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Bridgton Events Calendar

January 28
*The Gathering Place Support Group at the Bridgton Community Center at 12 noon
*Free Community Kettle Supper at 5:00 pm at the Bridgton Community Center

January 29
*Bridgton Public Library: 10:30 - 11:00 am, Mother Goose Time, songs and fingerplays (birth to 3 years), 11:00 – 11:15 Preschool craft, 11:15 – 11:45 Storytime (ages 3-5), 3:30 – 4:30 pm  Reading with Brooke, the golden retriever, All ages welcome
*Red Hat Ladies of the Lakes luncheon group meets at noon at the Bridgton Community Center, call 647-5128 for more information

January 30
*Pancake Breakfast, All You Can Eat Homemade Pancakes, benefits Lake Region High School's Alpine and Nordic Ski Teams' trip to the State Championship races at Saddleback Mountain in Rangeley, $5, Tom's Homestead 1821 Restaurant, 4 North High Street, Bridgton, 7:30-10:30 a.m.
*Dental Fair at 8 am at the Bridgton Community Center, call 647-2389 for more info
*Ping Pong at the Bridgton Town Hall from 1-4PM, all welcome, equipment provided free, seven tables
*Bluegrass Music Festival to benefit LEA at 7 pm at the Old Town Hall located at 26 N. High St, call 647-2550 for more info

February 2
*Bridgton Public Library: 10:30 - 11:00 Tunes for Tots, songs, instrumental play & coloring

February 3
*Local author to speak at Bridgton Public Library! Lisa Belisle, of Yarmouth will be speaking about, and reading from her book, "Our Daily Tread: thoughts for an inspired life."  Lisa wrote the book to support Safe Passage, a Maine-based non-profit organization created by Hanley Denning and dedicated to helping children of families who work in the Guatemala City garbage dump.  Safe Passage offers programs that foster hope, good health, and education.  All proceeds from sales of Our Daily Tread will go directly to the children of Safe Passage contributing to Hanley's mission.  Originally scheduled to speak in December, she will be at the library at 3pm.

February 5
*FREE MOVIE SHOWING at THE BIRTH HOUSE at 7:00 pm, “What Babies Want: An Exploration of the Consciousness of Infants” is a documentary that looks into how pregnancy, birth and early parenting choices can shape our children. It will be shown by the midwives of The Birth House, a freestanding birth center in Bridgton. The movie will begin at 7:00 PM, with a discussion to follow. Appropriate for all ages. The showing will take place at Birthwise Midwifery School, 24 South High Street. We are located just 3 buildings down from the Monument on the left hand side of South High Street. Take this opportunity to learn about the emotional lives of babies! For questions or further information, contact us at or call 647-5919.


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Beyond Bridgton Upcoming Events

January 28
*Naples - Musical Playgroup at 10:30 am at the library, call 693-6841 for more info
*Naples - MacBook instruction workshop for parents/guardians of grades 7-12 at SAD 61 from 7 to 8 pm at LRHS

January 29
*Fryeburg - Wall-Stiles in Concert at 7 pm at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center at Fryeburg Academy
*Norway - The Norway Open Mic Night will celebrate its 8th anniversary at the First Universalist Church, 479 Main St., Norway, ME.  Sign-up for performers begins at 6:30, and the open mic begins around 7:00 pm.   Admission is $3 and refreshments are available.  If you've ever been curious about one of the area's longest running open mic nights, please come!  The Norway Open Mic Night has been a fixture in western Maine culture for 8 years, where performers of all ages and abilities are encouraged and invited to share their talents - from music to comedy to story-telling to dance and everything in between - in a fun, supportive, and relaxed atmosphere.  There are vending opportunities for those artists with CDs or writing for sale.  A fixture in Western Maine culture, the Norway Open Mic Night is a wonderful venue for first-timers, or even for veteran performers looking for a forum to try out new material.  A refreshing alternative to the "bar scene" - it is also a great evening for the whole family at this beautiful and historic downtown Norway church.  The Norway Open Mic Night, which is always held on the last Friday evening of each month, was founded in January 2002 by Vessel Recordings artist and host Heather Pierson.  Everyone is welcome and participation is not required. For more information please contact Heather at 207-935-4505 or e-mail

January 30
*Brownfield - Bean & Casserole Supper from 5 to 6:30 pm at the Brownfield Community Church
*Brownfield - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid at 8 pm at the Stone Mountain Arts Center, call 866-227-6523 for more info

January 31, 2010
*Fryeburg - Democratic Caucus at 1 pm at the Legion Hall
*Brownfield - Democratic Caucus at 2 pm at the Community Center
*Harrison – Harrison Democratic Caucus at the municipal complex
*Lovell - Democratic Caucus at 3 pm at the Legion Hall
*Bethel - The 2010 Maine Democratic Caucus Meetings will be held between the hours of 1:00 and 8:00 PM at locations throughout Oxford County. Nearly all towns have a designated caucus convenor, with the goal of covering all the towns prior to the scheduled training in December. Oxford County Democrats Treasurer Roy Gedat stated, The caucus meetings, even in a non-Presidential year, are vital to the organization of our party. We will be working hard on ways to make the meetings productive in advancing issues, helping our candidates, as well as conducting the essential business of the
*Naples - Pizza benefit fundraiser for BRAG Complex at 4 pm at Heroes located on Rte. 302
*Waterford - Democratic Caucus at 5 pm at the Town Office

February 12-13
*Denmark - THE DAY OF VALENTINES APPROACHES, and the fun of planning the annual Cabaret Show at the Denmark Arts Center is to follow the words from the sonnet “How Do I Love Thee? - “Let me count the ways”. Shall we open with the “sublime passion” of Victorian expression as in Victor Herbert’s “Thine Alone” (“In thine arms, enfold me my beloved”)? or keep a cool a- la- Cole Porter version of “Just One of Those Things”? How about a sassy “I wanna be around to pick up the pieces, when somebody breaks your heart” (Mercer & Vimmerstedt), or another mood “There, I‘ve Said It Again“. Better still, teasingly wail the trio from Sondheim’s “Company” “You Could Drive a Person Crazy”, add the pleasingly “doo-wop” style of “One Summer Night” ( Danleers version). …and top it with a soaring “Let Me Fall” as sung by Josh Groban.
Anyway the theme this year is “Romance” by Donaldson, and “Taking a Chance on Love” (Duke, LaTouche, Fetter). On Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12 & 13, at 7:30pm. The Arts Center in Denmark will be inundated with the smell of free popcorn, soda, snacks (BYOB). Admission is $12 all for the benefit of the Arts Center, 50 W. Main St., Denmark, ME. Seating at candlelit tables is guaranteed
Presented by the Singers Workshop, directed by Lillian Lee Morse at the piano, the rest of the evening is filled with fast skits by Ralph Morse, , and more music by cast members Susie Mosca, Carmel Collins, Teresa Woodsome, Janet Gill, Sue Farrington, Anna Mosca, Ginnie Spaulding, Craig Holden, David Cronin, Chaz LaFreniere, Dave Mason, Phil Chesley, and Ralph Morse.
For Reservations & Information, Tel. 207-452-2412, or 207-452-2057.
See you there!!!! Contact Person: Lillian Lee Morse, Director,



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Ongoing Events & Notes of Interest

*Bridgton - The 4th Annual Winter Carnival Giant Round Robin Ping Pong Tournament was held on January 23rd 2010 at the Bridgton Town Hall as part of the Mushers Bowl. The event was well attended with 21 participants in three classes of competition----Open Classes “A”,”B”, and “C” plus Doubles. All matches were best of 5 games and each contestant played every other person in their class. Trophies were awarded to first and second place finishers of each class as well as gift certificates given by the Peking Restaurant in North Conway.
            Class “A” was on by Sonu Bhatia of Westbrook, Maine. Sonu also won the singles competition in 2008 and was second in 2007. Second place went to Lucas Soo of Bangor, Maine.  These two also teamed up to win First Place in the Doubles competition. Second place in Doubles was won by John Simpson of Auburn, Maine and Peter Wong of Lewiston.
            Class “B” was won by Patty Prescott of Westbrook, Maine. Patty also was part of the winning doubles team in 2009.  Second Place was taken by Shouping Huang of Portland.
            Class “C” was won by Lewis Park of Orono, Maine, while second was taken by Mo Sachdeva of Portland.
            Thanks to the Bridgton Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce and Phil Gutekunst of the Bridgton Rec Department for supporting this event.           
Remember, we play ping pong every Saturday at the Bridgton Town Hall from 1-4PM.  We have 7 tables, paddles and balls and all people with a basic knowledge of ping pong are welcome.  Bring a friend. It is great exercise and it’s lots of fun!

From: Bill Preis, 170 Highland Rd., Bridgton, Me. 04009, 647-2847

*Bridgton - Bridgton Mom's Group Meets Wednesdays! Come meet with other moms and babies to share your joys and frustrations, and just get some good adult company! The group meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 9:30-11:30 at The Birth House in Bridgton Maine and is open to women with pre-mobile babies. Older children are welcome at mother's discretion.
The Birth House is located at 28 South High Street, just 3 buildings down from the Monument on the left if coming from Maine Street. This is a breastfeeding friendly environment. For more information, contact AnnMarie at 647-5919 or write to

*Denmark - Free Yoga Classes in Denmark! Have your New Years Resolutions already slipped? What better way to revisit self-care intensions, lose stress and the winter blues through beginning or enhancing your yoga practice? Nurture Through Nature is kicking off its 2010 yoga schedule with free classes for anyone new to yoga during the week of Jan 18.
This Green-Certified yoga studio is solar powered and offers classes based on donations. The suggested donation per class is $12.  Nurture Through Nature's yoga studio offers a very peaceful space to relax and find more balance both on and off your yoga mat.
Join us every Tuesday, 4:30-5:45pm for Yoga Basics, Wed mornings 9-10:30am for Hatha Yoga Flow I and Friday mornings 9-10:30am for Life Long Yoga. For complete details and directions, call at 207-452-2929 or go to

*Standish - Saint Joseph’s College offers monthly bedtime stories program  beginning on Jan. 20. Kids can wear their pajamas and enjoy the reading of a good book, along with fun activities and snacks as elementary education majors from Saint Joseph’s College present a monthly “Bedtime Stories” program this winter. Children from area schools, grades K-3, are invited to attend this free event, the first of which will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Jan. 20. The theme for the January program is “Chinese New Year and Fantasy Stories.” Dates for the future include Wednesday, Feb. 24 (Multicultural and Folk Tales), Tuesday, March 2 (Dr. Seuss’ Birthday/Read Across America), Wednesday, March 24 (Farms), and Wednesday, April 14 (Earth Day and Weather). Sponsored through the Saint Joseph’s chapter of Student Educators Association of Maine (SEAM), each program will feature books and related activities that reflect seasonal themes. Danielle Johnson of Standish, elementary education major and SEAM member, says, “Everyone participating is excited to help the children develop their reading skills outside of the classroom and have some fun.” The events will be held in the first-floor lounge at the Harold Alfond Center on the Standish campus. Don’t forget a blanket or your favorite teddy bear. No registration necessary. 893-7723

*Bridgton Public Library: every Friday at 10:30 am there is imaginative play and song for 3 –5 year olds

*Fryeburg - Vet Center Counseling and referral services for veterans and their families, Services are free, confidential, and eligible to all war zone veterans. Now in Fryeburg at the American Legion Building on Bradley St., Friday’s 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Walk in hours are from 11-12 and 1-2. Call 207-490-1513 for an appointment. In Case of Emergency, go to your local ER, call 911, or 1-800-273-TALK

*Narcotics Anonymous Women's Meeting! Every Thursday night from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.  St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Sweden Road on Rt.93 (off Rt.302 - next to 'Venenzia's' Restrauant), in Bridgton. This is a 'closed' meeting, for women addicts only! Further info, please call 207-809-1360.

*Hiram:  Soldiers Memorial Library, 85 Main St.  Due to rising costs and limited resources, the library is now requiring that Interlibrary Loan borrowers help to defray part of the charges for return mailing.  As of February 3rd, upon your request, we will ask for payment of $2 per mailing. The 3rd Wednesday Book Discussion meeting will resume on February 17th at 10:30 a.m.  The title will be The Measure of a Man, Sidney Poitier's autobiography.  Check with the library for available copies. The Wednesday Knitting Group meets each week at noon.  New members always welcome.  Please stop by to browse our collections.  There are many bestsellers that you would otherwise have to wait many weeks before you could borrow them at larger libraries. Reg. HRS Tues. 2-5; Wed. & Thurs. 10-5; Sat. 9:30-12:30. FMI: 625-4650

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