joe says "jca open"

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.

Learn more about the JCA here and more about the event here.

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


joe says "mile stne"

One of the many organizations that Joe is so proud to have doing important work in his hometown is the Milestone Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide the best quality services to empower individuals with substance use and behavioral health disorders to attain stability, dignity, recovery, and an enhanced quality of life. Since its inception in 1967, Milestone has helped countless Mainers overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and go on to accomplish great things.

This Saturday, September 9th, is 50 Miles for Milestone, the annual fundraising motorcycle ride to commemorate Milestone’s 50 years of helping Mainers on the road to recovery. Proceeds will benefit Milestone’s addiction and homeless services.

Joe encourages all local motorcyclists to consider partaking in this event to support an invaluable local organization, and urges everyone to learn more about Milestone here.

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

joe says "grn fest"

If you've seen one of the Joe Bornstein-themed Priuses driving around Maine, you already know that Joe likes to be eco-friendly whenever possible, which is why he's promoting the Greater Portland Sustainability Council's Green Fest. The Sustainability Council is a local organization whose mission is to help our region become a world-class model of environmental sustainability.  The Green Fest, to be held this Saturday, September 9th in Monument Square in Portland, will feature musical acts, dance performances, local foods, kids' activities, and more, all in the name of environmental stewardship. If there's one thing Joe likes more than a festival, it's a festival for a good cause, so he thinks you should check it out! Admission is free, so don't think twice!

Learn more about the Council here and more about this event here.

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

joe says "cmt mnth"

Do any Portlanders remember this message from last year? If not, Joe is here to refresh your memory. CMT stands for Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease, a group of inherited disorders that affect the peripheral nerves, which are the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord. CMT affects about 2.8 million people worldwide, of all races and ethnic groups. The Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association is an organization whose mission is to support the development of new drugs to treat CMT, to improve the quality of life for people with CMT, and, ultimately, to find a cure. On Sunday, September 10th, the CMT Association will be holding the 5th annual Peaks Island Walk for CMT at the Inn on Peaks! Joe is sure this will be an inspiring event and hopes you consider attending. Find more about the event here and more about the organization here.

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

joe says "od vigl"

Like so many Mainers, Joe's life has been touched by our state's tragic drug epidemic. It's heartbreaking to even contemplate how many of our fellow Mainers have been lost to drug overdoses, but it's important to keep the issue in the light, which is why Joe is promoting International Overdose Awareness Day, which is committed to providing a platform to acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends who have lost a loved one to overdose. IOAD aims to raise awareness that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.

While events are being held all over the world, the Portland one will be held right in Monument Square, at 7pm tonight. IT will have naloxone trainings, lantern making, a memorial wall for posting pictures and names and brief opening and closing remarks, which will feature reading names of loved ones who have died recently. All are welcome.

Learn more about International Overdose Awareness Day here.

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

joe says "help kevn"

If you're a Portlander and you're not familiar by now with STRIVE University, allow Joe to help. The STRIVE program of PSL Services is designed to address the many issues faced by tweens, teens, and young adults (ages 11-24) with developmental disabilities. STRIVE focuses largely on academic success, career readiness, and literary and social skills.

Today, August 30th, is one of STRIVE's unique fundraising events in which Kevin, a UPS employee who has developed a great partnership with STRIVE. One of Kevin's great volunteer efforts each year is to stay up on a roof until he reaches a certain fundraising goal for STRIVE. This year, Kevin will be atop Patriot Subaru in Saco, ME. He WILL NOT come down until he reaches $35,000! Joe hopes you consider chipping in to help STRIVE reach their fundraising goal and to "help Kevin" come down from the roof!

Find more about STRIVE here and more about Kevin's effort here.

joe says "save fort"

The Friends Of Fort Gorges have been working hard to renovate and restore the beautiful Civil War era fort in Casco Bay and are hosting a fundraiser tomorrow to raise funds! The Fort Shorts Fundraiser will gather six of Maine's finest authors to discuss their writing experiences in and around our great state at a Room With A View in Portland. Two lucky raffle winners will join the authors for a cruise to Fort Gorges and all proceeds benefit the nonprofit and their wonderful efforts to maintain this beautiful part of Maine's history.

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


joe says "yllw wlpr"

This is a tough one to decipher, but Joe's here to help you out. YLLW WLPR stands for Yellow Wallpaper, the title of the production currently being put on by Bare Portland, a performance collaborative focused on community building through site-specific creative projects.  Bare Portland collaborates with a broad section of local creatives, as well as organizations
outside the creative sector. Yellow Wallpaper is an immersive experience inspired by the classic short story and devised by the company. This adaptation explores the classic tale for a modern audience through movement, puppetry, and
prose. Be sure to check it out August 18th-20th and 23rd-26th at Eighteen Twenty Wines on 219 Anderson Street in Portland. Joe hopes the production goes off without a hitch and hopes you check it out!

Find more about Bare Portland here.

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