Maine News Events Calendar Dec. 7

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 To add an event to either calendar, email
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.

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,
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,
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,, Facebook at RangeleyLakes.ChamberofCommerce.RangeleyMaine, 207-864-5571.

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
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, 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
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,
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.
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, .
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,
Dec. 9 — Kennebec Valley Youth Symphony Orchestras, 7 p.m., Hall-Dale High School auditorium, $5 donation suggested for adults, children/students free,,
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,
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,
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
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,,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,
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,

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
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,, 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,
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,
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,

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 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,

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. or

Feb. 23, 24, — Monmouth Community Players kids show, “The Great American Talent Show,” at Cumston Hall,

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., 207-795-6134,
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,
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.
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,,
Dec. 4-28 — Works of artist Rebecca May Verrill featured at Gallery 302, 112 Main St., Bridgton, 207-647-2787,
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,


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.

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

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,

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,, 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,

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.