joe says "5ish ols"


One thing that always amazes Joe about his hometown is the thriving arts scene, which never seems to slow down. There are many local venues that contribute to this vibrant culture, and one of the more central ones is One Longfellow Square. OLS is one of Portland's most charming and versatile non-profit performing arts and concert venues, offering a warm and intimate atmosphere and setting the stage for unforgettable live music, performing arts and community events.

This Thursday, October 26th at 6pm OLS is hosting its 5(ish) Anniversary Party to celebrate 5 ish years of hits, 5 ish years of music, 5 ish years of memories, 5ish years of OLS! In addition to being a celebration, this will also be an important fundraiser for the venue. Tickets cost a suggested donation of $25 per person, and a silent auction, featuring some amazing items, including autographed posters from some of your favorite OLS acts and items from some of our favorite neighborhood businesses will run throughout the event to help OLS raise money so they can keep their doors open for 5 more years.

Learn more about OLS here, and more about the 5ish event here.

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


joe says "boo bash"

Joe is happy to once again promote the Boo Bash, a Halloween fundraiser to benefit Simple Gifts. Simple Gifts is an organization that provides financial support and encouragement to patients experiencing a medical crisis, as well as their families. The organization is staffed entirely by volunteers. Joe respects and admires the work that Simple Gifts does, and is happy to spread the word about the Boo Bash, which will be held on Saturday, October 21, from 7-11 PM, in the function room at the Italian Heritage Center at 40 Westland Ave in Portland. Find more about the organization and the event here. Joe hopes the event goes boo-tifully!

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

joe says "wmpg don8"

Ever since Joe's days as a young DJ (true story), he's had a soft spot in his heart for student-run radio stations; fortunately, Portland is home to such a station. WMPG, 90.9/104.1, empowers University of Southern Maine students and community members to create diverse, innovative, high quality media, foster the exchange of ideas, and celebrate the many cultures of USM and surrounding communities for broadcast to the world. As we all know, it takes charitable donations from Portlanders like you to make such an operation possible. WMPG's Spring Begathon is currently taking place, so be sure to donate here. The WMPG volunteers and managers will be asking their listener-supporters for donations totaling $50,000 to meet the station's operations budget. For WMPG volunteers and listeners, the week of Begathon is a 7-day celebration of the unique opportunities that community radio offers. "Regular people, with and without previous media experience, come to WMPG to learn how to make radio that is important to them," explains WMPG Program Director Lisa Bunker. "We teach them the skills and responsibilities of how to do it, and then the music that is played and the topics that are discussed are completely up to them." Find more about WMPG at its official website. Joe hopes you chip in to WMPG and help support this important asset to the Portland community!

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

joe says "100 men"

Portlanders are now well familiar with one of Joe's favorite local non-profits: 100 Women Who Care of Southern Maine. Well, now it's the men's turn. 100 Men Who Care of Southern Maine, inspired by the simple, powerful and effective ‘100 Who Care’ concept, is a local organization whose goal is to support charities and non-profit organizations dedicated to serving and making a difference in our communities. These organizations are almost universally under-resourced. 100 Men Who Care members are able to nominate and share about charities and non-profit organizations they want to support with $10,000 in one hour!

This organization's next event will be tonight, October 17th, from 6:30 to 7:30pm (registration beginning at 6:00pm) at Bunker Brewing in Portland located at 17 Westfield Street, Unit D, Portland.

Learn more about this great organization here. Joe hopes that 100 soon becomes 200, and so on!

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


joe says "wndo drss"

As readers of this blog know, Joe loves to learn about non-profits that serve the Maine population in all different types of ways. Until recently, he had never heard of WindowDressers, a volunteer-driven non-profit organization dedicated to helping Maine residents reduce heating costs, fossil fuel consumption, and CO-2 emissions by lowering the amount of heat loss through windows.

WindowDressers has developed a community-based volunteer model that taps into individual and collective interest in saving on fuel costs, helping fellow citizens and sparing the environment from unnecessary CO2 pollution. Their target is leaky windows in Maine’s housing stock, the oldest in the nation. Inserts offer an affordable alternative to window replacement.

WindowDressers customers save, on average, ten to twenty percent on their fuel consumption, which translates in most cases to payback within the first heating season. They donate 22% of their inserts to low-income families who could not otherwise afford them. Many of these families choose to donate back to the program in order to help other families.

Joe thinks this is a great idea and encourages you to learn more about WindowDressers here.

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

joe says "rtt bbb"

Animal-lovers of Portland, listen up: today Joe is promoting Riding to the Top Therapeutic Riding Center (RTT), a non-profit dedicated to helping people with disabilities reach their highest potential through the healing power of horses. Located in Windham, RTT’s 50 acre farm includes a heated indoor arena with attached program and office space, an outdoor riding ring and access to miles of trails. RTT is the largest therapeutic riding program in northern New England. At RTT, children and adults with disabilities work together with horses, volunteers and staff to overcome challenges and reach their highest potential. Through engaging in RTT’s program, all of our lives are enhanced and broadened in an environment that is supportive, innovative, respectful and diverse.

Tomorrow, Saturday, October 14th, is RTT's Triple B (BBB) event: Boots, Barbeque, and Beer, when RTT's indoor riding arena turns into a festively themed wonderland, with BBQ dinner, live music and a thrilling “mission based auction” to support RTT’s Rider Scholarship and Horse Funds. Joe thinks all local animal-lovers and party-lovers should check out this great event!

Learn more about RTT here and more about the BBB event here.

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

joe says "indi biz"

Readers of this blog are by now familiar with Joe's appreciation of Portland's strong "buy local" ethic. He's promoted the Portland Buy Local organization several times, and is currently spreading the word about their 2017 Indie Biz Awards. This fun event is a celebration of Portland's vibrant independent businesses and community organizations. Last year's awards brought together more than 200 supporters, Portland Buy Local members, and their employees for live music, a lively auction and local food and brews. This year's event is being held tonight, Thursday October 12th, at 6pm at the Portland House of Music.

Find more about the event here, and remember, Joe always says buy local!

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

joe says "mamm rock"

Joe was never much of a musician, but he can appreciate talent when he sees it. There's plenty of talent at Maine Academy of Modern Music, a local organization that aspires to provide Maine youth with the discipline, freedom, and guidance to appreciate the thrill of making contemporary music, instilling in them the power of self-expression. MAMM is dedicated to building leadership through the musical arts.

The good folks over at MAMM hope that you can join them tomorrow, October 12th, when they will be celebrating their 10th Anniversary in style with Chords For Kids: MAMM's Scholarship Gala Fundraiser. This first annual event will be held at Portland's spectacular new music venue AURA and will feature performances by MAMM students, a silent auction, and an award ceremony where MAMM will recognize "Rock Stars in Our Communities". Following the award ceremony attendees will dance the night away to Maine's own 19-piece big band The Fogcutters whose lead male vocalist is none other than MAMM instructor Chas Lester.

Find more about MAMM here, and more about the gala here.

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