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Arts news for Thursday, June 30

Starry summer shows

ORONO — While enjoying Maine’s beauty or on the way to the beach, visitors and area residents alike are invited to visit the Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium on the University of Maine campus to tour the nighttime constellations and enjoy one of many popular family star shows.

At 1 p.m. June 30, the starry dome in Wingate Hall will showcase “Earth’s Wild Ride.” Other popular features for young stargazers that will rotate through the summer include programs such as “The Little Star that Could” and “Worlds of Wonder” to better understand our planet and the universe, said planetarium Director Alan Davenport.

For the more advanced stargazers and space fans, a few select days feature explorations such as “Black Holes,” “Origins of Life” and other intriguing topics. Programs include a tour of the summer night sky to introduce highlights that are worth finding on a clear summer’s night.

Admission is $3 per person, free to UMaine students with MaineCards.

July shows at 11 a.m. are: July 6, “The Little Star That Could”; July 7, “Our Sky Family”; July 13, “Earth’s Wild Ride”; July 14, “Black Holes”; July 20, “Earth, Moon and Sun”; July 21, “The Little Star That Could”; July 27, “Worlds of Wonder”; and July 28, “Touching the Edge of the Universe.”

August shows at 11 a.m. are: Aug. 3 and 17, “Our Sky Family”; Aug. 4, “Origins of Life”; Aug. 10 and 25, “Worlds of Wonder”; Aug. 11, “The Little Star That Could”; Aug. 18, “Black Holes”; and Aug. 24, “Earth’s Wild Ride.”

Call the planetarium for rates or to arrange special private screenings for groups, families and organizations of any show at other times and dates.

Seating is limited, so call 581-1341 for reservations. For a complete summer schedule of shows, visit http://www.GalaxyMaine.com.

Bangor Band concerts

BANGOR — Bangor Band concerts have been scheduled throughout the city. The website at http://www.bangorband.org will be updated as necessary.

• July 4, 7 p.m. concert, bandstand, Paul Bunyan Park.

• July 5, 7 p.m. concert, bandstand, Paul Bunyan Park.

• July 11, 7 p.m. rehearsal, Parks and Rec building, 657 Main St.

• July 12, 7 p.m. concert, waterfront.

• July 19, 7 p.m. concert, waterfront.

• July 26, 6:45 p.m. concert, Chapin Park.

• Aug. 2, 7 p.m. concert, Cascade Park.

• Aug. 9, 7 p.m. final concert, waterfront.

Circus Band concert

BUCKSPORT — The free Down East Center Ring Circus Band concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 8, at Bucksport Performing Arts Center, Bucksport Middle School, at the end of Miles Lane.

The event will be conducted by Gene Nichols, associate professor of music at the University of Maine at Machias. Nichols performs regularly with the Arcady series and is a former director of music and former band director for the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus and Wild West Show.

The evening also serves as a benefit concert to raise money for scholarships for music students in Hancock, Penobscot and Washington counties. While the concert is free, the hat is passed — no obligation — with all proceeds going to the scholarship fund. Conceived and produced each year by retired educator and musician E. Donald Blodgett of Orland and Milwaukee, the scholarship program has awarded some $21,500 in scholarships since the first concert 15 years ago.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of a student’s application and letter of recommendation from the student’s music mentor. Scholarships may be used for music lessons, camp, instruments or equipment.

Students interested in applying for 2011 scholarships should contact Martha Pedrick at mpedrick@mindspring.com or Joni Wardell, 480 Castine Road, Orland, ME 04472, for application information.

Free museum admission

On Saturday and Sunday, July 2-3, Bank of America will help its customers celebrate Independence Day and our nation’s heritage with a cultural experience. Through Museums on Us, bank cardholders will receive free admission to cultural venues such as the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland.

As part of Museums on Us, more than 152 leading U.S. cultural institutions, in 87 cities across the country, open their doors to bank cardholders on the first full weekend of each month. Participating institutions include museums, historical sites, botanical gardens, science centers and zoos. Other upcoming weekends include Aug. 6-7 and Sept. 3-4.

Now half-way through its 14th season, the national program includes some of the country’s best cultural institutions ranging from the Bronx Zoo in New York City and the Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami and the Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, Ore.

The offer is valid the first full weekend of each month. Photo ID and a valid Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card must be presented. One free general admission is limited to cardholder at participating institution, excluding fundraising events, special exhibitions and ticketed shows. This may not be combined with other offers.

For more information about Museums on Us, visit: http://museums.bankofamerica.com.

‘In Bloom’ art exhibit

BANGOR — Boyd Place Gallery will host the “In Bloom” exhibit through Sept. 30 at 21 Boyd St.

The exhibit features two-dimensional works by local artists Valerie Aponik, Jane Blay, Helena Bosse, Jim Counihan, Evelyn Dunphy, Asha Fenn, Ken Graslie, Betsy Headley, Ed Healey, Faye Ivers, Jill Hoy, Anne Johnston, Karsten Kittelston, Hannah Kuhn, James Lagasse, Nancy Langlois, Holly Leighton, Wendy Libby, Petrea Noyes, James Pay, Melinda Perrier, Laurie Proctor, Terri Sanzenbacher, Sarah Tabor, Marsha Townsend, William Ward and Becky Whight.

For information, call 941-2837.

Garden tea party

HERMON — Ecotat Gardens and Arboretum will host its annual garden tea party 2-4 p.m. Saturday, July 16, on the corner of Annis Road and Route 2. Rain date is Sunday, July 17.

Tickets are $18, $10 age 12 and under.

Tea sandwiches, scones with clotted creme and preserves, and dessert prepared by Island Garden Catering will be served. Clayton Hardy will play the dulcimer, and Chapel Hill Floral of Bangor will provide a fresh floral arrangement as a door prize.

To purchase tickets for reserved seating, call 848-5946 or 852-3933 or email info@ecotat.org.

Summer at Leonard’s Mills

BRADLEY — What could have been happening at a lumbering settlement in the Maine woods during a July weekend with friends and family visiting and still some work tasks to be done?

Re-enactors and other volunteers will share experiences of life in such a place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 9-10, at Leonard’s Mills in Bradley.

Re-enactors will be “visiting” for the weekend in the period tents and in the log cabin.

Blacksmiths will be forging some necessary items in the smithy, while sawyers will be sawing a bit of lumber in the water-powered sawmill. A tanner will working on a bearskin.

On Saturday, the smokehouse will be fired up to smoke sausages. Many other demonstrators and re-enactors are preparing interesting experiences.

Horse-drawn wagon rides will be available as will bateau rides. Oxen will be twitching logs out of

the woods to be delivered to the sawmill.

Visitors are invited to enjoy a hike along the Nature Trail or check out the fishway. The newest

milling area will be open, though maybe not operational, with a shingle mill and rotary sawmill.

At lunchtime, visitors, volunteers and re-enactors are invited to sample bean-hole beans and

reflector oven biscuits.

Admission is $8, $4 age 12 and under. Members of Maine Forest and Logging Museum are admitted free. For more information call 974-6278 or e-mail info@leonardsmills.com.

Outdoor movie festival

BANGOR — River City Cinema will continue its free outdoor movie festival at sunset Fridays through July 29, with films featuring tales of law, litigation and legal eagles.

Each film will begin about 8:30 p.m. in Pickering Square. Bring a lawn chair. Admission is free. Concessions will be available. For information, visit http://www.rivercitycinema.com. The schedule is:

• July 1 — “12 Angry Men.”

• July 8 — “Inherit the Wind.”

• July 15 — “Stairway to Heaven.”

• July 22 — “Anatomy of a Murder.”

• July 29 — “Witness for the Prosecution.”

• Aug. 5 — rain date.

More ‘Cool Sounds’

BANGOR — Cool Sounds will continue 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30, when the Downtown Bangor Partnership presents music by Sam and Yuri, whose specialty is folk-rock fusion.

The show will be held in conjunction with the Outdoor Market, 5-8 p.m., which features more than 35 vendors selling Maine-made fine arts, select crafts, specialty food items and produce in West Market Square and along Broad Street.

Other Cool Sounds concerts scheduled are:

• July 7, Evergreen, bluegrass, folk, blues, old-time, country and swing.

• July 14, Kayla Wass Band, country.

• July 21, Teen Jam.

• July 28, RetroRockerz, good-time music of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.

• Aug. 4, FLASH! In the Pans, steel drum, calypso, pop, swing, blues and classical.

• Aug. 11, The BArSTuARDS, rock-folk with Celtic influence.

Concerts will be held rain or shine. In case of rain, the concert would move under Pickering Square garage, and the market would be at the discretion of the vendors. For more information, visit http://www.downtownbangor.com.

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