DEAR SUN SPOTS: November is the month we remember our veterans, and there are many homeless veterans in our community. Let’s make a change for one of them. Pennies for a Change aims to give a temporary home to a veteran.

Any organization or person interested in donating to this cause may bring their empties to MT Redemption Center on Lisbon Street. Tell them the bottles and cans are for Pennies for a Change. You may also contact Pat at 207-212-9372. — Marguerite, no town

ANSWER: Thank you for doing this, and please keep us posted on your progress.

For all businesses and nonprofits that have needs, are working on special projects, or holding fundraising events, Ms. Sun Spots wants to know — and share.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Oxford Hills Veterans Day Ceremony will be held Friday at 10 a.m.

This year’s event is focused on Services for Veterans and will feature an outreach to area veterans to let them know what services and supports are available to them. We’ll have representatives from Sen. Susan Collins’ office, Congressman Jared Golden’s Office, Veterans Benefits Administration, Maine Veterans Services, Maine Veterans Home, Honor Flight Maine, Quilts of Valor and more!


Come early and chat with folks at their booths, starting at 9 a.m. For more information, please email — Sarah, no town

ANSWER: Thank you to everyone participating in this event. It’s so needed and I’m sure it will be well received.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The United Methodist Church of Auburn will hold its annual Holiday Fair Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 439 Park Ave. in Auburn.

Enjoy the Country Kitchen and purchase beans, coleslaw, meatballs and chili. Homemade pies for your Thanksgiving table will also be available.

Shop for candy, crafts, jewelry, fresh Maine wreaths, $5 surprise gift bags, books, white elephant treasures and more. We look forward to seeing you. — Cherie, no town

ANSWER: It seems that craft fairs are everywhere! I hope Sun Spotters are getting to at least some of them.


DEAR SUN SPOTS: This past Saturday night at Gipper’s, something amazing happened. Upon completing our meal, the waitress told us that we were all set as a nice young lady had already paid for our meal. We were dumbfounded!

What a nice thing to do. Since we had no idea who did this kind act, we were not able to thank her so hopefully she reads this. We plan to pass this kindness forward.

On each of her birthdays, a friend always did a number of acts of kindness to coincide with how old she was turning, for example, age 50 equaled 50 acts of kindness. That always really impressed me. It’s a conscious effort that is intentional and deliberate.

A kind word, a smile, a compliment, a helping hand, noticing something someone did right and pointing it out to them, instead of what they did wrong — all these things matter. Let’s all be kinder to one another. — Colleen, Auburn

ANSWER: Thank you for sharing this story that will make every reader smile!

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