The Age Friendly Community Task Force of the Town of Fryeburg is proud to offer sand buckets for seniors. For Fryeburg residents who are 65 or older or who are physically unable to retrieve sand or salt, sand buckets are filled and delivered to your residence within a week of your request or before a storm.

Place the empty bucket in a place where it can be easily picked up to be reused. At the end of the season, buckets will be picked up for reuse next season. To apply, please go to the Fryeburg Public Library website and fill out the application. This will be a huge help to folks over 65 or anyone who is unable to lift a bucket of sand because of a disability. Please pass this information on to your friends and neighbors!

Are you wondering how you’ll pay for college? Financial aid and FAFSA workshops will be available at the Fryeburg Public Library on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 5 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 2, at 10 a.m. This workshop is free, but you are asked to pre-register by calling (207) 647-3015 or emailing Rhonda.jacobson@lakeregionschools.org.

The Metropolitan Opera’s Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Live in HD series will be presenting "Akhnaten" on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 1 p.m. at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center at 18 Bradley St. in Fryeburg, Maine. Each year, the Met’s Live in HD series brings ten live opera cinema transmissions to more than 2,200 theaters in more than 70 countries worldwide.

Director Phelim McDermott, whose productions include the hugely successful "Satyagraha" by Philip Glass, returns to the Met with a new staging of Glass’s "Akhnaten," conducted by Karen Kamenski in her Met debut. Anthony Roth Costanzo sings the title role of the Egyptian pharaoh who attempts to inspire his people to adopt a new religion, abandoning the worship of the old gods for that of a single deity.

In her Met debut, J’Nai Bridges sings the role of Nefertiti, Akhnaten’s bride, and Disella Lárusdóttir is Queen Tye, the pharaoh’s mother. This production of "Akhnaten" was originally created by LA Opera, Improbable, and English National Opera, where it premiered, winning the 2017 Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production.

Tickets are $26 for adults, $23 for seniors and $18 for students. Order online at fryeburgacademy.org/pac or call the box office at (207) 935-9232.

Local opera enthusiast Joe De Vito will be hosting his free Opera Lecture Series on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 3 p.m. in the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center seminar room.

Head over the river and through the woods to the 6th Annual Holiday Craft Fair hosted by Morning Glory Boutique. This fair takes place at the East Conway Community Hall at 2861 East Conway Road on Saturday, Nov. 23 and 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit the crafters and vendors to find that special holiday gift for someone special.

A gift wrapping fundraiser to benefit Harvest Hills Animal Shelter will take place at the Magic Lantern Movie Theatre in Bridgton on Saturday, Nov. 23, and Dec. 14 between 12:30 and 6 p.m. Your gifts will be wrapped while you are shopping for a donation to Harvest Hills. You can simplify your life while making a donation to our local shelter animals. That is the best gift of all!

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy. They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust

Robin Johnson can be contacted at ravenstone54@hotmail.com.

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