Are you a Halloween fright seeker looking to have the living daylights scared out of you? If so, Scott and April Shanaman, the new owners of Lost Valley in Auburn, have the event for you! They’ve transformed the lodge basement at Lost Valley into a pro-level haunted attraction for the month of October. Dubbed “The Dark Cellar,” the attraction is part of Lost Valley’s new Mountain of Terror, which opens Friday, October 14, at 6 p.m.
The Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness provided its free disabilities awareness, sensitivity and anti-bullying program at Park Avenue Elementary School in Auburn recently as a part of the school’s Anti-Bullying Awareness Day. Since 2003, the Cromwell Center has provided free programs to over 72,804 children in 3,970 classrooms in central and southern Maine. Here Park Avenue students assemble to make a school-wide peace sign.
Local advocates for the hungry, including representatives of Hope Haven Gospel Mission, Trinity Jubilee Center, the Lewiston and Auburn school departments, and Lewiston-Auburn businesses, gathered recently to announce an unprecedented effort to reduce the burden of food insecurity in the area. Their goal? To turn election day into a day of hope by collecting 10,000 pounds of food in an Election Day Food Drive.
Thirty-five teams turned out recently for the seventh annual YMCA-NAPA Charity Golf Tournament, netting $30,387. The event took place at Martindale Country Club in Auburn and featured more than 50 sponsors from the local business community. All proceeds will benefit the YMCA’s financial assistance program, which last year gave away more than $95,000 in scholarships to local children and families who would otherwise not be able to participate in enrichment programs at the Y, including summer camp, swim lessons, youth sports, and dance.
The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center in Livermore will host a 19th-century New England-style gathering under an October full moon with their Full Moon Fling on Saturday, October 15. The event will celebrate and support the rebuilding of Norlands’ barn, which was lost in a disastrous fire in 2008 but is now in process of being rebuilt.
This rare evening event will feature a barn dance with live music, seasonal food prepared by an expert chef, a comedy improv show, raffles, and the beauty of Norlands at night. In the spirit of Norlands’ mission as a living history center, guests are encouraged, but not required, to dress in 19th-century period attire.
The Lewiston-Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce will host a Downtown Trick or Treat on Lisbon Street in Lewiston on Friday, October 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. The fun will begin at Dufresne Plaza, 72 Lisbon Street in Lewiston, where the chamber will hand out reusable trick or treat bags and maps listing the participating businesses. More than 25 downtown businesses will hand out goodies for the event, with other fun activities planned, including a haunted house and photo stop.
Businesses that would like to participate in and/or sponsor the event can still sign up. For more information, contact Deborah Carroll of the LA Metro Chamber at 783-2249 or Deborah@LAMetroChamber.com.
Focused on the intersections of creativity, industry, art and innovation, the Maine Arts Commission’s second Maine International Conference on the Arts will take place at Lewiston’s Gendron Franco Center and Bates Mill complex on Thursday and Friday, October 6 and 7. Advance registration, which confers a 15% discount on conference attendance, closes on September 30.
Intended for artists, arts organizations, arts educators, community developers, and policymakers, the conference is designed to provide networking, inspiration, and learning for Maine artists and communities. It was made possible by a statewide collaboration of Maine arts organizations and the Commission’s special international partnership with New Brunswick, Canada.
“We create world class art in this state, and Maine has a deep culture and long history of driving industry and innovation through creativity,” said Julie Richard, Executive Director of the Maine Arts Commission. “We need and deserve a world class arts conference.”
The St. Dom’s Class of 1966 celebrated their 50th Class Reunion recently at Saint Dominic Academy. The evening started off with a social hour followed by the taking of a class photo. Sr. Therese Demers led a tribute to all deceased classmates and a closing prayer was led by Fr. Richard Malo. Dinner was catered by Mac’s Grill and dessert was provided by The Italian Bakery. Suzanne Roy presented a special power point called “Golden Memories,” Louise Landry Robert, Linda Rouleau St. Pierre, Patricia Poulin Patry and Linda Michaud Holdway led the group in singing the school song, and Carmen Berube Coulombe held a drawing of many gifts and prizes. After dinner, the classmates enjoyed dancing to music provided by DJ Chad Leighton. They wrapped up their Reunion Weekend with a delicious brunch at the Green Ladle on Sunday. A great time was had by all who attended.
James Myall will return to the Franco-American Collection in Lewiston on Tuesday, October 4 at 7 p.m. as the presenter of a program called “Sous les Drapeaux: Franco-American Voices from the Front Lines.” Mayall, who served as coordinator of the Collection from 2011 to 2014, will look at various unique aspects of Franco-Americans’ experiences serving in the U.S. armed forces, including divided national identities, use of the French language, and questions of patriotism and discrimination before, during and after wartime.
Part of the ongoing series “Franco-Americans During Wartime: A Heritage of Service,” which began last spring, the program is free and open to the public. It will take place in Room 170 at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College.
Praising it as an act of mercy, Bishop Robert P. Deeley celebrated a Mass of thanksgiving at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul recently for the St. Martin de Porres Residence in Lewiston, which for the past 25 years has served as a place of shelter and hope for the homeless.
“This is a place of welcome, of acceptance, of new possibilities, and of new beginnings,” said Bishop Deeley during the Mass. “That was the vision of Brother Irénée 25 years ago and continues to guide the mission to the present.”
The residence was founded in 1991 by Brother Irénée Richard, O.P., a Dominican brother and deacon of the Catholic Church. Guests, as they are called and treated, receive an evening meal and a place to stay overnight. During the day, they must work to better their situation.