Basic and Advanced Erosion Control Practices Course; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted by the Roxbury ATV Riders, this course is necessary to become certified in erosion control practices. In addition to sections on “Why Erosion Control is Important”, and “Erosion and How it Happens”, participants are provided with information on the proper selection, installation and maintenance of practices such as sediment barriers, mulch, vegetative stabilization, riprap, etc. The course is of primary interest to contractors but could also be helpful to municipal code enforcement officers, consultants, engineers and public works employees. $50 per person. Checks payable to Roxbury ATV Riders Club, PO Box 196, Roxbury, Maine 04275. Payment must be received before May 25. FMI: 545-2715.
20th Annual Bethel Library Plant Sale; 9 to 10 a.m. On the lawn next to the Bethel Library at 5 Broad Street, Bethel. Affordable perennials donated by local gardeners. Between 9:15 and 9:30 we will be giving away free gifts for gardeners. If you have plants to donate, stop at the library or call Susan Day at 824-2741 or Susan Parker at 824-4767 to get pots, plant markers or to have your plants picked up. Get there early. The plants always sell out. Sale takes place rain or shine. FMI: 824-2520.
Red Cross Blood Drive; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Maine Wildlife Park, Gray. The American Red Cross plays a critical role in our nation’s health care system, processing about 40 percent of the blood supply! They encourage people to reveal their inner hero and donate life-saving blood at our annual park blood drive. Donors who register for this event receive free admission to the Maine Wildlife Park and a discount for immediate family members on this day! You can pre-register at: www.redcrossblood.org.
Waterford World’s Fair Dance; 8 to midnight. Music by Cold Blue Steel. $10 per person, 21+, BYOB. FMI: Lisa Scribner (890-7669).
Sunday, May 31
Ellis River Riders Show; 9 a.m. at the show grounds on Airport Road just off Route 5 in Andover. Spectators are welcome and admission is FREE. There is bleacher seating, a wonderful food booth serving all day and picnic tables under the pines or the shade of the pavilion. Bring the family for a fun inexpensive day. FMI: Deb (392-2381) or visit the website www.ellisriverriders.com.
SMH Run For Wellness 5k; Registration opens at 7:30, race begins at 9, Ripley Medical Office Building, 193 Main Street, Norway. Entry is $15 per person prior to race day, $20 on race day. Prizes for the top three male and top three female finishers. There will also be a one-mile kids’ fun run at 8:15. FMI/Registration: www.wmhcc.org.
Monday, June 1
Woodstock Republican Committee Meeting; 6 p.m., 61 Rumford Avenue. All registered Republicans in the town of Woodstock are invited. This is an opportunity to meet like-minded people in your community. The challenges that affect working people in Maine and the United States, the progress made, and what citizens can to ensure Maine and its people keep moving forward will be discussed. Plans for the Woodstock Bicentennial will also be finalized. FMI/RSVP: 665-2049.
Socrates Café Meeting; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Waterford Library. Discussion topic: Contemporary Human Migration. Moderator: Sally Chappell. Light refreshments provided. FMI: 583-6957.
Thursday, June 4
Tick Talk; 6:30 p.m., Norway Memorial Library. Join Bob Maurais from Mainely Ticks as he discusses strategies to better protect your family from ticks and tick-borne diseases. Items discussed will include personal protection strategies, landscape modifications and the life cycle of the deer tick. Educational literature will be distributed including tick identification guides and bookmarks. FMI: www.mainelyticks.com or 743-5309 ext. 1.
Friday, June 5
Bradley Backstage Concert Featuring Junco; 7:30 p.m., Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, 18 Bradley Street, Fryeburg. Junco, comprised of local musicians Jeremy Holden (guitar), Alex Ouellette (drums), Bobby Sheehan (guitar, vocals), Kelsey Sheehan (bass), and Dan Stackhouse (oboe), will perform their upbeat, innovative twist of folk-rock music in the LHE/PAC’s alternative backstage performance space. The band will be celebrating the recent release of their debut EP, Waking the Sleeping Giant. Tickets: $15/adults, $5/kids under 18. FMI/tickets: www.fryeburgacademy.org/pac or 207-935-9232.
Saturday, June 6
Woodstock PTA Produce Pursuit 5k; 7 a.m.: 5k registration ($20 pre-registration, $25 same-day registration). T-shirts will be given to first 100 registrants. 8 a.m.: 1-mile Fun Run (open to kids 12 and under at no charge). 9 a.m.: 5k run or walk. Pre-register at http://www.active.com or by picking up a registration form at Woodstock Elementary School. Proceeds go toward the Fruits and Veggies fund, which provides healthy fruits and vegetables to students once a week during snack time.
MLT Wildflower Hike; 9 a.m., Step Falls, Route 26, Newry (8 miles from the intersection of Routes 26 and 2). Naturalist Lynne Zimmerman will lead the hike and share her knowledge and love of the beauties to be found at Step Falls. Please wear sensible shoes and clothing and bring water. The hike involves gentle climbing along a well-maintained trail. FMI: 824-3806.
MLT: Trail Workday; 9 a.m. Rumford Whitecap parking area, East Andover Road, Rumford. Please wear appropriate work clothing and footwear. Bring bug and sun protection, water, snacks and lunch as well as light tools such as rakes, clippers, shovels, etc. Refreshments will be served following the workday at approximately 3 p.m.
Benefit Auction; 2 to 5 p.m., VFW Hall, 58 Main Street, South Paris. Proceeds to benefit the family of Carol Farrar of South Paris, who died of cancer April 20. Carol had seven children with two at home with autism and Down’s Syndrome, respectively. Any donations of money, gift certificates and new items or used items in good condition are appreciated. FMI: 207-743-3935.
Reception for Mike Michaud and the 2014 Democratic Candidates; 4 to 6 p.m., Norway Historical Society, Main Street, Norway. This is a bipartisan event that precedes former Congressman Michaud’s commencement address at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School. FMI/RSVP: e-mail email@example.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/OxfordCountyDems.
Public Supper; 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., West Bethel Union Church. Adults $8, Children under 12 $3.
Sunday, June 7
Two Old Friends Concert; 2 p.m., St. Kieran’s Community Center for the Arts, 155 Emery Street, Berlin, N.H. Two Old Friends, Jim Prendergast and Emery Hutchins, are musicians who play and sing a unique combination of Celtic and American country music and, in their performances, seek to show the connection between the two genres. Tickets: $12/adults, $8/kids under 18. FMI/Tickets: www.stkieranarts.org.
Tuesday, June 9
District-Wide SAD 44 School Budget Referendum Vote; in individual towns.
Wednesday, June 10
Bethel Senior Citizens Meeting/Dinner; 11 a.m., Locke’s Mills Union Church. Reservations must be made before June 1 by calling Arlene Lowell at 824-2877, if no answer, call Becky Keen at 890-5267. Price is $10.
Town of Gilead School Budget Meeting; 5:30 p.m., Gilead Town Hall.
Bethel Town Meeting; 7 p.m. at CPS.
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.
Saturday, June 13
Maine Moose Festival; Bethel Common.
Telstar Youth Football Toll Booth Fundraiser; 9 a.m. to noon near the corner on Route 26 in Bryant Pond Village. Motorists should be aware of slowing traffic.
Book Signing with James Witherell; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the front lawn of Bethel Historical Society’s Robinson House. Witherell’s books, “L.L. Bean – The Man and His Company: The Complete Story” and “Ed Muskie: Made in Maine, 1914-1960” will be available for purchase at special, discounted prices.
Moose Doodles Elementary Art Show; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the first floor of the 1813 barn at Bethel Historical Society’s Mason House. Dr. Mason’s famous moose antler chair and moose antler hat rack will also be on display.
Book talk and signing with local author Randall Probert; 1 p.m., Bethel Library (5 Broad Street, across from the Common). To celebrate the Bethel Moose Festival & Lottery, the Bethel Library presents Randall Probert, author of historical novels about the Maine woods, who will discuss his work. He will be on hand at noon to sign his books, which will be available to purchase. The event is free and open to the public. FMI: 824-2520.
Sunday, June 14
Bethel Episcopal House Church; 4 p.m., Intervale Meeting House, Bethel. The Rev. Nancy Moore, Rector at Christ Episcopal Church in Norway, will conduct the service and Holy Eucharist. All are welcome to attend. For more information on House Church, please contact Christ Episcopal Church (743-6782), Susan Herlihy (824-3932) or Rosemary Laban (850-766-1241).
Thursday, June 18
Breau’s Too Cruise Night; 5:30 to 7:30, Breau’s Too parking lot, Bryant Pond. FMI: 665-2554.
Saturday, June 20
Maine Clean Elections House Party; 4 to 5:30 p.m., Crescent Park School cafeteria, Bethel. An MCCE organizer will attend, providing handouts and information. Sen. John Patrick may be able attend the second party and was elected with the help of public campaign funds. Light refreshment will be provided. FMI/RSVP: Seabury Lyon (firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-381-0068).
Saturday, June 27
Bethel Rotary’s Annual Yard Sale and Auction; Telstar High School, Bethel. Yard sale opens at 8 a.m. Auction preview at 5:30 followed by the auction at 6:30 p.m. To donate items, please contact (207) 653-9297. Gift certificates, furniture, antiques and treasures at the auction. Proceeds benefit Rotary’s scholarship program, local community projects and more. FMI: www.bethelrotary.org.
Sunday, June 28
Responsible Pet Care’s 3rd Annual Fun Dog Day; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fundraising walk registration starts at 10 a.m. Dog show and games, water park, pup tent with kids’ activities, working dog demos, food, vendor and educational booths. FMI: 743-7307 or www.rpc.petfinder.com.