Dear Sun Spots: I have always wanted to learn how to embroider and I would sincerely appreciate any help I could get in doing so. I live in the Leeds area. Please contact me at 240-5632. With deepest gratitude. – Sandra, Leeds.

Consider contacting Cote Brothers, Cote Bros. Sewing Machines, 730 Center St., Auburn Plaza, Auburn, 782-5922. You might also check them out online where they carry a wonderful monthly calendar of available classes. You can find them at

Dear Sun Spots: I would like to find someone who gives art lessons to older people in the Lewiston area (not sure if it makes a difference young or old) I will leave that up to you. Thank you. – Jean C. Fournier, Lewiston.

The following response appeared in the Aug. 19 column and will hopefully help you to get started:


• Mercedes Gastonguay, 784-0948, 237 Pleasant St., Lewiston, ME 04240. Gastonguay has an after-school program for ages 7 to 11, that takes place from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. as well as classes for teens and adults from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There are no weekend classes. The basic program lasts four weeks and includes basic drawing, shading, casting shadows, perspectives and more. The after-school program will introduce artists to pastels, pen and ink, and charcoal once the basic program has been completed. Contact Gastonguay for more details.

• Michael Ranucci, Auburn, 783-0242 offers painting classes for adults at his studio and holds drawing sessions for children from late September through May. You might contact him about potential sessions. You may reach him via his Web site at or via at [email protected]

• Artspace, Great Falls Performing Arts Center, Auburn, 777-5320.

• The Foothills Arts Center, 108 Orchard St., Farmington, ME 04938, or see their Web site where you can sign up for the mailing list to be on the list for announcements. In addition, you can e-mail them at [email protected]

• The Fiddlehead Center for the Arts, New Gloucester,, 688-2244.

• Painted Mermaid Gallery, 6 Briggs Ave., South Paris, 743-7312, Classes for adults and children. Check out their Web site.

Dear Sun Spots: Sun Spots has been very generous to the Classy Lady store in the past by printing our requests for needed items. We are now hoping for some additional help to improve our program mentoring women entering or re-entering the work force, or bettering their current job position.

If any readers who are upgrading their computers are looking for a tax deductible outlet for their old tower, please consider giving it to Classy Lady. The store computer is very old and slow. It freezes frequently and cannot run some of the programs that are necessary for us to offer.

Your donation would be so greatly appreciated. We do not have a budget to purchase items such as computers, yet rely on them to offer a competitive variety of mentoring topics.

We would also like to announce that we are now accepting credit cards for purchases. Up to now, we have accepted cash and checks only.

And, we are changing our location. More on our new location to come to you and column readers. In the meantime, the current store at 165 Lisbon St. in Lewiston will remain open until Sept. 30. On that day, we will have a big Blow Out Sale in preparation for the move. Our staff would be glad to show you our extensive collection of gently-used professional wear and accessories.

Store hours are Wednesday 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursday 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

We would like to thank the community for all the support shown us. We would not be successful without the hours of volunteer help and the donations of goods and services so generously given. Thank you all so much for your support. – Lynn Berube, board secretary, Classy Lady, No Town.

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