The YWCA of Central Maine will host its second annual “Stand Against Racism” on Saturday, April 27. Part of a series of events organized by local YWCA’s across the country, the day will consist of walking and public demonstration to promote recognition of racism in Maine. Walkers who participate will become community leaders in helping to break the cycle of racism.
After last year’s successful launch, the Y hopes to enlist at least 100 people for this year’s event. The first 100 who sign up will receive t-shirts as symbols of their dedication.
The Lewiston-Auburn CA$H Coalition marked its 10th year helping local residents save money by providing free tax preparation and asset-building assistance at an anniversary celebration on April 10.
There was much to celebrate. From January 24 through April 1, Coalition volunteers prepared 1,783 returns, resulting in $2,816,000 in claimed Federal refunds and $534,000 in claimed State refunds. Those numbers brought the Coalition’s 10-year tally for claimed Federal and State tax refunds on behalf of Lewiston-Auburn area residents to $18,984,674!
The Franco-American Heritage Center will host its next “La Rencontre” French language luncheon on Friday, May 3 at 11:30 a.m. The meal will feature of a choice of lobster roll or chicken salad roll, along with macaroni salad, chips, pickles and a cookie for dessert.
Following the meal, Auburn resident and baritone Larry Gowell will perform for patrons in the Franco Center’s Performance Hall. He will be accompanied on at least one song by chanteuse Joëlle Morris, a native of France who currently resides in Winthrop and, like Gowell, has become a favorite of Franco Center audiences.
Gowell will be trailed by a camera crew from “Bill Green’s Maine,” a program that airs weekly on WCSH-TV. The program’s producers are capturing footage to tell the story of Gowell’s life and unique place in baseball history.
The event’s organizing committee has announced that the 2013 Androscoggin Business to Business Trade Show will take place on Thursday, June 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston. This year’s theme will be “Building Connections for Business Success.”
Renowned for its ability to draw an estimated 2,500 business professionals from throughout New England, the show, presented by the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council, is considered by many to be the premier networking event in the state. This year’s one-day event will focus on how companies build relationships from the ground up to grow their business.
“Personal relationships are paramount to any successful enterprise,” said committee member Stephanie Lewis of the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council. “The Business to Business Trade Show provides an opportunity for hundreds of businesses and thousands of professionals to meet, shake hands, and exchange ideas, all under the convenience of one roof.”
The Twin Cities’ newest bike shop has opened its doors in the extensively renovated old Nadeau’s Bakery building at 996 Sabattus Street in Lewiston. Busytown Bikes carries a full line of Scott, Jamis and Surly bicycles, from sleek road bikes to full-suspension mountain bikes, as well as BMX bikes, kids’ bikes and women’s-specific models. The shop also offers a full range of services, from simple tune-ups to complete overhauls.
Co-owners Frank Jalbert and Dominic Giampaolo grew up riding bikes here in Lewiston. “We’re just into riding bikes of all kinds,” said Giampaolo. “Road bikes, mountain bikes, commuter bikes – even BMX and kids bikes – either we ride them, or our kids do!”
“Helping people find the right bike, accessories and parts to match their needs is a specialty of the shop,” said Jalbert. “We listen to what the customer wants to do with a bike and help them find the right bike to do it with.”
Busytown Bikes will host its official grand opening event, featuring special discounts, package deals and prizes, from April 13 through 21 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Their 996 Sabattus Street location, next Blackie’s Produce and across the street from South of the Border, offers lots of free parking and plenty of room for test rides. For more information, call 241-3233 or see www.busytownbikes.com.
The classic music of Frank Sinatra will be featured in a show presented by Louis Philippe and a few of his young protégés on Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston.
Louis Philippe performs a couple of times a year at the Franco Center, where he is beloved by the local Franco population. His late grandfather, Louis Philippe Gagne, hailed from Lewiston and was posthumously nominated to the Franco-American Hall of Fame, to which he will be inducted in a ceremony at the Statehouse in Augusta on May 14.
L/A Arts is now accepting submissions for Art Walk Lewiston Auburn 2013. The deadline to submit work for the first event on May 31 is May 10. If you or someone you know would be a good candidate to showcase art work at Art Walk Lewiston Auburn, submit that work at www.artwalklewistonauburn.com.
If you would like to reserve gallery space for the June, July, August or September Art Walk events, email firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line, list your full name and the month you wish to exhibit (i.e. John Doe July Art Walk). In the body of your email, include your phone number, estimated number of work to be presented, and two sample jpeg images of your work.
On Friday, April 12, holocaust survivor Max Slabotsky will be the guest speaker at a Brown Bag Lunch hosted by Mayor Robert E. Macdonald to mark National Days of Remembrance Week. Free and open to the public, the event will take place at noon in Lewiston Public Library’s Callahan Hall.
Slabotsky was born in Belgium in 1931. He learned the art of tailoring at his father’s knee and is now a master tailor working in Portland, Maine. In 1943, he was arrested along with his parents and sent to Auschwitz, where he was put to work for the Germans, first on a farm and then cleaning pipes and sorting clothes. His mother, who had been used by the Nazis in medical experiments, survived for a short time after the camp was liberated by the Russians. After the war, Slabotsky became a paratrooper and lived on a kibbutz in Israel before coming to the U.S.A. in 1955. Read the rest of this entry »
On Saturday, April 13, members of the Lisbon High School Class of 2013 will dress up for a “Prom Dress Fashion Show & Sale” starting at 2 p.m. in the Lisbon High School Gymnasium. A variety of semi-formal to formal prom dresses, priced from $5 to $50, will be showcased.
Civil War historian Charles Plummer, widely-known for his living history presentations, will be the featured speaker at Lewiston-Auburn Senior College’s next “Food for Thought” luncheon on Friday, April 12 at 11:30 a.m.
In the guise of Civil War General Ulysses S. Grant, Plummer will relate highlights of the life and experiences of this famous and colorful Union general, culminating with the defeat of General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia on April 9, 1865, which effectively ended the Civil War.