Homeless Person’s Memorial Day is Sunday

Posted Dec. 17, 2008, at 8:35 p.m.

Penobscot Community Health Care is hosting Bangor’s third annual remembrance vigil and service in recognition of Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day, reports Mary Jude of the Bangor agency.

The Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day begins at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, with participants gathering until 5:45 p.m. at the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter on the corner of Cedar and Main streets.

From there, Jude wrote, the group will take a short walk to Hammond Street Congregational Church, on the corner of High and Hammond streets, where services will begin at 6 p.m.

“The service will include music and lighting of candles in remembrance of those who have died in the Bangor area while homeless,” Jude explained.

She invites “community members, friends and families” of those individuals to attend this special event.

Refreshments will be provided after the service, and donations “of small items for our warm tree” will be gratefully accepted, Jude wrote.

Those items for the “warm tree” can include “scarves, mittens-gloves, heavy socks and hats, or a nonperishable food item,” which would be equally welcome, she added.

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It is not too late to participate in the Mount Desert Island Hospital Auxiliary Star Project to benefit the newly formed Cancer Support Group, wrote Charlotte Skiff.

Now through Tuesday, Dec. 23, you can purchase a star for $5 to be “displayed in the hospital’s reception area,” Skiff wrote. The stars “will be personalized with the name of the person being honored or remembered, and the person who purchased the star.”

To purchase your star, either pick up a form at the reception desk at the hospital, 10 Wayman Lane in Bar Harbor, or call Skiff at 288-5081, ext. 1165.

Skiff wants donors to know that “a handwritten note can be sent to make a special gift to the family of the person being remembered, or to the person being honored.”

The Star Project has raised “thousands of dollars,” Skiff explained, and this year’s proceeds will go to continuing the sponsorship of the Cancer Support Group, “so it remains free of charge.”

“We would also like to purchase some resource books to go along with the discussions in the group,” she wrote, adding that additional proceeds from star sales also will benefit “other projects of the Auxiliary.”

The Cancer Support Group meets the first Monday of each month at Bar Harbor Congregational Church, and “we are always open to any suggestions to get as many people to our meetings as possible,” Skiff wrote.

“If you or anyone you know has an interest,” you are welcome to call Skiff, at home, 288-3103, or to call Lynne Assaf, at the hospital, at 288-5082, ext. 1311.

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According to a release from our historic Bangor Symphony Orchestra, tickets for this year’s production of “The Nutcracker” are still available.

That production, featuring the BSO, Robinson Ballet and the Bangor Area Children’s Choir, is 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at Peakes Auditorium at Bangor High School on Broadway.

The guest conductor will be Benjamin Makino, a southern California native and a young music educator who, according to the BSO release, has made several appearances on the national stage.

Tickets are available at the Maine Center for the Arts box office, 581-1755 or 800-MCA-TIXX, or online at www.bangorsymphony.org.

And, here’s a suggestion from the BSO if you’re having a problem deciding what to give for holiday gifts: Make a tax-deductible donation to the BSO.

You can do that by calling either of the numbers above or e-mailing symphony@bangorsymphony.com to purchase a gift certificate in any denomination.

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I had a delightful conversation with Patricia Claus who told me about a special event for all to enjoy this holiday season.

On behalf of St. John’s Catholic Church, Claus — the lady with the perfect seasonal name! — cordially invites the public to hear Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols,” Marc Antonio Charpentier’s “Christmas Cantata” and to enjoy “favorite carols for all to sing,” beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at St. John’s Church, 207 York St. in Bangor.

Participating in this concert will be the St. John’s “parish choir, children’s choir, harpists and other instrumentalists,” Claus said.

A reception follows the concert in the parish hall, and while admission is free, donations would be “gratefully accepted,” she added.

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

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