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Preseason dance workshop

BANGOR — Robinson Ballet will hold its preseason workshop from 9:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26, through 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at Robinson Ballet Studios, 107 Union St.

The workshop is open to older and more experienced dancers. Dancers may attend all or individual classes during the workshop. For information, call 990-3140 or go to


Heart of Penobscot Trails

BANGOR — A new group is working to identify and plan for trails linkages throughout the 12-town region in the Bangor area. The newly dubbed Heart of Penobscot Trails, also referred to as HOP Trails, is a collaboration of regional communities working to promote easy access to and awareness of the many recreational opportunities in southern Penobscot County. Towns included in the venture are Bangor, Hermon, Hampden, Orono, Brewer, Bradley, Veazie, Eddington, Holden, Milford, Old Town and Orrington.

HOP Trails aims to help make the area a recreation destination for locals and visitors alike, and seeks to encourage the adoption of a heart-healthy lifestyle.

The group invites new members to join, and encourages participation from community members.

The next meeting of the group will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at Fields Pond Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Road, in Holden. Leading up to the meeting, there will be localized work groups meeting in the participating towns to identify current or potential trail linkages on local maps. To link up with a local group, contact Alexia Corbett at 992-4462 or


School supply donations needed

BANGOR — Manna invites parents and legal guardians of children in need of school supplies to sign up for those items.

Manna reported that it already has 450 children signed up to receive school supplies, but the agency only has enough supplies for 300 children.

The public is encouraged to donate funding, backpacks, three-ring binders, calculators, pocket folders, erasers, glue sticks, red ink pens and colored pencils. Drop off items at Manna. 629 Main St. For information, call 990-2870.


Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust seeks national accreditation

BUCKSPORT — Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust, the land trust serving Bucksport, Orland, Dedham and Verona Island and owner of the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands, announced that it is applying for national accreditation.

The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs.

The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how the land trust complies with national quality standards addressing the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards, go to

To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit, or email comments to Comments also may be faxed to 518-587-3183; or mailed to: The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments,112 Spring St., Suite 204,Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Comments on the land trust’s application will be most useful by Sunday, Oct. 27, said land trust Executive Director Cheri Domina.


Cream puff demonstration

CARMEL — As part of the Simpson Memorial Library’s’ Adult Summer Read Program, Eric Goodale of Carmel did a culinary demonstration on the versatility of the cream puff. He showed how to make cream puffs and the many options of filling them.

Participants learned how to make different shapes using a pastry bag and piping the dough onto cookie sheets.  They made large and small cream puffs. Some experimented with making different shapes. A favorite shape to make was a swan, which was then filled with chocolate ganache.  Curry chicken salad was used to fill some of the larger cream puffs.


Penobscot Bay benefit cruise

CASTINE — The Penobscot Navy League Council in partnership with Maine Maritime Academy hosts afternoon sunset cruises of Penobscot Bay aboard MMA’s historic schooner Bowdoin. The cruises raise funds for scholarships for outstanding Naval ROTC students at MMA and the University of Maine, and to recognize the Northern New England Coast Guard Sailor of the Year. In addition, the Navy League recognizes outstanding merchant marine graduates from Maine Maritime Academy.

Cruises will be held at 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 16-17. Cost is $35 and cruises typically last for two and one-half hours. Passengers are requested to be at the Castine Town Dock by 3:30 p.m. to ensure an on-time departure.

To make a reservation, please call Chris Kopang at 561-2605. Since the Bowdoin can only accommodate 35 passengers, space is limited. Reservations must be made no later than Monday, Sept. 9.


Volunteer crafters needed for historical society bazaar

HAMPDEN — Hampden Historical Society members are in the process of planning their annual Christmas bazaar and are seeking those who wish to donate their creative talents and handmade goods to the bazaar, a fundraiser for the organization. For information, call Jerry Stanhope, historical society president, at 862-3463, or email


Blueberry Festival

HOLDEN — A Blueberry Festival will be held 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug, 24, at the Holden Congregational Church, Church Road. The event will include a blueberry pancake breakfast. Pies, cakes, whoopie pies and other desserts sold all day, a blueberry pie baking contest, yard sale, raffles and craft items.

Craft table space is available for a donation. For information call Zita Osgood at 989-6094 or 570-6094, or Jenn Perkins at 843-6013


Newburgh Day

NEWBURGH — Newburgh Day will take place noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. Events will include live music, field day games, baking contest, bike decorating contest and rodeo, bounce house and children’s games, sawmilling demonstration, food, glass bead making demonstration, farm stand, fire and rescue trucks, wreath making and decorating demonstrations.

The event is free. For information, call the Town Office at 234-4151.

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