2016-04-15 / Community

Community News

Sierra Club to host ‘More than Honey’

On April 22, Earth Day, the Maine Chapter of the Sierra Club will present “More Than Honey,” a film about the disappearance of bees, at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Kennebunk.

Admission is free. Coffee and dessert will be served at 6:30 p.m. The film starts at 7 p.m.

The film asks the question: What happens when a creature responsible for much of the world’s food supply starts dwindling in alarming numbers?

Donna Herczag of the Portland Protectors will speak on “How Pesticide Impacts the Lives of Bees and the Grass Roots Efforts to Ban Synthetic Pesticides.” The Portland Protectors is a citizens’ committee dedicated to banning cosmetic lawn care and fertilizers so as to protect kids, bees and waterways.

Twenty-five Maine communities, including Ogunquit, Brunswick, Rockland, Wells, Lebanon and Waterboro, have pesticide-control ordinances that ban or regulate the type or method of pesticides used in municipal, agricultural and forestry applications, and near drinking-water supplies.

Takoma Park, Maryland, was the first U.S. city to ban the use of cosmetic lawn pesticides in 2013. Some provinces and hundreds of municipalities across Canada have taken similar steps, along with anti pesticide measures in France, Germany and the Netherlands.

Physics professor James Vesenka of the University of New England faculty will also be on the agenda.

Vesenka, who holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California at Davis, has been keeping bees since 2003 and will answer question about beekeeping and the challenges beekeepers face today.

“By experimentation I figured out many interesting things about how bees work, and the most interesting thing is this: How bees work depends on where they are kept,” Vesenka said.

The presentation is co-sponsored by the Social Action Committee of the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church.

Story time takes break at Free Library

Story times at Kennebunk Free Library will take a break from April 15 to May 7. Families are welcome to continue to visit the library and borrow items. Story times will return the week of May 9, with the same schedule as currently followed: Mondays, 10:15 a.m., Peek-a-Book Babies; Tuesdays, 10:15 a.m., Family Story time; and Thursdays, 10:15 a.m., Time for 2’s & 3’s.

 Faerie Houses: It’s that time of year again. The fairies are returning to Kennebunk. Help welcome them back by creating a fairy house or gnome home to display at Kennebunk Free Library. This year, homes created by children will be accepted beginning Tuesday April 19. To be eligible for a certificate, submit houses to the library by Wednesday, May 4.

Houses should be created from all natural materials as fairies are allergic to plastic. Due to space constraints, houses should have a base no larger than 14” x 14,” and a height no taller than 30 inches. Although glue is allowed, try string, thread or raffia to connect pieces, or make glue using flour and water.

Remember to set aside bark, pine cones, shells and feathers to inspire children to create homes for the wee folk. For building materials, stop by Kennebunk Free Library’s Children’s Room. A selection of pine cones, bark and sea shells will be available for children to use in construction. Faerie Houses will be on display until May 20.

 Teen Gaming: 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. The event will be held in Hank’s Room, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. every Friday in April. Open to grades six to 12.

Teen Movie Night: The library will host Teen Movie Night on April 19. The movie is rated PG-13, contact Kennebunk Free Library directly or visit the Library website for title information. The event will be held in Hank’s Room from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Open to grades six to 12. Popcorn will be provided.

 Teen Anime Club: Join Melissa, the teen librarian, to talk about anime, learn to draw favorite characters, watch favorite anime files on the projection screen and everything anime in-between. The event will be held in Hank’s Room at the Kennebunk Free Library from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. It is open to students and teens in grades six to 12.

 Teen Manga Book Club: Join Melissa, the teen librarian to talk about a favorite manga series and everything manga in-between. Visit the library or the library website to confirm this month’s discussion title.

The event will be held in Hank’s Room at the Kennebunk Free Library from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. It is open to students and teens in grades six to 12.

Classes scheduled to assist with SATs

Maine Prep’s SAT prep classes for Kennebunk area high school students will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Monday and Thursday, May 5 through June 2, at Maine Prep, One High St., Kennebunk.

Classes, designed to teach students strategies to use in the math, writing and reading sections of the new SAT, prepare students for the June 4 SAT.

The 8-session SAT prep course is designed to help high school students improve SAT scores.

For more information about Kennebunk SAT prep classes and private tutoring, call Maine Prep at 798-5690, email maineprep@gmail.com or visit www.maineprep.com.

The New School plans benefit silent auction

The New School’s 16th annual Silent Auction, featuring MPBN’s Irwin Gratz as emcee, will be held on Saturday, April 30 at the Pepperell Center in Biddeford beginning at 6 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m.

The event features hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and live music.

More than 100 items will be up for bid with all proceeds to benefit The New School’s private, nonprofit high school education program.

Auction items include theater tickets, weekend get-aways at lake-side cabins, luxury African photo safaris, artwork, yoga classes, acupuncture treatments, local organic meat, massages and spa treatments, jewelry, car detailing and hand crafted furniture, gift certificates from local restaurants and businesses and more.

The event assists the school in efforts to raise money to help pay for students’ tuition who otherwise could not afford to attend.

For more information, call The New School at 985-3745.

Kennebunk Beach Classic set for June 5

The 25th annual Kennebunk Beach Classic 5K, hosted by The Center, is planned for Sunday, June 5. The race begins at 9:30 a.m. in Lower Village Kennebunk. For more information or to register, visit www.kennebunkbeachclassic.com or in person at the The Center, 175 Port Road, Kennebunk.

Kennebunk Free Library announces events

Adult Book Discussions take place in the reference room on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 1 to 2 p.m. at Kennebunk Free Library.

Attendees are welcome to provide input for future book discussion titles. Also check out the Non-Fiction Book Group held the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

 Coloring Craze: Visit the library on Friday, April 29 (noon to 2 p.m.), Tuesday, May 24 (5 to 7 p.m.) and/or Monday, June 27 (noon to 2 p.m.) to participate in the latest relaxation trend, coloring. The program is geared toward adults but all ages are welcome.

All coloring sheets and utensils will be provided.

 National Library Week celebrations: Throughout the week of April 11-16, the library has several ways to thank patrons during the celebration of National Library Week.

Patrons can participate in Food for Fines. The library will waive 50 percent of fines when a nonperishable food item is donated. All contributions will benefit COS of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport & Arundel.

During this week, the library will also offer Book Bundle raffles. Visit every day and receive a free raffle ticket to increase the chance of winning.

 Outside of the library, the Portland Sea Dogs are celebrating National Poetry Month, National Library Week and National Library Worker’s Day, all in one, on Tuesday, April 19. Prior to the game, they will be recognizing all library workers (full time, part time, and volunteer) for their work and dedication to the communities they work in with a parade around the warning track and on-field recognition ceremony. Fans that bring in a book for donation will have the opportunity to buy a ticket, receive one free for the Library Night event on April 19.

 Road race scheduled for July 8: It’s that time of year to start training for the 19th Edition Road Race on Friday, July 8. Raffle prizes are already being listed and there are two new options for the race this year, team registration and an Active Duty Military Discount.

Many runners like to run with friends so this year the library will offer team registration. For this race, a team consists of eight or more participants.

Team benefits include pre-race delivery of bibs, T-shirts and goodie bags (as long as you’re among the first 250 to sign-up) to a designated team location within 15 miles of the library. We will also provide teams with use of the 19th Edition Road Race graphic.

Active duty military can preregister online and receive the discounted price.

Visit www.kennebunklibrary.org to register, donate or inquire about volunteer opportunities.

 Chair Chi: The next Chair Chi session will be held in Hank’s Room on Wednesday, April 27 at 2:30 p.m.. Chair Chi is a gentle exercise program that was developed to help people enjoy the benefits of Tai Chi while seated. Instructor Amber Wilson, engage life director of Atria Kennebunk, will be using principles from her training to ease the mind, body and heart and enhance well being and community connection.

Though geared toward seniors and adults, it is a program open to all ages. Contact the library to preregister. Plan for future sessions on May 25, June 22 and July 27.

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

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 exhibit features 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 through April 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.

‘Weathering Shame’ authors to visit 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.

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.

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