Events calendar

Aug. 21 through 24

“See How They Run” OHMPAA presentation; 7 p.m. with matinees showings at 2 p.m. Aug. 17 and 24, Norway Grange Theater, Whitman Street, Norway. A typical English farce, replete with mistaken identities, slamming doors, pithy lines and all around confusion. Opening night tickets: $5, all other performances $10/adults, $8/senior citizens and those under 18. Advance tickets are available at Books ‘n’ Things, Main Street, Norway. Unsold tickets will be available at the door.

Thursday, Aug. 21

Cruise Night; 5:30 p.m., Breau’s Too parking lot, Bryant Pond. Live music by Carl Vee from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. FMI: 665-2554.

Friday, Aug. 22

Geology Talk at Hacker’s Hill; 4 p.m. Participants will hear an overview of the origin of the Appalachian Mountains, believed to have been formed 267 million years ago, as well as the bedrock geology of Hacker’s Hill. To visit Hacker’s Hill, take Route 11 from Naples to Quaker Ridge Road in Casco. Proceed half a mile and the preserve is on the left. Guests should arrive at 3:45. Parking is available at the top of the hill. Please follow signs to the “Event Parking” area. Binoculars, camera and a chair are recommended. The program will end around 6 p.m. but feel free to bring a picnic and stay for the sunset that will occur at 7:30 p.m. The gate closes 30 minutes after sunset. The event will be canceled if it rains.

CROP Community Potluck; 6 p.m., West Parish Congregational Church, Bethel. Bring a dish to share. Information about the upcoming CROP Walk Sept. 21 will be available. FMI: Jane Chandler (357-3524).

Saturday, Aug. 23

Blue Trail Ride; Ellis River Riders show grounds, Andover. FMI: Anita Altmaier (491-5805).

Yard Sale at Alder River Grange; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tent ‘n Treasure annual yard sale; 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Second Congo Church, Main Street, Norway. Rain or shine. Refreshments available. Supports church projects.

Public Supper; 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., West Bethel Union Church. $8/adults, $3/children under 12.

Swingin’ Bears Square Dance Club’s 50th anniversary dance; 7 to 10 p.m., Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, South Paris. Tim Marriner of Rock Hill, S.C., a well-known National Caller, will do the calling for the square dancing. Advance tickets at 603-303-6860 or e-mail sqdancer725@myfairpoint.net. Tickets at the door: $12 per person.

Blue Willow Band; 8 to 11:30 p.m., Poland Spring Resort. FMI: polandspringinns.com or www.bluewillowband.com.

Michael Menes Performs Egadz; 8 p.m., Celebration Barn Theater, 190 Stock Farm Road, South Paris. Egadz engages audiences of all ages with expert juggling, acts of balance, and a variety of physical illusions. Celebration Barn’s Executive Director, Amanda Huotari describes Menes’ performance as “outstandingly innovative, skillfully polished, and visually stunning.” Tickets: $14/adults, $12/seniors, $8/students and kids. Appropriate for all ages. FMI: 743-8452 or www.CelebrationBarn.com.

Aug. 24 and 31

Free Concerts; 4 p.m., the Bethel Common. Rain or shine. FMI: MahoosucArts.org or 824-3575.

Sunday, Aug. 24

Oxford County Democrats BBQ/Fundraiser; 4:30 p.m., University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center, Bryant Pond. Tickets $20. RSVP: County Chair Cathy Newell (875-2116).

Memorial Hymn Sing; 6:30 p.m., Locke’s Mills Union Church. Refreshments following.

Monday, Aug. 25

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, Aug. 26

Church Supper; 5 to 6:30, North Waterford Church, Route 35 (opposite Melby’s Eatery). Featuring homemade baked beans, casseroles, salads, brown bread and rolls, pies and a craft sale. All you can eat for $8 ($4 for children under 12). All are welcome.

Greenwood Spartans and Wolf Pack Football Sign Ups; 5:30 p.m. at the practice field on Howe Hill Road, Greenwood. Open to grades 2 through 8. FMI: Tim Mason (557-6149). Scholarships available.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Community Supper (No Charge); 4:30 to 6 p.m., Bethel Alliance Church, 251 Walkers Mills Road (across from Telstar parking lot). Call 207-824-2289 for more information.

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.

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).

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.

Saturday, Sept. 6

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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/.