Caribou lunch with Santa aids museum for kids

Posted Dec. 17, 2009, at 8:20 p.m.

Caribou Children’s Discovery Museum will sponsor Lunch with Santa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Presque Isle Elks Lodge 1954 at 508 Main St., reports Nancy Chandler.

The cost of the lunch of hot dogs, chips, beverage, cookie and cake is $3. For an additional $2, children may have their picture taken with Santa, Chandler wrote.

Raffle tickets for a $1,000 savings bond are $1 each or six for $5, and all proceeds “will help the Caribou Children’s Discovery Museum become a reality,” she said.

Lunch with Santa also will include face painting, bookmark making, storytelling and writing letters to Santa.

Among the businesses and organizations sponsoring this event are the Elks, University of Maine at Presque Isle, McDonald’s, Arby’s, Country Kitchen of Presque Isle, Lay’s Potato Chips, Caribou Shop ‘n Save, Presque Isle High School Key Cub and Girl Scout Troop 81.

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On behalf of Second Congregational Church of Brewer, Leigh Osgood invites the public to attend “some special services this Christmas season.”

The choir will perform the Christmas cantata “City of Light” during its 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, Dec. 20, at 607 S. Main St. and will hold a Christmas Eve service with carols and candles at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, at the church.

For information, call 989-7930.

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Julia Conway reports that Schoodic Arts for All will hold its annual Christmas potluck and carol sing at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, at Hammond Hall in Winter Harbor “come rain or snow.”

If you can help set up or decorate or want more information, you are asked to call Conway at 963-2569.

With the historic building “warmly festooned for the holiday season” and its Steinway “tuned up for excellent accompaniment,” Conway knows that your “cheerful singing will brighten the night.”

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Mary-Anne Saxl invites you to participate in homeless people’s memorial day beginning at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, at the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, 263 Main St.

The event, scheduled for the first day of winter, which is also “the longest night of the year,” features a candlelight walk from the shelter to Hammond Street Congregational Church at 28 High St., Bangor, where a brief memorial service and time of remembrance will be observed.

Hot drinks and desserts will be available, and attendees are encouraged to make donations of hats, gloves, mittens, scarves and nonperishable food items to help those in need.

Among the supporters of this event are the homeless shelter, Hammond Street Congregational, Acadia Recovery Community, Friars’ Bakehouse, Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, Manna Ministries, Fairmount Market, Sgt. Paul Edwards and the Bangor Police Department.

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Readers are encouraged to buy by Tuesday, Dec. 22, stars that are being sold by members of the Mount Desert Hospital Auxiliary, reports Charlotte Skiff.

The stars are $5 each and will be displayed in the Bar Harbor hospital’s reception area.

According to the auxiliary, “each star will be personalized with the name of the person being honored or remembered, and the person who purchased the star.”

Also, the auxiliary wants you to know a handwritten note can be sent as a gift for “the family of the person being remembered, or to the person being honored.”

Checks should be made payable to MDI Hospital Auxiliary and mailed to P.O. Box 8, Bar Harbor 04609-0008.

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Patrick Myers, executive director of Center Theatre for the Performing Arts in Dover-Foxcroft, has announced dates for auditions for the youth-only production of “Annie Jr.”

“This is the beloved musical that everyone knows and loves,” but adapted for youths, Myers said.

Auditions will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, at Center Theatre.

Myers said that “all ages are welcome, and there are roles for both girls and boys.”

The young auditioners “should expect to sing a song of their choice for the director and to read a part from the script” which will be provided at the audition.

Producers also ask that a parent accompany the child to the audition “to help with scheduling and to learn about expectations for the show.”

For this very special February production, Bobby Keniston will serve as the theatrical director and Tracy Michaud Stutzman as vocal director.

For more information, if you have questions or if you cannot audition on this date, call the theatre at 564-8943.

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

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