The registration deadline is May 1 for families to attend the 26th annual Special Family Weekend to be held June 19-21 at the University of Maine at Machias, reports Lillian Leighton.

For children with special needs and their families, the camp offers participants the opportunity “to share experiences, knowledge and love,” Leighton wrote.

The program features experiences connecting with other families of children with special needs and an opportunity to “learn, relax, and have fun together.”

To participate, write Leighton at 9 Eastbrook Road, Franklin 04634, call her at 565-1030 or e-mail

Donations to the program are welcome as well.


Lisa Colburn reports that the Gardening Study Program, sponsored by National Garden Clubs Inc., will conduct two days of gardening workshops in Memorial Union on the University of Maine campus in Orono. Lunch is available in the Marketplace Cafe there.

The first workshop includes “Container Gardening” with Dr. Stephanie Burnett at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, April 23; “Japanese Inspired Pruning and Shaping of Landscape Trees” with Ernest Glabau at 10:45 a.m.; Dr. Bruce Watt discussing “Understanding Plant Diseases” at 12:30 p.m. and ending with Clay Kirby teaching “Understanding Garden Pests.”

The second workshop is “How New Plants Are Developed” with Dr. Mark Hutton at 9 a.m. Friday, April 24, followed by “Techniques for Growing Vegetables” with Barbara Murphy at 10:45 a.m. and concluding with “Growing Lawn and Lawn Alternatives” with Gleason Gray.

The two-day fee is $50. For information, call Colburn, 866-3861, e-mail or visit


Brewer Middle School parent Jill Reynolds invites you to the BMS Baseball and Softball Indoor Yard Sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25, in the middle school gym, 5 Somerset St.

This annual event, offering “tons of great stuff for everyone,” helps “purchase new equipment for the teams,” Reynolds wrote, and helps “to take care of the fields.”


Sue Kircheis e-mailed Simpson Memorial Library will conduct a bake sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Ye Olde General Store in Carmel to support the library’s Summer Read program for local children.

“Extra funds are required because prior grants and state subsidies are not available this year,” Kircheis explained in urging you to “support the library and programs for our area youth.”

Also, a returnable bottle drop box, built and donated by Fred Kircheis with a sign by Jeanne Savoy of DaVinci Signs, is located on the library grounds.

Residents may drop returnables there to help fund the library expansion, which will include a children’s reading room, librarian workstation and restroom.


Emma Remick and members of the First Congregational Church of Ellsworth music committee invite you to enjoy a concert by Phicintu, a children’s chorus composed of immigrant children from the Portland area.

The concert is 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the church on the corner of Church and State streets in Ellsworth.

Phicintu, Remick wrote, is a Passamaquoddy word that means “she who sings her voice will travel far.”

Admission is $10 for adults, free for children, Remick wrote.


“Danceable music” from the ’40s and ’50s with pianist Joe Weisheit is featured at the Orono United Methodist Church Italian Spring Dinner, to be held 5-6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the church’s Fellowship Hall, 36 Oak St., wrote Alma Otto.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $4 for children under 12 for the public supper featuring meat and vegetarian lasagna.


Director Lorna Konyka and folks at The Arc Animal Shelter invite you to their indoor yard sale at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 25, at 60 Barber Lane in Cherryfield.

Sponsors will have signs to guide you and request no early birds.

All proceeds benefit The Arc. For information or to make a donation, visit


Women’s Reentry Center volunteer Liane Giambalvo reports the center’s Quilt Program will hold a yard sale 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Jo Anne’s, 24 Marion Drive, Hampden.

“We have many items of interest to crafters, especially needle arts, books, patterns and miscellaneous items,” Giambalvo wrote, and you can call her at 862-3356 “if you have items to donate.”

To reach the sale site, take Route 1A, turn onto Riverview Road and then onto Marion Drive.

Operated by Volunteers of America Northern New England, Women’s Reentry Center is a program of the Maine Department of Corrections for women transitioning from the Maine Correctional Center in Windham back into the community.

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