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What is Girls on the Run-Maine?

What is Girls on the Run-Maine?

When I first learned about Girls on the Run, I thought, “I wish I could have done a program like that when I was young!”  Now, I realize that many of us have that same reaction.

Whether you were the girl who wasn’t popular or wasn’t athletic, or maybe your parents were divorcing or you did unsafe things to please your friends.  Either way, Girls on the Run strikes a chord.  Through the program, girls, coaches and parents learn that, we all have inner strength and beauty.  Each of us can (still!) access our limitless potential.

I was a juvenile defender, a teen mentor and a women’s running coach.  I am also a life-long runner and mom to four young children.  Each experience has reinforced my belief in the transformative qualities of exercise and role modeling.   

When I learned about Girls on the Run three years ago, Maine didn’t have a program.  I knew I had to change that.  Now, I am so excited to tell Maine gir

ANTIQUE APPRAISAL DAY - FALMOUTH HERITAGE MUSEUM - SEPTEMBER 15

Five Portland Public Schools Offer Free Breakfasts to All Students

Five of Portland’s public schools will offer free breakfasts to all of their students for the first time, beginning in September. Four elementary schools - Reiche, East End, Riverton and Presumpscot - and Lincoln Middle School will provide the free breakfasts.

Students arrive at school at the regular time to receive breakfast. It is served during the first 10 minutes of the school day. This model of breakfast in the classroom started at Reiche School. It has since expanded and should be in place district-wide in the next two years.

Reiche also will offer all students a free lunch daily. The meal costs are subsidized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Breakfast and lunch menus are posted at http://www2.portlandschools.org/lunch-menus.

Families at all of Portland’s public schools may apply for free breakfasts and lunches, based on family income.

3rd Annual Ski Boot & Stiletto Challenge

3rd Annual Ski Boot & Stiletto Challenge

This event benefits Woodfords Family Services.  Visit www.portsportsmaine.com to register - registration deadline is September 1!

Not just another diet program . . . REAL help with long-term weight loss!

Not just another diet program . . . REAL help with long-term weight loss!

Enroll TODAY! Register now for the next 12-week session of the popular Mid Coast Center for Weight & Lifestyle Change. Classes begin Thursday, September 13. Space limited to 16 people. See flyer for more information or visit www.midcoasthealth.com/weightloss.

New Maps Offer Better Insight into Neighborhoods

Wonder what the median age is in your neighborhood? Population density? Curious if you are in a historic district? Then check out the city’s new GIS on the Go http://click.portlandmaine.gov/gisportal. The City of Portland’s Geographic Information System (GIS) has launched a new webpage, GIS on the Go, featuring a map gallery of the city with data and information about city parcels, zoning, historic districts, political districts, school districts and various demographics including among others population, diversity, unemployment and median age. With the simple click of a mouse, the public can get a neighborhood by neighborhood or block by block view of the city. The page was developed using the latest technology and contains interactive mapping applications with downloadable PDF maps. The map gallery can also be explored on mobile devices.

Longfellow Chorus Announces "Kickstarter" Campaign

Longfellow Chorus Announces "Kickstarter" Campaign

The Longfellow Chorus announces the start of a thirty day Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for its documentary, produced in Maine, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and His Music in America, 1900-1912.

This unique documentary features a rare performance of a Coleridge-Taylor composition for violin and orchestra as performed in the Music Shed of the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival on the centennial of its premiere, June 4, 1912, by Maine violinist Lydia Forbes.

The list of musical works by English composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875–1912) — a graduate of the Royal College of Music in London — includes over one hundred compositions written in the classical style of the late-Victorian and Edwardian periods: operas, cantatas, ballets, symphonic works, instrumental compositions, theater music and songs.