Gift basket auction
BANGOR — Join the Hammond Street Senior Center Monday through Friday, Dec. 2-6, to bid on more than 200 unique gift baskets stuffed with gift certificates, collectibles, fun items and much more.
A bidding party will be held 4:40-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5. Put your name or business card in for a drawing that evening of a $100 cash prize courtesy of Winterberry Heights. The event also will include complimentary wine, soft drinks and other treats to nibble on.
Absentee bids and more information is available by calling the senior center at 262-5532.
Charity Sportsman’s Supper, Auction
BANGOR — MAINEiacs Charities will hold its 52nd annual Charity Sportsman’s Supper and Auction Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Bangor Elks Lodge on Odlin Road. A social hour with vendors will take place 4-6 p.m. The dinner, catered by Steve’s Stagecoach Catering, will begin at 6 p. m. with the auction to follow.
Items up for bid include several hunting rifles, sportsman’s apparel, ice fishing gear, a guided bear hunt and other sportsman’s outdoor items. An Old Town watercraft, either a canoe or a kayak, will be awarded as a door prize.
Tickets are $20.
The nonprofit organization is seeking charitable gifts and prize donations for the event.
MAINEiacs Charities aids Maine national guardsmen and their families, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, Project Graduation, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House and other community charities. For information, call 404-7492.
Challenger program for Cub Scouts
BANGOR — Challenger Learning Center of Maine announced that it will offer a Science Module Program for Cub Scouts 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the center, 30 Venture Way.
The program, organizers said, will complete many of the eighth requirements for the Cub Scout Astronomy Belt Loop and Academic Pin.
The cost is $8. Advance registration is required by calling 990-2900, ext.1, or email email@example.com. A minimum number of participants must register for the event to occur.
BREWER — Eastern Maine Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society will host Thirty-One Purse Bingo at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Eagle’s Club. The cost is $10 for 10 games. The number of tickets is limited and must be purchased in advance.
For information, contact Kim Campbell at 570-5574 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gingerbread Story Hour
CARMEL — To celebrate the holidays, Simpson Memorial Library will host a Gingerbread Story Hour at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Benevolent Lodge on Route 69. Children will hear the story of the Gingerbread Man, and help make and frost gingerbread men.
The library requests that parents call and sign up their children in advance in order to have the appropriate amount of materials available. To register, call Becky at 848-7145.
Christmas tree lighting
CARMEL — Simpson Memorial Library will sponsor its annual Christmas tree lighting on Sunday, Dec. 1. Members of the John Bapst Concert Choir, a 50-member auditioned group, will sing carols at 3:30 p.m. Lighting of the tree will take place at 4 p.m. The choirs will join the community in caroling after the tree is illuminated.
The John Bapst Concert Choir has participated in many festivals and competitions and in 2011 received a Gold rating in a national competition in Boston.
The Christmas tree will be selected and cut by Carmel kindergarten students and donated by Piper Mountain Christmas Tree Farm in Newburgh.
After the lighting, the community is invited to follow the luminaries to the Carmel Historical Society building next door to the library and to the Masonic Hall across the street from the library for socialization and refreshments.
OLD TOWN — The Animal Orphanage will hold its annual re-gifting sale 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Knights of Columbus hall. The event will feature many new or gently used items. Donations of items for the sale are still being accepted.
Proceeds from the sale will benefit the animal shelter.
To donate items or for information, call 2997324 or 827-8777.
Wildlands Christmas tree event
ORLAND — Get your Christmas tree the old-fashioned way. Bring family and friends to the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1 and 8, for a hayride, bonfire, hot cocoa and cookies, and cut your own wild, open-grown balsam fir for $25. Additional trees or greens for the same family are $10.
Cutting help and handsaws will be available. Chainsaws will not be used. Cutting helps thin overcrowded forest.
Proceeds benefit the Wildlands Trust. Visitors may access the Wildlands from North Gate on Bald Mountain Road (0.2 mi. west of Winkumpaugh Road intersection) or South Gate on Route 1 (just south of the Route 176 junction in East Orland).
If it snows, go to greatpondtrust.org or call 469-6929 for updates, changes or cancellations. Sponsors of the event are Bangor Savings Bank, Ellsworth-Bucksport Dental Associates and Dave’s Tractor Services.
ORONO — A Jazz Brunch will be held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at the Family Dog restaurant on Mill Street. The event will benefit the Orono Historical Society in its Save Our Statue campaign.
Fifteen percent of a customer’s bill will be donated to the society for the restoration of the 123-year-old Civil War monument absent from Orono’s Webster Park since 2008. Discount coupons for the brunch are available at Orono Pharmacy, DeGrasse Jewelers, The Family Dog or from historical society members. Coupons must be presented at the restaurant when ordering.