A MOFGA Chapter in Penobscot County?

BANGOR —To test the waters for forming a MOFGA chapter in Penobscot County, MOFGA members and prospective members are invited to a Stone Soup Social at 1 pm. Jan. 11, at the Bangor Grange, 1192 Ohio St. Snow date is Jan. 25. A meal of soup will be served at approximately 2:30 p.m.

The event will begin with chicken broth (for chicken soup) and tomato stock (for minestrone vegetarian soup) — simmering over a fire. Attendees will add a tasty morsels. Bring something prepped and ready to throw into one of the pots.

Those who wish also may bring bread, crackers, desserts, appetizers or non-alcohol drinks [non-alcoholic].

To RSVP, for information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Galen at Galen.the.beekeeper@gmail.com or 745-4797.

90th anniversary

BANGOR — The public is invited to help Glad Tidings Church celebrate its 90th anniversary on Sunday, Nov. 24, at the church, 1033 Broadway.

A historical tour will take place at 9:30 a.m. followed by a service at 10 a.m. with Dr. David Arnett, president of NorthPoint College in Haverill, Mass.

An anniversary meal will be served at 1 p.m. in the gymnasium, followed by an afternoon service with Pastor Ron Morris.

Dessert and coffee will be served at 3 p.m. A concert by singer Easton Goborune will take place at 3:30 p.m.

The event will conclude with the burial of a time capsule.

For information, visit facebook.com/gtcbangor or call 947-0324.

Etna’s oldest citizen

BANGOR — Ruth Carter,  who grew up and lived in Etna most of her life and is now a resident at Phillips-Strickland House, went to Etna on Nov. 6, where she was presented with the town’s Boston Post Cane, naming her the oldest citizen of Etna.

Food safety training

BANGOR — The University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Penobscot County announced that it will offer Cooking for Crowds, a food safety training workshop for volunteer quantity cooks, 1-5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension building, 307 Maine Ave. Felicia Dumont, community education assistant, will conduct the class.

The cost is $15. Scholarships are available.

For information or to request a disability accommodation, call 942-7396 or

800-287-1485.

$5,000 for bus route

BANGOR — Former Gov. John Baldacci and City Councilman Joe Baldacci hosted a spaghetti benefit dinner at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor on Oct 30 to raise funds to help save the Community Connector’s Odlin Road bus route. More than 400 concerned community members turned out to help the cause.

So far $12,000 has been raised to sustain the route, including $5,000 brought in from the spaghetti dinner. The cost to maintain the service from September through June 2014 is $20,000.

Master Gardener Training Program

Enrollment is now open for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer training in Penobscot County. Extension Horticulturist Kate Garland, will collaborate with experts from around the state to present a 51-hour course on sustainable horticulture topics including botany, plant propagation, soils, composting, landscape design, vegetable gardening, pesticide safety, tree fruits, insects and plant diseases, ecology, plant selection and more.

Classes will run in a split session format. Weekly training sessions will begin in mid-January and run through March, and will resume for September. Most sessions will take place 5-8 p.m. Tuesdays  with the exception of two Saturday morning sessions in March.

The full schedule and a link to the online application is at  http://umaine.edu/penobscot/programs/gardening/master-gardeners/. To request a printed application, call Theresa at 942-7396. Applications should be submitted no later than Jan. 3. The course fee is based on a sliding scale from $110-$330. A limited number of scholarships are available. UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all.

For information or to request a disability accommodation, call 942-7396.

Book Amnesty

CARMEL — Starting Dec. 1, Simpson Memorial Library will offer Book Amnesty through Jan. 1.  In lieu of fines for overdue materials, the library will collect canned goods, pasta and dry cereals for the local food pantry. This will help struggling community members and clear library accounts.

Library hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. For information, call Becky Ames, library director at 848-7145.

Quilting for a cause

EDDINGTON — More hands are needed to help with an ongoing quilt fundraiser project. The group meets 1-4 p.m. Sundays at Meadowbrook Reception Center in Eddington. In a collaborative effort a group of quilters and crafters are making one or more quilts to raffle. They sew, iron, gossip, laugh and learn. The group is open to those of all levels of quilting experience from zero to expert.

The quilt raffles will benefit Carole’s College Fund, a scholarship fund established to help a local low-income high school senior attend.

The cost to attend is $5 per person per week. For information, email Swingtime34@gmail.com, call 356-1454, or find the Eddington Quilt Collaborative on Facebook.

Maine Soup

ORONO — Maine Soup is a nonprofit, microfunding soup dinner event in which attendees give a three- to four-minute presentation on a creative project that benefits the local community. The event will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, 104 IMRC, Stewart Hall, University of Maine.

After the presentations, guests eat homemade soup, network and give a silent ballot for the artist they would like to fund. The funding comes from a $5 entry fee.

For information, email Johanna Cairns at johanna.r.cairns@gmail.com.