Want to help foster grandparents? Stay home

By Joni Averill,
Posted April 05, 2009, at 8:59 p.m.

Here’s an opportunity to stay at home, perhaps win a Getaway for Two at the Lucerne Inn, and help raise funds for the Penquis Foster Grandparent Program.

Gary Dorman invites you to participate in the Penquis Foster Grandparent Program Stay Home & Read A Book fundraiser, and this is how it works.

Dorman asks you to make a pledge “equivalent to a night out,” and offers as examples “$25 for the cost of tickets” to an event you might attend, $50 for the cost of a baby sitter or hair appointment, “$75 for the cost of a new outfit or $100 for the cost of the complete night out with dinner and the event.”

After making that pledge, you don’t have to go out at all: Just find “a good book, comfy chair and slippers, put your feet up and prepare to enjoy a relaxing evening at home.”

All proceeds benefit the Penquis Foster Grandparent Program for “income-eligible volunteers” 60 and older who work 15 to 40 hours a week with disabled, disadvantaged and developmentally delayed children “in one-on-one and small group settings … in sites such as schools, hospitals and Head Start centers.”

When you make a contribution, you will be entered into a drawing for the Lucerne Inn getaway. The drawing is April 15.

To obtain a pledge card, call PFGP at 800-215-4942, ext. 684, or 973-3684, or e-mail gdorman@penquis.org.

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Pen Bay Healthcare of Rockland reports that two physicians from Pen Bay Urology, Dr. Lars Ellison and Dr. Martyn Vickers, will offer a series of five discussions about prostate health, screening and cancer treatment.

Ellison will present the first program, “Gotta Go, Gotta Go, Gotta Go? Managing Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms and Overactive Bladder,” 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, April 7, at Spectrum Generations, 61 Park St., Rockland.

The remaining program dates are April 28, May 4, May 6 and June 3, and information about them will be available at the appropriate times.

For more information about Pen Bay Urology, visit www.pbmc.org/urology or call 593-5400.

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Barbara Waters of Millinocket e-mailed that “one of several fundraising efforts designed to help the Knights of Columbus Council #680 meet its pledge of nearly $39,000 to install a new heating system in St. Martin of Tours Church” is regular benefit suppers, which begin at 4 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month in the lower hall of the Millinocket church.

The next supper is 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, and your attendance will be appreciated as the Knights continue their efforts to install a new energy-efficient heating system.

Waters also wants readers to know that “much of the work on the installation of the heating system is volunteer labor … that will help keep the costs down.”

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Louise Snow of the Eastern Maine Orchid Society invites you to attend its annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Clapp Greenhouse on the University of Maine campus in Orono.

To find the sale site, Snow said, “just follow the signs from Interstate 95 to the greenhouse.”

Proceeds from the sale will benefit the EMOS scholarship, which is awarded to a UMaine junior majoring in greenhouse management.

And, Snow reminds you, “since this sale is the Saturday before Easter, the orchid is the perfect Easter plant because orchid pollen is sticky and doesn’t blow off.”

“That’s a big plus for those people with allergies!”

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The Bittersweets — Chris Myers and Hannah Prater — will entertain at the next Unity College Center for the Performing Arts concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at the center, 42 Depot St. in Unity.

Tickets are $15 and are available at www.unitymaine.org/theatre.

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