Dear Sun Spots: The Bear Pond Improvement Association will hold its 1st annual yard sale on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; rain date is Sunday Aug. 24. The yard sale will be held on Bear Pond Rd. (Rt. 219) in Turner, next to the Turner Town Beach on the property of Kurt Youland. Youland has generously donated the use of his property to the association. All funds raised will go toward the improvement of the pond, water testing equipment, care of the Dam, membership in the Congress of Lakes Association and also toward a donation to the Turner Rescue. Hot dogs, chips and soda will be available for purchase at the sale. – Mary Wallace, Turner.

Dear Sun Spots: A month or so ago there was someone requesting craft or quilt magazines in the newspaper. I was wondering if you still have that address or contact info as I have some magazines I would like to get rid of. Thank you so much. – Angela, Auburn.

Answer:
We believe the reader you are referring to had recently picked up some cross stitch magazines and was wondering if they were still published by Better Homes and Gardens (Sun Spots, July 17). Unfortunately, the reader did not provide the column with contact information. Perhaps another reader will be interested in the magazines.

Dear Sun Spots: I’m looking for a hot tub cover free if anyone has one that they want to get rid of. My number is 207-212-2115. Thank you. – No Name, Poland.

Dear Sun Spots: Literacy Volunteers-Androscoggin is looking for a volunteer to continue a recently begun computer class for English Language Learners at the Auburn Public Library computer lab. Currently, the class is being held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays, although other times for the class may be possible, depending on lab availability and student schedules. The class activity is showing students how to use Web sites for learning so they can eventually access them independently. Through this program, students can learn computer skills, language skills, academic content and cultural background knowledge at the same time while becoming independent learners. Interested people should call program coordinator Mary Schneckenburger at 333-6601, ext. 1323. – Mary, Auburn.

Dear Sun Spots: My mom was collecting aluminum tabs from cans last year and then was stricken with breast cancer and can’t remember why she collected them. All my friends have started to collect them as well so we have quite the bit. Could you please tell us what organization needs them? Also, she now has a clean bill of health. Thanks. – Anne, No Town.

Answer:
Sun Spots is happy to hear your mother has a clean bill of health! Two local organizations would be happy to take your can tabs for recycling. The Kora Shriners at 11 Sabattus St., Lewiston, uses the money received from recycling the tabs to buy medical and nonmedical items for Shriners Hospitals for Children. Tabs may be dropped off at the office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. After Labor Day, they will also be available on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

You can also donate can tabs to the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). Their “Pop Tab Collection Program” has generated more than $4 million. After the tabs are collected, the local RMHC Chapter brings the collection to local recycling centers, where they are weighed to determine their value. The recycling center then sends the local RMHC Chapter or House a check for the total value. Please note that tabs for the RMHC can be dropped off at the Cote Crane & Rigging warehouse, 2980 Hotel Rd. in Auburn, right past the Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport. They are open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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