Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce

Community Events Calendar

<< October 2, 2014 >>
KVCC "Late Start" semester to begin Sept. 22
KVCC "Late Start" semester to begin Sept. 22. Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) is offering a "Late Start" 12-week session of academic courses beginning Sept. 22. Approximately a dozen courses required by a wide range of college programs are being offered in this compact Late-Start schedule to students not already registered for the regular Fall 2014 semester. These courses can be applied not only toward KVCC degree programs, but transferred to other colleges and universities, and offer an ideal opportunity for students pursuing four-year degrees to earn credits toward those degrees while taking advantage of KVCC s low tuition rate of $90 per credit hour. By providing a series of commonly-required courses in a compact, convenient semester, KVCC hopes to give students another option for beginning or continuing an education. The courses offered were chosen based on high demand and some are being provided online to increase the convenience for students. The Late Start semester will end Dec. 13. To learn more about Late Start semester options, call 207-453-5822.
Event Location: KV Community College 92 Western Avenue Fairfield, ME
For more information contact: 207-453-5129
"Art in the Park" Artist Reception
The "Art in the Park" program, entering its fifth year, features a grouping of sculptures by artist Anne Alexander. The sculpture is currently on view in Johnson Park on Water Street, and will be displayed through October. Anne Alexander's sculptures are carved from logs using power tools such as chainsaw, pneumatic carving tools, and grinders. As part of the Gardiner River Festival, the artist will be demonstrating her techniques and will have a booth at the Art and Craft Fair. A reception with Anne Alexander will be held at Circling the Square Fine Art Press at 3pm. "As an artist, I am concerned with inspiring emotional or kinesthetic responses in the viewer. I also wish to enhance one's awareness of his/her body, size, and surrounding space as it relates to the natural world, explains Anne Alexander. "My work is successful to me, when it causes these reactions in many ages and types of people. Small parts of nature are the source of ideas and inspiration. Natural forms are abstracted and enlarged to create works which suggest themes of regeneration, growth, life cycles, and stages of maturation." "Art in the Park" is provided by a grant from the Harry Faust art Fund and is supported by the City of Gardiner, Gardiner Main Street, and the Maine Arts Commission. "This year's sculpture gives us the opportunity to see artwork displayed throughout the park, giving the community an opportunity to engage with the sculpture," says Patrick Wright, Executive Director of Gardiner Main Street. Harry Faust was a creative photographer and avid supporter of arts in local communities. He owned The Framemakers in Waterville, and upon his death, he left funds to support art in communities. Gardiner was one of the beneficiaries of five years of support through the Harry Faust Art Fund. Artist Reception Date: June 21, 2014 and Exhibition on view: Through October 31, 2013. The Gardiner Main Street program is one of four original nationally accredited Main Street programs in the state of Maine. The program uses a comprehensive approach to strengthen Gardiner as a regional focal point for commerce, culture, and community. For more information about Gardiner Main Street, visit For a schedule of events related to the Gardiner River Festival visit- Cost: Free and open to the public.
Event Location: Johnson Park Water Street Gardiner, ME 04345
Gardiner Art Show - Maine: Always in Season
Maine: Always in Season. The seasons in Maine have captured the imaginations of Jim and Fran Townsend since their relocation here from Vermont nearly 15 years ago. Totting cameras and equipment, this husband and wife team of photographers/artists has traveled from coast to mountains in all seasons. As they wander Maine, the couple ascribe to the idea that at any time and place, within 100 yards, a person can find something to photograph or paint. The public is invited to join us for the opening reception on September 5th from 5:30-9pm. Jim, a self-described Red Barn-o-holic, turns his lens on everything from animals to rusted cars. Jim has been a life-long landscaper, stone mason, musician and photographer. He describes his relationship with photography this way, Photography is not my life, but it may be my religion. His range of work encompasses his belief that newer genres of photography require different styles and perspectives, and that the art of creative photography is enhanced by the availability of modern digital cameras, filters and processes. HDR photography is Jim s newest interest, turning traditional imagery into modern works of art. Fran s pastel work leans more toward the natural landscapes and streetscapes of Maine. For Fran her paintings capture not only a landscape, she explains, A painting should evoke a memory of a moment once experienced. She grew up in Vermont, where living, working and playing were inherently connected to the weather, the seasons, the land and the life cycles of plants and animals. Her paintings reflect the subtle colors, shifting light and varied textures in nature. Beyond the opening reception of Maine: Always in Season, the show can be seen during regular business hours- Tuesday-Friday 10-6 and Saturdays 12-6 through November 1st, 2014.
Event Location: Monkitree 263 Water Street Gardiner, ME
The Spirit of Maine Exhibit - Memorial Circle ( 9 am to 9 pm )
Five Maine Photographers to exhibit work at 45 Memorial Circle in Augusta. The Kennebec Valley Art Association is pleased to present The Spirit of Maine, a mini art exhibition in the former ATM space at 45 Memorial Circle in Augusta. Featuring work by five Maine photographers, Scott Ainsworth of North Monmouth, Lisa Bryant of Jay, Brenda Giasson of Lewiston, Alana Ranney of Farmington, and Jim Walker of Auburn. On view August 18 - October 3, 2014 the installation is open 9am-9pm daily, can be viewed from outside the building, and is lit at night. The five photographers from five small western towns in Maine communicate the spirit of Maine through their dynamic photographs from across the state. Scott Ainsworth of North Monmouth, Lisa Bryant of Jay, Brenda Giasson of Lewiston, Alana Ranney of Farmington, and Jim Walker of Auburn all share a passion for capturing and sharing the essence of Maine life and its natural scenic beauty. For more information about the artists, please visit them online. Scott Ainsworth: Lisa Bryant: Brenda Giasson: Alana Ranney: Jim Walker: For more information about the exhibition contact Deb Fahy at the Harlow Gallery at or 207-622-3813, or visit
Event Location: The Harlow Gallery 45 Memorial Circle Augusta, ME 04330
For more information contact: Deborah Fahy (207) 622-3813
The Waponahki Student Art Show ( 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. )
A Collaboration of Maine Indian Education and the Abbe Museum. The Waponahki Student Art Show brings together a wonderful variety of art created by Native American students from early childhood education through high school. Using a wide array of media, these young artists incorporate traditional beliefs and values with the modern, multi-cultural world around them. - See more at:
Event Location: Abbe Museum Downtown Augusta, ME 04330
For more information contact: Pat Boucher (207) 288-3519
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
Belgrade Community Ctr - ASEP ( 3:30 - 5:30 pm )
ASEP After School Enrichment Program.
Event Location: Belgrade Community Center 1 Center Drive Belgrade, ME 04917
For more information contact: 495-3481
CDM - Clay Play ( 3 - 4 p.m. )
Our loose parts play included googly-eyes, craft sticks and more! Join us next Thursday at 11:00 for Chicka Chicka Boom play.Clay Play 3 - 4 p.m.! Try our Obstacle course and enjoy a healthy snack. (Sponsored by Hannaford)Try our obstacle course through the Museum and enjoy a healthy snack.
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
Farmer's Markets - Waterville Concourse ( 2-6p.m. )
Come find the freshest, most nutritious foods and the special farmers eager to share advice on preparation, planting and other helpful tips.
Event Location: In the Concourse Appleton & Main Streets Waterville, ME
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
Waterville Winter Farmers' Market ( 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM )
Downtown Waterville Farmers Market from the Third Thursday in April until the Thursday before Thanksgiving Every Thursday ~ 2 6 pm Rain or Shine. On the Concourse at Appleton and Main St, in downtown Waterville, Maine. (During the winter, we're downstairs in Barrels Community Market.)
Event Location: Waterville Farmer's Market Maine & Appleton/Concourse Waterville, ME
For more information contact:
This event is sponsored by: MaineGeneral Health
2014 Corn Maze -Treworgy Family Orchards Levant ( 10am to dusk )
The 2014 Treworgy Family Orchards corn maze design is The Lost Locomotive The Maze will open this Saturday July 26th and remain open for the rest of the season. Listen to Conductor Findley Stroustrup give the introduction to this year s maze! About 60,000 corn plants make up this year s maze, and most grow up to 10 feet tall, nice and high so the maze is more challenging and more fun! Come on out and get lost! You can Maze three ways 1.) Go in. Get out. 2.) Go in. Find all five stations, and solve the Clue mystery. Find your way out. 3.) Go in. Find all five stations, and solve the Clue mystery. Find Station X, and answer the mystery question. Find your way out. No matter how you tackle the maze, we know you ll find the way out, eventually, and we know you ll have a great time trying! 2014 Prices: $7 Adults, $6 Children 3-12 (2 and under are free). Includes a delicious soft-serve ice cream, vanilla, chocolate or twist, once you re out! Group rates are available for the corn maze! Groups of 10-19 receive a 10% discount on maze tickets. Groups of 20 or more receive a $1 discount per ticket. Please contact for exact date season ends. Cost/Cover: $7 Adults, $6 Children 3-12 (2 and under are free). Web Page: Contact Info: (207)884-8354
Event Location: Treworgy Family Orchards 3876 Union Street Levant, ME 04456
For more information contact: (207)884-8354
Thunder Road Farms 2014 Corn Maze
Trick or Treat in the maze, hear ghost stories around a fire, pumpkin painting, costume contest, and more. When: Opening Date - September 13, 2014 * Closing Date - November 2, 2014. Hours of Operation: CLOSED MONDAY-WEDNESDAY. THURSDAY GROUP RESERVATION. FRIDAY GROUP RESERVATION. SATURDAY 10 A.M. TO 6 P.M. SUNDAY 10 A.M. TO 6 P.M. LAST ENTRANCE 1 HR. BEFORE CLOSING. Special Hours / Holidays * Open Columbus Day Weekend - Oct. 10th - 13th - 10am to 6pm * Trick- or-Treat the maze Oct. 22nd with a rain date of the 23rd from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pricing: Ages 3 and Under - Free, Ages 4 and up - $8.00 This includes maze, hay ride, jumping pillow, play area, and one ride on the cow train. Cow train ride $1.50 ticket if you want more rides. Group rates available Groups of 15 or more will receive $1 off for each person. Coupons not valid with group discount. All schools get in for half price with 15 or more kids and chaperones. Must have one chaperone to every 10 kids. Please make your group reservation at least 1 week in advance with a rain date. Times are Thursday and Friday 10am to 6pm. All Groups Welcome - School groups, after school groups, church groups, Scouts, birthdays and company parties, etc... Patches available for Scout Groups. ***No Pets Allowed Please ***No Alcohol Allowed . ***No Smoking Allowed Driving Directions: From Bangor: Take I-95 south towards Newport, get off I-95 exit 157, take right and go to light. Follow Me.11/ Me.7/ Moosehead Trl. Rd. continue for 5.2 miles. We are on the left. From Waterville: Take I-95 North towards Newport, get off I-95 exit 157, take left and go to light. Follow Me.11/ Me.7/ Moosehead Trl. Rd. continue for 5.2 miles. We are on the left. From Skowhegan: Take US-2/ US 201 North until you come into Newport. Turn left onto ME-11/ ME-7/ Moosehead trail road. Continue for 5.2 miles. We are on the left.
Event Location: Thunder Road Farms 185 Newport Rd. Rt. 7/11 Corinna Me. 04928
For more information contact:
LC Bates Museum Maine's Natural History Museum
Sign up for FREE girls and insects programs! Click on the link at the right for more information. Want to schedule a fun field trip for students at Maine's natural history museum? Do you love historic museums filled with wonders? Or perhaps you want to learn to catch frogs at a special event? The L.C. Bates Museum is the place to do this and more! Admission: Adults $3.00, Children up to 17 years $1.00. The museum includes amazing natural history exhibits, fun local history, Native American collections, rocks and minerals, fossils, outside nature trails, picnic tables, and an arboretum behind the museum. The museum even has themed art exhibits from artists of New England each summer through fall. Want more info on programs? See the link to museum programs on the left hand side of our page. We are on facebook Open Hours Spring, Summer and Autumn Hours (April until mid-November): Wednesday to Saturday 10 AM to 4:30 PM and Sunday 1 to 4:30 PM and other times by appointment. Winter Hours (mid-November to March) Wednesday through Saturday 10AM to 4:30PM and other times by appointment or chance, please call 238-4250 to be sure we are here to greet you in winter. Closed if the roads are snowy. Please note that we are not heated in winter! Dress warmly if you come for a visit. Self-Guided Outdoor Activities. Good Will-Hinckley Nature Trails Start Behind the Museum-your family can stop in for self guided map, a Discovery backpack to take out, or take a picnic. Museum Gift Shop Open museum hours. The gift shop features many fun and educational items for curious adults and children, including puppets, books, jewelry, posters, and natural items such as minerals, shells and fossils. The gift shop has a wide range of prices including 1$ dollar items to allow kids and school groups to shop too. Membership and Volunteering. We welcome new museum memberships and volunteers to have fun, share their knowledge and learn while making the L.C.Bates Museum available to central Maine Community. If you have a special interest or talent, please inquire about volunteering. The L.C.Bates Museum is located 5 miles north of I 95 exit 133 on Rt. 201 halfway between Skowhegan and Fairfield.
Event Location: L. C. Bates Museum Good Will-Hinckley, Route 201 Hincley, ME
For more information contact: 207.238.4250
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
Lithgow Library - Legos at the Library ( 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. )
Did you know that Lego means "I put together" in Latin? Lego lovers only need to bring their imaginations, we provide the Legos. Come see what you can put together! Ages 6 and up! Youth Services Programs (September-June) Legos at the Library- Join us for fun Lego building sessions with other Lego lovers! We will meet the 1st Thursday of the month, at 3:30 PM in Youth Services. Legos will be provided. Ages 6 and up. This program will take place September - June.
Event Location: Lithgow Library 45 Winthrop Street Augusta, ME 04330
For more information contact: (207) 626-2415
Fryeburg Fair
Maine's largest agricultural fair. Beautiful setting in prime foliage time. Exhibit halls, museum, harness racing and livestock shows. Fryeburg Fair is located on Rt. 5, 3/4s of a mile from the Rt. 302 intersection
Event Location: Fryeburg Fair Gounds Rt. 5 Fryeburg, ME 04037
For more information contact: (207) 935-3268
Belgrade Community Center-YOGA ( 6-7pm )
These one hour classes will be offered each Thursday, a six week session will cost $50 or a $10 for drop in.
Event Location: Belgrade Community Center 1 Center Drive Belgrade, ME 04917
For more information contact: 495-3481
VILES - YOGA ( 5:15 - 6:45 p.m. )
~ YOGA *** YOGA *** YOGA *** YOGA ~ YOGA AT THE VILES ARBORETUM ~ Join us at the Viles Arboretum for an early evening of Yoga every Thursday from 5:15- 6:45. Sure to relax you and put your frame of mind on a positive and healthy track. Our classes are always open to newcomers and the Visitors Center environment is ideal. Our instructor Michael Smith has a clear, simple and laid back approach to teaching which has developed a loyal following. $10.00 for members and $12.00 for non members.
Event Location: Viles Arboretum 153 Hospital Street Augusta, ME
For more information contact: 207.626.7989
Maine Children's Home "Passion for Fashion" ( 6 - 9 p.m. )
Passion for Fashion! You won't want to miss one of our most exciting, fun-filled events featuring dinner and fashion. Thursday, October 2 6 - 9 p.m., T&B's Celebration Center. There will be live and silent auction items, and don't forget the hilariously entertaining "Heads or Tails" game. Tickets: $30 Available at: The Maine Children's Home, 93 Silver Street, Waterville, Century 21 Surette Real Estate, 113 Silver Street, Waterville, Divine Consigns, 840 Kennedy Memorial Drive, Oakland, Earthbound, 109 Main Street, Waterville Coldwell Banker Plourde Real Estate, 143 Silver Street, Waterville Questions? Call Cristen Sawyer at 872-0261 for more information.
Event Location: The T & B Celebration Center 6 Jefferson Street Waterville, ME
For more information contact: Cristen Sawyer 872-0261
~ 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 Community Ctr - Computer Lessons II ( 3:00-4:00 )
Computer Lessons II providing technology help! 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. Space limited.
Event Location: Spectrum Generations W.S. Cohen Community Center s Hallowell, ME
For more information contact: 207.626.7777