Tuesday, December 16, 2008

From the Evening Star in Brunswick

I adore the Eveningstar in Brunswick... "The Princess Bride" (PG)(98 min) Free Showing for Christmas! Saturday, December 20th at 11:00 AM Directed by Rob Reiner Starring: Robin Wright, Cary Elwes and Peter Falk "'The Princess Bride' begins as a story that a grandfather is reading out of a book. But already the movie has a spin on it, because the grandfather is played by Peter Falk, and in the distinctive quality of his voice we detect a certain edge. His voice seems to contain a measure of cynicism about fairy stories, a certain awareness that there are a lot more things on heaven and Earth than have been dreamed of by the Brothers Grimm. The story he tells is about Buttercup, a beautiful princess who scornfully orders around a farm boy until the day when she realizes, thunderstruck, that she loves him. She wants to live happily ever after with him, but then evil forces intervene, and she is kidnapped and taken far away across the lost lands, while he is killed. The moment the princess is taken away by agents of the evil Prince Humperdinck, 'The Princess Bride' reveals itself as a sly parody of sword and sorcery movies, a film that somehow manages to exist on two levels at once: While younger viewers will sit spellbound at the thrilling events on the screen, adults, I think, will be laughing a lot. 'The Princess Bride' was adapted by William Goldman from his own novel, which he says was inspired by a book he read as a child, but which seems to have been cheerfully transformed by his wicked adult imagination. It is filled with good-hearted fun, with performances by actors who seem to be smacking their lips and by a certain true innocence that survives all of Reiner's satire. And, also, it does have kissing in it." - Roger Ebert.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Kaleidescope Art offerings

A teacher from Kaleidescope did some great art projects in aftercare for the Hat Sale (the cards and votive holders)... they are offering a workshop over break... We will have another Vacation Creations event Tuesday December 30 from 10 am to noon at the usual location, 790 Stevens Avenue. This is for ages 6 and up, and will include projects like igloos, penguins, snowflakes, and other delights of cold weather. Still $15 per person, email to let us know if you can come! (or call 773-2255)

James' letter to the editor / PPH article about the importance of play

James wrote a fabulous letter to the Portland Press Herald, arguing that Quaker schools are not elitist in principal or practice... Unfortunately, I can't find the letter in the online Press Herald, but there are extra copies at school... I'm curious how others handle the charge that Independent school is an elitist choice?

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Movie night @ FSP

The third movie night of the season will occur this Friday, December 12th. The movies are Iron Giant for the older kids, and selected shorts, for the younger.
Here is a review of Iron Giant from "Parent Previews" and Common Sense Media says it is appropriate for kids older than 5, although it is rated PG. The plan so far has been that Friends who can bring snacks to share, and folks make a small donation to support the FSPPA fund. Movie night starts at 6.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Judith Warner article

This is an interesting perspective on how to shield our kids from horrible news, and the dilemmas of not being able to all the time. (Thanks Naomi!)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Night Tree @ Wolf's Neck Farm

This Saturday, December 6th, from 10-3, we are having our annual Children’s Night Tree and Chili Fest. We will have a read aloud of Eve Bunting’s “The Night Tree” and then kids will make edible ornaments to help feed the woodland animals. The kids get hot cocoa and a snack, and also get to tramp out to the woods to the camp fire to hang their ornaments from the trees. If you are interested in attending there is still space available. Please call 865-4469. It is a fun way of supporting the farm and what we do here.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Parenting Support Group with Pam Leo

Parenting Support Group with Pam Leo
Pam Leo will be facilitating a new monthly Parenting Support Group at the Youth Alternatives Ingraham Family Center in South Portland, beginning Monday, December 8th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Groups will continue through the rest of the school year on the second Monday of each month.
Parents and caregivers with children of all ages are invited to attend this informal topic and Q&A evening to share their joys, questions and concerns with Pam and each other. The Connection Parenting series is not a prerequisite; all are welcome. There is a sliding scale fee of $1 to $10. Pre-registration is requested so we will know how many people to expect.
To register or for more information, contact Pam Leo at 839-6478.

Family Events at JFK Library in Boston

I just learned that there are free family shows at the JFK library in Boston. Of particular interest is this one -- I am now eager to learn more about the connection between Tubman and Quaker women... : Underground Railway Theater JANUARY 19, 2009, 10:30 AM—11:30 AM Are You Ready My Sister? Discover how Harriet Tubman, and the Quaker women who helped her, brought 300 fugitives to freedom. A colorful quilt, shadow puppets, and music based on slave spirituals bring the Undergound Railroad to life. The audience is encouraged to participate. This program is particularly suited to older children.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Christmas Events @ O'Naturals Portland

In celebration of the upcoming holiday season, we have several special events for you and your family & friends, along with some special offers so you can save money AND time by leaving the cooking to us!
KIDS HOLIDAY SONGS AND STORIES Thursday, December 4th | 4:00 - 5:30 pm 83 Exchange Street, Portland Live holiday music performed by Christopher Reiling, interspersed with readings of holiday stories. FREE to attend, and there will be kid's meal specials!
RECYCLED HOLIDAY CRAFT NIGHT Thursday, December 11th | 5:30 - 7:30 pm 83 Exchange Street, Portland Produce less waste this holiday season while creating original and beautiful gifts and wrapping! Bring your gift wrap scraps, old holiday cards you received in years past, and any other leftover materials from the holiday season; and join us for an evening of Recycled Holiday Crafting! We'll be making new holiday greeting cards, gift wrap, gift tags, ornaments - whatever you'd like to make with the recycled materials. FREE to attend, and there will be light refreshments offered. Dinner specials and $1.00 off organic beer and wine all evening!
SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR LOCAL SHOPPERS Offer running from November 28th - December 24th 83 Exchange Street, Portland & 240 US Route One, Falmouth Buying locally has never been more important than now, during these tough economic times. This holiday season, we'll give you $1.00 off your total order every time you bring in a receipt for a gift you purchased from a local retailer* with a value of at least $5.00! The discount applies on the day of the gift purchase only. Bring in your receipts from downtown retailers (State St. to India St. and Cumberland Ave. to Commercial St.) to our Portland restaurant, and your receipts from retailers along Route One in Falmouth to our Falmouth restaurant, and enjoy extra savings on natural and organic food as a thank you for buying locally! *Local retailers include all businesses that are not food service or corporate chains.
CLOTHING, FOOD & CANNED FOOD DRIVE Offer running from December 1st - 19th 83 Exchange Street, Portland & 240 US Route One, Falmouth This holiday season, get 15% off your total food order from O'Naturals when you donate any items to our Clothing, Toy and Canned Good Drive! Clothing and toys should be clean and intact, and canned goods should be non-perishable. Items will be donated to Preble Street Resource Center and a local food pantry. Thank you for helping those in need this holiday season! If you have any questions about these events and offers, please contact lorawinslow@onaturals.com

Monday, November 24, 2008

The Escapists in Freeport - Dec 9th

If anyone else missed the adult Escapists performance, there is another chance - Tuesday Dec 9th at 8:00 pm Improv Bingo! Every number called is a new improv or comedy game. Freeport Cabaret, 5 Deport Road 207 865-1780 www.thefreeportcabaret.com Improv Bingo was a hit at the North Star Cafe so we taking it to Freeport! Yes, back in the day Brian Giles was a bingo caller (in addition to being a reverend, archeologist… we could go on). So now we’re combining bingo with improv! Also come and meet Tara McDonough, our newest member. Before she joined us she was doing some of that new fangled “long form” improv comedy with Unscripted Theater in San Francisco.

Come sing / come hear Ellie Sing (after the Hat Sale)

On Friday, the 12th , there are 8 members of choral arts coming to sing Christmas Carols at the assembly at 1pm -- parents and siblings are very welcome!
And then the 60-member Choral Art Society Singers (Ellie sings Alto) with organist, Dan More, director, Bob Russell, and the Portland Brass Quintet are performing 4 back-to-back concerts at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Cumberland/Congress and Franklin Art in Portland Sat and Sun, Dec 6th and 7th. Sat at 12pm and 8pm and Sun at 2:30 and 7:00pm. Youth tickets are $5 for all shows and Sunday's preview concert at noon is $10 for adults. To purchase tickets, parents can go to choralart.org or go to Starbird on Forest (cash or check only there). The noon preview concert is at the door only, no advanced purchases. It is essentially a dress rehearsal and perhaps the best one for kids.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Mari's performing in 12 Dancing Princesses

The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine present The 12 Dancing Princesses. First produced by The Children’s Theatre of Maine in 1942, this is a classic fairy tale from The Brothers Grimm of princesses who ignore their father’s rules and dance instead of sleep. Only love and courage hand-in-hand breaks the spell! Come see our talented company of young actors tell an age old fairy-tale. Fridays December 12 & 19 at 4:00 Saturdays December 13 & 20 at 11:00, 1:00 & 4:00 Sundays December 14 & 21 at 1:00 & 4:00 By Margaret Ellen Clifford Adapted and Directed by, Reba Short With music by Colin Gulley of The Toughcats In the Dress-Up Theater of The Children's Museum of Maine 142 Free St. Tickets are $7 each. Reservations Recommended. 828-1234 ex 247 www.childrenstheatremaine.org

Quaker Parenting Workshop

WEAVING THE TESTIMONIES INTO OUR PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIPS: A FAMILY WEEKEND with Beth Collea, Pat Weitzman, and the NEYM Christian Education Committee March 20-22, 2009 Gather with other Quaker families for a weekend of inspiration, support and community as we reflect on raising Quaker children in an often unfriendly culture. Our time together will feature a Saturday workshop for parents, family activities in the evenings, and a children’s program on Saturday reveling in the beauty of Woolman Hill. Our special guest will be Pat Weitzman, a Wellesley Friend, developmental psychologist and parenting coach, and mother of two teens. Our parent workshop will be built around Pat's sense that if the Quaker Testimonies are woven into the core of our family relationships, our children will be in the best position possible to meet whatever culture presents. Pat gathers with us not so much as an expert but as a Quaker parent facing the same challenges. We’ll balance the search for family-by-family solutions with the broader, bolder dream of creating “a Quaker cultural alternative."

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Phyzgig for Kids

PHYZKIDZ SHOWS All Phyzkidz shows at SPACE Gallery 538 Congress St., downtown Portland PHYZKIDZ TICKETS $12 adults $10 students and seniors $8 kids twelve and under PURCHASE TICKETS WITH PAYPAL Karen Montanaro Saturday, December 27 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Jan Damm, Julie Goell, Yo-Yo People Yo-Yo People Sunday, December 28 at 2 p.m. Alex the Jester, Tim Holland, Drew the Dramatic Fool featuring pre-show entertainment by stiltwalker Donna Penoyer as Carmen Banana Monday, December 29 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Norman Ng, Jacob Sharpe, Michael Lane Trautman Jacob Sharpe Michael Lane Trautman Saturday, December 29 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tim Holland, Karen Montanaro, Two

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Friday Night Movie NIght

The movie for Friday Night Movie Night this week is Chicken Run which is rated "G". Lise is also considering bringing shorter films for younger children... preschool parents, use the comments or e-mail Lise if you have ideas or opinions!

Ideas for simplifying the holidays from Meg Cox

Meg Cox's Ritual Newsletter Special Holiday Edition for 2008 I stopped the monthly editions of this newsletter in September, but I haven't stopped thinking about tradition and celebration. It occurs to me that this holiday season brings a poignant and unusual mix of contradictory realities: great hope combined with desperate need. How do we embrace these conflicting truths and make them part of our family celebrations this year? Here's one idea: create a "Giving Tree" for your family. You're probably all familiar with the Shel Silverstein book of that name, about all the ways in which a single tree helps one human being throughout his life, providing shade, apples, and so forth. But this is more like a special Christmas tree that isn't hung with ornaments but with mementoes of all the different ways a family finds to give to others in need during the holiday season. You can make a paper Giving Tree and tape it to a wall or door. Or you might get one of those cute small, live evergreens in a pot (which you could plant in your garden next spring). Cut out paper hearts of red and white from construction paper and use pretty holiday ribbons to tie them to branches of the tree. Have a bowl of pre-cut hearts all ready to put on the tree. Add another heart every time you put some change in a Salvation Army Christmas pot, or when you buy a book or a toy for a needy child in your community. Add a heart when you collect canned goods for your church or town hall to help insure a needy family gets to celebrate Thanksgiving this year. Add a heart after your choir sings carols at a nursing home or hospital. Add a heart when you volunteer at the local animal rescue shelter. Let the Giving Tree provoke family discussions about who else needs help in your town and throughout the world, and how you might respond right now. Maybe the kids would like to send a card to a soldier who won't be home for Christmas. Maybe they want to pitch in to help with a seasonal community service project at their school. Collect some money from allowances and then have a family vote to pick the charities that receive help. There are many variations on the ritual: decide whether you want to add hearts to the tree every time a family member does a good deed, or you might add hearts once a week, on Sundays after dinner. Like all of you, I'm looking at ways to make my family's holiday mean more and cost less this year. In that spirit, I want to share a few online resources that I find especially helpful: www.redefineChristmas.org I've always been a huge fan of the organization Alternatives for Simple Living (www.simpleliving.org), which got started years ago as an effort to make Christmas less commercial. Alternatives works within a religious, Christian context and produces excellent resources such as its annual Advent guide, Whose Birthday Is It Anyway? But there are a number of other excellent nonprofits that don't deal with the religious element but also provide great resources. The website above, redefineChristmas.org, is an effort to harness the internet as a way to encourage individual philanthropy and it's a great tool for finding good charities and then getting money to them. You can send e-cards to friends telling them you gave in their name and you can create a gift registry where you tell your friends that you'd prefer they donate money rather than give you another sweater. You can zero in on causes you care about deeply, whether it's global warming, poverty and hunger, helping to clear landmines or encouraging budding artists. Three other web resources I highly recommend: The Simple Living News has a good website that includes an online bi-monthly newsletter. The November-December issue has good holiday ideas. www.simpleliving.net I'm a fan of the organization Center for a New American Dream, which promotes simple living with an emphasis on environmentalism. They've also got good resources and recently updated their materials on holidays. www.newdream.org/holiday/index.php Finally, there's a Canadian Mennonite group that started a Christian inititative in that country to make the holiday less materialistic and one result is a detailed, self-explanatory website, www.buynothingChristmas.org May your holidays be full of love and presence! love, Meg

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Friends School of Maine (sung to the tune of Home on the Range)

Oh give me a place where the dark forest lays and the ocean is dazzling cold where the sand meets the rock and the path meets our school and the critters are friendly and bold
chorus: Friends, Friends School of Maine where there's reading and writing and art James greets us each day with a smile and says "HEY" and the ocean is close to our heart
Oh give me a place where I will feel safe where we celebrate pinwheels for peace where Billy teaches Billy-Ball to the kids and we're sad to go home every day
repeat chorus -- Written by the 3/4 class, fall 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008


We had a great conversation last night about the strategies we use to protect our kids from what we consider harmful commericialization, strategies for helping them use media and consumerism in a healthy way, the hard places we find ourselves in negotiating a consumer society with our kids, and our thoughts and visions for building community at FSP. We welcome other thoughts from the larger community if anyone has the ummph to blog or comment!

Simplicity in the Winter Holidays

Another place for conversation was about the winter holidays -- namely Christmas -- and the challenges that can arise for families that participate in a fairly mainstream way but want to be more intentional about the value of simplicity. Some ideas included : --- encouraging family members to give the gift of time through coupon exchanges -- talking with kids about peer pressure and helping them recognize that they won't get all the things other kids might -- making explicit the connection to values (a book about a Quaker girl, entitled The Hannah!, was suggested) -- creating community norms about when particular technology gets introduced to kids (some discussion about how to do this in a way that doesn't promote exclusivity) -- suggestions are needed for how to bring this value and set of ideas to a less welcoming audience, like in-laws.

Simplicity in Birthday Parties

The FSPPA conversation last night included a wish for a way to capture all the good ideas we collectively have... One topic was simplicity birthday parties -- some of the ideas were: -- No goody bags and try to make this a community norm through more conversation -- One item instead of goody bags -- a garden party with the gift of plants -- a donation party What other ideas do we have that help keep birthdays authentic for kids, special feeling, and more simple for all of us?

Garden Lovers Movie Morning

The Brunswick Park and Gardens would like to invite the area business community to a free showing of "A Man Named Pearl" on Tuesday, November 18th at 7:30 AM, before your work day begins. The BP&G's mission is to create a world-class garden park on land soon to be vacated by the Brunswick Naval Air Station. The film is about a man who created a topiary garden on his 3 acre property that attracts thousands of tourists each year to the small town of Bishopville, South Carolina. The business community is invited to view the film to learn ways that BP&G's proposed project can positively affect the area as part of the redevelopment of BNAS. There will be a short introduction by the Garden Project. The film will be over before 9:00 AM. Coffee, tea and muffins will be available for sale at the box office, and the doors will be open by 7:00 AM. Admission is free. A description of the film follows: A Man Named Pearl (G)(80 min) Directed by Scott Galloway and Brent Pierson Scott Galloway and Brent Pierson's warm, big-hearted documentary opens with Pearl Fryar working on his topiary garden to the strains of Fred Story's resolutely old-school jazz score. This gives the initial impression of an elite environment, one accessible only to the few able to appreciate its rarefied pleasures. But once the man named Pearl begins to tell his tale, all that melts away. Just as jazz was once the popular music of all walks of American life, Fryar makes the case that gardening isn't solely the bastion of the wealthy. With a boundless energy that belies his age (he's now 68), this blue-collar, self-taught artist has created a three-acre topiary garden so extraordinary that its presence has put the small town of Bishopville, S.C., on the map. "Horticulture people," explains Fryar while driving his pick-up truck, "come to my garden and the first thing they say is, 'You shouldn't be able to do that.' And I would say to them, 'I didn't know that.' The one time in my life ignorance paid off." The acknowledgement that he possessed more enthusiasm than experience is punctuated by a hearty laugh that goes a long way toward explaining Fryar's accomplishments. (His wife of 40 years, Metra, shares that same easy humor and unflappable optimism.) The son of sharecroppers who passed on their work ethic and unwavering religious faith, Pearl was looking to buy his first house when the casual racism of a potential neighbor - "black people don't keep up their yards" - inspired him to transform his outdoor property into something spectacular. So began a 30-year commitment to an evergreen sanctuary where the words "Peace Love & Goodwill" welcome visitors from around the world - all in his own back yard. The ability to coax plants other gardeners have left for dead into living abstract sculpture - a live oak forms a crisp, perfect box, a Leyland cypress morphs into a massive, fishbone-topped totem ? takes patience, determination and what his friends and admirers deem Fryar's special skill: the ability to visualize future growth and act accordingly. Some biographical details that were left out of this love-fest (as a college student, Fryar participated in civil rights sit-ins, he was also a Korean War veteran and union organizer) demonstrate the tough tenacity of this soft-spoken, welcoming man. With effusive praise for Fryar's DIY aesthetic and his selfless nature, the filmmakers give a big, green thumbs up to Pearl's earthly paradise.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Little Connection between beliefs and behaviors until age 8

A study from the University of Michigan found that children do not connect their beliefs and their behaviors until they make a cognitive leap around age 8. This has implications for parenting and teaching -- apparently helping kids "know" what they should do doesn't make it any easier for them to do it until age 8. The study doesn't provide a lot of concrete suggestions for helping younger children change behavior (other than a traditional carrrot/stick approach) and I wonder if it doesn't lay the groundwork for reflection to begin practicing it even before they can effectively do it on thier own, but it is useful to remember that when a young child fails to abstract or behave as they say they will, it is more about immaturity than a character flaw... The study also pointed out the ways that magical thinking could help young children, because they can still imagine themselves as "practically perfect in every way" which is a gateway for all kinds of possibility.

StoryTelling Event

Family Tellabration Time: November 22, 2008 at 3pm Location: Breakwater School Street: 856 Brighton Avenue City/Town: Portland, Maine 04102 Website or Map: http://breakwaterschool.org Contact Info: (207) 892-9346 Event Type: Tellabration Organized By: Susan Dries The family performing storytellers will be: Jean Armstrong, Susan Dries, Jody Fein, Pat Gardiner, Desiree Marin, Deena Weinstien. For advance tickets(until Nov.14) please call 772-4295 ext 226 advance pricing:$3.00 for children, $4.00 for adults, $12.00 maximum per family $5.00 each the day of the show. breakwaterschool.org

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Parenting For Peace : A Community Conversation about the Commercialization of Childhood Thursday November 11 5:30 -- Reception 6:00 -- 7:30 -- Program Childcare is available Feel free to bring supper with you Queries that will guide our conversation: ~ How does the value of simplicity shape our family lives? ~ What strategies can parents share about how to promote the value of simplicity in a commercial world? ~ When and how should children be protected from media and marketing, and when and how do they develop skills to critically engage? ~ What should the role of school be in all this? The Media Education Foundation has just released a film entitled Consuming Kids -- we can watch some of the film if there is interest in it, and FSP has a copy that can be loaned out. Here's the trailer A few facts from the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood (and more available) The United States deregulated the marketing of children in 1984, and "With deregulation, it became legal to sell toys and other products linked to specific TV programs for the first time. As a result, the toy and television industries quickly joined together to develop toy-linked TV shows. _Within one year of deregulation, 9 of the 10 best-selling toys were connected to TV shows_ (Carlsson-Paige & Levin, 1990)." *Marketing to children is a huge business *. Companies spend about $17 billion annually marketing to children, a staggering increase from the $100 million spent in 1983. . Children under 14 spend about $40 billion annually. Compare this to the $6.1 billion 4-12 year olds spent in 1989.9 10 Teens spend about $159 billion. . This generation of children is the most brand conscious ever. Teens between 13 and 17 have 145 conversations about brands per week, about twice as many as adults. . Children ages 2-11 see more than 25,000 advertisements a year on TV alone, a figure that does not include product placement. They are also targeted with advertising on the Internet, cell phones, mp3 players, video games, school buses, and in school. Resources The Center for the New American Dream (org. that pulls enviornmental concerns and strategies for lowering consumption) TRUCE -- Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children's Entertainment The Resource page connected to Diane Levin and Jean Kilbourne's book "So Sexy So Soon" provides a great bibliography

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Multicultural Book Festival in Portland Maine

MANY VOICES: A multicultural book fair for families Saturday, November 22, 10:00 – 1:00 Breakwater School gym, 856 Brighton Ave., Portland EXPLORE BOOKS that take your child around the world. The fair features the latest children's books and classics depicting the cultures of China, Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, as well as African American, Native American, Latino American, Jewish American, Muslim American and immigration books. MAKE YOUR OWN ORIGAMI BUTTERFLY just like in the book Butterflies for Kiri! We'll also offer face painting, balloon tying and other kids' activities. MEET THE AUTHOR: Cathryn Falwell, author and illustrator of Butterflies for Kiri and other children's books, will be on hand to meet the children and autograph books. COME AND SHOP! The fair will also sell bake sale treats, gently used traditional Chinese clothing for kids and adults, and our special limited-edition tote bag by Maine artist Betsy Thompson. THE BOOK FAIR IS FREE and open to the public. EDUCATOR DISCOUNT Educators receive a 20% discount on all books. FOR MORE INFORMATION email bamboo@... or visit cafamchineseschool.org. Presented by the Chinese and American Friendship Association of Maine's Chinese School. Titles selected by Curious City (www.curiouscity.net) and provided by Books Etc. (www.mainebooksetc.com) *ABOUT C.A.F.A.M. AND CHINESE SCHOOL* The Chinese American Friendship Association of Maine (C.A.F.A.M) is a non-profit cultural organization whose members include Chinese- Americans, Americans who have lived or worked in China, parents who have adopted children from China, and others with an interest in Chinese history and culture. In addition to the Chinese School, C.A.F.A.M. offers lectures, holiday celebrations, and an annual Chinese New Year celebration (slated for January 31, 2009--more later!).

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


I'm big on buying local and hope everyone will support Books Etc. during their promotion for FSP (25% of profits toward building our library when FSP is mentioned during the weekend of Nov 14 - 16!!!).... but for remainders and inexpensive books, bookcloseouts is my favorite, and they are offering free shipping this month... As our gift to you for the holidays we are offering free standard shipping on all orders of $35 or more from November 1st until December 31st 2008. This promotion includes all our products and categories including, kid's books, new arrivals, scratch and dent, fiction, non-fiction etc. Please read the promotion details carefully here. To take advantage of this limited time offer, on the checkout page, be sure to type in the following when prompted for a coupon number: Coupon Number: freeshipping Coupon Password: bookcloseouts.com Start shopping now, and let us give you the gift of FREE SHIPPING! Free Shipping Offer details: Order subtotal must be equal or above $35.00. Valid only for shipping to Canada & USA (50 states only, including Alaska and Hawaii) Free shipping promotion cannot be used in conjunction with any additional coupons. Free shipping applies to the standard shipping option only - you must select the "free shipping" option when checking out. Order must be placed between November 1st and before Midnight December 31st 2008

Mad Science at the St. Lawrence

Mad Science at The Saturday Show! November 8, 2008 11am Tickets $8 Adults, $5 kids (look for coupon below) Fire and Ice program: Children will be dazzled and entertained as they interact with our Mad Scientist! This spectacular show will thrill audiences with impressive science experiments dealing with the wonders of dry ice and the dynamics of air pressure (with a little help from Eggbert the egg). The event includes foggy dry ice storms and demonstrates how giant beach balls can float in the air. Volunteers from the audience can taste a special Mad Science "burp" potion and measure their "hot air". We'll search the audience for children and invite them up to be our special "Lil' Mad Scientist' helpers. This event will excite every child's scientific curiosity. ****************************************************************************************************** This coupon good for one half-price admission to The Saturday Show! Limit one coupon per family, please. Coupon may be used for the adult ticket price (only $4!!! Wow!) *****************************************************************************************************

Recipes from the 3-4 Harvest Lunch - continued

Pasta Sauce with Fresh Tomatoes from Daniel 1 med onion, finely chopped 4 garlic cloves, chopped 4 med tomatoes, peeled and pureed 1/2 tsp dry basil 1/2 tsp dry oregano pinch of salt saute onion in olive oil until soft, about 1/2 hour Add garlic during cooking. When onion is soft, add remaining ingredients. Cook until thick.

Recipes from the 3-4 Harvest Lunch - continued

Creamy Coleslaw from Miranda 7 Cups shredded green cabbage 1 Carrot, peeled and grated 3 tbsp minced onion 1/2 Cup mayonnaise 1/4 C sugar 1/4 C cider vinegar 1/2 tsp dry mustard 1/2 tsp salt In a large bowl toss together the cabbage, carrot and onion. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayo, sugar, vinegar, mustard and salt Pour the dressing over the cabbage mixture and stir well to combine. Refrigerate 2-8 hours. Before serving, por off excess liquid and stir well.

Recipes from the 3-4 Harvest Lunch

  1. Pear and Raisin Crumble from Yacob.
  2. Salsa from Elena.
  3. Indian Sunflower Cookies from Nathaniel.
  4. Sweet Corn Cakes from Grace
  5. Gingered Beets with Raisins, from Darrah.
1 can sliced beets 3 T sugar 2 teaspoons cornstarch 1/2 tsp ginger 1/4 tsp salt 2 tsp lemon juice 1/4 c raisins 2 Tblsp butter drain beets, reserve 3/4 c liquid. In saucepan combine sugar, cornstarch, ginger and salt. Blend in reserved 3/4 c liquid from beets and lemon juice. Add raisins. Cook over medium heat, stirring until thick and bubbly. Add butter and sliced beets. Simmer through util heated, about 5 - 10 minutes

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Planetarium Trip - -Nov 11th!

We’re going out of this world! The FSPA is sponsoring a trip to the Southworth Planetarium on our next school in-service day(Tuesday, November 11th). The show starts at 10:30 am and costs $4.00 per child. We will gather for lunch (bring your own or buy) at the Student Union afterwards. The show will be RUSTY ROCKET'S LAST BLAST: Join Rusty Rocket and his band of _rocket rookies as they explore the wonder worlds of the Solar System. Directions: I-295 NORTH OR SOUTH: Take Exit 6B. Go west (straight) on Forest Avenue to the second light. Turn left onto Falmouth Street. The Planetarium is on the left in the Science Building on the USM campus. Parking: There is on-street parking on Falmouth Street Please rsvp to Maureen @ erkmpq@aol.com if you know that you're coming, but feel free to just show up as well.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Tree School

Lindy Shapiro has opened a preschool and enrichment center in the old Ballard House building on Spring Street. She has some great after school offerings (art and movement) for Friends-aged kids and some free morning programs for younger siblings... check it out -- she's also offering an open Hootenanny this Friday night. Happy November Everyone! And BRAND NEW November/December Tree School classes have sprouted, as well! Tree Yogi's for children of all ages Kripalu yoga for adults on Tuesdays at 6:00 and Thursdays at 12:30 (Tree House Enrichment is open for child care during the Thursday class) Tree Art on Mondays at 4:00 and Thursdays at 10:00 AND Kids' NIA on Saturdays at 10:00 FINALLY...don't miss Tree School's First HOOTENANNY this Friday, November 7th at 5:00pm!!! The band is great and the only thing we need to make the event even GREATER is YOU! So please check out our website www.mytreeschool.org for details and to find out about our FREE Bookies groups throughout the week. Hope to see you all soon! Peace, Lindy Shapiro Director/Founder, Tree School 131 Spring Street Portland, Maine 04101 (207) 730-1230

Saturday, November 1, 2008

School House Rock in Portsmouth

If anyone needs something fun and different to do... School House Rock Live http://www.seacoastrep.org/ Nov. 1 – 9, 2008 Saturdays 11am, 2pm and 5pm Sundays 2pm & 5pm

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Dia de los Muertos celebration

A Company of Girls is Celebrating Dia de los Muertos this weekend!! Sadly it is going to be the very last event to be held at Portland's Adams School. In the few weeks after the event ACOG will be moving to a new location and the City of Portland will be closing the building awaiting a new development project. The Adams school has been a great location for our program and we are sad to leave. That is why we are asking the Portland Community to help us celebrate our time here with one last event! On Friday night we will be displaying the art work of children, artist, and community members from 5-8pm. Then on Sat Nov. 1st the Day of the Dead will begin with the making of dead bread from 9-noon, then 3-4:45 Live music, with dinner to follow. After dinner of traditional cuisine ACOG will ask all who attend to parade around the neighborhood to end the evening. The cost is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students (there is no cost for the gallery on Friday). If you have any questions about the event please call ACOG at 874-2107 or email myself or Odelle Bowman at odelle@acompanyofgirls.org. We look forward to seeing you this weekend.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Safe space for LGBTQ students

Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ Youth Hardy Girls Healthy Women and Communities for Children and Youth are offering four regional trainings for adults working with youth. The trainings will help adults learn to create safe, supportive environments for lesbian and gay youth to grow. These trainings are free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided. Creating Safe Spaces Training Dates and Locations: November 12- Farmington, UMaine Farmington Campus, 10am-3pm November 13- Portland, USM Glickman Library, University Events Room, 10am-3pm November 18- Bangor, Sea Dog Brewing Company Conference Center, 10am-3pm November 19- Belfast, UMaine Hutchison Center, 10am-3pm For more information please email Hardy Girls Healthy Women or you can register online.

You the Man -- from Ad Verb Productions

Come find out why "You the Man" As a part of the Real Life. Real Talk. Coalition's events in honor of National Family Sexuality Month, Add Verb is holding 2 FREE public performances of You the Man. This is a great opportunity for parents, mentors, and friends to attend with the young people in their life for a performance that is entertaining, thought provoking and a way to get talking about dating violence and sexual assault. TONIGHT, October 21st, 7pm - You the Man at Deering High School Tuesday, October 28th, 7pm - You the Man at Portland High School Following the performances, there will be an audience talk back session with representatives from Family Crisis Services, Sexual Response Services of Southern Maine and Boys to Men. More About You the Man You the Man is an excellent way for a school or community to set the tone for productive, open dialogue about issues that plague our society: unhealthy relationships, sexual assault, and dating abuse. Written in consultation with DV and SA advocates around the country, You the Man is a powerful and engaging approach to the work at hand, and has received national attention from advocates and experts. Watch the You the Man Promo Video Watch the You the Man Post Show Discussion **New! See what others have been saying about You the Man See where You the Man has been performed What are others saying about You the Man? I want students to know that they deserve to be treated with respect, both emotionally and physically. You the Man demonstrates this point in a captivating, poignant, and powerful way. The play is the most unique way of conveying information and the best program I have ever seen on this topic. --Dr. Susan Salem, Director, Counseling and Psych Services, Mount St. Mary's College You the Man provides men with a way to empathize and identify with issues that many of us have long chosen to shy away from...You the Man is an original, creative -- and dare I say it -- entertaining contribution to this movement. It promises to spark some really useful dialogue between women and men on college campuses, high schools, and all sorts of community settings. --Jackson Katz, Founder of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Program Other Add Verb Upcoming Portland Area Performances October 30th, 7pm - It's OK. You Can Say it.(1 Longfellow Square) Join Add Verb and the other Real Life. Real Talk. Coalition members for an eye opening event to see what people said when they were asked, "What do you wish someone had told you about sex?"

Monday, October 20, 2008

Books illustrated by Celeste!

Our very own art teacher, Celeste Henriquez, is the illustrator of several children's books, including the "Real 12 Days of Christmas" and "Best-Colors-mejores-colores : With the help of his two mammas, Nate learns he can have more than one best color and one best friend. Includes activity and teaching ideas."

Friday, October 17, 2008

StoryWalk on Mackworth Island (share with your friends!)

EDIT : THE STORY WALK WILL LEAVE MACKWORTH ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23 The Friends School of Portland has brought a storywalk to Mackworth Island. Storywalks engage children in literacy by combining the text and pictures from children's books with activities to do as they walk through the story (a winding walk by large posters from the books.) The storywalk on Mackworth is of Cathryn Falwell's newest book Scoot. The walk will be up through October and is just along the trail -- come check it out. Friends is offering admissions events in November for those wanting more information about the school. Admissions Events Parent Information Session Who: Prospective parents, friends and supporters. Adults only, please. What: Meet administrators & current parents Where: Friends School of Portland on Mackworth Island, Falmouth, Maine When: 6:00 to 7:00 pm, Wednesday, November 12 Please call to let us know you are coming, but last minute drop-ins are welcome. Family Open House Who: Prospective families, friends and supporters. Children welcome! What: Meet teachers, administrators, & current parents Where: Friends School of Portland on Mackworth Island, Falmouth, Maine When: 10 to 11:30 am, Saturday, November 15 Parent Class Visits Who: Prospective parents, only.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Planetarium Trip - -Nov 11th!

We’re going out of this world! The FSPA is sponsoring a trip to the Southworth Planetarium on our next holiday from school (Tuesday, November 11th). The show starts at 10:30 am and costs $4.00 per person. We will gather for lunch (bring your own or buy) at the Student Union afterwards. The show will be RUSTY ROCKET'S LAST BLAST: Join Rusty Rocket and his band of _rocket rookies as they explore the wonder worlds of the Solar System. Directions: I-295 NORTH OR SOUTH: Take Exit 6B. Go west (straight) on Forest Avenue to the second light. Turn left onto Falmouth Street. The Planetarium is on the left in the Science Building on the USM campus. Parking: There is on-street parking on Falmouth Street

Wolf Program @ Audobon

SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Mission Wolf Come meet two live gray wolves and learn about the species through myths, folklore, and facts about their behavior, habitat, and restoration efforts. Biologists from Mission Wolf bring their live wolves all the way from Montana to share this time with us. Afterwards, don't be surprised if you feel an insatiable yearning to howl at the moon! Choose from two programs, each geared to a different age group. Monday, October 20 4 p.m. (suggested for families with children ages 8 and younger) 7 p.m. (suggested for families with children ages 9 and up) Maine Audubon Members: $15/adult, $10/child Nonmembers: $18/adult, $12/child Advance registration necessary: Please call (207) 781-2330, ext. 215.

Events at Wolfs Neck Farm

FALL FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL Saturday, Oct. 18, 10am - 2pm Please come join us for a special day filled with pumpkin hayrides, crafts, apple cider-making, animal visits, and many other fun activities for the whole family! Cost: $5 per person. PUMPKIN HAYRIDES Saturdays in October 11am—3pm Sundays in October 12pm –3pm Bring your family for this traditional fall activity! Enjoy a visit with our animals and a hayride along the shores of Casco Bay. Pick a pie pumpkin from our patch, and munch on an orchard fresh apple on the ride back. Each trip is approximately 30 minutes. Cost: $5 per person, plus $1 per pumpkin. Babies on laps are free. FARMER for the MORNING Wednesdays from November 5th until April 15th. 10:30 am til 11:30-ish This program is open to all ages, but targeted for children in the 2 to 5 year old age group. Participants get to interact with and take care of a variety of farm animals. Children get to feed grain, hay, and treats to the animals. Each session is closed with a farm or environmentally themed story read out loud in the Haze Hut at the Farm. Arts and Crafts materials are available for parents to work individually with their children afterwards. Cost is $5 per child, member rates and seasonal discounts available. M D "Mitch" Mitchell Education Coordinator Wolfe's Neck Farm 184 Burnett Road, Freeport, ME 04032 Main #: (207) 865-4469 Education: 865-4363 Fax: 865-4884 mmitchell@wolfesneckfarm.org www.wolfesneckfarm.org “Only he can understand what a farm is...who shall have sacrificed part of himself to his farm...fought to save it, struggled to make it beautiful. Only then will the love of farm...fill his heart.” --Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author of "The Little Prince"

Telling Room Workshops

Friends, Mainers, Good Folks, lend us your ears: You never need an excuse to stop by, but if you're looking for a reason to send your students or children or your friends' students or children to The Telling Room, here are two great upcoming workshops and one ongoing opportunity. Here are the workshops, the first taught by Portland's first-ever Poet Laureate and the second by a local artist and comic book writer. Seeing with the Heart's Ear Grades 4 – 6 Mondays, November 3rd, 10th, 17th and December 1st and 8th 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Lead Teacher: Martin Steingesser "We will be looking for how wind soughing among spruce and hemlock, the lap of waves, the migrating geese, conversation over dinner, in hallways, and weather ruffle the heart’s fur, reflect and carry our stories. This is, hopefully, a vision-shifting workshop to help with writing more expressive, stronger and clearer poetry. Finding and making images that resonate with our reflective and feeling life is one of its loving concerns." This from the workshop's teacher, a wonderful Maine writer who teaches poetry to children through the Maine Arts Commission and likes to dance on stilts. Comics: Start with a Dot Grades 5 –8 Wednesdays, November 5th, 12th, 19th and December 3rd 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. Lead Teacher: Henry Wolyniec Sometimes, a comic says it best. Find out why, and how to lose yourself in the alternative universe of the page. What is a picture, really? How do you know what words to use? Find out how to combine images and words to tell the kind of story that can only happen in the comics. More workshops, including comics for younger writers and visual journaling, to come later this year. Head to www.tellingroom.org to find out more and to register. As always, our workshop and tutoring programs are free. Also, don't forget that every Tuesday and Thursday we offer after-school tutoring anytime from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. College essays, school projects, or new screenplays, we've got it covered. Send any students you know who are 8 to 18 and can use homework help or writing mentoring our way. All best, The Telling Room Crew

Monday, October 13, 2008

Movie night @ FSP

FSP's first movie night is this coming Friday. The cost is $3.00 and will include snacks. There will be 2 movie choices -- Wallace & Grommit and Beethoven. The movies were selected by a group of kids who worked with the Quaker decision making process, clerked by Lise. It was quite wonderful to witness. Waterville offers a kids film festival with ideas for some alternative and international films... and Kid's First offers a film festival and list of ideas. Where else do you get media ideas for your family?

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Happiness Blog

This is a pretty cool blog about using the science of happiness to inform parenting.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Info about families / ask a debate question

I am teaching a course on the family, and have found myself fascinated and horrified by some of the info. I thought some of the links might be of interest to others: Jody Heymann MD, PhD wrote a heartbreaking book about families living in global poverty (Forgotten Families) and issued a report last year about how the USA measures up. Sadly, we fall behind many countries in the world in terms of public policy designed to help parents balance work and family. UNICEF issues a similar report, but focused on the well-being of children. They separate out a report of the well being of children in the world's richest countries, and found that the U.S. ranks 20th out of 21 countries. The full report is here. Finally, the World Economic Forum ranks us 31st out of 128 countries in the world with regard to the Global Gender Gap. All this leads to a chance to suggest a question for the next presidential debate, around support for families. The link is here, questions need to be posed today!

Pollen to speak at Bates College

Food has been a topic of interest at FSP, and I think some people may even have read some of Michael Pollen's book The Omnivore's Dilemma last year as part of the middle school food project. Pollen will be speaking on October 27th at the Bates College Chappel, at 7:30 pm.

Steve Songs

I have never heard of him, but this was posted on the Cumberland Family Network Steve Songs is a wonderful children's musician. His shows are wonderful. Check it out!! Sun, Oct 12, 1:00PM Marvelous Adventures DVD Release Concert One Longfellow Square Corner of Congress & State Streets, Portland, ME This will be a band show family concert! Tickets: $10 in advance/$12 at the door. To purchase tickets call 207-761-1757, visit the Box Office (181 State St, Suite 304, Portland, ME), or click this link: One Longfellow Square http://www.stevesongs.com/index.php

Election Resources for Kids

There are some great books and web sites that help kids (and adults) demystify the electoral process. PBS has several, including the democracy project which has a few kids games about voting, and government. The show "Zoom" also sponsors a page of games and activities, with a focus on GOTV. The Children's Book Council has a bibliography of election books for kids Older kids might be interested in the Youth Voting Project (policy issues for teens, really, I think)

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Free pass for 2 weeks to the Y

The CascoBay YMCA (Pineland, Portland and Freeport Branches) are offering passes for 2 week trial periods from Sept 29 to October 12th (I think). I think you can just go to any of the Ys to sign up...

Friday, September 26, 2008

Kaleidescope Art offerings

Halloween Harvest Saturday October 18 10 to noon $15 per person 790 Stevens Avenue This popular workshop is back again! - it will be a fun morning for adults and children (ages 6 and up) We'll create Halloween triptychs, spooky trolls, black cat pocket-bags, jack-o-lantern cookies, owl garlands, and other autumn decorations and delights. email us to sign up or ask questions (or call 773-2255) Thanks! Hope to see you there! Carolyn and Phyllis Kaleidoscope Arts and Crafts School

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Spanish Story time

The Prince Memorial Library (on Route 9 in Cumberland) is offering a story time in Spanish on October 3, at 3pm.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Back Lobby

Hi Friends, We are trying to make the back lobby an inviting place for parents and children to hang out, while waiting for an older sibling or an event or whatever... If anyone has any books or toys/games that you'd be willing to donate, it would be lovely if you could bring them in! Thanks, Kim

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Teaching Kids about Race and Racism

The recent hate crimes in Portland have challenged me to think about how to talk to my kids about violence and hate without scaring them or giving them too much information. Yet, I know that kids and adults need to learn about our history in all its complexity and that making conversations about race and racism a part of our lives from a young age will make it more possible for them to grapple with the topic as they get older. There are tons of fabulous books and picture books -- but I just stumbled on an interesting web site from the American Anthropological Association for ages 10 - 13. It supports the supposition that race is historically constructed (the opening quotation is "Racism is not about how you look, it is about how people assign meaning to how you look" and includes games / interactive sections about stereotypes, history, and science.) I'd be curious about what others think of it and if you'd encourage your 10 - 13 year old to check it out? (There is an adult page as well!)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Movie Ideas to Span the Ages

Last year the teachers and families from grades 3 - 7 sponsored a couple of movie nights as fundraisers for Chewonki and community building fun. The evenings included pizza, kids with sleeping bags and pillows on the floor, and a G-rated flick. As the school grows, the evenings might need to be adapted -- should there be 1 film for all ages, different films happening at the same time, different happening at different times, etc. PLEASE USE THE COMMENTS to suggest films that you think would be fun and appropriate for FSP and recommended ages as well as ideas about how to structure the movie nights in a way that would work best for your family!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Workshop for Dads

Thought some of you might be interested in this -- I think it is aimed at dads Fathering and Partnering: A Workshop Series Exploring the Dimensions of Fathering and Parenting with Partners Contact Boys to Men to register or for more information. All programs will be held at the Family Center of Youth Alternatives Ingraham in South Portland. Workshop #2: The Maze of Contemporary Boyhood: What Parents Can Do to Foster Connection and Dialogue with facilitators Jeff Morrill, LCSW, Boys to Men Program Coordinator and Layne Gregory, LCSW, Boys to Men Executive Director Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008 :00 pm to 9:00 pm Fee: $25 I'd be also be interested in organizing a "sex ed for parents" workshop by the Real Life, Real Talk program if others are... the website is here. http://www.realliferealtalk.org/sefp/portland-me.htm

Governor's Conference on Youth and the Natural World - Oct 2

According to the PPH article on this conference, we can all feel very good about FSP's commitment to outside time for kids! Governor's Conference on Youth and the Natural World What: An all-day conference focusing on ways to connect Maine's youth with nature and the outdoors. When: Saturday, Oct. 2 Where: Augusta Civic Center, Augusta. How much: $25 for adults; $10 for students To learn more: 287-4901 or go to www.take-it-outside.com

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Curtis Memorial Library Corner Stones of Science Websites

Like many parents, I have very mixed feelings about "screen time." I spend a good amount of time on the computer, and yet I don't feel great about my kids doing the same. Yet, they are very attracted to it (or at least the older one is). A grant from the Cornerstones of Science foundation has led the Curtis Memorial Library (in Brunswick) to develop a lot of fabulous resources that are shared with many local libraries. They have an ever-expanding list of website for kids that have been chosen as high quality and science related. The link is here and I'll also put a permanent link under "web sites for kids."

Candlelight Vigil for James Angelo

Dear Friends, Please join us in support for James Angelo's family. CANDLELIGHT VIGIL Friday, 6pm at Monument Square The Portland community is invited to a candlelight vigil in response to the tragic shooting death of James Angelo - to show support to James' family and stand in solidarity with the Sudanese community. Please feel free to bring signs that share a message of nonviolence. For more information, please contact Bonnie Blythe of Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence, 780-0501 Thank you, NAACP Portland Branch

Packaging Girlhood

Packaging Girlhood Join Lyn Mikel Brown, nationally acclaimed author of Packaging Girlhood who will talk about the powerful impact of the media and commercial marketing on girls. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from one of the leading experts in adolescent girls' development and learn how to help girls build positive self esteem. When: Thursday, September 18, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Where: Maine Medical Center, Charles A. Dana Center, 22 Bramhall St., Portland Register by calling The MaineHealth Learning Resource Center at 1-866-609-5183

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Celebrate Fall @ Wolf's Neck

FSP Parent’s Association Sponsored Field Trip to Wolf’s Neck Farm Friday October 10th 10:30 – 12 (+ picnic) Celebrate the first in-service day of the year with a family trip to Wolf’s Neck Farm. The morning includes a tour of the barn, a short program, a hayride and an apple and pumpkin for each child. Siblings are welcome! We’re encouraged to come early for hiking, bring a picnic and stay for a community lunch! Cost -- $5.00 per person Directions to Wolfe’s Neck Farm (Freeport) Visitors to Wolfe’s Neck Farm must now arrive via Lower Plying Point Road. Please refer to the directions below. Follow Interstate 295 (exit 20) or US Route 1 to Freeport. Across from LL Bean turn onto Bow Street, this becomes Flying Point Road. After approximately 3.5 miles, turn right onto Lower Flying Point Road. After 0.25 mile turn right onto Burnett Road. The Farm office is 0.8 mile ahead. Please sign up by September 26th -- slips can be returned to Jessica or e-mail Kim Simmons (kcs@maine.rr.com) Name: Children’s Names: Do you need your child to attend with friends (do you want us to help you arrange carpooling) YES NO Amount enclosed / owed ($5.00 per person, including adults and siblings (but not babies in arms)

Portland Public Library Fall Book Sale

Fall Book Sale Come early for the best selection! Thursday, September 25th, 3:30pm–6:30pm; Friday, September 26th, 10:00am–3:00pm; Saturday, September 27th, 10:00am–3:00pm; and Tuesday, September 30th, 10:00am–2:00pm

Friday, June 20, 2008

Celebration for Solstice at Audobon

Family Program: Summer Solstice Celebrate the longest day of the year with sunny fun for all ages.We'll learn what the sun does for plants and animals, hear sun tales from cultures all over the world, and work on a sun craft or two. Saturday, June 21 10-11:30 a.m. Members: $6/adult, $3/child; nonmembers: $8/adult, $4/child Advance registration necessary tel: (207) 781-6180 ext.215 Camps/toll-free: 1-888-325-5261 ext.215 email: LLEDOUX@MAINEAUDUBON.ORG

Thursday, June 5, 2008

August 16 Peace Event

Sue Sheriff, who many know from music together, is offering a kick-off party for her new book... Peace in the Park WHEN: Saturday, August 16, 2008 WHERE: Royal River Park in Yarmouth TIME: 10:00 AM - NOON As a celebration for the release of Sue Sheriff’s new book on peace for children "In Harmony and Other Songs of Peace, please join us for this wonderful family peace event. There will be crafts and face-painting, an exciting concert with many talented performers, book signing, and a dedication of a peace pole to the town of Yarmouth. This is a FREE event, although donations for UNICEF will be welcome. DON"T MISS this exciting opportunity to create an intention of teaching your children about peace. For more info call (207) 846-1154. Rain Date: Sunday, August 17 - 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Monday, May 26, 2008

Join the BLOG

I am willing to keep the blog updated with community events, links, etc. this summer but also want to invite everyone's participation!

Community Values, Norms, Rules

The parents association meeting included a great - but truncated - conversation about what might constitute our "core values" and how to institutionalize them. The conversation came up through a conversation about how to make sure that kids are kept safe and are following school rules when at school, even during out-of-school times like potlucks or after school. Different families have different playground rules, for example - - do kids go by parent rules or school rules during after-hours times? Are there general norms all parents can agree with, given the different ages of kids? Is it good for kids to experience that families and people are different and there are going to be some different expectations but also some community norms?

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Ferdinand and the Bull

"FERDINAND THE BULL" OPENS AT CHILDREN'S THEATRE OF MAINE An American Children's Classic comes to the Dress-Up Theatre PORTLAND The Children's Theatre of Maine proudly announces the opening of "Ferdinand The Bull." The play, adapted from the classic Munro Leaf story by local playwright Michele Wigton, opens on Friday, March 28, in the Dress-Up Theatre at the Children's Museum of Maine and runs through April 6. The story of a bull who doesn't want to fight or butt his head, but would rather smell flowers under the cork tree dates back to 1936, the year Leaf's story was first published. After being stung by a bee, Ferdinand is mistakenly picked to be the toughest "toro," and is sent off to the bull fights in Madrid. This classic children's tale for young and old, reminds us of the value in staying true to ourselves. CTM Artistic Director Reba Short directs this production and is joined by musician Colin Gulley, who has created original songs. The cast has studied tango and flamenco, and Short has given them insight into what true bullfighting looks like. This combination of song, dance, and lively script will bring the story of Ferdinand to life in an entirely new way. The performance schedule for "Ferdinand The Bull" is as follows: Friday March 28. 7:00 Saturday March 29. 11:00, 1:00 & 3:00 Sunday March 30. 1:00 & 3:00 Saturday April 5. 11:00, 1:00 & 3:00 Sunday April 6. 1:00 & 3:00 All shows are in the Dress Up Theatre of the Children's Museum of Maine on Free Street in downtown Portland. Tickets are $5 for the show, $10 to stay and play at the museum. For more information and reservations, please contact Children's Theatre of Maine at 878-2774.

Children's Book Sale

The Falmouth Public Library (on Lunt Road) is holding a children's book sale on Saturday if anyone is in need of some new spring reading.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Pottery Cancelled

Due to low #s we've had to cancel the pottery program for March 24th... we'll try again next year! Kim

Mini Grant from Roots & Shoots

If anyone has a great idea for collaborating with the GBSD... World Harmony Mini Grants New England Roots & Shoots is excited to announce grants of $300 - $700 to support youth-led service projects in New England. Up to 10 mini-grants will support youth groups (pre-K through college age) in planning and implementing service projects. We encourage youth to address the theme of "Promoting Engagement in World Harmony." This is based upon a recent initiative of the Roots & Shoots New England Youth Leadership Council; they seek to translate a vision of World Harmony into speech, art or action. In order to receive an application, see: http://nerootsandshoots.blogspot.com/2008/02/roots-and-shoots-announces-world.html or contact Christine Ellersick at cellersick@janegoodall.org.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Kaleidescope Art offerings

March 15 - 10 - 12 All Ages workshop!! (6 and older) Have a mini-vacation with us and make candy leis, a bouquet of magazine flowers, sea-inspired art, driftwood boats, and other reminders of warm weather! Grass skirts optional! $15 per person 790 Stevens Avenue email kaleidoscope@maine.rr.com to sign up (or call 773-2255)

Friday, March 7, 2008

Maine Can Do Better

The proposed budget cuts in Maine will devastate many Maine families. If you are interested in learning more or taking action, visit Maine Can Do Better, a coalition site. If others are interested in getting more information or more involved, I would be happy to organize an information-session / house party. Please let me know : kcs@maine.rr.com

International Women's Day - March 8th

March is women's history month and March 8th is International Women's Day. (See my personal blog for more thoughts about why it is still important to recognize women's history month. A Better World has some great resources for kids and families in conjunction with International Women's Day. The National Women's History Project shares and sells curricular materials. Info about International Women's Day can be found at Women for Women (which thinks this is the 100th anniversary) or the International Women's Day site, which puts the centennial at 2011.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Pottery / Jewlery workshop for March 24 in-service

In-Service Event : March 24th, 9:30 - 11:30am and /or 12 - 2:00 Portland Pottery Party for kids in 1st grade - 7th grade (kindergardeners on the older side could probably squeeze in -- the age cut-off is supposed to be 6.) Portland Pottery offers pottery wheels, hand sculpting, and metal smithing. Please use the comments or e-mail to sign-up and specify your preference of activity. The cost will range from $12 - $32 per person, depending on the # of kids who sign up and the materials we choose. HERE ARE THE CHOICES -- PLEASE SIGN-UP UNDER COMMENTS OR VIA E-MAIL AND I WILL ALSO PUT A SIGN-UP SHEET IN THE HALLWAY ON MONDAY. Kids can choose to do pottery, metal or both, however each section has a 6-person minimum so we might need to consolidate, depending on interest. 9:30 - 11:30 POTTERY METAL 11:30 - 12 LUNCH 12 - 2:00 POTTERY METAL So, you can sign up for a morning workshop AND an afternoon one, or just one. The cost is $14 for Clay and $16 for silver rings. If anyone from the pre-k or k is interested in suggesting an activity for younger children on this day, please do!

Friday, February 29, 2008


Immigrant Legal Advocacy Pproject's (ILAP) 4th annual CeleSoirée: Celebrating Immigration through the Arts. Friday, March 28th from 5-9 PM at The Portland Company, 58 Fore Street in Portland. Featuring: DELICIOUS INTERNATIONAL FOOD from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Greece donated by Portland's best restaurants A silent auction you won't want to miss with outstanding JEWELRY, PHOTOGRAPHY, PAINTINGS, SILK SCARVES and so much more Plus LIVE WORLD MUSIC including AFRICAN DRUMMING by Jordan Benissan and Sankofa! TICKETS are only $25 in advance or $30 day of. Children 14 and under are free. Advance tickets can be purchased online starting March 1st at www.ilapmaine.org or by calling 780-1593. CeleSoirée is a celebration of Maine's immigrant communities and the valuable contributions they make to the economic, political and cultural life of Maine. ILAP is dedicated to improving the lives of Maine's immigrants by providing expert legal assistance and advocacy. Proceeds raised will support ILAP's direct legal services program, education and outreach program and impact project. Please feel free to forward this email to friends and family who would enjoy attending the event. Beth Stickney Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project If you have questions or want to buy a ticket, contact www.ilapmaine.org or by calling 780-1593

Tuesday, February 26, 2008


Preschool families with part-time schedules might be interested in seeing Peter and the Wolf this month... Kate and I are planning to go in Freeport at 9:30 on March 18 if anyone wants to join us! Kim

Friday, February 15, 2008

Fun & Games Committee

I am struggling to figure out how to pull together committee meetings when we are all so busy, and a friend suggested trying Doodler as a way to take a poll... If you are interested in participating, the issues in front of F&G right now are: 1) Scheduling of Matt L. concert 2) Staff Appreciation Lunches 3) Spring Fling 4) Welcome for New Students/Families 5) Roots & Shoots or other summer activities 6) Other Suggested times are: Monday (after vacation, before parent's meeting) 1:30 -- at school, before pick-up Tuesday, 8:30, at Big Sky on Woodfords Corner so younger siblings can play Wednesday 5:00 bring dinner or meet for dinner before parent's group The link to register your preference is here. (http://www.doodle.ch/8efmfnuiqc52ivft)

Girls Get Connected - a Science Conference for Middle School Girls - March 8 / Boston

Conference 2008 Girls Get Connected Technology Conference for Middle School Girls Going Green There is a lot of talk about “going green” but what does this mean? Is recycling soft drink bottles enough? What about turning out the lights when I leave the room? How about the trees and parks in my neighborhood: how do they help in going green? Do solar and wind energy help us to go green? How about all the computers we use in our homes and schools? Find out more about going green at the 2008 Girls Get Connected Technology Conference. You will learn what going green means and the science and technology behind going green. Take part in hands-on workshops led by college women. Talk to women scientists. Compete in a technology design challenge. Find out about Mayor Menino’s initiative for making Boston a green city Lunch provided 2008 Girls Get Connected Technology Conference Saturday, 8 March 2008 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Simmons College Girls must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.

Safe Toys Bill / Initiative

February 14, 2008 Your help is needed immediately to protect our children from known toxic chemicals in toys and everyday products. LD 2048 - "An Act to Protect Children's Health and the Environment from Toxic Chemicals in Children's Products" (sponsored by Representative Hannah Pingree) - would stop the unrestricted exposure of our children to known unsafe chemicals. The bill is under attack by the chemical industry. Your Maine legislators need to hear from you immediately. Please take a moment right now to send a message to your representatives. Click here to act. (Or cut and paste this link: http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1305/t/2705/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=22957) If you'd like to learn more about the legislation, visit this page. Thanks for your prompt action on behalf of our children. There are also other important opportunities to support this legislation: - Thursday, February 28: Public hearing on LD 2048 in Augusta Email us if you are interested in attending at kjenkins@gwi.net - Tuesday, March 4: Environmental Health Day at the Capitol Click here to sign up to attend! The Environmental Health Strategy Center Team Join Our Mailing List! The Women's Environmental Health Initiative is a project of the Environmental Health Strategy Center, affiliated with the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine Visit EHSC on-line by clicking here Learn more about the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine by clicking here

Girls Rock Weekend / Middle School Girls Conference ~ April

Girls Rock! Weekend Hardy Girls' Girls Rock! Weekend will celebrate girls' voices in music, art and literature and we hope you will be a part of it. We have put together three fabulous days of events, so there are many opportunities to take part. Also be sure to visit the Blue Marble Gallery to see an exhibit of art produced during this spring's Media Makeover Workshops. The exhibit will open during Girls Rock! Weekend and will be on display through late May. Friday, April 4 - Girls Rock! Weekend kicks off with the opening of Girls Rock! the movie, an audience favorite at MIFF last summer. Festivities will begin at 6:30 pm at Railroad Square Cinema with a live performance by Portland girl-rocker Marie Moreshead, followed by the showing of Girls Rock! This documentary follows a rock 'n' roll camp for girls where they are taught that it's OK to sweat like a pig, scream like a banshee, and wail on their instruments with complete and utter abandon. Following the film there will be a reception for all at Buen Apetito. Tickets for the entire evening are $15 for adults, $5 for kids under 18. Watch the trailer for Girls Rock! Saturday, April 5 - This incredible weekend continues with the 10th annual Girls Unlimited Conference, a conference for all girls in 5th-8th grade. This year's conference, Media Makeover: Changing the Face of Art, will include workshops on sculpture, step dance, poetry, photography, and other amazing visual and performing art forms. The conference will take place from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm in a variety of locations in downtown Waterville. Save the date for this incredible day-long conference for girls in 5th-8th grade: April 5th, 2008 Sunday, April 6 - Girls Rock! Weekend wraps up with the First Annual Girls Poetry Mashup, from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at Soup to Nuts on Main Street in downtown Waterville. This open mic will be the culminating showcase for Winslow Jr. High School students who will be spending the spring semester writing poetry with students from Colby College. Don't miss this amazing performance, which will also feature Colby's Poets Rest at Dawn. Admission is free so bring your friends! back to top Save the Date for GU08! On April 5, come celebrate our 10th annual Girls Unlimited Conference, open to all girls in 5th-8th grade. Thanks to generous support from Colby College, the Hudson Foundation, and EES, Inc, this year's conference, Media Makeover: Changing the Face of Art, will engage girls in creating art that reflects their own aspirations, frustrations, dreams, desires, and experiences. Workshops will include sculpture, step dance, poetry, photography, and other amazing visual and performing art sessions. Also be sure to visit the Blue Marble Gallery to see an exhibit of art produced during the run-up to Girls Unlimited, the Media Makeover Workshop series. The exhibit will open during Girls Unlimited and will be on display through late May. We hope to see you there! Save the date for this incredible day-long conference for girls in 5th-8th grade: April 5th 2008 back to top

Thursday, February 14, 2008

February Vacation Camp

Maine Audubon offers February Vacation Camp - one day or all week. and, from the Portland Museum of Art: February Vacation Mini Art Camp Tuesday through Thursday, February 19 through 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $130 for all 3 days, $50 per single day. Our three-day vacation program is for children ages 6-12. Art campers will look at art in the current exhibitions in new and fun ways. Share other ideas in comments!

Play at Pineland

Families are invited to play at Pineland Farms on March 6th (in-service day for FSP). There is a farm program that can include 20 children (first come / first serve -- a sign up will be in the hallway after vacation) but there is also a sledding hill, snowshoe and cross-country ski paths / rentals and even a branch of the Casco Bay YMCA (passes in the sunrise guide). The farm program begins at 10:00 am and will last about 90 minutes - it will focus on cows. The cost is $3.00 per child and $4.00 per adult -- carpooling, sharing childcare, etc. is encouraged! Moo to You Let's discover what it takes to get milk from a cow to your table. Come meet our Holstein herd, get a kiss from a calf, milk a cow and read a story. We are welcome to bring bag lunches or buy lunch and encouraged to eat in the commons (not Foley's because of space) -- plan to gather around 11:45-- campus maps are here. Get directions here. If anyone feels inspired to suggest a plan for Friday the 7th or March 24th please feel free or send them to me and I'll share the ideas and possibilities at the next parents meeting. Kim kcs@maine.rr.com

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Action for Paid Sick Leave planned for Tuesday

If anyone is interested in taking action in support of Paid Sick Leave, please contact me (Kim, ksimmons@bates.edu). You can get more info from the Maine Women's Lobby or The Healthy Families website.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Printmaking from the Portland Museum of Art

saturday feb 9, 2008 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm artmaking program Family Printmaking Workshop for adults and youth description: Get inspired by the woodblock prints of In Winter, Silk Linings and create your own edition of linoleum reduction prints. Examine patterns, create images, and learn transfer and safe carving methods for producing printable blocks. For families with children ages 7–12. fee: One child/one adult - Members: $45; non-members: $56; each additional family member: $15. Reservations are required and available online, on-site, and at 503.276.4254.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Summer Day Camp

A parent asked for a place to share summer camp ideas, experiences, etc. Here are some - -please add! *** FRIENDS SCHOOL OF PORTLAND CAMP == TBA ** BROADTURN FARM CAMP ** Fish Camp ** Audubon Camp ** Davinci Camp ** Wolf's Neck Farm Camp ** Pineland Farms Camp ** Children's Museum of Maine ** Fiddlehead Center for the Arts (camp info not yet posted) ** United Ways Summer Champs lisiting

Saturday, February 2, 2008


If you want to circulate the SEED SALE info via e-mail, here is the link to the pdf!

Lunar New Year Picture Books

The Maine Humanities Council Born to Read program published a list of great picture books for children that explains the ideas and ideals of the Lunar New Year. Also, an event: When: Saturday February 9th from 11:00am-4:00pm Where: Catherine McAuley High School 631 Stevens Avenue, Portland ♦Chinese Crafts for Children ♦Exciting Chinese Music & Dance including Authentic Dragon Dance ♦Interactive Workshops & Demonstrations ♦Yummy Chinese Food & Chinese Merchandise Available Cost for Adults $5/$3 for CAFAM members Children 2 & over $3/$2 for CAFAM members (children under 2 free) Questions? Call 207-799-0684 or watch our website for specific events and times as they are finalized CAFAM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization CHINESE AMERICAN FRIENDSHIP ASSOCIATION OF MAINE Twentieth Annual CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION The Year of the Rat

Great Parents Meeting

We had a fabulous parents meeting last Wednesday night, with just the right combination of "chance to talk" and getting new information. Melanie helped us think and share about our particular strengths that we bring to the parents group. We also began the conversation about what the Parents Group brings to the school and to each of us. Nat Shed came from the Friends Camp to share information with us about the wonderful opportunities for regular sleep-away (well, it didn't sound too regular, so perhaps I should say zany-fun sleep-away) camp for kids ages 7-18 and also family camp which welcomes adults and littler people. James spoke about reenrollment and we were reminded to keep thinking about creative fundraising possibilties. Currently, we have the opportunity to make %50 of returns on a special Fedco Seed Sale. And, Auction Donation Forms are available -- all creative ideas and donations welcome! Finally, we are planning a ****DANCE PARTY*** for the Feb 29th potluck evening and are hoping to organize a skating party, gymastics event (for younger children) and an event for older kids during the March in-service days. Official minutes will be circulated via e-mail (these were just my notes)...

Friday, January 25, 2008

Winter Carnival @ Pineland

Title: Winter Carnival Date: Saturday January 26, 2008 Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Location: Pineland Farms in New Gloucester Street: 15 Farm View Drive (off Rt. 231) City State Zip: New Gloucester, ME 04260 Phone: (207) 688-4539 Notes: http://www.pinelandfarms.org/visitors/events_calendar.htm Winter Carnival When: Saturday, January 26, 2008 From: 8 AM to 5 PM Where: Check in at the Visitors Center Admission: FREE! (Trail pass charges will apply) Activities will include: Beginner Ski Lessons, 9am & 1pm Snowshoe Tours, 10-2pm Family Ski Challenges, 10am & 2pm Horse-drawn Carriage Rides through Campus, 11am-3pm Story Hour at the Visitors Center, 11:30am Guided Evening Headlight Ski, 5pm Bonfire, all day Pond Skating, all day Snow Angel & Snowman Building, all day Slideshow of Baxter State Park in the Winter with Michael Perry Wax clinics with a Swix Representative Ski Races

Monday, January 21, 2008

Kaleidescope Art offerings

KALEIDOSCOPE SPRING OFFERINGS (scroll down for Summer Camp) Downstairs at the Stevens Avenue Congregational Church 790 Stevens Ave. Portland. e-mail kaleidoscope@maine.rr.com or call 773-2255 *ONE TIME WORKSHOPS FOR AGES 6 TO 96 ($15.00)* HEARTFELT VALENTINES Saturday, February 9: 10 to noon Once again it is time to have lots of fun making mobiles, pincushions, cards, garlands, chocolates, and other goodies for all your valentines! Join us and see what’s new this year! MUD SEASON MAGIC Saturday, March 15: 10 to noon Have a mini-vacation with us and make candy leis, a bouquet of magazine flowers, sea-inspired art, driftwood boats, and other reminders of warm weather. Grass skirts optional… HERE COMES THE SUN Saturday, April 5: 10 to noon Soon we’ll all be playing outdoors – let’s make kites, jump ropes, wind-catchers, “funbrellas” and more, to celebrate the coming warm days. *SPIRITED EVENINGS FOR WOMEN ($15.00) fun, friends,&art* BE MY VALENTINE Friday, February 8 7-9 pm An evening to create old-fashioned - or edgy - gifts for the loves of your life. Tiny treasure boxes, hand-sewn lovebirds, beaded pendants, etc…we’ll bring lace, paper, trim, etc. for card-making too. CABIN FEVER CAFE Friday, March 14 7-9 pm Shake off those doldrums and imagine tropical breezes – join us for another spirited evening! We will decorate beach bags, create sea-inspired art, and make some tropical-theme jewelry. SPRING FORWARD Friday, April 4 7-9 pm Time to think of flowers and sunshine – We’ll do some garden crafts, wind chimes, and bird-themed art for this last spirited evening of the season. *KALEIDOSCOPE VACATION CREATIONS SUMMER CAMP* Mon.-Fri., 9 am to noon, $150.00 per week Ages 6 and up e-mail kaleidoscope@maine.rr.com to register LIONS AND HIPPOS AND ZEBRAS,OH MY! July 7-11 Ages 6 and up We will celebrate the animals and the arts of Africa with clay, weaving, painting, beading, and more. Wouldn’t wildlife mobile brighten up your life? How about a lion friend to keep you company and a parade of elephants? We have lots of crafts planned that will focus on your favorite creatures. STITCH UP A STORM July 21-25 Ages 8 and up Everything from patchwork and knitting to sewing and weaving will keep us busy all week. We have NEW projects for 2008, including feltwork, embroidery, beading, and miniature “art quilts” to hang on your wall. We hope you join our stitching circle! PETER RABBIT AND FRIENDS August 4-8 Ages 6 and up Who would like to spend time with Peter…and Jeremy Fisher and Jemima Puddleduck, and Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail? If you enjoy these characters as much as we do, you will have a grand week planting lettuces, creating games, sewing bunnies, and making miniature mouseholes and other fun crafts that celebrate the special world of Beatrix Potter. ART MAGIC August 18-22 Ages 8 and up There is always something happening in the realm of art! This summer we will have entirely new and deliciously colorful projects ranging from sculpture and printmaking to book-making and mosaics. This is your week to experiment and get covered with paint and glitter!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

One Last MLK Event in Cumberland

From the Falmouth Forecaster Valerie Tutson Professional storyteller to lead workshop, present ‘Stories from Black History’ CUMBERLAND – Everyone has a story to tell. A history of what shaped us. A legacy to those who follow us. A declaration of who we are, a spoken dream of where we’re headed, an affirmation to others that our lives matter. Professional storyteller Valerie Tutson will help adults and children as young as 5 delve into their own stories and will share her storytelling techniques in “Telling Our Stories,” an afternoon workshop on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Congregational Church on Main Street in Cumberland. In the evening, Tutson will perform “Stories from Black History,” tales of great black people from Africa and African American history. A graduate of Brown University, with a master’s degree in theater arts and a degree in a self-designed major, Storytelling as a Communications Art, Tutson has been telling stories and teaching the craft to others in many venues since 1991. Inspired by the diversity of cultures, she has collected stories and songs from all over the world. Some have been gleaned from her travels in South Africa and West Africa; others from African American history. In addition to her emphasis on African traditions, Tutson has received praise for her fresh retelling of Bible stories and received acclaim for her cable TV show in Rhode Island, “Cultural Tapestry.” With a long list of community activities to her credit, Tutson has also racked up awards and honors for her work. Diane Bennekamp, minister of Cumberland’s Congregational Church, has seen Tutson perform and has attended her workshops, some with as many as 60 or 70 participants. “She has such a wonderful, warm personal energy, you can’t be in her presence without being moved and energized,” Bennekamp said. Tutson’s program, originally scheduled for last March, was canceled due to snow. But Bennekamp believes the timing this year is better because of its proximity to Martin Luther King Jr. Day. While she has no idea how many people to expect, she is confident Tutson will inspire workshop participants to learn to recognize their own stories and to be emboldened to share them with others. “Some people feel intimidated telling a story, but it’s a welcoming environment and that helps people open up,” Bennekamp said. Bennekamp said Tutson divides the workshop into small, mixed-age groups and leads them in exercises. When working with a wide range of ages, Bennekamp said Tutson may pull one willing participant out and work with him or her individually in front of the group. But there is never any pressure or intimidation and participants aren’t required to perform. The workshop, scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m., is free and open to the public. Bennekamp recommends calling the church office in advance to register. Tutson’s program, “Stories from Black History,” also free of charge, will be held on the same date, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. It will be preceded by a potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m. To register or for more information, call the church office at 829-3419. For more information on Valerie Tutson, visit her web site.

UNE MLK Events

008 Election Year: "Constructing Democracy" UNE's Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Features Staff from the Highlander Research and Education Center As part of the 21st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, the University of New England will host a residency with staff from the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tennessee. The Highlander Center, which celebrated its 75th anniversary last fall, has a long history of supporting social justice movements, grassroots activism, and bringing individuals and groups together to envision and effect social change. It was one of the leading training centers for many of the country’s best-known activists during the civil rights movement. All of the Highlander Center’s programs are unified by the common theme of “Constructing Democracy,” which means building a society in which all people can participate in the decisions that affect their lives. Featured Speakers Elandria Williams, a youth and community organizer on the Highlander’s Education Team, will be the featured speaker on the University Campus in Biddeford January 22-24th. Anasa Troutman, a Highlander staff member who uses arts and culture for activist organizing and social change will be the featured speaker on the Westbrook College Campus in Portland January 30-February 1st. Calendar of Events University Campus - Biddeford All MLK, Jr. events on the University Campus in Biddeford will be facilitated by Elandria Williams from the Highlander Center and are free and open to the public. Tuesday, January 22 at 7:00 p.m. Socrates Café: Racism and Oppression in our Community? St. Francis Room, Library, UC Campus in Biddeford Wednesday, January 23 at noon UC Keynote Address: “Constructing Democracy” Elandria Williams from the Highlander Center Multipurpose Rooms, Campus Center, UC Campus, Biddeford A Service & Community Involvement Fair will be held at the same time and location. Wednesday, January 23 at 7:00 p.m. “Leadership for Activism” Workshop Multipurpose Rooms, Campus Center, UC Campus, Biddeford. To register for this workshop email ehavu@une.edu Westbrook College Campus - Portland All MLK, Jr. Events on the Westbrook College Campus in Portland will be facilitated by Anasa Troutman from the Highlander Center and are free and open to the public. Wednesday, January 30 at noon WCC Keynote Address: “Why We Can’t Wait” Anasa Troutman from the Highlander Center Ludcke Auditorium, WCC Campus, Portland Wednesday, January 30 at 5:00 p.m. Socrates Café: Racism and Oppression in our Community? Cahner’s Lounge, Hersey Hall, WCC Campus, Portland Thursday, January 31 at 1:00 p.m. “Initiating Conversations: Tools for Change” Workshop Alexander 07, WCC Campus, Portland Thursday, January 31 at 6:00 p.m. “Engaging Communities through the Arts” Workshop Alexander 07, WCC Campus, Portland

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Talking Openly About Diversity...

The 14th Annual Changing Maine Presents: "Talking Openly About Diversity, Oppression & Racism in Maine" one day workshop Saturday, February 9, 2008 Pine Tree State Arboretum 153 Hospital St. Augusta, ME 9:30 AM - 3: 30 PM (In case of hazardous driving weather on February 9, the event will be re-scheduled to a later date, same time and location) *$25 suggested (but any donation is welcome, consider sponsoring a slot for another to attend) Presented by Cultivating Multicultural Alliances (CMA) of Maine and New England Developed by a Social Worker in Maine, CMA is a Whole-listic Approach to Multiculturalism Based on Alliances, Equity, Reciprocity and the Elimination of Racism & Tribalism "Diversity is nothing new, but equity & multiculturalism are." To register or more info (see below) contact Larry Dansinger, 525-7776 or rosc@psouth.net. Changing Maine is sponsored by ROSC (Resources for Organizing and Social Change). To Contact Cultivating Multicultural Alliances (CMA): P.O. Box 7831 Portland, Maine 04112 USA Phone: 207- 232-3092 Web: www.callcma.net (currently under construction until mid Jan) Email: callcma@gmail.com CMA is beneficial for all ages, races and ethnicities, including individuals, groups, and organizations. CMA DID (Dialogues in Diversity) dialogues and Anti- Oppression Peer Education Trainings are especially beneficial for Grades 6-12 and College Students. Why this day to look at issues of diversity, oppression, and racism in Maine? Diversity in Maine is nothing new, but multiculturalism and equity are. Maine and most of New England are currently experiencing growing pains due to increasing international adoptions, international students, refugee resettlements, bi- racial and multiracial families, and relationships. CMA was established by a social worker in July 2007 after working with numerous individuals, groups and organizations as they struggled with trying to manage these life transitions. Participants trained in the CMA approach learn to value themselves in relationship with others. These trainings are especially valuable for educational institutions, NGOs, social workers & grass roots community organizers wanting to organize anti- racism initiatives more affectively across class and racial divides. Event Schedule This one day workshop is an introduction to CMA weekend retreats and trainings. 9:00-9:30 am Registration /Coffee/Tea--PLEASE ARRIVE BY 9 AM SO WE CAN START NO LATER THAN 9:30. 9:30- 10:00 am An overview & introduction to CMA Ice Breakers 10:00 -12 Noon Dialogues in Diversity level I- The practice of critical cross-cultural engagement in action Noon-1:30 Potluck Lunch and Reflections [Please provide food for 8+, keep in mind dietary concerns, e.g., no dairy, no meat, or no pork. Labelling incredients in whatever you bring will help. Potluck allows us to keep the conference cost to a minimum] 1:30- 3:00 pm "His"- Story, Racism in review and a multicultural society 3- 3:30 closing remarks CEU certification pending approval by the ACSW licensure board Registration Form (You can fill out on line and email back) Cost: $25 per person (but any suggested donation is welcomed, consider sponsoring a slot for another to attend) Name: Address: City/ state/zip Phone Email: Organization (if any) ____I need a ride; contact me re; carpooling ____I can offer a ride ____I need childcare, register by January 26 *Directions and handouts will be sent to pre-registrants. Registration at the door may be available as space permits (call first). *The location and bathrooms are fully wheelchair accessible. For special needs/requests, please state below: ____I am mailing a check (made out to ROSC) to ROSC, 161 Stovepipe Alley, Monroe, ME 04951 ____Hold a space, I will pay at the door: For event logistics or last-minute questions about weather, contact Larry Dansinger, Resources for Organizing and Social Action, 161 Stovepipe Alley, Monroe, ME 04951, (207) 525-7776 or rosc@psouth.net.

New Telling Room Workshops

The Telling Room has posted new workshops for grades K - 12 Elementary and Middle School Workshops High School Workshops Elementary and Middle School Workshops The Grok, the Sneasal, and Frank: The Encyclopedia of Imaginary Animals Grades 3 –5 Saturdays, February 2, 9, and March 1 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Lead Teachers: Jefferson Navicky, Kristen Stake Starting with drawing and collage, our expert Imaginary Animal Wranglers will help you imagine an awesometastic new species of animal, who will then become the hero of tales you write. All these tales will be captured in our very own encyclopedia. Who Cares about Harry Potter? Developing Your Own Great Characters Grades 5 –8 Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 27, and March 5 2 – 3:30 p.m. Lead Teacher: Gibson Fay-LeBlanc Whether it’s a mutant from the planet Zeenon or a man named Bob searching for a volcanic rock, in this workshop, you’ll form a living, breathing being on the page. A few of the characters you create will actually come visit us at The Telling Room. We will send you home with a cast of characters to write about. Hidden Portland: Writing and Photography Grades 6 – 8 Saturdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and April 5 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Lead Teachers: Fran Vita-Taylor, Susan Porter Using The Telling Room’s digital cameras and a notepad, you will explore the Old Port’s nooks and crannies. A photographer and writer will teach you how to frame a picture and a story or poem about that scene. Maximum seven students. Flowers, Clementines, and a Duck: Painting a Picture with Words Grades 1 – 3 Saturday, May 3 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Lead Teacher: Kathleen Meil What do you see from your chair? What would you see from the chair on the other side of the table? How is drawing different from writing? Come and find out!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Materialism & Self-Esteem

I don't know if this study has solid methods, but the idea resonates with so much of what has happened at FSP (the paper plates made me think about the closing compliments last year) and is interesting in this time of hyper-consumerism... From Dads and Daughters: TEEN MATERIALISM LINKED TO SELF-ESTEEM New research indicates that materialism in children and adolescents is directly connected to their self esteem. The University of Minnesota’s Deborah Roedder John and University of Illinois’s Lan Nguyen Chaplin found that materialism increases from middle childhood (8 and 9 years old) to early adolescence (12 and 13 years old) but then declines by the end of high school (16 to 18 years old). This mirrors patterns in self-esteem, which instead decreases in early adolescence but increases in late adolescence. "The level of materialism in teens is directly driven by self-esteem," said John. "When self-esteem drops as children enter adolescence, materialism peaks. Then by late adolescence, when self-esteem rebounds, their materialism drops." In a second study, John and Chaplin boosted self-esteem by giving children positive information about peer acceptance. In a summer camp setting, children were given paper plates with positive descriptors about them, such as "smart" and "fun," which were provided by their peers. This simple gesture drastically reduced the high levels of materialism found among 12- to 13-year-olds and the moderate levels of materialism found among 16- to 18-year-olds. “By simply increasing self-esteem in teens, we see a decreased focus on material goods that parallels that of young children,” said John. “While peers and marketing can certainly influence teens, materialism is directly connected to self-esteem." Read more