April 06, 2020

Families invited to enjoy day at horse races

The Bangor Center and Museum for History will hold an unusual event that should be fun for the whole family.

Museum volunteer Ann Trainor hopes you will plan to attend History Races On, beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at historic Bass Park in Bangor.

Trainor invites you to tour the stables and chat with horse trainers and drivers.

You will have the opportunity to take a “backstretch tour,” and visit a stable and the blacksmith’s shop, she wrote.

You can even have your picture taken in a sulky.

The event also features hayrides, cider making and a petting zoo.

Show your children what a Civil War field hospital looked like, and visit the exhibit where a birch bark canoe will be under construction.

A barbecue and live Dixieland music also precede the afternoon’s harness racing, which begins at 1:30 p.m.

General admission to this event is free, as is admission to the races.

Proceeds from History Races On activities benefit BMCH.

For more information, call the museum at 942-1900.

Cathy Goslin has announced the registration deadline for the Project Learning Tree and Maine Forest and Logging Museum teacher workshop has been extended to Friday, Oct. 13.

The workshop features the new PLT pre-kindergarten through grade eight activity guide and the MFLM educator’s guide.

For more information, contact info@leonardsmills.com.

Mary MacKay reminds readers that The Salvation Army will hold its annual Harvest Auction on two dates.

The event begins with a pre-sale from 5 to 6 p.m. followed by the auction from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, and Sunday, Oct. 15, at The Salvation Army, 65 South Park St. in Bangor.

Admission is free.

The auction features items donated by local business owners, and light refreshments will be available in the kitchen.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will help support the valuable work of The Salvation Army in providing assistance to those in need in our area.

Sandy Phippen, president of The Historical Society of the town of Hancock, has announced that the last meeting of the year, the Historical Society’s Annual Meeting, begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at the Hancock Community Center.

The meeting is open to the public, and admission is free.

Phippen is the featured speaker and will discuss his many “literary adventures,” he said, which range from the coming publication of his “Maine Historical and Geographical Atlas” to his latest novel.

On behalf of the Eddington-Clifton Civic Center, Mark Shane invites you to attend third annual Variety Show, with two performances: one at 1 p.m. and the other at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Comins Hall, 1387 Main Road, Route 9, in Eddington.

Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for children.

The show features music, comedy dance, skits and recitations.

Advance tickets are available at the Eddington town office or by calling the town office at 843-5233.

Tickets also will be available at the door.

The United Way of Mid-Maine is holding a one-day conference, Turning Points, focusing on how to link a community’s prevention, intervention and corrections systems for positive youth building, at 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in Carter Memorial Hall at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield.

The $10 registration fee includes lunch and materials, and the conference registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 16. Scholarships are available.

The event features national conference trainer Jonathan Cloud, and an address by Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Brenda Harvey.

For more information, or a registration form, call United Way of Mid-Maine, 873-0686, or visit info@unitedwayofmidme.org.

Margo Batsie, community response coordinator for Spruce Run Association in Bangor, has announced Spruce Run is offering “Connections and Change: An Education Group for Women Affected by Abuse,” beginning Tuesday, Oct. 17.

“This daytime group will meet weekly for nine weeks,” Batsie wrote, “to discuss such topics as the dynamics of abuse, parenting after separating from an abusive partner, anger, and healthy relationships.”

Batsie added that someone who participated in a previous group wrote, “I finally understand that it wasn’t about me.

“I learned to speak up and use my own voice.”

There is no charge to participate in this educational program, but enrollment is limited.

For more information, or to talk with a facilitator, call Spruce Run at 945-5102, or call its hot line at (800) 863-9909.

Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; 990-8288.

Correction: Incorrect dates were provided to Joni Averill for her column regarding The Salvation Army’s annual Harvest Auction. That event has a pre-sale at 5 p.m. and the auction at 6 p.m. that began Friday. They will continue today at the same times at The Salvation Army, 65 S. Park St., Bangor. Admission is free.

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