Flick and Float Next Friday

Watch How to Train Your Dragon while floating in the Reiche Pool
What: Next Friday, the second of four Flick and Floats will be held at the Reiche Pool. Families and children of all ages can watch How to Train Your Dragon, the animated story of a hapless young Viking who becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon, while floating in the heated pool. Kids and adults are encouraged to bring their favorite float, swimsuit, towel, and a bathing cap if hair is longer than chin length. Children under the age of seven and under four feet tall must be accompanied by an adult in the pool. Fees are $1 per child, $3 per adult and $5 per family. Come and enjoy a one-of-a-kind movie experience!
For more information about Flick and Float, contact Portland Recreation Aquatic Office at 874-8456. Other Flick and Floats are scheduled for January 14 and February 18.

The Center for Grieving Children to sponsor the AFSP National Survivors of Suicide Day

The Center for Grieving Children is sponsoring The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) National Survivors of Suicide Day.  This event will provide an opportunity for individuals who have lost someone they know to suicide to connect with others who have experienced a similar loss. It is designed to be a day of healing, empowerment, support, and sharing. It is a day for remembering those we love who have died.  

Every person who dies by suicide leaves behind survivors --- loved ones left shocked, grieving, and struggling to understand and cope with their heartbreaking loss. Those left behind often struggle with all of those “Why…?" and “What if…?” questions.

New Cape Farm Opening Doors This Weekend

Fall and frosts have arrived, signaling the end of the season for most local farms.  For a new farm in Cape Elizabeth, however, the arrival of chilly weather means the season is just beginning.  And this year's harvest is the first for the Old Farm Christmas Place on Sawyer Road

Jay Cox began planting balsam fir on his property in 2004 after spending a few years preparing the land for the cultivation of Christmas trees.  Every year since, the Coxes have planted an average of 2,500 tiny transplants, and have meticulously cared for the trees over the past seven years.  Now there are about 1,000 trees from the fist planting that range from six to nine feet in height and are ready for sale on a choose-and-tag or choose-and-cut basis.   The farm will be in full production in 2012 as the new plantings mature; there will be around 2,500 trees available each year after this point.

The Cox's Old Farm Store - located in a 30' X 40' timber-fra


Planet Dog is barking about the winner of their Cover Dog Challenge that took place at Woofminster, the Fifth Annual Planet Dog Foundation (PDF) Amateur Dog Show Fundraiser, held recently at Camp Ketcha in Scarborough, Maine.  The popular annual event which was sponsored by L.L.Bean, Color Me Mine, Dances with Dogs and Macomber, Inc., raised over $5,000 to support Guiding Eyes for the Blind's Maine puppy-raising team.  
About 250 dog-loving attendees, vendors and volunteers participated in the event, with over 100 dogs watching or competing in fun and silly contests including; Best Mystery Mutt, Best Trick, Happiest Dog and Best Beggar.  "It was wonderful to see the dog community come together for a fun event to help raise money to support the Maine puppy-raisers of Guiding Eyes for the Blind," says Kristen Smith, the Executive Director of PDF.  "In addition to giving their time and love to the puppies, the volunteer raisers are also responsibl

Catherine McAuley High School Open House for Prospective Students

Catherine McAuley High School, Maine’s only Catholic college-preparatory school for young women, will be hosting its annual Open House for prospective students and their families on Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 2pm. Young women of all faiths are invited to our campus at 631 Stevens Avenue, Portland, for a program that will feature student and alum speakers. After the formal presentation, information on financial aid and scholarships will be available, guided tours will be offered and students will have the opportunity to meet faculty members, coaches, student athletes, and enjoy refreshments.  For more information, or to register, please visit www.mcauleyhs.org.

Auction Will Raise Money for Portland Youth Service Projects

Hand-painted chairs and other whimsical furniture will be sold at an auction on November 13 to raise money for community service projects planned by students in the Portland Public Schools.  The auction will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Rines Auditorium at the Portland Public Library’s main branch on Congress Street.  Admission is $10 per person and $25 for a family. 

The auction will feature one-of-a-kind pieces made by Painting for a Purpose, a group of women who have combined their love of painting with their interest in supporting education and empowering young people to make a difference.

Additional auction items will be donated by local artists, including David Marshall and a group of artists from the Constellation Gallery, Alex Rheault, Nanette Tanner, Diane Manzi, Portland Superintendent James C. Morse, Sr.


Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Education and Enforcement to speak prior to Oct. 20 performance at First Parish Church on Congress Street, Portland
Gorham, Biddeford, Portland, Maine – Add Verb Productions and the University of Southern Maine’s Department of Theatre will present a collection of theatre pieces from the Out & Allied Project October 18-20, 2010, coinciding with National Ally Week.  The events are free and open to the public, and suitable for middle and high school students.