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Dynamic Volunteer Opportunity in Portland. Volunteer as a Middle or High School Academic Coach to support English Language Learners: Make it Happen! is an 8th-12th grade program in Portland Public Schools which provides English Language Learners (ELLs) personalized and structured academic and social support to ensure success in undertaking rigorous and challenging academic work that will prepare them for college. We currently have 75 students in the program, speaking eleven different languages including Somali, Arabic, Khmer, Spanish, Vietnamese, French, and Spanish to name a few.
      Make It Happen! connects volunteers, called “Academic Coaches,” with students in both middle and high schools. Academic coaches meet one-on-one or in small groups for one to two hours every week to support students with academic language, organizational skills and study routines. Sessions occur at school, either in the library or in the Make It Happen! Academic Center, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
      If you are interested in becoming a Make It Happen! Academic Coach, please visit our website or contact us directly to receive an application. Ongoing volunteer orientation and training are provided as well. Thank you in advance.
Jane Armstrong                                                             Tim Cronin
Middle School Coordinator                                          High School Coordinator                          
Multilingual and Multicultural Office, Portland Public Schools, 207.874.8135 (11/08)

Portland Ovations presents Michael Cooper: "Masked Marvels and Wondertales" on Saturday, November 19 at 11am at the South Portland Auditorium in the South Portland High School.
Creating a world where dogs wear hats, wild stallions are tamed, giant noses sneeze and fish bait candy to catch children in a pond, sculptor and virtuoso mime Michael Cooper charms audiences with thrilling adventure, silly antics and outlandish possibilities. A protégé of Celebration Barn’s Tony Montanaro and native of the Maine woods, Cooper’s one-man show Masked Marvels & Wondertales combines his breathtaking handcrafted masks and graceful physicality to spin original tales enlivened by an unusual and colorful cast of characters. A show for all ages, Masked Marvels & Wondertales captures hearts and stimulates imaginations.
For more information (11/08)

Dear Friends of Immigrant Kitchens,
Friday night, Nov. 11, I'll be teaching how to make Afghani meat and potatoes at the Freeport Community Center.
I'd love for you to come to the class and have a wonderful dinner! Kourmet (pronounced like Gourmet with a K) is made of cubes of lamb, chicken or beef, onions, tomatoes, turmeric, and a special mixture of spices called Door-do-ah. I'll make the lamb and chicken so we can taste two versions. The lamb comes from local North Star Farms, a beautiful farm in Westbrook I visited on open farm day. Can't wait to share this dish, the lamb source, and a phenomenal secret spice (black cardamom) with you! Hope to see you there!
WHAT: Afghani Meat and Potatoes
WHEN: Nov. 11, 2011, Friday Evening 6-9pm
WHERE: Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St, Freeport, ME, (3 blocks from L.L.Bean)
COST: This is a project to raise money for the Freeport Food Pantry.
Pay what you can. $15-$35 suggested.
DETAILS: cooking starts at 6, dinner's at 7:30; it's BYOB.
If you're a vegetarian or have diet restrictions, please let me know. I'm happy to accommodate!
Yours, Lindsay Sterling (11/08)

Freeport High School Summer/Semester/Gap Year Program Forum
Monday, November 14th, 2009 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Freeport High School Performing Arts Center
Freeport High School is presenting its eleventh annual Summer/Semester/ Year and Gap Year Program Forum on Monday, November 14th in the Freeport High School Performing Arts Center. This is an event where representatives of semester, yearlong, gap year or summer programs for high school students come together to provide information on the enriching opportunities they offer. Participating programs have included these and more: American Field Service, Coastal Studies for Girls, Experiment in International Living, CIEE: Council on Int'l Educational Exchange, City Term Masters School, Outward Bound, Safe Passage, Rotary, World Challenge Expeditions. For more information, contact Dana Clark, FHS Guidance, 865-4706, x304. (11/01)

The Christian Community of Maine is holding their annual Michealmas Conference Friday and Saturday November 18th and 19th. All programs will be held at New Elm Farm in Freeport.
Friday there will be a children’s festival conducted by the Reverend Michael Brewer from 5-6 p.m. There will then be a gospel study from 7-8p.m. followed by a Close of day Service at 8:30 p.m.
Saturday from 9-9:30 there is a Service for Children for children ages seven through fourteen. Parents and adults are encouraged to attend, lending their support to the children participating in this service.
At 9:30 The Act of Consecration of Man will be held. All who are nine years or older are welcome to this service. For childcare during the service, please call Shelly Elmer at 207-450-3962 to make arrangements
At 10:30 there is a refreshment break. If you are able, please contribute a potluck dish for us to enjoy.
At 11:15 a.m. the conference will continue with a presentation by the Reverend Brewer on “The New Heaven and the New Earth” followed by a group discussion.
Please call Pat Chanterelle at 846-0587. Steve Hopkins at 846-3785 or Sarah Hyde at 865-0770 with questions. (10/25)