Spencer – Spencer Cable Access (SCA) is proud to host “Feeding Our Neighbors”, a food drive and production studio open house to benefit the Spencer Food Pantry, on Saturday, September 22 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the SCA Studio, 310 Main Street and in the parking lot of the adjoining David Prouty High School. This year SCA welcomes special musical guests, local favorite, Chuck and Mud as well as the Johnny Wheeler Band.

“Feeding Our Neighbors” coincides with the 3rd annual town-wide yard sale, DPHS student expo, and the Book and Bake Sale at the Richard Sugden Library. You may download a yard sale participation form at CelebrateSpencer.org or pick one up from the Town Hall. Highlights of the event include tours of the SCA television studio, a celebration birthday cake, free food from the grill, DPHS student expo showcasing the many academic and extracurricular activities offered at Prouty, and Town Wide Yard Sale tables near the tennis courts behind the school. In addition, there will be drawings for attendance prizes donated by local businesses. There will also be a special check presentation by Klem’s Department store which has coordinated a “register round-up” campaign in support of the Spencer Food Pantry.

“Each year, we at Klem’s run a program whereby our customers can make a contribution to the Spencer Food Pantry by simply rounding up their total to the nearest dollar. Last year, our customers collectively donated over $5,000 and we are excited to see where we end up this year,” said Jessica Bettencourt, President of Klem’s Department Store.

“This event is very important for our community. It’s a way to stand side by side and make a Difference. And it marks SCA’s 20th birthday,” said Aaron Keyes, SCA station manager. “We are excited that this year we are part of larger town-wide activities including the Yard Sale and Richard Sugden Library book sale,” added Mary Braney, President of SCA, Inc.

The Spencer Police Department will conduct child safety seat inspections and offer assistance with installation. The DPHS Boosters, Spencer Emergency Management Association (SEMA) and Spencer Fire Department will have informational tables. Staff from Bemis Farms Nursery will lead a workshop in which participants will create a beautiful fall arrangement at no cost to participants.

A live broadcast on Charter channel 192, streamed live at SCATV.org and on Facebook Live will feature donation updates, interviews with participants, SCA studio tours and demos, coverage of the DPHS expo, and musical performances. There is no charge to attend, but visitors are invited to bring non-perishable, unexpired food items or monetary donations. Checks may be made out to Spencer Food Pantry. SCA will match monetary donations up to $1,000. Visit SCATV.org/food for additional information and updates.

Spencer Cable Access has sponsored nine fall open houses and food drives gathering over 10,000 pounds of food and more than $10,000 in donations. SCA, which broadcasts local content on Charter Communications channels 191, 192 and 194 in Spencer and has operated since 1999, is seeking new volunteers. Spencer residents interested in learning about video and television production, editing, graphics, or audio and those willing to provide office support are encouraged to visit the studio during the Open House to learn about the wide range of opportunities. An SCA volunteer may perform a single task, for example videotape a sports event or a special town program or a volunteer may choose to participate regularly, taping Spencer board or committee meetings or staffing the station for two hours each week. A potential producer may suggest a new television show that the volunteer oversees from start to finish. Training in all aspects of production, including camera operation and use of the editing suite is provided. New volunteers are mentored and assisted by experienced staff. Anyone who cannot attend the open house may visit the SCA website, SCATV.org; call the station, (508) 885-7967 or email info@scatv.org for additional information.

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