Adults living with disabilities in the Rockland area are invited to join a newly formed community-service club.

John Batty of the Kiwanis Club of Rockland is chairman of the Kiwanis Aktion Club.

Batty explained in an e-mail to me that “Aktion Club is the only community-service club for adults living with disabilities.”

“It provides its members an opportunity to develop initiative and leadership skills to serve their communities, while enabling all persons, living with disabilities, dignified integration into society.”

The first organizational meeting for this Aktion Club is 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, at Stella Maris House, 148 Broadway, Rockland.

The meeting is open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

For more information about this new organization, call Gordon Page at 542-4452.


If you happen to be at any facility associated with St. Joseph Healthcare today and notice lots of people wearing red, you should know St. Joe’s announced it is celebrating American Heart Month by “Going Red” as part of the American Heart Association Go Red for Women campaign, which St. Joe’s describes as “a national movement to educate and support women as they combat heart disease.”

Amy Allen of St. Joe’s reminds readers that “approximately 36 percent of all deaths” in our country “can be attributed to cardiovascular disease, and more than 70 million Americans have one or more cardiovascular diseases.”

Allen suggests individuals talk with their health care provider “about ways to reduce your risk of heart disease.”


Here’s a reminder from Cathy Boyce: The Queen’s Closet is open from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays on the second floor of the old Stonington School on the campus of the Island Community Center in Stonington.

The facility, which offers free clothing for individuals for everything from weddings to job-hunting, is also open by appointment by calling Boyce at 367-5061.

Donations of clothing for all occasions are welcome.


Jessie Mellot reminds readers the Anah Shrine Mini-bikes 11th annual Family Valentine’s Day Dance is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at the Shrine Hall on Main Street in Bangor.

The cost is $10 per person, free for children under 3.

For information or to purchase advance tickets, call 942-2254.


Volunteer facilitators are needed for the spring 2010 Session of Pathfinders: Support for Grieving Children, reports Deb Jacques of the program that is conducted by Bangor Area Visiting Nurses and part of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems.

According to the release, Pathfinders offers a 10-week session of grief support “for children and their families or caregivers” who are “experiencing the death of a loved one.”

Adults attending with children meet separately, and teens can attend “on their own as long as they have the consent of their caregiver,” Jacques said.

The training session for volunteer facilitators begins Saturday, Feb. 13, and more information about becoming a volunteer or attending a session is available by calling Linda Boyle at 973-8269.

Pathfinders’ spring 2010 session begins Monday, March 8, and runs through Monday, May 17.

To help defray costs, the fee is $50 per family, and a limited number of scholarships are available, Jacques wrote.

For more information, visit


Winterport Open Stage president Jeri Misler has announced that auditions for its spring 2010 production of “Jenny’s House of Joy” will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, and Thursday, Feb. 11, at Wagner Middle School in Winterport.

No monologue is necessary for the auditions, Misler wrote.

“We will provide scenes to read.”

The production “is a wild west comedy about the world’s oldest profession,” she said of the “all-female shoot-’em-up comedy.”

More information, including directions to the audition site, can be found at or by e-mailing

The show is scheduled to run the weekends of April 9 and April 18.


Renee Smith of Sunbury Village reports that Bangor retirement facility will hold a food drive for the Seeds of Hope Pantry that runs through Feb. 28 at Sunbury Village Retirement Home, 922 Ohio St., Bangor.

“For your donations of one or more food items per person,” Smith wrote, “you will receive a complimentary meal and a tour of Sunbury Village.”

Meal times are 8 a.m. for breakfast, 12:30 p.m. for dinner and 5:30 p.m. for supper.

Smith also wants you to know “no reservations are needed, and this is for a great cause.”

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