2016-08-26 / Community

Community News

Nonprofits invited to community fair

Local nonprofits in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel are invited to join a new community initiative, CONNECT: Experience all Our Community has to Offer, a fair to be held in the South Tower at the Livewell Center in Kennebunk, near Quest Fitness.

Hosted by the Chamber, EVOLVE: Young Professionals Group, and Livewell Center tenants, the fair will feature the nonprofit businesses and services located within Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel.

Admission is free and all local nonprofits serving the Kennebunks and Arundel are invited to participate.

Designed for both new residents and those who may have lived here for years, the nonprofit fair is also about increasing awareness of the wide variety of services and opportunities available to all ages in the community.

The chamber asks that all participants bring an activity that represents their mission. Southern Maine Health Care, for example, will be offering blood pressure checks. Small give-aways and wrapped candy/snacks are also welcome. Participants are also asked to bring their own 6-foot table, tablecloth and everything needed. Set-up time is 3 p.m. The deadline to RSVP is Sept. 23.

Participation for local nonprofits is free with an RSVP on a first-come, first-serve basis (limited to the first 20) at 967-0857 or events@gokennebunks.com.

Free Library to set up at farmers’ market

Kennebunk Free Library will have a table at the Kennebunk Farmers’ Market from 9 to 10 a.m. on alternating Saturdays in September and October. The dates will be Sept. 3, 17 and Oct. 1, 15 and 29.

Miss Melissa will offer a story time for all ages on-demand. She will also provide information on Kennebunk Free Library’s on-going programs and services.

For more information, call 985-2173.

Seaglass seeks singers for upcoming season

Seaglass Performing Arts Chorale, conducted by Artistic Director Jean Strazdes, is looking for singers to join its musical community in preparation for the 2016- 2017 choral season beginning with its winter concert, “A Celtic Christmas.”

The concert will feature Regina Delaney on Irish harp and Ryan J. Thomson and his son Brennish on fiddle. The concert will include a celebration of the Winter Solstice (which was seen as one of the most significant times of the year by the Celts). There will be two performances of the concert, the first as part of Kennebunkport’s Prelude Week on Dec. 3 and the second at North Parish Church in Sanford the afternoon of Dec. 4.

In the spring of 2017, Seaglass will also be presenting their Pops concert in May. In July of 2017, Seaglass has been invited to participate in the Dublin Choral Festival’s “The Celtic Journey,” celebrating the Celtic spirit in its land, faith, music, life and hope under the artistic direction of Stan Engebretson.

The festival will take place in Dublin, Ireland July 5-9. New members are encouraged to participate.

The first rehearsal will be 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church on Storer Street in Kennebunk. For more information, stop in on Sept. 11 or call 985-8747.

The World in Your Library plans visits

With support from the Maine Humanities Council, Kennebunk Free Library will host The World in Your Library series alongside Wells Public Library this September and October.

It’s easier than ever to stay on top of the news; worldwide events are at our fingertips, in real time. To get a grip on the bigger picture, it can be harder than ever to find coverage that explores international issues in depth. Communities are increasingly turning to their libraries to gain this kind of information, perspective, and insight into foreign policy issues, and The World in Your Library can help public libraries to meet this growing demand.

Hong Zhang, associate professor of East Asian Studies at Colby College, will present Globalization and Outsourcing: the cost of cheap labor in China at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 at Kennebunk Free Library.

Eric Hooglund is professor Emeritus of Middle East Studies, Lund University in Sweden. He will present on US Foreign Policy in the Middle East Since 2001 at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 at Wells Public Library.

Scott Erb is a professor of political science at the University of Maine-Farmington, specializing in international relations, foreign policy, and the European Union. He will present on The Syrian Crisis: ISIS and Refugees at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4 at Kennebunk Free Library.

Dana Sawyer, professor of religion and philosophy at Maine College of Art, will give An Introduction to Buddhism at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Wells Public Library.

For more information, call 985-2173.

SMHC Pediatrics receives award

Southern Maine Health Care’s pediatrics practice in Kennebunk has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for providing Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home care to its patients.

The Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, better patients’ experience of care and reduce costs.

Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their clinicians. Each patient’s care is overseen by clinician-led care teams that coordinate treatment across SMHC’s healthcare system.

“Congratulations to the staff, physicians and nurse practitioner at SMHC’s pediatrics office in Kennebunk for achieving this prestigious and well-deserved recognition at the highest level,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Mike Albaum. “It is a tribute to their patient-centered focus and continuous improvement efforts to provide care to SMHC’s patients in the Kennebunk community with Excellence. Always.”

The designation is given to practices that are using evidence-based, patient centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term, participative relationships.

To earn the Level 3 distinction, which is valid for three years, SMHC pediatrics demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home at the highest level.

Habitat for Humanity receives grant from bank

Kennebunk Savings Bank has provided support for Habitat for Humanity of York County’s Veteran Build with a grant of $2,500.

“Habitat for Humanity of York County is grateful for the show of support for our mission of eliminating substandard housing for families in our communities,” said Amy Nucci, executive director for Habitat for Humanity of York County. “The funds received from Kennebunk Savings Bank will help to complete the Veterans Build now in progress.”

The property for the Veterans Build was donated to Habitat by the town of Kennebunkport, and the build’s honorary chair is President George H.W. Bush. Waylon Holbrook, a medically retired combat veteran, his wife Nicole, and their two young sons will live there once construction is complete. The home has been the product of collaboration between local veterans’ groups, individual donor support, foundations, volunteers and local businesses.

According to Kennebunk Savings President and CEO, Bradford C. Paige, “We’re pleased to be able to lend a hand up to someone in our hometown as they embark on a new chapter. Not only are we donating funds for the project but as the house nears completion, a group of our employees are looking forward to helping out with the finishing touches.”

As future homeowners, Waylon and Nicole have been working alongside volunteers to contribute sweat equity to the build. All Habitat for Humanity York County home buyers complete 400 hours of “sweat equity” by working on the construction of their home and on other Habitat for Humanity projects. The family will purchase the home through an affordable mortgage which is recycled to support HFHYC’s affordable housing initiatives.

Habitat has many opportunities to volunteer on the Veteran Build, at the ReStore, on a salvage, in the office or assisting with weatherizations.

For more information, participate or donate, call 985- 4850 or visit www.habitatyorkcounty.org.

Christ Church to host Comical Songs concert

Christ Church in Kennebunk will host an afternoon of Comical Songs at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3.

Maestro Warren King will trot out a troupe of performers for a silly afternoon of fun. He will accompany local vocalists Beverly Heald, John Manzo, Alex Pratt, and brothers Owen and Schuyler White as they muddle their way through some of the funniest songs ever written.

For more information, visit the website www.christchurchkennebunk.org, call 985-4494 or visit the office at 6 Dane St. in Kennebunk.

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