One of Joe's team's favorite local traditions is the Maine Jewish Film Festival, which is taking place virtually this week, November 6th-14th. MJFF curates a program of films that explore the Jewish experience through drama, comedy, documentary and short film formats. The festival has grown to be one of the best-attended, most well-respected, and highly-anticipated cultural events in the State. While the festival typically takes place in theaters across the state, this year you can catch showings of great Jewish films online at the MJFF website. We hope this festival has another great year and continues to contribute to the rich cultural fabric of Maine!
Readers of this blog are well familiar with WMPG, 90.9/104.1, which 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 Fall Begathon is taking place October 20th to 26th, so be sure to donate here. The WMPG volunteers and managers will be asking their listener-supporters for donations totaling $55,000 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's team hopes you chip in to WMPG and help support this important asset to the Portland community!
Joe's team 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. We respect and admire the work that Simple Gifts does, and are happy to spread the word about the Boo Bash, which will be held on Saturday, October 23rd, 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. We hope the event goes boo-tifully!
Here's an important message for Mainers: Joe's Team wants you to know about a wonderful organization, The Huntington’s Disease Society of America. The HDSA is premier nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by Huntington’s disease, an inherited condition in which nerve cells in the brain break down over time. From community services and education to advocacy and research, HDSA is the world’s leader in providing help for today, hope for tomorrow for people with Huntington’s disease and their families.
Tomorrow, Saturday October 16th, HDSA is hosting the 7th Annual Freeze HD, and this year it's virtual. Hosted LIVE by Kate Miner, Scott Porter & Jason Ritter, attendees will enjoy exclusive entertainment, access to the INCREDIBLE online auction & much more! Learn more about this fun event here: https://hdsa.org/freeze-hd/.
Joe's team hopes the event goes off without a hitch, and offers our thanks to the good folks at HDSA.
There are few things Joe's team loves more than Mainers helping one another out. That's why we're so impressed by the folks at Q97.9, Portland's #1 Hit Music Station, who are hosting the 19th year of Cans for a Cure and making a tremendous effort to fight cancer by raising money for local cancer programs and taking other steps to raise awareness about this important issue. Tomorrow, Wednesday October 13th, through Friday the 15th, the Q folks will be set up at the Jordan's Furniture Broadcast Center at the Maine Mall collecting cans. All proceeds will go to the Maine Cancer Foundation, which is dedicated to reducing cancer incidence and mortality rates in Maine. 100% of the funds raised will be invested back into our communities to benefit the people of Maine. Joe's team applauds this noble effort and hopes the funds raised are significant!
Readers of Joe's Time & Temp blog are familiar with Furniture Friends, a nonprofit organization dedicated to acquiring and providing donated furniture to people in need throughout Greater Portland. If you want to help out this local organization, you'll have the chance to do just that today, October 2nd, as they host their “Virtual Slumber Party." Just like last year, hundreds of community members, families, high school and college students and corporate groups in Maine will be raising money to sleep on the floor so that others don’t have to. The evening begins with a 7pm kickoff hosted by local celebrity hosts and features several fun, family-friendly activities.
At their inaugural event, Furniture Friends had over 180 individual participants and 18 teams who raised over $40,000. The event was hosted by WMGX 93.1 with show hosts Blake Hayes and Kelly Towle. The event was featured on WCSH6, WGME13, and WMTW8 and had 28 corporate sponsors supporting the event!
Joe's team hopes the event is a smashing success, and thanks the good folks at Furniture Friends for the important work that they do. Please find more about this work, and about the Virtual Slumber Party, here.
Joe's team prefers a brisk walk to a 26.2-mile run, but nonetheless we appreciate the effort that goes into running a marathon. This Sunday, October 3rd, thousands of runners will be running the 2021 Gorham Savings Bank Maine Marathon, starting and finishing at Baxter Boulevard, between Forest Ave and Preble Street.
Every year, event organizers designate a local charity as the main beneficiary of race proceeds, and entrants are invited to make additional donations to that charity. There are seven main beneficiaries of 2021's race: Teens to Trails, Wayside Food Programs, Team Long Run, Port Resources, Pihcintu Multinational Girl Chorus, Shawnee Peak Adaptive Ski, and Spurwink.
Find more about the race and these wonderful nonprofits here. Joe's team wishes good luck to all the runners and maybe we'll see you at the finish line!
Joe's team is spreading the word about a quintessentially Maine event: it’s Dempsey Challenge weekend! Join us at the Local Challenge in Lewiston, Maine, September 25th + 26th or participate in the Global Challenge from anywhere in the world! Run, walk, or ride in support of the Dempsey Center this weekend and help make life better for people impacted by cancer.
About the Dempsey Challenge
The Dempsey Challenge presented by Amgen Oncology is a two-day, non-competitive fundraiser that champions the spirit of celebration and culture of paying it forward, traditionally hosted in Lewiston, Maine. Through the success of the 2020 virtual event, Dempsey Challenge 2021 is a now a Global event accessible to a worldwide audience who can participate virtually or to people wishing to participate live in the Local event at Simard-Payne Park in Lewiston, Maine. For the latest Dempsey Challenge news, visit DempseyChallenge.org.
About the Dempsey Center
Founded in 2008 by actor Patrick Dempsey, the Dempsey Center provides no-cost services to cancer patients, survivors, care partners, and their families. Services offered at the Center include nutrition consultations, movement + fitness classes, complementary therapies, counseling, support groups, and more. Currently, our services can be accessed at our Centers in Lewiston and South Portland or via our virtual platform, Dempsey Connects. Learn more at DempseyCenter.org.