Good Friday program

BANGOR — Bangor First United Methodist Church, in conjunction with Grace United Methodist Church, will present a program of monologues and hymns at 6 p.m. Good Friday, April 3, at First United Methodist Church, 703 Essex St.

Benefit concert

BANGOR — WHSN 89.3 FM will host its annual benefit concert for the Greater New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, at the Gracie Theatre, Husson University. The concert will include performances by Worried Well, Tall Horse, One Shot Nothing, Skosh and the Royal Bones.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Greater New England Chapter of The National MS Society. Tickets are $10 and available at whsn-fm.com, at Bull Moose locations and at the door.

For information about the show, email Mark Nason, station manager, WHSN 89.3FM, at nasonm@husson.edu. For information about the National MS Society, visit msnewengland.org.

Community Passover Seder

BANGOR — Congregation Beth El’s annual community Passover Seder will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at Bangor Masonic Center, Wellman Commons, 294 Union St. Doors open at 5 p.m. The menu will include homemade Gefilte fish, regular and gluten-free matzah ball soup, chicken and vegetarian entrees, and child-friendly selections. Bring a dessert to share. There will be an Afikomen Hunt with prizes.

Admission is $20, $15 children under 12 congregation members; $25, $20 children under 12 others. Deadline for reservations is Friday, March 27, by calling 945-4578.

Fundraiser

BANGOR — Relay for Life of Penobscot’s team, Angels of Hope, will host a dinner, dance and silent auction  6 p.m.-midnight, Saturday, April 18, at at Elk’s Lodge, 108 Odlin Road. Proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

The event will include live band Koostix, a spaghetti meal, cash bar, silent auction, 50/50 raffle and door prizes.

Tickets are $10 each and must be purchased in advance. Tickets are available at Northern Kingdom, 349 Harlow St., Bangor; or Trident Armory, 3 Memory Lane in Hermon.

For information, email relayangelsofhope@gmail.com or visit the Facebook event page at Angels of Hope Dance for a Cure.

Signs of the Seasons

BANGOR — Bangor Land Trust announced that it will join The National Phenology Network and Signs of the Seasons effort to promote a citizen science project on it preserves and in participants’ backyards. Training will take place 9-11:30 a.m.  Saturday, April 4, at the land trust office.

Signs of the Seasons trains volunteers to observe and record phenology, the timing of seasonal changes in plants and animals. Participants will gain practical experience for observing and recording plant and animal life cycles in their backyards, schoolyards or other community locations. They will learn how their observations will become valuable data when added to Nature’s Notebook, the national online database hosted by the USA-National Phenology Network.

The training sessions are free. Registration is required so there will be enough materials for everyone. To register or for information, call 942-1010 or email info@bangorlandtrust.org.

Way of the Cross

BREWER — The fourth annual Way of the Cross community procession sponsored by St. Paul the Apostle Parish, which includes St. John’s Church, Bangor; St. Mary’s Church, Bangor; St. Joseph’s Church, Brewer; St. Teresa’s Church, Brewer; St. Matthew’s Church, Hampden; and St. Gabriel’s Church, Winterport, will take place at 1 p.m. Palm Sunday, March 29. An outdoor, living re-enactment of the 14 Stations of the Cross, the 1.6 mile procession will depart from St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Brewer and conclude at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bangor.

All members of the community are invited to join the pilgrimage of prayer, music and dramatization.

Shuttle service is available from the St. John’s Church parking lot. For information, visit wayofthecross.info.

Holy Week schedule

BUCKSPORT — Elm Street Congregational Church announced its Holy Week schedule as follows:

  • Palm Sunday worship service, 10 a.m. Sunday, March 29, in the sanctuary. Palms will be given to all.
  • Maundy Thursday supper of soup and bread, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2. Followed by worship service.
  • Good Friday silent prayer and meditation, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, April 3, in the sanctuary.
  • Easter sunrise service, 6 p.m. Sunday, April 5, at Fort Knox in Prospect.
  • Easter morning, service, 10 a.m. Sunday, April 5.

School fundraiser

CARMEL — The Carmel Cats Club, formerly the PTO, will host an afternoon event for crafters and those who love crafts 9 a.m- 3 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Carmel Elementary School, 50 Plymouth Road. The event is a fundraiser for the school’s spring events. For information, call Kate Waning at 318-5677 or email katewaning@gmail.com.

Genealogical research talk

CASTINE — The fourth and final talk in a series of March genealogical research programs will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in the Wilson Museum’s Hutchins Education Center on Perkins Street. Mark Honey of Ellsworth, who has family ties in Castine, will describe the useful information that can be gleaned from county deed and probate records.

Also, on the same day, join fellow researchers in the education center 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for an open research session to peruse some of the resources available from the museum’s collections. The talk and research session are free and open to the public. For information, contact the Wilson Museum at 326-9247 or info@wilsonmuseum.org.

Panel discussion

ORONO — The University of Maine Department of Communication and Journalism will host a panel discussion, “The Art of Science Reporting: Investigating the Best Way to Inform the Public,” 2:30-3:30 p.m. Monday, March 30, in Wells Common on campus.

The panel will be moderated by Dr. Jennifer E. Moore, and will include Dr. Laura Helmuth, science and health editor at slate.com and 2015 Alan Miller Fund Visiting Journalist Dr. Matthew C. Nisbet, associate professor of communication studies and affiliate associate professor of public policy and urban affairs at Northeastern University, and Jackie Farwell, health editor, Bangor Daily News.

The event is open to the public and sponsored by the Alan Miller Fund for Excellence in Communication and Journalism at the University of Maine.

Public affairs lecture

ORONO — The Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine will present The Margaret Chase Smith Lectureship on Public Affairs with U.S. Sen. Susan Collins 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, at the Collins Center for the Arts. Collins’ topic will be “Incivility and Hyperpartisanship: Is Washington a Symptom or the Cause?”

RSVP is required to attend the event. Call 581-1648 or email mcspc@maine.edu. No backpacks will be allowed. The lecture is free and open to all.

Call for crafters

ORONO — A Mother’s Day craft fair will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the American Legion Post 84 hall, 156 Park St. Organizers are seeking crafters who would like to be vendors at the event. For information, email Katie at mizkatemay@yahoo.com.

Fundraising event

ORONO — A Longaberger “Retired” Basket Bingo will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the American Legion Hall. Doors open at 11 a.m.

The event will offer 12 games at a cost of $15. The cost for the blackout game is $5. A door prize will be awarded. Baskets were never used and donated for the benefit of the Animal Orphanage.

Lunches of hot dogs, hamburgers, handcut French fries and homemade onion rings, will be available for purchase.

Call 299-7324 for information.

DAR meeting

ORONO — The Esther Eayres Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 6, at the United Methodist Church in Orono. Members will host a Good Citizenship Award Program for high school seniors in the area, and a tea. The program will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Park behind the church, lower meeting area.

Orono Land Trust

ORONO — The 29th annual meeting of the Orono Land Trust will be held at Friday, March 27, at the Keith Anderson Community House, 19 Bennoch Road. A social hour with refreshments will begin at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m.

Guest speaker will be Dr. Rob Lilieholm, the E.L. Giddings Professor of Forest Policy at the University of Maine. His topics will be “Bay to Baxter: Leveraging Maine’s Quality-of-Place for Economic Development.”

The meeting is open to the public.