Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Ask Senator Snowe to Help Fix our Broken Chemical Safety System
On Friday, July 17, Maine officially designated over 1,700 "Chemicals of High Concern" under the state's Kid-Safe Products Act passed in 2008 with your support. These chemicals have already been confirmed as hazardous to children's health by an authoritative government body, based on the best available scientific evidence.
But state action alone is not enough to protect our families from dangerous chemicals in everyday products. We need to fix our broken national chemical safety system too.Problem:The federal law that should protect us from dangerous chemicals in consumer products is badly broken. In 1976, the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) "grandfathered" more than 60,000 industrial chemicals for use in everyday products. In more than 30 years, the U.S. government has ordered chemical manufacturers to test only 200 chemicals for their threat to human health and the environment, so the majority of chemicals remain untested. Of the thousands of chemicals that science already shows are dangerous, the U.S. has only banned or restricted the use of 5 toxic chemicals under TSCA. Meanwhile any test of human blood or household dust shows that people are exposed to hundreds of toxic chemicals that escape from everyday products or contaminate our food supply.Solution:Maine is already a strong leader on safer state chemical policy. But state action is not enough to fully protect our families. A new bill to fix our national chemical safety system will be introduced soon in Congress. Senator Olympia Snowe should continue Maine's leadership by supporting this important legislation.
Action Needed:Please ask Senator Snowe to become a co-sponsor of the Kid-Safe Chemicals Act using the Act Now button below.
Deadline for responding: Please take action by July 31.
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Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Environmental Health Strategy Center
Preventing harm where we live, work and play
Documentary Screening: Two Angry Moms at Meg Perry Center 644 Congress Street, Portland, Thursday, July 30th, 6:30 p.m.
The Environmental Health Strategy Center is organizing a movie night series with films that touch upon various aspects of chemicals and synthetic additives that affect the health and well-being of ourselves, our children and our communities.
The first film in the series is Two Angry Moms. In the face of a national child health crisis, Two Angry Moms addresses an issue of great concern to us all. What are our children eating in school, how is it impacting their learning, their behavior and their health? Filmmaker Amy Kalafa follows several awe-inspiring leaders in the fledgling better school food movement. Along the way she finds solutions that are working in school systems across the country. For more information about the film visit www.angrymoms.orgBring a friend or friends who care about this issue - the film is action oriented, and shows that together we can work for change to have a healthier environment where we live, work, play....and learn!Two Angy MomsThursday, July 30th, at 6:30 pm, Meg Perry Center (644 Congress Street), PortlandSpace for this showing will be limited - so please RSVP as soon as possible to email@example.com or by phone, 878-0082/ 409-9193Hope to see you there!KristineKristine JenkinsEnvironmental Health Strategy Center878-0082/ 409-9193 (cell)
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Monday, July 20, 2009
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THE RAIN IS GONE, THE SUN IS HERE, LET THE FUN BEGIN!!!!GET READY FOR THE MOST FUN THAT YOU; YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY WILL HAVE THIS SUMMER!! IT IS THE SEVENTH AUNUAL GREATER PORTLAND FESTIVAL OF NATIONS AT DEERING OAKS PARK, SATURDAY, JULY 25.DANCE TO THE "HOT" MUSIC WITH INTERNATIONAL FLOVORS BY DJ GENTULL, PERFORMERS INCLUDE: INKAS WASI, STREAM REGGAE, MICHAEL OKIGBO, INNER VISIONS, AND MANY MORE.DISCOVER DELICIOUS FOODS FROM THE CAMBODIA, GREECE, ETHIOPIA, INDIA, NIGERIA, THE PHILIPPINES, THAILAND, POLAND MANY MORE!!! SEE BEAUTIFUL CRAFTS AND DISPLAYS FROM THE CONGO, CHINA, ITALY, NATIVE AMERICA, SOUTH AFRICA, AND THE SUDAN. SEE MUSICIANS AND DANCERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.PUT ON YOUR DANCING SHOES AND JOIN US FOR THE DANCE CONTEST FOR ALL AGES! THE FESTIVAL OF NATIONS THIS YEAR IS A DAY FULL OF FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY WITH AN EXPANDED CHILDREN'S AREA WITH CLOWNS, FACE-PAINTING, CRAFTS AND SWIMMING! THE FESTIVAL OF NATIONS IS SATURDAY, JULY 25, FROM 2 TO 8:30, AT DEERING OAKS PARK IN PORTLAND.ADMISSION IS ABSOLUTELY FREE! SPONSORS INCLUDE, WOMEN IN NEED, CITY OF PORTLAND PARKS & RECREATION, MAINE HOUSING, EMPLOYMENT TIMES AND MANY MORE. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEB SITE AT WWW.WINI.US OR CALL 207-761-9464SincerelyMichael OkigboCoordinator, Festival of Nations
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Special Events, Programs & More in July July 2009
Dinosaur Day Celebrate the Fourth Meet Artist Sarah Haskell Let It Fly Day Summertime Entertainment
Summer is finally here. While school is out, learning continues at the Children's Museum of New Hampshire. We have several special workshops planned to give kids hands-on experience with dinosaurs, art, and flight, plus there is great entertainment coming to Henry Law Park three time a week. Check out all of the great budget-friendly activities your family can enjoy in the coming weeks, at the museum and in the city of Dover.
Be a paleontologist for the day! Wed, July 110 am - 3 pm Hands-on learning about dinosaurs
Families will have a roaring good time on July 1 from 10-3 as they become paleontologists and study amazing creatures from long ago, in conjunction with the museum's Dino Detective exhibit. Children are invited to learn the meaning behind dinosaur names and invent their own dinosaur, create a dinosaur egg (complete with baby dinosaur) to take home, see how they size-up alongside dinosaur measurements, and find out more through hands-on demonstrations, crafts and more!
All dinosaur activities are included with paid admission [$8 adults & children, $7 seniors] and free for museum members and children under age 1.
Celebrate the Fourth
Open 4th of July Sat, July 410 am - 5 pm Open all day - fireworks at night
The Children's Museum of NH will be open from 10 am - 5 pm on the Fourth of July for fun with family and friends. Make us part of your weekend plans. The museum will also be open Sunday noon - 5 pm and Monday 10 am - 5 pm.
The City of Dover will hold its annual fireworks display at 9:15 pm on July 4th. The fireworks will be launched from Maglaras Park, and the best place to view them is from Henry Law Park, adjacent to the museum. Come early to stake out a good spot to view the fireworks exploding above the Cochecho River! [Rain date: July 5]
Meet Artist Sarah Haskell
Learn about weaving Thurs, July 911 am - noon Meet an award-winning artist
Sarah Haskell is an award winning artist/educator who has been weaving and teaching for over thirty years. Families can visit Sarah's exhibit on display in the museum's Gallery 6, then meet the artist herself to learn about this beautiful art form and how weaving is a language that can be used to express feelings, thoughts and stories.
In the museum's Project Area, there will be a make-and-take weaving activity using readily available, inexpensive materials all day. It's all included in the regular admission price of $8 for adults & children, $7 for seniors, and free for children under age 1 and museum members.
Let It Fly Day
Explore the world of flight Thurs, July 1910 am - 3 pm Engage in high-flying fun!
Young imaginations will soar as children create their own flying machines using a variety of everyday materials in this high-flying challenge on Thursday, July 19. Kids will learn about the principles of aerodynamics and flight as they test their creations in the museum's two-story Build It.Fly It. exhibit. Whose invention will fly, flip or flop? Visitors can also try their their hand at constructing some other simple flyers to test and take home.
All activities are included with paid admission [$8 adults & children, $7 seniors] and free for museum members and children under age 1.
Cochecho Arts Festival 2009 July & August Live music & more in Henry Law Park
The Cochecho Arts Festival is held each summer in Dover's Henry Law Park (aka, the museum's front yard) and features both daytime and evening entertainment.
Friday Night Series - 7 pm shows
7/3: USAF Liberty Pops Band
7/10: All Together Now
7/17: Don Campbell Band
7/24: Pondering Judd
7/31: CochechoPaloozza - local musicians, Dan Walker, Sounds of the Seacoast and Sneeky Pete
8/7: Boston Horns
8/14: The Spectras
Tuesday Children's Series - 10:30 am
7/7: Marcus Gale
7/14: Todd Wellington
7/21: Judy Pancoast
7/28: Susie Burke
8/4: BJ Hickman
8/11: Jody Gourlay
Thursday "Shark in the Park" Series - 12 noonCochecho Arts Festival
7/9: Big John and the Twins
7/16: The Twitch
7/23: The Jen Thayer Band
8/13: The Digbees
Children's Museum of New Hampshire6 Washington StreetDover, New Hampshire 03820(603) 742-2002
JULY Events at the Children's Museum &
Theatre of Maine
This Month... Thanks for your support! American Girls Club: Meet Kirsten Sparks' Ark Special Show Bastille Day Fun with Food Workshop: Dino Dinner Explore Greece Tomato Plant Girl
We couldn't do what we do without YOU!
Thanks for your support!
We would like to extend our thanks to the individuals, businesses and foundations who generously gave to our Annual Fund during the 2009 fiscal year.
Without the Annual Fund, the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine just wouldn't work! Can you imagine CMTM without...
...firefighter costumes? ...Touch Tank creatures? ...boats to float in the Discovery Woods stream? ...stories to read in the Book Nook? ...camps for pirates, fairies, budding artists and silly scientists? ...visits from the Sparks Ark animals? ...groceries to buy in The Market and baskets to put them in? ...Youth Rangers to help you learn about the fun science in your own back yard? ...visits from storybook characters like Biscuit and Stella Luna? ...paint, feathers, glitter and glue for Big Messy Art? ...tasty Cultural Cuisine to make and sample? ...magical, musical shows to see in the Dress Up Theatre?
The Annual Fund helps us provide programs and supplies like these (as well as safety upgrades, staffing, cleaning supplies, and so much more!) ensuring that you and your family have a fun, fresh, exciting experience every time you visit.
Be one of the first to kick off the 2010 Annual Fund today!
For a list of daily events and programs at the
Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, please visit our NEW website:
Please note that our email addresses are now @kitetails.org
American Girls Club: Meet Kirsten!
Tuesday, July 7 & Thursday, July 9 at 3pm
Join us for this Club meeting where we'll discuss life as a pioneer on the American frontier. Bring your favorite doll, create a mid-1800's era craft and hear one of Kirsten's best stories. You'll even take home a recipe to try! New members encouraged. To register, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828-1234 x 227.
Sparks' Ark Special Show!
Friday, July 10 at 2-3pm
Come see an extended show with David Sparks and his amazing array of animals! Tickets are $2 each for members and $11 each for non-members (includes the cost of one admission to CMTM). Reservations encouraged. FMI, call 828-1234, x229 or email email@example.com
Saturday, July 11 from 2-3:30pm
Bastille Day is held on July 14th each year to commemorate France becoming a free nation. Join us to make a French flag and create your own brilliant fire works display, plus get a delicious recipe for French crepes to try at home!
Fun with Food Workshop: Dino Dinner!
Saturday, July 18 at 2pm
reservations required, additional cost
We'll "dig up" some homemade, edible dino treats, learn about what dinosaurs liked to eat, then go on a special scavenger hunt through the Dino Tracks exhibit! Reservations required. $8 for members and $16 for non-members (includes the cost of one admission). FMI, call 828-1234 x 229 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click HERE to register online!
Sunday, July 19 at 1pm
Meet Alexia and her family in our We Are Maine exhibit and hear about Greek culture. Set the table for a Greek meal, celebrate a Greek holiday and find out more about this fascinating Mediterranean country. Learn traditional Greek dances, then join us for a story, craft and food tasting!
Evzones, the Greek Presidential Guard
Sunday, July 19 at 3pm
Join us to explore the world of the Evzones, the elite Greek Presidential Guard. Learn about these tall, brave soldiers and their traditional uniforms. Decorate your shoes with pompoms just like the Evzones wear!
The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine proudly presents:
Tomato Plant Girl by Wesley Middleton
Wednesdays, July 22 & 29 at 2 & 4pm
Thursdays, July 23 & 30 at 2 & 4pm
Saturday, July 25 at 2 & 4pm
reservations recommended, additional cost
Directed by Reba Short
Little Girl just moved to Here Town. Her best friend's name is Bossy, and together they grow tomato plants. There's just one problem; Bossy is really bossy! Will Little Girl learn how to stand up for herself? This is a special performance about learning how to hold your own. $8 per ticket for non-members, $7 per ticket for members. See the play and stay to play, $14. Reservations recommended. FMI call 828-1234 ext. 231 or e-mail email@example.com
Click HERE to buy tickets online!