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The Public Theatre’s auction ends Sunday

From Public Theatre

LEWISTON – The annual spring auction for The Public Theatre ends at midnight on Sunday.

The auction is virtual this year, and can be found on the theatre’s website at http://thepublictheatre.org.

Featuring gift certificates for all the wonderful things we love doing in Maine as well as handcrafted items you won’t find anywhere else, what better way to shop for useful and unique gifts while simultaneously supporting the theatre.

Items in the annual spring auction for The Public Theatre, which is virtual this year and ends at midnight on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of The Public Theatre)

Looking for a private singing lesson with a Broadway singer? A winter weekend at Sugarloaf?  A beautiful painting? A unique piece of jewelry from J. Dostie? A gift certificate to a local brewery?  A birdbath? A Vacuum Cleaner? A gift certificate to a favorite restaurant? You will find a wonderful assortment of items in this fun fundraiser for The Public Theatre.

The pandemic has devastated live performances, making our fundraising events more important than ever. Bidding online is an ultimate win-win for yourself and The Public Theatre.

Winners will be notified and given the location to pick up their winning items. Details on bidding procedures and a link to the auction can be found at http://thepublicltheatre.org

Art in the Windows in Lewiston

From LA Arts

LEWISTON – LA Arts and community partners bring a lively Art in the Windows program to downtown Lewiston this spring, with new work now on view at a number of locations along Lisbon Street.

Echoes and Loops, New Paintings by Kate Cargile will be on view in the LA Arts Gallery windows at 221 Lisbon Street in Lewiston through July 1. Kate is a middle school art teacher whose artwork is shaped by her strong interests in literature, history, and visual culture studies. She works in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, appliqué quilting, and paper mache sculpture.

Maine native artist Jim Nutting holds a recent abstract art glass work. Works by artists are on display in the windows of businesses in downtown Lewiston as of the Art in the Windows program from LA Arts. (Photo courtesy of LA Arts)

Her subject matter ranges from “the beauty of the people, objects and places that make up my everyday life to fanciful ideas from myths, legends, tales and my own wild imagination,” she said. “The artistic process is like trying to tune an old radio. There are many different stations and frequent static. When you get a clear station it’s always best to listen intently to what is playing.”

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Auburn library fundraiser

AUBURN – Auburn Public Library is thrilled to announce the 2021 fundraiser, “Book Around Town: Linking Library with Local Business”.

Support APL and our local economy by purchasing a swag bag with over $200 in value for just $75!

Each bag is filled with discount coupons to local businesses, shops, and restaurants, in addition to handmade items from local favorites.

Bags are on sale June 1 to 15 on the library website, www.auburnpubliclibrary.org.

Limited supply! 

Kaydenz Resale Closet opens with Ribbon Cutting

From LA Metro Cham­ber

LEWISTON – Lew­iston Mayor Mark Cayer was joined by Karen Sta­ples from Senator Susan Collins Office, and Stepha­nie Gelinas, Ward 7 Lewis­ton City Councilor, at a rib­bon-cutting ceremony last week for the new Kaydenz Retail Closet.

Located at 155 Lis­bon Street in Lewiston, Kaydenz Resale Closet helps support the Kaydenz Kitchen Food Pantry at 550 Lisbon Street.

The elected officials were also joined by the Lewiston Auburn Metro­politan Chamber of Com­merce team, and Kayden’s friends and family, at the ceremony.

“Today I want to rec­ognize Kayden’s entrepre­neurial spirit. It’s not just a dream that started the food pantry down the street in the mill, it’s the way she saw that dream forward. It’s her vision, her heart, her energy, and her excite­ment that bring life, color, artwork, and retail to Lis­bon Street. Thank you for being a leader for every one of your peers in 7th grade, and beyond. You’re amazing.” said Shanna Cox, President and CEO of the LA Metro Chamber.

Kaydenz Resale Closet opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week. The new business at 155 Lisbon Street in Lewiston will support it’s sister facility, Kaydenz Kitchen Food Pan­try at 550 Lisbon Street. (photo courtesy of LA Metro Chamber)

Mayor Cayer said that “When you have a good thing in place, creativity often continues in won­derful ways as evidenced here today. It’s also im­portant to note that it was the 2017 vision of a young girl, Kayden Boilard, that jump-started her family’s contributions to our com­munity. Families facing food insecurity and cloth­ing needs have certainly benefited ever since.”

Opening up Kaydenz Resale Closet in the Hart­ley Block has brought food, clothing, and other essential resources closer to those in need.

“Kaydenz Kitchen Food Pantry is extremely excited about expanding into a second location in the downtown commu­nity. All proceeds from Kaydenz Resale Closet benefit our 501(C)3 non­profit mission and our con­tinued expansion of ser­vices and programs for the Lewiston-Auburn commu­nity,” said Kevin Boilard, President.

An organization of community-minded busi­nesses that serves Lewiston, Auburn, and surrounding communities, the Lewis­ton Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is an engine for economic vi­tality and enhanced quality of life. Through issues ad­vocacy, workforce devel­opment, and professional networking, the LA Metro Chamber helps business and community build, lead, and thrive. Learn more at lametrochamber.com.

Mission Working Dogs visit the Colisee

By Nathan Tsukroff

LEWISTON – Mission Working Dogs was on a fundraising mission last Friday night at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee, with more than eight dogs and handlers greeting hockey fans at the entrance.

About a year ago, just as the COVID-19 pandemic began, Christy Gardner of Lewiston founded Mission Working Dogs to train service dogs to help people in the community with disabilities.

Roslyn Keith of Lewiston takes a few minutes to visit with Grace, a therapy dog being trained by Lewiston chiropractor Dr. Phil McLean and his wife, Amy, before the hockey game at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee on Friday night. Therapy and service dogs being trained with Mission Working Dogs greeted fans at the entrance to the Colisee as part of a fund-raising event for the group. (Tsukroff photo)

A therapy dog provides psychological or physiological therapy to individuals other than their handler, while “a service dog is trained to help mitigate the individual disabilities of one person. So, if you were missing a leg, or you were blind, or you were diabetic, that dog is trained specifically for you,” she said. “And they can all be trained differently, because everybody’s disability may be different.”

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First trade show in Maine

Under the pandemic

By Nathan Tsukroff

AUBURN –Welcome to the Maine Home Show . . . the first trade in Maine since the COVID-19 pandemic began more than a year ago.

With just four weeks to bring the show together after the State of Maine gave permission for expanded indoor gatherings in March, Travis Dow booked space in the Norway Savings Bank arena to create a pandemic version of the home show that Mainers have enjoyed for so many years.

The Maine Home Show finally opened its doors the second weekend of April, with around 50 exhibitors.

The show took place on one of the two ice rinks at the arena. This rink had been shut down at the end of the hockey season, while the other rink hosted play throughout the weekend. Exhibitors were able to set up on the concrete base of the arena, rather than on a covering over the ice.

This was the ninth annual Maine Home Show, after being forced to skip last year due to the pandemic.

Travis Dow of Dow Media LLC in Lewiston, gives a thumbs up while chatting with Twin City Times Publisher Laurie Steele about the success of the Maine Home Show. Dow has produced the show since its inception 10 years ago, and said this year’s show – the first trade show in Maine since the pandemic began a year ago – was well received by both vendors and visitors. (Lillian Baker photo)

The show was hosted at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston the first eight years, shifting to the Norway Savings Bank Arena this spring after the Colisee told Dow it was extending hockey play and wouldn’t be able to host the show.

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Walk-in vaccination begins at Auburn Mall

From CMH


AUBURN – Central Maine Healthcare’s high-volume vaccination site at the Auburn Mall began taking walk-ins last Friday.

“This week, our site reached a milestone as we administered the 25,000th dose of vaccine. And another milestone is right around the corner: We are opening up to walk ins beginning Friday to get vaccine into the arms of more people,” said Amy Lee, MBA, MBHA, MJ, FACMPE, vice president and chief operating officer of the Central Maine Medical Group.

“We are delighted to offer this additional convenience to individuals 16 and older and to Maine residents and non- residents alike.”

Walk-in vaccination will be available from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Vaccination is available to individuals 16 and older. Individuals should bring their identification and their insurance card if they have one. Minors must have parental consent and be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Vaccination by appointment remains available.

To make an appointment or for more information about Central Maine Healthcare vaccination sites, visit cmhc.org or call Central Maine Healthcare’s COVID vaccine call center at 207-520-2917.

Central Maine Healthcare is an integrated healthcare delivery system serving 400,000 people living in central, western and Midcoast Maine. CMH’s hospital facilities include Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Bridgton Hospital and Rumford Hospital.

Theatre silent auction starts May 16

From CLT

LEWISTON – The L-A Community Little Theatre (CLT) is preparing to launch its third annual “Not So Little” Online Auction starting May 16.

Funds raised from this year’s auction will be directed to the theatre’s building fund.

Local businesses have again showed tremendous support for CLT through sponsorship and the donation of items.

The focus of CLT’s last auction, which earned $6,700, was to cover costs incurred after the theatre had to shut down due to the pandemic. While the theatre has yet to launch its first post-COVID production, volunteers have been busy with behind-the-scenes activity and making improvements to the facility. The CLT community hopes to bring back live theatre to the Lewiston-Auburn community in the very near future. 

This year’s auction is sponsored by Modern Woodmen, Skelton Taintor and Abbott, and L’Hommedieu Law. Donations have been made by Shaw’s, Day’s Jewelers, Lamey Wellehan,  Broadstreet Music, Martindale Country Club, and the Inn at Poland Spring, just to name a few. The auction boasts more than 50 items including private sailing cruises, signed theater memorabilia, designer purses, art work, cookware, golf outings, and dance and piano lessons.

All auction information is on the CLT website at www.laclt.com. Bidding will go live at noon on  Sunday, May 16 and will continue through 8 p.m. Sunday, May 30.

Additional items are likely to be added to the auction after bidding begins.

Schooner Estates chef an avid bird photographer

Guest Column

By Rachel Morin

AUBURN – The residents at Schooner Estates Senior Living Community in Auburn, learned early on, that Todd Hopkins, Assistant Director of Food Service, and well-known photographer of birds and wildlife would narrate his presentation on the beautiful birds he photographed on his many trips.

It was welcome news for the pandemic-wearied folks at Schooner Estates! They already knew of Todd’s love for birds, animals and all forms of nature. They also knew about his many photography collections.

 Bird watchers assembled early to hear accounts of all the birds Todd photographed near the Schooner Campus and beyond. They knew he would be able to give many details on each bird as the photos were viewed.

Todd Hopkins, Assistant Director Food Service at Schooner Estates in Auburn, is an avid bird photographer throughout the southern Maine area. He recently presented a selection of his photos of the colorful birds in their natural environment to residents at Schooner Estates. (Rachel Morin Photo)

And as each beautiful brightly colored bird photo rolled by, Todd would stop and tell us where he took the photo, the time of year, the bird’s habitat, food, and interesting details. The many dedicated birders in the audience enjoyed adding a few comments of their own.

It was a happy time, hearing and seeing something different rather than the latest news on the Corona Virus and guidelines on television and the statistics on nation and worldwide happenings and how things were in the world.

I spoke with Todd a few days later to learn more about his fascination with birds, nature, photography, and how it all started.

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Lewiston schools registration for Pre-K and Kindergarten

LEWISTON – Registration has been opened for Lewiston Schools for the 2021-22 school year for Pre-K and Kindergarten students.

Pre-K

Pre-K Registration Information for Lewiston Public Schools.

Must be 4 years of age on or before October 15, 2021

Please complete the Google Form (link provided) to put your child on the PreK List for Fall 2021.

Respective schools will coordinate scheduling appointments to complete registration
forms and gather necessary documentation once able.

REGISTRATION LINK:  https://bit.ly/LewistonKPKReg

QUESTIONS:  kinderprekreg@lewistonpublicschools.org

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Kindergarten

Kindergarten Registration Information for Lewiston Public Schools.

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*Students currently attending Lewiston Public Schools Pre-K do not need to participate in the K
registration process.

Please complete the Google Form (link provided) to put your child on the list for Fall 2021.

Respective schools will coordinate scheduling appointments to complete registration form and provide necessary documentation once able.

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