2016-03-18 / Community

Community News

Class of 2016 schedules Senior Auction for March 24

The Kennebunk High School Class of 2016 will hold its Senior Auction 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24 at the high school’s Gym C.

The Senior Auction is the largest fundraising event of the year that supports Project Graduation. This year’s auction theme is Candy Land. The event consists of a silent auction, with items such as Patriots tickets, restaurant gift certificates and Easter baskets for children.

Following the silent auction, a live auction will be held, when seniors will auction off services and talents.

Donations are still being accepted for the silent auction. For more information, email Rachel Murer at ramurer@roadrunner.com.

Brick Store Museum to feature student artwork

All across America, the month of March is celebrated as Youth Art Month, a month of promoting art and art education throughout our schools and communities at large. Thousands of American schools participate in observing Youth Art Month, often with the involvement of local art museums and civic organizations.

The Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk will feature a selection of student artwork in celebration of Youth Art Month titled “Panorama: Artwork from KHS Visual Art Students.”

The show runs until Saturday April 9 and features a selection of artwork from Kennebunk High School students in grades 9 through 12.

“Panorama” provides a scope of visual artworks across a broad range of media and subject matter, highlighting some of the most dynamic examples of visual art currently happening in our community at the high school level. The exhibit includes a selection of both 2D and 3D pieces from many of the art classes offered at Kennebunk High School including Ceramics, Drawing Fundamentals, Painting, Metalsmithing, Art Foundations (Fine Art and Digital Art), Art II, Advanced Placement (AP) Studio Art, and International Baccalaureate (IB) Visual Art.

The show was curated by KHS art teachers Marnie Rollerson, Katie Mooney and Jenny Kowtko in conjunction with the Brick Store Museum.

The Brick Store Museum will award each student an art kit that includes new items to feed their artistic passion – sketch pads, pencils, paints, and more. A generous donor has supported this initiative as a matching donation – now the museum needs help. For $25, any member of the community can sponsor an art kit for a student, ensuring that each student receives an award for their creativity and talent. Each sponsor will have a kit named in their honor. Please contact Deborah Williams at dwilliams@brickstoremuseum.org or at 985-4802.

The public is invited to attend the closing reception to celebrate the work of these fine young artists on Thursday, April 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. RSVP to info@brickstoremuseum.org.

Contradance events raise funds for Iceland trip

Every year at The New School, students spend three weeks traveling to other countries and areas in the U.S. to study different cultures and language. Faculty create areas of interdisciplinary study for students before and during the Intensives. Through TNS Intensives, students gain real world experience, self-awareness, a spirit of adventure and memories that stay with them for a lifetime.

Early in the school year students brainstorm the kinds of adventures and learning experiences they would like to have. They work with teachers to research the possibilities and figure out the logistics. They hold fundraising events to help cover the expenses.

A group of students who are traveling to Iceland this year have been holding a series of contradances in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport. They have raised much needed money and have had so much fun with the community that comes to the dances, they have decided to hold one more. All ages are welcome. The emphasis is on the fun of dancing to live music in a friendly community atmosphere. A caller teaches each dance before it is actually done to the music. This gives everyone an idea of what to expect when the music starts.

Because the pattern of figures in each contra dance is repeated often, they are easy to learn.

The next dance will be at the Kennebunk Town Hall on Friday, April 1 from 7 to 10 p.m. There will be live music and the dances will be called by Bill Olson, well known Maine caller. For more information or tickets, call 985-3745.

Library to host Beyond Tots artwork

An exhibition of artwork by preschool age children from the Kennebunk Recreation Department’s Beyond Tots Adventure Club will be on display at the Kennebunk Free Library in the Speers Gallery from April 4-30.

The exhibit is in recognition of The Week of the Young Child, an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The purpose of the Week of the Young Child is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

The 2016 Week of the Young Child is April 10-16. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Our Youngest Learners.”

The Beyond Tots Adventure Club artwork is based on some of their favorite authors and illustrators from the Kennebunk Free Library’s collection. They experimented with different mediums and techniques to create fun and visually interesting pieces. The children got their hands dirty (blue, in fact!) exploring the stories, not only through art but also through songs, games and activities to encourage literacy and a joy for books.

A reception will be held on Tuesday April 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.

Rockefeller Scholarship seeks applications

Residents over the age of 18 who are on a “road less traveled” and are seeking educational experiences that will change their life and the lives of people around them are invited to apply for a James and Marilyn

Rockefeller Transition Scholarship.

The next application deadline for the James and Marilyn Rockefeller Transition Scholarship is June 1, 2016. Complete guidelines and application forms are available at www.mainecf.org. Eligible applicants must have completed a College Transitions program through one of the state’s adult education programs within the last year and be pursuing post-secondary education.

The selection committee is looking for applicants who have exhibited uncommon tenacity, focus, hope, and humor in the face of adversity, and/or who are pursuing a meaningful life change that requires additional education, traditional or nontraditional. Applicants should be determined to succeed, be serious about learning, and have an academic and financial plan to achieve their goal.

A statewide organization with offices in Ellsworth and Portland, the Maine Community Foundation has worked with donors and educators since 1983 to provide Maine students access to educational opportunities. The community foundation manages more than 500 scholarship funds.

MaineStage Shakespeare to perform at library

Theater comes to Kennebunk Free Library on Tuesday, March 22, in Hank’s Room at 6 p.m. when the Maine- Stage Shakestars will present an abridged version of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” The group of Shakespeare summer camp attendees has done the writing, directing, casting, costuming, set building and more for this play. A dedicated and passionate group of kids, they hope to see the Kennebunk based company continue its free performances as they have done for the last five summers.

On Monday March 28, at 6 p.m., selected scenes from “Richard III” will be read by performers and on Wednesday, April 6, at 6 p.m., the same program will be held but with readings from “All’s Well That Ends Well.”

Join the library in marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. In addition to these performances, the library has replaced all of our well-used and worn Shakespeare volumes so make sure to check out and take a play home.

The MaineStage Shakespeare summer season begins on July 8. For more information visit www.mainestageshakespeare.com. For more information, call 985-2173.

Library’s genealogy group will host illustrated lecture

Join Deborah M. Child for an illustrated lecture about engraver and dye-sinker Richard Brunton 10 a.m. Saturday, April 2 at Kennebunk Free Library.

Brunton first arrived in Boston Harbor with the British army in 1774 and fought in many of the key battles of the American Revolution including the Battle of Newport. When he deserted in 1779, he initially tried to make an honest living at his craft first in Boston, and then in Providence, before taking to the road and resorting to counterfeiting coin and paper currency to secure a livelihood. For this he was incarcerated on at least three occasions.

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