2016-01-08 / Community

Community News

Last chance for Christmas carols

On Saturday, Jan. 9 at 2 p.m.., in honor of the celebration of Epiphany, also known as Twelfth Night. Christ Church at 6 Dane St, Kennebunk, will close out the Christmas season with a concert of Christmas favorites and sing-along caroling.

Organist and pianist Maestro Warren King will accompany several virtuoso musicians – flutist Rachael Barter, violinist Margaret Hopkins and trumpeter Thomas Kremser. The program will include opportunities for sing-along carols. There is a suggested donation, but is not required for attendance. Young children are welcome at no charge.

For more information, please visit www.christchurchkennebunk.org, or call (985- 4494) or visit the office at Wednesday or Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

King Day Breakfast planned at First Parish

“The Justice System and Injustice for People of Color” will be the topic presented by Rev. Dr. H. Roy Partridge at the 14th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast Monday, Jan. 18 at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Kennebunk.

The event begins at 8:30 a.m. with a full breakfast followed by live music and Partridge’s talk. Proceeds will benefit the NAACP Maine State Prison branch. Reservations are recommended. Call Martha Murray at 985-1411 or email FirstParishKennebunk@gmail.com by Jan. 11 to reserve tickets.

“It’s exciting to return to Kennebunk,” Partridge said. “I’ve spoken at this event twice before and have watched it over the years.”

Partridge said that killings of unarmed black men by police, such as the strangulation of Eric Garner last year in Staten Island, may seem far from Maine, but they have deeply affected people in Maine.

At Bowdoin College, where Partridge is special assistant to the president for multicultural affairs, black and white students came together to protest the killings.

Students staged a “die in” at both dining halls, lying down all over the floors for 40 seconds, the time it took for Garner to die. Partridge and other faculty and staff as well as students took part in this and several protest events at Bowdoin.

“These issues of violence are very much on our minds,” he said. “I was born in Alabama and saw a lot of violence in my early years. Then these things happened in the 1960s, too. Now there’s a sense of deja vu. There has been great improvement, but it [the killing] hasn’t gone away.

Partridge is an Episcopal priest and before his full-time work at Bowdoin, he served as rector at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church in Windham and interim rector at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Kennebunk. He has worked as a licensed clinical social worker at Sweetser Children’s Services in Saco and at the Community Counseling Center in Portland. He serves on many boards and committees in the community.

Library will celebrate Winnie-the-Pooh Day

Kennebunk Free Library is celebrating Winnie-the-Pooh Day on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 4 p.m. with children in grades K-5. The celebration will commemorate the birth of A. A. Milne on Jan. 18, 1882.

Milne is the author of the Winnie-the- Pooh stories which he created for his son, Christopher Robin. Students will learn about the real bear that inspired the Winnie-the-Pooh stories, hear one of Milne’s own stories and complete a craft project.

Children are invited to bring a bear or stuffed animal for show and tell.

Preregistration is required. The program is free and wheelchair accessible.

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

Kindergarten registration scheduled for Jan. 22

Kindergarten registration will be held at Kennebunkport Consolidated School and Kennebunk Elementary School on Friday, Jan. 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for any child who will be 5 years old on or before Oct. 15.

For children who will attend Kennebunkport Consolidated School, call Kathy Hirst at 967-2121.

For children who will attend Kennebunk Elementary School, call Linda Mattuchio at 985-4402.

Kennebunkport baby wins SMHC photo contest

Southern Maine Health Care announced that Noella Eva Grant was chosen the grand prize winner of its Oh Baby! Photo Contest.

Noella is the daughter of Erika and Justin Grant of Kennebunkport, who was born in SMHC’s Birthing Suite.

The Grants received a $500 cash prize for submitting the winning entry.

“SMHC and the Birthing Suite staff are so excited for the Grant family that Noella was chosen our grand prize winner in the Oh Baby! Photo Contest,” said Birthing Suite Nurse Manager Jan Roberts. “Noella is a lovely baby.”

Kennebunk Free Library schedules activities

Students in grades six to 12, are invited to join teen librarian, Melissa, for a Teen Advisory Board Meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Hank’s Room at Kennebunk Free Library.

Teen programs and activities for 2016 will be discussed. Bring ideas and friends. Snacks will be provided.

The event is free and wheelchair accessible.

 Play video games at the Kennebunk Free Library on a projector screen. Wii gaming console, controllers and games will be provided. Role-playing games, table-top games and personal device games are also welcome. Teen Gaming Night will be held in Hank’s Room, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. every Friday in January. Open to grades six to 12.

The event is free and wheelchair accessible.

 Studying and Stress-Busting will provide an opportunity for students to complete schoolwork and gather with friends in a relaxed and supportive environment. Group study sessions and project work are encouraged. There will also be a variety of ‘stress-busting’ activities available such as word games, coloring sheets and other creative projects. Melissa West, teen librarian, will be on hand to assist with tricky homework questions and research needs.

The event will take place in the Reference Room at Kennebunk Free Library 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 13, Jan. 20 and Jan. 27. Snacks will be provided. Open to students in grades six to 12.

The event is free and wheelchair accessible.

 The library will host Tail Waggin’ Tutor. Jack, a 5-year-old black Labrador retriever, will visit Kennebunk Free Library once a month as a patient, furry listener encouraging children to read. His first visit will be Saturday, Jan. 16 from 10 to 11 a.m. Students of all ages are invited to drop in to read to Jack.

Library Reading Dogs can help children increase their reading skills and become more confident readers. The dog provides a non-judgmental listener and children often relax in a manner they might not when reading to an adult or sibling. Practice gained by reading to a dog has been shown to help students increase reading fluency. Of course, associating reading with something fun like patting a dog helps too.

Jack is a certified therapy dog who also volunteers at the Kennebunk Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He will be accompanied by his favorite people, Ursula and Katie Roese.

No preregistration is required. The program is free and wheelchair accessible.

For more information, call 985-2173.

Knittin’ Mittens at Kennebunk Free Library

Students in grades 4-8 are invited to sign up for a free series of knitting classes at Kennebunk Free Library. The series runs on Thursdays at 4 p.m., Jan. 7 to Feb. 11. Over the course of six weeks, participants will learn the basics of knitting, how to knit on four needles, and will make a pair of felted wool mittens. If time allows, students also will learn how to embroider their mittens in the traditional Lovika manner.

All materials will be provided, courtesy of the Friends of Kennebunk Free Library.

For more information or to register, call 985-2173.

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