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Friday, Aug. 24: House Arts Gallery at 3 Main St. in Gray is having an art opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The art show, “FULL RANGE: The Art of Francine Schrock,” runs from Aug. 24 to Nov. 2.
Aug. 24-26: Schoolhouse Arts Center’s musical theater students will present “Willy Wonka, Junior” on Friday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 26, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and $5 for children under 5. Schoolhouse Arts Center is located at 16 Richville Road (Route 114) in Standish, just north of the intersection of Route 114 and Route 35. Call 642-3743 for reservations or buy tickets on-line at www.schoolhousearts.org.
Aug. 24-26: White Mt. Musical Arts presents the 24th Annual Mostly Bach Festival at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center at Fryeburg Academy. The festival opens with “Bach to the Future” family night on Friday from 6-8 p.m. Special family-friendly tickets for this performance, not including food, are $10 adults, $5 students (ages 3-18) and $25 for a family of four. The festival continues through the weekend. Saturday’s performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday’s at 4 p.m. Tickets for these performances are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors (65-plus), and $10 for students and may be purchased at the box office, or by calling 935-9232 or at the Bach Festival website: www.mwvevents.com. The theater is located at 18 Bradley Street on the campus of Fryeburg Academy in Fryeburg. Parking is free.
Saturday, Aug. 25: From 6:30-8:30 p.m. the Portland Water District is holding a seminar: “LakeScaping – A beautiful way to protect the lake!” facilitated by Kirsten Ness, PWD water resource specialist. The event will be held at the Sebago Lake Ecology Center at the corner of Routes 237 and 35 in Standish. Learn how to use plants to prevent erosion, keep lakes and ponds clean, and keep native habitats thriving. Enrollment is free. Registration is required; class limit is 20. FMI or to register: email@example.com.
Aug. 25: The fourth annual Maine Native American Summer Market and Demonstration will be held at Shaker Village on Route 26 in New Gloucester from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Special features new this year include drumming, singing and dancing performances by the Penobscot Nation’s Burnurwurbskek Singers and the Passamaquoddy tribe’s Sipayik Dance Troupe combined with traditional storytelling and flute playing by David Sanipass, a member of the Aroostook Band of Micmacs. In addition to these scheduled performances, there will be more than 25 Native American artists from among the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac and Maliseet tribes in Maine selling their crafts and demonstrating their skills throughout the day.
Aug. 25: 21st Annual Chicken BBQ at First Congregational Church of Gray, Brown Street, Gray. Seatings at 5 and 5:45 p.m. Adults $10, children 12 and under $5. Menu: 1/2 chicken, baked potato, corn on the cob, homemade biscuits, cakes and pies, punch and coffee. Handicapped accessible. Take out available. For more information, call 657-4338.
Wednesday, Aug. 29: Patrick Therrien from the Maine State Library will teach a two-hour introductory class on Basic Computer Skills from 10 a.m. to noon at the Raymond Village Library. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn basic computer terminology and operating computer tasks and also gain an understanding of the Windows interface and the World Wide Web. Patrick will be bringing 10 laptops for the class to use. Only a few slots left. Call the Raymond Village Library at 655-4283 or come by to register.
Thursday, Aug. 30: The Sebago Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce and the Windham Economic Development Corporation will host a Retail Business Forum at the Windham Town Hall from 7-9 a.m. The consulting firm, The Retail Coach, will present its findings from its report on the greater Windham market, which identified potential sales of $1 billion in the trade area. More importantly, the presentation will include an overview of the type of customers that come to the area to shop, what they want to buy, and how to best reach this audience through marketing efforts. This will be the first in a series of meetings to help local businesses use the information contained in the report to increase sales. There is no cost to attend and a light breakfast will be provided. FMI, call the chamber office at 892-8265.