Red Claws, Dunkin’ Donuts offering basketball clinics

The Maine Red Claws will partner with Dunkin’ Donuts to offer free youth basketball clinics across the state for children 7 to 14.

The one-day clinics will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will teach fundamentals of basketball. Instruction will be by former Red Claws players Sherwood Brown and Ralph Sampson III.

Here are the days and locations for clinics:

 Monday at Biddeford High School Tiger Gymnasium, Biddeford.

 Tuesday at Alfond Youth Center, 126 North St., Waterville.

Wednesday at Ellsworth Elementary Middle School, 20 Forest Ave., Ellsworth.

 Thursday at Skehan Recreation Center, 1 Main Road North, Hampden.

 Friday at Hasty Community Center, 48 Pettingill Park, Auburn.

No pre-registration is required. Children are asked to bring lunch. Parental permission is required, and a parent/guardian must sign a waiver on the day of the clinic. Waivers can be downloaded at maineredclaws.com.

Harvard Pilgrim awards high school $500 grant

The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation’s Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant program has awarded $500 to The Maine Girls’ Academy, formerly Catherine McAuley High School.

The funds will be used to help students with financial needs attend the school.


Riding to the Top raises $13,000 for therapy program

Riding to the Top raised more than $13,000 during its 13th annual Barn to Beach Ride-a-thon, held at Breakwater Farm recently.

Participants in the fundraiser began with an hour-long ride on the trails, moved onto the beach for a dip and finished with a lunch of gourmet salads for riders and hay, apples and carrots for the horses.

Funds raised will benefit equine-assisted activities and therapies for people with disabilities. For more details, go to ridingtothetop.org or call 892-2813.


DAR chapter installs new officers at Flag Day lunch

Members of the Rebecca Emery Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met recently for a Flag Day luncheon, with keynote speaker Polly Bartow, honorary Maine state regent and past librarian general.

After the lunch there was a business meeting and an installation ceremony for incoming officers for 2016 to 2019.

The new officers are Deborah Bragdon, regent; Janice Teasenfitz, vice regent; Mary Kinsley, chaplain; Elizabeth Harlow, recording secretary; Marjorie Scott, corresponding secretary; Catherine Fisher, treasurer; Starr Bartlett, registrar; Leigh Olson, historian; and Sally Foy, librarian.


Ten-year-old wins title in dance competition

Sofia Mankin, 10, a dancer from Drouin Dance Center, recently won the national Miss Turn it Up title in her age group at the competition’s championship session held on Cape Cod in Massachusetts recently.

Sofia competed against dancers from the East Coast.

She also won a special judges’ award recognizing her passion, spirit and the age-appropriateness of her routine. She and her teammates competed in group and solo pieces, and a group jazz piece choreographed by Brittany Gereben that placed sixth nationally.

Drouin Dancers Jillian Petruccelli, 8, and Abigail Rubin, 10, will travel to Riesa, Germany in December to compete in the world tap championships.

Both girls are members of the American Tap Company, a group of selected tap dancers ages 8 and older from around the country.


Health care group honors Norway center administrator

The American College of Health Care Administrators recently honored Norway Center for Health & Rehabilitation administrator Gail Winchell with its 2016 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award.

Winchell was one of 247 recipients to receive the award, which recognizes quality leadership.

Eligibility for this award is based on three years of skilled nursing facility survey data.

For more information about ACHCA, visit achca.org.


Noah Carver awarded rider scholarship by foundation

Noah Carver of Beals Island has been awarded a scholarship from the Carlisle Charitable Foundation for a three-day youth rider training camp at Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports. The program is designed for emerging athletes to learn the foundations of para-equestrian dressage.

Carver, who has been blind since birth, began riding horses at age 5. During the camp, he worked alongside other young athletes with various physical challenges, under the direction of international para-dressage coach Clive Milkins, sports director at Carlisle Academy. He also got instruction from rider Annie Peavy, who will compete in this year’s Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

CCF was able to provide tuition subsidies for several camp participants, including Noah, through a recent $2,000 grant from the Saxifrage Opportunity Grants Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.