May 26, 2018
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Family Fun Day

BANGOR — Art Factory: Free Family Fun Day will be held 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the University of Maine Museum of Art, 40 Harlow St.

Bring the whole family to a spring art-making event. Drop by any time; different stations will be set up with various art projects. The museum is partnering with the Penobscot River Restoration Project, which will offer additional activities focused on birds and fish. Supplies are free and instruction will be given throughout the day.

For more information, contact Education Coordinator Gina Platt at 561-3360 or

Young dancers

BANGOR — Dancers from Thomas School of Dance will present “British Invasion,” featuring music of the Beatles, at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 14; and 4 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at Peakes Auditorium, Bangor High School.

Tickets are $10 and are available at Thomas School of Dance, at Patrick’s Hallmark Shop in the Broadway Shopping Center and at the door one hour before showtime until sold out. For information, call 945-34578 or email

Magic competition

BREWER — The Chung Ling Soo Stage Magic Competition will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Next Generation Theatre, 39 Center St.

The contest honors the memory of Chung Ling Soo, 1861-1918, considered to be one of the greatest magicians of all time. Chung Ling Soo never spoke in performance. To honor his memory, contestants are required to perform without the use of speech, narration or written language. They are free to do any kind of magic that they like, as long as they don’t speak.

They will be judged by a panel of expert judges with backgrounds in theater and film. Belly dancers and other entertainers will complement the magic performances. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 age 12 and under.

Bangor Community Chorus

BANGOR — The Bangor Community Chorus invites the public to a free performance at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, at Sunbury Village, 922 Ohio St. Refreshments will be served. Free. To learn more, call Sunbury Village at 262-9600.

Music by The Shuk

BANGOR, Maine — Internationally acclaimed musical group The Shuk will  perform at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Beth Israel Synagogue, 144 York St. The concert will be held in celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel Independence Day. Admission is free.

The Shuk is an Israel-based group of musicians and educators who are dedicated to using music to excite and connect people to Israeli and Jewish culture, identity and society. The Shuk is sponsored in part by a donation from the Dresner Community Music Program, in memory of Anncharlene Dresner. For more information, call 945-3433.

Sweet Adelines

BANGOR — The Heart of Maine Chorus is a local women’s barbershop group and a chapter of Sweet Adelines International.

Its mission is to promote excellence in singing and preserve the American folk art known as barbershop. The chorus will open its doors at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 23, at the regular rehearsal site, 639 Grandview Ave., Bangor.

The chorus welcomes women who share a love of singing to join in an evening of fun. It will be an opportunity to observe a working rehearsal, learn a bit about the basic techniques and participate in learning a song. The evening will conclude with light refreshments, questions and friendly discussion.

Southern gospel concert

BANGOR — The Campbells, New England’s “First Family of Gospel Music,” will present a concert of Southern gospel music at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at at Messiah Baptist Church, 985 Union St.

The Campbells are a full-time gospel music ministry from Maine with a legacy that spans more than 30 years. They travel extensively throughout the United States and Canada and have released numerous recordings. They have appeared on local and national television and on gospel singing cruises.

All are welcome. For information, call the church at 947-7950.


ORONO — Stillwater Artsapalooza, a festival of visual and performing arts, will take place 6-10 p.m. Saturday, June 25, downtown. Come see and hear favorite local artists and groups perform or display their work. For information, visit

Strawberry Banke

HAMPDEN — The Hampden Historical Society will sponsor a Cyr Bus trip on June 4 to Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, N.H. The museum offers an orientation and a two-hour self-guided tour of 14 houses.

The bus will board at 7:30 a.m. at Maine Savings Credit Union, 101 Western Ave. Bring a bag lunch; water and iced tea provided. The group will stop at Cole Farm Restaurant in Gray for dinner.

The cost is $70 plus dinner from the menu. For information, call Jerry Stanhope, 862-3463. Send payment to Hampden Historical Society, P.O. Box 456, Hampden ME 04444. Reservations are due May 14.

Dance for boys, men

BANGOR — Bangor Ballet dancers August Eaton and Tommy McCarthy will offer a series of free dance classes for boys and men who are encouraged to “give it a try” and see how demanding an athletic endeavor classical dance can be.

Both McCarthy and Eaton have studied extensively with Ivy Forrest, who teaches classical ballet at Thomas School of Dance and danced professionally for George Balanchine and Robert Joffrey in New York City.

Eaton has attended summer programs at the School of American Ballet in New York City, and McCarthy has studied at the Joffrey and at Boston Ballet during the summer.

Classes will be held 4-5 p.m. Thursdays, May 19-June 16, at Thomas School of Dance, 14 State St. No prior dance experience is needed. For further information or to register, email or call 945-3457.

Kindermusik at Sunbury

Families with children ages 1-4 are welcome to attend a free Kindermusik demo at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, at Sunbury Village, 922 Ohio St. Activities will include singing, dancing, playing instruments, sharing and storytime. A five-week summer program begins May 31. RSVP by May 22 to Ann at 290-1117.

Flannery Brothers

BANGOR — The Flannery Brothers will perform a free concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Bangor Public Library. They have received awards from the the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, the Parents’ Choice Awards and the Mom’s Best Awards.

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