Gabe Gregoire

Gabe Gregoire

Paws for a Cause 2016

It’s time once again for the Paws for a Cause 5K, Walk and Festival at the L.L. Bean flagship store on Main Street in Freeport, on Saturday, August 27th.

 

Check-in for the 5K, a timed event with dogs welcome, is at 7:00 a.m. The race begins at eight. To register and begin fundraising for your run or walk, visit http://coastalhumanesociety.donorpages.com/PawsforaCause2016/

 

At the end, the run/walk turns into a dog festival, with demonstrations, live music, food trucks, and even an amateur Best in Show competition. Not to mention the water park, face painting, virgin-drink finish tent with Meow-mosas and Drooly Marys, and massage tent for any walkers, runners or dogs that need to relax and recover before they enjoy the rest of the fun.

 

Paws for a Cause has already raised over eight thousand dollars, but the fundraising goal is thirty-seven thousand, so make your plans now to spend the 27th doing the right thing and having a blast the whole time.

 

For general event questions, call Chris Wolff at 207-449-1366 ext. 5. For questions about registration, sponsorships or donations, contact Gina Ketcheson at extension 2 at the same number.

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Water Slide Time?

On days like the ones we’ve been having, the kids are bound to start thinking about water slides, and bugging you until you make it happen. So if you want to drive north a bit, which is a good idea in our state, take them to the Adventure Park at Lost Valley Ski Area this summer.

 

Located at 200 Lost Valley Road in Auburn, the Adventure Park features colorful inflatable water slides, including the Chameleon, the Log Plume slide, the Castle, and an ocean-themed slide complete with giant sea creatures overseeing the journey to splashdown.

 

When it’s time for a break, have no fear, the park sells Maine-made Gifford’s ice cream, pizza and soft drinks.

 

The park is open Thursday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. General admission is $15.00, with kids under 38” tall at $12.00 and kids under two years old free with a paying adult. Blackout dates are 8/27 and 9/3.

 

Sound like a good place for a birthday party coming up soon in your family? Lost Valley has got you covered, with a package for $180.00 Mondays through Thursdays or $220.00 Fridays, weekends and holidays, that includes wristbands for ten guests, two large one-topping pizzas, and three pitchers of soft drinks. However, it is BYOC, bring your own cake.

Tad Bettcher of Lost Valley said, “People are excited that we have this and other things happening here in the summertime. Typically we’ve been a winter attraction, so it’s nice for people in the area to have it. There’s never been anything like this here before.”

It’s nice up there. Check it out.

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North Yarmouth Academy summer camps

The beginning of the 2016-2017 school year is still a ways off. As a parent, you may be pulling your hair out trying to entertain your children and perform at work at the same time, or you may just be concerned about their level of physical activity, or both. North Yarmouth Academy has a few summer-camp solutions that your family may be able to avail themselves of.

Located at 148 Main St. in Yarmouth, NYA offers week-long programs for the rest of the summer that will encourage your youngsters to make new friends, get scads of fresh air and exercise, and learn as much as they are able to about the sport or other discipline of their (and your) choosing. Here is a list of the camps being held the first week of August. Follow the link for the complete schedule for the summer. And remember, NYA provides free child care before and after each day of camp, allowing enough time for you to get out of the office and pick them up.

North Yarmouth Academy Summer Programs for Aug. 1 through Aug. 5:

  • Summer Summer Day Camp: Olympic Sports ($325, Ages 6-11)

  • Panther Club, Full/Half Day: Move Your Body ($375/$275, Ages 4-5)

  • Panther Club Tots, Half Day: Move Your Body ($275, Ages 2-3)

  • Middle School Tennis ($325, Ages 10-13)

  • Circus Arts with Circus Maine ($385, Ages 6-12)

The web address is http://www.nya.org/program/summerprograms/ and the phone number is 207.846.9051.

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WGME to sponsor 'On Your Side' pet food drive

Do you have a dog, cat, bunny or other pet for whom you stock up on food? If you can spare a few cans, bags or boxes, or if you’re kind enough to purchase one or two, WGME (CBS-13 and FOX-23) is sponsoring a multi-location On Your Side Pet Food Drive & Adoption Day to benefit local Maine animal shelters. It’s an easy way to feel good about doing your part to help animals.

All locations will be accepting donations on Friday, Aug. 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Here are the closest participating facilities:

Please don’t let any pet know what it’s like to go hungry!

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Four cycling clubs in Portland

By this time of the season, you’ve probably done a fair amount of bicycling. Maybe you’ve explored a new area, or you may have outdone yourself this year in distance, speed or endurance. You’re comfortable in the saddle, and your machine is tuned up and spinning.

But you know, it’s always fun to ride with someone else, and if you’re part of a cycling club, you’ll be able to pedal with the group on hosted rides, not to mention having some new peers who share your enthusiasm for the sport. To help you find the right club, here’s a quick rundown on four of them in Portland:

  1. Casco Bay Bicycle Club: Road rides in Portland and in the White Mountains of Maine and New Hampshire. Emphasis on social aspect of bicycling, not athleticism. One fully supported ride and century (Fryeburg Frolic).

    1. URL: http://cascobaybicycleclub.org/

    2. Membership Fees: $15/year ($25/family)

  2. Community Cycling Club of Portland: Road riding club with four weekly rides plus special-event weekend rides. Broad range of ability, all ages. Twenty percent of dues and corporate sponsorship money goes to a program to give kids free bike helmets.

    1. URL: http://www.bikecccp.org/

    2. Membership Fees: $25/year

  3. Portland Velo Club: A nonprofit organization. Maine’s largest bicycle club. Promotes the development of fast, competitive riders. Hosts rides throughout New England. Sponsors several races each year.

    1. URL: https://portlandveloclub.wordpress.com/

    2. Membership Fees: $30/year

  4. Rage On Portland: Maine’s largest mountain biking club. Over 400 members. Manages rides through Yahoo Groups and Facebook.

    1. URL: http://ragemtb.com/index.html

    2. Membership Fees: Just join online and ride.

There you have it. Try some organized riding!

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Forever homes for pets: Let's #ClearTheShelters

July 23 is the day of #ClearTheShelters, a national pet-adoption day sponsored by NBC. The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland is one of the participating shelters. Last year nationwide, nearly 20,000 animals found new forever homes. New England Cable News will have camera crews on site at the ARLGP’s facility on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 1 p.m.

Get there early, as it takes some time to meet the animals and go through the adoption process. Last year, folks were waiting in line before the door opened.

ARLGP is offering discounted adoption rates, as follows:

  • Puppies, 6 months and younger: $200 (limit of one puppy per household)

  • Canines, 6 months-1 year: $150 (limit of one canine per household)

  • Canine, 1 year-7 years: $65 (limit of one canine per household, unless a bonded pair)

  • Kittens, under 1 year: $87.50 (limit of two per household)

  • Cats, 1 year-7 years: $25 (limit of two per household)

  • Rabbits & small animals: name your own adoption fee

  • Any animal over 7 years is name your own fee

Over 150 animals will be available on the day of the event. Here are some other things to be aware of:

  • Adoptions are first-come, first-served.

  • Parking at the ARLGP may be limited due to the number of attendees. Please check-in with the volunteer parking attendants when you arrive, who will direct you to our overflow parking locations.

  • If you are interested in meeting a dog to adopt, and have other canines at home, please bring the canines and an extra person with you. This will allow the canines to wait outside with the extra human, and the adopter to go through the process.

ARLGP: 207.854.9771

#ClearTheShelters URL: http://www.cleartheshelters.com/

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An important concert for families: Brain development via music

We all know that music combines mathematics, art and language in a way that makes it last in our minds. Naturally, we want to expose our children to the experience of music, and for them to develop their own tastes, favorites and dislikes. But did you know that learning about music at a young age can have a direct effect on the developing brain?

The Children’s Music Workshop tells us, “Recent studies have clearly indicated that musical training physically develops the part of the left side of the brain known to be involved with processing language, and can actually wire the brain’s circuits in specific ways. Linking familiar songs to new information can also help imprint information on young minds” (www.pbs.org).

Share classical music with your "young minds," when the Cassatt Quartet puts on a special performance for families at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine (142 Free St.), on Thursday, July 21 at 1 p.m. Children will have a chance to "meet" the viola, violin and cello, and experience the music of four women who have toured throughout North America, Europe and Asia together, to rave reviews.

Tickets are $5 plus admission to the Museum.

Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine: 207.828.1234

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Upcoming Maine triathlons: A chance to test your limits

Those who have done it will tell you, on the day of a triathlon, the race usually isn’t the easiest part of your day. However, the challenge is what drives us to do it in the first place. Sitting around binge-watching Netflix can come later. Right now, it’s time to cut through the water like a porpoise, pump the gears like a dope-free Lance Armstrong, and hit that sweet spot during the run where you feel like you wouldn’t care if the race never ended.

If any of that rings a bell, be sure to register for one of these upcoming triathlons in Maine:

  1. Oakfest: Paddle, Pedal, Pound the Pavement: For an athlete who hasn’t been, Oakfest is the perfect excuse to visit the Belgrade Lakes region of Maine. The air just smells cleaner. Your mind settles. Of course, if you’re one of those who is set on fire by the competitive spirit when that happens, this race is for you.

    1. Registration Fee: $60 Individual, $90 Team

    2. Time/Location: Oakland Boat Landing on Messalonskee Lake, Oakland, July 24, 7:30 a.m.

    3. Course: The triathlon involves kayaking/canoeing instead of swimming, for a distance of 2.5 miles around Brown’s Island on Messalonskee Lake, biking 12 miles on beautiful rural Maine roads, and running 3.1 miles, including through the town of Oakland.

    4. Notable: Takes place during Oakfest, a local festival of food, music, crafts, parades and events.

    5. URL: http://www.oakfestmaine.com/#!triathalon/c1bjf

  2. Maine State Triathlon: If you are serious about competing in our state, this is the one not to miss. You will find no nonsense, only a well-organized, sought-after competition.

    1. Registration Fee: $72 Individual, $124 Team ($82 and $134, respectively, after July 24th)

    2. Time/Location: Songo Pond at Bethel Inn Lakehouse, Bethel, Aug. 7, 6:30 a.m.

    3. Course: Another example of stunning Maine scenery, in the same area as the Sunday River ski resort. Swim 750 meters, Bike 24 kilometers, and run 5.8 kilometers.

    4. Notable: It is recommended to pick up your racer’s packet and attend the competitors’ meeting the day before the race.

    5. URL: http://www.mainestatetriathlon.com/

  3. The Battle of the Bay Triathlon: This is a more low-impact competition, with teams of four people dividing up the running, bicycling and canoeing duties, all to benefit a Yarmouth High School scholarship fund in memory of Evans Spear, a young athlete who died of illness in 2004.

    1. Registration Fee: $100 per team

    2. Time/Location: Cousins Island Beach, Yarmouth, Aug. 13, 9 a.m.

    3. Course: If you missed the Yarmouth Clam Festival, this is your second chance to get a taste of this solid, friendly Maine town, and get out into the harbor. Run 2 miles, bike 4 miles, canoe 3 miles.

    4. Notable: If your team doesn’t have a chance to register online, you can do so in person between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the day of the triathlon.

    5. URL: http://www.evansspear.com/triathlon/

  4. Maine Rev3 Triathlon: This is the part of Maine we call home, and another serious competition, with the course starting in Old Orchard Beach and going through parts of Saco, Dayton, Waterboro, Lyman and Hollis. A perfect Southern Maine race.

    1. Registration Fee: From $155 to $350 at this date, depending on the sections of the course registered for.

    2. Time/Location: Old Orchard Beach, Aug. 28, Transition opening 5 a.m., with full days of race-related events scheduled for Aug. 26 and 27.

    3. Course: The highlight is likely to be the sweeping view of the Scarborough Marsh on the run, lovely at this time of year. Distances vary by event combinations.

    4. Notable: Well, it’s Old Orchard, it goes without mentioning, right?

    5. URL: http://rev3tri.com/maine/

Strive to be your best yet, and good luck!

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Therapy Dogs Becoming a Part of Hospice Care in Scarborough

In response to studies showing that cuddling or petting a dog can achieve health benefits, Gosnell Memorial Hospice House is launching a dog visitation program for its patients and their families.  

Pet programs can help achieve positive health benefits, including reduced anxiety, lowered blood pressure, lowered heart rate, and reduced depression. Anxiety and depression are of particular concern in hospice care, and animal visits can also provide comfort and socialization for patients struggling with isolation or loneliness.

Surveys show that the number one priority of people with chronic and life-threatening diseases is independence, which is impacted by admission to a facility.

“Hospice care is all about making the most of the time we have when dealing with end of life,” said Hospice of Southern Maine CEO Daryl Cady. “For our patients at Gosnell, connecting with trained therapy dogs can help normalize and reduce the anxiety of being away from home.”   

All dogs and handlers in the program must be approved through a national therapy animal registry before admission to Gosnell, and adhere to rigorous visitation procedures while on premise, in order to ensure the safety and comfort of all patients, visitors, and staff. 

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A queer-friendly book group for teens

A parent’s love for their child is unconditional. There is nothing they could ever do or say that would make you stop loving them. So in the end, most things aren’t that big of a deal. But LGBTQ kids still need a little special attention, because the world hasn’t quite caught up yet with the fact that it doesn’t matter.

To that end, the Portland Public Library, among its many other equality-promoting programs, offers the Teen LGBTQ Book Group, on the third Saturday of every month, including on July 16 at 2:30 p.m.

This month’s book is Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin. It tells the story of Riley Cavanaugh, a gender-fluid teen with a conservative Congressman father. PPL staff will help you locate a copy if you stop in, or call the Teen Area desk (871.1700 x773), or email Emily (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Harper (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Refreshments will be served, and no kind of bullying or harassment will be tolerated. The Teen Area is along the Elm Street-side wall of the main floor of the library, between the copy area and the main fiction stacks. All LGBTQ teens and their allies aged 12-19 are invited, so bring a friend and spread the word.

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