Volunteers sought to help cancer research effort

Posted March 26, 2009, at 7:27 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to work with Eastern Maine Medical Center and the Maine Institute for Human Genetics and Health to help “turn around Maine’s top rating as the state with the highest incidence of cancer in the nation,” reports Lanie Colson of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems Healthcare Charities.

“We are looking of an army of volunteers to help us,” Colson wrote of needing your assistance with this most ambitious campaign to build a new cancer and research center in eastern Maine.

She explained volunteer opportunities can range from assisting the campaign “through community advocacy” by identifying “additional campaign volunteers” and helping to organize campaigns in local communities as well as “soliciting leadership and key contributors” for the campaign.

A kickoff event for this campaign is planned for April 16 in Brewer.

“We need your help,” Colson wrote in urging you “to learn more, volunteer or donate,” which you can do by visiting ChampiontheCure.org or by calling EMMC Healthcare Charities at 973-5185.

Elaine Larson and members of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs Miosac Club and Cosmopolitan Club, both of Dover-Foxcroft, invite you to their annual High School Art Show from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Center Theatre for the Performing Arts in Dover-Foxcroft.

Larson reports Penquis Valley High School of Milo, Piscataquis Community High School of Guilford and Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft students “will showcase their art,” which will be judged by Suzette East of Brownville Junction.

Prizes will be awarded and refreshments served.

For more information, call Larson at 564-7148.

Valerie Carter and fellow members of Skating Club of Maine, Penobscot Region, invite you to their annual ice show, “Skating the Blues,” 6-8 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Alfond Arena at the University of Maine in Orono.

Tickets are $5 at the door and refreshments will be available.

Young skaters and advanced will be featured in the program ranging from group performances to “several solos and duets,” Carter wrote.

Featured SCM-PR solo skaters are Jade Baumrind, Reilly Bolin, Brooke Hammond, Elizabeth Houghton, Emma Howard, Dana Libhart, Tommy McCarthy, Sharon Silberman-Hummels and Casey White.

Other club members include Abigail McCarthy and Bridget Woodward, who will appear in a duet with her husband and our BDN executive editor, Mark Woodward, who also is taking on the responsibility of serving as master of ceremonies for this fun-filled evening.

Carter reports the skaters have been working, since October, developing basic skills and advanced performance skills for this annual event, which “will showcase skaters of all levels and ages.”

For more information, call Tammy Bolin, 990-2928.

Members of Columbia Street Baptist Church invite you to see the movie “Something to Sing About” at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at the church, 63 Columbia St., Bangor.

A release from the church says the movie “features high octane Gospel sound” and stars Darius McCrary, Tamara Mowry, Irma P. Hall and Kirk Franklin.

The presentation is free and open to the public, and more information is available by calling the church at 945-6616.

Breanna Pinkham of Schoodic Arts for All invites area residents and visitors to “spend your Sunday evenings brushing up on sculpture culture” by watching and listening “to sculptors of every kind,” from glass to wood and more, “from the practical to the fantastical,” as you enjoy the second year of the Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium Film Series.

Sculpture Highlights from ART: 21 (Art in the Twenty-First Century) is 7 p.m. Sundays, March 29, April 5, April 19 and April 26, at Hammond Hall, 427 Main St., Winter Harbor.

The suggested donation is $5, and “never-ending popcorn” is only $3.

For more information, e-mail info@schoodicarts.org or call 963-2569.

Literacy Volunteers of Bangor executive director Mary Lyon invites the public to “help us celebrate the efforts” of LV-Bangor’s “founders during part of our 40th anniversary celebration” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 30, in the Lecture Hall of Bangor Public Library.

At that event, Lyon reports, the stories of founders Agnes Beckwith and Sister Benigna will be retold. “Their vision has changed the lives of thousands of adults with low literacy in our area, and their legacy continues today.”

Lyon reports that this year, for example, LV-Bangor “tutors will donate tens of thousands of hours to help roughly 200 adults improve their educational, economic and social prospects through improved literacy.”

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

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