Erskine Academy to host 8th grade open house
All eighth grade students and their parents from the surrounding communities are invited to attend the Erskine Academy eighth grade open house on Wednesday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m., in the gym. The EA administration strongly encourages all incoming freshmen and their parents to attend this event as registration materials will be available and information about the course selection process will be provided. In the case of inclement weather, a snow date of Thursday, March 9, has been set. Parents who are unable to attend this event are asked to contact the Guidance Office at 445-2964 to request registration materials.
Dale Potter Clark, Vassalboro author, to read at library
On Saturday, February 18, 2 p.m., at the Vassalboro Public Library, Vassalboro author Dale Potter Clark will read from her historical novel Escape from Bunker Hill. Co-hosted by Vassalboro Historical Society. Potter-Clark will discuss her historical novel about the Underground Railroad which tells a story about a native Maine couple that moves to Jacksonville, Florida, to help enslaved people escape north.
Representatives from the Vassalboro Historical Society will take questions as will Potter-Clark after her book talk. Copies of Escape from Bunker Hill will be available for sale at the event at which time Potter-Clark will sign them on request. A percentage of book sales will benefit the Vassalboro Library and Historical Society.
FMI contact Brian Stanley at the Vassalboro Library: 923-3233 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maine Film Center announces Love Makers + Rule Breakers film series
Every Tuesday and Thursday in February, the Maine Film Center, 93 Main St., in Waterville, will host its Love Makers + Rule Breakers series, featuring eight date-worthy films about passion, transgression, and sex. From high-brow to low-brow, arthouse to chick flick, the series features spicy stories and characters who challenge the status quo.
The eight films include the Academy Award-winning Moonlight and the wildly popular Fifty Shades of Grey. With proof of ticket purchase (e.g. an online receipt), filmgoers can redeem 10 percent off their meals at Silver Street Tavern, in downtown Waterville. In addition, filmgoers who buy one dozen roses at Robin’s Nest and bring in a coupon or receipt will receive the member price on their film tickets. Draft beer, wine, and, of course, fresh popcorn are available for purchase at the cinema.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets and trailers are available at MaineFilmCenter.org.
Moonlight, Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m.
Little comes from a domestic life scarred by the crack epidemic of the ‘80s, and finds a father figure in Juan, a drug dealer (Mahershala Ali). As he grows up, he tries to find his identity as a closeted gay Black man.
Only Lovers Left Alive, Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m.
Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton) are cooly captivating as centuries-old vampires who have fallen in love with each other. Their romance spans such a long period of time that it’s not unreasonable to think they may have been the originals.
Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area to offer facilitator training for grieving children’s program
Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area is offering a 20-hour children and teen’s grief support group facilitator training. This training will prepare you to facilitate grieving children’s peer support groups through the Hope’s Place program. The training will start Tuesday, March 7, at 5:30 p.m. The training sessions will be held in person and through the online platform Zoom. Suggested $30 processing fee for materials. For more information or to register, please call Jillian Roy, Hope’s Place Coordinator, at 207-873-3615 ext. 11 or email email@example.com.
One-time mime show at Skowhegan Opera House
For one performance only, on Saturday, February 26, at 4 p.m., mime and musician Scot Cannon presents Be Positive Be Productive for children of all ages. His funny and motivating show plays at Skowhegan Opera House, on the second floor of Town Hall, 225 Water Street, Skowhegan. Tickets cost $5 each, or $20 for families. They are available by cash or check at Opera House manager’s office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at Town Hall, or at the door on the day of the show for cash, check, or charge beginning at 3:15 pm.
Scot Cannon’s performance is presented by Friends of Skowhegan Opera House and Wesserunsett Arts Council. All proceeds will go toward improvements to the historic Opera House.
Scot’s work with bullying and self-esteem issues comes as a natural outgrowth of his years of teaching and entertaining. He has found that sharing his own experiences with speech problems, and the struggle to be accepted strikes a universal chord in his audiences and results in programs that speak to both minds and hearts. Educational, motivational, and family friendly fun for kids and adults of all ages.
Valentine’s dance at Madison Legion
Valentine’s Dance, on Saturday, February 11, 8 p.m. to midnight, with live music by Borderline Express, at Madison American Legion Hall, 20 S. Maple St.: $10 per person. Sponsored by United Bikers of Maine Somerset County. FMI: contact Sue Gordon 207-431-4883.
Delicious Divas return
The Return of the Delicious Divas, on Saturday, February 25, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Madison American Legion Hall, 20 S. Maple Street: $20 per ticket, only 70 tickets will be sold, so don’t wait. Tickets available at the hall or call 207-696-5848 after 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Specials in the kitchen before the show, 5 to 7 p.m., chicken enchiladas for $10. FMI: 207-696-5848.
Senior Day in China
Senior Day is held every Wednesday, from 10 a.m. – noon, in the portable building at the China Town Office. Residents of other area towns are welcome to join in the fun and camaraderie.
Senior Cribbage in Vassalboro
The Vassalboro Recreation Department hosts Senior Cribbage every Wednesday, from 1 – 3 p.m. in the town office board room. Anyone who wants to play is invited. Coffee and snacks provided. FMI, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Waterville Farmers’ Market
Beginning Thursday, December 1, Waterville Farmers’ Market will move indoors, at the Chace Forum, 150 Main St., (the Colby College dorm) from 2 – 5 p.m.
Events at Madison American Legion
– Corn Hole Tournaments every Tuesday at Madison American Legion Hall, 20 S. Maple Street. Sign up at 6:30 p.m., starts at 7 p.m. $10 per person, 100 percent payout. Bags are available or bring your own. Airmail Raffle every week. FMI: call 696-5848 after 3 p.m., or Mark at 207-431-4663.
– Cribbage Partners, Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., at Madison American Legion Hall, 20 South Maple St., Madison: $7 to play, payout to the top three players and high band, 50/50 raffle. FMI: 696-5848, after 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
– Wednesdays Suppers – Every Wednesday members of the Sons of the American Legion, Squadron #39, Madison, cook up a wonderful meal, available 4:30 p.m. until gone. Each week is a different meal which includes the main entrée, vegetable, roll and dessert from $12 to $15 depending on the meal. The meal of the week is posted each Monday afternoon on the American Legion Post #39 Facebook page or call after 3 p.m., 696-5848. Call after 2 p.m. on Wednesdays to order ahead or to go.
Bingo every Sunday in Madison
Madison American Legion Bingo is an every Sunday event, held at the American Legion Hall, 20 S. Maple Street, Madison. Doors open at noon Games start at 2 p.m. Kitchen is open with refreshments. Note: There will be no Bingo on December 25, nor January 1, 2023. FMI: Call Gina at 696-4946.
Legion Post #5 meetings
Bourque-Lanigan American Legion Post #5, Waterville, still meets the first and third Saturday of the month, at 9 a.m., at the post home, Drummond Ave. (the former humane society building), in Waterville.
Chelsea Age Friendly meetings
The Chelsea Age Friendly meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Chelsea Town Office.
Unity Parkinson’s Support Group
Unity Area Parkinson’s Support Group now meets 3rd Monday of the month from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., at Unity Barn Raisers Community Building at 32 School St., in Unity. Come for education, support and free info. Call Eleanor at 948-1474 or email: email@example.com for more info.
Please call ahead to see if any of these events have been cancelled because of the Coronavirus.
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.
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.
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.
SENIOR CITIZENS ACTIVITIES
FAIRFIELD CENTER: Seniors group meets third Fri. of the month for potluck lunch 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Bring a dish, the lunch is free. Occasional guest speakers, music, and games. FMI: Becky 465-9291 or Sabrina 238-6170. Open to all seniors and volunteers.
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.
WATERVILLE: American Legion Post #5, 120 Drummond Ave., meet first and third Saturdays at 8 a.m. All members and prospective members are invited to attend and share their ideas and energy in their ongoing support of veterans.
WHITEFIELD/JEFFERSON/WATERVILLE: Effective & Communication Strategies, and Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behaviors. Free and open to the public. Every third Wednesday, 1 – 2:20 p.m., Spectrum Generations, Muskie Center, Gold St. Class presented by Cathy Morse, Family Caregiver Specialist.
PALERMO: Palermo Historical Society, fourth Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m., the Worthing House, 54 No. Palermo Rd.
WINDSOR: Windsor Historical Society, second Wednesday of the month, April – November, Malta Room, Windsor Fairgrounds, Rte. 32. All welcome. FMI: Laurie Thomas, 445-2582.
SOUTH CHINA: Library hours: Mon. & Wed., 10 a.m. – noon, and 3 – 5 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.; 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
WINSLOW: Weekly programs: Storytime, every Tues., 10 a.m.; Drop-in Tech help, 1 – 2 p.m., every Wed.; Friday morning book group, 11 a.m. – noon, last Fri. of month; Knitting group now meets the first and third Mon. of the month, 3 p.m.: June 4 & 18, July 2 & 16, Aug. 6 & 20.
VASSALBORO: Non-denominational meditation group and silent meditation, Thursdays, 8:30 a..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.
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.
WINTHROP: Rotary, Tues., 7:30 a.m., Credit Union.
GARDINER: Gardiner/Augusta Lions Club meets second Monday of each month for a dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. Guests always welcome. FMI: 485-7100.
SNOWMOBILE / ATV CLUBS
CHINA: Four Seasons Club meets second Thurs. each month, year-round, 7 – 8 p.m. at the club, 571 Lakeview Dr., China. FMI: 968-2032.
PALERMO: Snowmobile Club, 1st Mon., 7 p.m. Oct. – April, 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.
PALERMO: Friends & Neighbors ATV Club, 4th Thurs., each month March thru Oct, 7 p.m., Sheepscot Fish & Game Clubhouse, Rte. 3. FMI: 993-4000.
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.
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.
WATERVILLE: Every Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m. – 1 p.m., Forrest J. Pare VFW Post #1285, Water St.
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.
PALERMO: Sheepscot Valley Quilters meet 1 – 3 p.m., first Tuesday of the month at Palermo Library. All welcome.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
AARP / SENIOR GROUPS
AUGUSTA: Coffee Klatch, 8 – 10 a.m., Lisa’s Restaurant, 15 Bangor St. This group meets every third Wed. Please RSVP: email@example.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.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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, email@example.com or Allison 992-6843, allison.marcoux@myfairpoint.
EMBDEN: Wednesdays, TOPS, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.; Weight Watchers, 5 – 6 p.m. FMI: 566-7302