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According to the Chinese lunar calendar, this is the Year of the Dog — a year of action, but it could also be exhausting and unpredictable. 

Things are still ticking along here in Bridgton, although a bit more quietly than the previous week with February break and the Winter Carnival (during which the ‘Freezing for a Reason’ polar plunge raised $26,000 to support Harvest Hills Animal Shelter – yay!) 

According to the Chinese lunar calendar, it is officially the Year of the Dog. This should be a year of action — generally a good year in most respects but it could also be exhausting and unpredictable. Family relationships will be important and it is a good time to think about lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking or starting a new business. Health will be at the forefront so it might be good to try eating better, exercising more, and getting rid of bad habits. Let’s hope it will be a good year for us as well as our canine friends!

Blood drive

The Bridgton Rotary Club and the local Masons will sponsor a community blood drive on Saturday, March 3, at the Masonic Hall on Harrison Road (Rte. 117). The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and everyone who is able is encouraged to attend. Blood donations are down this year due to the current flu epidemic so all donations are especially appreciated. Subway will also provide sandwiches for those who choose to give blood at this time. Please call 1-800-733-2767 to schedule an appointment. Streamline your donation experience by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass

Bridgton winter farmers market

Just a reminder that the Bridgton Farmers Market, which sets up along Depot Street during the summer, continues during the winter season downstairs at the United Methodist Church, 214 Main St., on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Many of the same local farmers who are there in the summer will be offering organic winter vegetables as well as milk, meats, eggs and baked goods all grown and produced locally within 10 miles of Bridgton. All credit and debit cards are accepted. EBT/SNAP is also honored and the Harvest Bucks bonus program is still in effect. Everyone is encouraged to stop by and support the local farmers and producers!

Socrates café

The Socrates Café discussion group will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, March 5, at 6:15 p.m. at the Bridgton Community Center on Depot Street (behind Renys). The discussion topic, moderated by Robert Casimiro, will be “Are We Living Through the Latest Version of the Fall of the Roman Empire?” Light refreshments will be provided. For more information call 583-6957.

Thrift shop winter sale

The Bridgton Hospital Guild Thrift Shop, located next to Renys at 173 Main St., is having a half-price sale on all winter clothing from Tuesday, March 6 through Saturday, March 10. This is a perfect time to stop in and pick up some bargains! They will also be holding a $2 per bag sale from Monday, March 12 to Saturday, March 17. Everyone is welcome!

Lenten lunches

The Bridgton Area Clergy Association’s annual series of weekly community lunches held during the season of Lent continues at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 225 South High St., on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. The meal on Wednesday, March 7, is being hosted by the Bridgton Alliance Church, and on Wednesday, March 14, it will be hosted by St. Peters Episcopal Church. The lunches are free and open to everyone. Speakers from the host church will present a message on this year’s theme: “Ministry outside the confines of our buildings.” All are invited to attend. For more information call 647-2334 or 743-2606.

Heather Pierson Trio at Dragonfly Barn

The Hayloft at the Dragonfly Barn, one of the region’s newest venues for music and other events, will present an evening of folk, blues, and New Orleans jazz with the Heather Pierson Trio on Sunday, March 4, at 6:30 p.m. The Trio features Shawn Nadeau on upright bass, Davy Sturtevant on “everything else,” and the vocals of Heather Pierson. The group performs a range of music from Americana folk, jazz, and blues originals with intricate instrumentals and three-part harmonies. The trio’s latest album, “Singin,” was released in June 2017, the tenth release on Heather’s own label, Vessel Recordings.

The Dragonfly Barn is located at 95 Sanborns Grove Rd. in Bridgton, off Highland Ridge Road not far from the Highlands Country Club and golf course. For tickets call 749-6160 or go to ww.brownpapertickets.com/profile/3087358.

According to the Chinese lunar calendar, this is the Year of the Dog — a year of action, but it could also be exhausting and unpredictable. 

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