2016-04-29 / Community

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Lucy Ferriss Lucy Ferriss Grandmothers Against Gun Violence plan Kennebunk meeting

At 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21 at Kennebunk Town Hall, the new Maine Chapter of Grandmothers Against Gun Violence will hold an organizing meeting.

The meeting is open to anyone interested in helping to stem the surge of gun violence. As an organizing event, people wishing to learn more about the Maine Chapter are encouraged to attend.

After a brief presentation about GAGV by Tyrrell Hunter, GAGV-ME’s organizer, a guest speaker, Debbie Atwood, from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense will discuss this fall’s expanded background check referendum.

Grandmothers Against Gun Violence originated in Seattle in 2012, just after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. The Maine Chapter is modeled after the Seattle group.

Graves Library announces Pasco Lecture Series guest

The Pasco Lecture Series will host fiction author Lucy Ferriss at Kennebunkport’s Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15.

Born in St. Louis, Ferriss has lived on both coasts, in the middle, and abroad. She is the author of 10 books, mostly fiction.

In addition to her new novel, “A Sister to Honor,” her novel “The Lost Daughter,” a Book-of-the-Month pick, was published in February 2012 and has appeared in Poland and China.

Her memoir, “Unveiling the Prophet: The Misadventures of a Reluctant Debutante” was called Best Book of the Year by the Riverfront Times; her novel “Nerves of the Heart” was a finalist in the Peter Taylor Prize competition; her collection “Leaving the Neighborhood and Other Stories” was the 2000 winner of the Mid-List First Series Award. Other short fiction and essays have appeared most recently in the New York Times, Missouri Review, Shenandoah, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Georgia Review, and have received recognition from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Faulkner Society, the Fulbright Commission, and the George Bennett Fund, among others. She received her Ph.D. from Tufts University and lives with her husband, Don Moon, in the Berkshires and in Connecticut, where she is Writer-in-Residence at Trinity College. She has two sons and abiding passions for music, politics, travel, tennis and wilderness.

“A Sister to Honor” has been named one of 20 Great Group Reads for 2015 by the Women’s National Book Association, which calls it “riveting and very relevant.”

Children’s room at library to open April 28

The Children’s Room at Kennebunk Free Library will re-open on Thursday, April 28. Staff is more than half way through unpacking and inspecting books, audio-books, and DVDs and now can see a light at the end of the very long tunnel.

In the meantime, patrons still have access to the rest of the building including Hank’s Room is where all children’s programs continue to be held. A growing collection of returned children’s items is located on the shelves around the perimeter of the Reference Room and are available to be checked out.

Patrons can also use their KFL card at Wells Public Library.

For more information please call 985- 2173.

Congregation Etz Chaim to host author

Congregation Etz Chaim will present A Conversation with Glenn Kurtz, author of “Three Minutes in Poland.”

The presentation will be Thursday, May 12 at 7 p.m. Kurtz stumbled upon a home movie that his grandfather had taken in the Jewish town of Nasielsk, Poland, just one year before the Nazis destroyed its Jewish community.

Citizens are invited to attend and learn the story of Kurtz’s journey to identify the people in the movie.

Congregation Etz Chaim is located at 36 Bacon St., Biddeford. Parking is available on the street in in the nearby Biddeford police station parking lot.

York County Audubon for Global Big Day

On Saturday, May 14, people all over the world will be participating in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Global Big Day.

It’s a citizen science project and the idea is simple: people spend the day birding and record what they see. Then they enter that data into eBird, where it will provide a global image of bird populations and locations. There’s no requirement as to when, where, or how long during that day one looks for birds.

York County Audubon will be an active participant, and anyone is welcome to join us. We’ll be seeing how many species we can locate in the county that day, and have challenged birders in Cumberland County to discover which county can log the most species.

On last year’s first Global Big Day, York County recorded 145 species, slightly ahead of Cumberland County’s 139. One more special feature of the YCA count is the participation of the Hard Core Birders, a group of Middle School of the Kennebunks students, organized by teacher Nathan Hall.

Residents are invited to join a team or go out on their own, to start before dawn and go all day, or simply spend an hour or two in the backyard.

The count day runs for 24 hours starting at midnight on the May 14. Birders from all over the world will join in the effort, and you can follow the progress of the Big Day on the Cornell Lab’s Global Big Day 2016 website.

The presentation is free, but participants are asked to RSVP via events@gokennebunks.com or call 967-0857.

Homeschool Network exhibit planned

An exhibit by Kennebunk Homeschoolers Network will be on display at the Kennebunk Free Library in the Speers Gallery May 2-31. The exhibit features a collection of art in a variety of styles.

The exhibit may be viewed at 112 Main St., Kennebunk, during regular library hours.

The Kennebunk Homeschoolers Network is a group of homeschooling families from Kennebunk and surrounding towns, who meet to share ideas and support other homeschoolers.

They meet the first Monday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m. in Hank’s Room at the Kennebunk Free Library. Anyone considering homeschooling or already homeschooling is welcome to attend.

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