Events calendar

December 14-17

Evergreens and Lights at Mt Abram ski area. FMI call 207-875-5000.

Thursday, December 14

(Postponed from Dec. 12) Senior Citizen Holiday Luncheon: Doors open at 11:30 a.m. with ham dinner served at noon. At the Locke Mills American Legion Hall, Gore Rd, Greenwood.

Whitman Memorial Library December Program: 2 p.m. at 28 S Main St., Bryant Pond. The program will feature the Oxford Hills Ukulele Group. The public is welcome at no charge. There will be light refreshments.

(Postponed from Dec. 12) Heart & Soul Team Meeting: 2-3:30 p.m. at The Gem (upstairs conference room), 23 Cross St. All are welcome to attend, coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided.

Coloring for Adults: 2-3 p.m. at the Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine, Stephens Memorial Hospital Specialty Clinic, 199 Main St., Norway.

Rumford Library’s Poetry Group: 5:30 to 7 p.m. We’ll share poetry, refreshments and warm wishes for the holidays. Free and open to the public. For more information call 364-3661.

December 15-17

FrUiTCaKeS: 7 p.m. (Sunday Matinee at 2 p.m.) at 49 Franklin, Rumford. Mix a batch of fruitcakes, three dozen Christmas trees, 10,000 outdoor Christmas lights, a chickenpox epidemic, two southern spinsters, an estranged old man, a lost cat named Tutti-Frutti and a Christmas hog named Buster, and you’ve got the recipe for a fun-filled and touching evening of holiday cheer.

Bethel Rotary Club’s — Ringing the Bell: In the front of the Bethel Foodliner. This program helps to support hundreds of families in need during the holiday season.

8th annual Winterfest Weekend — What better way to kick off winter than a weekend dedicated to skiing, snowboarding, food, fireworks, and live music. During Winterfest, keep your eye out for special appearances by Sunday River’s very own Eddy the Yeti and his jolly friend Santa Claus. FMI visit http://www.sundayriver.com.

Friday, December 15

Yoga for Wellness: 8-9 a.m. at the Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine, Stephens Memorial Hospital Specialty Clinic, 199 Main St., Norway. FMI visit www.crcofwm.org.

Waterford Coffee Hour: 9 a.m. to noon at Waterford Library. Meet with friends and neighbors or meet new ones. Refreshments will be served. FMI call 583-2050.

Retirement Party — Open House for Jean Watson: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oxford County West Registry of Deeds, 38 Portland St., Fryeburg. Jean has served our county and our community for 39 years. Come and wish her well as she starts off on her new adventure! Light refreshments will be served.

Heart and Soul Interview with Travis: 1-4 p.m. in the Adult Ed classrooms, Telstar High School, 284 Walkers Mills Road, Bethel. FMI on this program visit mahoosucheartandsoul.org.

Greenwood Farmers Market: 4-6 p.m. at the Town Hall on Main Street.

Free Holiday Ham Dinner: 5-6 p.m. at the Second Congregational Church, 205 Main St., Norway. For more information please phone the Church at 743-2290.

Holiday Nights, Magic on Main Street: 5-7 p.m. The first Friday of Norway Downtown and the Chamber of Commerce Holiday Nights, Magic on Main Street. A full schedule of events at http://business.oxfordhillsmaine.com/events/details/holiday-nights-magic-on-main-street-12-15-2017-7311.

Gould Academy Chamber Ensemble: 7 p.m. at St. Kieran Arts Center, 155 Emery St., Berlin, N.H. Nonmember tickets for the event will be $5 for all seats. Please join us for an evening of classical music with a taste of the season! The ensemble, which includes violins, flutes, bassoon and piano, will be performing works from Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart, Eduard Grieg and Piazzolla. FMI call 603-752-1028.

Andover Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting: 7 p.m. in the main room of the library.

Stone Mountain Live for Christmas: 8 p.m. at Stone Mountain Arts, 695 Dug Way Road, Brownfield. Hosted by Carol Noonan and her great house band featuring Duke Levine and Kevin Barry and the Stone Mountain Boys with special guest Jonathan Edwards. FMI visit http://www.stonemountainartscenter.com/ArtsCenter/SML-December15.html.

December 16-17

Ninth Annual Winterfest Weekend at Sunday River, Newry. FMI visit http://www.sundayriver.com/events-and-activities/events-calendar/winterf.

Saturday, December 16

Breakfasts at the American Legion on Main Street in Norway from 8-9 a.m. It is a temporary winter location. All are welcome to enjoy a hot breakfast and great fellowship.

Old Speck Winter Hike: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hike the strenuous 7.6-miles round trip to Old Speck. One of the Second Nature Adventure Challenge Hikes. Join us to earn your badge. Meet in the Fare Share Parking Lot, Norway at 8 a.m. to drive together to the Old Speck parking lot in Grafton Notch. Preregistration required by emailing staff@wfltmaine.org as this is a winter hike and some hiking experience and winter gear is required. Sponsored by Western Foothills Land Trust.

Infant CPR Class: 8:30–10 a.m. in the Harper Conference Center in the Ripley Medical Office Building, 193 Main St., Norway. These classes are helpful to both new and experienced parents. Sponsored by Stephens Memorial Hospital.

Texas Hold’em: Jackson-Silver Post 68, 595 Gore Road, Locke Mills. Doors open 11 a.m., games begin at 1 p.m. Meals and beverages available. 50/50, pull tabs, BYOB.

All-Church Christmas Party: noon at the First Congregational Church in Andover. Bring a festive or favorite Christmas potluck. This will be an opportunity for great fellowship and some Christmas caroling.

The Pickwick Club: 12:30-2:30 at the Auburn Public Library. To be discussed: “Dombey and Son,” chapters 1-31, by Charles Dickens. Moderator: Alexis DesRoches. FMI call Joanne at 207-583-6957 or Alexis at 207-779-8979.

Free Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides: 1-3 p.m. Meet on the corner of Church and Main Street near the Chapman Inn (2 Church St.). Rides are given by Deepwood Farm.

Encore Recital, Music without Borders International Piano Festival: 2 p.m. at McLaughlin Science Center Auditorium, Gould Academy, Bethel. Open to the general public at no charge.

Carol Sing: 4:30 at the Town Christmas tree, Waterford.

Christmas Music by Church Choir and Local Musicians: 4 p.m. at Waterford Congregational Church, Plummer Hill Road.

Pizza, Hot Cider, a Christmas Story, and Santa: 5 p.m. at Waterford Library, 663 Waterford Rd, Waterford. Gift books for the children and music by the brass quintet.

(Postponed from Dec. 12) Celebration of Warmth and Holiday Social: 5-7 p.m. at the Green Machine Bike Shop, 419 Main St., Norway. There will be fun conversation, refreshments, beverages and a chance to check out our new “green” heating system, a Wood Pellet Boiler System from Maine Energy Systems! Tis’ the Season to be Jolly and warm! RSVP is appreciated but not necessary. We look forward to seeing you!

Hanukkah Celebration: 5:30-7:30 p.m. at mid-mountain Peak Lodge, Sunday River, Newry. FMI visit http://www.sundayriver.com/events. 

Skosh: 8 to 11:59 p.m. at Black Mountain of Maine, 39 Glover Road, Rumford. No Cover Charge; ages 21+, FMI visit bmominfo@roadrunner.com.

Stone Mountain LIVE for Christmas: 8 p.m. at Stone Mountain Arts, 695 Dug Way Road, Brownfield. Hosted by Carol Noonan and her great house band featuring Duke Levine and Kevin Barry and the Stone Mountain Boys with special guest Jonathan Edwards. FMI visit http://www.stonemountainartscenter.com/ArtsCenter/SML-December15.html.

Sunday, December 17

Ladies Aid Breakfast: 8-10 a.m. Upton.

Gingerbread House Building: 1 p.m. at Pietree Orchard, 803 Waterford Road, Sweden. The cost is $15 per house, which includes everything you need to build a pretty cool gingerbread house. You must pre-register for this event. To pre-register you can email us at pietre@pietree-orchard.com, you can call us at 207-647-9419.

Christmas Carol Sing: 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 34 Buckfield Road, South Paris. We’ll sing old favorites and maybe try to learn a new one or two. When we have sung ourselves hoarse, we’ll gather downstairs for refreshments. There is no charge, but we will leave out a basket for a freewill offering to benefit local food pantries. Sponsored by Christ Episcopal Church and Trinity Lutheran Church.

The Finnish-American Heritage Society: 2 p.m. at the FinnAm building, 8 Maple St., West Paris. Following a short business meeting, the afternoon will feature our Inaugural Christmas Concert, performed by A’Chording to Kantele. As always, the public is invited, and the coffee table will be available.

Living Nativity on the Town Common: 5 p.m. on Bethel Town Common. Come and join everyone for singing and the reenactment of that very first Christmas. Then head on over to the Moses Mason House for refreshments afterward. You won’t want to miss it!

Tuesday, December 19

Walk the Gym: 1:30-2:30 p.m. — walking; 2:30-3 p.m. — gentle stretching and flexibility exercises for strength and balance Gould Academy’s Bingham Gym.

Holiday Party and Visit From Santa Claus: 3-6 p.m. at the Rumford Library. There will be food, fun, and activities for children. Santa will also be here with gifts.

Fabric Crafting: 2-3:30 p.m. at Sew Orchid Design, 316 Main St., Norway.

Blue Christmas Service: 4:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 34 Buckfield Road, South Paris. Christmas, the season of joy and light, can be a difficult one for those grieving the loss of a loved one, struggling with addiction or depression, who carry difficult memories of this season or just feel worn out and overwhelmed by the pressures of it all. This worship service is a simple collection of readings, reflection, prayer, healing and a little singing, designed to provide you with space to rest from the chaos and commotion and just be. For more information, please contact The Rev. Canon Nancy Moore, at 743-6906 or 743-6782.

Telstar Winter Concert: 7-9 p.m. in the Helen Berry Auditorium at Telstar High School. Come welcome in the holiday season with the vocalists and instrumentalists from the High School and Middle School performing groups. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome. Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 20

Walk the Gym: 10-11 a.m. — walking Gould Academy’s Bingham Gym.

Free Community Lunch: 11:30 at the Universalist Church, 479 Main St., Norway.

Gould Academy’s Yulefest Concert: 1 p.m. at Bingham Auditorium.

Coat Room: 1-4 p.m. at Oxford Plaza. This is located between Dollar Tree and Label Shopper. Each person can get one free coat, hat, gloves and a pair of ski pants per person. Donations for the Coat Room can be taken to Norway Laundry on Paris Street in Norway.

Yoga Warriors: 3-4 at Posabilities, 15 Tannery St., Norway. Preregistration is encouraged. Call 890-0329 or register the day of class by arriving 15 minutes early.

Polar Express Family Jammies Party and Family Date Night: 6 p.m. at The Gem, 23 Cross St., Bethel. Join us for our third annual Polar Express Jammies Party. The film will start at 6:15 p.m. Movie ticket includes cookies and hot cocoa!

Community Chorus Rehearsal: 7 p.m. at The West Parish Congregational Church, 32 Church St., Bethel. We are preparing to sing on Christmas Eve. Anyone is welcome to sing. FMI contact Tom Davis at anick1@wildblue.net.

Thursday, December 21

Screenings of The Royal Opera House of London’s Royal Ballet’s, “The Nutcracker”: 1 and 6 p.m. at The Gem, 23 Cross St., Bethel. The price for tickets is Adults $10, Kids $5 (Members $8, Member kids $4). All tickets are will-call, check-in is at the door. Sponsored by BAAM! (Bethel Area Arts & Music).

Walk the Gym: 1:30-2:30 p.m. — walking Gould Academy’s Bingham Gym.

Coloring for Adults: 2-3 p.m. at the Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine, Stephens Memorial Hospital Specialty Clinic, 199 Main St., Norway.

Men’s Rally Group: 4-6 p.m. at the Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine, Stephens Memorial Hospital Specialty Clinic, 199 Main St., Norway.

Holiday Party: 5:30 p.m. at McLaughlin Garden & Homestead, 97 Main St., South Paris. FMI visit www.mclaughlingarden.org or call 743-8820 during business hours.

Blue Christmas Service: 6 p.m. at the Greenleaf Chapel, 37 Vernon Street, Bethel (Chandler Funeral Home). Meant for those who have mixed feelings and struggle with feeling ‘happy’ or ‘merry’ for various reasons.

Friday, December 22

Yoga for Wellness: 8-9 a.m. at the Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine, Stephens Memorial Hospital Specialty Clinic, 199 Main St., Norway. FMI visit www.crcofwm.org.

Waterford Coffee Hour: 9 a.m. to noon at Waterford Library. Meet with friends and neighbors or meet new ones. Refreshments will be served. FMI call 583-2050.

Holiday Nights, Magic on Main Street: 5-7 p.m. The Friday of Norway Downtown and the Chamber of Commerce Holiday Nights, Magic on Main Street. A full schedule of events at http://business.oxfordhillsmaine.com/events/details/holiday-nights-magic-on-main-street-12-15-2017-7311.

Saturday, December 23

Breakfasts at the American Legion on Main Street in Norway from 8-9 a.m. It is a temporary winter location. All are welcome to enjoy a hot breakfast and great fellowship.

All Happy Holidays — Celebrate an all-inclusive holiday season (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc.) at Mt Abrams, 308 Howe Hill Road, Greenwood. FMI visit the Event Page at www.mtabrams.com or call 207-875-5000.

December 24-31

Sunday River Christmas & New Year’s Vacation Week — Discover the magic of spending the holidays on the slopes. At Sunday River you’ll find terrain to fit everyone’s needs, snow you can count on, and a full schedule of special events and activities http://www.sundayriver.com.

Sunday, December 24

Ladies Aid Breakfast: 8-10 a.m. Upton.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: 5 p.m. at Bryant Pond Baptist Church. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Christmas Eve Worship Service: 5 p.m. at the Waterford Congregational Church, 15 Plummer Hill Road, Waterford. NO MORNING SERVICE.

Candlelight Christmas Eve Service: 6 p.m. at the Bethel Alliance Church, 251 Walkers Mills Road. All are welcome! Call 207-824-2289 for more information.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: 7 p.m. at the Congregational Church of East Sumner, 50 Main St., Route 219, East Sumner. FMI call Bill 388-2263 or Cyndy 388-2667.

Candlelight Service: 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Andover.

Wednesday, December 27

Free Community Lunch: 11:30 at the Universalist Church, 479 Main St., Norway.

Heart and Soul Interview with Travis: 1-4 p.m. at The Gem, 23 Cross St., Bethel. These one-on-one conversations are a great way for us to learn about what matters most to community members. FMI call 207-590-0541.

Coat Room: 1-4 p.m. at Oxford Plaza. This is located between Dollar Tree and Label Shopper. Each person can get one free coat, hat, gloves and a pair of ski pants per person. Donations for the Coat Room can be taken to Norway Laundry on Paris Street in Norway.

Thursday, December 28

Coloring for Adults: 2-3 p.m. at the Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine, Stephens Memorial Hospital Specialty Clinic, 199 Main St., Norway.

Friday, December 29

Yoga for Wellness: 8-9 a.m. at the Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine, Stephens Memorial Hospital Specialty Clinic, 199 Main St., Norway. FMI visit www.crcofwm.org.

Heart and Soul Interview with Travis: 1-4 p.m. in the Adult Ed classrooms, Telstar High School, 284 Walkers Mills Road, Bethel. FMI on this program visit mahoosucheartandsoul.org.

Norman Ng: 7 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom of the Grand Summit Hotel, Sunday River, Newry. Norman is a fantastic magician who has been featured all over North America for more than 500,000 people live. His show is an exciting mix of magic, comedy and audience participation. Norman combines original and amazing magic tricks with his unique style of storytelling, action and audience interaction. The curtain is pulled back, and the audience is invited into a world where anything is possible. You will scream, laugh, and freak out! FMI visit http://www.sundayriver.com/events-and-activities/events-calendar/black-d.

Sunday, December 31

River Nugget Jam: 1-3 p.m. at Who-Ville in South Ridge, Sunday River, Newry. A free clinic for kids ages 12 and under, that’s supervised by professional and extremely knowledgeable Gould Academy Freestyle Coaches. FMI visit http://www.sundayriver.com/events-and-activities/events-calendar/river-n.

NYE Celebration at The Bethel Inn Resort: 5:30 to 11:59 p.m. Grand Buffet served 5:30 to 9 p.m. in the Main Dining Room. The Ball Brother’s Band in the Millbrook Tavern from 9 p.m. to late night, no cover charge, Champagne toast at midnight.

2018 New Years at 49 Franklin: 8 p.m. to 1 p.m. at 49 Franklin St., Rumford. DJ Dance Party with no cover. 8 p.m. trivia, prizes and party favors.

Le Vent du Nord: 8 p.m. at Stone Mountain Arts, 695 Dug Way Road, Brownfield. The award-winning and highly acclaimed band Le Vent du Nord is a leading force in Quebec’s progressive francophone folk movement. The group’s vast repertoire draws from both traditional sources and original compositions while enhancing its hard-driving soulful music (rooted in the Celtic diaspora) with a broad range of global influences.

New Year’s Eve Celebration: at Sunday River, Newry. Entertainment and fireworks. FMI visit http://www.sundayriver.com/events-and-activities/events-calendar/new-yea.

Thursday, January 4

Informational Session on Bullying: 6:30 p.m. in the Telstar library.

Saturday, January 6

Maine Adaptive Ski-A-Thon Social: 5:30-9 p.m. at Frank’s Bar and Grille, 8 Fall Line Drive, Newry.

Tuesday, January 9

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

Saturday, January 13

January Comedy Night: 8 p.m. at 49 Franklin St., Rumford. Boston’s Ben Quick leads a trio of New England’s top comics to Rumford. Quick will be joined by Portland’s Ian Stuart and New Hampshire’s Nick Lavallee.