joe says "las caux"

By now Portlanders must know that Joe is a fan of Portland's theater scene, and that's why he's now promoting yet another wonderful local stage company, Pie Man Theatre Company, where the current production is Lascaux, a world premiere suspense thriller by Portland playwright, actor and educator Kevin O’Leary, from May 11-21, 2017 at Mayo Street Arts in Portland, ME. Lascaux takes as its jumping off point the discovery of the prehistoric cave paintings in the caves of Lascaux, France, then weaves a tense and haunting “what if?” tale of discovery and betrayal, of love and lies and the lengths some will go to keep the past buried.

Joe is sure that the production will be a huge success and says "break a leg" to everyone involved!

Find more about the Pie Man Theatre Company here, and more about Lascaux here.

joe says "lung frce"

Here's an important cause that all Mainers should care about: lung health. Every five minutes, a woman in the U.S. is told she has lung cancer, and the number of women dying from lung cancer each year has nearly doubled over the past 30 years. That's why Joe is spreading the word about the American Lung Association's Lung Force, which unites women to stand together against lung cancer and for lung health. Lung Force works to advance lung health—a life free of lung disease—for everyone who suffers from asthma, COPD and other lung diseases, or has someone in their life who does.

Lung Force is hosting two great events to raise awareness for the work that they do. The first is the Lung Force Walk on Thursday, May 11th in Boston. The second event, and probably the easier one for Portlanders to participate in, is the Trek Across Maine, a 3-day, 180 mile cycling event from the mountains of Sunday River to the sea in Belfast. This will be held June 16th, 17th, and 18th, and is sure to be as inspiring as it is fun. Find more about these events here and here.

Joe hopes both events are a great success, and offers his thanks to the American Lung Association and to Lung Force for spreading awareness of this important issue that affects so many Mainers.

joe says "dtwn day"

One of Joe's favorite things about Portland is the entrepreneurial spirit of the city- a bakery here, a flower shop there; this city has plenty of great businesses offering goods and services everyone can appreciate. This Friday, May 4th, is the fifth annual Downtown Worker Appreciation Day, put on by one of Joe's favorite organizations, Portland Buy Local. At Tommy's Park, Monument Square, and the Art Museum, there will be food, beverages, and gift bags available to downtown workers. Find more about the event here, and remember- Joe always says Buy Local.

joe says "pan fest"

Ever since his youngest son turned heads with his virtuosic steel drum playing in high school, Joe has been a big fan of this beautiful instrument, which originated in Trinidad and Tobago.

Whether you knew it or not, Maine is home to its very own steel drum band, and this Sunday, May 7th, Sister Steel Drum Band is hosting the 27th Annual New England Pan Festival. Held at Thompson's Point in Portland, this family friendly event is a full day of steel drum music and fun as bands from all around New England come together to showcase their work. No matter what age, the sounds of the Caribbean will be sure to have you dancing and smiling. This celebration of music and culture is a memorable day not to be missed. Joe hopes it's a great success, and says Drum on, Portland!

Learn more about the New England Pan Festival here.

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

joe says "100 wmen"

Have you ever wanted to make a difference in your community but felt like you needed help? Joe knows how much being part of a group can empower an individual, and that's why he's proud to promote the Southern Maine chapter of 100 Women Who Care. 100 Women Who Care Southern Maine is a group of local women who are interested in supporting our communities by contributing to Southern Maine charities together as a group to increase the impact. The organization's mission is to reach out and help the community by finding 100 or more women (the count is currently over 150!) to each contribute $50 four times a year in order to give $20,000+ annually to local charities. All charities and organizations up for consideration must be in the Southern Maine area. The idea is to keep it local and have an impact that can be seen in our communities!

100 Women's next meeting is this Tuesday, May 2nd, at the Italian Heritage Center-- 40 Westland Ave, Portland, ME from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Registration begins at 5:45, with time for networking, appetizers and a glass of wine before the meeting. Come find out what a great group of generous and thoughtful women can do when they put their minds to it!

Find out more about this local organization here, and please consider joining the movement!

                    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 portlandtimetemp@gmail.com. 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 portlandtimetemp@gmail.com, and maybe you'll see it on www.PortlandTimeTemp.com, 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 "port stge"

One of Joe's favorite elements of the rich, vibrant culture of Portland is the local theater scene, specifically The Portland Stage Company. Portland Stage is a team of professional theater artists, teachers and technicians who have been hand crafting quality theater in Maine since 1974 (the same year Joe opened the doors of his law practice). Beyond the productions that are at its core, Portland Stage supports a vast array of programs designed to educate, develop artists, and promote dialogue. If you're interested in Portland Stage and want to learn more, you should consider attending the Spring Gala Fundraiser-- the Supper Club Soiree, an evening of live music, local food, and fun to benefit Portland Stage. This year's event will be held on Monday, May 1st, at 6pm at the Portland House of Music, and is sure to be a great time. Find more about Portland Stage here and more about the Signature Event here. Joe says "thank you" to this Portland institution, a treasure of our community, and hopes that all Portlanders consider attending this event and a performance!

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

joe says "live untd"

Most Mainers are probably familiar with the United Way, but did you know just how much the United Way of Greater Portland does to serve our Southern Maine community? Joe was inspired when he visited this organization's website and learned just how tirelessly these folks work to guarantee a quality education for every child, financial stability for every family, and access to healthcare for all.

This week is National Volunteer Week, so if you want to help out a great cause, consider donating your time to United Way of Greater Portland and improving lives by focusing on the building blocks of a stronger community: education, income and health.

Learn more about the United Way of Greater Portland at their website or their Facebook page.

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