AARP chapter conducting membership drive

Posted Feb. 10, 2009, at 10:03 p.m.

Penobscot County Chapter 374 AARP is conducting a membership drive, wrote Lewis Bayley of Bangor.

Chapter 374 includes seniors residing not only in Greater Bangor, but also in Ellsworth, Dover-Foxcroft, Winterport and many surrounding communities, Bayley said.

The 60-member chapter meets at 11:45 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month, at the Elks Lodge on Odlin Road in Bangor.

The meeting includes a brown bag lunch and often features a speaker or an in-house auction, bake sale or a business meeting.

The 39-year-old chapter’s “low dues and donations” help support the work of several area organizations, including The Salvation Army and the Christmas Angel Tree project.

Additional support helps provide school supplies for needy youngsters and assists projects of the Elks Club, The Good Samaritan Agency and “bingo activities at the Bangor Nursing and Rehab Center,” Bayley wrote.

For more information about joining this AARP chapter, call Bayley at 947-0608, or Tricia Tracy at 947-8701 preferably after 5 p.m., Bayley added, because that “is always the best time to call.”

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Marine Environment Research Institute invites you to send a MERI valentine by attending the Oceans Concert and Benefactors Dinner beginning with the concert 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at The Bay School in Blue Hill and ending with the Benefactors Dinner at 7:30 p.m. that evening, at the home of Rich and Susie Gurin, 50 Parker Lane in Blue Hill.

Blue Hill resident and world-renowned musician Noel Paul Stookey will perform a solo concert to benefit MERI “and its efforts to protect the health of the oceans,” according to the MERI release.

Concert tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. The all-inclusive dinner-concert tickets are $100 each or $175 for couples and feature concert priority seating.

To R.S.V.P., call Sarah Curts at 374-2135.

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Jill Reeves wants nonmembers and anyone who has a membership that has lapsed for more than a year to know that you can “get your heart in shape for Valentine’s Day” by accepting the MDI YMCA’s offer for free access now through Valentine’s Day, Saturday, Feb. 14.

“This is a great opportunity for members of the greater Mount Desert Island community to come in out of the cold and exercise with friends and neighbors for free,” Reeves wrote.

To participate you must register in person at the MDI YMCA on Park Street in Bar Harbor.

For more information, call 288-3511, ext. 103.

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Lots of chocolate and “romantic music from our best performers” can be found at the Valentine’s Day Chocolate Buffet, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at Church of Universal Fellowship, 82 Main St., Orono.

Trudy Tremblay wrote that tickets are $5 for adults, admission is free for children under 12, and proceeds will benefit Crossroads Ministries of Old Town.

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French cuisine featuring coq au vin, vegetable tian, crepe suzettes and profiteroles “in a pleasant, candlelit atmosphere,” await all who attend the Monroe Community Church Public Supper 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at the church on Route 139.

Tickets are $10 each and by reservation only, Sharon Smith said, and you may reserve your place by calling her at 525-3264 or by calling Bernys Doak at 525-4431.

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Jeff Franklin reports Caribou Kiwanis Club is sponsoring its annual Keystone Kops fundraiser 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, during Caribou’s Winter Carnival.

Franklin urges you to “purchase a warrant for arrests to be made” that day.

The “warrants” are $10 each before that date and are available at Caribou One-Stop, Caribou Food Trend, Caribou Chamber of Commerce and from local Kiwanis members.

Your purchased warrant will enable you to have a friend or co-worker “arrested” and “jailed” at the American Legion Hall, he wrote, warning residents that on that day, “the Keystone Kops will be on patrol.”

All proceeds benefit Caribou Kiwanis Club charities, and information may be obtained by calling 493-3200.

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Norma Milton wrote that Friends of Madawaska Lake Homeless Cats is expecting a new shipment of food for its pet pantry that should arrive at about 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at the Presque Isle Animal Hospital Caribou Clinic on Herschel Street.

The food pantry offers pet food to families that are “having a difficult time,” and anyone who needs pet food is invited to pick some up, Milton said.

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

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