2016-04-01 / Community

Community News

Wells Reserve to host conservation biologist

What does it matter whether coyotes live in Maine’s landscapes or not? And what if mountain lions and wolves return again to Maine - what does it matter? And what does it matter how we as humans treat them? What do they have to do with our lives, and the lives of children and grandchildren? Come find out, as conservation biologist Geri Vistein shares research that has discovered the real life stories of carnivores – what happened to them, then what happened to their prey, then what happened to the land we call America … and then what happens to us.

Wells Reserve will host “Why do we need Large Carnivores Anyway?” by Vistein 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 26.

Vestein will sign copies of her new book “I Am Coyote.” The evening programs are free and open to all, no reservations needed. Meetings are held in Mather Auditorium at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells, ME 04090. For more information, call Mary Bateman at 646-8589, or visit www.yorkcountyaudubon.org.

Library’s April 7 story time is canceled

Due to staff training, story time at Kennebunk Free Library will not be held on Thursday, April 7.

Story times will return the following week, April 11 through April 14.

 Parenting Class at Kennebunk Free Library: Stevie Westmoreland will lead her next Parenting Class at the Kennebunk Free Library on Friday, April 1 at 10 a.m. Westmoreland has been in private practice as a licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed clinical professional counselor for 30 years. She also brings her own experience as a parent and grandparent to the discussion.

The class offers an opportunity for parents, grandparents and caregivers to gather to share the joys and challenges of parenthood. Skills developed will focus on identifying and understanding a child’s four basic feelings, calming ourselves down and the positive effect of mirror neurons with children.

The event is free, wheelchair accessible, and open to all. For more information, visit www.katherinestevenswestmoreland.com/the-well.html or call 985-2511.

 Homeschooling group meets: The Kennebunk Free Library Homeschooling Group will meet at 2 p.m. Monday, April 4. This is an opportunity for homeschooling families to get together with others and exchange ideas or ask questions. This will be the last meeting before the Homeschoolers’ Art Show held at the library, and will be the last opportunity to register.

The meeting is free and wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 985- 2173.

Tail Waggin’ Tutor: Jack, a certified therapy dog, will visit Kennebunk Free Library from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 9 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 required. The program is free, wheelchair accessible, and open to all. For more information, please call 985-2173.


Rose, who is about 9 years old, was recently surrendered to Another Chance Animal Rescue in Sanford after being abused in her home. The rescue’s pet expo raises much-needed funds for veterinarian bills and for the care of hundreds of cats and dogs each year. (Courtesy photo) Rose, who is about 9 years old, was recently surrendered to Another Chance Animal Rescue in Sanford after being abused in her home. The rescue’s pet expo raises much-needed funds for veterinarian bills and for the care of hundreds of cats and dogs each year. (Courtesy photo) Pet Expo planned for Sunday, April 3

Another Chance Animal Rescue’s Pet Expo will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 3 at North Berwick Elementary School. The school is located at 25 Varney St. in North Berwick.

Looking for a volunteer opportunity or like to foster an animal companion? Perhaps learn more about area services available to dogs or cats. The expo will offer plenty of chances to meet animals and learn about advocating for animals in Maine and New Hampshire.

Participants include Blixx Horses, Homeless Animal Rescue Team, Maine Friends of Animals, Animal Welfare Society, Mainely Rat Rescue, Pet Life, Friends of Feral Felines, Community Animal Watch, Maine Greyhound Placement Service, Lucky Pup Rescue, Super Dogs & Cats, School House Ice Cream, No Bowl Left Empty, Ever After Mustang Rescue, Maine Lost Dog Recovery, Maine Lost Cat Recovery, Responisble Pet Care, U.S. Bourne Books, Pampered Paws, Barks and Meows, Pampered Chef, Mary K, Ava Products, Furrr Feline Rescue, Younique, Thirty-one, Friends of Willow Rabbit and more.

For more information, call 490-2855.

Nonantum Resort wins tourism award

At the Maine Governor’s conference on tourism, March 22 at Sunday River, The Nonantum Resort received the 2016 Award for Tourism Leadership and Growth.

The Nonantum’s Fire and Ice event, which draws nearly 3,000 visitors to Kennebunkport in mid-December, and includes a variety of industry partners, has helped to expand the second weekend of Christmas Prelude and the economic benefits of tourism to the area.

“The Nonantum models the way for tourism business collaborations that strengthen destinations,” said Carolann Ouellette, director of the Maine Office of Tourism. “The resort’s holiday event, Fire and Ice, in coordination with Kennebunkport’s popular Christmas Prelude, added a new dimension to the existing event and has been instrumental in increasing shoulder-season visitation in a region that has traditionally been a summer vacation destination.”

The Governor’s Conference on Tourism Awards recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations that have distinguished themselves as models for the industry and contributing to the overall growth of tourism in Maine.

Fire and Ice, now in its sixth year, is a two-night sold out event featuring blazing bonfires on the resort’s back lawn, elaborate ice bars and sculptures, dancing to the Tony Boffa band, and comfort foods provided by area restaurant partners.

The benefits of Fire and Ice extend beyond The Nonantum’s doors. Area inns are now selling out on both weekends of Prelude, and some even report the second weekend surpassing the first. Area restaurants, shops and galleries are seeing far more foot traffic from holiday shoppers and diners.

A significant portion of the proceeds go to support local nonprofits, with The Education Foundation of the Kennebunks and Arundel, and Make-A-Wish Maine each receiving a $5,000 donation last year. The nonprofit beneficiaries also send volunteers to help staff the event.

Award-winning photographer to visit students

Regional School Unit 21 announced that Larry C. Price, a Pulitzer and Emmy award-winning documentary photographer will visit Kennebunk High School to work with students April 11-12.

Price and team at PBS NewsHour received a 2015 Emmy for the category of outstanding investigative journalism in a regularly scheduled newscast for a broadcast segment. He reported and photographed on the dangers of underwater gold mining in the Philippines with support from the Pulitzer Center. Price has also won a 1981 Pulitzer Prize for spot news photography for his coverage of the 1980 coup in Liberia as well as the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography for a portfolio documenting civil wars in Angola and El Salvador.

Price will offer a 90-minute presentation and Q and A to the full freshmen and sophomore classes. In addition, he will meet with students taking environmental science classes to discuss his latest work, which showcases global pollution.

The classes study the diverse social and environmental impacts of pollution locally, nationally and globally, including how environmental injustice creates a feedback loop of pollution and poverty. He will also work with International Baccalaureate fine art students and photography club students who are studying how photography not only informs us about but also helps us understand the world.

Price will be hold a free evening presentation with a question and answer session 6 p.m. April 12, 2016 at the Kennebunk High School auditorium.

Technology Tuesdays scheduled

Beginning March 22 and continuing the fourth Tuesday of every month, Technology Tuesdays, Kennebunk Free Library offers introductory computer classes. A different topic will be covered each session with Internet basics in March and email basics on April 26.

The class will teach the lingo and walk through the basics. Learn how to access and search the Internet and leave with some information on Internet safety. During an email session, learn how to set up an account.

Bring laptops or devices and have questions ready. A limited number of library computers will be available. For more information or to register, call 985-2173. The instruction is open to all patrons.

Student art exhibited at Brick Store

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 through Saturday, April 9 and features a selection of artwork from Kennebunk High School students in grades 9 through 12.

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.

Contradances 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.

Speers Gallery to host Beyond Tots art

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.

Mannix to discuss book at library

Local weatherman Kevin Mannix and his wife Linda Rota will discuss their autobiography “Weathering Shame” at Kennebunk Free Library on Monday, April 25 at 6 p.m.

Join Kevin and Linda, a social worker, as they share their life experiences, lessons, struggles and feelings of shame and the stigma that results from growing up exposed to alcoholism, severe depression and suicide.

In “Weathering Shame,” the authors’ goal is for readers to benefit from their struggles, raise awareness and to be inspired and encouraged by their personal stories to embark on their own journey of self-discovery, recovery or awareness.

A book signing will take place after the presentation. Books will be available for purchase.

The program is free and wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 985- 2173.

Genealogy Group will host author

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.

“My book, ‘Soldier, Engraver, Forger – Richard Brunton’s Life on the Fringe in America’s New Republic’ (New England Historical Society, 2015) will introduce many previously unknown works by his hand and will provide an authentic glimpse into life on the fringe in America’s new Republic,” Child said.

Following her lecture, copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Child is an author, lecturer and independent curator. A graduate of the Master of Arts Program at Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada, she is the author of the ‘Sketchbooks of John Samuel Blunt’ (Portsmouth Athenaeum, 2007) and a regular contributor to Antiques and Fine Art. Samples of her publications may be viewed on www.deborahmchild.com.

The Genealogy Group is open to the public and meets nine times a year.

The event is free to the public and is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 985-2173.

Art guild accepting jurying candidates

Artists must preregister by Monday, April 4 to submit work for jurying for acceptance into the Art Guild of the Kennebunks. This is the only opportunity this year for artists to be admitted.

Preregistered artists must submit five examples of art in the same medium. Preregistration forms, guidelines and additional details are available from membership chairman, Judith Kinsman by emailing her at judithkinsman@gmail.com or calling 229-9659.

Artists may choose to submit their work either digitally via email submission to AGKjudge@gmail.com by Monday, April 4 or physically deliver art on Saturday, April 9 between noon and 1 p.m. to the Brick Store Museum Program Center.

Artists must pick up their art at 3 p.m. the same day. The Brick Store Museum Program Center is located behind the museum with entrance at 4 Dane St. (across from Kennebunk Town Hall). Applicants will be notified by mail of the results.

All types of art including sculpture and photography are welcomed. Artists should submit five original, recent pieces, not done in a class or workshop. The work should be professionally presented. Two-dimensional work should be ready for hanging. Mats should be neutral. Judges look for consistency rather than diversity.

The Art Guild of the Kennebunks offers exhibitions in which only juried members may exhibit their art. AGK presently has approximately 75 juried members. The guild also accepts non-juried, associate members, who may not exhibit their art, but who may participate in all other AGK activities.

The guild will hold several exhibitions this summer. As with all AGK exhibitions and program meetings, the public is invited to attend free of charge.

FMI, contact Ann Legg at 251-8439 or email alegg@roadrunner.com.

Care4Kids race/walk set for April 10

The second annual York County Community Action Corporation Care4Kids 5K Run/Walk at Camp Ellis will be held Sunday, April 10.

The route covers some of the most beautiful coastline in Maine, running from Camp Ellis, up Ferry Road to Bayview Road, and then down Seacoast Road to end just short of the parking lot across from the historic Victory Parish Hall.

An awards ceremony and lunch will be held in the Parish Hall parking lot after the race. All proceeds help support YCCAC programs that most benefit children from low-income families in York County – Head Start and Early Head Start, WIC and Nasson Health Care.

For more information or to register, visit www.yccac.org or contact contact Brad Bohon at 495-2954 or email bradb@yccac.org.

Foodie tour announces giving campaign

Maine Foodie Tours, the company that has brought culinary walking tours to Portland, Kennebunkport, Bar Harbor and Rockland, announced it will host a 12 Months of Giving campaign.

Each month, a portion of ticket sales purchased for Maine Foodie Tours will be donated to a different Maine charity or organization.

The charities and organizations that Maine Foodie Tours has chosen to support in 2016 are statewide or located within the four communities in which they currently operate.

The Animal Welfare Society of West Kennebunk is the recipient of all profits from the Doggie and Me six-legged tours offered each season in Kennebunkport, offering eats for the owners and treats for the furry friends.

For more information about the 12 Months of Giving, call Pamela Laskey or contact Kate McCann at 412-952- 0633 or email thekatemccann@gmail.com.

Grief Support Group at the Center

The Center in Lower Village Kennebunk will host support group meetings for those dealing with the loss of a loved one.

Carol MacLeod, recently retired advanced practice nurse in psychiatry, leads a Grief Support Group at the Center, 175 Port Road, Kennebunk, on Thursdays at 11 a.m.

For more information, call The Center at 967-8514.

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