DEAR SUN SPOTS: I like to take my groceries home in paper bags and so have quite a number of them to give to organizations who could use them. Please call 207-783-2324. List your name, phone number or email and I will get in touch with you. — Claire, Lewiston.

ANSWER: The crafting possibilities are endless. Paper bags can be used for all kinds of projects. A classroom, child care, Sunday school, after-school program, etc., could certainly make creative use of your collection. One might also consider using them as gift wrap, with the holidays right around the corner. Brown paper tied with a big red bow makes a very pretty package. If any organization could use these paper bags, please contact Claire.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: “A reunion is a coming together that strengthens the bond and is like a gift of belonging.” Another gathering of the girls who went to the Marcotte Home/St. Joseph’s Orphanage is being planned for Nov. 12. If we do not have your address already, please contact Sonia at 207-353-9455 so that you may receive your personal invitation which will include more details. It’s important to a lot of us to reconnect with one another after many years. — No name, no town.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Tables are available at the New Vineyard Public Library’s Craft and Bake Sale. It will be held at Smith Hall in New Vineyard on Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be many beautiful handcrafted items for your holiday shopping list, as well as wreaths or kissing balls, homemade pies and breads, and coffee or cider to enjoy with friends. Tickets for the raffle of a Lenny Ellis log dollhouse with furniture will be on sale. Lenny will be discussing how he constructs his log dollhouses, how long it takes, some of the challenges he has in making the furniture and where some of his log doll houses now reside. All proceeds benefit the New Vineyard Public Library. Please call 207-652-2250 for more information. — No name, New Vineyard.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I need someone who can take up slacks at a reasonable rate. Thank you for your help. — Maureen Miller, Lewiston.

ANSWER: Here are a few local people who may be able to help with your alterations:

* Alice Hilton, Gardiner area, 207-582-3759;

* Alterations by Judy, Lewiston, 207-783-6201;

* Dorea Fortier, Chez Dorea, Lewiston, 207-333-0755; and

* Nita Brissette, Nita’s Alterations, Turner, 207-212-3766.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: We have more openings for crafters at the Women’s Auxiliary Craft Fair at American Legion Post 86, 15 Lewiston Road, Gray, on Nov. 19. The fair will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. We are doing this to raise money for veterans and their families. If you are interested and would like to reserve a table please email [email protected] If you have questions and would like to speak to someone directly, call Nancy at 207-653-3886. Thank you. — Mary, no town.

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