Eat for Your Heart

BREWER — Want to eat healthier as the spring and summer months come along? Planning to plant a garden and want some tips on how to prepare your produce? Gail Lane will discuss answers to these questions at the Eat for Your Heart event 11 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 11, at the Brewer Public Library.

The event is free event and appropriate for those of all ages who are interested in healthy eating and sampling recipes.

Call the Library at 989-7943 for information and to sign up. There is no space limit on this class, so bring the entire family along.

BDN Maine Garden Show

BANGOR — The 2015 BDN Maine Garden Show will be held 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, April 11, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, April 12, at Cross Insurance Center, 515 Main St., with more than 100 vendors and several displays.

Admission is $7, $5 for military members with proper identification, free for children age 12 and younger. Free admission tickets will be given away on Zone radio as well.

Visit bangorgardenshow.com for additional information.

Meet and mingle

BANGOR — Altrusa International of Greater Bangor will hold a “meet and mingle” 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, at the Maine Savings Federal Credit Union at 671 Broadway.

The event will offer wine and cheese, a chance to meet club members and the opportunity to learn more about the community-minded organization.

For information, find the organization on Facebook or call 843-5826.

‘Circus’

BANGOR – Local seniors are acting out to raise funds for their Senior Center. It’s all part of an original play members of the Hammond Street Senior Center’s Still Playing Theater Troupe are staging as a benefit to support the organization that provides creative and other opportunities for older adults in the Bangor Region.

Written and directed by volunteers, “Circus” is filled with mystery, circus acts and of course, tons of laughs. The play is cast entirely with Senior Center members and staff.

“Circus” performances will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 16; 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 17-18;, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 19.

Member Activities and Volunteer Coordinator, Kelly Gilks, said, “So much hard work has been put into this year’s production. From constructing a circus tent-stage right in the center, to painting sets and creating costumes for each character, we are so lucky to have so many talented volunteers. Everyone who comes out to support our play will truly marvel at the talent that Bangor area seniors have. Some are gifted actors while others have volunteered their time and skills to help set up our midway for the event. Just like a real circus, we will have snacks, games and more. It’s guaranteed to be a fun time for everyone.

Tickets are $10 in advance. To purchase tickets, stop by the Senior Center, 2 Hammond

St., call 262-5532 or email info@hammondstreet.org. For information, visit hammondstreet.org.

Children’s activity day

BANGOR — WIC will host a free children’s activity day 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at the Bangor Housing Authority Community Center, 161 Davis Road. Activities will be geared for ages children ages 1 through 5.

The event  will include giveaways and foods samples. For information, call 992-4571.

Red Ribbon Ball

BANGOR — Nine months after its successful adoption of the Eastern Maine AIDS Network, Down East AIDS Network and the Health Equity Alliance things are humming as the newly constituted agency gears up for its ninth annual Red Ribbon Ball, scheduled for 7 p.m.-midnight, Saturday, April 25, at Spectacular Event Center, 395 Griffin Road.

Traditionally an event hosted by the Eastern Maine AIDS Network, the Red Ribbon Ball has featured live music, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction that attracts more than 200 people each year.

“We’re excited to have the Brian Catell and the Jump City Jazz Band back this year, and a host of great silent auction items from merchants, craftspeople and artists from throughout Maine,” said Sean Weber, former program manager of Eastern Maine AIDS Network and the deputy director of Down East AIDS Network and the Health Equity Alliance,

“The Red Ribbon Ball is one of the agency’s largest fundraising events,” said Kenney Miller, executive director. “Funds from the ball flow directly into the many invaluable programs that DEAN and the Health Equity Alliance offers, ranging from HIV services through other health promotion activities for the GLBT community, people with addiction issues and other health disparity communities. It’s fun for a cause.”

Tickets are $25 per person, or $40 per couple, and available by calling 990-3626 or visiting mainehealthequity.org.

Dinner and auction

OLD TOWN — Maine Youth Fish and Game Association President Mike Regan and the board of directors announced plans to host the association’s annual dinner and auction Saturday, April 11, at the Old Town Elks Lodge. The auction preview begins at 4 p.m.

“The MYFGA Dinner and Auction is one of the organization’s signature events, and the generosity of the community in participating in this fun evening helps underwrite our youth programs, especially our summer camps,” said Regan. “Because we’re an all-volunteer board, all the money we raise goes directly to serving young people and introducing them to Maine’s rich outdoor heritage.”

The MYFGA Dinner is served buffet-style and features desserts prepared by board members and volunteers, a ham steak dinner with all the fixings, and plenty of fellowship. The auction features high-end items both used and new, and with plenty of accessories and outdoor-themed merchandise presented in a live auction, silent auction and bucket raffles, as well as card games, a Scottish auctio, and a shotgun shell raffle. There will be plentiful door prizes for young people and adults.

“It’ll be a full evening, and everyone has a chance to come away with something fun,” said Regan.

Founded in 2001, the Maine Youth Fish and Game Association is a nonprofit organization that brings the mystery and promise of the outdoors to young people who may not otherwise learn about the outdoors, including activities such as hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, boating, fly-tying, map and compass, tree identification, safe firearms handling, archery, rainy-day amusements and general self sufficiency. At its facility at Pickerel Pond in Township 32 MD just 20 minutes from Old Town, the association hosts several weeks of summer camps that immerse children from ages 8 to 16 in outdoor skills, which are largely underwritten by events such as the annual dinner and auction. In addition, the association hosts ice fishing events each year and a number of other activities in the community. The organization is governed by both an adult board and a youth board, where young members have a direct say in the activities supported by the organization, including events at the dinner and auction.

Tickets will be available at the doo, and cost $5, $3 students, $15 family, free to children under 5.

For information, call Mike Regan at 852-2485.

‘General Veazie’s Road’

OLD TOWN — Betsy Paradis, special collections librarian, will present the illustrated program “General Veazie’s Road: The Story of  Early Railroading in Old Town” at 7 p.m. Monday, April 13, at the library. The event is co-sponsored by the Old Town Museum and the Old Town Library. Admission is free.

Women of the World

ORONO — Women of the World will meet at noon Monday, April 13, at the Church of Universal Fellowship, 82 Main St. The event will feature a “marvellous meatless meal.”

Volunteers are needed to help set up at 11:15 a.m. and for clean up after the meal.

WOW is a group of international women, including Americans, who gather once a month around an ethnic lunch; a cultural program featuring the country/theme represented usually follows. Lunch fees are $5 women and children over 10, $2 children under 6, free to children attending with their mother.

For information on WOW, call Mireille Le Gal at 581-3423.

WOW is sponsored by the Office of International Programs at the University of Maine.

Teen Chat

VEAZIE —  Teen Chat for girls age 8 through 10 will be held 4-5:30 p.m. Mondays through April 27, at Life By Design, 1510 State St. The sessions will focus on self-esteem, self-image, healthy relationships, and future and career planning. Admission is free. For information, call Dede of Meagan at 404-4596 or email dmcintyre@lifebydesignpa.net.

Commemoration service

VEAZIE — The Veazie Congregational Church, 1404 State St. will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War during the service at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 12, at the church.

The program will include Civil War songs, readings, recognition of veterans from Veazie and a brief history of the Bangor Band’s participation in the war. Uniformed Civil War re-enactors will participate in the service, which is open to all.