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Weekly community news for Jan. 9-15, 2014

Community Cafe meeting

ALTON — Those interested in volunteering for Eastern Area Agency on Aging’s Community Cafe in Alton are invited to an organizational meeting at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at Alton United Methodist Church, 3494 Bennoch Road.  For information, call Cheryl at 862-4281.

Boot Camp for New Dads

BANGOR — New babies don’t come with owners manuals. Lots of first-time fathers have questions. How do I hold, feed, talk to, or play with a baby? Boot Camp For New Dads offers first time fathers-to-be a chance to talk with experienced dads who bring their own babies. This workshop is designed for dads-to-be that are in the last trimester of pregnancy.

Eastern Maine Medical Center and Penquis Maine Families will host Boot Camp for New Dads from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at Eastern Maine Medical Center in the Forsyth Conference Room. The conference room is located on the second floor and participants can enter through the parking garage on level two and follow signs to Forsyth Conference Room. Pizza and drinks will be provided.

To register for the class or for more information please call Denise Trafton with Maine Families at 974-2488  or Pam Smedick Houston with EMMC at 973-8742.

This workshop is sponsored in partnership by Penquis Maine Families and Eastern Maine Medical Center and funded by Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

Annual Business Breakfast

BANGOR — The Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce will host its annual business breakfast from 7-9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 at the Morgan Hill Event Center on Route 2 in Hermon. Keynote address: “The Affordable Care Act: Transformation of an Industry” presented by Daniel Corcoran, president and general manager, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield in Maine. Tickets: $20 members, $25 non-members. Contact admin@bangorregion.com to register.

Wedding Show

BANGOR — Bangor Wedding Show organizers say visitors to the event can expect inspiration, information and style from the wedding professionals who will be take part in the show taking place 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, at the Spectacular Event Center, 395 Griffin Road.

Show goers can sample wedding cakes, browse floral displays and find a dream dress in the Dream Dress Bridal runway fashion show at 7 p.m. Saturday, or The Henry’s Bridal Boutique runway show at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Door prizes will be awarded. A Grand Prize of a wedding band set also will be awarded.

Admission is $10 at the door or “like” the show at its Facebook page to receive a ticket cost discount.

For information, call Joan Montgomery at 537-3000 or visit MaineWeddingAssociation.com.

Baked bean supper

CORINTH — The Corinth United Methodist Church, 275 Main St., Corinth, will hold a Baked Bean Supper on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with baked beans, hot dogs, coleslaw, chop suey, breads, potato salad, pies. Adults: $7. Seniors: $6. Children under 12: $3.

Animal shelter benefit event

MILFORD — A benefit to help to raise money in support of the Samsara Exotic Animal Refuge, a not for profit organization located on the County Road East in Milford, will be held 1-7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Old Town Elks Club.

Owners of the refuge, Kerri and Lynn Stark, care for sheep, goats, horses, cows, wolves, chickens, ducks, geese or any any animal that needs a home.

The event will feature entertainment by 5 Wheel Drive, The Allison Ames Band, Rockin’ Ron and the New Society Band, Desperado, The 2nd Chance Band, the Rick Carter Band, The Barn Dogs and the Not Quite Rite band, and The Rebel Riot Band.

Admission is by suggested donation is $10, or give what you can. Organizers said no one will be turned away.

Food will be available for an additional $5 donation.

Those who wish may also donate newspaper, scrap lumber, nails and screws, partial cans of paint, used fencing of any kind, blankets, towels, rags, buckets, animal dishes, leashes, collars, shovels, rakes, garden hoses and ropes.

To mail a donation, send checks or money orders to: Samsara Exotic Animal Refuge, P.O. Box 184, Greenbush, ME 04418, or donate through Paypal at samsararefuge@aol.com.

For information, call 852-4372 or email samsararefuge@aol.com.

Self-defense class for women

ORONO — The Orono Police Department will offer a free basic self-defense class for women 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 31, Feb. 1, 7 and 8, at Orono High School, 14 Goodridge Drive. Participants should plan to attend all four classes to complete the program.

The Rape Aggression Defense Program is a comprehensive course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. It is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault using easy, effective and proven self-defense and martial arts tactics.

To register or for information, email: exley@orono.org.

Master Gardener Class Registration Extended

The deadline for the UMaine Cooperative Extension’s 2014 Master Gardener Training Program in Penobscot County has been extended to January 10. Extension Horticulturist Kate Garland will collaborate with experts from around the state to present a 51-hour course on sustainable horticulture topics including: botany, plant propagation, soils, composting, landscape design, vegetable gardening, pesticide safety, tree fruits, insects and plant diseases, ecology, plant selection, and more. Weekly sessions run from mid-January through march and resume in September, usually on Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. Course fee is on a sliding scale from $110-$330 with some scholarships. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call 942.7396.

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