2016-09-02 / Community

Community News

Strut Your Mutt planned for Sept. 11

Strut Your Mutt, now in its 22nd year, remains the single largest fundraiser for the Animal Welfare Society. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 11 on Mother’s Beach in Kennebunk.

The event covers a two-mile walk along the beach, and is attended by more than 250 people and their four-footed companions. Walkers are encouraged to collect pledges from friends, family and co-workers.

Underwritten by Kennebunk Savings, the event raises a significant amount of funding needed to cover medical care of pets in need. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent annual on veterinary-related expenses for AWS pets awaiting adoption and pets in need in the community.

The annual fundraiser brings in more than $70,000 toward medical expenses, and walkers have a great time participating.

“Activities, including dog games and contests, vendor booths, kids’ activities and a live band, really make the walk a festive event,” said Kerrie Leclair, director of development at the shelter and one of the event organizers. “One of the best parts about the walk is seeing so many very loved pets having a great time on the beach.”

Activities, day-of registrations and event check-in kicks off at 9 a.m. and the walk steps off at 11 a.m.

Other headlining sponsors of this year’s event include IDEXX and Dr. Stephen Askin, the shelter’s chief veterinarian.

For more information, or to get involved, visit www.animalwelfaresociety.org. Walkers can even create their own fundraising web pages. Registration fees include a T-shirt and goody bag.

DAR schedules first meeting of new season

Members of Rebecca Emery Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold their first meeting of the 2016- 2017 season at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. It will take place at the LeBlond camp in Buxton.

There will be a discussion about Constitution Week, which is celebrated annually from Sept. 17-23. A business meeting will follow and refreshments will be served.

For more information or to RSVP, call 985-1223 by Sept. 8.

Two speakers featured at library series

With support from the Maine Humanities Council, Kennebunk Free Library will host two speakers for The World in Your Library series. Dr. Hong Zhang will present Globalization and Outsourcing: The cost of cheap labor in China at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Dr. Hong Zhang obtained her Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University. She is currently associate professor and department chairman of East Asian Studies at Colby College, where she teaches both Chinese language and Chinese culture courses.

Her research interests include changing family life and marriage patterns, gender and intergenerational relations, impact of one-child policy and new eldercare patterns in China, the emergence of Chinese labor NGOs and the politics of satire and humor in contemporary China.

Scott Erb will present on The Syrian Crisis: ISIS and Refugees at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4.

The talk will examine the crisis and its long-term implication focusing on the situation in Syria and Iraq, the impact on the European Union and the potential role of the U.S.

Erb is a professor of political science at the University of Maine at Farmington, specializing in international relations, foreign policy, and the European Union. Scott earned his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1994 and has been at Maine-Farmington since 1996. His research focus is on Germany and the EU and he has published a book, “German Foreign Policy: Navigating a New Era.” His current research project involves investigating how the European Union can be a model for politics in the era of globalization.

The World in Your Library is brought to the community through a partnership between the Maine Humanities Council, Margaret Chase Smith Foundation and the Mid- Coast Forum on Foreign Relations.

The events are free to the public and wheelchair accessible.

For more information, call 985-2173 or visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.

Chamber plans awards dinner

The Kennebunk-Kennebunkport Arundel Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting, dinner and awards will be held at Motorland in Arundel.

The local chamber is driving on down the road toward its goal of 500 members and will celebrate the year past and look ahead at its annual dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15.

Tickets include two cocktails and dinner by Destination Catering featuring prime rib, herb-crusted chicken, butternut squash ragu (vegan and gluten-free) and more.

There will be live music by The Waiters, a red carpet to walk and party favors to take home.

The theme is black and white, and the chamber is asking everyone to dress accordingly in the spirit.

An after party will take place at 8 p.m. at the community house at the Cape Arundel Cottage Preserve, just down the road from Motorland on Route 1.

For more information, call 967-0857 or visit www.brownpapertickets.com and search for DRIVE.

MedHelp looking for volunteers

The health of a great many Mainers is at risk because these individuals cannot afford their medicines.

MedHelp Maine is seeking volunteers to help expand prescription assistance programs throughout Maine, as well as to create a specialized pharmacy to collect unused prescription drugs for needy patients.

For information about these volunteer opportunities, contact MedHelp Maine at 793-4462.

Story times return at Kennebunk Free Library

Story times return to Kennebunk Free Library the week of Sept. 12. The schedule will be: Mondays 10:15 a.m., Peek-a- Book Babies (birth to age 2); Tuesdays 10:15 a.m., Family Story Time (all ages); and Thursdays 10:15 a.m. Time for 2’s & 3’s (toddlers).

Age-appropriate toys are brought out at the end of Peek-a-Book Babies. Families are invited to spend some time interacting with other parents while engaging their children with the toys.

All story times are free and wheelchair accessible. For more information, please call 985-2173, ext. 5.

Art Guild to host annual awards exhibition

From Sept. 16-18, Art Guild of the Kennebunks will host its Annual Awards Exhibition at the Community House across from the Kennebunkport Post Office on Temple Street.

The Gallery hours are Friday, Sept 16, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The artist reception is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept 16. The public is invited. Admission is free.

The public is encouraged to support the Art Guild Scholarship Fund by purchasing raffle tickets to win an oil painting by award-winning Kennebunk artist, Nadine Schoepfle. Schoepfle served as a past president of the Art Guild of the Kennebunks for many years and was awarded status as an honorary AGK Board Member Emeritus. The title of her oil painting is “Garden Party.” The drawing for the raffle winner will take place shortly after the end of the exhibition on Sunday. The winner need not be present to win.

The judge of the exhibition will be Susan Roux of Roux and Cyr International Fine Art Gallery. Roux was educated at Rhode Island School of Design. She has been painting and teaching oil painting for many years. Her fascination with other cultures led her to travel to meet and exhibit with artists all over the world from Ireland to Russia. She has exhibited in countless places including Saint Petersburg, Russia and Gassin, France.

For more information, email Ann Legg at alegg@roadrunne.com or call 251-8439.

The New School to host Rocktoberfest

The New School is hosting its second annual gathering of musicians with two stages: a full band side and an acoustic/ open-mic side. Showcase skills all during the festival, which includes brick oven pizza, cider press, pumpkin carving, stone soup, henna art and much more.

How to participate in Rocktoberfest:

Submit a bio, including music style, Facebook link if applicable and a picture of musician/band for the programs to thenewschool@tnsk.org.

This is an opportunity to showcase young musicians. Maximum age is 20.

The show is scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at The New School in Kennebunk. For more information, call 985-3745.

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.

Beach ride to benefit Carlisle Academy

A Benefit Beach Ride for Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy and Sports is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24 at Wells Beach. Ride times are 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Carlisle Academy is a nonprofit organization located in Kennebunk. Its mission is to raise scholarships for children and adults with disabilities in financial need, enabling access to life-enhancing, equine-facilitated programs at Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports in Lyman.

In 2015, over 130 student session scholarships were provided to riders of all ages at Carlisle Academy. All proceeds for the annual benefit ride support the scholarship fund.

Enjoy miles of sandy beaches stretching from the breakwater at the north end to the rocky peninsula at the south end. Riders and non-riding guests are welcome at the event. Pack picnic lunches to enjoy on the beach and make a day of it. Complimentary drinks and home-baked desserts will be offered.

Space is limited to only 30 riders. Riders must provide their own horse. Trailer park- ing is available at the municipal lot at the end of Atlantic Avenue.

To participate, riders are asked to raise a minimum of $125 in sponsorships. Sponsors can donate online at www.carlislecharitablefoundation.org or send a check. A prize will be awarded to the top fundraiser.

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.

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