ANSWER: The Coats for Kids campaign, which is a partnership between several local organizations in Maine including the Salvation Army, WCSH 6/WLBZ 2, Hannaford, Shaw’s Pepsi, Maine Oil Dealers Association and Pratt Abbott, collects new coats during the month of December at all Hannaford and Shaw’s locations in the area. Unfortunately, they stop collecting coats on Dec. 31. The Salvation Army location at 67 Park Street will still accept your donation of new coats, however. Also, there are kids in Norway in need of warm winter gear, and you can make donations at the Guy E. Rowe Elementary School, the Norway town office or the Norway Police Department.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Where can I bring my kids to go tubing/sledding within a comfortable driving distance to Lewiston/Auburn? 

ANSWER: Black Mountain in Rumford offers regular tubing hours on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for $15. Call them at (207) 364-8977 for more information. Lost Valley in Auburn sometimes offers tubing during special events. Contact them at (207) 784-1561. Seacoast Adventure in Windham offers tubing. You can reach them by calling (207) 892-5952. Also, right beside the town office in West Paris, there is a hill known locally as Derby Hill that people use in the winter for snow tubing.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: This is in response to the person interested in painting classes. Anita Poulin offers classes at Hobby Lobby in Auburn on Fridays. Her number is 782-5118.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: In reply to Feb. 1, 2016 Sun Spots reader who asked about a local person to service EdenPure heaters, I do repair EdenPure heaters and other similar heaters. I’m located at 11 Faith Street, Lisbon Falls. Call me at 207-353-2368. — Larry, Lisbon Falls.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: For the person looking for the soundtrack to “Cirque Du Freak,” I found three on ebay with price ranges from $3.05 to $15.99. Hope this helps. — Mary, Rumford.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I read the request for the soundtrack for the “Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant” and decided to do a bit of sleuthing. I found a link online to that says there are only five songs and they are all available on that website. There is also a link to Amazon to purchase the MP3 Album (27 songs) for $9.49. Hope this helps. Mary-Jane Peaco, Durham.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: In response to the woman looking for a tomato bisque recipe, here is a great, simple recipe for tomato bisque. You can make any amount you wish. This is delicious.

Two parts of your favorite brand of pizza sauce

One part half and half

Combine and heat slowly on stovetop until hot, stirring constantly.

Sincerely — David, Poland.

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