July 15, 2019

Community News

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Sunshine Club meeting

The Sunshine Club for Children will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Shriners Center, 586 Main St.President Kathy Talbot will discuss plans for the annual craft fair Nov. 2-3.

The Queen Quilt, made by Connie Lozier, will be displayed at the meeting. The quilt will be raffled Nov. 3 and proceeds will go toward the transportation fund to help cover the cost of transporting ill children and families to Shrine Hospitals, and for their lodging. For information, call 947-2657.

Parkinson’s group speaker

BANGOR – The Greater Bangor Parkinson Support Group will hold an open house 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, in the Osprey Room at the Acadia Hospital.

Lillian Scenna, coordinator of the Maine Health Learning Resource Center and the American Parkinson Disease Association, will speak. Free educational materials will be available and people from the support group will answer questions. Refreshments will be served.

The Parkinson Support Group, now in its 20th year, serves people from the Greater Bangor area as well as those from Corinna, Dover-Foxcroft, Millinocket, Medway, Caribou, Calais, Winter Harbor, Ellsworth, Bucksport and other Maine towns.

The group meets 2-4 p.m. the third Sunday of the month, maintains a lending library of books and videos, and offers free educational materials, group discussions and guest speakers. The group does not meet in August. For information, call 862-3363 or 989-5137.

ArtsShare workshops

BANGOR – As part of a new program, “ArtsShare Studio Workshops,” presented by the Bangor Region Arts and Cultural Council, two local craftspeople will offer evening workshop series from their studios this fall.

Jay Hanes, ceramicist, will offer a series of six workshops on the Japanese art of raku pottery. The workshops, which will also introduce participants to the role of raku in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, will be presented Wednesday evenings, beginning Oct. 9, from Hanes’ Winterport studio.

Downtown Bangor artist, Kristbjorg Whitney, will present a four-workshop series, “Art for the Floor,” on making floor cloths using old methods and modern materials.

The Tuesday evening workshops begin Oct. 1.

Through the ArtsShare Studio Workshop program, the Bangor Region Arts and Cultural Council will help area artists promote their workshops in the fall, spring and summer. For more information about registering for the fall workshops, or about presenting a spring workshop, contact Susan Potters, BRACC executive director, at 990-2805.

Former toastmaster as guest speaker

BANGOR – Former toastmaster Gerald Button will be the guest speaker at Bangor Toastmasters, Sept. 18, at Bangor Theological Seminary. The club will hold a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. in Wellman Commons before the program on the relationship between public speaking and theater.

Button, a former Bangor toastmaster and Area 5 governor 1988-1989, is currently president of the board of directors of Harborside Players, a community theater in Bangor. He will appear in Agatha Christie’s “Mousetrap” in early November.

He is director of the Marsh River Theater Camp, a summer theater camp for teenagers in Brooks. He is a retired 30-year teacher of English, speech and drama, including technical and video support. His fine arts experience spans 40 years of practical experience in theater.

Bangor Toastmasters is part of Toastmasters International, a leadership and communications organization which hones communication skills and focuses on public speaking. Interested individuals are welcome to attend. For information, call Judy Simms at 945-3630.

Pet care certification

Angela Sedgwick, pet care technician at Green Acres Kennel Shop, has earned Level I certification through the American Boarding Kennel Association.

Girl Scouting information

The Bangor Area Girl Scouts will hold an information night at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, at the College Center, University College, 129 Texas Ave.

Girls ages 5-18, and their parents, who are interested in becoming active in Girl Scouts, are encouraged to attend. For information, call the Abnaki Girl Scout Council office in Brewer, 989-7474.

Discussion program for teenagers

Bangor Public Library has a new program for teenagers. “The Eclectics” is a book discussion group featuring world classics and journaling. Diana Christakos, former Bangor High School teacher, will lead the first discussion on “Night” by Elie Wiesel, at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2 , in the story room. Pizza will be served.

Paperback copies of the book will be provided for participants. Register through September at the circulation desk.

For information, call 947-8336, Ext. 111.


Play school for children

The child development students of Hampden Academy will operate a play school for area children ages 3-5. The program runs 11/2 hours, three mornings a week, from mid-September to late January.

The program offers child development students the opportunity to observe children and to practice effective ways of caring for them. It offers young children a safe and well-supervised learning environment. Fifteen places are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For information or preregistration, call 862-3791.


Pro-life feminist to speak

ORONO – Serrin Foster, president of Feminists for Life of America, will present “The Feminist Case Against Abortion” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Minsky Recital Hall at the University of Maine.

Foster’s lecture will address 200 years of pro-life feminism and explain how the modern women’s movement came to support abortion rights. Her speech has been included in the anthology, “Women’s Rights,” edited by Jennifer Hurley.

Organizers said that Feminists for Life, founded in 1972, is a national, nonsectarian, grass-roots organization which continues the efforts of early American feminists such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in trying to eliminate, by facilitating practical solutions, the root causes that drive women to abortion.

Feminists for Life has emerged as the link between pro-life and pro-choice organizations, said Jean Barry, coordinator of the Student Chapter of the Maine Right to Life Committee. It works on legislative efforts such as child support enforcement, the Violence Against Women Act and opposing the child exclusion provisions in welfare reform.

The organization provides pregnancy resource kits to colleges and is leading a discussion on developing practical resources for pregnant and parenting students.

The presentation is co-sponsored by the Pro Life Education Association, the Newman Center and Women Affirming Life. The Web site for Feminists for Life of America is www.feministsforlife.org.

Winners of golf tournament

Sonny Leclair of Orrington and Jeff Kinney, David Crichton and Jimmy McInnes, all of Bangor – the Quality Jewelers team – won the Cadillac Invitational Golf Tournament played Aug. 12 at Penobscot Valley Country Club.

The team won four round-trip tickets to Pebble Beach, Calif., to play four rounds of golf at the National Kidney Foundation Tournament.

Quirk Cadillac of Bangor sponsored the Cadillac Invitational to benefit the National Kidney Foundation of Maine. The funds raised are used for kidney screenings, research, direct grants to kidney patients and educational programs on tissue and organ donations.

Greg Murray, Hudson; Paul Tracy, Gouldsboro; Chris Lander, Orrington; and Dan Sullivan and Jerry Jarrell, Bangor, served on the tournament committee. David McPhail of Bradford was tournament chairman. Lander will lead the 2003 tournament.

Compiled by Ardeana Hamlin

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