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Posted Dec. 09, 2013, at 4 p.m.

Free nutrition education by mail

AREA — The Eat Well Nutrition Education program sponsored by the University

of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering free Eat Well by Mail lessons, available to income-eligible parents.

By completing the 10 lessons through the mail, and two in-person classes, participants will learn money-saving grocery tips and simple and tasty recipes for healthy eating.

To sign up for Eat Well by Mail, call Brooke at 942-7396 or e-mail


Christmas cantata

AREA — The public is invited to attend the Christmas cantata concert “Joseph, the Carpenter” by Joe E. Parks at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, at the North Brewer Eddington United Methodist Church, and at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, at the Brewer First United Methodist Church.

Refreshments will be provided after the concerts.

The Cantata will be under the direction of Herbert Hopkins with Dora Rexrode accompanist, and Daniel Day, narrator.

Chirstmas Choir participants are Robert Adams, Donna M. Boyle, Dottie Boynton, Merrill Boynton, Pam Bull, Daniel Day, Gail DeBeck, Doug Gardner, Tony Graffam, Coralie Giles, Patti Giles, Bernice Holland, Melva Kent, Roscoe Kent, Cheryl Long, Lin Lufkin, Ethel Mathews, LaForest Mathews, Jessie Mellott, Ruth Munson and Mandi Oechslie.

Other Cantata concerts will be held:

• 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at Sunbury Village in Bangor.

• 2p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, at Phillips-Strickland in Bangor.


Downtown Countdown volunteers needed

BANGOR — Downtown Countdown, Bangor’s New Year’s Eve Celebration is seeking volunteers to help out. Volunteers will work three-hour shifts at venue spaces, information booth, and indoor and outdoor activities.

For information, visit To volunteer, email


Israeli dance workshop

BANGOR — Lisa Tessler will present a workshop on Israeli dance 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue, 144 York St. Learning about and participate in folk dances of Israel. Those who do not wish to dance are invited to attend and learn about the foundations of Israeli dances such as the Hora.

Tessler received an undergraduate degree at Bowdoin College and a master’s degree in education at Harvard. When she was in Israel on a kibbutz she became interested in Israeli dance and has studied with masters from all over the world. She has been teaching Israeli dance for 20 years to students of all ages and level.

The public is invited to the workshop. Wear soft-soled shoes. Light refreshments and babysitting will be available.


UU silent auction, quilt raffle

BANGOR — The Green Gift Baskets silent auction final bidding will take place  9-11:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, when winners will be announced, in the Dorothy Memorial Fellowship Hall, Unitarian-Universalist Church, 120 Park St. Each earth-friendly basket is filled with regifted, gently used surprises.

A one-of-a-kind Fellowship Quilt will be raffled Sunday, Dec. 22, at the church. Raffle tickets may be purchased at the church on Dec. 15 and 22, or by calling 745-3157.


Bible club for children

BANGOR — School-age children, through eighth grade, are invited to join the Kids’ Bible Club which meets 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Glad Tidings Church, 1033 Broadway. Children choose from either sports, or crafts projects.

The club also includes a brief Bible time and a light dinner. For information, call 947-0324, ext 15.


‘Bidder 70’

BANGOR — “Bidder 70″ will be shown at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15,  at the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine. The event is free and open to all, and will be followed by a discussion.

The documentary  “Bidder 70″ follows an environmental activist in his fight against the fossil fuel industry.


Christmas concert

BREWER — The Brewer Hometown Band will present a concert of Christmas music at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Brewer Auditorium. The concert is free but donations of canned goods, personal care items and baby supplies will be accepted.

Refreshments will be served. For information, call 989-5199.


Benefit breakfast

CORINTH — The Corinth United Methodist Church will host its Christmas Shoppers pancake breakfast 7:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21. Admission is by donation to benefit a mission trip to Haiti.


Solstice celebration

HOLDEN — Night Tree: A Solstice Celebration will be held 2-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at  Fields Pond Audubon Center. Participants will recreate Eve Bunting’s classic story, “Night Tree,” by making a “night tree” to share with creatures in the wild.

Hot cider will be served and indoor activities will take place. The event is open to those of all ages.

The cost is $5 family. For information, call 989-2591.


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