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AUGUSTA - The holiday season is an exciting, active time for Maine families. The same is true for household pets. To avoid spending stressful time with your veterinarian, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's state veterinarian and director of Animal Welfare are urging Mainers to consider some helpful pet safety tips.

'Healthy pets make happy owners. We want all Mainers and their pets to have a positive experience this holiday season,' said Maine State Veterinarian Dr. Michele Walsh. 'A little bit of forethought can go a long way toward avoiding stressful, expensive, possibly fatal trips to a veterinarian. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and other organizations offer tips on how to help ensure that your pets make it through the holidays safely.'

Monday, 28 December 2015 18:19

CMCA announces open call for 2016 Biennial

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ROCKLAND The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) is pleased to announce an open call for submissions for the 2016 CMCA Biennial Exhibition. Submissions will be accepted online through the CMCA website from January 4 through April 4, 2016. The CMCA Biennial is an open juried competition for artists at all stages of their career who have a strong connection to the state of Maine. Work in all mediums is accepted for review. Submission to the 2016 CMCA Biennial is free of charge thanks to the generous support of Allen Insurance and Financial and CHUBB.

The CMCA Biennial Exhibition typically takes place in the fall of even numbered years.

BANGOR Husson University announced recently that it will be featuring the work of photographer Leon Vanella in the Robert E. White Gallery in Peabody Hall on its Bangor campus. The exhibition will run through Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. An artist's talk is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 at 4 p.m.

'When I look through the camera, I see the world's intrigue and beauty and am compelled to capture it. Accomplishing that goal means drawing the viewer into the scene and inspiring some of the connection I felt,' said Vanella. 'Visually, this is done by first eliminating elements of the image that do not contribute to the perspective I want to communicate. Second, my subjects need lighting and a fresh point of view that communicate something of its essence. Sometimes one must go to surprising lengths to find those two things, but the end result is usually worth the trouble.'

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 13:26

The Challenger Learning Center hosts four days of science

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BANGOR Come once, twice, thrice or all four days. Your child won't want to miss a minute. Drop off is between 8 and 9 a.m. and pickup is between 3 and 4 p.m.

Dec. 28 is Soaring through Space, and children will be learning all about planets. The day includes a special live call-in to the Kennedy Space Center. Dec. 29 is Winter Science Wonders (with a little bit of summer, just for fun). There will be a special guest appearance by a WABI meteorologist, NASA Citizen Science and experiments with ice. On Dec. 30 they will celebrate Star Wars by learning about hovercrafts, droid engineering, spaceship designs and props an imagination is required. Dec. 31 is New Year's Eve Legos. There will be plenty of ball-dropping action with LEGO creations.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 13:25

Maine Forest Service Christmas tree care and safety tips

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AUGUSTA Governor Paul R. LePage and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) are again urging holiday shoppers to purchase natural Christmas trees locally. Maine-grown Christmas trees are freshly cut, support local tree farms and most importantly, visiting a Maine 'Choose and Cut' Christmas tree operation can be a memorable family experience. The DACF's Maine Forest Service offers tree purchasing, care and safety tips.

'The Christmas season is an important time to give thanks for the many blessings we are given and show appreciation for the contributions of others,' said Governor Paul R. LePage. 'Nothing says Maine more than a locally grown fir tree that graces a family living room. The Maine people are truly fortunate to call this state home and to create products enjoyed beyond our borders.'

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 13:24

UMaine Museum of Art announces Winter Art Camp

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BANGOR Monday through Friday, Feb. 15-19, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, give your kids a February break they will love. Children will enjoy gallery games, art projects and a Friday art show and reception for family and friends. All materials are provided, but please bring a snack. Space is limited, so register today! Contact Education Coordinator Kat Johnson for more information or to sign up.

Cost for this event is $110 for Museum of Art members and $125 for non-members (3 + 4 grade, specifically)

Monday, 14 December 2015 19:46

Good Kettle to display Lyndsey Martson artwork

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BUCKSPORT Artist Lyndsey Marston of 3 Legged Dog Ink will be joining The Good Kettle in supporting Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust (GPMCT) as part of a monthly The Good Kettle Does Good event. Each month, owner Gay Dion hosts a wine tasting featuring a local artist, and donates a portion of the proceeds to a local non-profit organization. 3 Legged Dog Ink, along with GPMCT, will be featured on Thursday, Dec. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Marston's artwork is inspired by her life in Maine, and often features wildflowers, vegetables and animals. Her drawings highlight simple lines and forms with striking bursts of color. Original drawings as well as prints and greeting cards will be on display on Dec. 17. Marston's artwork can also be viewed at www.3leggeddogink.com and purchased at www.3leggeddogink.etsy.com.

Tuesday, 08 December 2015 21:25

Beyond Plumbing /City of Dreams

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Wood, Color/ Metal & Gleam

BREWER The collective works of artists Wally Warren and Joe Kennedy will be on display from Dec. 11, 5 to 8 p.m. at School Street Picture Framing. Working with found and recycled objects; both sculptors create works from items most of us may dispose of too easily, without even thinking twice.

Monday, 07 December 2015 20:12

Beyond Plumbing /City of Dreams/Wood, Color/ Metal & Gleam

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BANGOR Steam punk art, the art of recycling, environmental art, repurposing call it what you may. The collective works of artists Wally Warren and Joe Kennedy are thought provoking, unique and inspiring and they will be on display starting Dec. 11 at School Street Picture Framing on School Street in Brewer until Jan. 14, 2016. Working with found and recycled objects; both sculptors create works from items most of us may dispose of too easily, without even thinking twice.

Inspired by his plumbing trade, artist Joe Kennedy and his 'Beyond Plumbing' sculpture is a merging of art and plumbing worlds tethered together in a symbiotic relationship. Plumbing offered technical experience and most of the material leftover parts, scrap and hundreds of related items that become amusing, engaging and thoughtful pieces of sculpture. The word 'beyond' 'represents the water that once flowed and, used in a variety of modes that elevates the art form resulting in a style I claim as my own,' says Kennedy.

Wednesday, 02 December 2015 20:25

Green Acres fundraiser ongoing

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BANGOR - Green Acres Kennel Shop is holding its eighth annual fundraiser for the Eastern Area Agency on Aging Furry Friends Food Bank through Saturday, Dec 26. The Furry Friends Food Bank helps low-income seniors and adults with disabilities feed their pets. Customers will be asked for a donation when making purchases and donations will also be accepted by mail and online. All funds raised will be used to buy pet food, at wholesale prices, for distribution by the Eastern Area Agency on Aging Furry Friends Food Bank. Once the community donates $3,000, Green Acres will donate an additional $1,000. Once $6,000 are received in donations, Green Acres will donate a second $1,000. Due to the generosity of their clients and many others in the community, last year Green Acres' raised a total of $6,347; this year's goal is $7,000. People can learn more or donate online through the Green Acres website: www.greenacres-donate.com.

'Pets play a significant role in our lives, and even more so for those whose pet may be their primary companion. Studies have demonstrated that pets can help lower blood pressure and resolve depression but having a pet is also about companionship and caring for another living being. When your pet is all you have, foregoing eating, not refilling a prescription, or turning the heat down very low, are some of the sacrifices that you may make to keep your pet with you,' said Don Hanson, owner of Green Acres Kennel Shop. 'The Eastern Area Agency on Aging has seen the needs for their services continue to grow. In the last 12 months, they have distributed over 55,000 pounds of pet food to over 1,100 clients. This entire effort is funded by private citizens such as yourself. Please join the Green Acres Kennel Shop team in helping the Furry Friends Food Bank keep pets and seniors together, well fed and healthy.

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