DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am sending you an email on behalf of my mother, who is in need of dolls.

Recently two of her sisters were placed into nursing home/assisted living centers. She visits weekly and recently when she visited she brought one of her sisters a “baby doll.”

All of the people in the home were excited as she brought this doll with her to meals, etc. Now my mom is on a mission to provide dolls to several of these elderly patients who would love a doll.

So we are looking for dolls in good shape and willing to pay a nominal fee. We would like them to be baby size 15 to 17 inches. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Please call my mother, Myrtle, at 207-666-3904. — Daughter Sue

ANSWER: What a lovely idea! Sun Spots remembers her mother’s astonishment at how much her grandmother loved the giant teddy bear another relative gave her for Christmas. Perhaps it’s true that toward the end of our lives we all return to childhood and the things we loved then.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Once again, the Woman’s Literary Union is calling on Sun Spots for help. We are looking for 4/8/12-ounce canning jars, the kind with screw lids, to use for our Harvest Fair. Sun Spots’ readers have proved to be helpful to requests such as this in the past, so I hope they can be again.

Anyone having jars they no longer want and would like to donate to WLU may call Doreen at 577-1784 or email [email protected]

The fair will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 25 at 19 Elm St., Auburn, and will include jewelry, baked goods, books, knit and stitch items, raffles and a café with coffee cake, cider, coffee and tea starting at 9 a.m. and a luncheon that will include hearty soups and homemade rolls and pies starting at 11 a.m.

This fundraiser helps the union in its mission to preserve the Foss Mansion as a museum for the communities of Androscoggin County and beyond, as well as furthering the cultural, educational and intellectual advancement of its members and the community. Thank you. — Cathy Westleigh, WLU member

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Farwell School PTA is hosting its 45th annual Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 19 at Farwell School.

We would like to invite local crafters to rent a table in the craft fair area of the festival. This is great exposure for your crafts and a perfect opportunity to sell for the upcoming holidays.

Tables are $35 each or two for $50. For more information or to reserve a table, please email me. — Heather Bucklin, [email protected]

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Excelsior Grange in Poland is looking for vendors for its craft fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 29. The fee is $20 per table. If you are interested, please contact me. — Kim Verrill, 207-998-2301, [email protected]

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Russell Park Rehab and Living Center will be having its annual Christmas craft fair on Nov. 7 and 8. If you would like to reserve a table for our craft fair or want more information, please call me at 207-786-0691. — Fern ST. Claire, activity director, [email protected]

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Oak Hill High School’s craft/anything fair is seeking people to rent tables.

The Class of 2015 Project Graduation is hosting the fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 6 at Oak Hill High School. Admission is free. There will be concessions, raffles and free gift wrapping.

Project Graduation is a worthy endeavor that provides a fun, safe, chemical-free celebration for the students graduating from Oak Hill High School in Wales. — Rachel Dube

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am writing about the letter on keeping bananas fresh. I make an banana-keeper bag that keeps bananas firm for two weeks in the fridge. I sell these insulated bags at craft fairs. I will be at Leavitt High School on Nov. 8, also at Clover Health on the 15th. I will mail one if anyone can’t make the fairs. — Faith Godin, Oxford, 539-1010, [email protected]

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