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1. Give a pint, get a coffee card
RUMFORD — The Mountain Valley High School Student Council will sponsor a Red Cross blood drive from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday in the gymnasium.
Donors are strongly urged to contact the student council or the American Red Cross (1-800-RED CROSS, www.redcrossblood.org) to make an appointment. In the past, the lines have been long and often the Red Cross does not have time for walk-ins. All presenting donors will receive a $5 gift card from Dunkin’ Donuts.”

1. Snowmobile racing under the lights
RUMFORD — Black Mountain will host its second snowmobile hill climb of the season from 6-9 p.m. on Friday.
It’s a race to the top for these snowmobile fanatics. Exhilarating to watch, Black Mountain’s first race of the season attracted more than 125 racers of the sport. Fun for racers and spectators alike.
Admission at the gate is $5, children ages 5 and under are free. The Last Run Pub will be open for snacks and drinks. (sorry no night skiing during this event) Need more information or want to register to race? Visit our website www.skiblackmountain.org or call 364-8977.

1. Community Networking Meeting
RUMFORD — The next Community Networking Meeting, sponsored by the River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition, is scheduled for noon on Wednesday, January at the Rumford Public Library. Bring your own lunch.
The speaker will be Emma Halas-O’Connor, Environmental Health Campaign Manager for the Environmental Health Strategy Center, and will provide a history on efforts in Maine to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals and current initiatives.
Other agenda items include updates from participating organizations and programs of the RVHCC.
Reminder that if the schools are cancelled due to bad weather this meeting will be cancelled as well.
For more information, contact Patty Duguay at 364-7408.

1. Rumford Seniors of Peru luncheon, meeting
PERU — The Rumford Seniors of Peru are having a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday.
Menu consist of beef stew, biscuits-crackers, drink and dessert. Cost is $5. Take out is available. Call to sign up at 562-7700 or 562-4225.
On Wednesday at 9 a.m., they will be having a board meeting, with the membership meeting at 10.

1. Preliminary driver’s meeting for race season
OXFORD — Oxford Plains Dragway will open its gates for the 2015 race season under new management.
A preliminary driver’s meeting is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 1 starting at 11 a.m. at the VFW Hall, 121 King St. in Oxford so they can meet all of you, see how many are interested in racing this summer, and most importantly what the racers, have to say!
If you are unable to make this meeting, they still want to know you’re interested in racing this summer. Call/text Crystal Lancaster at 754-1022, e-mail at Chevy_Lady1720@aol.com, or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OXFORD.DRAGWAY.

1. Free lunch for senior citizens
DIXFIELD — A free lunch for senior citizens will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday in the SCC at Dirigo High School.
Served will be turkey or ham, side dishes, desserts and coffee. Take out will be available.
This event is sponsored by the Dirigo High School National Honor Society.

1. Live music at Black Mountain
RUMFORD — Celebrate the season with Black Mountain of Maine! Enjoy music with no cover charge in their newly expanded Last Run Pub.
This Saturday from 2-5 p.m., enjoy acoustic music from Ralph Arsenault. A Rumford native, Ralph engages the crowd with his not so typical acoustic mix.
Then from 6-9 p.m. join them for Skosh. This five piece funk/classic rock/blues band from Buckfield never disappoints.
Sunday the entertainment is back with the acoustic sounds of Peter Koch from 2-5 p.m.

1. Mexico Trailblazers to meet
MEXICO — The Mexico Trailblazers will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the back of the Mexico town hall.
All are welcome. For more information, call Nick Brown at 364-8665.

1. Winter dance at Hope Association
RUMFORD — A winter dance, featuring Joe “The Music Man” Sirois, will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday at Hope Association, 85 Lincoln Ave. Open to the public and refreshments will be available. Donations welcome and will benefit Hope Association.

1. Free community lunch
PERU — A free community lunch is offered from noon to 2 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of every month at the Peru Baptist Church, 98 Main St.
Soup and chowder will be served. Join them for food, fellowship and fun. For more information, call Bonnie Gould at 364-8704.

1. Thursday Poetry Program
RUMFORD — The fourth Thursday Poetry Program will be from 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursday at the Rumford Public Library.
Bring a friend, bring a poem to share.
Free and open to the public. Light refreshments. Information: 364-3661.

1. School House Consignment new hours
PERU — Through March, the School House Consignment will be open Thursday through Saturday.
Hours of operation will be Thursday, noon to 6 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
New vendors are welcome to display in the consignment shop. In the thrift shop, you can find household goods, books, etc. and donations are accepted. No clothing please. You’ll find plenty of antiques, art, collectibles and handcrafted items.
The Thrift Shop has plenty of home goods and décor, books, kid items and other stuff. Please enter through the top doors located at 30 Main St., Peru.
Proceeds fund improvements in the Peru Community Center. For more information, call Yvonne Allen at 462-3100.

1. Friends in Grief to meet
RUMFORD — Friends in Grief will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Holy Savior parish.
Enter by the side porch.

1. Warm socks for veterans
RUMFORD — The Rumford American Legion Post 24 is collecting warm socks for the Warm Feet Campaign to support homeless veterans and their families.
These warm socks will be delivered to the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1044 in Sanford sometime in March. They will then be distributed to Maine homeless veterans and their families.
We are counting on your community support to make this successful for our homeless veterans. There is a drop box at the Post. Call 357-3289 for more information.

1. Class of ’65 lunch
MEXICO — The Stephens High School Class of 1965 will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at the Covered Wagon.
Any questions, call Linda at 364-3393.

1. Stephens Class of ’58 lunch
DIXFIELD — The Stephens High School Class of 1958 will meet at noon on Wednesday at Ellis’ Restaurant.
All classmates and their significant others are welcome to attend. For more information, call Janet B. at 364-2928.

1. Class of ’54 lunch
MEXICO — The Stephens High School Class of 1954 will meet for luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday at Dick’s Restaurant.

1. Mexico Class of ’49 lunch
MEXICO — Mexico High School Class of 1949 will meet for lunch at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at Dick’s Restaurant.
Members and friends are welcome.

1. Stephens Class of ’49 lunch
MEXICO — Members of the Stephens High School Class of 1949 will meet at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the Covered Wagon.

1. Class of ’46 lunch
MEXICO — Stephens High School Class of 1946 will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday at Dick’s Restaurant on Main St.
Call Phyllis at 364-8573.

1. Rumford Historical Society calendars
RUMFORD — The Rumford Historical Society has prepared their historically-oriented calendars for sale, available for $4 each in two different sizes — 5.5×8 inches or 8.5×11 inches.
Each calendar features photos of restaurants from the Rumford area that residents all remember. Also found in the calendar are recipes from some of these restaurants, and from the collection of old recipe books which are filed in the Archives’ Office.
The calendars can be purchased at Bartash’s Gift Store; Carlisle’s Clothing Store; Davis’ Florist; Delux Diner; Ink!; Ink Plaza; Rumford House of Pizza; Tax Collector’s Office; and Rumford Historical Society office (Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.).
The sale of the calendars will help the Society meet its mission of preserving the historical documents and artifacts of the Rumford community.

1. Beacon House offering meals
RUMFORD — The Beacon House Peer Center is offering $2 meals on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Cook Mike Chiott and his assistant, Donnie Laganiere will serve a meal and a dessert starting at noon on Tuesdays, and breakfast and a coffee (additional cups for 25 cents) starting at 9 a.m. on Fridays. They will deliver to any business on the Business Island. For takeout or business delivery, call by Monday for lunch and Thursday for breakfast at 369-0868.

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. SeniorsPlus Seeking volunteers
REGION — SeniorsPlus is looking for volunteers in Oxford County to serve in their communities as a Medicare Counselor.
If you like numbers, research, and want to make a difference in people’s lives, this opportunity is for you. SeniorsPlus needs volunteers to meet with Medicare beneficiary’s one-on-one to assist in Medicare enrollment, changing plans and understanding the basics of Medicare; as well as speaking to groups to help educate them about Medicare basics. Come join our Medicare team of volunteers and staff that make a real difference in the lives of our clients every day!
For more information or to sign up for our upcoming trainings in July, contact Heather Chandel, Volunteer Services Coordinator by June 27 at 513-3710, or email at hchandel@seniorsplus.org.

1. Story Hour at Mexico Public Library
MEXICO — Story Hour for toddlers and preschoolers at the Mexico Public Library will take place at 10 a.m. every Tuesday.
Plan to join us for lots of fun stories and craft projects! The only Tuesdays during the school year 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 Story Time at Rumford Public Library
RUMFORD — Area youngsters ages 2-5 are invited to attend the preschool story times in the Rumford Public Library Children’s room, held every Wednesday at 10 a.m. Children who attend will enjoy stories, songs, activities and a healthy snack.
They also make a take home craft that reflects that week’s 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. 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 first Tuesday 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.