From Amanda Billings of Downeast Health Services comes word that 30 spots are available for its 2010 Give Kids A Smile event planned for Friday, Feb. 19, at the organization’s offices, 52 Christian Ridge Road, Ellsworth.

Through this program, “uninsured children from local families will receive free dental services including X-rays, comprehensive exams and cleanings as part of the National Give Kids A Smile Day,” Billings said.

Children ages 1 to 13 who have no dental insurance are eligible to participate, she said, but preregistration is required.

Anyone who wants to schedule an appointment for a child should call Downeast Health Services at 667-5304.

Give Kids a Smile was founded by the American Dental Association “to raise awareness of the critical need for access to oral health care,” Billings said, adding that “in Maine, nearly half of third-grade students have had dental disease,” and more than one in four have not received care.

The program is sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental Foundation, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems and Union Trust.


The Game Loft in Belfast will hold a “Settlers of Catan Tournament” to which everyone, of any age is invited, “and no experience is necessary,” wrote Jessica Kunkel.

The tournament, which offers participants “an opportunity to learn and play one of the most popular and in-depth board games of all time,” will run from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at The Game Loft, 78A Main St., Belfast.

Kunkel said the event will be led by The Game Loft’s “resident Catan expert,” Nikky Boyington, who will serve as moderator for the tournament.

Admission is $5; prizes will be awarded; and proceeds benefit The Game Loft, a program for people 18 and under.

Walk-ins are welcome, and more information is available by calling The Game Loft, 338-6447 or e-mailing


Norma Milton reports that Halfway Home Pet Rescue will hold a cat adoption fair from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, “at the back section of the Expect More Dollar Store on Sweden Street in Caribou.”

“These lovely cats are ready for homes,” Milton said. “They have been leukemia tested, spayed/neutered,” have had all their shots and have been “wormed and treated for fleas.”

At this event you also will be able to buy tickets for the cat quilt drawing, which will take place at 3 p.m. that day, at that site.

Tickets are $1 each or seven for $5.

You may drop off food items for the free pet food pantry and bring in returnables for redemption to help support the shelter.

“The shelter is in great need of funds” for medical bills “and it is hoped that we will have a good turnout at the Adoption Fair,” Milton wrote.

If you can help support the work of the nonprofit Halfway Home, send a check to P.O. Box 488, Caribou 04736.

For more information, call Milton at 492-1722, e-mail or visit


Nan Cobbey forwarded information about the documentary film “Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy,” narrated by novelist Edwidge Danticat, that will be shown at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, at the Colonial Theatre in Belfast, to raise money for Haiti relief.

The film, Cobbey said, has been nominated for the Social Justice Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and the Best Documentary award at the Boston International Film Festival.

Admission is $10, and “additional donations will be gratefully accepted.”

Cobbey reminds readers the Internal Revenue Service “is allowing filers to deduct relief donations for Haiti, made before March 1, on their 2009 tax returns.

Sponsored by St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, the event will benefit Partners In Health. Cobbey wrote

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Cobbey wrote that Partners in Health is a “medical mission, founded in Haiti 23 years ago by Dr. Paul Farmer.

“Before the earthquake struck, [Partners in Health] already had more than 100 doctors, 600 nurses and 4,000 employees at 12 medical facilities across the country’s Central Plateau and the Lower Artibonite Valley.”

Since the quake, Partners “has expanded its force almost daily, and now has 20 operating rooms up and running, with 12 of them functioning 24 hours a day.”

Most recently, Cobbey said, Partners “sent 66 planeloads with more than 210 medical volunteers, including orthopedic surgeons and anesthesiologists, and 150,000 pounds of medical supplies.”

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