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PITTSFIELD
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR:
Maine Central Institute (MCI) will be holding their holiday craft fair on Saturday, November 17th, at the School’s Wright Gymnasium. The craft fair is scheduled to run from 9 AM to 2 PM. For more information contact Ethan Brownell by email (ebrownell@mci-school.org) or 207-487-3355 extension 170.
CHRISTMAS DRAMA: The Solid Rock Church of God will be holding a Christmas Drama “Christmas, Past, Present and Future” on Saturday, December 15th at 6 PM. Then again on Saturday, December 22nd at 6 PM and Sunday, December 23rd at 10 AM. Admission to event is by donation only. Coffee and refreshments will be available during intermission. The Church is located at 123 Manson Street. All are invited to attend.

DIXMONT
CHRISTMAS FAIR:
The Dixmont Gold Crest Riders will hold their 44th Annual Christmas Fair on Saturday, November 17th and Sunday, November 18th. Saturday fair hours will be from 9 AM to 4 PM and Sunday from 10 AM to 3 PM. The fair will be held at the clubhouse located on the Cates Road in Dixmont. A wide variety of gift items, Christmas decorations, needle work, crafts, baked food and candy will be on sale. Several individuals and organizations will be selling their wares. Rada knives, quilting, soaps, toys, jewelry, toys, jams and jellies, honey, knit and crocheted items, and woodworking items. The club kitchen will be open, serving breakfast sandwiches and lunch, but will also be making and selling fresh made breads, cinnamon rolls, pies, and doughnuts. Hunters are welcome to attend.

NEWPORT
MAKERS AND MERCHANTS HOLIDAY SALE:
The Newport Cultural Center (NCC) Friends of the Library have been working hard and have met to finalize their 4th annual Newport Cultural Center Holiday Fair titled “Makers and Merchants Holiday Sale, which will be held on Saturday, November 17th from 9 AM to 2 PM. All are encouraged to attend and support the small business owners and talented local crafters. Entry to the sale is not only free, but there will be door prizes. In addition, there is a silent auction with framed prints from local artists, a coffee basket, baked goods, and much more. Refreshments will be available for sale including coffee and muffin type breakfast items, soups and sides for lunch. The NCC is located at 154 Main Street.
TEDDY BEAR COLLECTION: There will be a Teddy Bear collection box set-up at the TD Bank located on 76 Main Street beginning on Friday, November 16th through Friday, December 14th. Teddy Bears donated will be transported to the Boston Children’s Hospital by a local resident and distributed to children in time for Christmas.
THANKSGIVING DESSERT PIE SALE: The United Methodist Church will be holding a Thanksgiving dessert pies sale on Wednesday, November 21st starting at 9 AM until sold out. Many varieties of delicious homemade fruit and filled dessert pies at $10 per pie. The church is located at 156 East Main Street. Be sure to use the rear entrance. For more information, contact 207-564-9024 or e-mail barbara112547@gmail.com.
VALLEY OF TREES FESTIVAL: Sebasticook Valley Federal Credit Union will be sponsoring the Valley of Trees Festival on Thursday, December 6th through Sunday, December 9th. Admission to this event is $2, while tickets are priced at .50 cents each. Proceeds from this event benefit the Sebasticook Valley Chamber of Commerce as well as holiday charity programs within the 12 towns that make-up the Chamber’s region. The Festival will be held at 81 North Street in Newport. For more information contact Nicole at 368-4698 or email: info@ourchamber.org.

PARKMAN
MSAD 4 SANTA PROJECT:
The Parkman Grange will be administering the MSAD 4 Santa Project again this year. This program provides a warm winter coat, boots and toys to local kids. Applications were sent out in early October with a deadline of Thursday, November 1st. An Angel tree will be set-up at KC Store for those that would like to sponsor a child. Another way to help is with a donation to the Santa Project, sent to Parkman Grange, PO Box 114, Guilford, ME 04443. Distribution will be on Sunday, December 16th at 10 AM to 12 PM at the Grange hall which is located at the corner of State Highway 150 and North Dexter Road.
CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR KIDS: The Parkman Grange will be hosting their annual Christmas party for kids on Saturday, December 8th from 1 to 3:30 PM. Santa will be there giving out gifts and taking pictures with the children. Eight different craft tables will be set-up for the kids to make presents for family and friends. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served. The Grange is located at the corner of State Highway 150 and North Dexter Road.

GUILFORD
SANTA SHUFFLE WALK:
The 1st Annual Santa Shuffle will be held on Sunday, November 25th at 12 PM. The Santa Shuffle is a festive walk around downtown Guilford. This event will be an opportunity to help feed the less fortunate in the community. There will be gift boxes placed at spots on the route full of fun things like, Santa hats, reindeer antlers, jingle bells and lighted necklaces. Don a Santa hat or antlers, ring the bells and be merry as you do your version of the Santa Shuffle. Prizes will be given for the youngest and oldest participants, the person who traveled the farthest, most festively dressed, most holiday spirit, and more. Those who donate $15 or more will receive a special bright red Santa Shuffle tee-shirt with sponsors to the event on the back. All donations are welcome. The Shuffle will be held at Community Fitness at 31 High Street. For more information contact 876-4813 or email: friendssofitness@myfairpoint.net.
CRAFTS, ARTISANS AND VENDOR FAIR: Community Fitness will be hosting a craft, artisans and vendors fair on Sunday, November 25th from 10 AM to 2 PM. A luncheon will be held from 11 AM to 1 PM with the Santa Shuffle beginning at 12 PM. The event will be held at 31 High Street. For more information contact 876-4813 or visit comfitme.com.