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The Public Theatre’s Annual Spring Auction is ONLINE!

(June 1, 2022) — Starting Friday, June 10th, and ending midnight, Sunday June 26, The Public Theatre will be taking its annual spring auction online at 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.

Looking for a private singing lesson with a Broadway singer? A winter weekend at Sugarloaf?  An original painting? A beautiful diamond and sapphire ring from J. Dostie? A gift certificate to a local brewery or favorite restaurant?  A vacuum cleaner? You will find a wonderful assortment of items in this fun fundraiser for The Public Theatre.

As we continue our recovery from the pandemic, fundraising events are still critical to our sustainability. This season The Public Theatre has been able to present four in-person productions, while offering them as Video On Demand for patrons who are not quite ready to return to the theatre.  Our Education Programming has served hundreds of students with FREE workshops and your support helps us provide these important arts experiences to your community. 

In addition to the online auction, a unique selection of items will be on display and open for bidding in the lobby during the run of Be Here Now, June 17-26, 2022.  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 thepublictheatre.org

Below: A sampling of Items available at the auction.

Auburn Celebrates Opening of An Angel’s Wing with Ribbon Cutting

LEWISTON, ME (June 2, 2022) — A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the opening of An Angel’s Wing second location in the Auburn Mall on Wednesday, June 1, 2022. Auburn Mayor Jason Levesque was joined by President + CEO of the LA Metro Chamber Shanna Cox, and members of the public. 

 “We are so excited to be here celebrating the opening of An Angel’s Wing second location today. I fully support their cause – I have seen the work that it does for recovery, and the way that impacts our workforce and employers,” remarked Shanna Cox. “Their products are great, and you can feel good shopping here, knowing that the dollars you spend are helping people right here in LA”. 

 An Angel’s Wings mission is to ensure each individual has the opportunity to live, learn, and recover from substance use disorder – and they will do whatever it takes to get people into recovery and stay in recovery.

 “There is no one in our community, in the state, or in the country who hasn’t been affected by tragedy; especially tragedy that can be prevented and remediated. We thank you Debra for your work supporting those battling substance use disorder and supporting their recovery,” said Mayor Levesque. 

An Angel’s Wing is a non-profit organization and thrift store that sells new and used clothing, accessories, furniture, and household items. All of the proceeds from sales at its two locations go toward funding the fight against substance use disorder and offering support to people in recovery. The organization also operates an addiction resource center, including locating treatment and covering those costs, setting up furnished sober living homes, and supplying clothing and other items needed for individuals at no cost.

 “We have partnered with St. Mary’s, Blue Sky Counseling, Avalon Counseling, and Tri-County Mental Health to open Androscoggin’s first community non-profit detoxification unit,” announced Executive Director Debra York. “Finding a bed at a detoxification center is near to impossible in the state of Maine. We have spent hours on the phone trying to locate a bed for one individual who was ready for treatment, but there wasn’t one available. With this new venture we will open up so many possibilities for those who are in search of treatment.”

Lewiston Public Library at L/A Pride Festival

LEWISTON, ME (May 24, 2022) — The Lewiston Public Library will be at this year’s L/A Pride Festival in Simard-Payne Park on June 11th, 2022. Library staff will be at the park from 12-2pm to share information about library resources, summer reading programs, and to host a family-friendly story time at 1pm. Stop by the LPL table to learn about the library’s summer programs and take a reading break with a selection of LGBTQ+ books. http://www.myspace.com/guthriesplaceThe Lewiston Public Library is located downtown at 200 Lisbon Street at the corner of Pine Street. More information on Thursday’s lecture is available by contacting the Lewiston Public Library at 513-3135 or LPLReference@lewistonmaine.gov.

Champoux Insurance Honored as Top Performing Agency

LEWISTON, ME (May 20, 2022) – Champoux Insurance Agency, Inc. has been recognized by Ohio Mutual Insurance Group President and CEO Mark C. Russell as one of the company’s top 10 agencies for Outstanding Profitable Growth in 2021.

Champoux Insurance Agency, Inc. has represented Ohio Mutual since May, 2016. They have symbolized excellence by achieving the most outstanding growth and profitability in 2021.

“We are honored to recognize Champoux Insurance Agency, Inc. as a key business partner that focuses on a strong commitment to growing their business in a profitable manner,” said Russell. “They continuously represent our company’s vision through their strong loyalty in delivering exceptional customer service by creating and maintaining lasting relationships.”

Ohio Mutual Insurance Group, founded in 1901 with its home office in Bucyrus, OH, partners with nearly 400 independent agencies to distribute quality property and casualty insurance products throughout Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Ohio Mutual has maintained a rating of “A / Stable” from A.M. Best Co. since 1993. Additional company information is available at www.omig.com.

Maine Iris Society Hosts 42nd Annual Flower Show

AUBURN, ME (May 20, 2022) — The Maine Iris Society will host its 42nd Annual Median Iris & Spring Flower Show at the Auburn Middle School on Saturday, June 4th from 1:30 – 4:00 pm. Admission is FREE and open to the public.

Iris enthusiasts, gardeners and volunteers from Maine and New Hampshire will arrive early that morning to prepare irises and other spring flowers for display. They are judged later in the morning by accredited American Iris Society Judges. Judging is done in accordance with the rules and standards of the American Iris Society. Flower arrangements with irises as well as spring flowers will be judged by National Garden Club accredited judges.

Awards given for the flowers include Best Specimen of Show (the Queen of Show), Best Spring Flower, Best Design of Show, and section winners. Visitors to the show will also have a chance to vote for their favorite Iris and spring flower. These people’s choice winners will be announced after 3:00 pm.

A feature of the show that is popular with many visitors is the sale of various potted plants. Bare-root Iris rhizomes from early blooming bearded medians will also be on sale again this year for $1.00 each.

The Maine Iris Society was founded on June 18, 1960 on the occasion of its first Annual Iris Show at Fairview School in Auburn.

The Society exists to develop the science of horticulture, specifically through the propagation and culture of the genus, Iris, and to stimulate and foster interest in irises through education of the public and our members.

Iris shows like this one are sponsored by the Society once each year. Other activities include meetings, garden visits, photo contests, and plant sales and auctions, with guest speakers from the area and around the country speaking at many of our meetings.

Officers of the Maine Iris Society are president Pauline Grenier of Minot, Vice President Harriet Robinson of Otisfield, secretary Peter Young of Buckfield, treasurer and membership chairpersons, Ted White and Edith Ellis of Turner.

Membership information will be available at the show. 

Bring the whole family and enjoy the afternoon with us!

Below: Pauline Grenier, resident of Minot, ME and President of the Maine Iris Society, looks over a potential entry for the flower show.

Get ready to Be Here Now!

LEWISTON, ME (May 26, 2022) – The Public Theatre is looking forward to welcoming the cast and crew of Be Here Now. Rehearsals begin next week in preparation of opening night on Friday, June 17th. Read more about the show below and purchase your tickets today!

A pessimistic professor of nihilism develops a medical condition with a side effect that turns her into a happy, hopeful, believer in love. But what if curing her condition will return her to misery? This wise and quirky comedy asks – is happiness a choice or a pre-existing condition?

Performances run June 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25*, 26 – 2022; Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2pm, *Sat June 25 – 3pm & 7:30 pm

$25 Adult / $22 Group (10+) / $20 Student (19+ with ID) / $10 Youth (4-18)

This show was rescheduled. If you had tickets to a January performance, they have been transferred into the new schedule and you have been contacted.

Video-On-Demand: June 21 – 26, $25 Single (one person)  / $50 Household (2+ people)

A NOTE TO OUR AUDIENCE

We are taking our decision to resume live performances very seriously and have upgraded our entire HVAC system with MERV filters for improved air-handling throughout the building that MEETS OR EXCEEDS ALL CDC SAFETY GUIDELINES for air circulation and filtration. All patrons must wear a mask covering their nose and mouth while in the building. 

FOR TICKETS: CALL 207-782-3200

Outdoor Memorial Day Masses Set for Lewiston 

LEWISTON, ME (May 19, 2022) — Bishop Robert Deeley will celebrate a Memorial Day Mass on Monday, May 30, at 10 a.m. at St. Peter’s Cemetery on 217 Switzerland Road in Lewiston. All are invited to this Mass, which is an occasion to pray for all our deceased loved ones, especially those who served our nation and have now gone home to the Lord.

The origins of Memorial Day date back to the Civil War when many cities and towns would set aside a day to remember those who died in the war. Originally called Decoration Day, it was officially proclaimed by General John Logan, commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, on May 5, 1868, and was first observed on May 30 of that year when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers buried at Arlington National Cemetery. In 1971, Congress passed a law placing the celebration of Memorial Day on the last Monday in May.

Lewiston: St. Peter’s Cemetery

217 Switzerland Road

10 a.m. (Bishop Robert Deeley will preside at th

Music in the Park Summer Concert Series Begins May 27 

LEWISTON, ME (May 12, 2022) — The 2022 Music in the Park summer concert series begins on May 27 in Kennedy Park, Lewiston from 7-9 pm, and continues after each Art Walk L/A on final Fridays through September, 2022. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy some free, live music in the park! 

On May 27, LA Arts presents performances by:

Lewiston Elementary All-Star Orchestra Lewiston Elementary students comprise this strings ensemble led by Greg Boardman; 

Forêt Endormie Forêt Endormie is a chamber ensemble formed in 2016 by Falls of Rauros guitarist and composer Jordan Guerette, hailing from the “Forest City” of Portland, Maine (USA). Baxter Brewing Co. will be on site in Kennedy Park with refreshments. 

If you’re looking for a snack on your way to the park, try these spots on Lisbon St.: Sambusas and Somali tea at Mogadishu Store, 240 Lisbon St.; David-Made Pizza at Forage, 180 Lisbon St.; Spicy Tots at Boba, 97 Lisbon St. 

Music in the Park and all LA Arts programs would not be possible without the generous support of community partners including Community Arts Champion and Advocate sponsors Austin Associates, P.A., Bates College, Baxter Brewing Co., Berman & Simmons, the City of Auburn, the City of Lewiston, Liberty Mutual, Munka Coworking, the Sun Journal as well as the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation, Maine Arts Commission, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Onion Foundation, and the Ladd Foundation. 

Since 1973, LA Arts, the arts agency for the cities of Lewiston and Auburn Maine, has pursued a mission to engage and inspire a vibrant community through arts and culture. The agency works with governments, businesses, schools and local arts and cultural organizations to create opportunities for community members across the generations to experience, learn, and participate in the arts. 

LA Arts organizes arts programs and initiatives, supports the work of local artists and arts organizations, and highlights the essential role the arts play in shaping an economically vital, socially integrated, and forward-looking future for its community. Learn more at www.laarts.org. 

Lewiston Elementary All-Star Orchestra

Head Downtown for Art Walk L/A May 27 

LEWISTON, ME (May 13, 2022) —  The 2022 Art Walk L/A season begins on May 27, 2022 from 5-7 pm and continues on final Fridays of each month through September. Enjoy live, in-person arts experiences in more than a dozen locations along Lisbon Street in downtown Lewiston, including a performance by the Lewiston High School Jazz Band in Dufresne Plaza at 5 p.m.* And stay downtown for the first Music in the Park summer concert from 7-9 p.m. in Kennedy Park.  Join us!

Art Downtown

Check out visual arts on display at these and other Art Walk LA venues:

The Studio, 291 Lisbon St. Artists Grayling Cunningham and friends

Lewiston Public Library, 200 Lisbon St. Photographer Stephen Harris, plus a book sale! 

Kimball Street Studios, 191 Lisbon St. redux, portraits by Kate Cargile 

Forage, 180 Lisbon St. the CROW, works by Deanna Ehrhardt 

Downtown Handmade, 182 Lisbon St., 2nd floor. Proprietor Sheri Withers Hollenbeck and friends 

Art Walkables 

Looking for to-go food items along the art walk route? Try these spots!

Sambusas and Somali tea at Mogadishu Store, 240 Lisbon St.

David-Made Pizza at Forage, 180 Lisbon St.

Spicy Tots at Boba, 97 Lisbon St.

Music in the Park summer concert series

After the art walk, head to Kennedy Park for more music! This month’s concert features

Lewiston Elementary All Star Orchestra

Forêt Endormie

Art Walk LA and all LA Arts programs would not be possible without the generous support of community partners including Community Arts Champion and Advocate sponsors Austin Associates, P.A., Bates College, Baxter Brewing Co., Berman & Simmons, the City of Auburn, the City of Lewiston, Liberty Mutual, Munka Coworking, the Sun Journal as well as the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation,  Maine Arts Commission, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Onion Foundation, and the Ladd Foundation. 

Since 1973, LA Arts, the arts agency for the cities of Lewiston and Auburn Maine, has pursued a mission to engage and inspire a vibrant community through arts and culture. The agency works with governments, businesses, schools and local arts and cultural organizations to create opportunities for community members across the generations to experience, learn, and participate in the arts. LA Arts organizes arts programs and initiatives, supports the work of local artists and arts organizations, and highlights the essential role the arts play in shaping an economically vital, socially integrated, and forward-looking future for its community. Learn more at www.laarts.org.

*Rain location: Callahan Hall, Lewiston Public Library, 200 Lisbon St., Lewiston

Downtown Handmade

City of Auburn Invites Public to Memorial Monument Dedication

AUBURN, ME (May 17, 2022) — Please join the City of Auburn Friday as we unveil two beautiful new monuments honoring the veterans who served America in wartime and military conflict.

Memorial Monument Dedication Ceremony; Friday, May 27 at 10:00AM at Mt. Auburn Cemetery (please park on Summer Street).

During the initial days of Covid, when our historically large gatherings at Veterans’ Park were cancelled, the City of Auburn decided to hold an outdoor ceremony at a long-forgotten memorial at Mount Auburn Cemetery which was erected in 1946 by the Lions Club of Auburn. The memorial listed major conflicts in American history up to World War 2. It was later updated to include the Korean and Vietnam conflicts but had not been updated since 1975.

On that day, Mayor Jason Levesque promised those in attendance that the city would erect new stones to appropriately recognize a new generation of veterans, from Grenada to Panama, from the Cold War to the Persian Gulf War and the Global War on Terror. The Auburn City Council appropriated funding, the stones were designed, and now they are done and are ready to be unveiled for our community. Promises made, promises kept.


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