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Week of December 9, 2018

Is winter getting to you already? Bored? Need something to do? Senior College Belfast has just the answer for your post-holiday doldrums! Enroll in an interesting, entertaining, and informative course during the four-week Winterim Session of Senior College in Belfast. This session is held every Thursday from January 17th through February 7th at the Hutchinson Center, Route 3 in Belfast. Classes run the gamut of topics from literature, art, history, photography, science, politics, knitting, French, to music and film. Each class is designed to stimulate and inform. Morning session classes are from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Afternoon classes begin at 1:00 p.m. and end at 3 p.m. Both morning and afternoon classes enjoy a mid-session break featuring coffee, tea, and sweets from Bell the Cat. If you are over 50 and intrigued with the topics offered don’t hesitate to check out the Winterim 2019 courses at www.belfastseniorcollege.org or call 207-338-8033 for information on joining a great group of nearly 400 seniors. Classes will be announced in December. Classes fill up quickly so make sure to sign up early.

Monday December 10

Wednesday December 12
  • Christmas Cookie Swap & Holiday Treats Contest, A Fundraiser for the Troy Union Church, Wednesday, Dec. 12th ~ 1-3 p.m. at B. B. Cook Clubhouse, 597 Bangor Road in Troy.
    Come get your sweet tooth satisfied and schmooze with your friends and neighbors during our 1st Annual Christmas Cookie Swap & Holiday Treats Contest. The event will be held Wednesday, December 12th from 1-3 p.m. at the BB Cook Clubhouse situated at 597 Bangor Road in Troy. If you’re a baker, bring your favorite Christmas cookies and/or candies to share with everyone and to enter into our Holiday Treats baking contest. If you’re not a baker, no worries! The event is open to the public, whether you wish to bring cookies to swap or not.
    There is a suggested donation of $5 for everyone, which will go to the Troy Union Church. The church is in the middle of a multi-year restoration project. Thanks to the success of the restoration efforts to date, services are once again being held at the church (9 a.m. Sunday mornings) for the first time in three years. For more information on the church visit their FB page https://www.facebook.com/Troy-Union-Church-245997372115762/ Your $5 donation nets you the opportunity to sample all of the goodies AND a plate of Christmas cookies/candy ~ of your selection ~ to take home to your family and/or hubby. (Better yet, have hubby come, too, and select his own plate!) All attendees will be asked to vote for their favorite holiday treat. Coffee and tea will be served and are included in the donation.
    Those who wish to enter our 1st Annual Holiday Treats contest will have their entries judged by all attendees. Votes will be tallied at 3 p.m. and the winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to 93 Main Coffee Shop in Unity. For more information contact: Jennifer Wixson (207) 441-9453 or Jan Cropley (207) 948-2524.

Friday December 14
    Santa's Snowbird Express is a premiere event in Waldo County and a collaboration between Farwell's in Thorndike and The Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad. Over 60 round trips between Unity and the Mill are planned, starting Nov 23rd. Visit Thorndike Mill & Meeting Place to book your tickets soon! All proceeds benefit both of these non-profit organizations.
Saturday December 15
  • Christmas Bird Count Seeks Feeder Watchers and Field Observers!
    The Sebasticook Regional Land Trust (SRLT) invites all interested birdwatchers to participate in the Unity Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Saturday December 15. If you like to feed the birds and will be around to watch your feeder on the day of the count, we would love to have you help! This event contributes to the North American database for the National Audubon Society’s CBC which is now in its 119th year. Birders of all skill levels are welcome at any level of participation. A CBC is a tally of individuals of all bird species found during one 24-hour period from midnight to midnight within a 7.5 mile radius. The Unity CBC circle is centered at the intersection of Quaker Hill Road and Route 202/9 in Unity and is divided into sectors, each of which is assigned to a team of observers. You may either watch birds at your home feeders (if you live within the circle) or go out in the field for any part of the day. SRLT will provide volunteers with instructions, bird lists, data sheets and the results of the tally. All who participate are also invited to the SRLT’s bird countdown event at 93 Main St. in Unity at 4:30 PM where we will enjoy pizza and tally the birds found during the day. SRLT will also sponsor another CBC in Hartland on December 22. This count is centered just south of St. Albans and extends from the south side of Great Moose Lake to the west side of Sebasticook Lake. The count will be run similarly to the Unity count, as explained above. If you have computer access and would like more information on the CBC, visit audubon.org/content/history-christmas-bird-count For more information or to sign up for either count, please email Tom Aversa at tom.aversa@gmail.com.

Wednesday December 19