DEAR SUN SPOTS: Last fall I bought a microwave pouch for baked potatoes. I like it so much, I’d like to make some for my friends. I thought it might be made with special materials. Does anyone have a pattern for it? Thank you. — Georgiana Lagassey, Lewiston, 782-1951

ANSWER: Making these bags seems to be a popular craft. Sun Spots found many colorful and creative examples at etsy.com, the crafter website. The prices started at about $5 and go up from there depending on how fancy you want yours to be.

As for making one yourself, there are directions at www.ehow.com (http://tinyurl.com/4jsl9mh) and http://tinyurl.com/4k4gwzq, among other sites if you google. Hopefully readers will offer you their patterns as well. It looks pretty simple — even Sun Spots might be able to sew one.

One warning all the sites offer: Use cotton batting, not polyester, to avoid flames in your microwave.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I was going to write a couple months ago, but I kept putting it off because I thought these shows would be back on. I don’t have a computer, so I was wondering if you could find out if these shows will be back.

“Housewives of Orange County” on Bravo? I think that’s the best one.

My husband wants to know about “American Loggers” on Discovery about the Pelletiers from Northern Maine. Thanks. — K.O., Peru

ANSWER: According to www.nydailynews.com, the “Housewives” will be back on Bravo March 6.

As for “American Loggers,” it appears that filming for the third season began last summer, but according to the Discovery Channel website (which Sun Spots finds most annoying to navigate) no new shows are scheduled for the next two weeks. She couldn’t find a premiere date, however.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I’m a graduate student from the University of New England and am working on a photo-voice project with a group of six fifth-grade girls who are children of refugees. These girls come to the Trinity Jubilee Center every day to attend the after-school homework help program that is staffed by volunteer students from Bates College.

We are in need of four digital cameras for the girls to use so that they can take pictures of what living in Lewiston feels like to them. The girls will write captions for each picture and they will be exhibited by the project’s sponsor, L/A Arts, in April and/or May.

Maybe you’ve recently upgraded your camera and would be willing to donate your old camera? The cameras will become the property of the Trinity Jubilee Center for future project use. Thank you! — Donna Flynn, [email protected]

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Meadowview Seniors is planning day trips (these trips are for all adults) Saturday April 2, Lac Megantic, Canada, for the Sugar Party (cabane a sucre). The price is $48 and includes, bus, meal and visits to shops. You will need a passport or a passport card.

On Wednesday, May 25, we’ll be going to Haverhill, Mass., to see the Shaw Brothers. The price of $78 includes bus, meal and show.

An extended trip through Lewiston Seniors Citizens, Cruise the Southern Caribbean, is set for May 1-8; price includes bus, plane, ship and all meals and shows on the ship. We’ll visit six different islands, but we need to make reservations now to keep the price low.

For all information, please contact me: 23 Spofford St. Apt. 454, Lewiston, ME 04240; 786-2305, [email protected] — Bert Dutil, escort

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