2015-04-17 / Community

Community News

Annual Faerie Festival set for May 2

All are invited to help Kennebunk Free Library welcome the fairies back to the gardens. With snow still on the ground, those wee ones might need a little persuasion. Kennebunk Free Library’s annual Faerie Festival will be held Saturday, May 2 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. as part of the town’s May Day Festival.

At the Faerie Festival, children can create crowns and nature-themed crafts to take home. Games, including Pin the Beard on the Gnome, will be offered. Feel free to wear fairy finery.

Children desiring to display a fairy house at the library must bring it to the library by Wednesday, April 29. Fairy houses created by local children will be on display in the Children’s Room until Saturday, May 16.

The Faerie Festival is free, wheelchair accessible and open to all. For more information, call 985-2173, ext. 5.

Gardening is subject of Earth Week visit

Celebrate Earth Week this year with Roger Doiron, who will be speaking at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 24 at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Kennebunk.

The event is sponsored by the Maine Sierra Club and admission is free. Coffee and dessert will be served at 6:30 p.m.

Founder and director of the Maine-based nonprofit Kitchen Gardens International, Doiron will speak on “Gardening Our Way Back to the Future.” He will show two short videos on front-yard gardening.

Kitchen Gardens International is a Maine-based, nonprofit network of 35,000 people from 120 countries who take a hands-on approach to feeding more people better food. Doiron’s proposal and campaign to replant a kitchen garden at the White House gathered over 100,000 signatures and international media coverage. The campaign was voted the grand prizewinner of the On Day One contest sponsored by the United Nations Foundation.

Doiron and his work have also been featured in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, and The Washington Post. He was awarded the Heart of Green by the Huffington Post as one of the country’s top five Green Game Changers and has been featured on TED talk. Also, the editors of Fast Company Magazine named him one of the 10 Most Inspiring People in Sustainable Food.

A freelance writer, Doiron’s articles on food, agriculture and gardening have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, Organic Gardening Magazine, Mother Earth News and Saveur. He first became involved in food issues in Europe as head of the Friends of the Earth’s European Office in Brussels during the 1990s, at the height of Europe’s Mad Cow furor.

The event is being co-sponsored by the FPUU Social Justice Committee and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension York County Office. For more information, call 761-5616.

Free Library to host Maine’s poet laureate

Kennebunk Free Library will host Wesley McNair, the fourth poet laureate of the state of Maine, who will read from his newest book of poetry, “Lost Child,”,at the library at 2 p.m. Friday, April 24.

McNair has published eight books of poetry, authored three volumes of nonfiction and has edited six anthologies of Maine writing, including four that feature Maine poetry. In addition to writing poetry, McNair writes on the craft of poetry in his many personal and critical essays. McNair’s essays on the power of place have also earned him high regard for his prose skills.

For more information, call 985-2173.

Red Cross to honor Maine heroes

When faced with a challenge, everyday people often respond by doing extraordinary things.

The American Red Cross will honor six individuals and one organization from southern Maine at its Real Heroes Breakfast, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. May 7 in Portland. The event, hosted by Maine’s first lady Ann LePage, recognizes these people for going above and beyond in service to others. It will be held at the Italian Heritage Center at 40 Westland Ave.

Recipients include a man who rescued a choking woman – and weeks later performed CPR to save another person. You’ll also meet a young man who saved his dog from being swept into the ocean, and a Red Cross volunteer who has traveled to numerous disasters around the country, providing support to victims.

The 2015 Real Heroes recipients include officers Michael Tucci and Matthew Harrington, Kennebunk Police Department, for a Lifesaving Award.

A routine traffic stop turned into a life-saving situation when the driver went into cardiac arrest. Harrington had returned to his patrol car when he heard screams from the man’s wife and rushed back to the stopped vehicle. Finding the driver unresponsive, he called for backup and began CPR. Tucci arrived seconds later, and used a defibrillator to revive the man.

Tickets can be purchased online at MaineRedCross.org, or by contacting at Tammy.Atwood@redcross.org or 874-1192, ext. 108.

Registration begins for KBIA season

Registration is now open for the 105th summer season at the Kennebunk Beach Improvement Association. KBIA will offer nine weeks of summer recreational and enrichment classes for ages 3 to 17, starting June 22. KBIA will again waive the membership fee for Week 1 and 9 participants (June 22-26 and Aug. 17-21, respectively) as a way for first-time families to try out KBIA with no commitment.

The nonprofit summer camp offers swimming, sailing, surfing, standup paddle boarding, kayaking, diving, golf, tennis, drama, arts and crafts, and woodworking, among its 50-plus course offerings. Other popular options include counselor-in-training classes, marine biology, reading, pottery and sculpture, and beach games. All classes are open to KBIA members, and membership is open to the public. Campers register by the week, and classes are offered a la carte or as a “bundle” for morning and/or afternoon sessions. Family memberships include twice-daily open swim for children, weekly beach bonfire and barbecues followed by movie night, open sail/kayaks on most weekends, and a Seaside Celebration for adults. For class schedules, pricing and information, visit www.kbia.net or like KBIA on Facebook.

In addition to youth recreational and enrichment offerings, KBIA will sponsor community events for all ages, including the 24th annual “A Day at the Beach” road race on July 12 and the sixth annual Reid Sacco Regatta on Aug. 16, as well as public guided Cove Walks on June 27, July 11, July 26 and Aug. 8. Cove walks are open to the public and reservations are encouraged.

Library announces artist for May exhibit

An exhibition titled “Mostly Maine” by Angus Macaulay will be on display at the Kennebunk Free Library in the Speers Gallery from May 1 to May 30. The public is invited to view the exhibit during regular hours.

“The exhibit features work I have completed over the past two decades, most of which includes scenes of the rural lake region that surround Moosehead Lake as well as a bit of our coast,” Macaulay said. “Three pieces were painted in Mexico, including two painted this past March while I concentrated on working with a pallet knife.

“Like most artists, my work continues to evolve. However, what interests me most and is likely to remain consistent in my work is the use of intense colors and the implication that light has on those colors. That’s why so much of my work will generally include bold colors and value changes in those colors as a result of direct sun, shadows or reflections of ambient light. I try to keep my subjects relatively simple while attempting to blend a degree of impressionism with photorealism.”

Macauley is a lifelong cartoonist with some secondary school training. In 1995 he began to study on a weekly basis with Robert Scott Jackson, a master of the Copley Society. He continues to spend two hours each week, eight months a year under Jackson’s guidance. From 2004 to 2009, while in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for the winter, he worked with Keith Keller. For the past two years he has been with Donna Dickson.

“Besides being superb teachers, all three are successful working artists,” Macauley said. “I don’t think I could ever stop working with another artist simply because they offer great advice and are unvarnished critics of my work.”

Library schedules vacation programs

Kennebunk Free Library will offer programs for children ages 2 and older during school vacation week, April 21-24.

Woodland Creatures: On Tuesday, April 21 at 2 p.m., students in kindergarten and older can create their own woodland creature. What are woodland creatures? Dwarves, elves, fairies, pixies and gnomes, of course. Get into the spirit of the Faerie Festival by making a woodland creature to inhabit your fairy house or gnome home.

Preregistration is required. We will be using hot glue guns, so children younger than 8 might do better with a caregiver helping them. Please call the Children’s Room at 985-2173, ext. 5 or email ys@ kennebunk.lib.me.us to preregister.

Preschool Yoga: Wake up to spring with Preschool Yoga on Thursday, April 23 at 11 a.m. Miss Susan, registered yoga teacher, will offer a class with simple yoga stretches, movement, music, games and stories for children ages 2-5 and their grown-up. Please bring along a blanket for covering up during Resting on a Cloud pose at the end.

Preregistration is required for Preschool Yoga. Please call 985-2173, ext. 5 or email ys@kennebunk.lib.me.us to preregister.

Earth Day Fun: On Thursday, April 23, from 1 to 3 p.m., youth in grades 4-7 can come to the library and learn how to make seed paper – homemade paper with seeds embedded in it. This paper can be planted in a pot or in the garden, so after it dries participants can write on it, plant it, and watch their flowers grow. Preregistration is required and space is limited. Please dress accordingly.

Teen Gaming: The weekly Teen Gaming group will meet on Friday, April 24 at 3 p.m. Students in grades six to 12 can compete with the Wii and the Super Mario Brothers. This weekly drop-in group does not require preregistration.

For more information or to preregister, please call 985-2173, ext. 5.

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