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Free community Christmas celebration

FAYETTE — The Community Christmas Celebration will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Fayette Central School.

A traditional ham dinner with all the fixings will be served. There also will be homemade pies, festive traditional Christmas music and a live outdoor nativity scene.

The dinner and entertainment is a gift to the community of Fayette from the Fayette Baptist Church. Admission is free.

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For more information, visit www.fayettemaine.org/community-events.html.

Other ways the church helps Fayette residents include the delivery of 36 Thanksgiving Day baskets, the continued supply from the Hope Chest children’s clothing closet, the introduction and use of the Food Pantry and harvest time food distribution that has now served over 100 individuals since its opening earlier this spring and the home-help projects done throughout the town, including the most recent replacement of a roof for a resident.

Hand-made items requested for kids

SCARBOROUGH — Donations of hand-knitted, crocheted or sewn mittens, hats, socks, small or medium afghans or quilts, pillow cases and travel pillow cases are being collected for Maine Children’s Cancer Program.

These items will keep the children comfortable and warm while traveling to and from their treatments.

Donations of extra yarn or materials to be used for these items will also be appreciated.

For more information, call Sandee at 418-9650.

Registration open for CMCC spring classes

AUBURN — Open registration is now underway for spring semester courses at Central Maine Community College. The spring semester will begin Jan. 20.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis for qualified registrants. Registration, payment information and full course listings may be found at www.cmcc.edu. Those wishing to register for a course but who are not currently enrolled in a program should call 755-5292 or stop by the Registrar’s Office in Jalbert Hall.

In addition to the Auburn campus, courses are offered at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in South Paris, the Mount Blue Learning Center in Farmington and the CMCC/Lincoln County Healthcare Education Center in Damariscotta.

Applications for spring admission are also being accepted. Admissions staff may be reached at 755-5273 or enroll@cmcc.edu.

Senior Companion Program turns 40

ORONO — The Senior Companion Program is celebrating 40 years of connecting volunteers age 55 and older with community service efforts.

Created by the federal government, SCP began in 1974 in 18 communities around the country. Maine was added in 1978 when then-President Jimmy Carter expanded the program.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension became the program’s sponsor in 1981 and last year, approximately 120 senior companions assisted more than 425 homebound clients in 11 counties.

For information about the national program, visit www.nationalservice.gov/programs/senior-corps/senior-companions. For information about becoming involved in Maine, visit umaine.edu/seniorcompanion or contact Wanda Lincoln at 207-581-3326 or wanda.lincoln@maine.edu.

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