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I hope you have by now recovered from “fair fever” and you are enjoying the wonderful fall colors. My dad has been particularly happy about them this year. There seems to be a bit of a lull in Bridgton just now but here’s some things to look out for:

Key issue meetings

In keeping with Rotary International’s designating October as Economic and Community Development Month, the Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club is hosting meetings to present information on some major issues in the town of Bridgton. The goal is to inform the public about key projects and issues so residents can make informed decisions when voting Nov. 6.

The sessions, which will include ample time for questions and answers, will be held on Thursday mornings at 7:15 a.m. at the Community Center on Depot Street. On Oct. 18.  the topic will be the town wastewater project and on Oct. 25 marijuana in Bridgton will be discussed. Light refreshments will be provided and all are welcome to attend.

Gallery 302

Mixed media artist Maya Best from Rumford is the guest artist at Gallery 302 for the month of October.

After studying at the Portland School of Art (now Maine College of Art), Maya was a founding member of the Commons Art Collective in Norway and has shown her work in many venues around the state. Nature is the primary influence in her work, which employs a variety of media and an “organic” process to build up layers and produce a rich, kaleidoscopic spirit of movement and light. A public reception for the artist will be held at the gallery from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19. Maya will also share some of her own music during the event.

Gallery 302 is located at 112 Main St. For more information call 647-2787 or go to gallery302.com

Chili & Chowder Cook-Off

Do you think you make a pretty good chili or truly delicious chowder? Then get ready to test public opinion at the Chili & Chowder Cook-Off at the Bridgton Community Center Saturday, Nov. 3. Community members will sample the chilis and chowders and then vote for their favorites.

The event is a Casco Alliance Church fundraiser to build a well to provide clean water for the Buyala School in Uganda. Anyone interested in making a chili or chowder to enter in the cook-off should contact Jamie Basile at 595-7180 or jamieb@cascoalliancechurch.com To learn more about the Buyala School project go to  cascoalliancechurch.com/Buyalawell

Drug take back day

The Lake Region Substance Awareness Coalition is encouraging the public to support the prescription drug take back day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Bridgton Community Center. Expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs can be dropped off for safe disposal. Only pills, patches and liquids will be accepted – no sharps.

The LRSAC will also be collecting nonperishable food items, particularly individually wrapped snack packs, for the Community Center’s Backpack Program.

To learn more about the drug take back day visit dea.gov. For more information about the LRSAC call 803-9987, go to facebook.com/LRSACMaine or email lrsacoalition@gmail.com

Public supper concert

South Bridgton Congregational Church, 16 Fosterville Road in South Bridgton, will hold its last supper concert of the season at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. The cost is $10 per person, which includes the potluck meal and music afterward. These suppers are very popular so call Karen Doviak for advance tickets at 693-2652.

Library fundraiser

Friends of the Bridgton Public Library will hold a tea party fundraiser from 3-5 p.m.  Saturday, Oct. 27.  Everyone is invited to come sip some tea in a civilized setting and support your local library at the same time. For more information call the library at 647-2472.

Casco Alliance Church is holding a Chili & Chowder Cook-off Nov. 3 in Bridgton to raise money toward a new well at the Buyala School in Uganda.

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