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Friday evening October 11, I'll be teaching how to make Vietnamese Pho at the Freeport Community Center. It's a delicious chicken noodle soup topped with fresh bean sprouts, Thai basil, lime and chilis. A friend of mine from college taught me this dish. He escaped Vietnam the day before Saigon fell in 1975. One of his secrets for making clear broth is to never let the broth boil. I can't wait to cook this feast with fellow food lovers and then enjoy our dinner together.  Details: 6-9pm, BYOB, $15-35 (this is a fundraiser for the food pantry), Location: Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St., Freeport, ME (3 blocks from LLBean). To reserve a spot email

Peaceful Parenting in a Culture of Punishment: A Community Conversation: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 • 7:00 pm at Friends School of Portland: Katherine Endy and Sarah MacLaughlin, both social workers and parenting educators, will lead this evening of exploration using self-reflection, conversation, and group interactions. Join us to ponder the questions: What is the role of punishment? Is time-out a punishment or a consequence? and, What is the difference between punishment and consequences....Or is there a difference? If you have decided NOT to spank, coerce, or punish your children and are left saying, "Now what?" - or if punishing your kids isn't working and just doesn't feel right - this workshop is for you. Sarah and Katherine will offer a fresh perspective, the latest brain science, and new skills and tools to help you foster a connection-based approach for guiding your children. (10/08)


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Join CIEE in celebrating International Day of the Girl with a free public screening of Girl Rising. Girl Rising tells the stories of nine courageous girls from all over the world who have overcome tremendous hardships to pursue their dreams of education and a better life. Friday, October 11, State Theatre. Tickets are Free!
Reserve Tickets Now.

You and your family are invited to a one-time only movie screening of the highly acclaimed film Girl Rising in the Yarmouth Performing Arts Center (YPAC) on Saturday, October 19th at 7PM. This is a community event and admission is FREE! Come join us to celebrate International Day of the Girl and join the movement to help empower girls through education. Millions of girls face barriers to education, yet educating girls in developing countries can break the cycle of poverty in just one generation. This powerful film will inspire you. Click here to view the film's trailer: Girl Rising Trailer. Please note: This film is Rated PG-13 and deals with sensitive topics. We suggest you read reviews to decide if this film is appropriate for your child. Review by Common Sense Media: Common Sense Media and The New York Times movie review: NYTimes Review.
We hope to see you there! Sponsored by the Yarmouth High School Global Action Coalition
David & Amy Pearl, Amy Sanders
Please contact or for more information. (10/08)

Little Roots classes at 317 Main in Yarmouth

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LITTLE ROOTS I : Early Childhood Music Program, Ages 3-5
Thursdays: 10 – 10:45 am.
Cost: $136 for 8 weeks. Begins Oct. 3, 2013.
To Register: Contact the Front Desk (207) 846-9559.
(Late registrants are welcome on a pro-rated basis.)
Little Roots I is the Early Childhood Music program at 317 Main designed to engage preschoolers (ages 3-5) who are ready and able to explore a new level of musical learning in a friendly and playful atmosphere.
Classes consist of creative movement, games, stories, rhythm, and musical activities. Each child can embrace themselves as energetic and imaginative preschoolers by exploring the elements of music through a range of musical styles which include lyrical blues, folk, Americana and Traditional music styles, laying a solid foundation for musical aptitude, musical literacy and above all, creative enjoyment.
Musical instruments are gradually introduced to further each child’s creative spirit through group play, exploration and curiosity.

LITTLE ROOTS II: Musical Foundations, ages 5 – 8
Thursdays, 1:30 – 2:15 pm. Up to 8 students.
Cost: $136 for 8 weeks. Begins Oct. 3, 2013.
To Register: Contact the Front Desk (207) 846-9559.
(Late registrants are welcome on a pro-rated basis.)
This class offers children, ages 5-8, a pressure-free, developmentally appropriate transition before moving on to formal instrumental instruction.
The Musical Foundations program provides the opportunity to explore vocal development, rhythm, written notation, and musical symbols to lay a foundation that will inspire solid musical literacy and aptitude.
Students will explore beat, rhythm, melody, harmony, beginning notation, improvisation and expression in a fun and engaging group environment which assists in coordination, concentration and self-confidence.
Classes are held weekly for 45 minutes without a caregiver. Each class is designed to correlate to the National Music Education Standards for Early Childhood – standards specifying what children should know and be able to do as they sing and play instruments, create music, respond to music, and understand music. (10/08)


Adapting to Seasonal Changes; A Yoga and Hiking Retreat, November 1-3 at the Flagstaff Hut in the Carabasset Valley. Join Lucretia Woodruff and Kara Douglas for a weekend of yoga, hiking and delicious food (all sourced from local farms). Cost $340 for 2 nights, 2 days, lodging and meals, plus classes and a workshop on staying healthy with the seasonal changes. Contact Kara Douglas at for more info. See our flyer for more details. (10/01)

Position openings at the White Mountain Waldorf School in New Hampshire:
Outreach & Enrollment Coordinator: We are looking for an experienced, committed, passionate advocate of the Waldorf School. A candidate who professionally reaches out to the families, faculty, school committees, school volunteers, students and community members, on behalf of the Waldorf School, with a positive, energetic voice. The candidate will be the community face and voice of the school, recognized with a genuine love of the school, knowledge of the philosophy, the history and groundwork that has been laid by founding families and faculty over the past 29 years. They will focus positive energy on enrollment and sustainability.

Development Director , The Development Director is responsible for meeting the School’s annual fundraising and significant capital campaign goals. The Development Director is part of the administrative team and is advised by the Development Committee. The Director is also responsible for developing and maintaining active and productive relationships with board members, donors and administration. The candidate should have knowledge of the philosophy, the history of the school and groundwork that has been laid by founding families and faculty over the past 29 years. They will focus positive energy on development and sustainability.

All positions require an understanding of Waldorf Philosophy and/or a willingness to learn and work using Waldorf methods.

To apply, please send a letter of application, contact information for three references from people familiar with your work, and a short autobiography with your resume. Please email your information to the attention of Karen Albert, Administrator, at or mail to White Mountain Waldorf School, PO Box 1069, Conway, NH 03818. (10/01)

Maine inside out presents Culture of Punishment: from Parenting to Prisons: A four-day symposium featuring an original performance by youth at Long Creek Youth Development Center & keynote by Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking, October 15-18, 2013. All events free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Pre-registration is required for certain events. For more information on the events: (10/01)

Fire Prevention Open house at the Freeport Fire Station, Wednesday October 9th, 2013 during Fire Prevention week. Click herefor flyer. (10/01)

Sunbridge Institute Events: Our Waldorf Weekend workshops, which we introduced this past summer, were so successful that we've decided to add one onto our fall lineup. If you have any new staffers or board members, fledgling teachers, or new or prospective parents (or even veteran parents!) who would benefit from an illuminating, hands-on introduction to Waldorf Education and anthroposophy, we hope you will share the attached flyerwith them for this November 1-2 event.  Additionally, if you have members of your community considering a career in Waldorf Education who would like to better understand the path of the Waldorf teacher, please encourage them to join us at an upcoming Open Day - scheduled for November 7th and 13th, during our elementary and early childhood November intensives. Visitors will experience a teacher education class, attend an in-depth discussion about Waldorf teacher education with our program director, and enjoy conversation over lunch with current program students. A flyer for these events is attached, as well.   (10/01)

Freeport Community Library - October Events:
It's Puppet Show Time at the Library
Thursday, October 10 at 10:15am
Lindsay brings her amazingly crafted life size puppets to Freeport Community Library’s children and families. Filled with silliness, crowd participation, and unique, memorable characters, her series of charming and positive short stories will delight the young and the young at heart.
Yoga for Kids at the Library
Thursdays at 10:15am, October 3 & November 7
First Thursdays of the month, the Freeport Yoga Company will be offering yoga classes for children ages 3 - 6.

Animated film Hotel Transilvania Showing on Wednesday October 30, 2013 at 3:40pm. Running time 91 minutes, Rating PG. Come join us for this fun movie for the whole family. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Please click here for a PDF of the October Awsna newsletter, Inform.
It can also be found here:
"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.