What's Happening Down East?
Mark your calendar for Sunday, December 15th for the 4th annual WNSX "Kitty Palooza" cat/kitten adoption event with the SPCA of Hancock County! It takes place from 11 to 2 at the Maine Coast Mall in Ellsworth. Reduced adoption rates are: Cats 6 months and older, $25. Kittens - $45. "Vintage" cats - fee is waived, with a suggested donation of $25. To speed up your adoption process, you may go to the SPCA's website to fill out the Adoption Application. http://www.spcahancockcounty.org/adopting-your-next-pet/
Downtown Ellsworth Christmas Parade
Eastport Arts Center
– which is the “Together in Education” community partnership group of the
Searsport District High/Middle Schools, is partnering with the Searsport
District High School Alumni Association, to help make this holiday season
brighter and literally warmer for students in grades 6 through 12 in the
Searsport Middle and High Schools. Clean out your closets to donate new
or “gently used” winter apparel to the school’s “Bargain Bin,” where students
may discretely pick the winter clothing items they need. The groups are also collecting new and
gently used gift items for school’s “Elf Closet,” an area set aside for students
to shop for items at a greatly reduced cost. Christmas ornaments, candles, jewelry, purses,
or toys, etc. are items included in “The Elf Closet.” All goods and clothing should be delivered to
the SDHS Central Office on Mortland
Road by Tuesday, December 10th. For
more information, contact TIE representative, Andrea Cross at 505-1080.
Ellsworth Fire Chief, Richard Tupper, tells us that several local restaurants are currently collecting non-perishable food items to donate to the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry in Ellsworth. (Participating locations so far are Pat's Pizza, Finns Irish Pub, Jasper's Restaurant, Ellsworth City Hall & the Ellsworth Fire Department.) Through December 15th, collection boxes are available for your donations of non-perishable food items.
Ruggles House in Columbia Falls
Leslie McSorley of the Ruggles House Society tells us that the historic Federal style Ruggles House in Columbia Falls is presenting its annual Christmas Tea on Sunday, December 8th from 1 to 4pm. Tea is served by “Teas of Cherryfield," with live music provided by Cole Creek. The house is decorated in period style for the holidays, plus you can find unique holiday gifts, including the “Ruggles House” book. Admission is just three dollars. For more info, go to their website at: www.ruggleshouse.org
Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce
Ellsworth Public Library – Food Drive
Have you been putting off paying off your overdue books and media fines? If so, Ellsworth Public Library has a way to clear that debt and help those in your community who need it the most. Library patrons can get their overdue fines forgiven by donating non-perishable food items through the Food for Fines program, through the month of December. The donations go to the Loaves & Fishes food pantry of Ellsworth.
Schoodic Arts For All is holding its
annual FREE Carol Sing and Potluck Sunday, December 15th at 5 pm at
Hammond Hall in Winter Harbor. So bring along a favorite dish and join in
the singing! To read about ALL the
upcoming events, go to:
Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County
The Acadia Choral Society’s Holiday Concert is taking place on Saturday, December 7th at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 8th at 5 p.m., at St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church in Bar Harbor. The program is a celebration of carols from around the world, with singing, instruments and dancing. Tickets are fifteen dollars each. For advance sales, see the “Ticket” portion of their website at: acadia choral society – dot – org.
Island Arts Association
The Island Arts Association is holding its annual Holiday Craft Fair on Friday and Saturday, December 6th & 7th at the Atlantic Oceanside Conference
Center in Bar
Harbor. Friday's show is 9 to 5 and Saturday's is 9 to 3. Talented
are showcasing everything from pottery to jewelry, photographs and wood carvings
to one-of-a-kind hand made quilts. IDEAL as thoughtful gifts! Admission is FREE!
The College of the Atlantic’s marine mammal research lab, Allied Whale, is offering “adoptions” of whales that it has been tracking for years! Cost is $30 to adopt a single whale, $40 for a mother and her calf and $20 for a renewal. There’s "Gemini," creating a bubble cloud capturing fish for his companions to feed on, his buddies "Tusk" and "Notchy," and "Breakers," known to protect calves that are not his own. With each adoption, you will receive a certificate of adoption and a photograph of your adoptee, along with a brief biography and a record of its sightings. Also included are a booklet of whale maps, photos, and information, a waterproof field guide to whales and whale watching, and an Allied Whale bumper sticker. All proceeds help protect whales by contributing to research into their behavior, needs, and life history. For more information, call Allied Whale in Bar Harbor at the College of the Atlantic at 288-5644 or visit www.coa.edu/alliedwhale.