2017-10-27 / Community

Community News

Stuff the Bus at town hall 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.

St. David’s Harvest Fair is Saturday, 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.

Veterans Day 5K raises funds for 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.

First Congregational schedules Hymn Preludes Concert

First Congregational Church of Kennebunkport will host a Hymn Sing and Hymn Preludes Concert Sunday, Nov. 5 at 3 p.m. Joyce Painter Rice, music director at First Church, will accompany the hymns and play hymn arrangements on the organ and piano.

The Hymn Sing is the first Sunday afternoon music event at the church this fall. In tribute to the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and its leader Martin Luther, three Lutheran hymns will be included. Two hymns by New England poets will illustrate that hymn writing can be an everyday occurrence.

The organ in First Church was built in 1854 by the E. and G. G. Hook company of Boston. The church has received donations from the congregation and community and the organ will be restored next spring. The church’s piano was built by Steinway in 1905.

In addition to the hymn sings, concerts, suppers and other events hosted by church members, interim minister the Rev. Jim Henry and the congregation welcomes the public.

For more information, call the church office on Tuesdays at 967-3897.

Secret Santa application forms are 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. Due to the unique nature of the Secret Santa program, applications must be returned by Nov. 9 in order to allow enough time to involve the community in shopping for the specific gifts requested for each child. Families who do not apply in time may have to be referred to other organizations. All requests are strictly confidential.

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.

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.

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