Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks volunteer mentors

By Joni Averill,
Posted Sept. 23, 2008, at 9:35 p.m.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Maine could certainly use your help, reports program assistant Jamie Brooks.

The Ellsworth organization “is partnering with area elementary schools to provide on-site mentoring for children who could use a caring friend,” Brooks wrote of the program that is school-based.

Brooks describes this particular program as “a terrific way to become involved in a child’s life through a supportive, supervised environment” for children between the ages of 7 and 14.

She especially wants you to know that to become a volunteer mentor, you “don’t need any special skills, just an interest in helping children in the community.”

Volunteer mentors receive training, ongoing support and supervision from Big Brother Big Sister staff and they and their little brothers or little sisters will have access to materials that the program provides.

If you would like more information about how you can become “a Big in a local school,” or if you would like to offer your help and support for this program in any way, call Big Brother Big Sister at 667-5304 or e-mail bbbs1@downeasat health.org.

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Reservations are requested by today for readers wishing to attend the Celebrate Middle Autumn and the Successful Beijing Olympic Games Party from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Dyke Center for Family Business at Husson University in Bangor.

Your $15 admission fee includes dinner and entertainment at this event sponsored by Bangor Chinese School in collaboration with the owners of Mildel Farm, Peacemeal Farm, Wickett Farm, Olde Oak Farm and Kousky Farm.

Reservations may be made by calling Jing Zhang at 990-0710 or e-mailing jingzhang@bangorchinese.com.

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On behalf of Eastern Area Agency on Aging, director of communications Carol Higgins Taylor urges you to attend its open house from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at 450 Essex St., Bangor.

“The public is invited to come see our remodeled offices and meet the dedicated staff and talk about our programs,” Taylor wrote.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information about this event or about the programs and services of EAAA, call 800-432-7812, 941-2865, (TTY) 992-0150 or visit EAAA.org.

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Maria Girouard invites you to attend a screening of the film, “In Search of the Future: What do the Wise Ones Know?” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in the Donald P. Corbett Auditorium on Flagstaff Road at the University of Maine in Orono.

Sponsored by the Maine Peace Action Committee, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine.

The suggested donation is $5 for students and $10 for nonstudents.

After the screening, Girouard invites you to “join filmmakers Andrew Cameron Bailey and Connie Baxter Marlow for a post-film discussion.”

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Stephanie Erb of Bangor Community Theatre e-mailed that the incorrect times were provided for the Ellsworth performances of its original musical production, “The Labours of Love,” written and directed by Heather Astbury-Libby with music direction by Kevin Bate.

Admission for the dress rehearsal is a donation, Erb wrote.

You just “pay what you want” to attend that showing at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at The Grand in Ellsworth.

The next performance is 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at The Grand, and the final productions, each beginning at 2 p.m., are Saturday, Sept. 27, and Sunday, Sept. 28, at The Grand.

Tickets for the Friday-through-Sunday performances are $15 for adults and $10 for children and seniors, and are available by calling Diane Nelson at 947-0366, ext. 260.

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Sunshine Kids Foundation is “a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support to children with cancer,” wrote Jan Currier in announcing a fundraiser for that organization.

The fourth annual Sunshine Kids Great Garage and Bake Sale is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at 160 Broadway, in the parking lot beside Prudential Northeast Properties at the corner of Broadway and Cumberland Street in Bangor.

The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 28.

Co-sponsored by Prudential Northeast Properties and Bangor Realators’ Partners for our Communities, donations are welcome, Currier wrote, “especially toys, children’s clothes, books, china, tools, games, CDs and records.”

The event will include home-baked goods and a 50-50 raffle. For information, or if you have questions, call 942-8261.

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Lena Wallace reports a free, Senior Appreciation Day, sponsored by Mount Desert TRIAD, is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at Northeast Harbor Neighborhood House.

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

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