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Greater Bangor recreation news, Sept. 13, 2011

Soccer for peace

BANGOR — “Stop fighting and play soccer” will be the global message on World Peace Day, Sunday, Sept. 21. Bangor area youth will join in the international day of peace, established by the United Nations in 1981 to encourage all countries to vow not to wage war and to observe a worldwide ceasefire, a nonviolence day.

The Maine Chapter of CISV is organizing Bangor’s effort at 3 p.m. at the Dorothea Dix soccer field on Mount Hope Avenue. CISV encourages every young person to show up, play soccer and have fun. Last year CISV Maine had its first Peace One Day soccer match, which was well-attended. This year organizers hope to have a whole afternoon of soccer to highlight the need for peace and engage youth to give them the power to change the world.

Many parts of the world have decided on soccer as a means to celebrate the day and enhance awareness.

It was in 2006-2007 that “lifesaving activities” began to take place on the 21st. On Peace Day 2006, the World Food Program delivered 30 tons of food to Southern Sudan. Star Syringe Ltd. carried out immunization programs in nine countries and in 2007 went into Afghanistan where the Taliban put aside their quarrels with the West to allow vaccinations of children, saving many lives.

The International Rescue Committee reunited a former child soldier in the Congo with her family in 2006. Similar actions of peace have occurred in warring countries on this day since.

CISV prepares individuals to become active, contributing members of a peaceful global society. The organization was founded on the belief that peace is possible through friendship, and that the real difference can be made by starting with children.

Campsite work party

ORLAND — Volunteers are needed at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, to work on the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands’ Baker Brook campsite. Volunteers will be moving sand and gravel and clearing small areas. Bring shovels and loppers and a garden cart or wheelbarrow if you have one.

Meet at the Wildlands North Gate on Bald Mountain Road, west of Winkumpaugh Road. Call Jennifer for more info at 469-2045 or email

Hawk watch

HOLDEN — A hawk watch, led by Jerry Smith and John Wyatt, will be held 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. Venture up Cadillac Mountain to watch migrating raptors. Get help identifying accipiters, buteos and falcons in this event sponsored by Fields Pond Audubon Center. Bring binoculars, water, and bag lunch.

Call for directions. Rain date is Sept. 18. Cost is $5. Advance registration is required at 989-2591.

Square dancing

ORLAND — Square dancing for beginners and veteran dancers will take place at 7 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month, beginning Sept. 21, at Orland United Methodist Church parish hall.

The cost for the 10-week program is $50, or $100 a couple. The first night is free for those who would like to learn or try it out. Contact the caller and teacher, Charlie Bishop, at 469-3048 for information.

Register with the Bucksport Senior Citizens office at 469-3632 or email Checks are to be made to Bucksport Senior Citizens.

This year’s dance program is dedicated to the memory of Colon MacDonald, a longtime caller and dancer who resided in Orland.

LobsterFest for hockey

ORONO — The Friends of Maine Hockey and Union River Lobster Pot will host the sixth LobsterFest with the 2011-2012 University of Maine Men’s Ice Hockey Team at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Union River Lobster Pot, 8 South St., Ellsworth.

Come meet the players on this year’s team. Social hour starts at noon with a cash bar available, and dinner at 1 p.m.

The meal will include a traditional Maine lobster bake plus dessert. An alternate meal of ribs is available in place of lobster.

The entire team will be seated at various tables so that guests can enjoy the company of these young athletes while the team can meet some of their fans.

Only 80 reservations will be accepted at $60 a person.

Proceeds will go to the men’s ice hockey program for summer tuition for the players, team meals and player equipment.

Reservation forms are available at, or call Anne Britt, 667-5989; or Lisa Panepinto in the hockey office, 581-1106.

Children’s triathlon

ORONO — Eastern Maine Medical Center, the University of Maine and Kohl’s Cares for Kids will present the third Cub Tracks Youth Triathlon on Sunday, Sept. 25. The triathlon is a competitive, yet friendly, event for ages 7 to 13.

The course that winds through the campus, including the Wallace Swimming Pool, the Alfond Track and Field and the university’s bike paths.

The cost is $20, and each participant must be accompanied by an adult. Parents or guardians stay on-site during the race. To register, visit For information, call 973-4600.

Preregistration is required. The triathlon starts at 1 p.m., but all participants are asked to attend a mandatory pre-race meeting at noon.

Container homesteading

HOLDEN — Enjoy an off-grid, back-to-the-land (with a modern twist) presentation on container homesteading. Learn how Jennifer and Trevor Seip sought out a living solution that fit their budget, exploring alternative energy sources, local agriculture and homesteading while settling into their shipping container home.

Their free Living Lightly discussion and slide show will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Fields Pond Audubon Center.

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