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April 21, 2011

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Merriconeag Waldorf sixth-graders assemble the note cards they are selling to raise money for earthquake victims in Japan.

Greater Portland Briefly, April 20, 2011

FREEPORT

MERRICONEAG WALDORF School students are raising money for victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Students are selling note cards featuring artwork from 12 students and alumni. The cards are on sale at Royal River Natural Foods in Freeport, Island Treasure Toys in Yarmouth and at the school. A $15 minimum donation is suggested. The funds will be donated to Japan NGO Earthquake Relief and the Recovery Fund of the Japan Center for International Exchange.

Dale Rand Printing and Meredith Ingram donated their printing and graphic design services. For more information, go to www.merriconeag.org.

PORTLAND

THE FIFTH- AND SIXTH-grade girls basketball team from The Boys & Girls Club of Portland raised $1,000 for Mercy Hospital's Breast Cancer Specialist of Maine. The team sold pink bracelets, pink ribbons, pink ribbon lollipops, and held raffles at each game. Their donation will help pay for education materials for patients and their families.

THE MAINE POTTERS Market is holding its second annual Flaws for a Cause to raise money for Cultivating Community, a Portland nonprofit that empowers youth by growing food for the hungry. The sale until April 30 at 376 Fore St. in Portland's Old Port will offer pottery with slight imperfections, samples, and older first-quality pots. Customers are encouraged to shop early for the best selection. For more information, call 774-1633.

THE WAYSIDE SOUP Kitchen is looking for donations of garden tools for two new community garden projects. Volunteer for Wayside are seeking old rakes, shovels or hoes for a garden project at Harbor Terrace, a Portland Housing Authority site in the West End that will allow low-income seniors to grow their own produce. The second garden is on land donated by Liberty Bryer of South Portland. The garden will be used for growing produce for Wayside's community meals program and for local food pantries and soup kitchens served by the Food Rescue Program. To make a donation, call 712-4928.

GORHAM

THE DANCE STUDIO of Maine recently recognized the following students with its second quarter "Stand Out Student" awards: Emma Forgues, Katie Proia, Alexis Fotter, Alicia Hannan, Makenzie Goudreau, Ashley Grant, Mia Kratzer, Nicole Labbe and Ashley Avery. The awards are given to the dancers to recognize their positive attitude, a desire to become better dancers, and a willingness to challenge themselves to achieve their goals.

FALMOUTH

WOLFE'S NECK FARM is starting a 4-H program for raising beef cattle. The group is open to young adults ages 13 to 18. The club will teach young people the skills they need to begin caring for animals. Participants will learn the basics of feeding and daily care and gain a solid understanding of the financial side to raising animals. Participants may have the opportunity to acquire their own animal to work with and eventually show for competition. An informational meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 27 at the farm's office. For more information, call 865-4469.

SCARBOROUGH

MOOREBROOK FARM was named Outstanding Conservation Farm of the Year by the Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District. The farm, operated by Steward Harmon and his mother, Peggy Harmon, has been a landmark on Black Point Road in Scarborough since 1925. Moorebrook Farm is a retail vegetable farm market stand and a wholesale vegetable grower for Hannaford Bros.

WESTBROOK

WESTBROOK MIDDLE School students recently donated $1,366.97 to the American Red Cross Japan Relief Fund. The student council held a penny drive to raise money for victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The drive was structured as a "Penny War," pitting each grade and the staff against each other. Students in sixth grade raised the most money, followed by the students in seventh, then eighth grade.

CUMBERLAND

SAFE PASSAGE will hold its seventh annual Esperanza 5K on May 15. Runners will meet at 8 a.m. for the race, which begins near Greely High School. All proceeds benefit Safe Passage's program in Guatemala.

Pre-registration: $18 and $25 on race day.T-shirts will be given to the first 200 registrants. Organizers are encouraging participants to raise $100 or more by race day. To register, go to www.safepassage.org.





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