Bargain bag sale

North Windham Union Church Thrift Shop will hold a $5 bag sale on all clothes and linens from Aug. 13-17. Located in the basement of the church, on Route 302 near Boody’s Corner, hours are 1-3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday.

Arts fest

SummerWind Arts Fest will be held Saturday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the grounds of Joyful Noise, Seasons and Buck’s Naked BBQ. Free admission and parking. An all-day event featuring music, food vendors and other activities including booths of local artists and craftspeople. For more information, visit www.summerwindartsfest.org.

Back to school

It seems like schools start earlier each year! And school supplies, for some, are priced out of reach in today’s economy. Local businesses and the Windham Food Pantry are working to make sure all students have what they need. Gorham Savings Bank and Zwirner State Farm Insurance are partnering in a school supply drive until Aug. 19. These businesses are helping the food pantry in their annual collection of school supplies, backpacks and other needs. Monetary donations are also welcome. A drop-off site will be provided at Gorham Savings Bank in Windham and Zwirner State Farm, 13 Storm Drive. And items can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Food Pantry beside the Windham Public Safety Biulding on Route 202. For more information, call 892-1931.

School clothing

Windham Clothes Closet (same location as the food pantry) has lots of gently used jeans and tees for boys and girls of school age. The Food Pantry is accepting gently used fall and winter clothing for all ages of children and adults. No room available for summer clothing. Donations are accepted daily Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. only at the front entrance. Clothing from the Clothes Closet is free. The Clothes Closet is open Mondays from 5:30-7 p.m. for Windham residents and arrangements can be made by calling 892-1931 if your work schedule is prohibitive. The Clothes Closet is across from Friends Church and adjacent to the Public Safety building on Route 202 near Windham Center.

Food Pantry ?holiday hours

The Food Pantry will be closed the fifth week of August (Aug. 29) but the office will be open for emergencies. The pantry will be closed on Monday, Sept. 5, the Labor Day holiday and will open Tuesday for clients with the first Monday of the month hours applicable. Seniors 10:30-noon and families 5:30-7 p.m. Please plan accordingly.

Lobster dinner

On Saturday, Aug. 13, the Kiwanis Club of Windham will hold a “lobstah dinnah” at the Little Meeting House, Roosevelt Trail, in North Windham. The dinner will be from 4-5:30 p.m. and features lobster, corn-on-the-cob, coleslaw, chips, beverage and more. Tickets are $15 each and available from any Kiwanian, at the door or call 892-3684 for more information.

Kiwanians hear historians

At its Aug. 18 meeting, Windham Kiwanis will hear a presentation from Windham Historical Society on the future plans for the Society’s expansion, called Village Green. Linda Hanscom, President of the Society will be assisted by David Tanguay, program committee chair.

Pig roast

Windham Hill United Church of Christ is holding a pig roast on Saturday, Aug. 21, beginning at 5 p.m. The cost is $12 per person and for those who don’t eat pork, there will be turkey also, along with salads, side dishes, rolls, beverages and dessert. Volleyball and croquet on the back lawn to help work up an appetite! Mark your calendars now.

Answers about Medicare

Medicare is always changing! Whether you are getting ready to retire or already receive Medicare, you can always learn more. Call Southern Maine Agency on Aging at 396-6500 and make an appointment at one of their seminars which are held at several sites. In the Lakes Region, SMAA will host Welcome to Medicare in Windham at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Aug. 16, Sept. 6 and Sept. 20. Bring your Medicare card, Social Security number, list of drugs and quantities you take, your income and asset information (you may qualify for reduced costs) and current health insurance information.

Personal care products needed

Many new clients are now being served by Windham Food Pantry and some of the unmet needs of the facility are personal care products including hair products, soap and body wash, deodorants, razors and shaving supplies, toothpaste and brushes, toilet tissue, diapers of all sizes and baby wipes. If readers wish to donate, the Pantry is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 377 Gray Road (across from Friends Church).

Veterans benefits

On Wednesday, Aug. 24, from 9 a.m. noon, Veterans Service Officer Phyllis D’Orsay, will be available to assist veterans, widows of veterans and dependents with questions about benefits and other information, at Windham Veterans Center. She is on hand on the second and fourth Wednesdays each month. If you have questions of a military nature, stop in and get some answers. The Veterans Center is off Route 302, on Memorial Drive, between Evergreen Credit Union and Friendly’s. Follow Memorial Drive all the way to the Veterans Center – to the right of Home Depot – a dirt, town road. No appointment necessary.

Bingo

Bingo games are held on Mondays, 6:30 p.m. at the Windham Veterans Center, hosted by American Legion Post 128 of Standish. Bingo games pay out up to the state maximum of $1,400, depending on attendance. A winner-take-all game, as well as pull-tabs and a 50/50 drawing will be offered. Food and beverages provided by the Legion Auxiliary will be sold. Proceeds from the games will go towards the building fund for a future home for Post 128, which currently meets at the Kiwanis Building, Route 25 in Standish.


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