Wednesday, September 29, 2010

FW: Animals on the Loose This Weekend at Theater for Kids, Portland Stage


October 2, 9, 16 & 23 at 10:30 AM
Ages 4 - 10
October 2nd at 10:30 AM

Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt
Bats at the Beach by Brian Lies
Shark and Lobster's Amazing Undersea Adventure by Viviane Schwarz

October 9th at 10:30 AM

Guji Guji by Chih-Yuan Chen
I, Crocodile by Fred Marcellino

October 16th at 10:30 AM

Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
Trudy by Henry Cole

October 23rd at 10:30 AM

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
Little Hoot by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Sign up for the series and save! $50 for series, or $15 each.
Price includes admission for one child with an adult, additional child is 1/2 price.
 Call 774-1043 x117 or email to reserve your spot.

coming soon... 
OCT 30 & NOV 6, 13, 20
Tall Tales 
 Sign up for all 4 readings + workshops, or choose your favorite -  
 $50 for the series or $15 per workshop. Ages 4 - 10. 
 Call 774-1043 x117 or email to reserve your spot.
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Experience the magic of theater at Play Me a Story readings & workshops!
Saturday morning fun though November 20th at Theater for Kids!!

"Play Me a Story" is an interactive reader's theater workshop series for children between the ages of 4-10. To set the scene, our Affiliate Artists perform a staged reading of a popular children's book. Following the reading, the audience is asked to participate in a workshop relating to the story. The workshop may focus on a particular character, place or situation that the story illuminates.

Workshops will engage and inspire through vocalization and movement. Expect the unexpected! Clown work, improvisation, scene work or masks may also play a role. Join our professional actors as we explore new and classic children's stories while encouraging your child's love of theater and literature.
Click here to view the complete
Play Me a Story Fall 2010 program

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Who Does She Think She Is? @ the Frontier

Hello Artist-Mother-Friends, 

I wanted to share info about this movie -- it is so powerful, and was provocative when I saw it at the women's fund --women artists who are not mothers, and mothers who are not artists all found pieces that they related to, and the overall questions and issues were compelling for all of us... Check it out if you can!  Kim 

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FILM | Who Does She Think She Is? | NR | 84min 
A Film by Pamela T. Boll

Wednesday, Nov 25 | 5pm
Friday, Nov 27 | 5pm & 8:45pm
Tuesday, Dec 1 | 5pm 
Thursday-Friday, Dec 3-4 | 3pm
Saturday, Dec 5 | 3pm
Tuesday-Wednesday, Dec 8-9 | 3pm & 7pm

"This film is not about being a woman or being a woman artist but rather how to be a human, how to find your true place in life." -  Jean M Murphy, Wellesley Center 
                                  For Women

Monday, November 16, 2009

Calling Maine Home

CALLING MAINE HOME: Immigrants' Images, Voices, and Visibility

6th floor, Glickman Family Library, USM Portland Campus
October 26, 2009 - February 26, 2010 (during regular Library hours)

OPENING RECEPTION November 19, 5:30-6:30pm

Annual Exhibition of the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine
Curated by: David Carey, Jr. and Blanca Iris Santiago
Assisted by: Robert Atkinson, Reza Jalali, Victoria Chicon

In the whitest state in the nation, recent immigrants struggle between wanting to be visible and wanting to fade into the background. Whether by conscious decision or destiny, Maine is now home. This exhibition explores the triumphs and challenges of Mainers from such diverse paces as Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

For further information or to schedule a gallery talk, contact Susie Bock,, 207-780-4269.
  For directions:

Susie R. Bock
Head, Special Collections
Director, Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine
Library Liaison, Women and Gender Studies
University of Southern Maine Libraries
207-780-4067 (fax)
314 Forest Ave.
PO Box 9301
Portland, ME 04104-9301

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Paid Sick Leave NOW!

The call to keep kids home from school always makes me think about a book I read a few years ago, called Forgotten Families, by Jody Heymann. The author documented the public health threat that emerged after we created "workfare" and parents in low wage jobs are forced to be away from home for upwards of 10 hours a day without enough pay to cover childcare expenses. (She also examines the health problems facing poor children in other countries). She found that an increasing amount of caregiving -- for self, sibling, younger neighbors, cousins, and older people -- is falling to children who are too young for paid work themselves. This means kids as young as 5 are caring for toddlers, or are left home alone for significant chunks of time, or are confined to small spaces if they come with their parents to work (chained to a table kind of small spaces). The book broke my heart, and enraged me. What would it be like to build public policy on as if children really mattered?
The New York times reported that the lack of Paid Sick Days in the U.S. may worsen the H1N1 pandemic. And the U.S. lags so far behind other industrialized countries (and other countries, period) it is clear that paid sick leave is considered a reasonable benefit for working families in the larger world. (Check out this pdf)

Senate President Libby Mitchell put forward an Act to Prevent H1N1, which would provide paid sick leave to a limited number of workers in Maine, while federally the Healthy Families Act lingers.
If you'd like to work on passing a paid sick leave law, contact the
Maine Women's Lobby
They are also doing a story collection project:

Have you - or anyone you know - been affected by the H1N1 virus and had to go to work anyway? Or lost pay because you had to stay home?

Contact Charlotte at or 207.622.0851

You can also provide your story online by answering a few questions.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

More about Question 1

The loss of marriage equality in Maine has triggered my deepest cynicism and frustration at our political process as well as at my fellow-Mainers. A friend offered a link to Strong Father's post, about how to help kids with gay or lesbian parents make sense of the vote.

And Greater Good offers a more general resource for thinking about how to help kids learn forgiveness...

The Family Ambassador project helps to educate people about family diversity in Maine and witness the grief and sadness that families might be experiencing right now... they are looking for new families to join!