1. Sons of Italy Community Family Picnic
RUMFORD — The Sons of Italy will host a Community Family Picnic starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Featured will be Bocci, horseshoes, hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, soda, salad, watermelon and dessert. Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for age 12 and under.
FMI: call 418-9144.
1. Lithuanian Heritage Club to meet
RUMFORD — The Lithuanian Heritage Club will meet Wednesday, July 13, at Sam’s Italian’s Shop on Route 2.
Planning for the Lithuanian Picnic on Sept. 17 has begun.
1. SLCOA annual meeting, breakfast
ROXBURY — Silver Lake Camp Owners Association meeting will be held following their public pancake breakfast.
The breafast will be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 9, at Roxburry Pond.
The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. at St.Mary’s Chapel.
1. Stephens High School Class of 1964
JAY — Stephens High School Class of 1964 will hold its monthly luncheon at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at LaFleur’s Restaurant.
1. Mexico class meeting in Roxbury
ROXBURY — Mexico High School Class of 1952 will hold a pot luck luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, at Reggie and Angie Arsenault’s cottage at 131 Main St., Roxbury Pond.
1. Valentine Farm clean up, trail clearing work
BETHEL — The Mahoosuc Land Trust is hosting two outdoor work evenings at their newest preserve, the Valentine Farm, on the North Road in Bethel.
This work will help get the Farm ready to serve as a community conservation center.
The work evenings on July 6 and July 13 will run from 6-8 p.m. There will be a variety of chores from raking, brush pick-up, gentle pruning and landscaping. Participants are asked to wear sturdy footwear and bring the tools they might use for the tasks that interest them.
If you would like to participate for any or all of the evenings, register at mahoosuc.org/events or call 824-3806.
1. Free horticulture class on perennials
CANTON — A free horticulture class on perennials will be offered from 4-5:30 p.m. on Thursday in the municipal room at the Canton Town Office.
From there, people will be going to the Canton Heritate Park for a hands-on class.
This is sponsored by the Canton Park and Trails Committee. FMI: call Jolene at 597-2168.
1. Noel & Don at Eagles
RUMFORD — Noel & Don will perform from 7-10 p.m each Thursday in July at the Rumford Eagles.
Come support these local artists as they work up to their 500th show.
1. Benefit for Kelly Waterhouse on July 16
RUMFORD — A spaghetti supper, benefit dance and Chinese auction for Kelly Waterhouse will take place from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at the Rumford Falls Eagles Hall.
Entertainment will be by Fat-N-Jacked and special guests.
The supper will be 5-7 p.m., the auction from 5-8 p.m. and dance from 8-11 p.m.
Admission: $8 supper, $10 dance, $15 both.
Kelly, 41, was recently diagnosed with colon cancer. She recently had to stop working at the Circle K in Rumford, where she’s worked for about 15 years.
She is the loving, devoted mother of three boys: Casey, 21; Drake, 9; and Lance, 8. She has a very supportive partner, Kliff.
FMI: 207-357-1272, 207-418-0447, email@example.com.
1. Bethel Seniors to meet
BETHEL — The Bethel Senior Citizens Club will meet for their meeting and dinner at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, at the Crosstone Restaurant, Route 26 in Woodstock.
The menu is fish or chicken, and the price is $10. Reservations must be made before July 1.
1. Flag disposal in Dixfield
DIXFIELD — Post 100, American Legion, will have a flag disposal box on the front porch for flags that are worn, torn or faded.
The flags will be disposed in the proper ceremony.
1. Hypnosis for Weight Loss class
BETHEL — SAD 44 Adult Education will offer Hypnosis for Weight Loss from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 3, 10 and 17, in Room 133, Telstar High School.
Participants will learn nutrition and exercise information, and the instructor will work with each person using hypnotic and meditation techniques to enable continued success after class. Those attending should bring a beach chair or blanket and pillow to class. Tuition is $60.
1. Horseshoe Club at Hosmer Field pits
RUMFORD — The Horseshoe Club meets at 6 p.m. every Monday at the Horseshoe pits at Hosmer Field.
Rain date is Tuesday. All over 18 are invited to join.
FMI: call Art at 507-1213.
1. Brain Injury Support Group to meet
RUMFORD — Western Maine Brain Injury Support Group will meet at 6:15 to 8 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at 82 Congress St.
The support group is for individuals who’ve suffered brain injuries and their caregivers.
A traumatic brain injury results from damage to brain tissue caused by an external force. Leading causes of TBI are motor vehicle accidents, acts of violence, falls, sports and recreational injuries, lightning strikes, electric shocks, and blows to the head. TBI can occur without any outward physical evidence of injury or trauma. Examples include, whiplash, and shaken babies.
Acquired Brain Injury results from damage to the brain caused by strokes, tumors, anoxia, hypoxia, toxins, degenerative diseases, near drowning and/or other conditions not necessarily caused by an external force.
1. ‘Mornings at the Museum’
BETHEL — Bethel Historical Society is offering “Mornings at the Museum,” a new series of activities for children ages 6 to 11. The program takes place Thursdays in July from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at 10 Broad St.
Participants will rotate through stations focused on hands-on historical experiences. Likely activities include weaving a cloth potholder, gravestone rubbings, old-time games, a “young person’s” tour of the 1813 Dr. Moses Mason House, learning about special plantings in the garden, drawing water from the well for washing, bathing and watering plants, trying on period clothing, and exploring devices from “back in the day” such as manual typewriters, dial phones, stereoscopes and non-electric irons.
A parent or guardian is required to remain on the grounds while the program is in session. Scheduling is weather-dependent.
FMI, reserve spot: 207-824-2908.
1. Mahoosuc Land Trust Step Falls Giant Evergreens
NEWRY — The Mahoosuc Land Trust invites folks of all ages to experience the giant evergreens along the relatively easy Step Falls Trail in Newry on Tuesday, July 12. These are among the largest evergreens in the Grafton Notch.
Join recently retired National Park Naturalist Paul Motts on this cool one mile forest walk to experience the giant trees. Discover how evergreens are key providers to the specific animals that inhabit these places and how trees were important to the American Indians and early pioneers.
Meet at 7 p.m. at the Step Falls Parking Lot Trailhead off Rt. 26 in Newry. The talk and walk will last until 8:30 p.m. Sturdy footwear, bug repellant and water are suggested.
1. Life’s Healing Choices support group
RUMFORD — Life’s Healing Choices continues to meet Fridays at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Rumford, 112 Washington St.
Life’s Healing Choices is a support group for those dealing with any life-controlling issue from addiction to anxiety — life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups.
FMI: call 507-1066.
1. Peru Historical Society to meet
PERU — The Peru Historical Society will have a work meeting at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 14, at the Peru Historical Society Building.
1. Low-cost spay, neuter for cats
NORWAY — Responsible Pet Care has announced that Oxford County cat owners can spay or neuter cats for $20 through a grant from the Cleo Fund.
Income guidelines must be met. The cost includes a health exam, rabies shot and spay/neuter surgery.
1. Mexico Class of ’64 lunch
AUBURN — The Mexico High School Class of 1964 will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 14 at Gippers Sports Grill, 120 Center St.
All classmates, spouses and guests are welcomed. RSVP at 207-364-3388 for a tentative head count.
1. Mexico Class of ’59 lunch
BETHEL — Mexico High School Class of 1959 will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 14, at the Rooster Road House.
1. Stephens Class of ’58 lunch
BRYANT POND — Stephens High School Class of 1958 will hold its monthly luncheon at noon Wednesday, July 20, at the Crosstone Restaurant on Route 26.
1. Stephens Class of ’55 lunch
MEXICO — The Stephens High School Class of 1955 will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, at the Far East Restaurant for their monthly luncheon.
1. Stephens Class of ’53 lunch
NEWRY — Stephens High School Class of 1953 will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, at the Sunday River Brew Pub.
1. Stephens Class of ’51 lunch
MEXICO — Stephens High School Class of 1951 will hold its July luncheon at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, at the Covered Wagon on Main Street.
1. Mexico Class of ’48 lunch
MEXICO — Mexico High School Class of 1948 will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, at the Covered Wagon.
Reservations are required.
1. Stephens Class ’45 lunch
RUMFORD — Stephens High School Class of 1945 will meet at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 21 at Connie’s Place.
1. Hope Association garage sale
RUMFORD — The Hope Association will hold a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, July 11, to Friday, July 15, and Mondau, July 18 to Friday, July 22, at 85 Lincoln Ave.
The session is open to the public. The sale will include clothing.
1. Nickel bingo at Rumford Senior Citizens
PERU — Rumford Senior Citizens will resume Nickel bingo from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the old Peru school on Main Street.
Members and non members are welcome to play.
1. Chances on a gas/charcoal grill
DIXFIELD — The Squadron 100 S.A.L.S. of the Dixfield American Legion will have a raffle for a gas/charcoal barbeque grill.
Tickets are one for $1 or six for $5. Proceeds are to help rebuild the SALS programs to help the veterans. To be raffled off on July 22.
1. WVAC looking for volunteers
MEXICO — The Western Valley Access Channel of 377 River Rd. is looking for reliable people willing to videotape. Training on the equipment is provided.
WVAC has been covering local government, school and community events for over 20 years. The number of volunteers has dwindled considerably during this time. With this decline, WVAC has become unable to provide consistent coverage of upcoming area meetings and events.
FMI: call 364-3764, ext. 208.
1. Peru Community Center fitness programs
PERU — Peru Community Center fitness programs include a 75-minute fitness class with Christal Treadwell that offers cardio, strength training, core work, and total body conditional.
The fun multi-level classes will be Monday–Thursday from 5:15-6:30 p.m.
Also, over 50 and getting fit, Ann Brewer works with each person depending on abilities to work all the parts they are able. Classes are Tuesday from 3– 3:30 or 4 p.m.
1. School House Consignment
PERU — The School House Consignment Shops are open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday’s noon -6 p.m., Friday’s from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday’s from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Library has a nice selection of books for people to borrow and enjoy.
The Kids Room has a library/ play area and is a great place to come read, play and visit with friends. They have a kids program for 2 to 4 year olds each Thursday, and rooms that are great for training, meetings or parties.
In the consignment areas, they always have room for new vendors. If you have handmade items, antiques, or collectibles drop by for details on how to join in. The Lawn Sale Room is a great resource for household items at very low prices.
They are very glad to accept all clean useable household and book donations (except clothing – food pantry downstairs take those) donations can be left in the front porch.
The Paint and Take classes are on the second Wednesday of each month with a new rewards program for every five paid classes; your sixth class will be free. Classes are posted on the School House Consignment shop face book page. Stop by in person to make payments in advance to reserve your seat. They also do private paint parties, for birthdays, clubs events, etc.
To see upcoming events, like us on Facebook. FMI: Yvonne Allen at 462-3100.
1. Mexico Library summer hours
MEXICO — Effective June 1-August 31, the Mexico Public Library will be closed Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.
The library will be open on Wednesday from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Thursday from 7 a.m.- 3 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m.- 3 p.m., and Saturday from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. There is no regularly scheduled story time, but a variety of hands-on activities have been planned for most Wednesdays throughout the summer as part of the children’s summer reading program.
These activities will include sand art, sidewalk art, making sun catchers, and “rocket science.” In addition, the library will be hosting a teen reading program and an adult reading program between June 24 and August 19. Stop by the library FMI, check in at the website, firstname.lastname@example.org, visit us on Facebook, or call 364-3281.
1. Zumba, line dancing offered
RUMFORD — Zumba gold is offered at 6 p.m. Mondays, and line dancing at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at I’l B Fit, 60 Lowell St.
Each class is $5. Weekday hours at 7-11 a.m. and 2-6 p.m.
For more information, call 809-3144.
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.) Thursday from 10 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 the availability of pet food varies from month to month.
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 second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 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.