Sports & Recreation

Portland Roots Presents Board Game Olympics Next Tuesday at Bayside Bowl

Portland Roots Presents Board Game Olympics Next Tuesday at Bayside Bowl

Portland Roots plans activities in Portland, Maine for people looking for things to do, who want to get outdoors, play a game, have an adventure, and look around at all the cool stuff in the world.

Their next event is Board Game Olympics next Tuesday, May 24th at Bayside Bowl at 7:00PM, but PLEASE show up at 6:00PM to register, eat, drink, etc.

COST: $10 per team

Two people per team! This means you & one other person [No computer or cyborgs, please]! Fourteen or more teams [They may out at 24 teams] will battle in well-known contests! The goal is to determine once and for all who is the greatest assemble of winners at randomly selected board games. Teams will face off again other teams in groups play. The games will include; Jenga, Taboo and more!

Mustaches in May to raise money for the Maine Children’s Cancer Program

 Mustaches in May to raise money for the Maine Children’s Cancer Program

An all star lineup of Sea Dogs players are growing Mustaches in May to raise money for the Maine Children’s Cancer Program.  Dr. Lou Jacobs, a Portland Chiropractor, gained national recognition as the founder of Mystache Fights Cancer, a cancer fighting fund raising event for local organizations. He is also the director of the New England Bureau of the American Mustache Institute.  Dr. Jacobs says "The mustache revival in the state of Maine has never been stronger and there’s never been a better time to use your ‘stache for a good cause."   The doctor will be throwing the first pitch at the Sea Dogs game and showing his support for the players at 1pm on Sunday May 29, 2011 against rivals the Trenton Thunder (Yankees).

Sea Dog players are taking pledges and a $15.00 donation gets you a free ticket and a family donation of $50.00 gets you five tickets and a picture with your favorite player.

4th Annual 5k Run/2 mile walk to benefit York County Shelter Programs

The 4th Annual 5K Run/2 Mile Walk will be held on Kennebunk Beach, starting at Mothers Beach, Kennebunk, Saturday, May 21, 9:00am, with check- in or registration starting at 7:30am. All proceeds go to benefit York County Shelter Programs in “Helping Homeless Families with Children.” Register on line or download hard copy registration and pledge form at; registration fee is $20 after May 14. The first 200 to register receive a free tee shirt. FMI please call Joan Sylvester, 1-207-324-1137 or e-mail


17th Annual Free Kids Fishing Derby - Alfred

Springvale Fish & Game Club is sponsoring there 17th Annual Free Kids Fishing Derby on Sunday, June 5, 2011, rain or shine from  9:00am to 12:00pm.  Place: Roberts Pond, Gebung Woods Road, Alfred, Maine.  Age Limit: up to 13 years of age.  Trophies and prizes awarded.  Free hot dogs and soda.  Guidance and adult supervision provided. For more information, call C. Wesley Phinney, Jr. at 207-324-1137.

Eastern Trail-related events in May 2011

Moonlight trail walk. Join us at Scarborough Marsh on Monday, May 16 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 John Andrews at or 282-1979. Just show and go. Walk ends by 9:30.

Eastern Trail Annual Meeting. Join us Thursday, May 19 at 5:30 p.m. for the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Trail Alliance, featuring Alix Hopkins of the Biddeford RiverWalk Coalition. Come to the Saco Transportation Center in Saco, Maine to mingle with fellow trail enthusiasts and hear updates on recent progress and future plans for the Eastern Trail.

Trail Walk. Join us for a walk on the Eastern Trail on Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m. Meet at the Scarborough Memorial Cemetery parking lot on Old Blue Point Road. FMI, contact John Coleman at

The Queen Reclaims her Throne at Scarborough Downs

The Queen Reclaims her Throne at Scarborough Downs

Shady Sabrina, also known as The Queen reclaimed her Throne at Scarborough Downs Saturday.

Shady Sabrina is a track record holder who returned to the Winner’s Circle on Saturday (4/30), claiming victory in the Fillies and Mares’ Free-for-All. This is Shady Sabrina's first win after an eight-month absence from the races due to a flexor tendon injury.  The “Queen" clock timed in 1:56, with driver/trainer Kevin Switzer calling the shots.

“It’s hard to bring a horse of that caliber back after that type of an injury,” said Switzer, “especially to compete at the highest level in only her second start back. I couldn’t be prouder. She was just waiting for her chance to race today, and when she cleared from the pocket, the outcome was never in doubt.

Maine State Parks Begin to Open

Maine state parks and historic sites are starting to open up for the season. Officials with the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL), under the Maine Department of Conservation, want to update visitors on several park situations around the state.

Sebago Lake State Park in Casco is opening Friday, April 29, according to Park Manager Andy Haskell. All the sites at Witch Cove will be open, which is about 125 sites, and the shower buildings also will be open, he said.

Campers will be able to choose a site and self register, Haskell said. Formal campground reservations for Sebago don’t start until Monday, May 23.

Haskell also said off-season rates will be in effect through May 22. They are:

Maine residents, $10 a night with no hook-ups; $15 a night with water and electricity;
Nonresidents, $18 a night with no hook-ups; $25 a night with water and electricity.
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