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Weekly community news, Aug. 4, 2011

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Scots mediums

Harrison D. Barrett Spiritualist Church will present Scots and international mediums and teachers Sandra McFadden and Colin Hall in gallery readings on Friday evening, Aug. 5, at 15 State St. The cost is $15, and no one will be admitted after 7 p.m. when doors close. The church space is on the second floor, with elevator available.

McFadden is one of Scotland’s best-known international mediums and spiritual tutors. Organizers called her “a real, no-nonsense medium who asks information to come in three different forms, giving evidence and proving it is from spirit.” She also is an actress.

Hall is “a psychic artist and medium giving evidential demonstrations of survival of the soul and life after death,” church officials said. “Colin has had the ability to see, sense and communicate with spirit since a child. His artwork takes you into the four elements of nature — air, water, earth and fire and influenced by Celtic, Chinese and art nouveau.”

Private readings will be available by reservation only on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6-7. McFadden gives half-hour readings, Hall one-hour readings. For cost and reservations, contact Nedra at 945-3061.

At Bangor library

Bangor Public Library has announced Summer Reading Program events:

• Thursday, Aug. 4, “Trip to China and Southeast Asia” with Sally Arata, 10:30 a.m. in the Story Room. Arata, a member of the Eastern Maine Camera Club, has visited the Far East three times and will share tales and photos from her experiences.

• Friday, Aug. 5, “One World, Many Balloons,” 10:30 a.m. in the Story Room. Conjuring Carroll and Ezekiel, 12, his son, will educate and amaze with interesting facts shared while twisting balloons into animals from around the world. Penguins, platypuses, monkeys, roadrunners — even lobsters.


Alumni reunion

The Brewer High School Senior Alumni Reunion will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at Jeff’s Catering and Banquet Center.

Long-ago graduates or students who have been “out of” Brewer High School for 50 years or more are welcome. After the dinner and meeting, entertainment will be furnished by ventriloquist-comedian Elwin Thomas, a long-ago graduate of Brewer High School.

Reservations may be made with Gail Stewart at 948-2575.

Down Memory Lane

Senior alumni of Brewer High School, those who have been out of school for 50 years or more, may attend the trip “Down Memory Lane” free.

Participants will leave the new Brewer Community School on a Cyr Bus motor coach at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, for the one-hour tour sponsored by Peoples United Bank.

The trip, hosted by the Brewer Historical Society, will take historical society members and Brewer alumni in the air-conditioned coach as they visit and reminisce about Brewer locales near and dear to their hearts.

Seating will be limited to the first 50 alumni who make reservations by calling David Hanna at 989-2245 or emailing hannadavid41@yahoo.com.

Hometown concert

The Brewer Hometown Band will hold its last concert of the season at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, rain or shine, at Brewer Auditorium.

Tunes for the evening will be from the swing era and members of the audience are invited to “dare to dance.” Music will include “In the Mood,” “Begin the Beguine,” “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “Blues in the Night” and much more.

For more information, call 989-5199.


Teddy Bear Picnic

The Simpson Memorial Library will hold its annual Teddy Bear Picnic for children pre-kindergarten up to grade two at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13.

The family event will feature Jennifer Armstrong, a musician and storyteller from Belfast who interweaves songs, tunes and tales into her program. Armstrong enjoys audience participation.

Her stories come from her Celtic-American heritage. She plays the Scottish bagpipe, fiddle, banjo and guitar. Armstrong has worked as an enrichment teacher at many Suzuki Institutes and attended Berea College in Kentucky. She has given fiddling workshops around the country and worked for Urban Gateway in Chicago.

Bring a blanket or chair. Refreshments will be served. In case of rain, call the library at 848-7145 for directions to the alternate location.

Those attending are asked to RSVP by Aug. 10 to Ms. Becky by leaving a message at 848-7145.


Talk on gardening

“The Garden in Your Life, The Life in Your Garden” is the title of the presentation to be given by Sharon Lovejoy at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, in the lecture hall at the Bath Iron Works Building, Maine Maritime Academy.

Gardening expert Lovejoy has lectured throughout the United States at conferences, public and private educational institutions, and gardening organizations. Her award-winning books include “Country Living Gardener: A Blessing of Toads — A Gardener’s Guide to Living with Nature” and “Trowel & Error: Over 700 Shortcuts, Tips & Remedies for the Gardener.”

The event is co-sponsored by the Castine Garden Club, the Bucksport Garden Club and the Friends of Witherle Library. All are welcome. A donation of $5 is suggested.


Pizza party

Hudson Grange 457 will hold a pizza party at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, at the Hudson Town Hall. All are welcome to attend the pizza party and open Grange meeting afterward.

Members of Grange 457 encourage folks to come learn about the works and activities of Grange, and to consider becoming a member or being reinstated as a member.

Comprehensive planning

The Comprehensive Planning Committee will hold a special meeting 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Hudson Town Hall in an effort to increase public understanding of Hudson’s natural resources and what can be done to protect them.

Enlargements of the most current state maps of Hudson, featuring its natural resources and protected habitats, will be displayed. Biologist Bethany Atkins from Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will explain the maps, answer questions and give advice on how to use these data in writing Hudson’s 2012 Comprehensive Plan.

State Rep. Robert Duchesne of Hudson will attend the meeting to offer information and answer questions. He is the Democratic lead member from the House of Republicans on the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.

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