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There are still openings for LifeWays Early Childhood Training in Maine beginning July 8 - 19. A four-session course beginning in July. LifeWays Early Childhood and Human Development Training is a comprehensive training to give you the understanding and skills you need to transform your living and working with young children. It will help to deepen your parenting; enliven your early childhood center, preschool or home program; and inspire your work with parents. Learn how simple activities of healthy home life provide the foundation of learning for the young child. Refresh yourself with music, movement and handwork classes. Experience the friendship found with fellow students. Learn more about the holistic view of the developing human being offered by Rudolf Steiner and other developmental theorists.
The training course includes four intensive on-campus sessions at Ashwood Waldorf School in Rockport, Maine:
Session One: July 8-19, 2012
Session Two: October 5-8, 2012
Session Three: April 12-15, 2013
Session Four: 12 days in July, 2013 tba
Also monthly mentoring conversations with a mentor chosen to guide your independent study. Please visit LifeWays North America for more information about the training and to find an application for enrollment.
For more information, click here. (03/27)

Dear Friends of Immigrant Kitchens: The Portland Phoenix is throwing its first World Food Party (hosted by yours truly!) this Wed. March 28th, 6-10pm, at the Port City Music Hall. We're celebrating the amazing bounty of diverse tastes in Portland with a delicious array of international foods from area restaurants, great live music, and a free raffle for fantastic cooking-related tools. Food is by Bull Feeney’s, Bogusha’s, Haggarty’s, Blue Burrito, Whadda Pita, Mekong Thai. Music by Anna Lombard and Clarabelle Junken. See you there!
Tickets: $9 at Lindsay Sterling (03/27)

Chemicals and Our Health: Consumer Choices and Policy Decisions
Location: Shift Sustainable Home Goods, 56 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME 04011
Date: April 10th, Tuesday, 7:00PM
Cancer, learning disabilities, and reproductive problems are affecting too many families. Scientific data shows that many common health problems are caused or aggravated by toxic chemicals contained in the products that we use every day. And yet most commonly used chemicals have NEVER been tested for safety before they are sold! Join the Environmental Health Strategy Center for a discussion about toxic chemicals in our products and their impacts on human health. This presentation will offer some useful tips for reducing exposure to dangerous chemicals on a day-to-day basis, and an explanation of the policy solutions needed to protect ourselves and our families. For more information on the Environmental Health Strategy Center, visit or contact Emma at This talk is FREE, but please contact Shift at 729-4050 or to register. (03/27)

Children’s Story Time and Seed Planting
Location: Shift Sustainable Home Goods, 56 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME 04011
April 12th, Thursday, 10:00AM
Calling all little hands–We’ll read Uno’s Garden by Graeme Base and plant seeds that will ultimately decorate the sidewalk by our store. All participants will also be able to take home a planted seed of their choice, with instructions on care. FREE, but please contact us at 729-4050 or to register so we can plan for supplies.(03/27)

The New Politics of Parenthood: Family, Citizenship and Inequality in America Today
A Symposium to examine the role of family and parenthood in the nation’s current atmosphere of extreme social inequality and extreme political partisanship
Thursday & Friday, April 5-6, 2012
Main and Lancaster Lounges, Moulton Union, Bowdoin College
Lectures by: June Carbone, Author of Red Families v Blue Families, Edward A. Smith/Missouri Chair of Law, University of Missouri-Kansas City (Thursday, 7:30 pm), and
Paul Tough, Author of Whatever it Takes Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America, and editor of the New York Times Magazine. Mr. Tough is a leading author on poverty, education and the achievement gap (Friday 12:30 pm).
Today the way people parent - when they have children and how they raise them - closely correlates both to social class and to political loyalties. Many commentators believe that that the nation is "splitting apart" into two groups with different kinds of families. They believe that differences in parenting, especially the rise in single parenthood among low income groups, is the driving force behind this growing inequality. They wonder how public policy might address it, and how we might agree on a strategy to adopt.
The New Politics of Parenthood examines both the premises of this debate, and the political difficulties of finding solutions. Bringing together scholars and leaders of organizations confronting the problems of poverty, the symposium will address the fundamental questions: What is the role of family and parenthood in creating the profound inequality that marks America today? And do our ideas about family make it harder to find political solutions to the problems of inequality?
For more information, see the webpage: (03/27)

Need a new mattress? Now is the time. Help support Freeport High schools Performing Arts by purchasing a mattress this Saturday, March 31 from 10 am to 4 pm at 30 Holbrook St. Call Eliza at the Barham house for a $50 off coupon. Thanks! 433-0124 (03/27)

Save the date: Saturday April, 28th - 317 Main Street is hosting a Contra Dance and the Merriconeag Community is invited. Musicians and dancers encouraged. For ages roughly 10 years to 110. Maggie Robinson calling. Look for further info at 317 Main and on the web at Come Mondays to 317 and join the musicians who will be playing at the dance. For questions contact or Peter at

Dear MWS Community, We Haags would like to share with you the following shout-out for the Fresh Air Fund, something we've been directly involved with for the past 4 years; peripherally involved with for the past 9 years. Please feel free to call or email us with any questions. (We're in the school directory.) Or plan to eat dinner at Stoneyfield's in Falmouth, on March 20, from 4-7pm, when Fresh Air of Southern Maine will receive 10% of sales that night. Many veteran host families will be available to share their experiences. --Ilse

     "In recognition of The Fresh Air Fund’s 136th summer of bringing together New York City children and volunteer host families in Maine, Governor Paul LePage has proclaimed March 20th “FRESH AIR FUND DAY” throughout the state. This summer, The Fresh Air Fund will once again allow thousands of inner-city boys and girls to escape the hot, noisy New York City streets to enjoy the simple pleasures of summertime fun in the country!
Families who participate in The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family Program open their hearts and homes to New York City children for one or two weeks or more in the summer. 'Sharing your home and the surrounding community with a Fresh Air youngster can be the beginning of a worthwhile and meaningful experience – for both the child and your family,' says Jenny Morgenthau, Executive Director of The Fresh Air Fund. 'This year, we are looking for new host families in Southern Maine to celebrate our 136th anniversary and give youngsters a summertime break from the sometimes dangerous city streets.'

     Volunteers simply want to share what they have with city children and introduce them to the joys of suburban or country life. Families find hosting so rewarding that more than 65 percent of all Fresh Air children are reinvited to visit the same host families year after year. First-time Fresh Air visitors are 6 to 12 years old and Fresh Air hosts range from young families to grandparents. All it takes is the willingness to welcome a New York City child to your community.

     The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit organization, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.7 million inner-city children since 1877. For more information about becoming a Fresh Air volunteer host, please call Lisa Clement at 207-878-1998, or The Fresh Air Fund at 800-367-0003. Visit The Fresh Air Fund online at"  (03/20)

Michael Dorn, the Executive Director of Safe Havens International, Inc., a global non-profit school safety center, will deliver a powerful presentation on school safety and bullying, Weakfish – Bullying Through the Eyes of a Child, on April 5th at 7:00 p.m. at the Harrison Middle School Cafetorium. The community is invited to attend this event at no charge. The presentation is intended for parents, educators, and students grades 6 or higher.
For flyer with more detail click here. (03/20)

Enjoy a Transformative Spring Family Retreat, April 20 - 22
Fun filled Mindfulness Practice and Spring Celebration with MorningSun, held at Camp Glen Brook

     Parenting is full of challenges. Coming together to support each other and learn new skills is an amazing gift we can give our family. These weekends have been described by parents as “deeply nourishing” and “so important”. They are an opportunity for parents and children to settle into the practice of mindfulness- dwelling fully in the present moment together, look deeply at their relationships with each other, strengthen their capacities for loving and understanding, and have lots of fun!

    The program combines meaningful activities for parents and children together, a fun filled creative program for children and teens, and relaxation, discussion, teaching and meditation to help parents transform moments of reactivity and stress into true connection, learning and love!

     This special event will be held at beautiful Camp Glen Brook in Marlborough, NH. Programs developed by Fern Dorresteyn and Michael Ciborski, who combine their Waldorf back ground, experience as parents and nine years living and working with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

For more info. and to register call (603)313-1702 or go to

Northeast Hearing & Speech presents…
Temple Grandin: “Autism and My Sensory Based World”
      World-renowned autism self-advocate, Temple Grandin, Ph.D., will be the speaker at a fundraising lecture to benefit Northeast Hearing & Speech (NHS) onSunday, May 13th at 3pm. NHS is thrilled to offer the opportunity to the public, as well as professionals in the field, to see Temple Grandin in the intimate setting of Hannaford Hall on USM’s Portland campus.
      Dr. Grandin has become a prominent author and speaker on the subject of autism because “I have read enough to know that there are still many parents, and yes, professionals too, who believe that ‘once autistic, always autistic.’ To these people, it is incomprehensible that the characteristics of autism can be modified and controlled. However, I feel strongly that I am living proof that they can” (from Temple’s book, Emergence: Labeled Autistic).
      Considered the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world, Dr. Grandin has been featured on NPR and numerous television programs, including ABC’s Primetime Live, The Today Show,Larry King Live, 48 Hours and 20/20. She has also been written about in national publications, including Time magazine, the New York Times, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, and Peoplemagazine. She was featured in the best-selling book, Anthropologist from Mars and the HBO film Temple Grandin, which won 7 Emmy Awards in 2010.
     Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Dr. Grandin! Only 500 tickets available! Tickets go on sale Monday, March 19th. General Admission Tickets: $35. Purchase tickets at Northeast Hearing & Speech (during business hours), 75 West Commercial Street, Suite 205, Portland, Maine 04101 or online at
For more information, call 207-874-1065 or visit our website

Click here to view flyer. (03/13)

Edible and Ornamental Container Gardening. Want to grow herbs, veggies or flowers but don't have a space for a garden? No problem! Join us as we learn about how to plant in containers and see examples of successful container gardens. Container Gardens bring life and nourishment to even the most challenging spaces. Our speaker, Irene Barber, is a horticulturalist and landscape designer at Cosmic Stone and Garden in Topsham and horticultural therapist at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Thursday, March 29th at 7:00PM at Shift, 56 Maine Street, Brunswick. Free, but please register at 729-4050 or