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USM Celebrates Women’s History Month with Lecture by Novelist Elizabeth Nunez and Annual Dinner

The University of Southern Maine Women and Gender Studies program will hold its annual Women’s History Month Dinner and keynote lecture on Friday, March 11. Award-winning novelist and CUNY Distinguished Professor Elizabeth Nunez is the keynote speaker.  The evening begins with a reception and cash bar in the University Events Room of USM’s Glickman Family Library, Portland, followed by dinner.  Tickets for the dinner are $20 and must be purchased in advance by calling 780-4289.

Nunez’s 7:30 p.m.

SPRING CLASSES Red Hot SHIMMY MIXED LEVELS CLASS

SPRING CLASSES Red Hot SHIMMY MIXED LEVELS CLASS

**Session A**
Monday 03/14-05/02/2011
7:15-8:30 PM; 8 wks $96
**Session B**
Monday 05/09-06/20/2011
7:15-8:30 PM, 8 wks $96
Pre-registration required for all classes.

Experience the beauty of this empowering art form! Beginning students will learn the basic, elegant movement vocabulary as well as an introduction to the music, culture, and history of the dance. Experienced students will explore complex layering, deep muscle isolation, challenging combinations, and plenty of zill drills. Featuring an intense warm-up and specific exercises to condition your body for enhanced performance.. This class is a great way to reduce stress and improve muscle tone, increase stamina, and boost your confidence, all in a friendly, relaxed environment.

Schnitzer Steel Donates $8,400 to Help Feed Hungry Mainers

Schnitzer Steel Donates $8,400 to Help Feed Hungry Mainers

Good Shepherd Food-Bank will use gift for statewide hunger-relief efforts


Schnitzer Steel’s National Food Bank Initiative, called “Racing to Stop Hunger,” is a unified, company-wide charitable effort to coordinate and support meaningful connections between its employees and their local communities.  The company is dedicated to making it easy for SSI employees and customers across the country to make a difference in their communities by supporting local food banks.

The Northeast region, with facilities in Auburn and Portland Maine, recently asked its customers to donate a $1 for every pound of recycled metal and then matched these donations.

Oakhurst Dairy raises over 20k for Salvation Army of Northern New England w/ seasonal egg nog sales

Oakhurst Dairy raises over 20k for Salvation Army of Northern New England w/ seasonal egg nog sales

Portland, Maine – Oakhurst Dairy's longstanding annual campaign to support the Salvation Army reached a milestone this holiday season and made its largest annual donation to date through its annual Egg Nog campaign.  This season's contribution of $20,600 pushed the total amount raised since 2000 to over $200,000.  The family-owned Maine dairy donated five cents for every container of Oakhurst Egg Nog and Light Egg Nog it sold throughout the recent holiday season.

Oakhurst Dairy has long been an active supporter of the Salvation Army of Northern New England.  This season's campaign marks the eleventh year Oakhurst has made a significant donation based on the sale of its Egg Nog products.

“For us, there is a personal connection to the Salvation Army, and every year we look forward to making our Egg Nog campaign a success,” said Oakhurst Dairy President and COO Bill Bennett.  “Our Mom started this relationship 40 years ago, and we look forward to sup

STATEWIDE ORGANIZATIONS RECOGNIZE TEEN DATING VIOLENCE PREVENTION & AWARENESS MONTH

STATEWIDE ORGANIZATIONS RECOGNIZE TEEN DATING VIOLENCE PREVENTION & AWARENESS MONTH

Every year, thousands of teenagers across the State of Maine experience dating violence.  February is Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month, a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in youth relationships and promote programs that focus on prevention. The Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence and the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault are calling on Mainers to help recognize this important month, not only for youth in Maine, but for communities statewide.

Dating violence is “controlling, abusive, and aggressive behavior in a romantic relationship. It occurs in both heterosexual and same-sex relationships and can include verbal, physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, or a combination of these behaviors.”  Dating violence often starts with what may seem like minor behavior, such as teasing and name calling.

Lemonade Day Maine receives grant from Edward H. Daveis Benevolent Fund

Lemonade Day Maine receives grant from Edward H. Daveis Benevolent Fund

Lemonade Day Maine, a new entrepreneurial education program, has received a $2,000 grant from the Edward H. Daveis Benevolent Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. The grant was awarded to the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, Lemonade Day Maine’s fiscal sponsor.
 
Lemonade Day will be celebrated for the first time in Maine on June 5, 2011, when kids around Portland and nearby communities will set up stands and start making and selling their own lemonade. Through the program, kids learn how to develop a business plan, set goals, establish a budget, seek investors, market their lemonade and provide customer service. The grant will be used towards the purchase of more than 1,000 entrepreneurial backpacks with step-by-step guides on how to set up a lemonade stand.

"Lemonade Day gives young people a taste of what it's like to run their own business," said Kate Krukowski Gooding, executive director of Lemonade Day Maine.

RED CROSS HOLDS BLOOD DRIVE IN HONOR OF CAININ GRIFFIN

Portland, ME  February 1, 2011 - The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive in honor area resident Cainin Griffin on Saturday, February 5.  The drive will be held at the Portland Red Cross Donor Center, located at 524 Forest Avenue from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cainin,  a 14 year old student at Wiscassett Middle School, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on the day before Thanksgiving. An avid basketball player on the school’s team, Cainin’s diagnosis came after feeling unwell during a game last fall. This eighth grader is now undergoing treatment and has received many units of blood.

Cainin’s great aunt, Lynn Tarbox, is organizing this blood drive at the American Red Cross to show support for Cainin and appreciation for the blood donations he has received.