Shoes needed

AUBURN – This holiday season, Super Shoes is asking customers, family and friends to donate new or gently worn footwear to Soles for Souls. They hope to impact as many lives as possible with the gift of shoes.

Soles for Souls is partnering with charities and governments around the world to provide a basic gift that most take for granted.

From Dec. 12 until Christmas Eve, there will be a collection box at the local Super Shoes. For every pair donated, people will receive a coupon for $5 off a pair of new shoes regular price $39.99 or more. For more details or to donate, visit Super Shoes.

Proposals sought

AUGUSTA – The Maine Alliance for Arts Education and the Maine Community Foundation have announced that the deadline for accepting preliminary proposals for the Maine Arts Teachers Fellowship Program is Friday, Nov. 30.

The program supports personal artistic development of Maine kindergarten to grade 12 teachers in all arts disciplines. Through the fellowship, theater, music, dance, visual art and creative writing teachers have the opportunity to study and collaborate with professional artists in their fields.

The alliance anticipates awarding eight $5,000 fellowships for 2008. Application information is available on www.maineartseducation.org, or by contacting David Lamon, program coordinator, at [email protected]

Daylily meeting

CAMDEN – The Maine Daylily Society is hold its annual holiday potluck and presentation at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Camden Public Library.

The program will be “Garden Highlights of the 2007 American Hemerocallis Society’s National Convention.” Dottie Hokkanen, Laura Evans and Susan Shaw traveled to Minneapolis to see the gardens last summer.

All are welcome to join in the potluck with a light and festive fingerfood. For more information, call 236-4085 or 3994.

Arts awards

AUGUSTA – The Maine Alliance for Arts Education is requesting nominations of outstanding individuals and schools for three arts education awards.

The awards acknowledge high-level work and commitment in support of quality arts education programs for children.

Nominations for the Outstanding Advocate for Arts Education Award and the Bill Bonyan Artist/Educator Award must be postmarked by Jan. 10, 2008. Nominations for the Creative Ticket School of Excellence Award must be postmarked Jan. 15, 2008.

Nomination forms and more information are available at www.maineartseducation.org.

Nominees and award recipients will be honored at a ceremony during Arts Education Advocacy Day on March 10, 2008, at the State House.

Seek volunteers

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is looking for volunteers to serve as area representatives in local communities.

ASSE provides academic year, semester and short-term exchange programs in the United States for high school age students from around the world. Students are age 15 to 18, have passed a series of academic and character requirements and are awaiting an opportunity to embark on their American adventure.

Area representatives recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad and supervise the visiting exchange students in their community. They are reimbursed for expenses and are provided with some travel opportunities.

For information on becoming an area representative, contact Joyce McKenney at 737-4666 or call the regional office at 1-800-677-2773.

Grants available

AUGUSTA – The Maine Arts Commission is accepting applications for two grant programs, both of which were created to strengthen communities across the state and preserve their traditions.

Dec. 14 is the application deadline for the Capacity Building in Maine’s Cultural Communities Program and the Sustaining Traditional Arts in the Community Program.

Interested communities should contact Kathy Ann Shaw, senior development associate, at 287-2750 voice or 877/887-3878, TTY/NexTalk, or [email protected] Guidelines can be found at www.MaineArts.com.


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