TURKEY PIE SUPPER: The Dixmont United Methodist Church will be holding their Annual Turkey Pie Supper on Saturday, December 5th from 4:30 to 6:30. The menu will include homemade all meat turkey pie, gravy, mashed potatoes, squash, carrots, peas, yeast, rolls, desserts and drinks. Admission will be $8 for adults, $4 for children under 12 and free for children under 5. Turkey pies will be available for purchase at $14 each. A drawing of the Dixmont Neighbors Helping Neighbors baskets will be held after the supper. To place your order for a turkey pie contact Robin at 234-2686. The supper will be located at the Dixmont Snowmobile Clubhouse.
HOLIDAY COOKIE EXCHANGE: The Abbott Memorial Library will be holding a Holiday Cookie Exchange on Saturday, December 12th at 2 PM. Each participant bakes six dozen cookies and brings them to the library located a 1 Church Street. Plain chocolate chip cookies, no-bakes, or mixes are not allowed in the exchange. One dozen will be for tasting and the other five dozen will be for exchanging. The library will serve coffee, tea, and punch. There will also be prizes awarded for the most festive outfit and favorite cookie. If interested individuals must sign-up either in person at the library or by contacting 924-7292.
HOLIDAY CONCERT: The HJ Crosby Community Band will be holding their holiday concert on Sunday, December 13th at 2 PM. In case of inclement weather a rescheduled date has been set for Tuesday, December 15th at 7 PM. The concert will be held at the Dexter Town Hall located at 23 Main Street.
CHRISTMAS FOR KIDS ACCEPTING DONATIONS: The Christmas for Kids program, administered by the Human Services Director for the residents of Dexter, are accepting 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, meaning a person can request a specific family size, ages, and/or genders and purchase the gifts. Those gifts then will be distrubuted to a specific family in need. Due to an annual donation by one of the local foundations, each year we provide a brand new winter coat and a pair of new boots to each child. Individuals interested in the program must first fill out a form which are available at the Dexter Town Office, the General Assistance Office, the Clothes Closet, or visit dextermaine.org/upcoming-events/. The deadline for accepting completed forms will be on Monday, November 30th. For more information contact Jean Jacobs at 924-7351, extension 17.
CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING: The Dexter Community Playground Committee along with the Dexter Town Hall will be holding their Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, December 4th at 6 PM at the Abbott Memorial Library lawn on 1 Church Street. There will also be a children’s Christmas party immediately following the tree lighting at the Dexter Town Hall Gym on 23 Hall Street, next to the library. Santa might even arrive by fire truck.
SANTA’S WORKSHOP: Santa is coming early to the Parkman Grange bringing his workshop and lots of fun for the children. In the spirit of Christmas and giving, Santa's workshop will give each child the opportunity to make 10 different gifts for their family and friends. Santa will be giving out gifts, including a picture with him. Christmas cookies, cocoa, and spiced cider will be served. The workshop will be open Saturday, December 12th from 1 to 3:30 PM. The workshop will be located at the 4 corners in Parkman.
SANTA PROJECT DONATIONS SOUGHT: The Parkman Grange will be holding the Santa Project for MSAD 4 children ages newborn to high school senior. The program provides warm winter coats and boots plus a toy for eligible local children. Angel trees will be set up at the KC store in Parkman and Community Fitness in Guilford if individuals are interested in sponsoring a child. Boxes will also be set up for a sock drive. For individuals interested donating to this project contact Sue Manchester at 277-3942 or mail at Parkman Grange Hall, Santa Project, 114 Guilford, ME 04443. For more information on the program visit Facebook at www.facebook.com/ParkmanGrange/. The Parkman Grange is located at the junction of Route 150 and North Dexter Road.
SANTA’S WORKSHOP: Santa is coming to Parkman Grange, setting up his workshop and bringing lots of fun on Saturday, December 12th. In the spirit of Christmas and giving, Santa's workshop will give each child the opportunity to make many different gifts for their family and friends. Santa will be giving out gifts, including a picture with him. Cookies, hot chocolate and spiced cider will be served. The workshop will be open 1 to 3:30 PM at the Parkman Grange located at the four corners of Parkman. This party is free to all who believe, like Grange members do, that giving brings great joy.
HOLIDAY FAIR/BAKE SALE/RAFFLE: The Unitarian Universalist Church of Sangerville and Dover-Foxcroft will host the 13th Annual Procrastinator’s Holiday Fair, Bake Sale and Raffle on Saturday, December 12th from 9 AM to 1 PM. This popular event offers last minute shoppers the opportunity to purchase quality, locally made and produced gift items at affordable prices. Featured this year is the return of the “sweater lady” as well as a whimsical array of succulent plants. Live holiday music will be performed throughout the morning with breakfast and lunch available from the church kitchen. The event will be held at the corner of Main and Church Streets.
CHRISTMAS PROGRAM: Piscataquis Pomona Grange meets at South Sangerville Grange for their annual Christmas Program on Thursday, December 4th. Potluck supper at 6 PM and program at 7 PM. All area Grangers are invited, optional gift exchange with a suggested $10 limit. Bring donations for the Dover-Foxcroft Food Cupboard. South Sangerville Grange is located off Silvers Mills Road. Contact Bill Bemis at 924-3537 for more information.
NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM: The Canaan Calvary Church will be holding a Night in Bethlehem beginning on Friday, December 4th through Sunday, December 6th from 6 to 8 PM each evening. There will be a live nativity, animals, shops, crafts, and more. The church is located on Route 2.
COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING: The Simpson Memorial Library in Carmel Village will hold it’s annual community tree lighting on Sunday, December 6th. Members of the John Bapst Concert Choir, a 50-member auditioned group will be performing. The choir will sing carols starting at 3:30 PM. Then at 4 PM the tree will be illuminated and the choir will join the community in caroling. This year's tree is donated by Piper Mountain Christmas Tree Farm. After the lighting, everyone is invited to follow the luminaries to the Historical Society next door to the library and to the Masonic Hall across the street from the library for socialization and refreshments. The library is located at 8 Plymouth Road.
CRAFT FAIR: St. Martin’s Episcopal Church will be holding a craft fair on Saturday, December 5th from 9 AM to 2 PM. Lunch will be served at 11 AM.
There will be a wide variety of handmade items and baked goods from center pieces to canned pickles. The church is located at 900 Main Street. For more information contact Jackie at 938-2806.
KRIS KRINGLE COFFEE: The Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church will be holding Kris Kringle Coffee on Saturday, December 5th from 9 to 11 AM. There is a suggested donation of $3 at the door. The church is located on 824 West Main Street.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: There will be a Christmas concert on Wednesday, December 16th beginning at 7 PM. The Sebasticook Valley Community Band will be performing at the Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church at 824 Main Street. There will not be a charge for admission; however, there will be a free-will offering that will be taken to benefit a dedicated fund the church maintains to fulfill the request from needy families in the region with assistance in heating their homes.
CHRISTMAS CHOIR CONCERT: The Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church Chancel Choir along with the First Congregational Church Brewer Congregational Chancel Choir will perform a Christmas concert on Saturday, December 12th at 3 PM. The concert will be located at the Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church on 824 West Main Street. Another performance will be held Sunday, December 13th at 3 PM at the First Congregational Church in Brewer. Concerts will be free and open to the public.
DRESS REHERSAL HOLIDAY CONCERT: The HJ Crosby Community Band will be having a dress rehersal in preparation for their up coming holiday concert at the St. Albans Town Hall on Tuesday, December 8th at 7 PM. The Town Hall is located at 7 Water Street.
PTO CRAFT FAIR: St. Albans PTO will be holding their 2nd annual craft fair on Saturday, December 19th from 9 AM to 2 PM with free admission. Cash and carry and gift certificates will be available. Santa will be there at 9 AM for photos and an opportunity to give him your last minute requests. Some vendors will provide Gift wrapping. Vendors that will be there are Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, Tupperware, Mary Kay, Avon, Origami Owl, Scentsy, Linen World, 31 gifts, and crafters. There will be a raffle for donated items from all the vendors, and a raffle for a complete Christmas dinner basket. Raffle proceeds go to the PTO. Concessions and bake sale will be open through the day. The craft fair will be held at St. Albans Consolidated School on 129 Hartland Road. For more information contact Char-lin Williams at 207-938-2028.
CHRISTMAS CAROL SING-A-LONG: The Garland Christian Fellowship will be hosting a Christmas carol sing-a-long on Friday, December 11th from 7 to 9 PM. Refreshments will be served. The sing-a-long will be held at the Garland Community Center at 108 Corinth Road (Town Office Building).
COMMUNITY GIVING TREE: The Newport Cultural Center (NCC) is sponsoring its annual Community Giving Tree. Area organizations and civic leaders have provided the names of children and senior citizens in the community whom they know need extra help this holiday season. Members of the community who would like to help out can select a tag from the tree, which will list the age of the gift recipient and the item needed. Giving trees will be located at the Newport Cultural Center and Bud’s Shop ‘n Save in Newport. The gifts may be dropped at the NCC, preferably in gift bags. The goal is to give every child in the program at least one toy, in addition to the clothing or other items they need. The senior citizens are given care packages. Donations of gift bags, tissue paper, and ribbons would also be appreciated. All gift donations should be received by Friday, December 18th. Contact 368-5074 for more information.
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR: The Sebasticook Valley Middle School (SVMS) will be holding their Maine Sampler Holiday Craft Fair on Wednesday, December 16th from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. The fair is open to the public and will be located at SVMS gymnasium, which is located at 337 Williams Road. In case school is canceled, the Maine Sampler will be held on Thursday, December 17th.
TREE LIGHTING: The Newport Cultural Center (NCC) will be holding their annual Memorial Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, December 4th at 6 PM. The tree lighting is a festive kickoff to the Christmas season, and will feature a lighting of six trees decorated by pupils at Newport Elementary School, winter hayride, cocoa and cookies, carolers, and holiday music by Bruce Brown. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be stopping by for a visit. The tree lighting will take place at the NCC located at 154 Main Street.
GINGERBREAD WORKSHOP: There will be a Gingerbread Workshop on Saturday, December 5th from 10 to 11:15 AM at the Newport Cultural Center. The children will be able to choose from a wide assortment of candy toppings and icing to decorate their own gingerbread man. Sign-up early, because space is limited. Children up to age 8 are invited to attend. Contact 368-5074 to pre-register for the class or stop by NCC on 154 Main Street.
HOLIDAY CARD MAKING WORKSHOP: The Newport Cultural Center will be holding a Holiday Card Making Workshop on Saturday, December 5th from 11:45 AM to 12:15 PM. Learn card making techniques as you create beautiful holiday cards to give to family and friends. Children ages 9 and up are invited to attend. Create holiday cards using paper and art materials. All supplies will be provided. Contact the NCC at 368-5074 to sign-up early, because space is limited. The NCC is located on 154 Main Street.
CHILDREN’S PROGRAM: The Newport Cultural Center (NCC) will be holding a children’s program, Holiday Centerpieces with Blooming Barn on Saturday, December 12th at 10 AM. Participants will read a special holiday story and Vickie from the Blooming Barn Flower shop will assist children as they design their own holiday centerpieces. Contact the NCC to pre-register at 368-5074. The NCC is located at 154 Main Street.
SPONSOR A MEMORIAL TREE LIGHT: The Newport Cultural Center (NCC) will be holding their Annual Memorial Tree lighting Ceremony on Friday, December 4th at 6 PM. Individuals may sponsor a light in honor or memory of a loved one from $5 each. The Newport Cultural Center tree will be strung with colored lights in the hope it eventually will be covered with all white lights as people donate $5 to replace each colored light with a white one to remember a loved one or honor someone. The names of those for whom lights have been sponsored will be read during the lighting ceremony. If you would like to add a light to the Memorial Tree in memory or honor of someone, stop by the Newport Cultural Center at 154 Main Street in Newport and add a loved one’s name to the Memorial List. For additional information, contact the library at 368-5074.
PAJAMA PARTY: The Newport Cultural Center (NCC) would like to invite people to their annual Polar Express Pajama Party on Thursday, December 17th and Friday, December 18th at 6 PM. Wear your warmest pajamas and settle down with a cup of hot chocolate and listen to a reading of Chris Van Allsburg’s holiday favorite, The Polar Express. After the reading, participate in a holiday craft and decorate some cookies. Some very special guests from the North Pole will also be stopping by, Mr. and Mrs. Claus. All ages are invited to attend. Due to the popularity of this event, this year there will be two dates available. Pre-registration is required as each registrant will receive a ticket to the event. The ticket will only be good for the date that you have selected, and must bepresented up arrival at the event. Tickets are limited to 50 per event and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Participants will need to come to the NCC to pick up their ticket(s). Tickets will be available starting on Tuesday, December 1st. Parents/guardians are not required to have a ticket.
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: The Pittsfield Public Library Holiday Open House will be held Saturday, December 5th from 10 AM to 1 PM. There will be many different kinds of trees, including an upside down tree. The whole library will be decorated for the season with Santas, candles, special displays and greenery. A story and craft time wil be offered at 10:30 AM. The Sebasticook Ukelele Group will provide sing-a-long holiday music and Christmas carols at 11 AM. Refreshments served by the Friends of the Pittsfield Library. The trees and the library are decorated by the Friends of the Library, young library patrons, the Pittsfield Garden Club, the ARTS Club, and the library Knitting Group.
CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENT DISPLAY: The Pittsfield Public Library at 110 Library Street will be holding a Christmas tree ornament display until Saturday, December 19th. Children ages infant through 6 years created a wide variety of Christmas ornaments to be on display for the public. The children may may take their hand crafted ornament home on that Saturday, December 19th.
THRIFT SHOP SALE: The Pennywise Thrift Shop will be offering Christmas items at 50% off starting on Tuesday, December 15th. There will be bag sales every Friday and gift certificates available. The shop is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 AM to 3 PM, Saturdays from 10 AM to 3 PM and closed on Sundays and Mondays. The thrift shop is a mission of the First Congregational Church and is located at 134 Somerset Avenue. For more information contact 487-4760.
KIWANIS CHRISTMAS CAROLING: The Greater Pittsfield Kiwanis Club will be offering Kiwanis Christmas Caroling that will be held on Sunday, December 13th at 6:30 PM. The club hopes to be accompanied by members of the area high school key clubs. This event will be held at the Pittsfield community home.
FREE CHRISTMAS MOVIE: The Pittsfield Community Theatre will be offering a free Christmas movie on Saturday, December 12th at 2 PM. Doors will open at 1:15 PM. The movie will be a 1939 original, “Gulliver’s Travels” cartoon. The movie is free for anyone that comes will get a free popcorn and drink. The theatre will also give away gifts at the end of the movie.
CHRISTMAS CRAFT AUCTION: The Pittsfield Always Ready to Serve (ARTS) club will hold their annual Christmas craft auction on Sunday, December 6th at 2 PM. The auction will be held at the Congregational Church Memorial Hall on Somerset Avenue, next to the town office. The auction is open to the public and many homemade items will be available to the highest bidders. Refreshments will be provided during intermission. Proceeds to benefit the clubs many local charities. For more information contact Bev Rollins at 487-2778.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: The Sebasticook Valley Community Band will be performing a Christmas concert at the Corinna United Method Church on Sunday, December 6th at 6 PM. The church is located on 16 Dexter Road.
DONATIONS SOUGHT FOR GIVING TREE: The Corinna United Methodist Church is coordinating the Corinna Giving Tree again this year. The service assists low income families in providing Christmas gifts for their children. Those who qualify for town assistance and would like help are asked to contact Carol at 278-7952 or Mary at 278-4180. Calls for help should be received prior to Friday, December 11th to ensure a donor can be found in time for Christmas delivery. Those interested in supporting the Corinna Giving Tree with gifts or monetary donations should call either of the above numbers.
KRIS KRINGLE’S MARKET: Kris Kringle's Market will open on Saturday, December 5th from 9 AM to 3 PM. The market will be held at the Monson Gym located on Route 15 at 31 Greenville Road. There will be a wide variety of items for sale including crafts, aprons, wreaths, jewelry, knitted items, and wooden bowls. There will also be Christmas items available including artificial trees, ornaments, plus more. The Christmas items are donated by Monson's American Legion and will be on sale by donation from 9 AM to 12 PM.
GINGERBREAD HOUSE COMPETITION: Kris Kringle’s Market will be holding a gingerbread house competition on Saturday, December 5th. Entries for the competition must be at the gym by 10 AM. The Monson Gym is located on Route 15 at 31 Greenville Road. This year's theme is a "Down Home Christmas." Ribbons will be awarded to the top 3 creative and well-crafted entries. Competition rules can also be picked up at the Monson Town Office on Tenney Hill Road or by visiting their website at www.monsonmaine.org/.
KRIS KRINGLE MARKET ACTIVITIES: During the Kris Kringle Market on Saturday, December 5th the Kris Kringle Committee will begin serving lunch at 11 AM. The Monson Jammers, a local group of musicians will perform holiday and folk songs at 11:30 AM. Cookie decorating for the children will take place from 12 to 12:30 PM. Santa Claus will arrive at 1 PM to listen to the wishes of each youngster. The Kris Kringle Committee will be selling 50/50 raffle tickets throughout the day with door prizes being awarded every hour. The market will be held at the Monson Gym on Route 15 at 31 Greenville Road. For more information or to reserve a space contact Annalee Libby at 997-3268 or 827-4857.
TREES SOUGHT FOR CHRISTMAS TREE CHALLENGE: Kris Kringle’s Market Committee is seeking trees made from recycled or reusable materials for their Christmas Tree Challenge competition to be held at the market on Saturday, December 5th from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Monson Gym on Route 15 at 31 Greenville Road. All trees must be made from only recyclable or reusable materials, such as cardboard, plastics, paper, old car parts, aluminum cans, pipes, scrap metal, glass, or egg cartons. Basically, anything to construct a 5 to 6 foot tree. The trees should be delivered to the Monson Gym on Saturday, December 5th between 8 and 9 AM. The trees will be on display until 3 PM. For more information visit the Monson Town Office on the Tenney Hill Road, contact 997-3641, or go to their website at www.monsonmaine.org/.
CHRISTMAS PARTY: The Stetson Historical Society will be holding their Christmas party on Thursday, December 3rd at 5 PM. There will be a happy hour with supper at 6 PM and gifts to follow, including a Yankee swap. The party will be located at the old Ralph Merrill homestead on the Village Road.
HOME TOWN HOLIDAYS: There will be a Home Town Holidays sponsored by the Piscataquis Chamber of Commerce for the Town of Guilford on Saturday, December 5th. This event begins on North Main Street at 5 PM with the opening of the Guilford Historical Society where free hot cocoa, sweets will be offered along with the Guilford memoriabilia Christams Sale. Braeburn and Edes lots at 6 PM with Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive. Help Santa countdown to the tree lighting. Caroling and music by the bonfire featuring the PCHS Band and Chorus by music director, Paavo Carey and dramas coach Julie Harrington.
BREAKFAST FOR SUPPER/CHRISTMAS PROGRAM: The Valley Grange meets for their annual fellowship “breakfast for supper” on Friday, December 4th at 6 PM. Bring a breakfast dish to share. All are invited to attend. There will be an optional gift exchange and brief Christmas Program at 7 PM. Valley Grange is located at 272 Guilford Center Road in Guilford. For more information contact Jim or Mary Annis at 564-0820 or visit http://valleygrange.com.
BAKE SALE AND LUNCH TO BENEFIT HOLIDAY FUND: There will be a bake sale and lunch held on Saturday, December 5th from 9 AM to 2 PM at the Irving Tanning Community Center. Admission to this event will be free as all proceeds will beneift the Hartland Children’s Holiday Fund. Items available will be yeast rolls, corn chowder, and many baked goods. The Hartland Children’s Holiday Fund is still gathering donations of gifts for area babies, children, and teens. Gifts of socks, underwear, blankets, slippers, boots, mittens, gloves, hat, scarf, school supplies, hygiene supplies, toys and games would be accepted. A contribution box will be at the Christmas Hartland Craft Fair at the Hartland Consolidated School and at the Irving Tanning Community Center on Saturday, December 5th. The distribution of gifts from the Hartland Children’s Holiday Fund will take place on Saturday, December 12th. Individuals interested in donating or if you have a child in need may also contact Barbara Day at 938-3565 or Shirley Humphrey at 938-2159.