Art program seeks grandparents, grandkids

Posted March 19, 2009, at 7:29 p.m.

Community Health and Counseling Services of Bangor is offering a Grandparents Group as part of its Family Art Nights.

“We have done three parents groups, and now it is time” for the grandparents to take part, wrote Karen Hartnagle of CHCS.

The free program will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, Wednesday, April 1, and Wednesday, April 8, at the Maine Discovery Museum on Main Street in Bangor.

It is open to grandparents with grandchildren ages 8-11 and will be taught by 2004-05 Maine Art Teacher of the Year Arrah Vanier, head of the art department at Hermon High School.

“This is a visual art program where the grandparent and the child each do a piece of art, together, and not only produce a nice piece of art, but also have quality time together where they are all having fun,” Hartnagle said.

During the three sessions, participants enjoy a “nutritious snack; they work on the art activity; and there is also time to explore the museum,” Hartnagle said.

You can register by calling the Discovery Museum at 262-7200. The program is offered first-come, first-served.

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On behalf of the Beech Hill School eighth-graders, Barbara Brooks invites you to their auction, beginning with a preview at 8 a.m. and the auction itself at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 21, at the school in Otis.

Proceeds will benefit their class trip and scholarship program.

Donations are being collected from area businesses. If you need directions, call 537-2203.

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You are invited to The Bluegrass Special at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the Keith Anderson Community House, 19 Bennoch Road, Orono, to hear featured band Beecher Boys ’n Girls and the guest band, Original Condition.

Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for those with student and military identification.

Jim Leighton reports that Calvin and Karen Boyle, owners of a Tim Hortons in Old Town, will donate the coffee. You can call 944-3128 for more information.

Ben Dresser of the Beecher Boys ’n Girls also wants you to know that his group “gets half of the gate, and it goes back out into the community.”

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Jordan Lorenz, president of Hermon High School Key Club, wrote that organization has had difficulty finding businesses to sponsor a fundraiser, so the club is hoping for a good turnout since it is “going to have to rely on ticket sales to raise our funds” to benefit Camp Sunshine, a camp for children with terminal or life-threatening illnesses, and their families.

The Key Club will hold a Longaberger Basket Bingo with doors opening at noon and games beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 22, in the Hermon High School gymnasium on Route 2.

It will involve 15 games, two raffles and concessions.

Proceeds will benefit the camp at Sebago Lake, which is free to qualifying families, Lorenz wrote of the program that draws families from the U.S. “and even a few foreign countries” to enjoy “a stress-free week together.”

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Tickets are $20 per person, $35 for couples attending a murder mystery dinner and auction to benefit the village of Weajue, Liberia, in West Africa. It is hosted by area college students Andrew Deighan, Shaylah Goss and Sean Higgins, who will spend three months there this summer.

The fundraiser is 6 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at Pairings at the Winterport Winery on Main Street.

Tickets will be available at the door but are best reserved by calling 740-6924.

More information is available at www.friendsofliberia.org.

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Performances by the University of Maine Concert Band, the Old Town High School Band and the Reeds Brook Middle School Band of Hampden are part of “an evening of fine family entertainment,” reports Acadia Hospital director Alan Comeau of the 12th 3 Bands Benefit Concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine in Orono.

Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for students with identification, those under 17 and seniors 62 and older. They may be bought at the door, by calling Healthcare Charities at 973-5055, or visiting www.acadiahospital.org.

Comeau said the program’s guest conductor is Denton Stokes, who is a band director and music educator in Fairfax, Va.

Proceeds benefit youth services at The Acadia Hospital, a nonprofit psychiatric and chemical dependency hospital in Bangor and affiliated with Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, Comeau wrote.

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

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