2016-10-14 / Community

Community News

Salvation Army seeking donations

The Salvation Army is seeking help. Fall and winter are the hardest seasons for the Salvation Army. Donations are at an alltime low. Help the Salvation Army help others.

Together with Maine Cleaners the Salvation Army will be at Maine Cleaners in Kennebunk collecting donations this Saturday Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Items such as clothes and shoes are welcome. All donations are tax deductible. This will be a large item drive as well. Furniture that is in good condition will be accepted.

For more information, call William “Bil” Moriarty, donation development coordinator at 878-8555 ext. 308 or 423- 2071.

Annual Wicked 5K scheduled for Sunday

The seventh annual Wicked 5K is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 16 in Kennebunkport.

Beginning and ending at the Nonantum Resort at 95 Ocean Ave., walkers, joggers and runners of all levels and abilities are encouraged to participate. Costumes are not required, but do add to the festivities and are worn by most runners.

Coordinated by Lilybrooke Events, the race was established in 2010 as a way to bring a healthy family activity while highlighting and supporting various local charities.

Past race beneficiaries have included Laudholm Farm, Caring Unlimited and Partners for World Health. This year’s race is supporting the Animal Welfare Society in West Kennebunk.

The race features an after party that includes a complimentary hearty lunch for all participants. All race participants are entered in the drawing for over 50 raffle prizes of restaurant gift cards, massage therapy, ski passes and much more.

The kids’ 1K Fun Run entry fee includes a medal for all finishers. They will run just prior to the 5K, at 11:45 a.m. The 5K will take off at noon. Day-of registration begins at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16 at The Nonantum Resort.

To register online, visit www.wicked5K.weebly.com.

For more information, visit www.wicked5K.weebly.com or email laura@LTDCommunications.net.

First Congregational plans concerts

The First Church will host three upcoming concerts to be held in the church at 141 North St., Kennebunkport.

Joyce Painter Rice, music director and organist, the Rev. Paula Norbert, Pastor, and church members will offer these events to the public.

The first concert will be an old Fashioned hymn sing on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 2:30 p.m. The second concert, (theme to be announced), will be held on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2:30 p.m.

First Church’s Christmas Concert and carol sing will be held on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2:30 p.m.

A capital campaign is underway to restore the church’s 1854 E. & G. G. Hook organ, originally built for South Congregational Church and given to First Church in 1916.

The organ is a part of Kennebunkport history and it is in nearly original condition. First Church is actively soliciting community support for its restoration. Concerts are free, but contributions are welcome. If contributions are given by check they may be made to First Congregational Church, (and on the memo line: Organ Restoration Fund).

For more information, call 967-3897 or email joyceorganist@aol.com.

Secret Santa application forms are now available

Secret Santa has begun its 29th year of assisting families living in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport or Arundel who lack sufficient funds to purchase Christmas gifts for their children.

Application forms are now available at the general assistance office in each town for the parents or legal guardians of children up to the age of 18 who are in need

Due to the unique nature of the Secret Santa program, applications must be returned by Nov. 10 in order to allow enough time to involve the community in shopping for the specific gifts requested for each child.

Families who do not apply in time may have to be referred to other organizations. All requests are strictly confidential.

Pecha Kucha seeks presenters

Pecha Kucha Kennebunkport has seen Claire Unsinn’s celebration of her Franco- American heritage through fabric and Steve Price’s musings on mud season in Maine.

A Pecha Kucha presenter has a timed show of 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds. That’s just 6 minutes and 40 seconds to explain an idea or tell a story. Submissions are being sought for the next Pecha Kucha Night on Thursday, Nov. 10 at Atlantic Hall in Cape Porpoise.

Deadline for submissions is Oct. 26.

Send three to five sample images, a short description of the presentation and a brief bio to pechakucha.kennebunk@gmail.com.

For more information, email Linda Ward at leward@roadrunner.com.

First Pink Tie Party to be held at Vinegar Hill on Oct. 27

Vinegar Hill Music Theater will be the setting for Community of Caring’s first annual Pink Tie Party – an evening of music and food to raise money for a breast cancer awareness and the ongoing support for research for all cancers.

The event, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 27, is the brainchild of Sarah Wormwood, whose mother is a two-time cancer survivor. Sarah wanted to create a way to make a bigger impact on cancer research by involving the Kennebunk community. She presented her Community of Caring idea to her boss, Larry Stoddard, of Distinctive Tile, who recruited Lana Wescott of Lana Wescott Events. The Pink Tie Party was the result.

“It’s so gratifying to see the community rally behind such a great cause that is obviously near and dear to me, and to many others in the area,” said Sarah Wormwood. “Our hope is that this will be the first of many ‘Community of Caring’ events that, along with the incredible support of our local sponsors, will help kick cancer’s butt.”

The event will include live music by Maine’s own Tickle, a modern pop band that never fails to pack the dance floor, along with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a live auction that will include items to bid on including a full bathroom renovation, a luxury weekend in Portland, a private chartered fishing trip and cooking lessons for two with renowned chef Shannon Bard. A silent auction will offer great items from local restaurants, spa and retail stores. All proceeds will benefit The Maine Cancer Foundation.

Tickets can be purchased at www.pinktieparty.eventbrite.com. Doors open at 6 p.m., with music starting at 7 p.m. Donations for the live and silent auction are sought as well as additional sponsorships. For more information, email Wescott at events@lanawescott.com.

Brick Store Museum to host Bowdown professor and author

Professor Patrick Rael of Bowdoin College will speak on his latest book, “88 Years: The Long Death of Slavery in the United States, 1777-1865,” at the Brick Store Museum’s final Third Thursday Talk for 2016 on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 5:30 p.m.

Rael’s research focused on the slow process of the American struggle against slavery, starting with Vermont writing slavery out of its state constitution in 1777 and ending with the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery nationwide in 1865.

Rael has received fellowships from the Library of Congress; Smithsonian Institution; American Historical Association; Gilder Lerhman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition (Yale University); the Center for the Study of Religion (Princeton University); American Antiquarian Society; and Library Company of Philadelphia.

He is a co-editor for the series “Race in the Atlantic World, 1700-1900” by the University of Georgia Press, and a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians.

Aside from his work in history, he has written extensively about teaching, has contributed to the development of African-American history curricula, and has for over a decade led seminars and workshops on teaching American history in primary and secondary schools.

The Brick Store Museum’s Third Thursday Talks serve to bring a new topic to the community every third Thursday of each month, and are supported by the Maine Humanities Council, with additional support from the Captain Lord Mansion.

Founded in 2015, the program invites scholars from throughout New England to speak on a variety of subjects in the Brick Store Museum’s Program Center. Tickets

Tickets may be purchased on the Brick Store Museum’s website, www.brickstoremuseum.org/programs, or at the door.

Holiday Fair set for Nov. 5 in W. Kennebunk

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.

Wells Chamber to host third Vets Day 5K

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.org.

Norway Savings accepting contest entries

Norway Savings Bank is requesting submissions for its Lights, Camera, Save! video contest.

The contest, organized by the American Bankers Association Foundation, is a national, bank-driven competition that encourages teens to use video to communicate the value of saving and inspire others to become lifelong savers.

“Lights, Camera, Save! is an opportunity for teens to harness their creativity, learn about using money wisely and communicate those lessons with their peers,” said Patricia Weigel, President & CEO, Norway Savings Bank. “We understand the importance of financial education and are thrilled to participate in a contest that helps build a generation of smart money managers.”

To participate, students (ages 13-18) must create a 90-second video on saving and using money wisely and submit a link to the video along with a completed entry form to the bank by Dec. 1.

Norway Savings Bank will host the first round of judging. The local winner will receive a $250 college scholarship and their video will be submitted to represent Norway Savings Bank on the national level for a prize up to $5,000. An additional scholarship is awarded for a teacher at their school to attend the 2017 Jump$tart National Educator Conference.

Videos will be judged on their quality, message, content and the criteria set forth by the contest’s official rules.

This year’s contest is generously sponsored by Discover Debit. For more information, visit http://norwaysavingsbank.com/lights_ camera_ save/ or lightscamerasave.com.

Habitat offers weatherization program

Winter is coming and it’s time to Keep York County Warm. Habitat for Humanity of York County’s weatherization program begin its fall cycle of home assessments and installations on Oct. 29.

The goal is to weatherize 40 homes, the most the program has ever done. Volunteers are welcome as team leaders, interior storm window builders, and home assessment and installation team members.

No experience is required and all volunteers will receive training. The first weatherization training will be offered at 9 a.m., Oct. 15 in the Habitat ReStore located at 4 Industrial Drive.

Keep York County Warm! brings together teams of community volunteers lead by a team leader to complete home assessments and provide installations of weatherization materials such as door sweeps, pipe insulation, weatherstripping and custom built interior storm windows.

The process of weatherization reduces drafts and air leakage, which lowers the homeowner’s energy bills and helps to create a safer, more comfortable home. Habitat invites businesses and families to “adopt” one of these homes. A donation of $250 purchases all basic weatherization materials and includes 6 interior storm windows for one home.

Keep York County Warm! provides services to low-income homeowners: seniors, people with disabilities or health conditions and families with young children. By saving on energy bills homeowners have more money for other basic necessities. Homeowners can apply for the program through York County Community Action Corp or their local Town Assistance Office.

Habitat for Humanity York County, the local affiliate of Habitat International, was incorporated in 1985 as a nonprofit builder of affordable homes in partnership with low-income families, community volunteers, and local businesses. Our mission is to work towards the elimination of poverty housing and homelessness in York County and to stir the hearts and minds of others to take action on this issue.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity York County, visit www.habitatyorkcounty.org.

The Center executive director retires

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 lead 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.

Businesses invited to trick-or-treat

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.

Based on RSVPs, the Chamber will compile an ongoing list of participating businesses on its website and deliver orange balloons to them on Halloween.

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.

Fiber arts exhibition at Brick Store Museum

The Brick Store Museum is hosting the Seacoast Ruggers new exhibition, Seacoast Ruggers Presents.

The exhibition will display over 45 pieces of fiber artwork including rugs, handbags, geometrics, proddy pieces, and mixed media. The exhibit will be on display through Oct. 28.

Seacoast Ruggers is a group of people who use wool and alternative fabrics to create rugs, wall hangings, pillows and 3-D pieces of art. Seacoast Ruggers has existed for over 20 years and has created raffle rugs for organizations as fundraisers and re-created a stair runner for the Elizabeth Perkins House in York. Annual exhibits have recently included York Library, Kittery Estates and Portsmouth Library.

Visitors to the exhibition can expect to find an array of fiber work and hooked rug pieces created by local artists. For more information, visit www.brickstoremuseum.org or call the museum at 985-4802.

Library seeking trustee candidates

The library is seeking individuals with a passion for their local library to apply to join the board of trustees.

All persons 18 years of age who are legal residents and/or employed within the towns of Kennebunk and Arundel are eligible to serve on the Board and are encouraged to apply.

For more information, call 985-2173.

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 for outstanding contributions to running in Maine.

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 about the hall of fame ceremonies, 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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