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Community news, Sept. 29


Jordan Planetarium

ORONO — The brilliant fall stars will shine in the night sky and under the dome at the University of Maine’s Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium as planetarium Director Alan Davenport rolls out the October schedule.

Public programs start on Friday, Oct. 7, with shows at 7 p.m. every Friday, through December. Shows geared toward young stargazers are held the first and third Fridays of each month, and more mature topics on the second and fourth Fridays, with showings of the holiday program “Season of Light” in December.

Featured in this fall’s series is the new program “2012: Prophecies of the Maya,” produced by the Houston Museum of Natural Science, on Oct. 14 and Oct. 28.

“The hype of the apocalypse hucksters is put to rest by this portrait of the religion, science and civilization of the ancient Maya,” Davenport said. “Also, the popular and personable tour of the planets, ‘Our Sky Family,’ is offered Oct. 7 and Oct. 21 for ages 5-9.”

The schedule is:

Friday, Oct. 7 and 21, 7 p.m. “Our Sky Family.”

Friday, Oct 14 and 28, 7 p.m. “2012: Prophecies of the Maya.”

Friday, Nov. 4 and 18, 7 p.m. “The Little Star That Could.”

Friday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m., “Black Holes.” (No show Nov. 25)

Friday, Dec. 2 and 16, 7 p.m. “Earth, Moon & Sun.”

Friday, Dec. 9 and 23, 7 p.m. “Origins of Life.”

Sunday, Dec. 4, 11 and 18, 2 p.m. “Season of Light.”

In addition, open afternoon showings of select programs are scheduled especially for home-school families the first Friday of each month. See the website for more information.

Admission to the planetarium is still $3 per person, and seating is limited. Advance reservations are recommended at 581-1341. Observatory telescope viewings are free to all.

For information, contact Alan Davenport, 581-1341.

Hike for Hearing

Delta Zeta’s Hike for Hearing 5K Walk-Run will be held 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Orono Land Trust.

The event is being held by the Delta Zeta Upsilon Chapter and the Dirigo Alumnae Chapter to benefit the Warren Center, which has provided speech, hearing and communication services to adults and children in the Bangor area since 1961.

Entry is $10 a person or $30 for a team of five. Registration will be held at the land trust, behind Orono High School.

Delicious fundraiser

Hospice of Eastern Maine and Pathfinders: Support for grieving children, both programs of Bangor Area Visiting Nurses, will hold their sixth Celebrity Dessert & Auction on Friday, Oct. 21, at Rangeley Hall on Sylvan Road, Bangor. The event hosts will be by Joy Hallowell and Todd Simcox of WABI TV5.

Desserts provided by local restaurants and chefs will be available for sampling throughout the live and silent auctions. Community volunteers have been gathering a variety of items and gift packages, including getaways, artwork, Maine-made jewelry and children’s items.

“We have found that people enjoy this event because it is a low-key, come as you are, fun-filled night out, especially when the good-natured bidding wars begin. Our volunteers have been putting together some outstanding, unique

packages again this year,” said Wayne Melanson, volunteer manager and event coordinator. “We will have items and packages in all price ranges. There will be something for everybody who wants to get in on the action.”

Proceeds will benefit terminally ill patients and their families, grieving children and adults in the community, and end of life education for all.

Doors open at 5:45 p.m. for dessert and the silent auction. The live auction begins at 6:15 p.m. The evening should wrap up at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 a person and can be purchased at http://; reserved by phone by contacting Wayne Melanson, 973-8269; or purchased at the door.

Community yard sale

Bangor Area Recovery Network, the B.A.R.N. Inc., will hold the second annual community yard sale 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Paradis Plaza, 401C North Main St., Route 9, Brewer.

The nonprofit organization hopes to bring people both in recovery and not in recovery together in fellowship with the multifamily yard sale.

To donate items, arrive at 7 a.m. and see Stewart. Vendor tables are $10 each. Refreshments and free tours of the facility will be available. All are welcome.

Visiting owls

The Stanwood Wildlife Sanctuary will present an exhibit featuring a live presentation and talk by Grayson Richmond at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Sunbury Village, 922 Ohio St., Bangor.

The program will include live owls such as the great horned, barred owl and saw-whet owl. All are welcome. To obtain information or to RSVP, call 262-9600 or 942-0802.

Popcorn for Scouts

Autumn brings not only cooler weather and falling leaves, but also a classic favorite, the kickoff of the Katahdin Area Council popcorn sale. Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts from around the council have started going door-to-door selling Trail’s End brand popcorn to fund their Scouting activities.

Many packs and troops rely on this annual sale to support their activities — such as the popular Pinewood Derby and camp — throughout the entire year. The sale also allows individual Scouts to earn prizes and scholarship money for college. On average, 70 percent of all popcorn sales goes directly to support local Scouting.

Trail’s End fans will find Scouts selling all of their favorites, including microwave popcorn in Butter Light, Kettle Corn and Unbelievable Butter flavors, as well as signature snacks like Classic Caramel Corn, Caramel Corn with Nuts, Butter Toffee Caramel Corn, Cheddar Cheese Corn and White Cheddar Cheese Corn. All flavors of Trail’s End microwave popcorn are made with heart-healthy canola oil, making them lower in calories, total fat, saturated fat and sodium, while also providing omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids. The entire product line contains no trans fats.

As the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts have offered for the past several years, customers also may send popcorn treats to U.S. troops stationed all over the world. Seventy percent of every military donation supports local Scouting.

“We’re thrilled to begin our 32nd year helping Scouts support their activities with our popcorn,” said Elizabeth Weaver, director of marketing for Trail’s End popcorn.

Trail’s End popcorn, exclusively sold through the Boy Scouts of America as a fundraiser for local Scout councils, returns 70 percent of revenue to local Scouting. It is produced by Weaver Popcorn Co. Inc., one of the largest producers and manufacturers of popcorn products in the world. The sale runs through Oct. 24.

For more information or to place an order, call Katahdin Area Council at 800-353-5888.


Fall cleanup

Alton’s fall cleanup will be held on Saturday, Oct. 1. Have all acceptable materials at curbside by 7 a.m. Pile metals separately from bulky waste.

Unacceptable items are: gas containers, propane cylinders and any metal that contains liquid, auto parts, TVs, computer monitors, microwaves, mercury vapor tubes and wood waste. Carpet must be cut, rolled and tied in 4-foot sections.

Acceptable items include: couches, mattresses and small amounts of sheetrock in bags. Freon must be removed before pickup of refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners. For questions about appliances with freon, call Maine Waste Systems at 659-2381.

Electronic waste can be dropped off at the town office 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 1; or during office hours Monday, Oct. 3; Wednesday, Oct. 5; and Thursday, Oct. 6. Acceptable items are computer monitors, TV monitors, speakers, mercury lamps, batteries (excluding alkaline), mercury devices including thermometers and thermostats and fluorescent lamp ballasts. For questions, call the town office at 394-2601.


New dads class

New babies don’t come with owner’s manuals. Lots of first-time fathers have questions. How do I hold, feed, talk to or play with a baby? Boot Camp For New Dads offers first-time fathers-to-be the chance to talk and visit with experienced dads who bring their own babies. This workshop is designed for dads-to-be whose partner is in the last trimester of pregnancy. Pizza and drinks will be provided.

The group will be held 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Brandow Conference Room, second floor, Eastern Maine Medical Center. To register or obtain information, contact Wendy Pace with Maine Families at 973-3674, or Pam Smedick Houston with EMMC at 973-8742.


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. 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, with Birthday Ball in the subject line.

Garden, bird club

The Brewer Garden & Bird Club will hold a Membership Tea at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Brewer Auditorium, 203 State St. Marvin McBreairty from Tender Lawn Care in Brewer will present a program on getting gardens and shrubs ready for winter. Guests are welcome and asked to RSVP to Carol at 989-083. Refreshments will be served.

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 want to make donations before the event may contact the coordinator at 385-5889.

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

For more information, visit http:// or 385-5889.

Old Town

Blessing of the Animals

St. James’ Episcopal Church, corner of Center and Main streets, welcomes God’s furry and feathered creatures to its St. Francis’ Blessing of the Animals service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. St. James’ Episcopal Church has held the Blessing of the Animals for more than 10 years, making it a St. James tradition.

St. James’ coordinating priest, the Rev. Ann Kidder, will bless the animals and provide a treat. St. James asks that dogs be on leashes and have cats and other small animals in carriers or their cage.

In the past, parishioners and guests have brought in varied pets from domestic cats and dogs to fish in fish bowls, birds and hamsters.

Museum fall tea

The annual Old Town Museum Fall Tea will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at the museum, 353 Main St. Seating is by reservation only.

Reservations are $100 for eight, $75 for six, $50 for four, $25 for two or $15 for one. Send check to Old Town Museum, c/o Mary Gibouleau, 96 Fourth St., Old Town 04468, or call Gibouleau at 827-2435.

The menu will include specialty teas, scones, sandwiches and dessert cakes.

Village to Village musicians Ellie May Shufro and Juan Condori will play international and multicultural music on fiddle and cello. Their compelling and enchanting music stays as true to original sources as possible.

Old Town native and Old Town High School graduate Katrina Avila, a tea specialist and author, will talk about tea, tea parties and her publication about tea.

The museum is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Visit


Out of the Darkness

The University of Maine Counseling Center invites the public to participate in the Out of the Darkness Community Walk at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, beginning on the Mall on the University of Maine campus. Registration is at 1 p.m.

This event will raise awareness about suicide and depression. Funds raised by this event will go to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s research into suicide prevention. The event will include an opening ceremony and a 5K, noncompetitive walk through the UMaine campus and the town of Orono.

To register to walk or donate, visit

Sustainable discussions

Sustainable Orono will hold a series of discussion meetings, “Charting a Sustainable Future for Orono,” to explore specific areas of activity pertaining to local sustainability.

The first meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the Orono Senior Center, and will focus on community gardening, environmental education for local residents and local green investing. The organization plans to establish working groups to facilitate activities in each area. Anyone in the region with an interest in these topics is welcome to attend. To obtain more information, or to get on Sustainable Orono’s mailing list, email

Click for Babies

Those who care about youngsters and like to knit or crochet are invited to participate in a national project, “Click for Babies.” The Page Farm and Home Museum on the University of Maine campus will offer a free public presentation about the project at noon Friday, Sept. 30.

Designed to call attention to the issue of shaken baby syndrome, the Click for Babies project involves thousands of crafters nationwide creating purple caps for newborn infants. The caps will be distributed to all babies born in hospitals

during November. The babies’ parents will be educated about the “period of purple crying,” a normal stage of infant development when babies seem to cry for longer, more intense periods, often very frustrating to inexperienced or uninformed parents and caregivers.

Wendy Pace of Penquis is coordinating the project in this area and will be the featured speaker. With 100 percent of Maine hospitals committed to distribution of the purple caps to newborns, Pace is eager to enlist as many area knitters and crocheters as possible in creating the caps. Attendees are more than welcome to ply their knitting or crochet needles throughout the session.

This presentation is one of a series of free, public programs offered by the Page Farm and Home Museum on campus. Attendees may pick up a free parking permit at the museum’s front desk.

For information about the museum and its exhibits and programs, email or call 581-4100. For information about Click for Babies and other Penquis Early Childhood, Youth and Family Service projects, email or call 973-3674.

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