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Polar Plunge to benefit Sunshine, CaPella camps

Hampden Kiwanis Club is sponsoring the third annual Polar Plunge at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at Camp CaPella on Phillips Lake in Dedham, reports Joseph Dowling.

Proceeds benefit two programs: Camp CaPella, located in “eastern Maine for children and young adults with disabilities,” Dowling wrote, and Camp Sunshine, “the national, year-round retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families” on Sebago Lake in Casco.

Anyone who wants to make a donation, raise pledges, join the dip or volunteer to assist with the dual fundraiser may call Dowling at 659-0437, or e-mail

Donations also may be made to either camp at and

Dowling reports that “all parking for the event will be at Lucerne Inn, with shuttle vans running to Camp CaPella” and that handicapped parking will be available at Camp CaPella.


Here’s a reminder that Womancare, the Dover-Foxcroft organization that assists those in Piscataquis County affected by domestic violence, will hold its third annual Valentine’s For A New Day Ball, 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Penquis Higher Education Center on Mayo Street in Dover-Foxcroft.

Tickets are $25 a person and are available at Mr. Paperback and Womancare, both in Dover-Foxcroft, and from members of the Miosac Club, which “has joined the committee and brings great expertise and enthusiasm for this event,” reports Cindy Freeman Cyr of Womancare.

Big-band tunes will be provided by the Foxcroft Academy Student and Alumni Jazz Band directed by Shane Ellis, and proceeds will benefit Womancare’s operating budget.

A cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, gourmet desserts and a 50-50 raffle will be featured.

For information or tickets, call 564-8165.


The public is invited to a free program featuring The Beecher Hill Boys ’n Girls Hillbilly Band and Cloggers at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at 62 Abbott Hill Road, Dexter.

Special guests will be the Abbott Hill Ramblers, a bluegrass musical high school group directed by Dexter teacher Chris Prickitt.

During the event, The Beecher Hill Boys ’n Girls will present a check to the youth bluegrass music education fund.

The snow date is Thursday, Feb. 11, and more information is available by calling Prickitt at 277-3961; Joe Cannon at 327-1278 or Ben Dresser at 944-5634.


Tracey Whitten reminds readers tickets are still available for the 2010 Old Town-Orono YMCA Rose Ball, beginning with refreshments at 6 p.m., dinner and a silent auction at 7 p.m., and dancing at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at Penobscot Valley Country Club in Orono.

The cost is $150 per couple for this black-tie-optional event featuring Brian Catell & Jump City Jazz.

For tickets, call 827-6111.


For folks in the Bangor area, the fourth annual Red Ribbon Ball to benefit Eastern Maine AIDS Network to raise funds for local HIV-AIDS services is 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 6, at Spectacular Event Center in Bangor.

Executive director Patricia Murphy reports tickets are $50 and are available by calling EMAN at 990-3626, at and

Brian Catell & Jump City Jazz, with a busy weekend on tap, will be playing for this black-tie-optional event featuring hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, dancing and a silent auction.

If you cannot attend, but want to support the work of EMAN, call, e-mail or visit the addresses above.


Sue Lapham invites you to “chase those winter blues away” by attending a Cabin Fever Reliever featuring an old-fashioned baked beans and hot dog supper and basket auction from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Waldo County YMCA, 157 Lincolnville Ave., Belfast.

The cost is $5 each or $15 for a family, and “a movie for kids will be played on the big screen at 6:30 p.m. when the basket auction begins with Dave Bowen wielding the gavel to raise funds to benefit the Waldo County YMCA scholarship fund.

For more information about all Waldo County YMCA programs, visit


Alan Bray invites you to hear “two great duos” when Ken and Jane Brooks and Phil and Ellen LaClaire perform as part of the East Sangerville Grange Coffeehouse series at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Grange that “sits atop a quiet hill” between Dover-Foxcroft and Guilford.

Admission is $10 in advance or $12 at the door, and tickets are available at Mr. Paperback in Dover-Foxcroft or by calling Bray at 564-2722.

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

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