $5 seniors and children under 12, $6 adults. Benefits the Tower fund.

Locke Mills, Saturday, March 24: Dance, 7 to 10 p.m., Town Hall. FMI: Joyce Hathaway 674-2259. Benefits Greenwood Historical Society.

Oxford, Saturday, March 24: Snow date for St. Patrick’s Day dinner, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Oxford Congregational Church, King Street. Adults, $7; children ages 5-10, $4; children under 5, free. FMI: Bob, 210-2754.

Paris, Saturday March 24: Pandas, Tigers and the Year of the Pig books, crafts, and activities for children pre-school through elementary ages, 1 p.m., Public Library. FMI or to register: 743-6994.

Bethel, Sunday, March 25: Bethel Rotary Club breakfast, 7:30 to 11 a.m., Gould Academy’s Ordway Dining Hall, Church Street, Bethel. Adults, $6; under 12, $3. All you can eat buffet benefits community projects, scholarships.

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.

Norway, Wednesday, March 28: Storytime for children ages 2 to 5, 10:30 a.m., Norway Memorial Library. FMI: 743-5308.

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.

Paris, Thursday, March 29: Storytime for preschoolers, 10 a.m., public library. FMI: 743-6994.

Paris, Thursday, March 29: Lucheon, 12 to 1 p.m., Deering Memorial United Methodist Church. Donation $5. FMI: 743-6782.

Buckfield, Saturday, March 31: Benefit supper for Lorraine Litchfield, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Masonic Hall. Adults, $6; children under 10, free.

Paris, Saturday, March 31: Turkey supper, 5 to 6:30 p.m., VFW Post 9787. Door prize. Adults, $6; children under 12, $3.

Paris, Saturday, March 31: Chinese auction, doors open 11 a.m., auction begins 1 p.m., Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School. 10 tickets $2.50, 50 tickets $10. 50/50 raffle, table items. Lunch, snacks available. Proceeds benefit Oxford Hills Project Graduation.

Paris, Saturday, April 7: Silent auction, doors open 3:30 p.m.; auction starts 5:30 p.m., Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School. 50/50, dollar table, food. Benefits Oxford County Fair.

Paris, Saturday, April 28: Chinese auction, doors open 1 p.m., auction, 3 p.m., Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School cafeteria. Benefits classes of 2008 and 2009.

River Valley area

Mexico, Tuesday, March 20: Preschool Story and Craft Hour for children ages 2-5, 10 a.m., public library.

Rumford, Tuesday, March 20: Harlem Rockets comedy basketball, 6 p.m., high school gym. Harlem Rockets vs Mt. Valley High School Dream Team.

Rumford, Thursday, March 22: Shepherd’s pie supper, 4:30 until sold out, American Legion Post 24. Take-outs. FMI: 369-9053.

Rumford, Friday, March 23: 1939 comedy-drama, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” 7 p.m., Public Library. Refreshments. Free.

Rumford, Wednesday, March 28: John Perrault in concert, 6:30 p.m., Public Library. Free. FMI: Claudia Reynolds, 364-3661 or www.rumford.lib.me.us.

Rumford, Tuesday, April 17: Kathy Lynn Emerson, local author, 6:30 p.m., Public Library. Free. FMI: Claudia Reynolds, 364-3661 or www.rumford.lib.me.us.

Rumford, Wednesday, May 30: Two Old Friends in concert, old time musicians, 6:30 p.m., Public Library. Free. FMI: Claudia Reynolds, 364-3661 or www.rumford.lib.me.us.

Lewiston area

Auburn, Tuesday and Wednesday, March 20, 21: Auditions for “Hidden: A Gender,” First Universalist Church vestry, 5 to 8 p.m. FMI: Araminta Matthews, [email protected], 783-2735.

Lewiston, Tuesday, March 20: Preschool Storytime, Public Library, 10 a.m., 200 Lisbon St. FMI: 784-0135, ext. 4.

Lewiston, Tuesday, March 20: Book Buddies, Public Library, 3:30 p.m., 200 Lisbon St. FMI: 784-0135, ext. 4.

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

Lewiston, Tuesday, March 20: Talk and book-signing by George Melvin on his newly published “Trackside Grand Trunk New England Lines,” 7 p.m., Callahan Hall, Public Library, 200 Lisbon St. Free. FMI: 784-0135, ext. 210 or [email protected]

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: Grand Dérangement Concert, 6 p.m., Franco-American Heritage Centre, 46 Oxford St. $10. Organized by the Francophone Consulates and associations of New England. FMI: www.francoamericanheritage.org or 689-2000.

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.

Freeport, Thursday, March 22: Classes in French cuisine at French School of Maine, 5 p.m. 99 South Freeport Road. Organized by the Francophone Consulates and associations of New England.

Greene, Thursday and Friday, March 22, 23: Photographer and film maker Bob DeLoss narrates his film “Tanzania Safari,” Thursday, 7 p.m. and Friday, 2 and 7 p.m., Araxine Wilkins Sawyer Memorial, 371 Sawyer Road. Free; doors open an hour before show. FMI: 946-5311; http://ourworld.cs.com/sawyerfoundation.

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.

Lewiston, Thursday, March 22: Teach-in for peace and action, 2:45-6:30 p.m., USM Lewiston-Auburn campus. FMI: 753-6500.

Lewiston, Thursday, March 22: Steve Wessler speaks about “Lewiston-Auburn Community Dialogue Project,” 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Chamber conference room, Business Service Center, 415 Lisbon St., no charge for members; non-members, $5. Pre-registration required by March 16. FMI: Rick Speer, 784-0135, ext.208, or Rob Callahan, 795-4141, or Dagmar Jenison [email protected]

Lewiston, Thursday, March 22: Peek-A-Boo Puppet Show, 9:30 a.m., New Life Community Center, 134 College St. FMI: 782-3939.

Freeport, Friday, March 23: French stand-up comedy and pot-luck dinner, 7 p.m., French School of Maine, 99 South Freeport Road. Organized by the Francophone Consulates and associations of New England.

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. Freewill donation.

Auburn, Saturday, March 24: Baked bean supper, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Sixth Street Congregational Church, 109 Sixth St. Adults, $5; Children 5 to 12, $3; Under 5, free. FMI: Betty, 784-9485.

Greene, Saturday, March 24: Bean supper, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., VFW Memorial Post 11032. Adults, $5; children under 12, $2.50.

Gray, Saturday, March 24: Baked bean and casserole supper, 5 p.m., First Congregational Church, Route 115. Adults, $6; children under 12, $2. Handicap accessible. FMI: 657-4279 or, day of supper, 657-3279.

Lisbon Falls, Saturday, March 24: Baked bean and ham supper, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Lisbon Methodist Church, School St. Sponsored by Methodist Women. Adults, $6; children, $2. FMI: 353-8951.

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.

Pownal, Saturday, March 24: Spaghetti supper and auction, 5 p.m., North Pownal United Methodist Church, 851 Lawrence Road. Adults, $5; Children, $2.50; Under 3 free. FMI Kim: 865-3517

Sabattus, Saturday March 24: Baked bean and casserole supper, 5 to 6 p.m., Wales Road. $6. Hosted by “The Jacques.” Dancing until 9:30 p.m.

Auburn, Saturday, March 25: Pancake breakfast, 8 a.m. to noon, St. Philip’s Church, Route 4. Adults, $4; children under 12, $2. Sponsored by Philipian Seniors. Public welcome.

Auburn, Sunday, March 25: 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.

Casco, Sunday, March 25: Maine Maple Sunday pancake breakfast, 8 a.m. to noon, Crescent Lake Community Hall, Route 11, Webbs Mills. Sponsored by Sunshine Club of Webbs Mills and Sweet William’s Sugarhouse. FMI: Carmen Lone, 647-5705.

Lewiston, Monday, March 26: Preschool Storytime, Public Library, 10 a.m., 200 Lisbon St. FMI: 784-0135, ext. 4.

Lewiston, Monday, March 26: Kids Cooking Club, Public Library, 4 p.m., 200 Lisbon St. FMI: 784-0135, ext. 4.

Lewiston, Tuesday, March 27: Preschool Storytime, Public Library, 10 a.m., 200 Lisbon St. FMI: 784-0135, ext. 4.

Lewiston, Tuesday, March 27: Book Buddies, Public Library, 3:30 p.m., 200 Lisbon St. FMI: 784-0135, ext. 4.

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.

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

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.

Auburn, Saturday, March 31: Steak dinner, 5 to 7 p.m., New Auburn Social Club. Cost: $12 in advance. FMI: 782-9039.

Auburn, Saturday, March 31: Southern and Cajun potluck followed by presentations on New Orleans rebuilding efforts by Ellen and Rick O’Brien and members from the Rockland-Edgecomb UU Youth Groups, 5 p.m., First Universalist Church, 169 Pleasant St. FMI: 783-0461.

Casco, Saturday, March 31: Public supper, 5 p.m., Casco Village Church United Church of Christ, Great Hall, Route 121. Sponsored by the Casco Village Church Choir and Music Committee. Adults, $6; children 12 and under, $3. FMI: 627-4282.

Lewiston, Saturday, March 31: Scrapbooking day, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Vineyard Christian School, 9 Foss Road. Benefits Vineyard Christian School. FMI: Jen, 786-2094.

Lewiston, Saturday, March 31: Msgr. Thomas H. Wallace Assembly 0338 125 Club dinner dance, KC hall, 150 East Ave. Cash prizes. Social hour, 6 p.m.; dinner, 7 p.m.; dance, 8 to 11 p.m. Entertainment by Vintage. FMI and tickets, Leo Baillargeon, 784-0389, no later than Monday, March 26.

Poland, Saturday, March 31: Auction, 5:30 p.m., Poland Regional High School. Silent auction, 5:30 p.m.; live auction, 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by Project Graduation Committee. Food available. Benefits chem-free graduation celebration, class of 2007. FMI and donations: 998-5400 ext. 165; [email protected]

Sabattus, Sunday, April 1: Scholarship buffet breakfast, 7:30 to 10 a.m., American Legion Post 135, Island Road. Adults, $6; under 10, $3.

Turner, Sunday, April 1: Basket bingo, 11:30 a.m. Boofy Quimby Memorial Center, Route 219. $20 for 20 games. Benefits Turner Community Playground. FMI: Lori Marschall, 224-8264 or Tina Nadeau, 225-5690.

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.

Auburn, Saturday, April 7: Open house, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Central Maine Community College, 1250 Turner St. Tour campus; learn about financial aid options; explore programs. Refreshments, door prizes. Free. FMI: (207) 755-5273; (800) 891-2002; www.cmcc.edu.

Turner, Saturday, April 7: Italian supper, benefits Jerry Edwards family, 5 to 7 p.m., BQMC building, North Turner. Sponsored by family, friends of Landslide Band. FMI and donations: 225-6205, 224-7931, 225-2372.

Lewiston, Saturday, April 14: Bean supper, 4 to 6 p.m., Holy Cross Church Hall, 1080 Lisbon St. Adults, $6; children under 12, $3. Hosted by Holy Cross K of C. FMI: Dan Leclair, 240-3537.

Auburn, Sunday, April 15: Breakfast, 8 to 10 a.m., VFW Post 1603, 588 Minot Ave. $3.50/$4.50 includes coffee and juice. Benefits Operation Uplink phone cards for troops. FMI: 784-6883.

Poland, Sunday, April 15: Smothered beef dinner, Excelsior Grange, 446 Harris Hill Road. Benefits Mechanic Falls Library.

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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