Pizza, root beer at Market cafe

LEWISTON — Pizza and root beer float night will return at the Lewiston Winter Farmers’ Market from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at 208 Bates St.

Pizza choices will include classic cheese, roasted vegetables and sausage. Cost is $3 for a generous slice, $6 with a side salad and $10 for pizza, root beer float and salad. The cost for a root beer float on its own is $5.

Live music will be provided by Johnny Crashed and the Rednecks. There will be a maple-themed raffle basket. This market will be the last of the season.

Presentation on healthy thumbs

BRUNSWICK — People Plus will host Kim Odell at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, as she talks about healthy joint care protection and ways to minimize and reduce the thumb pain that often happens as we age.

Participants will discover practical ways to use their hands in everyday activities like dressing, cooking, gardening and crafts to keep hands healthy. They will find out how to reduce the pain and limitations caused by arthritis or other conditions and will learn about simple, easy-to-use gadgets and devices to reduce stress and strain on joints and make everyday activities easier.

People Plus is at 35 Union St. This is free and open to the public. Registration is requested. Call to register at 729-0757.

Junior Warden’s chili, chowder contest

NEW GLOUCESTER — The Junior Warden’s Chili and Chowder Contest to benefit the Scottish Rite charity, Children’s Dyslexia Center of Portland, will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Cumberland Lodge Masonic Hall, 11 Bald Hill Road.

Open to the public. Partake and vote for your favorite chili or chowder.

All-you-can-eat for $10; children under 6 are free.

The event is supported by DeMolay, Rainbow and Eastern Star.

To RSVP or for more information, contact Jerry DeWitt at 926-3240 or [email protected]

Spring Fling vendor, craft fair

LEWISTON — Spring Fling Vendor and Craft Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at Ramada, 490 Pleasant St.

The fair will help support the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society.

Program: Maine Arts Commission

BRUNSWICK — Five Rivers Arts Alliance will host a conversation with Julie Richard, executive director of the Maine Arts Commission, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, at the Frontier, 14 Maine St.

Richard will speak about the strategic cultural planning effort currently underway at the Maine Arts Commission as well as the revamped grants program that the commission is offering. She said, “I am looking for ideas and feedback from local artists to be included in the Commission’s strategic plan.” She will also address the role of local arts councils and the Maine Arts Commission in serving the cultural needs of communities throughout the state.

This meeting is open to the public for a $5 admission charge and free to all Five Rivers Art Alliance members. New memberships will be available.

Knights cook-off winners named

LEWISTON — The Holy Cross Knights of Columbus Council 12,652 would like to thank everyone who helped make the group’s first chili and chowder cook-off on March 15 a big success.

This year’s winners are as follows: Gil Michaud took first place of $150; Kathy Madore, second place, $100; and Jessica Ramsden, third place, $50.

The event will be held again next year.

Auburn Preschool registration open

AUBURN — The Auburn Preschool, a private preschool at 439 Park Ave., is now accepting applications for registration for their 2014-15 school year. The preschool is at The United Methodist Church on Park Avenue.

The Auburn Preschool offers fun, friendly classroom environments where students can explore and develop social, emotional and self-skills, fine and gross motor skills, language and math skills, and oral expression and listening skills through a variety of play and structured activities.

The preschool offers three separate programs available for children ages 2, 3 and 4 years along with extended hours two to four days per week depending on enrollment. The program for 2-year-olds is one of the only in the area and meets two days a week for 2.5 hours per class, with a focus on social interaction with other students.

The 3-year-old program meets from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. two days per week with an option for a third day, and the 4-year-old group meets three days per week from 8:30 to 11:30.

Registration is ongoing and open to all children. For registration information or to schedule a visit, call 782-4329, visit or email [email protected]

Panel on sexual orientation

AUBURN — A panel presentation about learning and coming to terms with one’s sexual orientation will be held Wednesday, April 2, at Central Maine Community College, Kirk Hall, 1250 Turner St. The public is invited to attend at no charge.

“Journeys in Diversity” will include members of the GLBT community who will speak about the many challenges they face in their lives. Panelists will include Jamie Gibson, an information and technology specialist for a major retailer; Heidi Hart, a Portland attorney; Arin Hilton, a pastor and early childhood educator; and Andrew Jones, a marketing specialist.

Two sessions will be held on April 2, the first from 8 to 9:25 a.m. and the second from 11 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. An informal meet-and-greet with the speakers and members of the CMCC Rainbow Alliance Club will be held at 9:30 a.m.

College planning workshops set

LEWISTON — The Maine Educational Opportunity Center will host free workshops titled “Essentials of College Planning” for adults 19 and over at 10 a.m. Wednesdays, April 2 and 23, at Lewiston CareerCenter, 5 Mollison Way.

Preregistration is required. To register or for more information, call 1-800-281-3703 or visit

All MEOC services are free and include GED/SAT preparation, college planning, referrals/advocacy, career advising, financial aid advising, college admissions process and application fee waivers for qualified adults.

The free, interactive workshop outlines the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career planning and study skills. It lasts approximately two to three hours. 

Lewiston Bridge Club winners

LEWISTON — The Lewiston Bridge Club winners at the Lewiston Armory on March 17 were as follows: first, Jeanine Kivus and David Lock; second, Marta Clements and Dick Allen; third, Mary Trafton and Luke Merry.

Winners on March 18 were: first, Marta Clements and Hazel Glazier; second, Les Buzzell and Mike True; third, Kay Bagwell and Rosemarie Goodwin.

Games are played every Monday and Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the Seniors’ Room at the Lewiston Armory, 65 Central Ave. A partner is always guaranteed and all bridge players are welcomed. Call Rosemarie at 754-1431 for more information.

A quarterly club championship will be played at 9 a.m. Monday, March 31, and on Tuesday, March 25.

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