Dear Sun Spots: I am the president of a nonprofit support group for moms and kids called Moms of Maine. We are looking for a space to use for two to three hours during the day for events such as the children playing with toys. The events would be during the weekdays only and usually from 9-9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. We are non-profit and do not have money to rent a place, but we clean up after ourselves and are just looking for a safe place for our kids to play. I can be reached at 353-1611. – Wendy Cassidy, Durham.

Dear Sun Spots: I have 100 bottles complete with covers and very clean. The labels are all off. They are free to anyone who wants to contact me. I can be reached at 897-2359. – No Name, Livermore Falls.

Dear Sun Spots: This is with reference to Lucy Bisson’s question on mangosteen or mung-koot in Thai – considered to be the “queen of tropical fruits.” The fruit is round and dark purple with thick, waxy sepals surrounding a short length of stem on top. The bottom of the fruitbears a flat, raised, asterisklike ornament. The number of points on this little star indicates the number of sections in the fruit inside.

To eat the mangosteen, a sharp knife is used to open the rind and expose a snow-white sphere inside that separates easily into sections. Alternately, the top and bottom can be twisted in opposite directions; the thick but somewhat brittle rind splits easily. The juicy pulp is sweet with a slight sour edge and has a fragrance that some compare to strawberries. Although there are canned mangosteens on the market, they bear little resemblance to the fresh fruit. Ideally, mangosteens should be eaten as soon as they have been opened. You can buy mangosteens from some Asian grocery stores in Portland. They might be frozen. Please call for availability.

• Mitpheap Asian Market, 61 Washington Ave., Portland, 773 5523

• Makot Pech Market, 229 Saint John St., Portland, 761-9577

You might be able to find other exotic fruits like durian (king of tropical fruits), rambootan, etc., there as well. – Tasanee Vogel, No Town.

Answer: Sun Spots checked with both stores, but neither carries mangosteen. Perhaps there are readers out there who may have other tips for you to follow.

Dear Sun Spots: Thank you for all your help in the past.

Are Tim Sample cassettes still available to buy? Maybe one of your readers has some that they would be willing to part with for a reasonable price. If so, please call 784-4106 Thanks. – No Name, No Town.

Answer: In addition to responses from readers, you might check with your local new or used music store. Even if the store doesn’t carry them, it may be able to order them for you. Perhaps you might also consider a compact disc, which might open up the available choices.

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