Spring is here, and this year’s first Art Walk Lewiston Auburn is just around the corner. Art Walk LA converts downtown businesses and storefronts into public arts spaces that include galleries, exhibitions, and special performances. The event takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. on the final Friday of each month from May to September.
When National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu recently announced 64 awards totaling $4.3 million to support projects across the nation through the NEA’s “Our Town” program, LA Arts was one of the organizations recommended to receive a $50,000 award. The funds will be used to design and implement a cultural and artistic entrepreneurship program and related projects.
The Our Town grant program supports creative place-making projects that help transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. The NEA received 240 applications for Our Town this year, and will make awards ranging from $25,000 to $100,000.
“For six years, Our Town has made a difference for people and the places where they live, work, and play,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Projects such as the one led by LA Arts help residents engage the arts to spark vitality in their communities.”
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A lively ensemble of instrumentalists ranging in age from 10 to 80 will provide the music for a festive, Franco-themed “Spring Fling” on Saturday, May 14 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in Lewiston Public Library’s Callahan Hall. Fashioned after the old-time Franco kitchen parties, the event will be a family affair with dancing and singing along to some traditional French Canadian “jigs-&-reels.” Admission to the event will be $3 for adults and just $1 for youngsters, including any full-time students up to age 22.
The Kora Shriners will conduct screening clinics at five locations in Central Maine on Saturday, May 21 to identify children in need of care for orthopedic conditions, burn or spinal cord injuries or cleft lip and palate who may benefit from the specialized care offered at Shriners Hospitals for Children.
The screenings will take place from 9 a.m. to noon with no appointment needed. Any child up to age 18 may attend. For more information, contact Tim Luttrell at 754-4706, Kora Shriners at 782-6831, or see www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.
Shriner Hospitals for Children is a network of 22 Hospitals dedicated to providing specialized pediatric care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs. All care is provided regardless of ability to pay, availability of insurance coverage or relationship to a Shriner.
As a result of Subaru’s national “Share the Love” program of late 2015, Evergreen Subaru of Auburn recently donated $25,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine’s Auburn-Lewiston Clubhouse. During the event, patrons who bought a new Subaru at Evergreen had an opportunity to choose one of five charities to which Subaru would donate $250. The Boys & Girls Club was named this year’s Hometown Charity by Evergreen.
Coral Adelle Buck of Windham has been selected as Student of the Year at Central Maine Community College. She and six other Maine community college students were honored recently for their academic success and campus and community involvement at a ceremony in Augusta hosted by the Maine Community College System Board of Trustees.
The members of Lewiston-Auburn’s State House and Senate delegations joined together recently to sponsor a special House of Representatives Sentiment to Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. The event was attended by AHCH President & CEO Julie Shackley, Marketing & Development Director Jim Bouchard and Therapy Supervisor Lynsay Henry.
Maine singer and recording artist Louis Philippe will grace the stage – the altar, that is – of Sacred Heart Church in Auburn on Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m. in a concert to benefit the parish’s music program and the Sister Elizabeth Platt Pipe Organ Fund. The program will feature a variety of inspirational songs and traditional Gospel hymns, including a sing-along finale. Philippe will also perform selections from his latest CD, “The Funeral Singer: Songs of Comfort and Healing During Life’s Transitions.”