Whiting Food Pantry always needs donations

Posted May 17, 2009, at 11:33 p.m.

Here’s a reminder from Ann Sawtelle that the Whiting Community Food Pantry will be open noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at 960 U.S. Route 1, Whiting.

Open the third Wednesday of each month, the pantry assists an average of 300 families a month in 12 towns, and is available 24 hours a day for emergency food, Sawtelle said.

“Our wonderful group of volunteers provide a hot and cold luncheon for anyone who stops by,” she wrote of the monthly openings. “It is a great time” for locals to “get together and enjoy others’ company.”

On these Wednesdays, she said, community members learn how they can help others such as providing “rides for shopping, doctor appointments, or just a visit or a phone call to check how a person is feeling.

“The ladies even have started a knitting group that meets twice a month.”

However, Sawtelle reminds you that “donations have been down because of the change in the economy of Washington County,” so fundraising is ongoing, from collecting returnable bottles and cans to local school children’s donations of food.

For more information about how you can help the pantry, e-mail wsawtelle2@roadrunner.com or write WCFP, 340 U.S. Route 1, Dennysville 04628.

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A Challenger Learning Center of Maine Mission Demo Day begins at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at the center, 30 Venture Way, Bangor.

Jennifer Therrien says the program will offer information about “what a Challenger mission is really like.”

To participate, call Therrien at 990-2900, ext. 3.

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Preregistration is “strongly advised” for women who would like to attend a Red Hat Society Ladies Day at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 21, at Hammond Street Senior Center in Bangor.

The senior center’s program and volunteer director, Judy Brookings Santos, invites Red Hatters to the event, which includes a tour of the facility; a homemade lunch for $3.50 at 11:30 a.m.; a “giggle-inducing talk titled ‘Not Exactly Victoria’s Secret: An Unofficial History of Ladies’ Lingerie’” by Michele Goldman of Fiberphilia in Orono at 2 p.m.; and a drawing for a three-dimensional Red Hat afghan made by a senior center member.

Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and available in advance. You do not need to be present to win.

To preregister for the orientation, lunch and-or presentation, call 262-5532.

The senior center is open 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 2 Hammond St.

For information, visit www.hammondstreet.org.

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Registration is required for adults 55 and older to hear Plants Unlimited of Rockport owner Hammon Buck discuss “Healthy Plants for Indoor Living,” 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 21, at Quarry Hill Retirement Community in Camden.

It’s part of a free Adventures in Living Well Program. Quarry Hill health services coordinator Suzanne Miller said the “how-to session on choosing and maintaining indoor plants and herbs could be an eye-opener, even for experienced growers.”

To register, call Quarry Hill, 230-6114.

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Betty VanDyke e-mailed that seniors of Riverbend Apartments in Guilford are raising money to help buy a wall television and sound system and raised vegetable gardens “to make life a little more pleasant.”

A Music Night with the Monson General Store Jammers and Glory Bound is planned for 6:30-10 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at the Masonic Hall in Guilford.

Next is a yard sale, featuring plants and treasures, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, May 22, through Sunday, May 24, in front of Riverbend Homes on Elm Street in Guilford.

Finally, a baked bean supper is 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at the Riverbend Homes Recreation Hall and grounds, weather permitting.

Anyone who can contribute items for the yard or bake sales may call VanDyke, 876-3229, or Riverbend manager Colleen Pinkerton, 876-4239.

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

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