2015-08-28 / Community

Community News

Clash car wash scheduled for Sept. 5

Kennebunk Soccer Club will host its annual benefit car wash from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 5, at Washington Hose Company on Route 35 in Lower Village. The donation benefits Kennebunk Clash travel club, which includes boys and girls from age 8 to 13 from the Kennebunks.

The car wash is the only fundraiser for the nonprofit organization, which has used the money to purchase goals and uniforms and fund scholarships.

Drivers may purchase advance tickets from any club member or pay at the car wash. For club information, visit www.kennebunksoccerclub.com.

Audubon to host program at Laudholm

York County Audubon will host biologist Bob Quinn and his program, The Bird of Lake Umbagog, at Wells Reserve at Laudholm

Farm in Wells. The program will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 15. See the dramatic scenery of this remote area as Quinn discusses changes in Umbagog’s bird life over the last 140 years.

The evening programs are free, open to the public and no reservations needed. Meetings are held in the Mather Auditorium at the Wells Reserve.

Social time begins at 6:30 p.m., the program at 7 p.m. For more information, call Bob Watson at251-1135 or visit www.yorkcountyaudubon.org.

Chamber dinner and meeting set for Sept. 9

The Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner and meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9 at On the Marsh Bistro. Chamber members and nonmembers are invited.

An admission ticket includes a sit-down meal, hors d’oeuvres, a petite wedge salad, a choice of a vegetable pinwheel, roasted cod or beef Bourguignon, and dessert. Complimentary sangria is available during dinner. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 967-0857 or stop by the chamber’s Water Street office. Tables can be reserved.

Library announces September programs

September brings the return of colorful leaves and school buses. Because Labor Day is late this year, school starts later. To accommodate families adjusting to new schedules, fall programming at the Kennebunk Free Library will resume the week of Sept. 14.

• Story times return to Kennebunk Free Library the week of Sept. 14. The schedule will be:

Mondays 10:15 a.m., Peek-a-Book Babies; Tuesdays 10:15 a.m., Family Story Time; and Thursdays, 10:15 a.m., Time for 2’s & 3’s.

The schedule will continue until Thursday Dec. 10.

• Homeschooling

The homeschooling group will resume meetings on Monday, Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. This is an opportunity for homeschooling families to get together with others and exchange ideas or ask questions. Newcomers to homeschooling or families exploring the option are welcome to drop in to learn more. Activities for children will be provided. No preregistration is needed. Future meetings will be on the first Monday of most months at 2 p.m.

• Meet Someone New!

Many biographies for children have been released in recent years that are in a picture book format. Oftentimes, children overlook these fine offerings, thinking they are too babyish. Instead, they actually are filled with interesting information introducing everyone from scientists, politicians, artists, musicians and sports heroes.

The library will offer a monthly program called Meet Someone New! for children in grades two to five starting Wednesday, Sept 23 at 4 p.m. Each program will highlight an individual from the Library’s People and History collection. Stories will come alive with art, crafts or music based upon the individual highlighted each month.

The Sept. 23 program will introduce Anderson Mullins and his very unique apple tree. Children will make dried apple heads in honor of him. Preregistration is required by calling 985-2173, ext. 5.

 Children’s Yoga

A children’s yoga Series will begin on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 4 p.m. and continue on alternate Thursdays until Dec. 3. Over the course of this series, children ages 8 to 11 will become familiar with yoga through yoga postures, noncompetitive games, discussion and stories. Breathing techniques to reduce and dispel stress, improve focus and memory, and relax the body and mind will be introduced. No previous experience with yoga is necessary.

Preregistration and a waiver are required. Please call 985-2173, ext. 5 to preregister.

 Legos Club

Children in kindergarten and older are invited to join the Kennebunk Free Library Legos Club on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. Preregistration is required.

Events for children are free and wheelchair accessible. Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St., Kennebunk.

For more information or to pre-register for programs, please call 985-2173, ext. 5 or visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.

Guild names exhibition winners

The Art Guild of the Kennebunks held its annual Awards Exhibition Aug. 21-23 at the Community House in Kennebunk- port.

Ron Crusan, executive director/curator of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, judged the show. Each media with five or more entries was awarded a first-place ribbon. The juror also selected one piece for the Best in Show Award, which was won by Anne Gable Allaire of Kennebunk for her pastel titled “Stained Glass Winter.”

First Place Oil was won by Judith Kinsman of Saco for her painting, “Singing the Blues II.” First Place Acrylic was won by Peter Hoff of Kennebunk for “January.” First Place Mixed Media was won by Deborah Desmond Meserve of Kennebunk for “Water Level.” First Place Pastel was won by Ellen Pelletier of Kennebunk for “Cascading Light.” First Place Photography was won by Michael Fillyaw of Kennebunk for “Home to You.” First Place 3 Dimensional was won by Albert Pelletier of Kennebunk for his pottery, “Bowluptuous.” First Place Watercolor was won by Michael Anello of Kennebunk for “Irene.”

School offers free classes to seniors

In the fall of 2013 The New School received a $5,000 grant from the Maine Community Foundation.

The grant gave the school the means to strengthen and deepen ties to the community by offering free classes to senior citizens.

Classes include art, In Search of Shakespeare, writing, memoir, music theory, astronomy, cooking and more.

The New School’s goal in offering classes to senior citizens is to connect multiple generations to promote intergenerational and lifelong learning. Intergenerational learning enhances socialization and health for seniors, helps teens to raise their academic performance and breaks down age-based stereotypes.

The age variety contributes to the depth and diversity of information and experience on the issues presented for discussion and debate, making the class much more interesting.

All classes at The New School will be open to seniors starting the fall semester, which begins Sept. 14.

For more information, visit http://thenewschoolmaine.org/curriculum.

Annual Strut Your Mutt set for Sept. 13

This year’s Strut Your Mutt, hosted by the Animal Welfare Society of West Kennebunk, marks the 21st anniversary of the scenic stroll along the Kennebunk beaches.

Each year animal-loving folks and their favorite canine(s) participate in the event, the single largest fundraising event of the year for AWS.

The pledge money benefits the Sadie Fund. The Sadie Fund helps pay for the expensive medical care that some homeless animals need.

Festivities and registration begin at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 11 a.m. Registration is open. Participants may register or donate online.

For more information, call 985-3244.

Graves Library book store open

The Library Book Store at Graves Memorial Library in Kennebunkport is open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Perkins House (next to the library). It features titles that change constantly. At any time of the year, best sellers in hardcover and paperbacks, non-fiction, biographies, audiobooks, videos and music CDs can be found.

For more information, call 967-2778.

Library Card Sign-up Month approaches

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month. A library card grants access to all types of valuable resources. Besides books there are also CDs, movies, magazines, audio books, computers and more. And the best thing is, it’s all free.

So come in this month and apply for a library card. Residents of Kennebunkport, Kennebunk, Cape Porpoise, Wells or Arundel (including general area) are welcome to a free library card at Graves Memorial Library in Kennebunkport. Children between the ages of 0-14 need a parent or guardian present to sign their application card.

For more information, call 967-2778.

Brick Store Museum plans activities

The Brick Store Museum announced a new program at Kennebunk Beach. Tours will depart from Trinity Chapel on Mother’s Beach. Every Thursday at 2 p.m., visitors are invited to meet a Brick Store Museum guide at Trinity Chapel on Railroad Avenue.

The walking tour includes a history of the development of the beach, and includes stops at 12 locations; the tour lasts about an hour and covers less than a mile on flat road. Tickets can be purchased with cash or check on-site, or via credit card online at www.brickstoremuseum.org/beachwalkingtours.

The museum will continue to run weekly walking tours of Mothers Beach through the end of September. Check the museum’s website at www.brickstoremuseum.org for updated information in case of unexpected cancellation.

 The fifth annual Brick Store Museum Photography Contest, presented by Kennebunk Savings Bank, is open for submissions by amateur photographers of all ages.

The deadline to submit photos is Sept. 4.

Photographs can be entered in one of three traditional categories: Kennebunk, Travel or Nature, or a special anniversary category celebrating the art of the smartphone photo, reflecting how these images have changed how culture is captured.

Participants younger than 16 are invited to submit entries in a Children’s Category.

Winners will be selected from each category. Each participant may submit a maximum of three entries. Three artists from the southern Maine community will serve as the judges for this event. In 2014, the museum received more than 100 images for consideration.

With the contest’s motto of “Capture Culture,” the museum asks amateur photographers of all ages to participate in the documenting of the 21st century.

For more information on the contest and rules, and to print an entry form, visit www.brickstoremuseum.org or call 985- 4802.

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