FARMINGTON — With the inclement weather forecast for this weekend, St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, located at 133 Middle Street in Farmington, will be opening around the clock beginning Thursday, February 2 at 1 p.m. and closing on Saturday, February 4, at 1 p.m. The Warming Center will be open to provide people with the opportunity to get out of the cold or if they experience a need to seek temporary shelter. The Warming Center will not have any cots or sleeping supplies, but you are more than welcome to bring sleeping bags, blankets, pillows, or whatever you find necessary if you need to stay overnight. Drinks and snacks will be available, but meals will not be served due to the short notice. If anyone is interested in volunteering to help, please get in touch with Dennis O’Neil at 207-500-0245. The Church is looking for anyone willing to volunteer during the day, evening, and overnight.

JAY — Beans Corner Baptist Church has announced that they are hosting a Warming Center for anyone that needs a place to go.  We will be open from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Fridays until the need subsides. Come on out and enjoy the fellowship with other people, a warm place to be, play a game or two or bring your latest craft project and craft away. Plenty of room for everyone! Beans Corner Baptist Church, 17 Chesterville Rd, Jay 207-645-2925

FARMINGTON — Following a two-year absence due to the COVID pandemic, the Farmington Warming Centers will open, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and will rotate between Henderson Memorial Baptist Church, located at 110 Academy Street, on Thursdays only, during the month of January and Old South First Congregation Church, located at 235 Maine Street, during the month of February. An updated schedule will be available as to the location of the Warming Center in March for Thursdays, but the Thursday host site is anticipated to rotate between Henderson Memorial Baptist Church and Old South Congregational Church

FARMINGTON — The Warming Center will open each Tuesday, beginning Jan. 10 through March 23, hosted at St. Joseph’s Church at 130 Quebec Street in Farmington. The Warming Center has been a staple in the Farmington community since 2009 and is being sponsored by the Farmington Area Ecumenical Ministry. The purpose of the Center is to provide an option for Mainers to get out of the cold and enjoy a hot meal, a warm area, games and activities, and fellowship with other people. Everyone, of all ages, is welcome. The Warming Centers will be open every Tuesday and Thursday, until March 23, 2023.  You are welcome to simply drop in for a hot meal and beverages or come relax for the duration of the Warming Center hours.

Galentines Day


FARMINGTON¾ Franklin Community Health Network is inviting all women to a Galentines Day event on Thursday, February 9, from 6:30–8:30 p.m. This free, fun event will be hosted in the Bass Room at Franklin Memorial Hospital. The come-and-go festivities will include demonstrations by women-owned businesses, chair massages, door prizes, refreshments, and women’s health information on breast care, nutrition, mental health, physical therapy, heart health and much more!

“We want to bring women together to celebrate friendship and community while also providing health-related resources,” says director of communications and public affairs Ryan Marie Mastrangelo and the event organizer. She added, “Galentines Day is an annual opportunity to celebrate and appreciate one another and we hope to give women that opportunity at Franklin on February 9.” For more information, call Ryan Mastrangelo at 207-779-2683 or visit the Facebook event  at https://fb.me/e/3gxABYETr


NEW SHARON — Franklin Lodge #123 will host a spaghetti supper, Sunday February 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Franklin Lodge Masonic building Rt. 2, New Sharon.This is a benefit for the Bikes for Books program. Menu includes spaghetti, meatballs and sauce, salad, garlic bread and various light desserts, plus beverages all for an $8 donation per person. Children under 5 eat free.

INDUSTRY — The Industry Community Kitchen is once again hosting monthly luncheons /socials at the Industry Town Hall. Socialize with friends from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. with FREE lunch at noon. Luncheons are usually held the first Thursday of each month, this month the date will be March 2. All are welcome so hope to see you there. For more info contact Vicci @ 778-6722 or Amy @ 778-4158.

FARMINGTON — Hot Meals continue to be offered at St. Joseph’s Church, each Tuesday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Food Pantry, located at St. Joseph’s Church, is open from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., seven days a week. Used clothing can be purchased at either Saint Rose of Lima Church, at 1 Church Street, in Jay, or at Work First’s retail store, “Touch of Class,” located at 309 Wilton Road in Farmington. Anyone wishing to also help their neighbors stay warm this winter may donate their time, food, or clothes at the listed locations. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Henderson Memorial Baptist Church at 778-2163.


FARMINGTON — Old South First Congregational Church, 235 Main St. in Farmington, will serve its monthly free community lunch on Saturday, February 18 at noon. The menu: chicken stew and biscuits, cake for dessert. Eat in or take out available. For local delivery: call ahead at (207) 778-0424 and choose “community lunch” option


AUGUSTA —The Art of Assemblage: Myth, Mystery and Spirituality will be on view in the Charles Danforth Gallery at the University of Maine at Augusta from January 23 – March 8, 2023. The Danforth Gallery is located in Jewett Hall and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. All are invited to an all-virtual Zoom panel discussion February 22 at 6 p.m. ET.


JAY — Frank L. Mitchell VFW Post 3335, 64 Jewell St. take-out supper is scheduled for February 3, and the menu will feature ribs, beans, slaw, chocolate cake w/PB frosting for $14. On February 10, the menu will feature Salisbury Steak, mashed potatoes,  gravy,  carrots, chocolate cream pie. for $13. Serving starts at 5 p.m. Call Janice early at 897-2122 to reserve your meal.



FARMINGTON — Have you ever wondered why your tomatoes will not ripen? Which parts of the tomato to cut out when you prune? Or what causes the black rotting spot on the bottom of your fruit? Join Nick Rowley from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension at Franklin County Adult Ed on Tuesday, February 7 from 6 – 8 p.m., for a class on Garden Tomato Production. Bring your tomato questions and ideas and we will talk TOMATO! Register Online! www.rsd9.maineadulted.org or register by Phone! 778.3460. For questions regarding the event please contact Nick Rowley at the Franklin County Extension Office Nicholas.rowley@maine.edu or 778-4650.


CARRABASSETT VALLEY — Carrabassett Valley Public Library Winter Hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


LIVERMORE FALLS — George Bunten Post 10 American Legion Commander Jocelyn Mosher-Collins has announced a change in the monthly meeting date and time, which was voted on last August. The first meeting of the new year was postponed due to inclement weather. Next month’s meeting will be Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. at the hall on Reynolds Avenue. By changing the day and time, they hope to accommodate and have more members attend the meetings. The monthly meetings will normally be the second Thursday at 6 p.m. every month. If you know a Veteran who’s available to help in our community invite them to join and attend with you. Help is needed to continue the community programs for which Post 10 is known. If you would like to be a part of the discussions for upcoming renovation projects or if you have any questions or concerns, please email or call Jocelyn Mosher-Collins, Commander, 207-779-7345. jmoshercollins@yahoo.com



FARMINGTON — The Farmington Grange invites everyone to attend WWW-Wednesday Workers and Warm Up, every other Wednesday from 10 to 2, weather permitting. At the Farmington Grange Hall, 124 Bridge Street. Next session will be February 1. Grange members will be bringing projects to work on, sewing, knitting, rug hooking, etc. There will be games and puzzles, some music, as well as soup coffee and light refreshments. The ladies are willing to teach people how to do simple mending. So, others are invited to bring their own projects, or mending or just come in for some warmth and fellowship. The hall has a new updated heating system and is much warmer than in the past. For more information, call Bonnie Clark 207-778-1416


LIVERMORE FALLS — The AYS Gym is open for walking indoors from Nov. 1 to March 31 on Mon-Wed-Fri from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m., located at the former Livermore Falls High School. Donations are accepted and go to support AYS. Please bring walking shoes to change into. Any questions call Gus Grondin at 897-3305 or Richard Gibbs at 320-3588.


JAY — New Life Baptist Church announced the start date for their new, faith-based addictions recovery program. The Hope 4 Addictions program begins on Friday night, December 2. Meetings will be on Friday nights starting at 6 p.m. This new, steps-based program brings together thoughts on overcoming not only the physical aspects of addiction, but the emotional and spiritual aspects as well. The church has put together a team of people who are committed to helping those who are struggling with addictive behavior.

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