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Ballet Dancers Team up With Children’s Author to Bring Performances to Students

Ballet Dancers Team up With Children’s Author to Bring Performances to Students

Two of the best creative arts for kids – ballet and children’s books – come together this spring during an hour-long program for elementary school students in Gorham, Portland and Scarborough.

Young dancers from Maine State Ballet in Falmouth are teaming up with picture book author David Ira Rottenberg to create unique performances for the students. The author will read his book, Gwendolyn, the Graceful Pig, while the ballerinas dance and act out the story. It tells the tale of Gwendolyn, who longs to dance ballet, and her friend Omar, whose dream is to play football. After the performances, the Maine State Ballet dancers and the author will answer questions from students.

Performances will be held on March 27 at Blue Point, Eight Corners and Pleasant Hill primary schools in Scarborough; and on April 11 at Hall and Reiche elementary schools in Portland, and at Great Falls Elementary School in Gorham.

Help Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Early and Help Children With Special Needs in Maine

Help Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Early and Help Children With Special Needs in Maine

The 2nd annual Robbie Foundation Benefit Night will be held Friday, March 15th at the Local Sprouts Cafe, 649 Congress Street in Portland. The festivities will get underway at 5 p.m. and will feature live music from Chris Pulsini and Tommy Bolster, a silent auction featuring art pieces created by artists from Brunswick's SunTide Studios, and a St. Patty's Day Basket Raffle.

In Maine, where one in ten kids has a disability. All of the proceeds from the event will go to provide children and youth with developmental disabilities in Maine, with therapy treatments, services and adaptive equipment that is not covered by insurance. Over the past two years, the Robbie Foundation, a Scarborough based non-profit, has donated more than $40,000 in services and equipment to dozens of special needs kids throughout the state.

Alzheimers: Just One Cause of Dementia

Alzheimers: Just One Cause of Dementia

 

 

If you are confused about the connection between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, you are not alone. The simplest explanation is that Alzheimer’s is a disease that causes dementia. In fact, Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia. We’ll get to other causes in a moment. First a definition of dementia, which is actually a collection of symptoms, or a syndrome, according to Darlene Field, an Alzheimer Care Consultant

Caring for a Loved One with Dementia|Free Workshop

Caring for a Loved One with Dementia|Free Workshop

 

 

New Asthma Specialist Joins Community Education Program

New Asthma Specialist Joins Community Education Program

Mid Coast Health Services is pleased to welcome Asthma Educator Stacey Schmidt to its Community Health Education team.

Maine Catholic Youth to Score Donations in ‘Souper Bowl of Caring’ Feb. 2-3

   Maine Catholic Youth to Score Donations in ‘Souper Bowl of Caring’ Feb. 2-3

 

Event Mobilizes Young People to Fight Hunger and Poverty in Maine Communities

Despite the Patriots missing out on a trip to Super Bowl XLVII this weekend, young people from all around Maine will still be cheering, but their rooting interest will be towards getting as many donations as possible to benefit the annual Souper Bowl of Caring, a weekend of giving and serving on Saturday, February 2 and Sunday, February 3 in which 100% of the monetary and food donations collected will be given to local charities.

The middle school community service group at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Portland will collect money after all of this weekend’s Masses with the proceeds to be given to Portland’s soup kitchens.