joe says "fest natn"

Those who know Joe are well aware of how proud he is of his immigrant ancestors who journeyed here from other countries to find a better life. Today on the Time & Temp sign, Joe is promoting an event that celebrates the many different cultures and ethnicities that make up the rich fabric of Portland. This Saturday, July 29th, the Festival of Nations will be held in Deering Oaks Park. The festival, which is put on by the Mugadi Foundation, is a collaboration with many corporations, agencies and foundations in the Greater Portland area. The festival is now recognized as one of the most outstanding family-oriented cultural events held in the state of Maine. It highlights Maine's ethnic diversity and traditions, encourages understanding, and promotes a healthy Maine. Joe hopes you consider attending and celebrating the many different cultures that make Maine special. Learn more about this great event here.

                  Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey's photos here and here.


joe says "trav iata"

Joe hopes there are some opera fans who follow this blog, because today's he's promoting Opera Maine, a local organization dedicated to producing creative, inspiring, and professional opera performances of artistic excellence. Opera Maine's current production, with performances on July 26th and 28th, is La Traviata, one of the most loved operas of all time. Maestro Stephen Lord will conduct the Opera Maine orchestra and Artistic Director Dona D. Vaughn will breathe new life into the tragic love story. Joe hopes both products go off without a hitch and hopes you consider checking them out!

Find more information about Opera Maine here and more information about La Traviata performances here.

                   Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey's photos here and here.

joe says "thnx paul"

The Time & Temp Blog's first guest photographer is Paul Conley, a Portlander who got this cool aerial photo of the Time & Temp and sent it into Joe says Thanks Paul!

Portlanders, Joe wants to get more of you involved with this project. We all know that the Time & Temp is visible from countless spots in Portland- can you see it from your office? From your apartment? From your walk to lunch? If you can, try to grab a photo from your unique perspective. Pass it along to Joe at, and maybe you'll see it on, along with a special shout-out. If you're a photographer and your photo makes it onto the page, Joe will also post a link to an online portfolio if you have one. Bonus points for cool new perspectives.

Photography by Paul Conley.

Photography by Paul Conley.

joe says "tri4 cure"

Like so many other people, Joe's life has been touched by cancer. As heartbreaking as the disease can be, few things inspire Joe more than survivors and their resilience. Each year, over a thousand women (many of them survivors) gather in South Portland to swim, bike & run as they Tri for a Cure in Maine's only all-women's triathlon. The Tri for a Cure, held by the Maine Cancer Foundation, has become the largest triathlon in the state, providing a unique opportunity for women to engage in the fight against cancer here in Maine. The triathletes share a unique bond; some are cancer survivors, others are racing in support of their loved ones, but all of them share the desire to create a cancer-free Maine, a desire that Joe shares. This year's event is this Sunday, July 23rd, in South Portland. Find more about the Tri at the official website. Joe wishes good luck to the competitors (especially Joe's sister Deb!) and to everyone who has ever suffered from this terrible disease, and he hopes that all female readers of this blog consider participating next year (or at least coming to watch and cheer!)

                    Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey's photos here and here.

joe says "wazo fest"

Looking for something to do this weekend that's both fun and inspiring? Then check out Wazo Fest, a festival being held by a new organization in our community, Kesho Wazo, Maine’s transformative youth arts and activism collective. Kesho Wazo is a group of local artists and activists whose mission is to open up the minds of Portland's youth, unleashing their imagination and freeing them to create new art and ideas and bettering the world in the process.

This weekend is the inaugural Wazo Fest, which will feature music, film, meditation, discussions, workshops, skating, and healthy food as the vehicles by which Kesho Wazo will empower all members of our community.

Find more about Kesho Wazo here, and more about Wazo Fest here. Joe hopes the event is a great success and wishes this new organization all the best in the future.

joe says "text crew"

This weekend Joe is happy to flash a new message on the Time & Temp to promote The Portland Opportunity Crew, a pilot program building on the successes several other cities have had by offering panhandlers the opportunity to earn money to clean up public areas. The program also links these folks with needed services, such as job training and support. Workers will pick up trash and beautify the city's parks and trails, primarily on the peninsula. Program participants will be paid minimum wage, which in Portland is $10.68 an hour, at the end of each shift.

Learn more about the Portland Opportunity Crew here, and please consider making a donation to this great cause here or by texting CREW to 91999 (get it? Text Crew?).

Joe applauds the City of Portland for their innovative approach to combat poverty, and wishes all the participants in this program good luck!

                 Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey's photos here and here.

joe says "hope acts"

Readers of this blog may be familiar with Hope Acts, a local organization based in Portland that works alongside addicts and alcoholics in recovery and African asylum seekers for a community where all people experience social, emotional, physical, economic, and spiritual well-being. This wonderful organization's mission is to improve the quality of life for persons of the Greater Portland area by addressing needs for healthy living, housing security, and a hopeful economic future, and to strengthen neighborhoods to become safe places of hospitality, hope and healing for all people. This Saturday, July 8th, Hope Acts is hosting its annual Take Back Hope Fundraiser. Held at Bayside Bowl in Portland, this event will feature live music, bowling, food, and fun, all to benefit this great local organization. Joe hopes the event is a success and hopes you consider attending!

Learn more about Hope Acts and this event here.

                     Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey's photos here and here.

joe says "your pma"

Art lovers of Portland, take note. This Friday, July 7th, The Portland Museum of Art will open the David E. Shaw and Family Sculpture Park in the Joan B. Burns Garden with a community celebration. Taking place on First Friday and featuring food trucks, live music, and much more, the grand opening of the David E. Shaw and Family Sculpture Park will be the arts and cultural event of the season.

In addition to the grand opening, the entire museum will be free and visitors will be encouraged to take their PMA Summer of Sculpture experience from the Park to the major exhibition inside, A New American Sculpture, 1914-1945: Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and Zorach.

Find more about this event, and the PMA, here.

Joe offers his thanks to the PMA staff for providing his hometown with such an incredible museum and artistic experience, and he'll be looking for YOU on Friday!

                        Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey's photos here and here.