RSVP Bone Builders program seeks volunteers

Posted March 10, 2010, at 6:13 p.m.

Volunteers age 55 and older are being sought to become lay leaders for RSVP Bone Builders, a free osteoporosis exercise and education program that has sites in Hancock, Penobscot and Washington counties, reports Paula Burnett.

Burnett is RSVP program director for the University of Maine Center on Aging in Orono.

She wrote that RSVP Bone Builders is a program “that relies upon mild weight training to increase muscular strength, bone density and to improve balance.”

For this program to work, however, it needs volunteers 55 and older who are “willing to be trained by a certified fitness consultant to lead classes” for 1½ hours, twice weekly, for six months each year.

Volunteer leaders are needed for the RSVP Bone Builders programs located in Brewer and the Old Town-Orono area, Burnett wrote.

Volunteer qualifications are that applicants must be 55 or older, physically able, possess a “pleasant, outgoing manner and neat appearance,” be a person who is “comfortable speaking with small or medium-sized groups,” being either knowledgeable about the topic or being willing to learn, and have your own transportation or be able to coordinate your transportation with another volunteer.

If you are interested in this volunteer commitment that, obviously, would be of benefit to you as well as to others, call Burnett at 262-7926 or Chevelle Marshall at 262-7924.

To learn more about any of the programs of RSVP, visit http://www.umaine.edu/mainecenteronaging/rsvp.htm.

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Robin Case of Liberty Tax Service wrote that business is hosting appreciation days, offering “free tax preparation for service professionals who are first-time customers each week in March.”

“So many service professionals really make a difference in the quality of life of their communities, as unsung heroes for the jobs they do every day,” Case explained.

“We salute them with free tax help.”

The first week of March, teachers and school employees were honored.

This week through Sunday, March 14, at Liberty Tax Service, 849 Stillwater Ave., Bangor, police, firefighters, and EMTs are welcome to appreciation days.

March 15-21, appreciation days are set aside for nurses and hospital workers; March 22-28, for current members of the military and veterans; and March 29-April 4, for volunteers and members of nonprofit organizations.

For more information, call Case at 262-5829 or e-mail rcase@onecommail.com.

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Mary Angela Davis invites you to attend a benefit concert featuring Gary Knowles, whom she refers to as “Mr. Music, an award-winning musician,” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 12, in Memorial Hall at First Congregational Church in Pittsfield.

Admission is by donation and proceeds “will go to help send some of our youth to the New England Regional Youth Event of the United Church of Christ,” this summer, in Boston, Davis wrote.

“Part of that trip will be volunteering with the Boston City Missionary Society, which will be quite an experience.”

Refreshments will be on sale during intermission at this “classic rock-country concert,” Davis wrote, “so come for a good time.”

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Comedian Steve Robbins called to say that he and Karmo Sanders, also known as “Birdie Googins, the Marden’s Lady” will be making their postponed joint appearance titled “His and Hers Hilarity” at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at Center Theatre in Dover-Foxcroft.

Their January appearance was postponed because of poor weather.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and $8 for Center Theatre members.

For tickets and information, call Center Theatre at 564-8943 or visit www.centertheatre.org.

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John Miller of Eastport e-mailed friends and former colleagues to let them know about an effort by John Eide, who is retired from the Maine College of Art and leading an effort to collect old sails for use as shelters for the victims of the January earthquake in Haiti.

According to the information provided by Miller, anyone with old sails can drop them off from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, until March 19, at Maine Sailing Partners in Freeport and at Pope Sails and Rigging in Rockland; and “during the hours of the Maine Boatbuilders Show” March 19-21 in Building 11 at Portland Yacht Services.

For sails to be accepted, they should not be torn, shredded or delaminated.

According to the information Miller received, the sails will be taken to Miami, “where two organizations, Haiti-Life and Shake-a-Leg have the infrastructure in place to ship the sails to Haiti,” funded by Project Medishare.

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

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