With the prospect of milder weather this weekend, people have many opportunities to lend their support to individuals, groups and organizations by helping others — and themselves — as they participate in a variety of interesting and productive activities.
For example, Julie Coulombe e-mailed that the Church of Universal Fellowship’s musical, “The Store,” will be presented at 7 p.m. both today and Saturday, Feb. 7, and again at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, at the church, 82 Main St. in Orono.
Set in Orono’s The Store-Ampersand, the show, starring 12 singers and actors, features songs from major musicals.
Admission is free, but donations will be accepted at the door.
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Cindy Ludden reminds readers “the plus-size clothing shopping is going to be great for any gal” who attends the Only Women’s Clothing Sale, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Jackson Community Center.
Tables for the Jackson Food Pantry fundraiser have been sold out, and you will find “a huge variety” of clothing and accessories “at yard sale prices,” Ludden added.
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Cheri Goodspeed reminds readers the annual 100-Mile Wilderness Sled Dog Race begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Maine Warden Service on Village Street in Greenville.
A portion of the proceeds from this and accompanying events will support fuel assistance programs in the Maine Highlands area, Goodspeed added.
A 30-mile race beginning at 11 a.m. in Greenville, afternoon sled dog rides, an animal tracking course and a skijoring demonstration are all part of the event that ends with a mushers’ breakfast, 7-10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, at the American Legion Hall.
For more information, call Goodspeed at 695-0965.
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Amy Beem and Barbara Cyr invite you to the Trail Riders of Today club annual beef stew and biscuit sleigh rally beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Beem Farm on the Pittsfield Road in Palmyra.
Admission is free and refreshments will be available at this rally featuring horse-drawn sleighs and drivers competing in categories ranging from the Currier & Ives class to the obstacle course.
Horse and sleigh owners, as well as spectators, are welcome to participate in this nostalgic and historic activity.
For more information, call Beem at 368-5710.
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Naomi Allen reports Old Town United Methodist Church will hold a public benefit chili dinner to support the local fuel assistance fund from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the church, 744 Stillwater Ave., Old Town.
Your “donations will be gratefully accepted,” Allen wrote.
The church members will hold a chocolate lovers Sunday from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, at the church, which will feature everything from sandwiches to ice cream sundaes and chocolate items for sale.
Proceeds from this event benefit Crossroads Ministries of Old Town.
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Bangor Mall Hannaford store manager Vic Wood wrote that co-workers and friends of Louise Smith will hold a benefit spaghetti supper, 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Howland United Methodist Church, to help with expenses for Louise and her and husband, Jim Smith, who is ill with cancer.
Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children under 12, and the benefit also includes a silent auction.
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Irv Marsters e-mailed a battle of the bands, featuring at least three local bands with Orrington connections, is 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Center Drive School gymnasium in Orrington.
Admission for the event, which benefits the Curran Homestead Living History Farm and Museum at Fields Pond, is $5 for adults, $3 for students.
Tickets are available at the school, Snowe’s Corner Mobil On The Run and Bob’s Kozy Korner Store in Orrington, and Bangor Letter Shop in Bangor.
Ticket stubs will be entered into drawings for $100 worth of fuel provided by Dead River Energy, hardware items from The Home Depot in Bangor and personalized stationery from Bangor Letter Shop.
For information, call Marsters, 745-4426.
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Brenton Murray and Tim Brauer invite you to “thaw to awesome music,” featuring local bands, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Keith Anderson Community Building, 19 Bennoch Road, Orono.
Tickets are $1 plus a donation of choice, and the event features raffles for music, clothing and more.
Proceeds benefit projects of Habitat for Humanity, University of Maine campus chapter.
For information, call Murray, 480-201-4678, or Brauer, 203-414-6143.
Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; email@example.com; 990-8288.