On Jan. 8, Elsa, played by Marybeth Noonan of Raymond, left her “Frozen” home to visit some little dancers at CenterStage. Parents donated close to $175 for pictures with Elsa and all proceeds will go to The Children’s Miracle Network. Noonan, a sophomore at Lyndon State College in Vermont, is running for Ms. Maine in April 2015. The Children’s Miracle Network is one of the charities the pageant and Marybeth support.

“Elsa” will be back to visit CenterStage on Feb. 8 for a princess party. The party starts at noon and will have dancing, singing, craft-making and photo opportunities. The cost of the party is $15 per child with all proceeds going to support Marybeth and her Children’s Miracle Network platform. Centerstage is located at the Raymond Plaza next to the post office. For more information, contact Marybeth at [email protected]

Acting for the Singer

Former Windham Chamber Singer Janelle LoSciuto in collaboration with Raymond resident Dr. Pamela Chabora will be offering an “Acting for the Singer” workshop on Feb. 8 from 5-7 p.m. at CenterStage Performing Arts located in the Raymond Plaza.

Dr. Chabora is an equity actress, master teacher in acting and certified voice specialist. The cost is $15 per student with any age welcome (adults encouraged to attend). This is a rare opportunity to train with Dr. Chabora when she is local as she spends most of her time traveling to perform. LoSciuto owns a local voice studio and is also part of the board at Schoolhouse Arts Center in Standish. For more information, contact her at [email protected]

JSMS Yearbook

The Jordan-Small Middle School Yearbook Committee is still looking for images of after-school activities and sports. If you take photos at a game, play, math meet, or any after school event, please forward the photos to be included in the yearbook. The more variety of photos, the better the yearbook will be.

For eighth-grade parents, the committee is starting to collect baby photos for the yearbook. Please get them to the school as soon as possible for inclusion in the yearbook. Please either send photos in to school to be scanned and returned (they can be brought into the office) or email a photo to [email protected]

Lake Region’s Got Talent

Congratulations to CenterStage Dancers Kristen Farwell, Liza Collins-Schrader, Laura Taylor, Bailey Nassa and MacKenzie Gifford. They have successfully pushed through the semifinals of Lake Region’s Got Talent and will be competing in the finals on Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. The event is held at the Magic Lantern in Bridgton with all proceeds going to support the Lake Region Community Theater. There are six acts in the finals. Kristen, Liza and Laura will be performing a contemporary trio, and Bailey and MacKenzie will be performing a lyrical duet. They will be up against some great talent including that of Raymond resident Morgan Lamontagne and her strong belt rock voice along with her band. The winner receives prizes valued at over $1,000 and is able to perform the following year while ballots are counted. The winner is decided by audience voting so they hope to see you all there on Feb. 8.

Flower Arranging Class

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and Jessica Fay, owner of the Raymond Village Florist, will be teaching a flower arranging course at the Raymond Village Library on Wednesday, Feb. 4, beginning at 6 p.m.

This is a hands-on class where Jessica will demonstrate how to arrange a bouquet of carnations in a vase, hopefully in preparation for flowers received for Valentine’s Day. The cost for the class – which includes all the materials and the vase in which each participant will be able to bring home their beautiful arrangement – is $15. Each person should provide their own scissors or pruners to use for the class and a box to transport their flowers. There will be a sign-up sheet available at the library for those who wish to register. Payment for the class will be due at time of registration. Sign up early, since the class is limited to 15 and Sunday, Feb. 1, is the deadline to register, as the flowers need to be ordered in advance.

Beginners Knitting Class

A beginners knitting class will be offered at the library beginning Thursday evening, Feb. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. This is an eight-week course and the cost of the class is $50. Please call the library at 655-4283 for additional information.

Raymond Revitalization’s New President

Congratulations to Carrie Colby, resident of Raymond and broker/owner of Premier Properties, for being elected the new president for the Raymond Revitalization Committee.

The Raymond Revitalization Committee focuses on bringing members of the community together with business owners to explore different options as well as find creative and entrepreneurial ideas to help drive the development of Raymond’s business district and promote the area as a competitive leader for quality goods production. For more information about the committee or to become a part, visit http://www.raymondmaine.org/community-resources/raymond-revitalization-committee or find them on Facebook.

Lydia York, a dancer with CenterStage in Raymond, enjoys a visit with Elsa from the movie “Frozen,” played by Raymond’s Marybeth Noonan.Photo courtesy of Mark York

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