2017-11-10 / Community

Community News

Library to host Vietnam public screenings

Kennebunk Free Library has been selected by the American Library Association and WETA Washington, D.C., to receive a programming kit for The Vietnam War, a 10-part documentary film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

As part of the award, Kennebunk Free Library is hosting two public screenings of the documentary on Thursday, Dec. 7 and Thursday, Dec. 21. Both screenings will be held in Hank’s Room from noon to 2 p.m. The documentary is rated TV-MA and contains profanity, brief nudity and graphic violence. Excerpts may trigger anxiety or anger, especially for those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Information and resources about PTSD will be available.

The 18-hour documentary series on DVD is available for the public to borrow through interlibrary loan. The companion book, “The Vietnam War: An Intimate History” by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns is also available.

Thomas Barclay Thomas Barclay Barclay joins United Way as development director

United Way of York County announced Thomas (Tuck) Barclay recently joined the organization as resource development director. In this role, Barclay is responsible for fundraising, including oversight of the annual Community Campaign and leadership giving program.

“We are very fortunate to have Tuck with us. This is an exciting time for United Way of York County,” said Barb Wentworth, president and CEO of United Way of York County. “As we continue to create more impact with donor contributions, Tuck’s wealth of experience with a number of other United Ways and nonprofit organizations will be invaluable.”

With more than 25 years of senior-level major gift fundraising and leadership experience in education, community service, health, microfinance and conservation organizations, Barclay has dedicated his career to raising money to provide life-changing services and opportunities for individuals and families. Most recently Tuck served as director of philanthropy for Massachusetts and Rhode Island at the Trust for Public Land. Prior to that, he was senior director, resource development, with Accion International from 2008 until 2013. Tuck served as director of development and membership for the Archaeological Institute of America before joining Accion.

Barclay also brings 17 years of development and community investment experience from time spent at United Way of Greater Manchester, New Hampshire, United Way and Community Chest in Cincinnati, United Way of Central Carolinas in Charlotte, North Carolina and United Way of Central Massachusetts in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Book discussions set for Tuesdays at KFL

Kennebunk Free Library hosts book discussions on Tuesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. If interested in attending a book discussion, but have been hesitant to try, give it a shot.

The group encourages different perspectives and strives for a variety of genres including classics, science fiction, historical fiction, graphic novels, psychological fiction and more. Attendees are also welcome to provide input for future book discussion titles.

Also, check out the library’s non-fiction book group held the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

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

Summit Project plans tribute march on Nov. 18

The Summit Project will conduct a tribute march on Nov. 18, hosted by Habitat for Humanity of York County’s ReStore.

The Summit Project is a Maine-based nonprofit whose mission is to recognize and honor Maine Veterans who have passed away since Sept. 11, 2001. Families of the fallen heroes have unearthed and donated a special memorial stone that uniquely represents their loved one. The Summit Project engraves the stones and volunteers have hiked up and down mountains throughout Maine and across the world carrying the tribute stones in their packs, making the Summit Project a living memorial.

A selection of the stones travels the state in a special display known as The Honor Case.

The Summit Project’s Honor Case is on display at the Habitat ReStore, 4 Industrial Drive, Kennebunk, until it moves on to its next destination.

A group of volunteers will hike from Kennebunk Free Library to the ReStore carrying selected stones from the case to commission the new honor case location. Volunteers will have the opportunity to hear the stories of the soldiers whose stones they will be carrying, making a personal connection with them. At the library, the walkers will pause for a sharing session with one another and upon their return, share their experiences in writing with the families of the fallen soldiers. The walk will take place at 10 a.m. on Nov. 18. To participate, contact Bob at the Habitat ReStore at 502-7021.

The event is open to students, parents and community members of York County. For more information, visit www.thesummitproject.org.

Maine Women in the Arts plan holiday show

Maine Women in the Arts annual Holiday Art and Craft Show offers and opportunity to select handcrafted gifts. It will be held Nov. 30 through Dec. 3 in conjunction with Kennebunkport’s Prelude celebration.

The show offers a selection of original art including paintings, photography, pottery, sculptures, books and more as well as handmade holiday crafts made by artisans. Admission is free.

The opening reception is Thursday, Nov. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be live music as well as many of the artists in attendance. The show will continue Friday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, Temple Street, Kennebunkport.

There will be a raffle of a basket of handmade gift items made by MWA members, with proceeds to benefit the MWA scholarship fund.

The MWA is a non-juried membership organization of more than 100 men and women from Maine and northern New England. The purpose of the group is to promote and give exposure to Maine artists and their work in all media. Maine Women in the Arts is a statewide, nonprofit organization, founded in 1977. For more information, visit www.mainewomenarts.com and on Facebook.

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.”

Portside Rotary Club dedicates new trail

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Oct. 23 for a new trail into the woods created by the Kennebunk Portside Rotary Club. The club has adopted Beachwood Park and over the years has worked to maintain and beautify the facility. The town of Kennebunkport has renamed it Rotary Park at Beachwood in honor of the club’s service to the community.

Last May the club submitted a grant proposal to Rotary District 7780 to add a bathroom facility and hiking trail connecting the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust trail system and adding a Rotary Loop trail. The $3,400 grant was approved and with $4,500 of club funds and many hours of volunteer labor the project was completed this fall.

The bathroom includes a low-maintenance incinerator toilet. The building was re-purposed from former life as the parking kiosk at Dock Square.

The trail includes a half-mile connector into the trust system and a half-mile loop winding through rock outcroppings and with views of marshlands at the head of Tyler Brook.

The trail includes 12 boardwalks of varying lengths including a 50-foot bridge crossing the brook; more than 200 feet altogether. The stone footings for the bridge were salvaged from the embankments of the old Mathew Lanigan bridge that connected Dock Square to Lower Village and was replaced last year.

All of the materials (except the stones) were hand carried to the worksites and built in place.

At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, project coordinator Dave Jourdan said, “I would like to thank everyone who helped make this possible: The folks at District 7780 for the grant funding; Town Manager Laurie Smith and the town selectmen for approval to use town lands and support of the project; Mike Claus and his crew who installed the bathroom and set the bridge stones; Carole Cook of Parks and Rec who helped us scout and clear the trails and supported approvals and permitting; Bethany Jourdan and Spectrum Signs for the beautiful signage; and most of all, the hard working volunteers of the Kennebunk Portside Rotary, Kennebunk Rotary, and the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust who hauled, cut, dug, drilled, and sweated through many summer work sessions.”

After the ceremony, Dave and Harvey Flashen lead the group on a two-mile walk down the new trail and around Rotary Loop and back. We look forward to thousands of hikers of all ages enjoying the new Rotary trail and park facilities over many years to come.

Run/walk helps transport veterans

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 follow- ing 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.

Bid early, bid often at chamber auction

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 and 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 the community.

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

The online auction opened Oct. 25 and runs through 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13.

For auction information, call 967-0857 or find a link to the online auction at www.gokennebunks.com.

Photographer is featured artist for November

An exhibition entitled Beauty Hiding In Plain Sight the photographs of Kathryn S. B. Davis will be on display at the Kennebunk Free Library in the Speers Gallery throughout November.

The public is invited to view the exhibit during regular library hours when the gallery is not in use for library programs.

“Over the years since, I have logged hundreds if not thousands of hours exploring places were beauty comes into being and passes away,” Davis said. “Simply exquisite fleeting beauty is all around us.”

Davis began a daily practice of photographing in and around Kennebunk about 10 years ago. With no expensive camera and no elaborate photo editing system, she gathered simple straightforward images with her phone.

She shared them with friends and family in hopes that they, too, would enjoy what she was discovering – ever changing light, an abundance of good and beauty in neighbors and neighborhoods in our small coastal town.

“Although wandering further afield these days, I carry the gems of first discovery wherever I go,” Davis said. “No matter what might be troubling us (in our nation, in our town, or between our family members or friends), in any given moment, we can pause, breathe, look around and find some visual, some-small-bit-of-beauty that can give us a moment of peace and simple joy. This is available right here and right now.”

Davis studied at Maine College of Art, Maine Media Workshops, Haystack Mountain School, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, local arts organizations River Tree Arts and Engine and Waterfall Arts and with other local artists.

She has a studio at Running with Scissors Artist Studios in Portland.

Library accepting wreath orders

Kennebunk Free Library is accepting orders from individuals and businesses for wreaths which will be delivered to the library for pick up on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Made at Wreaths of Maine in Waldoboro, the handmade, double-sided 23-inch Balsam wreaths, centerpieces and sprays will adorn your front door and make excellent gifts.

All proceeds benefit the library.

For an additional fee, wreaths can be shipped to friends and loved ones. The wreaths are delivered in decorative boxes using the fastest delivery possible, so wreaths arrive fresh.

The wreaths come with a personalized gift card and a hanger is attached. The 33-inch size cannot be shipped. Orders are accepted through Nov.13 at 8 p.m.

Order forms are available online or at the library.

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

Secret Santa application forms are now available

Secret Santa has begun its 30th year of assisting families living in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport or Arundel who lack sufficient funds to purchase Christmas gifts for their children.

Application forms are 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

Even though Christmas is two months away, the time to submit applications is now. Families who do not apply in time may have to be referred to other organizations. All requests are strictly confidential.

Sunday school students to visit area churches

Children at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church will study and visit area churches and other places of worship this year.

Titled Neighboring Faith Communities, the program devotes three Sundays to each community. In the session before the visit, the class will learn basics about the faith community and how they are expected to behave.

During the second session, they will attend a worship service. During the third session, they will discuss their experience and note how it was similar to or different from other faith communities including their own.

Classes also may include visiting speakers.

Through this program, children will experience ritual and other practices. They will learn tolerance and respect toward others. And they will become aware of the diversity of religions in the United States.

“We won’t focus on doctrine,” said Director of Religious Education Emily Jones. “Each religion has emotional, material and social dimensions too. The best way to learn about these is through experience — and that’s what we’ll do in this course.”

For more information, email uukennebunkdre@gmail.com or call 985-3700.

Seaglass seeks singers for 2017-18 season

Seaglass Performing Arts Chorale, under the direction of artistic director Jean Strazdes, is looking for singers to join its musical community in preparation for the 2017-2018 choral season beginning with its fall concert, “A Joyous Celtic Celebration.”

There will be two performances of the concert in December 2017 at venues to be announced.

The spring 2018 concert will be celebration in honor of Leonard Bernstein’s upcoming 100th birthday.

For more information, call 985-8747 or visit www.seaglassperformingarts.org.

Library announces activities

 Mad Science Series

Science can be wacky, wild, or funny, but it’s always an adventure. Kennebunk Free Library will hold a Mad Science series of programming for young scientists to experiment and observe the results. All programs are open to ages 6 and older. Registration is required. Dates:

Nov. 13, 4 p.m.: Galaxy Slime

Dec. 11, 4 p.m.: DIY Kaleidoscope

 Color Central

Know a young artist who needs to release some artistic steam? Kennebunk Free Library is offering Color Central, a monthly program for children ages 5 and older.

The library will provide all the tools needed for children to paint, draw, or color to their heart’s content. This program will meet on Monday afternoons from 4 to 5 p.m. No registration required. Upcoming dates:

Nov. 27
Dec. 4

Fiber Arts Studio

 Youth in grades 5-12 are invited to an ongoing drop-in fiber arts program, the fourth Thursday of the month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Now is the time to learn knitting basics or start a new craft project. Each month will feature a different craft, but participants are always welcome to bring whatever project they are currently making instead. Knitting, sewing, and cross-stitch help will be available. Upcoming dates:

Nov. 30

Dec. 28

The events are free and wheelchair accessible. Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St., Kennebunk.

For more information, call 985-2173.

Book discussion group

 Come one, come all to adult book discussion at Kennebunk Free Library. Discussions take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 1 to 2 p.m.

The sessions encourage different perspectives and strive for a variety of genres including classics, science fiction, historical fiction, graphic novels, psychological fiction and more.

Attendees are also welcome to provide input for future book discussion titles. Also, check out the non-fiction book group held the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

Copies of the books will be available to check out.

For more information, call 985-2173.

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