THE UNIVERSITY OF MAINE Coop-erative Extension and organizers of the Portland Flower Show are holding an essay contest for kids for this year’s flower show, held March 10 through 13 at Portland Company Complex, 58 Fore St. Organizers are asking people ages 6 to 18 years old to describe what their enchanted garden looks like. Three prizes of $50, $30 and $20 will be awarded in the three age categories. The winners will be announced at the show’s opening night preview March 9. The deadline for submitting entries is Feb. 18. For a contest application and rules, call 1-800-287-1471 or go to http://portlandcompany.com.


STUDENTS AT LYMAN MOORE Middle School raised $820 Jan. 23 for the Center for Grieving Children. The students raised the money by holding a production of “Guys and Dolls.” Students worked with children at the center to create the giant dice used as props in the production. More than 50 students appeared in the production, which was directed by Hannah Friedman.


THE MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY is offering a free program this month of 11 classes on local history, art, architecture and public speaking. The program, Portland’s History Docents, is designed to produce volunteer guides for historical sites in the Portland area.

Graduates will have the option of volunteering at Wadsworth-Longfellow House, the Portland Observatory Tate House Museum, Victoria Mansion and the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad. For the first time, graduates will have the option of volunteering at the Fifth Maine Regiment Museum.

Participants will be asked to donate six hours a month as guides. The classes will be 9 a.m. to noon on Thursdays Feb. 17 through April 21 at the Maine Historical Society on Congress Street. To sign up for the program, call 774-5561.


BIG MOOSE Harley-Davidson and Binga’s Stadium launched a yearlong campaign to raise money for local nonprofits. The next event, “Red Hot Ice Bar,” will run from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 26 at the dealership to benefit the American Heart Association. Binga’s will serve food and drinks. The band Facedown will perform.

The dealership and Binga’s will hold charitable events in March for the March of Dimes; in April for Big Brothers/Big Sisters; in May for the Professional Firefighters of Maine; in June for the Alzheimer’s Association; In July for the Red Claws Foundation; in August for the Special Olympics; in September for Tuesday’s Children; in October for the Cancer Community Center; in November for Wreaths Across America; and in December for the Pajama Program.

For more information, e-mail [email protected] or go to www.bigmooseharley.com.


DANCERS from the Dance Studio of Maine’s Jazz Competition Teams traveled to Danvers, Mass., last month to participate in a dance conference with Excel in Motion. The group participated in contemporary jazz and hip-hop classes taught by leading dance performers.


THE WARM COATS and Warm Hearts Drive is extended through Feb. 13 due to this winter’s cold temperatures. Mainers can donate gently worn coats at Burlington Coat Factory. People who donate will receive 10 percent off their next purchase.

All donated coats in South Portland will stay in the city and be distributed by Hope Haven Gospel Mission to local children and adults in need. The coat drive is sponsored by Burlington Coat Factory, ABC’s Good Morning America and the national nonprofit, One Warm Coat.


BRIMWIN “BRIM” PEABODY, a second-grader at Pleasant Hill school in Scarborough, recently raised $74.64 for the people of Haiti at a two-day swim meet in Westbrook. Brim, 8, is a swimmer on the Coastal Maine Aquatics team.

It’s the second year he has collected money at the swim meet. He donated the money to the Red Cross in Portland. In 2010, Brim collected more than $500 for the people of Haiti at various community events.