2017-11-03 / Community

Community News

Chamber of Commerce plans annual Pajama Shopping Day

Saturday, Nov. 25 is Pajama Shopping Day in the Kennebunks when stores open early with the deals for holiday shopping.

The Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce has more than 40 local shops participating in this year’s Small Business Saturday event. Merchants, their hours and special discounts are listed on www.gokennebunks.com as well as on a printed map available at the chamber and participating stores.

Part of the 34th annual Christmas in Kennebunk festivities, there will also be a community Christmas market of artisans and craftsmen at the Waterhouse Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Booths will be set up around the Waterhouse Center and the ice rink will be open for skating all day.

Later that afternoon, Santa comes to town for the 34th annual Christmas in Kennebunk tree lighting and festivities, starting at 5 p.m.

For more information, call the chamber at 967-0857 or email events@gokennebunks.com.

Doris Day Animal Foundation Grant to Support Senior Cats

Through a grant from the Doris Day Animal Foundation, the Animal Welfare Society is able to offer post-adoption support to the adopters of senior cats, ages 8 and older. While funds last, adopters of senior cats are eligible for up to $100 in qualified, non-routine veterinary care. Qualified care can include dental cleaning, surgery or certain prescription medications.

Bobbi Adkins, shelter manager, said, “Every day we care for a varied population of animals awaiting adoption, and they come in all shapes, sizes, ages, and conditions. There is an expectation that young pets are generally healthy and will likely remain that way for the long haul.

“As pets reach their senior years, it is a fair bet that they’ll need some additional veterinary support somewhere along the way. Realizing this possibility, adopters may be hesitant to welcome a senior cat into their home. Thanks to the foundation, we are able to offer post-adoption support for this specific need, providing some reassurance to would-be adopters who’d like to take a deserving senior cat home and are unsure about what potential veterinary care may lie ahead.”

Stuff the Bus available on Election Day

After a busy summer, the local food pantry needs help. This Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7, the Kennebunk Recreation Department bus will be parked at town hall and volunteers will collect nonperishable food items, personal supplies and monetary donations.

According to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, almost 200,000 people in Maine suffer from food insecurity — more than 25,000 people in York County alone.

Food insecurity refers to USDA’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods.

“There are many things that contribute to food insecurity in Maine and even here in the Kennebunks. We are not immune from people needing help getting enough food to feed themselves and their families,” said Karen Winton, general assistance administrator for Kennebunk.

The nonprofit organization Community Outreach Services holds a produce pantry every Friday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Martha’s Parish Hall located at 30 Portland Road in Kennebunk. They provide perishable foods and baked goods donated from area stores and farms and during the growing season, local, organic vegetables grown in our community gardens.

Volunteers at the pantry also make daily deliveries of nonperishable food boxes to town hall in Kennebunk, town hall in Arundel and the Public Health Department in Kennebunkport.

Items that are always needed to stock the pantry include: canned fruit, vegetables and soups, peanut butter, jelly, mayonnaise, tuna fish, canned chicken and meat, canned ravioli and beef stew, oatmeal, cereal, pancake mix and syrup, instant mashed potatoes, Jell-O, instant pudding, macaroni and cheese, pasta and pasta sauce, rice and beans. Families also appreciate receiving granola bars, juice and crackers.

Look for the Kennebunk recreation bus at town hall on Election Day where volunteers will accept nonperishable food and monetary donations. Checks can be made out to Community Outreach Services.

For more information about the food drive or to volunteer, email Winton in the general assistance office at kwinton@kennebunkmaine.us or call 604-1342.

Seasonal mural scenes by Kennebunk artist Mary Burnett grace the halls at St. Louis Child Development Center in Biddeford. (Courtesy photos) Seasonal mural scenes by Kennebunk artist Mary Burnett grace the halls at St. Louis Child Development Center in Biddeford. (Courtesy photos) Garden dedication for Kennebunk artist

Long-time Kennebunk resident and artist, Mary Burnett was recognized Oct. 23 with a garden dedicated in her honor at St. Louis Child Development Center in Biddeford. Presiding over the dedication was The Rev. Claude Gendreau who blessed the garden following the planting of a butterfly bush in Mary’s honor.

The festivities included children from St. Louis’ 4- and 5-year-old classroom launching hand-made paper butterflies into the air and sharing a snack of butterfly celery sticks.

Burnett’s murals of the four seasons have graced the center’s halls since 2008 when she spent a summer creating them with friend and fellow artist Carol Dalton. Burnett would ask 
Father Claude Gendreau blesses the butterfly bush at the dedication of Mary’s Garden at St. Louis Child Development Center in Biddeford. Father Claude Gendreau blesses the butterfly bush at the dedication of Mary’s Garden at St. Louis Child Development Center in Biddeford. children as they passed what they thought she should paint. Painted at a child’s eye view the murals have become a feature among children, parents and staff alike and have inspired play over the years, said Todd Winship, director of children’s services for Catholic Charities Maine.

“Mary brought the outside into our center with her murals so we wanted to honor her generosity with a butterfly garden that would extend her spirit of wonder and whimsy to the children as they arrive each morning,” said Winship.

Catholic Charities CEO Steve Letourneau extended appreciation to Burnett for sharing “her tremendous talent with the children so that they may be inspired to dream and draw their own works of art and for her ongoing generosity and support of the Center.”

In addition to the murals, Burnett purchased the circle time rugs for all nine classrooms, where activities like reading stories, puppet plays, songs, dance and educational school readiness skills take place among other center improvements.

Veterans Day 5K helps fund Honor Flight Maine

Wells Chamber of Commerce will host its fourth annual Veterans’ Day 5K on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. The 5K run/ walk will start and end at the Wells Elks Lodge, 356 Bald Hill Road, Wells.

Proceeds for the event will benefit Honor Flight Maine. Gorham Savings Bank is the Primary Event sponsor and Avita of Wells is the Gold sponsor.

The first 100 registrants will receive a free long-sleeve T-shirt. The Wells Elks will have food and beverage for sale after the race (bring an ID). Prizes will be awarded to male and female in the following categories: Overall, Under 20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70-plus.

For registration information, visit www.wellschamber.org, call 646-2451 or visit www.runsignup.com/race/ME/Wells/VD5k.

St. David’s Harvest Fair scheduled for Nov. 4

St. David’s Church in Kennebunk will host its annual Harvest Fair 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4.

The fair will feature baked goods and sweets for sale along with homemade frozen pot pies, jams and jellies. Lunch will feature sandwiches provided by Kitchen Chicks as well as award winning soups by local providers. These local businesses offer food at good prices and recipients of award-winning soups.

A silent auction will include dozens of items and gift certificates from local restaurants, stores and salons. Patrons will be invited to bid on offerings from restaurant meals, salon services, excursions and florist items to shopping experiences.

Baskets by raffle will feature more than 30 collections of themed items such as New Baby, Movie Night, Kitchen Gadgets, Thanksgiving breakfast and Cooking with Kids.

Other tables include a table of treasures, jewelry table, wreaths for sale and handmade items.

For more information call 985-3073 visit www.stdavidskennebunk.org or Facebook.

Chamber auction online bidding goes through Monday, Nov. 13

The Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce’s annual Holiday Benefit Auction is live online. Folks in town and across the country have been checking in daily and bidding to benefit this local nonprofit serving local businesses and serving visitors.

As of this week, some 100-plus businesses have donated items, services and experiences to the benefit, which is online via www.biddingforgood.com through 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13. The event culminates with a live auction of five items on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Weirs Buick GMC in Arundel.

Just a few of the items up for bid includes a complete kitchen tile backsplash by Distinctive Tile & Stoneworks, three nights of glamping at Sandy Pines Campground, complete room and ceiling painting from Biddeford Painting, a new stove from Appliance Advantage, beautify jewelry and gift certificates galore, plus goods, services and experiences like no other in our community.

The Holiday Auction is one of the chamber’s major fundraisers that helps support local businesses, residents and tourists.

The online auction runs through 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13. For auction information, call 967-0857 or find a link to the online auction via www.gokennebunks.com.

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