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Program seeks funds to assist young dancers

By Joni Averill

Meadowbrook After School Dance Program in Eddington is a nonprofit organization that “teaches kids swing, ballroom, line and group dances,” reports Selina Lufkin.

The program offers six-week sessions for children in grades one through eight at a cost of $150 per session but, Lufkin added, “not everyone is financially able to send their children to learn to dance; therefore we have a tuition assistance fund that helps make it happen.”

Meadowbrook is asking readers to assist the organization in raising funds “to continue to help those kids who want to dance,” she wrote.

Lufkin said 30 youngsters now are enrolled in the dance program.

Individuals interested in taking part in what Lufkin describes as “a fun fundraiser” can do so when you “burn calories” for the assistance fund.

Participants are being asked to collect pledges, at a penny a calorie, and “sign up to burn those calories by dancing for an hour with us,” every hour on the hour, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at Meadowbrook, Lufkin said.

Among the dances you can choose from are Zumba, Latin, line dance, “sweatin’ to the oldies” and swing, which is with a partner. And you can pick your hour or hours; your dance or dances.

“We hope folks will want to participate” in this fundraiser, Lufkin wrote of the event, which offers a chance to get out of the house during one of winter’s most confining months.

For information, call 843-5638 or e-mail

If you cannot attend but want to make a donation to this program, you can mail your contribution to Meadowbrook, 34 Lois Lane, Eddington 04428.


Schoodic Arts for All Executive Director Mary Laury has announced that the Schoodic Arts Meetinghouse Theatre Lab opens its Third Saturday Reading series with its “Out of the Hat” rehearsal at noon Saturday, Jan. 16, at Hammond Hall, 427 Main St. in Winter Harbor.

The first presentation will be William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” which will be presented at 7 p.m. Jan. 16, at Hammond Hall. The reading will be directed by Ben Layman.

For those unfamiliar with this series, everyone is welcome to participate by attending the daytime rehearsal and then participating in the evening reading.

“The actors really enjoy the spontaneity of the event,” Laury wrote.

“In fact, in the past, they actually gathered in the morning and selected the play by pulling a name out of the hat. Wow. Talk about going from start to finish in the same day.”

Anyone interested in participating in the presentation, “either as an actor, techie, director or lighting” is asked to call Cynthia Thayer at 963-7771 or e-mail

The public is welcome to attend the free evening performance at which donations will be “gratefully accepted,” Laury wrote.

The Third Saturday Readings continue through May. The next reading, on Feb. 20, will be the children’s story “Wind in the Willows.”


Ginger Mae Dyer and members of the Maine Country Music Association invite you to attend its Acoustic Jam 6-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, at the American Legion Hall on Maple Street in Corinna.

Admission is by donation, and the event includes a 50-50 raffle.


Ann Carter reminds readers the St. Croix Valley Amateur Radio Club meets monthly, and the public is welcome.

The next meeting is 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, in the rec room at Methodist Homes Rec Center on Palmer Street in Calais.

Carter wrote the program features “representatives of Environment Canada and CanWarn” discussing severe weather reporting and “how amateur radio operators on both sides of the border can assist” with that program.

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

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