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Snake and Reptile day!

Snake and Reptile day!

L. C. Bates Museum on the campus of Good Will-Hinckley

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 10:00 AM 

At 10am and 1pm we will have a reptile program with a 27 foot snake skin on view! Make a paper reptile standee to bring home with you.
 
http://www.gwh.org/lcbates/LCBatesMuseum.aspx

Looking for a playgroup in the Skowhegan/Athens area?

"lorrik" on MomsLikeMe is looking for other moms around Skowhegan, specifically Athens.  She has a 20-month-old.  Are you looking to connect with other parents in the region?  Check out Skowhegan Area Moms.

Birch bark etching workshop for children being held at the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor

Birch bark etching workshop for children being held at the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor

The Abbe Museum will host a birch bark etching workshop for children ages 6 through 12 on April 9, free at our downtown Bar Harbor location.  The first session, from 10:30-12:00 is full, but the Museum is accepting reservations for the second session, which will take place from 1:00-2:30.

David Moses Bridges, Passamaquoddy, is a renowned birch bark artist and educator.  David specializes in birch bark baskets and canoes, and etches the bark with beautiful double curve motifs, traditional to the Passamaquoddy, or with his own designs.  Children will make a medallion to take home, etched using David’s stencils, or with designs from their own creative minds.  David will also teach participants about the Passamaquoddy people and language through stories and legends. 

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact the Abbe Museum at 288-3519. 

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Skowheagan Maple Festival

Skowheagan Maple Festival

Main Street Skowhegan- www.mainstreetskowhegan.org is planning a week-long Maple Festival featuring local products and showcasing downtown businesses. It starts March 18 and ends March 27, which is Maine Maple Sunday. Attached is a list of the events being held throughout Maplefest. We are hoping you will post the events in your community calendar.

"We're shaking off the winter blues and offering some fun for all ages," said Main Street Skowhegan Executive Director Jennifer Olsen.

STATEWIDE ORGANIZATIONS RECOGNIZE TEEN DATING VIOLENCE PREVENTION & AWARENESS MONTH

STATEWIDE ORGANIZATIONS RECOGNIZE TEEN DATING VIOLENCE PREVENTION & AWARENESS MONTH

Every year, thousands of teenagers across the State of Maine experience dating violence.  February is Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month, a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in youth relationships and promote programs that focus on prevention. The Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence and the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault are calling on Mainers to help recognize this important month, not only for youth in Maine, but for communities statewide.

Dating violence is “controlling, abusive, and aggressive behavior in a romantic relationship. It occurs in both heterosexual and same-sex relationships and can include verbal, physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, or a combination of these behaviors.”  Dating violence often starts with what may seem like minor behavior, such as teasing and name calling.

Maine Coast Foliage Color Peaking This Week

Maine foliage conditions for October 13. Credit: Maine Department of Conservation
AUGUSTA, Maine - Peak leaf color will reach all of Maine's coast this week, according to the fifth fall foliage report from the Maine Department of Conservation (DOC).
 
Forest rangers in the tracking zones covering the southern, middle and northern portions of the coast are observing peak color, from 85 to 100 percent, and moderate leaf drop of 30 to 50 percent.
 
Peak color and moderate leaf drop are also being reported throughout the tracking zone that stretches from Fryeburg and Sebago Lake to Augusta, Bangor and Dover-Foxcroft. Peak color is holding on in the western mountains region from Rangeley to Bethel, and in eastern Maine between Bangor and Calais, according to the report.
 
Rangers are observing foliage color past peak in Aroostook County, and in northern locations from Jackman to Greenville and Millinocket.