CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENT DISPLAY: Children ages infant through 6 years will create ornaments following storytime at 10:15 AM on Monday, November 23rd at the Pittsfield Public Library at 110 Library Street. Those finished ornaments will then be on display until Saturday, December 19th when the children may take their ornaments home.
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.
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 and breakfast and lunch are available from the church kitchen. Busy shoppers and even those just looking for a place to spend a relaxing morning are welcome to stop by the corner of Main and Church Streets.
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.
FREE THANKSGIVING MOVIE: The River Run Church of the Nazarene in Detroit will be showing a Thanksgiving holiday movie favorite at its monthly Family Movie Night on Friday, November 27th. The family friendly movie favorite will be shown beginning at 6 PM in the Town Meeting Room of the Detroit Town Hall located at 35 South Main Street. This event is free and open to the public. Popcorn and beverages will be available. For more information on this event or about the River Run Church of the Nazarene, contact or leave a message at (207) 487-5517. Missed calls will be returned as soon as possible.
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 COMMITTEE SERVES LUNCH: During the Kris Kringle Market on Saturday, December 5th the Kris Kringle Committee will begin serving lunch at 11 AM. Cookie decorating for the children will take place at 12 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 as this event is the only fundraising event done by the committee, which uses the proceeds to purchase Christmas gifts for local needy children. 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.
DONATIONS SOUGHT FOR GIVING TREE: The Hartland United Methodist Church is coordinating a Giving Tree again this year. The program assists low income families in providing Christmas gifts for their children. Parents interested in providing children’s names for the tree should contact Marilyn Carr at 938-2236 or Ethelyn Bowman at 938-4412 before Tuesday, November 24th. Individuals interested in taking a child’s name or donating a monetary gift may also contact the two numbers above. The Giving Tree will be held at the Hartland United Methodist Church at 8 Seekins Street on Saturday, December 5th at 9 AM.
HOLIDAY FUND SEEKING DONATIONS: The Hartland Children’s Holiday Fund is 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. A contribution box will be at the Christmas Hartland Craft Fair at the Hartland Consolidated School on the Irving Tanning Community Center on Saturday, December 5th. 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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR/LUNCHEON: There will be a holiday craft fair and luncheon on Sunday, November 29th. The fair will be held from 10 AM to 2 PM with the luncheon being held from 11 AM to 1 PM. Santa will be stopping by from 12:30 to 2 PM with a craft offered for the children from 12:30 to 2 PM. There will be over 20 crafters and vendors in attendance. Scissor sharpening will be offered. This event will be held at the Community Fitness Center on 31 High Street. For more information contact 876-4813.
FREE COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER: The Guilford United Methodist Church will be hosting a free community Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, November 26th from 11 AM to 2 PM. For more information, to volunteer, or to make a donation contact Reeni at 876-3544. The church is located at 3 School Street across from the Guilford Fire Department.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: The Guilford United Methodist Church will be hosting a Christmas concert featuring the Mount View High School Chamber Choir, titled "Carols in the Round" at 7 PM on Monday, November 30th. The concert will be held at the Guilford United Methodist Church on 3 School Street. For more information contact the church office at 876-3372.
CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP: The Guilford United Methodist Church will be holding a Christmas Eve worship service on Thursday, December 24th at 6:30 PM. The church is located on 3 School Street.
CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR: The 35th Annual Christmas Craft Fair will be held Saturday, December 5th from 9 AM to 2 PM at the Irving Tanning Community Center on 62 Elm Street. Admission to the fair is free. Proceeds from this event will be used towards the Hartland Children’s Holiday Fund, which is used to buy gifts for underprivileged children.
FREE THANKSGIVING DINNER: The Grace Linn Memorial United Methodist Church will be holding a free Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, November 26th from 11:30 AM to 1 PM. For reservations contact 938-2025 and leave a message that includes your name and number. The church is located on the corner of Commercial and Seekins Streets. The location is handicap accessible through the office entrance.
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 chuch is located on Route 2.
COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING: The Simpson Memorial Library in Carmel Village will hold its 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.
TREE FESTIVAL: Mid-Maine Lacrosse hosts their 3rd Annual Tsothohrha Tree Festival on Sunday, December 6th from 3 to 6 PM. The festival will be held at the Palmyra Community Center on 4 Madawaska Road. Admission to this event is free. Dexter Brass and some surprise entertainers will be performing from 3 to 5 PM. Raffle entries will be accepted and a costume contest will be taking place from 3 to 5 PM. Individuals are encouraged to dress in costume as an elf, snowman, or candy cane. The performance begins at 5 PM. Tree raffle winners will be announced after the performance. The team will judge, award and raffle off decorated trees. Food concessions and entertainment will be available throughout the evening. Participants may win and go home with a holiday tree. In case of inclement weather the make-up date will be Sunday, December 13th from 3 to 6 PM.
THANKSGIVING PIE SALE: The United Methodist Church of Dover-Foxcroft will hold a Thanksgiving pie sale in the church's Choir Room on Wednesday, November 25th starting at 9 AM until all pies are sold. There will be a wide variety of homemade fruit and filled pies. The cost will be $10 per pie. The church is located at 156 East Main Street. Attendees are urged to use the rear entrance to the church. For more information, call 207-564-8013 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 requrest 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.
RELAY CENTER HOURS: The Emmanuel Bible Baptist Church in Plymouth is organizing relay center hours for their Operation Christmas Child collection week. Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind that uses gift-filled shoe boxes to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need. Since, 1993 the program has shipped over 120 million shoe boxes around the world. The last day the relay center will be open is on Monday, November 23rd from 2 to 4 PM. The Emmanuel Bible Baptist Church is located on Route 7.