Pearl Harbor Day
BANGOR — A Pearl Harbor Day remembrance ceremony will be held at noon Friday, Dec. 5, in downtown Bangor on the walk-over bridge off Exchange Street. A wreath ceremony will take place, and there will be remarks from U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King, and U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, in addition to others.
The ceremony was moved from Dec. 7 to Dec. 5 to accommodate the school bands that will be participating, according to organizer Paul Colburn.
Lecture on climate change
BANGOR — Dr. Kati Corlew, assistant professor of Social Science at UMA will present her research, in a Research and Pedagogy lecture at noon Thursday, Dec. 4, in the Nottage Library at the University of Maine at Augusta, Bangor campus.
Dr. Kati Corlew will share her work concerning Tuvalu, a low-lying island nation and a “least developed state.” Corlew said the island is poised to be one of the first nation casualties of climate change as it is projected to become uninhabitable due to sea level rise in the next 50 to 100 years. The indigenous Tuvaluan population is now faced with extreme political, economic, social, and cultural decisions and uncertainties.
BELFAST — Midcoast Actors’ Studio announced that its last production of the season, the Maine Playwrights’ Showcase, will take place Dec. 5-14.
The showcase includes original works by Laura Emack of Prospect, Danielle Bannister of Searsmont, Shelly Curtain of Bucksport and Michael Kimball of Cape Neddick. The cast and crew hail from all corners of midcoast Maine, including Bangor to Knox to Waldoboro. The showcase was the brainchild of MAS Artistic Director Jason Bannister.
Performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5-6, and 12-13; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 and 14, at the Playhouse, 107 Church St.
Tickets are $10, $6 opening night only. The show is intended for mature audiences. To reserve tickets, call the MAS box office at 370-7592 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about the showcase, and the upcoming 2015 season, visit midcoastactors.org.
BUCKSPORT — The Buck Memorial Library invites those of all ages to Christmas Storytime 10:30-1 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the library. The event will feature Santa Mouse, who can boast of 29 years of visits and readings at the library.
Books and gifts of jars of peanut butter and jelly will be collected for the Share the Joy of the Holidays campaign. Donations will be picked up at 11 a.m.
Breakfast with Santa
BANGOR — The Patawa Club host Breakfast with Santa 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec.13, at the Bangor Y, 17 Second St. The event will feature food, crafts and family fun. Bring a camera.
Admission is $5 per person. Proceeds will benefit Literacy Volunteers of Bangor and Patawa Club charities.
Historic houses tour
BANGOR — A Christmas Tour of five historic homes in Bangor Homes will take place noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6.
Houses on the tour are:
• The Mrs. Herbert A. Fogg House, 58 Broadway.
• The William Augustus Blake House, 107 Court St.
• The James M. McNulty-Charles E. Woodward House, 72 Broadway.
• The John Ham-Daniel B. Hinckley House, 112 Broadway.
• The William H.H. Pitcher-Mrs. John A. Weatherbee House, 198 Broadway
Refreshments will be served and there will be caroling with the Bangor Area Children’s Choir.
Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at Chapel Hill Floral, Rebecca’s, Sprague’s Nursery and St. John’s Episcopal Church, or at any of the houses the day of the tour.
BANGOR — These musical events will take place at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 225 French St.:
• Advent Lessons and Carols followed by Advent Tea, 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7. Child care provided. Music by Palestrina, Bruckner and others. Donations will benefit Penquis CAP.
Friday, December 12, 7:00 pm,
• Bangor Area Children’s Choir, Winter Concert, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12. The World for Christmas. $5 requested donation.
• Carols and Christmas Eve Eucharist, 3:45 and 10:30 p.m. Music by Willcocks, Rutter, Darke and Howells. Child care at early service.
• Organ and Harpsichord Concert by Robert and Nancy Ludwig, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31. Music of Bach, Wesley and Strauss. Followed by a festive New Year’s Eve reception. Donations will benefit Bangor Area Homeless Shelter.
A visit with Santa
BANGOR — Santa will making a stop in downtown Bangor 12:30-4:30 P.M. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Bagel Central on Central Street. Children will have the opportunity to tell Santa what they want for Christmas.
After a visit with Santa, children can watch the Festival of Lights Parade through downtown. The parade will be hosted by the Rotary Club of Bangor and will feature marching bands, floats, dancers and other performing groups representing various winter holidays such as Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Years and more.
The City Tree lighting ceremony will take place in West Market Square directly after the parade.
‘Carols in the Round’
BANGOR — Mount View Chamber Singers will present “Carols in the Round 2014” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, 768 Ohio St. There is no admission charge but donations will be accepted.
Books to school libraries
BANGOR — Altrusa International of Greater Bangor announced that the club recently presented free library books to local school librarians. Each year, area school librarians choose any book they wish to add to their library. Thirty-four schools were contacted, 21 responded with their selections.
The purpose of the yearly outreach project is to focus on improving literacy in the community. Altrusa is studying various similar programs for the future to continue this endeavor.
BREWER — The Brewer Public Library will host Beth Brand, who will be speaking on Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the library. The Met Live presentation of this famous opera will be at the Collins Center for the Arts just a few days later on Saturday, Dec. 6.
All attendees of Brand’s presentation will be entered into a drawing for a pair of free tickets to any Met Live performance this season.
There is no cost to attend Brand’s presentation, but space is limited. For information, call the library at 989-7943.
Share the Joy
BUCKSPORT — The 24th annual Share the Joy of the Holidays campaign of the Buck Memorial Library is collecting new books for children of all ages, and non-glass containers of peanut butter, jelly, cinnamon and sugar to distribute to area families. Donations must be at the library by 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10. Books purchased at Bookstacks for the project receive a 10-percent discount.
CARMEL — The Simpson Memorial Library in Carmel Village will hold its annual community tree lighting at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7. Members of the John Bapst Memorial High School Concert Choir, a 50-member auditioned group, will sing carols at 3:30 p.m. When the tree is illuminated, the choir will join the community in caroling.
The John Bapst Concert Choir has participated in many festivals and competitions and, in 2011, received a Gold rating in a national competition in Boston.
The community Christmas tree was donated by Piper Mountain Christmas Tree Farm in Newburgh.
After the lighting ceremony, attendees are invited to follow the luminaries to the Carmel Historical Society next door to the library and to the Masonic Hall, across the street from the library, for socialization and refreshments.
EDDINGTON — The North Brewer Eddington United Methodist Church will present the Christmas cantata “Mary, Did You Know?” under the direction of Herbert Hopkins, with accompanist by Dora Rexrode and narration by Dan Day. It will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Phillips-Strickland House in Bangor; at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at the Leach Home in Brewer and 3:15 p.m. at Woodlands Assisted Living in Brewer.
The cantata also will be presented at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 21 at the North Brewer Eddington United Methodist Church in Eddington and at 4 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Brewer First United Methodist Church, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28 at Sunbury Village.
Choir members are Bob Adams, Merrill Boynton, Dottie Boynton, Donna Boyle, Jeanette Collins, Dan Day, Gail DeBeck, Doug Gardner, Cokie Giles, Colin Graebert, Herb Hopkins, Carol Jordan, Melva Kent, Roscoe Kent, Cheryl Long, Weldon Long, Andrea Longley, Ethel Mathews, LaForest Mathews, Jessie Mellott, Ruth Munson, Joy Royal-Nevers, Dora Rexrode, Molly Stevens and Patrick Stevens.
The public is invited to attend any of the performances.
HAMPDEN — The town of Hampden will hold its Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, sponsored by the Hampden Kiwanis Club 4:30-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Hampden Town Office on Western Avenue. The event will feature caroling, refreshments and visit from Santa Claus.
Wilderness First Aid
HOLDEN — What do you do when there is no 911? SOLO’S Wilderness First Aid course is designed for guides, trip leaders, outdoor educators and anyone who works or plays in the outdoors. The 16-hour course will cover the identification, prevention and treatments of the most common emergencies and injuries experienced in the back-country.
The course will be held 3-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13; Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 14; and 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, at Fields Pond Audubon Center.
Jeremy Robichaud, Registered Maine Guide, director of adventure recreation at the Bangor YMCA will be the instructor.
The is $155. Register online fieldspondwfa.eventbrite.com. Fields Pond Audubon Center members should use the code fieldspondmember in order to receive a special rate for the course.
HOLDEN — The public is invited to a Tree Lighting Ceremony 4-6 p.m. Sunday, December 7, at the historic Town Hall. The event will feature Santa, music, hot cocoa, cookies and caroling with local Scouts.
Bring letters for Santa or drop them in Santa’s Mailbox.
Find out more on Facebook at “Community Tree Lighting and FUN!”