Valentine’s Day is almost here. If you’re looking for different ways to celebrate, here are a few ideas. All of them are free of charge. One of them is this afternoon. I know it’s a week early for Valentine’s, but for some of us this might be the most important event. Today (Thursday, Feb. 7) from 4:30 to 6 p.m., “To Your Health” is sponsoring a program on women and heart health at the West Parish Congregational Church in Bethel. The event celebrates American Heart Month. Dr. Daniel van Buren, a board certified cardiologist, will talk about prevention, recognizing symptoms, and screenings for heart disease. The public is invited, admission is free, and light refreshments will be served. The snow date is Feb. 14.
A special Valentine’s production, “For the Love of a Song II,” will be performed at Norway Memorial Library on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. Fifteen local singers will perform their favorite songs, including folk, show tunes, country, pop, and original music. The show is produced and hosted by Sally Jones. The show is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
On Valentine’s Day, the women of the Bethel United Methodist Church will host their annual Valentine Tea from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Methodist Church on Main Street in Bethel. The event is free and everyone is welcome.
Responsible Pet Care, a no kill shelter and adoption facility for cats and dogs in Norway, is raising funds to purchase a much-needed new building for the shelter. The Building Fund has passed the half-way mark with $227,591 raised. Funds are still desperately needed. If you’d like to make a tax-free donation, you can send a check to Responsible Pet Care of Oxford Hills, PO Box 82, Norway, ME 04268. Mark Building Fund on the check.
Supporters of the Bethel Dog Park will meet tonight, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. at the Mahoosuc Land Trust Building on Route 2, next door to the Crossroads Diner. Everyone is welcome to attend.
The Bethel Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed Bethel Dog Park on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. at the Town Office.
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