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No Foolin! FREE ICE CREAM on April 1st at Tim Hortons/Cold Stone Locations!

No Foolin! FREE ICE CREAM on April 1st at Tim Hortons/Cold Stone Locations!

April 1, 2011  (Maine) – They’re not fooling around - Tim Hortons and Cold Stone Creamery restaurants in Maine are giving you free ice cream!  Local owners invite guests to visit their co-branded restaurants on Friday, April 1 between 3:00pm and 5:00pm to receive a free scoop of a Cold Stone Creamery Signature Creation like Founder’s Favorite or Chocolate Lover’s Devotion.

Who: Maine Tim Hortons & Cold Stone Creamery Co-branded Restaurants
Located in: Bangor, Brewer, Lewiston, Lincoln, Portland, Rockland, Scarborough, South Portland, Waterville           

When: Friday, April 1, 2011
3:00 to 5:00pm

What: Free 3oz scoop of a Cold Stone Creamery Signature Creation
•Dining room guests only
•Signature Creations may vary by restaurant location

Tim Hortons & Cold Stone Creamery opened their first co-branded restaurant in April 2009 in Scarborough, Maine.&n

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Dress for success Southern Maine hosts women's clothing sale

APRIL 16
PORTLAND, ME – Filene's Basement may be gone, but great bargains on new or nearly-new women’s clothing may be found at Dress for Success Southern Maine’s annual Spring sale! The sale will take place on Saturday, April 16, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Catherine McAuley H.S., 631 Stevens Avenue in Portland.
The event is open to the public and features new and nearly-new women's clothing in all sizes, shoes, jewelry and accessories - casual, formal, and everything in between. Proceeds go towards Dress for Success Southern Maine's annual operating budget.
Donations of new or nearly-new (less than 2 years old), clean, ready-to-wear women’s clothing (from casual to dressy) for the Spring sale, are welcome. The drop off site and times are: 51 Baxter Boulevard (in the Hannaford Shopping Center parking lot location) on March 19, April 2, and April 9 from 9:00 a.m. to noon, plus April 15, 5-9:00 p.m.

Greeting a Puppy or Dog - How YOU Can Help With Training

Greeting a Puppy or Dog - How YOU Can Help With Training

Have you ever observed how socially-savvy dogs greet each other?  There’s usually no barking or jumping on each other and you won’t see them look each other directly in the eyes/face.  Their tails will be up and wagging as they sniff each other under the belly or around the butt area.  They may rub their bodies against each other slowly as they circle around each other.  When all of this is done, you may then witness an invitation to play, usually in the form of a play bow (front paws out in front and butt up in the air, tail wagging).  And off they go....

Humans would be wise, when greeting a puppy or dog, to practice some of those same behaviors.  Here, however, is the most common scenario I see when I’m out and about:  Dog owner is walking along with a beautiful pup or adult dog on the leash.

Scarborough Gym Dandies celebrate 30th Anniversary performance

 Scarborough Gym Dandies celebrate 30th Anniversary performance

On March 31st and April 1st, Scarborough’s Gym Dandies will hold their 30th annual Community Performance.  The Gym Dandies is a children’s circus featuring such feats as having 80+ unicyclists perform on “giraffe” unicycles (where the seat is on a long “neck” about 6-feet off the ground), routines featuring up to 200 children simultaneously unicycling, globe walkers (who and jump rope and hoola hoop while balancing on the large balls), stilt walkers, jugglers who can juggle 3, 4 and even 5 balls, jugglers who can “share” (by having 2 people juggle as if they were one person), “steal” (where one person juggles, and without missing a beat, a teammate comes and juggles away their balls), and throw juggling pins up to 10 feet away to awaiting partners, off-road unicycling where performers ride up ramps and jump on and off boxes and other obstacles, and Scarborough’s favorite: unihockey … with all the thrills and spills of ice hockey, except played on unicycles!

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Early Socialization is Critical for Your Pup

Early Socialization is Critical for Your Pup

When you are out and about with your dog, have you ever encountered a person who is clutching their small dog to their chest as the furry bundle growls and spits and hisses and snarls?  The person usually says something like, "My dog just doesn't like other dogs!"  Sadly, chances are very good that the dog was not properly socialized early in life.

Professional dog trainers will tell you that you need to give your new pup "100 exposures in 100 days."  Research has shown that dogs imprint and integrate these new experiences and have a much greater chance of being open and enthusiastic (at best) and non-reactive (at a minimum) when encountering the same stimuli later in life.  But....here's the kicker:  the window begins to close at around four months (16 weeks) of age, meaning that your pup becomes less and less open to new experiences from this age forward.

Award-Winning Novelists Paul Harding and Sarah Braunstein to Present at Maine Festival of the Book

PORTLAND, Maine – Paul Harding, winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for Tinkers, and Sarah Braunstein, named one of 2010’s “5 under 35” fiction writers by the National Book Foundation for her novel The Sweet Relief of Missing Children, will present at the Maine Festival of the Book on Saturday, April 2 at 9:30 am at the Abromson Center, University of Southern Maine, Portland.  Admission is free and seats are available first-come, first served.

In a program titled “Wrestling a Book into the World,” Harding and Braunstein will talk about art, hysteria, and the long process of bringing a book into existence.  They will each also read from their acclaimed debut novels.

Harding’s New York Times bestselling novel Tinkers is the first independently published Pulitzer Prize winner since A Confederacy of Dunces received the award nearly three decades ago.  Inspired by his family’s history, Paul Harding began writing Tinkers after his rock band broke u