ELLSWORTH & PORTLAND — The Environmental Funders Network (EFN) has awarded $526,400 in grants to 14 organizations through its ongoing Quality of Place initiative.

Second-year grantees are: Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, GrowSmart Maine, Healthy Community Coalition, Maine Conservation Voters Education Fund, Maine Downtown Center, Maine Farmland Trust, Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine, and the Trust for Public Land.

Recycling Records Broken Every Month

ecomaine has broken its own recycling record every month for the past 12 months. From December 2009 through November 2010, its recycling facility has averaged 5,404,660 pounds per month and the organization expects that average to continue increasing well into 2011. Chairman of the Board of Directors Michael Bobinsky, who is Portland’s Director of Public Services, said, “Our educational outreach about the importance of recycling – both environmentally and fiscally – has been a major factor in convincing more people to make recycling a part of their daily routine.”

The fiscal impact, according to Bobinsky, from increased recycling for municipalities, universities, and businesses is significant because the cost of trash disposal is far greater than the cost of recycling.

Join NRCM's Polar Bear Plunge to Help Fight Global Warming!

Join NRCM's Polar Bear Plunge to Help Fight Global Warming!

NRCM Polar Bear Plunge
Friday, December 31st at noon, East End Beach in Portland, Maine
Contact: Stacie Haines (207) 430-0127 or stacie@nrcm.org

Looking for a feel good adrenaline rush?

8th Annual Principals Only New Furniture Giveaway

Ruth's Reusable Resources, a Portland-based Educational nonprofit, will have  its annual Principals Only New Furniture Giveaway from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 29. Last year, more than 66 principals from schools throughout Maine participated and took away $352,000 worth of brand new furniture and office items.

Ruth's Reusable Resources' mission is to ensure that students and classrooms in Maine have the basic tools for learning by transferring surplus business supplies and merchandise into the hands of school children and teachers.

3Rs helps schools meet the needs of students and staff where school budgets cannot.  A common theme shared by most participants is what a gift it is to receive such a generous donation, especially during these tough economic times and school budget cuts.

Friends of Eastern Promenade sponsors bird walk, bulb planting

Fall Bulb Planting: 10 a.m. Sat., Oct. 23. Meet at Cousins Memorial, Cutter Street & Eastern Promenade. Bring your gloves and gardening tools, roll up your sleeves and help plant bulbs for the Pink Tulip Project. Sponsored by Friends of the Eastern Promenade. Your donation directly supports the Maine Cancer Foundations Research.  Go to  pinktulipproject.org "Friends of the Eastern Promenade".  Information: friendsofeasternpromenade.org,
Guided Bird Walk: 8-11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 24. Meet at Fort Allen Park bandstand. Join Derek Lovitch of Freeport Wild Bird Supply and learn about the many species of birds that make their home on the Eastern Prom. Sponsored by Friends of the Eastern Promenade. Donations welcome. Information: freeportwildbirdsupply.com, friendsofeasternpromenade.org.

Japanese Performing Arts with Taiko Maine Drummers and Katy Rydell

October 30, 2010
7:30 pm
$12 in advance / $15 at the door
at Lucid Stage
29 Baxter Blvd, Portland, Me. 04101
For tix, call 899-3993 or http://www.lucidstage.com/

Taiko drums.  They've been called Rolling Thunder and the Heartbeat of Japan.  They're big.  They're loud.  When Taiko Maine Drummers pick up their bachi and begin to play, the room fills with intense energy, complex rhythms, and visually dramatic dance-like movement.