Events calendar

Thursday, April 27

Sip ‘n Paint Fundraiser; with Karen from Paint the Town at American Legion Post on Vernon Street, Bethel. 6-9 p.m.; $35 per person at the door. Hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary, the theme will be Spring with lupines, trees, sky, stream and sunset. Space is limited, so please contact Barb Dion at 207-824-3122 to get on the list. Proceeds go to the American Legion.

Workshop: Buying & Selling a Business; 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Norway Town Office, 19 Danforth St. Norway. Free. FMI contact Steve Veazey at SCORE 207-743-0499 or stephen.veazey@scorevolunteer.org.

Gem Workshops; “Ten Steps to Building a Successful, Simple Social Media Strategy” from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and “Navigating Google Drive” from 12:30–3 p.m. Both workshops will be taught by Abbie McGilvery of From The Nest at the Gem Theater, 23 Cross St. in Bethel. Register for these workshops online at www.wmedc.org. Members of any chamber of commerce in Oxford County may attend one workshop for $25 or both workshops for $45. Nonmembers of a chamber may attend one workshop for $30 and both workshops for $55.

Fourth Thursday Poetry; 5:30 p.m. at The Rumford Library. The program will feature Maine poet laureate Wesley McNair reading his “Poems of Love and Hope.” Light refreshments will be served at an informal reception following the reading. Fourth Thursday is free and open to the public. For more information, call 364-3661.

Community Poetry Festival; 6:30-8 p.m. at the Gem Theater, Bethel. Enjoy Poetry on Demand; watch screenings of Richard Blanco, Western Maine Poetry Out Loud Finalists, and Button Poetry in the theaters; help to create a poetry mural, speak or listen to the open mic- sharing of poems found or written, interact with poetry for young children; purchase popcorn or beverages; and enter a raffle to win one of many wonderful items!

Smart About Your Heart Presentation; 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Congregational Church Hall in Bethel. This program was rescheduled from February due to the weather and is sponsored by To Your Health of Western Mountains Senior College. Presented by Daniel van Buren, MD.

Advanced Care Planning Workshop; 7–8:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library, 227 Main St., Lovell.

April 28-29

Wilderness First Aid course at Mahoosuc Mountain Lodge in North Newry with Wilderness Medical Associates and Jon Tierney as the instructor. FMI 824-2073.

April 28-30

Open Recertification Wilderness First Aid training at Mahoosuc Mountain Lodge with WMA and Jon Tierney as the instructor. FMI: 824-2073.

Friday, April 28

Open House at the Forestdale Christian School; 8:30-11:30 a.m. The school is located at 25 Perkins Valley Rd., Bryant Pond. Come experience the students’ work and enthusiasm, meet the teachers and tour the facility. Refreshments will be served. Bring a friend!

Hope Association’s Open House; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 85 Lincoln Ave., Rumford. Join us in celebrating Donna Landry’s 15 years of service. Help us welcome our new Day Program Director/CCM Supervisor Danielle Simmons. A light lunch will be available. Bring stories to share.

Science Fair and Stem Expo; 5 to 7 p.m. at Telstar Cafeteria and Gym. Free Admission. Over 200 K-12 SAD 44 students sharing their science fair experiments and demonstrations! Guest Speakers; Fossils, Wildlife Predators, Electricity/Lasers Sponsored by Mahoosuc Kids Association. Food and drinks will be available for sale. Sponsored by the TMS and CPS PTA.

Coffee and Refreshments; 9-noon at the Waterford Library. FMI 583-2050.

Saturday, April 29

AMVETS Public Supper; 4:30-6 p.m. at the VFW Hall, 58 E Main St., South Paris. Pork Loin will be served. $8 for adults. $4 for children 10 and under. Sponsored by AMVETS.

Fundraising Concert; Doors open at 2:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 3 p.m. There will be a reception following the performance when the audience can meet members of the chorus. Featuring the Pihcintu Multinational Children’s Chorus of Portland. The suggested donation is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available at the church office, 207-743-2290, or Books N Things, Main St. Norway.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day; FMI and locations visit For more information, please check our website www.RiverValleyRising.org.

Smile Fund Sale; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the West Parish Congregational Church UCC in Bethel. The proceeds go completely to dentures for adults who are seeking employment or wanting to improve their lives. Bring any items (books, toys, tools, gardening supplies) you don’t want and no longer need to the church basement between April 17 and 26. Afternoons are better to not interfere with the Montessori program.

Trail Cleanup Day; Maggie’s Nature Park, 289 Greenwood Road. Greenwood. This includes removing fallen branches and any trash that may have been left behind.

Sunday, April 30

UU Heaven; 9 a.m. at the First Universalist Church of West Paris. Using “Saving Paradise,” the provocative and groundbreaking book by Rita Nakashima Brock and Rebecca Ann Parker, as a guide, this service will explore those questions in a new light with an eye toward social justice.

Project Graduation Fundraiser — 31 Bag Bingo; Locke Mills Legion Hall. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the games begin at 1 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. FMI contact Telstar High School at 824-2136 or Crescent Park at 824-2185.

Final 2017 Food For Thought Film Festival Screening “Seed: The Untold Story”; Starting at 2 p.m. at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, Fryeburg. The festival will include a farmers’ market from 2-4 p.m., live music from Bobby Sheehan and Jeremy Holden of Junco from 3-4 p.m., the film at 4 p.m., and guest speaker Will Bonsall the author and director of the Scatterseed Project following the film. Admission is $2-$10 suggested donation.

May 1-June 21

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention; 6-7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at Telstar. The fee is $40. FMI visit https://sad44.coursestorm.com/course/tai-chi-for-arthritis-falls-prevent.

Monday, May 1

Socrates Cafe; 6:15 p.m. at the Bridgton Community Center. There will be a discussion from 6:30 to 8:30 and the topic is “The Role Of Memory In Our Lives” moderated by Ted Gerber. Light refreshments provided. FMI call 583-6957.

Tuesday, May 2

Living Well for Better Health; 9-10:30 a.m. at the Harper Conference Center in the Ripley Medical Office Building in Norway. This is a nationally recognized, interactive workshop series held for two hours, once a week, for six weeks. Adults with any health condition such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, depression, weight concerns or any other ongoing health problem can attend. Family members or friends are encouraged to attend as well.

Women’s Cancer Support Group; noon to 1:30 p.m. Stephens Memorial Hospital Specialty Clinic building at 199 Main St., Norway. Bring a bag lunch or snack. Call Patti-Ann at 744-6173 for more information.

Mollyockett Chorus’ Friends and Family Night; 7 p.m. at the First Universalist Church of Norway, 479 Main Street. More information is available on the chorus website www.mollyockettchorus.org or by calling Jolan at 364-4102.

Wednesday, May 3

Greenwood Historical Society Meeting; 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 270 Main St., Locke Mills. The program is the showing of the film of last year’s bicentennial celebration. Before the program, there will be a brief meeting to approve the proposed changes to the Society’s constitution. For more information call 674-2758.

Iconic Places: Trekking the Appalachian Trail; 7 p.m. at the Shelburne, N.H. Town Hall, 74 Village Road, Shelburne, N.H. Presentation by Carey Kish sponsored by Mahoosuc Land Trust and Shelburne Trails Club.

Public Hearing; 6 p.m. at the Woodstock Town Office on a proposed reconstruction project for Route 26.

Thursday, May 4

Androscoggin River Watershed Council Annual Conference; 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bethel Inn Resort. Full schedule and registration form is available at www.androscogginwatershed.org or by calling 207-824-3813 or 207-754-8158 or email at arwc@androscogginwatershed.org.

Free Gardening Class; 6:30-7:30 p.m., for “wanna be” and experienced gardeners. A Master Gardener will give you tips on how and when to start a garden in your yard. Bring a friend! This will be held at the Forestdale Christian School, Fellowship Hall, located at 25 Perkins Valley Rd., Bryant Pond.

Michael Moore’s Movie “Where to Invade Next”; 7 p.m. at The Gem Theater, 23 Cross Street, Bethel. Admission is free and co-sponsored by the Oxford County Democrats, Alliance for Retired Americans, and Western Maine Central Labor Council (AFL/CIO). View the trailer at http://wheretoinvadenext.com/.

Woodstock-Greenwood Senior Citizens Meeting; at the Locke Mills Church. The dinner will be put on by the Ladies Circle.

Friday, May 5

48th Annual Awards Celebration & Silent Auction; 6-9 p.m. at Mt. Abram Ski Area. $38 per person. FMI contact Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce.

Annual Meeting of Hunts Corner Cemetary Assc.; 6 p.m. at Terry and Frank Howard’s home, 12 Barton Road, Albany TWP. FMI call 207-824-2533.

Coffee House; 6:30-8:30 at the Andover Congregational Church featuring Monica and Paul. They are part of the Better Late than Never band. Also Ronnie White will be playing the piano. Refreshments will be available. Donations will benefit the window replacement fund.

Saturday, May 6

Creatures of the Night; 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. at the Maine Wildlife Park, 56 Game Farm Road
Gray. FMI call 207-657-4977.

Greenwood’s Roadside Cleanup; meet at 9 a.m. at Greenwood Town Office on the Gore Road to help pick up winter’s trash remains. Gloves and trash bags provided. We’ll cover the Gore Road from Johnny’s Bridge to Route 26 as well as the Greenwood Road from Howe Hill to Rowe Hills Roads. The more, the merrier. Join us and spruce up our town. FMI call Town Manager Kim Sparks at 875-2773.

Mock Hee-Haw Show; 7-9 p.m. at Franklin Grange Hall, Main Street, Bryant Pond. Adults $6. Under 12 $3. Refreshments will be on sale.

Bethel Greenup Day; 9 a.m. to noon. Rain Date: May 14. FMI contact Jessie Perkins at jessie@bethelmaine.com.

Woodstock Cleanup Day; 9 a.m. Meet at Meet at the Bryant Pond ball field.

Third Annual Grand Auto Show; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at White Mountains Community College, 2020 Riverside Drive
Berlin, N.H. The rain date for the event is Sunday, May 7. FMI call Tamara Roberge at 603-342-3062 or email troberge@ccsnh.edu.

Gilead Historical Society Meeting; 1 p.m. in the meeting room of the Gilead Town Office.

Old Fashioned Barn Dance; at the Mahoosuc Mountain Lodge in North Newry on Route 26. Potluck supper (bring a dish to share) at 5:30 p.m., concert at 7 p.m., dance 8-10 p.m. Cost: Adults $10; children under 16 $5. 50/50 raffle. FMI: 824-2073.

MOFGA Chainsaw Introductory Chainsaw Safety and Technique Course; 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Flat Road Farms, 386 Flat Road, Bethel. Fees: $150 or $130 for MOFGA members; $275 or $250 MOFGA members for both introductory and intermediate courses (May 6 and 7). FMI http://www.mofga.org/Events/ChainsawSafetyTraining/tabid/299/Default.aspx.

Maine Greenhouse and Nursery Day; Greenhouses, nurseries and garden centers statewide will celebrate Maine Greenhouse and Nursery Day. For more information about Maine Greenhouse and Nursery Day, go to http://www.plants4maine.com/GreenhouseAndNurseryDay.shtml.

Meet the Author; 10 a.m. at the Waterford Library. Robert Spencer will read excerpts from his recently completed novel of historical fiction “Spinster’s Hope Chest.”

Sunday, May 7

Mahoosuc Community Band Spring Concert; 4 p.m. at West Parish Congregational Church. Refreshments will be provided.

Finding Hope — Take Up the Song; 9 a.m. at the First Universalist Church of West Paris, 208 Main St., West Paris. Our Spring Music Sunday Service will be led by Jim Burke and the Worship Service Committee.

MOFGA Chainsaw Intermediate Chainsaw Safety and Technique Course; 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Flat Road Farms, 386 Flat Road, Bethel. Fees: $150 or $130 for MOFGA members; $275 or $250 MOFGA members for both introductory and intermediate courses (May 6 and 7). FMI http://www.mofga.org/Events/ChainsawSafetyTraining/tabid/299/Default.aspx.

Tuba Concert; 2 p.m. at the West Paris Library. Free to the public.

Tuesday, May 9

Supper Dance; 5-9 p.m. at the American Legion, Gore Road, Greenwood. Serving chicken pie, mashed potatoes, gravy, peas, bread, jello salad, and pies. Costs: Supper $8; Dance $5; Supper and Dance $13; Children under 12 $6 (supper/dance/supper and dance).

Dinner/Dance; Doors open at 4 p.m. and a supper will follow at 5 p.m. Jackson-Silver Post 68, American Legion, 595 Gore Road, Locke Mills. Recommended donations are as follows: $13 for both the dinner and dance; $8 for supper; $5 for just the dance. Music will be provided by the Shadagee Ramblers lasting until 9 p.m. For more information contact Anita at 890-2699.

Wednesday, May 10

Auto Body Physical Comedy and Musical Technology; 6 p.m. at the Mountain Valley School Auditorium, 799 Hancock St., Rumford. FMI contact Allie Burke at 207-364-7408.

Bethel Senior Citizens; At the Northland Dairy Bar Restaurant in Berlin, N.H. Members will order their meal from the menu. The bus will leave the Bethel Health Center at 10 a.m. Call Arlene Lowell at 821-2877 for reservations, if you are going by car you still must call.

Ellis Pond Watershed Protection Project Meeting; 3 p.m. at the Roxbury Town Office to discuss new plans for the 2017 Summer/Fall Season. The meeting is open to all who are interested in the project and Ellis Pond.

Celebrating Mom!; Waterford Library’s Free Family Movie Night features the musical Mamma Mia, rated PG-13. Free movie, snacks and prizes. Bring Mom and join in the fun!

Cooking Matters Pop-Up Tour; 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Stephens Memorial Hospital Boardroom, 181 Main St., Norway. There is no cost for this class. Registration is required. For more information or to register, please call 743-1562, ext. 6896.

Thursday, May 11

WMSC Brown Bag Lunch and Searching for the Flowers and Plants of Spring; 12:30 bring your lunch and join the discussion. It will be held at the Mahoosuc Land Trust’s Valentine Conservation Center on the North Road. Open to the public and free of charge. We need to be sure we have adequate seating for the lunch, so RSVP to Liz Wooley (ewooley@roadrunner.com).

May 12-14

Celebrate 20 years — Wildflowers; McLaughlin Garden and Homestead, 97 Main St., South Paris.

Friday, May 12

Mineralogical Heritage Awards; 5 to 6:45 p.m. at Sunday River Resort’s Grand Summit Hotel in Newry, Maine. A buffet style dinner will be served from 5 to 6:45 p.m. with a cash bar open at 4:30. Tickets for this event are $30. To register for the Mineralogical Heritage Awards, please click here: Banquet Registration. We will email you a confirmation and ticket details. Should you have any questions, please contact Annemarie at 207-824-3036, ext. 112 or asaunders@mainemineralmuseum.org.

Saturday, May 13

Public Yard Sale; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the VFW Hall South Paris. Tables $10 (outside weather permitting). The lunch counter will be open. For more info call 743-5723.

Shred Day; from 9 to noon. The mobile, on-site shredder, to be stationed at the “bus garage” located at 197 Main St. in Bethel, will be available to shred sensitive paper-only items. Paper clips and staples NEED NOT be removed. Plastics and electronics will not be accepted. FMI, contact Al Cressy at 824-0508.

Craft/Vendor Fair at Rite Aid; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Bethel. Rite Aid in Bethel Maine is looking for Crafters and Vendors for it’s 2nd Annual Fair. This is to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network, Barbara Bush Hospital in Portland Maine. Crafters and Vendors will pay $20 a spot for under the roof outside and $15 with no roof. Bring your own tables and chairs. Payment in advance to hold spots. Heavy Rain Date is May 14. This is an outside event; a spot will be provided to bring your own easy up. FMI contact Michelle Kennagh on Facebook.

Oxford Hills Honey Bee Club Workshop/Meeting; 1 p.m. at the Oxford County Extension Center, 9 Olson Road, So. Paris. Weather permitting, lifetime beekeeper, Ken Record, will demonstrate how to do an even split. Do not forget your veils. The public is welcome. FMI contact Chris at cpeaston@megalink.net or visit us at mainehoneybees.com.

Bethel Rotary Club Second Annual May Day 5K Run/Walk; at Crescent Park School, 19 Crescent St., Bethel. You may preregister at www.runreg.com/bethel-rotary-may-day-5k or by picking up a registration form at Crescent Park. You may also register the day of the race at 8:30 a.m. The first 100 registrants will receive a free T-shirt. The adult registration fee is $15.

Public Supper; 4-7 p.m., Rumford Grange 115, 115 Maine Ave, Rumford. The menu includes baked beans, casseroles, salads, strawberry shortcake for dessert and beverages. Donations: Adults $8; Children $5. There will be a 50/50 raffle.

Spring Sale; 9-noon, Locke Mills Union Church, Greenwood. Various odds and ends and a food sale sponsored by the Ladies’ Circle.

Sunday, May 14

Is Covenant a Verb?; 9 a.m. at the First Universalist Church of West Paris, 208 Main St., West Paris. Led by the Rev. Fayre Stephenson.

May 20-21

11th Annual Work Bash Weekend; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Celebration Barn Theater, 190 Stock Farm Rd, South Paris. FMI call 207-743-8452.

Saturday, May 20

Greenwood Town Meeting; 9 a.m. at the Legion Hall.

Fiddlehead Festival; Andover. Lawn tractor races. Race warm-ups will happen between noon and 2 p.m. with regular heats from 2 to 5 p.m. There will be a Powder Puff class also.

Oxford County Touch a Truck; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with quiet hour 11-noon at Oxford Hills High School, 256 Main St., South Paris. Kids of all ages can touch and learn about all kinds of vehicles plus enjoy games, food and more! For more information, see the event’s Facebook page or contact Jenny Johnson at (207) 333-6441.

Mushroom Cultivation Workshop; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at CEBE, 447 Main St, Norway with Dan Agro. Learn about mushroom life cycles, spawn production, types of fungi, Oyster and shiitake mushrooms, choosing and drilling logs, log stacking methods, incubation, and fruiting. Drill, plug and wax a log to take home and grow. All materials included in the ticket price. Plug spawn, sawdust spawn, and an inoculation tool will be available to buy. FMI contact Dan Agro from AgroMyco at www.agromyco.com.

Sunday, May 21

“Becoming an Outdoors Woman Spring Mini Workshop”; Join us for a full-day of learning and fun! Topics include bass fishing, canoeing, trapping, riflery, primitive skills, fly casting, archery, bee keeping and more! The cost to attend is $85 and includes instruction, equipment and lunch. FMI visit https://extension.umaine.edu/bryantpond/adult-programs/becoming-an-outdoors-woman.

First Universalist Church of West Paris Worship Services; 10 a.m. at the South Paris Unitarian Universalist Church 36 Pine St. South Paris.

Monday, May 22

Uptown Cruizahs Cruise Night; 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Tractor Supply on Route 26 in Oxford. They will be held weekly on Mondays weather permitting. So bring the whole family and enjoy good food, fine music by Red Wing, and take a stroll down memory lane. Proceeds from these cruise nights and their show on August 6 this year at New Balance, benefit local charities like the activity fund at Maine Veterans’ Home and Santa Visits Oxford. FMI call Les Wing at 890-0870 or Dan Tripp at 890-8778.

Tuesday, May 23

Men’s Cancer Support Group; 4-5 p.m. at the Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine, located in the Stephens Memorial Hospital Specialty Clinic building at 199 Main St., Norway. Call Vance at 583-2975 or Sherri at 890-7063 for more information.

Telstar High School Annual Red Cross Blood Drive; noon to 5 p.m. in the Telstar Gym.

May 26-29

Lilac Festival; McLaughlin Garden and Homestead, 97 Main St., South Paris.

Sunday, May 28

The Quality of Mercy; 9 a.m. at the First Universalist Church of West Paris, 208 Main St., West Paris. Led by the Rev. Fayre Stephenson.

Friday, June 2

Andover Summer Concert Series; 6 p.m. on the common featuring Pete Coolidge & The Acoustipalians.

Sunday, June 4

LuLaRue Fundraiser for the Eddy School; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 7 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Hotel, 14 Great Falls Plaza, Auburn. FMI contact Melanie at 207-357-6419.

SMH Run for Wellness 5K – For the Health of It; Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and the run will start at 9 a.m. The race will start and finish in front of the Ripley Medical Office Building at 193 Main St., Norway. To register for the SMH Run for Wellness 5K, please visit www.baystateevents.com.

Kids Fun Run; 8:15 a.m. at Ripley Medical Office Building at 193 Main St. in Norway. Kids ages 13 and under are invited to participate at no cost! Everyone is a winner in the Kids Fun Run, and the purpose of this race is to get out and get active! The Fun Run is approximately one mile. Race day registration only.

Saturday, June 10

White Mountain Flower Presentation; 7 p.m. at the Shelburne Town Office.

Monday, June 12

Andover Water District Annual Meeting; 7 p.m. in the CEB.

Friday, June 16

McLaughlin Garden and Homestead Annual Bus Tour; Pickups at the Flagship Movie Theater in Oxford at 6:30 a.m., the Gray Park & Ride at 7:10 a.m., and the Kennebunk Park & Ride at 8 a.m. The price includes transportation and garden visits. The cost for members is $70 and nonmembers $80, payable when making reservations. There are no refunds after May 1. Bring your lunch, and we will provide snacks and water. Reserve your space by calling 207-743-8820 or visiting the Garden Gift Shop.

Saturday, June 17

Book Launch and Discussion; 2 p.m. at the Dr. Moses Mason House. Featuring the first full biography of William Bingham II, researched and written by the Society’s Executive Director Emeritus, Stanley R. Howe.

August 4, 5, and 6

37th Annual Andover Olde Home Days; Live music, parade, craft and food vendors, car show and so much more! A full event schedule is on Facebook @andoveroldehomedays or FMI contact Leo Camire (207) 783-1992.