Walkers, donors called to ALS Walk in Bangor

Posted Aug. 19, 2009, at 7:57 p.m.

Bangor native Lisa Kingsbury is chairing the ALS Association’s Northern New England Chapter second annual ALS Walk beginning with registration at 9 a.m. and the walk at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at Hayford Park, 13th Street in Bangor.

ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease. The life expectancy of one diagnosed with ALS is two to five years from the time of diagnosis.

Kingsbury is seeking “volunteers, walkers and donors to help raise funds and awareness,” according to a press release.

Dr. Greg Cox, an ALS researcher at The Jackson Laboratory, will be the guest speaker and will join the walk with some members of his staff.

Last year, more than 100 walkers raised more than $30,000 during this event, and Lisa and husband, Jim Kingsbury, who has ALS, are this year’s ALS Association advocates for Maine.

For more information about how to support or join the walk, call Lisa Kingsbury, 659-5019, e-mail l.kingsbury@roadrunner.com or visit www.alsanne.org.

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Now through Friday, Aug. 28, reports Deanna Partridge of Hammond Street Senior Center, you are invited to view and-or purchase items at the Older Artists “Creating Our Future” Arts & Crafts Sale, during regular HSSC hours, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, at the center, 2 Hammond St., Bangor.

A portion of the sale proceeds benefits the HSSC Arts & Handcraft program to purchase supplies for classes.

Also, individuals who are at least 60 and who live in Greater Bangor are invited to attend a new membership orientation at 2 p.m. today at HSSC.

Membership is free and is extended to spouses and partners who are at least 55.

The charge for most course offerings is “no more than $25 per semester,” Partridge said.

In celebration of National Senior Citizens Day, the public can view the work of HSSC artists during the self-guided Downtown Bangor Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, at HSSC.

For more information about HSSC call 262-5532, visit www.hammondstreet.org or stop by the center.

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The White House Inn is the site of this week’s Belfast Garden Club’s Open Garden Day Tour, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, at 19 Church St., Belfast.

New owner Diana Rich invites you to visit the site that she reports boasts “the oldest copper beech tree in Waldo County,” and you will be able to visit the Inn, as well.

The suggested donation is $3, payable at the garden, and proceeds benefit the club’s civic beautification projects.

Brochures and maps of gardens are available inside the decorative birdhouse at Post Office Square in Belfast, and more information is available at www.belfastgardenclub.org or by calling chairwoman Gina Fry at 338-5345.

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The first Winter Harbor Music Festival features New York musicians Gena Raps, pianist; violinist Anatole Weick, oboist Randy Wolfgang, flutists Carol Wincenc and Deirdre McArdle-Manning and composer-pianist Daniel Paget, and includes a world premiere of a work by Douglas Townsend, according a release from Schoodic Arts for All, which will be host for this event in collaboration with the festival.

The festival begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, at Hammond Hall on Main Street. There is no admission fee.

The musicians are faculty members of prominent New York conservatories.

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South Sangerville Grange secretary Carol Flagg and fellow Grange members invite you to their yard sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Grange off Silvers Mills Road in South Sangerville.

Proceed benefit Grange renovations.

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Penobscot Bay Medical Center reports it will hold its sixth annual Happy Birthday Baby Party, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, on the front lawn of the Rockport hospital.

All midcoast families with babies born or adopted in the past year are invited, regardless of whether the baby was born at PBMC, the release states.

To celebrate the first year of a baby’s life, and well as those who provide services and care to women and their families, the event features activities, car-seat checks, and a swap shop to exchange togs, clothing and other baby items.

Photos, snacks and information about everything from nutrition to sleep habits will be offered.

For more information, call Wendelanne Augunas at 596-8955 or visit www.pbmc.org/babybirthday.

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Bill Robertson and members of Franklin Historical Society invite you to their Open House and Tea, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, at the museum on Route 200 in Franklin.

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

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