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Happy New Year! Here’s what’s on deck for special events this month — please email or comment to have your event added!:

Ongoing:

Weekly Breastfeeding Support, Central Street Farmhouse

Mondays, 10:30-11:30 am, or Tuesdays, 6-7pm (a great time for working and nursing mamas to get some support!)

Science Detectives, Maine Discovery Museum

Tuesdays, 11-1130, ages 3-5

Thursday Nature Time for Children, Fields Pond

10-11am, ages 2-4 $32 members, $38 nonmembers. Registration required.

Sunday Open Gym, Bangor Parks & Rec

Free open gym! 12-2 for grades K-5, and 2:30-4:30 for grades 6-8. Parents must accompany the younger group.

Skating lessons, Bangor Parks & Rec

Sundays, 1:50-2:50, Sawyer Arena. Registration required. $70, residents, $75 NR.

Storytimes:

Bangor Public Library

Brewer Public Library

Orono Public Library

Wednesday, January 12

Lowe’s Build and Grow program, Bangor Parks & Rec 647 Main Street

6-8pm, for grades 2-5 Free, registration required.

Parenting Discussion, Central Street Farmhouse

6-7pm, topic: Simplicity parenting, finding our way out of a consumer culture.

Friday, January 14

Maine Discovery Museum Parents’ Night Out, 5:30-9pm

“Drop the kids off for pizza and supervised play. Members $24/child, Non-members $28/child. Ages 4+. Pre-registration required. Siblings half price.”

Babywearing 101, Central Street Farmhouse

6-7pm Touch and try on a variety of carriers for your baby!

Saturday, January 15

Yoga and a Nature Adventure for Families, Fields Pond

1-2pm, $10 per family, registration required.

Gentle Discipline Parenting Class, Central Street Farmhouse

11-1pm, $20

Monday, January 17

Maine Discovery Museum is open from 9:30-5:30!

Saturday, January 22

Creatures Underneath, Fields Pond

1-2:30 pm, fees vary, registration required.

Tuesday, January 25

Sesame Street Live: 1-2-3 Imagine!, Bangor Civic Center

7pm, ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, January 26

Sesame Street Live: 1-2-3 Imagine!, Bangor Civic Center

10:30 am, and 7pm, ticket prices vary.

Saturday, January 29

Discounted lift tickets & lessons at Sugarloaf, via Bangor Parks & Rec

Save $32 on an all day lift ticket, or get a full learn to ski (or snowboard) package for $65. Contact Parks & Rec for more info.

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Bangor has had stores that sell baby things, but hasn’t had a store that’s devoted half of it’s floorspace, and half of it’s focus, to baby things — until now. Central Street Farmhouse recently opened at 30-32 Central Street (in typical Bangor directions “the old Alcott Antiques/Sarah’s Books’, you know, down across from the Bagel Shop, I mean, Bagel Central?”) and while the first floor is dedicated to home brewing, the 2nd floor is All About Baby.

When I had my first baby, I used cloth diapers, and I used baby carriers, but my sources were the internet — I would peer at YouTube videos as I figured out how to use a wrap, and I would google and research the best way to wash my cloth diapers. (The internet is where I learned that the sun is a natural bleach — diaper stains disappeared after a day on the line, and I took that knowledge and have used it on all kinds of stained laundry since then!) I ordered my goods online, I learned how to use them online, and when I was done with them, I sold them online. How I would have LOVED to have had someone experienced to show me how to use all this stuff, or had a local source for nursing bras, in MY SIZE (one that is not generally carried in local brick and mortars) where I could try different options on instead of throwing darts at a size chart found online. It would have been awesome.

Which is why I was so excited to meet Betsy Lundy, who along with her husband Zeth, are the proprietors of Central Street Farmhouse. Her second floor carries several brands of cloth diapers and wipes (and these are NOT the cloth diapers your mom or grandma used, these are cute and as easy to use as disposables), baby carriers, from wraps to ring slings, and nursing supplies. If they don’t have the Bravado product in your size or style, they can order it (ask me how I know!) and for pumping moms, they carry the Simple Wishes pumping band, which is the best invention to have happened between my two stints as a nursing and working mom. And if you aren’t into the cloth diapering, babywearing, nursing thing, they have baby legwarmers and onesies that are adorable. Seriously. (I’m planning on writing a post soon about my favorite things for the first 6 months, and several things that are bound for that list anyway are sold at Central Street.)

In addition to the products, Central Street Farmhouse will be offering a free Music and Storytime every other Tuesday, from 10:30-11, starting December 14, and will be hosting free workshops — Cloth Diapering 101 was earlier this week, or this coming Saturday, there will be a Babywearing workshop at 3. (I’ll be at that one, with the newest Bangor Baby!) And if you can’t make a workshop, the staff are all familiar with the products they sell, and they can help you choose just the right product to meet your need. They even have a certified lactation counselor on staff! And if you’re a nursing mom who is still gaining the confidence to nurse anywere and everywhere, they have a great comfy couch on the 2nd floor if you need a spot downtown to feed your baby in a very breastfeeding-friendly space.

I am hoping to profile local businesses that would be of interest to local families, and for the first business, I interviewed Betsy about her newest venture and raising a family in Bangor. Here’s what she had to say:
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