TSOTHOHRHA TREE FESTIVAL: Mid-Maine Lacrosse invites the community to attend the 5th Annual Tsothohrha Tree Festival on Sunday, December 3rd from 3 to 6 PM. The festival will be held at the Palmyra Community Center on 4 Madawaska Road. Purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win a Holiday Tree. Raffle drawings start at 5 PM. Admission to this event will be free. Mid-Maine Lacrosse welcomes ConBrio Brass as they are the special guests. Over 30 holiday trees, sponsored by local businesses and decorated by local youth groups will be raffled off during the festival. Are you a business that would love to support your local youth groups grow and flourish by sponsoring a tree or are you a youth group that would like to decorate a tree and raise money for your group? Contact Mary Alice Gould, MML President at 207-237-2889 for more information.
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS FAIR: St. Martin’s Episcopal Church will be holding their Annual Christmas Fair on Saturday, December 2nd from 8:30 AM to 2 PM. Lunch will be available at 11 AM. There will be crafts, luncheon, and a bake table. Door prizes will be awarded and admission will be free. The church is located on Route 2 and is handicapped accessible.
SAD #4 SANTA PROJECT: Parkman Grange will be sponsoring the SAD #4 Santa Project. Applications are available at schools, town offices and libraries in the area and there are no specific eligibility requirements. The deadline for submitting applications is Saturday, November 25th, so Grange volunteers have time to gather what is needed. Distribution is currently planned for Sunday, December 17th. Donations can be sent to Parkman Grange Santa Project, P.O. Box 114, Guilford, ME 04443. The Grange will also have Angel trees at KC’s store in Parkman and Hardwood Products, giving local folks a chance to buy actual gifts for children. Contact the Parkman Grange Master Susan Manchester (277-3942) for more information about the project. SAD #4 includes the towns of Abbot, Cambridge, Guilford, Parkman, Sangerville, and Wellington.
ANNUAL KID’S CHRISTMAS PARTY: The Parkman Grange will be hosting their Annual Kid's Christmas Party on Saturday, December 9th from 1 to 3 PM. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be the guests of honor and will be available to hear Christmas wishes, give gifts, and pose for a picture to take home. The Grange believes that Christmas is the time for giving and will have different easy gift crafts for kids to make and give to family and friends. Christmas cookies and hot chocolate will be served. The Grange gives this party free of charge as their gift to the community. The grange is located at the corner of State Highway 150 and North Dexter Road. For more information contact Sue 277-3942.
FESTIVAL OF TREES: The Sebasticook Valley Chamber of Commerce will be holding their 1st Annual Festival of Trees beginning on Thursday, December 7th through Sunday, December 10th. Event hours will be as follows: Thursday and Friday from 3 to 8 PM, Saturday from 9 AM to 8 PM, and Sunday from 9 AM to 2 PM. Tickets will cost .50 cents. Admission will cost $2 per person and children under age 12 get in free. This event is sponsored by the Sebasticook Valley Federal Credit Union and will be held at the Newport Recreation Building on 81 North Street.
TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY: The Newport Cultural Center (NCC) would like to announce their Annual Memorial Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Friday, December 1st at 6 PM. The tree lighting is a festive kick-off to the Christmas season, and will feature a lighting of six trees decorated by pupils at Newport Elementary School, winter hayride, cocoa and cookies, and holiday music by Con Brio Brass. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be arriving on the fire truck. Trees were donated by the Burgess Tree Farm in Newport. All ages are welcome to attend. The NCC is located at 154 Main Street. For more information contact 368-5074.
HOLIDAY CRAFTS FOR CHILDREN: Holiday Craft Making for Children will be held on Saturday, December 2nd at 10 AM. Stop by the Newport Cultural Center (NCC) for a morning of gingerbread fun. First, make not one but two gingerbread crafts: design, decorate, and color your own gingerbread-theme pot holder, then select an additional gingerbread craft from an array of fun projects. After the craft making, enjoy making a yummy cookie, choosing from a wide assortment of candy toppings and icing to decorate your own gingerbread man. All supplies will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. The NCC is located at 154 Main Street. For more information contact 368-5074.
LEGO HOLIDAY FAMILY NIGHT: The Newport Cultural Center (NCC) will be offering a Lego Family Night on Friday, December 8th at 6 PM. Use your imagination to make a Lego Christmas ornament for the children’s tree at the NCC. Then enter the Christmas Lego Challenge and build your way through a list of Christmas Lego projects. All Legos will be provided. The NCC is located at 154 Main Street. For more information contact 368-5074.
POLAR EXPRESS PAJAMA PARTY: The Newport Cultural Center (NCC) will be holding their Polar Express Pajama Party on Thursday, December 21st and Friday, December 22nd at 6 PM. Wear a pair of your warmest pajamas and sip hot chocolate and listen to an interactive reading of Chris Van Allsburg’s holiday favorite, “The Polar Express”. Balance and Yoga Dancers will be performing at the event. Some very special guests from the North Pole will also be stopping by. So bring your holiday cheer, and welcome aboard the Polar Express! All ages are invited to attend. Keep in mind that pre-registration is required. The ticket will only be good for the date that you have selected, and must be presented upon arrival at the event. Tickets are limited to 50 per event and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You will need to come to the NCC to pick-up your ticket(s). Tickets will be available starting on Friday, December 1st. Tickets are not required for parents/guardians. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the local food pantry. The NCC is located at 154 Main Street. For more information contact 368-5074.
TEDDY BEAR COLLECTION: There will be a Teddy Bear collection box set-up at the TD Bank located on 76 Main Street beginning on Tuesday, November 21st through Wednesday, December 20th. Teddy Bears donated will be transported to the Boston Children’s Hospital by a local resident and distributed to children in time for Christmas.
HOMETOWN HOLIDAYS: The Town of Guilford will be holding Hometown Holidays on Friday, December 1st. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held on Saturday, December 2nd. The theme of the event will be “sleighs”. Hometown Holidays begins at the Guilford Subway at 5 PM where the children will enjoy cookies and a sleigh theme coloring contest. The PCHS Chorus and Drama Clubs will be joining the group to stroll and carol from Subway past the windows at Davis Brothers Furniture, where photo ops are anticipated and encouraged. Then the group will cross “over the river” to the Guilford Historical Society for hot cocoa and the opportunity for the children to make and take their own reindeer food. At 6 PM Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive via fire truck and everyone will gather at the Braeburn lot to light the big Christmas tree, continue caroling and enjoy a large bonfire. At 7 PM, everyone will once again continue strolling down Water Street to the Guilford Memorial Library where the children can hear several holiday stories and enjoy another treat. The community is invited to come out and attend.
HOLIDAY FAIR AND LUNCHEON: Comfit Holiday Fair and Luncheon featuring fine products from over 20 local artisans, crafters, and small businesses will be held on Sunday, November 26th from 10 AM to 2 PM. Visit Santa and make an ornament from 12:30 to 2 PM; Luncheon from 11 AM to 1 PM. Twenty percent off fitness center memberships, clothing, gift certificates from 10 AM to 2 PM only that day. Community Fitness is located at 31 High Street. For more information contact 876-4813.
HOLIDAY FAIR, BAKE SALE AND RAFFLE: The Unitarian Universalist Church of Sangerville and Dover-Foxcroft will host the 15th Annual Procrastinator’s Holiday Fair, Bake Sale and Raffle on Saturday, December 9th from 9 AM to 1 PM. This ever-popular event offers last minute shoppers the opportunity to purchase quality, locally made and produced gift items at affordable prices. Live holiday music will be performed throughout the morning and breakfast and lunch will be available from the church kitchen. The church is located on the corner of Main and Church Streets in Sangerville.
COOKIE WALK: The First Congregational Church of Pittsfield will be holding their 6th Annual Cookie Walk on Saturday, December 16th from 9 AM to 12 PM. All are invited to attend. The event will be held at the Church on 132 Somerset Avenue.
HOLIDAY CRAFT WORKSHOP: The Garland Rec Committee will be sponsoring a Holiday Craft Workshop on Friday, December 1st from 5:30 to 8:30 PM at the Garland Community Center. The cost for adults will be $7.50 and $3.50 for children if registered by Tuesday, November 28th. The cost will be $10 for adults and $5 for children if registered after Tuesday, November 28th. The fee includes materials for three artisan crafts. A complimentary dinner of hearty soup, bread and dessert will be served. Contact the Garland Town Office at 924-3163 to register.
KIDS GET CRAFTY: St. Albans Summerfest will be hosting a Kids get Crafty event on Sunday, December 3rd at the Sno-Devils Club on the Bryant Road. Arrive between 11 AM and 3 PM, to allow time for kids to make crafts from several stations that could be keepsakes or gifts. Light snacks will be provided. The cost will be $10 per child. For more information visit St. Albans Summerfest Facebook page or contact Anita at 938-4059.
GIFT WRAPPING EVENT: St. Albans Summerfest will be holding a (by donation) Grift Wrapping Event on Sunday, December 17th from 9 AM to 2 PM at the St. Albans Town Hall. Bring your gifts to be wrapped. For more information visit St. Albans Summerfest on Facebook or contact Mary and Heidi at Indian Lake Market. Wrapping paper donations will be accepted.
SANTA TO VISIT DETROIT FIRE STATION: Santa is coming to the Detroit Fire Station on Saturday, December 2nd from 1 to 4:30 PM. Come tell him what you want for Christmas, have your picture taken with him and his firefighter helpers, enjoy some light refreshments and decorate some Christmas ornaments. The Fire Department will be giving away (2) two door prizes at this event one for a girl and one for a boy. Also why you are there let Santa know if there are any families that may need a little extra help this year for Christmas. The Fire Station is located on the Troy Road. For more information contact 487-4637.
CHRISTMAS FOR KIDS PROGRAM: The Christmas for Kids Program, administered by the Human Services Director for the residents of Dexter, will accept donations of gently used and new items from clothing to toys as well as monetary donations. Individuals may "adopt" a child or family for Christmas or a person can request a specific family size, ages, and/or genders to purchase the gifts. Those gifts then will be distrubuted to a family in need. Due to an annual donation by one of the local foundations each year, a brand new winter coat and a pair of new boots will be available to a child in need. Individuals interested in the program must first fill out a form, which is available at the Dexter Town Office, the General Assistance Office, the Clothes Closet, or visit dextermaine.org/upcoming-events/. Applications must be returned to Jean Jacobs in person on the second floor of the General Assistance/Human Services office. Monetary donations can be made at the Dexter Town Office. Unwrapped gifts can also be left at the Dexter Town Office or dropped off with Jean Jacobs in the General Assistance/Human Services office. The deadline for accepting completed forms will be on Thursday, November 30th. For more information contact Jean Jacobs at 924-7351, extension 17.
A TUBA-CHRISTMAS CONCERT: A Tuba-Christmas in Central Maine 2017 concert will be presented in the newly restored and fully accessible Jones Nutter Auditorium on the second floor of the Stewart Library Building in Corinna. The event is sponsored by the Levi Stewart Community Theater and coordinated by Gerry Rudmin. The concert will take place on Saturday, December 9th at 2 PM. TubaChristmas concerts are free to the public and presented with permission from the Harvey Phillips Foundation, Inc. All are welcome to attend. For more information contact the library at 278-2454 or visit the Levi Stewart Community Theater on Facebook.
SAD #4 SANTA PROJECT HELPS LOCAL FAMILIES: The Parkman Grange will be sponsoring the SAD #4 Santa Project, helping area families in the school district enjoy Christmas.
Susan Manchester, Master of the Grange notes, “Applications are already available at schools, town offices and libraries in the area and there are no specific eligibility requirements. We are trusting folks to decide whether they need help or can give it!”
The deadline for submitting applications is Saturday, November 25th, so Grange volunteers have time to gather what is needed.
“Winter coats, boots and toys will be provided along with all the fixings for a turkey dinner thanks to the Sangerville Masons,” Manchester noted. “Distribution is currently planned for Sunday, December 17th.”
Donations can be sent to Parkman Grange Santa Project, P.O. Box 114, Guilford, ME 04443. The Grange will also have Angel trees at KC’s store in Parkman and Hardwood Products, giving the community a chance to buy actual gifts for children. Contact the Parkman Grange Master, Susan Manchester at 277-3942 for more information about the project. SAD #4 includes the towns of Abbot, Cambridge, Guilford, Parkman, Sangerville, and Wellington.