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1. Give the gift of life

RUMFORD — The student council at Mountain Valley High School will sponsor a Red Cross blood drive on Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. The blood drive will be located in the Puiia gym. Donors are urged to contact the student council or the American Red Cross (1-800-RED CROSS) to make an appointment.

1. Dempsey Center offers communication workshop

RUMFORD — The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing is offering free workshop for anyone interested in communicating with youth who have been impacted by cancer. “What do we tell them?” will take place on Wednesday from 4:30-6 p.m. at Rumford Hospital.

Tookie Bright, LCSW, Youth and Family Services Coordinator, will provide metaphors, analogies, and concrete tools to assist adults who would like to learn how to talk about cancer with youth of all ages. A question and answer session will follow.

Pre-register by phone at 795-8250; toll-free 1-877-336-7287 or online at www.dempseycenter.org.

1. Snowshoe supper, dance

RUMFORD — The Snowshoe Club will hold a supper and dance on Saturday at 227 Waldo St. to benefit the club athletes.

The spaghetti and meatball supper is from 5-6 p.m. at a cost of $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12.

That will be following by a dance from 7-11 p.m., with music by the Jamie & Gary Band.

1. Class of ’61 lunch

RUMFORD — The Stephens High School Class of 1961 will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Friday at the River Valley Grill.

For more information, call Louise Caron at 364-3743.

1. Class of ’49 lunch

MEXICO — The Stephens High School Class of 1949 will meet at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at the Covered Wagon.

1. Class of ’48 lunch

RUMFORD — Stephens High School Class of 1948 will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday at Sam’s.

Call Simonne at 364-3801.

1. Annual meeting of Green Church

MEXICO — Mexico Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, will hold its annual meeting on Sunday following the 10 a.m. worship service.

After choosing a moderator, members will receive reports of officers, the pastor, and committees for the year 2013. They will elect a slate of officers for 2014 and adopt a budget for this year.

Members are reminded to bring a hot dish, salad, or dessert for the pot luck lunch which will precede the meeting.

1. Four Chaplain’s Ceremony

RUMFORD — Post 24 will have their annual Four Chaplain’s Ceremony on February 2 at 3 p.m. This ceremony is open to the Public. If you have not been able to see this ceremony stop by the post you will not be disappointed. It is a very meaningful ceremony honoring the four chaplains who gave their lives for others. Those participating and attending are welcome to join up for an early supper following the ceremony.

1. Snowshoe races

RIVER VALLEY — The Le Paresseux Club Snowshoe Races will be held on Sunday.

Registration will be at the Le Paresseux Club at 227 Waldo St. in Rumford. The club will open at 10 a.m.; registration will be downstairs.

The races will be at the same field as last year, at noon at Mountain Valley Middle School at 58 Highland Terrace in Mexico.

They will have directions to the field at the club. Awards and soup for racers will be given out after the races at the club.

1. Changing Nature speaker series

BETHEL — The Mahoosuc Land Trust will kick off its 2014 speaker series on Changing Nature with a discussion of the Changing Nature of Lakes and Ponds, led by Jim Chandler.

Jim has been involved in lake uses for many years, coordinating educational programs, overseeing watershed projects, and being involved in the eradication of milfoil from Maine ponds.

This program will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Gould Academy’s McLaughlin Auditorium on Church Street in Bethel.

1. Stephens Class of ’58 lunch

RUMFORD — The Stephens High School Class of 1958 will meet at noon on Wednesday at Gatch’s Restaurant.

All classmates and their significant others are welcome to attend. For more information, call Janet B. at 364-2928.

1. Class of ’65 lunch

MEXICO — The Stephens High School Class of 1965 will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday at Thai Smile 2.

Spouses and friends are invited.

1. Open gym, yoga classes

RUMFORD — I’L B Fit is offering open gym nights from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for ages 14 and up.

Cost is $5 a night and you do not need to be a member to attend.

There are also opening for yoga. Advanced class meet at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, with beginners at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Class are led by Sandy Connelly at $6 per class and you do not need to be a member to attend.

I’L B Fit is located in the River Valley Technology Center at 60 Lowell St. For more information, call 809-3144.

1. Sunday School in Dixfield

DIXFIELD — A new year of Sunday School has started at the Dixfield Congregational Church.

All kids age three and up are welcome to join them at 9 a.m. Sunday. For more information, call Lori at 562-1010.

Shields for active duty military

1. RUMFORD — Shields continue to be displayed on Congress Street to honor all active duty military.

If you or a loved one is on active duty and would like a shield displayed, please contact Tricia at 357-3289 or Erika at 357-9505.

1. Rumford Library Preschool Story Time

RUMFORD — The weekly story times in the Rumford Public Library Childrens room has resumed.

Area youngsters ages 2-5 are invited to attend the preschool story times, which are held every Wednesday at 10 a.m. Children who attend will enjoy stories, songs, and activities, as well as make a take home craft that reflects that weeks theme.

This is an excellent opportunity for parents to have their children meet and interact with other preschoolers. Story times will not be held during school vacations or in the event of school cancellations.

1. Story Hour at Mexico Library

MEXICO — Story Hour for toddlers and preschoolers at the Mexico Public Library takes place at 10 a.m. Tuesdays.

The only Tuesdays that Story Hour will not be held are holidays, school storm days, or school vacation Tuesdays. RSU 10 schedule is followed for the library children’s programming.

For more information contact the Library at 364-3281 or library@mexicomaine.net.

1. Preschool Storytime at Ludden Library

DIXFIELD — The Preschool Storytime at Ludden Library is held from 10:30-11:30 a.m. every Monday.

They will be reading age appropriate books, doing a fun craft and enjoying a healthy snack. The Storytime following the same schedule as the schools in our area. If school is cancelled, so is Storytime.

1. Adult crafters welcome

RUMFORD — Adult crafters are welcome from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Wednesday in the Eagles’ function hall to work on their projects and socialize with others.

Bring everything you need for your project and a lunch. Make jewelry, quilting, clothing, paint ny number, whatever you like to do.

For more information, call Kathy at 418-0254.

1. Need pet food?

RUMFORD — If you have a need for cat/kitten or dog/puppy food, please stop by Praise Assembly of God Church (89 Congress St.) Tuesday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon or contact the church office and leave a message (364-3856).

The following information is needed: Names of adults in household, address, phone number, number of pets and pet type (cat/kitten or dog/puppy).

Please note we do not deliver just pet food and the availability of pet food varies from month to month.

1. Volunteers needed for Hope

RUMFORD — Volunteers are needed to assist at the What Not Shop and various activities throughout Hope Association.

If you have a specific talent or interest that you are willing to share and are interested in helping support this local non-profit organization change the lives of so many, contact Catherine Johnson at 364-4561 for further details.

1. Rumford Writer’s Group

RUMFORD — The Rumford Writer’s Group is open to serious writers of all genres. Do you enjoy writing? Working on a book?

We meet the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. Call Brenda Espinoza at 364-2419 to learn about joining and for more information.

1. Crutches for Africa

RIVER VALLEY — Donate your used crutches, canes and walkers to Crutches4Africa, a cause sponsored by the River Valley Rotary Club.

For more information, call Bill at 364-2400 or Rich at 357-8023. For wheelchair donations, call for pickup appointment.

1. Special Olympics fundraiser

RUMFORD — Team Opportunities is seeking bottles and cans for a Special Olympics fundraiser.

Drop off at 179 Wyman Hill Rd. or call 364-8622 or 357-0098 for pick up.

This is an ongoing fundraiser as the athletes are active in different event all year. Each is responsible for their own entrance fees.