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Community News for Jan. 23-29

Leafy invaders

BANGOR — Steve Sader, the forest vegetation ID instructor at the University of Maine’s School of Forest Resources, will discuss “Invasive Species” at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23 at the Bangor Land Trust, 8 Harlow St., Suite 4B, Bangor. He will talk about invasive woody species (such as barberry, burning bush, honeysuckle, and Norway maple) that are common to the lower Penobscot Valley.

For more information, call 942-1010.

 Chinese New Year

BANGOR — Celebrate the Chinese New Year from 4-7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Campus Center, Husson University. Festivities will feature a dragon dance, music, skits, games, firecrackers, and holiday food.

Registration will start at 4 p.m., to be followed at 4:30 p.m. with a social time. Performances will begin at 5 p.m.; a Chinese New Year dinner will be served at 6 p.m.

Admission is $15 per adult, $8 per child under age 10, and free to children under age 5 and students at the Bangor Chinese School.

To register, call 82-4876 or 990-0710, email bingyu@bangorchinese.com or jingzhang@bangorchinese.com, or log onto bangorchinese.com.

Family Engineering Night

BANGOR — A Family Engineering Night will be held from 6-7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 30 at the Challenger Learning Center of Maine. Families can work on various engineering projects, such building mini-toothbrush robots, creating obstacle courses for these robots, and mastering various mini-material challenges.

Advance registration is $3 per person and $10 per family maximum. Jan. 30 registration is $5 per person and $15 per family maximum. 990-2900, ext. 1 to register. For more information, log onto astronaut.org

Champion the Cure donation

BREWER — Darling’s Auto Group has announced a $10,000 sponsorship of the 2014 EMMC Champion the Cure Challenge, bringing the total raised to date for this year’s event to $100,000.

“Darling’s is extremely proud to be partnering with EMMC Champion the Cure Challenge to help fund cancer research in our local communities,” said Jay Darling, president of Darling’s Auto Group, “Their tireless work on behalf of our friends and neighbors has made a real difference to countless families throughout the state and we are thrilled to be a small part of their efforts.”

Registration is open for the 2014 EMMC Champion the Cure Challenge, and sponsorships are still available. For more information, visit ctcchallenge.org or contact Liz Martin at 973-9633.

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