Jazz festival coming to S. Portland High School

The public is invited to attend student performances at the Maine State Instrumental Jazz Festival at South Portland High School on March 15 and 16.

The annual festival draws roughly 60-80 high school jazz groups from around 35 schools throughout the state. Musicians will be performing in jazz combos, bands and ensembles over two days. Individual Outstanding Musicianship Awards, and bronze, silver and gold rankings will be awarded to various combos and ensembles.

All activities will be held at SPHS, 637 Highland Ave. Admission each day is $3 for students/senior citizens, $5 for adults, and $15 for a family.

MMEA’s mission is to promote and advance Music Education by providing a voice and venue for advocacy and advancement of Music Education in Maine. 

Donations sought for Mt. Ararat auction

The Mt. Ararat Class of 2021 is seeking donations for a live auction to be held March 30 at Topsham Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall. Local businesses, services and craftspeople have already contributed to this class fundraiser in which 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to the Mt. Ararat Class of 2021. The auction raises funds to help cover senior year event costs such as prom and graduation. 

For more information or to donate, contact Ellen Messier at [email protected]

Item preview begins at 5 p.m. and the live auction begins at 6 p.m. with more than 100 items. Light refreshments will be available.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, visited Ocean Avenue Elementary School in Portland on March 1 to read “Antlers Forever!” to third-graders During her visit on Read Across America Day, Collins also answered questions about government since the students are studying the the U.S. Constitution.