Thursday, April 28
What is Palliative Care? Course; 1 to 2:30 p.m., West Paris Library. A Long Distance Learning program presented by SeniorsPlus. Free with pre-registration, call 1-800-427-1241.
Building Kinder Communities; 3 to 4:15 p.m. at Crescent Park School Cafeteria. A free disabilities awareness program presented by the Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness. Sponsored by the Crescent Park School PTA for parents, teachers and community members. RSVP: CPS office 824-2839- please let us know if you need childcare. Refreshments served and free childcare will be available. Participants will receive take-home resources and activities to share with children.
Third Thursday Poetry Group; 5:30 p.m., Rumford Library’s public room. Refreshments and a social time are first on the agenda, then readings from our own or a favorite poet’s work. There’s a new twist on the program: studying poetic forms and styles. FMI: 364-3661 or rumford.lib.me.us.
Antiquarian Supper; 5 p.m. at Bethel Historical Society Mason House, 14 Broad Street. Admission by donation: $10 adults, $5 18 and under. Call 824-2908 to reserve a place. Dress up in old-fashioned clothing (prize for best costume), bring a relic or artifact, share old stories/anecdotes. A bountiful supper with ancient foods to sample, and modern fare. Traditional music. FMI: firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 29 and 30
Yard Sale; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thrifty Gift Shop, 659 Park Street, South Paris. Clothes, toys, some vintage items, household items and more. Volunteers will be needed. Full-day volunteers will receive a $10 gift certificate to use at the sale. All funds raised will benefit Families in Crisis Task Force programs. FMI/Volunteer: Peggy (357-7072).
Saturday, April 30
Farm Pond Construction and Trout Stocking Workshop; 9 a.m., First Baptist Church of Paris. Presentations by NRCS Agricultural Engineer Candace Gilpatric and Sonny Pierce of Shy Beaver Hatchery. Walk ‘n’ Talk to follow at local pond. Textbook, snacks and lunch included in $20 registration fee. Pre-register at 743-5789 ext. 11. Sponsored by Oxford County Soil & Water Conservation District.
Annual Birthday Supper; 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., Congregational Church, Andover. $8 per person ($4 for children under 10). Menu: Meatloaf, baked potatoes, string beans, salads, rolls and birthday cakes.
80s Dance; 8 p.m. to midnight, Locke’s Mills Legion Hall. 21+, BYOB. All your favorite 80s hits from your favorite 80s artists. Prize for the best 80s outfit. $10 admission. Proceeds benefit THS Project Graduation.
Sunday, May 1
Woodland Cemetery Company Annual Meeting; 7 p.m., Stan Howe’s house, 18 Broad Street. Anyone with a family connection is welcome.
May 2 and 3
Rumford Hospital Auxiliary InDesign Jewelry Sale; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Conference Room A, ground floor, Rumford Hospital. InDesign features a great assortment of jewelry, plus fabulous accessories, stating at just $6 – 30 to 75 percent off department store prices. This sale, take an additional 20 percent off on purchases over $50. There will be glitz and glam and trendy summer accessories and totes to get you ready for the summer. Also, winter clearance on fall scarves and all pashminas, only $5 each, as well as winter gloves, hats, leg warmers, all $3. Cash, checks, Visa and Master Card are all accepted. Payroll deduction is available for those employed at the hospital and medical practices.
Monday, May 2
Socrates Café Meeting; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Waterford Library. Discussion topic: How Democratic Is Our Process of Choosing a President? Moderator: Jon Chappell. Light refreshments provided. FMI: 583-6957.
East Bethel Cemetery meeting; 7 p.m. at Grange Hall. Election of officers and the clean-up day will be decided.
Tuesday, May 3
Wellness Collaborative training; 1 to 5 p.m. at Bethel Alliance Church, 251 Walkers Mills Road in Bethel. There’s a county-wide effort underway to reduce substance abuse and obesity by addressing isolation and disconnection as key factors bearing on health. Community conversations will be used to help make a plan, and free training is available for those wanting to host conversations, as well as deepen their facilitation skills and hold conversations that foster trust, commitment, and a sense of belonging. The Oxford County Wellness Collaborative (OCWC) is currently providing trainings for people who would like to facilitate gatherings around Oxford County and encourages anyone who cares about the well-being of their community to participate.
Public Hearing for input on possible future trail work at Maggie’s Nature Park; 5 p.m., Greenwood Town Office. Blaine Mills, the primary volunteer who works on the park’s trails, wants to hear from townspeople on whether they wish to see more trails built, as well as hear other general comments on the park.
Wednesday, May 4
Deer hunting presentation; 7 p.m. at the Town Hall in Locke’s Mills. Dean Bennett will bring a rare and entertaining look, with a touch of mystery, about a long-held family tradition of deer hunting in western hills of Maine. He will introduce his book, “Ghost Buck: The Legacy of One Man’s Family and Its Hunting Traditions,” with a Power-Point program of slides and video, tracing his family’s hunting back into the 1800s and drawing from it lessons we can all learn from activities that bring families together. The program will be followed by an opportunity to purchase books and have them signed by the author. Everyone welcome. Sponsored by the Greenwood Historical Society.
May 6, 7 and 8
4th Annual New England Mineral Conference; Grand Summit Resort Hotel and Conference Center, Sunday River, Newry. The conference includes lectures, mineral exhibits, mineral dealers, auctions and a Sunday field trip. Friday, May 6, is Education Day, including a Poster Contest, for students in grades 3-12. New this year is a Friday evening banquet sponsored by the Maine Mineral and Gem Museum in Bethel. On Friday, May 6, from 9 to 4, dealer rooms, mineral displays, and educational areas are free and open to the general public. FMI/Registration: www.nemineralconference.org and www.nemineraleducation.org.
Friday, May 6
Hunt’s Corner Cemetery Assn. Annual Meeting; 6:30 p.m. at Betty Gingras’ home, 1240 Hunt’s Corner Road, Albany. FMI: 393-7141.
Improv Comedy Night with the Teacher’s Lounge Mafia; 7 p.m., Norway Memorial Library. Performing in the style of “Who’s Line is it Anyway?” The Teacher’s Lounge Mafia have been bringing hilarity to western Maine and beyond since 2008. “Built from audience-provided suggestions, Teacher’s Lounge Mafia delivers improvisational games and sketches designed to yank people right out of mud season and on to higher ground.” The group consists of Natalie Simmons, Kyla Wheeler, Jeff Bailey, Phillip Hobby and Dan Ryder. Inspired by Upright Citizens Brigade, Saturday Night Live, The State, Kids in the Hall and the works of Noel Paul Stookey and Ted Turner, Teacher’s Lounge Mafia strives to bring something different to the foothills of western Maine and still be allowed to live here. Free tickets will be required to attend this event, available at the library beginning Monday, April 18, 2016. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. FMI: 743-5309 ext. 1 or email@example.com.
Saturday, May 7
Benefit Flap Jack Breakfast; 8 to 10 a.m., Applebee’s, Oxford. $10 per person, three pancakes, three pieces of bacon, coffee and orange juice. Proceeds to benefit Dennis Cyr who has Lyme Disease and is out of work. Only 300 tickets will be sold. FMI/Tickets: Visit Crazy Sisters in Bryant Pond or call Bert or Jackie at 744-0555 or April at 557-2849.
Bethel Green-Up Day; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Join the Bethel Conservation Commission to help clean up our public places. Gather at 9 a.m. at either Davis Park or Angevine Park to pick up trash bags and choose specific areas to clean. At about 11:30, we’ll return to Davis Park to see how much we’ve picked up, take a group photo, partake of refreshments and celebrate a job well done. If you would rather clean another road or area, please tell Jessie Perkins at the Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce – 824-2282 or firstname.lastname@example.org – so the Commission can know that you are helping and where. The CC will provide safety vests, trash bags, water and Energy Cookies. You will need gloves, sturdy shoes, and clothing suitable for a sometimes dirty activity and the weather. Rain date May 14.
Old Fashioned Barn Dance; Mahoosuc Mountain Lodge, North Newry. Potluck supper (bring a dish to share) at 5:30, concert at 7 p.m. and dance at 8 p.m. with musicians Ellen, Molly and Edith Gawler. 50/50 raffle. Cost is $10, ½ price for children under 16. FMI: 824-2073.
Monday, May 9
SAD 44 School Board meeting; 6:30 p.m. at Crescent Park Elementary School.
Bethel Selectmen’s meeting; 7 p.m. at Bethel Town Office.
Public hearings on proposed Bethel sewer fees rate change and Sign Ordinance changes; 7 p.m. at Bethel Town Office.
Mahoosuc Community Band Spring Concert; 7 p.m., West Parish Congregational Church, Church Street, Bethel.
Tuesday, May 10
Telstar High School National Honor Society Annual Red Cross Blood Drive; 12 noon to 5 p.m., Telstar Gym. Anyone who is 17 or older can donate. Sixteen-year-olds can donate with signed parent/guardian consent as long as they meet the height and weight requirements. For more info or to schedule an appointment please talk to a Telstar National Honor Society member, call the THS Office at 207-824-2136, e-mail Sarah Southam, NHS Chapter advisor, at email@example.com, go online to the Red Cross website redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
Supper Dance; 5 to 9:30 p.m., American Legion Hall, Locke’s Mills. Menu: Baked ham, mashed potatoes, vegetables, rolls and assorted pies. Music by the Shadagee Ramblers. Supper and Dance $12, Supper only $7, Dance only $5. Doors open at 4.
Wednesday, May 11
Bethel Senior Citizens Club Meeting/Potluck; 11 a.m. at the Bethel Methodist Church. This is a potluck meal. Members will bring a dish to share. A $3 donation is requested for the church.
NAMI FaithNet “Bridges of Hope” Free Presentation; 6 p.m., Rumford Point Congregational Church. Learn how to create stronger safety nets and welcoming communities of faith for people living with mental illness and their families. All are welcome. Refreshments provided. For more information: Dottie at 364-2197 or Christine at NAMI Maine 1-800-464-5767 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, May 12
Motorized trails and brook trout workshop; 6 p.m. at Mahoosuc Land Trust office in Bethel. The Androscoggin River Watershed Council (ARWC) will host the workshop to discuss how poorly maintained trails cause erosion which can impact streams, rivers and other water bodies that are home to native eastern brook trout. After a brief classroom session, at which sandwiches, drinks and snacks will be served, the workshop will move outdoors to a nearby erosion site where participants can brainstorm simple solutions.
Friday, May 13
NAMI Youth Mental Health First Aid Courses; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Region 9 Education Center, Mexico and Norway Town Office, Danforth Street, Norway. Free except for a $5 lunch fee. Course results in a 3-year certification. This course is for anyone 16 or older that wants to learn how to help a person that may be experiencing a mental health related problem or crisis. FMI/Registration: www.namimaine.com.
Saturday, May 14
Indoor Yard Sale; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., American Legion Post 72, Church Street, South Paris. Table reservations: $10/yard sale items, $15/crafters and vendors, contact Jean (743-7965). The lunch counter will be open and 50/50 tickets will be for sale. Come join the fun and help the Ladies’ Auxiliary send three young girls to Girl State.
Inaugural May Day 5k; 10 a.m., Crescent Park School, Bethel. Hosted by Bethel Rotary. Proceeds benefit local programs for youth and families.
Oxford Hills Honey Bee Club’s workshop; 1 p.m. at the Oxford County Extension Center, 9 Olson Road, South Paris. Weather permitting, lifetime bee keeper, Ken Record, will demonstrate how to do an even split. Do not forget your veils. Public welcome. FMI contact Chris at email@example.com or visit mainehoneybees.com.
Sunday, May 15
Rescheduled Upton Ladies’ Aid Mother’s Day Breakfast; 8 a.m., Upton Ladies’ Aid building.
Monday, May 16
Uptown Cruizahs Cruise Night; 6 to 8 p.m., Tractor Supply, Route 26, Oxford. Proceeds benefit local charities including the activity fund at the Maine Veterans’ Home and Santa Visits Oxford. FMI: Les Wing (890-0870) or Dan Tripp (743-8073).
Tuesday, May 17
Public Hearing on Newry Ballot Question on Whether to Stop the School Withdrawal Process; 5 p.m., Bear River Grange Hall.
Saturday, May 21
Relay for Life, Flying Monkey’s team yard sale fundraiser; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (location to be determined and updated). The team is looking for donations for the sale. Donations of household items, small furniture, kitchen items, books, tools, etc. are being sought from now until May 20. No large furniture of clothing please. Items can be dropped off at Bethel Kitchen’s on Main St. Any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual Greenwood Town Meeting; 9 a.m., American Legion Post, 595 Gore Road, Greenwood.
Texas Hold’em Tournament; Jackson-Silver Post 69, American Legion, 595 Gore Road, Locke’s Mills. Doors open at 11 a.m., games begin at noon. $50 buy-in, $5 license, high-hand option. Meals and beverages available. BYOB. FMI: Ray (890-3737).
Sunday, May 22
Shadagee Ramblers to benefit SeniorsPlus Meals on Wheels Program; 2 to 5 p.m., American Legion Hall, 595 Gore Road, Locke’s Mills. $10 per person at the door, under 12 free. Live music, 50/50 raffle, pie auction, refreshments and more.
Reception and Fine Art Auction; 3 p.m. at the Matolcsy Art Center, 480 Main Street, Norway, by the Western Maine Art Group and Norway Downtown. The kick-off event for this year’s festival, there will be a silent and a live auction. Works from the WMAG’s collection and by current members will be auctioned by Terry Swett. All proceeds will support the 2016 Norway Arts Festival July 8 and 9. Items to be auctioned include oil paintings by renowned local artists Duncan Slade, Vivian Akers, and Minnie Libby. In addition, drawings by “Shavey” Noyes and pieces by current Western Maine Art Group artists will be auctioned. Refreshments will be served. Each year, the Western Maine Art Group and Norway Downtown collaborate to stage the Norway Arts Festival, closing Main Street to traffic to create a relaxed pedestrian mall for artists, artisans, musicians, non-profit exhibitors, and vendors. Find out more at norwayartsfestival.org.
Saturday, June 4
Community Yard Sale and Vendor Event; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Oxford Hills Middle School, North Campus Football Fields at 100 Pine Street in South Paris. Rent a spot at the football field for $10. Proceeds benefit #AQuestforCommunityOHMS, for the school and donations to a charity or cause that is important to the students.