Newport Cultural Center offers genealogy classes

Posted May 01, 2009, at 5:39 p.m.

Newport Cultural Center director Joanna Tarrazi wants readers to know that the center, which houses the Newport Historical Society, its museum and Newport Public Library, is preparing to meet one of its “major goals” by helping area residents learn about their cultural heritage.

The center will offer a series of six genealogy classes from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays, beginning May 9, and continuing May 16, May 23, June 13, June 20 and June 27 at the cultural center, 154 Main St., Newport.

Teaching the course will be Skowhegan Free Public Library volunteer genealogist and instructor Ruth F. Blood and cultural center museum curator intern K Hartsgrove.

The program is open to everyone, from genealogy beginners to those who have already begun researching their family histories.

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The classes will provide instruction and individual practice, and assistance will be available after each class “for those who may want additional instruction,” Tarrazi said.

The registration fee is $5 per class or $30 for the course, and you may participate in one or all of the classes. If you register by today, the series cost is $25.

For a description of the classes or to register, call 369-2193, 369-2153 or e-mail


Now through October, reports Mark Tardif, a Unity College band will tour farmers markets in Maine beginning at noon today at the Unity Market Day at Unity Community Center on the corner of School and Main streets.

The band, Dog Wants Out, includes faculty members, staff and alumni Rob Constantine, Anna McGalliard, Sara Trunzo and John Zavodny.

The band’s current Maine farmers market schedule is on Facebook under the search Dog Wants Out.


Donnie Wright encourages you to “meet fast-wheeling wheelchair athletes, learn how to play wheelchair rugby, try out a chair and experience wheelchair rugby firsthand,” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at the old Bangor Armory Gym, now headquarters for the Bangor Parks and Recreation Department, 647 Main St.

There is no admission charge.

For information, call Wright at 942-3566.


Toni Mailloux reminds people in the Belfast area that the Lions Club of Belfast, Searsport, Searsport Bay and Monroe will host its Lions Club annual spring brunch 8-11 a.m. Sunday, May 3, at the Waldo County Shrine Club on Northport Avenue, Belfast.

Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12 for the brunch, offering omelets-to-order, crepes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, coffee and juice.

Also, Mailloux wrote, a walk to benefit Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County begins with registration at 9 a.m. and the walk at 10 a.m. that day at the Waldo County General Hospital Education Building on Northport Avenue. The $10 registration fee includes brunch at the Shrine Club.


Nonni Daly reports the University of Maine equestrian team will host a Spring Fling Horse Show with registration at 8 a.m. and the show at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 3, at Witter Farm in Orono.

Registration for riders is $7 per class or $35 for an unlimited number of classes. Proof of up-to-date shots and a negative Coggins test, within three years, is required.

The public is invited to attend.


Norma Fortin e-mailed that Hampden Dollars for Scholars will conduct a donation car wash and bottle drive 1-3 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at Maine Savings Bank, 101 Western Ave., mpden.

Dollars for Scholars club members “earn money for college by fundraising throughout their four years of high school,” Fortin said.

Supporters may take their returnables to the car wash site or “we can pick them up at your home, if you call ahead,” she said.

For a returnable pickup, call 944-6348.


Lori Wingo invites you to the Bangor Band memorial concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Park Street in Bangor.

Wingo said the concert will honor “all band members who helped us get to our 150th anniversary,” and will include the announcement of the Bangor Band Scholarship recipient for 2009.


Radio personality Bill DaButler reports that the groundbreaking for the Hancock County Habitat for Humanity-Faith Community Fellowship home for the Plaisted family will be 10 a.m. Monday, May 4, on Christian Ridge Road in Ellsworth.

Expected to attend, in addition to the family, are Mount Desert Island High School students working on the project and Jimmy Goodson of Habitat, which recently received a much-appreciated $2,000 contribution from Bar Harbor Bank & Trust for this project.

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

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