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Five Towns Communities group to aid parents

By Joni Averill

While “another cycle of Guiding Good Choices has come to a close,” wrote Five Towns Communities That Care volunteer Diane Sturgeon, more sessions are available to help provide parents “with proven, effective practices and strategies for improving parenting skills and reducing adolescent substance abuse, depressive symptoms and rates of self-harm.”

The workshops are sponsored by FTCTC, and there is no cost to participate, Sturgeon wrote of the program that most recently featured facilitators Rob and Julianna Pfeiffer conducting workshops on Tuesday evenings at Camden Hills Regional High School.

Sturgeon also said that “participants and their family members were treated to delicious dinners before each workshop session,” and on-site child care was provided for each session.

Designed for parents of children ages 9 to 14, the program covers a different topic each session, and the workshops are offered “several times throughout the year,” Sturgeon wrote.

For information about registering for the next workshop, parents and guardians are urged to call Five Town Communities That Care at 236-9800 or visit www.fivetownctc.org.

To learn more about FTCTC, its mission and how you might become involved, use the above contact information or e-mail info@fivetownctc.org.


The Rev. Suzie Gowie reports First Congregational Church of Brooks will hold an indoor yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Varney Memorial Building, which is the church’s Fellowship Hall.

Proceeds from your purchases will “benefit the upkeep of the buildings,” the Rev. Gowie said.


Jane McCollister invites the public to a Mother’s Day Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday, May 9, at the Odd Fellows Hall on Hillside Avenue in Baileyville.

Admission for the meal including eggs and pancakes, is $6 for adults, $3 for children under 10.

All proceeds benefit the “purchasing of large-print books” for the Baileyville Public Library, McCollister said.

The fundraiser is sponsored by Riverside Rebekah Lodge 140, and its members will have the latest edition of their Rebekah Cookbook on sale for $15 each.

McCollister urges you to “take Mom out for breakfast” for a worthy cause, and wants you to know the first 36 moms receive a Mother’s Day carnation.

For more information, call McCollister or Polly Burlock at 796-2230.


American and international women are invited to attend a luncheon with Women of the World at noon Monday, May 10, in the Gathering Place on the first floor of Church of Universal Fellowship on Main Street in Orono.

Attendees are asked to “enter through the blue, recessed doors,” wrote WOW coordinator Mireille Le Gal of the sponsoring Office of International Programs at the University of Maine.

The meeting will feature a British Tea, with a discussion afterward.

The cost is $4 for adults, $2 for children 6-10, free for children under 6.

For more information about WOW, call Le Gal at 581-3423.


The public is invited to the Tasting Bee, always a delicious community favorite, hosted by the Orono Public Library Foundation to benefit the OPL, which is 5-6:30 p.m. Monday, May 10, in the cafeteria of Asa Adams Elementary School in Orono.

Foundation president Sarah Kenney wrote that “local fare from Orono restaurants, and door prizes from Orono merchants,” are featured in this fundraiser.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for young people 5-12, free for preschoolers.

Tickets will be available at the door, and also may be purchased at the OPL.


Diane Cutler reports Penobscot Valley Senior College is offering its “last presentation” of the season featuring Chris Wolff of the Island Institute, “a nonprofit organization that serves the many islands off the coast of Maine.”

The session is 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, May 11, at Eastport Hall at University College at Bangor and “it is open to members and guests,” Cutler wrote.

Wolff, the institute’s community development director who works on Matinicus Island, “will offer an understanding of the services and support offered to Island residents,” Cutler said.

For information about registering, call 992-0118.


Orono Health Association has announced that Penobscot Theatre Company artistic director Scott RC Levy will be the guest speaker at its annual meeting.

That event, open to the public, is 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, at Church of Universal Fellowship on Main Street in Orono.

Levy will discuss “Arts for the Heart,” which will emphasize “the important role of the arts in maintaining a healthy mind and body,” the release states.

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

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