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New Meals for Me site to hold grand opening

By Joni Averill

Earlier this month I wrote about a new site for the Eastern Area Agency on Aging Meals for Me program, and now Carol Higgins Taylor of EAAA has written to invite the public to attend the grand opening of this new meal site from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, March 2, at All Souls Congregational Church, 10 Broadway, Bangor.

This new program, known as the Lunch Bunch, has been expanded to include nonseniors in order that seniors can bring their caregiver or a friend along with them, Taylor said in that earlier column.

The cost of the meal, for seniors over 60, is a recommended donation of $3, while those under 60 are asked to pay a flat fee of $5.

Those who want to attend are asked to make a reservation by 8 a.m. the day before attending by calling 356-5360.

At this Meals for me grand opening, Taylor wrote, in addition to good food and camaraderie, you also will enjoy entertainment.

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Lewis Bayley of Penobscot County Chapter 374 of AARP called to remind area seniors that the group is meeting for a brown-bag lunch at noon Tuesday, March 3, at the Elks Lodge on Odlin Road, Bangor.

The guest speaker will be nutritionist Melissa Frye of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth.

All seniors are welcome to attend, and if you want more information about this AARP chapter, call Bayley at 947-0608 or Tricia Tracy at 947-8701.

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Members of Congregation Beth Israel invite you to take Introduction to Judaism classes that “will be suitable for Jews and non-Jews eager to learn about Judaism,” wrote Lynn Higgins for Congregation Beth Israel.

The instructor will be Rabbi Steven Schwarzman, and the first class is 1 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at Congregation Beth Israel, 144 York St., Bangor.

If you would like to join the class, you can RSVP by calling 945-3433 or e-mailing

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Members of the Hancock Woman’s Club will hold a special meeting, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Jackie Nicholson wrote the HWC will present its annual AFS International Student Night at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at the Community Center in Hancock.

“Foreign exchange students, who attend local high schools, will share viewpoints and background from their home countries, as well as their experiences, here, in their host communities,” Nicholson wrote.

Myrna Coffin is chairwoman of the event at which refreshments will be served, and a brief business meeting will conclude the evening, Nicholson wrote.

“Everyone is invited to attend,” she added, and more information is available by calling 422-6214.

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Space is limited and reservations are required for anyone who would like to take part in the first of the Woodlawn Museum 2009 workshop series: Bead Weaving, Square Stitch Bracelet Cuff, to be taught by Ginger Manna from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 7, at Woodlawn, Route 172, Ellsworth.

Joshua Torrance of Woodlawn reports that Manna, of Bella Colore in Blue Hill, will offer a beginning class for people 14 or older.

The cost is $35 for Woodlawn members, $45 for nonmembers.

For more information or to register, call the museum at 667-8671 or e-mail

For more information about other workshops, events or activities at Woodlawn, visit

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On behalf of the board of directors, staff and clients of Eastern Maine AIDS Network, executive director Patricia Murphy wrote to thank everyone who donated to and-or attended the third annual Red Ribbon Ball on Feb. 7.

That event, Murphy wrote, raised nearly $12,000, “which will allow us to continue to meet the vital needs of people with HIV-AIDS in Penobscot, Piscataquis and Aroostook counties, as well as actively promote prevention education and harm reduction and advocate for fair, effective programs and policies.”

“Despite the difficult economic times,” she continued, “EMAN is thrilled to have achieved a nine percent increase” over what was raised at last year’s event as well as nearly doubling the attendance, “which is a testament to the commitment and support of our community,” Murphy wrote.

EMAN extends “a hearty thank you to Spectacular Event Center for providing the fabulous location for this year’s ball, as well as Brian Catell and the Jump City Jazz Band for their enthusiasm and keeping us dancing all night.”

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

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