joe says "rtt bbb"

Animal-lovers of Portland, listen up: today Joe is once again promoting Riding to the Top Therapeutic Riding Center (RTT), a non-profit dedicated to helping people with disabilities reach their highest potential through the healing power of horses. Located in Windham, RTT’s 50 acre farm includes a heated indoor arena with attached program and office space, an outdoor riding ring and access to miles of trails. RTT is the largest therapeutic riding program in northern New England. At RTT, children and adults with disabilities work together with horses, volunteers and staff to overcome challenges and reach their highest potential. Through engaging in RTT’s program, all of our lives are enhanced and broadened in an environment that is supportive, innovative, respectful and diverse.

Saturday, October 19th, is RTT's 11th Annual Triple B (BBB) event: Boots, Barbeque, and Beer, when RTT's indoor riding arena turns into a festively themed wonderland, with BBQ dinner, live music and a thrilling “mission based auction” to support RTT’s Rider Scholarship and Horse Funds. Joe thinks all local animal-lovers and party-lovers should check out this great event!

Learn more about RTT here and more about the BBB event here.


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

joe says "save fjwb"

Joe's ears perk up whenever he hears about efforts to preserve the historic features of Maine that make our state so special, and that's why he's promoting the Friends of the Frank J. Wood Bridge, a group of Brunswick and Topsham residents who came together in 2016 to prevent the Maine Department of Transportation from destroying the historic 1932 Warren Through-Truss bridge that connects the two communities. MDOT plans on replacing the bridge with a modern concrete highway bridge. The National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Historic Bridge Foundation have joined the Friends in filing a suit in Federal court to prevent the destruction of the bridge.

For more information on these efforts, click here for the official website and here for the Facebook page.

Joe wishes the Friends good luck in their efforts, and thanks all Mainers who devote time and energy to preserving our beautiful landscape.


joe says "efne walk"

Joe is again spreading the word about The Epilepsy Foundation of New England and this year's annual fundraiser, The 2019 Freeport Walk for Epilepsy. The EFNE  provides help for today and hope for tomorrow for tens of thousands of people living with epilepsy. Tomorrow, September 28th,  EFNE invites you to join them for day of inspiration, hope, and fun in Freeport, as people walk to show support for people affected by epilepsy in our community.

EFNE’s Freeport walk brings together our epilepsy community to share in a day filled with purpose, while fostering connections. Children’s activities bring lots of smiles to our youngest walkers and include face painting, and music to sing and dance to. The Freeport epilepsy walk is a great way to enjoy the fall weather in New England, have fun with friends and family, enjoy lunch and show your support for people living with epilepsy.

Find more about the Freeport Walk here, and more about EFNE here.

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

joe says "uke fest"

Portlanders have seen this message before and are surely aware of this weekend's Casco Bay Uke Fest, a celebration of all things Ukulele. The Fifth Annual CascoBay Ukefest is happening tomorrow, Saturday September 21st, beginning at 9am, at St. Luke's Cathedral in Portland. The day will feature plenty of workshops and performances for players of all skill levels. Joe thinks you should check it out!

Find more about UkeFest here.

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

joe says "pso preu"

Once again Joe is promoting an essential piece of Portland's thriving arts scene, the Portland Symphony Orchestra. The PSO, widely regarded as one of the top symphony orchestras of its size in the countryis proud to announce the inaugural concerts of the PSO under its new music director, Eckart Preu. 

The PSO has been inspiring audiences since it made its debut almost a century ago. Joe is sure that the inaugural concerns under Mr. Preu will be a smashing success. You can see these performances Sunday, September 22nd and Monday the 23rd. Learn more about these concerts here, and more about the PSO here.

Joe says rock on, PSO!



joe says "help kvn"

If you're a Portlander and you're not familiar by now with STRIVE University, allow Joe to help. The STRIVE program of PSL Services is designed to address the many issues faced by tweens, teens, and young adults (ages 11-24) with developmental disabilities. STRIVE focuses largely on academic success, career readiness, and literary and social skills.

Today is one of STRIVE's unique fundraising events featuring Kevin, a UPS employee who has developed a great partnership with STRIVE. One of Kevin's great volunteer efforts each year is to stay up on a roof until he reaches a certain fundraising goal for STRIVE. This year, Kevin will be atop Patriot Subaru in Saco, ME. He WILL NOT come down until he reaches $35,000! Joe hopes you consider chipping in to help STRIVE reach their fundraising goal and to "help Kevin" come down from the roof!

Find more about STRIVE here and more about Kevin's effort 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.

Today was the United Way of Greater Portland’s Annual Campaign with the United We CAN Food Drive + Sculpture Contest. Teams constructed sculptures in Monument Square from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Wayside Food Programs will distribute collected food to pantries throughout Cumberland County.

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.

joe says "kpkd safe"

As far as messages on the Time & Temp, it doesn't get much more important than this. KPKID SAFE stands for Keep Kids Safe, which is an important part of the mission of Stop Trafficking US, an organization that to motivates people to stop the sexual abuse and exploitation of children. Survivor and founder, Catherine Wilson, speaks to audiences across the country, sharing her story and raising awareness about the effects of childhood abuse, neglect, and exploitation. It is up to all of US to stop the cycle from continuing.

From September 12-14th, this important organization is hosting its Keep Kids Safe Maine Event, a free Community Conference for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse. Held at the First Baptist Church at 360 Canco Road in Portland, this three-day event will feature ten speakers, a band, and dialogue on this important issue that should matter to all of us.
Joe applauds the work of Ms. Wilson and her colleagues, and shares their hope for a day when child trafficking is a distant memory. Learn more about this organization hereand more about the event here.