Paddleboard clinic

Skilled paddleboarder and racer Jake Linley will hold an evening paddleboard clinic at Highland Lake Beach on Friday, June 28, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The class will begin onshore with some basic tips and then participants will head into the water for further instruction. Everyone is welcome to participate in this kid- and family-friendly event. Participants should bring their own paddleboards and register online in advance at

Bottle drive

The Lake Region High School and Middle School are holding a bottle drive to raise funds to buy new practice equipment for their football teams. The equipment will help make practices safer and reduce the number of full-contact drills, thus limiting the risks of injuries. The bottle drive continues through July 15. Returnable bottles and cans may be dropped off at the Bridgton Redemption Center at 4 Nulty St. Tell the people at the center that the returnables are for “Lake Region football.” Pickup can be arranged for large donations by contacting Coach Ben Mullins at

Museum open for summer

Crews have been working over the past few months and the newly expanded and renovated Rufus Porter Museum of Art and Ingenuity is now open for the season. In addition to new installations and exhibits, the museum will host special events including Camp Invention for kids and a Mystery House tour: “Buildings & Blooms.” The museum is located across the street from the library and open hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is $12 for adults and free for children under 10, members of the military, and RPM members. To learn more and to sign up for Camp Invention, go to

New Medicare counselor

Ann Hastings is the new Medicare counselor at the Bridgton Community Center. She is a certified SHIP counselor working with the Southern Maine Agency on Aging and provides free Medicare advice and support. She is available to help with selecting a Medicare plan, understanding benefits, enrolling in Medicare, comparing different plans and resolving issues regarding claims and coverage. The service is available to those who are new to Medicare as well as those who want to make changes during enrollment periods. To make a virtual or in-person appointment, contact SMAA at 396-6524 or

Pickup choir

If you love to sing and would like to sing in a group, the First Congregational Church United Church of Christ pickup choir might be for you. Singers of all levels and experience are welcome. The choir will rehearse at 9 a.m. at the church sanctuary and will perform for the service at 10 a.m. on July 28 and Aug. 18. The church is located at 33 South High St. For more information, call the office at 647-3936 or visit

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