Talk: ‘Commercial-Free Childhood’

FREEPORT — Dr. Susan Linn, director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, will give a public talk titled “The Gift of a Commercial-Free Childhood,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Merriconeag Waldorf School’s Community Hall, 57 Desert Road. Donations will be accepted at the door.

While parents try to set limits at home, marketing executives work day and night to undermine their efforts with commercial messages irresistible to children. Childhood obesity, violent behaviors, precocious sexuality, rampant consumerism, family stress and the erosion of children’s creative play have all been linked to a commercialized childhood.

Linn will provide suggestions for what can be done to protect children.

Linn is the author of “Consuming Kids: The Hostile Takeover of Childhood” and “The Case for Make Believe: Saving Play in a Commercialized World.”

Legislative Night at Danville Grange


AUBURN — Danville Junction Grange will observe Legislative Night when it meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9. The program will consist of discussions on the resolutions that are to be presented at the State Grange Session in Skowhegan.

Refreshments will be served at the close of the meeting. All members and guests are welcome.

The Maine State Grange Convention will be held at the Skowhegan Community Center on Oct. 15-18. The Fifth and Sixth Degrees will be worked on Thursday and Friday nights respectively at 7 p.m. Any grange member waiting to take either degree is urged to attend.

Rally for men against assault, violence

LEWISTON — On Saturday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon, there will be a rally for men against sexual assault and domestic violence.

The public is invited to “Man Up!” at the basketball court in Kennedy Park, 120 Park St. The rain date will be Saturday, Oct. 18.

For more information, contact Jerry DeWitt at 783-4663, ext. 228, or [email protected]

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.

United Commercial Travelers to meet

MECHANIC FALLS — Twin City Council 160 of the United Commercial Travelers of America will meet at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at Bucknam Oaks.

A potluck dinner will be served at the close of the meeting. All members and guests are welcome.

Open studio for Maine Craft Weekend

TURNER — Kelli’s Sewing Studio will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, as part of Maine Craft Weekend.

A display of historical and modern corsetry will be available for the public to see, touch and try on.

For more information on this and other local studios that will be open, visit

Maine Craft Weekend, a statewide tour of Maine craft studios, breweries, businesses and events, is an opportunity for the public to explore the life and work of craft artists and craft brewers in Maine.

MCW is scheduled in conjunction with American Craft Week, a nationwide event promoting craft events each October. Modeled after Maine Maple Sunday and Buy Local Saturday, this self-guided tour features participants all over the state who are not regularly open to the public or who have planned special MCW events and demonstrations.

‘Friends and Neighbors Sunday’ set

POLAND — Poland Community Church UCC is planning “Friends and Neighbors Sunday” for Oct. 12.

There will be a special worship service at 9 a.m. followed by refreshments and fellowship.

Senior Citizens Cribbage League

LEWISTON — The Lewiston Senior Citizens Cribbage League winners at the Lewiston Memorial Armory on Oct. 2 were: first, Dolly Jones and Gerry Therrien; second, Roger Charpentier and Nelson Beaudoin; third, Sandy Oliver and Linda Williams; fourth, Arnie Burgess and Norm Bissonnette; fifth, Arline Laplante and Mickie Farnum.

The next game will be played at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 9. Call Roger Labbe at 241-4003 or the office at 513-3059 for more information.