Once an avid cyclist himself, Joe is happy to spread the word about the Bicycle Coalition of Maine's Great Maine Bike Swap, held from 10am-1pm on Sunday, April 22nd at USM's Sullivan Gym. The Bike Swap offers a great way to buy used bicycles at an affordable price. You also can sell the bikes cluttering your garage or basement and turn them into cash. At the swap, you can choose from hundreds of bikes, including hybrids, road bikes, mountain bikes, children's bikes, recumbents and more. To find more about the Bicycle Coalition and the bike swap, click here. Joe hopes the event is a great success and that everyone finds the wheels they're looking for.
Calling all Portland runners: Joe wants to let you know that this Saturday, April 21st, is the Urban Runoff 5k, when runners and walkers will hit the streets and trails of Portland to raise awareness of water pollution and raise money to support clean water education in greater Portland and Saco areas.
The date of the Urban Runoff was chosen to coincide with Earth Day and Spring's "first flush", when rain and melted snow wash pollution into our waterways.
The race is followed by the City of Portland's Green Neighbor Family Fest, where families and community members enjoy hands-on activities about water, live entertainment, and have an all-around good time!
Joe hopes the day is a great success and urges you to learn more here.
Batter up, Portland! Spring is right around the corner (seriously), and you know what that means: freshly-cut grass, broken-in leather mitts, and nice cold Sea Dog biscuits. If you're local, be sure to check out the Sea Dogs, Joe's favorite baseball team and AA affiliate of the Red Sox, this season at their home at Hadlock Field. Tonight, April 13th at 6pm, is the home opener!
Find more about the Sea Dogs on their website, and Joe says see you at Hadlock!
Joe wants to spread the word about National Donate Life Month. Every day in April, people across the U.S. make a special effort to celebrate the tremendous generosity of those who have saved lives by becoming organ, tissue, marrow, and blood donors and to encourage more Americans to follow their fine example. Last year alone, organ donors made more than 33,000 transplants possible. Another one million people received cornea and other tissue transplants that helped them recover from trauma, bone damage, spinal injuries, burns, hearing impairment and vision loss. Unfortunately, thousands die every year waiting for a donor organ that never comes, but you have the power to change that. Find more information at organdonor.gov.
One of our favorite nonprofits in Portland celebrates their new spring fundraiser tonight! Show & Tell: A Literary Spectacular takes center stage at The State Theater and is the primary fundraiser for The Telling Room in support of their free writing programs for Maine youth. The 90-minute literary cabaret will showcase stories across mediums from a variety of storytellers including writer Andre Dubus III, singer-songwriter Josh Ritter, novelist Paula McLain, and local teen poet Zainab Almatwari. Humorist John Hodgman and hip-hop artist Jean Grae will emcee an evening that will raise awareness of young peoples’ need for confidence-building creative literacy instruction. For more information, please visit: http://showandtellportland.com/
As an attorney with decades of experience in the law, Joe puts great stock in the legal rights of Americans. He also knows that these rights can't be taken for granted, which is why he's a big supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine. The ACLU of Maine is the state's guardian of liberty, active in the courts, the legislature and the public sphere to defend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights for all Mainers. On Thursday, April 28, the ACLU will be hosting its Annual Justice Louis Scolnik Award Dinner at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. Find more about this event here, and this vital organization here. Joe hopes the event is a success and thanks the ACLU for its tireless work on behalf of all American citizens.
Joe was fortunate to have several male role models in his life when he was growing up here in Portland. Those men set an admirable example for him to follow, for which Joe is grateful. In that vein, Boys 2 Men is a local organization whose mission is to reduce interpersonal violence, specifically male violence against women and girls, and support the development of emotionally fluent, civically-engaged boys. This organization runs many helpful programs and workshops that help young men become the best that they can be.
Friday, April 27th, is Boys 2 Men's 20th anniversary celebration at the Mariner's Church in the Old Port. The evening will be emceed by Brian Thompson aka Stealing Oceans, a former Maine resident and Nashville-based hip-hop fusion artist striving to inspire others with his message to stay youthful, be grateful, and always love!
Joe prides himself on his decades of work on behalf of injured Mainers. He also has great respect for another organization that works tirelessly on behalf of such people: SARSSM- the Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine. This organization has been providing free and confidential services to victims of sexual assault since 1973. SARSSM has two main foci: to provide support and advocacy to victims of sexual violence, and to provide prevention education and awareness around the issue of sexual violence and exploitation. This Sunday, April 8th, SARSSM will be hosting its 32nd Annual Chocolate Lover's Fling at Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks, South Portland. Joe is so glad that this organization exists to benefit victims of sexual violence in Maine and is sure that the Chocolate Lover's Fling will be a worthwhile (and tasty!) event. He urges you to find out more about this organization here and more about the Fling here.