Events calendar

Friday, March 24

Hope Association-Fundraiser Dance with Noel & Fawn; 7-10 p.m. at Rumford Eagles Club Function Hall, 129 Rumford Ave., Rumford. Fundraiser Dance for Hope Association. $5 cover charge.

Community Dinner; 5-7 p.m. at Woodstock Elementary. The dinner will benefit the W.E.S.’ 5th Grade Boston trip. The menu consists of chili, chowder, chicken pies, salads, breads, desserts, ice tea, lemonade and coffee. Adults are $5 and $3 for kids under 12 years old. There will also be several raffle items on hand.

Saturday, March 25

Maine Adaptive: Ski-A-Thon; 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Grand Summit Hotel, 97 Summit Drive, Sunday River Resort, Newry. Join us for this meaningful, fun, and inspiring opportunity to support Maine Adaptive’s mission to promote quality year-round education and training for people with physical disabilities to develop skills and provide enjoyment through active recreation. For more information and to register, call 800-639-7770.

Potluck Supper; 6 p.m. at the West Parish Congregational Church in Bethel. Bring a dish to share.

Live Music – Michael Krapovicky; 3:30-6 p.m. at Mt. Abram. FMI call 875-5000.

Auditions for Vocal Talent Competition; 11 a.m. at Mountain Valley High School, 799 Hancock St., Rumford. Registration is $10. Prizes for three categories: Youth, Teen and Adult. Prizes awarded for top two in each category. $50 for second place, $100 for first. The overall winner will receive $100. Applications are available at Davis Florist or call Dianne at 357-8621 or Andrea at 357-5606.

Voices of the Valley; 6 p.m. at Mountain Valley High School, 799 Hancock St., Rumford. $5 admission fee. All proceeds benefit American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

Family Fun Weekend; Black Mountain of Maine, 39 Glover Road, Rumford.

Pruning Clinic; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pietree Orchard, 803 Waterford Road, Sweden, You must pre-register for this workshop by calling 207-647-9419 or by emailing us at pietree@pietree-orchard.com. This workshop costs $25 per person and is geared towards adult learners.

Bethel Historical Society Program; 2 p.m. in the South Dining Room of the Bethel Inn. Free to the public. Based on her book, ‘Voting Down the Rose: Florence Brooks Whitehouse & Maine’s Fight for Woman Suffrage,’ Anne B. Gass will present a lively account of Maine native Florence Brooks Whitehouse’s efforts to win women voting rights in the decisive final years of the campaign (1914-1920.) Considered radical for picketing the White House, she helped win women suffrage against a backdrop of conservative views of women’s roles, political intrigues, WWI, and the 1918 influenza epidemic. Anne Gass is Florence Brooks Whitehouse’s great-granddaughter.

Gilead Town Meeting; 7 p.m. at the Town Hall.

Bean Supper; 5-6 p.m. at Saint Catherine of Sienna Church, 32 Paris St. (Route 26), Norway. Dinner is $5 and includes hot dogs with all the fixings, homemade baked beans, brown bread, coffee/tea/punch and our homemade dessert buffet. The proceeds from the dinner will benefit Liam Gallagher of South Paris, who is a Seminarian studying for the priesthood for the Diocese of Portland. Tickets are available at the door starting at 3 p.m.

Maine Maple Sunday in Greenwood; Dunham Farm, Velvet Hollow Sugar Works. On both Saturday and Sunday, Brian and Suzanne Dunham will be serving a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon. And then will switch to Suzanne’s famous Maple Turkey BBQ Chili and cornbread from noon to 3 p.m. Pancakes and baked goods are gluten free and they will also be selling their maple products, baked goodies and mixes. Located at 29 Dunham Road, Greenwood (on Lake Christopher). For more information, please call 207-665-2967 or find them on Facebook.

Sunday, March 26

A Country Breakfast; 7:30 to 11 a.m. at Ordway Hall, Gould Academy on Church St., Bethel. Hosted by Bethel Rotary Club. Adults $8 (at door $10) Children $5. Benefits community projects and scholarships.

“Happiness is …. or isn’t It?;” 9 a.m. at the First Universalist Church of West Paris. Led by guest speaker Joan Beal. FMI, please contact Marta Clements, 674-2143, mclements96894@roadrunner.com or Bob Clifford at 674-3442, bobarlen@megalink.net.

Celebrate Hope with Tedd Fish; 6:30 p.m. Bethel Alliance Church, 251 Walkers Mills Rd. (across from the Telstar parking lot.) Come and enjoy an inspirational concert. Call 207-824-2289 for more information.

Master of the Hose Ski Race; From 10-noon, slopeside at White Cap, Sunday River. A race that pits firefighters and snowmakers against each other to see who is the Master of the Hose. FMI visit http://www.sundayriver.com/…/chili-cookoff-and-fire-fighter.

Eat the Heat Chili Cookoff; Noon at White Cap, Sunday River, Newry. Unlike years past this competition is now open to both restaurants and individuals alike. FMI visit http://www.sundayriver.com/…/chili-cookoff-and-fire-fighter.

Northside Ramblers; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the White Cap Lodge, Sunday River, Newry.

Maine Maple Sunday; For more information on a participant near you visit http://mainemapleproducers.com.

Maine Maple Sunday in Rumford Point; Ben Byam, and his wife Samantha and children Jonah, Julien and Melina, will be offering their homemade maple syrup with ice cream from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at their home at 1756 Route 2, Rumford Point.

Maine Maple Sunday in Greenwood; Dunham Farm, Velvet Hollow Sugar Works, 29 Dunham Road. Pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon and then will switch to Suzanne’s famous Maple Turkey BBQ Chili and cornbread from noon to 3 p.m. For more information, please call 207-665-2967 or find them on Facebook.

Monday, March 27

Computers for Seniors: 10-Noon at University College at Rumford/Mexico’s computer lab. This class will meet for five consecutive Mondays ending on April 24. This is a great opportunity to learn the basics of computers, email, smartphones, tablets, internet safety, and more! The class is limited to 10 participants. You can also bring your tablet or smartphone if you choose. Call to sign up at 364-3661.

SeniorsPlus; From noon to 4 p.m. at the Norway Town Office. They will be on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have about services and resources for older adults and adults with disabilities and their families. All events are free and open to the public. For further information and to make an appointment, call SeniorsPlus at 800-427-1241.

Woodstock Town Meeting; 7 p.m. at WES.

Andover Library Trustee Meeting; 7 p.m. in the library.

Tuesday, March 28

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.

Olde Home Days Committee Meeting; 6 p.m. at the Fire Station in Andover. Members are urged to bring their ideas for the T-shirt and button designs to the meeting so a selection can be made and work on those two items can begin.

Wednesday, March 29

Community Supper; 4:30-6 p.m. at Bethel Alliance Church, 251 Walker’s Mills Road, Bethel.

Mahoosuc Land Trust Speaker Series; “Wetlands of the Mahoosuc Region” at 7 p.m. in the McLaughlin Auditorium, Church Street, Bethel. For more information, contact Mahoosuc Land Trust at 207-824-3806 or visit info@mahoosuc.org.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren – Oh My!; 6–8 p.m. at the Harper Conference Center located in the Ripley Medical Office Building in Norway, Maine. Registration is required. There is no cost for this program. For more information or to register, please call 743-1562, ext. 6896. Sponsored by  Stephens Memorial Hospital.

Past Life Regression; 6-8:30 p.m. at Telstar High School. Tuition: $50 for one week. By exploring your past, you can better understand your present. Using hypnotic techniques, the instructor creates a very relaxed trance state. You are then guided on a journey through time and space. You may recall past events of this lifetime or others. Please come in with an open mind, leaving your expectations behind. Is this real? Only you can determine this authenticity of your experience. Instructor: Tanya Quarterman. For questions or to sign up: Call MSAD 44 at 824-2136, ext. 1340 or http://sad44.maineadulted.org.

“Gardening Forever;” 4 p.m. (3:30 p.m. tea) at McLaughlin Gardens, 97 and 103 Main St., South Paris, Maine 04281. There is no fee; donations are requested.
Thursday, March 30

Lenten Lunch; Noon to 1 p.m. at West Parish Congregational Church, 32 Church St., Bethel. All are welcome to enjoy a soup lunch followed by a short meditation. This year the theme will center on Jesus’s crucifixion/resurrection from the point of view of a character in the story. Each week one or two of the participating churches will provide the lunch, and a representative from that church will give the message. FMI call 207-824-2689.

Spring Curriculum Night; 6 p.m. at the Andover Elementary School. Student work in math, reading, and writing will be on display. The community is invited and encouraged to help celebrate the work of students and teachers. There will be a few door prizes and some light refreshments. The school is proud to announce that Rylee Cooper was the local winner of the National Geography Bee contest.

March 31, April 1 and 2

Mountain Valley Rec Men’s Basketball Tournament; Games will be on Friday night, all day Saturday and Sunday and will take place at Mountain Valley High and Middle School along with Dirigo High School and Middle School if necessary. Shooting contests and awards also take place during Sunday’s playoff round. Tournament entry fee is $375 and $400 on the day of the tournament. Evening activities will be sponsored by The Hotel Rumford.  All information about the tournament can be found on the MV Rec League website, mvrbl.webs.com.  Please contact Eddie Paterson, epaterson2@roadrunner.com or 207-364-9352 for information about teams, referees and volunteers.

Friday, March 31

Super Bowl Parade in the River Valley; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 799 Hancock St., Rumford. Join in and celebrate the Patriots winning the Super Bowl, River Valley style. Make up a float or decorate a pickup and register for the parade. After the parade, there will be a Super Bowl Party @ Black Mountain starting at 7:30 p.m. Replica of the Lombardi trophy will be on hand to have pics taken with. Registration forms are available through the Chamber via email info@rivervalleychamber.com.
Recovery Coach Training; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Holy Savior Church, 126 Maine Ave., Rumford. A recovery coach is someone that works to support someone who is just starting out on their recovery journey or who might be in recovery already but in need of specific help to sustain their recovery efforts. FMI contact Taylor Owens at 739-6222. April 1,2.,7, 8 and 9.

Upton Planning Board; 7 p.m. at the Town Office.

Art Opening; 6-8 p.m. in the Owen Art Gallery, Gould Academy, 39 Church St., Bethel for artist Sharon Portelance. Free and open to the public.

Registration Deadline for Hope Association’s Scrapbooking/Crafting Benefit; FMI contact Crystal Casey at 207-364-4561 or email recp@hopeassociation.org to register.

Saturday, April 1

Contra Dance; 7-9 p.m. Franklin Grange, Route 26, Bryant Pond. $8. Music is by the Better Late Than Never Band with caller Maggie Robinson. Beginners welcome, with or without a partner. Bring clean shoes for dancing. FMI: Monica, 381-7730.

The Snow Valley Sno-Goers Snowmobile Club Annual Meeting and Potluck; 6 p.m. This is the last meeting until next September, and all are invited to attend. Please bring a dish to share at the potluck. Hope to see you there.

Monday, April 3

Socrates Cafe; Bridgton Community Center. 6:15-6:30 p.m. meet and greet; 6:30-8:15 discussion; 8:15-8:30 choice of next topic and moderator. Topic: “What One Thing do we turn to for Joy and Gratitude?” Moderator: Therese Johnson. Light refreshments provided. FMI call 583-6957.

Banding Together To Restore; 11-noon at Richard Bader Physical Therapy, 176 Main St., Norway. Call 890-7063 or register the day of class by arriving 15 minutes early. Every Wednesday, April 3, 10, 17 and 24.

Franklin Grange 124 Meeting; 7 p.m. at the Grange Hall.

Family Dog Manners; 6-7 p.m. at Greenwood Town Hall. Instructor: India Baker Tuition: $75 for six weeks. It is never too late to train your dog to be a civilized member of the household. Polite greetings with humans and other dogs, loose leash walking and consistent recall will be some of the skills we will work on in class. This class is for dogs one year and older. Equipment required: Flat collar, six-foot leather or web leash, small soft treats, and a clicker (if you have one, or one will be supplied.) If you have questions about whether your dog is suitable for this class, please call (207) 743-4690. Attn: First class we’ll have a brief orientation; please leave your dog in the car to start. Max. 12 students. To sign up call 824-2136 ext. 1340 or http://sad44.maineadulted.org.

Tuesday, April 4

Gardening Training Course; 5:30–8 p.m. at the Mahoosuc Land Trust Office in Bethel. For course description and application, visit www.gardenersgrowinghealthycommunities.org and click on the Training page. FMI contact Barbara Murphy at bmurphy1454@gmail.com or 207-890-1626.

Women’s Cancer Support Group; from Noon to 1:30 p.m. Bring a bag lunch or snack. Call Patti-Ann at 744-6173 for more information.

Wednesday, April 5

Cultivate Creativity at the Eddy School; 2:45-5 p.m. at 8 Bear River Road, Newry. FMI contact Deb Webster at 381-7716 or dwebster@alum.mit.edu.

Indoor Yard Sale; At the South Paris American Legion post 72, Church St., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tables are $10 each. The lunch counter will be open. Join the fun and help the Ladies Auxillary send young girls to Girl State on Saturday, April 8.

Yoga Warriors; 3-3:45 p.m. at Posabilities, 15 Tannery St., Norway. Preregistration is encouraged. Call 890-7063 or register the day of class by arriving 15 minutes early. Every Wednesday in April.

Thursday, April 6

Ecumenical Lenten Lunch; Noon-1 p.m. at West Parish Congregational Church in Bethel. All are welcome to enjoy a soup lunch followed by a short meditation. This year the theme will center on Jesus’s crucifixion/resurrection from the point of view of a character in the story. Each week one or two of the participating churches will provide the lunch, and a representative from that church will give the message. FMI call 207-824-2689.

Woodstock-Greenwood Senior Citizens Meeting; 11:30 at the Woodstock Fire Department. A dinner will be put on by the Daughters of Union Veterans. New members are always welcomed.

Friday, April 7

First Friday Reception; 5-7 p.m. The Main Street Gallery, 426 Main St. in Norway. Featured artist is Judson Pealer. Music will be provided by Matt Draper.

April 6 through June 15

Thursday After School Art Class; 15 Philbrook St., Bethel. FMI contact Ashley Oliver at ashleyarts27@gmail.com.

Saturday, April 8

Hope Association’s Scrapbooking/Crafting Benefit; 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Hope Association, 85 Lincoln Ave., Rumford. Proceeds and donations go directly to services provided to individuals receiving supports from Hope Association. Funds support non-Medicaid reimbursable activities that enhance the lives of those we serve. FMI contact Crystal Casey, 207-364-4561. $30 per table.

Sunday, April 9

Hope Association’s Scrapbooking/Crafting Benefit; 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hope Association, 85 Lincoln Ave., Rumford. $30 per table. FMI contact Crystal Casey, 207-364-4561.

Palm Sunday Service; 10 a.m. at the North Waterford Congregational Church, Route 35, opposite Melby’s Eatery.

Tuesday, April 11

Men’s Cancer Support Group; 4-5 p.m. Vance Jordan will lead this encouragement and support group. Men who have recently been recently diagnosed with cancer, in treatment or are survivors are invited to attend as well as men who are or have been caregivers. Please call Vance at 583-2975 or Sherri at 890-7063 for more information.

Wednesday, April 12

Bethel Senior Citizens Club Meeting; 11 a.m. at the Roosters Roadhouse. The menu is Yankee Pot Roast or Baked Stuffed Haddock. Reservations must be made before April 1 by calling Arlene Lowell at 824-2877 with your choice.  Doors open at 11 a.m., meeting starts at 11:15 a.m. The price of the meal is $14.

Guided Meditation Gathering; 1–1:45 p.m. located in the Stephens Memorial Hospital Specialty Clinic building at 199 Main St., Norway.

Saturday, April 15

Farm Pond Construction and Trout Stocking Workshop; 9 a.m. in Cummings Hall of the First Baptist Church of Paris, located at 500 Paris Hill Road, Paris. Check-in for the day is 8:30-9 a.m. Snacks and lunch will be served. There is a fee of $20 for the day which includes materials. Pre-registration by April 7 is required. To register for the workshop, please call Oxford County Soil & Water Conservation District at 744-3119, email oxfordcountyswcd@gmail.com or stop by our office at 17 Olson Road, South Paris.

Annual River Valley Easter Egg Hunt; 9-10 a.m. The Firefighters Relief Association are pleased to announce that they will be hosting the Annual Ten Town Easter Egg Hunt for children ages seven and younger. 200 eggs will be hidden behind the Mexico Fire Station. Limit of one egg per child, please.

Spring Fling 5k Run/Walk; 9:30 a.m. at Mountain Division Trail, Fryeburg. All proceeds benefit the United Way of Oxford County Community Fund, which helps to support programming focused on educational achievement, meeting basic needs, and improved health. Come out and enjoy a great course in beautiful Fryeburg Maine! $20 adults 19 and over; $15 students 12-18; Free kids 11 and under. FMI contact Kimberly Preble at 743-5833.

Sunday, April 16

Sunrise Service; 6 a.m. at the town beach in Waterford, followed by breakfast at the Wilkins House, Waterford.
Easter Sunday Service; 10 a.m. at the North Waterford Church, Route 35, opposite Melby’s Eatery.All are welcome.

April, 19-22

Nightly Revival Service; 6:30 p.m. at Bryant Pond Baptist Church. The service will be led by Brother Steve Grubbs, pastor of the Gospel Light Baptist Church in New Vineyard.

Wednesday, April 19

Networking Breakfast – Update on Passenger Rail Service; 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Sudbury Inn, 151 Main St., Bethel. After a recent Androscoggin-Oxford-Coos Counties Passenger Rail Coalition (AOCC) meeting, it seems a good idea to raise awareness locally on the status of passenger rail. Tony Donovan, speaker. $10 paid at the door to the Sudbury Inn. Please register with the Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce, so the cooks make the right amount of food.

Thursday, April 20

Third Thursday Talks; 3-4:30 p.m. at the Maine Mineral & Gem Museum Preview Gallery, 99 Main St., Bethel.

Business After Hours; 5-7 p.m. at The Eddy School, 8 Bear River Road, Newry. FMI call 207-381-7716.

Saturday, April 22

Free Reiki Session Clinic; 9 a.m. to noon at the Norway Town Office located at 19 Danforth St., Norway. Anyone impacted by cancer may receive a free Reiki session at this clinic by calling 890-7063 to reserve their time slot before April 14.

Tuesday, April 25

Men’s Cancer Support Group; 4-5 p.m. Vance Jordan will lead this encouragement and support group. Men who have recently been recently diagnosed with cancer, in treatment or are survivors are invited to attend as well as men who are or have been caregivers. Please call Vance at 583-2975 or Sherri at 890-7063 for more information.

Wednesday, April 26

Community Supper; 4:30-6 p.m. at the Bethel Alliance Church, 251 Walker’s Mills Road, Bethel. Come and join the people of the community for a delicious meal! No charge.
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.

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. Space is limited, so please contact Barb Dion at 207-824-3122 to get on the list.  Proceeds go to the American Legion.

April 28-30

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

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.

Saturday, May 6

Greenwood’s Roadside Clean-up; Meet at the Greenwood Town Office on the Gore Road at 9 a.m. that day to pick up gloves and trash bags and be assigned a section of road.

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