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.

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Police investigating smash and grab break-in at diner

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Shortly after four Monday morning, three young adults were seen leaving Steve and Renee's Diner on Washington Avenue carrying the restaurant's cash register.  The men had used a large plank to smash the side window to get inside according to a witness who called the police.

"It is frustration to work so hard because, when you are in a small business you work hard and you have a crew that works hard, and this throws you off entirely and just to regroup the loses it is going to be a couple days just to regroup the loses," said Renee Wright, the diner's owner.  "It doesn't even boil down to the money.  It is the point that, the disrespect for people and what they do for a living."

Wright says this morning's break-in was the third time in the past twelve months her business has been burglarized.


504 Congress Street, Portland ME
Sunday, October 24, 2010
8:00pm 21+
$20 Advance/ $25 Door/ $25 VIP
Tickets at or at any Bull Moose Music Store location
Yonder Mountain String Band, (YMSB), is a Netherland, Colorado-based genre defined bluegrass foursome. They have gained a huge following over the past eleven years playing at the nation’s best  festivals and rock clubs including an appearance at the Democratic National Convention prior to Barack Obama. Their loyal fan base has been built from this diverse setting of music venues as fans latched on to their genre-defying original sound.
In between tours, the band released its fifth studio album, The Show, in September with rock producer Tom Rothrock (Beck, Elliott Smith, Foo Fighters).

Coffee By Design Hosts Specialty Coffee Open House October 22

Coffee By Design invites the public to celebrate the best of specialty coffee on Friday, October 22, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.  The event, which will be held at Coffee By Design’s coffee micro roastery located at 43 Washington Avenue in Downtown Portland, will give customers the opportunity to tour the micro roastery, learn about the Company’s buying criteria for beans, hear about how blends are created, and sample origin coffees from around the world.  Reservations are not required, as demonstrations will be on-going throughout the afternoon. 

According to co-owner, Mary Allen Lindemann, “we are excited to show people what we do here at Coffee By Design, which results in a great cup of coffee while ensuring the quality of life for the farmers with whom we work, as well as our local community.  We look forward to having people join us in this celebration of coffee!” 

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Blueberries Broadway & Brian Opens November 11

Blueberries Broadway & Brian will make its world premiere on November 11, presented by Good Theater at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress Street, Portland.  Written and performed by Good Theater’s Artistic Director, Brian P.

FABU cut-a-thon Sunday 11/7/10

In what is fast becoming a fall tradition in the Old Port, the Fabu Salon and Day Spa is once again sponsoring a 12-hour cut-a-thon and raffle to benefit Portland Charitable organizations which aid people in need. Fabu's staff of highly trained technicians will cut guests hair for $25.00. In addition, local restaurants and businesses have donated gift certificates and items that will be raffled off at the end of the day. To date, Fabu Salon and Day Spa has raised approximately $4000.00 for the Wayside Soup Kitchen. The Wayside Soup Kitchen is a non-profit center that has provided nutritious meals to the Greater Portland poor and homeless for more than 20 years. Wayside operates a food warehouse in Portland and distributes food - free of charge - to social service agencies throughout Cumberland County. "We are so fortunate to be part of such a generous community. Every year our cut-a-thon has been very well attended.


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.