The coordinator of the Penobscot chapter of Project Linus, Laurie Scott, invites you to the Penobscot County annual national Project Linus Blanket Day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at the Cotton Cupboard Quilt Shop, 1213 Broadway, Judson Heights Center, Bangor.

Because seating is limited, you should call Scott, 848-5595; the Cotton Cupboard, 941-8900; or e-mail to check on space availability.

You need to bring sewing machines, accessories (including fabric) and tools. Some blanket kits will be provided, and you should bring your lunch but snacks, coffee and water will be available.

Completed blankets and supplies can be dropped off that day at the Cotton Cupboard.

This project has provided 979 blankets for children in Penobscot County, thanks to the generosity of the blanketeers, Scott wrote.


Although we lack any real snow, the city of Brewer will hold Winterfest 2010 today and Saturday, Feb. 19-20, and you are invited to enjoy this family-oriented event.

As the Bangor Daily News reported earlier, chairwoman Cindy Benson said of the planned events: “We really don’t need snow” because you can enjoy activities at the Muddy Rudder restaurant, Brewer Auditorium, Doyle Field and the outdoor hockey rink on Acme Road.

A winter fireworks display is planned for 7 tonight, along the Penobscot River, and a chili and chowder cook-off will be at noon Saturday.

Music, ice sculpting, children’s activities and a Saturday night bonfire are all part of this community event.


Sue Kircheis, secretary of the Simpson Memorial Library board of trustees, e-mailed that the library will hold its monthly bake sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Ye Old General Store on Route 2 in Carmel.

“Money earned from the sale will be used toward paying off the mortgage for land purchased adjacent to the library building,” Kircheis said.

Anyone interested in baking for this or future bake sales is asked to call Linda Ricker at 848-0741.


Members of North Star Lodge 22, AF&AM, invite you to their annual Black History Month program and potluck supper at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Bangor Masonic Center, 294 Union St., Bangor.

The center is at the former Wellman Commons on what was the Bangor Theological Seminary campus.

You are asked bring a dish of your choice to share with the gathering.

The keynote speaker will be Red Mitchell, who will speak about Prince Hall, considered the father of black Masonry in the U.S.

Mitchell “worked diligently” with Cambridge, Mass., to have Hall declared a Founding Father of the U.S.

For information, call Guy Chapman at the Bangor Masonic Center, 947-3400.


Here’s a reminder: Hospice of Hancock County’s 15th annual charity auction, Hollywood Nights, will be 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Maine Grind, Ellsworth.

The snow date is 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at that site.

Tickets are $20 and are available at the hospice’s office, 14 McKenzie Ave., Ellsworth, and from hospice volunteers.

For information, call 667-2531 or visit


Heidi Powell reports that the Hancock Street Quartet will appear in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Church of Universal Fellowship on Main Street in Orono.

The quartet comprises Powell and fellow violinist Richard Hsu, Chris Nunn on viola and Marisa Solomon on cello.

The quartet will perform works of Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Ives.

The suggested donation is $15 for adults, free for students.

For information, call Powell at 479-2845 or e-mail


Ann Carter says guests are welcome to attend the next meeting of the St. Croix Valley Amateur Radio Club at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at the Methodist Homes Recreation Room on Palmer Street in Calais.


Through early March, Bangor Savings Bank Foundation is offering $100,000 to be divided among 68 local nonprofit organizations through its Community Matters More campaign.

Maine residents can vote by going to and scrolling down to Bangor Savings Bank-You Matter More: Support Your Community or by visiting any of the bank’s 52 branches or at any of the nonprofits listed on the ballot.

Today’s column includes the eligible organizations in the midcoast: Belfast Area Child Care Services, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine, New Hope for Women, Habitat for Humanity, S.A.F.E., Unity Ambulance Corp. and others.

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