Bangor area sports and recreation news

Posted June 21, 2011, at 4:24 p.m.

Bowling for Pathfinders

BANGOR — From noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 25, Family Fun Bowling Lanes, in conjunction with Mainely Rent to Own, will host and sponsor a bowl-a-thon at the Family Fun Bowling Center to benefit Pathfinders: Support for Grieving Children.

Rick Dill, manager of Mainely Rent to Own, a family-owned business located in Bangor, Lincoln, Newport and Dover-Foxcroft, approached Andy Meucci, manager of Family Fun Bowling Center, with an idea to sponsor a bowl-a-thon to assist local children and families in times of need.

Pathfinders, founded in 1994 by Maria Brountas and the late Barbara Eames, which provides grief education and support to more than 100 children and their families annually, will receive the proceeds from the event.

Register as a team or individually by calling Family Fun Bowling Center at 942-6701. Team pledge forms and donation forms also are available online at http://www.pathfindersmaine.org. All donations must be given on the day of the event. For more information, contact Andy at 942-6701, Rick at 947-9070 or Linda at 944-0247.

Family Fun Bowling Center was founded in 1959 and is located on the West Side of Bangor off Route 2. For more information, visit http://www.familyfunlanes.com.

Beneficial plants

OLD TOWN-ALTON — “Foraging for Edible and Medicinal Plants” will be presented at 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, located on 15 Hudson Road (Route 43) . The talk will cover how to use wild plants for food and medicine.  Take Gate 1 and drive 1/2 mile to Pine Tree parking lot. For more information, call 944-9259 or visit www.hirundomaine.org.

Dakin Pooll openings

BANGOR — The Bangor Parks and Recreation Department will open Dakin Pool at 1 p.m. Monday, June 27, on Stillwater Avenue. The Beth Pancoe Aquatic Center on Union Street already is open.

Information is available at http://www.BangorParksandRec.com or 992-4490.

Alewife Run Paddle

ORLAND — Take the scenic route to the Orland River Day festivities on Saturday, June 25. Join the annual Alewife Run Paddle from Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery to Orland Village.

Cheri Domina of Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust and and Karen Francoeur of Castine Kayak will lead canoers and kayakers from the Alamoosook Lake beach at 8 a.m. for a leisurely 3.5-mile, less-than-two-hour paddle down the Narramissic River, arriving at the village in time for the parade and strawberry shortcake. One short portage around a dam is involved.

Need a boat? Castine Kayak, 866-3506, will rent and deliver a kayak for $20. GPMCT also has a canoe, paddles and PFDs available to reserve. To leave a vehicle in the village, drop off your boat at the hatchery, drive to the village and catch the shuttle back, courtesy of First Student, leaving at 7:30 a.m. from the Davis parking lot on Route 175, next to the post office. Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery is 1.3 miles off Route 1 on Hatchery Road in East Orland. For info, call Cheri at 469-2008 or email cheri@greatpondtrust.org. The paddle will be held in light rain or shine.

Children’s foraging

HOLDEN — “The Edible Landscape,” a home-schooler program at Fields Pond Audubon Center, will teach youngsters basic foraging skills and lore indoors and outdoors on Friday, June 24.

Kindergarten through grade two will attend 9-11 a.m. and grades three to five 1-3 p.m. The cost is $10 members, $14 others; registration required at 989-2591.

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