2015-09-18 / Community

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The Concerts in West K series begins Sunday, Sept. 20, when a trio specializing in Irish music plays at West Kennebunk United Methodist Church. Members of the trio, from left, are Kieran Jordan, Mark Roberts and Laurel Martin. (Courtesy photo) The Concerts in West K series begins Sunday, Sept. 20, when a trio specializing in Irish music plays at West Kennebunk United Methodist Church. Members of the trio, from left, are Kieran Jordan, Mark Roberts and Laurel Martin. (Courtesy photo) All-Dylan concert postponed

First Person Plural’s all-Dylan concert scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Unitarian Church in Kennebunk has been postponed to Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the same location.

Sierra Club to host film at First Parish

Maine Sierra Club will screen “Disruption,” with three guest speakers 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25 at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Kennebunk. The event is free and open to the public. Dessert and coffee will be served at 6:30 p.m.

“Disruption” takes a look at the consequences of inaction. The exploration lays bare the science, the political process, the industry special interests and the civic stasis that have ended at a social, moral and ecological crossroads. The film also takes a behind-the-scenes look at the effort to organize the largest climate rally in the history of the planet during the UN world climate summit.

“Disruption” is the story of a moment in history.

Featured in the film is former NASA scientist James Hansen, who testified before Congress in 1988 that there was a strong “cause and effect relationship” between observed temperatures and human emissions into the atmosphere.

Also featured are Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org and Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College; Naomi Klein, author of “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate,” a New York Times nonfiction bestseller, and Naomi Oreskes, science historian at Harvard University and co-author of “Merchants of Doubt,” a nonfiction book on how – despite a scientific consensus on climate change and its causes – those opposing action have joined forces to challenge the scientific consensus.

Following the film, there will be three speakers: Becky Bartovic, chairman of the Sierra Club of Maine; Miriam Rubin, coordinator of the Sierra Club of Maine’s Climate Action Teams (CATs), and Tess Johnson, CAT’s coordinator for the Kennebunks.

Johnson said, “The Climate Action Team of the Kennebunks is dedicated to educating the public about alternative, affordable, renewable solar energy. We want the citizens of our towns to realize that solar energy has never been more affordable or attainable. It makes sense both financially and morally. We don’t have a second to waste, our planet needs its people to take renewable resources into their own hands both as individuals and as a municipality.”

Moviegoers are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to be given to the York County Shelter Programs food pantry in Alfred.

The church’s Social Action Committee is co-sponsoring the event.

Oldies dance benefits McDonald House

The seventh annual Oldies Benefit Dance is scheduled for 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Oct.17.

It will be held at the Eagles Hall on 57 Birch St. in Biddeford. Ticket sales are limited to 200.

The proceeds are going to Ronald Mc- Donald House of Portland. To date the events have raised more than $21,000.

The dance will be rock ‘n’ roll music from the 50s, 60s and 70s provided by Oldies ‘R’ Us. There will be prizes for a dance contest, trivia questions, door prizes and oldies videos shown.

For more information or tickets, call Bruce at 284-4692.

Library trustees meeting is Sept. 22

The annual meeting of the Kennebunk Free Library Board of Trustees will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22. Library trustees meet on the last Tuesday of the month.

Meetings are held in Hank’s Room on the lower level of the library. All meetings are open to the public and visitors are welcome.

For more information, visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.

Historical society needs crafters

The Arundel Historical Society is looking for craftspeople to display and sell their wares at its annual craft fair. The fair will be held Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Mildred L. Day School on Limerick Road.

There are spaces and tables available for rental.

To reserve a space or table, contact either Joanne Dewitt at 985-3087 or Suzanne Madore at 282-3451.

Irish music, dance to visit West Kennebunk

The fall season of the Concerts in West K series gets underway on Sunday, Sept. 20 with a performance of traditional Irish music and dance by the Massachusetts based trio of Laurel Martin, Mark Roberts and Kieran Jordan.

The concert will take place at 3 p.m. at West Kennebunk United Methodist Church, 160 Alfred Road in West Kennebunk.

Martin, Roberts, and Jordan are longtime friends who have collaborated previously in other groups, including the fiddle ensemble Childsplay.

Martin is known for her fiddling. Multi-instrumentalist Roberts is perhaps best known for his flute playing, but also adds banjo, bouzouki, and other percussion to the group’s sound. Jordan is one of the region’s leading exponents of sean-nós (“old style”) step dancing, with extensive experience in performance, teaching and choreography.

As a trio, they present musical selections with dance woven in as rhythmic and visual accompaniment. Performing with lyricism and consummate skill, the group also sprinkles their concerts with entertaining and heartfelt anecdotes, promising an uplifting show of good tunes, good steps and good spirits.

Admission to the concert is by donation at the door. For more information, email pfwells51@gmail.com or call 985-2831.

Witchcraft tales at Brick Store Museum

The Brick Store Museum announced the second installment of its monthly lecture series Third Thursday Talks will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 and will feature a presentation by Roxie Zwicker titled, “New England Witchcraft Tales.”

Zwicker will focus her presentation on the tales of other New England witches beyond Salem, including stories of witchcraft from Plymouth, Massachusetts, to New Hampshire and Maine.

The presentation also highlights the evolution and superstitions of witchcraft throughout New England. Zwicker is the founder of New England Curiosities and has been sharing her stories of New England Legends and Lore since 1993.

The lecture is free for museum members. Snacks and beverages will be served.

For more information on the Third Thursday Talks, visit www.brickstoremuseum.org/thirdthursdaytalks or call 985- 4802.

Annual Pumpkin Patch Trolley planned

Seashore Trolley Museum will host its 17th annual Pumpkin Patch Trolley.

The event will be held rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 19, 20 and 26, 27. Seashore Trolley is the place to celebrate fall with streetcar rides to the pumpkin field, pumpkin decorating and games for the kids.

Seashore Trolley Museum is the world’s oldest and largest electric railway museum.

For more information, visit www.trolleymuseum.org.

Singers sought for Seaglass Chorale

Seaglass Performing Arts is seeking candidates to join the chorale for the 2015- 2016 season. Rehearsals began Sept. 13.

The chorale will present “Carols and Lullabies, Christmas in the Southwest,” by Conrad Susa during the holiday season. The evening will also include a holiday sing-a-long and past audience favorites.

The two performances are scheduled Saturday, Dec. 12 (South Congregational Church in Kennebunkport, 7 p.m), and Sunday, Dec. 13 (North Parish Church in Sanford, 3 p.m).

The chorale will also present an encore performance of “An Evening of Reflection and Meditation” at Merrill Auditorium in Portland.

The concert features the works of Nor- wegian composer Ola Gjeilo (Yay-lo) and the photography of Maine artist Peter Ralston. The concert will be taking place on March 20. Seaglass Performing Arts is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide music- based opportunities, to enhance artistic skills, to provide high-quality cultural enrichment, and to participate in events that benefit other organizations. Founded in 1993, Seaglass Chorale is a nonauditioned choral group with members from southern Maine. Conducted by Artistic Director Jean Strazdes, the Seaglass Chorale invites adults who love to sing to join. New members are always welcome.

The chorale rehearses at 6 p.m. on Sundays at the Holy Cross Church on Lord Street in Kennebunk. Visit the website for the full rehearsal schedule.

For more information or to join Seaglass Chorale, call 985-8747 or visit www.seaglassperformingarts.org.

Arundel plans centennial celebration

Arundel will celebrate its 100th anniversary as an independent town with its annual Heritage Day celebration on Saturday, Sept. 19.

The event will take place at the Arundel Historical Society’s North Chapel Common at the corner of Route 111 (Alfred Road) and Limerick Road from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is free and open to all. There will be a Reminisce Tent, a popular venue, that will feature photos and historical displays of Arundel’s past.

There will be craft vendors; demonstrations such as quill writing, spinning and blacksmithing, old engine displays, agricultural displays and farm animals. The event will include a White Elephant table, games for children, food and music, as well as horse drawn wagon rides for all ages.

This year as part of the 100th commemoration, there will be a book available dealing with aspects of Arundel’s history.

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