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March 30, 2010

“I Pity The Fool” Eat & Dance Fundraiser Fast Approaching!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sue Dirosario @ 3:53 pm

Now is the time to purchase tickets and make your dinner reservations for the Thursday, April 1st I Pity the Fool Fundraiser in Downtown Rockland to benefit the Broadreach Family & Community Services programs Youthlinks and Mid-coast Children’s Services!  This three part event has something for everyone: dinner, dancing and multiple chances to win great prizes.  First, grab your friends and family and head to dinner at any participating restaurant on the night of the event.  A percentage of all sales from the evening will be donated to Mid-Coast Children’s Services and Youthlinks. 

EAT HERE:

  • Café Miranda:  This cook owned and operated restaurant features a vast menu that’s sure to have something for every taste–from Italian to Thai, Mexican to Armenian, and more!  Call 594-2034 for reservations, and check out www.cafemiranda.com for a complete menu.
  • The Boat House Restaurant and Raw Bar:  Enjoy seafood and more with a beautiful view of Rockland Harbor.  Call 596-0600 to make a reservation. 
  • Lily Bistro:  A casual and contemporary French bistro, Lily Bistro sources as much as possible from Maine and adapts their menu frequently to utilize fresh local ingredients. Call 594-4141 for reservations, and visit www.lilybistromaine.com to learn more about this intimate eatery. 
  • The Black Bull Tavern:  This friendly pub is always a local favorite!  Whether you’re in the mood for a burger or a more formal entrée, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.  Call 593-9060 to make a reservation, or simply walk in.
  • Amalfi on the Water:  Offering seafood dishes and more accented with fresh local ingredients, along with an incredible view of Rockland Harbor.  Call 596-0012 for reservations, and visit www.amalfionthewater.com for a full menu.
  • Rustica:  Features classic Italian fare and an extensive wine list for the grown-ups, as well as kid-friendly favorites like pizza.  Call 594-0015 to make a reservation. 
  • In Good Company:  Good food, good drink, and good company!  Pair light fare or full-size entrees with selections from the wine list.  Call 593-9110 for reservations and check out www.ingoodcompanymaine.com for sample menus. 
  • Suzuki’s Sushi Bar:  Enjoy raw or cooked sushi rolls, and other hot Japanese entrees.  Call 596-7447 and visit www.suzukisushi.com for a complete menu, including daily specials. 
  • Mc-Hale’s:  This Irish pub is within walking distance from Lincoln Street Center, where “I Pity the Fool” fun will continue for an ’80s themed dance! Call 593-7887 for reservations, or just walk in.
  • Sunfire Grill:  Traditional Mexican fare in an intimate Main Street setting.  Featuring unique daily specials!  Call 594-6196 to make a reservation.
  • Waterworks:  Cozy pub with family-friendly food and atmosphere.  Within walking distance of Lincoln Street Center–perfect for those customers who want to head on down to the ’80s dance after dinner.  Call 596-2753 or walk in. 
  • Park Street Grille:  This southwestern restaurant also offers seafood and classic American fare.  From tacos to prime rib to burgers, there is something for every taste!  Call 594-4944 or walk in.
  • Landings Restaurant and Lounge:  Seafood and other American fare, with a beautiful view of Penobscot Bay.  Lobster served everyday!  Call 596-6563 for a reservation. 
  • Billy’s Tavern:  An Irish pub that utilizes fresh, local ingredients.  Located in Thomaston, it’s the perfect stopping point for avid ’80s dancers driving to Rockland for the “I Pity the Fool” dance at Lincoln Street Center!  Call 354-1177 or walk in. 
  • Sweets and Meats:  A gourmet grocer and bakery located on the South End of Main Street.  Stop by for a freshly made sandwich, locally roasted coffee and delicious baked good including gluten free options.  Call 594-2070 or visit www.sweetsandmeatsmarket.com for more information. 
  • The Rockland Café:  A family style restaurant on Main Street serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.  Menu includes choice seafood and all you can eat seafood specials.  Call 596-7556 and visit www.rocklandcafe.com for a complete menu.

Next, head to Lincoln Street Center to show off your best moves at an ’80s dance from 7 – 10pm.  This 21 and over event is sponsored in part by Café Miranda and will feature live music by The Awesome, Portland’s premiere ’80s cover band.  Bring your game face, because the competition will be on to win killer prizes for best outfit, radical hair, and bomb-diggity dance moves.  Don’t miss out on the chance to wear your most bodacious ’80s gear and shake a leg with some tubular dance moves.  There are lots of chances to win great prizes, including gift certificates to participating restaurants and other supporting businesses. 

Don’t forget to buy raffle tickets!  The grand prize package will be a gift certificate to each participating restaurant, valuing over $300!  Buy lots of tickets to increase your odds of winning this amazing prize, which will help you enjoy nights out on the town for months to come! Raffle tickets can be purchased at the event or in advance from Planet Toys is Rockland, Youthlinks and Mid-Coast Children’s Services for $5 apiece or 5 for $20.

Dance tickets are $20 each and available at the door or in advance at Planet Toys, the Grasshopper Shop, Youthlinks, and Mid-Coast Children’s Services in Rockland, Planet in Camden, Wild Rufus in Belfast and by phone at 594-2221.    

Check out www.youthlinksonline.org or call 594-2221 for more information.

March 16, 2010

I Pity the Fool Who Doesn’t Dine Out to Support Local Youth

Filed under: Broadreach Events,Teens — Sue Dirosario @ 12:39 pm

Downtown Rockland businesses have joined forces to create a fundraising event to support local youth! On Thursday, April 1st it’s time to go back in time for the first annual I Pity the Fool Fundraiser, which will benefit Broadreach programs Mid-Coast Children’s Services and Youthlinks. This three part ’80s-themed event has something for everyone: dinner, dancing and multiple chances to win great prizes!

Show your support by heading to dinner at one of the many participating restaurants who will donate a percentage of all sales from the evening to MCCS and Youthlinks. The list of restaurants who want to get in on this radical event is growing every day, so stay tuned for an updated list at www.youthlinksonline.org. Participating restaurants currently include:

  • Café Miranda: This cook owned and operated restaurant features a vast menu that’s sure to have something for every taste–from Italian to Thai, Mexican to Armenian, and more! Call 594-2034 for reservations, and check out www.cafemiranda.com for a complete menu.
  • The Boat House Restaurant and Raw Bar: Enjoy seafood and more with a beautiful view of Rockland Harbor. Call 596-0600 to make a reservation.
  • Lily Bistro: A casual and contemporary French bistro, Lily Bistro sources as much as possible from Maine and adapts their menu frequently to utilize fresh local ingredients. Call 594-4141 for reservations, and visit www.lilybistromaine.com to learn more about this intimate eatery.
  • The Black Bull Tavern: This friendly pub is always a local favorite! Whether you’re in the mood for a burger or a more formal entrée, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. Call 593-9060 to make a reservation, or simply walk in.
  • Amalfi on the Water: Offering seafood dishes and more accented with fresh local ingredients, along with an incredible view of Rockland Harbor. Call 596-0012 for reservations, and visit www.amalfionthewater.com for a full menu.
  • Rustica: Features classic Italian fare and an extensive wine list for the grown-ups, as well as kid-friendly favorites like pizza. Call 594-0015 to make a reservation.
  • In Good Company: Good food, good drink, and good company! Pair light fare or full-size entrees with selections from the wine list. Call 593-9110 for reservations and check out www.ingoodcompanymaine.com for sample menus.
  • Suzuki’s Sushi Bar: Enjoy raw or cooked sushi rolls, and other hot Japanese entrees. Call 596-7447 and visit www.suzukisushi.com for a complete menu, including daily specials.
  • Mc-Hale’s: This Irish pub is within walking distance from Lincoln Street Center, where “I Pity the Fool” fun will continue for an ’80s themed dance! Call 593-7887 for reservations, or just walk in.
  • Sunfire Grill: Traditional Mexican fare in an intimate Main Street setting. Featuring unique daily specials! Call 594-6196 to make a reservation.
  • Waterworks: Cozy pub with family-friendly food and atmosphere. Within walking distance of Lincoln Street Center–perfect for those customers who want to head on down to the ’80s dance after dinner. Call 596-2753 or walk in.
  • Park Street Grille: This southwestern restaurant also offers seafood and classic American fare. From tacos to prime rib to burgers, there is something for every taste! Call 594-4944 or walk in.
  • Landings Restaurant and Lounge: Seafood and other American fare, with a beautiful view of Penobscot Bay. Lobster served everyday! Call 596-6563 for a reservation.
  • Billy’s Tavern: An Irish pub that utilizes fresh, local ingredients. Located in Thomaston, it’s the perfect stopping point for avid ’80s dancers driving to Rockland for the “I Pity the Fool” dance at Lincoln Street Center! Call 354-1177 or walk in.

Purchase raffle tickets for your chance to extend your dining experience into the coming months! You can win gift certificates to all participating restaurants; the grand prize will be a gift certificate to each participating restaurant, valuing over $300!

If dinner whets your appetite for more April Fool’s Day fun, head on over to Lincoln Street Center for an ’80s dance from 7-10pm. This 21+ event is sponsored in part by Café Miranda, and will feature live music by The Awesome, Portland’s premiere ’80s cover band. Don your best legwarmers and a side ponytail, and dance your way to killer giveaways and raffle prizes throughout the evening. Dance tickets are $20 each and available at Rockland locations including The Grasshopper Shop, Youthlinks, Mid-Coast Children’s Services and by phone at 594-2221. Get yours early as a limited number will be sold. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20 and can be purchased in advance from Youthlinks and Mid-Coast Children’s Services.

March 9, 2010

Parents, Guiding Good Choices is For You

Filed under: Prevention Services — Sue Dirosario @ 1:36 pm

By Broadreach Family & Community Services
Mar 08, 2010 Once again, Broadreach Family & Community Services and RSU 20’s 21st Century Community Learning Center grant program are working together to provide the program Guiding Good Choices to parents of 4th to 8th graders, 9 to 14 year olds. Parents who participate will have a chance to win a $25 gift card and if completing all 5 sessions of the program, a chance to win a $100 gift card to reward them for their participation.

Guiding Good Choices has been presented in many communities across the country and research has demonstrated that participating parents experience improved success in keeping their children drug and alcohol free. The program focuses on building family strengths and reducing risk factors that could make substance abuse by youth more likely. Children whose parents have completed the program have shown a 40% reduction in alcohol and marijuana use; a 54% reduction in the progression to use more serious substances; and a 26% increase in the likelihood that non-users will continue to remain drug free. But to be clear, this is a prevention program and not the best choice for parents whose son or daughter is currently using and in need of treatment.

This free five-session program will be offered at two sites and will meet weekly beginning on March 24th at Searsport District Middle School and on March 30th at Troy Howard Middle School. Sessions will begin at 6 pm and end at 8:15. Childcare and food will be provided. All parents are invited to participate, but preference in registration will be given to families whose children are enrolled in RSU 20.

Grant funds from the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant program and the Maine Children’s Trust make it possible to offer this program at no cost to parents. Sessions will be led by Patrick Walsh a parent educator from Broadreach and Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator for Healthy Waldo County. To register or for more information contact Walsh at Broadreach, 338-2200 ext 109 or by e-mail at pwalsh@brmaine.org.

March 5, 2010

Outward Bound for Hounds

Filed under: Teens — Sue Dirosario @ 1:33 pm

Youthlinks/RASA and our very own Caitlin Schick make the front cover of the  March 2010 Down East Dog News.

Run-A-Hound Outing Club is a nine week program in which students from Rockland High volunteer to run with shelter dogs. The program is geared for students who are not involved in sports or fitness routines and provides social/emotional bonding with homeless dogs. Students receive community service credit for their time, a requirement for graduation. Well structured civic coordination and corporate funding is successfully pushing Run-A-Hound towards year-round operation.
Caitlin Schick is the Program Manager at Youthlinks, a division of Broadreach Family & Community Services located in Rockland. Through the Rockland After-School Alliance, she develops opportunities for kids ages 11-17 to do community service and take part in recreational activities. Currently, Schick is directly responsible for operating the Run-AHound program. She meets with the humane society staff during the week to discuss which dogs are available for the run. On the day of the run, she picks up the dogs at the shelter and heads to the school to acquaint everyone. After loading six students and three dogs in the van they head off to the day’s location; she distributes equipment and leads the run.

The full story with pictures is at http://www.bluetoad.com/publication/?m=1134&l=1

Youthlinks Volunteers Advocate for Animals

Filed under: Teens — Sue Dirosario @ 1:01 pm

A group of local middle-school students recently completed an after-school program run by Youthlinks, called “Animal Care Team”. This has long been one of Youthlinks most popular after-school programs in the Rockland area, but this was the first time the program was offered in Waldo County. Youthlinks partnered with Blake Veterinary Hospital in Northport to run this program.  After touring the veterinary facility and asking questions of the office staff, the kids began socializing with Dakota, Kasey and Emma -cats who currently live at Blake Vet as they await adoption. The students made catnip toys for their new four-legged friends and conducted behavioral observations on each cat. Through the observation exercise, they were able to collect information and photos for writing an adoption ad for each cat.  On the last day of the program, the finished adoption advertisements were given to the Blake Vet office staff to post at their office, and some were posted on the Belfast Co-op’s community bulletin board as well. The students hope that their ads will raise awareness about Dakota, Kasey, and Emma, ultimately helping them find homes.  Collaborations such as the one with Blake Vet truly enhance Youthlinks’ programming and provide a wealth of opportunities for students to learn while giving something back to their community. For more information about these cats and other animals available for adoption through Blake Vet, please call 207-789-5700.

In addition to working with Blake Vet, students in the Animal Care Team program spent two weeks volunteering at the Camden Rockport Animal Rescue League. The group also enjoyed a fieldtrip to the Good Karma Farm in Belfast, where they met some alpacas, llamas, and sheep, while also getting a first-hand look at the processes of yarn and soap-making. The Animal Care Team program exists to enhance youth awareness about proper care and treatment of animals, pet overpopulation issues, and to foster a sense of empathy toward animals. This six-week after-school program is just one of many exciting opportunities offered by Youthlinks. Youthlinks is currently running “Global Chefs”, an international cooking class at the Troy Howard Middle School, and will be taking registrations for the spring session in the coming weeks.

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services located in Rockland that provides community service, leadership and enrichment opportunities to all youth ages 11-17 from anywhere in mid-coast Maine. These programs help youth learn skills, build self-esteem, cultivate social responsibility, develop leadership abilities and connect to their peers, to adult mentors, and to their communities. Youthlinks is funded primarily by state grants and the generous donations of individuals, businesses, and foundations. All Youthlinks programs are free for participating youth. For more information, visit www.youthlinksonline.org, or call 207-594-2221.

March 4, 2010

I Pity the Fool ’80s DANCE PARTY

Filed under: Broadreach Events — Sue Dirosario @ 11:32 am

A benefit for Youthlinks and Midcoast Children’s Services.

I Pity the Fool   ‘8Os DANCE PARTY
featuring Portland-based band The Awesome
Prizes for ‘8Os Best Outfit, Hair and Moves
Raffle, Dancing, Cash Bar for ages 21+
Thursday April 1, 2010
Doors Open at 7 PM – Tickets $20 per person

Lincoln Street Center Gym
22 Lincoln Street, Rockland

For More information call 594-2221

A Poster with details is at http://broadreachmaine.org/fool.htm
Sponsored in part by Cafe Miranda and Central Distributors, Inc.
Midcoast Children’s Services and Youthlinks are divisions of Broadreach Family & Community Services