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Open mic, Wednesdays 3:00 - 5:00 p.m at Royal Bean,18 Yarmouth Crossing Drive, Yarmouth. Ideal for Grades 8 through 12: Share your Poetry, Prose, Songwriting, Acoustic, Performance Art. If it’s G or PG, It’s Good to Go. Join us for great coffee, tea, cold drinks, gelato, baked goods, and entertainment. 207.846.1009, Facilitator: (05/08)


Coastal Youth Orchestra's 10th Annual Spring Concert ~ Monday, May 14, Orion Performing Arts Center, Topsham. Auditions for next Season ~ May 22: The Coastal Youth Orchestra directed by Nancy Roderick and Karla Kelley, will perform their tenth annual Spring Concert on Monday May 14th at 7:00 PM at the Orion Performing Arts Center in Topsham. The concert is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. A light reception will follow the performance. The concert should last about an hour and 15 minutes.
      Merriconeag students and alumni who will participate will be Louise and Fiona Ahearne, Adams Carney and Hallie Ojala-Barrett. CYO's three ensembles the Fiddleheads, the Coastal String Ensemble and the Coastal Chamber Orchestra will perform a varied selection of music. Kelley will conduct the Chamber Orchestra in their performance of two works by Brahms, the "Academic Festival Overture" and the fourth movement from "Symphony No. 1.", as well as "Safari Echoes" a comtemporary work by Mary Alice Rich. Roderick will guide the String Ensemble in their performance of "Rondeau" by Purcell, "Selections from Fiddler on the Roof", "The Pink Panther Theme" and "Allison's Waltz" by Bob Phillips. The "Fiddleheads", CYO's youngest ensemble, will perform "Allegro", "Classic Bits and Pieces" and "Spanish Dance"
The concert will conclude with groups joining to play a Tango by Piazzolla, "Romantico Idilio 1", arranged by local musician Francis Vigneau of West Bath.
     The orchestra was established in 2002 to provide a high-quality orchestral experience for area musicians. CYO works to provide a fun, stimulating and challenging setting in which young students can develop their musical skills and learn about performance and music literature.
      Auditions for membership for next years school season will be held on Tuesday May 22th at Mt. Ararat High School. Please contact Nancy Roderick at 729-5156 or for scheduling an audition appointment or concert information. (05/08)


knot 4Connecting With the Earth: Discovering the Egolessness of Self
The foundation of all Buddhist practice is the development of an unbiased awareness of what our minds actually do moment after moment. This is called mindfulness meditation.

     By practicing mindfulness we realize that our minds are rarely still, in fact they are in constant, habitual movement. The constant movement of habitual mind doesn’t follow any rational pattern neither is it related to what is actually happening. The first step on the path is to realize that this habitual, discursive mind, which Buddhists call Ego, actually creates enormous pain for ourselves and others. As we begin to see this more clearly we develop renunciation and the wish to tame our crazy minds for the sake of ourselves and others.

     This class will focus on the problem and its solution as developed by the historical Buddha 2500 years ago and rediscovered by millions of practitioners since then. We discover that through mindfulness practice or Shamatha as it is known in Sanskrit, our minds can become workable and our lives no longer driven by random habitual thoughts and emotions.

     “Disgust with samsara leads us to seek a discipline that will cut through habitual patterns. We look for a path, a teaching that is not based on accumulating further neurosis and confusion. The discipline that provides the framework for our entire path is the formal practice of sitting meditation.” Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin
Class Time: Ongoing Classes Wednesdays from 10 - 12
The Dzogchen Meditation Center
4 Armstrong Way, West Bath, ME 04530
For more information go to our website:
Tashi Armstrong is resident teacher at the Dzogchen Meditation Center. He was a direct student of Trungpa Rinpoche and the Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin. (05/08)

Renewal Courses: Traveling to New Hampshire this summer for a Renewal Course is a culturally rich experience, both during the day and during the evenings with lectures, music, drama etc. It may also be a great way for people to feel even more connected to their school and community! For example, Aonghus Gordon and his Crafters will be teaching for their third and final year and Christopher Bamford will offer a course titled “The Mystical Heart of Abraham” which will bring a wider perspective on current events in terms of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religions that each stem from the root of Abraham. Christopher will bring a new vision of the evolution of consciousness and help us feel into the great tasks of today. Such a course might well appeal to a colleague, trustee or board member, a philosophical parent –– not to mention a high school teacher of history.
Parents who apply in groups of 2 or more may request a 20% group discount. (Individual full-time teachers, administrators, and staff may apply for comparable 20% tuition discount.) I urge you to go through the Renewal booklet, either the hard copy or the pdf. Renewal brochures are available in the faculty room and on the parent tables or through this link::

Sandy Pearson (05/01)

Alewife Count at Nequasset Brook in Woolwich
Alewives were recently listed as a “species of concern.” There are only 19 Maine municipalities that commercially harvest alewives, Woolwich is one of them! To ensure the long term sustainability of this important species, data is needed on how many fish attempt to access the spawning grounds of Nequasset Lake.
Join The Count!
~From late April – early June volunteers select a two hour period and count for TWO 10- minute blocks of time, of their choice, within the period.
~Sign up for counting HERE (links to a GoogleDoc) or visit our FaceBook page, Nequasset Fish Ladder Restoration Project or
~Equipment is provided to record fish count, time, tide and temperature.­­
~The job is easy and rewarding and connects you to one of the world’s great migrations.
~The site is easy to access in Woolwich, Maine. Get directions HERE.
~Specific counting procedures are available HERE.
~Volunteers of all ages from the community, schools, fishing clubs, Scouts, hiking groups, garden clubs, churches, retirement communities… are all encouraged to help! Alicia Heyburn (05/01)

Please find attached the AWSNA newsletter "Inform," 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. Inform May 2012

It can also be found at (05/01)

July Puppetry Conference:

Dear Waldorf Puppet Enthusiasts,
Please see attachments for a July puppetry conference hosted by puppeteer and kindergarten teacher, Janene Ping, at the Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School in beautiful rural New York. The conference willhost a variety of other puppeteer's work as well. In addition to the three attachments please visit Janene's website, to get a visual of the quality of her work.,
Hope you can join us, Jennifer Aguirre, (one of the puppeteers) (05/01)

Cover letter for conference. 

Conference Details.


Looking for a summer camp for your 10-18 year old? Wabun, a canoe tripping camp in northern Ontario, is one Lily and Finn Johnston (and their parents!) would strongly recommend. We've found it is a place where kids can unplug and be physically and socially challenged – and love it. Wabun has been guiding young people through the clean blue lakes and down fish-filled rivers in the Canadian North Woods since 1933. As the brochure states, "the children and young adults who leave home in June return in August more mature, with new friends, physically stronger, self-assured, and with a confidence that will serve them well through a lifetime of challenges." Please call us if you'd like more information (688-4715), or go to Wabun's website . (P. S. - Wabun is less expensive than Chewonki or Kieve...) Rosita Moore (04/24)


We have two courses planned for this summer - a public summer course in June and a course for science teachers in July.

Please click on the course titles below to read the course descriptions.

Coming Alive to Nature - The World of Color and Light, June 17 to June 23.
Bringing Science to Life - Coming to our Senses, A Course for Science Teachers, July 8 to July 14.