Draw-A-Thon in Portland on Nov. 11

Artists, veterans & activists join forces
to Bring Our War $$ Home

Portland, Nov 11 -- Space Gallery will host Draw-a-Thon II, a day of drawing and arts activism to Bring Our War $$ Home on Veterans' Day.

Following the annual Veterans' Day parade the public is invited to join artists in envisioning how the $2 billion Maine taxpayers have contributed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan could be spent instead.

This event is being held in conjunction with artist Kenny Cole's exhibit, “The Hellfire Story,” which explores the history and deployment of the Hellfire Missile System, and its use via Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or drones.

Draw-a-Thon II is free of charge runs from 10am-4pm at Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland.

Speakers from the Nov 2-10 Peace Walk led by the Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist order, and sponsored by Veterans for Peace, will address the costs of war to communities in Maine visited during the walk.

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Portland looking for big ol' tree for the holidays

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The Portland Downtown District is looking for the perfect tree to usher in the holidays.

The District is looking for a 40 to 60 foot, well rounded tree.  It will be set up in Monument Square and decked out with hundreds of LED lights.

Portland's Arborist, Jeff Tarling, says they're looking for a "stately" tree within 10 miles of the Forest City.  Tarling says it will be cut down and taken away at no cost to the owner.

Submissions should be sent to info@portlandmaine.com.  Include a picture of the tree, the address and the owner's phone number.

You can also mail your submission to:

Social Media Breakfast Maine

What: Social Media Breakfast Maine
Nonprofits Taking Action with Social Media
When: Friday, October 29th 7:30 – 10:00 AM
Where: Eastland Park Hotel, Portland ME map to location
How: With help from our sponsors – Maine Video Systems and Hall Web Services

This month’s presenters:

Emily Brackett – Organizational, Cause and Personal Branding

Cyndi Amato, How SARSSM Uses Social Media

Marc A. Pitman, Fundraising with Social Media

For more info: http://www.socialmediabreakfastmaine.com/upcoming/

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Halloween ZOMBIE BASH

Maine Roller Derby and Undead Productions Presents The 1st ANNUAL ZOMBIE BASH AT PCMH featuring RUBBLEBUCKET and DEAD MAN'S CLOTHES Saturday, October 30, 2010 Port City Music Hall 7:00pm - 1:30 am / +21 $10 Advanced/ $12 Door/ $20 VIP DEADZONE $10 at door in costume.

Brains! Brains! Brains! Port City Music Hall is hosting the 1st Annual Zombie Bash presented the by hard-hitting women of the Maine Roller Derby and Undead Productions. There will be performances by Portland’s own Dead Man’s Clothes as well as Brooklyn’s Rubblebucket. This is not designated to zombies only! You may come dressed however you like but we encourage people to dress up. A $2 discount will be given at the door to anyone in costume.

Most likely you did not win prom king or queen in high school. Here is your chance at redemption!

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Foul weather closes streets in Portland

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The blustery sopfest of a Nor'easter has joined forces with the tides to force the closure of several Portland streets.

As of 9:30 AM Friday, portions of Somerset, Elm, Maple and Mellen streets are all closed.

Somerset and Elm are each closed from Lancaster Street to Pearl Street.

Maple is shut down from Commercial to York.

Mellen is closed at the intersection with Park Avenue.

The closures are likely to take a few hours and motorists are advised to seek an alternate route.

Work zone accidents are up on I-295

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- If you feel like there have been a lot of accidents on I-295 between Brunswick and Portland this year, you're not alone. And you're not entirely mistaken.

While the overall number of crashes is about average this year, there have been a significant higher number of crashes in work zones on I-295. There have been 57 work zone crashes so far this year, compared with 42 last year and just 11 the year before.

DOC offers foliage events

Augusta, Maine (NEWS CENTER)--The fall foliage season is beginning in Maine and the state is offering a number of events to encourage people to get outside and enjoy the season.

Old woodsmen say the color "moves ten miles a day" and the state is following this pattern with events that move north to south over the three week period.

This Buereau of Public Lands and the Maine Forest Service are coordinating the events which include eight paddles and one hike.

"It's a great time of year to encourage people to get out and experience the beauty of the changing seasons in Maine," said Gary Best in a statement.  He is the assistant regional manager with the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands.

If you would like more information about the events including meeting places and degree of difficulty, click on the link to the right.