Chinese New Year Festival

The Chinese and American Friendshaip Association of Maine is having its 21st annual Chinese New Festival on Saturday, February 5th, at Catherine McAuley High School, 631 Stevens Avenue, Portland, ME, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Very colorful and cute traditional Chinese dance and music performances by the children of the CAFAM Chinese School which will be from 11:00 a.m to noon.  Also, Tess Gerritsen, the New York Times best selling author and creator to the TV series Rizolli and Isles will be speaking at 3:00 p.m. about her experiences growing up Chinese in Southern California and living in mid-coast Maine (Camden).  She will do a book signing after she speaks.
There will also bea Dragon Dance, arts and crafts for children, mahjong, lectures and demonstrations for adults Chinese craft items and books for sale and delicious Chinese food.
This event usually draes 750+ attendees.

The Ice Cream Cone is back up at RED’S!

The Ice Cream Cone is back up at RED’S!

It was a long summer for all those Red’s fans out there, making for an extra long winter. After a devastating fire back in May 2010, Red’s Dairy Freeze has since been working hard to re-build. Well, good news! The ice cream cone is back up on the newly finished red roof! If that isn’t a true sign of things to come, I don’t know what is. In a couple of short months everyone will be lining up outside of Red’s again…“Can I get a Chocolate Boston, Peanut Butter Cup Nor’easter, and a small ½ and ½ with crunch cote and eyes!” Yum


Warmer days ahead!


Grand Re-Opening March 2011



80s Dance Music Concert to Benefit Family Crisis Services (Feb. 13)

(PORTLAND, Maine) — The eighties cover band Time Pilots is performing a concert to benefit Family Crisis Services, the domestic violence service agency serving Cumberland County, Sunday, February 13, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave., Portland (behind the Westgate Shopping Center).
Describing themselves as “80s with an attitude,” Time Pilots will be joined by special guests The Veayo Twins.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for ages 13-17; children 12 and under are admitted free of charge.
For tickets and more information, call Family Crisis Services at 207-767-4952.

"Love Should Not Hurt" Live 80's Dance to Benefit Family Crisis Services

"Love Should Not Hurt" Live 80's Dance to Benefit Family Crisis Services

On Sunday Febuary 13, the Italian Heritage Center in Portland at 40 Westland Ave. (behind Westgate Shopping Center) will host an event to benefit Family Crisis Services. Time Pilots, with the help of the very talented Veayo Twins, will be jamming 80's hits between the hours of 5 and 9pm. All ages are welcome! Proceeds go directly to Family Crisis Services.

Prices of admission are as follows: Adults - $20; Ages 13 to 17 - $5; Ages 12 and under - FREE

For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, call Family Crisis Services at 207-767-4952


Town & Country Launches Better Neighbor Fund Charitable Giving Campaign

Town & Country Launches Better Neighbor Fund Charitable Giving Campaign

$25,000 in grants will be distributed to local charitable and community organizations.

December 28, 2010 – South Portland, ME – Town & Country Federal Credit Union is announcing the launch of the Better Neighbor Fund, a new charitable giving campaign designed to support good works in the communities of Cumberland and York Counties. 
During the months of November and December, local charitable, non-profit and community organizations have submitted their ideas and projects via an online grant application.   In January, supporters will vote online for their favorite organization, cause or project. 
A total of $25,000 will be awarded through eight grants to the organization, cause or idea that receives the most votes.  There are three $5,000 grants and five $2,000 grants being awarded.  Visitors can vote for their favorite cause or idea by visiting the Town & Country Facebook page

Whole Foods Market Donates to Longfellow School’s Learning Garden

Whole Foods Market will present a check to the Longfellow Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization on December 22 at 10:30 a.m. during a school-wide sing-along.  Portland Superintendent James C. Morse, Sr.
will attend the event. 

The donation of almost $6,000 will go to the school’s learning garden.  Whole Foods Market raised the money during the Portland store’s last “5% Day,” when five percent of the day’s net sales are donated to a local nonprofit or educational organization.

Longfellow students, staff and parents have volunteered hundreds of hours to transform an asphalt space behind the school into a garden.

Santa Helps Planet Dog Raise Funds for Canine Service

Thanks to 80 dogs and their families, the Planet Dog Company Store in Portland raised $800 for the Planet Dog Foundation (PDF) grant program! 
Each participant received a holiday card worthy photo.  One satisfied 5-year old said, “Wow, Mom.  That Santa is a whole lot nicer than the other Santas I’ve met!”
Below is a link to images.  Please let me know if you need additional information.