Events calendar

Thursday, February 15

Free Ski Night: 4 p.m. at Black Mountain of Maine, 39 Glover Road, Rumford.

MDOT Public Meeting: 6 p.m. in the Andover Town Hall. The meeting will be regarding the replacement of the Merrill Bridge, which is the bridge between Elm Street and the East Andover Road.

Try Out the Potter’s Wheel — “Valentine Couples Night”: 6-8 p.m. at The Pottery Studio, 630 West Bethel Road. Have you always wanted to try the potter’s wheel, but you’re not sure if you’re going to commit to a full class? This two-hour session for adults is the perfect opportunity to try your hand at the potter’s wheel. Working on the wheel is an age-old practice of using your hands and a spinning wheel to create useful and beautiful objects out of clay. You will learn the basics of centering the clay on the wheel, opening the form and pulling up the walls to make everything from bowls to vases. Up to three completed pieces will be glazed in your choice of color. $40 FMI: www.sad44.maineadulted.org or 824-2136, ext. 1340.

February 16-18

Norway Snowshoe Festival: For more information on event times go to greatmaineoutdoorweekend.org or http://business.oxfordhillsmaine.com/events/details/wflt-snowshoe-festival-7887.

Friday, February 16

Restorative Community Training: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Norway Town Office, 19 Danforth St., Norway. For anyone who wants to develop their facilitation skills and hold conversations that foster trust, commitment and a sense of belonging; and anyone who wants to be more efficient tackling problems with greater impact. To reserve your spot call Emily at 739-6222.

Black Panther Premiere! Free Member Event to Celebrate Black History Month: 7:30 at The Gem, 23 Cross St., Bethel. Free for members! General admission is adults $8 and kids/seniors/military $6.

Saturday, February 17

Roxbury Ice Fishing Derby: 7 a.m. Total Cash Prize Amount is $3,000. Weigh-in is at the boat launch. FMI contact Roland Petneaude at 207-562-0949. (Rain Date Feb. 18)

Brown Bag Gardening Chat: noon to 2 p.m. at the Waterford Library, 663 Waterford Road. Brown bag lunch and open discussion featuring the latest additions to the Sheena Frazier Gardening Book Collection. Since her untimely death, a legacy endowment has grown into a wide variety of gardening related titles. All are welcome to join in a topical discussion and lend insights, comments, questions, suggestions or expertise. Bring your Brown Bag lunch. Drinks and dessert provided.

Reception for Local Artists of All Disciplines: 6 p.m. at the West Parish Congregational Church in Bethel, before the concert with Richard Blanco and local musicians. Sponsored by BAAM (Bethel Area Arts and Music).

Funky Divas of Gospel: 7 p.m. at St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts, 155 Emery St., Berlin, N.H. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for those under 18 and are available online at www.stkieranarts.org for a small additional fee, at the arts center office and the door on the evening of the show.

Poems of Richard Blanco — Music by Tom Davis: 7:30 p.m. at West Parish Congregational Church, 32 Church St., Bethel. There will be new pieces and a reprise of “One Today,” the 2013 Inauguration poem. Suggested donation of $10 at the door. Snow date: Feb. 18.

Screening to Benefit Neema George: 7:30-9:30 p.m. at The Gem, 23 Cross St., Bethel. Last winter Gould hosted the film Girl Rising at The GEM. With generous support from The GEM, all of the profits went toward funding a girl to go to school in Tanzania. We have successfully sent Neema George to her first year of secondary school. This winter we continue our support for Neema and add another partner, the Bluestocking Film Series. With this event, we continue to empower Neema to be a complex female protagonist in the world. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Sunday, February 18

Mara Fundraiser: noon at Mt. Abram, 308 Howe Hill Road, Greenwood. FMI call 207-875-5000.

“Passing the Hours”: 2 p.m. at the West Paris Library, 226 Main St. (snow date Feb. 25) For more information call the library at 207-674-2004.

Torchlight Parade and Family Night on Boris at Mt. Abram: 6 p.m. followed by the ski club “All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner” in the main lodge. Suggested donation $7 per person; $25 per family. Potluck desserts are always welcome.

Monday, February 19

Nordic Community Day: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Telstar. Free rentals for adults and children, and beginner lessons provided by BOC members or Telstar team members at 11 a.m. Come by the blue ski shed which is behind the Telstar complex to access the trail system.

Mt. Abram Games — Ring Toss: 11:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Mt. Abram, 308 Howe Hill Road, Greenwood. FMI call 207-875-5000.

February 20-21

Class A Alpine State Championships: Mt. Abram, 308 Howe Hill Road, Greenwood. FMI call 207-875-5000.

Wednesday, February 21

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics): 11 a.m. to noon at Rumford Library, 56 Rumford Ave. With school vacation right around the corner, are you looking for a way to entertain your kids that is free and entertaining? We are going to conduct experiments, explore STEM concepts and work together to understand the world we live in. There may be gumdrops and rockets involved! Lab coats are not required. All area children are welcome.

A Day in the Life of a Mt. Washington Snow Ranger: 7-8:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 74 Village Road, Shelburne, N.H. Free. Donations appreciated.

Thursday, February 22

Abram Games Day 2 — Obstacle Course: 11:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Mt. Abram, 308 Howe Hill Road, Greenwood. FMI call 207-875-5000.

Winter Fashion Show: at Hope Assoc., 85 Lincoln Ave., Rumford. The Glee Club entertains at noon, followed by the Fashion Show at 12:15. Come to the Fashion Show and see examples of clothing available at the What Not Shop! Snow date Feb. 23.

Luminaries-Pottery Class: 6-9 p.m. at the Pottery Studio. Brighten up your midwinter nights with a ceramic luminary. In this one day course, you will use slabs of clay to hand build a beautiful and functional ceramic tea light lantern. The pieces of clay will be cut and pierced so that a tea light shines through the holes. You will also have the option to turn your luminary into a scented wax melter. No previous clay experience is required for this class. All tools and supplies will be provided by the clay studio. Your finished project will be glazed in your choice of color and ready for pick up approximately two weeks after class. Taught by Joshua Rysted. $35. FMI visit www.sad44.maineadulted.org or call 824-2136, ext. 1340.

Friday, February 23

Abram Games Day 3 — Family Speed & Style Event: 11:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Mt. Abram, 308 Howe Hill Road, Greenwood. FMI call 207-875-5000.

Lecture on Opioid Addiction: 6 p.m. at West Parish Congregational Church, 32 Church St., Bethel. Brian Loring of Preble Street’s work with the homeless in Portland will speak on the opioid addiction as it affects the homeless population. There will be a potluck supper at 6 p.m. Please bring a dish to share.

Saturday, February 24

Fitch/Gilpatrick Memorial Ski Race: noon at Mt. Abram, 308 Howe Hill Road, Greenwood. FMI call 207-875-5000.

Ski Club Auction: 6-10 p.m. at Mt. Abram, 308 Howe Hill Road, Greenwood.

3D Air & Après Show: 7 p.m. at Sunday River, Newry. Join the party as 10 top Olympic and X-Games skiers and snowboarders put on a nighttime big air show on a huge jump covered in 3D graphics and animation, complete with music and a fireworks show. FMI visit http://www.sundayriver.com/events-and-activities/events-calendar/3d-air-and-apr%C3%A8s-show.

Sunday, February 25

“Gratitude”: 9 a.m. at the First Congregational Church in South Paris. Led by guest speaker, Davy Sturtevant. As a native North American white male, born the last child of a WWII veteran and a nurse/homemaker, Davy Sturtevant has enjoyed a privileged place in the world. Still, he has found happiness, tranquillity and peace to be elusive. A practice of radical gratitude has proved useful to him, and he will share his experience with gratitude and its rewards through song and story.

Monday, February 26

SeniorsPlus: noon to 4 p.m. at the Norway Town Office, 19 Danforth St. 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.

Books-2-Film Screening and Discussion — “Call Me By Your Name”: 6 p.m. at The Gem, 23 Cross St., Bethel.

Tuesday, February 27

Bethel Community Forest Planning Committee Meeting: 5:30-7 p.m. at The Gem, 23 Cross St., Bethel.

Olde Home Day Committee Meeting: 6 p.m. in the Library on Church Street, Andover. AOHD will celebrate its 38th continuous year. If you are new to town or have lived there for a long time, this would be an excellent opportunity for you to participate in a community activity and meet some people.

Richard Blanco Visiting Writers Program — Book Reading & Reception: 7-8:30 p.m. at Bingham Auditorium, Gould Academy, 39 Church St., Bethel. (Rescheduled from Jan. 23) Richard Taylor will be sharing poems from his latest book titled “The Absence of Strangers.” A reception and book signing for adults only will follow at 8 p.m. at the Head of School home directly across the street.

Wednesday, February 28

Community Supper: 4:30-6:00 p.m. (No Charge) Bethel Alliance Church, 251 Walkers Mills Road (across from the Telstar parking lot). Call 207-824-2289 for more information.

Natural Solutions for Wellness: 6-8 p.m. at Telstar. This is a make and take class where we will discuss what Essential Oils are and how you can use them to support your physical and emotional health, as well as to enhance your quality of life. Learn how oils can soothe occasional aches and pains, reduce your daily stress and help manage anxious feelings. We will also discuss how Essential Oils can promote your goals of maintaining a healthy weight by curbing your appetite, increasing your metabolism, and supporting your daily energy level. All participants will leave with three Essential Oil samples and one make and take Essential Oil product. Taught by Katie Sloma $20. FMI visit www.sad44.maineadulted.org or call 824-2136, ext. 1340.

My Loved One Has Dementia: 3-4 p.m. at Telstar. Amy Boivin from Memory Care at Market Square Health Care will be in Bethel for an introductory meeting of their monthly support group. If you have someone in your life that is diagnosed with memory loss and you just need that extra support, we are here. FREE. FMI: www.sad44.maineadulted.org or 824-2136, ext. 1340.

Greek Night: 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Methodist Church Kitchen. Nicholas Orgo of MANE Catering and Events teaches this hands-on and lecture class, where you will learn to make Greek chicken, spanakopita (spinach pie), and of course baklava for dessert. Bring your appetite and a covered dish to take home your creations. $45. FMI visit www.sad44.maineadulted.org or call 824-2136, ext. 1340.

Six Week Beginning Beekeeping Class: Wednesday nights from 6:30-8:45 p.m. at Oxford Comprehensive High School. FMI contact http://sad17.courseform.com/course/beginning-beekeeping.

Friday, March 2

Science on Screen — “The Martian” and Lecture: Informal gathering with the presenter at 6 p.m. Lecture at 6:30 p.m. Film at 7 p.m. Research Associate at the Maine Mineral and Gem Museum in Bethel, Dr. Henning Haack, will present a 30-minute lecture entitled “Meteorites and the Origin of the Solar System.” Admission is $8 for the public, $6 for Gem members and is free to high school students. Tickets may be reserved in advance on the events page at thegemtheater.com. FMI email thegemtheater@gmail.com.

Saturday, March 3

Andover Winter Carnival: 9 a.m. at the Andover Elementary School, 85 Pine St. sponsored by the Pineland Ski and Outing Club of Andover. For more information follow us on Facebook (Pineland Ski & Outing Club) or contact Fred Bailey, the event coordinator, at fredbaileytraildesign@gmail.com or 207-418-0840. The Recreation Committee will sponsor a snow sculpture competition, sled pull racing, snowshoe racing and/or snow angel making contests.

Flea Market and Bake Sale: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Lovell United Church of Christ, Route 5, Center Lovell. Something for everyone: soup/sandwich lunch, baked goods, flea market items, antiques, furniture and Girl Scout cookies. For table rental or info contact Linda Libby at 925-3661. Sponsored by Lovell Girl Scouts.

Family Fun Race: noon to 4 p.m. at Mt. Abram, 308 Howe Hill Road, Greenwood. Throughout the afternoon take some runs through the family fun racecourse to compete for fun and awards. Registration is from 11 a.m. until noon, with racing starting at 12:30. FMI call 207-875-5000.

Contra Dance: 7-9 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 35 Paris St., Norway. Music by the Better Late Than Never Band, with Maggie Robinson calling. $8/$20 family max. Beginners welcome with or without a partner. Bring clean shoes for dancing. FMI: Monica 207-381-7730.

Monday, March 5

Socrates Cafe: 6:15 p.m. at the Bridgton Community Center, 15 Depot St., Bridgton. The topic is “Are We Living Through The Latest Version Of The Fall Of The Roman Empire” Moderator: Robert Casimiro. Light refreshments will be provided. FMI call 583-6957.

Tuesday, March 6

RESCHEDULED from Jan. 23 — Legends of Maine Ski Race: 9 a.m. at Sunday River Ski Resort. FMI visit http://www.skimuseumofmaine.org.

March 7-9

Maine Adaptive: Mono-Ski Training Clinic: Three-day clinic designed for adult skiers; beginner to expert, and youth skiers — never — ever to expert. The goal is to progress participants to the next skiing level; introduce mono-skiers to the varied terrain of Sunday River; advance the teaching expertise of our experienced volunteers; help some mono-ski participants explore becoming ski buddies and/or volunteer instructors. FMI visit maineadaptive.org/programs/specialty-program.

Wednesday, March 7

Growing and Arranging Flowers: 4-5 p.m. at McLaughlin Garden & Homestead, 97 Main St., South Paris. Winter lecture presented by Cindy Creps. Tea and refreshments are served at 3:30. Free, open to the public, and held in the second-floor classroom of the McLaughlin Home. Donations are gratefully accepted. FMI call 207-743-8820 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Thursday, March 8

Essentials of College Planning for Adults 19 and Over: 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at University College Rumford/Mexico, 60 Lowell St., Rumford. The course is free and covers GED/SAT preparation, college planning, referrals/advocacy, career advising, financial aid advising, college admissions process, Application Fee Waivers for qualified adults. Preregistration is required. To register or for more information, call 800-281-3703 or visit us on the web at http://meoc.maine.edu.

Saturday, March 10

Winter Fun Day: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Black Mountain of Maine, 39 Glover Road, Rumford. FMI visit Black Mountain on Facebook.

Flying Moose Classic: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Bethel Village Trails, 21 Broad St., Bethel. FMI visit Flying Moose Classic on Facebook or https://www.nensa.net/event/flying-moose.

Contra dance for the Entire Family: 7-10 p.m. at the Randolph Town Hall, 130 Durand Road, Randolph, N.H. Music by the Better Late Than Never Band with Jacqueline Laufman, calling. Adults $8, kids 14 and under free. Beginners are welcome with or without a partner. Bring clean shoes for dancing. FMI call Monica at 207-381-7730 or Jenn at 603-631-0870.

Sunday, March 18

A Country Breakfast: 7:30–11 a.m. at Gould Academy, Ordway Hall, Church St., Bethel. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bethel.

Wednesday, March 21

Roundtable 4: Marketing: A General Approach: 7:45-9 a.m. at the Norway Town Hall Conference Room, 19 Danforth St., Norway. The marketing world has changed drastically with data collection and analytics, content marketing SEO and social media. However, the fundamentals remain the same! We’ll discuss target marketing, branding and more at this roundtable.

Saturday, March 24

33rd annual Maine Adaptive Ski-A-Thon: Sunday River, Newry. FMI visit https://www.maineadaptive.org/ski-a-thon2018.

Saturday, March 31

Easter Egg Hunt: Rumford/Mexico