Literacy Volunteers program seeks English tutors

By Joni Averill,
Posted March 30, 2009, at 8:02 p.m.

Literacy Volunteers of Bangor, celebrating its 40th anniversary of bringing together volunteer tutors and adults who want improve literacy skills or verbal and written English language skills, is offering a new training program for volunteers who can assist students who “come from many areas” including Asia, Africa, Europe, Central and South America.

Executive Director Mary Marin Lyon reports that the seven-session course for English Language Learner Tutor Training and Certification begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at United Technologies Center, 200 Hogan Road in Bangor.

The course fee is $25; scholarships are available and the final session is April 30.

You can register by calling LV-Bangor at 947-8451, visiting www.lvbangor.org or e-mail lvbangor@utc.utc4.k12.me.us.

Lyon said that “the 20-hour course provides an overview of second-language acquisition skills, understanding and working with cultural differences, teaching strategies, and lesson planning.”

She also wants prospective volunteers to understand that “prior teaching experience, foreign language skills and-or a degree in education are not required,” and all a successful tutor needs to have is “a passion for helping others and making a difference in their communities.”

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The public is invited to attend the second annual broomball game between the University of Maine Women’s ice hockey team and the Third Watch Hockey Club at 7 p.m. Friday, April 3, at Alfond Arena at the University of Maine in Orono.

Admission is $5 for adults, free for children under 12 for this event that benefits the Ronald McDonald House of Bangor.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the UMaine mascot, Bananas the Bear, and win prizes through raffles and the Chuck-A-Puck contest.

For more information visit www.thirdwatchhockey.com.

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Mark Tardiff of Unity College reports the college’s next two cultural events open to the public include a concert and a free two-act play.

Folk, blues, ragtime and ’70s R&B Boston musician Ryan Montbleau will appear at 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 3, at Unity College Center of the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St., off Route 202, in Unity.

Tickets are $16 and are available through http://www.unityme.org/theater/index.html; at the Maine Music Gallery, Waterville; Crosstrax Restaurant, Unity: Cobbossee Coffee, Hallowell; Java Joe’s, Augusta; The Old Mill Pub, Skowhegan; 948-SHOW or www.unitymaine.org.

Pam Chabora offers “The Belle of Amherst,” a one-woman, two-act play about the life of Emily Dickinson, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at UCCPA.

This event is free.

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Robinson Ballet artistic directors Keith Robinson and Maureen Lynch invite you to enjoy their April productions.

Robinson Ballet Live ’09 is 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 3-4 at the Bangor Opera House, and 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 10-11 at The Grand in Ellsworth.

Tickets are $14, $10 for seniors, $8 for children and students with photo identification.

Tickets for the Bangor performance can be purchased by calling Penobscot Theatre at 942-3333.

Tickets for the Ellsworth performances can be purchased by calling The Grand at 667-9500.

Children will enjoy the matinee performances of “The Little Tailor” and “Once Upon a Time” at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at the Bangor Opera House, and at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at The Grand.

Tickets for both matinees are $5 for adults and children.

Bangor tickets can be obtained by calling Penobscot Theatre and Ellsworth tickets by calling The Grand at the above numbers.

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Benita Whitehouse Burke is calling all members of Bangor High School Class of 1969 to set aside Saturday, Aug. 8, for their 40th reunion at the Alamoosook Lakeside Inn in Orland.

If you want more information, or can help with planning and preparing for this event, call Burke at 249-5270 or Sally Brown McManus at 942-2824.

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

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