Public invited to Senior College arts festival

Posted May 11, 2009, at 7:49 p.m.

The “entire weekend” is free and open to the public, “and it’s going to be great,” reports Dorothy Alling of the Senior College at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center seventh annual Festival of Arts at the center on Route 3-West in Belfast.

The event opens at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 14, and runs through Sunday, May 17.

At the opening reception you will have an opportunity to meet and view the work of more than 130 artists age 50 and older.

The exhibit is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, May 15, and features special demonstrations, throughout the day, concluding with a Celtic Band directed by Chris Brinn at 7 p.m.

Saturday’s activities run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guest speaker Robert Shetterly, winner of an international best nonfiction book award, will make a presentation at 12:30 p.m., followed by a book signing.

Sunday’s exhibit runs from noon to 3 p.m., and gives guests an opportunity to view all the artwork ranging from scrimshaw to fabric arts, photography and paintings.

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Jennifer Brooks invites “seniors and their caregivers” to attend the Senior Connections Expo beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, at Spectacular Event Center, 395 Griffin Road, Bangor.

Workshops include senior safety at 9:30 a.m., reverse mortgages at 10:30 a.m. and prescriptions and Medicare at 12:30 p.m.

The event is hosted by Penquis and Eastern Area Agency on Aging and sponsored by Martin’s Point Health Care.

The George Hale Silver Frame Awards will be presented at noon.

Featuring more than 35 exhibitors offering information and giveaways, the event also includes health screenings for hearing, blood pressure, blood glucose and more, Brooks wrote.

For more information, call Penquis at 800-215-4942.

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Kristin Canders reports that you have until Thursday, May 14, to make your reservations to attend the Bangor Ballet interactive tea party, “Fairies in the Forest,” with seatings at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor.

Admission for one adult to accompany one child is $16 for nonmembers, $10 for museum members, and you can call 262-7200 to make your reservations.

The program includes excerpts from Bangor Ballet’s spring productions, “Titania’s Dream” from “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Hansel and Gretel,” which will be presented May 31 at Center Theater in Dover-Foxcroft, June 6 at Hauck Auditorium at the University of Maine and June 14 at Ellsworth High School.

Tickets for those productions can be purchased by calling 945-3457.

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Jill Lang of Pen Bay Healthcare reminds Maine students living in Knox, Waldo or Lincoln counties that the Nursing Scholarship Committee of Penobscot Bay Medical Center offers four individual scholarships of $500 to high school students entering, or continuing, a registered nursing program in the 2009-2010 school year.

Applications are due May 16 and forms can be obtained by calling Marilyn Vinal at 596-8850, faxing 593-5279 or writing Vinal at 6 Glen Cove Drive, Rockport 04856.

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Donna Stanhope e-mailed that an All-Day Scrapbooking Event is planned from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at Golden Harvest Grange Hall, 928 Main Road, Carmel.

The $30 cost includes meals and you can call Stanhope, 478-0891, or e-mail MSDonnas14@alo.com to make reservations.

Proceeds benefit Carmel Fire & Rescue.

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Alesia Howell e-mailed that she is working with a group planning a company reunion for folks who worked at the Porteous Mitchell and Braun department store at the Bangor Mall.

The reunion, Howell wrote, is planned for late summer or early fall, and the organizers would like to hear from all previous Porteous employees.

For more information, write to Porteous Reunion, P.O. Box 1255, Bangor 04402-1255.

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

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