Dinner, dance to benefit hippotherapy center

Posted Feb. 05, 2010, at 6:06 p.m.

The newly granted nonprofit status of Springy Pond Farm Hippotherapy and Alternative Education will certainly be a major component of the event when folks gather to celebrate Valentine’s Day and support a great cause for special-needs kids.

You can do that, Jennifer Cammack reports, by attending a dinner, auction and dance from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, Feb. 12, at Peakes Hill Lodge in Dedham.

Cammack was a very happy lady when she called this week to inform me of the official status of the nonprofit organization that offers therapeutic horseback riding along with other programs.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the organization, which is located in Otis.

Admission is $20, or $35 for couples, and includes a silent auction, door prizes, raffles, a cash bar and drink specials throughout the evening.

Among the auction items will be massages, pedicures, weekend getaways, guided hunts, fishing supplies, kayaks, skis and gift certificates, according to the announcement.

The event welcomes singles as well as couples, and you can order your tickets by calling Cammack at 356-2169.

According to the American Hippotherapy Association Web site, “hippotherapy is a treatment that uses the multidimensional movement of the horse … for clients who have movement dysfunction.”

The name comes from the Greek word hippos, which means horse.

The site explains that the therapeutic benefits of the horse were recognized as early as 460 B.C., and that “hippotherapy uses activities on the horse that are meaningful to the client.”

For more information about this program, call the number above.

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The Rev. William Bigelow, minister the United Church of Northeast Harbor and Seal Harbor, invites you to hear him discuss “The Power of Our Complexes” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Mellon Room at Northeast Harbor Library.

The talk by Bigelow, who is a four-year candidate in psychoanalytic training at the C.G. Jung Institute in Boston, is free and open to the public.

“The talk will focus on the source and nature of our complexes and how we can tap their power for creative purposes,” Bigelow wrote.

For more information, call 244-3445.

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On behalf of Friend Memorial Public Library in Brooklin, Ellen Booraem wrote that its online bidding has opened and ends Saturday, Feb. 13, for its Love Your Library silent auction and valentine sale.

Among the items up for bid are a tour of the homestead of “Charlotte’s Web” author and his wife, the late E.B. and Katharine White, cooking classes with chef Terence Janericco, a drawing lesson with artist Tom Curry, cruises off Brooklin, offerings by local artists and craftspeople, and three days at a waterfront cottage.

You can visit the Love Your Library silent auction Web site at www.biddingforgood.com/friendml.

If you wish, you can visit the library and view the items from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12.

The library is offering handmade valentines for every $5 donation in honor of a person or organization designated by the donor, Booraem wrote.

The valentines will be displayed throughout February in the library.

For more information, call the library at 359-2276 or e-mail director@friend.lib.me.us.

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Victoria Coffey of Penobscot Job Corps Academy wrote to inform readers that PJCA students will be collecting hygiene items that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will deliver to Haiti to assist earthquake victims.

The collection will begin Monday, Feb. 8, and run through Monday, Feb. 22. Among the requested items are toothbrushes, toothpaste, hand towels, combs and soap.

Coffey wrote that donations may be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. “seven days a week” at the PJCA Union Street building in Bangor.

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Karen Fogarty, treasurer for Old Town High School Class of 1975, e-mailed that the group is seeking fellow classmates. While many names are on file, several others are missing.

Fogarty requests anyone who has names and addresses of members of the Class of 1975 to e-mail that information to othsclassof1975@yahoo.com.

A Class of 1975 reunion is planned for July 24 at Great Pond Adventure Center in Aurora, so “save the date,” Fogarty wrote.

It is the planners’ goal to have information out “before the end of February,” she said, adding she hopes they can reach all classmates.

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

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