Until July 7: Schoolhouse Arts Center will present “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” June 21, 22, 28, 29 and July 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. and June 23 and 30 and July 7 at 5 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for students and seniors. Schoolhouse Arts Center is located at 16 Richville Road (Route 114) in Standish, just north of the intersection of Route 114 and Route 35. Call 642-3743 for reservations or buy tickets online at www.schoolhousearts.org.

Saturday, June 29: Raymond Garden Tour. It will begin at the Raymond Village Library and include 12 private Raymond gardens. 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 day of tour. They may be purchased at the Raymond Village Florist on Route 302, at the Raymond Village Library on Route 121 and online at raymondvillagelibrary.org.

June 29: The cross-country trails at Saint Joseph’s College in Standish will be filled with runners and walkers for the Trek Against Obesity 5K Race & Kids’ Fun Run. The event was planned by students from the fourth- through seventh-grade classes at Windham Raymond School Age Child Care program, who have been working to raise awareness of childhood obesity. All proceeds from the event will go to the American Diabetes Association. The day begins at 9 a.m. with the kids’ fun run. At 9:55, Susie Stauble Pepper (Miss Maine 2009 of Gray) will sing the national anthem. The official start of the 5K will be at 10 a.m. To register, visit www.running4free.com/.

June 29: The Windham High School girls volleyball team hosts a car wash at NAPA Auto Parts in North Windham from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

June 29: Herb Garden Design for the Everyday Cook is the title of a workshop to be held at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, Route 26, New Gloucester, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will learn about herb use and function and garden location. Free plants from the Shaker garden will be given out. Herbalist Betsey-Ann Golon is the instructor. Fee: $40. Pre-registration required. For more information, call 926-4597.

June 29: Children’s Culture Day Inventor’s Workshop takes place starting at 10:30 p.m. at the Rufus Portland Museum, 677 North High St., Bridgton. Everyone has the potential to become an inventor, kids included. Rufus Porter designed many time and labor-saving inventions in his life, including an airship, an elevated railroad, and a horse-powered machine for moving houses. At the Inventor’s Workshop program, children will learn how 19th century technology sought to make life easier for everyone and look at diagrams of Porter’s inventions. Then kids will tap into their own creativity and innovative design skills by constructing their own inventions from a grab bag of supplies.

June 29: The New Gloucester Bible Church, 218 Lewiston Road (Route 100) in New Gloucester, will sponsor a benefit spaghetti supper at the church beginning at 5:30 p.m. The proceeds will benefit the proposed New Gloucester Veterans Monument. A large scale model of the monument will be on display. Adults are $8, children 12 and under free.

June 29: A Vendor/Craft Fair takes place 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Grange Hall (Springer Center), 15 Village Green Lane, in Naples. Stop in and visit with local vendors & crafters and check out all the goodies. Bring the kiddos in for face painting. Lunch will be available for purchase. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the Before and After School Program.

July 2: Windham’s Monthly Grief Support Group, sponsored by VNA Home Health & Hospice will be discussing “Celebrating our loved lives – Honoring their memory,” from 6-7:30 p.m. at the North Windham Union Church, 723 Roosevelt Trail, Windham. This is an open group for anyone grieving the death of a loved one.For more information, call Linda Hopkins at 400-8714 or e-mail Linda at [email protected].

Wednesday, July 3: The Bridgton Public Library will hold its annual Spaghetti Feast from 5-7 p.m. at Stevens Brook Elementary School in downtown Bridgton. The menu includes spaghetti with meat and meatless sauce, fresh locally grown greens, bread, coffee, lemonade, sun tea, ice cream and lots of homemade desserts. Tickets are available at the door and cost $8 for adults, $4 for children 3 to 10. Children under 3 are free. Highchairs are available. The supper is held just before the Bridgton Community Band Concert and Fireworks, which are also at the Stevens Brook School. All proceeds benefit the library’s programs.

Thursday, July 4: A public reading of the Declaration Of Independence will be held at 9 a.m. at the New Gloucester History Barn behind the Town Hall on Route 231 in New Gloucester. All are welcome. The event is sponsored by the members and friends of the New Gloucester Historical Society.

Saturday, July 6: Lake Region Field Hockey is hosting a pancake breakfast from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the Village Side Restaurant, 377 Roosevelt Trail in Naples. The cost of the breakfast is $6 per person. A car wash will be available while dining. Donations for the car wash are appreciated. The Lake Region Field Hockey team is raising money to pay for uniforms.

July 8-12: Vacation Bible School program takes place from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Cornerstone Gospel Church in Naples on Route 114 near Route 302. For more information, contact Lori at 809-4427 or Peter at 803-2199.

July 10-11: Auditions for Arsenic and Old Lace will be held at Schoolhouse Arts Center on July 10 and 11 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Parts are available for three women and 11 men. Performances will be from Sept. 20 through Oct. 6. For more information, contact Schoolhouse Arts Center at 642-3743 or [email protected].

Thursday, July 11: A staff representative of Sen. Angus King will hold office hours at Windham Town Hall from 2-4 p.m. Constituent outreach hours, allow residents to discuss specific problems, legislative issues, or any concerns regarding federal government agencies. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 1-800-432-1599.

Saturday, July 13: The Pleasant Lake & Parker Pond Association holds its annual meeting 9:30-11 a.m. at the Casco Community Center, 940 Meadow Road, Casco. Susan Gallo, a wildlife biologist and director of Maine Audubon’s Protect the Loon Project, is the featured speaker. All are welcome to attend.


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