Local media personalities to judge chili contest

Posted Jan. 18, 2010, at 10:11 p.m.

Writing on behalf of area churches in Orrington, Brewer, Eddington and Holden, the Rev. Carl Schreiber of East Orrington Congregational Church invites you to “join your neighbors for a night of food and fun.”

Schreiber explained that during “the past few months, many local churches have held chili cook-off competitions to determine the best chili chef in each community.”

Now, he added, the public is invited to “come and join us in crowning a regional winner,” beginning at 4:30 and the judging at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at Brewer Auditorium.

For just $5 you will enjoy dining on chili, breads and desserts “promised to warm up your cold winter night,” Schreiber wrote.

The offerings, by the way, also include vegetarian dishes.

“Relax and enjoy watching local celebrities … as they judge all of the entries to determine the best of the best,” Schreiber wrote.

Chili contest judges include such local media personalities as Steve McKay, Dale Duff, Nelson Jewell, Katy England, Joe Polek and Tim Collins, along with Brewer Mayor Archie Verow.

If you would like to make a donation to this event or have any questions, you are welcome to call EOCC at 825-3404.

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Speaking of Joe Polek, he e-mailed with information about the WHCF & Solution FM Diaper Drive 2010.

“January is Sanctity of Human Life Month,” Polek wrote. “When a young woman finds herself in a ‘crisis pregnancy’ situation, she may not feel like she has anywhere she can turn for help.

“Thankfully, there are several great ministries in Eastern and Central Maine to help her navigate this overwhelming time in her life. Pregnancy Resource Centers offer help and hope.”

Polek wants readers to know the WHCF & Solution FM Diaper Drive runs now through Monday, Feb. 1, to help “support moms in the area through Pregnancy Resource Centers.”

During the drive, diapers of all sizes are being collected at drop-off locations in Bangor, Houlton, Calais and Ellsworth.

The diapers will be distributed to Pregnancy Resource Centers in Bangor, Houlton, Ellsworth and St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Polek wrote.

Diapers can be dropped off during normal business hours at The Growing Place in Judson Heights Center, 1209 Broadway, Bangor; The Growing Place, 554 Hammond St. in Bangor; Greater Houlton Christian Academy, 27 School St. in Houlton; Border Town Subz, 313 Main St. in Calais, and Acadia Christian School, 171 Bar Harbor Road in Ellsworth.

In addition to the diapers, Polek wrote, a cash or gift card donation would also be welcome.

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Here’s a great opportunity to get yourself out of the house, meet some new people and make some new friends while getting some terrific exercise in a very fun way.

Suzanne Kelly invites you to “Jump for Joy” weekly, from Jan. 25 through March 1, by dancing “your winter blues away” between 6:30 and 8 p.m. Mondays, beginning Jan. 25, at the Unitarian-Universalist Church, 120 Park St. in Bangor.

Drop-ins are welcome, Kelly wrote, and a donation is requested.

For more information, call 945-6147, days, or 942-0897 evenings.

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Julie Lisnet has announced Ten Bucks Theatre will hold “Double Auditions” for the spring performances of “Fawlty Towers Meets Monty Python, Part #3” and this summer’s presentation of “Romeo and Juliet.”

Auditions are noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at Kominsky Auditorium at Husson University in Bangor, and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, at The Grand in Ellsworth.

Actors may audition for one or both shows, and “prepared Shakespearean monologues are welcome” along with script reading.

Lisnet added that English accents are necessary for “Fawlty Towers” but not “Romeo and Juliet.”

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

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