September 18, 2020

Community news


Bangor Community Theatre

Bangor Community Theatre and Community Health and Counseling Services will present “The Labours of Love” with Artistic Director and Creator Heather Astbury-Libby and music direction by Kevin Bate.

Musical selections from many successful and vastly popular Broadway shows have been incorporated into the story line. Show tunes range from “Titanic” to “The Music Man,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “White Christmas.”

Area performers include Roland Dube, Stevie Robbins, Darlene Mogul, Tyke Mckay, Chuck Somers, Penny Weinstein and Christie Robinson.

Performances at Peakes Auditorium, Bangor High School, are set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21.

Performances at The Grand in Ellsworth will be 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26-27; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28. A dress rehearsal is open to the public at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, by donation.

Tickets are $15, $10 children and seniors. Purchase by calling CHCS at 947-0366.

‘Full Fathom Five’

Maine author Mary Lee Fowler will appear at the Bangor Public Library at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept 20. The writer was born after her father, a submarine skipper, was lost at sea in 1943. After years of research and interviews, Fowler has pieced together what likely happened to her father and his shipmates, and considers the fate of their families after the crew’s loss in “Full Fathom Five,” which will be available for purchase and signing.


Abracadabra, hocus-pocus, presto-chango! Right before your eyes, Dr. Leo, who recently retired from 37 years as a well-loved pediatrician, will perform amazing sleight-of-hand tricks that mystify and amaze. Between feats of magic, he will share tidbits for parents on keeping healthy and living well.

Fun and education for the whole family takes place at 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 24, Oct. 8 and Oct. 22, in the Story Room of Bangor Public Library.

Call for art

J.B. Parker’s Cafe and Haiti Matrix of St. John’s Episcopal Church seek artwork for an exhibit and art sale to benefit Maison de Naissance, a birthing center in rural Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

The exhibit will take place Oct. 13-Nov. 8, at J.B. Parker’s, 52 Main St. Artists will receive 40 percent of sale proceeds of their work.

For more information, call LeeAnne Mallonee at 942-9253 e-mail or

Sustainable living course

The Maine Earth Institute course Choices For Sustainable Living will be held at 1 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 5-Nov. 23, at Unitarian Universalist Church, 120 Park St. The course is for adults, but families may attend. Child care is not provided.

The series is sponsored by the Green Sanctuary Committee of the Bangor Unitarian Universalist Church. Topics include sustainable communities, buying, business, economy, food and lifestyles.

The cost is $18, including a text. Preregistration is required. For information, call 512-4796 or e-mail


Feeding Maine’s hungry

Save those Shaw’s Supermarket receipts help feed Maine’s hungry. Good Shepherd Food-Bank, with facilities in Auburn and Brewer, has partnered with Shaw’s Receipt Reward Program.

Shaw’s will donate 1 percent of customers’ store receipts to the food bank. Mail receipts to: Good Shepherd Food-Bank, P.O. Box 1807, Auburn 04211-1807. Visit to download a promotional flier to help spread the word, or to decorate collection envelopes.

Ten dollars donated to the food bank provides 48 meals in Maine communities.

“During the last school year, a single fifth-grade class raised nearly $1,500 for Good Shepherd Food-Bank. That made us realize the amazing potential this program has for us. Imagine what an entire school could do, or 10, or 50,” said JoAn Chartier, public relations coordinator for the food bank.

Children’s Miracle Network

The Brewer Wal-Mart will hold a Children’s Miracle Network event beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at the store.

Store employees have raised money and will conduct a pie-in-the-face event with the store management team as targets.

A cookout with hot dogs, hamburgers and sausages will be part of the festivities.

Proceeds will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.


Benefit fish fry

The Knights of Columbus Council 5756 will hold its third annual benefit fish fry for Theo’s Work at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church hall, Central and Franklin streets. Tickets are $8, $4 children.

Theo’s Work Inc. was founded by Maine native the Rev. Marc Boisvert in 1998 to support humanitarian efforts for impoverished children in Haiti. Donations may be mailed to: Knights of Columbus, ATTN: Theo’s Work Inc., 211 U.S. Route 1, Bucksport 04416. For more information, visit


Alpha course introduction

More than 11 million people have taken the Alpha course, which will be offered free by Community Church of the Open Door, 270 Main Road North.

Outreach Pastor Bruce Johnson calls the eight-week course, which features social time, dinner, video and discussion, “an opportunity to explore the meaning of life in a friendly, supportive and nonjudgmental atmosphere.” Johnson and Senior Pastor Mark Fowler visited the birthplace of Alpha in London two years ago.

“Alpha Test Drive: Session 1” will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, with no obligation to attend the full course. For information, contact Johnson at 862-4010.

Candidates at barbecue

The Hampden Republican Town Committee invites residents to a barbecue from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, next to Edward’s Shop ‘n Save, Western Avenue, to meet Republican candidates for office. For information, contact or 862-5444, or Marion Syversen at or 862-2952.


Hydrangea wreath workshop

Ecotat Gardens will host hydrangea wreath workshops at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. To register for either workshop for $20 a person, call 848-5946.


Identifying lichen

“The Wonders of Lichen: An Introductory Class in Identification,” will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, with Jim Hinds, co-author of “The Macrolichens of New England,” at Fields Pond Audubon Center. The cost is $40 Audubon members, $45 others. Advance registration is required, 989-2591.

If the weather holds, canoe to Fields Pond island for outdoor exploration. Bring a bag lunch.


Festival for fuel assistance

The Newburgh Festival is set to take place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Newburgh Elementary School. Proceeds will be used to establish a Fuel Assistance Fund for elderly and low-income residents.

Activities include a baked goods sale, games, bounce house, crafts, live music and raffles. Food available includes hot dogs and hamburgers, pizza, chips and beverages.

Rain date is Sept. 27.

Old Town

Song at the museum

A fundraising program, Men and Women of Song, will be presented by the Old Town Museum Chorus at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21. The museum opens at 1 p.m. A light luncheon will be served afterward. A donation of $5 is requested. Proceeds will go to the museum.

There is ample parking with handicap accessibility. For more information, visit www.old


Family star shows

The Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium at Wingate Hall, University of Maine, will hold two star shows in September.

“Earth’s Wild Ride” is for all ages as a grandfather reminisces with his grandchildren on a futuristic moon colony about some dynamic eras in Earth’s history.

With the Omnidome, go back in time to the land of the dinosaurs and riding down rapids of boiling lava. “Earth’s Wild Ride” will show at 7 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 20 and 27.

Younger sky gazers become explorers of space and meet the planets in “Our Sky Family” at 2 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 21 and 28.

Admission is $3. For information or reservations, call the Jordan Planetarium at 581-1341 or visit

Book talk

Author Ed Rice of Orono will give a talk and sign copies of his new book, “Native Trailblazer Andrew Sockalexis: Penobscot Indian” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Keith Anderson Community House on Bennoch Road.

Rice believes that Andrew Sockalexis might be Maine’s “greatest forgotten athlete” despite having finished second at the Boston Marathon in 1912 and 1913, and finishing fourth in a stellar field in the 1912 Olympic Games.

Rice’s book will be available for purchase. For information, call the library at 866-5060.


Historical society hours

The Stetson Historical Society will hold regular visitor hours 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 1.

To arrange private daylight tours for individuals or groups, call 296-2601 or 296-2621.


Riverbend Players dinner theater

Hold onto your hats, ladies and gents, because you never know what might happen in the old West. That will be the theme of the Riverbend Players’ dinner theater show on Saturday evening, Oct. 4, at Kravings Restaurant & Pub on Verona Island. It will coincide with Bucksport’s Fall Festival.

Festivities at Kravings will include singing, dancing and plenty of theatrics. The Grouchy Old Ladies may put in an appearance (some say they actually may have lived through those good old days of the Wild West). There will be a guest emcee and guest performers as well.

For reservations, call Glen or the crew at Kravings, 469-9900.

For more information about the show, call Suzi Leeman at 469-5885 or e-mail

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