Hike for the Homeless fundraiser announced

Posted March 31, 2010, at 6:44 p.m.

Now that spring officially has arrived, it’s time to register for the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter’s 15th annual Hike for the Homeless scheduled for Saturday, April 10.

The fundraiser, which formerly was an ascent of Mount Katahdin, said shelter executive director Dennis Marble, “is now an effort seeking to attract public involvement with the shelter and the issue of homelessness.”

“It’s a great opportunity for people to get involved,” Marble said, noting that last year more than 600 people gathered at the Bangor Waterfront “to stand in support of people experiencing homelessness.”

Participants now include representatives of “area businesses, churches, schools and social organizations, and has grown in scope every year,” he added.

The hike’s “dual purpose” is to raise necessary operating funds and enable the shelter to continue its visible “advocacy and educational efforts,” Marble reported.

Support of that work during this fundraiser occurs though a variety of methods, “including registration and pledges, the sale of raffle tickets and outright donations,” Marble wrote.

He especially wants readers to know that “all funds raised stay right here and go to the Shelter.”

This year’s goal is an ambitious $50,000.

“With demand continuing to rise, and government support down, we are reliant on the support of the local community at the highest level ever,” Marble stressed.

“Luckily, we have an absolutely terrific team of volunteers leading our efforts this year.”

For information, call the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter at 947-0045 or visit www.hikingforthehomeless.org.

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Robinson Ballet Company managing director Julie Lisnet reports that artistic directors Keith Robinson and Maureen Lynch are presenting two shows over two weekends in two locations.

“Robinson Ballet Live” and “La Boutique Fantasque,” for children, will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday, April 2, and Saturday, April 3, both at the Bangor Opera House.

“La Boutique Fantasque” also will be presented at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 3.

For tickets, call 942-3333 or visit www.penobscottheatre.org/show.php?id=27.

“La Boutique Fantasque” next will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday, April 9, and Saturday, April 10, at The Grand in Ellsworth.

The featured guest artist for “Robinson Ballet Live” is Michelle Mola, described in the release as “an American-born dancer” who is an Annenberg Fellow for performance and choreography.

For tickets, call 667-9500 or visit www.grandonline.org.

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For dancers who would like to work with Michelle Mola, Robinson Ballet Company announces that registration and advance payment are required for anyone who would like to attend master dance classes with this guest dancer-choreographer.

The classes are 5:45-7:15 p.m. Monday, April 5, and 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday April 7, at RBC Studios, 107 Union St., Bangor.

The cost per class is $10 or $17 for both classes.

For information, or to register, call 989-7226 or visit http://www.robinsonballet.org.

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Darlene Shortt and members of Grace United Methodist Church invite everyone to attend an Easter Breakfast that will be served at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, April 4, at the church, 193 Union St., Bangor.

Easter services follow at 10 a.m. at the church.

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Dee Dee Travis of Calais Regional Hospital wants readers in that area to know of the recurring support groups and classes offered by that institution that could be helpful for residents in that area.

Blood pressure clinics are 9 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Woodland Manor in Baileyville, and 11 a.m. the third Thursday of each month at Country View Apartments in Pembroke.

The contact person is Dolly Necomb of Calais Regional Hospital Home Health, 454-7200.

The Cardiac Rehab Support Group meets at 3 p.m. the first Friday of each month in the hospital classroom. The contact person is registered nurse Shelly Bodkin, 454-9291.

The Diabetic Support Group meets at 6 p.m. the second Monday of each month at Eastport Health Care Clinic and at 6 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month in the Calais Dietitian Office of the Calais Regional Hospital Health Services Building “Old Facility.” The contact person is dietitian Mona Van Wart, 454-3906.

This year’s remaining all-day Free Prenatal Classes are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 8, July 17, Sept. 4 and Nov. 6, in the Calais Regional Hospital classroom. To register, call 454-9262 or 454-9227.

Caring Connections Support Group for women diagnosed with breast cancer meets 3-4 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Calais Dietitian Office at the site described above, and the contact person is Van Wart at the above number.

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

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