The MAINE NEWS CALENDAR of Events is updated and published online daily. The “calendar week” begins on Saturday and submissions for the digital calendar should be emailed a week or more in advance. Submissions for print should be at least two weeks before the event. Our deadline chart can be found at www.turnerpublishing.net/pdf/Deadlines.pdf. To add an event to either calendar, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holiday Craft Fairs may be found near the end. To submit a craft fair, follow the process for other submissions.
Ongoing events — those that last more than three days — and regular monthly meetings can be found at the end.
WEEK OF DEC. 1-7
Dec. 6 — Community blood drive, 1-6 p.m., St. Francis Parish Hall, Route 133, Winthrop, 1-800-GIVE LIFE to schedule an appointment.
Dec. 6 — Loon Echo Land Trust informational meeting on Peabody-Fitch Woods project, 6:30 p.m., land trust office, 8 Depot St., Suite 4, Bridgton. Open to the public.
Dec. 7 — Reception for December guest artist Rebecca May Verrill, 5-7 p.m., with 4 p.m. talk by Verrill, free, open to public, Gallery 302, 112 Main St., Bridgton, 207-647-2787, gallery302.com.
Dec. 7 — Norway Christmas parade, 5:45 p.m., Beal Street; tree lighting 6 p.m., Butters Memorial Park; free, open to public; library open house, 5-7:30 p.m., 258 Main St., Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School String Quartet 6, program 6:30 p.m.; Norway Downtown Holiday Night, 5-7 p.m., special offers at shops. For tree-lighting information, 207-743-6651, email@example.com.
Dec. 7 — Durham Amvets spaghetti dinner, 5-6:30 p.m., 1049 Royalsborough Road, $10 adults, $5 children and veterans, 207-841-4017.
Dec. 7 — Lake Region Community Chorus sixth annual holiday concert, free, donations accepted, 7 p.m. Twitchell Chapel, Bridgton Academy, Bridgton.
Dec. 7-9 — Rangeley Mountain Holly Days, downtown Rangeley, www.rangeleymaine.com, Facebook at RangeleyLakes.ChamberofCommerce.RangeleyMaine, 207-864-5571.
WEEK OF DEC. 8-14
Dec. 8 — Rabies vaccination clinic, 9-11 a.m., (licensing available for Turner residents), Turner Rescue Fire Dept Barn, 19 General Turner Hill Road, Turner, 207-225-3414 or email Becky Allaire, town clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dec. 8 — Snowshoe walk of the property for proposed Peabody-Fitch Woods project, hosted by Loon Echo Land Trust, 9-11 a.m., meet at Narramissic Farm, 46 Narramissic Road. Snowshoes available, free of charge, by request, but anyone with snowshoes should bring their own, email email@example.com, call 207-647-4352.
Dec. 8 — Children’s Christmas Shopping Day, sponsored by the Phillips Community Church, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Avon Town Hall, 1116 Rangeley Road. Avon, 207-491-9986 or 207-639-5811.
Dec. 8 — The St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Santa’s Workshop, kids buy gifts priced 25 cents to $1, 9-11:30 a.m., 59 High St., 207-645-2639 or visit stlukeswilton.org/santas-workshop.
Dec. 8 — Christmas History Tour of five buildings decorated in different styles, tours starting at 10:30 a.m. continuing at 20-minute intervals, Phillips, 207-639-2630.
Dec. 8 — Author Robert Charles “Eagles and Evergreens: A Rural Maine Childhood,” 10:30 a.m. Lithgow Public Library, 45 Winthrop St., Augusta, free, open to public, www.lithgow.lib.me.us
Dec. 8 — Former Mount Vernon Elementary School teacher Lois Beedy will sign her new book, “The Littlest Donkey,” 11 a.m., Dr. Shaw Memorial Library, 344 Pond Road, Mount Vernon, 207-293-2565.
Dec. 8 — Author Carly Clovinski signs “Currents 8: Carly Glovinski Catalogue,” Waterville Public Library, 1-2 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dec. 8 — Canton Historical Society open house, 1-4 p.m. 2 p.m. sing-along, 25 Turner St., Canton.
Dec. 8 — Author Bobby Charles Fireside Chat, reading from “Eagles and Evergreens: A Rural Maine Childhood,” 3 p.m., Cary Memorial Library, 17 Old Winthrop Road, reception following at Williams House, across the street. Free, open to public, reservations recommended, 207-685-3612, email@example.com .
Dec. 8 –Contradane, Farmington Grange, 6:30 p.m., 124 Bridge St., Farmington. First half welcomes families and beginners, second half starting at 8 p.m. No partner necessary; 207-491-9928.
Dec. 9 — Dixfield Food Pantry and Sharing Center building dedication, open house, 2 p.m., 2 Chapel Road. 207-562-7470, 207-364-6405.
Dec. 9 — Kennebec Historical Society Victorian Tea Party, 2-4 p.m., Henry Weld Fuller, Jr. House, 07 Winthrop St., Augusta, 207-582-2823; weather date, Dec. 16.
Dec. 9 — Franklin Memorial Hospital Auxiliary gift shop holiday family event, 2-5 p.m., Bass Room, FMH, Wilton Road (live reindeer will be outside), includes sit-down tea with Mrs. Claus 2:15 p.m. (buy tickets in advance at gift shop), treats, letters to Santa, story reading by Mrs. Claus, nominal fee, benefits FMH Auxiliary, 207-779-2581.
Dec. 9 — Randolph United Methodist Church holiday benefit concert featuring Route 17 Ramblers, 3 p.m., 16 Asbury St., benefits church heating fund, free-will offering, light refreshments.
Dec. 9 — Lake Region Community Chorus sixth annual holiday concert, free, donations accepted, 3 p.m., Twitchell Chapel, Bridgton Academy, Bridgton.
Dec. 9 — Casco Village Church United Church of Christ annual Christmas Concert, 4 p.m., 941 Meadow Road (Route 121), Casco; free admission.
Dec. 9 — Rangeley Friends of the Arts 38th annual “Walk to Bethlehem,” starts 5:30 p.m. Rangeley Inn, 6 p.m., Church of the Good Shepherd holiday program, free, open to public; to donate food for reception, Millie Hoekstra, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dec. 9 — Kennebec Valley Youth Symphony Orchestras, 7 p.m., Hall-Dale High School auditorium, $5 donation suggested for adults, children/students free, www.kvyso.org, email@example.com.
Dec. 10 — Fly-tier and fly fisherman Brian Bossie, talk and demonstration, 6:30 p.m., Lithgow Public Library, 45 Winthrop St., Augusta, free, open to public, www.lithgow.lib.me.us
Dec. 12 — Santa visits Jay Town Office, 340 Main St., noon-4 p.m., free and open to the public, photos to be be picked up Dec. 17.
Dec. 12 — Sebasticook Regional Land Trust hosts Kevin Spigel on what happened to the local landscape after the glaciers retreated, 6:30 p.m. 93 Main Coffee Shop, 93 Main St., Unity, free, open to public, $5 donation suggested, light refreshments available, 207-948-3766, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dec. 12, 13 — Tinkergarten children’s outdoor learning events, free, for ages 18 months-8 year, Dec. 12 3:30-4:45 p.m.; Dec. 13 10:30-11:45 a.m., North Street Playground, register at www.tinkergarten.com/leaders/heather.katz.
Dec. 13 — Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area annual Lights for Life service, 5 p.m., nondenominational memorial service, First Congregational Church, Main Street, followed by garden lighting at 6:15 p.m., at the hospice, 304 Main St., light refreshments, www.hvwa.org,l 207-873-3615.
Dec. 13 — Winthrop Area Handbell Ringers, 6:30 p.m., snow date Dec. 20, Lithgow Public Library, 45 Winthrop St., Augusta, free, open to public, www.lithgow.lib.me.us.
Dec. 13 — Historian Mike Bell on “Men of Iron: The Story of the Iron Brigade,” Joshua L. Chamberlain Civil War Roundtable, 7 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Room, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 207-725-5242.
Dec. 14 — Western Mountains Baptist Church Community Christmas Concert, 6:30 p.m. 928 Carrabassett Road (Route 27), free, refreshments, 207-265-2557, email@example.com.
WEEK OF DEC. 15-21
Dec. 15 — National Wreaths Across America Day, Hammond Lumber Chip trailer leaves Belgrade 8 a.m., to join arrive by 7:45 a.m., arrives Veterans Cemetery, Mount Vernon Road, Augusta, 8:30 a.m., Veterans cemetery, Civic Center Drive, Augusta, 9:30 a.m., Veterans cemetery, Togus, 10:45 a.m. Participants my lay wreaths at any cementer. Ceremony at all three cemeteries, noon.
Dec. 15 — Friends of the Library holiday bake sale, book sale, boutique, lunch, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cary Library’s Williams House, 14 Old Winthrop Road, 207-685-3754, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dec. 15 — Texas Hold’em, doors open at noon, table draw 12:45 p.m., games 1 p.m., Oxford American Legion, 169 King St., Oxford, 207-595-4200.
Dec. 15, 16 — Musical drama “Peanut Butter Christmas,” Kids Choir at Kennebec Valley Baptist Church, 6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m., Sunday, free, open to public, at the church, Marston Road, Waterville, nursery, ample parking.
Dec. 16 — Concerts at Jewett series Don Campbell Christmas 2 p.m. (snow date Dec. 23), UMA Jewett Auditorium, 46 University Drive, Augusta.
Dec. 16 — Leeds Community Church Christmas candleight service, 7 p.m. , 123 Church Hill Road, Leeds., all welcome, email@example.com, 207-524-3003.
Dec. 16, 17 — “Sing Merry Christmas!” 7 p.m., free, open to public, New Hope Baptist Church, 268 Perham St., Farmington, 207-778-9696.
Dec. 19 — Auburn Community Concert Band holiday concert, 7 p.m., Gendron Franco Center, Lewistonm free, donations accepted for Salvation Army.
WEEK OF DEC. 22-28
Dec. 22 — Jeep Wilcox signs book, “Favorite Story-poems of Maine’s Unique Storyteller Gaylon ‘Jeep’ Wilcox, the Woodland Bard,” 1-2:30 p.m., Ecopelagicon, 7 Pond St., Rangeley.
Dec. 22 — Meg Roberts discusses “Titcomb, a Mountain of Ski Memories: A History of How a Maine Community Recreation Area Thrives,” 4:30 p.m. Carrabassett Valley Public Library, 3209 Carrabassett Drive, Carrabassett Valley, www.carrabassettvalley.org.
Dec. 22, 23 — Tommy’s Feral Feline Friends annual bake sale fundraiser, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sabattus Street Self-Storage, 1434 Sabattus St., Lewiston, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dec. 28 — Sugarloaf Climb for a Cure, 4:30 p., register 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at base lodge, $10 suggested donation, snow shoe or ski one mile up mountain to Bullwinkle’s and back, benefits cancer charities, sugarloafcharitysummit.org/climb-for-a-cure.
WEEK OF DEC. 29-JAN. 4
Dec. 31 — Lakes Region Recovery Center pot luck party, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. open to all, bring a favorite dish, 25 Hospital Drive, sign up at LRRCbridgton.org or Facebook Lakes Region Recovery Center.
Jan. 1 — National First Day Hikes at Bradbury Mountain State Park, Pownal; Wolfe’s Neck State Park, Freeport; Holbrook Island Sanctuar, Brooksville; Lake St. George State Park, Liberty; Lily Bay State Park, Greenville, www.maine.gov/dacf.
WEEK OF JAN. 5-11
Jan. 5 — Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District annual USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service local working group meeting, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Poland Grange Hall, 44 Harris Hill Road, Poland, open to public, free lunch, identifying natural resource concerns in Androscoggin, Sagadahoc counties, register by Dec. 28, 207-241-5374.
Jan. 5, 6 — Auditions for Monmouth Community Players kids show, “The Great American Talent Show,” 2-3 p.m. Saturday; 3-4 p.m. Sunday, at Cumston Hall. 12 roles for kids in grades three through eight. monmouthcommunityplayers.org or Daniel.email@example.com
Feb. 23, 24, — Monmouth Community Players kids show, “The Great American Talent Show,” at Cumston Hall, monmouthcommunityplayers.org.
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIRS
Dec. 7, 8 — Episcopal Church Women Holiday Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Church of the Good Shepherd, 2614 Main St., Rangeley, 207-864-3381.
Dec. 8 — Woman’s Literary Union of Androscoggin County Foss Mansion Christmas Open House and Fair, 19 Elm St., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. womansliteraryunion.org, 207-795-6134, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dec. 8 — Holiday Fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Livermore Community Center, 25 Church St., Livermore, 207-212-7543.
Dec. 8 — Minot Community Club annual Holiday Craft Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Minot Consolidated School, 23 Shaw Hill Road, Minot. Vendor space $30, 207-266-5033, Russella3@gmail.com.
Dec. 8 — Wilson Grange 321 holiday yard sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Grange Hall, Main Street. Bake sale, as well as coffee, tea and music.
Oct. 7- Jan. 11 — Shiretown Bookers’ fall exhibition, “The Long Sixties, 1957-1974,”Shiretown Bookers’ Hall, Mantor Library,116 South St, Farmington.
Oct. 18, Nov 1, 15, Dec. 6, Jan. 3, 17 — Healthy Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County Cooking Matters course, free and open to the public, 9-11 a.m., St. Rose Catholic Rectory, Jay, to teach low-income adults about healthy meal preparation and shopping on a limited budget, 207-779-2928.
Nov. 1, 8, 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20 — Ballroom dance classes to benefit Rangeley Friends of the Arts, 5 p.m., Moose Alley, 2809 Main St., Rangeley. Drop-ins welcome. Free for grades five-12/adults $8/couples $12, 207-864-5000, payment collected at class. rangeleyarts.org.
Nov. 13-Dec. 19 — Danforth Gallery, UMA, festures “The Is of Lis” by artist Martha Miller, gallery hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, www.facebook.com/danforthgallery, artsuma.com.
Dec. 4-28 — Works of artist Rebecca May Verrill featured at Gallery 302, 112 Main St., Bridgton, 207-647-2787, gallery302.com.
Dec. 7-Feb. 24 — “Dan Cake: A Tribute to the Artist in the Year of the Bird,” exhibition, L/A Arts, 221 Lisbon St., noon-4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, free, open to public, aarts.org.
WEEKLY, MONTHLY MEETINGS, EVENTS
Androscoggin County Republican Committee, second Thursday every month, Auburn City Hall. 207-576-9096.
Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Club board meetings, last Thursday of the month, 7 a.m., Roy’s Restaurant, 11 a.m. The Village Inn, Auburn, dates subject to change, 207-713-7045.
VFW Post 1603, second Wednesday of the month, 6:30 p.m. 588 Minot Ave., 207-783-2561.
Kennebec Beekeepers Association, 6:30-8:30 p.m., second Thursday of the month, Viles Arboretum, 153 Hospital St. mainebeekeepers.org/kennebec-beekeepers.
Bridgton Easy Riders snowmobile club, second Friday of the month, includes pot-luck supper, 6 p.m. September through April, Bridgton Community Center. New members are always welcome.
Friends of the Bridgton Public Library, 9:30 a.m. second Tuesday of the month, Bridgton Public Library, 1 Church St.
Lakes Region Substance Abuse Coalition, second Thursday of the month, 4:30-6 p.m., Bridgton Municipal Complex, Iredale Street, 207-803-9987.
Pejepscot Genealogical Society, 2 p.m., second Sunday of the month, Morrell meeting room, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St. 207-833-5430.
Toastmasters, 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8 p.m., Maine Technology Institute, 8 Venture Ave., 207-241-2294 or toastmastersclubs.org.
Country Sunday Open Mic, 1-4 p.m., second and fourth Sunday of month, donation asked; Embden Community Center, 797 Embden Pond Road, Embden.
The Sandy River Center community education programs, open to public. Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, 1 p.m. first Wednesday; SeniorsPlus, 9 a.m., second Wednesday; United Way, 10 a.m. third Tuesday; SEARCH program of Catholic Charities, 1 p.m. fourth Wednesday; NorthStar Community Paramedicine, 10 a.m. fourth Thursday. Diane Price 207-778-6591 ext 215.
The Coffee Break, social gathering, weekly 10:30 a.m. Thursdays (beginning Oct. 4), Underwood Library, 2006 Main St. 207-685-3778, email@example.com.
Gardiner/Augusta Lions Community Market, with vendors, crafters, exhibitors and fix-it services, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., last Saturday of the month, at the clubhouse, 25 Lions Ave., Gardiner. [November market on Nov. 17]
Anderson Staples American Legion Post, 112 King St., meets at 7 p.m. second Monday of month; all veterans welcome, 207-595-4200.
Prayer Shawl Ministry knitting/crocheting group, weekly, 9-10:30 a.m., Wednesdays, Randolph United Methodist Church, 16 Asbury St., 207-767-3024.
Sabattus Rec Club Running Program, weekly 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Mixer’s parking lot, Sabattus Road, all ages/abiities,firstname.lastname@example.org, Sabattus Rec Club Running Program Facebook.
The Skowhegan Sportsman’s Club meets 7 p.m. the second Thursday of the month, 857 East River Road, Skowhegan, 207-649-1238, skowhegansportsmansclub.org.
Oxford Hills Business After Hours, first Thursday of the month, 5:30 to 7 p.m., venue changes, 207-743-2281.
Cary Library First Saturday, first Saturday of the month, 9 a.m.-noon, Williams House, 14 Old Winthrop Road. Book sale, boutique breakfast, more. 207-685 3612.