October 25, 2011

RASA Students and Community Members Dance ‘Thriller’ to Set World Record

Filed under: Broadreach Events,Teens — Vicky @ 11:15 am

Forget about the catatonic undead; the zombies are alive and dancing at Rockland District Middle School.  As part of the Rockland Afterschool Alliance, several students have been preparing their ghoulish moves for International Thrill the World Day.  The annual global tribute to Michael Jackson’s epic dance video ‘Thriller’, Thrill the World attempts to set a world record for the largest simultaneous ‘Thriller’ dance.  In 2009, 22,571 people in 264 cities from 33 countries danced “Thriller” at exactly the same time, setting a new record.  Zombie crews from Rockland and countries near and far emerge from their eerie resting spots to dance the posthumous King of Pop’s choreography at the same time in hopes of setting a new world record this year.

RASA students have been studying every week with Youthlinks instructor Caitlin Schick to learn ‘Thriller’ moves.  The choreography for the event is uniquely structured to offer an easy to learn version of the dance, pairing words and rhythms with physical movements.  Students continue to practice and are preparing their zombie attire for their dancing Z-day.  The infectious moves have even snagged some local community members to join the zombie squadron for the official dance. The more the scarier! Keep your eyeballs peeled -Youthlinks hopes to make Thrill The World an annual event for both students and adults alike in the Midcoast. For more information about the international event, visit www.thrilltheworld.com.

The official event will take place October 29that Harbor Park in Rockland. The dance will begin exactly at 10 am to coordinate with all other international dances.  Cautious onlookers are encouraged to watch if they dare. 

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services located in Rockland that provides community service, leadership and enrichment opportunities to youth ages 11-17 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 by grants and the generous donations of individuals and businesses. All programs are free for participating youth.

RASA is a collaborative program of Youthlinks and RSU 13 supported by a 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant from the Maine Department of Education. For more information contact Youthlinks Program Director Amie Hutchison at ahutchison@brmaine.org or visit www.youthlinksonline.org/RASA

October 18, 2011

Press Release –Active Parenting Now

Filed under: Prevention Services — Sue Dirosario @ 3:45 pm

October 18, 2011

Broadreach Family & Community Services has announced that Active Parenting Now classes will begin in Searsport on Tuesday November 1st at the Searsport Elementary School. Classes will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm. This program offers 6 two-hour sessions and has been shown to improve parents’ confidence and ability. This is the seventh scheduled series of classes offered by Broadreach in Waldo and Knox Counties.

Active Parenting Now is a video-based education program targeted to parents of 5 to 12-year-olds who want to improve their parenting skills. Class material promotes mutual respect among family members within a democratically run family. The program teaches parents how to raise a child by using encouragement, building the child’s self-esteem, and creating a relationship with the child based upon active listening, honest communication, and problem solving. It also teaches parents to use natural and logical consequences to reduce irresponsible and unacceptable behaviors.

These parent classes will be open to all parents and child care will be provided during class. Because of grant funds awarded by the Maine Children’s Trust, there will be no cost for parents who want to participate.

Broadreach provides a variety of services to young parents and their children in Waldo and Knox Counties. Broadreach services have been making a critical difference in the lives of area children and families since 1983.  Each year over 2000 families with children benefit from the agency’s quality education and support programs.  Broadreach has over a quarter of century expertise in delivering parenting education, family support, early childhood education and family literacy programming. Other provided parent education options include Kids First, Guiding Good Choices, and the Nurturing Fathers Program.

If you would like to learn how to register for Active Parenting Now, or learn more about our parent education offerings, please call Patrick Walsh at 207-338-2200 ext 109 or e-mail pwalsh@brmaine.org.

October 14, 2011

Fabulous Food of the Mid-Coast was a huge success!

Filed under: Broadreach Events — Sue Dirosario @ 4:22 pm

Last Thursday evening, Point Lookout was full to capacity with the wonderful tastes, sights and sounds afforded by the annual Broadreach
fundraiser, Fabulous Food of the Mid-Coast.  Hundreds of attendees sampled the finest food and beverages the mid-coast has to offer, while bidding on over 100 unique items donated by local businesses and community members.  The wonderful food was accompanied by good cheer and the sparkling music of Ando Anderson and Alan Chrichton, and the entertaining auctioneer Eric Sanders.

Kate Quinn Finlay, BroadreachExecutive Director, announced, “This year’s event was a huge success.  Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers,
staff, businesses and community members who came out to support Broadreach.  The proceeds from this annual event directly support programs that benefit children, youth and families in mid-coast communities from Waldoboro to Winterport.”

Broadreach wishes to thank the fine food and beverageproviders who participated, including:
the Amalfi on the Water,  Belfast Co-Op Café, Cappy’s Chowder House, Creative Catering, Darby’s ,The Dessert Divas, Ducktrap River of Maine, Fresh of Camden, Marshall Wharf Brewing, Moran’s Hideaway Diner, Papa J’s & the Lobster Bar, Point Lookout Resort, Ralphs’ Café, Rollie’s Bar and Grill, Starlight Custom Cakes, State of Maine Cheese, the Whale’s Tooth Pub and the Waterfront Restaurant.

Also to be thanked are the event’s sponsors.  Lead sponsors were Elm Street Printing & Graphics, Point Lookout Resort & Conference Center; and Village Soup/ the Republican Journal and Herald Gazette. Supporting sponsors were Damariscotta Bank & Trust. Key Bank, FMC
Biopolymer, Camden National Bank and WInsMor Garage Door.

Too numerous to name here, but to be strongly  thanked, are the hundreds of local businesses and community members who donated to the Silent and Live Auction, as well as the many, many of staff, board and community members who volunteered their time to make the event a success.

For more information, about the many programs and services of Broadreach Family & Community Services, visit us at www.BRMaine.org
or call 338-2200 and speak with our Executive Director, Kate Quinn Finlay.

October 13, 2011

October Open Houses at Broadreach

Filed under: Broadreach Events — Sue Dirosario @ 1:49 pm

Please come join us as we start a new program year and welcome our new Executive Director, Kate Quinn Finlay. Drop in for a few minutes or stay awhile; see what our programs are up to and enjoy some local refreshments and good company.

Tues, Oct 18     4:30 to 6 PM    MCCS     272 Park Street, Rockland

Weds, Oct 19   4:30 to 6 PM     Unity Early Childhood Center, School Street, Unity

Thurs, Oct 20  4:30 to 6 PM     Broadreach Mental Health Center, 8 Stephenson Lane, Belfast

Join us for fresh baked muffins, homemade applesauce and apple cider!