Salt & Light Community Center Holds Weekend Garage Sale in Auburn

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Salt & Light Community Center is hosting a garage sale from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 10 Wood St. in Auburn. There are items ranging from household items, to holiday decor, to clothing in a range of sizes. There is something for everyone! Every dollar we raise brings us closer to our goal of buying a building to call home! — Marianne, no town

ANSWER: I know the notice is short, but I hope Sun Spots readers can come to Wood Street to support the centre. Founded by Darlene Conant in 2020, it focuses on four pillars of health, spiritual, physical, emotional and financial, and works across generations to address some of the root causes of neighborhood issues resulting from poverty. She said last year that she envisioned Salt & Light as “a safe place where our youth, teenagers, young adults and parents can learn and grow”.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Androscoggin Home Healthcare + Hospice in conjunction with the Center for Grieving Children provides a training opportunity. Those interested in supporting children and their families who have experienced the death of a loved one are invited to join us for this training on September 23 from 5 to 9 p.m. and September 24 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. .

Topics will include child development and grief, reflective listening, using activities in grief work, and spirituality. Staff from the Portland Bereavement Center, which has provided services to Maine families for 35 years, will lead the training. No personal loss experience or professional training is necessary. Interested persons can contact Amy Dulac at 795-9468 or [email protected] — Jenny, no town

ANSWER: Being involved in hospice is a rewarding experience. I hope some Sun Spots readers will step up and take advantage of this opportunity for personal growth and to support children who need a caring adult to listen and help them through a difficult time.

DEAR SOLAR SPOTS: This time of year, I used to buy a lot of Pumpkin Spice Lattes, but I’m saving up for a new vehicle, so I set myself a pretty strict budget. I know there must be a recipe for making them at home. Does anyone do this? Can I have the recipe? — Al, no town

ANSWER: I’m sure people make lattes of all kinds at home all the time with a little planning and effort. When you think about it, you could save a few thousand dollars a year if you’re a daily coffee drinker.

For the pumpkin spice latte, you’ll need to make a sauce with 1 cup canned or fresh pumpkin puree, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice seasoning. Put all the ingredients in a small saucepan and simmer for about 10 minutes. Allow to cool then place the sauce in a blender or food processor and blend until very smooth. This will keep in the fridge for about seven days.

When you’re ready to make your latte, you’ll need 1/4 cup pumpkin sauce, 2 ounces espresso, 8 ounces milk, whipped cream, and cinnamon.

Prepare the espresso then add the pumpkin sauce and espresso to a 16 oz mug. Mix well. Froth the milk then pour it into the pumpkin-espresso mixture, garnish with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon. While you’re enjoying it, think of all the money you’re saving!

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Jill E. Washington