Events calendar

Aug. 28, Sept. 4, 11 and 18

Preparing for Birth Class; 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., Harper Conference Room, 193 Main Street Norway. Preregistration with payment of $35 required. FMI/Registration: 743-1562 ext. 6951 or www.wmhcc.org.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Fourth Thursday Poetry with Betsy Sholl; 5:30 to 7 p.m., Rumford Library. Betsy Sholl, Maine’s Poet Laureate from 2006 to 2011, will read from her works. Sholl has published seven collections of poetry, including the prize-winning Don’t Explain. Sholl’s presentation is the first in the Rumford Library’s new guest poets readers series. Light refreshments will be served. FMI: 36 4-3661.

Birds on a Wire Concert; 7:30 p.m., Brick Church for the Performing Arts, Christian Hill Road (just off Route 5), Lovell. Tickets: $10/adults, $5/children 12 and under. Refreshments will be served. FMI: www.lovellbrickchurch.org or 925-1500.

Aug. 30 and 31

Labor Day Weekend Yard Sale; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Alder River Grange hall, West Bethel.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Book and Bake Sale; Woodstock Historical Society, North Main Street, Bryant Pond. Book donations welcome. There are a few spaces available to rent to crafters. FMI: 875-3800.

Pleasure/Equitation Horse Show; 9 a.m., Ellis River Riders, Andover. Showmanship, in-hand, trail, and equitation classes Riders of all ages and abilities will show their horsemanship skills through rail work and patterns. Free to spectators with stadium style bleachers, enclosed kiddie playground, and home cooked and fair style food for purchase. FMI: www.ellisriverriders.com.

Presto! Pesto: Pesto-Making Workshop; 10 a.m. to noon, Alan Day Community Garden, 26 Whitman Street, Norway. The workshop will present three different recipes and participants can leave with samples to take home. Participants are encouraged to register (743-9808 or 890-9622) or simply drop in by 9:45. Basil will be harvested at the garden that morning and all other ingredients will be provided. Donations to the Garden are always gladly accepted; the ADCG is a 501c3 organization.

Chicken BBQ; 3 to 7 p.m., American Legion Hall, 593 Gore Road, Locke’s Mills. $10/adults, $5/under 12. Proceeds benefit the Legion and Greenwood Fire Dept. FMI: Wayne (890-6187).

Celebration Barn Summer Finale; 8 p.m., Celebration Barn Theater, 190 Stock Farm Road, South Paris. Featuring performances by Jackie Reifer, Fritz Grobe, Mike Miclon and more. Tickets: $14/adults, $12/seniors, $8/students and kids. FMI: 743-8452 or www.CelebrationBarn.com.

Sunday, Aug. 31

Car Show; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Harlow Park at Dirigo High School, 141 Weld Street, Dixfield. Registration: $5/car, driver and one passenger. Public admission: $3/adults, $1/children under 12. Proceeds benefit Dirigo High School Class of 2015 Project Graduation.

Gymkhana Horse Show; 9 a.m., Ellis River Riders, Andover. Barrel racing, pole bending, and other games. Riders of all ages and abilities will race against the clock to complete the patterns. Free to spectators with stadium style bleachers, enclosed kiddie playground, and home cooked and fair style food for purchase. FMI: www.ellisriverriders.com.

Second Annual Camp To Belong Maine Outdoor Family Music Festival; 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Spend all day, Labor Day Sunday, listening to eight varied musical acts on two outdoor sound stages on the shores of Bear Pond at 72 Bear Pond Road, Waterford. Food, non-alcoholic drinks, commemorative T-shirts available. Family friendly. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Benefits Camp To Belong Maine. Admission: $10/adults, $25/families of three or more. FMI: heidi@camptobelong.org.

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Snow Valley Sno-Goers Meeting; 6 p.m., Sno-Goers’ clubhouse off Route 5, South Andover. All who are interested, have questions or would like to become members are invited to attend.

Friday, Sept. 5

Harvest Supper; 5 to 6:30 p.m., Lovell UCC, Route 5, Center Lovell. Corned beef, cabbage, beets, carrots, potatoes, turnip, bread, pie, coffee and lemonade. $10/adults, $4/children under 12.

First Friday Reception; 5 to 7 p.m., the Main Street Gallery, 426 Main Street, Norway. The reception will feature works by the gallery’s artist of the month Liz Evans. FMI: www.westernmaineartgroup.org.

Saturday, Sept. 6

Mt. Valley Lyme Disease Awareness Coalition Conference; 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. (registration begins at 8 a.m.), Crescent Park School, Bethel. $5 donation at the door requested. Lunch delivery from Crossroad’s available. FMI: Rhonda Buker (824-3076) or Diane Farnum (357-1926) or e-mail mtvalleyldac@yahoo.com.

Mt. Abram Ascent 4-Mile Trail Run; Mt. Abram. Registration: 8:30 to 9 a.m. Race start: 10 a.m. Run up and over the summit of Mt. Abram. This competitive or leisurely course will take racers through single track hiking trails and ski slopes, affording racers beautiful views of the surrounding Western Maine Mountains and foothills. FMI: www.baxteroutdoors.com.

Mt. Abram Craft Fair and Free Live Concert; 12 to 4 p.m. Following the Mt. Abram Ascent trail run, Mt. Abram has organized a free craft fair and live concert from Black Cat Road, a local blues/rock band from Peru. The craft fair will feature a handful of local artisans displaying a myriad of goods from the area. Additionally, Mt. Abram will be firing up the BBQ. For more info call 207-875-5000 or e-mail salesdirector@skimtabram.com.

Sunday, Sept. 7

BikeMaine Welcome Party; 1 to 3 p.m. from Bob Butters Park to Key Bank, Main Street, Norway. Join the crowd to welcome 300 visitors as they make an overnight stop in Norway as part of a week-long bicycle tour. Help the riders to feel welcome and encourage them to come back and bring friends. Bicycle tourism can bring big economic impact. Let’s make a good impression. Signs and noise-makers welcome! FMI: Brendan (890-6323).

Kickin’Butt: Come help take a load off Annie; 1 to 8 p.m., Tickers Music Pub, 290 Main Street, Norway. Featuring seven straight hours of live entertainment for the support of friend and community stakeholder, Anne Mallory, and to raise awareness for colon cancer. current line-up includes: Davy Sturtevant, Donnie Katlin, Jewel Clark, Milltown Road Show, Denny Breau, Trailer Trash, Black Cat Road, Arlo West, Just us Two, Brad Hooper, Bunch of Old Hippies, Rijah Newell , The flying Otters, John Hasnip, Carlos Olmeda, Lindsey Montana, Heather Pierson and many more. In addition to music, there will be a 50/50 raffle and great snacks. A film of the event will be produced and a DVD will be available by order. Donations for Anne Mallory can be made out and sent to: MPAS, PO Box 80, Paris, ME 04271. FMI: 207-824-2517 or jewelcy@roadrunner.com.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Bethel Senior Citizens Meeting/Luncheon; 11 a.m., the Funky Red Barn, Bethel. Menu: Fish or prime rib. Price: $12. Reservations must be made before Sept. 1 by calling Arlene Lowell at 824-2877.

Saturday, Sept. 13

Living Proof Live Simulcast with Beth Moore; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Bethel Alliance Church, 251 Walkers Mills Road (across from Telstar parking lot), Bethel. Tickets: $15 (please reserve by Sept. 1). Registration: 357-2727 or bmisimulcast2014@gmail.com.

Gymkhana Horse Show; 9 a.m., Ellis River Riders, Andover. Barrel racing, pole bending, and other games. Riders of all ages and abilities will race against the clock to complete the patterns. Free to spectators with stadium style bleachers, enclosed kiddie playground, and home cooked and fair style food for purchase. FMI: www.ellisriverriders.com.

Hike to Mt. Zircon; 10 a.m., Mt. Zircon trailhead, South Rumford Road, Rumford. Please wear sturdy shoes and be prepared with rain gear, sun and bug protection, water and snacks. FMI: www.mahoosuc.org or 824-3806.

Oxford Hills Honey Bee Club Workshop; 1 p.m., Oxford County Extension Center, 9 Olson Road, South Paris. Topic: Fall management, preparing and medicating bees for winter. FMI: Kevin (farrout@roadrunner.com).

BBQ Chicken Public Benefit Supper; 5 to 7 p.m., Masonic building, 36 South Main Street, Bryant Pond. BBQ chicken, potato salad, baked beans, dinner rolls, vanilla and chocolate pudding, coffee, tea and Crystal Lite iced tea. $8/adults, $5/children 10 and under. Reservations for parties of 8 or more: 312-9197. Takeout available. FMI: 744-9332 or 739-2268.

Sunday, Sept. 14

Pleasure/Equitation Horse Show; 9 a.m., Ellis River Riders, Andover. Showmanship, in-hand, trail, and equitation classes Riders of all ages and abilities will show their horsemanship skills through rail work and patterns. Free to spectators with stadium style bleachers, enclosed kiddie playground, and home cooked and fair style food for purchase. FMI: www.ellisriverriders.com.

Sept. 16 and 17

Wellness Retreat or Individual Sessions; Mahoosuc Mountain Lodge. Practitioners include yoga, foot massage, spiritual counseling, body massage, healing sessions. FMI: 824-2073 or info@mahoosuc.com.

STOP the Bullying program; 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Harper Conference Center, 193 Main Street, Norway. FMI/Registration: 743-1562 ext. 6896.

Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15 and 22

Quick Start Workshop Series; 6 p.m., Community Concepts conference room, 17 Market Square, South Paris. Instructed by Dana Hanley of Hanley & Associates, Lance Bean of Hoisington & Bean PA and Steve Veazey, John Huffman and Charlie Peabody of Oxford Hills SCORE, workshops are designed to provide all of the essential information and material for starting a business. FMI/Registration: 739-6543 or mpurcell@community-concepts.org.

Thursday, Sept. 18

Cruise Night; 5:30 p.m., Breau’s Too parking lot, Bryant Pond. FMI: 665-2554.

Basket Weaving Demonstration; 6:30 p.m., West Paris Library. Julie Daye will give a demonstration on the weaving of her pine needle baskets (on display at the library during the month of September) as well as a history of pine needle weaving. FMI: 674-2004.

Friday, Sept. 19

Northeast Drift Boat Championship; 3 p.m. Designed as a spectator event, the competition will test oarsmen’s skills at navigating a course and rowing speed. Each drift boat must carry at least one angler, who must remain standing throughout the timed race. The launch will be from Bethel Outdoor Adventures on Route 2 and the finish line is at Davis Park in Bethel-a distance of a quarter mile. FMI: http://bethelinn.com/site/twofly.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Upper Andro Two-Fly Contest; 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Teams may launch from public launch sites from the Shelburne Dam in New Hampshire to Rumford Center. A fly is defined as made from natural or synthetic materials tied to a single pointed hook. No tandems or treble hooks are allowed. Teams of three including two anglers and an oarsman must fish from a drift boat. All fish must be released live. The contest is limited to 20 teams. FMI: http://bethelinn.com/site/twofly.

1st Annual Murder Mystery Benefit Trail Ride; Ellis River Riders, Andover. Proceeds to benefit Angel Flight Northeast. FMI: Audrey McKenzie (207-318-4442).

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Newry special election on school withdrawal process; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Town Office.

Friday, Sept. 26

Recovering Our Senses in the 21st Century; 7 to 9 p.m., Therapeutic Massage, 18 High Street, Bethel. Philip Shepherd traces our culture’s long journey toward disconnection and shows how its roots lie in our relationship with our bodies. He also provides some simple, practical steps for recovering the felt wholeness of your life and world. $10 per person (Free to Radical Wholeness workshop participants). FMI: Janet Willie (824-3889 or janetwillie@yahoo.com).

Sept. 27 and 28

Radical Wholeness Workshop; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Therapeutic Massage, 18 High Street, Bethel. Workshop by Philip Shepherd on recovering the harmony of being through his techniques for reuniting conscious thinking with the deep-dwelling intelligence of the body. $300 per person, limited to 16 people. FMI: Janet Willie (824-3889 or janetwillie@yahoo.com). Registration: www.philipshepherd.com.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Errol Heritage Day; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Errol, N.H. Come and be awed by World Champion Competitors in events like: the Axe Throw, Underhand Chop, Two Man Crosscut, Jack and Jill Crosscut, Bow Saw, Single Buck, Springboard, Open Chainsaw and Obstacle Pole Buck! The Commission is now looking for VENDORS and we need more SPONSORS. Anyone interested in being a Sponsor or Vendor for this event; or anyone interested in buying Raffle or 50/50 Tickets, please contact Kathleen Gingras (482-3370) or Deb Freedman (482-3884).

MLT Photo/Art/Writing Showing; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Photos, stories and artwork celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Mahoosuc Land Trust will be on display at the MLT office. FMI: www.mahoosuc.org or 824-3806.

Orange Trail Ride; Ellis River Riders show grounds, Andover. FMI: Anita Altmaier (491-5808).

O2X Summit Challenge; Sunday River, Newry. All obstacles are natural and courses are built to US Forest Service guidelines because mud pits and monkey bars are no measure of the human spirit. A weekend-long “BaseCamp” will blend on-site camping, training-and-performance exhibits, environmental outreach and a farmer’s market-inspired gathering of local fare. FMI: http://www.o2x.com/.

Saturday, Oct. 11

Special Fun Show Fundraiser/Last Show of the Season; 9 a.m., Ellis River Riders, Andover. FMI: Audrey McKenzie (207-318-4442) or visit www.ellisriverriders.com.

Sunday, Oct. 12

Ellis River Riders Turkey Trot; Deertrees Arabians, Andover. $5 participation fee, bring a food dish to share. FMI/RSVP: David and Carol Holtzman (392-1149).

Troy Murphy Golf Tournament; 9 a.m. shotgun start, the Bethel Inn Golf Course. 18-hole team scramble. Hole-in-one on a par 3 wins a free car, courtesy of Weir Motor. Registration: tmurphy.brownpapertickets.com. Proceeds to benefit U.S. Freestyle Ski Team member and Gould Academy alum Troy Murphy.