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1. Dining to Donate benefit
OXFORD — Take your family or significant other, or just yourself and a friend, to eat at Applebee’s (Rt. 26, next to Hannaford’s) between 4-9 p.m. on Thursday for a pre-Christmas get together, and help raise money in the Dining to Donate campaign.
The Bellman children (Tammy (Bellman) Roberts, James Bellman, Joe Bellman, Chris Bellman) lost their father on October 29, 2014 and have incurred the funeral expenses. This is an effort to raise money to help toward that cost.
It will be a great time to get together, eat some good food, and have some laughs. 15 percent of your entire check goes to this campaign.
Each person must present a flyer to the waitress upon entering. Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!
Flyers are available at Sideline Variety, Mallard Mart in West Paris, the Advertiser Democrat, and the Rumford Falls Times.

1. Open-mic coffee house at MVHS
RUMFORD — Mountain Valley High School will host an open-mic coffee house at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the high school library.
Your attendance will encourage these budding poets, comedians, musicians and singers.

1. Room for Improvment
RUMFORD — Room for Improvment, the Mountain Valley High School improvisation group, will perform at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the high school library.
Be prepared for an uproariously great time.

1. “Blue Christmas” service
RUMFORD — A service — “When the Holidays Hurt: A Service of Hope and Healing” — will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday at at St. Barnabas Church (the stone church near the rotary).
This ecumenical “Blue Christmas” service is offered in collaboration with the local Episcopal Church, United Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ. All are welcome to attend.

1. Christmas programs at Green Church
MEXICO — The Mexico Congregational Church, United Church of Christ (the “Green Church”) will have a 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Dec. 21.
The choir will present “One Holy Night,” a narrative and special music for Advent and Christmas. The choir is under the direction of Jo Ellen Winslow, who has prepared the program.
A traditional Christmas Eve service of carols and candlelight will be held at 11 p.m. on Dec. 24, led by Pastor Izzie Radford-Nash. At midnight, the sanctuary will be darkened as the worshipers form a circle with their candles for the singing of “Silent Night.” An invitation is extended to the community to attend these services.
The Women’s Fellowship Christmas dinner that was postponed due to a storm has been re-scheduled to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 30.

1. Mexico Trailblazers to meet
MEXICO — The Mexico Trailblazers Snowmobile Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday downstairs at the Mexico Town Hall.
All are welcome. The Think Snow Dance tickets are ready as well as raffle tickets and t-shirts, and are available at the meeting or by calling Nick Brown at 364-8665.

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. Benefit for Muskie Auditorium
RUMFORD — A spaghetti dinner, show and Chinese auction will be held on Saturday, Dec. 27 at the American Legion on Congress Street. The dinner and auction will start at 4:30 p.m. and the show will start at 7 and go to 11:30. The cost of the dinner and show is $12. The dinner only is $8 and the show only is $5.
All proceeds will go to repairing Muskie Auditorium.

1. New Year’s Eve dance in Dixfield
DIXFIELD — There will be a New Year’s Eve dance at the Dixfield American Legion
Cost is $7 per person or $10 per couple. Music by Noel Palmer & Don.
Refreshments will be provided. For tickets, call 562-8030 or 357-6437.

1. New Year’s Eve dance in Rumford
RUMFORD — There will be a New Year’s Eve dance with a late night buffet on Dec. 31 at Rumford American Legion Post 24.
The band Roadhouse will help bring in the New Year. Doors open at 7 p.m. The band will play from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets on sale at the Post for $15 per person.

1. Friends in Grief meeting
RUMFORD — The Friends in Grief will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the parish center at the Holy Savior Parish.
Enter on the porch side at the corner of Maine Avenue and Franklin Street.

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. Santa’s Helpers returns!
MEXICO — Santa’s Helpers is returning, and they will be in the same location as the past at 33 Roxbury Rd., now home to the Speck Mountain Church.
Margaret McNeal is continuing to run Santa’s Helpers, a group that provides new clothing and toys to deserving children and their parents each Christmas season. The program began on Nov. 3. They are open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, upstairs in the church. One change will be that people for Santa’s Helpers will enter through the door on the Roxbury Road side of the building, then go up the stairs.
Santa’s Helpers will accept donations as well as accept applications right up until Christmas eve. Qualified people need to have their MaineCare cards when they apply.
McNeal said she is excited to present the program again and is already shopping for items for the children. She is also in need of donations. To do so, contact her at 357-8772.

1. Chance to win 100 gallons of heating oil
DIXFIELD — The Dixfield American Legion is holding a heating oil raffle.
Cost is $5 per ticket for 100 gallon of heating oil at $3.26, or $326 cash. Drawing is Jan. 4, 2015
For tickets, call 562-8030 or 357-6437.

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. Stephens Class of ’58 lunch
MEXICO — The Stephens High School Class of 1958 will meet at noon on Wednesday at the Covered Wagon.
All classmates and their significant others are welcome. For more information, call Janet B. at 364-2928.

1. Mexico Class of ’58 lunch
MEXICO — The Mexico High School Class of 1958 will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Covered Wagon.
Spouses and significant others are welcome.

1. Class of ’55 lunch
RUMFORD CENTER — The Stephens High School Class of 1955 will meet at 11: 30 a.m. on Wednesday at the River Valley Grill.

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

1. Class of ’49 lunch
MEXICO — The Stephens High School Class of 1949 will meet at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the Covered Wagon.
Money donations will be collected for the food pantry.

1. Stephens Class of ’48 to meet
RUMFORD — The Stephens High School Class of 1948 will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday at Gatches.
Class members and guests welcome. For more information, call Simonne at 364-3801.

1. Class of ’45 to meet
MEXICO — The Stephens High School Class of 1945 will meet at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Covered Wagon.
Classmates and guests welcome. For more information, call Marguerite at 364-3270.

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.