FREEPORT – The Maine Innkeepers Association, provider of information and support to the lodging and tourism industry of Maine, announces its second annual “Hospitality for Habitat” program, designed to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity projects in Maine.

“The offer is very simple,” states MEIA Executive Director Greg Dugal. “Between May 1 and 15, participating member properties are offering a designated number of their rooms at half the regular rate, in exchange for a $25 check payable to Habitat for Humanity.”

The association is working with six affiliate groups in Maine, and all proceeds will be used to fund their projects in the state.

Reservations must be made in advance, and the contribution to Habitat for Humanity must be in the form of a check. For a list of the participating properties, visit the Web at and click on the “Hospitality for Habitat” logo.

Meditation day

BRUNSWICK – Ordained Zen monk, peace activist and author Claude AnShin Thomas will lead “A Day of Mindfulness,” a full day of guided meditation and teachings, on Saturday, April 16, at the Brunswick Shambhala Meditation Center, 19 Mason St. The program will begin at 8:30 a.m., with registration at 8 a.m., and will end at 5 p.m. It will include a meditative silent lunch. Participants are asked to bring a vegetarian dish in sufficient quantity to share with others and a utensil. Cost is $50; $40 for center members.

For more information and to register for the Brunswick program, contact George Simonson at 729-7402. Preregistration recommended.

Pageant set

BANGOR – The search is on for two teenage girls to represent the state in the America’s National Teenager Pageant to be held in Nashville, Tenn., this summer.

The new state titleholders will be chosen at a pageant on May 21 and 22 at the Holiday Inn Civic Center. Contestants will compete in interview, casual wear and evening gown. Judges will also consider scholastic achievement and community service. In addition, the girls can choose to compete in optional talent and essay competitions.

State queens will be crowned in two categories: Junior, 12 to 15 years and Senior, 16 to 18 years.

For more information, call 285-7654, e-mail [email protected] or write to Miss Maine National Teenager Pageant, P.O. Box 2183, Bangor, ME 04402.

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