Seasonal needs near for kids in state custody

Posted Oct. 29, 2009, at 9:43 p.m.

The state Department of Health and Human Services Office of Child and Family Services in Bangor hopes you will participate in its annual holiday gift project.

Case aide Cindy Proulx said the project was established “in an effort to provide a positive holiday season for approximately 300 children from Penobscot and Piscataquis counties” who are in state custody.

“Many of these children will experience the holidays away from their families while others live with families who struggle to provide the basic necessities.”

Gift and monetary donations would be greatly appreciated whether coming from individuals, organizations or businesses.

Proulx reports that, in previous years, community members have participated in this project “in fun and creative ways.”

“For example,” she wrote, “one local business participated in a dress-down day” with each employee paying $5 “to wear jeans to work on a mutually agreeable day.”

The employer matched the employees’ contributions and donated the money “to us in the form of a gift card” that was “used to purchase specific gifts children requested.”

If you can help make the holidays happier for these children, call Proulx at 561-4269 or e-mail Cindy.Proulx@Maine.gov and you will be provided “with specific ages and genders of children, and gift suggestions.”

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Blacksmithing demonstrations have been added to the Curran Homestead Living History Farm and Museum-Fields Pond Audubon Center’s Halloween program, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at both sites in Holden and Orrington, reports museum director Robert Schmick.

Admission is $10 for children, free for adults or a maximum $20 for families.

For more information, call Schmick at 843-5550.

Schmick reports this is “the first demonstration by the newly organized blacksmithing group who plan to build a masonry forge.”

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Nonni Daly invites area youngsters to the second annual trick-or-trot 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the J.F. Witter Research and Training Farm Horse Barn on College Avenue in Old Town.

Children are encouraged to dress in costume to meet “the herd of Umares … and get some Halloween treats,” Daly wrote.

The event’s hosts are students in the Equine Management Cooperative program, with assistance from fall semester equine interns.

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All Souls Congregational Church will hold a concert of works by composer Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, at the church, 10 Broadway, Bangor.

Participants include the All Souls senior choir “with a few extra singers from the area,” wrote conductor and All Souls music director Kay Eames.

Featured will be soprano soloist Karen Pendleton, accompanist Amy Maier, pianist Patricia Stowell and mezzo-soprano Nancy Leavitt.

There is no admission fee, but donations to help defray concert expenses are appreciated.

For more information, call 942-7354.

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A benefit spaghetti dinner, auction and 50-50 drawing is being held for the family of SeDoMoCha Elementary School third-grader Chris Ames, who will be undergoing surgery for a nonmalignant brain tumor.

The fundraiser, reports Jeannette Hughes of Sebec, will begin with dinner at 2 p.m. and the auction afterward on Sunday, Nov. 1, at Sebec 4 Corners.

Among the items up for bid are a Kutchner’s Sporting Camps weekend, gravel, firewood and gift certificates.

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Christine Fredenburgh of Steuben called to report that her husband, jazz keyboardist Frank Fredenburgh, will present a free jazz seminar at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, in the Henry D. Moore Parish House and Library, 22 Village Road in that community.

Sponsored by the Narraguagus Women’s Club, refreshments will be included.

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Perhaps your mindset is Halloween and Thanksgiving, but members of Ellsworth Garden Club and Woodlawn Museum wonder whether you might consider planning ahead and attending a free workshop, “Bringing in the Greens” 7-9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, in the carriage house at Woodlawn on Route 172 in Ellsworth.

Open to the public, wrote Mary Blackstone, the workshop involves no admission fee for “this hands-on opportunity to experiment with tying and decorating,” but any donations to support Woodlawn programs would be appreciated.

Led by Jay Barnes and Bob Wessel, the workshop will teach “the basics of tying evergreen wreaths, roping … and possible decorating ideas,” Blackstone wrote.

To reserve your space, call Woodlawn at 667-8671.

For more information about this program, or the EGC, call Blackstone at 667-8878.

While this workshop might seem a bit premature to some, Blackstone suggests those who attend will be afforded time and “an opportunity to make use of what they learned” as they prepare for the December holidays.

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

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