CALENDAR OF EVENTS

(updated September 20, 2018)

Upcoming Events

LADIES RETREAT

AUGUSTA: A best-selling author and a popular international public speaker, Carol Kent, of Florida, will speak at the 19th annual Central Maine Ladies Retreat on Saturday, September 29, at Kennebec Valley Baptist Church, at 9 a.m. Best known for being dynamic, humorous, encouraging, and biblical, Carol is a former radio show co-host, and her messages have been broadcasted on Focus on the Family. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the first session at 9 a.m.. FMI: Call the church 872-7021.

AUGUSTA

NATURE CLUB first luncheon of fall, Wed., Sept. 26, noon, Capital Area Technical Center, 40 Pierce Dr. Please arrive by 11:30 a.m. RSVP required, or FMI, contact Jackie McNeill, 622-2419. Program to be Weasels of Maine with Shevenell Webb, wildlife biologist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, in Bangor.

CHINA

CHINA FOR A LIFETIME COMMITTEE, Thurs., Oct. 18, 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., Oct. 9. FMI: contact Thurston Park committee chairman Jen Smith at 968-5016.

FREE MEALS: First Congregational Cooling Center, seniors and disabled, Thursdays, free meal, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 634-5313.

FAIRFIELD

FAIRFIELD HISTORY HOUSE annual Barn and Bake Sale, Sat. & Sun., Oct. 6 & 7, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the barn on High St. Collectibles, antiques, toys, jewelry, books, rugs, camping equipment, glassware, furniture, a like-new gas grill, linens and much more.

GARDINER

BINGO, Sept. 29, 1 p.m., Gardiner Lions Club, 25 Lions Ave. Doors open 11 a.m., games begin 1 p.m. FMI: 242-4842.

HALLOWELL

GREATER AUGUSTA AARP Chapter 511, Wed., Sept. 26, Spectrum Generations, Cohen Ctr., Maxwell Room, 27 Farm Rd. 10 a.m. business meeting, 10:30 speaker: Lakora Sanborn, League of Women Voters on Ranked Choice Voting. FMI: 557-1755. Everyone over 55 invited.

OAKLAND

RUMMAGE SALE, Oakland United Baptist Church, 45 Church St., Sat., Oct. 13, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Household items, children’s, men’s and women’s clothes, toys and much more.

SKOWHEGAN

SAMPLERS QUILT SHOW, Fri., Sept. 28 * Sat.,Sept. 29, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., United Methodist Church, 103 Dr. Mann Rd.

SOUTH CHINA

TURKEY PIE ND SILENT AUCTION, Sat., Sept. 22, 5 – 6:30 p.m., South China Community Church, 246 Village St. Take out available, 445-4111.

CRAFT FAIR, South China Community Church, Sat., Oct. 6, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Table rentals available for $15. Contact Deb Stowe 462-2175 for a table.

WHITEFIELD

YOUNG AT HEART meeting, Wed., Sept. 26, Whitefield Lions Club. Bring a dish to share. Contact Pat Moody, 549-5666.

WINDSOR

CRAFT VENDORS WANTED: 7th annual Windsor PAWS PTO Holiday craft/vendor fair, Sat., Nov. 17, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Windsor Elementary School, 366 Ridge Rd. Call 592-3313 or email wespaws@gmail.com.

SHARE THE ROAD WITH CAROL is an all ages commemorative bike ride planned for Sat., Sept. 29, in Windsor and Whitefield. The ride, which has 12-mile and 27-mile options, starts and ends at the Windsor Town Office. This ride is to honor Carol Eckert, MD, who was tragically killed as a result of a bike accident that occurred in Windsor on Oct. 10, 2016. Biking was Carol’s passion. Register online at BikeReg.com/share-the-road-with-carol, or at the event from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

WINDSOR LADIES AID: meets first Tuesday of the month. FMI: Nancy Seigars, 549-7596.

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.

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 #136 of Marine Corps League meets the third Thurs. of each month, 7 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 am – 2 pm, 692-0290. 93 Main St.

PALERMO: Sheepscot Valley Quilters meet 1 – 3pm, 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