Community agency seeks help with gift program

Posted Dec. 08, 2009, at 7:11 p.m.

From Bobbi Harris of Washington Hancock Community Agency, writing on behalf of its Christmas for Kids and More program, comes word that this effort to collect toys and gifts for the holidays “now includes the elderly and disabled in our communities.”

Harris reminded readers that “due to the difficult economy, rising unemployment and recent layoffs, it is expected that more people will rely on the program to make their holidays brighter.”

And while the generous contributions from the annual United Bikers of Maine Toy Run got the program off to “a good start,” Harris wrote, your help is still needed, and you can “contribute in several ways.”

You can donate new toys, adopt a family or child and purchase gifts for them based on their wish lists, and-or make cash donations to purchase gifts.

If you can help, call Harris or Nancy Burgess, 546-7544 or e-mail bharris@whcacap.org.

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Scott R.C. Levy reminds readers that, after a two-year hiatus, Penobscot Theatre is presenting Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” this season.

Performances are 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, and Friday, Dec. 11; 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12; 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13; 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, and Friday, Dec. 18; noon Saturday, Dec. 19; 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23.

Tickets range from $15 to $40, and $14 for children 12 and under.

Call 942-3333 or visit penobscottheatre.org.

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Rabbi Darah Lerner of Congregation Beth El invites you to the congregation’s Hanukkah events.

The Sabbath service for the first night of Hanukkah is 7 p.m. Friday Dec. 11, at Congregation Beth El, 183 French St., Bangor.

You are invited to bring your family and your favorite menorah, and latkes will be served.

The family Hanukkah service is 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at the synagogue. The Religious School Holiday Party, to which everyone is invited, is 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13.

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Museum curator Trudy Wyman of the Millinocket Historical Society has a gift suggestion: the 2010 MHS calendar, featuring “vintage photos from the Society’s Museum collection.”

The calendars are $9 and are available at the museum and several local businesses.

You can send your orders, including $2.75 for shipping and handling for each calendar, to the Millinocket Historical Society, P.O. Box 11, Millinocket 04462.

Proceeds benefit the MHS Building Fund.

Wyman invites you to visit the museum from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays on the third floor of Millinocket Municipal Building, 197 Penobscot Ave.

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Bill Rae of Manna Ministries reminds you that many people “will have no presents under the tree, and can barely afford to pay for fuel” this holiday season.

Rae points out that while children “need coats and shoes,” parents may have to decide between “coats or fuel, a new toy or food” or gas for the car rather than new shoes.

For 12 years, he wrote, Manna has been helping provide entire families “with gifts and a meal,” and Rae is asking for your help again this year.

He urges you to “pick a gift off our Tree of Hope, or send a donation to help families this Christmas,” by stopping by Manna, 629 Main St. in Bangor, or call 990-2870.

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Woodlawn Museum executive director Joshua Campbell Torrance e-mailed that Woodlawn will hold Family Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. through Dec. 19 that feature “a number of activities planned to help families celebrate the season.”

For information “about any of our special holiday tours, events, museum store hours or to make reservations,” Torrance wrote, you can call the museum at 667-8671, e-mail events@woodlawnmuseum.org or visit www.woodlawnmuseum.org.

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Sue Kircheis of the board of trustees of Simpson Memorial Library invites you to its holiday bake sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Ye Old General Store, Route 2 in Carmel.

Kircheis reports sale proceeds will help “match funds for the Bill and Melinda Gates grant that resulted in the purchase of new computers and tech support for the library.”

Librarian Becky Ames reports that through Christmas, Simpson Memorial Library “is offering book amnesty” for overdue books.

“In lieu of fines,” Ames wrote, “the library will accept dry goods for the local food pantry.”

The library is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays at 8 Plymouth Road, Carmel.

For more information, call Ames at 848-7145.

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

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