Grange Variety show

Tomorrow evening, on Friday, Oct. 7, Evening Star Grange will present its ninth annual Variety Show. The popular show highlights local people sharing their music, dance, comedy and what-have-you in an early evening hour of family entertainment. The Variety Show is always free and donations are welcome. The show starts at 7 p.m. The Evening Star Grange upstairs auditorium is furnished with a stair lift making it accessible to everyone and, if you want assistance, there’s always someone around to help you operate the lift.

The first Grange Variety Show was in 2013, when the Grange leadership hoped to sponsor an event that would appeal to local participants and attract a wider local audience. The plan worked and the show has gone on ever since, with the exception of a break during COVID-19 (which nothing escaped, unfortunately.)

With the support of chief cheerleader and detail wrangler Grange Master Mildred Melgard, super talented accompanist Sibyl Wentworth, many clever and gifted participants over the years and a faithful and supportive audience, this home- town event will make us smile again tomorrow at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to this free and fun event.

Training available

Gibbs Library has a connection with the National Digital Equity Center (NDEC) which provides digital skills training in three categories: work and business, home and education, and aging well with technology. Our Gibbs team can listen to what you might like to learn about and help make free classes available here. Now that fall is here, it could be time to pick up a new skill or brush up on training you already have. Look the program over on the Gibbs Library website at and talk with someone at the library to find out more. These classes are free to Maine residents.

Artist’s reception

There will be a reception for artist and printmaker Kris Sader on Wednesday, Oct. 12, in the Bryant Room of Gibbs Library. Sader’s work is on display through this month. The exhibit is “Selected works from the art closet – Birds, Petals and Stories.” Sader says with her art she tries to express the patterns she sees in common from different places. Sader is a printmaker and does site-specific environmental installations using methods that are non-toxic, healthy and environment friendly and which she herself helped research at University of Maine. In addition to widely showing her work, she gives presentations and has taught non-toxic printmaking techniques in workshops and as an adjunct lecturer in printmaking, also at the University of Maine. As a special treat during the reception, Kris Sader will run a video of an artist in residence at Cape Cod National Seashore Historic Shack District, where she has used her talent in both printmaking and installation. The reception is Wednesday, Oct. 12, 5-6:30 p.m.