joe says "hip hop"

Here's a new one by Joe: Monday of the Minds: A Community Hip Hop Showcase is a fun organization  teaming up with SPACE Gallery and Congress Square Arts to run a few socially distanced events dedicated to the anniversary of Hip Hop today, Tuesday, August 11th. A party in the Bronx in 1973 that birthed the genre, and Monday of the Minds is hoping this brings the community together in a way to reflect positive racial justice. Congress Square Arts was generous enough to help with the city permitting for a 2 PM - 4 PM concert, and SPACE Gallery is running a live stream event at 8 PM highlighting POC DJs in the city. Half of the proceeds from the day will be donated to Maine Inside Out. Joe hopes the event is a great success and hopes you check it out!

joe says "hear pcmf"

These strange pandemic times are forcing local organizations to adapt, and that's just what the Portland Chamber Music Festival is doing. The Portland Chamber Music Festival enhances the cultural life of southern Maine by bringing internationally recognized artists of the highest caliber to Portland to present a wide range of classical and contemporary chamber music, including education and engagement programs for community members of all ages. PCMF's contemporary chamber series, in partnership with SPACE Gallery and other alternative performance venues, features innovative programs with dynamic composers and performers in a more informal setting, often including mixed media such as film, electronics, and theatrical elements.

This year, its 27th year, the PCMF is going online. Classical virtuosity meets the spirit and soul of rock and roll! Charles Yang and Peter Dugan blew the roof off of PCMF’s 2019 season with their original arrangements of tunes by artists from Sam Cooke to Ariana Grande, with electrifying effects and boundless energy. You won’t want to miss this online musical adventure featuring fun and games, and—of course—great music, alongside Artistic Director Melissa Reardon. Tune in for the genre-bending-est entertainment of the summer!

Learn more about this exciting event here. Joe applauds PCMF for continuing to serve their mission in these difficult times.

                       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 almost 400!) 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 tonight, Monday night, February 3rd. Given these strange times, tonight's meeting will be held via ZOOM. Lending a helping hand as part of a strong community has never been easier- you can do it from the comfort of your own home!

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 "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.

In order to keep everyone safe, this year's event will take place virtually. Find more about the Tri here. The event has changed but the mission stays the same. Joe offers his thanks for the good folks at the Tri who adapted to these strange times, as well as everyone who chips in to this great cause.

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

 

joe says "strv rcks"

A perennial favorite message of Joe's, "STRV RCKS" is once again flashing on the Time & Temp to promote Strive Rocks, an annual dance marathon that benefits Strive U, a comprehensive program providing post-secondary education and training to young adults with developmental disabilities in the realms of residential, employment, and community skills with the goal of enabling its graduates to live and work as full community members with maximum independence, productivity, and dignity. This year Strive U is taking Strive Rocks virtual-- beginning at 8pm on July 17th, the fun will go until 8am on the 18th. Find more about the event and the organization here. The goal is to have as many people as possible participate in the overnight marathon and to raise the most money of any Strive Rocks marathon yet. Joe hopes Strive U reaches these goals and continues to do the amazing work on behalf of young adults!

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

joe says "vote tday"

One of Joe's many favorite things about being an American is the right to have your voice heard on Election Day. With so many people around the world living under oppression, Joe is incredibly grateful that we get to freely choose who leads our country. We have a lot to be grateful for here in the USA. Whether you're politically to the left, right, or in the middle, please be sure to go to your local polling place today and exercise one of your most important rights. Visit this website to find your polling place. Rock the vote, Portland.

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

joe says "wear mask"

 

Joe would much rather be promoting another great nonprofit, but these days it seems essential to remind folks that wearing a mask can save lives. If you aren't able to practice social distancing, please be considerate of your fellow Mainers and wear a face covering. Hopefully we'll soon have this virus defeated and will be able to enjoy next summer in Maine mask-free. Until then, Joe says please wear a mask.

                      Image from the Portland Downtown Instagram page.

 

joe says "hati walk'

Next up on the Time & Temp Sign, Joe is promoting a more global cause: the Konbit Sante Cap-Haitian Health Partnership. This organization started in Portland as a group of health care professionals, business people, and other interested parties who shared a desire to work on building a sustainable health system in a community somewhere in the developing world. In 2001, a Haitian doctor doing his residency at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine told them about Cap-Haitian, Haiti. Following a May 2001 site visit to Cap-Haitian, in November 2001, they formally established a partnership with Justinian University Hospital ( JUH) in Cap-Haitian, the second largest teaching hospital in Haiti. Today, Konbit Sante continues its established relationship with the Haitian Ministry of Health, partners with four health facilities in Greater Cap-Haitian and supports initiatives in women and children's health, infrastructure improvements, supply chain, emergency response, and quality improvement, training and management.  Joe urges you to learn more about this inspiring local organization by going to their website.

This month is a very special edition of the annual Maine Walks with Haiti + 5K Walk/Run. While this event typically takes place on Portland's Back Cove, this year's event is virtual. Please learn more info about this special fundraising event here.

Joe thanks Konbit Sante for the important work they do and hopes next year's walk can return to Portland.

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