Portlanders are well aware that Joe is a big fan of the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital, and today he's spreading the word about BBCH's Pay 4 Play fundraising event. Beginning at 5am on Thursday, September 21st and ending at 2pm on Friday, September 22nd, 107.5 Frank FM morning show hosts Stan, Heidi, and Rick are committing 32 consecutive hours of air time to ensuring that you hear your favorite song - as long as you're willing to pay the price! The further your song request is from Frank's traditional classic rock format, the more you pay to hear it. 100% of the funds raised during this event will stay local to support sick and injured kids at The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital. Requesting your favorite song will never feel better! Find more about this great promotion here, and be sure to request your favorite song and tune in to 107.5 Frank FM to hear it!
Joe loves learning about charitable causes in the area, and here's yet another one: The 2017 Freeport Walk for Epilepsy, benefiting The Epilepsy Foundation of New England. The EFNE provides help for today and hope for tomorrow for tens of thousands of people living with epilepsy. On September 24, 2017, EFNE invites you to join them for day of inspiration, hope, and fun in Freeport, as people walk to show support for people affected by epilepsy in our community.
EFNE’s Freeport walk brings together our epilepsy community to share in a day filled with purpose, while fostering connections. Children’s activities bring lots of smiles to our youngest walkers and include face painting, and music to sing and dance to. The Freeport epilepsy walk is a great way to enjoy the fall weather in New England, have fun with friends and family, enjoy lunch and show your support for people living with epilepsy.
There is nothing more tragic than the death of a child. When such a tragedy does occur, we all have a duty to support the family of the deceased. Today Joe is promoting an organization that does just that: The Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) Foundation.
Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) is the sudden and unexpected death of a child 12 months and older which remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation is conducted. SUDC is unpredictable and unpreventable at this time, and we do not know of any way to reduce the risk of it occurring. The SUDC Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3), that provides no cost services to families and professionals affected by the sudden and unexpected death of a child 12 months and older. It is tasked with providing a centralized resource for information, support and advocacy. And it serves families and professionals affected by the tragedy of SUDC, and promotes awareness of SUDC in communities worldwide.
Joe offers his condolences to any families who have been the victims of SUDC, and offers his thanks to the SUDC foundation for the important work that they do. You can find more about the SUDC Foundation here.
Readers of Joe's Time & Temp blog have now seen almost every local theater company up in lights, and here's one more: the Lyric Music Theater, whose 2017-2018 season starts tonight, September 15th, with a production of Nice Work If You Can Get it. Founded in 1952, Lyric Music Theater is community theater at its finest. The purpose and mission of this wonderful organization is is to foster and develop interest in the theater in the Greater Portland Area, particularly as applied to music and drama, and to provide a medium for the expression of such interest. "Nice Work" will be running from September 15th through October 1st-- Joe hopes you get a chance to check it out!
Learn more about the Lyric Music Theater here.
As a (much) younger man, Joe was an avid bicyclist. That's why he likes to support local cycling organizations whenever he can. Today he's supporting the Community Bicycle Center's AppleCycle. The CBC exists to provide youth enrichment opportunities for personal growth through bicycling-related activities. As a result of engagement with Community Bicycle Center’s programming and staff, youth develop beliefs, attitudes, skills, and actions to be successful in relationships, educational pursuits, future employment, health, and civic engagement.
AppleCycle is an annual orchard hopping bike tour featuring seven beautiful apple orchards nestled along Greater York County’s most scenic rural roads. 100% of the proceeds support the Community Bicycle Center’s free afterschool programs for kids. This year's event will be held on Saturday, October 14th.
Joe is always inspired by the work done by medical professionals on behalf of their patients, and that's especially true when the patients are children. That's why he's promoting this weekend's 32nd Annual Maine Children's Cancer Program Walk, an event that will take place simultaneously in four locations across Maine on Saturday, September 16th, 2017. The purpose of the MCCP WALK is to raise both awareness and funds for the Maine Children's Cancer Program, Maine's comprehensive treatment center for children fighting cancer and blood disorders. Please register today to participate in this year's MCCP WALK, and help support the Maine Children's Cancer Program in its effort to keep cancer from getting in the way of kids being kids! Find more about the MCCP here, and Joe says good luck to all the walkers!
Every year on this day, Joe takes time to reflect on the horrible tragedy and the incredible resilience that our nation showed on September 11th, 2001. Joe offers his sincere condolences to everyone who lost a family member or friend on that day, and applauds the first responders and service members who showed courage and patriotism on that day and everyday since.
When Joe was growing up in Portland in the 50's, he spent much of his time at the Jewish Community Center, or JCC. Serving as a hub of the local Jewish community, the JCC was where kids came to learn, parents came to socialize, and good times were had by all. Now, there's a brand new center, now going by the name Jewish Community Alliance, opening on 1342 Congress Street. The new and improved JCA serves to enhance and promote Jewish Life and continuity locally, in Israel & throughout the world by providing & supporting diverse programs & services, including such programming as a preschool, summer day camp, after-school program, health and fitness classes, and adult education courses.
The JCA is hosting the Grand Opening of their new location on Sunday, September 10th, from 2-4:30pm. This fun event will feature lawn games, food, music, face painting, and plenty of other fun for the whole family. Joe hopes you consider attending this fun community event to celebrate an important local organization.