Donate new, gently used purses to women in need

Posted April 09, 2010, at 4:53 p.m.

Mothers & More Greater Bangor chapter co-leader Elizabeth Bushnell invites you to participate in its monthlong campaign, “Power of a Purse,” to collect new and gently used purses “for women in need while raising awareness about the struggles of teenage motherhood and mothers living with domestic abuse,” Bushnell wrote.

The campaign kicks off with a purse party at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 11, at Purse Hollywood in Brewer, according to Bushnell’s e-mail.

Free facials will be raffled, and purse donations may be purchased or brought in, Bushnell explained.

Mothers & More, which is part of the national Power of a Purse campaign, will donate the locally collected purses to women at Spruce Run and St. Andre’s Home, two Bangor organizations offering “mothers and their children a hand up,” and helping them “out of poverty and abuse,” Bushnell wrote.

Donations, or purses, will be accepted throughout April at Purse Hollywood and The Grasshopper Shop, both in Bangor.

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Amy Ludwig of Penquis Child Care invites everyone to participate in Week of the Young Child, which kicks off at noon Sunday, April 11, at the Airport Mall in Bangor.

A children’s fair will feature games, art, reading, fingerprinting, Sparky the Fire Dog and other entertainment and activities arranged by University of Maine and Eastern Maine Community College students enrolled in early childhood education programs.

Events throughout the week include tours of the Bangor Central Fire Station, the Brewer Public Safety Building and healthy nutrition and exercise activities at the Bangor Public Library.

The celebration concludes with Let’s Go Fly a Kite from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at the back entrance of Maine Discovery Museum at Pickering Square in Bangor and a Flannery Brothers concert from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Bangor Public Library.

For complete details about this week and all the activities and events, visit www.penquis.org/rdc.

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The dedication of the newly rebuilt Perry Congregational Church tracker organ takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 11, at the church on Shore Road.

Ann Carter wrote that the dedication will include an introduction for children and adults by builder David Wallace, followed by a concert featuring six local organists, a festival choir and hymns “to demonstrate the organ’s special musical capacities.”

Everyone is welcome to attend, Carter said.

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The public is invited to attend the Bangor Area Children’s Choir annual spring concert as it celebrates National Poetry Month With Song, at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 11, at Columbia Street Baptist Church in Bangor.

Admission is free, but donations are always most welcome and appreciated.

According to its release, the choir, led by artistic director Steve Weston, will “offer a garden of verses with songs inspired by classical and contemporary poetry.”

For information about the concert, auditions or Bangor Area Children’s Choir, call Weston at 992-7472 or visit www.bangorareachildrenschoir.com.

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Two authors from the anthology “Quarry: Crime Stores by New England Writers” will address the public at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 12, at the Pittsfield Public Library.

“John Clark and Woody Hanstein will read from their stories and talk about writing and contributing to an anthology,” wrote librarian Lyn Smith of the Level Best Books anthologies she described as “the only collections of stories dedicated to New England writers and their unique vision of crime and its aftermath.

“This year’s anthology continues the tradition of excellence in short fiction.”

Copies of the book will be on sale.

For information, call the library at 487-5880.

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Reservations need to be made by April 19 for anyone who would like to participate in the All Souls Congregational Church Welcome Spring bus tour to the Canterbury Shaker Village on Saturday, May 15, in Canterbury, N.H.

The cost for this museum opening-day excursion is $139 per person and includes transportation, admission and tour, a noontime, four-course, sit-down Shaker dinner, shopping at the museum store and supper at the Old Country Buffet in Portland.

The tour departs at 7 a.m. Saturday, May 15, from the park and ride lot on Odlin Road in Bangor and returns to that site at approximately 10 that evening.

Arrangements may be made “for people with food allergies or mobility challenges,” according to trip organizer Nancy Ziegenbein.

For information, to select your meal choice and make reservations, call Ziegenbein at 947-7965, or write her at 41 Linden St., Bangor 04401.

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

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