Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce

Community Events Calendar

<< December 18, 2014 >>
Harlow Gallery - Inspired by Katahdin : 48 Artist ( noon to 6:00 p.m. )
Inspired by Katahdin : 48 Artists at the Harlow Gallery. Hallowell, Maine Maine s majestic Mount Katahdin is the muse for the 48 artists participating in Inspired by Katahdin, juried by brothers David and Carl Little, on view at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, November 7-29, 2014. An opening reception will take place Friday, November 7, 5:00-8:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The artists in the show come from all across the state and offer a wide range of motifs and mediums in their work. The exhibition was inspired by the acclaimed Art of Katahdin: The Mountain, the Range, the Region written by artist and author David Little and edited by Carl Little. Published by Down East Books in 2013, the book follows an historic timeline using art inspired by the mountain, as well as Katahdin-related literature, photography, graphics, maps and more. The Littles will be signing copies of the book at the show s opening reception. "Inspired by Katahdin" is sponsored by Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law of Augusta, Legacy Properties, Sotheby s International Realty of Damariscotta, Macomber, Farr and Whitten of Augusta and by Cribstone Capital Management Financial of Augusta, and is supported by our Season Sponsors: The Bank of Maine, Capitol Dental Care, Dead River Co., Great Gatherings, the City of Hallowell, Mr. Brooks Harlow, Jr., the Jennings Family, Kennebec Savings Bank and the Vallee Brothers, Chris & Ray Vallee. The Harlow Gallery, located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell, is open noon to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday Saturday. For more information and a complete list of artists, visit or call 207-622-3813.
Event Location: Harlow Gallery 160 Water Street Hallowell, ME 04347
For more information contact: 207-622-3813
Monkitree - Photos by Jym St. Pierre on Display ( Tu-Fri 10a-6p, Sa 12-6p )
An exhibit by Maine photographer Jym St. Pierre will be opening November 4th with an artist reception to be held on November 14th at Monkitree Gallery in Gardiner. The photos are from St. Pierre s Maine Landsc[r]apes, a series 25 years in the making. These are not the familiar and predictable Maine landscapes the Vacationland state is known for. They come with a twist, requiring you to look a little deeper into your picturesque surroundings, challenging you to discover the incredible beauty of imperfection. I found myself drawn to images that were not just pretty pictures and not merely scars on the Earth, St. Pierre explains, but a combination of both; images that can be viewed as pleasing and provocative at the same time. St. Pierre sees the world through the perspective of a lens, even when he is not behind the camera. Each fleeting moment that has gone undocumented increases his expectations that another moment of equal quality will eventually appear. This inspires him to continue looking for his next shot, as he has throughout his 40-year, award-winning career. Moments like these are what make up the body of work seen in St. Pierre's Maine Landsc[r]apes series. St. Pierre has been published in many periodicals including numerous newspapers, Sierra Club publications, and People magazine. His photos have also been used by published authors for books including On Wilderness (cover art), To The Wilderness, and Between Person and Place. Come and experience the State of Maine s imperfect beauty through a different set of eyes. The Maine Landsc[r]apes exhibit can be seen from November 4th, 2014 through January 10, 2015. The public is invited to a reception with the artist from 5:30 - 8 p.m., Friday, November 14. Cost: Free and open to the public.
Event Location: Monkitree 263 Water Street Gardiner, Maine 04345
For more information contact: 207-512-4679
W'ville Opera - Maureen Hancock ( 7:00pm )
This self-described "medium comedian" is back for another visit in Waterville!
Event Location: W'ville Opera House 1 Common Street Waterville, ME 04901
For more information contact: 873-7000
CDM - Clay Play ( 11 a.m. )
Come use your creative brain!
Event Location: Children's Discovery Museum 171 Capitol Street, Suite 2 Augusta, ME 04330
For more information contact: 207-622-2209
This event is sponsored by: Hannaford
Toddler Open Time ( 9:30 - 11 am )
The Playland features several bounce houses for your child s enjoyment. In the gym, there is a variety of climbing blocks, ride-on toys, and other fun, age appropriate toys. Ages: Birth-6. Monday-Wednesday-Friday 9:30am - 11:00am - Adventure Playland Bounce Houses. Tuesday and Thursday 9:30am - 11:00am - Open Gym III. Cost: The program is free to those with a Preschool Membership ($35.00 annually). Non-Member drop-in fee is $4.00 for the gym and $7.00 for Adventure Playland. A member of the Alfond Youth Center staff will be on hand but children must be supervised by their parents. Snacks are allowed but we do ask that no items containing peanuts or peanut oils be brought into our facility. The program follows the Waterville School System schedule. On days when there is no school, the program will not be open. Cost: The program is free to those with a Preschool Membership ($35.00 annually).
Event Location: Alfond Youth Center 126 North St., Waterville, ME 04901
For more information contact: fax 861.8016 207.873.0684
The Center for Maine Crafts ( 9 am - 8pm. )
Event Location: The Center for Maine Craft W.Gardiner Svcs Plaza, Rt 126 off Routes 95 and 295.
For more information contact: 588-0021
Lithgow Library - Drop-in Technology Help ( Wed 10-11am & Th 2-3pm )
Stop by the Reading Room to get one-on-one help with: Setting up a new laptop, tablet, eReader or other device ~ Getting started with software, such as Microsoft Office Suite ~ Formatting a resume or cover letter ~ Setting up a new email or social networking account ~ Borrowing and downloading library eBooks !~ And More!
Event Location: Lithgow Library Reading Room 45 Winthrop Street Augusta, ME 04330
For more information contact: 207.626.2415
ME State Museum - Maine Voices in Civil War Series ( 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat 10-4 p.m. )
Maine Voices from the Civil War. Museum's Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War Features Many Artifacts on View for the First Time; Free Museum Admission All Day. Saturday June 29, 2013 marks the opening of the Maine State Museum's newest exhibit, Maine Voices from the Civil War. Organized to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the exhibit's opening also coincides with the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, fought from July 1 - 3, 1865. Maine Voices from the Civil War draws almost exclusively from the extensive collections of the Maine State Museum, notes Museum Director Bernard Fishman. These collections include thousands of letters, documents, diaries, sketches, paintings, flags, and other objects from the turbulent Civil War period. Museum Chief History Curator Laurie LaBar chose the objects because they highlight historic events or themes from a Maine perspective. We are also pleased to feature many items that will be on exhibit for the first time. Over 70,000 Mainers from every corner of the state and every walk of life, representing more than 10% of the state's whole population in 1860, fought in the Civil War, says LaBar. The voices of these Maine people will be heard in Maine Voices from the Civil War through the letters they wrote to loved ones and the diaries they kept. The objects and photographs carried, used, and made by Maine soldiers and their families will also be featured, as they tell of wartime experiences, hopes and fears, and prejudices and heroism. The exhibit's documents, objects, and photographs reflect the political climate of the day and how Mainers viewed and experienced the war in all its complexity, glory, and horror. The exhibit will have a web presence including photos of artifacts, full transcripts of the letters quoted in the exhibit, and brief biographies of the soldiers and civilians whose thoughts or possessions are featured. The museum has also published a companion volume, titled Maine Voices from the Civil War and authored by Laurie LaBar. Available exclusively in the Museum Store, the book includes objects and stories from both of the Maine State Museum's Civil War exhibits: Maine Voices from the Civil War and To the Highest Standard: Maine's Civil War Flags. Maine Voices from the Civil War will remain on view until spring 2015. With this exhibition, the Maine State Museum joins 22 other museums and historical societies in Maine's Civil War Trail, a statewide collaborative effort to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.
Event Location: Maine State Museum 230 State Street Augusta, Maine 04333-0083
For more information contact: 207-287-2301
VILES - YOGA at Viles ( 5:15 - 6:45 p.m. )
~ YOGA *** YOGA *** YOGA *** YOGA ~ YOGA AT THE VILES ARBORETUM. A wonderful opportunity to unwind at the end of a long day. Each Thursday at 5:15pm - 6:45pm. All are welcome. Come every week, once a month, or whatever your schedule allows. All levels accommodated, beginners or experienced. Mats provided or bring your own. All you need to do is show up! Costs are $10 per member or $12 for non-members. Its always a good day to stretch and relax with a little YOGA. Note: The Viles Arboretum is seeking a Yoga instructor who might be willing to work with us to continue to make Yoga one of the evening activities we offer. If you are interested, please call Mark at 626-7989 to discuss. Thanks
Event Location: Viles Arboretum 153 Hospital Street Augusta, ME
For more information contact: 207.626.7989
DOL 's SafetyWorks! 30-Hour General Industry Stds. ( 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. )
The Maine Department of Labor's SafetyWorks! training and safety consultation program announces free training courses for June. The Department of Labor's SafetyWorks! program is nationally recognized for best practices in workplace safety and health training, said Governor Paul R. LePage. Classes instructed by professional occupational safety engineers and industrial hygienists help businesses reduce work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths. I encourage employers to take advantage of these services, provided at no charge to employers, to create a safer and healthier work environment for their employees. All courses are held in SafetyWorks! Training Institute (STI) at the Central Maine Commerce Center, 45 Commerce Drive in Augusta unless otherwise noted. To register, call (207) 623-7900 or register online at . Businesses with several employees requiring the same training course should contact SafetyWorks! to ask about the free onsite training program. To learn more about SafetyWorks! like us on Facebook at 30-HOUR GENERAL INDUSTRY STANDARDS, December 15-19, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This five-day course introduces attendees new to safety and health to the OSHA standards for general industry (29 CFR 1910). Attendees who complete all five days will receive OSHA 30-hour general industry course completion cards. Class runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. day one through day five. OTI charges $5 per card SafetyWorks! is not OSHA and cannot issue fines or citations to private businesses. While SafetyWorks! helps businesses of any size, priority is given to small businesses. The program trains about 8,000 people and consults at nearly 1,000 worksites in Maine each year. Employers interested in learning more about the consulting and training services offered by SafetyWorks! should call 1-877-SAFE 345 (1-877-723-3345) or visit .
Event Location: Central Maine Commerce Center 45 Commerce Drive Augusta, ME
For more information contact: (207) 623-7900
KHS - A History of Health Care in Kennebec Valley ( 6:30 p.m. )
Kennebec Historical Society s December Program: A History of Health Care in Kennebec Valley Health care facilities have changed greatly over time, and that is certainly the case in the Kennebec Valley. Augusta City Hospital, Gardiner General Hospital, Sisters Hospital - which later became Elizabeth Ann Seton Hospital - and Thayer Hospital each have a rich history that is part of the fabric of their communities. Just this fall, MaineGeneral completed the project of consolidation of inpatient services and more coordination of outpatient services. The Alfond Center for Health is a brand new hospital in Augusta; and the Thayer Center for Health has been transformed into the largest comprehensive outpatient center in the state. This project builds on what came before, but represent important adaptations to the growing and changing health care needs of the population of the Kennebec Valley. Chuck Hays, CEO of MaineGeneral Health, will review this evolutionary journey, spanning more than 120 years of history and including insight on how health care is expected to change into the future. Chuck joined the state s third largest health care system in 1995 as Director of Engineering. He recently oversaw the construction project of the Alfond Center for Health and the Thayer Center for Health. The system also includes physician practices, long term care facilities with 269 long-term care beds, home care and a retirement community. Chuck and his wife Maria live in Manchester and have two grown children. Kennebec Historical Society Program will take place on Thursday, December 18, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at the Prescott Pavilion, 35 Medical Center Parkway, in Augusta.
Event Location: Prescott Pavilion 35 Medical Center Parkway Augusta, ME 04330
For more information contact: 207-622-7718
Dempsey Challenge - 2015 Registration Now Open!
Registration Now Open! The BIGGEST Early Bird Savings Ever! ***** Registration Fee UNTIL JAN. 31, 2015 SUPER EARLY BIRD Run/Walk: $20 ($15 discount)Ride: $50 ($25 discount) Run/Walk AND Ride: $60 ($40 discount)***** Registration Fee between FEB. 1 and MAY 31, 2015 EARLY BIRD Run/Walk: $25 ($10 discount) Ride: $60 ($15 discount) Run/Walk AND Ride: $90 ($10 discount). ***** Additional discounts for Positive Tracks participants, ages 23 or under! PLUS, funds raised by Positive Trackers will be doubled! Use Link HERE to register today! Registration Now Open! Event is October 17 & 18, 2015.
Event Location: Simard-Payne Park, 46 Beech Street Lewiston, ME
For more information contact: 1-866-990-1499
ME Children's Home/Little Wanderers Wish List!
The holidays are here! Time has truly flown by on campus with the Christmas Program in full swing and a focus on reaching out to past Teen Parent School Program students and graduates. We are struggling to pack the remaining Christmas Program boxes for more than 1,700 children around the state. We are short on donations and looking for all the help we can get as soon as possible. Please consider donating; here are our current needs. With Thanksgiving only days away, please allow me to take this opportunity to tell you how thankful we at The Maine Children's Home are for your generosity and support year after year. THANK YOU. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones! Please follow link to view full list of needed items for holiday gifts: .There is no deadline, anything not packed this year will be used for next year's holiday giving. All items must be newly purchased and in original packaging, NOT wrapped please.
Event Location: ME Home for Little Wanderers 93 Silver Street Waterville, ME
For more information contact: 873-4253
~ VILES ARBORETUM TREES SPROUTING BOTANICAL LABELS ~ To anyone visiting the Viles Arboretum, keep your eyes open for our all new botanical labels cropping up on various specimens throughout our preserve. Board member Hillary Schultz has been working hard at producing labels with our brand new embossing machine purchased through a generous grant from the Cricket Foundation and the Davis Conservation Fund. These tags will record each specimen s unique accession number, our arboretum way to track our specimens, and they will also indicate genus, species and family. The Viles Arboretum is centrally located in Augusta, Maine on 224 acres of fields, forests, wetlands and with botanical collections from around the world, and offers an ever-changing selection of inspirational exhibits, educational and practical programs for the general public and for schools. We focus on interactive, creative and hands-on teaching with a focus on botany and natural history. Our goal is to unlock everyone s natural ability to understand the nature of our world through your own eyes and by using your own intellect. Our presence contributes significantly to the quality of life in and around Augusta and beyond and our newly installed Art Trail presents the largest publically accessible display of outdoor art sculpture in Maine. You can learn more about the Arboretum and its programs, or how to become more involved by checking our website at, checking our Facebook page or simply by stopping in or calling us at 626-7989.
Event Location: Viles Arboretum 153 Hospital Street Augusta, ME 04330
For more information contact: 207-626-7989
W.S. Cohen Comm. Ctr - Holiday Floral Design Class ( 1:00 p.m. )
Holiday Floral Design Class. Join us at Spectrum Generations Cohen Center with Amber from Shaw s Supermarket Floral Dept. on Thurs., Dec. 18, at 1:00. Bring your own basket or vase and scissors to learn how to arrange with freshly cut flowers. The cost is $10 and includes all supplies except for your floral container. Registration required. Please call 626-7777.
Event Location: Spectrum Generations W.S. Cohen Community Center's Hallowell, ME
For more information contact: 207.626.7777
W.S. Cohen Community Ctr - Bridge Club ( 1:00-4:00 )
Bridge Club: 1:00 to 4:00. Cost: $3. Call Fran at 495-3490 FMI..
Event Location: Spectrum Generations W.S. Cohen Community Center s Hallowell, ME
For more information contact: 207.626.7777
W.S. Cohen Community Ctr - Computer Lessons II ( 3:00-4:00 )
Computer Lessons II: Learn email, attachments, photos, internet, tablets, documents, applications, games, updates, etc. Helen Forbes will help you. Individualized lessons each Thursday from 3:00 to 4:00 at the Cohen Center. Appointments Required; call 626-7777. Cost is $7.00 per class.
Event Location: Spectrum Generations W.S. Cohen Community Center s Hallowell, ME
For more information contact: 207.626.7777
W.S.Cohen Comm.Ctr-Entertainment:Country Gentlemen ( 11:00-12:30 )
11:00-12:30 Lunch - Saut ed Beef Tips, Entertainment: Country Gentlemen. Lunch is offered Monday - Friday (unless otherwise posted) 11:00AM to 12:30PM. The suggested donation for age 60+ or disabled is $5.00; Under age 60 the cost is $6.00 unless otherwise stated. Age 3 and under is free, age 4 to 12 is $4.00. Please NOTE that we are unable to accept reservations for parties less than 20 people unless specifically requested by Spectrum Generations.
Event Location: Spectrum Generations W.S. Cohen Community Center s Hallowell, ME
For more information contact: 207.626.7777