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The Portland Public Library, in partnership with the Maine Humanities Council and Institute for Civic Leadership, is pleased to share news about our "Choose Civility" initiative. Through this initiative, we offer public programs that help us examine our collective understanding of civility and the relationship between our individual and institutional behavior and civic participation. Over the next year, we will be offering a series of public conversations about contemporary challenges in program settings that model and maintain civil discourse.

Our web site offers more details about the Choose Civility Initiative and additional programs.

Our first public program is on September 26th from 4pm - 6pm in Rines Auditorium. Please save December 4th, from 4pm-6pm for our second program, which will be on "Welcoming as a Civic Value." Click here for the flyer for the September 26th program. You may consider joining / inviting others via our Facebook Event page. (09/24)

Freeport Community Library - October Events:
Wednesday, October 2 at 6:00pm
Cauldrons of frothing witches brews, releasing ghosts from bottles, and warlock potions are all part of this fun evening with Mad Science. Get ready for the spookiest Halloween ever with this fun filled night.
It's Puppet Show Time at the Library
Thursday, October 10 at 10:15am
Lindsay brings her amazingly crafted life size puppets to Freeport Community Library’s children and families. Filled with silliness, crowd participation, and unique, memorable characters, her series of charming and positive short stories will delight the young and the young at heart.
Yoga for Kids at the Library
Thursdays at 10:15am, October 3 & November 7
First Thursdays of the month, the Freeport Yoga Company will be offering yoga classes for children ages 3 - 6.


Tickets for The Telling Room's Sept. 25th event with acclaimed novelist Lois Lowry are on sale now: Known for her versatility and invention as a writer, Lowry is the author of more than forty books for young adults. She will speak about story craft, discuss her return to Maine after years living elsewhere, read from her work, and answer questions from the audience. The event will be held at USM's Hannaford Hall at 7p.m. To purchase tickets, click through to Brown Paper Tickets here ( Tickets cost $8, but 100 tickets are set aside for students, school groups, and starving artists—so please contact to reserve FREE tickets. All proceeds from this event will help support our free writing programs for Maine youth. (09/24)

Simplicity Parenting Distance Learning Program: Become a Simplicity Parenting Group Leader. Based on Kim John Payne’s Book and presented by Training Director Davina Muse, LMHC
Information: 413 727 8086,

Click here for flyer. (09/17)

For upcoming Spacial Dynamics Courses click here. (09/17)


Former Merriconeag community member, Steven Donoso, recently published Returning The Gift: Dialogues with Eckhart Tolle, Timothy Wilson, Adyashanti and Laura Waters Hinson - available at:






The Coastal Youth Orchestra is looking for new members! The group is entering its eleventh season and is recruiting musicians of different abilities. CYO’s mission is to provide the best orchestral experience possible for young musicians. By promoting a supportive educational environment and a challenging yet nurturing atmosphere, our conductors provide an ideal place for young musicians to learn and grow.
      Coastal Youth Orchestra is made up of three ensembles that meet for rehearsals on Tuesdays at Mt. Ararat High School. The “Fiddleheads” is a beginning strings ensemble recommend to younger students age 6-10 who are new to the violin, cello, viola or bass. This group is conducted by Nancy Roderick who is well known for her enthusiasm and sensitivity while working with young string players and for her dedication to music education. The Fiddleheads rehearse from 4:00-5:00 PM.
      The “Coastal String Ensemble” is an intermediate string ensemble open to string players age 11-14. This group meets from 5:00-6:15 PM and is also conducted by Nancy Roderick.
      CYO’s “Chamber Orchestra” is made up of more advanced string players with the addition of wind and percussion musicians. Karla Kelley is the conductor of this ensemble. Ms. Kelley is active throughout New England as a conductor. Since 1987 she has served as conductor of the Maine State Ballet Orchestra that performs the Nutcracker at Merrill Auditorium each year as well as many other groups.
      CYO will have an open enrollment period through September and possibly October. Please contact Nancy Roderick to schedule an audition to join the group at, 751-4718. More information is available at The youth orchestra performs two seasonal concerts and provides outreach opportunities for young musicians.(09/17)

Manager for Community-Oriented Café: We are seeking an experienced, energetic manager who is passionate about great coffee and great community to run our thriving café in Yarmouth, Maine. If you are interested, please send a resume and a short letter outlining your experience with coffee to


Freeport Community Library News:

Yoga for Kids at the Library: First Thursdays of the month, the Freeport Yoga Company will be offering yoga classes for children ages 3 - 6. The first session is on Thursday at 10:15am in the Community Meeting Room

Giving Children Warmth: Help us make blankets for children in Afghanistan. We provide the materials and know-how. Stop by the Children’s Room for details. (09/10)

Please click here for a PDF of the September Awsna newsletter, Inform.
It can also be found here:
"INFORM is a publication sent by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) to all the affiliated Waldorf schools in its membership to keep parents, teachers, board members, alumni, and all those interested in Waldorf Education informed of the current events affecting Waldorf schools nationally and internationally. (09/10)