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Weekly community news, Nov. 3, 2011



Pet portraits available

Debra Bell of Bell Imaging and Design is taking appointments for holiday pet portraits 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at Green Acres Kennel Shop, 1653 Union St. Each session can include up to three pets. The cost of a session is $35, with $10 being donated to the Eastern Area Agency on Aging Furry Friends Food Bank. People can sign up for a session by calling Green Acres Kennel Shop at 945-6841.

PICA auction

PICA will hold its 25th annual benefit auction 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at The Brick Church, corner of Main and Union streets.

The PICA auction raises money for the group’s work and to help support Bangor’s sister city of Carasque, El Salvador.

Local artisans, businesses and generous donors offer items including original artwork, sweatshop-free clothing, holiday wreaths, pottery, books, yoga and dance lessons, Reiki treatment, gift certificates for local restaurants and stores, seacoast weekend, plants, flowers, food and more. The auction format includes both a silent and live auction, so there is something for everyone. There’s lots of fun, free food, music with Brian Dyer-Stewart and the live auction led again this year by Mark Kelley.

For more information, to volunteer to help or to make donations, call Ellen at 947-4203 or email Ellen at elleng@pica.ws.

Nonprofits sustainability

BANGOR — A series of trainings designed to increase nonprofit sustainability will be offered by the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine with the support of a grant from the Maine Community Foundation. The center invites other organizations to participate in trainings at 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 12 and 19 at the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 96 Harlow St. The sessions are part of a long-term sustainability campaign coordinated in consultation with Barbara Kates, well-known in Greater Bangor for more than 30 years’ experience in nonprofit organizations.

The series will begin on Nov. 12 with experienced and skilled educator Joyce Schelling, who will introduce the concept, roles and structure of sustainability teams. According to Schelling, volunteer sustainability teams can work together to resolve organizational challenges. On Nov. l9, the focus will be implementation of such teams.

The registration fee for the two sessions is $50 for up to three members of an organization. There are reduced rates for members of organizations that collaborate with the center. It is free for regular and frequent center volunteers. The deadline for registration is Nov. 7. For more information or to register, call 942-9343 or e-mail info@peacectr.org.


‘Recognizing Our Veterans’

The Brewer Historical Society will present a program, “Recognizing Our Veterans,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, at First United Methodist Church, 40 South Main St.

Clayton Rogers and Sonja King will provide piano accompaniment for group singing of patriotic songs. A representative of the Maine Troop Greeters will talk about the group’s work in welcoming more than 1.2 million American troops coming through Bangor International Airport in recent years.

Jeff Hamedy will lead a brief business meeting, which will include an update on plans to move part of the former Washington Street School to a site next to the society’s Clewley Museum at 199 Wilson St.

Refreshments will be served, and all are welcome.


New pastor

The Dixmont United Methodist Church and the Troy Union Church will welcome their new pastor, the Rev. Terence McKinley, with a joint worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at the Dixmont United Methodist Church. A reception and luncheon will follow at the Louis I. Bussey Schoolhouse. Friends and members of both church families and communities are invited to attend.


Benefit chili cook-off

The Hampden Children’s Day Committee is hosting its second annual Chili Cook-Off at 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at Weatherbee Elementary School Gym. Local restaurants and individuals will be competing in two divisions. There will be a live auction followed by the chili competition. A $5 donation gets you in the door with a paddle to vote on your favorite chili and bid on the auction items. Auction items will include a handmade quilt, sky box tickets to UMaine basketball games, an autographed photo of the Boston Red Sox Kevin Youkilis, and much more. All proceeds will benefit the 2012 Hampden Children’s Day events.

If you are interested in competing or donating an item for the auction, contact Kurt at Hampden Recreation, 862-6451.


Veterans events

Two events related to Veterans Day will be held in early November.

The first will be a presentation ceremony at 7:45 a.m. Monday, Nov. 7, at the Winterport post office, where the postmistress will be presented with a flag that was flown on a mission in Afghanistan. The flag was flown by CW4 C.R. Thibodeau, a lifelong resident of Winterport. Thibodeau is the brother of the postmistress. The flag will fly at the post office all week.

The second event, at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at the Winterport Memorial Library, will be the American Legion Argonne Post 138 Veterans Day ceremony commemorating all those who have served. Rep. Peter Rioux will be the guest speaker, taps will be played by the students of the Wagner Middle School band. Immediately after the ceremony there will be a luncheon provided by the Argonne Post 138 Auxillary. All veterans are welcome to attend, and the luncheon is free. For further information, call Phil Higgins at 223-5733 or 299-4568.


Missions donations

Winterport Baptist Church, 100 Coles Corner Road, will receive shoe box gifts for Operation Christmas Child during National Collection Week, Nov.14-21, 4-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 1-6 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday. Call 223-4889 or 223-5188 for more information.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief organization headed by Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham. In 2010 Operation Christmas Child collected 8.1 million gift-filled shoe boxes which were distributed to needy children in about 100 countries. The boxes contained small gifts such as toys, school supplies and hygiene items.

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