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Women’s program seeking sewing materials

By Joni Averill

Contributions of sewing materials are needed for the Women’s Re-entry Center in Bangor, reports volunteer Liane Giambalvo of Hampden.

Giambalvo wrote that the Center is “a residential program for 38 women” who are making the transition out of the Windham Center in Windham and who “are ready to look for employment or go back to school.”

According to a previous Bangor Daily News report, the re-entry center is a program of the Maine Department of Corrections, operated through a contract with Volunteers of America Northern New England.

Program residents must have served at least 120 days of their sentence and have approximately one year left to serve. Women’s Re-entry Center residents were sentenced for nonviolent crimes.

Part of that transition at the Women’s Re-entry Center, Giambalvo said, includes the Quilt and Needlearts program that “helps them develop skills and interests that keep them connected with their communities, in a positive way,” Giambalvo continued.

“Many of them have never sewn before, and it is a pleasure to watch the enthusiasm and creativity they put into the projects.”

Giambalvo said her group is “hoping to start cross-stitch and other needlework crafts, and are in need of supplies” including cross-stitch cloth, embroidery floss, crewel yarn and needles.” They also need fabric.

If you have materials to donate, call Giambalvo at 862-3356 for items to be picked up, or call the center at 561-5027 if you can drop off your donations.

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The Rev. Grace Bartlett, pastor of Brewer First Congregational Church, and members of the East of the Penobscot Ministerial Association, invite you to join them “on the eve of an historic inauguration,” as they hold a service of remembrance for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Rev. Bartlett wrote the service. The vigil begins at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, at Brewer First Congregational Church, 35 Church St.

The event will feature “readings, singing and a time to light candles of hope and commitment,” she said.

Everyone is welcome to participate, and more information may be obtained by calling 989-7350.

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Jing Zhang, president of the Bangor Chinese School, reports it will hold — and Lee Academy will sponsor — the 2009 Chinese New Year Celebration from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Husson University Student Center in Bangor.

Admission is free for BCS students, $15 for others.

Reservations must be made by Tuesday, Jan. 20, by calling Zhang at 990-0710, e-mailing her at or by downloading a registration form at

The event features Chinese holiday food and Chinese New Year shopping as well as programs, activities, firecrackers and door prizes.

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Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center will celebrate the 36th anniversary of the 1973 United States Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade, “while promoting the use of Fair Trade chocolate” at its “Choice and Chocolate” event beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at the center, Suite 420, Evergreen Woods, 700 Mount Hope Ave., Bangor.

Although the event is free and open to the public, those who plan to attend are required to RSVP by calling 947-5337, ext. 105, or by e-mailing

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Schoodic Arts for All presents Caribbean Night with Schoodic Steel at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at Hammond Hall, 427 Main St., Winter Harbor.

The snow date is Sat. Jan. 24.

Admission is $7 for adults, children free.

Breanna Pinkham reports the event, which benefits Schoodic Arts for All, features Caribbean music, ranging from calypso to jazz, food and dancing.

Members of Schoodic Steel are Pinkham and Aaron Gilpatrick, both of Winter Harbor; Pam Cates, Cutler; Gouldsboro residents Cindy Fisher, Dick Fisher, Celeste Mittelhauser, Glen Mittelhauser, Pepin Mittelhauser, Bill Thayer and Cynthia Thayer, and Craig Schoppe of Ellsworth.

For more information about Schoodic Steel or Schoodic Arts for All, call 963-2569, visit or e-mail

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Lynn Higgins e-mailed that Congregation Beth Israel is holding “a Sabbath program devoted to Jewish spirituality beginning Friday, Jan. 23, and ending Sunday, Jan. 25.”

The weekend events are open to the public and your participation is most welcome.

Call Beth Israel Synagogue at 945-3433 for more information.

Featured speakers include Rabbi Lisa Gelber of the Jewish Theological Seminary, and Rabbi Steven Schwarzman of Congregation Beth Israel.

Workshops also will be conducted by lay leaders, and Rabbi Gelber will speak Friday evening and at the conclusion of the weekend program.

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

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