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Monday, February 20

Benefit Concert. 8:15 p.m. Slates Restaurant, 169 Water St., Hallowell. Singer-songwriter Anna Pillsbury performs songs from her upcoming EP, then local musicians and poets pay tribute to the music of the late, great Leonard Cohen. Benefits Harlow Gallery. $25. For tix, call 622-9575.

Tuesday, February 21

Central ME Human Resources Assoc. Meeting. 7:30 a.m. Carriage House, 1119 Lisbon St., Lewiston. Dr. Cory St. Denis discusses methods for reducing stress in the workplace. Members free, non-members $25. Register at

Book Signing. 4 to 5:30 p.m., Edward Little House, 217 Main St., Auburn. CPA Robert Grieshaber, who maintains the house as his office, invites the public in to purchase a copy of the new Edward Little biography and have it signed by author Doug Hodgkin. $20, plus sales tax.

Author Visit. 6:30 p.m. Winthrop Public Library, 39 Bowdoin St., Winthrop. Kevin Mannix, former TV weatherman and co-author of the book “Weathering Shame,” will lead a discussion about the challenges of depression. Free. 377-8673;

Wednesday, February 22

Rotary Club Breakfast Meeting. 7 a.m. United Methodist Church, 439 Park Ave., Auburn. The guest speaker is Richard Cantz of Goodwill Industries. 751-6281.

Thursday, February 23

Great Falls Forum. Noon to 1 p.m. Callahan Hall, Lewiston Public Library. Lewiston H.S. Soccer Coach Mike McGraw will share “Soccer Stories: Reflections on the LHS Dream Team.” Free. Bring a bag lunch. 513-3135.

HR Thursdays Workshop. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Chamber of Commerce, 415 Lisbon St., Lewiston. This month’s topic is “Becoming an Employer of Choice.” $50 (Chamber members $25; Central ME Human Resource Assoc. members free). 783-2249. Register at

Rotary Club Lunch Meeting. Noon to 1 p.m. Ramada Inn, Lewiston. The guest speaker is David Leach, Principal Consumer Credit Examiner, ME Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection. Guests welcome; no reservation required; lunch avail. at Fusion Restaurant for $10. 753-9040;

Film Screening. 2 p.m. Public Theater, 31 Maple St., Lewiston. The Maine Jewish Film Fest presents a free screening of the animated family classic “An American Tail.” Those under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Tix required. 782-3200;

Author Visit. 3 to 4 p.m. Andro. Community Room, Auburn Public Library, 49 Spring St. Maria Padian reads from her new young adult novel “Wrecked” and leads a discussion of the issues raised in the book. Open to ages 12 to 21. Free. 333-6640, ext. 4;

Opening Reception. 5 to 7 p.m. Freeport Historical Society, 45 Main St. The new exhibit “Stories of Freeport’s Past” showcases historic objects from the collection that are generally not on view but tell interesting stories about Freeport history.

Friday, February 24

Indoor Farmer’s Market. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Auburn Public Library. This festive family event features live music, crafts, animals, exhibits, and vendors offering a variety of culinary and handmade delights. Free. 333-6640, ext. 4.

Mystery for Hire. 7 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn, Auburn. The popular mystery show troupe presents “Mystery at My Family Reunion.” $40, incl. show, buffet, tax, and gratuity. Cash bar. Reserve at or

Theater: “On Golden Pond.” 7 p.m. Chocolate Church Art Center, 804 Washington St., Bath. Ernest Thompson’s popular play explores family ties and the forces that bind them. Again Feb. 25, 26 (Sun. at 2 p.m.). $15/17. 442-8455;

Saturday, February 25

Constituent Office Hours. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Couture Room, Lewiston Public Library, 200 Lisbon St. Members of Lewiston’s delegation to the Legislature will be on hand to discuss and answer residents’ questions about legislative and state government matters.

Cabin Fever Reliever. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, 290 Norlands Rd., Livermore.

Enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides, ice cutting demonstrations, mansion tours, craft activities, a tag sale, and at 12:30 and 2 p.m., an 1870s-style Presidents Day celebration. $10/6. 897-4366;

Baked Bean Supper. 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sixth St. Congregational Church, 109 Sixth St., Auburn. Two kinds of beans, brown bread, cole slaw, red and brown hot dogs, American Chop Suey, assorted desserts, beverages. All are welcome. $6 adults, $3 kids 5-12, under 5 free.

Theater: “The Vagina Monologues.” 7 p.m. First Universalist Church, 169 Pleasant St., Auburn. Proceeds benefit local women’s health and sexual violence prevention agencies. Again 2/26 at 1 p.m. Suggested donation $7-10. 783-0461;

“From Bandstand to Billboard.” 7:30 p.m. Franco Center, 46 Cedar St., Lewiston. Backed by a ten-piece band, a cast of local performers sings fun and romantic hits of the 1960s and ’70s. $15/12. Reserve at 689-2000 or

Monday, February 27

Maine Prosperity Luncheon Series. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn, Auburn. In his capacity as Director of the state’s Office of Policy and Management, Jonathan LaBonte discusses Gov. LePage’s budget proposal. Pres. by the Maine Heritage Policy Center. $25 (students $10). 321-2550;

Tuesday, February 28

Coloring Night. 5 to 7 p.m. Couture Room, first floor, Lewiston Public Library. Teens and adults! Enjoy soothing music and refreshments as you relax and color; coloring pages, pencils, markers, and crayons provided. Free. 513-3135;

History Program. 7 p.m. Andro. Historical Society, third floor, County Building (enter on Court St. side), Auburn. Independent historian and museum consultant Candace Kanes presents “From Slavery to Lewiston.” Elevator avail. Free, but donations accepted. 784-0586.

Mardi Gras Party. 7 p.m. Franco Center, 46 Cedar St., Lewiston. A meal of genuine Cajun cooking will be followed by dancing to music by the State Street Traditional Jazz Band. Costumes encouraged; cash bar. $20. Seating limited. 689-2000;

Thursday, March 2

Rotary Club Lunch Meeting. Noon to 1 p.m. Ramada Inn, Lewiston. The guest speaker is Ken Albert, President and CEO of Andro. Home Care and Hospice. Guests welcome; no reservation required; lunch avail. at Fusion Restaurant for $10. 753-9040;

AARP Work for Yourself@50+ Workshop. Noon to 2 p.m. Androscoggin Community Room, Auburn Public Library. Find out if self-employment is right for you through this five-step process; pres. by New ventures Maine. Free. Register at 888-339-5617.

Saturday, March 4

Kids’ Ice Fishing Derby. Range Pond State Park. This event provides a free trap and bait for the first 500 kids who register, along with pre-drilled holes, a learn-to-fish station and a clean-your-fish station. Door prizes, concession. Free for kids ages 12-; all others $1.50.

Magno­Packard Memorial Ski Race. 10 a.m. Lost Valley Ski Area, Auburn. Known for an emphasis on family participation, this event includes both Alpine and Snowboard races for age categories from 3 to 73. $20 entry fee includes lift ticket. Register onsite from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

Public Supper. 5 p.m. Paris Fire Station, Western Ave., So. Paris. The Paris Fire Dept. Auxiliary serves up corned beef and cabbage, ham, potatoes, vegetables, macaroni and cheese, bread, salads, and asst. homemade desserts. $8 adults, $4 ages 4-12, ages 3- free.

Sunday, March 5

“Blowin’ in the Wind” Concert. 1 to 4 p.m. Franco Center, 46 Cedar St., Lewiston. Denny Breau, Anni Clark, Debbie Morin, Frank Coffin, Malinda Liberty, and legendary local folk group Chord Majority perform beloved folk songs of the 1960s to benefit Pettingill Park. $15.

Winter Gardening Workshop. 2 to 3:30 p.m. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, corner Pleasant, Union Sts., Brunswick. This week’s topic is “Using Native Perennials in the Garden”; pres. by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust. $5 suggested donation. 798-5899;

Monday, March 6

Auburn Art Club Meeting. 2 p.m. Park Ave. Methodist Church, Auburn. Speaker Rachel Robinov shows a slide presentation of her recent trip. The hostesses are Donna Manson, Joyce Campbell, Mary Goss, Judy Johnson, Marie Steele, and Carol Woodard. 782-4413.

Wednesday, March 8

Androscoggin Retired Educators’ Assoc. Meeting. 10:30 a.m. Village Pizzeria, 16 Pleasant St., Mechanic Falls. Be ready to order from the menu following the business meeting. To reserve, write or call Josephine Dupal, 1 Patterson St., Lisbon 04250 (phone 353-6535) by March 3.

Friday, March 10

Celtic Music Series. 7:30 p.m. Chocolate Church Arts Center 804 Washington St., Bath. This winter concert series concludes with Prince Edward Island guitarist Lennie Gallant. $20. 442-8455;

Sunday, March 12

“Dialogue with Garden Experts Extraordinaire.” 2 to 3:30 p.m. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, corner Pleasant, Union Sts., Brunswick. Bring your questions for Bill Cullina of Coastal ME Botanical Gardens and Barbara Murphy of Gardeners Growing Healthy Communities. $10. Benefits Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust. 798-5899;

Saturday, March 18

Ancestors in the Attic. Noon to 3 p.m. Freeport Historical Society, 45 Main St. Bring your objects that have a historical story you’d like to share with our staff and others.

Concert: Midcoast Symphony Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Franco Center, 46 Cedar St., Lewiston. This “Pops at the Opera” program features light and familiar music from operas. Students through college enter free; others $20 (cash or check) at door, or call 846-5378, see

Sunday, March 26

Winter Gardening Workshop. 2 to 3:30 p.m. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, corner Pleasant, Union Sts., Brunswick. Arborist Tim Vail demonstrates “Basic Pruning Techniques”; presented by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust. $5 suggested donation. 798-5899;


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