Few things inspire Joe more than seeing people better themselves through education. (One of Joe's heroes is his great-grandmother Esther, who graduated law school in 1935...at age 65!) In Portland, there is an organization that helps adults in the area to lead better and more fulfilling lives. Portland Adult Education, PAE, is a wide-ranging community program that brings people and resources together for academic courses, for job skills or personal enrichment, for special needs, or just for fun. Classes are held throughout the city at different times. You can find more about this amazing organization here. Since it's that time of the year, the Portland Adult Education graduation ceremony is coming up. At this lovely ceremony, PAE's graduates will be honored at Merrill Auditorium. Joe is sure it will be an inspiring event, and wishes the graduates all the future success!
As Portlanders know, Joe spends more time promoting local nonprofits than his own law firm on the Time & Temp. Well, today he's promoting a local non-profit that *promotes* local nonprofits. Get it? The Maine Association of Nonprofits is celebrating their 25th anniversary. Joe applauds them on 25 years of noble and necessary work for our communities.
Join MANP on June 20th for an evening to honor and celebrate the incredible work of Maine’s nonprofits and those who power the common good! No matter where you are in Maine, what mission area you serve, whether you’re a staff member, board member, or a volunteer – this evening is a chance to connect with peers and friends who are all working hard every day to make Maine a great place to live work and visit.
Today Joe honors the legacy of Whitby Tousignant, who led an extraordinary life. Born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, Whit was saved several times by donated blood. While Whit's family had to say goodbye to him in January of 2012, they celebrate his birthday each year by hosting a memorial blood drive.
On Tuesday, June 25, from 10am to 4pm, the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland will be the site of the annual Love Whit Blood Drive, held by the American Red Cross. Joe hopes you consider attending, as a single blood donation can save up to three lives, and the need for donated blood is constant.
Joe loves how diverse his hometown of Portland has become. Among the many tiles in the mosaic of Portland is our active LGBTQIA community. This week is a celebration of the strides they have made, both from a legal and social perspective. Pride Portland! is a celebration of Portland's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and allied community. The organization's goal is to bring people together to celebrate the achievements of the LGBTQA movement, remember its history, and raise awareness of the work that still needs to be done. Find more about this organization, including a schedule of upcoming events, at its website. Joe hopes the events this weekend are a great success, and applauds this community for their resilience and strength.
If you're a regular viewer of this blog, you know that Joe is a big fan of the Portland Stage Company. A true jewel of Portland, Portland Stage provides us not only with compelling productions, but also with the PortFringe Theater Festival. Launched in 2012 as a five-day, cutting-edge theater festival with 40 acts ranging from serious to silly and everything in between, PortFringe is a non-juried fringe theater festival that supports new, edgy, and experimental performance in our fine city. This year's festival runs from June 13th to June 22nd. To learn more about the festival, including the calendar of events, click here. Joe hopes you consider attending one of the productions, and says break a leg to those putting them on!
Calling all of Portland's animal-lovers: once again Joe is promoting the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland. The mission of ARLGP is to provide temporary care and shelter for stray, abandoned, confiscated and relinquished animals, and to place as many as possible into responsible and caring homes. Every year this organization takes in nearly 4,000 stray, abandoned, or owner-surrendered animals, and maintains committed to providing the best possible care for these animals by ensuring they receive the love, dignity, respect, and medical attention they deserve. Joe applauds the work done on behalf of animals by this local organization, and urges you to consider attending their annual Fur Ball fundraiser, held at 6pm this Friday, June 14th, at the Aura in Portland. The event fill feature live music, dancing, and a raffle- all for a great cause. Find more about the event and the organization here. Joe hopes the event is a "ball"!
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.
Saturday June 8th is the Partnership's 10th Annual Maine Walks with Haiti + 5K Walk/Run. Find more about this fun Portland event here. Joe hopes the weather cooperates and that the walk/run goes off without a hitch!
Joe loves the local music scene of his hometown, and today he's spreading the word about one of the many great local music groups in Portland.
Little Sea Folk is a simple idea born out of the complexity of touring, playing national and international festivals, hosting concerts, recording and releasing albums, and throughout it all, asking ourselves what we can do to contribute to a community in which musicians, students, audience members, and passersby feel welcome, educated, and entertained.
The Little Sea Folk Festival, to be held this Saturday, June 8th, in Portland, represents the incredible music found all over Maine. This will be a joyous one-day celebration of the Celtic music, dance, craft, and art. Learn more about this great event here.
Joe hopes it's a great success!