Events calendar

Thursday, May 24

Essentials of College Planning for Adults 19 and Over: 10 and 11:30 a.m. at University College Rumford/Mexico, 60 Lowell St., Rumford. FREE. To register or for more information, call 800-281-3703 or visit us on the web at http://meoc.maine.edu. 

Whitman Memorial Library Program — Low Commotion: 2 p.m. at the library in Bryant Pond. Low Commotion, which was formed in 2013, is an ensemble of euphoniums (tenor tubas) and full-sized tubas. Free and open to everyone.

Oxford County Wellness Collaborative Semiannual Spring Gathering: 5-8 p.m. at the Woodstock Seventh Day Adventist Church, 25 Perkins Valley Road, Bryant Pond. The gathering is open to all. The focus of this event will be the work going on in schools and communities to address Adverse Childhood Experiences and build Resilience. Free childcare will be provided. If you’re bringing children, please call Emily at 739-6222 to let her know how many children to expect. We’re happy to offer transportation help for anyone who would like it. We can offer mileage reimbursement and will have forms for this at the event. We can also look for opportunities to share a ride to/from
the event. If you need help getting there, please call Emily at 739-6222.

Step Falls Wildflower Hike: 1:30–3 p.m. at Step Falls, near Grafton Notch. Lynne Zimmerman will lead a leisurely, easy, one mile (round trip) hike along beautiful Step Falls to identify wildflowers and enjoy the waterfalls. Be sure to bring appropriate footwear, water, bug repellent, and a camera. This event is sponsored by the Western Mountains Senior College (WMSC)  Sponsored by WMSC; this event is free and open to the public. FMI and to RSVP: ewooley@myfairpoint.net, 562-1089.

May 25-28

Lilac Festival at McLaughlin Garden & Homestead, 97 Main St., South Paris. FMI visit https://www.mclaughlingarden.org/garden-events or call 207-743-8820 during business hours.

Friday, May 25

Fish Fry Friday sponsored by the Greenwood Fire Dept, 3-7 p.m. at 19 Howe Hill, Greenwood. For more information call 207-875-2888.

Saturday, May 26

Berlin & Coos County Historical Society Yard Sale: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 119 High St., Berlin, N.H. This sale features dishes. The barns are organized into “departments” which are open regardless of the specialty items listed. Please note that furniture is located on the lower level of the larger barn. Picture frames are also in both barns.

Bethel Farmers Market 2018 Season Opening Day: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1 Parkway Road. The Bethel Farmers Market offers a wide variety of meats, dairy, veggies, eggs, soaps, fiber, preserves, honey, maple syrup, baked goods and more!

Yard Sale: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the VFW Hall, 58 E Main St., South Paris. FMI call Marilyn Ramsey at 743-5723.

Cranberry Workshop: 10 a.m. until noon at the Woodward Cranberry Farm, 41 Dundee Road, Albany Twp. Pre-registration is required. ($20 per family include materials and snacks!) Call 744-3119 for more info or to register for this workshop. This event is sponsored by Oxford County Soil & Water Conservation District. Find out how to grow delicious, healthy cranberries!

Andover Alumni Association: Social hour begins at 5 p.m. followed by the meal at 6 p.m. at the Town Hall. The annual meeting honors the Class of 2018 and recognizes 50-year celebrants, the class of 1968. There will be speeches and awards from various town organizations to graduating seniors.

Hailey’s Hugs Fundraiser from noon to 7 p.m. at the Cresent Park School, 19 Crescent Lane, Bethel. This event features face painting by Mimi, and 50 percent of the profits go to the nonprofit Hailey’s Hugs. FMI call 316-3332.

EoS: Faces Places: 7 p.m. at The Gem, 23 Cross St., Bethel.

Sunday, May 27

Sermon by Dorothy Selebwa: 10 a.m. at West Parish Congregational Church. Dorothy is the founder of Kakamega Orphans Care Centre in the western city of Kakamega, Kenya. All are welcome to attend the Sunday service and the coffee hour following to hear this amazingly strong woman explain her life story.

National Forest Exhibit and Art Show Reception: 2 to 5 p.m. at the Robinson House on Broad Street, Bethel. The Museums of the Bethel Historical Society will host a special preview reception of this season’s newest displays, “White Mountain National Forest: A Centennial Exhibition” and “The White Mountains: Alps of New England” including an art exhibition and sale of paintings by Erik Koeppel and Lauren Sansaricq. Free and open to all.

Rodney Crowell: 8 p.m. at Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dugway Road, Brownfield. FMI on tickets, visit http://www.stonemountainartscenter.com/ArtsCenter/event-calendar.html. 

Monday, May 28

Memorial Day Observance: 11 a.m. on the Bethel Common. Music provided by the Mahoosuc Community Band. A limited number of chairs will be available. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Bethel fire station.

Tuesday, May 29

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.

BANC Public Forum — Meet the SAD 44 School Board Candidates: 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Crescent Park Elementary School, 19 Crescent St, Bethel. All community members are invited to attend. Anyone considering running as a write-in candidate on election day is encouraged to participate in the forum. Free childcare will be provided by Mahoosuc Kids Association during the event. Please contact Amy Scott at amyscott@bethelmainenonprofits.orgor 207- 357-3189 for more information.

Red Cross Blood Drive: 1-6 p.m. at United Parish Congregational Church, Harrison. Online registration is at www.redcrossblood.org. Sponsored by the Western Maine Council of Realtors.

Oxford County Democrats Spaghetti Supper: Social hour at 5 p.m., supper served at 6 p.m. at the North Waterford Congregational Church, Irving Green Road. There will be vegetarian options. Included is bread and 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. For more information contact Don Berry, chair at 388-2181 or jatc567@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, May 30

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

SAD 44 school budget vote meeting: 6:30 p.m. at Telstar High School.

Thursday, May 31

Telling Impactful Stories: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mahoosuc Mountain Lodge in Newry. Facilitated by Leigh Tillman. Sponsored by BANC and Mahoosuc Heart & Soul. The registration deadline is May 24. Please make your reservations by contacting the Mahoosuc Mountain Lodge at 207-824-2073, or info@mahoosuc.com. For more information or to register for the workshop, please contact Amy Scott at amyscott@bethelmaine nonprofits.org or 207-357-3189.

The Poets of RSU 10: 5 p.m. at Rumford Library. Student poets from Grades 3 through 12 will read from their works. Poet Richard Taylor will read from his new book and talk about writing. Teacher Lia Paliocha will introduce her students. Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public. For more information call 364-3661.

Friday, June 1

National Cancer Survivors Day Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine, located in the Stephens Memorial Hospital Specialty Clinic building at 199 Main St., Norway. Cancer survivors and caregivers are invited to lunch and to “Celebrate Life” at the center. This will also be an opportunity to meet Mary Dempsey, the center’s executive director, and learn about the center. Join them for lunch, possibly win a door prize and enjoy a couple of hours of visiting with others impacted by cancer.

Quilting Classes: Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Museums of the Bethel Historical Society. The first project offered is making a Trivet; it is a two to three-hour class. A kit, class and finished project are yours for $45 through the month of June. Sign up for a class by contacting seamsundone@hotmail.com. Sewing machines are available, however, if you would like to bring your own that is fine. Other classes will be offered in the near future.

Greenwood Farmers’ Market, 4-6 p.m. every Friday at Greenwood Town Hall, 270 Main Street.

Start of Summer Trail Series: 5:30-7 p.m. Start/finish is next to the tennis court at The Bethel Inn Resort. Free for Bethel Outing Club and Mahoosuc Pathways members; suggested $5 donation for all others. FMI visit mahoosucpathways.org/summer-trail-series.

Andover Summer Concert Series on the Andover Common, 6 p.m. Presenting the Acoustipalians. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/218332791870784/permalink/582123692158357.

Lonely Heartstring Band: 8 p.m. at Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dugway Road, Brownfield. FMI on tickets visit http://www.stonemountainartscenter.com/ArtsCenter/event-calendar.html.

Saturday, June 2

Ellis River Riders Game Show at 78 Airport Road, Andover. FMI call 207-200-7115.

8th annual Produce Pursuit 5K and 1-mile Kids Fun Run: 8-noon at Woodstock Elementary School, 224 Rumford Ave., Bryant Pond. 7 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. 1 Mile Kids Fun Run, 9 a.m. 5k.

Bethel Library annual Plant Sale: 9 to 10 a.m. at 5 Broad St. Be sure to get there early for the best selection, because plants usually go fast. Raffle tickets for the bookshelf quilt, handcrafted and donated by trustee Donna Gillis, will be on sale.

Whitecap Mountain Workday: 9 a.m. at the Trailhead, East Andover Road. FMI call Leon Akers at 392-3157.

Rhubarb Festival: 9 a.m. to noon at the First Universalist Church of West Paris on Main Street. The festival features everything rhubarb, including homemade rhubarb pies, cakes, cookies and more, prepared by church members and friends for this important annual fundraiser. The event also features a white elephant sale — perhaps you can find that ‘something’ you can’t do without. For more information, please contact Sandra Poland at sjpoland@megalink.net; or Suzanne Dunham at dunhamfarm@msn.com or 665-2967.

Sumner Fire Dept Aux. Garage, Food and Plant Sale: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the fire barn, 633 Main St. Refreshments on sale. Donations accepted. All proceeds go to the fire department. FMI call Wilda at 388-2981.

Land Steward Trail Maintenance Workshop: 9-11 a.m. Celebrate National Trail Day and learn about our land stewardship program with a 2-hour trail maintenance class with Barry Allen. Witts End Trail trailhead on Pleasant St., Norway.

Bethel Farmers Market, 1 Parkway, every Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October.

Community Supper: 5:30 p.m. at the Congregational Church of East Sumner, 50 Main St., Route 219, East Sumner. Casseroles, 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. FMI call Bill at 388-2263 or Cyndy at 388-2667.

Norway Memorial Library Program — Paul Doiron: 7 p.m. at 258 Main St. Tickets must be purchased in advance for this popular author event and will be available at the library for $5 each. Seating is limited. For more information about Doiron visit www.pauldoiron.com, and for more information on the event contact Norway Memorial Library at 207-743-5309,  ext. 1 or visit the library’s website at www.norway.lib.me.us.

Susan Goyette a Berlin native brings her jazz vocals back to town, 7-8:30 p.m., at St Kieran Community Center for the Arts, 155 Emery St, Berlin, N.H. FMI visit http://www.stkieranarts.org/calendar.html.

Sunday, June 3

Run for Wellness 5K: Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and the SMH Run for Wellness 5K will start at 9 a.m. The race will start and finish in front of the Ripley Medical Office Building at 193 Main St. in Norway.  The entry fee is $15 per person if registered before race day. Race day registration will be $20 per person. To register for the SMH Run for Wellness 5K, please visit www.wmhcc.org. If you have questions, please call 744-6052.

Kids Fun Run: 8:15 a.m.in front of the Ripley Medical Office Building at 193 Main St. in Norway. Kids ages 12 and under are invited to participate at no cost! The race is approximately one mile; race day registration only.

Youth Field Day is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University of Maine 4-H Camp & Learning Center, 11 Conservation School Road, Bryant Pond. Come and see all that 4-H Camp & Learning Center has to offer! FMI visit https://extension.umaine.edu/bryantpond/yfd.

The BIG Show ─ Kids Magic: 1 p.m. at 49 Franklin, Rumford. FMI and tickets visit http://www.49franklin.com/buy-tickets.html.

Benefit Concert — Seventh Wave Quartet: 7 p.m. at the West Bethel Union Church, 761 W Bethel Road. Tickets are available at the door at $12 for adults and $10 for students. This promises to be an exciting evening of spiritual uplifting and joyous harmony. Everyone who loves good music is welcome!

Monday, June 4

Waterford Farmers’ Market, 2-5 p.m. Every Monday, June through September, on Waterford Common across from Keoka Lake, Route 35/37.

Democratic Candidate Forum — Congressional District 2: 6 p.m. at Deering Memorial Community Center in South Paris on 39 Main St. FMI contact Don Berry, chairman of the Oxford County Democrats, at 388-2182 or jatc567@yahoo.com.

Socrates Cafe Meeting: At the Bridgton Community Center. 6:15-6:30: Meet and Greet. 6:30-8:30: Discussion. Topic: Automation in our Lives. Moderator: Ted Gerber. Light refreshments provided. FMI call 583-6957.

June 6-July 7

Family Nature Summit in White Mountains, Maine: The 2018 Family Nature Summit will be held at the Sunday River Ski Resort, 15 S Ridge Road, Newry. List of activities available: hiking trips of various levels, birding, butterfly walks, natural crafts, freshwater ecology, local geology, Adventure Race, Wilderness Survival, Kayaking, Photography Program, Plein Air Painting, Wildflower Walks, Ice Cream Social, Barn Dance and many more! FMI visit https://familynaturesummits.org/next-summit.

Wednesday, June 6

Mahoosuc Heart & Soul Draft Statement Workshop: 8:30-10 a.m. at the Greenwood Town Office, 593 Gore Road.

Greenwood Historical Society, 7 p.m., Main Street, Locke’s Mills. The program features local Finnish history by Dale Piirainen of the Finnish American Heritage Society of Maine (West Paris).

Tannahill Weavers 50th Anniversary at the Mystic: 7 p.m. at 49 Franklin, Rumford. A great evening of Celtic music, humor and fun are lined up.

Thursday, June 7

Woodstock-Greenwood Senior Citizen Meeting: Market Square Restaurant, 24 Market St., South Paris.

Norway Memorial Library — Paul Doiron: 7 p.m. at 258 Main St, Norway. Tickets must be purchased in advance for this popular author event and will be available at the library beginning Monday, May 7 for $5 each. Seating is limited. Doiron will read from “Stay Hidden,” the forthcoming ninth book in his award-winning Mike Bowditch Maine game warden mystery series due to be released July 3, 2018.

Saturday, June 9

Infant CPR: 8:30 to 10 a.m. in the Harper Conference Center in the Ripley Medical Office Building, 193 Main St., Norway. The fee for this class is $10 per person. Pre-registration with payment is required. To register for this class, please visit www.wmh.coursestorm.com. For more information, please contact The Family Birthplace at 207-744-6151.

Venture Out and Hike — Mount Will Trail: Meet at 9 a.m. in the parking lot (on the right, near Route 26) of the Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School. Three-mile round trip loop with a moderate climb. Free to all, but registration is required. To register, please visit www.wmh.coursestorm.com. Proper footwear and water are recommended.

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.

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 Shari Shakti calling. $8/$20 family max. Beginners welcome with or without a partner. Bring clean shoes for dancing. FMI call Monica at 207-381-7730.

Sunday, June 10

The opening of “Brush of Serenity”: 2 to 4 p.m. at the West Paris Library, 226 Main St. A display of the art of West Paris native, Beverly Smith Glines. For more information call the library at 207-674-2004.

Wednesday, June 13

Bethel Senior Citizen Club Meeting: 11 a.m. the Crosstone Restaurant on Route 26 in Woodstock. The menu is fried chicken or baked fish. The price is $10. Reservations must be made by June 1 by calling Donna Douglass at 824-2591 with your choice.

June 14-24

“Noises Off” at Norway Grange, 15 Whitman St., Norway. Evening shows (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) begin at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday matinee begins at 2 p.m. Presented by OHMPAA community theater. FMI visit http://www.ohmpaa.com/season.html. 

June 15-17

Trek Across Maine a three-day, 180-mile cycling event from the mountains of Sunday River to the sea in Belfast. As the largest fundraising event of its kind in the nation for the American Lung Association, the Trek has raised more than $24 million in the past 30+ years. Join nearly 2,000 cyclists and 750 volunteers on this one of a kind journey on Father’s Day Weekend. FMI visit http://www.sundayriver.com/events-and-activities/events-calendar.

Friday, June 15

Fish Fry Friday sponsored by the Greenwood Fire Dept, 3-7 p.m. at 19 Howe Hill, Greenwood. For more information call 207-875-2888.

Andover Summer Concert Series on the Andover Common, 6 p.m. Presenting the Heather Pierson Trio. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/218332791870784/permalink/582123692158357.

Saturday, June 16

Responsible Pet Care ATV Poker Ride: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. FMI visit http://lulapoop.wix.com/pulpitrockatvclub.

Berlin & Coos County Historical Society Yard Sale: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 119 High St., Berlin, N.H. The barns are organized into “departments” which are open regardless of the specialty items listed. Please note that furniture is located on the lower level of the larger barn. Picture frames are also in both barns.

Berry Bowls: 1-4 p.m. at W. Bethel Pottery Studio, 630 West Bethel Road. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, summer’s bounty is coming! Be ready with a delicious little berry bowl colander suitable for rinsing, serving, and storing your sweet harvest. Cost $35. FMI contact Adult Ed at 824-2136, ext. 1340.

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.

Monday, June 18

Essentials of College Planning for Adults 19 and Over: 10 and 11:30 a.m. at Western Maine University & Community College Center, 232 Main St., South Paris. To register or for more information, call 800-281-3703 or visit http://meoc.maine.edu.

Andover Library Trustee Meeting: 7 p.m. at the library.

Wednesday, June 20

Essentials of College Planning for Adults 19 and Over: 10 and 11:30 a.m. at University College Rumford/Mexico, 60 Lowell St. To register or for more information, call 800-281-3703 or visit http://meoc.maine.edu.

Try the Potter’s Wheel: 6-8 p.m. at W. Bethel Pottery Studio, 630 West Bethel Road. 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. Cost $40. FMI contact Adult Ed at 824-2136, ext. 1340.

Thursday, June 21

Power Propagators at McLaughlin Garden & Homestead, 97 Main St., South Paris. FMI visit https://www.mclaughlingarden.org/garden-events or call 207-743-8820 during business hours.

Saturday, June 23

Gilead annual Friends and Family Day at the Gilead Town Hall. The buildings open at 10 a.m., lunch is at 11 a.m., and the program is at 1 p.m. For more info call 836-2987 or email chapmal@hotmail.com.

Bethel Rotary Yard Sale at Telstar High School, 284 Walkers Mills Road, Bethel from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bethel Cancer Walk: 10 a.m. starting at Davis Park on the corner of Route 26 and Parkway. The walk will then follow the pathway before proceeding through town. Collection receptacles will be available for those who choose to donate to the American Cancer Society, but it is not necessary to give to participate. Feel free to wear clothing that identifies the cause such as purple clothes for RFL, pink clothes for breast cancer or any other cancer-related garb. Signs identifying the purpose of the walk are also encouraged. Rain date Sunday, June 24.

Bethel Rotary Auction at Telstar High School, 284 Walkers Mills Road, Bethel at 6:30 p.m.

June 26 to August 16

BOC 5th annual summer programming for junior Nordic skiers ages 12 & up. Further details, registration and scholarship forms can be found under the programs tab on the BOC website (http://bethelouting.org/page-18079). Forms should be mailed to the BOC at P.O. Box 637 Bethel, ME 04217. If you have further questions, please contact Marcus Wentworth at wentwom11799@gmail.com.

Monday, June 25

2018 Coca-Cola of Northern New England Chamber Golf Classic: 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Bethel Inn Resort.

Tuesday, June 26

North Waterford Church Public Supper: 5-6:30 p.m. on Route 35 opposite Melby’s Market.

Thursday, June 28

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

Friday, June 29

Fish Fry Friday sponsored by the Greenwood Fire Dept, 3-7 p.m. at 19 Howe Hill, Greenwood. For more information call 207-875-2888.

Andover Summer Concert Series on the Andover Common, 6 p.m. Presenting Brad Hooper. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/218332791870784/permalink/58212369215835.