2016-10-07 / Community

Community News

Stevens Center to host Holiday Fair on Saturday, Nov. 5

The West Kennebunk Village Committee will host its annual Holiday Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Dorothy Stevens Community Center.

The fair features crafters, bake table, white elephant table and a light lunch will be available for purchase. New this year will be a collection table for nonperishable items that will be donated to the local food pantry.

Proceeds from the fair will be used by the committee to host the annual complimentary Thanksgiving Day dinner at the Stevens Center.

For more information regarding table rentals, volunteer opportunities or questions, call Barbara at 985-2272 or Carol at 985-4571.

Third annual Veterans Day 5K is Saturday, Nov. 12

Wells Chamber of Commerce will host the third annual Veterans Day 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Nov. 12.

The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Wells Elks Lodge, 356 Bald Hill Road. The first 150 to register will receive a long-sleeve T-shirt. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the Elks Lodge after the race. Proceeds benefit Honor Flight Maine. Prizes will be awarded for overall male and female winners and male/female age group winners. To register, visit runsignup.com/race/ME/Wells/VD5k.

For more information, call 646-2451 or visit www.wellschamber.corg.

The New School’s Rocktoberfest features young musicians

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 that features 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.

Day of Service to focus on helping seniors in York County

Getting a home ready for winter can be a challenge for anyone. Taking out window-unit air conditioners and putting up storm windows, removing screens and drain gutters, clearing leaves from the yard, gathering and putting away garden tools and equipment – these and other jobs can be hard to tackle for any family. They can be especially difficult for seniors.

But there is help available for older and disabled residents of York County.

On Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to noon, York County Community Action Corporation’s Thriving in Place program is hosting a Day of Service to help seniors in our community get ready for winter.

Volunteers from across the county will meet at the YCCAC office complex in Sanford, and from there be dispatched to residences needing assistance with pre-winter jobs.

The towns being served are Sanford, Springvale, Acton, Alfred, Lebanon, North Berwick, Shapleigh and Waterboro.

Residents 60 or older the towns in need of help to get a home or yard ready for winter, are eligible to have volunteers to do the job, or jobs.

To sign up for volunteer help on Oct. 15, call Robin Hewitt Bibber, Thriving in Place coordinator, at 459-2989 or email robin.bibber@nassonhealthcare.org.

The Day of Service is the kick-off for a larger, and ongoing, volunteer network in southwestern York County to be coordinated by the Thriving in Place program. Thriving in Place serves the towns of Sanford, Springvale, Acton, Alfred, Lebanon, North Berwick, Shapleigh and Waterboro.

Center’s executive director is retiring

The Center’s Executive Director Susan Pettit has announced she will retire on Nov. 4. The Center is a Kennebunk based nonprofit that provides senior citizens with programs to stay engaged with others in their community and live independently with the help of outreach programs.

Pettit has been with The Center for 15 years, 10 as executive director. She has led the Center through growth and change, much of it in the last few years. In retirement Pettit looks forward to participating in Center programs as a member and spending time with a new puppy she will adopt in December.

Those interested in applying for the position may contact Andrew Spaulding at awspauld@gmail.com.

Library parking lot repairs are planned

The Kennebunk Free Library parking lot that also serves the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Kennebunk and Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate will be closed after 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9 and all day Monday, Oct. 10 for repairs.

The library’s book drops will not be accessible. Patrons can return materials before 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8 or after 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11. The library is closed for Columbus Day.

Businesses welcome trick-or-treaters

Trick-or-treaters are invited to visit businesses in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel between 4 and 6 p.m. on Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31. There are no set hours for residential trick-or-treating.

The Chamber of Commerce is organizing the efforts, and all local businesses are invited to participate. Interested shopkeepers should expect several hundred trick-or-treaters, depending on weather. Volunteers are also needed to deliver balloons on Monday, Oct. 31, between noon and 2 p.m. To RSVP as a business or volunteer, call 967- 0857 or email events@gokennebunks.com.

Running Hall of Fame to salute Great Pumpkin 10K

The Great Pumpkin 10K in Saco has been selected as one of two races that will be recognized by the Maine Running Hall of Fame.

The Great Pumpkin 10K and Pat’s Pizza Clam Festival Classic five-miler will be honored at the hall of fame’s annual banquet Sunday, Nov. 13 at the Governor Hill Mansion in Augusta. The races will be honored alongside individual hall of fame inductees Larry Allen, Robert Ashby, Phil Pierce, Steve Podgajny, Gretchen Read, Bill Reilly and Michael Westphal. The Governor Hill Mansion event facility is located at 136 State St. in Augusta. A social hour and cash bar begins at noon, followed by a luncheon buffet and ceremonies. For more information, email event co-chairman Don Harden at dharden@maine.org or call 831-8845.

The Great Pumpkin road race was established in 1978 and will celebrate its 38th edition on Sunday, Oct. 30. Race director is Bob LaNigra of Scarborough. For more information or to register, visit www.active.com or email LaNigra at runnar1@gmail.com.

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