Dear Sun Spots: Has you son or daughter finished college and left all of their teen/young adult novels behind and no longer needs them? Or have you finished spring cleaning and found some teen/young adult novels just lying around and no longer needed? Please consider donating them to the Auburn Public Library to use for our Teen Summer Reading 2006 program. Gently used please. Please contact Sally at Auburn Public Library for more information. I can be reached at 49 Spring St., Auburn, ME 04210, 333-6640. – Sally Holt, Auburn.

Dear Sun Spots: I am wondering if anyone knows if there is a running club in the Lewiston/Auburn area? – No Name, No Town.

Answer: In addition to responses from readers, Sun Spots contacted the Auburn Recreation Department, which said it will be holding a track class for 7- to 14-year-olds starting June 19 and running until Aug. 10. The cost is $30 for Auburn residents and $40 for nonresidents. They meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Registration ends June 14. For more information please contact the Auburn Rec Department at 784-0191.

You may also try contacting Bob Brainard at Central Maine Conditioning Clinic, 1400 Hotel Road, Auburn, to see if there is a running club currently meeting. Sun Spots did not receive a response to her inquiry at press time but would encourage you to contact him at 783-0018 to see if he can assist you.

In the meantime, you might also like to try contacting the Maine Track Club. Founded in 1979, the club has more than 500 members, organizes many road races each year and hosts monthly membership meetings featuring notable speakers from the world of running and fitness. There is a wide range of members, including beginning runners and experienced racers, men and women, children and seniors, with a common bond in the joy of movement and being outdoors. The club sponsors races ranging in distance from 3.1 to 50 miles in length. For more on the club, check them out online at or via e-mail at [email protected] You might also be interested in the upcoming June races:

• June 3 – Durham Dash 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run, Durham Get & Go (corner of Route 136 and Davis Road), 9:30 a.m. (1-mile fun run at 9). Contact: Erla Coburn, 353-8698, or Leigh Fisher, 753-0361. MDT Family Fun Run/Walk (3.3 miles), Otter Ponds YMCA Camp, Sebago Lake Village, 9 a.m. Contact: Linda Brooks, 642-2875. Bone Density Dash, Back Cove path, Portland, 8:30 a.m. Contact: Kelly Wood, 828-1133. Bath Area Family Longreach YMCA 5K, Bath Area Family YMCA, 9 a.m. Contact: Bath YMCA, 443-4112.

• June 4 – Bostwick & Company Real Estate Pond Cove 5K Challenge, Pond Cove Elementary School, Cape Elizabeth, 8 a.m. Contact: Julie Merriam, 799-7765. Camden 10K, Peter Ott’s Restaurant, 9 a.m. Contact: Sarah Andrus, 236-8779.

• June 7 – Back Cove 5K Series, Back Cove parking lot, Portland, 6 p.m. Contact: Stu Palmer, 725-5178.

• June 10 – Close to the Coast 5K and 10K, Winslow Park, Freeport, 9 a.m. Contact: Nelson Larkins, 791-3222. MDI YMCA Spring 10K, Bar Harbor, 10 a.m. Contact: Lisa Tweedie, 288-3511.

• June 18 – Key Bank New England Mile, Congress Street, Portland, 8:30 a.m. Contact: Peter Bottomley, 807-1133. West Kennebunk Fire Company Triathlon (1.5K ocean swim, 40K bike, 10K run), Mother’s Beach, Kennebunk, 7 a.m. Contact: Jeff Cole, 985-3361. Family Fit Fest 5K, Festival Plaza, Auburn, 9:30 a.m. Contact: Mike Lecompte, 777-3724. Great Lobster 10K, Harbor House, Southwest Harbor, 9:30 a.m. Contact: Gary Allen, 664-8656. Light to Light Run/Walk (7.5 miles), Owls Head to Rockland. Contact: 594-8855.

• June 24 – Pottle Hill Road Race, Town Square, Mechanic Falls, 5K at 9 a.m., 10K at 9:15 a.m. Contact: Suzanne Dunham, 753-1457. Captain Christopher Scott Cash 5K, Old Orchard Beach High School, 8:30 a.m. Contact: Nancy Kelley, 934-2360. Sea To Summit Sprint Triathlon (2-mile kayak, 20-mile bike, 3-mile trail run), Eliot Boat Basin to Mount Agamenticus, 8 a.m. Contact: Jeff Donatello, 439-0577. Strawberry Festival 5-Miler, South Berwick. Contact: Roberta Orsini, 384-3306.

For a more thorough listing check out the Web site, where you’ll find enough to keep you busy into the fall!

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