2016-12-02 / Community

Community News

Chamber announces free Prelude shuttle bus service

Free shuttle service will be running this weekend between the Chamber of Commerce on Water Street and Village Marketplace in Lower Village for Prelude festivities.

Shuttle hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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 Kennebunk Downtown Committee and Kennebunk Rec.

Donations will be collected for the chamber’s Beach Wheelchair Fund, in lieu of fares.

Shuttle hours for Prelude’s second weekend, Dec. 9-10, will be 4 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

New this year, Kennebunk Savings will sponsor a shuttle from the chamber to the Nonantum’s Fire & Ice between 4:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Advance reservations are required via 967-0857 or at events@gokennebunks.com. All proceeds benefit the Beach Wheelchair Fund.

Holiday book and bake sale at Kennebunk Free Library

A Holiday book and bake sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Kennebunk Free Library, will be held at the Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main St. on Saturday, Dec. 3. The book sale will run 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the bake sale from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event features gently-used books, CDs, DVDs and audio books. The bake sale will feature homemade baked goods and savory treats.

All proceeds benefit library programs, collections and events.

For more information about the book and bake sale or joining the Friends, call the library at 985-2173 or visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.

Mrs. Claus to read at White Columns

Mrs. Claus will visit Kennebunkport Historical Society’s White Columns museum to read to children during Prelude. On the Saturdays of Prelude, Dec. 5 and 12, Mrs. Claus will be at White Columns at 2 p.m. to read favorite Christmas stories to children. The sessions are free to children and no reservations are required. A photographer will be available to take free pictures of the children.

Supper benefits Habitat for Humanity

Robert’s Maine Grill will host a Community Supper on Wednesday, Dec. 7 to help support Habitat for Humanity York County.

Habitat for Humanity York County’s mission is to work towards the elimination of poverty housing and homelessness in York County and to stir the hearts and minds of others to take action on this issue. Habitat is currently working on a new home building project in West Kennebunk.

On Tuesday and Wednesday night from September to June, Robert’s Maine Grill, located on 326 Route 1 in Kittery, offers a Community Supper starting at 4 p.m. The supper features a three-course menu in the spirit of Robert’s style: Maine comfort food with an updated twist. Robert’s regular dinner menu is also available. Robert’s donates a portion of the evening’s proceeds to a designated local nonprofit, which will be Habitat for Humanity York County on Dec. 7.

Upcoming Community Supper menus are posted at www.robertsmainegrill.com. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 439-0300 or online.

Kennebunk teacher presents essays

Kennebunk High School teacher and author Andy Young will read from his new book, “Young Ideas,” on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Kennebunk Free Library. A collection of 70 columns that have previously appeared in newspapers around the state, “Young Ideas” gathers Young’s observations on life, teaching, writing and everything else, all mixed with humor.

“There are a total of 70 essays in the book, more than a half-dozen of which are potentially life-impacting,” Young said. “The rest are merely inspiring, insightful or insipid and amusing.”

A long-time columnist for a number of Maine newspapers, Young combed through more than 450 essays to choose the pieces for “Young Ideas.” According to Young, the columns about people and everyday life are the ones that still resonate for him.

“After looking back at over a decade’s worth of essays, I’ve learned most of the ones dealing with current events or pop culture don’t have much of a shelf life,” he said in a recent interview with BAM! Publishing. “Little vignettes about everyday occurrences, though, they stay relevant forever and sometimes the significance of those events grows with time.”

Young is a familiar face at Kennebunk High School, where he is in his 15th year as a teacher of English and literacy. Before that, he worked as a play-by-play announcer for several minor-league professional baseball and hockey teams. Young has done everything from digging ditches and washing dishes to selling athletic foot wear and Christmas trees (though not at the same time). He and his three children live in Cumberland.

“There are countless other less easily-described blessings which I consciously remind myself to savor, starting with some of the young people who walk into my classroom at Kennebunk High School each day,” he said in the interview. “I’ve got some incredible colleagues there, too, each of whom serves as a walking, breathing reminder that the most valuable treasures in my life aren’t tangible possessions, but people.”

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

Baseball columnist unveils his latest book

Local baseball columnist and author Carl Johnson will share stories from baseball’s past and present when he reads from his newest book, “The Baseball Buff’s Bathroom Book Vol. 2” at the Kennebunk Free Library on Monday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m.

The second volume in Johnson’s series on baseball history, trivia and stories features 50 stories about major events and players in the world of baseball.

From Enos Slaughter’s “Mad Dash” from first to home to win the 1946 World Series to Detroit Tigers pitcher Mark “The Bird” Fidrych’s rise from obscurity to starting the All-Star Game in less than two months, “The Baseball Buff’s Bathroom Book Vol. 2” features unforgettable stories about America’s pastime.

Johnson will also offer signed copies of “The Baseball Buff’s Bathroom Book Vol. 1” and “From Beer to Beards: Boston Baseball’s 2011-2013 Roller Coaster Ride” for sale.

Town announces upcoming events

Kennebunk Holiday Food Basket Program: Christmas food baskets are available upon request. The service is offered by Church Community Outreach Services. For more information, contact Kennebunk Town Office at 985-2102, ext. 1342.

Christmas Dinner: The Noel Dinner is an annual complimentary Christmas Day dinner prepared and served at St. Martha’s Church in Kennebunk. This festive celebration features a delicious meal and holiday entertainment. For more information, call Community Harvest at 967-1911.

Lower Village Tree Lighting: Saturday, Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m. at the Corner of Christensen Lane and Route 35.

West Kennebunk Tree Lighting: Saturday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. at Dorothy Stevens Center, 80 Thompson Road.

Wreaths Across America/Escort to Arlington: Monday, Dec. 12 at 9:45 a.m. at the Kennebunk High School. KHS ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 10:45 a.m. All are welcome. Convoy leaves the high school at 11 a.m., travels Route 1 south to Wells.

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