Try Zumba for free at YWCA Sunday


DEAR SUN SPOTS: I noticed a poster at the grocery store for a free Zumba day at the YWCA in Lewiston on Feb. 5 and was wondering if anyone had more information. I have heard a lot of good things about Girl Power Fitness and Adriane Kramer, so I think it should be fun.

What different types of Zumba are being offered, and will food of any sort be provided? Do you have to be a member to enjoy all this? Thank you! — No Name via email

ANSWER: According to Zumba Bowl is coming to the YWCA on Feb. 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees — they do not have to be a Y member — can try out different Zumba activities for free.

There’s a list of the different kinds of Zumba and instructors on the website. There will be a few light refreshments. You can call 795-4050 with additional questions.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: In December at the Feztival of Trees at the Shriner’s Temple in Lewiston, there was a gal selling the best mittens, made from recycled wool sweaters, that I have ever seen. She was set up in the back toward the kitchen area, and was selling primarily mittens.

I have found many different patterns on the Internet, but none of them compare to the mittens that I saw at the Feztival. Because is it so cold, I would really like to be able to make mittens that I could donate to those in need here in Maine.


If someone from the Feztival can help share the mitten pattern, or I could purchase a copy, that would be fantastic. Or if someone else has a great recycled wool sweater mitten pattern that is lined with fleece, I would be thrilled if they were willing to share! Thanks. — Gabrielle, [email protected]

ANSWER: Sun Spots cannot be sure if it’s the same person or not, but Beth Derenburger in Oxford, 539-4353, was selling recycled sweater mittens at the Central Maine Medical Center holiday fair on Nov. 18.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am looking for old sweaters, especially wool. They can have rips or holes in them. I am going to recycle them into other items, I can pick up. — Ruthann leblanc, [email protected], 779-7278

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I have asked this question before and did not see a response, I hope that I did not miss it.

I have been trying for a clear answer on the Lemon Law in Maine. Or if there is any protection for a used car buyer that only had a 30-day warranty. Any information would be great! Thank you. I love your column; it is the first thing I read. — Tanya via email

ANSWER: You did indeed miss that answer. It was delivered on Nov. 25, which was over the long Thanksgiving holiday, which may explain why you missed it. You can read it at

DEAR SUN SPOTS: It is so nice how you can help readers find what they need. In response to making mittens out of woolen sweaters, I am another person who sews them.

If readers have any old woolen sweaters that they would like to sell, please call me. — Milly, [email protected], 897-2290

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Thanks for doing such a great job at finding solutions to problems and helping people find what they need. I am hoping that you can help me find some knitters and crocheters who can use some patterns from long ago.

I remember that someone was once looking for crocheted doily patterns and couldn’t find them. Well I have lots that were given to me by a dear lady who used to do a lot of knitting and crocheting. I have crochet Barbie Doll patterns, doilies, bedspread and clothes, also many knitting pattern for men, women, children, babies from the 1950s to ’80s.

I would love to give them to anyone who enjoys doing these projects. Thanks. — .S Mathews, [email protected]

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