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PSO Presents: The Impact of Music Education - a free community event on

March 17th, 7:00 pm, Merrill Auditorium
In celebration of "Music in Our Schools Month" this March, Jamie Bernstein, music aficionado and daughter of noted composer Leonard Bernstein, will join Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) music director Robert Moody for a conversation about the role music education has played in their lives. Audiences are invited to attend and join in this free event that will take place at Merrill Auditorium on Monday, March 17 at 7:00pm.

     The hour long event is open to the public and will include time for questions from the audience. The free event does require registration, which can be done online here. Music and arts educators are encouraged to arrive early for a celebration of recent music education achievements throughout the state from 6pm-7pm. Educators who attend the discussion at 6pm will receive complimentary tickets to one of the PSO's 'Bernstein by Bernstein' concerts, narrated by Jamie Bernstein. (03/11)

The Living Wisdom of the Buddha Dharma Lecture Series

Dzogchen Meditation Center, Ka-Nying Surmang Choling
4 Armstrong Way, West Bath, ME 04530,
Beginning Where We Are
Saturday March 15 & March 22, 2:30 – 4:30
This is an introduction to the Buddhist practice of Mindfulness Meditation:
“People have difficulty beginning a spiritual practice because they put a lot of energy into looking for the best and easiest way to get into it. We might have to change our attitude and give up looking for the best or easiest way. Actually, there is no choice. Whatever approach we take, we will have to deal with what we are already. We have to look at who we are.” Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
You Are What You Think, Say And Do
Saturday March 29, 2:30 till 4:30
Buddhism has been called “the study of the Self”. We will examine what Buddhist mean by “self”? From the meditators point of view we find that what we think drives what we say and do and to a certain extent what we say and do affects what we think. But much of what we think, say and do is completely habitual. We will look at two forms of Buddhist meditation and how these address the question of waking up from this habitual daydream– nonconceptual meditation and the Tantric practice of Deity Yoga – working with body, speech and mind. (03/11)

Girls on the Run is a life-changing running program for girls in the 3rd through 5th and 6th through 8th grades. The purpose is to provide girls with the tools they need to meet and navigate the challenges of adolescence, to inspire them to set and accomplish goals, and to encourage them to incorporate a physical activity into their daily lives. The 10-week, 20-lesson Girls on the Run curriculum combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) running event with lessons that inspire the girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem solving skills and make healthy decisions.
Girls on Track Team (Grades 6th-8th) meets at Casco Bay YMCA (Freeport) – Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00 – 5:30
Registration for the Spring session is open. Scholarships are available! For more information: (03/04)

Race director Nancy Roderick has announced that registration is open for the 4th annual Coastal Youth Orchestra 5K/Walk and Fun Run, “Go for Baroque....out and Bach”. The race is scheduled to be held on Sunday April 27th on Pennellville Road in Brunswick. The course record is held by Merriconeag's own Jack Pierce.
The race is being held by the Coastal Youth Orchestra and will benefit the organization’s musical programs for young people. CYO musicians will play music along the course.

     The 5K course in Brunswick is an out and back run and is generally flat and very scenic. The race starts at the intersection of Old Pennellville and Pennellville Roads, taking Pennellville Road to a right onto Pennel Way, left onto Simpson Pt. Road to the end and return to the start. The race is competitive, but fun and is well known for it’s beautiful course, music, great snacks, great people, prizes and fun.

     Race fees are $25 for the 5K ($20 for students 18 and under). The first 100 runners to register will receive a T-shirt. Registration fee for the Fun Run is $10, or $20 including a T-shirt.
      The one mile Fun Run will start at 9AM and the 5K will follow at 9:30. Parking is available along the soccer field on Pennellville Road. Race day registration and packet pickup will start at 7:30 a.m.
      Prizes will be awarded in several categories. A registration form is available for download at or may be done online at For more information contact Nancy Roderick at, 751-4718. Please come and join in the fun and "Go for Baroque!!!" (02/25)


The Freeport Community Library welcomes back Rob Duquette who sings and performs on Ukelele, guitar, xylophone and many percussion instruments from around the globe.The program is March 27, 2014 at 10:30 am. (02/25)

March 22nd 9:30-4:30 a music/kirtan by Omkara of Kevin Wicks following from 5-7 pm---children with adult supervision are more than welcome to the music/kirtan portion of the day! Full/half day yoga class options available. for details/directions...minutes from downtown Freeport. (02/25)

Save the Date: A Lecture and Seminar with Herbert Hagens, Friday, April 11, 2014: 7 pm, Saturday, April 12, 2014: 9am - 4pm, Ashwood Waldorf School, Rockport, Maine. Friday evening lecture, $5 donation suggested, Saturday seminar, $25~Registration begins in March~By Studies in Anthroposophy (02/25)

The Midcoast School of Music is about to begin our Spring Semester Ensemble Program. If you have been contemplating getting involved in our program I would like to personally invite you to join us on Sunday March 2nd and find out more about or thriving ensemble program. There is no cost or obligation to attend.
This semester we are offering the following programs: Beatles Ensemble, Classic Rock Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, New Orleans Funk & Soul Revue, Pop Music Ensemble, Girls Rock Ensemble, Dreamgirls Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble. For more information or to reserve a spot please contact Matt Fogg at 207.229.2738 or (02/25)

Attached is the AWSNA Inform newsletter for March for those who are interested in Waldorf education in North America. INFORM is now up on the News page of the AWSNA website.
Here is the direct link to the March INFORM: Inform March 2014

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