Public invited to participate in HOPE Festival

Posted March 09, 2009, at 12:59 a.m.

In preparation for the 15th annual HOPE Festival on April 25 at the University of Maine in Orono, Emma Macaillen says, “we are doing some interesting things to get ready” with two new opportunities for community participation.

First, “people of all ages are invited to join the Festival Singers,” who will participate in the opening ceremonies.

Directed by Marty Kelly of Voices for Peace, prospective singers are asked to attend at least three rehearsals.

The rehearsals are 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 14; 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26; 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1 and 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor, 120 Park St., Bangor.

For information, e-mail martylhk@yahoo.com or call 866-5772.

The second opportunity open to the public “is the creation of the Wall of Hope, a large banner,” to be sent to President Obama, Macaillen wrote.

With the theme of HOPE, this project is open to “individuals, school classes and other groups.” The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 10.

For information about this opportunity, e-mail em.macaillen@hotmail.com.

Macaillen also pointed out that festival organizers are seeking food vendors for April 25, “who will use local, maybe organic food and serve cold, pickup foods.”

“It’s a great fundraiser for local faith communities or service organizations,” she added.

For vendor information, visit www.peacectr.org, call 942-9343, or use one of the e-mail addresses above.

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Rick Marston of The UPS Store at 449 Broadway in Bangor has announced that store is joining other UPS stores throughout the country in observing National March into Literacy Month to commemorate the first anniversary of the Toys for Tots Literacy Program.

“As the first, year-round initiative of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, the Toys for Tots Literacy Program offers the nation’s most economically disadvantaged children the ability to compete academically and to succeed in life by providing them direct access to books and educational resources that enhance their ability to read and to communicate effectively,” said The UPS Store release.

With “more than 13 million children” living in poverty, and considering “the current economic environment,” Marston said, ”we can expect that number to rise.”

That is why “for as little as a dollar, our customers can make a big difference in the life of a less fortunate child.”

Through March The UPS Store will sell $1 donation cards, and for every dollar donated, a book will be given to a local child.

The Bangor UPS Store is open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays.

For information, call 947-9999.

Throughout the year additional fundraising activities will continue, including a coin box program where customers may donate spare change.

The local UPS Store will hold a book drive to collect new, age-appropriate books, which will be delivered to Penquis for distribution throughout Greater Bangor.

Since The UPS Store and Mail Boxes Etc. initiated the Toys for Tots Literacy program a year ago, more than $630,000 has been raised, putting more than 630,000 books in the hands of children throughout the U.S.

For information, visit www.ToysforTotsLiteracy.org.

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Director Jan Cox reports the Brewer Hometown Band will present a concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at the Brewer Auditorium.

“We’ve had lots of the white stuff, so we’re prepared to give you a wee bit o’ green,” Cox wrote.

“We think you’ll enjoy our music, those famous refreshments, plus a few door prizes to make the evening lots of fun.

“We’re looking forward to seeing you, so bring the family, the neighbors and maybe a few leprechauns, and join us.”

While the concert is free, donations are always accepted and appreciated.

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

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