2017-12-08 / Community

Community News

Church on the Cape to host Jazz Christmas

For the 12th year in a row, Chris Humphrey brings together New England musicians concert of jazz Christmas music, Joyful Noise 12 - A Jazz Christmas in Kennebunk, at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22.

The Church On The Cape will host the concert. Admission is by suggested donation.

Humphrey and his jazz band will present a concert of new and traditional Christmas music entertain and benefit Church Community Outreach Services fuel aid program.

Humphrey is a pianist and vocalist from Kennebunk, who is the Director of music at Cheverus High School in Portland. He is a veteran jazz singer, having worked with Denon recording artists, The Ritz and the vocal jazz quintet, VocalEase. Humphrey has taught jazz piano at the University of Southern Maine and vocal jazz at Bowdoin College, USM and the University of New Hampshire.

Humphrey’s exploration and experimentation with complex harmony, rhythm and technically diverse vocal presentation is clearly exhibited in his CD released on Cadence Jazz records, Nothing But Blue Sky.

Church on the Cape is located at 3 Langsford Road in Kennebunkport. The concert is presented by The Keith McClelland Community Music Foundation.

For more information, call 467-5310

Port announces dog license renewal policy

It’s time to renew dog licenses. According to state law, all dogs kept within the state of Maine must be licensed.

An owner of a dog that is six months of age or older and kept in Kennebunkport must obtain a license from the town clerk between Oct. 15 and Dec. 31 each year. The fee to license a dog is $11 or $6 if the dog has been spayed or neutered.

Owners must bring proof from a veterinarian that the dog has received a rabies vaccine. Also, if licensing the dog for the first time and the dog has been spayed or neutered, a certificate provided by the veterinarian after the surgery must be presented.

If applying for a dog license after Jan. 31, a late fee of $25 (in addition to the annual license fee) will be charged per dog. This is state law and the fee cannot be waived.

Town clerk hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Registration also can be done via mail. Mail the current rabies certificate and check to: Town Clerk, PO Box 566, Kennebunkport, ME 04046; Or online at www.maine.gov/dog_ license.

Prelude shuttles run to Lower Village

Free shuttle service will run during Prelude between the Chamber of Commerce on Water Street in Kennebunk and Village Marketplace.

Shuttle hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8-9. Kennebunk Rec buses will run between the two stops on a 30-minute loop, picking up and dropping off on the top and bottom of every hour. The annual service is free, thanks to funding from the town of Kennebunk and Kennebunk Rec and donations will be collected for a charitable cause, in lieu of fares.

For moe information, visit GoKennebunks.com or ChristmnasPrelude.com.

York County businesses celebrate campaign

The new Pratt and Whitney building at York County Community College set the stage for United Way of York County’s Community Campaign Finale on Nov. 14. Local businesses celebrated with the theme of Find the U in United Way. Fundraising efforts support 70 community investments and United Way programs that served more than 112,000 people in 2016.

More than 90 businesses contribute to the Community Campaign. Several were honored with awards for increasing participation in their respective UWYC campaigns. The following companies won the prestigious Gold Award, given to companies that have employee participation rates between 80 and 100 percent and used four best practices that built employee engagement: Eastern Mechanical, Hussey Seating, Kennebunk Savings and SIS Bank.

The Silver Award was given to Baker Company, Biddeford Savings, Hannaford Saco, Hannaford-Wells, Pratt & Whitney, and Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution for having participation rates between 65 and 79 percent, and the use of best practices.

The Bronze Award went to Rubb Building Systems and Xuron for having employee participation rates of 55 to 64 percent and additional employee engagement.

The following companies were honored with special campaign awards:

• Edison Press and Xuron Corp. received the Unwavering Award;

• Marden’s, Sanford was presented with the Utopian Award;

• York County Community Action Corp. was recognized with the Unbelievable

Community Support Award;

• Hussey Seating went home with the Most EnthUsiastic Award

• Hannaford received the CommUnity Award;

• Kennebunk Savings won the Ubiquitous Award;

• Pratt & Whitney was presented with the SUper Hero Award. In addition, Pratt & Whitney employee Rene Thibeault was honored with a special Luminary Award for his longtime dedication to United Way of York County. Thibeault has been innovative in developing special events to benefit United Way, as well as long-time involvement with community organizations such as the Sanford Elks.

Two UWYC board members were honored with awards for their campaign work: Campaign Chair and board member Chris Indorf was given the OUtrageously Supportive Award for his efforts to reach out to 14 schools in three school districts since August. Campaign vice chairman and UWYC board member Todd Cesca was awarded the Upbeat Understudy Award for his support of the Campaign Associates and activities over the past three months.

Church plans Prelude concert on Sunday

First Congregational Church in Kennebunkport will host a Christmas Prelude concert on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. Joyce Painter Rice, music director and organist, interim minister the Rev. Jim Henry, and church members welcome all to the celebration of Christmas.

Admission is free with donations accepted.

The concert program will include Christmas music and Christmas carols with Megan Grassi, violin, Megan’s daughter Sophie Grassi, violin, Monica Bridges, vocalist, and Joyce Painter Rice, organ and piano.

For directions or more information, call 967-3897.

Gingerbread house building at Nonantum

An annual tradition in the Kennebunks, Prelude’s gingerbread-house making party will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport.

Admission includes Graham crackers, frosting and all the fixin’s needed to make a festive candy house.

Proceeds benefit the chamber of commerce’s Adopt-a-Family Christmas program.

For reservations, call 967-4050.

Tech Time offered at Free Library

Visit Kennebunk Free Library on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon for a new service, Tech Time. Attendees will work one-on-one with a librarian to answer technology questions.

Technology is becoming more complicated and the library would like to help. Having difficulty downloading the cloudLibrary app? Got a tablet for Christmas and need help setting it up? This service is intended to help educate or to troubleshoot minor technology issues. The goal is for participants to leave the sessions with the confidence and knowledge to troubleshoot future technology hurdles.

Participants are asked to bring their tech devices. The December Tech Time dates are Dec. 8, 15, 22 and 29. For assistance or an appointment, call the library at 985-2173. This service is wheelchair accessible. Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St., Kennebunk. For more information, visit kennebunklibrary.org.

Russian quartet featured at Christ Church

On Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m, Christ Church, 6 Dane St., Kennebunk, will offer an exhibition of traditional Russian icon art and a complimentary tea party with holiday cookies, followed at 7 p.m. with a concert of the St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble, an a capella quartet who will present an all-new program ranging from classical and liturgical music to Russian folk songs.

In conjunction with her art exhibit, Christ Church and master iconographer Marina Forbes invite the community to a complimentary buffet of tea and cookies from 6 to 7 p.m. A native of St Petersburg, Russia, the artist and art historian has 20 years’ experience teaching in the United States, Europe and Russia.

Her award-winning art and icons are on display in churches, museums, art galleries and private collections worldwide. All the original art and giclee prints offered for sale are professionally framed and matted and signed by the artist. Examples of Forbes’ art can be seen at www.marinaforbes.com

Vocalists Kirill Sokolov, Sergey Shapinsky, Andrei Volikov and Vadim Smantser are professional cantors in the Russian Orthodox church. They formed their ensemble in 2003 to expand the known limits of vocal music. Their repertoire encompasses various epochs and styles, from ancient Russian chants to Western European chorales, along with traditional Russian folk songs. For a preview of the concert, see any of their videos on YouTube. The group will have CDs and Russian souvenirs available for purchase immediately after the concert.

There will be a suggested donation for the concert. Children younger than 12 are welcome at no charge. Proceeds will benefit the missions of Christ Church.

Neither the church nor the artists can process credit cards. Cash or check only.

For more information, or to assist with lodging for one or more of the singers, please visit the office at 6 Dane St. or call 985-4494.

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