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1. Holy Savior Christmas Fair
RUMFORD — The Holy Savior Catholic School and Parish will hold their annual Christmas Fair from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Holy Savior Parish Hall.
Featured are handmade, hand decorated fresh Christmas wreaths for $20 and handmade Christmas balls for $22.
A hot turkey luncheon will be at 10:30 a.m. and takeout available until 2 p.m. or sold out.
There will be traditional knitted items, homemade crafts, hot dogs, pizza, popcorn and plenty of baked goods will be available. Attic treasures is bursting with gently used items. There are also many adult and children raffles, 50/50, and pull tabs as well! Take a chance on a raffle table filled with six three-feet themed decorated Christmas trees.
The most popular Kids Corner is back with make-n-take crafts. Have your picture with Santa from 10 a.m. to noon. New is a wrapping station for all your Christmas shopping!
New, they are accepting credit cards for your turkey luncheon tickets and fair purchases (not including 50/50 and pull tab tickets). For more information, call 364-5157.

1. Cord of wood offered for benefit
ROXBURY — For the third straight year, Dennis and Ruth Daniel of Ellis Pond Variety are holding a raffle to raise money for Epilepsy of Maine.
They are doing this because their granddaughter, Alexandria, 19, has had the disease since the age of eight. “It’s the silent disease that no one likes to talk about,” noted Dennis.
This year’s raffle is a cord of wood, donated by Adam and Bear Gammon of Andover. The cord is cut and split but the prize does not include delivery. Chances can be purchased at Ellis Pond Variety for $1 each, seven for $5, or 15 for $10. The drawing will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 29.

1. Open house for Judy Kuhn
RUMFORD — There will be an open house for Judy Kuhn from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at 49 Franklin.
This is in recognition of her 46 years of service to the local communities.

1. MVHS play begins Thursday
RUMFORD — The Mountain Valley High School theater arts class will present Flowers for Algernon in the Muskie Auditorium at 7 p.m. this Thursday through Saturday.

1. Harvest Bingo Night at RES
RUMFORD — Rumford Elementary School is having a fun night planned at their annual Harvest Bingo Night at 6 p.m. on Monday.
RES will have an hour of fun and games all, under the auspices of bingo! People buy cards for a quarter and play for chances to win pies, cakes and other goodies throughout the hour. In the end, a large frozen turkey will be raffled off.

1. Peru Planning Board to meet
PERU — The Peru Planning Board will meet at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

1. Scouts to host free community dinner
RUMFORD — Scouts of all disciplines in the River Valley will host a free community dinner from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30 at the American Legion, 184 Congress St.
The menu includes turkey, stuffing, vegetables and desserts. While not necessary for admission, attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food items to be donated to the local food bank.
For more information, call Tanya Vaughn at 1-224-678-5911.

1. Breakfast with Santa
MEXICO — Breakfast with Santa, a fundraiser for Dirigo High School Class of 2017, will take place from 8-10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7 in the Region 9 cafeteria, 377 River Rd.
Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee. Cost is $3 per ticket. Tickets available at Dirigo Elementary School, Dirigo High School and Region 9.
Bring your cameras. Photo opportunities available. All children may visit with Santa and will receive a small gift from him.

1. Festival of Wreaths in Canton
CANTON — Canton Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will be hosting their second annual Festival of Wreaths from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 6-7.
Ticket cost is six for $5 or $1 each. Consider donating a wreath of your choice/theme to be included in their raffle. Contact an auxiliary member for details. Visit the Canton Fire Department on any of the display dates to view the wreaths and purchase tickets for a chance to win one or more wreaths (depending on the luck of the draw). Visit Facebook at CVFD Auxiliary to contact them or see photos from last year’s festival. Proceeds are used to supplement the town’s fire department budget and disaster relief to fire victims.

1. GRCC basketball tryouts
RUMFORD — Thanks todonations from the Elks Club and Maine Ghost Hunters, the GRCC is able to charge only $15 per player and that includes the shirt.
Prep League — Grades 1-4, and fifth grade girls.
College League — Boys grades 5-8, and girls 6-8 grades.
Tryouts will be on Thursday — Prep League at 6 p.m. and College League at 7 p.m.
GRCC is also taking signups for a women’s league. Games this year will be played on Sunday nights.

1. River Valley Rec hoop signups
MEXICO — The River Valley Recreation is now accepting signups for basketball for grades K-8th.
They are also taking signups for the all new 6-8th grade basketball leagues.
Please sign-up through their facebook page, rivervalleyrecreationcenter@gmail.com, or by calling 364-4912.

1. Pennacook Art Center show
RUMFORD — The Pennacook Art Center will be opening a new show on Thursday at the River Valley Technology Center, 60 Lowell St.
The River Valley Growth Council and Pennacook cordially invite you to a reception in the Tech Center lobby from 5-7 p.m. to meet the artists and view the art.
This show features paintings, drawings and photographs by local art professionals and is for sale.
Grace Packard will play her guitar and they will probably sing some Christmas music.
The exhibit is available for viewing during the RVTC regular office hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, and 8-10 a.m. on Saturday.

1. Benefit auction for Black Mountain
RUMFORD — A benefit public auction for Black Mountain of Maine will take place on Friday at the ski lodge.
Auctioneer Mike Brennick will begin the auction at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5, with pub food available until 7:30 p.m.
Items include a cord of wood, tools, patio heater, lighted toilet seat, gift baskets, homemade goodies, one last ride in the Groomer at Black Mountain with Jeff Knight, who is retiring after this season.
If any businesses, or individual, would like to donate an item or make a monetary donation to the auction, they may do so by contacting
Sue Adley at 364-4919 or Sherry Milligan 357-7548.

1. Food pantry closed on Nov. 20
RUMFORD — The Blessed Mother Food Pantry will be closed on Thursday at the Rumford Catholic Library.
Raffle winners must pick up prize Thanksgiving turkeys on Nov. 21. Father Wathen will host free seminar on Catholic fundraising/grant writing. Enrollment limited. For more information, call 364-3964.

1. Home Made For The Holidays
RUMFORD — The Rumford United Methodist Church will display their Home Made For The Holidays wares from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Christmas in the Valley Craft Fair at Mountain Valley High School.
For more information, call Kathy at 392-1285.

1. Children’s Christmas Celebration
DIXFIELD — Dixfield American Legion Family Children’s Christmas Celebration will take place from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6.
For ages up to fifth grade, there will be a special gift drawing, for which each child can receive a ticket by bringing a canned good to donate to the local food pantry.
Santa will arrive at 2 p.m.

1. Red Hat Mommas to meet
RUMFORD — The Red Hat Mommas of Western Maine will meet for their Christmas party at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10 at Brian’s Bistro.
Pay on your own. Call Isabel by Dec. 1 to confirm if you’re going to attend.

1. Rumford Area Historical Society to meet
RUMFORD — The Rumford Area Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the Rumford Falls Auditorium.
The business meeting will be followed by a presentation by James Witherell, author of “Ed Muskie, Made in Maine…The Early Years 1914-1960.”
The public is invited. Use the River Street entrance by the police station. Light refreshments will be served. New members always welcome.

1. Show at Pennacook Art Center
RUMFORD — The Pennacook Art Center will open a new show of art suitable for gift giving on Thursday at the River Valley Technology Center, 60 Lowell St.
The River Valley Growth Council and Pennacook cordially invite you to a reception in the Tech Center lobby from 5-7 p.m. to meet the artists and view the art. There will be light refreshments and Christmas Music with Grace Packard.
The Pennacook Art Center features paintings, drawings, and photographs by local art professionals. The exhibit is available for viewing during the Technology Center’s regular office hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 8-10 a.m. on Saturday.

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. Friends in Grief Group meeting
RUMFORD — The Friends in Grief Group meeting is 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Holy Savior Parish Center.
Enter on porch side of church parking lot, corner of Franklin Street and Maine Avenue.

1. Festival of Trees show
RUMFORD — Rumford Performing Arts Committee will hold its sixth annual Festival of Trees show on Saturday, Dec. 13 in the Rumford Falls Auditorium.
The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 6:30. Applications for those who would like to sponsor a tree are available to be picked up at the town hall. Lighted spots are limited. For questions, call Jim Rinaldo at 418-9067.

1. Rumford Seniors Christmas party
RUMFORD — The Rumford Seniors Christmas party will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12 at the American Legion.
The cost is $12. Entertainment provided by Noel Palmer. There will be door prizes and a 50/50.
To sign up, call 562-7700 or 562-4225.

1. Thirty-one bag calendar
RUMFORD — The Holy Savior Catholic School is holding its thirty-one bag calendar fundraiser.
One bag given to one winner per day in the month of December. Each bag is beautifully filled. Tickets are one for $6 or two for $10, and can be purchased from the school, or call Jen DeMascio at 364-2207, or call 364-2528.
Winning names go back into raffle for more chances to win. You do not need to be present to win. Winners will be notified.
Proceeds to benefit the Holy Savior Catholic School.

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. Craft and food fair at Post 24
RUMFORD — The American Legion Auxiliary Post #24 will have a craft and food fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday at the American Legion.
A raffle and bake sale table will be available, and breakfast and lunch will be served for a small charge. Crafters can rent a table for $15 for one table and $25 for two tables. Tables need to be paid upfront. Money can be dropped off or mailed to American Legion, 184 Congress St., Rumford, ME 04276. For more information, call 369-9053. Craft Fair chairmen are Donna Wotton and Anita Murphy.
The American Legion Auxiliary recently raised funds for boots for Maine homeless veterans, scholarships for high school students, local residents at the Veterans Nursing Home in South Paris and for children of deployed soldiers.

1. Moving Freely underway
MEXICO — Moving Freely will take place until 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. Rumford Seniors to meet
PERU — The Rumford Senior will hold a board and membership meeting on Thursday because the regular meeting falls on Thanksgiving.
The board will meet at 9:30 a.m., with the membership following at 10:30.

1. Craft fair in Andover
ANDOVER — The Andover Firemen’s Association is putting on a craft fair on Dec. 6 at The Andover Fire Station.
Tables are $10 each. Anyone wanting a table, call Elaine Morton at 392-1140.

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. 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. Class of ’65 lunch
RUMFORD — The Stephens High School Class of 1965 will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday at Brian’s Bistro.
For more information, call Linda at 364-3393.

1. Class of ’59 lunch
RUMFORD — The Mexico High School Class of 1959 will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11 at the Hotel Rumford.
Spouses and significants others are welcome

1. Mexico Class of ’58 lunch
RUMFORD CENTER — Mexico High School Class of 1958 will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday at the River Valley Grill.
Spouses and significant others are welcome.

1. Stephens Class of ’58 lunch
RUMFORD CENTER — The Stephens High School Class of 1958 will meet at noon on Wednesday at the River Valley Grill (formerly Rt. 2 Diner).
All classmates and their significant others are welcome to attend. For more information, call Janet B. at 364-2928.

1. Class of ’56 lunch
RUMFORD CENTER — The Stephens High School Class of 1956 will meet at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at the River Valley Grill.
All classmates and spouses welcome. For more information, call Stephen Gallant at 562-7081.

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

1. Stephens Class of ’48 lunch
RUMFORD — The Stephens High School Class of 1948 will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Hotel Rumford.
For more information, call Bev at 364-4085.

1. Mexico Class of ’48 lunch
DIXFIELD — The Mexico High School Class of 1948 will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10 at the Front Porch Cafe.
Class members and guests are welcome. For more information, call Helen at 364-2717.

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

1. Class of ’45 lunch
DIXFIELD — The Stephens High School Class of 1945 will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Front Porch Cafe.
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.