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Posted Nov. 05, 2013, at 8:55 a.m.

BANGOR — Hollywood Casino Hotel and Raceway will host a Veterans Day brunch at 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the Epic Buffet. The brunch, open to the public, will be free to veterans and active military. For information, hollywoodcasinobangor.com.

 

AREA — The Maine Public Broadcasting Network announced the upcoming airing schedule on MPBN Television of “A Matter of Duty,” a new MPBN documentary focusing on the epidemic of post-traumatic stress disorder in Maine.

The film explores PTSD through the story of Kennebec County Sheriff Randy Liberty, who served as a command sergeant major and took part in major combat in Fallujah, Iraq. Upon his return, Sheriff Liberty struggled with PTSD and received therapy at Togus VA. He was then instrumental in several initiatives to serve veterans, including Maine’s first Veterans Treatment Court in Augusta, and the innovative veterans unit within the Kennebec County Jail.

The film’s broadcast premiere will be at 8 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 10. Other airings will be at 11 p.m. Nov. 10; 10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14; and 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16.

 

Maine potatoes fundraiser

BANGOR — The Challenger Learning Center of Maine, 30 Venture Way, is holding fundraiser featuring Aroostook County potatoes. Order a 50-pound bag of russet potatoes at a cost of $20. For information or to order potatoes, call the center at 990-2900. Proceeds will benefit the center.

 

Wreath, kissing ball orders

BUCKSPORT — Elm Street Congregational Church is taking orders for 12-inch and 14-inch Christmas wreaths and kissing balls.  For information, call the church office at 469-3333. The delivery date will be Saturday Dec. 1.

 

Many visit “Fright at the Fort”

FRANKFORT — The Friends of Fort Knox report that more than 9,000 visitors attended its “Fright at the Fort” Halloween season fundraiser the past two weekends. Approximately 100 volunteers from the Penobscot Job Corps Academy, Searsport High School drama club and community volunteers pitched in to help run the event.

The Friends report a record level of income resulting in tens of thousands of dollars, which will be used for Fort Knox projects.

Proceeds from the Fright event help the Friends of Fort Knox fulfill its mission to restore Fort Knox and enhance its educational, cultural and economic value for the people of Maine. Masonry work currently underway at the Fort is funded, in part, by last year’s Fright proceeds.

 

Pottery for Little Hands class

ORONO — Orono Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a Pottery for Little Hands class 3:30-5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19 and 23, and Dec. 2 and 9, at the Keith Anderson Community House downstairs. Students will learn to shape and mold clay into beautiful and functional art. Safe and nontoxic glazes are used to make the pieces usable for favorite foods.

The cost is $90 and includes all materials. For information, call 866-2556 or visit oronorec.com.

 

Events for active seniors

ORONO — Gateway Seniors Without Walls has sponsored these events:

• Opera conversations over dinner, Saturday, Nov. 9.  Meet in the Collins Center café after the Metropolitan Opera HD performance of “Tosca.” Discuss the opera with fellow opera lovers and socialize over dinner.

• Writing My Story workshop, led by Virginia Nees Hatlen, 1-2 p.m. Monday, Nov, 11, Orono Public LIbrary. Write about your life.  Bring writing materials, i-pad or small laptop. Free.

• Thrifty Shopper Tour, 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 12. Meet in front of the Orono Library to carpool to area shopping venues. Free.

• Yarn social with Robin Case, 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, Orono Public Library. Bring stitching project or learn something new. Free.

• Movies about Seniors, noon Thursday, Nov. 14, Orono Library. Bring a brown bag lunch, watch “Secondhand Lions.” Discussion follows. Free.

• Guided Tour of Hudson Museum at Collins Center, University of Maine, 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15. Meet on second floor of Collins Center. Free.

For information about these events, call Gateway Seniors Without Walls at 889-3031.

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