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Vinyasa Yoga with Melissa-Roberts Fishman: Sunday mornings, 9 – 10:30am @ Jai Yoga in Brunswick. $16/class. Individual or small group Yoga instruction in private, serene Freeport studio also available @ $60/hour for up to 5 participants. Please contact Melissa, 409-8713 or, for more information. (10/12)

Thai Yoga Massage Workshop:5-day immersion in Freeport with Ariela Grodner LMT. November 3-7, 2010. Part 1 of a 3-level, 108-hour training. $500. For more information, please see Ariela's website: Or contact Lara Schneider @ 408-3043. (10/12)

Monday, October 25th, Freeport Community Services Annual Meeting, 7pm, Freeport Community Center: Steve Wessler, of the Center for Preventing Hate, will speak on the importance of empowering community members with the knowledge that they have the ability to positively impact the culture around them. The Center's work is premised on the understanding that when any members of a community are targeted with bias-motivated harassment or violence, none of us are truly safe. They work in schools to raise awareness of the damaging impact of degrading language and then develop an action plan with their partners to interrupt the pattern of escalation.Steve Wessler is a graduate of Harvard College and Boston University School of Law. As an attorney, he practiced law both in the Maine Attorney General’s office and in private practice for over 22 years. Please visit for more information. Submitted by Trace Salter (10/12)

Fall Carnival at the Portland YMCA: 11 – 3. Tickets sold in order to purchase food/beverages/play games. Games include pumpkin toss, pumpkin relay, and scarecrow relay, among others. Children all ages welcome. Proceeds will benefit the Maine Chapter of the Epilepsy Foundation. Volunteers needed. Contact Heidi Henninger for further information or to make a donation to the Epilepsy Foundation in Maine @ 233- 2689.(10/12)

The Brunswick Topsham Land Trust is celebrating 25 years of land conservation with a feast of locally grown and artfully prepared food on October 17.

 At Hand in Hand for the Land farmers, fisherman, and artisan cheese and bread makers will be paired with chefs from local restaurants such as El Camino, Henry & Marty and Clementine’s. Chefs and farmers will work side by side, serving food and sharing stories about their work to bring local food to the table.

 The event will take place from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Frontier Café, and will include blue grass music (Merriconeag musicians!), activities for children and a cash bar for wine and beer. Tickets cost $25 each or $40 for two and are available at the Crystal Spring Farmer’s Market, Morning Glory Natural Foods, WildFlours Gluten Free Bakery as well as by calling 729-7694 or contacting Christine Sloane. Children are free! Event webpage. 10/05

Freeport Community Education Travel Basketball 2010-11: This league for 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th Grade boys & girls. The registration deadline is October 15th. Click here for more information. 10/05

To Friends of the Christian Community in Maine: Our annual observance of Michaelmas will commence with the arrival of the Reverend Julia Polter on Friday, October 15. She will be in Maine through Saturday, October, 16. The following events are scheduled during her visit:  Read more.10/05

Introduction to Buddhist Meditation
Level 1 : Shamatha Meditation - Cutting through habitual, discursive thinking

     In the beginning stages of practice we work to develop the power of undistracted concentration.  Generally, throughout our everyday lives our minds are constantly distracted by an unending stream of discursive thinking.  We have no control over this ‘unconscious’ thought process.  This thinking conditions every experience that we have so that we no longer experience the actual reality of what is happening -- we experience our unconscious ‘edited’ version.  Shamatha meditation allows us to develop the power to cut through discursive mind and experience reality directly. 

     Join us to begin your journey: no strings attached and no charge. Sundays from 10 - 12
The Dzogchen Buddhist Meditation Center, 4 Armstrong Way, West Bath, ME
For more information or just to chat contact Tashi Armstrong @ 443-3842, . 09/28


Daponte String Quartet launches its 19th season.

Click here for 2010-11 season schedule. 09/28

DaPonte String Quartet Leaf Peeper Concerts: The featured work of Beethoven on this program is the Quartet in C# Minor, Op. 131.   Upon first hearing this music, the composer Franz Schubert is said to have remarked, After this, what is left for us to write?   Beethoven himself considered Op. 131 his favorite quartet.  He wrote the piece in 1826, when he was in failing health and completely deaf; it is difficult--and astonishing--to imagine how he could have created this entire universe of sound in his mind. 

              The other work on this program will be Dvoraks much loved American String Quartet in F Major, Op. 96.  It was written in 1893 while the composer vacationed in the Czech immigrant community of Spillville, Iowa, a retreat from his New York teaching post.  Though profoundly homesick for his country, Dvorak was moved by all the new sounds he encountered in this one.  The quartet contains elements of an African-American spiritual; it imitates the call of an American songbird; and one can imagine snippets of native Americans out on the Plain.  Dvorak was fascinated with trains and loved to sit and watch the steam engine move across the prairie; the last movement of this charming work appears to be a depiction of that image.

              Saturday October 9, 7:30, Barn Gallery, Ogunquit  (tickets at the door or in advance at several local bookstores:  Maine Coast Book Shop & Cafe in Damariscotta, Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick, Books, ETC and The Book Review in Falmouth, and Longfellow Books at Monument Square in Portland.

              Sunday October 10, 5:30, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay  (For tickets call the Gardens  (207) 633-4333, or go to their web site

              The DSQ is a partner of Down East Magazine, the magazine of Maine. These concerts are presented by the Friends of the DaPonte String Quartet, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring excellence in chamber music to audiences worldwide through performance, education, and personal contact.  More information may be found at the Quartets website ( or by phoning (207)529-4555.The next series of concerts will be December 3, 4. and 5. (10/12)

In Search of the Esoteric to the Exotic - An opportunity to tour Israel, Jordan and Turkey with Brian Gray and Ted Mahle, faculty members from Rudolf Steiner College, Fair Oaks, California. April 10th - 28th, 2011. Click here for more information. 09/28