NORWAY — TOPS meets Tuesdays in the Association Hall at Town & Country Mobile Home Village, 99 Town & Country Drive, Norway. Weigh-in is from 4-4:45 p.m. and the meeting is from 5-6 p.m. Yearly membership is $32 and monthly dues are $5, which includes a bimonthly magazine subscription to TOPS News. TOPS is a non-judgmental weight loss support group and there is no food to buy or diet to follow – a healthy lifestyle is promoted. For more information call Mary at 743-6992 or at 461-1010.


STATE — The Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MECASA) has announced two new services for survivors of sexual harassment and assault: text support and chat support. In addition to the statewide sexual assault helpline, people can text the helpline number, 1-800-871-7741, or go to to chat with an advocate.
These services are available from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Support includes free, private support from a trained sexual assault advocate, information and resources that can help with next steps in healing or criminal justice proceedings and referrals for longer-term support like mental health help. The new services are yet to be available 24-hours due to limited funding. The helpline is available 24 hours. For more information, visit

Respite Care

LEWISTON — Those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia and paying out-of-pocket or unable to afford home care can get help through SeniorsPlus, which offers respite reimbursement services to help keep care partners at home. For more information, contact SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241.


NORWAY — Al-Anon meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Second Congregational Church in Norway at 205 Main St.


LOVELL — The Gathering Place meets on Thursdays, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Lovell UCC Church, 1174 Main St.This is free and open to any senior who wishes to drop in. Bring your own lunch; coffee, tea and snacks are provided. A hot meal is provided on the first Thursday of each month. This is a time for fellowship, games, art and special events. For more information call the church at 925-1321.

Kids’ Korner

WEST PARIS — The Kids’ Korner, located at the First Universalist Church of West Paris, 208 Main St. is open the first and third Saturdays of the month, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A free service for area communities, Kids’ Korner collects and donates new and gently used clothing for infants and toddlers. A current need is for boys and girls toddler sizes 2T and 5T. For more information call Donna Marshall, [email protected], 515-0595.

Hobby groups

HARRISON — Hobby groups for knitting, crocheting and other hobbies using yarn will resume meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. every Monday at the Caswell Conservancy Center, Main Street. The group is open to all, whether experienced or a beginner.


PARIS — The Paris Public Library will host craft programs the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 -8 p.m. downstairs in the Deering Memorial Community Center on Main Street. Activities are for ages 6 to adult. Individuals are asked to sign up in advance so sufficient supplies are available. The programs, with all materials, are free and sponsored by the Paris Public Library’s Friends Group, The Seneca Club. For more information or to sign up, call the library at 743-6994 or email [email protected]

NORWAY — 3-6 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine, 199 Main St. Norway Join Karen for an afternoon of crafts, fun, laughter and fellowship!


PARIS — AMVETS Post 777, which serves the Oxford Hills, holds monthly meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month at the American Legion, 12 Church Street. Meetings are open to all veterans. For more information call 595-7324.


LOVELL — The Gathering Place, a senior fellowship group, meets Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lovell United Church of Christ, 1174 Main St. Meetings are free and open to any senior who wishes to drop in. Folks attending the meetings should bring their own lunch. Coffee, tea and snacks are provided. A hot meal is provided on the first Thursday of each month. Chair yoga is offered on the third Thursday of the month. This is a time for fellowship, games, art and special events. For more information call the church office at 925-1321.

Worship Series

NORWAY — Voices in the Silence will be held the first and third Thursdays of each month at 6 p.m. at the First Universalist Church of Norway at 479 Main St. For more information call 743-2828.


OTISFIELD — Otisfield Recreation Department is excited to have Laurie Phillips, a certified Yoga instructor, offer Yoga Classes at the Otisfield Town Office. Class begins at 5:30 and lasts for an hour and 15 minutes. For more information and suggestions on clothing, what to bring, etc. call Anne at 539-9101 x 2.

HARRISON — 10-11 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Caswell Conservancy Center. 42 Main St., Harrison. Having trouble getting on your knees to do yoga? This chair-based yoga class will offer the benefits of other yoga classes but use a chair as a prop for support, balance, or advancing the pose as appropriate for each student. This class will incorporate an exploration of alignment, strength, balance, flexibility, breath, and relaxation. For more information call 890-0329.


NORWAY — The Pine Needle Quilters of Norway and Paris, meets every Thursday, from 9 a.m.-noon in the Community Room at the Norway Town Office, 19 Danforth St. All are welcome. For more information, call Maury at 461-3377.

MECHANIC FALLS — Area residents who enjoy crafts and companionship are invited to join community and church members at the Anglican Church of the Transfiguration (formerly the Mechanic Falls Congregational Church) on Elm St. for the Bog Hoot Quilt Society meeting. The group meet is at 10 a.m. Tuesdays. The entrance to the downstairs is from the driveway to the church. There are plenty of tables for quilting projects, an ironing board and a cutting board, and the coffee pot will be on. Participants are invited to bring any project they are working on, including knitting, crocheting and needle crafts, or they may join in on church projects.

The Table

NORWAY — The Table at the Norway Grange continues to offer free Friday night activities from 6-8 p.m. These activities are chemical free family/community focused. Each week the team offers game nights, movie nights and open mic karaoke. Free pizza, popcorn, and drinks are available each week.
The Table offers a free weekly community breakfast each Saturday from 8-9 a.m. at the Norway Grange
On Friday, Feb. 28, there will be a night of fun and games with open mic karaoke.
Join the group on Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m. for worship at Bolsters Mills United Methodist Church or watch it on YouTube.
The Table is a ministry and mission of the Bolsters Mills United Methodist Church, Norway Grange and the Community. For more information or if interested in volunteering with activities of The Table feel free to call A-J. Alexander, director of The Table Ministries at 461-3093 or email at [email protected]

Widows Group

OTISFIELD — The Widows Support Group meets every third week on Tuesdays at the Otisfield Town Office Annex, 403 State Rte. 121, Otisfield, from 1:30-3 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The group is to help connect widows of the area with local resources through handouts, lectures, demos and where needed, workshops. This is not a club; you will be able to find the subject time and place on website. Click on calendar, so you can choose which meetings you want to attend.

Texas Hold’ems

OXFORD — Texas Hold’ems are held the third Saturday of every month until the end of the year at American Legion Post 112 on King St. Doors open at 12 p.m., table draws are 12:50 p.m. and the game starts at 1 p.m. The games generally end by 6 p.m. There is a $50 buy in and $5 high hand.


NORWAY — 9-10 a.m. on Thursdays at Bader Physical Therapy, 176 Main St. This is a light to moderate exercise class that will help you improve your flexibility, balance and strength. For cancer survivors and caregivers.

Cancer  Center

NORWAY — The Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine is located in the Stephens Memorial Hospital Specialty Clinic building at 199 Main St. Drop in hours are Tuesdays 3-6 p.m. and Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Center provides comfort items (such as port protectors, new wigs, hats, quilts and pillows), a lending library of cancer information, and coupons for free complimentary therapies (reiki, reflexology, therapeutic yoga, and Oncology massage) to individuals with cancer and their caregiver. They also sponsor cancer support groups for men and women and weekly drop in classes: Chair yoga at the Caswell Conservancy in Harrison (Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m.), Yoga Warriors at Posabilities in Norway (Wednesdays at 3 p.m.), and Banding to Restore, an exercise class at Bader Physical Therapy in Norway (Thursdays at 9 a.m.). The Center is also a place to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, chat with a volunteer or participate in one of the craft activities offered on Tuesday afternoons (3-6 p.m.). For information, check the monthly calendar on their website, find them on Facebook, or call 890-0329. Books

WATERFORD — Author Cheryl Gillespie returns to discuss her new book “Gracie & Albert” at the Waterford Library on Saturday, March 7, from 12-2 p.m. This creative non-fiction addresses issues of mental health in 1948 Maine, and is based upon her own parents experiences and historic records.
Bruce Coffin returns Apr. 4 at 11 a.m. to discuss his new book “In Plain Sight.” For more information, go to

Flea market

LOVELL — A flea market and bake sale will be held from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Lovell United Church of Christ, 1174 Main St., Lovell.

Socrates Cafe

BRIDGTON — The Socrates Cafe, the local ideas exchange and discussion group, will meet at the Bridgton Community Center on Monday, March 2. Meet and greet will be from 6:15-6:30 p.m. and the discussion will be from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. with the topic “Can We Have Productive, Respectful Discussion In a Polarized Environment?” The moderator will be Therese Johnson. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, phone 583-6957.


NO. WATERFORD — A boiled ham and corned beef supper with all the fixings will be held on Saturday, March 7, at the Kezar Road Church 5 Kezar Rd. (near Melby’s Store), No. Waterford. There will be homemade pies for dessert. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for youth 6-16 and free for kids 5 and under. Proceeds will benefit the No. Waterford World’s Fair. For more information, call Louise Lester at 894-8185 or [email protected]

EAST SUMNER — Community potlucks suppers will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays, March 7, April 4 and May 2, at the Congregational Church of E. Sumner. Bring a dish to share. Donations accepted for the meal. Raffles of food and household fun items follow the meal. All proceeds benefit the outreach work of the church. The church is located at 50 Main St., Rte. 219 in E. Sumner Village. For more information, call Bill at 388-2263 or Cyndy at 388-2667.

HARTFORD — On the first Friday of each month, people from Hartford and surrounding area get together to share food, laughter, games and sometimes music in a goodwill potluck supper at the Hartford Town Hall. Come one and come all; no need to be fancy in dress or in food that you prepare. For more information, call Lennie Eichman at 320-9125

OXFORD — A community pot luck and open mic will be held on the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Oxford Rec Center. Bring a dish to share and come and meet your neighbors. Play a fiddle, carry a tune; come and share your talent.

WATERFORD — Community suppers are held on the third Thursday of each month from Oct.-May (excluding Dec.). Please bring a main dish, salad, or dessert to the pot luck. Beverages will be provided. The Wilkins House is located on Plummer Hill (beside the church) in Waterford Flat. Everyone is welcome to attend.


POLAND — Life Springs serves luncheons to seniors at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Poland Community Church, 1212 Maine St. Cost is free. For more information call 998-4779.

NORWAY — Oxford Hills Area Association of Churches serves the Norway Community Free Lunch at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Universalist Church, 479 Main St.  Anyone can eat a nutritious lunch and no questions will be asked.


NORWAY — The Community Free Breakfast is at 8 a.m. in the Norway Grange, Whitman St.

MECHANIC FALLS — The American Legion serves breakfast from 7:30-9 a.m. on the first Sunday of the month at 41 Elm St.

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