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Music teacher available for private instruction in violin, viola, cello and bass: Fiona (9th) & Louise (7th) Ahearne had the opportunity to attend the week-long Southern Maine Strings Camp for the past 2 summers. At camp, they studied with many wonderful teachers/councilors—an absolute favorite of which was Kevin Oates, who has just moved to Portland and is offering private lessons. He offers lessons in violin, viola, cello, and bass. To contact him: (518)320-5653 or email: And feel free to ask me/Fiona/Louise about Southern Maine Strings Camp as well. - Submitted by Lucy Birkett Ahearne (09/18)


Yoga for kids grades 3-6 at Freeport Yoga Co.: In this class, children will explore age-appropriate yoga postures, play games, and participate in activities that encourage community building and introspection. The class aims to increase flexibility and strength, while encouraging healthy body and mind awareness. Classes end with a period of relaxation, helping children discover the power of quieting mind and body. FMI, go to, and click on "workshops." Submitted by Trace Salter (09/18)


Esh Aerial Arts in the Boston area will offer a Circus Conditioning Workshops on Saturday 10/6 and a Contortion Workshop on Saturday, 10/27. Esh Aerial Arts is Boston's source for high-quality circus instruction and performance. Please visit their website for more information on their excellent classes. (09/18)


Cirque du Soleil is finally coming to Portland: They will bring their Saltimbanco show to the Civic Center from 10/10 to 10/14. Please visit their website to learn more about this family-friendly show. (09/18)


Coastal Youth Orchestra now accepting new musicians for the 2012-2013 school year: Is your child eager to play in a group setting that offers an extra challenge and yet is fun and low-key? Because there is a wonderful youth orchestra right in our back yard, and it's founded and directed by our own Nancy Roderick! My daughters will be participating again this year because their experiences last year were so positive and they learned much.
The orchestra has three levels:
Fiddleheads—a small group of strings players who are new to playing in a group setting. Directed by Nancy Roderick. Tuesdays from 4:00 to 5:00.
Coastal Strings—all strings as well, but offers more challenging music for the intermediate level musicians. Directed by Nancy Roderick. Tuesdays 5:05 to 6:20.
Coastal Chamber—for experienced players, this is open to strings, winds, horns, and percussion to create a that full orchestra sound (which, if you are a musician, is pretty thrilling). Directed by Karla Kelley. Tues 5:30 to 7:00.
Rehearsals are in Topsham in Mt. Ararat High School's band/chorus rooms. The 2 performances per year (Dec & May) are held at the Orien Center for the Performing Arts (at Mt. Ararat Middle School). For auditions or to discuss group placement and other details, please contact Nancy Roderick or 751-4718 and visit the website: - submitted by Lucy Birkett Ahearne (09/18)


Calling all cellists: Cello-brate October with the PSO and join us on Sunday October 21st for an exciting day just for you and your cello. This all cello orchestra is free and open to cello players of all ages and all levels. Come and perform with Robert Moody and Cellists from the PSO in Merrill Auditorium. We would love to see the stage filled with cellos of all sizes so please help us spread the word to your friends and students who might be interested.
The schedule of events and registration form is below. If you have any questions, feel free to call me at 207-773-6128 ext. 308. We hope you can join us!
Cellobrate October with the PSO: Join us on Sunday October 21st for the first Cello Day at Merrill Auditorium. This all-cello orchestra is free and open to players of all ages and all levels. Bring your cello, tell your friends, and share your enthusiasm for the cello with Robert Moody and cellists from the PSO!
Schedule of Events
Sunday, October 21st, 2012
9:00-9:30: Registration/check in. Coffee & doughnuts
10:00-10:30: Group Sectionals
11:00-12:30: Full rehearsal on stage with Robert Moody conductor and Robert Lehmann Assistant Conductor
1:00 Concert on stage in Merrill Auditorium (approx. 45 minute concert, free and open to the public)
All events take place in Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street, Portland Maine.
CLICK HERE to register. Heather Sumner, Education & Community Engagement Manager, Portland Symphony Orchestra, 207-773-6128 ext. 308. (09/18)

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 September 2012. It can also be found at (09/11)


Resources from Waldorf in the Home: This is an exciting transition time for me - the new edition of You Are Your Child's First Teacher has just come out, and Agaf and I have retired from Rainbow Bridge LifeWays Program (it continues under a new name, with another LifeWays Teacher). This is giving me time for more online work, and I hope you'll join me on the blog at Waldorf in the Home and on FaceBook. Wishing you a joyous fall! Rahima (Baldwin Dancy) (09/11)


Zen and the Art of Paintball: The Sacred Path of Warriorship:
In the Japanese Warrior tradition the forms and weapons of War were transformed into a spiritual path. The intense experience of Combat, the experience of life and death, was transmuted through meditation training into an opportunity to recognize one’s true nature. The ‘game’ of Paintball offers a modern day equivalent to the type of training found in many Martial Art dojos but is much more accessible for many of us.
Practice time: Saturday, September 8th, from 2:00 to 5:00pm. Call for Specific Location
Participants must be 14 years old or older and have their own equipment.
Host Facilitators: Tashi Armstrong, Meditation Instructor at the Dzogchen Meditation Center and Instructor in the Heki Chikurin-ha School of Japanese Archery; Joseph Armstrong: 1st Dan, S.K.I.F.
Contact: Tashi or Joe at 607-3392 or 798-1727 (09/11)

C:\Users\Owner\Desktop\Tashi Meditation.jpgAnxiety and the Practice of Meditation: Uncertainty and anxiety are nothing new. 2500 years ago the Buddha’s first teachings after his enlightenment were about ‘dukkha’ – the basic underlying anxiety of our human existence. The fundamental cause of this anxiety is that we are confused about our true nature. Meditation practice slows the speed of habitual discursive patterns and allows us to glimpse our true nature – that simple undistracted awareness beyond creation or fabrication. This class will explore the Buddhist meditation techniques of Shamatha and Vipashayana – settling the mind and recognizing its nature:
Class and Discussion: Wednesday 10 – 12 noon.
Meditation Intensive: Sunday 9--12 noon., Dzogchen Meditation Center, West Bath, (09/11)

UMaine Extension Offers School Gardening Class for Teachers: University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland and York counties will be offering a course this fall geared for school teachers, other staff, and parents who want to gain the skills needed to create and maintain a school garden, and who will tie garden learning to the classroom and cafeteria. Each of the five class sessions will focus on a particular garden subject including composting, soils, seedlings and garden planning.

Course participants will build an understanding of basic gardening principles; connect gardening principles to school activities and curriculum; and support the creation of school gardens with ideas and planning time.

The course will be offered on Wednesdays, October 3, 10, 17, 24, and November 7 from 4:30 – 7:00PM at Bonny Eagle Middle School, 92 Sokokis Trail, Buxton. The cost of the course is $50/person. To maximize the benefits and experience, it is encouraged that several people (teachers, cooks, parents, librarians, etc.) from the same school community enroll in the course.

For more information and to register online go to Registration deadline is Wednesday, September 26, 2012.
Contact: Becky Gowdy at 207-324-2814 or 1-800-287-1535 (in Maine) or (09/11)


Mother of Purl Yarn Shop - where fiber friends connect: Knit one, then, crochet one more! Mother of Purl Yarn Shop welcomes Merriconeag friends and families! We carry Noro Yarns, Brown Sheep, Mountain Colors, OPAL sock yarns, Cascade, Sirdar and JUST ARRIVED, Elsbeth Lavold Silky Wool! We also carry Romney Ridge Farm Yarns (grown, spun and dyed in Maine) Needles and notions, decorative carry-along threads and are just getting in some needle felting supplies. Classes will begin in October to learn the basics or just to build your skills. All levels welcome. Weekly adult ‘Sit and Knit’ begins this Thursday from 6 to 8pm in the store. New product are arriving weekly! Come and Susan Pennoyer (former MWS parent) and Sharon Blatchford (former MWS grandparent) look forward to meeting you and your family.
Mother of Purl Yarn Shop, 541 US Rt. ONE, suite 11 (diagonally across from the new Cuddledown location). Our phone # 869-5280, web:, and email is
For those who prefer advanced insight we have Bingo (yellow Lab) and Rosie (a sweet Corgi) in the shop. (09/11)

4 Weeks of Mindful Mothering Workshop with Meghan Nathanson: September 28th - October 19th (4 Friday evening classes), 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm, JAI YOGA, 314 Fort Andross Bldg, Brunswick, ME
Motherhood is a journey like no other. In this role many women awaken to a love more profound than they have experienced in their lives before children and thus, are made ripe for spiritual and personal transformation. It is also very challenging; sometimes eliciting feelings of self-doubt, worry and frustration. Join Meghan Nathanson as she shares her journey and the ways in which mindfulness practice has provided her with a sense of peace and joy in mothering. Through readings, conversation and guided meditation, we will explore topics ranging from the power of our senses to bring us back into the moment to the importance of slowing our lives so that our children may teach and show us the world, or simply ourselves. Learn more about mindfulness and how it will transform your relationship with your children and allow more love into your life. Whether you are already practicing mindfulness in parenting or not, if you are a Mother this is an inspiration, a practice and conversation that you will want to be a part of. To Register for the 4 Weeks of Mindful Mothering Workshop at Jai Yoga Call: 207-725-7874 or go to their website at: (Scroll down to the 2nd offering to register) (09/11)