Group raising funds for Habitat for Humanity

Posted Feb. 19, 2009, at 6:50 p.m.

Writing on behalf of Citizens Together for Change, which she describes as “a voluntary group of citizens inspired by our new president’s message … to make the changes that we seek,” Elizabeth Stevens invites you to join CTC for a “service event to support Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor’s ‘ReStore.’”

Stevens said that the local Habitat affiliate needs help to set up and stock its ReStore, a store that sells donated building materials at discounted prices.

She invites you to join Citizens Together for Change from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, 231 Main Road (Route 1A) in Holden, where it shares a parking lot with Aunt Nellie’s Attic, Stevens said.

“Proceeds from this store will raise funds that will enable Habitat to build more houses for low-income community members,” Stevens added.

Volunteers participating in this service project may offer to paint or perform minor repairs to the ReStore building, work on a phone bank calling stores or contractors seeking donations, or drive their vehicles to area locations to pick up donated items.

For more information about this project, or about the work and services of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor, call its executive director, Val Marsh, at 992-0704.

If you have questions about the work of Citizens Together for Change, which Stevens hopes will result in people discovering “that more of us can work alongside each other,” you can talk with CTC members at ReStore.

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Do you live in or around the Sorrento-Sullivan area?

Are you tired of winter weather?

Well, here’s an outing opportunity that might brighten your spirits.

Jean Girmscheid invites you to a potluck supper beginning at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Sorrento-Sullivan Recreation Center in Sullivan.

The meal features a Mardi Gras theme, Girmscheid told me, so you will be enjoying jambalaya, shrimp etouffee and other Cajun fare.

Admission is $10 each or, if you bring a dish to share, just $5.

If you’re uncertain about the weather, you are welcome to call Girmscheid at 422-3694.

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Representatives of the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center and the Maine Sea Coast Mission invite you to the 2009 Academy Night beginning with a pre-Oscar party from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, at both Reel Pizza in Bar Harbor and The Grand Theater in Ellsworth.

Tickets are $25 for individuals, $50 for patrons, $15 for seniors and students, and are available by calling Sarah Clemens at 288-5097.

The fundraisers will feature contests for best dressed and most like a move character, a ballot and prize for picking the most Oscar winners, door prizes, a grand prize, a glass of champagne and “lots of delicious food donated from the best restaurants, caterers and cooks in the area,” according to information provided by the co-sponsors.

Ticket holders do not have to be present to win the door prizes.

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Carol Higgins Taylor of Eastern Area Agency on Aging in Bangor invites everyone to “join the Meals for ME Lunch Bunch,” who meet for lunch each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at All Souls Congregational Church, 10 Broadway in Bangor.

“We are very excited about this dining room as it is centrally located, has good parking and allows us to provide entertainment,” Taylor wrote.

“We have expanded the program to non-seniors, so a senior could bring a caregiver or family member or friend.

“Anyone under 60 pays a flat rate of $5, while the recommended donation for seniors is $3.

“Why eat alone when you can dine with friends” and enjoy “good food, good times and entertainment?” Taylor asks.

If you do want to participate, reservations need to be made by 8 a.m. the day before you join the Lunch Bunch. You can make your reservations by calling 356-5360.

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Instructor Vicky Vendrell welcomes any seniors interested in participating in a gentle group-exercise experience to join the Ready Fit class Vendrell is leading at 10:15 a.m. Mondays and Fridays at the Mount Desert Island YMCA in Bar Harbor.

Jill Reeves e-mailed the “class is free and open to anyone,” and “is appropriate for seniors or individuals looking to get fit while enjoying a low-impact, mild pace.”

You can call the MDI YMCA for more information at 288-3511, “or stop by and join in on a class,” Reeves wrote.

Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; javerill@bangordailynews.net; 990-8288.

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