Humane society

BANGOR — The intake of animals at the Bangor Humane Society has increased dramatically, and the building is now at capacity, filled with abandoned, stray or surrendered pets. Many more are on a waiting list for individuals needing to surrender.

“When we are at capacity, the health of our animals is at risk,” warned Stacy Coventry, director of development and public relations.

In response to this influx, the Bangor Humane Society is waiving adoption fees for all adults animals 7 months and older.

Maine’s oldest humane society, the Bangor Humane Society is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to the humane treatment of all pets through education, advocacy and quality care. Its Animal Care and Adoption Center at 693 Mount Hope Ave. is open noon-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. For information, visit

Chess Camp

BANGOR — Think First Play Smart Chess Camp will be held 9 a.m.-noon Monday, July 28 through Friday, Aug. 1, at Bangor Parks and Recreation Center. The camp will be led by chess coach Ed Rudnicki and his daughter, Catherine.

The camp will offer beginning to intermediate level chess instruction and competition for chess players entering second through ninth grade. The camp is an instructive and fun atmosphere for learning about chess, improving your play and enjoying competition, organizers said.

The cost to attend the camp is $40. Register at or call 942-4490.

For information, call Ed Rudnicki at 299-4377.

Recital series

BANGOR — St. John’s Organ Society announced that the 22nd Summer Recital Series on Maine’s largest 19th-century tracker-action pipe organ, E. and G. G. Hook’s Opus 288, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, 207 York St., in Bangor.

Rudolf Innig of Bielefeld, Germany, will play the music of J.S. Bach, Horatio Parker, Felix Mendelssohn and Josef Rheinberger.

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

Vegetable exchange

BANGOR — The St. Joseph Hospital Community Vegetable Exchange Stand opened for the season on July 11. It will be open 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays throughout the summer.

Thanks to the generosity of St. Joseph employees and community members, those in the area who do not have access to fresh produce can take home fresh fruits and vegetables at no charge.

Gardeners are asked to drop off produce as well as other garden or farm staples such as herbs on Fridays at the Front Desk at St. Joseph Hospital before 11 a.m., or at the stand located outside the Demaso Family Lobby on the Broadway side of the building.

Information session

BANGOR — Maine Connections Academy, a full-time, tuition-free virtual public charter school for students in grades seven through 12 across Maine, will host a free information session 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, at Four Points Bangor, 308 Godfrey Blvd.

Maine Connections Academy will open in September and is enrolling students for the 2014-15 school year.

Q and A session

BANGOR — Amanda Morin, special education advocate and author of “The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education,” will do a question and answer session and book signing at 6 p.m. THursday, July 24, at Books-A-Million, Bangor Mall Boulevard.

The event will be an open conversation with time for parents of children with special needs to talk about what they’d like to know about navigating the special education system and to be the best advocate for their child.

Fun run

HAMPDEN — Imagine No Malaria Fun Run will take place Saturday, Aug. 9th. The run will start and end at Hampden Highlands United Methodist Church, 44 Kennebec Road. Walkers will start at 8:30 a.m. and runners will start at 9:30 a.m.

For information, email Pastor David at or go to


ORLAND — A Homecoming worship service will take place at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 20, at Orland United Methodist Church. The service will include the sharing of memories and uplifting music to celebrate 200 years of mission and ministry in the village church along the Narramissic River off Route.

After the service, a picnic lunch of burgers, hot dogs, salads, cold drinks, cookies and watermelon will be served. The public is invited to attend, but are asked to call the church office at 469-3714 to let event organizers know you are coming.

French table

ORONO — Elisa Sance announced that she facilitates a French conversation table so people can practice speaking French in a casual environment. The group meets every other week at the Black Bear Microbrewery on Mill Street. The next meeting will be held 4-6 p.m. Thursday,  July 17.

Book talk

TROY — Maine author Jennifer Wixson will introduce her new book, “The Songbird of Sovereign,” 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, 2014, at a fundraiser for the historic Troy Union Church, Route 9-202, in Troy. The church, built in 1840, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and has received grants to restore its steeple.

Wixson will talk about the inspiration for the third book in her Sovereign Series, set in 1941-42 at Windmere Sanatorium, a fictitious place for the treatment of TB. She will read from the new novel. Books will be available for purchase, and $5 from each sale will be donated to the Troy Union Church Steeple Fund.

The event is open to the public and light refreshments will be served. If the the church is still under construction on the 24th the event will be held at the nearby B.B. Cook Club House on Route 9.

For information, email or visit