The Board of Directors and staff of the YWCA of Central Maine will present their first annual Women of Achievement Award to Lee Young of Auburn at a gala event on Thursday, December 3 at the Ramada Inn of Lewiston.
The Women of Achievement Award recognizes exceptional community contributors. Award recipients are women leaders in Maine who have exhibited a unique combination of qualities, including leadership and a commitment to civic engagement, service and advocacy, that emulate the mission of the YWCA and leave a lasting impact in our state and local community.
UU Theater will present “Be the Change” on Saturday, December 5 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 6 at 1 p.m. Set at an imaginary dinner party, the play uses wit and humor to explore the moral struggles of our age as a frustrated activist dreams up her heroes – including Maya Angelou, Buckminster Fuller, Jesus, Martin Luther King, Jr., Marge Piercy, Rumi, Rev. Howard Thurman and Thich Nhat Hanh – to advise her in how to brave the everyday frustrations we all face.
The Salvation Army kicked off its annual Christmas Kettle Campaign recently when Governor LePage brought greetings and a Salvation Army Brass Ensemble played holiday carols during a brief ceremony at the Statehouse. The charitable organization expects to have more than 130 red kettles on street corners and shopping areas throughout the state through December 24.
The recent “Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree” benefit concert featuring local musicians and their talented children was a success, attracting nearly 250 fans and raising approximately $3,000 for the Pettingill School Park project. Event organizers wish to thank the performers, raffle donors Betty Harris and Charlene Leclair, Doug and Gini Haines of Haines Photography and the Franco Center for their contributions, as well as event volunteers Carolyn Court, Pauline Taylor, Margaret Craven, Rep. Peggy Rotundo and Judy Cartmel. See the Friends of Pettingill Facebook page for more photos from the event.
Androscoggin Bank’s MainStreet Foundation has named Longley Elementary School the 2015 recipient of its annual $25K for Kids grant. The award was presented at the Foundation’s annual meeting recently at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center of Lewiston. Focused on its mission of providing the three essentials of life – food, shelter and security – to as many children as possible, the $25K for Kids award was presented to Gov. James B. Longley Elementary School to help it maintain and expand its afterschool programming for students in grades pre-K to 6.
Longley Elementary School employs 80 full-time staff members and currently serves over 400 students from downtown Lewiston, all of whom live within walking distance and almost all whom live in poverty.
Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice has unveiled its Holiday Remembrance Ornament for 2015. Each year, thanks to sponsorship provided by Mechanics Savings Bank, a unique ornament is created and made available to all who want to remember a loved one. This year’s ornament is made of hand-cast pewter and features the tree of life. Proceeds from sales of the ornament support home health and hospice services for patients who do not have resources to pay for care and bereavement services.
The Franco Center will once again produce one of the area’s more unique and magical program events with the seventh edition of its Medieval Feast on Friday and Saturday, November 20 and 21, beginning at 6 p.m.
This event harkens back to the medieval tradition of royalty inviting guests to a feast to watch knights compete on horseback. The Medieval Feast is meant to recreate just such a gathering, excluding only the horses. Guests may imagine themselves in the center of a medieval courtyard awaiting the arrival of the king and queen, who they will join, along with an assortment of knights, minstrels, friars, squires and wenches, in the Great Hall for an evening of colorful entertainment and a banquet. Read the rest of this entry »
The annual Twin Cities Holiday Celebration on Saturday, November 28 will expand into a daylong event this year, with activities expected to run from noon to 8:30 p.m. Sponsored by Center Street Dental of Auburn, the celebration’s growth is due to the involvement of the L-A chapter of the Union of Maine Visual Artists, who stepped forward to help longtime organizers, the Lewiston Downtown Holiday Celebration Committee and the Auburn Business Association, expand the usual evening event into one encompassing afternoon activities. All event details will be posted as they are finalized at www.downtownlewistonassociation.com. Read the rest of this entry »
The L/A Fighting Spirit held two fundraisers recently in support of this year’s Dempsey Challenge. The team’s Charity Jersey Auction raised $5426, while the junior team’s Shootout raised $888.
The auction featured special purple team jerseys in honor of Valerie Goneau, who passed away in 2011 from a rare form of cancer. Valerie was the sister of Eric Goneau, who played for the Fighting Spirit that season, and served as an inspiration for the team as she battled her illness. The team played in the jerseys on October 17 and then presented them to the winning bidders after the game.
Thanks to Positive Tracks, the Fighting Spirit’s donation to the Dempsey Center will be doubled
The Lewiston-Auburn Veterans Council would like to remind the community that spaces are still available to have the name of a loved one inscribed on the next monument, #28, of Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston.
To be eligible, honorees must be from the State of Maine and must have served in a branch of the armed services, including the National Guard, Reserves or Merchant Marine. They may be living or deceased, on active duty or retired. A $35 engraving fee and a copy of the honoree’s Honorable Discharge, DD214, or any other document stating that they were in one of the armed services, must be included with the application. The unveiling of the monument is expected to take place on the Saturday morning of Memorial Day weekend. Read the rest of this entry »