CHRISTMAS CRAFT AUCTION: The Pittsfield ARTS (Always Ready to Serve) Club is holding their Annual Christmas Craft Auction on Sunday, December 4th at 2 PM at the First Congregational Church, UUC Memorial Hall. The hall is located on 132 Somerset Avenue next to the Pittsfield Town office. Refreshments will be served at intermission. For more information contact 487-2778 or email email@example.com. The ARTS raise funds to support their many charities and a scholarship for an area senior.
GNOME MAKING WORKSHOP: The Pittsfield Public Library is presenting a felted gnome making workshop on Tuesday, December 20th from 1 to 5 PM. Learn how to needle felt a gnome like the ones in the book “The Gnome Project” with Maine Artist/Author Jessica Peill-Meininghaus. Attendees will learn to use a felting needle and create a little gnome in a color of your choosing. Teens and adults attending must have good manual dexterity. Supplies will be provided. Contact the library at 487-5880 to sign-up for the class since the class is limited to twelve people. The library is located at 110 Library Street.
CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR: The Hartland Children’s Holiday Fund will have a contribution box set-up at the 36th Annual Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday, December 3rd from 9 AM to 2 PM at the Irving Tanning Community Center (Hartland Consolidated School) located at 62 Elm Street. Donations from the craft fair will be used towards the Hartland Children’s Holiday Fund, which is a program funded to buy gifts free of charge for families in need in the Hartland, St. Albans and Palmyra communities. Donations will be distributed at a later date and time to be announced. Individuals interested in donating items before the craft fair may do so by contacting Barbara Day at 938-3565 or Shirley Humphrey at 938-2159.
DONATIONS SOUGHT: The Hartland Children’s Holiday Fund is currently accepting donations for area infants, children, and teens. Items needed are socks, underwear, blankets, slippers, boots, mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, school supplies, hygiene supplies, toys including games and coloring books. There will be a contribution box set-up at the 36th Annual Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday, December 3rd from 9 AM to 2 PM at the Irving Tanning Community Center (Hartland Consolidated School) located at 62 Elm Stree. Donations from the craft fair will be used towards the Hartland Children’s Holiday Fund, which is a program funded to buy gifts free of charge for families in need in the Hartland, St. Albans and Palmyra communities. Donations will be distributed at a later date and time to be announced. Individuals interested in donating items before the craft fair may do so by contacting Barbara Day at 938-3565 or Shirley Humphrey at 938-2159.
CHILD REGISTRATIONS SOUGHT: Residents of Hartland, St. Albans, and Palmyra are encouraged to register their infants, children, or teens for the up and coming Hartland Children’s Holiday Fund. The Hartland Children’s Holiday Fund is a program that provides gifts free of charge to local families in need. In order to register your child for a free gift contact Barbara Day at 938-3565 or Shirley Humphrey at 938-2159 by Thursday, December 8th.
SANTA PROJECT: The members of Parkman Grange has formally announced the formation of the MSAD #4 Santa Project for 2016. The Santa Project assists communities including, Abbot, Cambridge, Guilford, Parkman, Sangerville and Wellington. The focus of the program is to provide warm clothing to newborns, toddlers, teens and area senior citizens. Grangers hope to include at least one toy or item of particular interest to the child. Shortly after Thanksgiving, there will be angel trees at KC Store in Parkman and Hardwood Products in Guilford, so individuals can shop for items. Also, the Cambridge Cruisers and Parkman Prowlers ATV Clubs are conducting toy runs. Families seeking assistance may pick-up applications from the local schools or town offices. The deadline for returning applications is Friday, November 25th. The Grange plans to distribute gifts on Sunday, December 18th. Applications can be mailed to the Grange or dropped off at the locked box at the Parkman Grange Hall located at the corner of Route 150 and North Dexter Road. Those interested in helping Santa may write checks payable to Parkman Grange, noting “Santa Project” on the memo line and mailing to PO Box 114, Guilford, ME 04443. For more information about donating or applying contact Sue Manchester 277-3942.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA AND SHOPPING: The Etna Dixmont School PTF will host breakfast with Santa, including Christmas shopping at craft tables on Saturday, December 3rd at the Etna Dixmont School. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 11 AM and the craft fair will be 8 AM to 1 PM. Breakfast will be $3, but if you bring an unwrapped gift for the giving tree, you get your breakfast for free. There will be craft tables for children, raffles, Chinese auction, decorate a cookie for $1 and have your picture taken for $1. The school is located at 2100 Dixmont Road.
CHRISTMAS PLAY: The Levi Stewart Community Theater presents “God Rest Ye, Gerry Mentlemen” on Friday, December 2nd and Saturday, December 3rd at 7 PM. This is a heart warming Christmas story by Faye Couch Reeves, produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Services, Inc., Englewood Colorado. Admission will cost $6 per person and $20 for families, which is 4 or more people living in the same household. The play will be held at the Jones Nutter Auditorium in the Stewart Library Building located at 8 Levi Stewart Drive. Keep in mind, elevator access to the auditorium is now available.
SEEKING DONATIONS: The Corinna United Methodist Church is coordinating the community “Giving Tree” again this year. There are families that are in need of a little help from Santa and the program will help provide gifts of warm clothing, a toy or two or an item of special interest to the child. This year, local seniors will be included in the group of individuals helped this year. Families that are seeking assistance should contact Carol at 278-7952 or Mary at 278-4180 by Wednesday, November 30th.
CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING: The Simpson Memorial Library in Carmel Village will hold its annual community tree lighting on Sunday, December 4th. Caroling and the tree lighting will begin at 4 PM. 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 for socialization and refreshments. The library is located at 8 Plymouth Road.
TEA AND ORNAMENT EXCHANGE: The Abbot Memorial Library will be holding a Tea and Ornament Exchange on Saturday, December 10th at 2 PM. Reservations are not necessary to attend, however be sure to bring a wrapped ornament to exchange with other attendees. Seasonal music will be provided by local musicians, Sara and Holly. Light refreshments will be served during the afternoon. The library is located at 1 Church Street. For more information contact Liz at 924-7292.
SIGN-UP FOR HOLIDAY CARD MAKING: Bertha Lyons of Dexter will offer a Christmas card making workshop at the Abbott Memorial Library on Thursday, December 1st at 1:30 PM. The class will last for approximately 90 minutes. Participants will have a choice of different card designs to choose from. A fee of $5 for both cards will be required. Classes will continue through the spring and feature either birthday or other holiday cards. The library is located at 1 Church Street. For more information or to register for this class contact 924-7292.
CHRISTMAS FOR KIDS: 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 the 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 (if needed). 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 Wednesday, November 30th. For more information contact Jean Jacobs at 924-7351, extension 17.
MEMORIAL TREE LIGHTING: The Newport Cultural Center (NCC) would like to announce the Annual Memorial Tree Lighting Ceremony that will be held on Friday, December 2nd at 6 PM. Participate in this ceremony by paying tribute to loved ones who are no longer with us, or honor a loved one who is currently serving in the military or who may be away this holiday season. You can sponsor a light in honor or memory of a loved one for $5 each. The tree lighting is a festive kick-off to the Christmas season, and will feature a lighting of six trees decorated by students from the Newport Elementary School. There will also be a number of activities including, winter hayride, cocoa and cookies, carolers, and holiday music by Bruce Brown. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be arriving by fire truck, so be on your best behavior. All ages are welcome to attend. The NCC is located at 154 Main Street. For more information contact the NCC at 368-5074, visit newportculturalcenter.org or on Facebook.
WATERCOLOR PILLOWCASES AND GINGERBREAD CRAFT: The Newport Cultural Center (NCC) will be holding a Holiday Watercolor Pillowcase and Gingerbread Man crafts on Saturday, December 3rd beginning at 10 AM. Begin with a lesson on how to create holiday pillowcases using stencils and colorful sharpies. All supplies will be provided. Then create a gingerbread man, which is recommended for children up to age 8. 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. The NCC is located at 154 Main Street. For more information or to pre-register contact 368-5074 or visit newportculturalcenter.org or on Facebook.
POLAR EXPRESS PAJAMA PARTY: The Newport Cultural Center (NCC) would like to invite the public to their Annual Polar Express Pajama Party on Thursday, December 15th and Friday, December 16th 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. 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 be presented upon 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 6th. The NCC is located at 154 Main Street. Parents/guardians are not required to have a ticket. For more information contact the NCC at 368-5074, visit newportculturalcenter.org or on Facebook.
TEDDY BEAR COLLECTION: There will be a Teddy Bear Collection box set-up at TD Bank located at 76 Main Street beginning on Tuesday, November 29th through Wednesday, December 21st. Teddy Bears donated will be transported to the Boston Children’s Hospital, by a local resident and distributed to children in time for Christmas.
COMMUNITY GIVING TREE: The Newport Cultural Center (NCC) is sponsoring its Annual Community Giving Tree again this holiday season. The tree lighting ceremony will be held on Friday, December 2nd. Area organizations and civic leaders have provided the names of children and senior citizens in the community whom they know need extra help. 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 on 154 Main Street. 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 16th. For more information contact the NCC at 368-5074, visit newportculturalcenter.org or on Facebook.
TREE FESTIVAL: Mid-Maine Lacrosse will host the 4th Annual Tsothohrha Tree Festival on Sunday, December 4th at the Palmyra Community Center from 3 to 6 PM. Admission to the festival will be free, although raffle tickets will be available for purchase from 3 to 5 PM. Concessions will be open from 3 to 6 PM. Con Brio Brass will entertain visitors from 3 to 5 PM. All are invited to stop by and check out 20 to 30 beautiful trees supported by Dalou Farms. The trees will be decorated by area businesses, students and community groups. Place your purchased raffle tickets in the stocking hung by the tree between 3 and 5 PM for a chance to win the tree and all its garnishes. Beginning at 5 PM will be a twenty-minute holiday performance as all of the votes are tallied for “Best in Show.” There will also be awards for best holiday costume, so attendees feel free to come dressed as a snowman or an elf. Voting will come to an end at 5 PM with the tree’s being raffled to lucky winners beginning at 5:30 PM. The Palmyra Community Center is located at 4 Madawaska Road. For more information visit www.midmainelacrosse.
CHRISTMAS FAIR: The St. Martin’s Annual Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday, December 3rd from 9 AM to 2 PM. Lunch will be served at 11 AM. There will be crafts, bake tables, and door prizes. Admission to this fair will be free. The public is invited to attend. Keep in mind, the church is handicapped accessible. The church is located on Route 2.
CHRISTMAS CAROL HYMN SING: The Garland Christian Fellowship will be holding their second annual Christmas carol hymn sing on Saturday, December 10th at the Garland Community Center (formerly the elementary school). The doors open at 6 PM with singing beginning at 6:30 PM. If you play an instrument, feel free to bring one. Light refreshments will be available immediately after. For more information contact Jana at 207-270-4022.
KRIS KRINGLE COFFEE: The Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church will be holding Kris Kringle Coffee on Saturday, December 3rd from 9 to 11 AM. There is a suggested donation of $3 at the door. The church is located on 824 West Main Street.
ORNAMENT CRAFT: The Thompson Free Library will be holding a 10-cent book sale and ornament craft from 9 AM to 12 PM on Saturday, December 3rd. The library is located at 186 East Main Street.
MIRACLE TREE EVENT: The Miracle Tree Event at the Mill Event Space, will be open to the public from 9 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, December 3rd. This event allows the public to come in and buy a raffle ticket for a fully decorated tree and the presents resting underneath. All proceeds go to benefit local charities.
HOLIDAY GIFT GIVEAWAY: The Ultimate Gift Giveaway will take place on Saturday, December 3rd from 10 AM to 4 PM. The event will be located at the Union Square Mall. Created by Faith Bible College International of Charleston in collaboration with local churches in the Dover-Foxcroft community, worked together to offer a 100% free yard sale, a kidzone with crafts, face painting and games, plus a raffle for higher end items. For more information contact Josh Williamson at 207-620-6799.
LETTER WRITING TO SANTA: A community favorite, letter-writing to Santa with Mrs. Claus, will be held at the Center Theatre from 12:30 to 1:30 PM on Saturday, December 3rd. Center Coffee House will provide free hot chocolate for children who attend. Then at 2 PM, Patrick Myers and Derrick Buschmann will do a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” followed by a free showing of The Polar Express inside the Theatre. Center Theatre is located at 20 East Main Street.
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS PARADE: The Festival of Lights Parade will begin at Foxcroft Academy at 4:30 PM on Saturday, December 3rd. The parade begins at 5 PM arriving at the fire station, at which time the crowd will count down to the tree lighting. Children may visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus inside the fire station, where crafts will be provided by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and 4H and food items will be available for purchase by FA’s Project Graduation. Those in attendance can enjoy caroling by the Derespino sisters while they wait for their turn with Santa.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: A free Christmas concert will be held on Sunday, December 4th at 7 PM. Sebasticook Valley Community Band will perform a Christmas Concert at the Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church on 824 West Main Street. Admission for the concert is free, but an offering will be taken to benefit a fund the church maintains that helps families in the region with assistance heating their homes.
HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES: Holiday festivities begin on Saturday, December 3rd at 5 PM at the Guilford Historical Society on Main Street. There will be free hot cocoa and baked goods. Bicentennial memorabilia and Christmas sale items will also be available. Then, at 6 PM Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive for a tree-lighting countdown at the Braeburn lot. A bonfire at the Edes lot will be held at 6:15 PM with music and caroling by the PCSS Band and Chorus, under the direction of Mike Crolin, music director and Julie Harrington, drama coach.
KRIS KRINGLE CRAFT FAIR: Kris Kringle's Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, December 3rd from 9 AM to 3 PM. The fair will be located at the Monson Gym located on Route 15 at 31 Greenville Road. A luncheon will be held at 11 AM while Santa will arrive at 1 PM. 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. For more information contact 944-0798.
HOLIDAY FAIR: The Unitarian Universalist Church of Sangerville and Dover-Foxcroft will host the 14th Annual Procrastinator’s Holiday Fair, bake sale and raffle on Saturday, December 10th from 9 AM to 1 PM. This 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 are available from the church kitchen. The church is located on Main Street.
TREE LIGHTING: Unity Business Exchange (UBX) will be hosting their 1st annual Unity Yuletide Tree Lighting Event on Sunday, December 4th from 4 to 6 PM at the Unity Historical Society on the corner of Depot Street and Main Street. The public is welcome to attend. The event includes a visit from Santa, lighting of two downtown trees, and Christmas caroling. There will be cookies, candy canes, and hot chocolate located inside the Unity Union Church, across from the tree lighting. Photo opportunities with Santa will be available. For more information contact Jon at firstname.lastname@example.org
FIRST ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHT PARADE: The public is invited to attend the very first Cambridge Christmas Light Parade in downtown Cambridge on Saturday, December 3rd. This event will be held in conjunction with the Cambridge Cruisers ATV Club’s Santa Project for SAD #4 to collect toys for local families in need. Come out and watch different vehicles (car’s, truck’s, atv’s) decorated with lights, light up the town. Santa will be stopping by for the grand finale at the end of the parade. Line-up for the parade will be between 4:15 and 5 PM, as the parade will begin promptly at 5 PM. The parade progression will stop to light the village tree in the center of town. Candy will be allowed to be handed out and toys will be picked up along the route, which will end at the Town Hall. For more information contact Cambridge General at 207-277-4434.
CAMBRIDGE CRUISERS TOY DRIVE: The Cambridge Cruisers ATV Club will be holding a toy drive to benefit the SAD #4 Santa Project on Saturday, December 3rd. The toy drive will begin after the 5 PM Christmas Light Parade around 5:30 PM at the Cambridge Town Office. Dinner will be available including baked beans, hot dogs, salads, rolls, beverages, and desserts. Admission will be in the form of a donation of money or a new unwrapped toy. The toy drive will be held at the Cambridge Town Office at 202 Ripley Road in Cambridge. For more information contact Mike or Sue at 277-5926 or email@example.com.