Community Spirit

Benefit Concert: Haiti Relief Revisisted - One Year Later

On Saturday, April 2, 2011 there will be a benefit concert at the First Congregational Church UCC on 301 Cottage Road in South Portland, featuring The Maine Squeeze, Zemya, and Improvox.  The concert will be held at 7:00pm, $15 suggested donation at the door.  For more information, call 207-865-6060.  Proceeds for Konbit Sante Cap - Haitien Health Partnership.

A week of wish granting for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine

A week of wish granting for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine

PORTLAND, ME – March 14, 2011 – It will be a week of wish granting for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine as they work to grant wishes to three local children between March 22 - 29.

“It isn’t only one day these kids see their wish come true,” said Kate Vickery, program director at the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine. “It’s the build up of excitement and magic that stretches on to create lasting memories for these deserving kids.”

On March 19, Lucien, 6, of Gorham will have a party at Longhorn Steakhouse in South Portland to celebrate with friends and family the granting of his wish: To meet characters from Walt Disney’s Toy Story. Lucien and his family will leave for Walt Disney World® days later, where he’ll meet the official Toy Story characters.

Reindeer's High School Band Competition to Benefit Teen Agencies

Reindeer's High School Band Competition to Benefit Teen Agencies

The statewide high school rock band competition called The Off-Ramp is rounding the fourth curve and heading into the homestretch-but not before the nine competing bands learn a lesson in giving back to the community. The Off-Ramp is the brainchild of Reindeer Records, the creators of the popular Rock-Off competition that helped out thousands of young musicians since it began in 1984. The new competition is designed to provide a more intense learning experience for the young competitors and leave a long-lasting impact on their peers. Since being selected in November, the bands have had to face various music-industry tasks-songwriting, video documenting their recording studio experience, and marketing. Their fourth task is Live Event Production, for which Reindeer created three teams of three bands with the goal of producing an all-ages show to benefit designated youth groups.

South Portland’s Cancer Community Center Selected as a Stop on 12-City Book Tour

South Portland’s Cancer Community Center Selected as a Stop on 12-City Book Tour

South Portland, Maine (March 8, 2011) – Maine Native, Susan Conley, has begun her twelve-city national book tour.  The Cancer Community Center in South Portland will be one of her first stops on Tuesday, March 15th from 6-7 pm. Her new breast cancer memoir, The Foremost Good Fortune chronicles Susan’s experience of breast cancer while living with her family in Beijing, China.

Praised by Publishers Weekly as a book that "pulls the reader into her world like a close friend," Susan’s writing offers a compelling look at how breast cancer affects the whole family system, and traces how she and her family came to a place of understanding within the world of cancer. 
Pre-registration is highly encouraged for this popular book reading and discussion session.

Big Country & Bluegrass Show w/ The Grassholes, the Potato Pickers, and Dark Hollow Bottling Company

Friday, March 18th
Mayo Street Arts
10 Mayo Street
Portland, Maine

Doors 7:30 show at 8pm
Tix $10 at the door
fmi http://www.mayostreetarts.org/

The Potato Pickers
Dark Hollow Bottling Co.
The Grassholes

On March 18th at 8 pm Mayo Street Arts presents Big Country and Bluegrass Show with The Grassholes, the Potato Pickers, and Dark Hollow Bottling Company.  The show features three Portland area country and bluegrass bands ranging from old time country to slam-grass.

The Big Country and Bluegrass Show is part of the ongoing Performing Arts and Culture Series (PACS) at Mayo Street Arts. The series highlights cultural diversity of Maine musicians, typically with an emphasis on world music. "Country and Bluegrass is the music a lot of us grew up with", says MSA director Blainor McGough, "This show is chance for us to highlight local talent.

STRIVE to Hold 14 Hour, All Night Dance Marathon this Weekend!

STRIVE to Hold 14 Hour, All Night Dance Marathon this Weekend!

South Portland High School Drama Club Presents: Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderlandwill be presented at the South Portland High School auditorium, 637 Highland Avenue, South Portland, Maine. Tickets: Adults, $5.00 and Students, $2.00.  FMI, call 799-6723.

Dates & Times:

March 9, 2011 - 5:30 & 7:30p

March 15 & 17, 2011 - 7:30pm