Events calendar

Thursday, April 19

Oxford County Democrats Spaghetti Supper Fundraiser: 5 p.m. at the Rumford Eagles 1248 at 129 Rumford Ave., Rumford. Social hour is from 5-6 p.m. The meal will be served at 6 p.m. There will be vegetarian options. Included are bread, salad and dessert. The cost is $10 per person. A program will follow with introductions of the 2018 Oxford County Democratic candidates for legislative and county offices.

Forum on Community Solar Power and Electric Vehicle Charging: 6:30 p.m. at The Gem, 23 Cross St., Bethel. Before the event starting at 5:30 p.m. to learn more about CEBE and other projects, and enjoy Gneiss Spice popcorn, artisan pizza and refreshments offered by The Gem for purchase.

Friday, April 20

OCEA-R: 10:30 a.m. at the North Waterford Congregational Church, 15 Green Road. The program will be presented by Erica Jed, former owner of Books N Things in Norway, which has been sold and reopened as “The Tribune,” owned by Adrienne Cote of Paris. Erica Jed’s topic will be “Book Trends.” Our group tries to encourage reading in Oxford County and looks forward to hearing her perspectives.

Special Olympics Fundraiser Dance with Fawn and Noel: 7-10 p.m. at the Rumford Eagles Club Function Hall, 129 Rumford Ave., Rumford. 50/50 raffle and Chinese auction. The bar will be open. $5 cover charge. Proceeds to benefit Hope Association.

Saturday, April 21

All About Fiddleheads: from 9 a.m. to noon at the Ripley Medical Office Building, 193 Main St., Norway. 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.

Spring Reiki Clinic: 9 a.m. to noon at the Norway Town Office, 19 Danforth St. A reservation is required for your 20-minute individual chair session. Call 890-0329 before noon on Friday, April 13 to secure your spot. After that date, remaining time slots will be available to anyone in the community wishing to experience Reiki for themselves. Reiki is a gentle touch that promotes relaxation, reduces stress; helps relieve pain and may help improve sleep.

Special Meeting: 10 a.m. at the Grange, Bryant Pond. Meeting topic is the future of Franklin Grange.

Ticket Auction: Doors open at 10 a.m. (auction at noon, Christ Episcopal Church, 35 Paris St., Norway. Over 300 items, 50/50 dollar table and much more. Join us for fun, food and laughter.

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 and beverages available, BYOB.

Contra Dance: 7-9 p.m. at the First UU Church of Norway, 479 Main St. Music by the Better Late Than Never Band, with Chrissy Fowler calling. $8/$20 family max. Beginners welcome with or without a partner. Bring clean shoes for dancing. FMI: Monica 207-381-7730.

Sunday, April 22

Bethel Earth Day Celebration: 2 p.m. River Walk starting at Davis Park, Corner of Route 26 and Parkway. 3:30 p.m. Potluck Appetizer Social at The Gem, 23 Cross St. 4:30 screenings of four films “Growing Local,” “Farms of Western Maine: Moon Dance Farm,” “Celebrating Local Food,” “Alan Day Community Garden Youth Leadership Program” at The Gem. Following the films, at 6 p.m., panelists will discuss the movies with an active Q&A session.

Songs from the Logging Camps: 7:30 p.m. at the West Parish Congregational Church, 32 Church St. The concert will showcase songs that migrated from Ireland to the logging camps of New England, Canada, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Admission is free, but donations to help offset the program cost will
be appreciated. For more information call 207-824-2908.

Monday, April 23

SeniorsPlus: noon-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.

AOHD Committee Meeting: 6 p.m. at the Andover Library.

Trustees Meeting: 7 p.m. at the Andover Library. The main topic of discussion will be the items in the new Policy Manual.

Tuesday, April 24

Computers for Seniors: 10 a.m. to noon at Rumford Library. Learn the basics of computers, tablets, and smartphones! A computer lab will be provided. Bring your own devices as well. Space is limited, so
please call 364-3661 to reserve a spot.

Family to Family Course: 6-8:30 p.m. at the Rumford Town Office conference room. Sponsored by NAMI Western Mountains.

Canoeing With The Cree: 7 p.m. in the Alumni Auditorium, Gould Academy’s McLaughlin Science Building. This presentation will be the first in Western Mountains Senior College’s 2018 Down Home Maine series. Join Registered Master Maine guide Polly Mahoney of Mahoosuc Guide Service in North Newry as she shares her experiences working with and traveling by canoe with the Cree of northern Quebec. DHM presentations are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 25

Second annual Community Poetry Festival: 5:30-7 p.m. at The Gem, 23 Cross St., Bethel. Enjoy a wide variety of poetry activities including blackout poetry, poetry on demand, poetry and art, interactive poetry for young ones and more! Bring a poem to read or recite, and watch poetry events and shorts on one of the big screens. Door prizes will be given away, and food and beverages are available for purchase. It is fun for all ages, and there is no admission charge. Hosted by The Eddy School.

Fire Extinguisher 101: 5:30–6:30 p.m. at the Norway Fire Department, 19 Danforth St., Norway. There is no cost to participate, but registration is required. To register, please visit www.wmh.coursestorm.com. For more information, please call 743-1562, ext. 6896.

Community Chorus Rehearsal: 6 p.m. at The West Parish Congregational Church, 32 Church St., Bethel. Open to anyone, preparing music for the April 27 Open Mic Coffee House and 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday. We will be learning “Declaration of Inter-Dependence,” Richard Blanco’s poem set to music by Tom Davis.

Breastfeeding Class: from 6:30–8:30 p.m. in the Harper Conference Center, Ripley Medical Office Building, 193 Main St., Norway. To register for this class and see a list of upcoming classes, please visit www.wmh.coursestorm.com. For more information, please call the Family Birthplace at 744-6151. This class is free, but pre-registration with is required.

Meditation Techniques: 6-7 p.m. at the Learning Center, 284 Walkers Mills Road, Bethel. Meditation can be difficult to practice and begin on your own. This class will teach you additional techniques and can be a follow up to the last session or can be your first class. In this session, we will practice a few different breathing techniques, a sensory meditation, and will discuss meditation tips and practical, mindful activities. Bring a yoga mat, small blanket and pillow. $20 fee. FMI contact Adult Ed at 824-2136, ext. 1340.

Thursday, April 26

Spring Pot Up: 9 a.m. (stay as long as you like) at McLaughlin Garden & Homestead, 97 Main St., S. Paris. FMI call 207-743-8820 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Fourth Thursday Poetry Meeting: 5:30 p.m. at the Rumford Public Library. Bring a poem — your own or another’s — to read and talk about. Free and open to the public. All are welcome. FMI call 361-3661 and ask for Mary Ann or Kristen.

Buying or Selling a Business: 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Norway Town Office, 19 Danforth St. Do you want to buy or sell a business? How do you find the right business or a qualified buyer? What is the right price? Buying or selling a business is different than a real estate transaction: there are specific legal, accounting and process issues that need to be understood by both parties. Sponsored by Norway Savings Bank.

Goats 101: 6-8 p.m. at Telstar High School, 284 Walkers Mills Road, Bethel. If you are interested in getting started with goats, this workshop is for you. Learn about goat health, breeding, and local resources at Telstar High School. $15 fee. FMI contact Adult Ed at 824-2136, ext. 1340.

Norway Memorial Library Talk: 6:30-8 p.m. Author Greg Westrich will talk about his hiking expeditions, share photographs, and talk about discoveries while researching his upcoming book about New Hampshire. Listeners will gain ideas for their own hiking adventures. This presentation is supported by Friends of Norway Memorial Library. It is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 743-5309, ext. 1 or email norlib@norway.lib.me.us.

Friday, April 27

“I Am Eleven”: 6:30 p.m. at The Gem, 23 Cross St., Bethel. This film provides a unique look at both the similarities and differences of girls and boys all over the world at the age of 11. The local Girl Scouts are showing this film for a suggested donation of $5, which will go to the charity Water, an organization that provides access to safe, clean drinking water to developing nations all over the world. Come early and enjoy a pizza buffet which starts at 5:30 ($7/adult, $4/child).

Open Mic Talent Night: 7 p.m. at West Parish Congregational Church in Bethel. Open to anyone — musicians, storytellers, comedians, poetry readers, dancers, hog callers — anyone! Sign up with Tom Davis at anick1@wildblue.net.

4/28,29

Scrap for Hope: Crafting fundraiser at the Hope Association 85 Lincoln Ave., Rumford. Saturday — 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday — 7 a.m-1 p.m. For anyone interested in scrapbooking, painting, quilting, stamping or need a day and space away to complete a project and enjoy fellowship with other crafters and friends.

Saturday, April 28

National Prescription Awareness Day: from 8-5 at the Oxford County Sherriff’s Office, One Parkway Road, Bethel.

Smile Fund Sale: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the West Parish Congregational Church in Bethel. Yard sale benefits adults who need dentures in the SAD 44 area. Drop off donated items (no clothes) to the church basement. Contact 824-2689 for more information.

Pickwick Club Meeting: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Auburn Library. The book to be discussed is “Dickens and the House of Fallen Women” by Jenny Hartley. The moderator is Naoma York. FMI call Joanne at 207-583-6957 or Alexis at 207-779-8979.

Andover Birthday Supper: 5 p.m. at the Andover Congregational Church. There will be lasagna, garlic bread, salad and birthday cake. There will be two seatings (5 and 6 p.m.) Also there will be gluten-free items available.

New Repertory Theatre Performs Shakespeare’s “Othello”: 7 p.m. at St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts, 155 Emery St., Berlin, N.H. FMI visit http://www.stkieranarts.org.

Sunday, April 29

All You Can Eat Breakfast Buffett: 7:30-11 a.m. at the Bethel Fire Station, 9 Mill Hill Road. $8 for adults; $5 for children under eight. Menu to Include: Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Home Fries, Bacon, Sausage & Toast, Coffee, Tea and Other Assorted Beverages. Proceeds to benefit Bethel Fire’s Training and Education Fund.

The Sermon on the Amount: 11 a.m. at the First Universalist Church of Norway, 479 Main St.

Tenth annual Earth Day Peace Concert: 2 p.m. in the sanctuary of the First Universalist Church of Norway, 479 Main St. This very special concert features performances by the Norway UU Choir, Heather Pierson, Mary Hargreaves, Nate Towne, and more special guests. Admission is $5-$10 per person (sliding scale) and proceeds will benefit the Save the Belfry Project Fund.

Tuesday, May 1

Computers for Seniors: 10 a.m. to noon at Rumford Library. Learn the basics of computers, tablets,
and smartphones! A computer lab will be provided. Bring your own devices as well. Space is limited so please call 364-3661 to reserve a spot.

Telstar High School annual Red Cross Blood Drive: noon to 5 p.m. in the Telstar gym.

Thursday, May 3

23rd annual Androscoggin River Watershed Conference: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Summit Hotel at Sunday River Ski Resort, Newry.

Building Your Brand From The Inside Out: 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Gem Theater, 23 Cross St. in Bethel. Register online at https://www.eventbrite.com.

Facebook: Intermediate Topics for Business: 12:30 to 3 p.m. at the Gem Theater, 23 Cross St. in Bethel. Register online at https://www.eventbrite.com.

American Heart Association Heartsaver® CPR AED: 5:30–8:30 p.m. at the Harper Conference Center, Ripley Medical Office Building, 193 Main St., Norway. The cost for this class is $20 per person.   Registration is required. To register, please visit www.wmh.coursestorm.com. For more information, please call 743-1562, ext. 6896.

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 5

Spring Fling Old Fashioned Barn Dance & Concert: 5:30 to 10 p.m. at Mahoosuc Mountain Lodge, 1513 Bear River Road, Newry.

Science on Screen — The Imitation Game: 6-9 p.m. at The Gem, 23 Cross St., Bethel. Science on Screen, where we pair fun films with mini-presentations by local experts with a goal to promote scientific literacy through entertainment. Hosted on the first Friday of every month. Speaker: Mathematics Professor Paul Gies, of the University of Maine Farmington. Title of Talk: Thinking in Code: Alan Turing and the Enigma Machine. Admission for this event is $8 for the public, $6 for members of The Gem and is FREE to school students.

Mock Hee-Haw Show: 7 p.m. at Franklin Grange #124 in Bryant Pond. Music by local entertainers, skits, and jokes. Door prizes, 50/50 raffle. Refreshments and beverages on sale. Proceeds benefit the Grange.

Monday, May 7

Socrates Cafe: Meet and Greet at 6:15 to 6:30 at the Bridgton Community Center, 15 Depot St.  Discussion 6:30 to 8:30. The topic is Why Are We Here? The moderator is Joanne Morse. Light refreshments will be provided. FMI call 583-6957.

Tuesday, May 8

Computers for Seniors: 10 a.m. to noon at Rumford Library. Learn the basics of computers, tablets,
and smartphones! A computer lab will be provided. Bring your own devices as well. Space is limited so please call 364-3661 to reserve a spot.

Saturday, June 16

Woodstock Alumni Meeting: 6 p.m. at the Bryant Pond Masonic Hall. Classes of 1968, 1958, 1948 and Telstar seniors from Woodstock and Greenwood will be honor guests. The Woodstock Historical Society is still missing yearbooks from 1925 to 1929. Contact Joe Campbell with any questions you might have.

Wednesday, May 9

Bethel Senior Citizen Club Meeting: at the Sudbury Inn, Main St., Bethel. The menu will be chicken Marsala or baked fish. The price is $10. Reservations must be made before May 2 by calling Donna Douglass at 207-824-2591 with your choice.

Sensational Sushi: 6-8 p.m. at the Methodist Church Kitchen, 75 Main St., Bethel. Maine sushi enthusiast Matt Howe will share an abundance of ideas and techniques to help take your homemade sushi in creative new directions. The cost is $45. FMI call Adult Ed at 824-2136, ext. 1340.

Thursday, May 10

Vases — Mother/Daughter Pottery: 6-9 p.m. at W. Bethel Pottery Studio, 630 W. Bethel Road. In this one-day ceramic hand building course, you will learn to make a slab constructed vase. Textures will be used to create dynamic surfaces on a vase that will make a beautiful addition to your home. This course is just before Mother’s Day and would be a perfect project for mothers and daughters to spend time doing together. The cost is $35. FMI call Adult Ed at 824-2136, ext. 1340.

May 11-13
The Sixth annual New England Mineral Conference will be held at the Grand Summit Resort Hotel & Conference Center. Sunday River in Newry. Topics: Educational Lectures and Presentations, Heritage Awards Banquet, Displays and Exhibits, Dealers and Miners, Conference Support Auction, Education Day and Poster Contest, Sunday Field Trip. FMI on registration visit http://www.nemineralconference.org/Welcome.html.

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.

Tuesday, May 15

Youth Mental Health First Aid: 8 a.m. to 4/4:30 p.m. at MVHS, 799 Hancock St., Rumford. This course results in a three-year national certification from NCFBH earns eight continuing education credits and meets the state mandate for school staff in suicide awareness. Sponsored by NAMI Western Mountains.

Thursday, May 17

Intro to Self Employment: 6-8 p.m. at Telstar High School, 284 Walker Mills Road, Bethel. This one-session workshop will help you decide if self-employment is the right choice for you. The class covers the pros and cons of owning your own business, the steps needed for start-up, the major elements of a business plan and the many resources available to help you succeed. Free. FMI call Adult Ed at 824-2136, ext. 1340.

Wednesday, May 23

Essential Oils for Summer: 6-8 p.m. at Telstar High School, 284 Walker Mills Road, Bethel. Learn how to incorporate essential oils into your summer routine to cool off your body, calm down before long periods of travel, and soothe your skin after too much time in the sun, pool or salty air. The cost is $20. FMI call Adult Ed at 824-2136, ext. 1340.

Saturday, June 9

Butterfly Release Celebration: 10 a.m. at the Briar Patch Greenhouse, 91 Highland Terrace, Mexico. (Rain date June 10) This is a fundraiser for Hope Association. Butterflies are available for purchase at Hope Assc., Facebook and area businesses for $20. On June 9 there will be refreshments, 50/50 and memorable crafts for sale. FMI call 364-4561.

Thursday, June 28

Local Food Connection Meeting: Bethel. For more information call Bonnie Pooley (381-7944) and Amy Halsted (432-7239).