Group, museum to offer family art programs

Posted Jan. 05, 2010, at 6:11 p.m.

Community Health and Counseling Services and Maine Discovery Museum again will hold art programs for children and families, reports Karen Hartnagle of CHCS.

One of the programs has a fee; the other is free.

First, information about the six-week program with the fee; Arts ’n Kids, an after-school program in musical theater for youngsters 8-11.

That program, including snacks, is 3:30-4:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Tuesday, Jan. 12, at MDM on Main Street in Bangor.

While there is a $50 fee for the program, “we don’t want this fee to exclude any child who wants to be a part of Arts ’n Kids,” Hartnagle wrote.

“We have scholarships available, and all that needs to be done” is to call MDM at 262-7200 and inquire about scholarships when you register your child.

Instructors for the program, during which youngsters will learn songs and movement from the show “Annie Get your Gun,” will be A.J. Mooney and Andrea Stark.

Children do not need any arts experience to participate, Hartnagle wrote.

“The only requirements are an interest in the arts and a commitment to attend all classes for which they register.”

The next six-week Arts ‘N Kids session begins March 2 and registration for one, or both, can be made at this time.

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CHCS and MDM also invites parents, caregivers and their children to attend the first of three free sessions of Family Arts Nights, with the first session running from 6 to 8 p.m. beginning Wednesday, Jan. 13, at MDM on Main Street in Bangor.

“This is a visual art program where the parent or caretaker and the child each do a piece of art together, and not only produce a nice piece of art but also have quality time together, where they are all having fun,” Hartnagle wrote.

During the session, attendees will receive a nutritious snack, work on their art activity and have time “to explore the museum.”

The artwork can also be exhibited in May at MDM, Hartnagle explained.

Taught by Arrah Vanier, art department chairperson for Hermon High School, the program is open to parents or caregivers with children 8-11.

The other sessions begin Feb. 3 and March 10.

To register for this free program, call MDM at 262-7200.

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Once again, seventh- and eighth-grade pupils at Brooksville Elementary School are making plans and working hard to prepare for another adventurous, entertaining and educational undertaking when they travel in March 2011 from Brooksville to Anchorage, Alaska, to attend the Iditarod Sled Dog Race.

Teacher Nada Lepper reports of the fundraising work of the pupils and their supporters, “we’ve raised $8,500 and plan to have monthly breakfasts” to continue that effort.

The next breakfast is 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at Brooksville Elementary School.

Admission is $6 a person or $15 for families.

The menu, Lepper wrote, includes “eggs to order, hash browns, bacon, sausage, pancakes, baked beans, home-baked pastries, coffee and juice.”

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Members of the Searsport United Methodist Church invite the public for “feasting and fellowship” while you enjoy “the best deal in town” during a buffet-style, all-you-can-eat turkey supper with doors opening at 4 p.m. and supper starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at the church on Main Street in Searsport.

The turkey supper is served “with all the trimmings, topped off with your selection of our homemade pies,” the release states.

Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children 12 and under.

Proceeds benefit the ministry of Searsport United Methodist Church.

For information, call the church office at 548-2239.

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Alan Bray and members of East Sangerville Grange invite you to enjoy New England folk guitarist Jim Gallant, who will appear at the East Sangerville Grange Coffeehouse at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9.

Gallant, who the release states has performed “with such musical greats as Taj Mahal and Doc Watson,” will be joined by bass player Billy Belskis and vocalist Mark Burns.

Also on the program, according to the release, will be the Irish band, Paddy On Dah Wagon, described as “the latest incarnation of the multifaceted Doughty Hill Band,” performing favorite Irish tunes.

Admission to the coffeehouse is $10 in advance, $12 the night of the show.

Advance tickets are available at Mr. Paperback in Dover-Foxcroft.

For information, or to make reservations, call Bray at 564-2722.

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

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