Winter Beach Ball to aid CancerCare of Maine

Posted Jan. 06, 2010, at 6:23 p.m.

Tickets are on sale for the annual Winter Beach Ball planned from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, at the Bangor Civic Center.

The event, hosted by Eastern Maine Medical Center Auxiliary, benefits CancerCare of Maine at the new Lafayette Family Cancer Center in Brewer, reports auxiliary member Carol Colson.

Tickets are $30 each, or $300 for a table of 10, and can be purchased by calling 973-5055.

Colson reports the “spirited evening of fun and dancing” at this fourth annual event features “the incredible Tony Boffa Band” and “attracts as many as 400 guests, many of whom are dressed in tropical outfits.”

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Nelson Jewell of Cumulus Broadcasting, based in Brewer, e-mailed that “the Ton-of-Pasta Food Drive is back” to benefit Manna Ministries in Bangor and other “area food cupboards.”

Cumulus radio stations will be broadcasting live on Saturday, Jan. 9, from Hannaford Supermarkets in Bangor and Brewer, Jewell said, in an attempt “to collect as much pasta and sauce, as we possibly can,” to help feed those in need.

Representatives of Q-106.5 WQCB will be at Hannaford in Brewer, Z-107.3 WBZN at Hannaford at the Airport Mall in Bangor, and 92.9 WEZQ at Hannaford on Broadway in Bangor.

Jewell reminds potential donors that a 1-pound box of pasta “can feed a family of four easily, so we are encouraging our listeners to stop by and donate boxes of pasta and sauce,” preferably in plastic containers, during the drive.

He also reminds readers “there is no organized food drive” in this area until May, when the National Association of Letter Carriers conducts its annual food drive.

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Julie Lisnet reports auditions for Robinson Ballet Live 2010 and The Children’s Ballet, “La Boutique Fantasque,” will be held on two dates.

Auditions for dancers age 10-14 will be 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at Robinson Ballet, 107 Union St., above the Greyhound Bus terminal in Bangor.

Auditions for dancers 15 and older will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at that location.

Lisnet wrote that “dancers who do pointe work” should “bring pointe shoes.”

If you have questions or want information, call 989-7226 or visit www.robinsonballet.org.

Performances are planned for April in Bangor and Ellsworth.

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Here’s a reminder that the rescheduled Milo Veteran’s Memorial Project American Jamboree begins with dinner at 4 p.m. followed by the entertainment at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Milo Town Hall.

Ron Knowles reports this fundraiser for the memorial project features the award-winning country music group The Higgins Family.

Admission to the jamboree is by donation, and “dancing is allowed.”

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Mike Lange e-mailed the 34th annual Skowhegan-Madison Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot is from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, at Madison Memorial High School.

This free throw shooting contest is open to boys and girls in three age categories, 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13, who reside in School Administrative Districts 12, 13, 54, 59 and 74.

Local winners advance to the state championship in Augusta, from which the best shooters advance to regional and national competition.

For information, call Scott Mitchell, 474-0276.

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Soups and breads from around the world will be served when Women of the World meet at noon Monday, Jan. 11, at Church of Universal Fellowship on Main Street in Orono.

WOW coordinator Mireille Le Gal reminds readers the organization, sponsored by the Office of International Programs at the University of Maine in Orono, is open to international women, including Americans, and “is a great place to meet women from around the world, and the perfect opportunity to learn about new cultures and discover new cuisines.”

The luncheon fees are $4 for women and children over 10, $2 for children 6-10 and free for children under 6 attending with mothers.

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Although our paths have not crossed in many years, I was saddened to read of the death last week of John Hickson of Hampden.

I have many wonderful memories of great times spent with the Hicksons when our young sons were playing basketball at the Bangor YMCA, and of following our growing boys’ activities at different schools in different communities in later years.

To Betty Hickson and her family, especially son John, I extend my sincerest sympathies of the loss of this much-loved and respected John Bapst Hall of Famer.

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

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