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The Freeport Middle School and Freeport High School Parent-Teacher Organizations will be hosting the first of a series of informational forums on Thursday, December 8th in the Freeport High School library at 6:30.
Kim Gillies, a facilitator from Casco Bay Create Awareness Now with school resource officer Mike McManus will present current research and locally-informed data on
Adolescent Brain Development and Local Trends in Youth Substance Abuse
Casco Bay C.A.N. is a county-wide coalition with community representation of parents, schools, law enforcement agencies, organizations and businesses working together to prevent and reduce youth substance abuse. This partnership of adults who influence our youth supports environmental changes that encourage sustained healthy decision-making, uses positive messaging to inform and affect community attitudes and creates a supportive network of adults equipped with resources and best practices.
This presentation and opportunity for parental discussion will be relevant and specific to our community’s middle school and high school students, highlighting some supportive programming already in place and providing evidence-based, proactive strategies to engage adults in the process of building a network of communication and understanding as we guide our children through this stage of development.
We welcome any involved adults to participate in this forum, so spread the word. Visit FMI. The agenda for the evening is as follows:
Welcome and Introductions
An overview of services provided by Casco Bay CAN
Information on brain development and substance Abuse
Trends in youth substance misuse in our area presented by
Resource Officer Mike McManus
Questions and Answers


Click the following link to view the December 2011 AWSNA Inform Newsletter: Inform December 2011

"'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. By including this page in your regularly published bulletin or newsletter, you help us keep our entire Waldorf constituency up-to-date on pertinent issues affecting the movement." (12/06)

Holiday Performances featuring Merriconeag Students & Mr. Saccone: Come see Joshua Dow (8th), Caroline Odlin-Brewer (5th), John Saccone (teacher) and past MWS students, Gemma McElroy and Ellie Dickson in The Portland Ballet's, Victorian Nutcracker. For more info:

     Come see John Saccone and Jackie Reifer perform in Phyzgig at Portland Stage Company, December 29th. There are many performers all week long. For more info:
And see them in 2 vaudeville shows on New Years Eve at the Schaeffer Theater, Bates College. For reservations call L/A Arts at 782-7228.(12/06)

Dear Friends of Immigrant Kitchens: Friday night, Dec. 9, I'll be teaching how to make Iraqi chicken and rice at the Freeport Community Center. I'd love for you to come to the class and have a wonderful dinner! I can't wait to introduce you to toasted dry limes. They are like black whiffle balls and they go into the broth that flavors the chicken, along with garlic, onion and madras curry powder. Delicious! The texture of the chicken is amazing because it's essentially boiled (so tender) then pan fried (crispy,golden exterior). It's heavenly. Then there's the mound of yellow rice cooked with some of the broth we cooked the chicken in, and turmeric, one of those spices that's supposed to save your life. Hope to see you there!
WHAT: Iraqi Chicken and Rice
WHEN: Dec. 9, 2011, Friday Evening 6-9p
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!


The Quartet's annual free holiday programs:
Saturday December 10 7:00 Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church, Topsham
Sunday December 11 3:00 Second Congregational Church, 51 Main Street, Newcastle
For information about the DSQ go to (11/29)

Bessie's: The way Christmas should be!
You won’t find any faux fur slippers, hot pink Barbies, or battery operated screwdrivers. Instead, you will step back in time and discover handspun and dyed yarn from our own animals, fresh wreaths made from Bessie’s woods, homemade desserts, and lots of unique and functional gifts handcrafted by very local people. Come join us for an authentic Maine Christmas! We’re open Tues- Sat 9-4 thru December 22, 33 Litchfield Rd. Freeport 865-9840 (11/29)

Pots and Vases

lacypots: my holiday show schedule is...
saturday december 10th designing women portland 9-4 woodfords congregational church portland maine
saturday december 10th and sunday december 11th seacoast fine art and gift market 10-6 10-4 rollins furniture building north hampton nh
hope to see you at one of my events! please call with any questions. i will send a formal invitation out for my studio sale held december 1st. 207-450-5767 lacy (11/22)