DEAR SUN SPOTS: Floyd A. Harlow VFW Post 9787 is set to host a Chinese auction on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 58 E. Main St. in South Paris. Doors are scheduled to open at 2 p.m. and the auction is to begin at 4 p.m. The event is to include many new or slightly used items. The proceeds are to benefit the post’s programs.—Richard, no town

ANSWER: I had to look up what constitutes a “Chinese auction,” and found this event usually combines a silent auction with a raffle. To put it simply, bidders buy tickets and use them to bid on items. The more you want something, the more tickets you buy and put into the jar corresponding to the item to increase your chance to be drawn as the lucky winner.

I have participated in something like this, but did not know that is what it is called.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I read in Sun Spots that former clients have been looking for my mom, Jin, who has recently started a new small business providing family hair cutting services called Origin Cuts at 54 Mill St. in Auburn. She takes appointments and walk-ins.

Jin works Tuesday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to  2 p.m. Contact the shop at 207-740-5045. No name, no town

ANSWER: This is regarding a question asked in the Oct. 17 Sun Spots by Ron of Turner, who was looking for Jin. I hope he and her other former customers see this.

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DEAR SUN SPOTS: Thanks for putting us in touch with Jackie. She knitted a beautiful Christmas stocking for our new grandson. Her prices are reasonable and she is quick. It only took her one week. Thanks again.—Larry, no town

ANSWER: That is wonderful. What service! Ron’s request was in the Oct. 26 Sun Spots and Jackie responded immediately. She is quite a find. She has knit several stockings and other items, such as hats, scarves, stockings with no seams to wear in your boots and fingerless gloves. She can be reached at 207-333-2763 or [email protected].

DEAR SUN SPOTS: For the person wanting to carry a cat to the veterinarian (Nov. 10 Sun Spots), you need two laundry baskets of equal size and several shoelaces or heavy string.

Place one basket right side up (add a towel or blanket to make it cozy), and place the second basket upside down on top and tie the two together with the shoelaces.

The baskets have handles, which should he helpful. Carrying a 21-pound cat is not easy.—No name, no town

ANSWER: I love this idea and think it would make the job easy to place one’s kitty in one basket, then place the other basket on top and tie it into place.

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