Dear Sun Spots: I read Sun Spots every day, and I enjoy it very much.

I hope you can help me. I would like to do some scrapbooking but cannot find a class or anyone who teaches this. I would like to find something in the Oxford or Androscoggin counties. Thank you in advance for your help. – A., Bryant Pond.

Answer:
In addition to responses from readers, the Sabattus Elementary PTA will host its second annual Croppin’ for Kids’ Sake scrapbooking fund-raiser from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Lewiston Armory. The day includes lunch, games, door prizes, demos, raffles, a bake sale and on-site vendors. Supplies will also be available. The first 250 participants to register will also receive a gift bag with scrapbooking product samples and coupons. Lunch of sandwiches or pizza will be included. The cost is $25 if registered by Nov. 8 or $30 after that. Preregistration is recommended. Registration forms can be picked up at Craft-Mania in Auburn, the Memorybook Workshop in Gray or by contacting Cindy Soucy at 375-8420 or [email protected]

You may also want to contact Creative Memories consultant Tonia Keating who teaches scrapbooking the Lewiston area. She can be reached at (207) 353-6350 or e-mail [email protected] And it may be worth checking with your local adult education office to see what they are offering in fall and spring classes.

Dear Sun Spots: Does anyone remember Space Food Sticks or Astronaut Sticks? I enjoyed them as a kid and would like to know what company made them. – Hungry in Rumford.

Answer:
In addition to responses from readers, you may want to try contacting the following www.oldtimecandy.com, which carries the Space Food Sticks. Space Food Sticks are known as the classic energy food developed for the U.S. Space Program. Each 1.8 ounce 3-pack is $2.99. You can purchase them online at the above Web site. Unfortunately, Sun Spots was not able to locate anything about Astronaut Sticks, and perhaps other readers may be able to assist you here.

According to the Web site, the Pillsbury Co., which had been lending its support to NASA, saw an opportunity to catch a little “moon fever” for its company. Their efforts led to the creation of Space Food Sticks. Led by Dr. Howard Bauman, the food scientists at Pillsbury whipped up an energy stick that was actually edible. Created as a contingency food, the long chewy stick could slide into an airtight port located in an astronaut’s helmet to provide essential nutrition in case of an emergency.

This uniquely-textured energy snack secured a coveted spot on the historic Apollo moon flights. Before Neil Armstrong’s “leap” in 1969, Pillsbury released a spinoff of its cosmic creation, imaginatively dubbing the product Space Food Sticks.

Described as a “non-frozen balanced energy snack in rod form containing nutritionally balanced amounts of carbohydrate, fat and protein,” the Tootsie Roll-like candy came in several flavors including caramel, chocolate, malt, mint, orange and the ever-popular peanut butter. Aficionados will recall that the Space Food Sticks were wrapped in special foil to give them an added space-age appearance.

In 2002, Terra Firma Products brought Space Food Sticks back to the USA after a 20-year absence. Satisfying the cravings of longtime fans as well as creating an entirely new generation of “stick aficionados,” the chewy sticks are alive and well in the 21st century.

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