Community Spirit

A Scene For Teens - First Friday

Portland highlights art and music EVERY first Friday, and the hot spot for teens is the MAMM JAMM Concert Series at Bayside Bowl (58 Alder Street). Bands announced prior to each gig on < . All ages welcome June 1st, 6:00 – 9:00pm; $5.00 admission.
It’s a scene, fit for a teen.  Cool kids in bands jammin’ on stage to friends rockin’ out on the dance floor. A creatively charged atmosphere both parents and teens dig.

Youth Ensembles Open Music Auditions May 23-25

The USM Youth Ensembles will hold open auditions on May 23-25 for musicians grades 12 and younger interested in performing in the upcoming fall season. The USM Youth Ensembles include the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Portland Youth Wind Ensemble, the Portland Young People’s String Consort, the Portland Youth Junior Orchestra, and the Southern Maine Children’s Choir. Singers are especially welcome. The ensembles study with USM School of Music faculty and area professional musicians, and perform at the end of each season. Auditions are approximately 10 minutes in length and will consist of a prepared piece(s) of the applicant's choice. For more ensemble information or to reserve an audition slot, visit the USM School of Music’s website at or call 780-5265. Limited slots are also still available for the USM Youth Summer Music and Theatre Camps.



Maine Author's New Book Traces Aftermath of Communism in Eastern Europe

Maine author Kristen Ghodsee’s latest nonfiction book, "Lost in Transition: Ethnographies of Everyday Life after Communism," recounts the stories of ordinary lives upended by the collapse of communism. At a time of seemingly unprecedented global unrest and many countries teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, Ghodsee’s ethnographic essays and stories based on her experiences with Eastern Europe between 1989 and 2009 are more relevant than ever.

Ghodsee will present "Lost in Transition" at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16 as part of the Portland Public Library’s Brown Bag series.

In "Lost in Transition," Ghodsee—who serves as director and John S. Osterweis Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at Bowdoin College—explains why it is that so many Eastern Europeans are nostalgic for the communist past by using Bulgaria as a lens for exploring the broader transition from communism to democracy.

Walking Together for Stronger, Healthier Babies

Each year, in Maine, 1 in 8 babies are born prematurely. Residents of the Greater Portland area are working to help change this. By raising awareness and funds through the March of Dimes largest event, March for Babies®, Greater Portland supporters are helping improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

March for Babies — the nation’s premier walking event — is held in 900 communities across the United States and involves more than 7 million people each year. Maine expects to raise $400,000 with the help of 2,000 people walking in support of healthy babies – including over 900 walkers in Portland’s Payson Park on Sunday, May 6th.

Greater Portland’s March for Babies will be held on May 6, 2012 at Payson Park/Baxter Boulevard. Registration begins at 8AM at Payson Park and walkers will kick-off at 9AM.

Mid Coast Hospital launches Asthma Management Program

Mid Coast Hospital launches Asthma Management Program


Now there is a program that helps asthma sufferers tame their symptoms and gain control of their lives.

Mid Coast Hospital’s Asthma Management Program is headed by local expert Meredith Smithson, RN, an asthma nurse educator.



World-class Paddling Film Tour Coming to Portland

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail & Maine Island Trail Association are bringing the Reel Paddling Film Festival’s World Tour 2012 to Portland on May 3rd at 7 p.m. The film festival showcases the best paddling films from around the world. Proceeds from the event support the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and Maine Island Trail Association. A silent auction showcasing high quality gear and fantastic Maine art starts at 6 p.m.!

The Reel Paddling Film Festival features award winning films in 10 categories. The Festival, in its sixth year, inspires people to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push physical and emotional extremes, embrace the lifestyle and appreciate the heritage of the wild places around the world.