Thursday, March 22
Ecumenical Lenten Lunch: noon at West Parish Congregational Church, UCC, 32 Church St., Bethel. The church of West Bethel is providing the soup meal and the message. Free will donations accepted to benefit the local food pantry. All are welcome.
Teen Science Cafe: 2:15-3:45 p.m., room 116 at Oxford Hills High School. Pizza and refreshments served.
A Celebration of Community Kindness: 5:30 p.m. at The Gem.
Fourth Thursday Poetry Night: 5:30 p.m. at Rumford Library. Free and open to the public. For information call 364-3661.
Spring Book Discussion — “Crow Lake”: 6:30-8 p.m. at Norway Memorial Library, 258 Main St. To register and request the books, please call the library at 743-5309, ext. 1 or visit the library’s website for more information at www.norway.lib.me.us.
March 23, 24, 25
Mountain Valley Women’s Basketball Tournament: There are currently five entries in the tournament from the Western Maine area including the River Valley and Rangeley. Although the schedule for the games is complete, we are still accepting other late entries. The cost for the tournament is $250. Games will be played at Mountain Valley High School, 799 Hancock St., Rumford. We have volunteer referees and book/clock attendants to oversee the event. For further information, please visit the league website mvrbl.webs.com or Eddie Paterson, league commissioner at firstname.lastname@example.org and 207-364-9352.
March 23, 24 and 30
Friday Night LIVE 8: 8 p.m. at 49 Franklin, Rumford. Live Local Original Sketch Comedy. 18+ Tickets are available now at www.49franklin.com.
March 24 and 25
Maine Maple Weekend at Dunham Farm/Velvet Hollow Sugar Works: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dunham Farm, 29 Dunham Road, Greenwood. FMI visit Dunham Farm/Velvet Hollow Sugar on Facebook.
Family Fun Weekend: Black Mountain of Maine, 39 Glover Road, Rumford. This two-day event features everything from a tug of wars to pond skimming. There will be ski races for speed and obstacle course mastery. Live music all weekend long featuring Noel Palmer & Maine’s own “To Be Determined.” (yes that’s the name of the band) BBQ’s, raffles, costume parade, live music, bonfires and s’mores. Make plans to stay so you don’t miss a thing!
Friday, March 23
April Verch Band: 7 p.m. at St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts, 155 Emery St., Berlin, N.H. For more information, to purchase tickets or to make a donation to our annual or capital improvement funds, please contact the Arts Center at 603-752-1028, visit our website www.stkieranarts.org or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/stkieranarts.
Saturday, March 24
33rd annual Maine Adaptive Ski-A-Thon: Sunday River, Newry. FMI visit https://www.maineadaptive.org/ski-a-thon2018.
OCSWCD Backyard Chicks Workshop: 9-11 at Oxford Tractor Supply, 1272 Main St., Oxford. Topics will include: Deciding Where They’re Going to Live, Creating a Suitable Environment, Bringing Your Baby Chicks Home, Important Health Notes and Ongoing Chick Care. Please register by calling 744-3119 or email us at email@example.com. A $10 per family workshop fee covers demonstration, snacks and written materials.
Franklin Grange #124 Meeting: 10 a.m. at the Grange Hall. Bring your lunch; drink and dessert will be provided.
Corned Beef, Ham and Cabbage Dinner: 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the American Legion, 12 Church St., South Paris. The dinner includes corned beef, ham and cabbage along with mashed potatoes, rolls, green beans and carrots, and a beverage with various desserts. The cost is $9 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. The meal is sponsored by AMVETS Post 777.
Sunday, March 25
Maine Maple Sunday at Swain Family Farm: 185 West Bethel Road (Route 2), Bethel. Join the Swain family for some maple fun.
Troy Murphy Mogul Day: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at North Peak (Dream Maker Trail) and the Peak Lodge, Sunday River Resort, Newry. Open to all ages, as long as you have a lift ticket or season pass. Olympian, Professional Mogul Skier, US National Champion, and Gould Academy Alumnus Troy Murphy will join us for a session during the day, helping teach the trick to skiing bumps with ease. If you want to skip the bump session, Troy will be at the Peak Lodge for a Meet ‘n’ Greet from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Turning Toward the Sun — Rebirth of Light and the New Year: 9 a.m. at West Paris Universalist Church, 208 Main St., West Paris. A worship service with musician Jim Scott. Jim is the creator of the Pete Seeger Songfest and member of the Paul Winter Consort, composing many songs, including a favorite UU hymn, “Gather the Spirit.” FMI, please contact Marta Clements at 674-2143 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Bob Clifford at 674-3442 or email@example.com.
Palm Sunday Service: 9 a.m. at the Congregational Church of East Sumner, 50 Main St., Sumner. The service led by the Rev. Howard MacMullen will include a song by the choir and palm branches for all attendees. FMI: Bill 388-2263.
Chili Cook-Off and Masters of the Hose Race: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday River. Race: Lower Tempest Trail at 10 a.m. Chili Cook-Off: White Cap Basin at noon.
Tuesday, March 27
Preserve It and Serve It — Canning Class: 5:30–7 p.m. at the South Paris Fire Station, 137 Western Ave., South Paris. The cost for this class is $5 per person and registration is required. To register, please visit www.wmh.coursestorm.com. For more information, please call 743-1562, ext. 6896.
Andover Olde Home Day Committee Meeting: 6 p.m. in the Andover Library.
RESCHEDULED — “Maine’s Remarkable Women: Daughters, Wives, Sisters and Mothers Who Shaped History”: 6:30-8 p.m. at Norway Memorial Library, 258 Main St. In recognition of Women’s History Month, Kate Kennedy will talk about her latest book “Maine’s Remarkable Women: Daughters, Wives, Sisters and Mothers Who Shaped History.” Ms. Kennedy welcomes questions from the audience during her presentation. Copies of her book will be on sale at the event for $15. This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 743-5309, ext. 1 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, March 28
Community Supper 4:30-6 p.m. (No charge) Bethel Alliance Church, 251 Walkers Mills Rd. (across from the Telstar parking lot). Call 207-824-2289 for more information.
Asthma Triggers — Gain Control: 5-6:30 p.m. at Harper Conference Center in the Ripley Medical Building, 193 Main St., Norway. Join Stephens Memorial Hospital Registered Respiratory Therapist, TJ Farnum, to learn more about asthma triggers and how to gain control.
TruStrength Cycling Social: 6:30-8 p.m. at Green Machine Bike Shop, 419 Main St., Norway. Support TruStrength Athletics and the TruStrength Cycling Team. This 10-member local cycling team is training and fundraising for their June 2018 WOW Cyclothon race in Iceland, an 842 mile, 72-hour race around Ring Road. They are one of a few USA teams competing in this event! So come on out, enjoy some light refreshments, and show these folks your support, as they are not only representing the USA, they are representing Maine! FMI visit Green Machine Bike Shop on Facebook.
Thursday, March 29
Ecumenical Maundy Thursday Service: noon at the Bethel United Methodist Church located on Main Street. This service is open to everyone.
Local Food Connection Group Meeting: 5-7 p.m. at the Bethel United Methodist Church.
A Merry Old England Display: 6:30-8 p.m. at Norway Memorial Library, 258 Main St., Norway. Doris Ray is standing beside a glass case display featuring various English artifacts; some of which she got on her trip. In her program, she will talk about what she saw and share pictures for audience members to enjoy. Prizes will be raffled and “English tea party” refreshments served. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the library at 743-5309, ext. 1 or visit the library’s website at www.norway.lib.me.us.
Maundy Thursday Service: 7 p.m. at the Congregational Church of East Sumner, 50 Main St., Sumner. The service led by the Rev. Howard MacMullen. FMI: Bill 388-2263.
March 30, 31
World Pro Ski Tour: Sunday River, Newry. The weekend event is expected to attract many visitors to watch a competitive field that includes Olympian Nolan Kasper who competed in Pyeongchang, South Korea, less than a month ago. Kasper will be challenged by 2014 Olympians from Slovakia, Adam Zampa and Andreas Zampa. The two racers each won a silver medal at the 2017 World Championships Dual Team Event. In total, the field includes more than 30 competitors from across the World Cup and collegiate ranks. The professional dual-alpine ski race format will put the racers side by side on the Monday Mourning course that will be entirely visible from the base area at Barker Mountain. The event will be free and open to the public.
Friday, March 30
Ecumenical Good Friday: noon at the Locke Mills Union Church. This service is open to everyone.
Good Friday Service: 7 p.m. at the Congregational Church of East Sumner, 50 Main St., Sumner. The service led by the Rev. Howard MacMullen. FMI: Bill 388-2263.
Saturday, March 31
Easter Egg Hunt — Rumford/Mexico: 9 a.m. at the Mexico Fire Station.
West Paris Library Easter Egg Hunt: 9 a.m. at the library, 226 Main St., West Paris. The children should be accompanied by an adult. Baskets for collecting the eggs are available if needed. Each child will receive a gift, in addition to the Easter eggs found during the hunt. The lucky finder of one marked egg will receive a special prize. The festivities will include a story and a craft. For more information call the library at 674-2004.
Bethel250 Program — Women’s Activism at the University of Maine from the 1940s through the 1960s: 1:30 p.m. at the Bethel Inn. The guest speaker is Rebecca White. Rebecca holds a Ph.D. in History and specializes in women’s history and gender studies. The 2018 Women’s History Month program is free and open to the public.
Waterford Library annual Spring Easter Egg Hunt: 3 p.m. sharp at 663 Waterford Road. Children five and under will egg hunt inside the library. Children six and older will egg hunt outside the library. Remember to bring your baskets and please wear proper foot gear. Also, each child will receive a new book. Refreshments are available for all. Special thanks to our Friday Coffee Cafe’ patrons for generously supplying all the goodies.
Sunday, April 1
Easter Sunday Services: 7 a.m. service, followed by breakfast and a 9 a.m. service at the Congregational Church of East Sumner, 50 Main St., Sumner. The service led by the Rev. Howard MacMullen. FMI: Bill 388-2263.
Andover Easter Egg Hunt: 9 a.m. at Mills Market.
Monday, April 2
Chair Yoga with Rose: 9:30-10:30 at Waterford Town Hall. The cost is $5 per person.
Wednesday, April 4
Tai Chi with Gail Nixon: 9:30-10:30 at Waterford Town Hall. This is a free class.
19th annual Mountain Valley Rec Basketball League Invitational Tournament: Games will be played at Mountain Valley High School, Middle School and Dirigo High School. There will again be three divisions, A, B and Senior (over 40). For more information, please visit the league website mvrbl.webs.com or contact Commissioner Eddie Paterson at email@example.com or 207-364-9352.
Friday, April 6
The Goonies and Finding Your Way — Maps and How to Use Them: 6 p.m. at The Gem, 23 Cross St. an informal meet and greet followed by a presentation and activity at 6:30 p.m. and the film at 7 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for members and High School, Middle School and all kids are free!
Saturday, April 7
Trailhead and Backcountry Steward Training Session: 8 a.m. at the White Mountain National Forest Headquarters, 71 White Mountain Drive, Campton, N.H. There is no fee. Sign-up at http://bit.ly/signupwmnf. FMI Contact John Marunowski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-536-6101 or Bill Tarkulich at email@example.com or 781-799-2930.
Community Pork Roast Supper: 5:30 p.m. at the Congregational Church of East Sumner. Roast, potatoes, vegetables, salads, desserts, coffee and punch, as well as a raffle of baked goods and household items. Proceeds benefit the outreach mission of the Church. Donations are accepted for the meal. The Church is located at 50 Main St., Route 219, East Sumner. FMI: Bill 388-2263.
April 10 to May 15
Gardeners Growing Healthy Communities: Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m., Valentine Farm Conservation Center, 162 North Road, Bethel. For an ever-expanding group of gardeners who believe that everyone should have access to fresh fruits and vegetables. This six-week training will improve your gardening skills and prepare you to participate in the seasonal effort to grow and share fresh produce with community members. For more information or to receive an application, contact Barbara 890-1626 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, April 12
Spring Book Discussion — “Stone Diaries”: 6:30-8 p.m. at Norway Memorial Library, 258 Main St. To register and request the books, please call the library at 743-5309, ext. 1 or visit the library’s website for more information at www.norway.lib.me.us.
Friday, April 13
Oh, My Stars! Messier Marathon Demonstration: 8:30 p.m. at Valentine Farm Conservation Center,
162 North Road, Bethel. Join star gazing enthusiast, Tom Hoffelder, for a night of enchantment. Tom has been looking through a telescope since 1974 and has seen 100 objects in one night. Cloud/rain date is April 14. Telescopes provided or bring your own.
Sunday, April 15
Astronomy for Everyone: Size & Scale of the Universe: 6:30 p.m. at Rumford Public Library. The program includes exciting video footage and a Q&A session with Kevin Manning, a former consultant to NASA. Also, a powerful telescope will be set up outdoors for viewing the craters on the Moon, the rings of Saturn and other beautiful objects in the night sky. All ages are welcome.
Saturday, April 21
Texas Hold’em: Doors open at 11 a.m., games begin at 1 p.m at Jackson-Silver Post 68, 595 Gore Road, Locke Mills. $50 buy-in, 50/50, pull tabs, meals & beverages available, BYOB.
Saturday, April 28
Andover Birthday Supper: 5 p.m. at the Andover Congregational Church. There will be lasagna, garlic bread, salad and birthday cake.
Thursday, May 3
Spring Book Discussion — “In the Skin of the Lion”: 6:30-8 p.m. at Norway Memorial Library, 258 Main St. To register and request the books, please call the library at 743-5309, ext. 1 or visit the library’s website for more information at www.norway.lib.me.us.
Saturday, May 12
May Day 5K Walk/Run: 10 a.m. start at Crescent Park School, Bethel. Adults $15/Under 18 free. FMI visit www.RunReg.com. Benefits scholarships for K-12 after-school enrichment activities.