Community news for Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011

Posted Sept. 21, 2011, at 3:56 p.m.

Bangor

Marine Corps Ball

The Greater Bangor Area Detachment 1151 of the Marine Corps League will hold its fifth annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer. The event is

open to the general public

Tickets will be sold only in advance at $25, $45 per couple. The evening includes a full military ceremony, dinner and dancing. A cash bar also will be available.

The deadline for purchasing tickets is Monday, Nov. 7. Sending check or money order to MCL Det 1151 c/o Richard Stitham, 106 Rider Bluff Road, Holden, ME 04429-7103.

For information, call Richard Stitham at 944-5776 or email det1151@hotmail.com, with Birthday Ball in the subject line.

High Holy Days

Congregation Beth Israel has issued an invitation to join the High Holy Day Services with Rabbi Justin Goldstein and Cantor Bill Slott from Israel. For seating, call Congregation Beth Israel at 945-3433. The synagogue is at 144 York St.

Kitchen tour

The Auxiliary of Eastern Maine Medical Center will hold a tour of the kitchens of some of the most beautiful homes in the area 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, in Bangor, Old Town and Orono.

The price is $25. Tickets include admission to each kitchen and samples of Made in Maine gourmet specialty foods and beverages. The limited-edition EMMC Auxiliary cookbook, “Recipes to Crow About,” will be available at the special tour price of $10.

Proceeds will benefit Champion the Cure for EMMC’s CancerCare of Maine; Children’s Miracle Network, supporting quality health care for the children of central, eastern and northern Maine; and nursing scholarships for local students.

Tickets may be purchased at EMMC Auxiliary Gift Shop at the hospital and at Lafayette Family Cancer Center, 33 Whiting Hill Road, Brewer; Patrick’s Hallmark, Rebecca’s, Miller Drug Westgate Branch in Bangor; and at http://www.emmcauxiliary.org.

Nurturing fathers

Penquis received a grant from the Maine Children’s Trust to support dads through the Nurturing Fathers Program. The program is for fathers of children age birth to 5 years. It teaches parenting and nurturing skills to support dads in embracing and understanding their role as a nurturing father — one who actively provides guidance, love and support to enhance the development and growth of his child or children. Each class provides activities and teaches skills for supporting healthy family relationships and child development.

Children are welcome to attend with their dads, and a light dinner will be provided each session. Participating fathers will spend time with other fathers and benefit from focused time with their own child. Classes are free, and a stipend will be given at the completion of the program.

The course runs 13 weeks, 4:30-7 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 22-Dec. 22, at Penquis Child Development Center, 241 Davis Road. To obtain more information and to register, call Wendy Pace at 973-3674 or email wpace@penquis.org.

English language tutors

Do you have a passion for helping others and interest in learning about other cultures? Come learn about Literacy Volunteers of Bangor’s English language tutor program.

There is a waiting list of students from around the world who want to improve their English. English Language Learner Tutor Training will be offered 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 4-27, at United Technologies Center, 200 Hogan Road. The 18-hour course gives an overview of second language acquisition skills, understanding and working with cultural differences, teaching strategies and lesson planning. Prior teaching experience, foreign language skills and/or a degree in education are not required.

The fee is $35. Scholarships are available. Register with Literacy Volunteers of Bangor at 947-8451 or send an e-mail of interest to suzannefolsom@lvbangor.org. For information on other class sessions, visit http://www.lvbangor.org.

Wood turning

The Eastern Maine Woodturners invites those interested to the next meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Eastern Maine Community College Building and Construction Workshop.

The demonstrator will be Stuart White. He began turning wood at age 12 and carries on the family tradition of woodworking and artistry. He produces large bowls, platters, vases and assorted toys for craft shows and his Milkroom Gallery. With more than 40 years of experience, White will offer an invigorating start to the Eastern Maine Woodturners meeting series.

Eastern Maine Woodturners is a chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. For more information, contact Chuck Seguin at 947-7592.

Financial peace

Word of Life Christian Center will offer a course through Financial Peace University at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Oct. 6, at 1606 Outer Hammond St.

Nearly 1.5 million families have taken the 13-week course taught by Dave Ramsey on DVD. FPU teaches families and individuals common-sense principles such as how to make a plan with their money.

For information or registration, call Kim Warf at 945-4051. After each lesson will be a small group discussion for accountability and encouragement. Topics include saving for emergencies, budgeting, relationships and money, and getting out debt.

Brewer

Costume swap

Brewer Costume, in partnership with SNAP Fitness, will host the second annual costume swap noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at SNAP Fitness, 242 State St. The free event is open to children from birth to 18 years and their parents.

Starting at 11 a.m., people can drop off any gently used costumes, accessories or clothing used to make a costume — no plastic, no exceptions.

At noon, participants can choose from what others have donated to pick a costume for Halloween. There are no guarantees that any one size will be available.

Costume donations will be accepted until 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9.

There also will be a choice for a healthy candy alternative, as well as a display of options for things to hand out. Those who wish to make donations before the event, please contact the coordinator at 385-5889.

Brewer Costume is a member of Green Halloween, a non-profit, grass-roots, community initiative to create more healthful and earth-friendly holidays.

For more information, visit http:// www.brewercostumeexchange.doodlekit.com/home or 385-5889.

Old Town

Blessing of the Animals

The Animal Orphanage will sponsor the Blessing of the Animals at noon Sunday, Sept. 25, rain or shine, at the Herbert Sargent Community Center on Bennoch Road. There is no charge, and all animals are welcome. For information, call 827-8777 or 299-7324.

The Fun Dog Show for children and adults will be held 1-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. Registration begins at noon. There will be 15 events, with a fee of $1 for each event entered. Lunch will be available. For information, call 827-8777 or 299-7324.

Orono

Computer courses

The Orono Public Library will offer two six-week computer courses beginning Thursday, Oct. 6.

The beginners class for those who are new to computers will meet 9-10:30 a.m. Participants will learn to turn on a computer, get familiar with the keyboard, type and use a keypad or “mouse,” go on the Internet and learn to use email to reach family and friends.

The Intermediate class, for those with some knowledge of the Internet and email, will meet 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Participants will learn short-cuts for writing and sending e-mails and documents.

The teacher is Shellie Batuski, a local educator, consultant and retired attorney who has planned classes that will be fun, relaxed and informative.

For information and registration, call the Orono Public Library at 866-5060.

The classes are free, but registration is required.

Area

Grandfamily Day

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, nearly 17,000 Maine children are being raised by grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings or other family members. These family units are now known as “grandfamilies.”

Gov. Paul LePage declared Sept. 15 as Grandfamily Appreciation Day in Maine. First Lady Ann LePage hosted a tea on Sept. 14 at the Blaine House, where she read the governor’s proclamation.

She was joined by several grandfamilies and Beverly Daniels, executive director of Families and Children Together; Jan Strout, parent of a grandfamily; Donald Lynch, director of Maine Kids-Kin; Therese Cahill-Low, acting director of the Office of Child and Family Services; and State Sen. Richard Rosen of the Bucksport area.

“While Maine is blessed with many caring foster parents, it is heart-warming to know that so many children are given the opportunity to be cared for by extended family members,” said Rosen. “I appreciate the love and sacrifice grandfamilies give their children and I am committed to working in the Legislature to help remove some of the barriers to guardianship they face in Maine.”

“Below the Bridge at Wassataquiok,” Pamela Redick, mixed media

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