joe says "boo bash"

Joe 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. Joe respects and admires the work that Simple Gifts does, and is happy to spread the word about the Boo Bash, which will be held on Saturday, October 19th, 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. Joe hopes the event goes boo-tifully!

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

joe says "mcau ly5k"

Today Joe is promoting the McAuley Residence, a transitional housing program serving single women and women with children. The goal of McAuley Residence is to help women acquire the skills that they need to become self-sufficient. For those who are parents, this means a new and better life for their children as well. For nearly 30 years, that goal has been met time and time again. Tomorrow, Saturday October 19th, the McAuley Residence is hosting its annual 5k Run/Walk for Recovery. To be held at the Mercy Fore River Campus in Portland, this event will feature music, food trucks, and flu shots/blood pressure screening (courtesy of Northern Light Home Care & Hospice).

Joe hopes the event is a great success, and urges you to visit this site to learn more about the race, and this site to learn more about the folks at the McAuley Residence and the important work they do for our community.


Joe says "q979 cans"

There are few things Joe loves more than Mainers helping one another out. That's why he's so impressed by the folks at Q97.9, Portland's #1 Hit Music Station, who are hosting another 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. Today, Wednesday October 16th, through Friday the 18th, the Q folks will be at the mall collecting cans. All proceeds will go to the Cancer Community Centerwhich recently merged with the Dempsey Center. The Dempsey Center provides a personalized, holistic and integrated approach to cancer prevention, education and support. All services are provided at no cost to anyone impacted by cancer regardless of their socioeconomic circumstances or where they receive their medical treatment.

In addition to collecting cans, Q97.9 is hosting an online auction to raise funds for the Dempsey Center's important work.

Learn more about Cans for a Cure here, more about the Dempsey Center here, and find the online auction here.

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

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!