Library department relocation

BANGOR — Bangor Public Library announced that its local history, genealogy and special collections room has moved downstairs to the main floor of the library. It shares space with the library’s reference department, but will occupy the entire room after the reference department moves to its new location where the circulation department is now located.

The moves were made necessary by renovations and other work the library is undergoing.


BANGOR — The Bangor Region Leadership Institute will host Laugh-In: Get Your Game Face On Saturday, March 14, at Fields4Kids, 129 Farm Road.

The sports-themed event will feature a social hour at 5:30 p.m., a dinner buffet at 6:30 p.m. and comedian Chad Daniels at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $35 and available at

Proceeds will benefit the institute.

Monday, Friday closings

BANGOR — The Bangor Public Library announced that it will be closed on Mondays and Fridays as library staff work to prepare the collection for the various moves the renovation will entail.

The interior renovation started in the nonpublic basement area of the library. Staff has worked to clear the space for the installation of compact shelving in preparation for the basement renovation. This space will be the library’s new Fiction Cellar.

Over the course of the next month, library staff will mark books so movers will know where to relocate them. This first phase of the interior renovation consists of finishing the basement, moving books from the third floor to the second floor, and beginning the construction on the new children’s department.

“We are facing a huge undertaking,” said Barbara McDade, library director. “With more than 500,000 volumes, there was no way we could get the book moving done without focusing all our staff on the project. We are sorry for the inconvenience to the public, but think this will actually speed up the process. We think these closings will be for about a month, but won’t be able to make that determination until we see how much progress we make.”

The library will be open regular business hours Tuesdays through Thursdays and on Saturdays during this process.

The children’s department will host the program, Doggie Sports, 11-11:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20. However, only the children’s department door on the lower level of the library will be open, and the rest of the library will remain closed during that time. After the Doggie Sports program is over, the library will close for the rest of the day.

For information, visit or call 947-8336.

Bangor Community Chorus

BANGOR — Singers of all interests and levels are invited to become part of the monthly voice class sponsored by Bangor Community Chorus. The voice class covers everything from finding your natural voice to more advanced techniques, music theory tips to make your singing more relaxing and enjoyable, and regular opportunities to play with your new skills in a fun, easygoing atmosphere. The class takes place on the third Wednesday of each month. There is a $5 fee per person per session. Sessions are limited to the first 15 registrants. To register, contact Stacy George, chorus board president, at 333-0980 or

Bacchanalian Ball fundraiser

BANGOR — The Eastern Maine Pagan Pride Association will host its Bacchanalian Ball, The Masque of the Red Death, 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Universalist Unitarian Church, 120 Park St.

The event will feature an auction, DJ Gemineye, a chocolate buffet and dancing for those age 18 and up.

Attendees are encouraged to dress in semi-formal or formal attire, costumes and masks.

Admission is by a suggested donation of $5 donation. Proceeds from the ball will benefit the association’s community building events.

Children’s Day volunteers needed

HAMPDEN — Community volunteers are urgently needed to step forward to support the 2015 Hampden Children’s Day event. Currently, there is no active planning board in place for the annual community event. Volunteers are needed to help plan, do fundraising, and staff the celebration, which has been an annual event supported entirely community volunteers for 35 years.

Twenty volunteers are need to help successfully and safely staff the full day event and to serve as chairman, vice chairman, secretary or treasurer.

A meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, Skehan Recreation Center, 1 Main Road North. Attendees will discuss committee work needs, fundraising and make a decision on whether there is enough volunteer power to get the event off the ground this year.

For information, call Shelley at 862-6451 or email

ALPHA Course

HAMPDEN — The ALPHA Course will be held 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, March 13, and for the next seven weeks, at Community Church of the Open Door, 270 Main Road North. It explores the basic principles of Christian faith in a safe, relaxed, inviting atmosphere.

Admission is free and includes a dinner, a DVD session, small group discussion and child care.

Call or e-mail ALPHA class coordinators Dennis and Doreen Bradley at 469-8095 or for information or to RSVP for the first session, or email

Rescheduled ​

ORONO — “The 1927 Project,” has been rescheduled to 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. ​26, at Orono High School-Middle School library. Five Orono High School students will join writer and historian Stephanie Harp for a presentation about an early 20th-century lynching in Little Rock, Arkansa. The event, supported by Maine Arts Commission, is free and open to the public. For information, email

Farming course for veterans

AUGUSTA — The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering  the course, “So You Want to Farm in Maine?,” to military veterans beginning 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, at University of Maine at Augusta, Richard Randall Student Center, 46 University Drive, Augusta.

Extension educators Tori Jackson and Caragh Fitzgerald and other area experts will teach the course, which will be held six consecutive Tuesday nights. The class is designed for farmers and those who want to operate a farm, and will cover knowledge and skills necessary to start, adapt and maintain a profitable land-based business.

The cost is $50, which includes the textbook and all materials; the fee covers more than one farm business partner if they share materials.

Registration in advance is required at

The course is limited to 25 participants. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call 353-5550 or email