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Dec 14 Saturday Contradance at Merriconeag's Community Hall

Community Barn Dance!
Live music with fiddle and other instruments, all dances taught by leader Kathryn Larson. Admission is $3 person/$12 maximum per family. This is an all ages event. The dance is followed by potluck snacks, and then an 8pm Contradance for an additional cost.
Jaige & Adam of the band Crowfoot with George Marshall calling
6:00 Family dance $3/person, $13 max family
7:00 finger foods pot luck
7:30 - 8 Beginners' lesson
8:00 - 11:30 Contra Dance $10 adultys/$7 students & seniors
FMI: Maggie Robinson 207.233-4325, (12/10)

The 87th annual Pageant of the Nativity will be performed on Sunday, December 15th at 5PM at the First Parish in Portland Unitarian Universalist Church, 425 Congress Street.The Meeting House is lit by candles, the choir sings, the story of the birth of Jesus quietly unfolds during this magnificent service, and maybe the snow even gently falls. It takes more than one hundred people to produce this meaningful event, both in the cast and behind the scenes.This special worship service was written by the Reverend Vincent Silliman, minister of First Parish from 1926-1938 and later minister of the First Universalist Church of Yarmouth. Some of the costume fabrics were brought from Palestine by the nieces of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Non-denominational in nature, the Pageant makes no religious statement. Rather, it is meant simply to honor the birth of one of history’s great prophets and celebrate the Spirit of Goodwill in each of us. Eric Bloch, a 6th grader, and Paul Bloch will be in the cast. For more information contact First Parish at 773-5747. (12/10)


Dzogchen Meditation Center, Ka-Nying Surmang Choling, A Residential Dharma Center in MidCoast Maine, 4 Armstrong Way, West Bath, ME 04530
The Living Wisdom of the Buddha Dharma Lecture Series
Garab Dorje’s “Three Words That Strike The Vital Point”
Saturday December 14th and December 21st from 2:30 till 4:30
The teachings of Dzogchen, the “Great Perfection” were first expounded by the Buddhist teacher Garab Dorje. This tradition of Buddhist teaching directly introduces the practitioner to the Nature of Mind. The essence of Garab Dorje’s message is found in “The Three Statements that Strike the Vital Points>” In the nineteenth century, the famous master Patrul Rinpoche wrote a brilliant commentary on these three statements together with the practices relating to them entitled “The Special Teaching of the Wise and Glorious King.”
The Experience of No Self
Saturday December 28th and January 4th from 2:30 till 4:30
“The experience of “No Self” or egolessness forms the basis of the Buddhist Religion but what does it mean? Fundamentally when we talk about “No Self” in Buddhism we mean the experience of no fixed reference point either transcendent or worldly from which to evaluate our experience. The experience of “No Self” can only be understood by looking directly at our experience of impermanence. Ngakpa Tashi Armstrong , SKO (12/10)


The Coastal Youth Orchestra will perform its annual Winter concert on Monday December 16th at 5:30PM at the Midcoast Presbyterian Church on Main St. in Topsham. CYO is in its eleventh season. The concert is free to the public but donations are gratefully accepted.
      CYO is made up of three ensembles, the Fiddleheads, the Coastal String Ensemble and the Coastal Chamber Orchestra. Under the direction of Nancy Roderick, the Fiddleheads will play “Catch a Falling Star”, “Old Joe Clark” and “Two Hungarian Rounds”. The String Ensemble will perform “Hornpipe” from Handel’s Water Music, “Ludwig’s Tango” and “Themes from the Nutcracker”. Karla Kelley will conduct the Chamber Orchestra in their performance of Benjamin Britten’s “Playful Pizzicato”, Handel’s “Queen of Sheba”, and a movement from Corelli’s “Christmas Concerto.
      Also performing on this concert are the students from a new program started by CYO called “Ready, Set, Play”. Since October these students have been offered group violin lessons taught by Nancy Roderick and Susan Krongold. Instruments were donated by Tom Bailey and Main St. Music in Auburn. The concert is free to the public but donations are gratefully accepted.
      The Coastal Youth Orchestra would like to encourage string students of all abilities to consider joining this exciting musical group. Auditions will be held on Tuesday, January 7th. Please contact Nancy Roderick at 751-4718 or for an audition appointment or concert information. (12/10)


Dear Friends of Immigrant Kitchens, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, let's make Mexican tamales for Christmas presents (and eat some too). We'll have fun, eat some great food, and make tamales you can freeze and give out for presents. Our tamales will be filled with masa, a kind of corn flour, mixed with chicken broth, lard or vegetable oil, pulled chicken in super-mild chili sauce, green olives, jalapeno, cilantro, red pepper and yellow onion. Details: 6-9pm, BYOB, $15-35 for dinner (this is a fundraiser for the food pantry), plus $7 per gift tamale to freeze at home and give to friends and family. 6-9pm. Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot Street, Freeport (3 blocks from LLBean). To reserve a spot email, (12/10)

There's lots of news at Circus Smirkus these days! Click here to view their newsletter. (12/03)

There is a new Nature-based Early Childhood curriculum in the Education Department at Antioch New England. Please click here for a flyer that describes the classes. (12/03)

Please click here for a PDF of the December 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.

Freeport Community Library - December Events:

Star Myths and Legends Wednesday, January 15 at 6:00pm at The Freeport Community Library. Northern Stars’ inflatable traveling planetarium is coming to the library. Learn the stories behind the constellations we see and how to spot them in the night sky. This will be a fun evening so come in out of the cold for a night of stargazing at the library. Sign-up at the library.Space is limited to sixty people.

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