SHAWN TOWLE, a math teacher at Falmouth Middle School, recently received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Towle has taught math at the middle school for the past 14 years. He also coaches Falmouth’s MathCounts team and is currently the president-elect of the Association of Mathematics Teachers in Maine.


THE RECREATION CENTER is offering a six-week program to ski and snowboard at Shawnee Peak in Bridgton. The program, Feb. 3 to March 17, includes transportation and a lift ticket to ski or ride from 4:30 p.m. to close on Thursdays. Rentals are available at an extra cost.

This program is for students in grades 6 through 12. Participants will leave the community center at 3:30 p.m. and return around 9:30 p.m. Lift tickets cost $245. A lift ticket and rentals cost $335. A $50 deposit is required at the time of registration. To register, call 767-7650.


THE 10TH ANNUAL Father-Daughter Dance will be 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 5. Cost is $5 per child. Tap Fitzgerald of Sideshow Entertainment will perform. There will be refreshments and games. A professional photographer will be on hand to take pictures at an additional cost. Pre-registration is required. To register, call 767-7650.


A BASIC SELF-DEFENSE class for women is being offered by city police. The Rape Aggression Defense course provides women with the tools they need to avoid dangerous situations and escape them.

The class, for girls and women ages 13 and older, will be from 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 8, 10, 15, and 17 and from 8 a.m. to noon on Feb. 19 at the Portland Police Department, 109 Middle St.

Organizers are asking for a $25 donation, which will support the Amy St. Laurent Fund. The deadline to register is Tuesday. To sign up, call 874-8643.


MAINE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION’S Hospice Fund is seeking applications for grants that would support hospice programs that provide volunteer and bereavement services in Cumberland and York counties.

Preference will be given to groups that enhance training, recognize or recruit volunteers; and groups that want to launch innovative projects that raise awareness of hospice programs and other end-of-life services. The deadline to apply is Feb. 15. For more information, call 761-2440.


A PUBLIC SERVICE announcement created for the Planet Dog Foundation is now being considered for an Emmy Award. The announcement was created by local filmmakers and has been running on television stations across the state.

Planet Dog donates 2 percent of every purchase to the Planet Dog Foundation to support canine service programs across the country.


MAINE PREP’S SAT classes will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays from Feb. 3 to March 10 at Cape Elizabeth High School, Ocean House Road. The class is geared toward high school juniors who plan to apply early to colleges. The course will prepare students for the March 12 SAT. For details, call 798-5690.



THE CHILDREN at Toddle Inn Westbrook adopted a soldier through the Adopt-A-Platoon program. The kids who attend Toddle Inn collected food items, toiletries, letters, pictures and drawings, which they sent to the soldier.



TOWN OFFICIALS are looking for volunteers to serve on the following committees: the Conservation Commission; the Economic Improvement Committee; the Trails Advisory Committee; and the town’s Parks and Community Programs Advisory Committee. Volunteers also are needed on the Falmouth Planning Board; the Recycling and Energy Advisory Committee; and the Shellfish Conservation Commission. To fill out an application, go to www.town.falmouth.me.us. To request an application, call 781-5253.