2013-03-07 / Community News

Community News

OOB students raise money

Elementary students are rolling up their sleeves to help children and youth with developmental disabilities in Maine. Jameson School in Old Orchard Beach will host a schoolwide fundraiser on Friday, March 8. Proceeds from the all-day event will go to the Robbie Foundation. The Scarborough-based organization raises money for therapy treatments, services and adaptive equipment that is not covered by insurance. To date, Robbie Foundation has raised more than $45,000 for special needs children. Some of the items include iPads, recreational items such as adaptive bikes and therapy treatment services.

Students are “rolling the dough” with a schoolwide cookie sale. Robbie Foundation wristbands are for sale and students are also collecting donations. Other events scheduled include a hat and T-shirt raffle. The Rotary Club in Old Orchard Beach has committed to matching the amount raised by the students up to $500. The Robbie Foundation was started by Bob and Lynn Gierie, whose 13-year-old son has cerebral palsy. Lynn Gierie is a kindergarten teacher at Jameson School.

‘Your Brain on Art’ is March 8

The Biddeford arts organization Engine, in collaboration with the University of New England’s Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences, will host an opening reception for “Your Brain on Art” 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 8 at Engine’s gallery space at 265 Main St. in Biddeford.

“Your Brain on Art” features award-winning artists who have been impacted by brain injury, trauma or chronic pain, including Jon Sarkin, Nancy Andrews, Karen Musick and Jenn Shifflett. University of New England art professor Sarah Gorham will exhibit work portraying her and her father’s journey following his diagnosis of a malignant brain tumor and his ultimate death due to cancer.

Speaker to discuss Rolfing

Belle Marsh will be the featured speaker at the Southern Maine Chronic Pain Support Group’s Thursday, March 7 meeting, where she will discuss how a lack of physical activity can increase pain.

Marsh, a dancer and Certified Rolfer, has a clinic in South Portland. She will also discuss the mechanics of breathing and how the movement of the body in breath can help reduce pain.

Rolfing is a form of bodywork that operates on the connective tissue called fascia. This practice can increase the range of motion and relieve body pain. It can also decrease tension and stress and promotes better body awareness.

More information about Rolfing can be found at www.rolfmaine.com, or www.rolf.org. More information about the Southern Maine Chronic Pain Support Group can be found at www.painsupportgroup.org.

The meeting will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the hospitality room of The Pines. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, call Ernie Merritt, 284-2958.

Writing workshop is in parts

The executive director of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance will lead a four-part writing workshop on “The Art of the Short Story” at Engine in Biddeford beginning Saturday, April 6.

Executive Director Joshua Bodwell also helped co-found Engine.

Prior to taking the helm of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance in 2010, Bodwell was the associate editor on the founding staff of “Maine Home + Design” magazine, and is a regular contributor to “Poets & Writers” magazine in New York, as well as a contributing editor of the online journal “Fiction Writers Review.”

The four-part writing workshop at Engine will focus on detailed, workshop-style manuscript critiques and has a maximum of 10 registrants. Complete details and registration information about the workshop can be found on Engine’s website, www.feedtheengine.org, or by calling Engine Executive Director Tammy Ackerman at 229-3560.

OOB Little League kicks off

Old Orchard Beach Little League Player registration for the 2013 season is now open. It also welcomes back girls’ softball to the program.

Mail completed registration forms along with a check or money order for the registration fee to: OOB Little League, PO Box 345, Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064.

For registration forms and fees visit, http://eteamz.active.com/oldorchardbeachLL or e-mail oldorchardbeachlittleleague@gmail.com.

To find the group on Facebook, search OOB Little League or visit https://www.facebook.com/ OOBLittleLeague.

Saturday, March 16: free preseason clinic and registration tables open at Loranger gym, ages 4 to 7, 9 to 10:30 a.m.; Ages 8 to 10, 10:30 a.m. to noon; ages 11-to- 12, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. An instructor from Maine Hits will be present for the 11-to-12 age group.

Saturday, March 23: free pre-season clinic and registration tables open at Loranger gym. Ages 4 to 7, 9 to 10:30 a.m.; ages 8 to 10, 10:30 a.m. to noon; ages 11 to 12, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. An instructor from Maine Hits will be present for the 11 to 12 age group.

Saturday, March 30: minor and major league assessments at Loranger gym. Baseball league age 8, 9 to 9:30 a.m.; baseball league age 9, 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.; baseball league age 10, 10:15 to 11 a.m.; baseball league age 11 to 12, 11 to 11:30 a.m.

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