This isn't the first time Joe has promoted Portland Ovations, a non-profit performing arts organization in Maine connecting artists and audiences through diverse arts experiences. Tomorrow, May 4th, Portland Ovations presents Daniel Bernard Roumain: En Masse. Daniel Bernard Roumain—innovative composer, thrilling violinist, and fierce arts advocate—returns to Portland for an expansive musical spectacle that is part flash mob and part processional. Celebrating music and community, En Masse features an array of Maine musicians of all ages with Roumain as maestro and pied piper, leading a musical parade through the Arts District and culminating in a community jam. Known for his signature violin sounds infused with a myriad of electronic and urban music influences, DBR takes his genre bending beyond the stage and into the streets.
While Joe is a proud graduate of Deering High School, he appreciates that there are many other fine educational institutions in our favorite city. One such school is Cheverus High School. The mission of Cheverus, an inclusive Jesuit Catholic college preparatory school, is to prepare young men and women to be people for others by fostering intellectual, spiritual, physical and personal excellence.
After a century of serving and educating Portland youth, this year Cheverus is celebrating 100 years of excellence with its Centennial Gala, to be held Saturday, May 5th, with MC Shannon Moss. There will be dinner, drinks, an auction, and lots of fun to be had, so Joe thinks you should check it out!
One of Joe's favorite things about the Time & Temperature sign and this blog is that he gets to inform Portlanders about local non-profits that they may not be aware of: Furniture Friends is a nonprofit organization dedicated to acquiring and providing donated furniture to people in need throughout Greater Portland. From the organization's website: "we find our clients living in apartments with no beds, no tables, no chairs, and/or no place to store the few possessions they do own. We provide people who have next to nothing with dignity, stability, comfort and a sense of ownership." If you want to help out this local organization, you'll have the chance to do just that on Thursday May 3rd, when Furniture Friends hosts Multi-Cultural Music Fest at Portland House of Music at 6 pm. Learn more about this fun event here. Joe hopes you consider attending this great event, where you'll be able to enjoy food, refreshments and lively world music, and support a great local cause.
Having been a personal injury attorney for over 40 years, Joe has seen too many lives ruined by dangerous driving. To raise awareness about this important issue, Joe holds the Arrive Alive Creative Contest each year for graduating high school seniors throughout Maine. Now in it's 14th year, seniors may enter by submitting a creative project that sends a message to their peers about the dangers of drinking and driving and/or distracted driving. Past entries have included essays, poems, paintings, public service announcements, videos, original songs, t-shirts, board games, drawings and more. The more creative, the better! First place winners receive a new laptop computer, second and third place winners receive a new iPad, and everyone who enters wins fun prizes from the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein. The deadline for this year's contest is May 11th and a complete set of rules and all past winners can be found at ArriveAliveCreativeContest.com.
Some of Joe's favorite local charities are those that offer assistance to veterans, as he's so grateful for those who put on a uniform and risk their lives to serve our country. Since its inception, the Goodwill Veterans' Fund has assisted nearly 250 veterans in Maine with everything from car repairs including tires, heating fuel and transportation needs. On that note, Joe hopes your schedule is clear tonight, April 26th from 6-9pm, when Goodwill Industries of Northern New England is hosting its sixth annual Little Black DressEvent at the Ocean Gateway in Portland to raise funds for Goodwill's Veterans Fund. With hors d'Oeuvres, a fashion show, a live auction, and a silent auction, this event is sure to be both a good time and a worthwhile cause. Find more about the event here. Joe wants to thank Goodwill for the work they do on behalf of veterans, and hopes the event is a great success.
Joe is so grateful for the men and women who put themselves in harm's way to keep the rest of us safe. Since he was a young boy roaming the streets of his Deering neighborhood, Joe has benefited from the protection of the Portland Police Department. Today's message is in honor of Lieutenant Gary Hutcheson, who is retiring after 25 years of service for the City of Portland. For a quarter century Lt. Hutcheson has patrolled the streets of our city, keeping us safe and sound. Joe offers his thanks not just to Lieutenant Hutcheson but to everyone in uniform who keeps us safe.
One of Joe's favorite things about his hometown of Portland is how visually striking it is: from its natural beauty to the feats of architecture that line its streets, Portland is as photogenic as any city out there. One group brings design experts from around the world to speak on the aesthetic and design of Portland: Architalx. The mission of Architalx is to broaden awareness and understanding of architecture, landscape architecture and design by sponsoring lectures that foster evocative and creative dialogue within the design community and with the general public. The goal of Architalx is to enrich our community by gathering speakers from across the globe to bring world-class ideas and design to Maine.
Tonight at 6pm is an Architalx event at Aura in Portland. This lecture will be given by Jennifer Toy and Chelina Odberg, and in honor of this group's 30th anniversary the event is free of charge, though you should still secure tickets here. Joe thinks you should check it out, and urges you to learn more about Architalx here.
If there's one thing Joe likes better than lunch, it's lunch for a good cause. Just such a lunch will be held this Thursday, April 26th, the date of this year's Leadership Luncheon, put on by the Maine Women's Fund. The mission of the Maine Women's Fund is to transform the lives of Maine women and girls through strategic grantmaking, community engagement and support to nonprofit organizations dedicated to social change. The Fund's vision is a just and caring society in which Maine women and girls thrive so communities prosper. Since 1989, the Fund has granted almost $1.7 million to organizations across the state. Find more about this great organization here and more about the Leadership Luncheon here. Joe wishes the Fund continued success, and hopes the event goes well!