1. Free Thanksgiving dinner
RUMFORD — A free public Thanksgiving dinner, hosted by the VFW Post 1641 and the Men’s Auxiliary, will take place at noon on Thursday, 330 Waldo St.

1. Free Thanksgiving dinner Wednesday
MEXICO — The First Baptist Church will host a free Thanksgiving dinner at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday at 20 Roxbury, Rd.
There will be turkey, roast, stuffing, potatoes, vegetables, dessert and beverage. Join them for Thanksgiving songs and praise at 6 p.m.

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.

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 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. Coat giveaway offered Saturday
RUMFORD — Free coats will be offered at St. Barnabas Church (stone church at the Rotary) from 9 to noon on Saturday.
Coats and other various winter items have been donated by The Salvation Army and private donations. There are children and adult sizes available.

1. “Christmas was Meant for Children”
RUMFORD — RAAPA will present “Christmas was Meant for Children” on Dec. 6-7 in the Muskie Auditorium at Mountain Valley High School.
The musical Christmas show is complete with dancers, Santa, and a live nativity. The Saturday show begins at 7 p.m., with the Sunday show at 2 p.m.
Tickets available from RAAPA members, Bartash, Port to Port, Log Cabin Craftworks, Larsen’s Electric, and Mountain View Eyecare.

1. Christmas fair in Andover
ANDOVER — There will be a Christmas fair from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Andover Congregational Church
There will be crafts, raffles, greens, baked goods, candies, as well as coffee and homemade donuts
There will be free face painting and hot chocolate, with lunch at 11 a.m. (eat in or take out).
This benefits the church to support outreach projects.
For a table, call Marsha Burns at 392-1894.

1. Under-35 event at Eagles
RUMFORD — The Rumford Eagles will be hosting another under-35 crowd on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at the club’s social room.
There will be no cover charge. You can sign in or go the Rumford Eagles Facebook page at Rumford Falls Eagles to get all the details.
The band will be the Dapper Gents of Portland, who will perform from 8 p.m. to midnight. Check them out on their web page.

1. Lithuanian Heritage Club to meet
RUMFORD CENTER — The Lithuanian Heritage Club will meet for a Christmas luncheon at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at the River Valley Grill, Rt 2.
For more information, call 357-9822.

1. Rumford Hospital Retirees to meet
DIXFIELD — The Rumford Hospital Retirees will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 5 at the Front Porch Cafe.
For more information, call Beverly at 562-4441.

1. Christmas fair and tea
BETHEL — Christmas fair and tea from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6 at the West Parish Congregational Church, Church Street.
Traditional Christmas team and fair complete with cookie walk, Christmas decorations, gifts, baked goods and more.
For more information, call 824-2689.

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. 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. 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.
Performing will be RAAPA, Thea Dunn and the Prop Box Singers, Andy St Pierre, Melanie Jordan, Tammy (Ta Dah ) Burgess and Eric Schmercial and Elaine Michaud. There will be a special performance by Jillian Conant, who will be playing a Christmas song on her violin. She is a student of Thea Dunn’s.
Santa will be there and there will be a small gift for every child. The show is free for one and all. There will also be refreshments.
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. 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. 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,, or by calling 364-4912.

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. 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. 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. Craft fair in Andover
ANDOVER — The Andover Firemen’s Association is putting on a craft fair on Saturday, 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. Class of ’64 lunch
MEXICO — The Mexico High School Class of 1964 will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at the Far East Restaurant.
All classmates, spouses and guests are welcomed. Any questions, call Sarah at 364-3388.

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

1. Class of ’51 lunch
MEXICO — Stephens High School Class of 1951 will meet at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 10 at the Covered Wagon, Main St.
All are welcome. For more information, call 364-8883.

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. 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

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

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.