Lakes Region calendar – 8/31

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Saturdays, Sept. 1 and Sept. 8: Caroline Loupe, Certified in Dance Movement Therapy and a Licensed Clinical Counselor, will be facilitating Taiji/Qigong classes at Connemara Farm, 37 Peacock Hill Road, New Gloucester from 8 to 9 a.m. No registration is required, and drop-ins are welcome any time. There is no charge, although participants are encouraged to bring food for the New Gloucester food pantry for each class. Class will be cancelled in case of rain. FMI, contact Caroline Loupe at 926-5983 or cmloupe@maine.rr.com.

Sept. 1: Join the Denmark Arts Center in downtown Denmark, Maine, this weekend for a concert with Artist-in-Residence Brent Arnold. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Arnold will play recent cello compositions and older work. Classically trained by Walter Gray, Arnold’s abnormal approach delights his audience with electronics, looping tracks and original composition. The acoustic backdrop of the DAC’s main hall presents a perfect setting for this solo performance. Seating is cabaret and the event is BYOB.

Sunday, Sept. 9: Rippling Water’s Organic Farm is holding its 8th annual Soil to Supper from 2 to 7 p.m. rain or shine. Come celebrate the farm’s harvest with live music, tours of the permaculture gardens, and a sustainable supper featuring organic produce. Meet farm staff and other volunteers, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) members, and friends who have helped increase local food security through education, action and service. The afternoon lasts from 2-7 p.m. with supper starting at 4 p.m. Music will start at 3:15 with performances by Britta Pejic and Les Frenchmen, Gin Mill Julep, the Pineries and folk singer Pierce Woodward. $10 suggested donation. Please contact greengrower@ripplingwaters.org to learn more, or call 642-5161.

Sept. 9: The First Congregational Church of Bridgton UCC will hold its annual “Rally Day” worship service at Camp Wigwam in Waterford at 10:00 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend this special day of worship. Traditionally a kick off to the new church year and the beginning of Sunday school, Rally Day includes worship for all ages and lots of singing. The Rev. Yael Lachman also will perform baptisms in beautiful Bear Pond. After worship there will be swimming, crafts, games and a cookout. FMI or directions to Camp Wigwam, call the church office at 647-3936 or visit www.bridgtonucc.com.

Saturday, Sept. 15: Shaker sisters had a large-scale industry known collectively as the fancy goods trade. Part of that production was the making of shag mats and rugs using weaving and knitting skills. Learn the same technique at a workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, Route 26, New Gloucester, ME. Fee: $35. Pre-registration required. Call 926-4597 for prerequisites.

Sept. 15: Upcoming country singer Lexi James with Kryer Creek will perform at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center at Fryeburg Academy at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors (65+) and $5 for students (18 and under). Tickets may be purchased at the Box Office by calling 935-9232 or online at www.fryeburgacademy.org/pac. Group discounts are available to parties of 10 or more. The theater is located at 18 Bradley Street on the Campus of Fryeburg Academy in Fryeburg. Parking is free.

Friday, Sept. 21: Keller Williams Realty Portland is sponsoring the first-ever Maine Suitcase Party fundraiser to benefit Camp Sunshine. Partygoers bring packed suitcases to the event, held in a private hangar at the Portland Jetport, with grand prize raffle winners boarding a private jet with a guest for an expenses-paid, swanky weekend in New York City. Other lucky winners and their guests will climb into limousines for luxurious weekend getaways at regional resorts and hotels. Hosted by Maine Aviation Corporation, the Maine Suitcase Party (www.mainesuitcaseparty.com) will take place from 7-11 p.m. in a private hangar at the Portland Jetport. Tickets are on sale now at www.campsunshine.org/support_us/donations/me_sp.php.

Saturday, Sept. 22: From 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., the Bridgton Recreation Advancement Group would like to invite the entire community to experience Bridgton’s amazing new Kendal and Anna Ham Recreation Complex. There will be official recreation soccer games, a baseball tournament, kickball and a home run derby for the public. There will be fun things for the whole family including complex tours, bouncy house, games, and BRAG directors will be cooking up some burgers and dogs. It is sure to be a fun day and one that has been over a decade in the making.

ONGOING EVENTS

• The hours for the drop-in Lakes Region Senior Center at the Little Falls School, 40 Acorn Street, Gorham, are as follows: Monday-Thursday from 9 to 3 p.m. FMI, email lakesregion50@gmail.com or contact Glenn Lynds at 893-9088 or drop by and check them out.

• “The Writers” gather on the third Monday of each month at the Raymond Public Safety Building on Route 302, from 6-8 p.m. Authors of all types are invited to support one another, to listen and render opinions when asked, with respect and courtesy. If you are interested in joining, stop by or call Betty Libby at 655-9214.

• A free car seat check sponsored by Safe Kids Maine takes place the third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Windham Fire-Rescue, 718 Roosevelt Trail (Route 302), North Windham. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be available to provide free assistance with car seat installations and recall checks. FMI, 899-9461 or www.maineseatcheck.org.

• Until Nov. 19, American Legion bingo takes place every Monday night at the Windham Veterans Center behind Big Lots on Route 302, Windham. Doors open at 4 p.m. Bingo at 6:30 p.m. Hot food, cold drinks, other goodies. Sponsored by Standish Memorial Post 128. FMI, call 642-5583 or visit www.post128.org.

• Through October, food distribution at the food pantry at the Casco Village Church’s food pantry will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month.

• The Wings ‘N Things Clothes Closet of the Casco Village Church United Church of Christ (941 Meadow Road, Casco Village) invites you to come shopping. You won’t believe your eyes when you see all the beautiful new and gently used clothing, mostly name-brands, most $1 or less. Open Saturdays from noon-4 p.m. or by appointment. The closet will open every Thursday morning from 9 a.m. until noon in conjunction with the Farmer’s Market on the Village Green in Casco. FMI, 627-4282.

• The 2012 schedule for tours of the historic Scribner’s Sawmill and Homestead has been set for the summer season from 1-4 p.m. and continuing on the first and third Saturdays throughout the summer months ending on Labor Day weekend. When open, there will be demonstration of barrel assembly and shingle making. In the 1849 Scribner Homestead museum, visitors will learn about the five generations of Scribners who operated or worked in the mill and take a peek into the life of the Scribner family. Entrance is free, however, all donations go toward the permitting process to establish a low head dam with a fishway for the operation of the water driven mill machinery. Scribner’s Mill is found one mile south of Bolster’s Mills from Jesse Mill Road just over the bridge in the Town of Harrison. Or follow the Maine State directional signs found at Carsley Rd. from Rte 35 north or Maple Ridge Rd. from Rte. 117 to the mill. FMI or to schedule a visit call 583-MILL.

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