Today is going to be a busy day for members of the Maine State Society of Washington, D.C.
Serving as “a home away from home for Mainers living and working in the Washington area,” according to its Web site, the society is “one of the largest and most active state societies in the nation’s capital, holding at least eight events each year.”
Beginning at 8:30 a.m. today, society members will join Morrill and Karen Worcester, of Worcester Wreath Co. in Harrington, and Maine State Society Arlington Wreath Coordinator Wayne Hanson, formerly of Bangor, overseeing the placement of 15,000 Maine-made wreaths on graves of members of our military at Ar-lington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.
Joining them, according to the society, will be volunteers from Maine Civil Air Patrol units, Local VFW and American Legion Posts, military units, congressional staffers, schoolchildren, scout troops “and thousands of other volunteers from all corners” of the U.S.
Later today, the society will present its 2009 Big “M” Award to representatives of the Maine Troop Greeters in recognition of “their nearly 20 years of meeting U.S. military personnel either departing for or returning from tours in the Middle East.”
This will be the 45th presentation of this award for the 115-year-old organization, which boasts 1,000 members.
Joseph Fabian, of Frankfort, e-mailed that Jackson Community Center will hold a five-caller square dance from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at the center.
Admission is by donation for this event to benefit the Jackson Food Pantry.
Callers will be Fabian, Sandy Burke, of Ellsworth, Jim Belanger, of Millinocket, Cliff Thompson, of Jackson, and Charlie Bishop, of Orland.
Fabian wrote that square dance clubs supporting this fundraiser are the Belfast Reelers, Jackson Wheelers, Hermon Rounders and Waterville Squares.
Dottie Bickford invites you to attend the Monroe Community Church 12th annual Country Christmas Concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at the church on West Main Street.
After the concert, the church will hold a soup and bread supper in the church gathering room, Bickford said.
The concert and supper are free, but a freewill offering is requested.
Proceeds from this concert benefit the Pastors’ Discretionary Fund, which is used to help local people with unexpected emergency bills that are not covered by other sources.
Richard Avery, music director of Messiah Baptist Church, invites the public to hear the Messiah Baptist Church Choir present a cantata, “The Dawn of Redeeming Grace,” at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at the church, 985 Union St., Bangor.
There is no admission charge, but a freewill offering will be taken, Avery wrote.
The cantata also will be presented at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, at the church.
For more information, call 947-7950.
Mireille Le Gal reports the next Women of the World meeting is noon Monday, Dec. 14, at the Church of Universal Fellowship in Orono.
Hostess Orlina Boteva will serve a traditional Bulgarian Christmas meal.
Fees are $4 for women and children older than 10, $2 for children 6-10, free for children younger than 6 with their mothers.
For information, call 581-3423.
Here’s a “stocking stuffer” idea from Elizabeth Dulin, executive director of Health Services Foundation in Houlton.
The annual HSF Diamond Ring Raffle is under way, and only 850 tickets are available for this fundraiser, for which the winning tickets will be drawn Saturday, Feb. 13.
First prize is a 14-karat white gold band diamond ring valued at $8,500; second prize are 14-karat white gold pearl and diamond earrings; and third prize is a sterling silver bracelet with Maine tourmaline.
The prizes can be viewed at Goodrich’s, 300 North Road in Houlton.
For ticket information, call 521-2503 or 521-2147.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.healthservicesfoundation.org, and credit cards are accepted.
Dulin reminds readers you must be at least 16 to participate, and the winner is responsible for all taxes.
Pat Clark e-mailed that the “Unity Historical Society 2010 calendars are currently available for sale” and that they “make great gifts.”
This year’s calendars feature historical photographs depicting “the theme of Unity at work.”
Clark wrote the calendars are $10 each and can be purchased at several area locations, including Unity Town Office, Mac’s Hardware, Bangor Savings Bank, Town and Country Styling Salon and Unity College Bookstore, all in Unity.
You also can order them by writing Unity Historical Society, P.O. Box 4, Unity 04988.
Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; firstname.lastname@example.org; 990-8288.