Maine News Events Calendar Jan. 6

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
Weeks in listing are Saturday through the following Friday.
Listings for events that are three days, or ongoing, are below single and two-day events; regular monthly and weekly meetings and events, listed by town, are at the end.

Jan. 5 — Meeting of the Franklin County Democratic Committee, 4-6 p.m., Mallett School, 16 Middle St., Farmington, open to the public,
Jan. 6 — Connected, nondenominational gathering for widowers, widows, divorced, singles over 55, 7-9 p.m., St. Charles Borromeo Church hall, 132 McKeen St., free, open to all, light refreshments, 207-725-1266, 207-725-8386.
Jan 7 — Public supper, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Wayne Community Church, 22 Old Winthrop Road, Wayne; admission by donation, 207-242-0613.
Jan. 8 — Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District annual USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Local Working Group meeting, 10 a.m.-noon, USDA office, 254 Goddard Road, open to public, snacks, registration required by Jan. 3, 207-241-5374.
Jan. 8 — SCORE Oxford Hills free workshop on Maine Technology Institute funding options, 9-10 a.m. Norway Town Office, 19 Danforth St. register,,
Jan. 8 — Biologist Barry Logan speaks at Topsham Garden Club, noon, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, free, open to public, bring a brown bag lunch, drinks, dessert provided.
Jan. 9 — Cathi Belcher discusses Harriet Beecher Stowe, Stowe House, Joshua Chamberlain Civil War Rountable, 7 p.m., Morrell Room, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St. Brunswick.

WEEK OF JAN. 11-17
Jan. 11 — Free Scholastic Aptitude Test preparation workshop, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Alfond Youth & Community Center, 126 North St., Waterville 207-873-0684.
Jan. 11 — Free IF&W snowmobile safety course, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust, 2424 Main St., Rangeley, 13 and under must be accompanied by adult, registration required
Jan. 11 — Oklahoma-based artist Marilyn Artus “Her Flag” project, 1 p.m. Maine State Museum, 240 State St., Augusta, also includes performance by Maine songwriter Jenny Lou Drew and appearance by Maine artist Amie Kennedy. Free, open to public, museum open free of charge all day,,
Jan. 11 — Wildlife author Ed Robinson, 4:30 p.m. Carrabassett Valley Public Library and Community Center, Carrabassett Valley, 207-237-3535.
Jan. 11 — Public bean and casserole supper, 5-6 p.m., Minot United Methodist Church, 142 Minot Ave., (Route 121 and Empire Road), Minot; $7 adults, $5 children, under 7 free.
Jan. 11 — “Stand-Up Chameleon” Jackson Gillman, 7 p.m. UU Coffee House, 69 Silver St., sponsored by Universalist Unitarian Church of Waterville, fundraiser to defray the cost of a recently-installed lift, 207-873-4006.
Jan. 15 — Tingergarden free learning play for kids 8 months to 8 years, 9:30-10:20 a.m. Community Center for All Seasons, 1 Center Drive, Belgrade, registration required,,
Jan. 16 — Tingergarden free learning play for kids 8 months to 8 years, 10:30-11:20 a.m. North Street Playground, 151 North St. Waterville, registration required,,

WEEK OF JAN. 18-24
Jan. 18 — Gentle snow shoe hike looking for animal tracks with Mahoosuc Land Trust and local naturalist Rick Churchill, 10-11:30 a.m., Esker Loop, McCoy-Chapman Forest, meet at the Mahoosuc Land Trust’s Valentine Farm, 162 North Road, Bethel, 9:45 a.m. RSVP, 207-824-3806.
Jan. 18 — Recpetion for “The Joy of Art” exhibit, 1 p.m., Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, free, open to public, 207-725-1727,
Jan. 19 — Winter walk hosted by Wayne Conservation Commission; meet at Wayne Community Church parking lot, 22 Old Winthrop Road, 1 p.m.; warm up with hot beverages and light snacks at Williams House, 17 Old Winthrop Road, Wayne, 207-685-9012.
Jan. 23 — Session on U.S. Census jobs with Ron Witham, 4:30-7 p.m., Treat Memorial Library, 56 Main St., Livermore Falls, 207-897-3631.
Jan. 23 — Author Mark Griffin, “All that Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson,” and short documentary, 6-8 p.m., Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, Topsham.

WEEK OF JAN. 24-31
Jan. 25 — Skowhegan High School Class of 1963 breakfast, 9 a.m., Wentworth’s Restaurant, Norridgewock, weather permitting, all are welcome, 207-858-0946.
Jan. 28 — Community Read: “We Took to the Woods,” 5-7 p.m., Maine State Library, second floor (Snow date is Feb. 4)
Jan. 30 — Gardiner Library Association speaker series: “The Colburns on the Kennebec: A Colonial Family on the Maine Frontier and the Arnold March to Quebec,” historian and author Tom Desjardin, 6:30 p.m., free, open to all.

Feb. 2 — “Our Divided Country,” 2-4 p.m., Jewett Auditorium, University of Maine Augusta, free, open to public, 207-621-3551,,
Feb. 6 — Androscoggin County Republican Committee, Maine Heritage Policy Center sponsor town hall debate with Republican candidates for U.S. representative, Andrienne Bennett, Dale Crafts, Eric Brakey, Auburn Senior Center, Center Street.
Feb. 7 — Pathways Vineyard Church free Night to Shine Prom for people with special needs 14 and older, 12 Foss Road, Lewiston,

WEEK OF FEB. 15-21
Feb. 15 — Second annual John Christie Heritage Classic Auction for the Ski Museum of Maine at Sugarloaf Inn, silent auction 4-5 p.m., entertainment from 5 to 6 p.m., 207-265-2023.
Feb. 21 — Wine and cheese reception for artist Jillian Herrigel 4:30-6 p.m., free, open to public, Carrabassett Valley Library & Community Center, Carrabassett Valley Library, 3209 Carrabassett Drive, Carrabassett Valley,

WEEK OF FEB. 22-28
Feb. 24 — Lewiston-Auburn College Franco-American reading series, Steven Riel, editor-in-chief of the Franco-American literary e-journal “Résonance,” 7 p.m., Room 170, Lewiston-Auburn College of the University of Southern Maine on Westminster Street, Lewiston.

MARCH 2020
March 5 — Gardiner Library Association speaker series “Historic Maine in 3-D,” Maine State Museum Director Bernard Fishman. 6:30 p.m. free, open to all.
March 14 — Ski Museum of Maine Legends Tom Kendall nordic race, Black Mountain, 39 Glover Road, Rumford, 207-265-2023.
March 23 — Lewiston-Auburn College Franco-American reading series, Ron Currie Jr. 7 p.m., Room 170, Lewiston-Auburn College of the University of Southern Maine on Westminster Street, Lewiston.

APRIL 2020
April 9 — Gardiner Library Association speaker series: “An Architectural Legacy: Buildings from the Time of Statehood in Old Gardinerstown and Beyond” by Maine Historic Preservation Commission Director Kirk Mohney, 6:30 p.m., fre, open to all.
April 13 — Properties, Trails & History of Somerset Woods, slide presentation by Jack Gibson, 6:30 p.m. meeting, 7 p.m. program, Embden Historical Society Embden Community Center, 797 Embden Pond Road, Embden, 207-612-8887.
April 27 — Lewiston-Auburn College Franco-American reading series David Vermette, “A Distinct Alien Race: The Untold Story of Franco-Americans,” 7 p.m., Room 170, Lewiston-Auburn College of the University of Southern Maine on Westminster Street, Lewiston. or call 207-353-5454.

May 7 — Embden Historical Society Town House and grounds cleanup, 9 a.m., rain date is May 8, 751 Cross Town Road, Embden, 207-612-8887.
May 11 — Forks of the Kennebec, by Marilyn Gondek, Embden Historical Society, 6:30 p.m. meeting, 7 p.m. program, Embden Town House, 751 Cross Town Road, Embden, 207-612-8887.
June 8 — History and Tour of the South Solon Meeting House, by Andy Davis. Car pool to Solon Meeting House, 1 Meeting House Road, from Embden Town House, 751 Cross Town Road, 6:30 p.m., 207-612-8887.
July 13 — The 1947 Fires in Maine, Could it Happen Again? Two old short films; discussion by Kent Nelson, forest ranger specialist, 6:30 p.m. meeting, 7 p.m. program, Embden Town House, 751 Cross Town Road, Embden, 207-612-8887.
Aug. 10 — Winter Walk in Maine and Labrador, by Alexandra Conover-Bennett, Embden Historical Society, 6:30 p.m. meeting, 7 p.m. program, Embden Town House, 751 Cross Town Road, Embden, 207-612-8887.
Sept. 14 — Embden Historical Society annual pot luck meal, meeting and election of officers, social time, 4:30 p.m.; meal, 5 p.m., home of Jim and Jenny Lightbody, 133 Kennebec River Road, with tour of the Lightbody Museum, 207-612-8887.
Oct. 13: — Embden’s Changes Over the Last 200 Years, by Bob Donovan, Embden Historical Society, 6:30 p.m. meeting, 7 p.m. program, Embden Town House, 751 Cross Town Road, Embden, 207-612-8887.
Nov. 9 — Embden Historical Society Harvest Fest, pot luck and Yankee swap, bring potluck main dish or salad & $5 unisex wrapped gift to swap, 6:30 p.m. Embden Town House, 751 Cross Town Road, Embden, 207-612-8887.

Nov. 23-Jan. 12 — Works by Rochelle Draper, 2019 Holiday Art Show, Table Rocks Art Center, 162 Main St., Bethel,, 207-432-7239.
Jan. 2-Feb. 28 Jillian Herrigel art exhibition, Carrabassett Valley Library, 3209 Carrabassett Drive, Carrabassett Valley,
Jan. 13-Feb. 22 — “Joy of Art” exibit featuring Maine artists, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, free, open to public, 207-725-1727,
Jan. 23-25 — Rangeley’s Snodeo weekend, with chili/chowder cookoff 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23,Gingerbread House Restaurant, Oquossoc, Welcome to Snodeo 4 p.m. Friday, Moose Alley, races beginning 9 a.m. Saturday Steven Bean Muncipal Airport, parade 5 p.m. Saturday, downtown Rangley, followed by fireworks.


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.
Rose’s Room, support for those with incarcerated loved one, third Wednesday of the month, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 78 Pleasant St., 207-998-2547.
VFW Post 1603, second Wednesday of the month, 6:30 p.m. 588 Minot Ave., 207-783-2561.

Augusta Age Friendly Committee knitting group, 10 a.m.-noon Mondays, Buker Community Center, 26 Armory St. 207-626-2350.
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 Awareness Coalition, second Thursday of the month, 4:30-6 p.m., Bridgton Municipal Complex, Iredale Street, 207-803-9987.

Connected Singles, 7-9 p.m., first Monday of the month, (nondenominational), St. Charles Borromeo Church, 132 McKeen St., 207-725-1266 or 207-725-8386.
Maine Chapter of FFRF, Defending the 1st Amendment, Separation of Church/State, 10 a.m.-noon, second Saturday of the month, Curtis Memorial Library, 207-613-7080.
Pejepscot Genealogical Society, 2 p.m., second Sunday of the month, Morrell meeting room, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St. 207-833-5430.
Toastmasters, first and third Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8 p.m., Maine Technology Institute, 8 Venture Ave., 207-241-2294 or

The Jones Dance Band, 7-10 p.m. every Saturday, Buckfield Masonic Hall, 4 High St., $5 donation, Facebook page The Jones Dance Band Playing in Buckfield.

Country Sunday/Open Mic, 1-4 p.m., second & fourth Sunday of the month, Embden Community Center, 797 Embden Pond Road, admission by donation, kitchen is open, 207-566-7302.
Embden Community Center public suppers, second Saturday of the month except December, 5 p.m. $8, $4 for under 12, 207-566-7302.

Farmington Rotary, 7 a.m. Thursdays, North Dining Hall, UMF campus.
Rose’s Room, support for those with incarcerated loved one, fourth Wednesday of the month, 7-8:30 p.m. St. Joseph Church, 133 Middle St., 207-491-2527.
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, 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, 25 Lions Ave., Gardiner.

Morse Memorial Library book discussion, third Thursday every other month beginning in January; 2 p.m. January, November; 5:30 p.m. March, May, July, September. Attend any or all, comment on Facebook, 105 Main St., 207-946-5544,

Jay Historical Society, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. second and fourth Saturday of the month May-September; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. three consecutive holiday days Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day. Free admission. 207-500-2402,

Center for Wisdom’s Women French-speaking women;s group, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 97 Blake St. 207-513-3922,

The Table at Norway Grange, free community breakfasts, 8-9 a.m. Saturdays; Norway Grange Hall, 15 Whitman St.

Snow Pond Seniors, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesdays, Snow Pond Senior Center, 47 Heath St., 207-649-7274

Sewing/Craft group, 1-3:30 p.m. Wednesday except third Wednesday, East Otisfield Free Baptist Church, 231 Rayville Road, free, 207-461-1995,
Community Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. third Wednesday, Community Hall, 292 Oxford Road, 207-539-4368.
Friday Walking Group, 9 a.m., Community Hall, carpools to site, email to get on list.
Contra dances, 6:30-9 p.m., for all ages, fourth Saturday of month, Facebook Otisfield Contra Dance, 207-539-3072.

Anderson Staples American Legion Post, 112 King St., meets at 7 p.m. second Monday of month; all veterans welcome, 207-595-4200.

Ladies “Something to do Club,” 10 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, .games, fellowship, food, prizes, encouraging words, Celebration Church, 126 Manson Road, 207-368-6266 or 207-756-4443.

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, year-round, Mixer’s parking lot, Sabattus Road, all ages/abiities,, Sabattus Rec Club Running Program Facebook.

Free weekly Wednesday night practice for North Country Traditional Music Orchestra, 7-9 p.m., Shelburne Town Hall, 74 Village Road, 603-915-0856.

Skowhegan Sportsman’s Club, 7 p.m., 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.

Topsham Garden Club, noon, second Wednesday of month, Topsham Library, 25 Foreside Road, free, open to public, bring lunch, drinks and dessert provided.

Downtown Waterville Summer Farmers Market, 2-6 p.m. Thursday until Thursday before Thanksgiving, Riverwalk at Head of Falls.
Lakes Christian Fellowship weekly basketball night for boys and girls, 7th grade through young adults, 6 to 8 p.m., Temple Academy Gym, 60 West River Rd, Waterville.

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.
Wayne Area Garden Club winter meetings, 6:30 p.m., third Thursday of the month, Ladd Recreation Center, 26 Gott Road, January through May and September and October. Wayne.

Aspired Amputees Support Group, 2 p.m., second Wednesday of the month, Town Office, 17 Highland Ave.;, email Ann Lindholdm