Genealogy group plans May 13 meeting
The Kennebunk Free Library Genealogy Group will host researcher Clay Feeter on Saturday, May 13 at 10 a.m. It is a family-friendly event with audience participation.
“Your Civil War ancestors’ stories are always much deeper than the few lines about them that you might—or might not — find in your family genealogy book,” said Feeter. “Customizing your personal War of the Rebellion” is self-help talk and question and answer session on the subject.
Guests are encouraged to bring in family history notes, genealogy books, artifacts and letters of discharge papers to share at this Ancestors Road Show type event.
Feeter, who lives in York, has performed more than 2,300 Civil War ancestor searches over the past 20 years. His goal is to bring not just soldier-ancestor’s stories to life, but to help understand and discover more details about the full picture of suffering and challenges that The War of The Rebellion brought with it.
The Genealogy Group is free, open to the public and meets nine times a year. New guests are welcome. For more information, visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.
Pepperell Center to host The New School auction
The New School’s 17th annual silent auction, featuring MPBN’s Irwin Gratz as emcee, will be held on Saturday, April 29 at the Pepperell Center in Biddeford. The event is scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. and features hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, live music and auction games.
More than 100 items will be up for bid with all proceeds to benefit The New School’s private, nonprofit high school education program. Auction items include theater tickets, weekend get-aways at lakeside cabins, African photo safaris, artwork, yoga classes, acupuncture treatments, local organic meat, massages and spa treatments, jewelry, car detailing and handcrafted furniture, and gift certificates from local restaurants and businesses.
For more information, call 985-3745.
The widely-acclaimed Don Roy Trio – fiddler Don Roy, his pianist wife Cindy and bassist Jay Young – will perform in West Kennebunk on Sunday, April, 23.
The concert takes place at 3 p.m. in the West Kennebunk United Methodist Church, located at 160 Alfred Road in West Kennebunk. Their appearance is part of the Concerts in West K! series sponsored by the church.
Roy was the subject of a recent (Feb. 19) feature in a newspaper. He has been called the dean of Franco-American fiddling and “the finest of the French fiddlers in all of New England.” He learned his music through time-honored traditional means: by ear, from older members of his family. In Roy’s case, his mentor was his uncle Lucien. He was an exceptional pupil. As a young fiddler he won virtually every fiddle contest he entered. In more recent years he has toured the country playing major festivals and venues, first as leader of the Maine French Fiddlers, and later with his wife Cindy and Young. He is skilled in a number of fiddle styles, but is dedicated to preserving and promoting the music of his Franco-American heritage.
Cindy and Don have been musical and life partners for over 30 years. Cindy also has French roots; her family came to Maine from Prince Edward Island. She is known for her solid, rhythmic piano accompaniment and for her step-dancing. She often combines the two arts by adding foot percussion while she plays piano.
Bass player Young has also enjoyed a long-term musical partnership with the Roys; their association goes back to the Maine French Fiddlers days. His style ranges from providing minimal definition of the chord progression to jazzy, walking bass lines. His playing meshes with Cindy’s piano work. They have been making music together for so long that he claims to know what she’s going to play before she plays it.
The Concerts in West K! series is sponsored by and produced for the benefit of the West Kennebunk United Methodist Church. Admission is by donation at the door.
Retired educators group plans trip
The York County Retired Educators are planning a luncheon at DiMillo’s on the Water and a trip to Portland Players Theater to see “Rock of Ages” on Sunday, May 21.
The musical is set in 1987 and features a small-town girl meeting a big city rocker. They fall in love to the hits of Journey, Bon Jovi, Poison and more.
Purchase of a ticket includes transportation, theater ticket and driver’s tip. A VIP coach will pick up at Meadowbrook Plaza in York at 11 a.m.; Wells Transportation Center at 11:20 a.m. and Walmart parking lot at 11:40 a.m. Participants should be back in York about 6:30 p.m.
For more information, call Marie Maguire at 499-7401, Sheila Painchaud, 282- 1795 or Joan Warren at 499-2304.
Library a host site for identity theft program
Kennebunk Savings Bank will present Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft at Kennebunk Free Library on Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m.
The program is one of more than 5,000 free financial programs offered nationwide during Money Smart Week, April 22-29.
KFL is a participating library bringing financial awareness to our community.
Learn about identify theft and why it is important to protect personal and financial information. Participants will also learn the necessary steps to take if they believe they are the victim of identity theft.
Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign to promote financial education across all age groups. Launched in 2002 by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the program is active in all 50 states through national partnerships with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Cooperative Extension and the American Library Association.
For more information about Money Smart Week, visit www.moneysmartweek.org.
Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft is free and wheelchair accessible. Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St., Kennebunk.
For more information please call 985- 2173, ext. 4 or visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.
KBIA accepting summer registrations
Registration is open for the 107th season at the Kennebunk Beach Improvement Association. This summer, KBIA will offer eight weeks of summer recreational and enrichment classes for ages 2 to 17, start- ing June 26.
KBIA will waive the membership fee for all Week 1 participants (June 26-30) as a way for first-time families to try out KBIA with no commitment.
The nonprofit summer camp offers swimming, sailing, surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, diving, golf, tennis, drama, arts and crafts, sailing trips and woodworking among its 50-plus course offerings. Other popular options include counselor-in-training classes, marine biology, reading, pottery and sculpture and beach games.
All classes are open to KBIA members and membership is open to the public. Participants register by the week and classes are offered a la carte or as a bundle for morning and/or afternoon sessions.
Family memberships include twice-daily open swim for children, weekly beach bonfire and barbecues followed by movie night, open sail/kayaks on most weekends and a Seaside Celebration for adults.
For class schedules, pricing and information, visit www.kbia.net or visit KBIA on Facebook. KBIA is also on Instagram at kbia1910.
In addition to youth recreational and enrichment offerings, KBIA will again sponsor community events for all ages: the 26th annual A Day at the Beach road race on July 9 benefiting Kids Free to Grow, and the eighth annual Reid Sacco Regatta on Aug. 12, as well as guided Cove Walks on June 17, July 1, July 15, July 30 and Aug. 12. All are open to the public.
Auction fiesta benefits Kennebunk Land Trust
Kennebunk Land Trust’s 17th annual auction will be a true fiesta this year. The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, May 5. The day is recognized as Cinco De Mayo and will feature Mexican themed hors d’oeuvres as well as a signature cocktail.
The event, the trust’s largest fundraiser of the year, will take place at The Barn of the Kennebunks, Toroso’s, located on 149 Port Road in Lower Village Kennebunk. For more information or to reserve tickets, call the land trust office at 985-8734.
Primary Sponsors for the auction are Avita of Wells, HM Payson and Kennebunk Savings Bank. The auction proceeds will benefit the land trust and land conservation in Kennebunk, Arundel and Lyman.
Original artwork, brewery tours, fine wines, a paddle board, kayak and several vacations, such as an African Safari and a retreat at a Rainforest Beachfront EcoLodge in Costa Rica, represent a few of the items available for bidding at the auction.
Items were donated by many local businesses, artists and individuals. To view a sampling of auction items as well as descriptions of the trips offered, visit www.kennebunklandtrust.org.
For more information, visit Kennebunk Land Trust on Facebook and follow kennebunk_landtrust on Instagram.
Middle school to host naturalization ceremony
Middle School of the Kennebunks will welcome Maine’s newest citizens on Friday, April 28, at 11 a.m. This will be the school’s third ceremony.
In addition to the guests of honor, the newest Maine citizens, Bonita Pothier, regional representative from the office of Sen. Angus King, will make welcoming comments. She will also show a video message from the senator. Other highlights of the event will include the distribution of citizenship certificates and the recitation of the oath of allegiance.
In attendance will be the full administration, staff and student body of the school, friends and families of our new citizens. The public is welcome.
The ceremony is organized in cooperation with the United States Customs and Immigration Services. Immigration services works with residents who have decided to become naturalized citizens to process their legal paperwork and take their citizenship tests. Once applicants have successfully passed these measures, they are invited to celebrate their decision at a formal ceremony such as the one the school will offer.
Katie Hawes, superintendent of the Regional School Unit 21 said, “RSU 21 is proud to host a naturalization ceremony at Middle School of the Kennebunks this year. It is our district mission to develop productive global citizens by building knowledge and character. To that end, it is incredibly compelling for our students to realize how hard people work to gain citizenship and to see an international presence in Maine.”
“Holding the Naturalization Ceremony at the Middle School of the Kennebunks provides our students a first-hand experience of what is required to becoming a citizen of the United States,” said Assistant Superintendent Phil Potenziano. “Aside from our indigenous peoples, every American’s story is an immigrant’s story and by having students witness the Naturalization Ceremony we will affirm our commitment to the practices of International Baccalaureate Middle School Years Program which encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world.”
Dutch Elm to host alumni golf tournament
The eighth annual Kennebunk Kennebunkport High School Alumni Association golf tournament is scheduled for June 23 at Dutch Elm Golf Course in Arundel.
The team scramble tournament begins at 8 a.m. with all proceeds going to the Alumni Scholarship Fund. For more information or to make reservations, call Mary Lou Bernier at 985-6038.
School Around Us plans theater production
School Around Us will host a comedic mystery production of “Trixie, the Teen Detective and the Mystery of Gravestead Manor” with performances at 148 Main St. Suite 102 in downtown Biddeford.
Performance dates are 7 p.m. Thursday, April 13, 7 p.m. Friday, April 14 and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 15.
Tickets are being sold in advance. Reservations can be made at www.schoolaroundus.brownpapertickets.com.
School Around Us students and teachers participate in a theater unit for six weeks every spring. Children gain skills in literacy, collaboration, confidence, self-esteem, creative expression, time management, communication and commitment.
“Trixie, the Teen Detective and the Mystery of Gravestead Manor,” by Cynthia Mercati, is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
For more information, call 967-3143.
Church plans Holy Week services
Members of the First Congregational Church of Kennebunkport and the Rev. Paula Norbert announced its Holy Week church services to be held in Kennebunkport and Kennebunk including those to be held at First Church. Local Holy Week services began on Monday, April 10. Easter is Sunday, April 16.
The services to be held began April 10 and run through Friday, April 14: Daily half-hour service at Kennebunk Baptist Church.
Maundy Thursday, April 13, a 7 p.m. service at First Congregational Church of Kennebunkport held in conjunction with the churches of Kennebunkport.
A Good Friday Service, April 14, will be held at 7 p.m. at Village Baptist Church, Kennebunkport.
The First Congregational Church of Kennebunkport’s Easter service will be held at 9:30 a.m., Easter Sunday, April 16.
For more information on other churches’ Holy Week events and Easter service times and locations, please contact the church.
In addition to the Easter service, the Rev. Paula Norbert and First Church members welcome all to attend the weekly Sunday church service which begins at 9:30 a.m.
Run to End Hunger set for May 20
York County Federal Credit Union announced its partnership with York County Shelter Programs (YCSP) to host its first Run to End Hunger 5K run/walk on Saturday, May 20 at the YCSP Alfred campus. Both runners and walkers of all fitness levels are encouraged to attend.
Check-in and registration begins at 8 a.m. for the 9 a.m. race. Early bird registration (includes T-shirt) is open until April 22. General registration is open April 22 until the day of the race. Students are encouraged to participate at reduced rate.
“As a committed community partner, we are excited to team up with York County Shelter Programs for our first 5K,” said Erin Jones, chairman of the Ending Hunger Committee at York County FCU. “Their food programs support folks all over York County, and we’re ready to rise to the challenge of raising money to ensure these programs help everyone who needs them.”
Run to End Hunger 5K T-shirts will be available for purchase on the day of the event. All proceeds from the race will benefit York County Shelter Programs and their fight to end hunger in York County. For additional information about the Run to End Hunger 5K, visit www.facebook.com/YorkCountyFederalCreditUnion.
Spring gardening workshops at Graves
Maine master gardener Shelley Wigglesworth will be back at Graves Memorial Library in Kennebunkport to host her yearly spring gardening workshops for children ages 6 to 12. Sign up for one or all four workshops and all materials are free.
April 13, 3 to 4 p.m. – Making Birdfeeders. Children will make two birdfeeders to take home; one using a clear recycled plastic drink container, the other with a pinecone, vegetable shortening and birdseed.
April 20, 3 to 4 p.m. – Grow edible alfalfa sprouts. Sprouts can be grown and harvested within a matter of days. Children will create and take home their own sprout growing starter kit.
May 4, 3 to 4 p.m. – Make your own miniature terrarium. Children will design and create tiny ecosystems in a mason jar with soil, rocks, live plants, mosses and miniatures.
May 11, 3 to 4 p.m. – Create Zen garden. Children will design, personalize and build a portable Zen garden to take home in a container with sand, stones, crystals and a tiny Buddha.
Preregistration is required for all classes. Each class is limited to 12 students. All classes are free and all supplies are included. For more information or to register, call 967-2778 and ask for the Junior Room or visit www.graveslibraroy.org.
T-shirt design contest to benefit local youth
Each year, the Kennebunk Beach Improvement Association hosts the Day at the Beach 5K. This year’s race on July 9 will not only benefit the KBIA scholarship fund (which provides opportunities for local children to attend summer camp at little to no cost), but will also benefit Kids Free to Grow (the child abuse prevention council of York County).
KBIA is looking for local artists between the ages of 5 and 15 years old who would like to design the 26th annual Day at the Beach 5K race shirt.
Designs can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 1. The three finalists will be notified by email by June 1, and the winner will be announced live on television on July 9 at the race start.
For more information on the 5K race and the kids’ 1K fun run, visit www.kbia.net.