2018-05-11 / Community

Community News

Birding expert to give Laudholm presentation

Becky Marvil will present a birding program 7 p.m. May 15 at Mather Auditorium at Wells Reserve. The program is free and open to the public.

Marvil is one of Maine’s most experienced and enthusiastic birders. In the summer of 2015, Marvil, her husband Josh (the pilot), and two other couples spent 30 days traveling around the world in a private plane.

Their route took them from the US to Newfoundland, the Azores, Turkey, Oman, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Taiwan, Russia, and Alaska. In addition to sightseeing and learning about different cultures, her background in biology and ornithology caused her to focus on the birds, photographing and videotaping many species, and learning about their regional family variations and similarities from one stop to the next.

From the volcanic islands of the Azores to the 106-degree heat of Oman to the chilly, drizzly coast of Alaska, she will show her beautiful photos and reveal stories of bird species from around the globe! Come early for refreshments and social time. Free and open to the public. Marvil lives with her family in Yarmouth. She has a background in biology, ornithology and computer science and runs her own computer programming/webpage design business.

She has been the executive director of the Acadia Birding Festival for eight years, combining her knowledge of webpage design, organizational skills and love of birding. She is also the secretary for the Maine Bird Records Committee, an eBird Hotspot monitor for Maine and recently became a regional coordinator for the Maine Breeding and Wintering Bird Atlas. During her free time, she helps with local bird surveys, chases after rarities and loves to travel and enjoy birds in new locations.

Hope Cemetery group plans project viewing

On Memorial Day, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., join Friends of Hope Cemetery and Woods volunteers in the Old Church Yard portion of Hope Cemetery, next to the Unitarian Church on Main Street in Kennebunk, to see the first phase of the Hope Cemetery Interactive Map project.

The project is courtesy of University of New England students and Sue Bickford of Wells Reserve at Laudholm. Friends of Hope Cemetery and Woods volunteers will be there with mobile devices to show off the new project.

Work began with manual recording and photography of each of the 270 gravestones in that section. Research was done to include additional historical information. All information was entered into a spreadsheet and then an online mapping program was used to create the interactive map. The map is accessible on the history page of the newly updated Hope Cemetery and Woods website, www.hopecemeterykennebunk.com.

Writer, storyteller to visit Samuel Osher Memorial Library

Congregation Etz Chaim will host award-winning writer and storyteller Mark Binder as he presents a program of tales for adults.

The program is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24 at the Samuel Osher Memorial Library, 36 Bacon St., in Biddeford.

“My stories are like rye bread,” Binder said. “You don’t need to be Jewish to enjoy them.”

For more than 20 years, Binder has been writing and performing stories around the world.

As a writer, Binder creates tales that can be read and reread.

“I don’t memorize a script,” he said. “I don’t do true stories like “The Moth.” I prefer to tell fictions as if they’re real, and take listeners into the universal space of folklore and tall tales. Sometimes my stories sneak over the edge of reality like Gabriel Garcia-Marquez.

The author of nearly two dozen books and audio books for adults, families and children, Binder lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and is recently back from a world tour that included England, Ireland, France and the Netherlands.

“If you’ve never heard a live storyteller, come and listen,” he said. “For a brief moment time vanishes and the listeners vanish and the teller vanishes and all that exists is a story.”

The event is free and open to the public. The program will run from 7 to 8 p.m. Dessert and coffee will be served after the storytelling. Binder will answer questions and sign copies of his recent books and audio recordings following the program.

For more information and directions, visit http://etzchaimme.org/.

First Eat the Kennbunks Week is May 14-20

The inaugural Eat the Kennebunks Week will take place May 14-20 in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel. This celebration of all things culinary will include everything from special beer dinners to cocktails classes, prix fixe meals and more.

“We have such a rich culinary scene here in the Kennebunks that we wanted to create a way for people to experience it at perhaps a lower price point and in a fun way,” said Laura Dolce, executive director of the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the event along with the new Boathouse Restaurant in Kennebunkport.

Other offerings during the week include both a Maine Food Dinner and cocktail class at Old Vines, breakfast specials at Mike’s American Diner and prix fixe dinners at many other restaurants.

For more information, call 967-0857, visit www.gokennebunks.com, eatthekennebunks.com or follow the event’s Facebook page, facebook.com/eatthekennebunks/

Cornerstone hires new office manager

Cornerstone Financial Planning, a financial planning firm with offices in Portland and Newington, New Hampshire, recently hired Brittany Landry as their office manager.

Landry will work at the firm’s Union Wharf location in Portland where her responsibilities will include greeting clients, providing general administrative support, website and social media maintenance and marketing functions.

Prior to joining Cornerstone Financial Planning, Landry worked for Robert Half, a specialized staffing firm, in Portland. Originally from Kennebunk, she currently lives in Falmouth.

Landry earned her bachelor’s in communication with a minor in marketing from the University of Southern Maine.

Rotary, Chamber of Commerce to host scholarship raffle

The Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Kennebunk Rotary Club to present the Rotary’s annual scholarship raffle at the chamber’s after hours on Wednesday, May 16.

The monthly after hours event runs from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport, followed by the auction at 7 p.m. Admission is open to the public.

The scholarship raffle is an annual event to raise money for deserving students, typically giving them $500 to $1,500 to offset their college expenses. Each year the club issues about $14,000 to about a dozen Kennebunk High School students and this year they hope to better their efforts.

Three hundred tickets will be sold. All proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund. Purchase tickets through a Rotary member, at the chamber office or online: http:// kennebunkrotaryclub.org/donate/scholarship-raffle-tickets/.

Tickets will be drawn at 7 p.m. and winnings include a $3,000 first prize; $2,000 second prize; $1,000 third prize; $500 fourth prize; and $200 fifth to 10th prizes. Winners do not have to be present.

Between 5 and 7 p.m., admission includes hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets. After 7 p.m., a cash bar will be available.

For more information, call the chamber at 967-0857 or visit www.gokennebunks.com.

Lunch and fashion show will benefit Town House School

Friends of Town House School will host a lunch and fashion show to benefit the Town House School on Thursday, June 14 at On the Marsh Bistro. The fundraiser begins at noon.

Carla’s Corner of Kennebunkport will provide glimpses of the latest women’s fashions.

For tickets or more information, call Sandy at 967-4298 or Judy at 467-3554.

Registration is open for another season at KBIA

Registration is now open for the 108th season at the Kennebunk Beach Improvement Association. KBIA will offer eight weeks of summer recreational and enrichment classes for ages 2 to 17, starting June 25.

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.

For class schedules, pricing and information, visit www.kbia.net, like KBIA on Facebook or follow KBIA on Instagram at kbia1910.

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