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"HATS OFF FOR HOPE" - SARSM EVENT TO BENEFIT VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE - AUG 4th @ LANDING @PPT

"HATS OFF FOR HOPE" - SARSM EVENT TO BENEFIT VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE - AUG 4th @ LANDING @PPT

"Dear women of southern Maine, 

If you are like me, the headlines in the news can really create a sense of helplessness and frustration - sometimes we just don't know how to respond or what to do or how to help.

Here is a cause you can support to help the agencies that combat domestic violence.  Just show up if you can and be "heard"!

TOPSHAM FAIR August 9th-August 14th

TOPSHAM FAIR August 9th-August 14th

http://www.topshamfair.net/

 
• One of the oldest Agricultural Fairs in Maine, established in 1854.
• New dates this year (used to run Sunday through Saturday) this year moving to
Tuesday August 9th through Sunday 14th.
• Free admission harness racing only days Sunday August 7th and Monday August
8th.
• New rates this year $10 admission for everyone includes limitless rides.
• Rides by Rockwell Amusements
• Senior Day is Tuesday August 9th, 63 and over admission is $3.00
• Agricultural events: Draft horse pulling, Ox and steer pulling, harness racing, pig
scrambles for 5, 6, 7, and 8 yr olds- everyone gets a chance to chase a pig.
• Big Entertainment: AWA Wrestling Tues. night. Demolition Derby Weds. night,
Twyce Shy Thurs. night, Redneck Truck Pull Friday night, Demolition Derby Sat.
night followed by fireworks, Imperial Stunt Drivers Sun.

Salsa Dancers and Latin Music Lovers are loving HAVANA NIGHTS at THE LANDING at PINE POINT

Salsa Dancers and Latin Music Lovers are loving HAVANA NIGHTS at THE LANDING at PINE POINT

"This new summer series has been successful even beyond our expectations", says Jim Ciampi, creator of "Havana Nights" and president of Cityside Events and the Landing at Pine Point.  "With up to 150 people in attendance at each occurrence of HAVANA NIGHTS the past 3 Tuesdays, Salsa dance clubs, teachers and Latin music lovers have turned out for the relaxed ambiance and authentic sounds of "Primo Cubano", Maine's premiere SON band.  There's NO cover, plenty of free parking and we are just 400 yards from the beach - what could be a better summer weeknight date in Maine?" says Ciampi.

"Even if folks don't dance themselves,  I think people will have just as much fun listening to Primo Cubano and watching the great dancers that join us every week - it really is something beautiful to see - it makes me want to take lessons myself!", says Gil Donatelli, of the Landing's public productions department.

Photograph Your Dog Like A Pro!

Photograph Your Dog Like A Pro!

 

Chances are good that your pooch is simply adorable.  Capturing with your camera that “something special” that is the essence of your dog’s personality CAN happen.  Dogs are wiggly, squirmy, distracted little beings and it’s true that getting a good photo can drive a human bonkers.  There ARE, however, a few tricks I’ve learned in my five years of photographing the pups and dogs in my school that can up the odds that you’ll be successful.

SHOOT OUTDOORS.  The light is much easier to work with and your photos will look more natural and less “staged” than those taken indoors.  Shoot in indirect light rather than bright sunlight.  I’ve found that the early morning and late afternoon light is softer and makes for better photos.

DON’T DIRECT:  Let your dog simply go about his/her business and try to capture your photos at times when your dog isn’t paying much/any attention to YOU.

Loon Plate Weekend Free Admission at Maine State Parks - Find a park near you

If there’s a Maine Loon License Plate on your vehicle, you’re supporting conservation and wildlife efforts in Maine. If there’s a Maine Loon License Plate on your vehicle, you also get free admission this weekend to all Maine state parks and historic sites.

As a way to say “thank you” to Maine drivers who have purchased loon plates, the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL), under the Maine Department of Conservation, will open up the state’s 48 state parks and historic sites this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, July 16-17, to free day use for all vehicles bearing the distinctive plates.

“The call of the loon – and consequently, the Maine Loon License Plate – captures so much of what the nature means to Maine people, from the coast to our most remote ponds,” Conservation Commissioner Bill Beardsley said. “It reminds us of the precious and fragile quality of place we love.

The Weather's Cool...How About a Mountain Hike with your Dog?

The Weather's Cool...How About a Mountain Hike with your Dog?

Here's an idea for Saturday or Sunday with your canine companion(s):  Head over to Scratch Bakery in Willard Square in South Portland really early and grab a couple of fresh, hot-from-the-oven bagels and maybe a homemade dog biscuit or two for your buddies and then hit the road!  Your destination couldn't be sweeter, and the early morning drive down Route 302 from Portland to Fryeburg will be smooth sailing at that time of day.  Pleasant Mountain via the Fire Warden's Trail will become a regular hiking route after just one try, I promise you!  This hike has everything you could hope for -- clean, cold water bubbling into gorgeous stone pools at the base of some lovely waterfalls; a mix of logging roads, gravel trails and rocky terrain as you head toward the summit; delightful flora and wildlife and the songs of a variety of birds on the breeze; and best of all, amazing views of the Sebago Lake Region and White Mountain National Forest at the summit.

The Music Man Starring Peter Scolari to Open at the Ogunquit Playhouse July 20th!

The Music Man Starring Peter Scolari to Open at the Ogunquit Playhouse July 20th!

For Immediate Release:
July 9, 2011

The Music Man Starring Peter Scolari to Open at the Ogunquit Playhouse July 20th!

 

There’s Trouble in River City… Yes, the critically acclaimed Broadway classic, The Music Man marches onto the Ogunquit Playhouse stage July 20 through August 20. Starring Emmy Award winner Peter Scolari as Harold Hill, Meredith Willson’s all-American favorite follows the fast-talking traveling salesman as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a town band he vows to organize – this despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef!