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Community News for Feb. 27-March 5, 2014

Empty Bowl

HAMPDEN — Hampden Highlands United Methodist Church will hold an Empty Bowl fundraiser from 4:30-6 p.m., March 22 at the church’s fellowship hall, 44 Kennebec Road.

Directed by art teacher Bethany Hanson, Hampden Academy art students have donated hand-made bowls and platters for this event. The menu includes soup, bread and rolls, desserts, coffee, and tea. The cost is $8 for per adult and $4 per child.

Each diner will receive a ticket for the free drawing of the hand-made bowls and platters.

Proceeds from the dinner will be donated to Hampden Neighborhood Food Cupboard, located at the Hampden Congregational Church on Main Road North in Hampden. The food cupboard is open 10-11a.m., Wednesdays and one Wednesday evening a month.

Walk Talk

BANGOR — Caring Connections will sponsor a “Walk Talk” at 6 p.m., Friday, March 14 at the Bangor YMCA on Second Street.  This meeting will provide information on participating in an Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Tessa Hastings, a Dedham resident who has done three Avon walks, will be the featured speaker.

This year the Boston Avon Walk for Breast Cancer will take place May 17-18.

To find out more about Caring Connections, call Robin Long at 941-2808, ext. 338. Caring Connections is a cooperative program of the Bangor YMCA and Eastern Maine Medical Center.

Homeschool Classes at FPAC

HOLDEN — At Fields Pond Audubon Center in Holden, we aim to nurture the natural curiosity of children through experiential learning, exploration, and play. Every class includes indoor and outdoor adventures that incorporate both academic and social skill building.This is a perfect opportunity for homeschool families to meet individual learning needs in a small group setting. Our schedule includes four monthly classes with an opportunity to either drop in to a single class or to pay for the entire series. Fridays: Feb. 28, March 21, April 1,8 and May 16. Ages 4-6, 9:30-11 a.m.; ages 7-10, 1-2:30 p.m. Cost: $40 member, $50 non-member for four class series or $10 member per class, $15 non-member per class. Call 989-2591 to register.

Winter Ecology Exploration

HOLDEN — Come out for a winter wonderland walk with Christine and Holly as they reveal the mysteries of nature in the wintertime from 1-3 p.m., Saturday, March 1 at the Fields Pond Audubon Center. The leaders are Christine Lamanna, SSI postdoctoral fellow, Maine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative, University of Maine; Holly Twining, Maine Audubon naturalist. Cost: $5 member; $10 non-member. Call 989-2591 to register.

March shows at the planetarium

ORONO — Public star shows at the Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium will be held on Sundays at 2 p.m. and Fridays at 7 p.m. March 7/14: Explore the icebergs of the arctic, massive glaciers, and the Antarctic wilderness in “Ice Worlds.” March 21/28: Travel to a moon colony in “Earth’s Wild Ride.” March 2/9: Explore the solar system in “Our Sky Family.” On March 16/23/30: “In My Backyard,” a sing-along adventure that explores everything from plants and bugs in a garden to the stars and planets you can see in the sky. Each show features a tour of the current Maine sky so visitors can make their own astronomical discoveries at home too. Admission is $3 per person and seating is limited. For information and reservations call 581-1341 or visit GalaxyMaine.com.

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