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Ashwood Waldorf School's Parent Community Council Presents Author & Educator, Jack Petrash:
Raising Healthy Children in the Age of Technology
, Fri. & Sat. October 19 & 20. A conference for parents, teachers, counselors, and care givers. Click here for brochure. (10/09)

Immigrant Kitchens presents the next live cooking class: Friday Oct. 12 North African Chicken Chili with Sourdough Flatbread, Freeport 6-9pm. Of all the foods I've learned, this one is my husband's and my favorite. We adore really spicy food and this is really spicy - the perfect dish for those who put hot sauce on everything! I can't wait to cook it and eat it together with you next Friday night at the Freeport Community Center. Learn about teff flour, spongy sourdough injera, ghee, turmeric and the enchanting berbere spice mixture. This dish comes from Eritrea, a country next to Ethiopia in north eastern Africa. I learned it from Asmeret, the owner of Asmara restaurant in Portland, Maine. The meal is chicken drumsticks cooked in a deep red, spicy sauce that kind of looks like a bowl of chili. If this sounds familiar, I taught this dish last April and am teaching it again because it's so darn good. I can make mild and vegetarian versions as well - just let me know.
Details: 6-9pm, BYOB, $15-35 as you can (this is a fundraiser for the food pantry), Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot Street, Freeport (3 blocks from LLBean). To reserve a spot email
Cheers, Lindsay Sterling, (10/09)

What color is your mind? Resolving the nature of Mind as Unborn Awareness through Mindfulness
What is the nature of your awareness? Where does it reside? Is it located in your head behind your eyes? Does it have a color or shape? Is it in what we see, taste, touch, smell and think or is it that which sees, smells, touches, thinks?
In fact, when we look directly at mind we see that there is no “thing” there to find. Yet ‘this awareness’ has never been separate from us. It does not have the attributes we associate with’things’ yet it is the basis of all that we experience. To try to resolve the nature of this awareness conceptually doesn’t get at its reality. For this the Buddha taught mindfulness meditation—looking directly with awareness at what arises in mind.

The truth of the matter is that every time something happens, we become aware of it. Where do you become aware of it? We say, “In our mind,” and that means in space. In other words, space becomes aware of its own movement. This idea, by the way, is basically pointing to ordinary experience by undercutting the quality of experience that is based on ego. Ego is constantly thinking and talking, constantly making up something about what is happening. However, from the point of view of meditation, the only thing that is happening is whatever instantly arises in space, and in that instant, whatever arises has no history. Therefore, it has no memory, and therefore, it has no future. And therefore, even in the present, it has no existence. It is simply pure being, which is like striking a match on a stone – the flame that occurs is the same as what occurs in space when experience arises: Strike! Ssst! Light! Bright! Smell, taste, touch – everything comes out of that. It’s instantaneous and immediate. Osel Tendzin.
Join us Wednesday from 10:00 to 12:00 For Buddhist Meditation and Discussion at our Center in West Bath. (10/09)

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 October 2012. It can also be found at (10/09)

Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi: Thursday, October 18, 2012, 7:30 pm Merrill Auditorium, Portland
One of the most thrilling percussion ensembles in the world, the Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi have gained legendary status for their powerful, hypnotic and enthralling performances. Burundi is one of the smallest countries in Central Africa where the ritual of drumming comes from an ancient royal heritage and customs, with technique passed down from father to son. Their craft remains timeless: ancient and compelling yet as electrifyingly modern as any contemporary beat. The thunderous sound of the drums with the graceful yet athletic dance that accompanies this masterful performance represents an important part of Burundi’s musical heritage. Their performances are the ultimate African drum experience. Highly recommended! FMI: (10/02)

Freeport Community Library Activities:

GCW: The Freeport Community Library is starting a new community service program called GCW (Giving Children Warmth) for students in grades 6 - 8. The program will make blankets for children in Afghanistan. The blankets will be made of hand knit wool squares. Instructions on how to knit plus yarn and needles will be provided. The program starts Monday, October 22nd. Please stop by the library’s Children’s Room for details and an application.
Junior Page: Have you ever thought about working in a library? If the answer is yes, stop in and check out the new volunteer Junior Page (i.e. junior assistant) program in the Children’s Room at the Freeport Community Library. Our program trainings start on October 9th so if you are in 6th, 7th or 8th grade and are interested, please stops by for an application at the Children’s Desk.

Earthjams is coming to the Freeport Community Library on Tuesday, October 9th at 10:00am. Please join us for a morning of songs celebrating the earth.
Come to story time at the Freeport Community Library with a firefighter on Tuesday, October 16th at 10:00am. After story time you will get to see a real fire truck!
Halloween Parade: On Tuesday, October 30th at 10:00am the Freeport Community Library will have a parade lead by Winnie the Pooh and Tigger. Dress up in a costume if you like and join our fun parade. (10/09)

Click here for more information on Kat Gillies' Bread & Roses River School Art Collective Classes for Fall and Winter in Yarmouth. (10/02)

Daponte String Quartet:
Series I: Austro-Hungarian 'Invasion"
Program:Franz Josef Haydn Quartet in D Major, op. 64, no 5. "The Lark," Bela Bartok String Quartet No. 6,
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Quartet in D Minor, K. 428
Dates & Venues: Thursday Oct. 25 7:30 pm St. John's Episcopal Church, Thomaston, Friday Oct. 26 7:30 pm Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta, Saturday Oct. 27 7:30 pm Portland Public Library (new venue), Sunday Oct. 28 3:00 pm Studzinski Hall at Bowdoin College, Brunswick (09/25)


Please join me in this Parenting Series toward Building Your Family Culture. We will study the book Simplicity Parenting and explore our authentic parenting practices in a safe community of fellow parents. Couples are encouraged to attend. There is a 30% discount for partners. All registration fees are negotiable, open for barter or trade depending on circumstance. Please send a deposit of $25.00 by October 5. The deposits will be held until registration is completed at the start of the series.
I have books available for $10. Please let me know if you would like one. I look forward to hearing from you. Please confirm your interest and send in your deposit by October 5. Thank you. Laina Clugston
Renewal Parenting & Simplicity Parenting Group Facilitator, PO Box 441, South Freeport, ME 04078
207-865-0865, See pdf of flyer by clicking here. (09/25)