CALENDAR OF EVENTS

(updated December 5, 2019)

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Upcoming Events

Journey To Bethlehem at Palermo Church

JOURNEY TO BETHLEHEM, Thurs., Dec. 5 & Fri., Dec. 6, 6 – 8 p.m., and Sat., Dec. 7, 5 – 8 p.m., Palermo Christian Church, 322 Branch Mills Rd. Admission free. Hot drinks and refreshments served following the tour. FMI: 993-2636, www.palermochristianchurch.org.

AUGUSTA

BOTANICAL GARDENS TRIP, in Boothbay, sponsored by Cushnoc Seniors, has been canceled.

CHINA

WRITERS GROUP: Join The Town Line’s writers, second Sunday of the month, 6:30 p.m. at The Town Line office, 575 Lakeview Dr. Ever wondered what it takes to write for The Town Line? Next meeting is Dec. 8. FMI: ericwaustin@gmail.com or 445-2234.

CHINA FOR A LIFETIME COMMITTEE, Thurs., Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m., China Town Office, 571 Lakeview Dr.

THURSTON PARK COMMITTEE: second Tuesday of the month, in the small room at the town office. Next meeting, Tues., Dec. 10. FMI: contact Thurston Park committee chairman Jen Smith at 968-5016.

FAIRFIELD

FAIRFIELD HISTORY HOUSE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE, Sat., Dec. 7, and Sun., Dec. 8, 3 – 6 p.m. Each room has a decorated tree and features wedding preparations from 1834 to the present. Donations are welcome.

GARDINER

CHRIST CHURCH FAIR, 2 Dresden Ave, Sat., Dec. 7, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free admission (free coffee 8 – 10 a.m.) Lunch served from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Many great bargains, including Ellen’s famous homemade doughnuts.

MADISON

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION CHOWDER COOK-OFF, Sat., Dec. 7, beginning 4 p.m., American Legion, Tardiff-Belanger Post #39. FMI: MAC Residential Services., Inc., 566-5766 or steve.austin@macresidential.com.

PALERMO

GREIFSHARE RESCHEDULED, to Tues., Dec. 10, 9:30 – 11 a.m., Palermo Christian Church, 322 Branch Mills Rd.

SOLON

SOMERSET COOPERATIVE EXTENSION, Christmas party, Thurs., Dec. 12, 10 a.m., at Solon Fire Station. Open to the public. FMI: 474-9622.

VASSALBORO

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING, Fri., Dec. 6, 6 p.m., the Olde Mill, in North Vassalboro. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance. There will be caroling around the tree and the Girl and Boy Scouts will be serving cookies and cocoa inside.

SEW FOR A CAUSE will meet at St. Bridget Center from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., on Thurs., Nov. 21 & Dec. 5. All are welcome to come for part of the day or the whole day. FMI: StBridgetCenter@gmail.com.

WATERVILLE

JOY TO THE VILLE, Sat., Dec. 7, the city of Waterville will once again embrace the holiday spirit with the third annual all-day celebration meant to highlight the holiday season on the Kennebec River. For a complete listing of activities, visit https://www.watervillecreates.org/event/joytotheville/.

MEET THE REPS, Wed., Dec. 18, 5:30 p.m., at the Bill and Joan Alfond Main Street Commons, Chace Community Forum, 150 Main St., sponsored by the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce.

RHYMETIME: Fri., Dec. 6, 10:30 – 11 a.m., the Letter N. Free, open to the public and geared for children from birth to age 3. FMI: 872-5433.

TEEN GAME NIGHT: Mondays, 4 p.m., Waterville Public Library, Elm St. Free and open to all ages 11-18. FMI: 872-5433 or staylor@watervillelibrary.org.

TEEN MOVIE NIGHT: Thursday, 4 p.m., Waterville Public Library, Bartlett Room, Elm St. FMI: 872-5433.

SATUR-PLAY! Sat., Nov. 30, Hibernation Storytime. Waterville Public Library, Elm St. FMI: 872-5433.

CRAFTERNOONS: Tuesdays, 2:30 – 4 p.m., Children’s Room, lower level, Waterville Public Library, Elm St. Dec. 10, Newspaper Polar Bear Craft. Children must be under 7 years old and accompanied by a grown-up helper. FMI: 680-2604.

WINSLOW

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS FAIR, Fri., Dec. 6, 4 – 8 p.m.; Sat.,, Dec. 7, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., St. John School, 15 South Garand St.

Ongoing Events

FOOD EVENTS

JEFFERSON: Jefferson Food Pantry to hold two food distributions a month; second & fourth Wed., 4 – 5:30 p.m., St. Giles Episcopal Church, 72 Gardiner Rd. (Rte. 126), for Jefferson and Somerville residents. FMI: Richard St. Amand, 485-6950. Monetary donations accepted, PO Box 34, Jefferson, ME 04348.

FARMERS MARKETS

WATERVILLE: Downtown Farmers Market Winter Market, first & third Thurs., 3 – 6 p.m., Alfond Youth Center, upstairs in library, North St., through April.

GARDINER: Gardiner Lions Pride Community Market, Lions Clubhouse, 25 Lions Ave., Sat., Feb. 24, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Kitchen available for coffee, snacks and lunch.

WRITERS’ GROUPS

JOIN THE TOWN LINE WRITERS’ GROUP. Ever wondered what it takes to write for The Town Line newspaper? The Town Line writers’ group meets on the second Sunday of every month at The Town Line office at 6:30 PM, 575 Lakeview Drive, South China, 04358. FMI: ericwaustin@gmail.com or 445-2234.

SQUARE DANCING

WATERVILLE: Winter session, Square dancing for beginners, Tues., 6:30 – 8 p.m., Waterville Junior High, Rte. 104 (West River Rd.). FMI: Call Bob 447-0094 or Cindy 631-8816.

BINGO

GARDINER: Gardiner Lions Club, every Wed., 25 Lions Ave. Doors open 4 p.m., games begin 6:30 p.m. Kitchen on site for snacks and lunch.

ORGANIZATIONS

MADISON: Maine Leathernecks Attachment #1361 of Marine Corps League meets the third Thurs. of each month, 6 p.m., at the VFW on Preble Ave. New members need to bring DD214.

SENIOR CITIZENS ACTIVITIES

ALBION: Senior Citizens meet 11 a.m., first Wed. of the month, Besse Bldg. Potluck lunch 11:30 a.m. All seniors welcome. FMI: 437-2323.

SOMERSET COUNTY: Senior Gathering: Madison, American Legion Post 39, 20 So. Maple St., 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., third Thurs. every month; Skowhegan, Cooperative Extension, 27 County Dr., 1 – 3:30 p.m., 2nd & 4th Wed.; Smithfield Library, 926 Village Rd., 9 – 11 a.m., 1st & 3rd Fri.

AUGUSTA: Cushnoc Seniors welcome all 55 or older to weekly meeting, St. Augustine Church Hall, Washington St. Doors open 10:30 a.m. for social and lunch. Short business meeting at 1 p.m., followed by Bingo 2nd and 4th Monday of the month. FMI: 458-2191.

HISTORICAL GROUPS

PALERMO: Palermo Historical Society, fourth Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m., the Worthing House, 54 No. Palermo Rd.

EDUCATIONAL

WATERVILLE: Common Street Arts life drawing sessions, Common St., first & third Wed. 5:30 – 8 p.m. doors open 5 p.m. Cheryl Cayer, 831-0154 or ccayer1@icloud.com.

EMBDEN: Sewing class, Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – noon. FMI: 566-7302.

FLY-TYING

AUGUSTA: First and third Wed. of each month, 6 – 8 p.m., Buker School, off Western Ave. $5 donations, all materials provided. All levels welcome – beginners to experienced. FMI: Call Willie Grenier, 649-4651.

LIBRARY NEWS

SOUTH CHINA: Library hours: Wed., 10 a.m. – noon and 3 – 7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

CHINA VILLAGE: Library hours, Tues. & Thurs., 2 – 6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – noon. Knitting/crafts group, Tues., 4 p.m.

ALBION: Mon. & Thurs., 2 – 8 p.m., Wed. & Sat., 9 – 11 a.m.

PALERMO: Mon., Toddler Time, 10 a.m. – noon; Tues., 3 – 6 p.m.; Wed., Lego Club, 6 – 7:30 p.m.; Thurs., 3 – 6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

SKOWHEGAN: Skowhegan Free Library, informal discussion group, Monday mornings, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., 9 Elm St. First Mon., What Are You Reading, with Alan Foxwell; second Mon., Technology Help, by David James; third Mon., Gardening Hints, by Jim Hastings; fourth Mon., Knitting and Crocheting, with Pat Dickey. Open to all and free of charge. FMI: 474-9072.

SKOWHEGAN: Toddlertime: 2nd & 4th Mon., 10:30 a.m., Children’s story & craft: Wed., 10am. new hours: M- F,10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 474-9072.

WATERVILLE: Make something fabulous, children department, Waterville Public Library, Tuesdays, 2:30 – 4 p.m., for children 5 years old and up. Please bring a grownup helper. Free, open to the public. FMI: 872-5433, or kkenny@watervillelibrary.org.

WATERVILLE: Teen Maker Monday. Group meets every Mon., 3 p.m., Waterville Public Library, Elm St. Free to ages 11-18. FMI: 872-5433 or staylor@watervillelibrary.org.; Teen Game Night, 4 – 6 p.m., Mon. Board games include Settlers of Catan, One Night Ultimate Werewolf, Apples to Apples, Exploding Kittens, Munchkin, Fluxx, Monopoly, Jenga and more. FMI: 872-5433 or email staylor@watervillelibrary.org.

WATERVILLE: Rhymetime for babies, toddlers and their grownups, Waterville Public Library, Elm St., Fri., Feb. 9, 16 and 23, 10:30 – 11 a.m. Program is free, open to the public; Ukuleles, Thurs., Feb. 8 & 22, 6 – 7:30 p.m. FMI: 872-5433 or kkenny@watervillelibrary.org.

WINSLOW: Weekly programs: Storytime, every Tues., 10 a.m.; Drop-in Tech help, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., every Wed.; Friday morning book group, 11 a.m. – noon, last Fri. of month; Knitting and needlework group, 3 – 5 p.m., 2nd & 4th Mon. Dates 10/30, 12 /4 & 18, 1/8 & 22, etc.

SPIRITUAL GATHERINGS

AUGUSTA: WISDUM, for adults in life change. Mon. 7 p.m.; St. Paul Ctr.

VASSALBORO: Non-denominational meditation group and silent meditation, Thursdays, 4 p.m., Vassalboro Friends Meetinghouse, 48 South Stanley Hill Rd. All are welcome, beginners and long-time practitioners. Cushions available or bring your own. FMI: Susan 385-7452.

YOUTH MINISTRIES

WATERVILLE: Awana youth ministries, ages 3 through grade 8, every Wed. evening, 6 – 7:45 p.m., Kennebec Valley Baptist Church, 91 Marston Rd. Registration begins 5:30 p.m.

ROTARY / LIONS CLUBS

ALIBON: Albion Lions Club, second Thurs. of each month, 7 p.m. Social time 6 p.m., dinner 6:30 p.m.

SKOWHEGAN: Rotary, Tues., 2:15 p.m., Heritage House.

UNITY: Rotary, Tues., 4:30 p.m., Crosstrax Deli.

WINTHROP: Rotary, Tues., 7:30 a.m., Credit Union.

GARDINER: Gardiner/Augusta Lions Club supper mtgs, 1st/3rd Mon. 6:30pm, 485-7100.

SNOWMOBILE CLUBS

PALERMO: Palermo Snowmobile club, meets 1st Mon., Oct. thru April, 7 p.m. Sheepscot Fish & Game Clubhouse, Rte. 3. FMI: call Doug 691-2548.

ALBION: Night Roadrunners meets second Wed. of the month, 7 p.m., Besse Building. FMI: Everett Drake, 437-4461, or see their facebook page for conditions.

FISH & GAME CLUBS

PALERMO: Sheepscot Lake Fish and Game Club meets the second Friday of each month. Potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by meeting. Guests welcome.

RV CLUBS

AUGUSTA: Capital Area Wheels – RV Club, meetings second Sunday of the month, October – May. Camping outings June thru Sept. FMI: call Wagon Master David Buker, 685-4948. All campers welcome.

MUSIC/THEATER

PALERMO: Learn and enjoy Native American Drum. Community Ctr., every Tues, 7 p.m., free, fun for all 993-2294.

KARAOKE

WATERVILLE: Every Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m. – 1 p.m., Forrest J. Pare VFW Post #1285, Water St.

INDOOR ACTIVITIES

CLINTON: Adult Coloring Book Club, Brown Memorial Library, second Thursdays of each month, 6 – 7:45 p.m. You will need own coloring books or coloring pages and your enthusiasm. Some coloring supplies available, but its recommended to bring your own. FMI: Cindy @ 426-8686.

SKOWHEGAN: Morning Bingo, Thurs. 10 – 11 am. Free. Register: Parks & Rec. 474-6901.

UNITY: Tea and Game time, Fridays, 1 – 3 p.m. Bring a game! Knitting and Fiber Group, Thurs. 2 – 4 p.m.. Bring your knitting, hooking, felting, etc.; Bridge Club, Wed., 1 – 3 p.m.; Scrapbaggers, April 7, 6:30 p.m.

CRAFTERS / QUILTERS

WINDSOR: Capital Carvers, Thurs., 6 – 8 pm, Gunning’s workshop off Legion Park Rd. FMI: George, 445-2078.

WATERVILLE: Women’s Initiative Crafting Circle, for all women, bring crafts, ideas. Tues & Thurs., 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., 692-0290. 304 Main Street, Waterville, Maine 04903.

PALERMO: Sheepscot Valley Quilters meet 1 – 3 p.m., first Tuesday of the month at Palermo Library. All welcome.

JOB SEEKING

WATERVILLE: Job Search Lab, every Tues., 10 a.m. – noon, Waterville Public Library. No appointment necessary. Staffed by Augusta CareerCenter, Mid-Maine Regional Adult Community Education, and New Ventures Maine. FMI: (207) 872-5433, or librarian@watervillelibrary.org.

AARP / SENIOR GROUPS

WATERVILLE: RSVP walking program weekdays thru April 13, 2018, 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the Colby College Fieldhouse. Open to age 55 and older and well as others with medical needs. Closed during college holidays and vacations. No ourside shoes/boots allowed on the track. FMI: 861-3428.

AUGUSTA: Coffee Klatch, 8 – 10 a.m., Lisa’s Restaurant, 15 Bangor St. This group meets every third Wed. Please RSVP: sammee.quong@gmail.com or Jay Els at 776-6302.

AUGUSTA: Tuesdays at the State House, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Meet at the Cross Building. Mileage reimbursement available, lunch is on AARP at the Cross Café.

Support Groups

PALERMO: Celebrate Recovery, every Tuesday, at 6 p.m., Palermo Christian Church, Branch Mills Rd. Open to the public. Designed to help you overcome your hurts, habits and hang-ups. FMI: www.palermochristianchurch.org, or www.celebraterecoverymaine.com.

WATERVILLE: Widows/Widowers, 2nd/4th Thurs., 10 am. Hospice Volunt. Ctr., 304 Main St., 873-3615.

WATERVILLE: General loss: 1st & 3rd Mon, 6 p.m., Hospice Ctr., 304 Main St., 873-3615.

WATERVILLE: Breastfeeding support group, Babies welcome. Fri., 1 pm, Inland. 861-3100.

SKOWHEGAN: Breastfeeding group, 2nd & 4th Thurs. 6-7:30 p.m. Free RFGH, 858-2405.

WATERVILLE: Overeaters Anon.,Thurs. 6:30pm, First Congregational. Church, 453-8304.

SKOWHEGAN: Tobacco Cessation, 1st & 3rd Thurs. 5:30 pm, RFGH, register: 858-2318.

WATERVILLE: Family and friends of individuals living with mental illness, first Tuesday 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Brown bag lunch. Second and fourth Weds., 6:30 – 8 p.m., Pleasant St. Methodist Church. 61 Pleasant St., NAMI Mid-Maine, 293-2921.

WATERVILLE: Peer Support Group fo Individuals Living with Mental Health Challenges, every Tuesday, 6:30 – 8 p.m., Pleasant Street Methodist Church choir room (upstairs), 61 Pleasant St.. NAMI Mid-Maine, 873-5358, 621-8430, ext. 306, or 293-2921.

WATERVILLE: NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group for Individuals Living With Mental Health Challenges, Tues., 6:30 – 8 p.m., Pleasant Street Methodist Church, choir room (upstairs), 61 Pleasant St. NAMI Mid-Maine, 873-5358, 621-8430 ext. 306, 293-2921.

SKOWHEGAN: Family and friends of individuals living with mental illness, Tues., 6 – 7:30 p.m., Maine Behavioral Health Organization, second floor, 30 Leavitt St. Linnea 530-1732, June 215-0818, NAMI Mid-Maine 293-2921.

SKOWHEGAN: NAMI Family Support Group every Tues. evening, 6 – 7:30 p.m., Maine Behavioral Health Organization, 30 Leavitt St. Free to participants. FMI: Linnea 530-1732 or June 215-0818.

FOOD ADDICTS

WATERVILLE: Food Addicts in Recovery, Fri. night meetings, 6:30 p.m., Mid Maine Homeless Shelter conference room, 19 Colby St. FMI: 775-2132 or toll free 1-222-998-5297.

AUGUSTA: Food Addicts in Recovery, Tues. 6:30 p.m.; Also, Thurs., 1 p.m., both at Prince of Peace Church, 209 Eastern Ave. FMI: 775-2132 or toll free 1-222-998-5297.

AA / AL-ANON / NARCANON

SKOWHEGAN: Al-Anon, Tues. 7-8 p.m. Federated Church, Island Ave. 800-498-1844.

AUGUSTA: Al-Anon group, Tues., 7 p.m., St. Mark’s Church basement.

WATERVILLE: Al-Anon, Wed., noon. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Eustis Parkway.

WATERVILLE: High Nooners Lunch Bunch, Alcohol Anonymous, Mon. thru Fri., noon – 1 p.m., Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter, 19 Colby Street.

WATERVILLE: Al-Anon, Sun., 10 a.m., MaineGeneral Medical Center, Thayer Center Dean Building, 149 North St. For family and friends of alcoholics.

WATERVILLE: Do you know someone addicted to drugs. Families and friends meetings at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 60 Eustis Parkway, Wednesdays, 6 p.m. All welcome. FMI: 594-2801.

AUGUSTA: Nar-Anon Family Group meets weekly on Mondays, Unitarian Universalist Church, 69 Winthrop St., 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. FMI: Karen 413-262-3833.

NORTH ANSON: Narcotics Anonymous, first Monday of each month, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 635-2748.

FITNESS / WELLNESS

VASSALBORO: Healthy Heart walking program on Mon., Wed., & Fri., 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., China Lake Conference Center’s Sukeforth New Life Center, 283 Neck Rd. Free program.

PALERMO: A Walk in the Gym, Tuesdays, 10 a.m., Palermo Christian Church, 322 Branch Mills Rd. Open to the public. FMI: 993-2636.

PALERMO: Yoga for limbering up!, Mondays, 6 – 7 p.m., Palermo Consolidated School, Rte. 3. Donation suggested. FMI: 993-2035.

UNITY: Yoga all levels, slow flow, beginners encouraged. FMI: Dhyana Blanchard, 568-1381, yogainunity@uninets.net. Meditation, Ananda meditation and prayer group, Harrison Aldrich Wellness Center, Unity College, 90 Quaker Hill Rd., Mon., 6 – 7:30 p.m., on-going. Learn simple meditation, chanting and healing prayer techniques.

UNITY: Nia in Unity, movement for health, wellness and fitness, Sundays 4 – 5 p.m., Unity Community Center, 32  School St. Classes are sliding scale, drop in any time. FMI: annania.wordpress.com. or Anna Fiedler, fiedlera@yahoo.com.

UNITY: Sunday Night Yoga, 5:15 – 6:15 p.m., Unity Community Center, 32 School St. Classes are sliding scale, drop-ins welcome. FMI: Michelle Moschkau, yoga.with.michelle.ahimsa@gmail.com, 360-556-4894.

MADISON/ANSON: Somerset Dance Party Fitness, Garrett Schenck School, first class free;  with Tiara Nile, Mondays & Wednesdays, 6 – 7 p.m.; with Allison Marcoux, Tuesdays 6 – 7 p.m., and Sat., 8 a.m. FMI: Tiara 431-4107, tiara.nile@yahoo.com or Allison 992-6843, allison.marcoux@myfairpoint.net. Facebook: Somerset Dance Party Fitness.

EMBDEN: Wednesdays, TOPS, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.; Weight Watchers, 5 – 6 p.m. FMI: 566-7302