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FREE Published by the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization Vol. 30, No. 7 • July 2010

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Newly elected MHNO Board members, Brendan O’Neil, President Christina Feller and Joan Sheedy at the June 24th Annual Meeting of the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization.

MHNO Elects New Board Thanks to Our Outgoing Officers for a Year of Transition and Renewal

By Lisa Peñalver elected to the position of Vice With over forty Munjoy Hill residents in President. attendance on a hot, stormy Thursday eveThe Board and membership ning, a new slate of officers was ushered in extend a heartfelt Thank You to the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood OrgaThe view down Congress Street toward the bay from the Portland Observatory: the fog clings to the islands on Flag Day, June14th. to outgoing board members nization’s Board at the 31st annual meetJamie Parker, Will Gorham, ing of the MHNO, held at the East End Frank Kadi and Markos Miller for their Community School. Former President The Munjoy Hill involvement and deep commitment to Katie Brown stepped down, and long-time Neighborhood Organization the community. Their efforts and insights board member Christina Feller was electhave been invaluable as the organization present s ed President of the organization (Katie remains on the Board) with Elaine Mullin See page 8, MHNO Annual Meeting July 4th Celebration

Photo by T. Kilgore for Greater Portland Landmarks, 2010.

MUNJFEST July 18, Sunday 11 am – 4 pm

Schedule

Saturday, July 3, 10 PM – East End Boat launch, Cutter Street and parking lots closed to the public

Come Join Us!

Sunday, July 4, 7 AM – East End Parking restrictions go into effect; East End Trail between the Portland Water District pumping station and East End Beach bathhouse closed to the public

Portland’s “First Neighborhood” celebrates the

NOON - Vendors open to the public along the Eastern Promenade

One Wicked Good Street Party! summer with a day of music, fun & games, the Dunk Tank, the ever-great MunjMinster Dog Talent Show and delicious international food served up Photo by Lisa Peñalver

by an array of street vendors!

At the Annual Meeting of the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization, Jamie Parker at left, with youth worker Isaiah Copeland, Team leader Alfred Jacob, and youth worker Vernie Gale, all spoke on their experiences with the MHNO Youth Work Program, a collaboration with the organization Cultivating Community.

Summer Fun on the Hill Wondering what to do with the kids or summer houseguests? Want to keep it within walking distance of downtown? Think Eastern Prom: the park, tennis courts, sandy East End Beach, Peppermint Park (have you seen the new Peppermint Park Splash Pad at Smith St and Cumberland Ave?). Think Casco Bay Lines and the Mailboat Run, kayaking with RippleEffect, train rides and museum at MNGRR, Freedom Trail, Landmarks’ walking tours, and of course walking up 103 stairs to the top of the Portland Observatory! The possibilities are endless! Details and directions at: portlandlandmarks.org, http://www.ci.portland.me.us/play.shtml and www.friendsofeasternpromenade.org/_events.htm

PSO’S PATRIOTIC POPS GIVES FIREWORKS CELEBRATION A NEW BANG

Congress Street on top of Munjoy Hill

Sponsorships available! To make a contribution, please contact:

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Photo by Lisa Peñalver

No Comment: Bumber Stickers seen on a car parked on Munjoy Hill.

7:40 pm - PSO Patriotic Pops Concert 9:20 pm - Fireworks show begins FMI: http://www.july4thportland.org/

Vendors and exhibitors: can still reserve your tables

Come to the East End on Sunday, July 11 for the Hidden Gardens Tour Of Munjoy Hill, 10 am -4 pm and the SEA Artist Studio Tour. open studios. See www.seaportland.org, FMI & purchase advance tickets at friendsofeasternpromenade.org

4 pm - 10 pm, Munjoy Hill closed to traffic / 6 pm - Munjoy Hill closed to handicapped parking


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From the Helm

The Munjoy Hill Observer is published by the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization (MHNO) at 92 Congress Street Portland, Maine 04101 Editor Lisa Peñalver observer@munjoyhill.org (207) 766-5077 www.munjoyhill.org/observer/ www.munjoyhill.org, 775-3050 Observer Committee Katie Brown, Cliff Gallant, Jeanne Bull, Alison Nason, Liz McMahon advertising Turner Kruysman turner@munjoyhill.org or 332-4355 The Observer is Portland’s East End monthly paper, supporting projects within our community. It is is published the first week of the month. 3,000 Circulation 8,000+ Readership About our paper The Munjoy Hill Observer is published 12 times a year by the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization (MHNO) as a service to its members and to the community as a whole, to inform Portland’s East End residents of local issues and events, and of the services that can be found here. The Observer serves as a vehicle to connect and inform our neighbors, while enlisting community partners to help us help those who need it most. The Munjoy Hill Observer was first published in May of 1979. Circulation is 3000, distributed free in Portland at over 100 locations. Nearly 400 copies are mailed to current and former members of the MHNO.

MHNO Board 2009-10 Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization Christina Feller, President cfeller@maine.rr.com........................773-4336 Delores Lanai, Treasurer terra@maine.rr.com........................... 773-9235 Elaine Mullin, Vice President elainevmullin@gmail.com...................671-6132   Fred Brancato opus2@maine.rr.com .........................774-3163 Katie Brown................................info@munjoyhill.org Cynthia Fitzgerald, Membership cmef12@gmail.com........................... 774-3526 Cliff Gallant Gallant.Cliff555@yahoo.com............. 221-5446 Ali (Ndabaruta) Kabirigi akabirigi@gmail.com......................... 772-4539 Christian Mullin mull1971@gmail.com . ....................... 749-0045 Andrea Myhaver andreamyhaver@aol.com...................632-3890 Brendan O’Neil...................... sheridanstr@gmail.com Anne Rand rndanne@aol.com.............................. 772-7704 Phil Saucier . ....................... philsaucier@gmail.com, Joan Sheedy joaniesheedy@gmail.com................... 774-7616

MHNO Mission Incorporated as a nonprofit organization in January 1979, our purpose is to be

a

broad-based,

representative

organization committed to improving the quality of life for the residents of Munjoy Hill and the East End, by strengthening the sense of community, maintaining the current diversity of social and economic groups, encouraging self-sufficiency, and enriching the lives of all residents.

MHNO President, Christina Feller

Hello neighbors and hello members of the MHNO, I am glad to be the organization’s president for the coming 2010-2011 year. I have served on the Board for five years, three of them as a member of the Executive Committee. I have helped organize all six of our annual street festivals called MunjFest—I urge you all to come and enjoy yourselves on July 18th. We need volunteers for the day so if you are willing to put up barricades or take down tables and chairs, blow up balloons or watch over the dunk tank, or staff the Moon Bounce,

please call the office at 775-3050 and let us know who you and how we can reach you. We need your help. I urge all readers to get involved in one of our great projects or programs. We have a full 15-member active Board of Directors who care greatly about the quality of life in the neighborhood. They all lead an active Committee. They all seek participation from community members to enrich and inform our programs.

ing, “building a relationship with the business community to help us continue the youth services team’s work.” I am glad that Katie is taking the initiative to begin building this vital relationship. I look forward to a great, fun and active year.

Our priority this year is, as outgoing president Katie Brown said at the Annual Meet-

OPINION & Insight The Ways of Indigenous Nations and Our Declaration of Independence An Essay by Fred Brancato As we move toward celebrating our Declaration of Independence this Fourth of July, I’m reminded of the world views and values of the peoples who inhabited this land thousands of years before Columbus reputedly “discovered” it. It is estimated that there were over 500 indigenous nations in this country, each with their own language and rich culture. Sadly, our government’s actions in the late eighteen hundreds and early twentieth century largely destroyed indigenous ways of life, despite our forefathers yearnings to establish a nation free from the “abuses and usurpations” of England’s King George. Much has been written on this subject of oppression, and few references can be made to Native American traditions without mentioning it. Fortunately, there are philosophers, historians and linguistic scholars of Native American descent who arduously researched and wrote about the world views and ways of their ancestors as part of an ongoing effort to retrieve and understand, for

themselves and their kin, much of what was almost lost as a result of oppression. Below is a short list, in my own words, of some of the traditional Native American world views and values identified in the writings of these scholars. I offer this selective list on the occasion of the Fourth of July because it supports the spirit of our nation’s Declaration of Independence and is relevant to addressing national policy issues related to immigration, the environment, war, civil rights and the kind of legacy we will leave our children for generations to come. The list is as follows: • Diversity is the strength of creation. • There are no dogmas, heresies or ideologies to fight over. • All beings (humans included) are meant to work collaboratively with the natural processes of nature. Human beings are partners, not masters, in the creative process. • All entities have intelligence, knowledge, will and ability to communicate.

If You Care, Do. I love July; we’re in Full Summer now and I recall all the swims, picnics, fireworks and lobster feasts I’ve enjoyed over the years. But there is a serious side to July as well. July, flagged by the colorful Independence Day holiday, celebrates of the freedoms and privileges our country has come to represent. What can be overlooked is the responsibility that comes with such bounty. I doubt the soldiers in Iraq & Afghanistan are forgetting this, but the average local Mainer, looking forward to fireworks and picnics, Seadogs games and hotdogs, well... hmmm. This is purely anecdotal, but I have seen an increasing detachment in folks when it comes to volunteering for social causes; it worries me, but I am hoping this trend will reverse. As I write this, the annual meeting of the MHNO has just taken place (June 24), and a new Board of Directors has been elected. I applaud their willingness to make the effort

• All beings and all things are our relations. • No entity has dominion over others. All forms of life have equal status as part of a balanced, inter-active whole, with each having a role, talent and responsibility for maintaining the life of the whole. • It is a human being’s responsibility to achieve and maintain balance, harmony and oneness within oneself and with all relations in the universe. When a person lives this way, he or she is said to be “walking in beauty.” • Community responsibility is at the core of personal identity. Each person has responsibility for creating and maintaining the life of the family, tribe and nation. • Individual actions are like pebbles dropped into a pond, their ripples extending throughout the pond to the farthest shore. This engenders responsibility. • Education, protection and development of the individual, family and nation are the

responsibility of the entire community (animals are part of the entire community) • Relationships and relatedness provide the basic context for education and human development. One learns by observing and being in tune with the subtle workings of the earth and universe. • In verbal communication, one listens respectfully to what another is saying and then responds without talking over someone else’s voice. Words and sound have great power to affect the world and should be used judiciously. • Our humanity is lost when we lose touch with the earth. I hope the approach to living that permeates this list will become integral to our nation’s evolving culture and help us pursue a free and happy life. Fred Brancato is a Munjoy Hill resident, MHNO board member and author of “Ancient Wisdom and the Measure of Our Days: The Spiritual Dimensions of Retirement, Aging and Loss.”

From the Editor, Lisa Peñalver to make a difference! It does take effort—but the results are a community that is interesting, informed, embracing, safe and healthy. At the meeting there were over 40 people in attendance—a good-sized group. We were addressed by MHNO VP and Portland Trails Manager, Jaime Parker, and Youth Team Leader Alfred Jacob, who spoke on the success and future of the Youth Work Program that had run through the end of May. We also heard from Lead Police Officer Gayle Petty on the role of community policing, and the need for community involvement. What I heard was that both efforts need residents on the Hill to GET INVOLVED. The Youth Work Group has run completely through the limited funding it was granted by CDBG in the spring, and it will need community and business support to go forward; the local police force, having done a remarkable

job keeping the community safe, has recently lost several officers to budget cuts—and must now rely on residents to be their eyes and ears, and alert them if anything is wrong (call Dispatch! See the card at the bottom of page 8) as the saying goes, “the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” What I know is that Munjoy Hill is an attractive, creative, diverse and lively community that exudes friendliness and encourages people to get out, walk around, see the shops and meet the neighbors. It hasn’t always been this way, but with your help, it can stay this way. If you do nothing else, please become a member of this neighborhood organization (see the form on page 3) and drop us a line.

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BULLETIN Board the munjoy Hill neighborhood Organization MUNJOY HILL OBSERVER

MHNO’s Purpose, Vision and Goals PURPOSE MHNO is a representative organization that provides leadership and voice for its members, and all residents, on matters that build community and affect quality of life on Munjoy Hill. In doing so, it • offers programs of service and financial assistance • advocates with city government on issues of environment and public services • facilitates communication among diverse groups on community issues • serves as a clearinghouse of information for local news and services • promotes safe and walkable neighborhoods • supports local businesses and community services • organizes community events • provides leadership on matters of community planning • collaborates with other organizations and leaders in the community

VISION By 2012, MHNO will be widely recognized as the leader and “go to” organization for its members, residents, businesses and city officials on all matters affecting the quality of life on Munjoy Hill. Its membership will comprise the majority of the Hill’s diverse population, and they, with their talents and energies, will be fully engaged in the work and mission of the organization. MHNO will be financially self-sufficient and sustainable, with effective fundraising capacities and strong information and communication systems. It will be lead by a well organized and highly efficient board, fully committed to involving and representing the organization’s members and building community.

VALUES We value: • A community that is inclusive • A community that is racially, culturally and economically diverse • Small businesses that are integral to community life • Neighbors helping neighbors • Services that help persons in need • Neighborhoods that are safe, clean, easily walk able and esthetically pleasing

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As Adopted on June 14,2010

• P lanning that carefully considers all factors affecting the good of the community for generations to come • A well informed community that conducts civil debate • Collaboration among diverse groups for the well-being of the community • Schools in the community that provide excellent educational opportunities for its children

GOALS FOR 2010-11 1. To identify and create avenues of sustainable income for MHNO 2. To double MHNO’s membership by 2011 3. To involve MHNO’s membership in the activities of the organizaton 4. To reorganize MHNO’s committee structure 5. To provide assistance to families in need 6. To engage youth in community services 7. To serve as a clearinghouse of information 8. To advocate for planning and construction on the former Adams School site that is consistent with the recommendations of the Adams School Re-use Committee and the City’s RFP. 9. To develop informed positions about the use of wind turbines on Munjoy Hill and provide input to the City and all related parties 10. To create safe and easily passable streets and sidewalks for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles 11. To conduct events that build community and inform residents 12. To support the efforts of immigrants to be integrated into the life of Munjoy Hill’s neighborhoods MHNO’s committees will be assigned to implement these goals and report regularly to the Board about progress in achieving them. It is the responsibility of each committee to identify the actions steps needed to achieve the goal(s) assigned to it by the board and to act upon them after the action steps have been approved by Board. The Board is ultimately reponsible for acheiving all goals it identifies, coordinating the work of the committees, and evaluating MHNO’s progress in achieving them.

Save the Date!

MUNJFEST 2010

annual MHNO fundraiser and membership drive­

Sunday July 18, 2010!

For more information and to sign up to participate, call Christina Feller at 773-4336 or email cfeller@maine.rr.com or info@munjoyhill.org Sponsorships are still arriving, but to date we have as Sponsors:

Norway Savings Bank, Liliana’s, Colucci’s Hilltop Deli/Market, Chester & Vestal, Rosemont Market, Benchmark Real Estate, Green Tree Realty, Sheridan Street LLC, and Bangor Savings Bank

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MunjFest Central

Portland’s “First Neighborhood” is celebrating summer with a day of music, fun & games, the Dunk Tank, the ever-hilarious MunjMinster Dog Talent Show, cool beverages and delectable international foods provided by an array of street vendors!

Come to MUNJFEST on SUNDAY, JULY 18 “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”

11 am - 4 pm

­— J.R.R. Tolkien

MUNJFEST 2010 Schedule of Events More than 40 vendors will be selling, exhibiting & demonstrating!

10:00 AM • Vendors set up.

• Music begins with Chris Busby of Soul Proprietor spinning tunes.

10:30 AM • Portland Police Department’s Special Reaction Team sets up. 11:00 AM • Kids’ Activities: arts, crafts, face painting, balloon twisting.

• Moon Bounce opens— buy tickets at Hill House.

• Join the MHNO (Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization) and buy a T-shirt and bumper sticker.

• Music by “Low Flying Airplanes”

• Buy your Raffle Tickets in front of the Hill House at 92 Congress St.

• Music by “Low Flying Airplanes”

• Food vendors open up: Bazkari (Spanish), Phil’s Hot Dogs (USA), Spartan Grill (Greek), Leonardo’s Pizza (Italian), Sudanese and Somali.

11:15 AM • Special demonstration by Portland Police Canine (Dog) Noon

• Sammie Haynes with “Sammie’s Kids”.

12:45 PM • Burundian Dance Troupe Performs. 1:00 PM • Mary Ukelady performs.

• Dunk Tank Opens.

1:45 PM • Papy Bongibo, JUDO Master demonstrates and fascinates.

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2:00 PM • “Different Drummers Joyful Hearts” perform.

• Five Bicycles Raffled Off.

• Bike Decorating Contest and Fashion Parade.

2:45 PM • Papy Bongibo and Judo Demonstration.

• Announcement of Winners of Bike Decorating Contest.

3:00 PM • MunjMinster Dog Talent Show with hosts Liz McMahon and Rachel Flehinger. 3:45 PM • Winners of 15 Raffle Prizes announced. 4:00 PM • Music by Murray’s Rule. 4:30 PM • Music by Daniel Ouellette & the Shobijin.

Subterranean Celebrity: The Strangers Spirits Alive Group leads TOURS OF THE EAST END CEMETARY this SUMMER

The East End Cemetary guards its secrets. In old burial grounds, a section was designated for those who could not afford a burial or grave marker, those who had no family or friends, those who were unknown, even stillborn babies: the Strangers’ Ground. The Eastern Cemetery had one, and in 1838 the city allowed the burial of 2 strangers per gravesite in it. Though we don’t know where this section is located, we do know the names of some who were buried as strangers: Adeline Drowne, 5 months, died 8-41846, daughter of James William Coffin, died 8-16-1846, son of William Joseph Anlry, died 11-17-1847, 20 years

Rest in peace, dear strangers. We know you are many. Learn more about the mysteries of the East End cemetary by visiting the website of Spirits Alive r www.spiritsalive.org Spirits Alive is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of Portland’s historic Eastern Cemetery through a range of activities including promotion and education. Founded in 2007, the group carries out an active program of seasonal tours of the cemetery, a winter lecture series, and is conducting a stone-by-stone inventory of the nearly 4,000 grave markers still existing in the 340-year-old cemetery. http://www.spiritsalive.org

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By Kathleen Carr Bailey MUNJOY HILL OBSERVER

July 2010

Bicycle Theft Prevention Tips With summer here and more people using their bicycles please keep these tips in mind: The first thing to do when you get a new bike? Write down the serial number and keep the number in a safe place. Look for the serial number stamped on your bike’s head tube, seat post tube, under the crank, or on the frame’s rear wheel mount. If you live in Portland, you can register you bike online (It’s worth doing) at: http://police.

portlandmaine.gov/bikeregistration.asp. Always lock YOUR BIKE. Never leave your bike unlocked-even if you’re leaving it for only half a minute. A thief can grab your bike in seconds. Lock your bike to something that’s permanent and not easy for a thief to take. Lock to a bicycle rack, a parking meter, a metal fence post, or a large tree. Don’t lock to another bike, a door handle, or small tree. And if you keep your bike in a garage,

Hidden Gardens of

Munjoy Hill

In the Garden

Grateful Dead (-Heading) By Kathleen Carr Bailey The mantra of many a Maine Gardener is “I want a garden that is colorful throughout the summer.” With “minimal maintenance,” often tacked on to the end of the request. Other than a select group of annuals, creating such a landscape involves a Plan to combine a variety of shrubs and perennials that bloom at different intervals. Pockets or expanses of color and texture throughout the growing season are possible by carefully choosing plants based on their bloom time. Yet, even a plan once implemented needs assistance along the way. We can coax some perennials to extend their blooming time or put forth a new flush of blooms later in the season. This even includes some flowering shrubs. How? By Deadheading; the removal of brown and withered flowers Have you ever given thought to the primary purpose of a plant’s life? To offer beauty, fragrance, and often sustenance for humans or wildlife. However, no one really told that to the annuals or perennials. They feel they were put on this earth to reproduce. They exert their energies to producing seeds and once accomplished they can rest. What we must do is to take away the spent blooms before they go to seed. This way the poor plant feels that it has not performed and will have to start all over. Oh, don’t you feel like the big meanie. Not really. This is what the plant wants to do. We just make it work a little harder. Removing spent blooms from most plants is easy; as to where to cut is obvious. Other plants make it more of a challenge thus requiring some patience and at times skill. A few perennials that fall into the latter category are Dianthus (cheddar or maiden pinks. Fire Witch is an excellent choice), Campanula (Bell Flowers), Balloon Flowers as these take a precise cut or pinch so not to disturb a tender bud directly attached to the spent bloom. On occasion, I have been known to shear Dianthus and have severely cut Campanula to be rewarded with a flush of new blooms later in the season. Many of the varieties of Shasta Daisies

will continue to put forth new blooms, simply cut back to the point in the stem until a leaf and a tiny bud are visible. The subsequent blooms will be on a shorter stem. Vertical and height variety serve to add to a garden’s interest. Veronica (spiked Speedwell) also enjoys resurgence for several weeks if consistent removal of the seed spikes is performed. Some perennials are a lot more forgiving and allow for severe cut back. Nepeta can will flourish is sheared about this time of the year. I know there are many other long blooming perennials yet I will list some of those I can keep going once the blooms begin:

Sunday, July 11th, 2010 10:00am - 4:00pm Self guided tour begins at the MHNO Building 92 Congress St., Portland, ME

basement, or on a porch, lock it. Park Your Bike in open areas where many people pass by and your bicycle can be seen easily. Thieves usually don’t like an audience. Put your bike where you can get to it fast. Thieves like to steal bikes whose owners are far away. You can discourage thieves by engraving your name or driver’s license number in an obvious place on your bike frame. Or put a card with your name and phone number inside the handlebar tube-so if you find your stolen bike at an auction, junk shop, or flea market, you can prove it’s yours. If your bike is stolen, first, pull out your bike’s serial number, then call your local police and tell them where your bike was stolen. Ask for, and write down the police report number — you can use for an insurance claim. Also find out how police will contact you if they find your bike.

Tickets: $20 (Advance $15) Tickets can be purchased on-line at

www.friendsofeasternpromenade.org Advance ticket sale locations: Skillin’s Greenhouses - Allen, Sterling & Lothrup O’Donal’s Nurseries - Broadway Gardens Coffee By Design - Rosemont Market (Congress St.)

SOCIETY FOR EAST END ARTS

Open Studio Tours of the Society for East End Arts will also be taking place.

Happy 4th of July!

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Yarrow Sweet William Dianthus (Fire Witch) Coreopsis (tickseed) Scabiosa (Pin Cushion Flower) Spider Wort Heuchera (Coral Bells, newer varieties) Gaillardia (Blanket Flower)—profuse blooming • Echinacea (Cone Flower) • Rudbeckia (Black-eyed Susan) Deadheading the annual Cosmos will keep the delicate blooms coming until the first frost. I love the airiness of the plant and is often included in the perennial gardens I install. Shrubs can also be coaxed to offer another bloom. I will not include the new hydrangea varieties but those whose unexpected flowering is worth the effort. Weigelia and Spirea will put forth new blooms if the spent flowers are removed once they begin to turn brown. This may seem like a daunting task yet for some of the more compact varieties, the flurry of color can be very satisfying. Oh, I almost forgot—roses! Some of my roses will bloom until November. At least one bush was still flowering when I made my last visit. With roses, I stop my pruning the second week of september, as i do want those puppies to be ready for the long winter’s nap. But for now, prune away…. Or as the Grateful Dead would say, Keep on Truckin’!

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MUNJOY HILL OBSERVER

What is the Problem? Why is My Child Struggling to Read? From www.readingmatterstomaine.org/parents-begin-here/ whats-the-problem

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Much classroom reading instruction does not follow best practices as defined in the National Reading Panel report of 2000 and by 35 years of studies by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, part of the National Institute of Health. This research has found that: 1. Learning to read is not a natural process. “The idea that learning to read is just like learning to

speak is accepted by no responsible linguist, psychologist, or cognitive scientist in the research community” (Keith Stanovich in The Reading Teacher, 47, 1994). Consider this: If reading is a natural skill like learning to speak, why are so many children having difficulty learning to read? Why should a reading program be based on this false premise, which has been disproven by the scientific community? 2. The five building blocks or strands of reading are phonemic awareness (the ability to hear and

manipulate the separate sounds in spoken words), phonics (letter-sound relationships as well as word study of such concepts as syllable types, word parts), reading fluency, vocabulary, and, above all, comprehension. (The National Reading Panel Report, 2000; Louisa Moats, “Whole Language High Jinks”) 3. Research shows that about 40% of children learn to read fairly easily with any instructional approach. For another 30-40% of children, learning to read requires more effort. For the remaining

20-30%, reading may be one of the most difficult tasks they will have to master in their school years. This at-risk group reaches across race, socioeconomic status, and family background. English language learners and children with language-based learning disabilities are among this group. The group also includes middleclass children and children who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. Children from languageenriched homes are also among the 60% who are at risk of reading failure. (G. Reid Lyon, Ph.D.,

Chief of Child Development and Behavior Branch of the National Institute of Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health. Testimony before the Committee of Labor and Human Resources, U.S. Senate, 1998.) 4. For 90-95% of these at-risk readers, prevention and early intervention programs that combine direct, systematic instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency development, vocabulary, and reading comprehension can See page 15, Struggling to Read

It’s The Leash You Can Do An essay by Elizabeth Miller, Waterville Street I love dogs. I have had three dogs during my life (so far). My first canine love was Schnopsie, a feisty dachshund, whose Napoleon complex belied his German heritage. He joined our household when I was eight and he would be a steady and loyal companion to my childhood explorations of nearby woods and fields. Stubborn? Try wrestling back a six pound pork roast, stolen in an Olympic-qualifying high jump from floor to the back of the stove, minutes before family dinner. Two of us Miller girls still have the scars testifying to our unsuccessful rescue attempt. Cricket, a sturdy, friendly, howling beagle came into my adult life via the Cleo Fund. She delighted in hiding underwear in various nooks and crannies around the house. She could catch popcorn and

grapes with nary a bounce. With a wanderlust that matched my own, she loved riding in the car and was inexhaustible on walks. And she had extraordinary bladder control. Definitely a plus when a colleague suggested an after-work drink or dinner. And then came Lucy, a dainty cocker spaniel of unknown age, fished out of a gutter along Route 302, so malnourished she had lost most of her fur. Nursed by Animal Refuge League staff through an almost fatal bout of coccidia, she certainly had earned a life of ease. Not so. Having survived these early traumas, amazingly she adapted to losing sight in first one eye, then the other, and then finally to deafness. Her most notable feat? Her affection for me so complete that she pushed

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through a screen window in the attic, ventured out onto my porch roof, and attempted to jump, seeking to connect with her much-loved biscuit dispenser. I’ve been a volunteer dog walker at the Animal Refuge League and have happily dog sat my friends’ furry companions. There is a rare dog that I have passed up the chance to meet, greet, pet and scratch. Especially in those hard to reach places that bring bliss to all dogs large and small. Why do I stress my dog lover credentials? Because I am the grouchy lady in the pink baseball hat who yips, barks or growls about keeping your dog on a leash. If the first time I’m meeting your dog is when he or she is bounding down the Fort Allen Trail as I struggle up those 57 steps,

my reflexes turn defensive and so will your dog’s. Your dog may be friendly, but between the bikers and rollerbladers and walkers and children weaving about on the East End Beach Trail, I know from personal experience that even the best behaved of dogs can get spooked. And I also know from personal observations that if you’re engrossed in conversation with a companion and your dog has the urge to answer nature’s call somewhere on or along the trail, you’re unlikely to notice the deposit. So, please, keep your dog leashed. Though your dog may eagerly answer your call at suppertime or for walkies, pooches are easily distracted. And one more thing: don’t forget the plastic bags and scoop your poop!


Art Soul Spotlight on SEA Artists (That’s, Society For East End Arts)

Marin Magat Take the influence of three generations of women artists (including one artistically eccentric Ukrainian great grandmother), then add one smart cookie determined to sneak a Studio Art major into a more traditional study of Anthropology & English at Bates College, and fast-forward 10 years from Bates, and you get Marin Magat, who discovered that art-making is a “window to the soul.” LRC: Marin, where did you grow up? MM: I grew up in Durham, NC. LRC: And you have lived since? MM: I came to Maine for college and have lived off and on here for the last 10 years. LRC: When did all this crazy art business begin? MM: My great-grandmother came from Ukraine via Paris to live near us in North Carolina. She brought with her a fascination for the Expressionists and a strong odor of Linseed Oil that permeated her apartment/studio. Since I was young I was good at creating with my hands--whether figuring out an origami pattern or making a creche of figures out of red clay--yet it was my great-grandmother’s presence that filled me with interest and imagination for the larger world of artmaking. At Bates College in 2000 I had my first opportunity at studio work and to participate in a gallery show. Believing that upon graduating I had to get a “serious job,” I put aside “serious art making” until late 2009 when I was laid off from a job. I challenged myself to create work for a new show/ venue  every month for six months. This culminated in a well-received show at running with scissors studio and gallery and included work of four generations of women in my family.

Interview by Lori Rae Curole

LRC: It would be hard for me not to focus on your last line “four generations of women artists.” Will you first talk about “nature” of coming from four generations of artists, and how your work may be similar/ different...evolved? MM: I actually do not think my experience is much different than any other greatgranddaughter, granddaughter, niece, or daughter. This is why: most of the women in my lineage took many years to claim themselves as artists. I think this is probably pretty normal. Being a creative soul, an “artist”, is not an easy thing to do in our culture. The women in my family value being modern, independent, and professional. They did not see artists as having these characteristics. My grandmother did not start making art until she was 85 (she still calls it a “hobby”). My aunt did not start painting until she was 50. I was not comfortable claiming myself as an “artist” until I was 31. Only my greatgrandmother, born in Ukraine, was an artist as long as I am aware. LRC: Clarify if you majored in art, and/or were exposed to studio/ gallery work at Bates. I’m curious about “nature” of a natural gift vs. “nurture” of schooling and training. MM: I majored in Studio Art (actually I double-majored--my other major was a combination of anthropology and English. My thesis looked at how native and non-native writers perceived rock art). Part of the way, my justification for being an art major was not only that I had a second major, but also that this meant I would be able to have my own studio space. I saw this

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Club Umuco Dancers perform traditional and newly choreographed dances at the MHNO quarterly meeting at the Root Cellar in January 2010. See article on Graduation, page 9. Students mentioned in the article, Daniella is to the left and Lydia is next to her.

At Left, Lead Officer Gayle Petty addresses the gathering of the MHNO Annual Meeting on June 24, to discuss public safety issues and answer questions from the community. Photo by Lisa Peñalver

MHNO Annual Meeting, from front page reframes its plan for coming years. Several new faces joined the board. These include Munjoy Hill residents Christian Mullen (Congress St.), Andrea Myhaver (North St.) Phil Saucier (Vesper St.) and Brendan O’Neil (Sheridan St.). The full roster of the MHNO Board now includes: President Christina Feller, Vice President Elaine Mullin, Treasurer Delores Lanai, Membership Chair Cynthia Fitzgerald, Fred Brancato, Katie Brown, Cliff Gallant, Ali (Ndabaruta) Kabirigi, Christian Mullen, Andrea Myhaver, Brendan O’Neil, Anne Rand, Phil Saucier and Joan Sheedy (we list our roster on page 2 of the Observer.) Thank you all for your participation and enthusiasm for the organization. We look forward to a great new year!

Following the election, reports were made on MHNO activities, first from the Neighborhood Youth Work Group, then from police officer Gayle Petty, Senior Lead Officer on the East End. Jamie Parker, former MHNO Vice President and Manager of Portland Trails, spoke on the activities and progress of the Neighborhood Youth Work Program, made possible by the City of Portland through a CDBG grant (six young people participated). Alfred Jacob, member of Cultivating Community and Team Leader for the youth workers, expressed enthusiasm for the project and the hope that funding would be found to continue the beneficial work for putting atrisk youth to work, where they can learn valuable job skills and develop a strong work ethic. Program participants Vernie Gale and Isaiah

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Copeland also spoke highly of the benefits of working on the team: Said Copeland, “When we worked with the Kindergartners, helping build their garden boxes over at the school, it just made you feel good that you could help do what they couldn’t do—lifting heavy things and using tools.” Having exhausted the CDBG funding of $5000 in running the pilot program this spring, the MHNO can now point to the community benefits and viability of extending this initiative as it pursues grants and business sponsorships. Private donations are also encouraged, so anyone interested in making a contribution in support of this program should email Katie Brown at info@munjoyhill.org. Senior Lead Officer Gayle Petty then addressed the MHNO group at the meeting on public safety issues, specifically, on the role the public can play in keeping the neighborhood safe and crime-free. The most common problems facing the hill at the moment are car break-ins and burglaries, often of unlocked cars and homes. The solution to these problems are as simple as locking doors and removing visible valuables, like GPS

devices, from the vehicle. And Officer Petty emphasized that it’s vital that residents call dispatch when anything suspicious is happening (874-8575/8574). “This may be the only time that day an officer drives down your street. So even if the police do nothing else, it has served the purpose of alerting the bad guys that the police are here, keeping an eye on things and that the neighbors are as well.” However a bigger problem may be looming. In the wake of budget cuts, there are now fewer officers patrolling the neighborhoods. It is going to be up to community members to alert police when problems arise. When in doubt,

call the police! Want to get involved in your neighborhood organization? All are welcome to attend MHNO monthly meetings - every second Monday of the month, 7-9 pm at 92 Congress, the MHNO Hill House, right next to the Hilltop Coffee. (Please check the website to confirm date & time: munjoyhill.­­org) Do join us! If you would like an item added to the agenda for discussion or presentation, please email or call one of the executive committee members a week in advance (Christina Feller, Elaine Mullin, or Delores Lanai, see contact info on page 2).


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Welcoming Neighbors New to the Community Living With Peace is a dynamic local grassroots community support organization investing in the future of our immigrants by providing information, resources, and training to newcomers to the community and culture.

Graduation 2010 Celebrations By Christina Feller I recently attended Portland High School’s Graduation Ceremony to experience the graduation of three seniors, two from the Democratic Republic of Congo and one from Burundi. These students will move on to college at Colby, University of Maine at Oromo and SMCC, respectively. These three young people, Kimera (a.k.a., “Fred”), Daniella and Lydia are three examples of the great kids graduating from Portland High. Lydia is one of the Burundian dancers who performed at a recent MHNO meeting at the Root Cellar. She sings and writes her own songs. Daniella is one of the Rwandese dancers in the Cultural Dance Troupe called Club Umuco (pronounced Umucho). Daniella wants to be a doctor and follow in the footsteps of her well-known and wellrespected father Dr. Norbert Runyambo. Fred arrived knowing not a word of English a year and a half ago and excelled at math and French and shot to the top of his class. He is off to Colby. What distinguishes these three youngsters? Is it that they are striving immigrant children knowing their only way out and up is through a college education? Is it because all of their parents and uncles and aunts laid the groundwork by going back to school themselves or had a good education back in Africa before coming here? Is it because they are smart and talented and simply the best this generation has to offer? I say yes to all of the above. These kids didn’t let anything stand in their way. They knew exactly what they wanted and went out and got it. They are committed to higher education. They will work multiple jobs and carry a full load just like you and I did. They will see college as an “escape” from a boring or overbearing home life just like we did. They will join clubs and take courses that will open their eyes to the opportunities ahead of them. They will have great professors and some that are not so great. So what’s different? For one, the most obvious change since I was at college is the food. It is actually healthy, vegetarian, natural and organic at UMO and Colby. I haven’t checked out Smock’s menu, but I bet it has some pretty nutritious food to choose from.

to rise and prosper according to the same set of enforced rules. Immigrant parents, like parents everywhere, work at menial jobs, dead end jobs, two or three jobs, if they have to just so their children can become doctors and lawyers. Immigrant children, by and large, shun their home culture and seek to speak only English and think and act “American” as quickly as possible in order to distance themselves from their home culture. But not these three—they have embraced both cultures and have successfully been able to adapt. They are role models for their younger brothers and sisters. Can these three young adults and all the other graduates of PHS meet the expectations of their parents, their teachers, their mentors, tutors, coaches, peers and most of all future employers and become educated enough to play a real role in the labor force? What jobs await these young people? What businesses will these young people begin and manage? What social enterprises will they start to improve the quality of life for some marginalized population? Where will their specialization land them? Time will tell, but they are off to a great start. Living With Peace is hosting a celebration for these and other graduating students on Saturday, July 31st at 5 pm at the Root Cellar – everyone is cordially invited. For more information please email cfeller@maine.rr.com

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But, here’s the biggest difference. They are eager to experience the full bore American Dream; they know they are at the beginning stage as a college student—in four years they will graduate with honors and a whole different future than they ever imagined. They are on a path that a few years ago existed only in their minds. Fleeing starvation, bullets, intimidation, bullying, and other indignities of life and various forms of persecution or implied persecution in their home countries, they were allowed to immigrate to the USA. None of these students has been in the US for more than three years. Their transition to college is amazing in my mind. And theirs is certainly a different path from that of the typical college or university freshman. All immigrants seek the American Dream of 1) personal freedom; 2) religious freedom; and 3) the rule of law that allows them

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Good Neighbor of the Month Hilary Bassett By Cliff Gallant Anyone who has been around the country a bit knows that there are certain cities that have a special feeling about them, an undefined something that stays with you. One generally thinks of New Orleans or San Francisco in that regard, but experienced travelers will often talk in the same way about the cities of Louisville, Kentucky, and Portland, Maine. “When I first came to Portland it was as if I had come home,” says Hilary Bassett, the executive director of Greater Portland Landmarks and a Louisville native who currently lives on Munjoy Hill and delights in the splendor of the Eastern Prom. “There are great neighborhoods in Louisville lined with nineteenth century Victorian homes and a great variety of other styles of historic architecture like you find in Portland,” she says, “and the people, like here, are very interested in art and architecture and are very aware of the history of the City and are always excited to talk about it.” Hilary was first introduced to New England when she attended Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massa-

chusetts, where she majored in art history and learned not to say “Loo vul “ when asked where she hails from. “I fell in love with New England from the very beginning,” she says a f fe c t ion at el y, with the congenial sparkle in her eye that never seems to go away. “I discovered right away that people in New England are not aloof and distant like you hear about them being. Once they find out that you are interested in their community from an artistic, architectural and historic standpoint, they are very eager to tell you all they know and want to know all about what you have found out so far.” After college, the circuitous journey that was to end up in Portland started in Indianapolis, where Hilary spent six years as the registrar of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The position of registrar entailed keeping track of the whereabouts of the various items in the museum’s art collection, be they on the walls, in storage, out on loan, or out for restoration, making it necessary that she become familiar with the great variety of work in the muse-

um’s inventory, thereby providing her with an educational opportunity that she harkens to, to this day.

continue to help with that national survey when she made the decision to move to Portland.

Following that first job out of college came a brief return to academia for Hilary, in the form of studying business at Indiana University with an eye towards learning about fund raising techniques for non-profits.

After spending some time working cataloging Portland’s collection of public art for the national survey, she spent two and a half years working at Bowdoin College, where she was a grant writer for the college’s capital raising campaign. Of particular interest was the restoration of historic buildings such as the theater and the chapel which are located on the Bowdoin College campus. It was during that time that she became involved with Greater Portland Landmarks, where she served as a volunteer on the organization’s board of directors.

“That’s where I learned about the practical side of things,” she says, “and it’s always stood by me. I learned that artistic pursuits and business interests are intimately connected, and that there has to be a working relationship between the two for a community to really flourish and be all that it can be.” Next came a nine-year stint as museum director at the highly regarded Midland Art Council Museum in Midland, Michigan. Midland is the international headquarters of Dow Chemical, and the museum was designed by Alden Dow, a Dow family heir who studied under Frank Lloyd Wright. The town, with the financial support of the Dow family, has a deep artistic and architectural heritage, thereby affording Hilary the opportunity to introduce a variety of new art forms to what is a relatively small town. Beckoning next was the city of Minneapolis, which is well known for its interest in the arts and where she spent time as a volunteer cataloguing the city’s public art collection as part of the national Outdoor Sculpture Survey. She was able to

Still serving as a volunteer herself, Hilary led a team of volunteers in a successful project which was to add immeasurably to the cultural and artistic heritage of Portland – the raising of $350,000 for the restoration of the Portland Observatory. After that initial effort she left her position at Bowdoin and started her own consulting business for non-profits, with Landmarks as her client the The Portland Observatory Restoration Trust raised $750,000 and the city threw in $500,000 towards the completion of the Observatory’s renovation, resulting in the wonderfully restored structure which stands today as the pride of Portland. On the heels of that remarkably successful effort, Hilary, not surprisingly, was hired as the execu-

tive director of Landmarks in the year 2000 and has led the organization in a very dynamic way up to this day. The organization recently moved from its former headquarters on State Street into the much larger Safford House on the corner of Spring and High, where, under Hilary’s leadership, the Center For Architecture and Preservation was established. Hilary’s current vision for Landmarks is focused on making the organization a central gathering place for people interested in architecture, old and new. The maintenance of the Observatory and the staffing of the structure with upbeat and knowledgeable docents is a priority. The Field Service Program is a priority as well, providing much needed technical assistance to individuals, organizations, and municipalities interested in preserving architecturally significant structures, current examples of that being the future renovation of the Masonic Building on Congress Street and the redesign of the Veteran’s Bridge. The Advocacy Program is also a key part of the organization’s activities, entailing as it does the organization’s advocating for city programs such as the establishment of the Congress Street Arts District. As her co-workers at Landmarks and any volunteer docent will tell you, Hilary is utterly devoted to the work of the organization and insists that the high standards she’s come See page 11, Good Neighbor


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Creative Trails One day this June I had the chance to lead a workshop in theater for a group at Creative Trails. Creative Trails is a non-profit community support program for adults with intellectual disabilities Creative Trails is a program of Support Solutions. When I arrived, I was given a tour of the building. My impression was that it is a well-run, dynamic, colorful place with a lot of fun happening! They have four programs: artistic (CREATE), agricultural (CULTIVATE), outdoor experiential (TRAILS) and culinary arts (YUM). These programs run five days a week from 10-2:30 pm. The participants choose the areas they want to concentrate on. The Founder and Director, Scott Miller, has over a decade of experience working with individuals with intellectual uniqueness. Outside human services, Scott co-owned Washington Ave. Art Studios, VuMaster Gallery and Wicked Pulp Juice Bar and cafe. They have an excellent staff of professionals, many of whom are working artists with backgrounds in education and social services. Creative Trails has two locations

By Liz McMahon

named “Studio 225”, to work on artwork and also to be fully immersed in the Portland Arts District. There is a location in Auburn, as well, that houses a craft art gallery, studio spaces, organic garden, and the TRAILS meeting center.

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central Maine, which are used as meeting spots to utilize in-between community exploration. The Portland location is a spacious loft style building. It houses an art gallery, studio space, TRAILS equipment center, CULTIVATE area, the YUM commercial kitchen and a performance art stage. This was where I led a group of enthusiastic participants in a session of theater and improv games. Each person exceeded my expectations in their willingness to try new things (such as pretending to wait for a bus in a certain character, with a random prop thrown in by the “audience”). Everyone was laughing and wanted to continue with the scenes even when the hour was up. “CREATE is designed to support artists in building their skills in many different mediums. With artist visits and studio time the individuals touch upon community

awareness, fine motor skills, self awareness, social skills and sensory awareness.” They are given opportunities with: Fine Art, Fiber Arts, Pottery, Photography, Installation Art, Craft Product Lines, Poetry, Performance Art, Music and Movement. Creative Trails is considering expanding the CREATE program to include a Theater Leadership Program, where participants can elect to go a theater venue in town and work all day on performances. Currently showing in their gallery is an exhibit entitled is “Born To Be Wild...Flowers: Petal To The Metal”. They are open on First Fridays for the artwalk. Creative Trails recently acquired an art studio space above the State Theater building. Participants interested in art can go there as part of the Art Leadership Program,

FMI, contact Creative Trails, 369 Forest Ave, Portland. 04101 771-7909 www.creativetrails.org and supportsolution.org Photos at left of program participants, courtesy of Creative Trails. Lower left: “Greg” is standing in the art gallery at the Forest Ave location; upper right, “Marc” is participating in the TRAILS program.

Good Neighbor, continued from page 10 by over the course of her career be maintained. “She’s friendly and easy going,” one docent at the Observatory says, “but she demands that what we say to the people be accurate. No flimflamming. In the same way that she oversaw the restoration of the Observatory for authenticity, she makes sure that we don’t gild the lily in our narrative.” It’s always nice to know you’re getting the real thing – just as you are with Hilary Bassett herself.


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July 2010: Bizarre & Unique Holidays MONTH National Blueberry Month National Cellphone Courtesy Month National Hot Dog Month National Ice Cream Month Week Event: Week 2, Nude Recreation Week Individual Days: 1 Canada Day 1 Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day 1 International Joke Day 2 I Forgot Day 2 World UFO Day 3 Compliment Your Mirror Day

3 Disobedience Day 3 Stay out of the Sun Day 4 Build A Scarecrow Day - first Sunday in month 4 Independence Day (U.S.) 4 National Country Music Day 4 Sidewalk Egg Frying Day- Hmmmm, I wonder why!?! 5 Workaholics Day 6 National Fried Chicken Day 7 Chocolate Day 7 National Strawberry Sundae Day 8 Video Games Day 9 National Sugar Cookie Day 10 Teddy Bear Picnic Day

Crossword Across 1- Race parts 5- Love letters 9- “Til ___ do us part” 14- Writer Dinesen 15- Physical suffering 16- Capital of Vietnam 17- Boy or man 18- Area of 4840 square yards 19- “Lou Grant” star 20- Rampart; 22- Most strange 24- Leg of lamb 26- Marseilles Mrs. 27- Ask 30- Particular time 35- ___ Grows in Brooklyn 36- Lodge letters 37- Bull 38- “... ___ the cows come home” 39- Drunk

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11 Cheer up the Lonely Day 11 World Population Day 12 Different Colored Eyes Day 12 Pecan Pie Day 13 Barbershop Music Appreciation Day 13 Embrace Your Geekiness Day 13 Fool’s Paradise Day 14 Bastille Day 14 Pandemonium Day 14 National Nude Day 15 Tapioca Pudding Day 15 Cow Appreciation Day- Go out and give a cow a hug 17 Peach Ice Cream Day

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17 Yellow Pig Day 18 National Caviar Day- something’s fishy here 18 National Ice Cream Day (third Sunday of the month) 19 National Raspberry Cake Day 20 Moon Day 20 Ugly Truck Day(it’s a guy thing) 21 National Junk Food Day 22 Hammock Day 22 Rat catcher’s Day 23 National Hot Dog Day 23 Vanilla Ice Cream Day 24 Cousins Day 24 Amelia Earhart Day

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East End Business Focus On the Move with

Xpress Copy By Lisa Peñalver

XPress Copy is on the move again, and fortunately for those on the Hill, they’re staying close by. Located now at 100 Fore Street, the neighborhood copy shop has just come from around the corner, trading views of the Bay for a sunny exposure next to Hamilton Marine. When I spoke with Owner Philip Rhinelander, I could tell he is clearly thrilled with the new location – lots of parking, lots of sunlight, good neighbors, an optimal layout inside making for an even more efficient workflow. All along, Rhinelander has kept the XPress Copy focus on keeping customer service and print quality high, and taking deadlines very seriously, something everyone appreciates. Also, over time, their process has become very efficient; there is very little waste. Rhinelander says they have a huge selection of paper stocks from which to choose, and this new location should make it easier than ever to drop in and browse for the right fit. I asked Rhinelander how he came to land on Munjoy Hill. He noted Portland’s personality, its size, and the ocean, as all part of what made this an appealing choice. He came here in 1978, 32 years ago, to open a copy shop, convinced the city held promise for such a venture. The business started out at 88 Exchange Street, then after about 8 years moved to Free Street near the Civic Center, then in the early ’90s, XPress Copy settled on Munjoy Hill. Technology has marched on in his favor, with copy machines (he referred to the large-format Xerox machine they have) having evolved to the point that it is nearly impossible to distinguish from the high-quality copy and an offset print. I’ve come to know the folks at XPress copy mostly through the Observer – running over at the last minute to have drafts made for the Team to review. There’s a friendly, family-business feel to the place,

and it’s nice to see the same faces every time you go in (a number of the staff have been with XPress over twenty years). XPress Copy is one of the few print shops to offer a nonprofit discount – and it is significant, often 25% or more. Philip Rhinelander has a long history with nonprofits and the Arts; he had been a musician and professor of music at Middlebury College in Vermont for many years before shifting gears to open XPress Copy in Maine. He understands the challenges faced by nonprofit, so about ten years ago, he figured that if he could offer a discount similar to what he offered highvolume corporate clients, it would not only help out the nonprofit, but encourage other nonprofits to bring their jobs to XPress. It worked, though at the start he wasn’t so sure it would. Portland is a city with many nonprofit organizations. And Rhinelander discovered that the business from all these groups generated a substantial volume. Rhinelander was initially concerned that the corporate clients might be offended at nonprofits getting the same discounts they were getting, but, “curious thing was, the big corporations actually appreciated that XPress Copy was helping support non-profits. There isn’t a business out there who doesn’t support their own pet nonprofits.” There are now over 300 groups who have nonprofit accounts with XPress Copy. Rhinelander credits his relationship with the nonprofits of Portland with helping get the business through the recession. While the business can handle volumes as high as half a million copies, Philip Rhinelander is quick to encourage people to bring in their smaller quickcopy projects. “It makes it fun— we get to meet interesting people doing good work in the community,“ he remarked. XPress copy is located at 100 Fore Street and is open M-F , 7 am to 5 pm. FMI: 775-2444, www.xcopy.com

MUNJFEST is Coming!! Sunday, JULy 18 ­ — Fun You won’t want to Miss! Second Book Release by East End Author For those who enjoyed James Hayman’s first suspense thriller, The Cutting, you should know that #2 in the Mike McCabe series, The Chill of Night, just launched the last week of June. The launch was helped along by excellent reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist and a starred (rave) review in Library Journal. According to Library Journal, “Hayman has penned an engrossing whodunit with a tenacious investigator, who luckily also happens to have the gift of a photographic memory. Highly recommended for readers of suspenseful, captivating mysteries with a cast of colorful yet believable characters.” Check it out at www.jameshaymanthrillers.com.

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“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” ~Winston

Churchill

Portland Screening of film, THE PEOPLE inspired by Howard Zinn

SPEAK,

At the Community Television Network Studio, 516 Congress Street

July 14, 6:30 pm The People Speak gives voice to those who spoke up for social change throughout U.S. History, forging a nation from the bottom up with their insistence on equality and justice. Narrated by Howard Zinn, The People Speak illustrates the relevance of these passionate historical moments to our society today and reminds us never to take liberty for granted. The People Speak takes viewers on a journey from the founding of this country to the civil rights movement and beyond. The film weaves archival footage and interviews with musical and dramatic performances by actors and artists such as Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Viggo Mortensen, Bruce Springstein, John Legend, Eddie Vedder, and Danny Glover. The Academy Award-winning documentary short film, Witness to War ,will also be shown. The subject of the film, Charlie Clements, along with Robert Shatterly and members of Veterans for Peace, will facilitate the discussion after the film. Robert Shatterly’s paintings, Americans Who Tell the Truth, will be on display during the evening. For more information please contact Lesley MacVane 775-2900 ext.201. $5 suggested donation.

New Neighborhood Prosecutor Takes Aim at

Nuisance Crime By Lisa Peñalver This past winter, the Portland Police Department received grant funding for a Neighborhood Prosecutor position to devise strategies to reduce nuisance crimes in the area. After a lengthy search, Officer Trish McAllister was hired. She brings to the position a unique background: she was a code enforcement officer, has a law degree with several years experience focusing on land use and municipal law, and was a marine inspector with the United States Coast Guard. All of her previous positions make her well suited to this multi-faceted job. Her work will center on planning appropriate legal responses to areas of concern in the community to improve the quality of life for its residents. Trish has already been meeting with senior lead officers, community service coordinators and community leaders who are all anxious to start working together. Define “Nuisance Crime:” These include the maintenance of “disorderly houses” under the Portland City Code, public drunkenness public urination, loud parties, graffiti, vandalism; thought of as minor crimes that often fall through the cracks. What is a Neighborhood Prosecutor? This person is a police officer with specialized training in the laws and regulations which govern public behavior. This officer works with community policing, District Attorney’s office, local crime watch and neighborhood associations, etc. to come up with creative and strategic approaches to deter and prevent crimes that affect quality of life in a community. The area of focus is the greater Portland area. Officer McAllister has been meeting with local and

community groups who interact with the public to learn about the concerns they are having in their neighborhoods, to get a better sense of what problems to tackle first. What can the average citizen do if they see such crime? Call Dispatch at 874-8575, be specific as to where the incident is taking place; go visit your neighborhood policing center, stay safe. (See page 8 for a clip-n-save card with Police numbers to call). As an example, the officer herself came home one evening to find a large pickup partially blocking her a neighbor’s driveway. The owner, obviously drunk, was staggering around the street, yelling into his cell phone, then he headed back to sit in his vehicle- eventually to drive off. Her first reaction was, “Oh brother, I hope he leaves soon!” But then she thought, “No, I need to practice what I preach - this guy should NOT be on the road!” So she called dispatch and reported the situation.  Her message is, if you see something in your neighborhood that seems threatening, dangerous, or makes you suspicious of criminal activity, don’t be afraid to call the police. There’s a house in my neighborhood where I KNOW drugs are being sold - Why don’t the police just shut it down? The Police may be collecting evidence and conducting operations that cannot be made public just yet. The Neighborhood Prosecutor is not authorized to bring a lawsuit against the owner of a “disorderly house” until there have been eight (8) reported cxomplaints about it in a 30-day period (to prevent people from being unfairly disturbed by police if it’s an isolated event). If your group is interested in having Officer Trish McAllister come speak with your group and discuss her role, you can call her at 756-8350.


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Throughout July SOCCER PICK-UP GAMES. Interested in playing SOCCER in the East End? We are organizing pick-up games a few times a week. No fancy leagues, no super-competitive play - just getting together to have fun, keep in shape, and celebrate the wonderful sport of soccer! All ages/skill levels welcome!!! Contact Andrew for more info - 6708041 or drewleadley@gmail.com Portland Pug Night Summer Wednesdays, 6 pm: Come see up to 30 Pugs running up and down the hill! Contact: Kathy Palmer, zip@fetchportland.com ; www.pugusta.org/portlandpugs.html (call the store to check on the time change at 773-5450). Open Stage Sundays 7 - 9 pm. The Maine Studios, 235 Presumpscot St in Portland Maine. Performers sign up either ahead of time or at the show. An opportunity to perform their pieces and receive feedback from the audience. Individuals and groups welcome. For theater, comedy, improv, poetry, spoken word, and multidisciplinary performing arts. FMI: Liz@MaineFilms.org Classes at Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo Street, mayostreetarts. org —Tango, Belly Dancing, Kids Yoga, Juggling, Zumba and Pilates. Learn about available Artist Studios, theater, poetry, music and more. Contact email: Blainor McGough, Director, director@mayostreetarts.org, 615-3609, or info@mayostreetarts.org Tuesdays 7 pm. Poetry Readings— Port Veritas Spoken Word Night! The North Star Music Café Summer Reading Programs, visit your local library for details and to sign up. The summer reading theme at Maine libraries this year is “Make a Splash”; come get a jumpstart with stories about frogs, boats and some creatures that live in the sea of our imaginations!. Outdoor Summer Kids Yoga: July 6th - August 13th on the Eastern Prom. Stretch, Breathe, Play, Challenge, Imagine, Relax, Be. Each yoga class is tailored to the minds, imaginations and bodies of the specific age groups. For times/ages see kidsheartyoga. blogspot.com/, FMI 221-5247. Spirits Alive TOURS of Eastern Cemetery—Sundays 1:30 pm. This tour will take you through the 6-acre site while a guide explains the history of the grounds, those buried within, the types of stones and an overview of how the site fits into the history of Portland. Email RSVP to reserve your space! • Meet at the Congress Street gate at 1:15pm • Tickets are $7, students and elders (62 and up) $4, children under 12 are free (please have correct change or a check) • Tours last about 1 to 1.5 hours • Wear appropriate layers — the wind is always a bit stronger on the hill! The terrain is uneven. There is very little protection from the sun. • Tours may be canceled because of rain. Call 207-318-2982 and check the voice message in case of iffy weather. • All funds raised go to Spirits Alive to maintain the Eastern Cemetery STONE TRANSCRIPTION—Saturdays, East End Cemetary, 8 am – noon. Now in its 3rd year, the stone transcription project will continue in the back of the cemetery. Everyone who wants to participate will receive training on how to best read inscriptions on eroded stones, how to fill out the information on forms, and how to reset loose stones for stability only. It’s fun and we need lots of help! Spirits Alive, www.spiritsalive.org/ (thru Sept) RARELY SEEN WORKS BY WINSLOW HOMER — AT THE PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART­T his summer : Winslow Homer and the Poetics of Place, on view June 5 through September 6 Greenlight Studios: classes & play space, cafe, eco-friendly, for kids & adults. Open 7 days a week throughout the summer.; located In Portland’s Back Cove, 49 Dartmouth Street, Portland Maine. info@greenlight-studio.com, 899-1900. www.greenlightstudio.com/ WINTER CACHE Schedule of the Work Party Sundays @ Farm Call ahead to join in carpool. http://sites. google.com/site/wintercacheproject, (888)-45-ROOTS

SUMMER ADULT ACTING CLASSES begin the week of June 21st: 8-session classes for beginners and more advanced students, including the return of our Playwrights Lab in which playwrights collaborate with actors on the development of new scripts. www. acorn-productions.org/ SUMMER THEATER CAMPS FOR KIDS The Acorn Acting Academy offers one and two-week fun and educational day camps for kids in grades K through 10. Sessions meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily and are limited to 12 participants. All camps end with a performance in the Acorn Studio Theater. www.acornproductions.org/ Beginner Juggling Lessons @ Mayo Street Arts. Saturdays Build self confidence and hand-eye coordination! Amaze friends and family! Drop-Ins welcome. Contact: Matiss Duhon, 4095579 / matiss@nata2.org, Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo Street 207-615-3609, info@mayostreetarts.org Preserving The Harvest – HandsOn Food Preservation Workshops: see http://extension.umaine. edu/food-health/food-preservation/ hands-on-workshops/ Twilight Dinners at Turkey Hill Farm Alternate Thursdays throughout the growing season. These fundraisers are a fun and delicious way to eat locally and seasonally while supporting Cultivating Community’s mission. Join us for casual 3-course dinners in the orchard at Turkey Hill Farm! The meals will be prepared by a series of southern Maine’s culinary celebrities. BYOB. Tickets are $25 and can only be purchased on-line. Click here to purchase tickets and pick a date for dinner from the following options. 2010 Schedule of Twilight Dinners: Thursday, July 8th Thursday, July 22nd Thursday, August 5th Thursday, August 19th Thursday, September 2nd Thursday, September 16th www.cultivatingcommunity.org/eatour-produce/twilight-dinners-events. html

Root Cellar C alendar

94 Washington Avenue—www.therootcellar.org— 774-3197. Mondays in the Park—with the Kids—Mondays 3 pm-5 pm (April-October)—Bring the whole family and join us in the park for food and fun. Dental Clinic—A team of volunteer dentists and hygienists serve in our fully equipped dental office. Due to the high demand, call to schedule an appointment.

information go to http://backcove. runtowin.com/

Summer 2010

PEAKS ISLAND CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP SUMMER CAMP PROGRAMS Children can be registered for Casco Bay Explorers or Island Rovers. See www.picw.org/camps/picw_camps. php. 766-2854 or email: jen@picw.org

Fr, July 2

1st Friday Artwalkat Mayo St Arts. Irina Alexandrovna Skornyakova: “Where You Are” - graphite, silkscreen, collage. reception 5-8 pm.10 Mayo Street, fmi: Blainor McGough, director@mayostreetarts.org, 615-3609, or info@ mayostreetarts.org, www.mayostreetarts.org

Friday & Sat, July 2-3,

LacrossE! Friday & Sat, July 2-3, Portland Hosts Box Lacrosse Tournament (Free event) Fitzpatrick Stadium, Deering Avenue, Portland visit www.rockthebox.com FRI: 8 AM - 8 PM Youth Day Tournament (includes Under-9, Under-11, Under-13, Under-15) SAT: 8 AM - 8 PM (includes High School, College, Open and Masters age groups)

SUN, July 4

Kids Urban Epic AquaRun 9:30 a.m. (registration), 11 a.m. (race) 100-yard swim at East End Beach and a run to the Maine State Pier; benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine. At : East End Beach, Portland www. kidsaquarun.kintera.org, $30

SUN, JUly 11

The Hidden Gardens Tour Of Munjoy Hill 10 am -4pm Tickets & maps for self-guided for sale- $20 at 92 Congress St (MHNO “Hill House”) FMI & advance tickets at friendsofeasternpromenade.org/

Seventh Annual Boat Building Festival - July 11, 12 & 13- in Monument Square, Portland. http://www. compassproject.org/

Herbcraft with Sacred Harp 8pm.10 Mayo Street, fmi: Blainor McGough, director@mayostreetarts.org, 615-3609, or info@mayostreetarts.org, www. mayostreetarts.org

Wed, July 6

“Better Breathing Buddies”, at Bayview Heights Community, 158 North St., 2 - 3:30 pm, on-street parking. Of special interest to people with breathing difficulties, such as C.O.P.D. asthma, etc.,The speaker will be: Deborah Fischer, R.N. - C. A. E., from Gentiva Home Health Care, Portland, light snack will be provided. All are welcome. If any questions, contact joaniesheedy@gmail.com or 774-7616.

WED, July 7

Naked Shakespeare 8 p.m. minimalist performances by Acorn Productions’ Shakespeare Ensemble Wine Bar on Wharf Street, 38 Wharf St., Portland 854-0065 Cost: $5 suggested donation

The Runaway Circus with IdMTheftable, Over A Cardboard Sea, and

The Weekly Back Cove 5k Series is a weekly race put on by Maine Running Company to support Portland Trails. Runners are given a single bib to wear for all 17 races, which take place at 6:00 pm on Wednesday nights from the parking lot on the Back Cove across from Hannaford. Races start on Wednesday, May 12 and run through Wednesday, September 1. For more

Portland Trails Volunteer Work Day 9am-Noon on the Riverton Rail Trail at Sandy Road. For a map and directions to this location, please visit http://www.trails.org/map_files/riverton_rail_trail.html . Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes and bring water and work gloves if possible; all other tools and materials will be provided. Contact Charlie Baldwin at charlie@trails.org or 266-6462 for more information.

Tues, July 5

Adult Free Medical Clinic—Thursdays 9am-12 pm (by appointment) A volunteer medical doctor and nurse are here each week to see scheduled patients for a variety of medical needs. The clinic is authorized to write prescriptions and offer referrals. They are affiliated with Mercy Hospital.

Pediatric Clinic—Thursdays 5:30 pm–7 pm—A volunteer medical doctor and nurses come in each week to see scheduled patients for a variety of medical needs including a child wellness clinic. This clinic is for children with no insurance or with only catastrophic insurance. The clinic can provide necessary vaccines for your child. They are associated with Mercy Hospital.

Sat, July 10

SEA Artist Studio Tour. Open studios, see www.seaportland.org/index.html

Thurs, July 8

Clothing Distribution—Thursdays 10:30am–11:30am—Donated children’s and adults clothing, as well as household items, are available for your choosing.

Moxie Festival Downtown— www. moxiefestival.com.

Independance Day Festivities around portland, see front page

Ladies Breakfast—Wednesdays 9:30am-11am (September – June)— A great time for ladies to come together and share experiences, support one another and to receive spiritual uplifting. A free breakfast is prepared and served by volunteers. Each week there is a special speaker, prayer time, music, or special event.

Ladies Bible Class­—Thursdays 10am-11am—A time of Bible study and fellowship for women.

vintage 8 mm shorts projected by Blinkee MaGee. 8 pm. 10 Mayo Street, fmi: Blainor McGough, director@mayostreetarts.org, 615-3609, or info@ mayostreetarts.org, www.mayostreetarts.org

Coastal Maine Botanical Garden, Boothbay, 207-633-4333 Grand Opening: The Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden Ceremony begins 11 a.m., with activities all day. www. mainegardens.org/calendar/

Fri, July 9

Mon, July 12

MIDSUMMER MERRIMENT—Dinner & Theater: 6 pm Naked Shakespeare’s sumptuous feast of words and victuals at the Inn on Peaks Island. Comic scenes from some of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays, including Twelfth Night, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, and Henry IV, part one. www.acorn-productions.org/ Portland Stage Summer Theater Camp Ages 8-14. Theater for Kids at Portland Stage, 25A Forest Avenue. Cost: $200 for 1 one week session. Please visit www.portlandstage.org July 12-16, 19-23, 26-30 The curtain is going up... on a summer filled with the excitement and magic of theater. Theme-based explorations develop children’s ability to work as an ensemble, improve focus, concentration, and active listening skills while also encouraging spontaneity and creativity. Sign up for one week session or for all 3. Each week will cover different elements and materials. Every session culminate in a performance.

Tues, July 13

Portland Trails Greendrinks Event 5:30pm to 8 pm Heard about the Bayside Trail? Join us to celebrate the eminent opening of Portland’s newest urban Trail, the Bayside Trail. Event will be held at Maine Green Building Supply, 111 Fox Street with excellent views

2010 Train the Schedule Experience Charm!

Weekends, on the hour Valentine’s Day, Trains run 10 am - 3 pm. 10 & 2-3 pm - 3 pm. Weekend am-noon Trains Begin, 10 am Weekday daily train to Oct 31 School Vacation, Feb.service 15-19: Trains Daily, On the- 3hour am-noon pm 10 am pm. 10 Treat yourself &to2--4 a visit to (No trains at 1 o’clock) our MUSEUM! Call or see our website for for tours and ride schedules.

www.mngrr.org/

(*trains take 1 hr break at 1pm)

58 Fore Street • 207- 828-0814 of the trail and its spur to Fox Field. www. trails.org/

wed, July 14

MOOSE Storytelling: Recipe for Belonging, 7-9 pm, @ North Star Café on 225 Congress. Maine Organization Of Storytelling Enthusiasts (MOOSE) and Community Partners, Inc. (CPI) presents: Recipe for Belonging , Hosted by CPI Self Advocacy Coordinator, Margaret Cardoza Feature Tellers are Peter Gray “The Wedding of Moses Mendelshonn,” Monica Wood “Me and My Furry Friends,” and Leslie Mason “The Journey to Our New Home.” Open microphone available. $5.Donation Requested Learn more at http://moosetellers.ning.com/ .mcardoza@cpime.org WET PAINT! - three singers from local bands share the stage as local artists


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Flag day at the Portland Observatory

Struggling to Read, continued from page 6

By Jennifer Pollick Flag Day was a huge success with a surprising 491 visitors to the Observatory!!!! The day started with a huge rush, seeing almost 200 visitors in the first 2 hours.

increase reading skills to an average level. (Ibid.)

Our docents, volunteers and staff were all champs, keeping cool heads and giving our visitors a wonderful experience. I saw nothing but smiles from all who decended from the tower.

6. Teacher education and training must improve to give teachers the requisite neuroscience and linguistic knowledge, and to familiarize them with science-based reading research (SBRR) about teaching reading. Teachers must also learn about the practical issues of assessment and progress monitoring, and learn how to customize lessons for small groups of students with the same deficits and needs. (Ibid.)

5. However, if such instruction is delayed until nine years of age (the age at which most struggling readers receive services), approximately 75% of the children will continue to have difficulties learning to read throughout high school. (Ibid.)

The Walking Tours and Cemetery tours were also a success, even in spite of the rain that seemed to start at the beginning of each.

Wendy Gaal, M.Ed. Reading, M.A. Children’s Literature, lives in Portland and is a member of Reading Matters to Maine, a group of Maine parents, teachers, and advocates dedicated to teaching all Maine children to read. See www.readingmatterstomaine.org

Thank you to all involved; the day could not have happened without the help of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers. Volunteers are of course the lifeblood of any nonprofit. The Observatory is open Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day, 10: am 5 pm daily; fmi: portlandlandmarks.org/

MUNJFEST is Coming!! Sunday, JULy 18 ­ — Fun You won’t want to Miss!

Solution on page 9.

Above left, view of flags flying at the tower (photo by Bill Hall); Photos above right and below, scenes from 2010 Flag Day activites, and two of our longest-term docents, Bill LaLiberte (at left) and Bill Tolman (right). Photos by T. Kilgore for Greater Portland Landmarks, 2010.

MHNO is a proud member of Portland BuyLocal

SUDOKU: Fill in the grid so that every row, every column and every 3 x 3 box contains the digits 1-9. (Puzzle solution on page 9; from http:// puzzles.about.com)

create live art pieces inspired by live music and living statues. artists: tim clorius, alex rheault, singers: vince nez, jerusha robinson (brown bird), kit demos (mystic outbop review) living statues: Marita Kennedy-Castro & Alpha Coyote Kennedy-Castro. don’t miss this wild event of live performance art! a benefit for mayo street arts. cash bar. mostly seated. doors at 7:45 ,performance 8 - 10:30 pm.

Thur, July 15

Music: Alive at Five 5 to 8 p.m.Summer music series performance: Holy Boys Danger Club and Zach Jones. Monument Square, Congress Street. www.portlandmaine.com

Fri July 16

Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble 8pm. 10 Mayo Street, fmi: Blainor McGough, director@mayostreetarts.org, 615-3609, or info@mayostreetarts.org, www.mayostreetarts.org

Sat, July 17 Anthony’s Dinner Theater, “A Tribute to The Rat Pack”,151 Middle St. 7 p.m.

Songwriters by the Sea Peaks Island: Annie and Rod Capps http:// www.maynardmusic.com: A Summer Series celebrating Contemporary and Original Music, 5th Maine Museum, Seashore Ave. 7.30pm-10pm $10 at the door, $5 seniors. BYOB info. Phil Daligan 207 766 4421 pdaligan@maine.rr.com Yarmouth Clam Festival­— annual festival with plenty of clams to eat; also Maine State Pro-Am Clam Shucking Contest, entertainment all weekend, art and crafts, Diaper Derby, races and contests, carnival. www.clamfestival.com Plains with Northern How—Music, 9 pm. 10 Mayo Street, fmi: Blainor McGough, director@mayostreetarts.org, 615-3609, or info@mayostreetarts.org, www.mayostreetarts.org

Mon, July 19

MIDSUMMER MERRIMENT—Dinner & Theater: 6 pm Naked Shakespeare’s sumptuous feast of words and victuals at the Inn on Peaks Island. Comic scenes from some of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays, including Twelfth Night, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, and Henry IV, part one. www. acorn-productions.org/ Tales and Songs of Ireland—Seanachie Nights Performance Series at Bull Feeney’s Pub 7-9 pm; a series of spoken word/music performances from Celtic and British culture, featuring Musician/Singer/Storyteller Kate Chadbourne, 375 Fore Street. Free/ $9 suggested donation. Lynne Cullen, 207-846-1321, thetwacorbies(@)yahoo.com, www.lynnecullen.com.

WED, July 21 Preserving the Harvest 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Learn how to preserve foods. Jewish Community Alliance, 57 Ashmont St. call 772-1959

Sat, July 24

Kids Theater—Pinocchio, Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St. 4 pm. See the magical classic tale by Carlo Collodi and watch our little wooden puppet come to life onstage. Pinocchio has to learn right from wrong if he ever wants to become a real boy. Tickets are $8 for non-members and $7 for members. See the play and stay to play for $15. visit www.kitetails.org, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by our front desk! Play runs Thursdays-Sundays at 4pm from July 22 - Aug 1. Full Moon Canoe Tours 8pm-9:30 pm. Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center (arrive no later than 7:30) Registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100 Experience the sights and sounds of marsh creatures under the full moon. Watch for black-crowned night heron along the bank or snowy egret flying back to a nearby island for the evening. We may even see a harbor seal or a muskrat playing in the water. www.maineaudubon. org/explore/centers/marsh2.shtml

Jeff Platz with Hobgoblin and Pine Smoke Lodge 8 pm. 10 Mayo Street, fmi: Blainor McGough, director@mayostreetarts.org, 615-3609, or info@mayostreetarts.org, www.mayostreetarts.org

Sun, July 18 — MunjFest

Neighborhood street festival set high on Munjoy Hill, on Congress Street between North and Munjoy Streets. BICYCLES theme this & “OUR WALKABLE EAST END”. A bicycle decorating event, a special bicycle & dog parade, bicycle races. Food & craft vendors, musicians. For more info& to volunteer or sponsor, pls call Christina Feller at 773-4336 or email cfeller@maine.rr.com, info@ munjoyhill.org

Thurs, July 29

NOSTALGIA NIGHT AT FORT ALLEN PARK GAZEBO (EASTERN PROM) 7 pm Chandler’s Band Concert; Rain Date, Thurs, Aug. 5— 7 pm (if needed) http://www. ci.portland.me.us/rec/summer.htm Bat Men and Kate Cox 9 pm. 10 Mayo Street, fmi: Blainor McGough, director@ mayostreetarts.org, 615-3609, or info@ mayostreetarts.org, www.mayostreetarts.org

Fri, July 30

LIT—readings, 8 pm. 10 Mayo Street, fmi: Blainor McGough, director@mayostreetarts.org, 615-3609, or info@mayostreetarts.org, www.mayostreetarts.org

Sat, July 31

Cabaret de Mayo 8pm. 10 Mayo Street, fmi: Blainor McGough, director@mayostreetarts.org, 615-3609, or info@mayostreetarts.org, www.mayostreetarts.org

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