AREA — The public is invited to attend a 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.
Christmas 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.
A Cantata concerts also will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, at Phillips-Strickland in Bangor.
Parade trophy winners
BANGOR — The Rotary Club of Bangor, which hosted the Festival of Lights parade on Dec 7, announced recently the winning floats that took part in the parade:
• Best Band, Pride of Madawaska Marching Band.
• Best Adult Entry, Citizens of Maine LLC, which provides support to adults with intellectual disabilities.
• Best Commercial Entry, Lane Construction. The float was designed, constructed and decorated by company employees.
• Best Nonprofit Entry, Maine Special Olympics.
• Best Performing Entry, Morita’s School of Dance. The unit will represent Maine in Los Angeles in April 2014.
• Best Youth Entry, Girl Scout Troops 1322, 47 and 861 from the Eddington and Holbrook schools.
More than 80 units participated in the parade.
EMMC Auxiliary Beach Ball
BANGOR — The Eastern Maine Medical Center Auxiliary will hold its eighth annual Winter Beach Ball on Friday, Jan. 17, at the Cross Insurance Center. Presented by Tony Boffa Music, the Larry Williams Band will provide dance music, with food catered by Carmen Montes, director of food and beverage service at the center.
All proceeds from the 2014 Winter Beach Ball will support the auxiliary’s pledge to the Raish Peavey Haskell Children’s Cancer Center in Brewer. Last year, the Winter Beach Ball allowed the auxiliary to donate more than $25,000 to auxiliary projects that promote quality healthcare in eastern, central and northern Maine.
Tickets are $35, $350 for a table of 10, and may be purchased by calling 973-5055.
Fundraiser for horse rescue organization
BANGOR — Last Stop Horse Rescue, a 501c3 nonprofit organization located in Prentiss, and licensed by Animal Welfare of Maine to take in horses rescued from abuse, starvation, and neglect, will show its miniature horse ambassadors 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at Tractor Supply. Weather permitting, Santa will make an appearance at midday.
Items related to the horse rescue organization, such as T-shirts and wristbands, will be available for purchase to help raise funds for hay and grain for the rescued horses. Donations also will be accepted. Donations go directly to the care of the horses, and are tax deductible. To learn more about the organization visit laststophorserescue.com.
Christmas season services
BANGOR — These services will be held at First Baptist Church, 56 Center St.:
• Longest Night: A Service of Prayer, Entrusting and Communion for those who are feeling anxious, grieving, down or lost in this season, 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, Education Wing, 56 Center Street, Bangor. Open to all.
• A Family Christmas Eve worship service with carols and communion, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24. Open to all.
• An Informal Christmas Eve service, 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24.
For information, call 946-9694.
Library program for youngsters
CARMEL — The “Babies Love Books” program for infants up to children age 3 will begin for the winter at 11:30 a.m., Dec. 17, Simpson Memorial Library, 8 Plymouth Road. This is a 30-minute lap story time, where parents or caregivers hold their infants in their laps while participating in the program. Short stories, rhymes, music and even puppets will be part of the program. Toddlers are encouraged to bring a doll or stuffed animal to hold in their laps. This is free program, which is for children in Carmel and the surrounding towns, is held the third Tuesday of each month through May.
For more information, call 848-7145.
Community Holiday Party
EDDINGTON — The Eddington Fire Department will host its sixth annual Community Holiday Party 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Eddington Fire Department
on Route 9.
Children will meet with Santa, get their faces painted and make holiday cards and ornaments.
Admission is free.
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.
ORLAND — Celebrate the Winter Solstice and welcome back the light at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, with a big bonfire in the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands. Dress warmly and bring a hot drink, a snack to share, a musical instrument and a story to tell.
Go to greatpondtrust.org or call 469-6929 to check for cancellation due to bad weather.
ORLAND — H.O.M.E. Inc., located on Schoolhouse Road, will hold its annual Christmas party at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at the Marketstand.
A public dinner will be served at 1 p.m. on Christmas Day. For information or to arrange for transportation help, call 469-7961.
WINTERPORT — The 46th annual presentation of the Live Nativity will take place at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 20-21 at the Union Meeting House on Main Street.
Organizers suggest that attendees arrive at least 15 minutes early as Route 1A will be closed to traffic during the event. It’s also helpful to bring a flashlight as the streetlights will be turned off during the pageant.