According to my Bangor Daily News colleague Sharon Mack, artists from Australia to Florida have registered to participate in “a unique fundraiser for breast cancer research” which she spearheaded, “Bra Babes,” and Sharon is looking for many, many more entries.

Each participant is asked to decorate a bra “in any outrageous manner,” Sharon wrote.

“The more creative and unique, the better.”

The deadline for submissions is July 1 for entries that “will be displayed at various locations in central Maine and, ultimately, auctioned off at a special event,” she said.

“Inspiration can be found at any number of Web sites that feature art bras,” Sharon reports, adding that, among the entries are “bras made in glass, welded steel, ceramic, mosaic” even “book illustrators doing cartoon bras, and some are just plain fun!”

Sharon reports you can use one of your own bras, one you purchased or, “possibly, one from a breast cancer survivor,” but you should decorate it in an “outrageous manner.”

Any art medium is acceptable and there are only two rules: The entry must look like a bra, and each entry must be created by hand.

After seeing photographs from a similar project in South Carolina and recognizing “every one of us has been touched by breast cancer,” Sharon said she couldn’t “think of a better cause” than to help support research for a disease that has affected “a sister, mother, friend, daughter or, possibly, ourselves.”

To register or for information, call 514-5364 or e-mail


Gene Staffiere, northern Maine director of the March of Dimes, urges readers to dine Wednesday, April 15, at Texas Roadhouse, 504 Stillwater Ave., Bangor.

During the day, 10 percent of all proceeds from Texas Roadhouse sales will benefit the March of Dimes March for Babies Campaign.


William Sawtelle, director of the Whiting Community Food Pantry, reports it is open from noon to 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month, which means it will be open Wednesday, April 15, at 960 Route 1 in Whiting.

This pantry serves 12 towns and its volunteers “are available 24-7 for emergency food,” Sawtelle reports of the organization that assists an average of 300 families a month.


Brewer High School teacher Paulette Clapp e-mailed BHS staff and students “want to help those who have lost their jobs and need assistance compiling a resume” by offering a free resume help session 2:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in Room 12 of BHS.

Call Clapp, 989-4140, to reserve your spot.

You should bring information to construct the resume and perhaps “a blank CD or flash drive to save your work and take with you,” Clapp said.


Robin Long reports the next Caring Connections Bone Health Information & Discussion Group meeting is 6 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at the Bangor Y on Second Street.

The meeting features fitness instructor Allison Bankston offering an introduction to yoga.

To participate, call Long at 941-2808.

Caring Connections is a cooperative program of the Bangor Y and Eastern Maine Medical Center supported by the fundraising efforts of Healthcare Charities.


Members of Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue invite you to attend Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at the synagogue, 144 York St., Bangor.

Congregation Beth Israel Rabbi Steven Schwarzman and Rabbi Darah Lerner of Congregation Beth El will be host for the program that includes guest speaker the Rev. Bob Carlson and musical entertainment with violinist Anatole Wieck and Dana Goldsmith directing the Adas Yoshuron Choir of Rockland.

Light refreshments follow in the Epstein Room. Information is available by calling 945-3433.


Registrations are being accepted for the Summer Recreation and Junior Engineering Program for Students Diagnosed with High Functioning Autism or Asperger’s syndrome, reports Dr. Eva Szillery.

The program, for students in grades three to 11, runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. the weeks of Aug. 10-14 and Aug. 17-21 at Camp Roosevelt on Little Fitts Pond in Eddington.

Tuition is $290 per student for this summer experience organized by the Maine Junior Engineering Technical Society for which Szillery and Dr. Rick Eason are the academic advisers.

Information is available about the opportunity for parents and campers to stay for either week at the Ronald McDonald House in Bangor or the Lucerne Inn in Dedham.

To register or receive information, e-mail or call her at 356-0207.

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