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Beecher Boys and Girls to perform for Manna

By Joni Averill

Once again I have received some good news from Ben Dresser about a coming performance of the Beecher Boys and Girls Hillbilly Band.

Dresser reports this delightful, community-minded group will entertain you during a fundraiser for Manna Ministries of Bangor at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Next Generation Theatre at the Between Friends Art Center, 39 Center St., Brewer.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students, and people are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item, Dresser wrote.

He added that the band has “been together six years now, never taking a penny for ourselves,” but they do take donations, which enables them to help those in need.

For example, in December, the band donated $1,000 to the Angel Tree program and will be giving about that same amount to area food cupboards, Dresser wrote.

“When we do a fundraiser,” he stressed, “all proceeds go” to the organization benefiting from their appearance.

For more information about this performance and other opportunities to have a good time listening to and watching this delightful group, call Dresser at 944-5634 or Joe Cannon at 327-1278.

For more information about the activities taking place at Next Generation Theatre, call Tracey Marceron at 989-7100.

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Mainers who love to ski and, more particularly, love to ski as inexpensively as possible, have a chance to do that and help kick off the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Maine chapter MS Awareness Week, which runs March 2-9.

To do this, readers in our area will have to travel a bit to get to Mount Abram in Greenwood (off Route 26) for the $20 lift tickets on March 1. Half of each ticket will be donated to the MS Society, according to information provided by Denise Clavette, the National MS Society Maine chapter president, and Art McNeally, sales and marketing director for Mount Abram Ski Resort.

During National MS Awareness Week, the Maine chapter theme is for everyone to “Move it to End MS Now.”

The release asks people to “show your commitment to the MS movement and the approximately 3,000” Mainers who are affected by MS by performing “simple actions throughout the week,” which can include participating in MS Day at Mount Abram.

For more information about this event, call 875-5000 or visit www.msmaine.org.

As one who skied Mount Abram from the very first days it opened, I can attest to the fact that this is one lovely little mountain and a terrific place for young families to ski.

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However, if you are not a skier or you can’t get to Mount Abram on Sunday, MS Maine chapter president Clavette invites you to participate in the MS Maine chapter kickoff event, MS Flag Day, at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 2, at the Brewer Auditorium.

At that event, MS Society staff members and volunteers will have hundreds of orange flags to represent those with MS living in Maine, Clavette said.

Refreshments will be served.

You may register for the MS 20th anniversary walk at msmaine.org by calling 800-526-8890 or e-mailing mainewalkinfo@nmss.org.

The 20th anniversary walks are scheduled for April 25 in Androscoggin County, Augusta, Brewer, Brunswick, Camden, Ellsworth, Greater Portland, York County at the Kennebunks and Waterville; and on April 26 in Caribou.

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Supporters of River City Cinema invite you to see one of this year’s Oscar-nominated films and an Oscar winner, too.

“Trouble the Water,” which was nominated for Best Documentary Feature, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at the Bangor Opera House on Main Street.

“Trouble the Water” tells the story of Hurricane Katrina from one couple’s perspective as they filmed it and its aftermath.

Admission is $5 and refreshments will be available. “Trouble the Water” is unrated but contains “very strong language,” according to the cinema group.

The next showing is the Academy Award-winner for Best Documentary Feature, “Man on Wire,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Bangor Opera House.

Admission is $5 and refreshments will be available. This film is rated PG-13 for “brief nudity, sexual situations, drug content.”

This documentary features the 1974 high-wire crossing between New York City’s Twin Towers by Frenchman Philippe Petit, from its initial planning stages to its execution and his eventual arrest and psychological evaluation.

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

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