by Ardeana Hamlin
of The Weekly Staff
BANGOR — A mini-carnival will be held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Walgreens, 97 Oak St. The fund raising goal is $1,000 and will benefit the Hammond Street Senior Center.
Activities will include ring toss, beanbag toss, a dart game with balloons that hold tags that can be redeemed for prizes and a barbecue. The barbecue will offer two hamburgers or two hotdogs, chips and a drink for $5. There also is a small cost to play the games. All proceeds will benefit the senior center.
“Walgreens is still relatively new in Bangor. We’re all about the community and helping out,” said Abby Coleman, a manager at Walgreens in Bangor.
Walgreens, said Mary Collins, development and communications director at the Hammond Street Senior Center, is now in its second year as a sponsor of the senior center and does fundraising as part of that sponsorship. “Sponsors help the center pay the costs of being open,” Collins said.
The senior center is open to those age 60 and older. Currently, the center has 2,200 members and counting, she said. Membership is free. “Sponsors such as Walgreens is what we rely on since we are nonprofit,” Collins said. “It enables us to have a place for seniors; there’s no other place like it in New England.”
The center offers many activities and programs, including art, pottery, quilting, a state-of-the-art gym with an instructor at all times, beano, card games, cribbage tournaments, line dancing, yoga and rooftop gardening. It offers day trips and weekend trips, usually in the warmer months. A trip to Lakewood Theater in Madison to see “Footloose” will take place on Aug. 7. Excursions also will be made to the Cellar Door winery in Lincolnville and Sky Lodge in Jackman. The center also operates Aunt Nellie’s Attic thrift store in Holden and is a certified Level III cardiac rehab program facility.
“Our mission is to serve the social, physical and intellectual need of our seniors. There’s something for everyone, and anyone is welcome to come in for a tour,” Collins said.
Walgreens opened in Bangor three years ago. The company’s Brewer store opened five years ago. Stores also are located in Augusta, Ellsworth, Portland, Belfast and Scarborough, location of the company’s home office for Maine. Walgreens, established 115 years ago, has its national headquarters is in Deerfield, Ill.
Those who attend the Walgreens fundraiser and make a donation will receive 15 percent off store purchases.
“We hope families will come out, have a good time and relax. It’s a nice way to kick off the summer,” Coleman said.