Families

WinterKids appoints new Executive Director

WinterKids, the non-profit organization that helps children develop healthy lifelong habits through fun, outdoor winter activity, today announced the appointment of its new executive director, Julie D. Mulkern. Mulkern, who served as WinterKids' development director since September 2008, brings 12 years of professional non-profit experience to the organization, including resource development, program development, and staff and volunteer management in the public health sector.

"We are very pleased to welcome Julie to the executive director post," said Anna Fincke, president of the WinterKids board of directors. "Her creative vision, compassion and experience will shape and expand WinterKids in exciting ways, and guide our efforts to get more kids outside and active in winter.

Anthem Sponsors Healthy Kids Day

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has once again teamed up with 17 YMCAs throughout Maine to encourage a healthier lifestyle among Maine families by serving as the lead sponsor of Healthy Kids Day in Maine.  Each spring, Healthy Kids Day draws thousands of children to YMCAs throughout Maine , where activities are held to encourage children and their families to discover fun ways to stay fit and healthy.

New Places to Explore with your Dog!

New Places to Explore with your Dog!

As the owner of two adult Labs who love off-leash romps, I'm always on the prowl for new places to take them where they can enjoy woods, ponds and open fields to their hearts' content.  I've also recently started a Ride & Romp Hiking Program for the small adult dogs who attend Dances With Dogs for day care.  Over the next couple of weeks, I will share some information on some of our favorite places to play, hike and explore.

A hidden treasure exists about 4-5 miles out on Broadturn Road in Scarborough called Fuller Farm.  This 180-acre tract of farm, field and woodland is managed by Scarborough's Land Conservation Trust and is open to people and dogs year round.  There's a small dirt parking area and a kiosk with trail information at the trail head, and you enter the property via a deep field of rolling grass and wild flowers.

3rd Annual Portland Sea Dogs Father's Day 5K

3rd Annual Portland Sea Dogs Father's Day 5K

 

FATHER'S DAY 5K- Sunday, June 19, 2011
The Portland Sea Dogs in conjunction with the Maine Medical Partners Urology, and the Maine Track Club, will be hosting the third annual Father's Day 5k Road Race on Father's Day, Sunday, June 19th, 2011. Proceeds from the event will benefit Maine Coalition to Fight Prostate Cancer. There will also be a Kid's Run that is free of charge.

Slugger and his Dad lead the way on the flat 5K course which begins in front of the Portland Expo building, travels down Congress Street, turning down Stevens Avenue, and making a right onto Brighton Avenue back down Deering Avenue into Fitzpatrick Stadium. The race culminates inside Hadlock Field in front of the third base dugout.

The top overall male and female finishers will receive a trophy, a pair of 2011 Season Tickets for the remainder of the 2011 Sea Dogs season, and throw out the ceremonial first-pitch prior to a future Sea Dogs game.

Eastern Trail-related events in July 2011

Bike the Eastern Trail from Biddeford to Kennebunk. Join us at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 2 for a moderately-paced 13-mile ride from the Southern Maine Medical Center parking lot in the rear of the building. FMI, contact Ethan Davis at (207) 284-7572. Just show and go.

Trail Walk. Join us for a walk on the Eastern Trail on Monday, July 11 at 10 a.m. Meet at the Scarborough Memorial Cemetery parking lot on Old Blue Point Road. FMI, contact Jim Monroe at 207-934-3834 or jmonroe@maine.rr.com. Canceled if raining.

Trail Walk. Join us for a walk on the Eastern Trail on Monday, July 20 at 10 a.m. Meet at the Scarborough Memorial Cemetery parking lot on Old Blue Point Road. FMI, contact Jim Monroe at 207-934-3834 or jmonroe@maine.rr.com. Canceled if raining.

Eastern Trail-related events in June 2011

Moonlight trail walk. Join us at Scarborough Marsh on Tuesday, June 14 for a walk under the full moon on the Eastern Trail. Meet to leave the Pine Road ET parking lot at 7:15 p.m. FMI, contact Bob Hamblen at 286-3431 or bhamble1@maine.rr.com. Just show and go. Walk ends by 9:30.

Trail Walk. Join us for a walk on the Eastern Trail on Monday, June 20 at 10 a.m. Meet at the Scarborough Memorial Cemetery parking lot on Old Blue Point Road. FMI, contact Jim Monroe at 207-934-3834 or jmonroe@maine.rr.com. Canceled if raining.

Bike the Eastern Trail. Here is your chance to bike all 65 miles of the ET in one day! Join us at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 25 at the Bug Light Parking lot in South Portland. Depending on the number of riders, we will encourage a few friends and partners to meet us in Portsmouth, NH around 4 p.m. to join us for something to eat and then take us back to Bug Light. We will plan to ride as a group at a relaxed pace.

Memorial Day Parade - SOUTH PORTLAND

Begins at 10:30 a.m. Route is Southern Maine Community College to Broadway to the roundabout on Ocean Street. Parade is followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at noon at Bug Light.