Events calendar

Thursday, Oct. 16

Adult Book Discussion; 6:30 p.m., Norway Memorial Library. Book: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. FMI: 743-5309.

Friday, Oct. 17

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ Mobile Appraisal Coach; 12 noon to 4 p.m. The famous antiques appraisal mobile coach will be at the Bethel Library at 5 Broad Street for a fundraiser event hosted by the library. Participants will receive instant, onsite valuations by appraisers Kaja Veilleux and John D. Bottero for antiques or collectibles brought to the coach. Any item can be appraised. For items too large to bring, detailed photographs can be used. Suggested donation of $10 per item or $25 for 3 items. 100 percent of the proceeds will support the library. No appointments necessary. FMI: 824-2520.

Peppino D’Agostino Concert; 7:30 p.m., Medallion Opera House, Gorham Town Hall, 20 Park Street, Gorham, N.H. $12/adults. FMI/Tickets: www.medallionoperahouse.org.

Saturday, Oct. 18

Wilkins House Yard Sale; 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Wilkins House, Plummer Hill Road, Waterford. Last yard sale of the season. Many items suitable for gift giving, puzzles, books, bikes and household items. All proceeds benefit the church and the Wilkins House.

Buck-a-Bag Book Sale; 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Historical Society building, Main Street, West Paris.

13th Annual WES Craft Fair; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Woodstock Elementary School. Lots of crafters and a Chinese auction. Food and bake sale. FMI: 665-2228.

Versatility Play/Learn and Trail Challenge Fundraiser; 9 a.m., Ellis River Riders, Andover. Play and Learn, 9 a.m. to noon – Horse and Rider combos will have the opportunity to practice the potential obstacles for the challenge. Burger and hotdog lunch, noon to 1 p.m. Trail Challenge, 1 p.m. until finished. Cash prizes. In Hand, Youth Novice, Adult Novice, Youth, Adult, and Pro divisions. Advanced entries requested. See forms for exact rules. FMI: www.ellisriverriders.com or Dawn (show@ellisriverriders.com).

River Valley Rotary Oktoberfest Craft Fair; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hope Association, 85 Lincoln Avenue, Rumford. There will be a variety of crafters offering jewelry, homemade crafts, baked goods and a multitude of other merchandise. There will be a cookie walk and the Rotary Club will also have a book fair.

Sumner Fire Auxiliary Ticket Auction; Opens at 11 a.m., drawing at 1 p.m., Buckfield Jr./Sr. High School. Proceeds will help purchase an OSHA-required self-contained breathing apparatus fill station.

Public Buffet Supper; 5 p.m., Finnish-American Heritage Center, 8 Maple Street, West Paris. Featuring Finnish, American and other ethnic foods. $8/adults, $4/children under 12. Sponsored by the Finnish-American Heritage Society.

Snow Valley Sno-Goers Landowner Appreciation Supper; 5:30 to 7 p.m., Andover Congregational Church. Menu: Ham, mashed potatoes, green beans and homemade desserts. Landowners are guests of the club. Prices for the public are $8/adults and $5/children 5 and over, kids under 5 eat free.

“The Maine Frontier” Presentation; 7:30 p.m., Celebration Barn Theater, 190 Stock Farm Road, South Paris. A multimedia presentation combining photography by Isaac Simpson with archived films, oral histories and live music by Sumner McKane and Joshua Robbins. $14/adults, $12/seniors, $8/students and kids. FMI: www.CelebrationBarn.com or 743-8452.

Sunday, Oct. 19

Trick or Treat Scavenger Hunt Ride; Ellis River Riders show grounds, Andover. FMI: Pam Tobin (capecodpam@gmail.com or 775-212-0075).

West Paris Pumpkin Run; 10 a.m., Agnes Gray School, 170 Main Street, West Paris. This event will include a 5k run, 1-mile walk and 1-mile kids’ fun run. Following the run will be a chili and pumpkin pie contest! FMI/Registration: www.back40timing.com.

Finnish-American Heritage Society Meeting; 2 p.m., Finnish-American Heritage Center, 8 Maple Street, West Paris. Following a brief meeting and coffee social, Natalie Parsons will speak on her recent visit to South Africa.

MLT Annual Meeting; 7 p.m., Ordway Living Room, Gould Academy. Election of directors and officers followed by “Re-imagining Conservation as Building Community,” a special program presented by Peter Forbes. The public is welcome to attend. A $5 donation is requested if you are not an MLT donor. FMI: 824-3806 or info@mahoosuc.org.

Monday, Oct. 20

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.

Tuesday, Oct. 21

SCORE Financial Planning Workshop; 6 to 7:30 p.m., Norway Town Office, Danforth Street, Norway. A workshop covering the financial essentials for startup planning for small businesses. Register by Oct. 17. FMI/Registration: Rebecca Dowse (743-0499 or dowse@roadrunner.com).

Wednesday, Oct. 22

Energy Medicine for Your Health: An Introduction to Polarity Therapy; 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., West Parish Congregational Church, Bethel. Emily Ecker will introduce Polarity Therapy at this Western Mountains Senior College “Down Home Maine” presentation. Benefits of Polarity Therapy include relief from chronic pain and enhanced mental and emotional clarity. Emily will demonstrate and teach us to use the Star Pathway on our own for a greater sense of well-being. Free and open to the public. FMI: Emily Ecker (357-9954).

Thursday, Oct. 23

SCORE Data Security Roundtable; 8 to 9 a.m., Norway Town Office, Danforth Street, Norway. Methods used by hackers, impact on small businesses, and defense strategies will be discussed. FMI/Registration: Steve Veazey (743-0499 or stephenveazey@scorevolunteer.org).

Knitting and Crocheting Class with Support from Fiber & Vine; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., SMH Cancer Center, 199 Main Street, Norway. SMH Cancer Center invites patients with cancer, cancer survivors, and caregivers to join in with some volunteers from Fiber and Vine. Bring your ongoing knit and crochet projects and/or learn to make chemo caps and prayer shawls. If needed, we will provide some yarn and needles at no cost to you. This is a free class for patients with cancer, cancer survivors, and caregivers.

Pumpkin Carving with support from SMH Cancer Center; 2 to 4 p.m., SMH Cancer Center, 199 Main Street Norway. Enjoy some Halloween fun! Carve a pumpkin. When you are finished, the pumpkins will be donated to McLaughlin Gardens for their 2014 Pumpkin Spectacular. This is a free class for patients with cancer, cancer survivors, and caregivers.

Fourth Thursday Poetry Event; 5:30 to 7 p.m., Rumford Library. Wesley McNair, Maine’s distinguished poet laureate, will read from his works and talk about becoming a writer. McNair, who taught for many years at U Maine Farmington, published his collection “The Lost Child” last spring. That book will be on sale after his presentation. Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public. FMI: 364-3661.

“Images of the North Maine Woods” Opening; 6:30 p.m., West Paris Library. Opening reception featuring a discussion with artist, Michael Everett.

Oct. 24 and 25

Bethel Outing Club Ski Sale; Friday 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon, Gould Academy Field House. Range of new and used alpine, snowboarding and Nordic equipment. FMI: www.bethelouting.org or www.facebook.com/betheloutingclub.

Waterford Library Haunted House; 7 to 10 p.m., Waterford Library. $10/adults, $5/Ghouls and Goblins under 13. FMI: 583-2050.

Wilderness First Aid Course; Mahoosuc Mountain Lodge. Instructor: Jon Tierney of Wilderness Medical Associates. $225 for commuters or $265 with food and lodging. FMI: 824-2073 or info@mahoosuc.com.

Oct. 24 through 26

Open Recert Wilderness First Aid Course; Mahoosuc Mountain Lodge. Instructor: Jon Tierney of Wilderness Medical Associates. $325for commuters or $395 with food and lodging. FMI: 824-2073 or info@mahoosuc.com.

Friday, Oct. 24

Fall Dance; 6 to 8 p.m., 85 Lincoln Avenue, Rumford. Featuring Joe “The Music Man” Sirois. Open to the public. Donations will benefit the Hope Association.

Saturday, Oct. 25

Annual Newry Craft Fair; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Newry Grange Hall. FMI: 824-3123.

Craft Fair; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Rumford Elementary School, Lincoln Avenue, Rumford. Many crafts for sale. Lunch will be served at the ABC Café. This event is open to the public.

Sunday, Oct. 26

Texas Hold’em Tournament; American Legion, 595 Gore Road, Locke’s Mills. Doors open at 12 p.m., game starts at 1 p.m. Entry fee: $50 with $5 to the license. High Hand entry of $5, 50/50 and pull tabs. Great food, refreshments and BYOB. Proceeds benefit veteran’s programs and legion baseball.

Monday, Oct. 27

Communication Workshop; 1 to 3 p.m., Harper Conference Center, 193 Main Street, Norway. Join William Medd, MD and Pastor David Thorp as they discuss ways to improve communication. This program will help prepare you to provide important information to your health care provider at the time of your visit. Good communication between patients, caregivers and the health care team is very important in your care. This is a free class for patients with cancer, cancer survivors, and caregivers.

SeniorsPlus; 1 to 4 p.m., Fryeburg Public Library. Representatives from SeniorsPlus, the Area Agency on Aging, will be on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Free and open to the public. FMI/appointments: 1-800-427-1241.

Tuesday, Oct. 28

Jewelry Beading Class with support from Lively Accents; 2 to 3 p.m., SMH Cancer Center, 199 Main Street, Norway. Join Cathy Murphy a local artisan from Lively Accents and make your own cancer awareness bracelet using fiber optic beads and pearls. All materials will be provided for the class. This is a free class for patients with cancer, cancer survivors, and caregivers.

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Opera Talk: Bizet’s Carmen; 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon; West Parish Congregational Church, Bethel. Sponsored by Western Mountains Senior College, Patricia Boyle-Wight will introduce us to this great favorite opera which includes such memorable and stirring arias as the Habanera and the Toreador Song. Free and open to the public. If attending, RSVP to Patricia at pboylewight@ants.edu or 824-8453. For tickets to the Metropolitan Opera’s HD live broadcast of Carmen on Nov. 1 contact boxoffice@fryeburgacademy.org or 207-935-9232.

Community Supper (No Charge); 4:30 to 6 p.m., Bethel Alliance Church, 251 Walkers Mills Road (across from Telstar parking lot). FMI: 824-2289.

CANCELLED: Public Forum for Bethel Comprehensive Plan.

Friday, Oct. 31

Fall Harvest Festival; 6 to 7:30 p.m., Bethel Alliance Church, 251 Walkers Mills Road (across from Telstar parking lot). Features “Trick or Trunk,” games, tattoos for the kids, cider and more. FMI: 824-2289.

Halloween Fundraiser Dance; 7 to 10 p.m., Locke’s Mills Town Hall (upstairs). Shadagee Ramblers and Don Chase, 50/50, door prizes, costume contest. $7 per person. Proceeds benefit Town Hall Building Fund.

Saturday, Nov. 1

Bluegrass Concert with Tricky Britches; 7 to 10 p.m., Mahoosuc Mountain Lodge, North Newry. $10 per person, half price for children under 16. FMI: 824-2073 or info@mahoosuc.com.

Mock Hee-Haw Show; 7 p.m., Franklin Grange, Main Street, Bryant Pond. Featuring performances from John Sparrow, the Milltown Road Show, Richard Felt and Friends, the Shadagee Ramblers and more. Refreshments, door prizes and 50/50 raffle. $6/adults, $3/children under 12. Proceeds benefit the Franklin Grange Building Fund.

Monday, Nov. 3

Socrates Café meeting; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Waterford Library. Topic: How should political campaigns be financed? Moderator: Therese Johnson. Light refreshments available. FMI: 583-6957.

Thursday, Nov. 6

To Your Health Presentation; 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Bethel Congregational Church. “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.” FMI: Rosabelle Tifft (824-2053).

Adult Book Discussion; 6:30 p.m., Norway Memorial Library. Book: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. FMI: 743-5309.

Friday, Nov. 7

Alder River Grange Meeting; Peel party to prepare for Nov. 8 turkey supper.

Monday, Nov. 10

Stamping Up Class with support from Kathy Pulsifer; 10 to 11:30 a.m., SMH Cancer Center, 199 Main Street, Norway. Join Kathy Pulsifer from Stamping Up and have fun exploring your creativity with rubber stamping. This is a great time to Create, Laugh and Enjoy creating projects together! This is a free class for patients with cancer, cancer survivors, and caregivers.