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Fall Cleanup guidelines

ALTON — Alton’ Fall Clean-up will be held Saturday, Oct. 12. Acceptable material must be placed at curbside by 7 a.m.  Pile metals separately from bulky waste piles. Mixed debris will not be taken. Unacceptable metals are  gas containers, propane cylinders and any metal that contains a liquid.

Other unacceptable items are auto related parts (no tire rims), TVs, computer monitors, microwave ovens, mercury vapor tubes or wood waste.

Carpet must be cut into 4-foot sections, rolled and tied.  Couches, mattresses and small amounts of sheet rock in bags will be accepted.

Freon must be removed from refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners before pick-up.

For information, call Maine Waste Systems at 659-2381, or the town of Alton at 394-2601.

Electronic waste drop off will take place during business hours Tuesday and Thursday. Oct. 8 and 10, and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Municipal Building.


Women, Work and Community class

BANGOR — The class My Money Works: Tools for Smart Money Choices will be held 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17-Nov. 14, at Bangor Hall, University of Maine Augusta, Bangor campus.

The 15-hour class will help students acquire the skills and confidence needed to stretch money, pay bills, reduce debt, find money for savings, plan for retirement and set personal financial goals.

Advance registration is required by calling Jane Searles at 262-7843 or email mary.jane.searles@maine.edu. All services are confidential and offered at no cost.


Pre-Halloween Bash

BANGOR — A Pre-Halloween Bash will take place 2-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Bangor Y. The event was created by Martial You, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the benefits of martial arts in order to give back to the community and at the same time help showcase the martial arts programs offered through the Bangor Y.

The event is free to families thanks to local sponsors who provide the funds and supplies needed, The event will feature free snacks, treats, games, prizes, dancing, swimming, crafts, face painting, a haunted house and more.

Organizers said they are accepting donations from individuals and businesses. To become a Pre-Halloween Bash sponsor or volunteer, call 745-7380 or email info@martialyou.com.


Lecture series

BANGOR —  Husson University will offer “The World in Your Library: A Foreign Policy Speaking Series” 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays, at the Richard E. Dyke Center for Family Business, the university, One College Circle.

The schedule is:

• Ron Jarvella, “The Chinese Intelligence Network,” Oct. 22.

• Scott Erb, “Social Media Revolution,” Oct. 29.

The lectures are free and open to all. For information, call the Husson University library at 941-7188.


Big Band Dinner Dance

BREWER — The annual Big Band Dinner and Dance, with the Queen City Big Band under the direction of Brian Nadeau, to benefit the Hammond Street Senior Center, will be held Thursday, Oct. 17, at Jeff’s Catering. Doors and cash bar open at 4:30 p.m. for free dance lessons and appetizers. A buffet will served at 5:30 p.m., with the rest of the evening dedicated to live music and dancing.

Tickets are $35 each or $250 for a table of eight. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Hammond Street Senior Center, 2 Hammond St., or by calling the center at 262-5532.

Tickets also are available at Patrick’s Hallmark in Bangor or Stonington’s Furniture in Brewer.

The benefit is made possible by support from Winterberry Heights Assisted Living and Memory Care Community, Hollywood Casino, the Maine Veterans’ Home in Bangor, Bangor

Savings Bank, FairPoint Communications, St. Joseph Health Care and First Bank N.A.

For information, visit hammondstreet.org.


Hunter safety class

BREWER — A hunter safety course will be held 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19-20, at Penobscot County Conservation Association. Registration will be 7-8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the association, 570 Main St.

Bring a lunch each day. Minimum age to participate is 10. Those age 12 or younger must be accompanied by an adult both days.

For information, call Clint Gaskill at 732-4300 or Tony Richard at 827-3440.


Marine Corps League Birthday Ball

BREWER — The Greater Bangor Area Detachment 1151 of the Marine Corps League will hold its seventh annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Jeff’s Catering. The event is open to the public.

Tickets will be sold only in advance at $25, $45 couple. The evening will include a full military ceremony, dinner and dancing. A cash bar also will be available.

Deadline for purchasing tickets is Friday, Nov 1. Send 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 989-4543 or 745-1808, or email det1151@aol.com with Birthday Ball in the subject line.


Thrift shop open house

BREWER — The  Shoestring Thrift Shop will host an open house 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the shop. 10 Brimmer St., to celebrate the acquisition of the building the shop is located in. Refreshments will be served.

The shop now has 501 3 (c)  nonprofit incorporated business status. The shop is run by volunteers who tend the shop at least one day each month for 2 ½ hours.

Donations of clothing for the whole family and household linens, such as bedding, towels and blankets are accepted.

The shop gives back to the community through vouchers and scholarships at the local churches, homeless shelters and schools. This year the shop gave three $750 scholarships to graduating seniors from Brewer HIgh School, John Bapst Memorial HIgh School and Old Town High School.  For information, call 745-7208


Annual auction

BUCKSPORT — The Bucksmills Rod and Gun Club will hold its annual auction at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Bucksmills Rod and Gun clubhouse, 370 Bucksmills Road, Outer Central Street. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Items up for bid include Bar Harbor whale watching, restaurant certificates, Rackliffe Pottery, hunting supplies, bed and breakfast certificates, oil change, home decor and more. Snacks, treats and drinks will be available from the kitchen. Admission is free.


Fire Auxiliary yard sale

HERMON — Hermon Fire Auxiliary will hold a yard sale 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the public safety building, 327 Billings Road.

The auxiliary is seeking items in good condition for the yard sale; however, televisions, computers and mattresses will not be accepted.

To donate items and to make arrangements for pick up, call Ann Byers at 848-5067, Mary DiBona at 848-5106, or Vicky Gonyea at 848-5615.


Geocaching in the Wildlands

ORLAND — Want to learn to use cell phones and GPS devices to find hidden caches? Meet geocacher James Emmert at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands’ Popple Grove, South Gate on Route 1, near Route 176.

Emmert will demonstrate various geocaching paraphernalia and the group will locate two caches in the Wildlands. A half-mile walk will be involved. Bring cell phones and GPS devices.

For information about geocaching, visit geocaching.com. For information about the event, call Emmert at 974-8534.


International Observe the Moon Night

ORONO — The University of Maine will celebrate International Observe the Moon Night 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at UMaine’s Maynard F. Jordan Observatory.

Observatory staff will point out stars and constellations with the main telescope and smaller instruments at the free public event. Refreshments will be provided and stargazing and moon informational handouts will be available. The observatory is opposite the Hauck Auditorium entrance to Memorial Union. If it’s cloudy that night, Jordan Planetarium in Wingate Hall will host a moon and sky show at 7:30 p.m.

To request a disability accommodation, call Alan Davenport at 581-1341. For information on International Observe the Moon Night, visit observethemoonnight.org.


Executive director of Maine 4-H Foundation

ORONO — University of Maine Cooperative Extension professor Susan Jennings has been named executive director of the Maine 4-H Foundation and Resource Development. Jennings has been a UMaine Extension faculty member since 1988. Based in South Paris, Jennings has led Oxford County 4-H Youth Development programs, including University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond. She is a UMaine alumna.

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