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Swim team fundraiser

BELFAST — A Blue Carpet Gala, a benefit dinner theater for the Bluefish swim team will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Waldo County YMCA.

In the dinner theater production, B-movie director Eddie Cheek is looking for backers for his new movie, “The Zombie Was An Alien.” In return for financing his motion picture, he will put you in his movie.To enhance your experience, organizers recommend you become a part of Hollywood’s B-list scene, including evening wear and a stage name.

The production stars Bluefish coaches and parents, including Gary Moline as Eddie Cheek, Bridget Winslow as Billie Club, Betsey Bradley as Cherri Pitt, Susan Cooney as Nova Devoe, Aaron Winslow as Rock Studd and Brett Steele as Quinnie Winston.

Dinner includes salad, pork tenderloin with pineapple chutney and homemade apple pie.

Tickets are $20 general admission seating or reserve a table with the purchase of eight tickets. Child care, provided by Girl Scout Troop 521 with leader Meredith Hill, is $5 per child, with reservations necessary by Saturday, Oct. 1.

For more information, call 338-4598.

Pancake 5K

The Pancake 5K is in its 18th year, but with a new organizer. The Waldo County YMCA is handing off the event to the Belfast Rotary Club.

The race will take place at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 9. After the race, there will be pancake breakfast at Belfast Area High School.

For runners who register by Oct. 8, the $15 registration fee covers the race, and breakfast. Those who register by Saturday, Oct. 1, will receive a T-shirt. On-site registration is available on race day for $20 and includes breakfast.

Runners may register at or and following the directions.

On-site registration and check-in is available 8:15-8:45 the Belfast Area High School lobby.

Breakfast is available to nonrunners for $5.

Proceeds will benefit the Belfast Rotary Club youth programs.

Guided paddle

PALERMO — Join the Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association and the Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance for a paddle on Sheepscot Bog in Palermo 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. The bog, accessible from the southeast corner of Sheepscot Pond, is a mosaic of many diverse wetland types encompassing 1,300 acres. It is the Sheepscot River watershed’s largest freshwater wetland and is an association Focus Area.

Paddle into the bog’s remote and quiet interior that includes a large kettle pond by way of Deadwater Slough.

This event is free to the public. Bring your own kayak or canoe. For specific directions to the put-in site contact, call the office at 586-5616 or e-mail

Y fitness programs

ROCKPORT — The Penobscot Bay YMCA’s mission to promote healthy living is reaching out to the community with three new opportunities to have fun and create health and well-being in Knox County.

The Y will offer a free Belly Dance demo with Nathifa Shakti at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5. “For every body type and every stage of life,” said Shakti. She incorporates modern forms of cardio exercise through the ancient art of belly dance. Join in and have fun with choreography that helps burn fat, boost metabolism and sculpt the body. Classes will begin Wednesday, Oct. 26.

The Y will sponsor the annual Pumpkin Walk-Run for Healthy Hearts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. Participate in either a 5K walk or run, or a 1-mile walk. Families are encouraged to join in, and friendly dogs are invited. The event is designed to give all ages and fitness levels an opportunity to get moving and support the Y’s Heartwatch program, a cardiac rehab collaboration with Pen Bay Health Care.

For the young athlete in grades nine through 12, and middle school, the Y offers winter sports preparation with a sports focused strength training and conditioning. This pilot program, Peak Performance, will be facilitated by John Falato on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, Oct. 25 through Dec. 22.

For more information, call the Y at 236-3375.