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By Joni Averill

The annual auction to benefit the Maine Discovery Museum, one of Bangor’s major downtown attractions, also serves as a major fundraiser for the organization that appeals to visitors of all ages from near and far.

As preparations are under way for the sixth annual event beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at Spectacular Event Center in Bangor, my friend Susan Carlisle, who has organized each event, is just as enthusiastic about this one as she was about the very first auction.

Susan is thrilled with the artists who are participating and with the work that will be up for bid.

“Save Me a Seat!” features more than “75 children’s rocking chairs, children’s Adirondack chairs, and artist-choice chairs, in all sizes,” she wrote.

The entries have been painted and decorated “by Maine artists from all across the state,” and you can now see them “in various downtown Bangor locations.”

Locator maps are available at the museum so you “can trek around to see each and every one of the chairs.”

The chairs also may be viewed at

Online bidding is available through noon Nov. 1, and all chairs will be available for silent bidding before the live auction.

Tickets for the MDM Gala Dinner Auction are $45, available online or at the museum.

For more information, call marketing director Jennifer Chiarell at 262-7200 or e-mail

Editor-publisher Dr. Joan MacCracken will discuss the process of creating The Book Within You at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Keith Anderson Community House, 19 Bennoch Road, Orono.

The public is invited to this event held by the Orono Public Library.

MacCracken recently published a collection of stories, “Cracked Marbles: Life’s Lessons for a Maine Surgeon,” written by Dr. Tom Palmer of Bangor.

For more information, call the library at 866-5060.

Maria Staples of Penquis reminds readers that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Penquis Breast and Cervical Health Coalition will participate in a public awareness event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, and Friday, Oct. 10, at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Brewer.

Staples wrote that those who stop by will receive “information on the Maine Breast and Cervical Health Programs as well as information regarding breast health.”

Staples explained that through the Penquis program, MBCHP “pays for mammograms, clinical breast exams, Pap tests, pelvic exams, limited diagnostic services and a network of referral services if further support is needed” for eligible women.

Staples wrote that registration is required for a no-cost Women’s Health Screening Day on Oct. 21 in Dover-Foxcroft.

To register, call 800-215-4942 and ask for Staples.

If you cannot attend, you are encouraged to call Penquis at the number listed to enroll in the program and schedule a mammogram and exam with one of the program’s participating providers.

Here’s a reminder from the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Hancock County secretary Joe Marshall that rehearsals begin for the 2009 GSSHC production of “The Pirates of Penzance” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Knowlton School, 160 State St. in Ellsworth.

No audition is required for the chorus, Marshall wrote, but auditions for principal parts will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, and 1-5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 12, at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Bucksport Road in Ellsworth.

Show and organization details are available at, and a list of roles and audition selections is available by contacting Marshall at 667-2544 or at

Dede Johnson is the production’s artistic director and Fred Goldrich the musical director.

For 32 years, the nonprofit GSSHC has presented annual performances of full-production shows, smaller concerts, sponsored outreach activities with schools and vocal scholarships.

“We are always looking for new members who sing, as well as behind-the-scenes volunteers,” Marshall wrote, adding that “this year, we are looking for all voices but, especially, men, since ‘Pirates’ requires a split men’s chorus in the second act.”

Jonathan Falk of Peace through Interamerican Community Action invites you to an informal talk and minifiesta on The Salvadoran Elections: Hopes for Change and Democracy in 2009.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at PICA, 170 Park St., Bangor.

To RSVP or receive more information, call PICA at 947-4203 or e-mail

The event features Salvadorans Bernardo Belloso and Heriberto Orellana, who are participating for the next two weeks throughout the Northeastern U.S., in the U.S.-El Salvador Sister Cities National Gathering.

Volunteers are being sought by Community Health and Counseling Services’ Warm Line “to help a neighbor in time of need,” wrote Diane Nelson of CHCS.

“The Warm Line is a part-time, free and confidential, noncrisis telephone line designed to serve persons with mental illness, and their families, in Penobscot, Piscataquis, Washington and Hancock counties,” Nelson explained.

The service “is staffed by dedicated volunteers” who have “a sense of empathy, the ability to be nonjudgmental and good listening skills.”

The volunteers are needed to expand the Warm Line’s hours of operation, she said.

“Extensive training and ongoing support” is offered volunteers, covering a range of topics such as “major mental illness, attitudes toward mental illness, how to deal with difficult calls, risk factors, listening skills, telephone skills and agency policies and expectations.”

If you are interested in obtaining more information about becoming a Warm Line volunteer, call Maureen Walsh at 800-924-0366, ext. 214, or 947-0366, and leave a message.

You will receive an application and be scheduled for an interview.

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

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