2015-11-06 / Community

Community News

Saint David’s schedules annual Harvest Fair

Saint David’s Church in Kennebunk is hosting its annual Harvest Fair on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A variety of tables include raffle baskets, silent auction with more than 60 items, bake sale, homemade chicken pot pies, gluten-free treats and homemade jams and jellies.

The table of treasures is greatly expanded. Back by popular demand will be the jewelry table. In addition, Café Lunch will feature soups and sandwiches provided by area restaurants along with crepes by Dory Dogs from the Kennebunk farmers market. Entertainment will be provided throughout the day.

For more information, call 985-3073.

Seacoast Garden Club to host open meeting

The Seacoast Garden Club invites community members to its annual open meeting on Monday, Nov. 9.

The club emphasizes educational programs in horticulture and design, as well as support of conservation programs, and beautification of our local landscape.

For those interested in the farm-to-table concept, the club provides information and education to enhance that involvement. Club members maintain several public gardens in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport and have liaisons with the local school community.

The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Community House, Temple Street in Kennebunkport.

After the program and short business meeting, there will be a light luncheon.

The program presenter is Mary Doyle of the Unique Maine Farms project. The project was established to sup port the diversity of sustainable agricultural enterprises taking place in Maine.

Its goal is to preserve farmland and natural resources for future generations. Because of its all-inclusive belief that “farming” is for everyone, Unique Maine Farms strives to support all types of agricultural pursuits in the state including farming that is taking place among the disenfranchised and vulnerable populations.

For more information, email Sue MacCachran at smaccachran@roadrunner.com or call 967-3639.

Wells Chamber to host second annual Vets 5K

The Wells Chamber of Commerce will host the second annual Veterans Day 5K at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7.

The 5K run/walk will start and end at the Wells Elks Lodge, 356 Bald Hill Road.

Proceeds for the event benefit local veterans projects. Gorham Savings Bank is the primary event sponsor.

The first 150 registrants will receive a long-sleeve T-shirt. The Elks Lodge will have food and beverage for sale after the race.

Prizes will be awarded to male and female in the following categories: Overall, under 20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 70-plus.

For more information or to register, visit www.wellschamber.org or call 646-2451.

DAR chapter to sponsor genealogy workshop on Nov. 14

Rebecca Emery Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host a genealogy and DAR membership application workshop on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It will be held at the Springvale Library, 443 Main St., Springvale.

The focus of this workshop will be the step-by-step instructions to complete the membership application to join the DAR. This will include the required documents needed to support the application. State vice regent and former state registrar Liz Hotchkiss will be present to assist as well as members of Rebecca Emery Chapter. We will also offer assistance with supplemental applications for active members.

All members of the public are welcome. Please RSVP to RebeccaEmeryChapterDAR@gmail.com.

For more information, visit www.dar.org.

Opportunity to meet Santa Claus planned for Nov. 29

Meet with Santa on Sunday, Nov. 29. He and his elves will visit Sebago Brewing, Squaretoe’s, Duffy’s Tavern and Perfectos Caffe between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Look for posters with detailed schedules in various downtown merchants’ windows or visit www.kennebunkmaine.us.

Santa may make one more stop at the Waterhouse Center at about 1:30 p.m.

York County Shelter Programs, Inc. to change name

The board of directors has unanimously voted to change the agency name from York County Shelter Programs, Inc., to the Donald H. Gean Center for Human Services, to honor the man who founded the agency 30 years ago.

It was in 1985 that Gean took the helm of what was then known as the York County Alcoholism Shelter. The day he walked through the door of the crumbling old York County Jail, he inherited a handful of old men down on their luck, who needed a lot of help in addressing the causes of their homelessness, and an agency that was falling apart at the seams and about to lose its only funding source.

He quickly realized that his mission, at that moment, was to address what was causing Ray, Ray, Charlie, Charlie and George to remain homeless. He set into motion a series of actions that eventually resulted in enabling all five of those original fellows being able to die with dignity in the permanent housing the agency built under his leadership – at home. That was his vision –that every single person, regardless of their past and bad luck, deserves a home.

It is with that passion that Gean blazed a trail through the maze of conventional human services to make a positive difference for the folks he cares so much about; the thousands of Rays, Charlies and Georges who come to Shaker Hill in search of hope and someone to believe in them.

Brick Store Museum receives federal grant

The Brick Store Museum announced that it has received a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for its project to digitize its archival collection of Kennebunks and York County photographs, to be used by the public.

More than 5,000 photographs, glass plate negatives, dageurrotypes, stereographs, and newspapers on microfilm will be included in the project. The images represent the history of the Kennebunks and York County as a whole, but have not yet been preserved digitally.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Their mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov.

The Brick Store Museum’s collection of three dimensional and archival items number close to 70,000 objects in total. A major goal for the Museum in the coming years is to bring its collections online so that the public can gain access to its research possibilities.

To begin this process, IMLS granted the museum $24,940 to digitize its photograph collection under its Museums for America grants program; the Brick Store Museum was one of only three museums in Maine to have received this grant in 2015. Sen. Angus King’s office made the official announcement to the museum in September.

Christmas in Kennebunk celebration planned for Nov. 28

The 32nd annual Christmas in Kennebunk celebration is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 28 in Kennebunk’s downtown plaza.

Gather with friends and family up and down Main Street and in the downtown plaza for the annual Christmas tree lighting. Sing along with carolers from Kennebunk High School until Santa arrives to light the tree (about 5 p.m.). Local merchants and friends will again provide free refreshments beginning at 4:15 p.m.

After the tree lighting, more festivities are planned at the Waterhouse Center.

For safety reasons, a small portion of Main Street will be closed to through traffic from approximately 4:30 to 6 p.m. by the Kennebunk Police Department. Police will be on hand to help direct drivers to alternate routes.

Community Harvest serves up local goods at Savory & Sweet

Community Harvest, a nonprofit organization serving Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel, will host the fifth annual Savory & Sweet Soiree at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport on Thursday, Nov. 5. The Savory & Sweet Soiree is a benefit auction that helps raise funds to support year-round Community Harvest programs that assist residents.

The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with chances to buy raffle tickets for a Wolf Brand Lucky Scooter donated by Harbor Village Scooters and also bid on various auction items donated by local businesses.

Guests will have a chance to take home items such as a dinner for four at One Dock; a bountiful gift basket from the Southern Maine Food Initiative; two sets of American Girl Doll clothes and dinner for four at David’s to name a few. Perfecto’s Caffe and Hannaford Supermarket, among others, are also serving up generous gift certificates.

Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 967-1911, or at the door.

Donations of gift certificates, art, crafts, and services are still being accepted. If you are interested in making a donation of any kind to Community Harvest’s Savory & Sweet Soiree, call 967-1911.

Atria announces monthly program list

Atria Kennebunk announced its program list for November. Atria Kennebunk is located on 1 Penny Lane in Kennebunk.

 Sunday, Nov. 8, 2 p.m.

David Worobec will give a Broadway performance. Recently recognized for his “Tophat Toy Theatre” in Downeast Magazine. Light refreshments will be served.

 Thursday, Nov. 12, 6:30 p.m.

An evening contemporary piano concert will be performed by John D’Ambrosio.

 Sunday, Nov. 15, 2 p.m.

Singer songwriter, Gary Wittner for a concert with Latin flavor and a surprise accompaniment. Light refreshments will be served.

 Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1 p.m. Alzheimer’s Support Group meeting. The meeting is led by Life Guidance Director Susan Bertin. For more information or to RSVP, call 985-5866.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 985-5866.

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