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Breakfast set

RUMFORD – The Rumford Lodge of Elks 862 will hold its annual Mother’s Day service and breakfast starting at 10 a.m. today at the lodge. There will be a breakfast following the service in the lodge dining area. All mothers will eat free. There is a fee of $3 for everyone else. For more information, contact Ann White at 364-7081 or call the lodge at 364-4022.

Worship leader

PARIS – The Rev. Dr. Robert Sallies will be the worship leader at the First Universalist Church, 36 Pine St., South Paris, on Mother’s Day, May 14. Sallies’ sermon topic at the 10 a.m. service will be “Mother’s Day 2006.” The music will be under the direction of Forest Perkins, church organist. Renee Wales will lead the Sunday school. Child care is provided. The coffee hour will follow in Good Cheer Hall. Everyone is welcome.

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Trails open

RANGELEY – Rangeley Lakes Trails Center welcomes summer users. The trails begin at the center at 524 Saddleback Mountain Road. Forty km trails have been finished at all levels. Hikers can walk down to Saddleback Lake or visit the streams on the parcel, which provide refreshment stops. There is free parking. Donations are appreciated.

Audubon trip

HIGHLAND PLANTATION – Maine Audubon will offer a trip to learn about and identify birds in the foothills of the Bigelow Range from 7 p.m. Friday to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 19 to 21.

“May is the best month to hone your birding skills, and this weekend retreat in Maine’s western mountains is a great opportunity to do it,” said Margi Huber, Maine Audubon’s trips and tour coordinator.

Designed for all levels of birders, the trip was timed to coincide with peak songbird migration and a minimum of foliage. The trip includes meals and lodging at Claybrook Mountain Lodge and is $245 for Maine Audubon members, $255 for nonmembers. Advance registration is necessary; to register, call 781-2330, ext. 215. For more information on other Maine Audubon programs, visit www.maineaudubon.org.

Missions event

LEWISTON – Maine’s Worldwide Missions Outreach Inc. will celebrate its 20th anniversary of community and worldwide outreach services at the Good News Chapel, 2151 Lisbon Road, at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 21.

Founders Paul and Dale Bernard began their ministry outreach in May of 1986. Since its inception, they have provided relief aid into 41 countries and to other nonprofit organizations throughout the United States.

Bill Farrace, missionary to the Philippines, will be the quest speaker and will give a presentation on the missions work in the Philippines. After the presentation, a fellowship potluck meal will be held. For more information, call Deaconess Dolly Poisson at 212-9945.

Camp celebration

GARDINER – The Congregational-Christian Conference of Maine voted on Dec. 1, 1955, to purchase a new site on the shores of Lake Cobbosseecontee in West Gardiner for its outdoor ministry program. The following summer, June 9, 1956 the camp was dedicated.

On Saturday, June 10, every camper, counselor, dean and staff person is welcome to return to Pilgrim Lodge to celebrate its jubilee year. It will be a day full of activities from 9-a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Performers in the main lodge coffee house will entertain, the waterfront and boat dock will be open for swimming and boat tours of Lake Cobbosseecontee, the new 50th Anniversary PL Songbook will be featured in the camp chapel sing-a-long and all are invited for the dedication of the new labyrinth.

For more information, visit www.pilgrimlodge.org and click on the 50th anniversary link.

Seedling sale

AUGUSTA – The Pine Tree State Arboretum, 153 Hospital St., will hold a Arbor Week tree seedling sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday, May 22 to 26. Seedlings are $1 each; arboretum members receive a 50 percent discount. Selection includes a variety of conifers. Call 621-0031 for more information.

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