April 16 and 26
Hunter Safety – Firearms; Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m., Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Telstar High School Library. Study includes proper operation and use of equipment, maps and compass; first aid and survival laws; and land-owner relations and ethics. Participants must be 10 years old or older; those 10-12 years old must be accompanied by an adult. $10 per person. This is a Home Study course. Materials will be handed out and explained at the other class. Student must attend all classes. Limit 25. Call soon for this class fills up quickly! FMI/Registration: 824-2780 or http://sad44.maineadulted.org.
Friday, April 17
Civil War Movies in April – Ambrose Bierce: Civil War Stories and Gettysburg Part 2; 7 p.m. at Gould Academy’s Bingham Auditorium free of charge. Presented by “Local and Legendary: Bethel, Maine in the Civil War,” co-sponsored by The Bethel Library, The Bethel Historical Society, Gould Academy, The Maine Humanities Council and The Maine Historical Society.
Saturday, April 18
Indoor Yard Sale; 8 a.m. to 12 noon, the Wilkins House, Waterford. Many new items have been received over the winter including games, books, crafts and household items. There is something for everyone. The Wilkins House is located on Plummer Hill Road next to the church in the center of Waterford. All proceeds from the sale benefit the Wilkins House and the Church.
Shitake Mushroom Growing Workshop; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Toshio Hashimoto’s greenhouse off Route 232 in South Rumford. Cost for the workshop: $15. Kits for plugging your own logs available for $15. FMI: Carol Emery (392-3161).
Tuesday, April 21
American Red Cross Blood Drive; 2 to 7 p.m., Maine Veterans’ Home, 477 High Street, South Paris. To sign up for a specific time to donate, for more information, call the facility at 743-6300. Walk ins are also welcome.
Maine Civil War Photography; 6:30 p.m., Norway Memorial Library. Guest speaker, Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., Maine State Historian, will present his lecture Maine Civil War Photography. Shettleworth will illustrate how Maine citizens were impacted during the Civil War at home and in the battlefield using photographic slides. For more information and to sign up for this free program please call the library’s information desk at 743-5309 ext. 1.
Wednesday, April 22
Bring Back Casablanca Nite; 3 to 9 p.m., Pat’s Pizza, Bethel. Pat’s pizza will donate up to $12 to the Bring Back Casablanca fund with any pizza purchase. One night only, dine in or takeout. FMI: Donna (836-3953 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thursday, April 23
Farm Pond Construction/Trout Stocking Workshop; 9 a.m. (check-ins begin at 8:30), Cummings Hall, First Baptist Church of Paris, 500 Paris Hill Road, Paris. Candace Gilpatric, Natural Resource Conservation Service Agricultural Engineer and Sonny Pierce of Shy Beaver Hatchery will lead a workshop on farm pond construction and stocking your private pond with trout. The morning workshop will end at 11:30 and be followed by lunch and a field trip to a local farm pond for a “walk and talk.” $20 per person. Pre-registration by April 22 required. FMI/Registration: 743-5789 ext. 111 or email@example.com.
Wooden Pen Making Demonstration; 2 p.m., Whitman Memorial Library, Bryant Pond. Gary Gallant of Rumford will demonstrate the art of making wooden pens. He will also have finished pens to show. The program is open to the public at no charge. Light refreshments will be served.
4th Thursday in April, National Poetry Month; 5:30 to 7, Rumford Public Library. The 4th Thursday meeting offers poetry lovers the opportunity to share, their own works or those of favorite poets. Come, bring a friend, bring a poem and celebrate National Poetry Month. Light refreshments. Free and open to the public. Information: 364-3661.
Poet Rachel McKibbens at Gould; 7:30 p.m., Bingham Auditorium. Poet, activist, playwright and essayist, Rachel McKibbens is a New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow and author of the critically acclaimed volume of poetry, Pink Elephant (Cypher Books, 2009). Regarded as one of the most dynamic speakers in the country, McKibbens is a legend within the poetry slam community, noted for her accomplishments both on and off the stage: she is a nine-time National Poetry Slam team member, has appeared on eight NPS final stages, coached the New York louderARTS poetry slam team to three consecutive final stage appearances, is the 2009 Women of the World Poetry Slam champion and the 2011 National Underground Poetry Slam individual champion.
Friday, April 24
Civil War Movies in April – Cold Mountain; 7 p.m. at Gould Academy’s Bingham Auditorium free of charge. Presented by “Local and Legendary: Bethel, Maine in the Civil War,” co-sponsored by The Bethel Library, The Bethel Historical Society, Gould Academy, The Maine Humanities Council and The Maine Historical Society.
Saturday, April 25
Indoor Yard Sale; 8 a.m. to 12 noon, Locke’s Mills Union Church. Put on by the Ladies Circle.
Local and Legendary: Maine in the Civil War/BHS Program; 2 p.m., Bethel Historical Society. “Lincoln and the Civil War,” marking the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination on April 14, 1865. Special display of a Lincoln portrait presented to Gould Academy in 1911, as well as original documents signed by Lincoln from a private collection. Free and open to the public.
Public Chicken Pie Supper; 4:30 to 6 p.m., VFW Post 9787, Lower Main Street, South Paris. Sponsored by AMVETS Post 777. Adults/$8, kids 12 and under/$4.
Annual Birthday Supper; 5:30 p.m., Congregational Church, Andover. Tables and cakes decorated for each month. Roast pork, applesauce, baked potatoes, coleslaw, carrots, green beans, rolls and birthday cake. Adults/$8, kids under 12/$4.
Monday, April 27
Essentials of College Planning for adults 19 and over; 10 a.m., Western Maine University and Community College Center, South Paris. FMI/Registration: 1-800-281-3703 or http://meoc.maine.edu. Free and open to the public.
Wednesday, April 29
Community Supper (No Charge); Bethel Alliance Church, 251 Walkers Mills Road (across from Telstar parking lot). Call 207-824-2289 for more information.
Thursday, April 30
“End of Life Care: Having the Conversation” TYH Presentation; 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., West Parish Congregational Church, 32 Church Street, Bethel. Sponsored by To Your Health of Western Mountains Senior College, this program is designed to inspire a dialogue about end of life issues. Hard questions that need to be asked about the quality of life will be addressed and discussed by a five-member panel in this interactive program. Public is invited and admission is free. FMI call R. Tifft at 824-2053.
May 1 and 2
Andover School Arts Program Fundraiser; Friday, spaghetti dinner and dance. Saturday, Family Fun Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Many events for children and families to participate in. Free cookout lunch for Andover residents. FMI: Carol (392-3161).
Friday, May 1
Animal Communication Talk/Potluck; 6 p.m. potluck (bring a dish to share), 7 p.m. talk, Mahoosuc Mountain Lodge, North Newry. Nancy Hohmann will talk about animal communication. Donations accepted to benefit Responsible Pet Care. FMI: 824-2073.
Poetry Reading/Talk with Richard Blanco; 7 p.m., Second Congregational Church, UCC, 205 Main Street, Norway. Blanco will present a reading of poetry and prose and a talk entitled, “Just Tell Me a Story: Writing the Memoir,” which will discuss his memoir “The Prince of Los Cocuyos” (Ecco, 2014) along with his experiences as the 2013 Inaugural Poet. Following a question and answer period, Blanco will be available to sign books. Books N Things of Norway will be in-house providing books for purchase. General admission: $10. Tickets available at the Norway Memorial Library at 258 Main Street, Norway and Books N Things at 430 Main Street, Norway.
Saturday, May 2
Woodstock Conservation Commission Clean-Up Day; 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Bryant Pond ball field. Help clean up the roadside and public sites prior to the Bicentennial June 20 and 21.
Inside/Outside Yard Sale; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., VFW Hall, 58 Main Street, South Paris. Sponsored by the VFW Auxiliary. Tables are $10. Lunch Counter will be open. Call Marilyn Ramsay at 743-5723 if interested in a table.
Old Fashioned Barn Dance/Potluck; 6 p.m. potluck, 7 p.m. concert, 8 p.m. dance, Mahoosuc Mountain Lodge, North Newry. All dances are taught. Beginners are welcome. Cost is $10, children under 16 half-price. FMI: 824-2073.
Franklin Grange 124 Mock Hee-Haw Show; 7 p.m., Grange Hall, Main Street, Bryant Pond. Live music by John Sparrow, the Milltown Road Show, Richard Felt, Brad Hooper, the Shadagee Ramblers and more. Refreshments available. Door Prizes. 50/50 raffle. Admission: $6/adults, $3/children under 12.
Sunday, May 3
Meals on Wheels Fundraiser; 2 to 5 p.m., Locke’s Mills Legion Hall. Live music by the Shadagee Ramblers, 50/50, raffle items and snacks. $10 at the door, $8 in advance. Meals on Wheels provides nutritious meals to older adults who are homebound and cannot cook for themselves. Proceeds will go toward ending a waitlist of over 100 in the tri-county region. FMI: 1-800-427-1241 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, May 4
Socrates Café Meeting; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Waterford Library. Discussion Topic: How Can We Achieve Social Equity? Moderator: Scott Vlaun. Light refreshments will be provided. FMI: 583-6957.
Wednesday, May 6
Vote on Proposed Region 9 School of Applied Technology Budget; Region 9 School of Applied Technology, 377 River Road, Mexico.
Saturday, May 9
Hope Association Spring Craft Fair; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 85 Lincoln Avenue, Rumford. Many crafters along with raffles, Chinese auction, cookie walk, and lunch specials with make your own sundaes. There will be a Kid’s Corner with games and prizes. All proceeds benefit Special Olympics Team Sunshine. FMI: Sally Theriault (364-4561).
American Legion Post 72 Indoor Yard Sale; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Church Street, South Paris. To reserve your table, call Jean (743-7965). Yard sale tables are $10, vendor tables are $15. Lunch counter will be open, 50/50 raffle and raffle baskets. Come join the fun and help support the ladies auxiliary send three young ladies to Girl State.
Football Benefit Dinner & Concert; Sunday River Brew Pub. Dinner 5 to 8 p.m. (10 percent of food and beverage purchases benefit local football programs for all ages). Concert with Roadhouse 8 to 12 p.m., 21+, $10 per person or $15 per couple. All proceeds go to SAD 44 Football grades 2-12.
May 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10 and 17
Quick Start Workshop on Starting a Business; 6 to 8 p.m., Community Concepts Conference Room, 17 Market Square, South Paris. Instructors include Dana Hanley, Esq. of Hanley & Associates, Daryl Cote, CPA, with Ouelette & Associates, PA and Oxford Hills SCORE business counselors Steve Veazey, John Huffman and Charlie Peabody. $50 for the series, $10 for an individual workshop. FMI: 743-6543 or email@example.com.
Wednesday, May 13
Bethel Senior Citizens Meeting; 11 a.m., Bethel Alliance Church (across from Telstar). This will be a potluck meal. Members are asked to bring a dish to share. A $3 donation for the church is suggested.
Thursday, May 14
“Pig Out on Reading” Program; 1 p.m., Whitman Memorial Library, Bryant Pond. Farmer Minor, his pig Daisy and his two pug dogs will present a program to two Woodstock Elementary School Classes. The public is also welcome to attend.
Cooking Gluten Free; 5:30 to 8 p.m., Bethel Alliance Church. A living gluten free cooking workshop will be offered by Suzanne Dunham, gluten free baker and herbalist. The class will begin with a brief presentation about going gluten free. The cooking session will be hands on preparation of two gluten free dishes, and will include tips about using alternative flours in cooking. Handouts and recipes will be provided. Tuition: $12. FMI/Registration: 824-2780.
May 15, 16 and 17
15th Annual Home Garden Flower Show, May Fair; Fryeburg Fairgrounds. Seven buildings filled with almost 300 plus booths on home and energy and 9 garden centers, garden artisans and crafters, plus five acres of outdoor products for the home and garden and other related businesses. The famous Meet the Chefs Cooking Series, Lodge Cast Iron Skillet Toss, Home and Garden Seminars, Kids activities and demonstrations. Guest speakers, fair food and more. General Admission $10. Children 10 and under free. Group rates available. FMI: www.homegardenflowershow.com or 800-359-2033.
Saturday, May 16
Rumford Auxiliary Yard Sale; Members of the Auxiliary will be at 209 Lincoln Avenue on Friday mornings during May to accept donations from the public for the yard sale. Pick up for donations to the sale can be arranged by calling 364-3648 or at 562-4343. The Auxiliary accepts everything except major appliances and clothing. Furniture, rugs, kitchen goods, books and office items are big sellers. All proceeds are donated to Rumford Hospital.
Sunday, May 17
Local and Legendary: Bethel, Maine in the Civil War – Final Celebration; 4 p.m., Bingham Auditorium, Gould Academy, featuring The Androscoggin Chorale Chamber Singers and the dramatic presentation of “My Dear Absent Husband” based on the actual letters of Stephen and Lydia Richards of Upton.
Thursday, May 21
Invasive Forest Pests and Invasive Plants Program; 2 p.m., Whitman Memorial Library. Jean Federico of the Oxford County Soil and Water Conservation District will present information on invasive forest pests and invasive plants and what we can do to help battle these problems.
June 13 and 20
Photography Class; Telstar High School, Room 133. This is an introduction to digital photography course for those who are looking to improve their photography skills. Topics that will be covered include, but are not limited to, basic camera functions, light use, portraiture and landscapes, and basic editing techniques. This course is for those using both digital point-and-shoot and DSLR cameras. Bring your camera. Tuition: $25. FMI/Registration: 824-2780.