2016-02-12 / Community

Community News

Kennebunk Free Library to host Tail Waggin’ Tutor

Jack, a certified therapy dog, will visit Kennebunk Free Library on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 10 to 11 a.m. to encourage children to read. 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 also volunteers at the Kennebunk Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He will be accompanied by Ursula and Katie Roese.

No preregistration is needed. The program is free, wheelchair accessible, and open to all.

For more information, call 985-2173, ext. 5 or visit www.KennebunkLibrary.org.

Healthy Kennebunk program accepting registration

Healthy Kennebunk programs encourage and support nutritional eating and activities that inspire moving toward a healthier lifestyle.

The walking programs were started in 2014 as a way to encourage physical activities combined with healthy eating. So far, programs included:

1) Walk to Win. Participants took 6,467,041 steps.

2) Move to Win participants took 4,220,812 steps.

3) Step Into Spring participants took 11,261,887 steps.

4) Summer Sizzle participants took 32,219,518 steps.

5) Fall Into Fitness participants took 17,807,015 steps.

Since 2014, five walking programs have been launched with participants taking a total of 71,976,503 steps.

Healthy Kennebunk’s newest walking program Spring Into Fitness begins March 21. Registrants can participate as an individual or as a team. The team aspect is new to the program.

To register for Spring into Fitness or for more information, email healthymainstreet@kennebunkmaine.us.

Graves Library plans Kids’ Winter Garden

Kids’ Winter Garden Programs at Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library (for children ages 8 to 12) will be held on four consecutive Thursdays beginning Feb. 18 and running through March 10 from 3 to 4 p.m.

Join us for one class or all four sessions. The following is a schedule of each weekly program.

The Kids’ Winter Garden classes are free and will be taught by Shelley Wigglesworth, a certified Maine Master Gardener and award-winning local journalist.

Preregistration is required and limited to 12 students per class. The library is located at 18 Maine St., Kennebunkport.

For more information or to register, call 967-2778 and ask for the Junior Room or visit www.graveslibrary.org.

Show dates announced for high school’s musical production

Kennebunk High School will host “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum” Feb. 26-28 and March 4-6. The musical will be held at the high school’s Economos Auditorium. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7 p.m. Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m.

Sondheim’s musical masterpiece is a nonstop, madcap comedy, turning the KHS stage into the streets of ancient Rome. Filled with dazzling costumes, energetic choreography, hysterical characters, and memorable songs, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” will keep the audience smiling from the first number until the final curtain call.

Ticket reservations can be made at www.musicatkhs.com.

Pearson releases Maine novel on Kindle

Dana Pearson of Kennebunk has released the novel “The Muralist” on Kindle. Pearson is a columnist, musician, and author of “Two Birds,” a seriocomic crime novel of which a Kindle version is being prepared for later this winter.

In “The Muralist,” travel writer Ted Abbott is brought home in the spring of 2001 by a family emergency. Once he gets there, several factors make it hard for him to leave the coastal Maine village of Albemarle: the whittled-down family, an old high school flame (whose marriage may or may not be an impediment to a fling), the fate of an iconic town landmark, and the mysterious death of a man Ted used to know. The main factor, though, is Sully, a quirky childhood buddy Ted hasn’t seen in years. As they reconnect during Sully’s creation of a controversial mural for the newly built town hall, their decades-old bond – revisited in flashbacks – is rekindled and strengthened, leading Ted to reconsider what’s important in his life.

“The Muralist” can be found at www.amazon.com/author/danapearson. Pearson writes about “The Muralist” and keeps a blog at www.danampearson.com.

York County Community Action receives Community Investment

York County Community Action Corporation (YCCAC) has been awarded three one-year grants and two two-year grants from United Way of York County totaling $95,500. The investment will provide economic opportunities for individuals and families throughout York County by supporting education, housing, transportation and legal advocacy programs.

For over 50 years, York County Community Action has worked to support the health, safety, and wellbeing of York County residents.

The organization works in partnership with individuals and organizations across the county to help strengthen families and address the complex issues that result in a household’s inability to achieve a healthy and prosperous life. Programs include Head Start and Early Head Start, Energy Services, WIC, and Transportation, as well as our Department of Economic Opportunity, which encompasses housing and consumer advocacy services, community outreach, and financial literacy programs.

In addition, YCCAC operates York County’s only Federally Qualified Health Center, Nasson Health Care, which offers integrated medical, dental, behavioral health and enabling services.

Through the mobilization of resources, expertise, and funds that support programs focused on the essentials of education, financial stability, and health, United Way of York County advances the common good and strengthens the whole community.

“Thanks to the generosity of many who support United Way’s work throughout the year, we are able to provide continued and much needed support for essential human services across the region,” said United Way of York County President and CEO Barb Wentworth. “These important programs support the best start for our youngest citizens, provide healthy foods for children and seniors, engage youth in meaningful service, and meet basic needs, all critical components of our collective efforts to build an even stronger York County.”

For more information about YCCAC, call Rebekah Hayes at 459-2991 or visit www.yccac.org.

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