The DaPonte String Quartet Plans a Powerful Program This Weekend

The DaPonte String Quartet Plans a Powerful Program This Weekend

On April 1, 2, and 3, the DSQ will celebrate spring with gigantic works of Borodin and Beethoven. Borodin was a man of astounding talent, not only one of our greatest composers, but also an accomplished cellist, linguist, chemist, and surgeon. The DaPonte will be playing his String Quartet No. 2 in D Major.

A Family Guide to supporting a loved one with Alzheimer's & Dementia

A Family Guide to Supporting a Loved One
Scarborough, ME – Hospice of Southern Maine and the Alzheimer’s Association will present several workshops across southern Maine to help families cope with and support a loved one dealing with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
The 90-minute workshop will be presented by Carol Palmer, an RN and program director with the Maine chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.  Ms. Palmer, a former trauma nurse, hospice nurse and lead nurse for the office of adults with mental illnesses also served as a director of forensics and is a Viet Nam era veteran. She has been providing training about dementia and related conditions and behaviors for nearly ten years.
The workshops are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

Two Local Chefs Received Culinary Awards

The American Culinary Federation Honors Five People With 
Cutting Edge Awards at 2011 ACF Northeast Regional Conference

St. Augustine, Fla., March 28, 2011—The American Culinary Federation, Inc. (ACF) honored five people from Maine, New Hampshire and Ohio at the 2011 ACF Northeast Regional Conference held at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel, Columbus, Ohio, March 20-23, 2011.

The Cutting Edge Award recognizes industry leaders, ACF chapters and supporting agencies for their leadership and service to the culinary profession. Anyone can nominate a candidate for this award by contacting the ACF Board of Directors. Three to five awards are presented at each ACF regional conference.

Yarmouth High School wins at the 2011 Maine Drama festival

Yarmouth High School wins at the 2011 Maine Drama festival

Yarmouth High School's production of The Elephant Man has taken first place for Class B at the 2011 Maine Drama festival. The Maine Drama festival finals were held March 25th and 26th.  Cast members Dustin Pazar, Samuel Coleman, Jack Gilman
and Natalie Sanford received awards for their performance. The production also received recommendations for Overall Techinical Excellence and Outstanding Ensemble.

Over 2,500 Maine High Schools students from 77 high schools competed.  The Maine Drama festival is an annual event sponsored by The Maine Principals' Association and the Maine Drama Council.

The runner up for Class B was Rockland District High School with their production of Sideways Stories From Wayside High School.

The Sexual Assault Crisis & Support line needs volunteer advocates

Volunteers are needed to train as Advocates for Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine’s (SARSSM) 24-hour Crisis & Support Line.

Applications are now being taken for a free training session, beginning Wednesday May 4th, and concluding Wednesday May 25th. Held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m., and two Saturdays, May 7th and 21st 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the 40-hour comprehensive training covers topics such as: the brain’s response to trauma; communication and listening skills; and victim advocacy.  “If you are someone who is willing to listen, who wants to have a rewarding experience, who cares and who wants to make a difference, this is a wonderful opportunity,” says Charlene Powell, SARSSM’s Crisis & Support Line Manager.

The 24-hour Crisis & Support Line assists callers in York and Cumberland counties. Volunteer Advocates work from home, have flexible hours, choose their shifts and do not need any experience.

L.L.Bean commits $250,000 to Red Cross relief efforts in Japan

L.L.Bean providing additional assistance to its Japan employees
FREEPORT, ME. March 17, 2011—L.L.Bean, a leading outdoor equipment and apparel merchant, announced today a $250,000 donation to the Red Cross to support Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami relief efforts.  L.L.Bean operates 20 stores, a call center, and administrative offices in Japan, with most of these locations in the greater Tokyo area. 
"The Red Cross is known for its swift actions to provide emergency care and to help reconnect loved ones in these times of crisis,” said Chris McCormick, President and CEO, L.L.Bean. “It is the quickest and most effective way for L.L.Bean to offer our assistance to the Japanese people suffering from this disaster.”
L.L.Bean is in frequent communication with its International management team to coordinate ongoing efforts to support L.L.Bean Japan Branch employees in the immediate future as well as with long-term assistance.

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