Members of Literacy Volunteers of Washington County invite all children and adults to attend an Imagination Library Carnival from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 26, in Reynolds Gymnasium on the campus of the University of Maine in Machias.

Eileen Campbell, director of LVWC, reports the event features “music, raffles, costumes, games, prizes, a book sale, a bake sale and tables with local goods and helpful information.” There is no admission.

Campbell said singer “Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library provides free books” through the mail for children under 5, and that LVWC has a “partnered agreement with the Dollywood Foundation to provide this wonderful service to all preschool children” in Washington County.

There are no income guidelines, and parents or guardians need only complete a registration form and mail it to LVWC to obtain the books, which are addressed to their children and arrive monthly from Penguin Press.

The cost to LVWC is $35 per child per year, Campbell said, and “thanks to a generous 2008 grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King (STK) Foundation, more than 700 county children have been, or are now, receiving beautiful Imagination Library books to spark their literary skills.”

Also that day, she said, the UMM science club will hold an Earth Day event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on campus.


Trip organizer Nancy Ziegenbein reports “about 15 seats” remain on the second coach making the St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary “Chorus Line” trip May 30 to the Ogunquit Playhouse. The reservation deadline is Wednesday, April 29.

The $139 cost includes transportation, lunch at the Pepperclub Restaurant in Portland, viewing the award-winning Broadway production “A Chorus Line” and supper at the Old Country Buffet in South Portland.

For information or to make a reservation, call Ziegenbein at 947-7965. Proceeds benefit SJHA’s support of the hospital.


Hampden Highlands United Methodist Church invites you to an authentic bean-hole bean supper 4:30 to 6 p.m., Saturday, April 25, at the church, 44 Kennebec Road, Hampden.

Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children, free for youngsters under 3. You can purchase a quart of beans for $5 or a pint for $2.50.


To help members of Veazie Congregational Church build a parking lot, you are encouraged to make purchases from its Beans-To-Go, Pickles and Pie Sale 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the church on State Street.


The Willimantic Civic Association will welcome the Monson General Store Jammers at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Willimantic Town Hall.

Admission is by donation, and refreshments are free.


Dr. Nory Jones of the University of Maine Business School invites readers to attend its first Care A-Fair: A Celebration of Student and Community Giving 8 p.m. Saturday, April 25, in the Memorial Union on the Orono campus.

The free event features live music, dancing, fair food, a bar for those with identification and a celebration of the work of student and community charity organizations ranging from on-campus groups to area nonprofits.

“We hope that our community members will come out to say thank you to these folks and support all of these terrific people and organizations,” Jones wrote.


What a delight awaits those attending the fourth annual Emmaus Homeless Shelter 2009 Spring Fest Concert and Auction featuring the wonderfully talented composer and pianist Paul Sullivan.

That event, Sister Lucille MacDonald reports, is 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at Acadia Christian School, 171 Bar Harbor Road, Trenton.

Ticket are $30 for singles, $50 for couples and are available at the shelter on the corner of Water and Main streets in Ellsworth, by calling 667-3962 or e-mailing


Ray and Patricia Estabrook report The Game Loft’s after-school spring schedule runs from April 27 to June 5 “with some ongoing activities continuing” through June 19.

The loft is open 2 to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 2 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays at 78A Main St., Belfast. All programs are free and open for those 18 and younger.

For more information, call 338-6447 or visit


The Ellsworth Garden Club will hold an “educational program for the public,” reports Mary Blackstone.

Landscape designer Erika Williams of Atlantic Landscape Construction in Ellsworth will address Alternative to Mowing Your Lawn — or Getting a Goat! at 7 p.m. Monday, April 27, in the Ellsworth High School cafeteria on Bangor Road.

Refreshments will be served.

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