Arts & Culture

Organization announces fashion show fundraiser

PORTLAND, Maine -- Partners for World Health will be putting on a fashion show where all the clothing is made from recycled fabric used to strilize all surgical supplies in all hospitals in the United States.

In an effort to raise funds for this project, the Blue Wrap Project Runway Fashion Show will be held on April 24 on the catwalk at USM's Hannaford Hall.  Haute couture takes on new meaning, as this fundraising event brings together amazing fashion designers who use their skills to create unique fashions from recycled blue medical wrap material. The goal is to bring awareness to the organization’s efforts of recycling discarded  medical supplies  while improving global health.

Portland plans to recognize "Read Across America Day"

PORTLAND, Maine -- Portland’s celebration of Read Across America Day will have special meaning,as it becomes the first community in Northern New England to join the nationwide campaign for grade-­level reading.

This year's Read Across America Day will mark Dr. Seuss's birthday. The event focuses on the importance of reading aloud with children even just 15 minutes a day.

Schools including Ocean Avenue, East End, Lyseth, and Hall (and maybe others) will surround Dr. Seuss's birthday with guest readers coming into  classrooms this week and next.  

Convergence: engaging in the milieu

Convergence: engaging in the milieu

When I first met Francine Schrock, she had just finished creating a beautiful mural for a memory care facility in Portland. Her grandmother died of Alzheimer's, so the project had special meaning and she went on to paint more murals in other facilities. You can read about the first mural in my health and wellness blog Catching Health.

Letter-Writing Workshop for girls

Letter-Writing Workshop for girls
The Teen Center at Portland Public Library hosts a Letter Writing Workshop series for Girls Wednesdays in April: April 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd at 4:15pm Girls ages 12-19 are invited to joing the Portland Public Library Teen Center each week to explore a different mode of letter-writing in a one-hour snack-filled time together. Some of the letters will be fit to drop in the mail to loved ones near and far; others of them we'll never show a soul, so full of secrets they will be! Some of them we would need a time-machine to send. And for others, we'd need to step into a fictional world to find the right mailbox. Snacks and supplies will be provided. All you need to do is sign up and show up! Contact Dave Kiersh, the Teen Librarian, with questions: kiersh@portland.lib.me.us  or 207-871-1700 ext 772.