Events

All events subject to change, please check ahead to verify.
All phone numbers are area code 207

March

Ongoing   Sleigh Rides at The Bethel Inn Resort. Leaving on the half-hour, 5-7:30pm. $20 for ages 11+, $15 for ages 4-10, free for 3 and under with an adult. Mar. 7, 14, 21. FMI, reservations 824-2175, www.bethelinn.com

1 Hooked on Fishing Kid’s Derby. Range Pond State Park, Poland. Introduction to ice fishing. FMI www.IceFishingDerby.com

3-6 Mono-Ski Training Clinic. Sunday River. Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation hosts a 3-day clinic for mono-skiers. Clinics are taught by skilled mono-skiers, with the goal of improving individual skiing ability and comfort level in all aspects of the sport. New this year – a training clinic for youth ages 9-15. FMI 800-639-7770, www.maineadaptive.org

4 Winter Lecture Series. Free (donations gratefully accepted). Tea at 3:30pm, lecture at 4pm. Lecture topics to be announced. The McLaughlin Garden and Homestead, 97 Main St., South Paris. FMI 743-8820 

5 Business After Hours. Oxford Hills Chamber at Daddy O’s, 1570 Main St., Oxford. 5:30-7pm. FMI 743-2281, www.oxfordhillsmaine.com

6 Free Wine Tasting. Fiber and Vine, 5-7pm. 402 Main Street, Norway. FMI 739-2664 

6 Master Class. What’s so classical about classical guitar? With Maine-based guitarist Tim Pence. USM School of Music, sponsored by the Warren Memorial Foundation. Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham. Free. FMI 780-5555

6-7 WinterKids Downhill 24. Sugarloaf, Carrabassett Valley. FMI 237-2000, www.sugarloaf.com

7 Music Education Workshop. An all-day music education professional development day for music educators. 7:30am to 4pm. FMI 780-5555

7 Skijoring Basics. Clinic and race. Bring your own dog and running harness. $10. 10am clinic, 2k or 5k races at noon. Roberts Farm Preserve, 64 Roberts Road, Norway. FMI www.wfltmaine.org 

7 Mary’s Firemen for a Cure. 17th Annual  Race at Sunday River. This year’s firefighter’s race will be put on by Mary’s Firemen for A Cure to raise money for breast cancer research.
FMI 800-543-2754, www.sundayriver.com

7 Rangeley Lakes Loppet. 25th Annual Legendary Nordic Ski Event. 8:30am. Rangeley Lakes Trails Center, 524 Saddleback Mtn. Road. Always check website for current events and schedule changes/additions. FMI rangeleylakestrailscenter.org

7 Texas Hold’em Poker. VFW on Route 35 in Harrison. Doors open at 12pm, the game begins at 1pm. Proceeds from the game provide for those in need in our local communities.

11 Winter Lecture Series. Free (donations gratefully accepted). Tea at 3:30pm, lecture at 4pm. Lecture topics to be announced. The McLaughlin Garden and Homestead, 97 Main St., South Paris. FMI 743-8820 

12 Legends of Maine GS. Race at Mt. Abram Ski Resort. Giant Slalom Race for skiers 50 years of age and older. A great time showing off that you still have what it takes! Medals and prizes awarded for age categories 50-59, 60-69 and 70+ in Loose Boots Lounge afterward. Registration at 9am, race starts at 1pm. The Legends Race benefits the Ski Museum of Maine. 308 Howe Hill Road, Greenwood. FMI www.skimuseumofmaine.org

13 Collaborative Event. USM School of Music and Department of Art. USM Art Gallery, Gorham. 8pm. FMI 780-5555

14 Concert on the Ice. Bald Mountain Camps, 125 Bald Mountain Road, Oquossoc. 5-10pm. FMI  864-3671

15 Nordic Biathlon. Combining target and skiing skills. 3x1K or 3x2K races for adults and youth. Pre-registration $10 adults/ $5 youth. ($15/$10 on-site). Target practice starts at 9:30am, race at 11am. We supply air rifles. Roberts Farm Preserve, 64 Roberts Road, Norway. FMI www.wfltmaine.org 

15 Moose Dash Snowshoe Race. 7th Annual Event. 10:30am. Rangeley Lakes Trails Center, 524 Saddleback Mtn. Road. Always check website for current events and schedule changes/additions. FMI 864-4309,  rangeleylakestrailscenter.org

18 Winter Lecture Series. Free (donations gratefully accepted). Tea at 3:30pm, lecture at 4pm. Lecture topics to be announced. The McLaughlin Garden and Homestead, 97 Main St., South Paris. FMI 743-8820 

21 Carter’s XC BBB Event . Join us for the end-of-season party with Bikes, Burgers, and Brownies! Bring your own fat bikes to ride the trails (some rentals available), fat biking demos, local farm’s burgers, and more! 786 Intervale Road, Bethel. FMI 824-3880, www.cartersxcski.com

21 Vernal Equinox Snowshoe. Shepard’s Farm Preserve, 121 Crockett Ridge Road, Norway.  Need Snowshoes? staff@wfltmaine.org. FMI www.wfltmaine.org 

21 Western Maine Fly Fishing Expo. Fishing guides and outfitters, camps, retail vendors, fishing presentations and seminars, videos, fly tying competitions, outdoor authors and artists, a casting area to test drive new rods, kids’ fly tying bench, silent auction, raffles with prizes drawn every hour. Gould Academy Field House, Bethel. FMI www.mollyockettu.org

21 Shipyard Brew Haus Apres Relay. Sunday River. A relay race like no other, with fun activities on-snow at White Cap.FMI 800-543-2754, www.sundayriver.com

21 Sports & Recreation Ski-A-Thon. 35th Annual Maine Adaptive event at Sunday River. Hundreds of skiers, riders, volunteers, participants, and community members join together to raise money in support of Maine Adaptive’s year-round adaptive sports programming. Start a team, register for the race, or donate today. FMI 824-2440, www.maineadaptive.org

21-22     Maine Maple Weekend. Visit Maine’s maple syrup producers statewide. Most sugar houses offer free maple syrup samples and demonstrations on how pure Maine maple syrup is made. Maine Maple Sunday is always the fourth Sunday in March, although some sugarhouses are offering events for both Saturday and Sunday. Please be sure to check with each sugarhouse to know what times they will be open, and the activities they offer. FMI www.MaineMapleProducers.com

21-22    Annual Banked Slalom. Sugarloaf, Carrabassett Valley. FMI 237-2000, www.Sugarloaf.com

25 Winter Lecture Series. Free (donations gratefully accepted). Tea at 3:30pm, lecture at 4pm. Lecture topics to be announced. The McLaughlin Garden and Homestead, 97 Main St., South Paris. FMI 743-8820 

27 Thomas Parchman, Clarinet. Faculty recital. USM School of Music. Corthell Concert Hall. FMI 780-5555

27-29     Family Fun Weekend. Black Mountain of Maine, Rumford. FMI 364-8977

28 Maine Brew Fest. Sunday River. Beer samplings from as many as 100 Maine craft brewers. It’s a delicious way to sample your way through the state, all in one place, along with spring skiing and riding. Live music slope side at South Ridge, along with a barbecue and family-friendly fun at the first of two Spring Après Concerts. FMI 800-543-2754, www.sundayriver.com

29 Considering Matthew Shepard. ChoralArt Singers, Camerata, & Masterworks. University of Southern Maine Chorale. Robert Russell, Director. FMI 780-5555

29 Eat The Heat Chili Cook-off. Sunday River. Local restaurants and hometown heroes compete to make sure your taste buds sing! A panel of celebrity judges will determine who wins Best Chili, while you vote for People’s Choice. FMI 800-543-2754, www.sundayriver.com

April

2 Business After Hours. Oxford Hills Chamber at Sunrise Design, 29 Main St., Suite #3, Norway. 5:30-7pm. FMI 743-2281, www.oxfordhillsmaine.com

3 Faculty Concert Series. Keith Crook, classical guitar. USM School of Music, 8pm. Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham campus. $15/$10/$5. FMI 780-5555,
www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice 

3 Free Wine Tasting. Fiber and Vine, 5-7pm. 402 Main Street, Norway. FMI 739-2664

3-5 Spring Fest Weekend. Sunday River. Celebration of the return of spring, complete with a huge tropical party, outdoor concerts, and great spring skiing and riding. Saturday brings the 7th Annual Slip ‘n’ Flip relay competition, plus all-afternoon music, brews, cocktails, BBQs and food stations. FMI 800-543-2754, www.sundayriver.com

4-5 Haggler’s Weekend. Barn on 26 Antiques. Have some fun and get great deals on wonderful antiques and collectibles. 9am-5pm. You make the first move – make your best offer on any item over $10. If we can accept, we will. We reserve the right to refuse or counter offer, but all reasonable offers will be considered. Be prepared to pay IN FULL with cash (best deal), check, charge. Shipping/delivery arrangements can be made later. Offer in person, by phone, or email on these 2 days ONLY! 361 Shaker Road, Route 26, Gray. FMI 657-3470, www.barnon26.com

4-May 15    Bridgton Art Guild Show. Gallery 302. 112 Main Street, Bridgton. FMI 647-2787, www.gallery302.com

4 Texas Hold’em Poker. VFW on Route 35 in Harrison. Doors open at 12pm, the game begins at 1pm. Proceeds from the game provide for those in need in our local communities.

4 Musical Theatre Studio Recital. Students of Edward Reichert. USM School of Music, 2pm.
Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham. Free. FMI 780-5555

5 Voice Studio Recital. USM School of Music, 2pm. Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham. Free. FMI 780-5555

9-12 Annual Reggae Festival. Sugarloaf, Carrabassett Valley. FMI 237-2000, www.Sugarloaf.com

11 Pond-a-Palooza. Plus Spring Apres Concert #2. Sunday River. What’s spring at a ski resort without pond skimming? Costumes weigh heavy on your score, so come suited up in anything but a wet suit! Prizes of all sorts will go out to the winners! Enjoy the second concert of live music in South Ridge Base area. FMI 800-543-2754, www.sundayriver.com

11 Ten Town Easter Egg Hunt. Community celebration in the River Valley region. FMI 364-3241

12 Passholder BBQ. Sunday River. Enjoy a delicious BBQ and fun for the whole family to celebrate another incredible winter season. Free for all season passholders. FMI 800-543-2754, www.sundayriver.com

13 Jazz Voice Studio Recital. Students of Taylor O’Donnell, USM School of Music, 2pm. Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham. Free. FMI 780-5555

14-15     Artist in Residence. Marie-France Lefebvre, piano and vocal master class sponsored by Warren Memorial Foundation. 12-5pm each day. USM School of Music, Corthell Concert Hall. Free. FMI 780-5555

16 USM Youth Ensembles. Spring Instrumental Concert sponsored by Macy’s. Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra, Portland Youth Wind Ensemble, Portland Young People’s String Consort, Portland Youth Junior Orchestra. Merrill Auditorium. 7pm. Suggested donation $8/$5. FMI 780-5555

17 Composers Showcase. Concert featuring the USM Composers Ensemble directed by Daniel Sonenberg. USM School of Music, Corthell Concert Hall. Free. FMI 780-5555

18 Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra. Robert Lehmann, conductor. USM School of Music. Gorham Middle School, 106 Weeks Road, Gorham. $8/$5. FMI 780-5555, www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice 

18 The Great Tailgate. Sunday River. Pack up the grill and head to the slopes to ski, ride, and work on your goggle tan in spring conditions. Enjoy live music, cornhole tournament, games, tailgate decorating contest and general springtime revelry. FMI 800-543-2754, www.sundayriver.com

18 East Coast Pond Skimming. Championship event at Sugarloaf, Carrabassett Valley. FMI 237-2000, www.Sugarloaf.com

19 USM Concert Band. Jackie Townsend, conductor. USM School of Music, McCormack Performing Arts Center, 41 Morrill Avenue, Gorham. $8/$5. FMI 780-5555, www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice 

20 USM Vocal Jazz Ensembles. Taylor O’Donnell, director. USM School of Music, Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham. $8/$5. FMI 780-5555, www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice 

23 USM Jazz Ensemble. Christopher Oberholtzer, director. USM School of Music, Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham. $8/$5. FMI 780-5555, www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice 

24 Faculty Concert Series. Daniel Sonenberg, composer. Concert performance of his chamber opera, Girl in Six Beats, in a new orchestration for chamber ensemble. USM School of Music, 8pm. Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham. $15/$10/$5. FMI 780-5555, www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice 

24-26    Oxford Hills Home Show. Model home show and sales at multiple locations along Route 26 in Oxford. FMI 743-2281, www.oxfordhillsmaine.com

25 Best Dog on Earth Day. 4th Annual Event, celebrating dogs and Earth Day. 10am. Start and Finish at the Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce (6 Park Road)

25 43rd Annual Honors Recital. USM School of Music, Corthell Concert Hall. Free, reservations recommended. FMI 780-5555, www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice 

28 USM Chamber Singers. Nicolas Alberto Dosman, conductor. USM School of Music, Williston-Immanuel United Church, 156 High Street, Portland. $8/$5. FMI 780-5555,
 www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice 

30 Dinner & Awards Banquet. River Valley Chamber of Commerce. Location, details TBA. FMI 364-3241

May

1 Faculty Concert Series. Anastasia Antonacos, piano. USM School of Music, Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham. $15/$10/$5. FMI 780-5555, www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice 

1 Free Wine Tasting. Fiber and Vine, 5-7pm. 402 Main Street, Norway. FMI 739-2664 

1 Annual Awards Celebration. The Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce shows appreciation for the people who make the Bethel area so special. Enjoy a fun night of celebration with a cocktail reception, awards ceremony, and silent auction. FMI 824-2282, www.bethelmaine.com

2 Texas Hold’em Poker. VFW on Route 35 in Harrison. Doors open at 12pm, the game begins at 1pm. Proceeds from the game provide for those in need in our local communities.

7 Business After Hours. Oxford Hills Chamber at Northeast Bank, 1399 Maine St, Poland. 5:30-7pm. FMI 743-2281, www.oxfordhillsmaine.com

9 May Day 5k Run/Walk. Come join the 4th Annual 5k run/walk and 1-mile fun run/walk presented by Bethel Family Health Center. All proceeds help K-12 kids with scholarships for after-school enrichment activities. Hosted by Rotary Club of Bethel. 10am. Crescent Park Elementary School, 19 Crescent Street, Bethel. FMI www.bethelrotary.org 

16 Pig-A-Palooza. Roast and pulled pork dinner, dancing, bonfire, corn hole tournament with prizes, Adirondack chair auction and more! Franklin County Children’s Task Force at Titcomb Mountain, Farmington

17 Sugarloaf Marathon. Carrabassett Valley. FMI237-2000, www.Sugarloaf.com

22 Artist Reception. Gallery 302. 5-7pm. 112 Main Street, Bridgton. FMI 647-2787, www.gallery302.com

24 Rangeley RuKaBi Race. 3rd Annual Event. 10am. Rangeley Town Park. FMI  864-5571, 864-3055

25 Bird Watching at the Shaker Bog. Pre-registration required. FMI www.maineshakers.com/workshops

30 Library Plant Sale. Always the first Saturday after Memorial Day. Get there early for the best selection on perennials and more! 9-10am, Bethel Library, 5 Broad Street. FMI 824-2520, www.bethellibraryassociation.org