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1. Mexico Trailblazers to meet
MEXICO — The Mexico Trailblazers will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday upstairs in the Mexico Town Hall.
All are welcome. For more information, call Nick Brown at 364-8665.

1. Book and gift fair Thursday
RUMFORD — The Rumford Community Home will host a book and gift fair from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday and again from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday in the downstairs training room.
Help them with a food drive for their food pantry by bringing in a non-perishable or toiletry item and get entered into a raffle.
All money raised will go to the residents activity fund.
For more information, call Colleen Gurney, activity director, at 364-7863.

1. Mexico Historical Society to meet
MEXICO — The Mexico Historical Society will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the Calvin Lyons Room.
A potluck supper will be enjoyed followed by a short business meeting. The topic of the evening will be the Civil War. A drum from the Civil War will be on display along with other articles of interest.
As far as they know, there were 75 men from Mexico who were involved in the Civil War. They encourage anyone who has had a relative involved or who has stories, photos, or documents of the Civil War to join in an evening of rememberance.

1. Free coffee with senate candidate
REGION — To clarify an earlier flyer in local newspapers about Joe Martin, state senate candidate, he will have his “Have a cup of joe with Joe” event at Hart’s Store in Buckfield from 6:30-10 a.m. on Wednesday, and at Mrs. B’s in Peru from 8 to noon Saturday, Oct. 25.

1. Mahoosuc Land Trust 25th annual meeting
BETHEL — The Mahoosuc Land Trust 25th annual meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Sunday in the Ordway Living Room at Gould Academy.
After a brief business meeting, Peter Forbes, conservationist, writer and co-founder of Center for Whole Communities, will be speaking on “Re-imagining Conservation as Building Community.”
The public is welcomed to attend the program. There is a $5 donation requested if you are not a Mahoosuc Land Trust donor.

1. GRCC gymnastics session
RUMFORD — The Greater Rumford Community Center is offering the new monthly session of recreational gymnastics.
Tuesday and Thursday classes for $40 now underway include Pee Wee from 3-4 p.m., Lions from 4-5 p.m., and Tigers from 5-6 p.m.
They also offer a tot class from 9-10 a.m. on Thursdays for $5 per class.
You can try one class for free to see if your child will enjoy it.
They have a competition gymnastic team. Tryouts for the competition team is Oct. 25. For more information, call 369-9906.
They have a competition and tumble cheerleader group on Sundays at the GRCC.

1. Post 100 to have family meeting
DIXFIELD — American Legion Post 100 will have a family meeting at 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 2 to discuss plans for New Year’s Eve.
This is open to all members Legion, Auxiliary, S.A.L. Regular monthly meeting will start at 6 p.m.

1. Meet the Candidates event
SOUTH PARIS — There will be a chicken pie supper and Meet the Candidates event at 5 p.m. on Wednesday at the First Congregational Church, Main Street.
The speaker will be Bill Nemitz of the Portland Press Herald. Cost is $10 per person at door. RSVP appreciated to 875-2116.

1. Landowner appreciation, public supper
ANDOVER — The Sno Valley Sno-Goers snowmobile club will hold their annual Landowner Appreciation and public supper from 5:30-7 p.m. on Saturday at the Andover Congregational Church.
The menu will be ham, mashed potatoes, green bean, homemade desserts. Landowners are our guests; prices for public are $8 for adults, $5 for children, and under 5 years old are free.

1. Oktoberfest Craft Fair
RUMFORD — The River Valley Rotary Club’s 21st annual Oktoberfest Craft Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at Hope Association.
There will be a variety of crafters offering jewelry, homemade crafts, baked goods and a multitude of other merchandise. There will be a cookie walk and the Rotary Club will also have a book fair.
There are still a limited number of tables left for crafters. Contact Sally Theriault at 364-4561 for more information or for an application. Application deadline is October 3.

1. Stephens Class of ’69 to hold 45th reunion
RUMFORD — The Stephens High School Class of 1969 will have their 45th class reunion at 1 p.m. on Saturday at 49 Franklin Street.
There will be a time for socializing, and dinner. Live music will be provided compliments of classmate John Preble.
The cost for the entire day is $25. If you are interested and have not yet been contacted, call Sally Fontaine Allard at 235-3504.

1. Walk in support to end domestic violence
RUMFORD — Safe Voices is sponsoring a walk in support to end domestic violence at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Hosmer Field.
Rally yourself or a team to create change. Show that domestic violence is not tolerated in this community. Together, we can all make a difference.
For more information, call 364-9908 or email dgallagher@safevoices.

1. Rumford Historical Society to meet
RUMFORD — The Rumford Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in Rumford Falls Auditorium, Congress Street.
The performer/speaker will be Ross Swain of East Andover, who will present a program of music entitled “Scott Joplin’s Ragtime Garden.”
He is well known to Rumford residents and developed his piano skills under the tutelage of local piano teachers, including Arthur Beaudet, Madge Burke of Mexico, and Bates College’s Frank Glazer.
Ross has entertained audiences throughout Maine and New Hampshire (including guests at The Balsam’s Grand Resort in New Hampshire). One style of music that he particularly enjoys sharing is the classic piano ragtime music of Scott Joplin. He will be performing some of Joplin’s music with flowers or trees in their titles such as “Maple Leaf Rag” and “Heliotrope Bouquet.”
A brief business meeting, chaired by the new president, Randall Smith, will precede the performance, and light refreshments will be provided to end the evening. All members and guests are asked to enter and exit the building through the River Street entrance, at the Police Department door.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend. New members are always welcome to join the Rumford Historical Society.

1. RES Craft Fair
RUMFORD — The Rumford Elementary School Craft Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Lincoln Avenue school.
Various crafters will be selling their products. Items include knit wear, jewelry, cloth handbags, wooden crafts, goat soap, doll clothes, homemade jams, jellies and pickles.
Students will also have crafts for sale. The ABC cafe will serve food throughout the day.
Proceeds from the fair will benefit students who attend the school.

1. Red Hat Mommas to meet
NEW GLOUCESTER — The Red Hat Mommas of Western Maine will meet on Thursday, Oct. 23 at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester.
Pumpkin carving and farm tours will be available for those interested. Pay on your own. They will leave the Dixfield Post Office at 9 a.m. Call Isabel by Oct. 17 to confirm.

1. Book and bake sale
RUMFORD — Friends of the Rumford Library will hold a book and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday in the Public Room of the library.
All books are free. Shoppers can fill a bag with books, videos, and CDs and make a donation to the Friends. Baked goods will be priced individually. For more information, call 364-3661.

1. Slippery Sliders to meet
ROXBURY — The Slippery Sliders Snowmobile Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Sylvia Touchette’s home.
All are welcome.

1. Crafters wanted
DIXFIELD — American Legion Auxiliary Dixfield is looking for crafters for their Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov. 1.
If you are interested, contact Michelle at 418-7836 or Bridget at 357-4133.

1. Gift basket fundraiser
MEXICO — The Mexico Public Library is currently holding a gift basket raffle.
There are 15 beautiful, themed gift baskets that the library is selling tickets on. Tickets are available at the circulation desk through Monday, Nov. 17, when the winning tickets will be drawn for each of the baskets. Tickets are $1 for one, $2 for three, $5 for seven tickets.
The following are the baskets being raffled off: All Things Pumpkin, Autumn Days, Blueberry Blitz, Christmas Corner, Frozen Frenzy!, It’s Playtime, It’s Pumpkin Time, Marvelously Maple!, Pamper Yourself, Playing with Planes!, Puzzles Galore!, Soup’s On!, Sundaes at Home, Warming Up!, Yahoo for Yarns!
All baskets are on display in the library. Attendance at the drawing is not required. For more information, call the library at 364-3281.

1. Moving Freely to begin
MEXICO — Moving Freely will take place from Oct. 20-Nov. 28 at the River Valley Recreation Center; use back entrance.
Class time will 9-10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with facilitator Mitzi Sequoia. Cost for the six-week program is a $15 donation. Registration is 8:30 a.m. before first class.
This is sponsored by Androscoggin Home Health and Hospice Services, the River Valley Healthy Communities, and the Rumford Hospital.
For more information, call 364-7400.

1. Female Veteran’s Luncheon
RUMFORD — The Rumford American Legion Post 24 will host the second annual Female Veterans Luncheon on Saturday, November 15.
Pampering begins at 9:30 a.m. and is on a first come first serve basis.
Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. Guest speakers will follow. Please share this info with all female veterans throughout the State of Maine.
Last year’s event was a huge success. They are hoping to build on the number of attendees. For more information, ccall Tricia at 357-3289.

1. Crafters wanted
RUMFORD — Rumford seniors are having a craft fair on Saturday, Nov. 8.
Tables are available at $15 for one or $25 for two.
Fair consist of raffles, food tables, 50/50 door prize.
need volunteers to help out. call 562-7700 or 562-4225.

1. Rummage and food sale
RUMFORD — There will be a rummage and food sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the St. Barnabas Episcopal Church (Stone Church on the Rotary).
There will be baked goods, baked bean takeouts, clothing, books, household furnishings and holiday decorations.

1. Fall dance at Hope Assoc.
RUMFORD — A public fall dance will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24 at the Hope Association, 85 Lincoln Ave.
Featured will be Joe “The Music Man” Sirois. Refreshments will be available.
Donations welcome to benefit the Hope Association.

1. Thanksgiving basket fundraiser
RUMFORD — The Daughters of Isabella are selling tickets on their Thanksgiving food raffle.
A wagon is filled with lots of food and many other lovely items. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Proceeds will go to the Daughter’s for their many charitable activities. You may purchase tickets from any of the Daughters and also on any Thursday evening at the church Beano between 5 and 6 p.m. The winner will be drawn on November 22 at the Holy Savior Craft Fair.
Daughters of Isabella are being asked to donate non-perishable goods for the Thanksgiving food raffle. Cash donations will also be accepted. Donations should be left at the Parish Hall, by the bingo board, on any Thursday until November 20.

1. OCEA-R to host candidates
SOUTH PARIS — The Oxford County Educators Association-Retired will meet on Friday at the South Paris First Congregational Church. Sign-ins and social gathering begins at 10:30 a.m., with the business meeting at 11.
The cooks at the church will provide the meal, after which there will be an opportunity to meet candidates for state and local offices. This is an important meeting because it will give members the chance to learn firsthand how candidates feel about issues affecting retired teachers and education in general.
Their annual pie sale will also be held that day. The retired teachers raise money for scholarships to be given out to graduating seniors from Oxford County schools. The fundraisers for this purpose are the annual pie sale and a calendar raffle. Members willing to volunteer in the pie making process will meet at the South Paris First Congregational Church at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. The annual raffle calendar will be distributed at the October 17 meeting.

1. Class of ’65 lunch
DIXFIELD — The Stephens High School Class of 1965 will meet at noon on Wednesday at Ellis Variety, 216 Weld St.
For more information, call Linda at 364-3393.

1. Class of ’61 lunch
AUGUSTA — The Stephens High School Class of 1961 will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Olive Garden.
For more information, call Louise Caron at 364-3743.

1. Class of ’60 lunch
RUMFORD — The Mexico High School Class of 1960 will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday at Gatch’s Restaurant.
For information, call Jeanne at 364-8841.

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

1. Mexico Class of ’58 lunch
ANDOVER — Mexico High School Class of 1958 will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Little Red Hen.
Spouses and significant others are welcome.

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 ’50 lunch
RUMFORD — The Stephens High School Class of 1950 will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at Gatch’s.

1. Class of ’49 lunch
RUMFORD CENTER — The Stephens High School Class of 1949 will meet at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the River Valley Grill (formerly the Rt. 2 Diner).

1. Stephens Class of ’48 lunch
RUMFORD CENTER — The Stephens High School Class of 1948 will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday at the River Valley Grill.
Call Maddy at 364-7235.

1. Mexico Class of ’48 lunch
MEXICO — The Mexico High School Class of 1948 will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at Dick’s Restaurant, Main St.
Classmates and guests welcome. For more information, call Helen at 364-2717.

1. Class of ’46 lunch
RUMFORD — The Stephens High School Class of 1946 will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the Hotel Rumford.

1. Class of ’45 lunch
MEXICO — The Stephens High School Class of 1945 will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Covered Wagon.
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. River Valley Farmer’s Market
MEXICO — The River Valley Farmer’s Market will be held on Fridays at Region 9 from 2 to 6 p.m. until mid-October.
While it’s still too early for produce, consumers will be able to purchase seedlings, baked goods, jewelry, bath and body supplies, meat and eggs.
For more information, call Market President Jessica Roy at 357-1304.

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.) 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. 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.