DEAR SUN SPOTS: I have many used cards, Christmas and others and I would like to know if there is a local organization that could use them. Last year, I sent them to St. Jude Hospital, but would prefer keeping them local if there is a need. Thank you for your help. — Pat Quinn, no town.

ANSWER: If you’re looking for somewhere local to donate used greeting cards, day cares, elementary schools, and nursing homes will often take them. You can also upcycle them into crafts at home.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Canton Park & Trails’ Annual Plant Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 20 at the Heritage Park on Route 108 in Canton (across from Pinnacle Health & Rehab). Our group takes care of the park as well as Whitney Brook Trail (runs along Route 140 in Canton) and this sale helps support both the park and trail as well as educational programs. Along with a pile of perennial plants we will sell raffle tickets for a handmade quilt and a 50/50 drawing. We are looking for donations of plants and would be willing to dig plants for anyone within a 30 to 35 mile radius of Canton. Please call Tom or Jolene at 207-597-2168 for help thinning your flower beds.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Volunteers are needed on Sunday, May 28, at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Lewiston. The cemetery is at 217 Switzerland Road. Volunteers will meet at 10 a.m. to get their flags. If you are interested in helping out please contact Jerry DeWitt at Tri-County Mental Health Services 207-783- 9141, ext. 228.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Androscoggin-Sagadahoc Cooperative Extension Association (ASCEA) is looking for volunteers to serve on its board of directors. The organization supports is a partnership of the University of Maine and county, state and federal governments. It offers practical, locally-based solutions for farmers, small business owners, youth, parents, consumers and other community members.

The board’s role is to assist Extension staff and stakeholders by providing support with their outreach efforts, helping raise awareness of the offerings available, as well as budgeting and other support functions, as required. The board meets at 6 p.m. on the second Monday of each month in the county Extension offices at 24 Main St. in Lisbon Falls. Contact Extension Educator Tori Jackson at 207-353-5550 or if you are interested in joining us or would like more information.

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