1. Prom dresses available
BETHEL — Affordable prom dresses donated by Cinderella’s Closet will be available at the Bethel District Exchange on Monday from 1-4 p.m., Thursday from 4-6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through the prom season. Groups, including Mountain Valley and Dirigo students, call ahead to Maryvonne Wheeler at 836-2330.

1. Winter breakout supper, dance
RUMFORD — A winter breakout supper and dance will take place Saturday at the American Legion, featuring The Hooligans.
They serve their Mexican menu from 4-6:30 p.m. or until sold out. Dance to The Hooligans from 7 to 11 p.m.
Cost for supper and dance is $12, or $5 for the dance. There will be free giveaways.
Bring your flip flops and do the warm weather dance!

1. EnvisionRumford news
RUMFORD — There will be a meeting of the Design Committee for EnvisionRumford at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Kreckel Law, P.A., 95 Congress St.
You do not need to be a member of EnvisionRumford to attend. All you need is a desire to help improve the downtown area. Make a difference in your community.
EnvisionRumford is looking for help from the community to join in the annual spring cleanup of the Island on Saturday, May 3. They will meet at 8 a.m. in front of the Rumford Town Hall. All helpers welcome! Donations of flowers, potting soil, window cleaning products and paper towels are greatly appreciated. Mulch is being donated through the generosity of Maine Made Furniture/Premium Log Yards, Inc. and the Bradbury family. Call or email Jennifer Kreckel to volunteer or donate or for more details – 364-4593 or
EnvisionRumford will meet at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the Rumford Town Hall in the lower level conference room. All are welcome to help bring change and progress to Rumford!

1. Chicken pie supper
RUMFORD — The Rumford United Methodist Church on Linnell Street will have a chicken pie supper at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
The meal is chicken pie, mashed potatoes with gravy, vegetable, cole slaw, rolls, hot or cold beverage and a choice of either lemon or chocolate delight for dessert. Cost is $9 for adults and $5 for children under 12.
Following the meal, the Church Belles will present a mini-concert including some oldies for the guests to sing along. The proceeds from this meal will go to the organization, which is trying to wipe out malaria in the African countries.

1. Rumford Seniors to meet
PERU — The Rumford Seniors of Peru will have a board and members meeting on Thursday.
The board meeting is at 10 a.m., followed by the members meeting at 11. For more information, call 562-7700.

1. Hospital Auxiliary seeks yard sale items
RUMFORD — The Rumford Hospital Auxiliary seeks items for its Saturday, May 17 yard sale.
Furniture, rugs, kitchen goods, books and office items are big sellers. The Auxiliary cannot handle large appliances or clothing.
Members of the Auxiliary will be at 209 Lincoln Ave., where the sale is held, on Friday mornings May 2 and 9 and all day on Friday, May 16 to accept donations. For pick up or to make other arrangements, call Auxiliary President Barbara Belanger at 364-3648.

1. Relay For Life team fundraiser
MEXICO — The Relay For Life Team, Friends and Family Forever, has a fundraiser planned.
There will be a Scentsy Party at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 3 at the Mexico Green Church.
For more information or for an outside order, call Kim (364-7953) or Gloria Carrier (364-7818).

1. Andover Birthday Supper
ANDOVER — The 70th annual Birthday Supper will be held on Saturday at the Andover Congregational Church
Sittings are 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Price for ham dinner with all the fixings is $8 for adults and $4 for those under age eight. This includes your choice of great birthday cakes! Tables decorated for each month and season of the year.

1. Dessert bake-off
RUMFORD — There will be a dessert bake-off on Saturday, May 10 at the Lumberjeck Festival.
Bakers wanted! Bake and serve your favorite desserts to the crowds. Dessert eaters wanted! Sample and judge desserts in the categories of your choice.
Bakers may enter one dessert in each of four main categories — cakes, pies, cookies/squares, sweets/candy.
Winners receive plaques and cash prizes. Entry fee is $5 per dessert, which covers cash prizes and supplies for the bake-off.
For dessert eaters, the fee is $5 to eat and judge each category.
Proceeds go to After School Programs and/or the American Cancer Society.
For information or signups, contact Kris Howes at InkMaine, 58 Congress St., Rumford, or call 364-1550.

1. Gymnastics deonstration
RUMFORD — Looking for something fun to do with your children over vacation?
From 10-11 a.m. on Wednesday, there will be a GRCC Gymnastics demonstration and free class at the Rumford Public Library, downstairs in the public room. Watch a demonstration and then try out some gymnastics.
This is a free program, all ages and all skill levels are encouraged to attend.

1. Education course offering
MEXICO — An education course offering, Heartsaver CPR/AED/First aid, will be offered from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Med-Care Ambulance, 290 Highland Terrace.
Fee is $70. Stop by to pay and to register. They now take credit card payments.
For additional information, call Laurieann Milligan ( at 364-8748.

1. Lithuanian Heritage Club to meet
RUMFORD — The Lithuanian Heritage Club will meet at noon on Wednesday., May 7 at Sam’s Italians, Rt.2.
All those interested are invited to attend.

1. Community Networking Meeting
RUMFORD — The next Community Networking Meeting, sponsored by the River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition is noon on Wednesday (bring your own lunch) at the Rumford Public Library.
There is no speaker scheduled for this meeting, proving an opportunity for all to share information about projects and programs from their organizations as well as updates from the Healthy Communities.
For more information, contact Patty Duguay at 364-7408.

1. Pre-K program applications
REGION — Children who will be four years old on or before October 15, 2014 and live in the Mountain Valley Region (Rumford, Mexico, Hanover, Roxbury, Bryon) are eligible for the Pre-K Program at Meroby Elementary and Rumford Elementary.
Applications will be available starting Monday, April 28 at Meroby Elementary and Rumford Elementary. Only completed applications with a copy of the child’s original birth certificate and proof of residency will be accepted.

1. Spring craft fair seeking crafters
RUMFORD — Applications are being accepted for crafters for Hope Association’s annual Spring Craft Fair, talking place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 10 at 85 Lincoln Ave.
Donations are $10 for each 8-foot table, with proceeds to go towards Special Olympics Summer Games. Two chairs will be provided per table.
Call Sally Theriault at 364-4561 for an application or for more information. Space is limited. Deadline is Friday, May 2.

1. Changing Nature speaker series
BETHEL — The Mahoosuc Land Trust announces the fourth in its Changing Nature speaker series.
Dr. George Jacobson, Maine State Climatologist, will present Climate Variability and Maine Eco-systems – Past and Future at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30 in the McLaughlin Auditorium at Gould Academy. The event is free and open to the public.

1. Vendor/craft fair
DIXFIELD — There will be a vendor/craft fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 3 at the Dixfield Opera House, 11 Main. St.
Check it out or join. Call Melanie at 357-6419.

1. NAMI education program
REGION — NAMI Maine is the NAMI Family-to-Family Education program for the first time in the Rumford-Farmington area.
The 12-week program will be held each Thursday from 6-8:30 p.m. from April 24-July 10 at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington.
The course is for family, friends and caregivers of teens and adults with mental illness (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, anxiety and panic disorders). It provides caregivers with knowledge of the illnesses as well as communication and problem solving techniques, coping mechanisms and self-care skills needed to deal with their loved one’s mental illness and its impact on the family.
For information and to register, call Dot at 364-2197, or NAMI-ME at 1-800-464-5767.

1. Vacation Bible School
DIXFIELD — Vacation Bible School will be held at the Dixfield Congregational Church (Church on the Hill) for ages three and up from 5:30-8 p.m. on Friday and 1-3:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Enjoy cool crafts, games, snacks, songs, stories and fun. For more information, call Mary at 357-5477.

1. Spring chicken pie supper benefit
RUMFORD — The Rumford United Methodist Church at 455 Linnell St., Rumford will be holding their semi-annual chicken pie supper at 5 p.m. (one seating) on Saturday.
This year all proceeds will be donated to the “Imagine No Malaria” campaign of the United Methodist Church. Every 60 seconds, malaria claims a life in Africa. Millions of lives, needlessly lost each year. Imagine No Malaria is an extraordinary effort of the people of the United Methodist Church, putting our faith into action to end preventable deaths by malaria in Africa, especially the death of a child or a mother.
Donations can be sent directly to Rumford United Methodist Church, 50 Franklin St., Rumford, ME 04276, c/o Pastor Carol Stevens. Make checks payable to Rumford UMC — Imagine No Malaria. Help us “make a difference” and support this worthwhile program.

1. Class of ’56 luncheon
MEXICO — The Stephens High School Class of 1956 will meet at noon on Tuesday, May 6 at Dick’s Restaurant.
All classmates and spouses welcome. For more information, call Stephen Gallant at 562-7081.

1. Class of ’50 lunch
RUMFORD — Stephens High School Class of 1950 will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Monday at the River Valley Grill.

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

1. Class of ’48 lunch
MEXICO — Mexico High School Class of 1948 will meet at 11:30 a.m. on May 14 at the Covered Wagon.
Classmates and friends are invited. For more information, call Virginia at 364-2450.

1. Class of ’45 lunch
RUMFORD — Stephen High School Class of 1945 will meet at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday at the River Valley Grill.
For more information, call Marguerite at 364-3270.

1. Win a bag a day
RUMFORD — Win a bag a day in the month of May during the Holy Savior Catholic School Thirty-One Bag Raffle Calendar.
Each bag is beautifully filled. Winning names go back into raffle for more chances to win. Tickets are one for $6 or two for $10, available from Holy Savior School and Davis Florist & Hair Design.
You do not have to be present to win. One bag given to one winner per day in May. For more information, call 364-2528.

1. Dirigo Elementary School Pre-K sign-up
PERU — If you have a four year old and you are interested in enrolling them in a two day a week Pre-K program at Dirigo Elementary School, call the school (562-4207) with your name, number, and address.

1. Free yoga class at RPL
RUMFORD — Free yoga class will be offered the first Thursday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Rumford Public Library.
Designed for all levels of yoga, the class, taught by Kristen TenDyke, a registered yoga teacher and Reiki master, is moderately paced, flowing through movement and allowing space to breathe steadily as you move.
If you have a yoga mat, block and strap, please bring them, although they will be provided for those without. You can also bring a blanket for the final resting pose (savasana).
For more information, call 364-3661.

1. Moving Freely classes
MEXICO — Moving Freely classes are taking place until April 25.
They will take place Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9-10 a.m. at the Mexico Rec. Center gym. There’s a $15 donation.
For more information, call 357-2266.

1. Collecting bottles for Project Graduation
RUMFORD — The Mountain Valley High School Class of 2014 is collecting bottles for Project Graduation.
Anyone wishing to donate their bottles may do so by dropping them off at the Waldo Street Bottle Depot and tell them that they are to go to MVHS Class of 2014.
If they would like someone to pick up their bottles they may contact Vicki Monsalve at the high school and she will make arrangements. Thank you for your support!

1. Form your Relay For Life team
RUMFORD — The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of the River Valley will be held at Hosmer Field on June 6-7.
It is a great way to help those that are battling cancer, a way to remember loved ones lost, and provides an opportunity to fight back against the disease.
Relay For Life supports the Society’s mission to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. You can form a team of your fellow parishioners, family members and friends, or walk as an individual. Volunteers are also needed to give their time and talent to ensure the success of this year’s Relay For Life event.
For more information, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit

1. Zumba, yoga classes
RUMFORD — I’L B Fit is offering Zumba Gold classes at 6 p.m. on Mondays
There is yoga classes. Call for information. Line dancing starts at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning March 19.
If interested, call 809-3144, stop in at 60 Lowell St. Suite 210, or email

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

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.