Community Spirit

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.

Community Bicycle Center Receives United Way of York County Grant

Biddeford, Maine. The Community Bicycle Center (CBC) today announced that it has been awarded a one-year grant totaling $6,000 by United Way of York County. The investment will build life skills in youth to provide healthy foundations for life. Through the mobilization of resources, expertise and funds that support programs focused on education, income and health- the building blocks of a good life, United Way of York County advances the common good and strengthens the whole community.

The Community Bicycle Center exists to empower youth through bicycles and bicycling experiences.

Chili & Chowda Benefit Supper

Saturday, March 12 · 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Cornerstone United Methodist Church
20 Jenkins Road
Saco, ME

Adults $7.00 and $5.00 for kids 10 and under; variety of Homemade chili; fish, clam, corn chowder, salads and homemade desserts; proceeds benefit our troops' trip to Europe to visit the Girl Scout World Centers...pass it along!!!/event.php?eid=191001790933083&index=1

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.

Yearly Spring Concert by Salvation Army Band and Songsters

The Old Orchard Beach Salvation Army Band will hold its spring concert on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at the local Salvation Army, the corner of Sixth Street and Church Street in Old Orchard Beach. 
Local musicians who attend the Army as their church are extremely talented and their ministry is expressed weekly at their Sunday services under the direction of Bandmaster Al Stickland.  The concert will include a Brass Quartet from The New England Brass Band, New England’s premier brass band “in the British Tradition.”  The New England Brass Band was formed in 1988 by a group of friends which with years of experience playing in the British style.
Included in the evening program will be selections by the Salvation Army Songsters (choral group) under the direction of Dr. Drew Poulopoulos as well as presentation by soloists of the group.
Admission to the concert is free.

Bean Supper - Old Orchard Beach


The Masons of Orchard Lodge #215 in Old Orchard Beach will host a public bean supper on Saturday, March 12, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Masonic Hall, 130 W Grand Ave, Old Orchard Beach. The supper will feature all your favorites; baked beans, hot dogs, chopsuey, coleslaw, and a variety of desserts. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children under 12.

For more information contact: Seth Dube (937-2062)

4th unique singing event to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters

4th unique singing event to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters

PORTLAND - On Saturday, March 5 at 6 p.m., Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine will host its fourth one-of-a-kind multigenerational a cappella musical concert at USM’s Hannaford Hall (in the Abromson Center on the Portland Campus). 

“Acappellooza 11” is an annual event, created by the late Terri Hatt, who was a Big Sister with the organization.  The 2011 program will feature seven singing groups from Maine and New Hampshire who have again volunteered to help the local nonprofit organization raise funds to support kids needing mentors in Southern Maine.

The concert is sponsored by Winxnet, UBS, and Mainebiz.  It features a cappella groups volunteering from USM, Colby, Bates and Bowdoin Colleges, the University of New Hampshire, and the Portland area women’s quartet known as “Rally.”

Terri Hatt, who volunteered three years as a Big Sister for the mentoring agency until her death in January 2009, created and coordinated the public event for