DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am looking for a new chimney sweep because the man I have used for many years is retiring. I’d like recommendation from other readers. — Christine, no town

ANSWER: You can also go to the Maine chapter of the Chimney Safety Institute of America (https://web.csia.org/CSIA-Certified/Maine) and type in your ZIP code. There, you will see a list for chimney sweeps in your area along with their contact information. There is also an email form on the site so you can contact them.

Meanwhile, readers, please make recommendations.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Before I close my camp for the winter, I’d like to get some screens repaired. They go to the slider deck doors and were ripped by my grandson’s dog so he said he would pay to have them replaced if needed.

This is our first summer in Maine so I’m not familiar who would be good for this job.

I really have enjoyed Sun Spots! — George, Greene

ANSWER: In the Rolodex, I have Drillen Hardware at 1086 Sabattus St. (783-4600); Galaxy Glass at 799 Main St. (786-0709 and 1-800-339-4721); and Portland Glass at 865 Lisbon St. (250-5965).

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am looking for an independent drum teacher in the Lewiston-Auburn area. My son started with someone who is no longer teaching, and I cannot afford the professional fee of a teacher affiliated with a studio. Perhaps you have someone in your Rolodex. — Shannon, no town

ANSWER: I suggest you contact Josh Caron through Main Street Music Lessons in Auburn (mainstreetmusiclessons.com, 376-3376). He teaches drum lessons and may know of others in his musical network.

Another idea would be to put the word out at the area high school where upperclassmen may welcome the opportunity to mentor your son. You also may want to try doing the same by contacting the music department at Bates College (bates.edu/music/) or the University of Southern Maine (https://usm.maine.edu/music).

Readers, if you know a drum instructor ready to take on a student or you have this expertise yourself, please write in.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: For Kate in Lewiston (Sept. 13 Sun Spots), Auburn’s Age Friendly Programming has Tech Talk Fridays, a free monthly program regarding technology. See page 12 of the Fall Program Book: shorturl.at/kuPSY.

There’s lots of good stuff in there! I’m a relatively new Mainer and enjoy Sun Spots very much. — Kathy, Auburn

ANSWER: I checked out the website you offered, Kathy, and am impressed with Auburn Recreation Department’s beautifully designed brochure that describes programming for all ages. Kudos to whoever did all the hard work in putting this together.

There are several options including for 50-plus individuals who are life-long learners, or just want to have fun and meet people. There are opportunities for autumn walks, crafting, chair yoga, shopping, apple-picking, lunch out, a winery visit, and even hiking with goats and grandkids!

Tech Talk Fridays is offered once per month (Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, and Dec. 10) at the Auburn Senior Community Center from 10 to 11 a.m. You can bring your device and your questions.

I hope all Sun Spots readers will check out all the fabulous choices and register online or call 333-6611 if you need more information.

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