Noteworthy News for Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012

Posted Feb. 21, 2012, at 1:58 p.m.

Dozens of Mainers plunged into the icy waters of Phillips Lake on Feb. 4 in Dedham to raise funds for Camp CaPella and Camp Sunshine. Sixty-nine children and adults took the plunge. Approximately $7,000 in donations will go to Camp CaPella. Nearly $9,000 was raised for CampSunshine. The Kiwanis Club of Hampden sponsored this event. For infomation, visit campcapella.org or campsunshine.org.

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Dressbarn is teaming up with the nonprofit organization, Dress for Success, to gather more than 60,000 articles of clothing as part of its S.O.S., or Send One Suit, donation drive, Thursday through Sunday, March 1-4. The clothing drive marks the 10th year dressbarn and Dress for Success have partnered to help women in need receive professional business attire. All 825 dressbarn stores across the country, including the Bangor location, will serve as drop-off sites for new or gently used professional attire including suits, dress shirts, blazers, pants, dresses and shoes that will benefit women seeking jobs. Dress for Success will distribute the articles nationwide. For information, call the Bangor dressbarn at 942-2918.

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Challenger Learning Center of Maine, 30 Venture Way in Bangor, is seeking new members by offering membership for a $29 donation to made by Wednesday, Feb. 29. The center provides students with hands-on educational experiences that teach science, technology, engineering and math. For information, call the center at 990-2900 or email jtherrien@clcofme.org.

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Helen Genco of the Eastern Maine Medical Center Auxiliary reports that the organization’s annual Beach Ball sold more tickets this year than last, and raised $25,000 to benefit its projects.

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The Page Farm and Home Museum at the University of Maine recently received a grant from the William and Joan Alfond Foundation to help defray transportation costs and museum program fees for elementary and secondary schools in southern Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset, Waldo, Washington and Hancock counties. Grant awards of up to $500 are for the current academic year. To obtain a grant application or for information, visit umaine.edu/pagefarm, or call the museum at 581-4100.

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One of the goals of the Old Town Museum exhibits committee is to develop resource files with information about the various items in the museum collection. Anyone with a computer, access to the Internet and some free time may select an item from the collection and research the history of that item at home. This resource will enable volunteer staff to answer questions that are not answered by the exhibit itself. For information, visit OldTownMuseum.org.

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Share Our Strength, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., working to end childhood hunger, will launch its ninth annual Great American Bake Sale Season on Wednesday, Feb. 29. On that day, bakers are urged to host a bake sale. Individuals and groups sign up to host bake sales in their local communities and send the funds they raise to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign. In addition to the launch, the Great American Bake Sale will hold its National Challenge Weekend Friday through Sunday, April 20-22, with a goal of hosting 500 bake sales — at least 10 in every state — in one weekend. The first 300 bake sale hosts to submit $275 or more from bake sales held on National Challenge Weekend will receive a prize. For information, visit GreatAmericanBakeSale.org.

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