Community Spirit

Studio Sale and Exhibition for Project Linus

Studio Sale and Exhibition for Project Linus

An Exhibit and Celebration of Project Linus Blankets

SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2011 10am to 3pm


  • Demonstrations by noted machine appliqué artist Kathy Angel Lee
  • Demonstrations by The Silver Penny’s Kathy Sheehan
  • Studio sale—books, patterns, magazine, fabrics,
    notions and supplies.

Come and vote for your favorite Project Linus quilt, afghan or fleece.  Adult and student categories.
This show will raise public awareness for Project Linus and celebrate and showcase local efforts.

Proceeds will benefit Project Linus Cumberland County.

Benefit for South Portland Music Boosters Scholarship This Saturday

Benefit for South Portland Music Boosters Scholarship This Saturday


The Andrew Gerke Memorial Scholarship will be holding it’s second annual A Night of Remembrance benefit on April 9, 2011. The event will include a silent auction with items donated from local artists, professionals, and businesses. All of the proceeds generated from the fundraiser will go to the South Portland Music Boosters for the scholarship.

Last year, more than $5000 was raised for the scholarship and we hope to do more this year.

The event will be held at Andy's Old Port Pub on Commercial Street, where there will be live music, a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, and of course drinks. The event is 21+ and IDs must be present.

Andrew Gerke was a South Portland High School and University of Maine alumni who was very involved in the community, especially with the South Portland Music Department.

Wright Express Donates more than $40,000 to the Arts

Wright Express Donates more than $40,000 to the Arts Season Sponsors of Portland Symphony Orchestra

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (April 7, 2011) — Wright Express Corporation has donated a total of more than $40,000 to six arts organizations that provide southern Maine with musical and theater performances.  The organizations include the Portland Symphony Orchestra (season sponsors), the Portland Chamber Music Festival, Portland Stage (sponsored show “2 Pianos 4 Hands”), Maine State Music Theatre (sponsored show “The Whiz”), Portland Players (sponsored show “Chorus Line”) and Portland Ovations (sponsored show Nikolai Lugansky).

 “We are thrilled that Wright Express has taken such a great role in supporting not only the Portland Symphony Orchestra but the arts community as a whole,” said Lisa Dixon, Executive Director of the Portland Symphony Orchestra.  “It is this type of generosity that keeps our music and the arts alive and strong.”

 Michael Du

South Portland Land Trust Plant Sale

The South Portland Land Trust will be holding its annual Plant and Bake Sale on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at the American Legion Hall at 413 Broadway in South Portland.  The plant sale is a perennial favorite of the gardening community - an amazing variety of annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, wildflowers and groundcovers will be available for sale as well as baked goods and coffee.  The sale opens to the general public at 9:00am.  The SPLT is currently seeking donations of plants and garden-related items from individuals and/or businesses, and is also seeking volunteers willing to dig and transplant donated plants.  For more information, contact Helen Slocum at 799-3574 or email her at to take part in an event that has become a South Portland tradition.

Show Support for a 1% Increase in the School Budget

This year, the South Portland City Council has instructed the South Portland School Board to come up with a 2011/12 budget that does not include any increase in spending from last year (a zero percent increase).  Last year, the City Council gave the same instruction to the School Board, which resulted in cuts to staffing and programming.  Because of the rise in supplies and services to the school, the increase in heating, fuel and gasoline prices, and other salary increases, a zero percent actually results in a step back for our schools, our kids, and our community.  If passed, this will mean job losses and cuts in important and necessary programs and services that directly impact our children. 

Please come to the City Council meeting to show community support for a 1% increase in the school budget.  This minimal increase is important to

A More Appealing Nor'Easter!

A More Appealing Nor'Easter!

It may be April Fools' Day...but this is no joke!

In honor of the Nor'Easter happening outside, Red's Dairy Freeze is offering a more appealing Nor'Easter for a discounted price!

On April 1, 2011, you can buy a Small Nor'Easter for just 3 dollars! This is a one day only event! Print off the coupon and head (carefully) down to Red's!

Community Counseling Center Launches New Website

A new tool for the agency to increase awareness
about the effects of bullying and cyber-bullying

Portland, Maine – Community Counseling Center has launched a new website:  The dramatically redesigned site was created by VONT, an internet marketing firm located in Westbrook, Maine.  The site embodies Community Counseling Center’s forward-thinking vision and commitment to the growing needs of its clients.  The website provides rich content, direct access to program managers and intake staff, and streamlined searching for appropriate finding programs and services. 

“This website was designed so that clients and visitors could easily access the information they needed about our services and programs,” said Erin Smith, Community Relations and Grant Manager.