Food for library fines
Public libraries in Bangor, Hampden, Old Town and Orono will participate May 12-14 in Food Not Fines Week, part of a statewide fine-amnesty-food-drive coordinated by the Maine State Library. Patrons who return overdue library items will have current and past fines — not including item replacement charges — excused in exchange for donations of nonperishable food to benefit local food pantries.
Armed Forces Day
An Armed Forces Day flag-raising ceremony to honor local veterans will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at Sunbury Village, 922 Ohio St. All are welcome. The event will include participation by state and local officials, patriotic music and a barbecue. RSVP by May 16 to 262-9600.
A clothing swap to benefit the Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor Sunday school program will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at the church, 120 Park St. Come with a bag (or bags) full of clothes. Pay $5 to enter. Lay out clothes into designated size-gender-style piles, shop and leave with the same amount you came with. For information, contact Jill Packard at 992-3822 or Karen Childs at 949-0733. Women’s, men’s and children’s clothing will be part of the swap. All sizes, fabrics, colors and vintage accepted.
Bangor Toastmasters meet at 7 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Beal College, 99 Farm Road. Guests are welcome. All are welcome at the May 18 meeting.
Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brewer Public Library is now a certified U.S. passport acceptance agency, said library director Donna Rasche. The city clerk’s office had been handling passports, but a new federal rule prohibits them from continuing to do so because they already issue birth certificates. The City Council voted to train library staff to do the work. The library will process applications 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on Saturdays by appointment only.
Free prom dresses
Giggey Girl Gowns, a nonprofit organization, provides free prom and formal dresses for local girls. Giggey has more than 130 dresses for the girls and has given away 24 so far. The organization will be open 1-3 p.m. Saturday, May 14, and by appointment the rest of the year. For more information, call 902-2421 or email email@example.com.
A public community educational program, “Cultivating Happiness: What Positive Psychology can Teach us about a Satisfying Life,” will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at the Louis Bussey Schoolhouse, 994 Western Ave. The speaker will be Dr. Stacy Whitcomb-Smith, a clinical psychologist with HealthPsych Maine in Waterville. Whitcomb-Smith grew up in Newburgh and has ties to Dixmont.
Dixmont United Methodist Church is the sponsor. All are welcome, and refreshments will be served. Church officials said they hoped this would be the first of many educational public programs at the schoolhouse.
Community Fun Day
A Fur, Feathers and 4-H Community Fun Day will be held 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 14, at the Frankfort Elementary School, 112 North Searsport Road. The event is free and open to all.
There will be games, magic, balloon hats, face painting, crafts and a small animal on display. Meet members of Frankfort’s 4-H Club.
Pilgrims Home Cemetery Association will hold its annual meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, May 16, at Frankfort Congregational Church, Main Road. Those who have family members buried at Pilgrims Home Cemetery may attend the meeting.
Five residents have thrown their names in the ring to fill two Town Council and one SAD 63 board seat during June 14 local elections. Incumbents Robert Harvey and Ralph McLeod and resident Kerry Zimmerman are candidates for the council seats. Incumbent SAD 63 board member Donald Varnum is running against Karen Clark, who served on the school board for Eddington and had to resign when she moved to Orrington.
A Meet the Candidate forum will be held during the 6 p.m. Town Council meeting on May 16.
AmeriCorps members and the University of Maine Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism, in conjunction with members of the Penobscot Nation, are looking for volunteers from the university and the community to help with a high-tunnel greenhouse gardening project on Indian Island.
In addition to allowing members of the Indian Island community to grow fresh, nutritious food, the high-tunnel greenhouse will provide protection for crops and plants and a longer growing season.
Volunteers may sign up for one or more days between May 15 and May 22. The project also needs gardening tools.
The Bodwell Center is holding a tool drive. New or used gardening tools may be dropped off 7 a.m.-7 p.m. May 12-14 at 5732 Hannibal Hamlin Hall on campus. For more information, call 581-1796 or email firstname.lastname@example.org..edu
Auction and dinner
On May 16, the Maine Forest and Logging Museum will hold its third auction and dinner as a fundraiser for its living history museum at Leonard’s Mills in Bradley. The event will be held at the Black Bear Inn in Orono, with the silent auction beginning at 5:30 p.m. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., then the live auction.
Auction items include a Forrest Hart sculpture; a Kenneth Henderson redware charger; German, Austrian and Maine desserts; watercolors, prints, photographs, gift certificates, firewood, wood pellets, benches and tables, chestnut trees, subscriptions, memberships, sports tickets and jewelry. For more information, call the museum office at 974-6278 or email email@example.com.
Orono Public Library will sponsor its annual Pixie Ball, set for 1-3 p.m. Saturday, May 14, in the backyard of the town library. Tickets are free, but must be reserved at 866-5060 or picked up in advance.
History field trips
The Orrington Historical Society will hold bimonthly field trips at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays, through September, meeting at the town hall, 29 Center Drive. OHS will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, and the third Tuesday of each month, at Orrington town hall. For more information, call 825-8965.
Six people are running for two selectman seats and two school board seats to be filled in the June 6 election. Candidates for the selectman seats are incumbents Patricia Gott and Howard Grover and resident Terrence Bladen.
Candidates for two seats on the school board are Incumbent Glendon Rand II and residents Jennifer Long and Robert Phillips. Elections will be held 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. June 6, and the annual town meeting is 7:30 p.m. at Center Drive School.
Garden tour workshop
University of Maine Cooperative Extension will hold a free garden tour workshop, “Extend the Gardening Season with Raised Beds and Container Gardens,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at Rogers Farm on Bennoch Road.
Learn how to use raised beds and container gardens to extend the gardening season. University of Maine Cooperative Extension horticulturist Kate Garland and Master Gardener volunteers will demonstrate how to build a raised bed. Garland will discuss crop selection and strategies for managing temperature during the early and late parts of the traditional growing season. Master Gardeners will construct a raised bed and demonstrate a straw bale cold frame.
The Demonstration Garden is open daily from dawn until dusk. When Master Gardeners are working, they provide tours and answer questions; at other times self-guided tours are encouraged.