A community blood drive will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church at 857 Main Street this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All presenting donors will receive a free pass to the 2019 Fryeburg Fair (while supplies last). Please call 800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org and enter FryeburgME to schedule an appointment.

Streamline your donation experience and save up to 15 minutes by visiting redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of your appointment.

For those of you who are already thinking fall, I want to mention the upcoming Harvest Supper at the Lovell UCC on Route 5 in Center Lovell on Friday, Sept. 6, from 5-6:30 p.m. The menu includes corned beef, cabbage, beets, carrots, potatoes, turnip, bread, pie, coffee and lemonade. It’s a steal for only $10 for adults and $4 for children under 12.

The 28th Annual Fryeburg Recreation Golf Tournament takes place on Sept. 7 and 8 at Lake Kezar Country Club at 578 Main St. in Lovell. This event includes a shotgun start, beer tent, food, 50/50 and putting competition. For more information, contact Rick Buzzell at (207) 935-3933 or Brad Littlefield at (207) 461-4176.

Bradley Backstage presents the Mike Levine Quintet on Friday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 p.m. Jazz pianist Mike Levine will be joined by drummer Craig Bryan, bassist Al Hospers, saxophonist Mike Sakash and guitarist Jarrod Taylor for an evening of Latin jazz.

Born in Miami, Levine has developed a well-deserved reputation as a musician, producer, bandleader and composer. He’s played and recorded with Mel Torme, Michael Bolton, David Sanborn and John Secada, and he has three CDs under his own name. The latest, “Star Gazing,” features acclaimed David Letterman bassist, Will Lee and Andy Snitzer (Eric Clapton).

Bradley Backstage concerts seat the audience on stage with the performers, creating a much more intimate and unforgettable live concert experience. $15 for adults, $5 for students.

If you’re a fan of America’s Got Talent, you’ll want to buy your tickets early for a performance by Catapult Shadow Dance Company. As seen on “America’s Got Talent” and performing in the Mount Washington Valley for one night only, Catapult is bringing their amazing show to the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center at Fryeburg Academy on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. — their first stop on a worldwide tour.

Be transported into fantastical worlds made simply out of light and the human body. Catapult is a shadow illusion performance company that was catapulted into the limelight and into the homes of millions of people around the world by “America’s Got Talent” in 2013. Heidi Klum and Howard Stern were two of their very first fans, and now they’ve added many thousands around the globe.

Fryeburg Academy will be welcoming Catapult to campus for a weeklong residency, culminating with the public performance on Sept. 19. Founded in 2008 by dancer-choreographer Adam Battelstein, Catapult specializes in shadow dancing — “a deluxe version of shadow theater.”

The company is made up of freelance dancers from all around the world. Regardless of their different backgrounds, these dancers come together and turn the projected shadow silhouettes of their bodies into seemingly impossible images. Learn more at catapultentertainment.com. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 students

(Enter promo code “CATAPULT” when ordering four or more adult tickets online and receive a $5 discount per ticket.)

The Annual Golf and Tennis Tournament hosted by Harvest Hills Animal Shelter take place Saturday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Bridgton Highlands Golf and Tennis at 379 Highland Road in Bridgton.

For more information, go to harvesthills.org. The shelter is still accepting donations for raffle prizes and would appreciate your help.

With Fryeburg Fair right around the corner, our local non-profits can use your help. If you happen to have some free time during fair week, please contact any of the many churches and non-profits, and offer to give them a hand. It will definitely be appreciated!

Here’s to all volunteers, those dedicated people who believe in all work and no pay. — Robert Orben

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