1. Sunrise Service on Sunday
MEXICO — On Easter morning, Sunday, the Rumford United Methodist Church will host a Sunrise Service at 6 a.m. in the parking lot of the Mountain Valley Middle School.
Jim Robertson will lead the service with scriptures, music and a skit entitled “The Lord Prayer’s Skit.” There will be no breakfast following the service this year, but Pastor Dan Pearson of the Rumford First Baptist Church on Washington Avenue has invited people to attend their 8 a.m. breakfast.
1. Easter Sunday services
MEXICO — Easter Sunday will be celebrated by the Mexico Congregational United Church of Christ beginning with the ecumenical Sunrise Service at 6 a.m. on Sunday in the Mountain Valley Middle School parking lot.
The service will be conducted by the United Methodist Church of Rumford. There will be no community breakfast this year. The Easter worship service will be held in the sanctuary of the Green Church at 10 a.m., with special music by the choir and pianist Jo Ellen Winslow and a message by Pastor Izzie Radford-Nash. All are invited to attend these services.
1. “Advance Directives” offered
RUMFORD — “Advance Directives” is the subject of a special presentation set for 2-4 p.m. on Thursday at Rumford Hospital.
Lisa Caillier, R.N., of Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice nurse liaison, will discuss advance directives and explain their importance in directing end-of-life care.
Lisa will review the various decisions and options available, covering such topics as long-term care and pain control. She will explain why an individual should document their wishes, and how family members are assisted if someone who has prepared advance directives is unable to communicate due to an accident or illness.
There is no cost for attending the presentation, to be held in Conference Room A at 420 Franklin St..
Pre-registration is required. Call 369-1151 to reserve your place at the presentation.
1. Relay For Life team fundraisers
MEXICO — The Relay For Life Team, Friends and Family Forever, has two fundraisers planned.
There will be a Pampered Chef Party at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22 at the home of Kim Chiasson, 178 Poplar Hill Rd., Mexico.
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, April 26 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. 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. 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, April 25, and 1-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26.
Enjoy cool crafts, games, snacks, songs, stories and fun. For more information, call Mary at 357-5477.
1. Newman Cemetery Association meeting
CARTHAGE — The Newman Cemetery Association will hold the first meeting of the year at 6 p.m. Monday at the Carthage Town Office.
All are welcome to attend. For more information, call Edwin at 357-9596.
1. Mexico Historical Society to meet
MEXICO — The Mexico Historical Society will meet on Monday in the Calvin Lyons Meeting Room at the town hall.
The 5 p.m. pot luck supper will be followed by a general meeting. Discussion will be on plans for 2014.
The Maine Memory Network RSU 10 Project is ongoing. The society is looking for old photos of Mexico for their upcoming scanning project, especially photos of servicemen and women who served the U.S. in any branch and any way or conflict and were Mexico citizens. The photos will be returned after scanning.
For more information, call Lorraine Legere at 357-9786.
1. Rumford Historical Society to meet
RUMFORD — The next meeting of the Rumford Historical Society is 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the Rumford Falls Auditorium.
Melinda Worthley, a licensed social worker, for Rumford Hospital will discuss the story of the Rumford Community Hospital and the impact of the Obama Care System on the hospital.
The annual meeting of the organization will be held at 7 p.m. on May 21 in the Rumford Falls Auditorium. The speaker will be Stan Howe of the Bethel Historical Society, and he will discuss the past role of the grange in Rumford’s History, and its impact on the agricultural community of the area. Election of officers and directors will take place at that time.
The society’s annual yard sale is planned for June 7, with a rain date of June 14.
1. Neighborly Seniors to meet
DIXFIELD — The Neighborly Senior Citizens will meet at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.
Bring something for a pot-luck lunch. New day trips are being planned.
1. Open house at Christian Academy
RUMFORD — Praise Assembly of God Christian Academy prayerfully anticipates opening in September.
They are currently accepting student and staff applications for the 2014-2015 school year.
They are praying for local business owners and individuals in the community to sponsor children (in part or in full) who desire to attend but cannot afford tuition. Tuition is $1500 per student for the school year. Discounts are available for families with more than one enrolled child.
There will be open house hours for the community on Tuesday from noon to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. at Praise Assembly of God, 89 Congress St. Stop in during these time to meet with administration and tour the facility. Feel free to bring your children with you. Call 364-3856 for further information.
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, April 26.
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. Bake sale on Saturday
RUMFORD — Abbie’s Avengers, a River Valley Relay For Life Team, will be having a bake sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Marden’s parking lot.
Proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society.
1. Maundy Thursday in Mexico
MEXICO — Maundy Thursday will be observed at an ecumenical service at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Mexico Congregational Church United Church of Christ (Green Church), 163 Main St.
Jesus’ Last Supper will be commemorated, and the choirs will join to provide special music. The three churches participating are the Mexico UCC, United Methodist Church of Rumford, and St. Barnabas Episcopal Church of Rumford.
An ecumenical Good Friday service will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday at St. Barnabas. The community is invited to attend both services.
1. Installation of officers
RUMFORD — American Legion Post 24 will host installation of officers for District 5, Post 24 and Post 100 at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Supper will be available beginning at 6 p.m. All Legion SAL and Auxiliary members are welcome to attend.
1. Class of ’65 lunch
RUMFORD — The Stephens High School Class of 1965 will meet at noon on Wednesday at Brian’s Bistro.
1. Class of ’63 lunch
MEXICO — Stephens High Class of 1963 will have a luncheon at noon on Friday at Dick’s Restaurant.
All classmates and guests are welcome.
1. Class of ’61 lunch
MEXICO — The Stephens High School Class of 1961 will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Far East Restaurant.
For more information, call Louise Caron at 364-3743.
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.
Class members are invited to bring ideas for the 60th class reunion this summer.
1. Class of ’50 lunch
RUMFORD — The Stephens High School Class of 1950 will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the River Valley Grill.
1. Class of ’49 lunch
Members of the Stephens High School Class of 1949 will meet at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the River Valley Grill.
1. Class of ’48 lunch
MEXICO — The Stephens High School Class of 1948 will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Covered Wagon.
Classmates and guests are invited. For more information, call Bev at 364-4085.
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 Rt. 2 Diner.
1. Class of ’45 lunch
RUMFORD — Stephen High School Class of 1945 will meet at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24 at the River Valley Grill.
For more information, call Marguerite at 364-3270.
1. Poodunck Snowmobile Club to meet
DIXFIELD — The Poodunck Snowmobile Club will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday at the clubhouse on the Canton Point Road.
Election of officers, end of year business, and thoughts for next year will be discussed. All are welcome. For more information, call 562-4690.
1. Rumford Pt. baseball signups
RUMFORD POINT — The Rumford Point Community Athletic Association (RPCAA) will have baseball signups on Thursday, April 17 at the Hanover Town Office (21 Ferry Rd., Hanover) from 5 to 8 p.m. Sign up can also be done by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call Andy Bean at 418-7576, Brian Pingree at 357-0636 or Chris Bean at 369-9370.
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. Class of ’58 lunch
DIXFIELD — The Stephens High School Class of 1958 will meet at noon of Wednesday at Ellis Variety.
All classmates and their significant others are welcome to attend. For more information, call Janet B at 364-2928.
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. Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
MEXICO — Breakfast with the Easter Bunny will take place at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 19 at the Mexico Town Hall.
Breakfast includes pancakes, bacon, scrambled eggs and a beverage. Cost is $5 for ages 12 and under (includes picture with Easter Bunny), and $6 for those age 12 and over, with a picture only $3.
Sponsored by Team Friends and Family Forever to benefit River Valley Relay For Life. For more information, call Gloria (364-7818) or Kim (364-7953).
1. Annual Easter Egg Hunt
REGION — The annual Easter Egg Hunt, hosted by the River Valley Chamber and the Mexico Fire Department, will take place on April 19 throughout the towns of Byron, Canton, Carthage, Dixfield, Hanover, Mexico, Peru, Roxbury and Rumford.
Children ages 7-12 years of age may participate in this event. Clues for the hidden eggs will be read through radio station WOXO 100.7 FM from 6-9 a.m. When an egg is found, you will have until noon to bring it to the Mexico Fire Department and receive your Easter basket.
Children six years of age and younger will have their Easter Egg Hunt at the Mexico Fire Station starting at 9 a.m. One egg per child please so that others may participate in this wonderful event also.
If you would like to sponsor an egg for $10, call the Chamber office 364-3241, drop your sponsorship of $10 per egg off in the Chamber mailbox at the Information Center at 10 Bridge St. in Rumford, or drop it in the mail to River Valley Chamber Easter Egg Hunt, 10 Bridge St. Rumford, ME 04276.
1. Free yoga class at RPL
RUMFORD — Free yoga class will be offered the first Thursday 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. Scrapbooking/crafting benefit
RUMFORD — Hope Association’s scrapbooking/crafting benefit will be held from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday.
Door prizes, silent auctions, swap table, 50/50; three meals included.
Tables are $40 with a registration deadline of March 28.
Call Sally Theriault at 364-4561 for a registration form or for more information.
1. Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
DIXFIELD — The Dirigo High School Class of 2016 will host a Breakfast with the Easter Bunny event on Saturday.
The pancake breakfast will be from 9-11 a.m. Admission is $4 at the door. Photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny for $1. Raffles tickets for $1 each for Easter baskets. There will also be crafts.
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 RelayForLife.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.