Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce

Community Events Calendar

<< November 28, 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
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
Theater at Monmouth - This Wonderful Life
Ring in the Holiday Season with TAM's This Wonderful Life! This winter, Steve Murray's adaptation of Frank Capra's holiday classic, It's a Wonderful Life, returns to Theater at Monmouth. With its hilariously touching message of hope and love, This Wonderful Life reminds us of the power of perspective, family, and community just in time for the holiday season. After his acclaimed performance in 2013, audience favorite Mike Anthony returns to reprise more than two-dozen iconic characters from the beloved film. Mike Anthony singlehandedly brings to life all of Capra's characters, says Carla Sullwold of Talkin Broadway. It is a virtuoso performance. Anthony embodies Clarence the Angel, Mary, Old Man Potter, and the rest of Bedford Falls' finest citizens, while also serving as narrator, offering amusing commentary on George Bailey's journey to discover that the actions of one person really can make a difference in the world. This humorous adaptation celebrates the warmth of the season and the belief that hard work, fair play, and love of one's family and community is truly its own wonderful reward. Regarded as a holiday classic around the world, Frank Capra's 1946 film I's a Wonderful Life is based on Philip Van Doren Stern's 1939 short story The Greatest Gift. The film stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man who has given up his dreams in order to help others, and whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence. Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched and how different life in his community would be had he never been born. This Wonderful Life features Mike Anthony as narrator and all the inhabitants of Bedford Falls and beyond; directed by Dawn McAndrews with set and lights by Jim Alexander, stage management by Kathleen Nation, and sound design by Rew Tippin. This Wonderful Life is sponsored by TexTech and Bangor Savings Bank. For more information call 207.933.9999 or email; we'll be happy to help you plan your groups visit to Monmouth. Performance calendar: Thursday, November 27, 7:30 p.m. (Preview, All tickets $10) **; OPENING 11/28 at 7:30 p.m.; additional performance dates 11/29, 11/30, 12/4, 12/5, 12/6 at 7:30 p.m.; 11/29, 11/30, 12/6, 12/7 at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are $25. For calendar and reservations, please contact the TAM Box Office at 207.933.9999 or visit **Thanksgiving Night Performance, All Tickets $10. Tickets for all other performances $25. Bring non-perishable food items to donate to Monmouth Food Pantry.
Event Location: The Theater at Monmouth 769 Main St. POB 385 Monmouth, ME 04259-0385
For more information contact: (207) 933-9999
This event is sponsored by: Bangor Savings Bank
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
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
Viles Arboretum - Winter Farmer's Market ( 2 - 5:00 p.m. )
The Viles Arboretum Indoor Farmers Market is This Friday! From 2:00 - 5:00 pm...and there's something new every Friday. Fresh spinach, meats, eggs, breads, baked goods, pickled beets, often a hot dish to take home or eat right there, cheeses, gift baskets, candles, and a whole lot more. It's always a great day for an indoor market!
Event Location: Viles Arboretum 153 Hospital Street Augusta, ME 04330
For more information contact: 626-7989
Lithgow - Incredible Infants ( 10:00 AM )
Event Location: Lithgow Library - Reading Room 45 Winthrop Street Augusta, Maine
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
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
9th Annual Kora Shriners FEZtival of Trees ( Open at 10 am )
The general public is invited in to see our beautiful building and help us kick off the holiday season. Watch for the upcoming details as word has leaked from the North Pole that Santa will be present to have pictures with the kids. During the upcoming holiday season of 2014, Kora Temple will hold its 9th Annual FEZtival of Trees. This year's event will be bigger and better than any previous year with more hours and days to take in this holiday extravanga. Be sure to come in a see the beautiful trees and decorations, take a chance on the silent auction, purchase your tree raffle tickets, visit our craft show, and top it off with a visit with Santa.There will be numerous Community Bands and local choirs scheduled to perform throughout the week. The Annual Feztival of Trees is a Kora operating budget fundraiser.
Event Location: Kora Temple 11 Sabattus Street Lewiston, Maine 04240
For more information contact: (207) 782-6831
9th Annual Waterville Parade of Lights ( 6:00 PM )
9th Annual Waterville Parade of Lights. Floats will assemble on Front Street, travel up Union Street, turn left on Main Street and continue to Castonguay Square with the lighting of the giant spruce and Santa's arrival at Kringleville. We would like to invite all area schools, businesses, churches, organizations and municipalities to participate in the parade by entering a float, marching band, or other appropriate entry. Downtown Waterville's annual holiday parade, held the evening after Thanksgiving, has drawn thousands of families to Main Street for many years and serves as a fun and festive kick off to the holiday season.
Event Location: Waterville Main Street Waterville, Maine 04901
For more information contact: (207) 680-2055
All Aboard for the Polar Epress! ( 2pm and 3pm )
All aboard the Polar Express!! This magnificent train heads back to Portland this season to bring joy to a new batch of kids right in the heart of Santa's festive hometown: the North Pole! For 45 minutes, the kids, dressed in their pajamas, will get the chance to see Santa up close as he boards the train and greets the merry passengers! Hot cocoa and cookies will be served while Christmas carols and Christmas stories are heard in the background! At the end of the ride, all children will receive a special bell as a souvenir! Boarding begins 15 minutes before departure time so better arrive early and dress warmly! The Polar Express Train Ride will run from November 28 until December 23. Tickets are now on sale: First Class Seating $40, Coach Seating $25. Passengers in the First Class cars will receive official Polar Express souvenir mugs! The following list enumerates the scheduled days and times of train rides: Dates: November 28, 29, 30 December 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23. Times: 2:45 pm * 4:00 pm * 5:15 pm * 6:30 pm. See the event website to check availability of seats. See you there! Don't forget to bring your cameras! The Polar Express Train Ride is the largest annual fundraiser of the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company and Museum.
Event Location: Ocean Gateway Visitor Center Thames St., Portland, ME 04101
For more information contact: 207-828-0814
Belgrade Comm. Ctr. Closed - Thanksgiving Day
Nov. 27th & 28th Closed in observance of Thanksgiving
Event Location: Belgrade Center for All Season 1 Center Drive Belgrade, ME 04917
For more information contact: 207-495-3481
Food Trucks Roll Feed Hungry Black Friday Shoppers ( midnight - 5 a.m. )
When you stand on line from midnight to 5am waiting for the stores to open on Black Friday, you can get cold, tired and hungry. Well, The Marketplace at Augusta is looking to do something about that. On Friday, November 28th, known as Black Friday, the launch of the holiday shopping season, the mall is bringing in a DJ, organizing light shows and having food trucks on hand to help feed the masses. We want to make this a Black Friday to remember, says Ellyne Fleshner, Director of Field Marketing and Management at WS Development, the owner and operator of the center. By bringing in food trucks and having music and light shows it s our way of showing appreciation for the shoppers who are willing to wait for hours for the mall doors to open and the holiday shopping season to officially begin. We re happy to offer them a little entertainment and the chance to grab a bite. They deserve it! Local Maine food trucks including Pinky D s and Fresh Ella's Ice Cream will be on hand as well as one of Boston s favorite trucks, Pasta Pot. They will be serving everything from mac and cheese and burgers, to warm beverages and desserts -- there will be something for everyone. The festivities begin at midnight on Friday and will continue until 5am when many stores at the mall, including Kohl's, Dick's Sporting Goods, Game Stop and Old Navy will be open for business.
Event Location: Marketplace at Augusta 197 Civic Center Drive Augusta, ME
~ 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 - Remember Me Readings ( 1:00 to 4:00 )
Remember Me Spirit Readings. Would you like to connect with your loved ones who have passed on or do you just want to experience a Spirit Reading? Medium Francine McEwen uses her clairvoyant abilities to connect with loved ones who have passed to Spirit. Francine s Readings have brought comfort and healing to those who are grieving. The Messages received from Spirit help us understand that our loved ones never really left us, but have passed on to the Spirit world and are waiting to connect with us. Readings will be offered at Spectrum Generations Cohen Center on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month from 1:00 to 4:00 and are $25 for each 1/2 hour. Call us at 626-7777 for your private appointment. No walk-ins.
Event Location: Spectrum Generations W.S. Cohen Community Center s Hallowell, ME
For more information contact: 207.626.7777
W.S. Cohen Community Ctr - TOPS Meeting ( 8:00-9:00 )
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly): Meets from 8:00 to 9:00. Weekly fees are $3. Yearly dues to TOPS is $28. First TOPS visit is free.NOTE: No meeting on Friday, December 5, 2015.
Event Location: Spectrum Generations W.S. Cohen Community Center s Hallowell, ME
For more information contact: 207.626.7777
Sam's Club Chamber Members Open House! ( 10:00 - 3:00 )
Please RSVP to Theresea at
Event Location: Sam's Club 45 Marketplace Drive Augusta, ME 04330
For more information contact: Theresea