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TABLES FOR RENT: St. Martin’s Episcopal Church will be hosting a flea market/crafts/auction on Saturday, June 3rd from 8 AM to 2 PM. Donations are currently being accepted and can be dropped off at the church from 9 AM to 12 PM. Tables are available at $15 each (only 5 tables left). The auction includes furniture, household items, books, gift certificates, etc. A lunch of hot dogs, seafood chowder, and coffee available for $7 per person. The church is located on Main Street.
MEMORIAL DAY COOKOUT: The Guilford United Methodist Church will be holding a Memorial Day cookout on Monday, May 29th at 11:30 AM. The menu will include, hot dogs - .25 cents, hamburgers - .50 cents, soda - .50 cents, chips – .15 cents and bottled water is free. There will be a bounce house, face painting and games. The church is located at 3 School Street across from the Fire Station.
The Guilford Memorial Library is accepting donations of used and new books for their annual book sale. Magazines or encyclopedias will not be accepted. To pick-up books locally contact 876-4547 or drop them off at the library Tuesday through Friday from 10 AM to 5 PM. The library is located at 4 Library Street.
REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEETING: The Dixmont Republican Committee will be holding a meeting to discuss plans to coordinate a project to clean up debris around town and host a picnic lunch for volunteers. Interested Dixmont residents are invited to attend the planning meeting. The meeting will be held Wednesday, May 24th at 7 PM and located at 100 Hog Hill Road. For more information contact Lisa at 207-416-8686.
BENEFIT COMMUNITY LUNCH: The Ripley United Methodist Church will be hosting a benefit community lunch on Saturday, May 27th from 11 AM to 2 PM, weather permitting. If it’s overcast the event will be held; however, if it’s raining or showers the event won’t be held. Lefty’s Grill will be serving red or brown hot dogs for $1, 1/3 lb Angus burgers for $5, Italian sausage, hot or sweet, for $6, grilled cheese sandwich for $1, chips .50 cents each and soda or bottled water for $1 each. Items available for free will be cheese, fried onions, fried bell peppers and condiments. The proceeds from this event will be used to benefit the Ripley UMC fuel fund.
SPINNING FIBER ARTS GROUP: Spinning Fiber Arts Group will hold their meeting every fourth Saturday of the month. The next meeting will be held on Saturday, May 27th at the Abbott Memorial Library from 9:30 to 11:30 AM. All types of fiber arts are welcome as the group will share and learn from one another.
FLEA MARKET/YARD SALE BENEFIT: A flea market/yard sale will be held on Saturdays only beginning on Saturday, June 3rd through Saturday, June 24th from 8 AM to 5 PM. There will be antiques, books, crafts, bake tables, tools, plus more. Tables are available at $10 per day along with applications. Proceeds to benefit the Spirits Place Rescue, which is a nonprofit dedicated to the well being of resident cats in the area. For more information contact Judith at 207-509-4435.
FINN DANCE: A traditional Finn dance will be held on Saturday, May 27th from 7:30 to 10 PM. Dances include schottisches, polkas, waltzes and foxtrots. Music is led by Alexandra Conover Bennett on accordion. The cost will be $8 per person and children under 12 free. The Finn Hall is just a mile south of the Monson town center on Route 15. For more information visit Facebook at Monson Finn Hall.
HOMESCHOOLER’S BUY, SELL, SWAP EVENT: The Emmanuael Bible Baptist Church will be hosting a homeschooler’s buy, sell, and swap event on Saturday, June 3rd from 9:30 AM to 1 PM. Tables will be provided free. To reserve a table, contact Sherry at 207-404-1804. The church is located on Route 7.
SEEKING CRAFT FAIR/BAKE SALE VENDORS: Detroit Fire and Rescue will be holding their Second Annual Craft Fair and Bake Sale on Saturday, June 10th from 9 AM to 3 PM. The event will be located outside the Detroit Fire Station on the Troy Road, Route 220. If interested in reserving a table contact Crystal Chute at 207-487-4637.
RE-USE PROGRAM: The Town of Hartland holds their Re-Use Program each month until Saturday, October 1st. The dates the program will be open to the public during the month of May will be Friday, May 26th and Saturday, May 27th from 8 AM to 2 PM. This event is open to all area residents and will be located at the Hartland Town Office on 21 Academy Street. There will be clothes, household items, books, plus much more available. Items obtained from this program are not for re-sale. For more information contact Barbara at 938-3565.
BENEFIT YARD SALE: There will be a benefit yard sale on Saturday, May 27th from 8 AM to 4 PM at Peck Drive. All proceeds benefit the American Lung Association in support of the Trek Across Maine, which is a three day, 180 mile bicycle ride across the state. There will be furniture, household goods, lots of clothes and much more. All priced to sell. Peck Drive is located just off Route 2 and only 1/2 mile from Angler’s Restaurant.
BOOK DONATIONS SOUGHT: The Newport Cultural Center (NCC) Friends of the Library will be holding the 7th Annual "Memorial Day Book and Bake Sale" to be held from 9 AM to 12 PM on Monday, May 29th on the porch and front lawn of the Newport Cultural Center. Donate any books in good condition until Friday, May 26th. The donation drop box is located in the NCC entryway. Come enjoy the Newport Memorial Day parade and the great selection of used books and baked goods. The NCC is located at 154 Main Street. All monies earned are for the benefit of the NCC library.
NAMI SUPPORT GROUP MEETING: NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Family and Friends Support Group meets on the last Tuesday of every month from 6:30 to 8 PM. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 30th in the Borestone Room at Mayo Regional Hospital. For more information contact 924-7903.
The Blacksmith Shop Museum will be opening on Memorial Day weekend. The shop is open almost every day until October. Blacksmith demonstrations will be held again this summer at the Dunham Forge (located next to the Blacksmith Shop). The demonstrations will be held on Saturdays from 10 AM to 3 PM on the following days: Saturday, June 24th - Matt Griffith from Guilford; Saturday, July 15th - Dwight King; Saturday, August 5th - John Calderwood; and Saturday, September 9th - Pat Roy. For more information contact Dave Lockwood, curator at 564-8618 or
The Thompson Free Library will be holding a lemonade and bake sale on Thursday, May 25th from 4 to 5 PM on the library’s front lawn. This fun event is part of the Year in Giving Project with all proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald House. Even if you don’t bring food or beverages, remember to bring some money to buy a tasty treat—and spread the word about spreading kindness. The library is located at 186 E Main Street. For more information, contact 207-564-3350,, or on Facebook.
SEEKING YARD SALE DONATIONS: The Burns W. Knowlton Jr. Post #32 American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #32 will be hosting a benefit yard sale on Friday, June 16th and Saturday, June 17th from 9 AM to 5 PM both days. The Post and Auxiliary are currently seeking donations for the yard sale. Contact Connie Thies at 487-3122 to arrange a pick-up of donations. The yard sale will be held at the Post home on Middle Street. Proceeds to benefit the Burns W. Knowlton Jr. Post #32 and American Legion Auxillary, Unit #32.
HEALTHCARE ADVOCACY TRAINING: Central Maine Action, will be holding “Healthcare for All-Advocacy Training” on Tuesday, May 23rd at 6 PM. This event is open to the public, but make sure you RSVP if you plan on attending. This community training session teaches effective advocacy strategies to protect and improve healthcare for all as the repeal/replacement of the ACA moves forward. This event will be led by Housing Works and the Center for Popular Democracy’s, Jennifer Flynn Walker, a community organizer and nonprofit manager with over 20 years experience. The training will be held at the First Universalist Church of Pittsfield at 112 Easy Street. RSVP by joining the Central Maine Action on Facebook or by contacting 487-2706 or emailing
BENEFIT PUBLIC SUPPER: There will be a benefit public supper on Friday, June 16th at 4 PM. The menu includes, spaghetti, meatballs, salad, rolls, cupcakes, plus more. The price for the supper will be $5 per person. This event is to benefit Joan Bowley, Exalted Ruler, Mrs. BB and Ernest Bryant, Past Exalted Ruler Mr. BB and a trip to Reno, Nevada for the Exalted Ruler. The supper will be held at the Sebasticook Valley Elks on Middle Street.