Good Shepherd involved in 2 food campaigns

Posted Oct. 22, 2009, at 6:28 p.m.

Contributors to Maine Public Broadcasting Network will support more than public radio with their donations during its fall membership drive.

MPBN and Good Shepherd Food-Bank have announced they will partner with the Maine Community Foundation to help those in need through a “Feed Your Radio: Feed a Family” program.

According to the releases, for every donation made to MPBN during its October radio membership drive, the foundation will donate enough money to Auburn-based Good Shepherd Food-Bank “to feed a family of four for a week.”

Good Shepherd provides more than 1 million meals a month to families and individuals in Maine through its 600 partner agencies ranging from soup kitchens to shelters, after school programs, food pantries, day care and senior centers, and youth programs, according to the releases.

For more information about this campaign, visit http://www.mpbn.net/Support/FeedYourRadioFeedAFamily/tabid/1127/Default.aspx.

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Melissa Glenn of Good Shepherd Food-Bank reports the organization is launching at three locations its Feeding Maine Youth program “to address childhood hunger and food insecurity.”

In our area, that program will be launched at 3:15 p.m. today at Penobscot Nation Boys & Girls Club, 12 Wabanaki Way, Indian Island.

According to the release, food “will be prepared and served to demonstrate the type of food available” from the food bank, Glenn wrote.

Programs in Lewiston and Westbrook will be launched later in the year.

The program was made possible “through generous donations from Shaw’s Supermarkets and the New England Patriots football team,” Glenn said.

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Looking for great entertainment for a worthy cause?

Susan Patten invites you to Blues for the Cure 7:30 p.m.-midnight tonight at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer.

The fundraiser features five blues bands. Tickets are $12 and are available at Mark’s Music in Brewer or at the door.

The event is sponsored in part by Mark’s Music and Ed and Mary Ellen Darling of Downeast Toyota in recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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“This year the inventory is large and focused on household items,” Sue McKay wrote of the Great Pumpkin Yard sale 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 120 Park St., Bangor.

A “must shop” for “yard sale lovers,” McKay said. “Rain or shine, warm or cold, shop in indoor comfort!”

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Valley Arts Alliance will hold a weeklong exhibit, “A Seasonal Display of Visual Art,” beginning with an artists reception at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Newport Cultural Center, 154 Main St.

The reception includes a presentation of handmade quilts that will be given the center’s board of trustees.

The first “is a delightful quilt that was made by area children,” Joanna Tarrazi wrote, and “the second quilt is a beautiful Signature Quilt made by the Community Quilters” and others to benefit the center. Signature blocks are available for $5.

The exhibit will be on display during the center’s regular business hours, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, through Friday, Oct. 30.

For more information, visit www.valleyartsalliance.org, e-mail nccdirector@newportmaine.net or call NCC at 368-2193.

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Marianne Moore wrote to remind readers, especially in the Calais area, that this is the last week to enter the Curves of Calais “Bras for the Cause” fundraiser to benefit “Calais Regional Hospital’s Digital Mammo Fundraising Campaign,” Moore wrote.

Curves members and nonmembers have until Saturday, Oct. 24, to “submit a decorated bra that will be hung on the wall at Curves,” she wrote.

Voting begins Monday, Oct. 26, with the winner announced Saturday, Oct. 31.

The fundraiser seeks $1 for each submission and $1 for each vote with all funds benefiting the hospital campaign.

The creator of the winning entry receives a free month’s Curves of Calais membership.

For more information, call Moore or any Curves staff member at 454-2787.

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Members of Hampden Highlands United Methodist Church invite you to their bean-hole bean supper 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at 44 Kennebec Road.

Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children, free for children under 3.

You also can take home a quart of beans for $6 or a pint for $3.

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Congregation Beth Israel invites the public to hear professor emeritus of English at Bronx Community College Nahma Sandrow discuss “The Very American Yiddish Theater” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, at the synagogue, 144 York St., Bangor.

According to the release, Sandrow has written several books and “two, award-winning, off-Broadway musicals based on Yiddish Theater materials.”

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

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