Calendar of Events

Schedule of Biathlon Activities & Other Events in Central Aroostook

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FEBRUARY 21 – 26

Welcome the World Snowman/Snow Sculpture Competition
The Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce and the major event sponsors of the 2014 IBU Youth/Junior Biathlon World Championships are holding a region-wide snowman/snow sculpture contest from February 21-26. Businesses, organizations and residents are encouraged to participate.

Entries should relate to “Welcome the World” in honor of the visitors to our region for the biathlon. Entry forms must be received by noon on February 24, and judging takes place on February 26. Visit www.tamc.org for an application.


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22

Annual Winter Family Fun Day
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Aroostook State Park
This fun-filled day will offer cross country skiing, sliding, snowshoeing, ice skating, tote sled rides, and nature walks. A warming hut, lunch, and bonfire will also be provided. A ski & snowshoe trailer will be on site for free equipment loans. Cost: $1.50 for ages 12-64; all others free. For more information call: (207)768-8341

Book Signing
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Caribou Public Library
A book signing by local author Phil Turner will take place; copies of his book, Champlain of Maine, will be available for $10.


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23

Northern Star Finale
2:00 PM
Caribou Performing Arts Center
Join United Way of Aroostook as they celebrate the culmination of ten years of talent from throughout Aroostook County and northwestern New Brunswick with the “Finale” of the locally famed Northern Star competition. Cost is $10.


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26

Training for Biathletes
Nordic Heritage Center
9:00 – 11:30 AM – Youth & Junior Women
11:45 AM – 2:00 PM – Youth & Junior Men

“Welcome the World” Theme Meal
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
TAMC Cafeteria
All are welcome to enjoy a special meal welcoming biathletes to Aroostook County. This meal is open to the public and cost is $5 per person. Dishes from various countries of the participating athletes will be served.

Comedy Performance – Omid Singh
7:00 PM
Wieden Auditorium, UMPI
Omid Singh is a nationally-touring, multicultural comedian who grew up internationally, living in over a dozen different cities across three continents. He can be seen in comedy clubs and colleges across the country. His unique upbringing has influenced his comedy, making him a diverse performer. Free admission; open to the public.


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27

Training for Biathletes
Nordic Heritage Center
9:00 – 11:30 AM – Youth & Junior Women
11:45 AM – 2:00 PM – Youth & Junior Men

Opening Ceremony
7:30 pm
Gentile Hall, UMPI
The 2014 IBU World Juniors planning committee invites you to join us at Gentile Hall as we welcome biathletes from around the world.


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28

Sprint Competition
Nordic Heritage Center
10:00 AM – Youth Women
12:30 PM – Youth Men
Medal Ceremony in Stadium

TAMC’s Community Red Dress Race & Polar Dip
2:00 PM
TAMC Campus
Grab a partner and join the fun. Both team members will be required to wear a red dress; one team member does the race, while the other “dips” into the pool of ice cold water. Prizes valued at $100 will be awarded to the winning team, best costume and best fundraising. Register at www.tamc.org.

Frozen Friday
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Caribou High School Ski Center
Join us for skiing, snowshoeing, food, vendors and more.


SATURDAY, MARCH 1

Sprint Competition
Nordic Heritage Center
10:00 AM – Junior Women
12:30 PM – Junior Men
Medal Ceremony in Stadium


SUNDAY, MARCH 2

Pursuit Competition
Nordic Heritage Center
10:00 AM – Youth Women
11:00 AM – Junior Women
1:30 PM – Youth Men
2:30 PM – Junior Men
Medal Ceremony in Stadium

Athletes’ Party
8:00 PM -11:00 PM
Presque Isle Inn & Convention Center


MONDAY, MARCH 3

Training for Biathletes
Nordic Heritage Center
9:00 – 11:30 AM – Youth & Junior Women
12:00 – 2:30 PM – Youth & Junior Men


TUESDAY, MARCH 4

Individual Competition
Nordic Heritage Center
10:00 AM – Youth Women
1:00 PM – Youth Men
Medal Ceremony in Stadium

Maine Outdoor Film Festival Selects Tour
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Wieden Auditorium, UMPI
Teens to Trails presents the Maine Outdoor Film Festival Selects Tour. The Selects Tour showcases a variety of short films that highlight the great outdoor opportunities in the State of Maine and encourages teens and community members to get involved and enjoy Maine’s incredible landscape. Admission is free and open to the public.

Cancer Presentation by Dr. Carol Bult
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
UMPI Campus Center
Dr. Carol Bult is a professor and faculty researcher at The Jackson Laboratory. In her presentation, Cancer Avatars and Individualized Cancer Therapy, she will discuss her research and the potential impacts it could have for cancer treatment in the future. Admission is free and open to the public.


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5

Individual Competition
Nordic Heritage Center
10:00 AM – Junior Women
1:00 PM – Junior Men
Medal Ceremony, 7 PM, Mall

One Story One Community Presentation
5:30 PM
TAMC Conference Rooms
As part of a collaborative Civil War grant, a discussion will be held on the book “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War ” by Drew Gilpin Faust. The discussion will be led by Lynne Nelson-Manion, an English instructor at Northern Maine Community College. Admission is free; open to the public.

‘Boston Strong’ First Responders Parade/Red Sox Trophy Procession
6:30 PM
Downtown Presque Isle
Join us as we support “Boston Strong” with a first responder’s parade in downtown Presque Isle and the official welcoming procession ceremony for the 2013 Boston Red Sox World Series Trophy. The parade will begin at The University of Maine at Presque Isle and end at The Aroostook Centre Mall.

Boston Red Sox 2013 World Series Trophy Reception
7:00 PM
Aroostook Centre Mall
A special viewing of the 2013 Boston Red Sox World Series Championship trophy will take place at The Aroostook Center Mall directly following the first responder’s parade.

Medal Ceremony for Athletes
7:30 PM
Aroostook Centre Mall – Food Court
Watch as the top finishers from the Individual Competition are presented with medals and awards


THURSDAY, MARCH 6

Relay Competition
Nordic Heritage Center
10:00 AM – Youth Women
12:30 PM – Youth Men


FRIDAY, MARCH 7

Relay Competition
Nordic Heritage Center
10:00 AM – Junior Women
12:30 PM – Junior Men
Relay Medal Ceremony, 2 PM, Stadium

First Friday Art Walk
Begins at 5:00 PM
Downtown Presque Isle
Artists from the region display and offer their art for sale during this open gallery type event. The artists will be available for discussions about their work. Refreshments are available at various locations. Enjoy an evening of strolling, shopping and dining in Presque Isle.

Volunteer Appreciation Gala
4:30 PM
Nordic Hertiage Center
All biathlon volunteers are invited to come to the closing party at the venue.


SATURDAY, MARCH 8

Ghost of Paul Revere Performance
7:00 pm
Caribou Performing Arts Center
Come enjoy the modern folk band “Ghost of Paul Revere”. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Live Music-Common Crossing
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Boondock’s Grille
Enjoy live music and 10% off any meal for Biathlon fans at this Fort Fairfield restaurant


ON-GOING ACTIVITIES

Navigation Lights
University of Maine at Presque Isle
The work of Portland artist Carrie Scanga is being displayed in UMPI’s Reed Gallery now through March 8. Navigation Lights features what Scanga calls etchings that appear “very touched.” Scanga has been featured in over 50 solo and group exhibitions and has received critical recognition in The New York Times and The Boston Globe.

Caribou Historical Display
Caribou Historical Center & Museum
Saturdays, 12 – 4 PM
A display will be up for the month of February to honor the Caribou Downtown Ski Festival and Ski Sprints and the Henry Anderson Ski DAG as well as the biathlon.

Ice Skating
Presque Isle Forum, Mechanic Street
Public skating is available on: Fridays, 7:00-9:00 PM; and Saturday & Sundays from 1:00-3:00 PM and 7:00-9:00 PM. Rates are $4.50 for adults, $4 for students (ages 1-17 and college with ID), $2.50 for children 6 and under, and $3.50 for senior citizens. Skate rental is $1/pair.

Movies
Braden Theater, Main Street, Presque Isle
Show times are Monday-Thursday at 7:00 PM; Friday at 7:00 & 9:00 PM; Saturdays, 2:00, 7:00 & 9:00 PM; and Sundays, 2:00 & 7:00 PM. Tickets are $5 for all shows.

Grand Mènage
A city-wide clearance sale is taking place at most retailers in Caribou on February 28 – March 1.

Boondock’s Grille Special
The Fort Fairfield restaurant is offering 10% off any meal for Biathlon volunteers on February 26 and March 5-8.

The Francis Malcolm Institute welcomes the entire Biathlon community to enjoy a brief tour of northern Maine’s leading light in hands-on, interactive science education and awareness. Opened in 1983, we feature the northernmost planetarium star theatre in the continental United States and regularly host approximately 6,000 visitors a year in promoting our mission in both outdoor and space science education. Only a short shuttle from the Maine Winter Sports Complex along route 1A southbound, FMI will surely excite and energize your stay in Aroostook County.

For further information, please call us @ (207) 488-5451 or visit our website: francismalcolmsciencecenter.com


If you are planning to attend a Biathlon event at the Nordic Heritage Center, please note that parking at the venue is restricted. All spectators should plan to park in the plowed field at Gallagher Farm, located approximately 500 yards east of the entrance of Nordic Heritage Center. If you are traveling from Presque Isle, it will be just past the venue on the left. Look for signs. Shuttles will transport people back and forth from this ‘parking lot’ and the venue during competition days. Please plan accordingly when planning your arrival time prior to a competition. All biathlon competitions are free and open to the public.