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ORONO On Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 3 p.m., cellist Inbal Segev, known for her 'warm, pure and beautiful tone' (Strings Magazine) will perform as guest soloist in Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra in concert at Collins Center for the Arts (2 Flagstaff Road), led by Music Director Lucas Richman. The program will also include Stravinsky's Dumbarton Oaks and Brahms' Symphony No. 2. Segev will conduct a master class on Friday, March 4, at 4 p.m. at Minsky Recital Hall at the University of Maine School of Performing Arts. It will be free and open to the public.

Segev has worked closely with Richman in the past, most recently performing with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on the world premiere recording of his 'Three Pieces for Cello and Orchestra,' which appeared on his album 'IN TRUTH: Lucas Richman,' released on Albany Records in September 2015. Segev gave the world premiere of Three Pieces for Cello and Orchestra in May 2013 with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Richman.

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BANGOR On Saturday, Feb. 20, Eastern Maine Pagan Pride Association is hosting a Bacchanalian Ball from 6-10 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor, 120 Park Street, Bangor, ME.

Bacchanalia is an ancient festival celebrating the Greek God, Bacchus the God of wine, revelry and merriment. The Bacchanalian Ball will feature music for dancing, a chocolate buffet and a live auction of wonderful crafts and services, hosted by Bacchus himself.

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BANGOR Bangor Savings Bank Foundation began its annual grant-making initiative, Community Matters More, on Feb. 1. Through this charitable program, one of Maine's largest independent banks offers all Maine residents the opportunity to weigh in on how best to allocate $100,000 the bank has pledged to give to 68 Maine nonprofit organizations across the state.

The voting period takes place during the month of February, and ending Monday, Feb. 29, with winners announced in April.

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AUGUSTACommissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette announced on Jan. 25, 2016, that Northport First Responders has earned the Safety and Health Award for Public Employers (SHAPE). Northport is the first single-entity first responder to receive the award in Maine.

SHAPE recognizes public-sector organizations that voluntary undertake a rigorous safety achievement program for their workers; Monday's award brings the total number of SHAPE certified worksites in Maine to 65.

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MONHEGANApplications are being accepted for the Monhegan Artists' Residency for Maine artists. In addition to two five-week residencies on Monhegan Island for Maine-based visual artists, the program offers a two-week residency for a Maine art teacher.

'Thanks to the generous support of individual donors, the Horizon Foundation, the Maine Community Foundation, and other charitable organizations, we are again able to support three residencies this year,' said Susan Danly, chair of the Monhegan Artists' Residency Corporation (MARC) board of directors.

The application deadline for all three residencies is March 15, 2016. This year applications for the residency program are being accepted online only. For guidelines, a history of the program, and a list of past residents, visit monheganartistsresidency.org. Applicants will be notified by April 15 of the jury's decision.

The residency program provides living quarters, studio space and a $150 per week stipend. The two five-week residencies run from May 28 to July 1 and Sept. 3 to Oct. 7. Maine residents and those with strong connections to Maine are eligible to apply. The two-week Maine art teacher residency runs July 2-15 to accommodate the school-year schedule.

The residency program is aimed at visual artists working in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, or the digital arts. An important goal of the program is to enhance the careers of serious artists who have yet to gain wide recognition. Quality of work is the primary criterion for selection. The jury of art professionals this year includes MARC board member and artist Sissy Buck, Polly Saltonstall, editor of Maine Boats, Homes, & Harbors and noted collector of contemporary Maine art, and the artist Duncan Hewitt, whose retrospective exhibition is currently on view at the Portland Museum of Art.

Previous Monhegan artist residents include Sarah Knock, Marguerite Robichaux, David Vickery, Lynn Travis, Joe Kievitt, Jim Dugan, Karen Adrienne, Kenny Cole, Jan ter Weele, and Justin Richel. Founded in 1989, the Monhegan Artists' Residency program is a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by donors, art galleries, corporate sponsors and foundation grants.

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The Museum will reopen on May 1, 2016

BAR HARBOR The Abbe Museum, the first and only Smithsonian Affiliate in the state of Maine, will be closed until April 30, 2016, while a new core exhibit is designed and installed in the Museum's main gallery. The exhibit, People of the First Light, is the first large-scale permanent exhibit of its kind for the Abbe.

'The exhibit will occupy approximately 2,100 square feet in our downtown Bar Harbor location,' said Abbe President and CEO, Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko. 'During the course of the past year and a half in planning for our new strategic plan, numerous community conversations occurred and some of those resulted in identifying specific financial sustainability strategies that influence our exhibit planning efforts. The conversations all pointed to the need for a permanent exhibit.'

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ORONO The University of Maine Department of Art is accepting applications for the after-school ArtWorks! Program.

As it has for more than 30 years, UMaine's Art Education Program will offer the program for students in grades K8. ArtWorks! provides children an opportunity to explore the world of art through hands-on experiences with a variety of visual media, the history of art and the viewing of artworks.

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FARMINGTON The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to present non-fiction, environmental author Kathryn Miles as the next reader in its celebrated Visiting Writers Series. Miles will read from her work at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 11, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a signing by the author.

According to author Janine DeBaise, Miles's non-fiction work is known for combining the scientific facts of a story with a good narrative that entertains while educating. Miles's 'Superstorm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy' (Dutton 2014), is the first complete, moment-by-moment account of the largest Atlantic storm system ever recorded. In this riveting account, she takes the reader inside the enormous storm and the people whose lives were forever changed.

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BANGOR Being stuck inside while it is bitterly cold or snowy can be rough for people of all ages. But as long as you have a smartphone or tablet, blizzards, cold conditions or ice storms don't have to derail the entire day. U.S. Cellular is hosting a free Device Workshop in the Bangor area to show you the many ways your wireless device can keep the entire family entertained even when the weather outside keeps you indoors. The workshop is open to everyone, and you don't need to be a U.S. Cellular customer to attend.

'Whether you want to learn something new or be entertained, the right apps and our high-quality network that works when and where you need it will help you stay connected on a cold and snowy day,' said Matt Kasper, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in New England.

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Tuesday, 02 February 2016 16:18

ArtLab for All Ages: Stamp N' Stomp

ROCKLAND The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites you to create and experiment with original stamps on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at CMCA's temporary South End location, 218 Main Street, Rockland. Bring your family or come on your own from 2 to 4 p.m. for ArtLab's 'Stamp n' Stomp.' You'll design an assortment of stamps with a plentitude of uses to tote home with you for the winter months ahead. Try your hand at both low-relief stamps and large-scale mono prints. Children, adults and families are welcome. ArtLab is free of charge and open to all.

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