AUGUSTA – The Children’s Discovery Museum’s sixth annual Kitchen Tour will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 7, and feature 10 kitchens in Augusta, Hallowell, Manchester and Readfield.

Designs run from country to contemporary. Each home will showcase area artisans and merchants. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. They may be purchased by contacting the museum, 622-2209. Tickets also are at Longfellow’s Greenhouse, Paper Kicks, Apple Valley Books, Angels Among Us and World Gym.

It is a self-guided tour, using a tour book and map. Luncheon at the Augusta Country Club will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; $1 of the $8.95 lunch cost will go to the museum. All proceeds from the tour benefit the museum.

Flag Day service

TOGUS – The Maine Elks Association will hold a Flag Day service on Saturday, June 14, at the VA Hospital. The service will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the flagpole on the hospital grounds. Elks members will serve a barbecue luncheon for veterans, staff, family and guests.

The public is invited. For more information on the Elks, people can call a local Elks lodge or visit

Women’s bike ride

SKOWHEGAN – The Bicycle Coalition of Maine will host its second annual Women’s Ride for Heart Health with 5-, 10- and 20-mile rides along the Kennebec River on Sunday, June 22. Blood pressure screening and lung-capacity testing will be available.

The all-women ride is $10 for coalition members and $15 for nonmembers. Proceeds benefiting the coalition’s mission of teaching bike safety to schoolchildren across Maine.

For more information, to preregister for the ride or for a copy of the 2003 BikeMaine events, people can visit or call (207) 623-4511.

Christian writers

CHINA – The Maine Fellowship of Christian Writers will sponsor its 10th annual Christian Writers’ Conference on Aug. 16 to 18 at China Lake Conference Center. Sally Stuart, editor of the “Christian Writer’s Market Guide,” will be the featured speaker for three workshops on “Writing to Honor God’s Name.”

For more information, people can call 725-4570 or Vicki Schad, conference coordinator, at (207) 923-3956, or can e-mail [email protected]

Area awards

PORTLAND – Maine Preservation honored the work at three area building projects when it presented its 2003 Statewide Historic Preservation Honor Awards on May 13. In all, 12 projects, individuals or organizations were honored.

Area projects receiving these awards were:

• Lewiston District Courthouse, which is the former Frye Block Music Hall.

• Barker Mill Arms, Auburn Housing Authority.

• The George McManus House, Brunswick, a private residential restoration.

For more information, people can call Executive Director Roxanne Elfin at 775-3652 or visit

In top three

WESTBROOK – The Maine Credit Union League said that its recent campaign collected phone cards and a check to purchase more than 403,000 minutes of calling time for troops and their families. The United Services Organization in Washington reported that this donation was among the top three received for the program. The Maine program was called “Operation Phone Home.”

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