Whether you were born in Aroostook County, raised there, visited there, or know someone from The County, you know there is something very special about the spirit of that northernmost section of the Pine Tree State.
That is one of many reasons I always smile when I receive another piece of information, whether by fax, phone, e-mail or “snail mail,” from Jeff Franklin of Presque Isle, reminding me what a wonderful, holiday tradition the Kiwanis Club of Caribou continues to carry on in The County.
Franklin e-mailed me last week to ask that I remind senior citizens they “don’t need to be alone on Christmas.”
Whether you are single or a couple, Franklin and his fellow Kiwanians cordially invite seniors to enjoy a free Christmas dinner, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 25, in the cafeteria of Cary Medical Center in Caribou.
There is no charge for this meal that not only fills the body, but fills the soul with that wonderful County spirit.
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Although the Mount Desert Island YMCA will close at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, and be closed all day Thursday, Dec. 25, reports senior program director Jill Reeves, it will offer a special event the day after Christmas.
Reeves invites all Bar Harbor residents to enjoy a “Community Appreciation Day,” throughout the day, from 5:30 a.m. to 9:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, at the Y, 21 Park St. in Bar Harbor.
“Come enjoy full facility access for free, all day,” Reeves wrote.
“All you have to do is to bring in proof of Bar Harbor residency” and you can try out the facility’s fitness center, pool, or play basketball.
Reeves also reminds families that Holiday Vacation Camp for children in kindergarten through sixth grade is offered Monday through Wednesday of Christmas week, and Dec. 29-Jan. 2, with the exception of New Year’s Day, when it will be closed.
Youngsters can enjoy swimming, crafts, outdoor play, hip-hop lessons and bowling.
Call the MDI Y at 288-3511 for times and prices.
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Looking for something a bit different to give as a gift for any or all of our coming holiday gatherings?
How about a ticket to see members of the Bangor Ballet in action?
Kristen Coffey Canders wrote to let our “readers know about a fabulous event: A Mid-Winter’s Dream, which is planned for Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Husson University Campus Center in Bangor.
Sponsored by Eaton Peabody and Machias Savings Bank, tickets are $45, or $360 for a table for eight, and reservations are required by Saturday, Jan. 3.
You can reserve your tickets by calling Jane Bragg at Bangor Ballet, 945-3457, or e-mailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Bangor Ballet fourth annual Evening at the Arts includes a social hour with a cash bar, dinner by Creative Catering and, of course, the delightful entertainment by dancers of Bangor Ballet.
“It is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a delicious dinner while watching talented dancers,” Canders wrote of what she believes would be “a great date night.”
In addition, she wrote, the winners of a recent Bangor Ballet choreography contest will debut their pieces, and the entertainment will include “an excerpt from ‘A Midsummer’s Night Dream,’ to be performed, in its entirety, in the spring.”
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Jennifer Therrien reminds parents their children can enjoy Space Fun at the Challenger Learning Center during this holiday vacation period.
The planets program, for youngsters in kindergarten through third grade, is from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 29, at CLC, 30 Venture Way, Bangor.
The cost for the two-hour program is $16, or if you like, the youngsters can enjoy the planets program from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $48.
Astronaut Life, for children in kindergarten through third grade, is from 1 to 3 p.m. that day, at CLC, for $16.
Space Station, where children in grades three through eight can build their own model of a space station, is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30, at CLC. The cost is $48, and the children should bring their own bag lunch.
Constellations, during which children can “make a constellation that will fit in your pocket,” Therrien wrote, is offered for children in grades three through eight from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 31, at CLC, for $16.
For more information, or to register your child or children, call CLC, 990-2900, ext. 3, or visit www.clcofme.org.
Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; email@example.com; 990-8288.