Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Jan. 15: The Portland Community Chorus (PCC) will be holding auditions on Jan. 15, 2013 for its spring session. The PCC is one of the largest community choruses in New England with more than 140 members. To schedule an audition, or for more info, please call 449-0379 or email [email protected]

Thursday, Jan. 17: The annual meeting of the New Gloucester Historical Society will be held at 7 p.m. at the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Road, next to the Town Hall. All members are encouraged to attend.

Sunday, Jan. 20: A public hymn sing takes place 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Raymond Village Community Church, 27 Main St. (Route 121 just north of Route 302) in Raymond Village. All are welcome and encouraged to participate: no service, no sermon, no collection. Old favorites, new selections, and your requests covering all traditions and all ages, led by RVCC’s Music Director, Karen Strange. If you love to sing, especially if you love to sing hymns, you’ll love this. FMI, 655-7749.

Ongoing Events

• The National Alliance on Mental Illness welcomes any family members or friends who find themselves needing support for dealing with someone challenged with a mental illness. Meetings take place at the Raymond Public Safety Building on Route 302 the first Monday of each month, from 7-8:30 p.m. FMI, Eileen at 655-4193.

• Al-anon meets every Thursday 6:30-7:45 p.m. at the Naples Methodist Church, on the Village Green. Newcomers welcome. FMI, call 693-4535.

• The hours for the drop-in Lakes Region Senior Center at the Little Falls School, 40 Acorn Street, Gorham, are as follows: Monday-Thursday from 9 to 3 p.m. FMI, email [email protected] or contact Glenn Lynds at 893-9088 .

• “The Writers” gather on the third Monday of each month at the Raymond Public Safety Building on Route 302, from 6-8 p.m. Authors of all types are invited to support one another, to listen and render opinions when asked, with respect and courtesy. Call Betty Libby at 655-9214.

• A free car seat check sponsored by Safe Kids Maine takes place the third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Windham Fire-Rescue, 718 Roosevelt Trail (Route 302), North Windham. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be available to provide free assistance with car seat installations and recall checks. FMI, 899-9461 or www.maineseatcheck.org.

• The Poland Springs Woodcarvers meet the first Friday and third Saturday of the month from 1-4 p.m. at the Ricker Memorial Library, 1211 Main St., Poland. If you are a woodcarver or just interested in woodcarving, please attend. All levels of carvers invited. Bring something for Show & Tell. FMI, contact Chuck Friis at 576-3811.

To list an event in this calendar, please e-mail info to [email protected]

Maine Youth Ballet, based in Raymond, presented their debut performance of Hansel and Gretel in the fall. Maine Youth Ballet is a newly established repertory group under the direction of Katrina Smedal that provides performance opportunities for young dancers throughout southern Maine. The group rehearses at CenterStage Performing Arts located at 71B Main Street in Raymond. Local dancers in the recent production, seen above, included Alex Markonish as Hansel and Emily Biesel-Bolen as Gretel. Other performers included Olivia Bartlett, Alexis Bolduc, Jessie Catir, Lana Pillsbury, Julie Harris, Maia Tangen, Brianna Warren, Alice Boudreau, Samantha Creaser, Mollie Haskell, Gabrielle Kalstas, Sophie Koutalakis, Nicole Levine, Emily Anderson, Lindsey MacDonald, Danielle Meader, Sierra Peters, Emily St John, Emily Tugaw and Jessice Meyer. Windham High School sophomore Emily Gagne narrated. Auditions for the fall performance will be held in June 2013. Visit www.centerstagepa.com for more information and audition dates.  

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