Everyone is invited “to beat the midwinter blues by attending” a “Valentine’s Day Happy Hearts Buffet Luncheon & Auction,” wrote Nancy Dysart of that event beginning at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer.

Sponsored by East Orrington Congregational Church, attendees will enjoy a buffet of roast beef, baked stuffed chicken, vegetable stir-fry, pasta Parmesan, apple crisp, chocolate cake and more, Dysart wrote.

Tickets are $25 each or $175 for a table of eight. Proceeds benefit EOCC community outreach mission projects.

The Rev. Bob Carlson will serve as auctioneer for the Theme Basket Auction, which offers “a creative diversity of options” with “values up to $300,” Dysart added.

Special auction items include a one-week stay at a three-bedroom cottage on Prince Edward Island.

Tickets are available by calling 825-3404, visiting the church from 9 a.m. to noon at 38 Johnson Mill Road in Orrington, or calling Alyson Coffin at 989-7008.


Although this is a southern Maine event, it might appeal to many women.

Maine Cancer Foundation of Portland has announced online registration is now open to enroll in its third annual Tri for a Cure.

Tri for a Cure, according to the release, “is a women’s only sprint triathlon consisting of a ¤-mile swim, a 15-mile bike ride and a 3-mile run.”

It is planned for Sunday, Aug. 15, on the South Portland campus of Southern Maine Community College.

The release stresses that “anyone planning to register should bookmark the site www.mainetriforacure.org as last year’s registration filled in less than 25 minutes,” and while MCF “has expanded this year’s field of athletes from 500 to 800, organizers expect a rush” for registration when it opened Feb. 6.

Last year, the event raised $425,000 for MCF, which “is a grant-making organization that fills a vital need in Maine to advance the path to a cancer-free future.”

For more information, visit www.mainecancer.org or call 866-627-2411 or 773-2533.


Gerri Randall reports that the Hudson Grange Youth Group will hold “Finally A Nite Out,” featuring a talent show and band, from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at Hudson Town Hall.

Age groups for those who would like to participate in the talent show are 4-12, 13-19 and 20-and-older.

Admission is $4 for attendees 13 and older, free for children, $10 for a family of five.

The event features refreshments for sale and a door prize.

For more information or to inquire about registration, call Randall at 327-1303 or Miguel Basaldua at 884-4025.


Susan Ramsey e-mailed that everyone is “welcome to come and enjoy a hot meal in a warm space” when Dover-Foxcroft United Methodist Church offers its Free Soup & Bread Luncheons.

The gatherings begin at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12, and continue each Friday, through March 26, at the church, 38 East Main St., Dover-Foxcroft.

For more information, call the church office at 564-8055 or e-mail dfaumc@myfairpoint.net.


Librarian Lyn Smith reports the Pittsfield Public Library building committee is offering interested individuals “the opportunity to purchase a chair for the Warren Community Room.”

Smith wrote a “comfortable and functional green, stacking chair” can be purchased for $30, and that a plaque will be posted in the library’s Community Room listing names of donors.

The Community Room, Smith said, “will be used for library programs such as book discussions, films, concerts, book signings and lectures,” and it also can be reserved for meetings and events “for organizations and clubs.”

For more information about purchasing a chair, reserving a room, or PPL programs and opportunities, call the library at 487-5880.

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