My Friend’s Place to host informational meeting

Posted Sept. 25, 2009, at 7:31 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to attend and refreshments will be served when My Friend’s Place hosts an informational meeting of Memory Joggers 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, at First United Methodist Church, 703 Essex St., Bangor.

My Friend’s Place founder Barbara Fister reports the topic will be “Brain Fitness and Memory Loss: What You Need To Know,” presented by Amy Cotton of Rosscare’s Center for Healthy Aging.

The session will help people understand “brain health,” offer “strategies to keep your memory-reasoning skills fit” and include “warning signs to recognize when memory loss needs further evaluation,” according to a press release.

The program also includes specific information from staff members and a caregiver about the Memory Joggers program.

My Friend’s Place is a program for people experiencing early memory loss.

For information, call 945-0122.

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Mary Blackstone reports the Ellsworth Garden Club invites the public to an illustrated talk by Woodlawn Museum executive director Joshua Campbell Torrance at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, at the museum, Route 172, Ellsworth.

Torrance will discuss “the recently completed Cultural Landscape Report commissioned by Woodlawn,” Blackstone wrote, adding “individuals … familiar with elements of Woodlawn’s landscape in the past are especially encouraged to attend in order to respond to and-or augment the landscaping report.”

Refreshments will be served.

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From Kelly Brown comes word the public is invited to attend The Next Step Domestic Violence Project 2009 annual meeting, which includes a buffet dinner, at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, at the Hancock County Technical Center, 112 Boggy Brook Road, Ellsworth.

State Sen. Dennis Damon will discuss “recent legislative actions that impact public and domestic safety in our communities and in our state,” Brown reports.

“The Next Step encourages anyone who would like to participate” to call Brown at 667-0176 or Michelle Potter, 255-4934.

The Next Step serves victims of abuse in Hancock and Washington Counties.

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Ten Bucks Theatre announces auditions for November and December performances of Harold Pinter’s “The Lover” and “The Collection,” at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, and Tuesday, Sept. 29, at Brewer Middle School Auditorium, 5 Somerset St.

Irene Dennis will direct the shows.

The release states participants “will be reading selected scenes from the two scripts,” and that “prepared monologues are not required but, if you are new to Ten Bucks and do have a prepared, contemporary monologue, we will be happy to see it.”

For information, call Dennis at 945-3277.

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President Lori Wingo wrote the Bangor Band recently concluded “a very busy concert season in observance of its 150th anniversary,” and while it is “on a well-deserved break,” band rehearsals begin again Tuesday, Sept. 29, at the Bangor Parks and Recreation Building, Main Street.

Typically, Wingo explained, the band plays 10 to 15 concerts per year, but this year the band has appeared in 25 concerts, “culminating in our recent road trip to Caribou to appear in the city’s 150th anniversary parade.”

“Have horn: Will travel, has become the informal motto of the band, which continues to enjoy growth in members and concert attendees.”

Wingo encourages anyone who wants to “drag an instrument out of the closet, dust it off and join us” to reach her at 994-4193.

She believes you will enjoy becoming “part of a strong musical tradition and a close-knit group of friends who enjoy making good music together.”

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Kay Carter reports the Hampden Town Council recently created a Friends of Dorothea Dix Park committee and an organizational meeting for that group is 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, in the Community Room of the Hampden Municipal Building.

According to a town of Hampden memo mailed to residents, the purpose of the group is “to establish a grass roots organization to tackle the rehabilitation, usability and enhancement of the park.”

Carter reminds readers the late “Dorothea Dix was born, and grew up, in Hampden,” and that she became “a significant organizer for social change in the treatment of persons with mental illness, those in jail and soldiers injured in the Civil War.”

For information about the organization or the meeting, call Gretchen Heldmann at the Hampden town office, 862-4500, Hampden recreation director Kurt Mathias at 862-6451 or e-mail hampdenrecreation@yahoo.com.

Information can also be obtained by calling Carter at 862-3957 or e-mailing kbcdvc@tds.net.

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

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