Financial seminar

LEWISTON – St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center will hold a free seminar on finances featuring Norm Letourneau of Primerica Financial Services at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6.

Letourneau will explain “How Money Works” and will show participants simple steps to financial success, using the key principles: take control, pay yourself first, use time and consistency, eliminate debt, buy the right kind of insurances, defer taxes and become an owner and not a loaner.

The seminar is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Corrine Croteau Lepage Women’s Health Pavilion Fleet Room. Call Club W! at 777-4000 to reserve a seat.

Advent service

AUBURN – Court Street Baptist Church is inviting the public to the second Tuesday noon Advent service on Dec. 6.

The service will feature scripture, special music and a sermonette. A home-style meal will be served in the vestry after the 30-minute service.

Guest pastor will be the Rev. Allison VanderLinden, who pastored the West Bowdoin Baptist Church for several years. Charles Marshall will be guest organist and Dr. Edward Dwyer, service leader.

A small donation is asked to cover the food cost. For more information, call 784-6661.

Healing talk

AUBURN – As part of the holiday season, a talk on “Christian Healing through God’s Love” by Michael Pabst, a Christian Science practitioner, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Book Burrow, 593 Center St.

Pabst grew up in Germany and is a lifelong Christian Scientist. While he was still a university student he began to heal other people through prayer.

He graduated with a degree in civil engineering, which he practiced for a while, but his love for the tangible effects of prayer soon drew him into devoting his full-time to helping others as a Christian Science practitioner.

The talk is free and is sponsored by First Church of Christ, Scientist, Auburn/Lewiston.

Family night

LISBON – The Lisbon Community School PTO will hold a Family Craft Night in the cafetorium from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 7 and 8.

The free event is open to students, staff and family members.

Screening set

LEWISTON – A Take Charge! screening program, sponsored by St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, will take place from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7.

The screening includes a complete lipid profile, glucose measurement, pulmonary function measurement, blood pressure, sleep habits, body mass index, smoking impact and physical activity level.

The screening cost $25. To schedule an appointment, call 777-8898.

Round table

BRUNSWICK – The Chamberlain Civil War Round Table will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Brunswick Junior High School.

Peter Dalton of Rockland and a group of fellow-members of the Richardson’s Civil War Round Table, Rockland, will present a program on “Soldiers in Green – The Civil War Diaries of James Mathews.”

Mathews was a member of the 2nd U.S. Sharpshooters who participated in the fight on Little Round Top at Gettysburg. Dalton has written or edited five books on Maine in the Civil War, including “With Our Faces to the Foe – a History of the 4th Maine Infantry.”

The meeting is open to the public. In case of inclement weather, call 1-800-447-4559 or check the local TV stations.

Teddy Bear Dance

PARIS – The Swingin’ Bears Square Dance Club will host its annual Teddy Bear Dance from 7 to 10.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, to support Right Start Christmas for Kids.

Each couple attending is asked to bring a stuffed toy. It will be a fun dance for new class members, with mainstream and plus level dancing, intermingled with round dancing.

Visitors are welcome free to the dance at Oxford Hills Middle School, Pine Street. John Thompson of Waterford, club caller, will do the calling and cueing. Refreshments will be served at intermission.

Hummel club

AUBURN – Nor’easter Maine Chapter, M.I. Hummel Club, will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at the home of Arlene Hawkins, 4 Barkley Ave. Visitors and those interested in Hummels are welcome as are new members. For more information, call President Arlene Hawkins at 782-5503 or Secretary Diane Gatchell at 782-0786.

Free calls

LEWISTON – U.S. Cellular will provide free local and long-distance calls to homeless individuals this holiday season. U.S. Cellular associates will be at the Hope Haven Shelter, 209 Lincoln St., offering free phone calls for residents from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12. The associates will help reconnect Lewiston’s homeless with their friends and families across the nation this holiday season.

Birthday party

LEWISTON – Del Gendron of Lewiston has been telling people he wants a big party when he turns 80 on Nov. 4, 2006.

He felt being 80, healthy and still working is a major accomplishment. It was Gendron’s intention to include his brothers and sisters, his wife’s brothers and sisters, nephews, nieces and friends at a birthday party.

However, his family had other ideas.

Gendron’s wife, Priscilla, and Diane Gendron, a daughter-in-law, decided to surprise him by having a party this year at the Ramada Inn on Oct. 22. A buffet and attended by 245 relatives and guests, while dance music was provided by Vintage.

Gendron thought he was going to a surprise birthday party for someone else.

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