The Caribou Kiwanis Club Keystone Kops “will be out in full force soon,” wrote Jeff Franklin of that annual Kiwanis fundraiser, which is Friday, Feb. 19, during Caribou’s Winter Carnival.

“Arrest warrants” are $10 each and are available at Caribou One-Stop, Caribou Food Trend, Ouellette’s Variety, Caribou Chamber of Commerce and from Caribou Kiwanis Club members.

Franklin reports you also may call the American Legion Hall, at 498-2844, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. that day to have a friend, co-worker or someone else “arrested” and “jailed” at the Legion Hall at 67 Sweden St., Caribou.

Proceeds from the “arrests” will benefit local Kiwanis charities.

For more information, call 498-8605.


Penobscot Theatre Company is celebrating Black History Month with its first production of the year, “Spunk,”’ based on three stories by Zora Neale Hurston, reports producing artistic director Scott RC Levy.

Marking “one of the biggest undertakings” in the theater’s history, Levy said, PTC “has been very fortunate to receive substantial funding for this project, including a direct grant from the National Endowment for the Arts,” he wrote of that grant and others that have helped make this production possible.

Performances begin Wednesday, Feb. 17 and run through March 7 at the Bangor Opera House.

Ticket prices range between $15 and $40 and are available by calling 942-3333, at Bangor Opera House, 131 Main St., or by visiting


Joan Gott is first vice president of the Penobscot Retired Teachers Association.

Gott wrote that the group will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at Kev-Lan in Bangor.

The guest speaker is Dana Lippett, curator of the Bangor Museum and History Center.

Gott asks members to “please remember to bring either an item of food (nonperishable) or you can make a monetary donation for the soup kitchens in our area.”


Sharon Bray e-mailed that our readers are invited “to hear the Salt Coast Sages read” their Down East Maine poetry at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at Parker Ridge in Blue Hill.

“The audience is invited to participate,” Bray added.

She explained that “the Sages’ book, ‘A Rump-Sprung Chair and a One-Eyed Cat,’ includes works by six poets whose group grew out of a class at Sunrise Senior College in Machias.”

The Sages now include three poets from Washington County and one from Hancock.

For more information, call Bray at 469-7308.


Judy McLellan invites the public to attend the Maine Country Music Association Country Jam 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at the American Legion Hall on Maple Street in Corinna.

Admission is by donation, and the event includes a 50-50 raffle.

“Kick that cabin fever and come join us for a good time!” McLellan wrote.


Toni Mailloux reports that the First Baptist Church of Belfast will hold a public chowder and soup supper 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at the church, 95 High St.

Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children under 12.


Now through early March, Bangor Savings Bank Foundation is offering a total of $100,000 to be divided among 68 local nonprofit organizations through its Community Matters More Campaign.

Maine residents may vote, online, by going to and scrolling down to Bangor Savings Bank-You Matter More: Support Your Community, at any of the 52 Bangor Savings Bank branch offices or at any of the nonprofits listed on the ballot.

Today’s column includes the eligible organizations in the Central Region: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kennebec Valley, Waterville Main Street, Kennebec Valley Community Action Program, Pine Tree State Arboretum, Pittsfield Food Bank and Hartland Public Library.

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