Caribou Children’s Discovery Museum president Nancy Chandler invites you to the Chocolate Festival, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Caribou Recreation Center on Bennett Drive.

There are two types of admission, Chandler said: You can purchase coupon booklets of 13 tickets for $10 or six tickets for $5, or make a donation of $2 if you do not want to purchase a coupon booklet, which will enable you to “choose a chocolate treat from thousands of choices,” she wrote.

An auction with more than 100 items begins at 11 a.m. and chocolate activities, a Bouncy House, S’mores, WONKA Bingo, face painting, chocolate contests and other opportunities will be available for youngsters.

Raffle tickets for a $1,000 savings bond and a bird feeder will be offered, and children will have opportunities to participate in craftwork, including making bookmarks and chocolate moose drawings.

“As part of her Girl Scout Gold Project Award,” Chandler wrote, Presque Isle High School sophomore Haley Smith “is sponsoring the Reading and Crafts corner.”

For more information about this event, or the museum, call Chandler at 764-9241 or visit


Ella Waitt called to remind readers that Bangor Nature Club meets at 1 p.m. today at North Brewer-Eddington United Methodist Church on Route 9 in Eddington.

The guest speaker will be William Livingston, chair of the University of Maine department of forest resources, Waitt reported.

His topic will be “The Maine Forest,” and everyone is welcome to attend.


Bill Moores of Old Town, whom I wrote about earlier this week and who is trying to organize a 1960’s-era rock ’n’ roll reunion, e-mailed to let me know that there was a typo in the e-mail address for anyone who is interested in this project and wants to get in touch with him.

His correct e-mail address is


The Marine Environmental Research Institute invites you to the next in MERI’s 20th Anniversary Ocean Environment Lecture Series: Saving a Species: Students & Science in Action, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at MERI, 55 Main St., Blue Hill.

A reception precedes the lecture at 6 p.m.

Featured speakers from the New England Aquarium will be scientist Amy Knowlton and educator-volunteer scientist Bill McWeeny, with the Calvineers from Adams School in Castine.

According to the MERI release, the program will focus on the presenters’ “story about Calvin, an inspirational whale, and discuss the current research, education and legal efforts underway to restore and protect the North Atlantic right whale,” of which only 400 remain in the Atlantic Ocean.


And while we’re focused on MERI, you also are invited to attend the next of MERI’s 20th Anniversary Winter 2010 Ocean Video Night Series.

“Addicted to Plastic” will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at MERI in Blue Hill.

You are invited to “join us … as we travel beneath the surface to explore the beauty, mystery and many challenges of life at sea. Popcorn included!”

The suggested donation is $3.


Here’s a reminder from Elizabeth Dulin of Health Services Foundation in Houlton that the drawing for its diamond ring raffle, “Fire & Ice,” is 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Horn of Plenty Restaurant, 382 North Road in Houlton.

First prize is a diamond ring valued at $8,500; second prize a set of pearl and diamond earrings; and third prize is a sterling-silver bracelet with a Maine tourmaline.

Tickets, for those 16 and older, are $20 each, and some tickets are still available of the 850 to be sold.

So, if you have not purchased a valentine for your loved one, here’s something special to put in his or her Valentine’s Day card.

The items are on display at Goodrich’s, 300 North Road in Houlton.

For ticket information, call 521-2503 or 521-2147, or purchase, online, with a credit card, at

HSF does remind you the “winner is responsible for all taxes.”


For “Snowbirds” reading this in Florida, or those planning a trip south, Luther Perkins reports the annual Maine Day Reunion begins with registration at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Lions Club on Dean Dairy Road, off Route 54 West, in Zephyrhills, Fla.

You should “bring your own snack, or foodstuffs may be purchased,” Perkins wrote.

Registration is $2 per person for this event “open to all Maine-e-acs,” he wrote.

For information, call 813-780-1941 or 813-788-7598.

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