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.

Deering Players Present “Winnie the Pooh”

The Deering High School Players will present the play, “Winnie the Pooh,” on October 22 at 7 p.m., October 23 at 2 and 7 p.m. and October
24 at 2 p.m. in the high school auditorium.  Tickets are $5 (children under 12) and $7 (children 12 and older and adults). 

Tickets may be purchased in the Deering attendance office on school days from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., by e-mailing Kathleen Harris at or at the door.  For more information, please call 874-8260.

Portland High Class Presents Televised Forum about Immigrant Voting Rights

A Portland High School class will present a televised forum about a referendum question before Portland voters in November that would allow legal immigrants who are not citizens to vote in municipal elections.

Students in the Law and Public Policy class taught by Antoinette Skillings have been studying the issues involved in the referendum, including the process of becoming a citizen and the history of allowing legal immigrants who are not citizens to vote in local elections.  Students conducted some interviews with Portland residents at the Portland Farmers Market about the referendum question.

At the forum, students will interview Portland City Attorney Gary Wood, Portland City Clerk Linda Cohen, Beth Stickney, executive director of the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, Will Everitt, Maine state director of the League of Young Voters, Richard Ranaghan, a member of the Portland Charter Commission that considered the issue and Alfred Jacob, a Sudanese immigrant.