CALENDAR OF EVENTS

(updated November 24, 2022)

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Upcoming Events

Vassalboro Christmas tree lighting set for Dec. 2

The 2022 Vassalboro Community Christmas Tree lighting will occur Friday, December 2, at 6 p.m., at the Community Tree located on the Mill lawn.

Mr. ad Mrs. Claus will arrive on a blazing fire truck promptly at 6 p.m., and join everyone around the tree and sing a few carols. Then the group will walk into the mill for cocoa and cookies and to visit with Santa!

Light Up the Town Contest!

The Vassalboro Business Association is sponsoring the 2022 Light Up the Town Holiday Lighting Contest for Vassalboro residents.

There will be two categories, Best in Town and Most Creative. Each with a first place winner, $200, a second place winner, $150, and a third place winner, $100. There are no rules, just please make your exhibition a pleasure to view!

In order to participate, one must either call/text 207-631-3303 (Linda Titus) with your name, phone number and the address of the exhibition of lights before Dec. 13. Each participant will be asked to pick up a sign provided by the VBA that will be displayed on the road front area. It will reflect light and ensure peepers and judges that they are at the correct address.

A panel of several judges will come by unannounced December 14-17, 2022, and make their evaluations.

Winners will be notified by December 18!

A list of participating addresses will be published on the VBA Facebook page and in The Town Line during the week of December 18, so residents can take a ride to enjoy the scenes in the weeks before Christmas. Have a wonderful time!

Christmas in Maine at Fairfield History House

Christmas in Maine is the theme of the annual Christmas Open House at the Fairfield History House, 42 High Street, Fairfield. The house is open on December 3 and 4 from 3 to 6 p.m. Come tour the house decorated for the holiday season. Bring the kids to see the many ways people celebrate this season. Each year there is something special in the old tin bathtub. Come see what’s in the bathtub this year!

Citrus shipped directly to you

You all remember getting that sweet, juicy orange in the toe of your Christmas stocking. Now you can send a gift of health and cheer by the boxful to friends and family anywhere in the contiguous USA! Any sized box ships for a nominal $9.00, but you need to order soon in order to have the fruit arrive by Thanksgiving or Christmas.

To order, go to: *https://www.floridaindianrivergroves.com/ecommerce/1018996. You will see the beautiful fruit all safely packed in foam to protect it from cold and bruising. Just fill out the order form, enter either your credit card or e-check, and Boom! You can take care of your whole Christmas list! You can also go to FruitSale.com and enter the group code 1018996.

Proceeds from this sale will help the Living Communities Foundation support the Palermo Food Pantry and the Community Center. We would also appreciate it if you would spread the word to your social media contacts as their orders will also help us out. The Foundation, Food Pantry, and Community Center are all supported by people like you, not by tax dollars. We greatly appreciate your orders!

Winthrop scouts to hold holiday craft fair

Winthrop Boy Scout Troop #604 is hosting a Holiday Craft Fair, on Saturday, November 26, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the Augusta Armory to raise money for awards, membership and activities while at the same time helping out a good cause. “We are a small troop with a big heart,” said Scoutmaster Samantha Doody-Remingont. “Please come support and join us for your holiday shopping. Stop by the food table for a drink, something to eat and to say hello.”

This is also a good time to join scouting. Kennebec Valley District Executive Michael Perry will be on hand to help with new registrations into Cub Scouting and Scouts BSA.

For questions, contact Samantha at sldremington@gmail.com.

DECMA to perform Christmas concert

The Down East Country Music Association is putting on a Christmas concert in Vassalboro on Sunday, December 11. DECMA is a nonprofit organization supporting all music. They are always looking for new members. Point of contact is Brian Plato at 207-620-0399.

On-going EVENTS

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, khatch@vassalboro.net.

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.

“Stone Soup Café” to serve free sit-down lunches

Starfish Village, a ministry of Waterville Congregational Church, and Winslow Community Cupboard food pantry, a ministry of Winslow Congregational Church, announce the Stone Soup Café, serving dine-in FREE lunches Monday, Thursday and Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Winslow Congregational Church, 12 Lithgow Street.

For more information about Stone Soup Café or to volunteer, please call or text (207) 509-1494, or send email to StoneSoupCafe04901@gmail.com.

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 wee. FMI: call 696-5848 after 3 p.m., or Mark at 207-431-4663.

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 FMI: Call Gina at 696-4946.

Legion Post #5 meetings

American Legion Post #5, Waterville still meets the first and third Saturday of the month, at 9 a.m.

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: dogisland52@gmail.com for more info.

Please call ahead to see if any of these events have been cancelled because of the Coronavirus.

Ongoing Events

MONTHLY MEETINGS

CHINA: China for a Lifetime Committee, third Thurs. of each month, 6:30 p.m., China Town Office, 571 Lakeview Dr.

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.

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.

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.

SERVICE GROUPS

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.

ALZHEIMER’S TRAINING

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.

HISTORICAL GROUPS

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.

LIBRARY NEWS

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 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, 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.

SPIRITUAL GATHERINGS

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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