Thursday, October 2
Great Falls Forum. Noon to 1 p.m. Callahan Hall, Lewiston Public Library. Andrew Cyr, conductor of the Metropolis Ensemble, speaks on “Renewing the Source: a New Model for Classical Music.” Free. Bring a brown bag lunch. 513-3135.
Community Open House. 5 to 7 p.m. Franco Center, 46 Cedar St., Lewiston. Visit the Center today to have a look inside and meet new executive director Mitch Thomas, along with staff and volunteers; free refreshments; cash bar available. All are welcome. 689-1585; www.francocenter.org.
“Challenges and Opportunities on the Korean Peninsula.” 6 p.m. Auburn Public Library. Brad Babson of the World Affairs Council of Maine discusses U.S. relations with the two Koreas. Presented with L-A Senior College. Free. 333-6640 ext. 4.
Concert: Metropolis Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. Olin Arts Center, Bates College campus, Russell St., Lewiston. The innovative contemporary music ensemble performs contemporary works by Jakub Ciupinski and Bates prof. of music Bill Matthews. Free, but tix required. 786-6135; bit.ly/oacbates.
Comedy Night. 8 p.m. She Doesn’t Like Guthrie’s, 115 Middle St., Lewiston. Presented by the Portland Comedy Co-op, tonight’s program features Boston’s Matt Kona and Portland’s Aimee Poulin. Free, but donations welcome. Best for ages 18 and up.
Friday, October 3
Bake Sale & Bottle Drive. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sports Trader, 707 Main St., Lewiston. Proceeds support Tommy’s Feral Felines, which provides food, shelter, and support for feral cats. Cont. 10/4. FMI call Norm Blais at (207) 240-3604.
Wellness Celebration. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bedard Pharmacy & Medical Supplies, 359 Minot Ave., Auburn. Enjoy food, prizes and giveaways while learning ways to live better and stay independent longer. Cont. 10/4 (9-1 p.m.) Free.
Concert: Phil House & Cathy Haley. 2 and 7 p.m. Sawyer Memorial, 371 Sawyer Rd., Greene. Pianist House and vocalist Haley perform two shows together. Free. 946-5311; www.sawyer-foundation.com.
Wise and Strong Women Speak. 5 to 7 p.m. Center for Wisdom’s Women, Bates St., Lewiston. Theologian Susan Davies and chaplain Marian (Kitsie) Claxton discuss the question “Can GOD be SHE?” Free, but donations welcome. 513-3922.
Fall Festival of Books. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. New Gloucester Library, 389 Intervale Rd. Books, CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks for sale at .25 or .50 ea.; bake sale. Adults must be accompanied by child on Fri.; sale cont. Sat. from 8 a.m. to noon. (207) 926-4840.
Concert: Gerald Clayton Trio. 7:30 p.m. Olin Arts Center, Bates College campus, Russell St., Lewiston. A young pianist making waves in the jazz world brings his acclaimed trio to Lewiston. $15. 786-6135; batestickets.com.
Saturday, October 4
Fall Festival. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Comm. Baptist Church, 9 Main St., Sabattus. Bounce house, family activities, games, hayrides, pig roast; 5k race at 9 a.m. Free, but donations welcome. Proceeds support Sabattus Vets. Memorial Park Project. ?(207) 375-4337.
Auburn Book Award Celebration. 11 a.m. to noon. Maggie Trafton Rm., Auburn Public Library. 2014 winners “Rainbow Flowers” by Ellena Frumiento and “Bee Nice” by Rebecca Raby will be avail. for purchase and signing by the authors. 333-6640 ext. 3.
Blessing of the Animals. 2 p.m. Front lawn, Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul, Lewiston. Pet lovers are invited to bring their animal companions for a blessing in celebration of the Feast Day of Saint Francis. All pets welcome. Event moves to lower lobby in rain.
Concert: Band de Cons. 7:30 p.m. Village Coffee House, First Congr. Church, 19 Gloucester Hill Rd., New Gloucester. Britta Pejic and her band perform a unique mix of humorously entertaining original songs and French cabaret standards.
Early Evening Show. 8 p.m. Celebration Barn Theater, 190 Stock Farm Rd., So. Paris. Mike Miclon presents his late-night talk-show spoof along with sidekick Fritz Grobe and physical comedienne Jackie Reifer. Tix $14/12/8. 743-8452; www.CelebrationBarn.com.
Sunday, October 5
Training Session. 1 to 3 p.m. First Universalist Church, 169 Pleasant St., Auburn. ME Citizens for Clean Elections provides training for those interested in collecting petitions for its clean election drive. 783-0461; www.auburnuu.org.
“Foraging for Fungi.” 2 p.m. Learn how to safely find, identify, and cook edible mushrooms with the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust; location to be determined by where the foraging is good. $10. 729-7694.
Life Chain. 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Longley Bridge. In this annual event, local abortion foes line both sides of the bridge while holding protest signs and praying. Children under close supervision welcome. Gather at 2 p.m. at Great Falls Plaza. 782-7721.
Festival of Thanksgiving. 6 p.m. Sts. Peter & Paul Basilica, Ash St., Lewiston. Sts. Peter & Paul celebrates its 10th anniv. as a basilica with an evening of sacred music featuring the Evangel University Chorale and the basilica’s adult, hand bell, and children’s choirs. All are welcome. Free.
Monday, October 6
Blood Drive. 2 to 7 p.m. Holy Trinity Church Hall, 67 Frost Ave., Lisbon Falls. Presented by American Legion Post 66. To make an appointment, call the Red Cross at 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). FMI call 241-0639.
Domestic Violence Awareness Vigil. 6. p.m. Festival Plaza, Auburn. Includes a short candlelit procession across the bridge to Veterans Park in Lewiston; community members invited to attend. Presented by Safe Voices.
Tuesday, October 7
Book Signing. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lobby, Central Maine Medical Center, Lewiston. Retired physician Mary T. Dycio, M.D., of Lewiston signs copies of her book, “My Life’s Journey from Ukraine to Maine.”
Parent Info Night. 6:30 p.m. River Valley Village, 84 Strawberry Ave., Lewiston. Girls may learn about the different ways they can participate in Girl Scouting today; adults may learn about volunteer opportunities. 1-888-922-4763; www.girlscoutsofmaine.org.
Wednesday, October 8
Babysitting 101. 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. L-A location TBA. Presented by the Girl Scouts, this class is for girls in grades 5-9 who are interested in becoming babysitters and would like to enhance their existing babysitting skills and knowledge. $6. Register by 10/9. 1-888-922-4763 ext. 405.
AREA Meeting. 10 a.m. Methodist Church, Park Ave., Auburn. The Andro. Retired Educators’ Assoc. presents their Scholarship Auction; bring items for auction by 9:45. Lunch $10. Reserve by 10/2 w. Pat & George Jacobs, 4 Sprague’s Mill Rd., Greene, 04236.
DAR Meeting. 11 a.m. Rolandeau’s Restaurant. Auburn. Beverly Robbins speaks about Victorian mourning practices. Prospective members welcome. Presented by the Mary Dillingham Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
Maine Women’s Network Meeting. 11:30 a.m. Hilton Garden Inn. Auburn. Steven Kottler discusses how to feel better naturally through homeopathy. All welcome. $21 (members $17), incl. lunch. Reg. by 10/7 at www.mainewomensnetwork.com.
Lisbon Historical Society Meeting. 7 p.m. MTM Center, School St., Lisbon Falls. Historian Charles Plummer discusses the living conditions of p.o.w.’s during the Civil War. 353-8510.
Concert: First Joy Senior Adult Choir. 7 p.m. First Baptist Church of Paris, 500 Paris Hill Rd., So. Paris. The 41-member First Joy Senior Adult Choir of the First Baptist Church Tallahassee, FL presents this community concert. Free. 754-7970.
Thursday, October 9
Sampson Air Force Base Vets. Noon. Rolandeau’s Restaurant, 775 Washington St., Auburn. This is an informal monthly lunch meeting of veterans stationed at Sampson AFB or Naval Training Center and their guests. All vets welcome. 784-5691.
“Nutrition Economics 101.” 6 p.m. Chairmen’s Rooms, lower lever, 12 High St. Medical Office Bldg., Lewiston. MD and dietician Mariette Macrander discusses how to eat a healthy diet on a limited budget. Free; adv. reg. encouraged. 795-8448; www.cmmc.org.
Candidates Forum. 7 p.m. Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Rd., New Gloucester. Rep. Eleanor Espling and challenger Rosa Van Wie take part in a House District 65 election forum; send questions by 10/3 to firstname.lastname@example.org. www.newgloucester.com.
Friday, October 10
Food for Thought Luncheon. 11:30 a.m. Room 170, Lewiston-Auburn College. Lewiston native Robert Begin discusses his research on the USS Quincy’s fatal engagement with the Japanese at Guadalcanal in 1942. Includes lunch. $8 ($7 in adv.). Reserve by noon on 10/9. 753-6510.
Concert: Michael Lewin. 7:30 p.m. Franco Center, 46 Cedar St., Lewiston. Steinway Artist Michael Lewin performs works by Schubert, Scriabin, and Debussy. $20/15. Students free. 689-2000; www.francocenter.org.
Saturday, October 11
Fall Fair and Flea Market. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hasty Community Center, Pettengill Park, Auburn. Presented by First Auburn Senior Citizens. Donations and vendors welcome. $10 per table. FMI or to register, call 333-6601 ext. 2108.
Concert: Maritime Songs of the Civil War. 2:30 p.m. Norlands Living History Center, 290 Norlands Rd., Livermore. Dr. Stephen N. Sanfilippo provides historical context for and performs the songs, with and w/out banjo or guitar accompaniment. (207) 897-4366.
Wednesday, October 15
Membership Meeting. 6 p.m. Parish hall, Holy Family Church, Lewiston. The Ladies of St. Anne Sodality of Holy Family, Prince of Peace Parish conduct a brief business meeting, followed by Halloween Bingo. Bring a bag of candy to donate.
Sunday, October 19
Lost Valley Relay. 10:30 a.m. Lost Valley Ski Resort, Auburn. Benefitting the 2nd Chances Foundation, this event offers a 5, 10, or 15k race in solo or team-relay format. Music, food, and Baxter Beer specials follow. Reg. at www.baxteroutdoors.com.
Monday, October 20
Public Forum. 7:30 p.m. Muskie Archives, Bates College, 70 Campus Ave., Lewiston. Former Maine Attorney General James Tierney discusses “Immigration in Maine: Past and Future.” Free.