Sign up for March into May!
Join March into May, Healthy Portland’s 10 week, fun, free physical activity promotion program! Help yourself “Get More Out of Life” with increased exercise (and/or get rewarded for the work you’re already doing) – simply join on your own or with a small team. (Walking and biking to work count, too!) To register click here
Sign up Now for Free Bicycle Safety Instructor Training Course
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine, in cooperation with MaineDOT, will offer a free, one-day course at two locations during May to train teachers, police, medical professionals, health educators, parents and volunteers how to most effectively teach bicycle safety to children. The Bicycle Safety Instructor Training course will be held on May 8 in South Portland and on May 14 in Augusta from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Topics covered will include child development and bicycling, helmet fit, dressing for safety, bicycle equipment safety check, rules of the road, basic driving skills and safety maneuvers and incorporating bicycling into your curriculum or program. A portion of the course will take place on bike. Participants must bring a bicycle in good condition and a helmet that fits. Lunch will be provided. Please register at www.BikeMaine.org. Confirmation and details about the location will be sent prior to the class. For more information, please call (207) 623-4511.
March 26 – Public Meeting: Understanding the Local Need and Uses for the Maine State Pier
Will include a panel discussion of local business and civic leaders & questions from the public. An opportunity to voice local bike, pedestrian and public transit needs. 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Ocean Gateway Terminal, 14 Ocean Gateway Pier. Followed by Community Workshop, April 11 – see below.
“Toward a Sustainable Regional Economy”, Featuring Michael Shuman, 7:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Portland (click on this link for more info)
March 28 – Town Hall: How Clean Energy Can Repower Our Community
Come to a public forum to find out how clean energy technologies, like wind and solar, will reduce global warming pollution while creating millions of new jobs at home today. Featured speakers include: Seth Berry, State Representative, House District 67; Patrick Woodcock, Senator Olympia Snowe’s Legislative Assistant; Dave Marshall, Portland City Councilor, Chair of Energy and Environmental Sustainability Committee; Paul Kando, Midcoast Green Collaborative; Patrick Coon, ReVision Energy. For more info, please contact Katie Kokkinos at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 207-253-1965 or Susan Shell at email@example.com or at 207-589-4188. 7-9pm, Brunswick High School-Crooker Theater, 116 Maquoit Rd, Brunswick. Free.
April 3 – A Town Hall Meeting on The Economy, Healthcare, War, and the Environment
Town Hall Meeting for Maine residents to voice their concerns directly to their elected representatives – focusing on the fragile state of our economy, our fractured healthcare system, our ongoing foreign wars, and the continued threats to our environment. Meant to be as inclusive, non-partisan, and open-minded as possible. Bringing together a wide variety of individual and group interests together to voice our collective concerns to both our Congressional delegation in Washington and our State and Municipal leaders here in Maine. Friday, April 3rd; 6-9:30 (exact hours are subject to potential change.) Hannaford Hall, USM Campus, Portland, ME. All welcome.
(Organizers include: American Friends Service Committee Maine, Food for Maine’s Future, Maine Campaign for a U.S. Dept. of Peace & Nonviolence, Maine Green Independent Party, Maine Toxics Action Coalition, Maine Veterans for Peace, NAACP Portland Branch, Physicians for Social Responsibility Maine, Women in Need Industries)
April 11 – Community Design Workshop: Creating a Pier for Portland’s Future
The public will tackle questions as they relate to the future of the Maine State Pier utilizing information gathered during previous meetings. Members of the public will be broken up into groups and taken through a facilitated conversation as they address the topic. 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Ocean Gateway Terminal, 14 Ocean Gateway Pier
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Great Bike Swap in Portland promises to be bigger than ever. Come to the swap to buy used bikes and bike gear in good condition and/or to sell items. Experts will be on hand to help with pricing and fit. This year’s swap will feature refreshments, mini-workshops, a bicycle trivia contest and other entertainment. Start looking in your basement or garage for unused bikes that can earn you some extra cash. 10am-2pm, USM Sullivan Gym, Falmouth Street, Portland.
April 29 – Public Workshop on Franklin Arterial
The Franklin Street Arterial Study Committee will be holding a design workshop at Ocean Gateway on Wednesday, April 29th from 6:40 to 9:40 pm. The goal of the workshop is to update the public on the work of the study committee, help set community priorities for what the Franklin Street corridor could be in the future, and to generate design ideas that will move us towards those goals. The interactive workshop will focus on developing solutions for the corridor that maximize opportunities in a variety of areas, including: motor vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle service, economic development, open space, public transportation, land use, urban design, environmental quality, and neighborhood connectivity.
Join this exciting work. At the Franklin Reclamation Authority workshop held 2 years ago residents Revisioned the corridor. This time, with Maine DOT and the City of Portland at the table, we will be working on the blueprints for what the Future Franklin Street corridor might look like. Participants are encouraged to pre-register online at:
http://www.portlandmaine.gov/franklinstreetarterial.htm (The Ocean Gateway building is located two blocks east of Franklin Street on the waterfront, at the corner of Thames and Hancock Streets.)
The League of Young Voters fourth annual ReEmergence party! Each spring, about 300 young people join LYV for this exciting event to celebrate local arts and music, and to educate and engage their peers on local issues. This year’s theme is “Carnival of Earthly Delights,” highlighting Earth Day, the environment, transportation issues, going green, and more. It will feature bobbing for green apples, access to local CSAs, and a piñata. Also host ng a number of local DJs, musicians, poets, dancers, and performers. The magic will take place from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Portland Company Complex (Fore St. by the Portland Yacht Services).
May 8 – Happy Trails Big Bash and Silent Auction
Portland Trails’ annual party and fundraising auction! “Happy Trails” is scheduled for the evening of Friday May 8th, 2009 at The Portland Club on State Street in Portland. Delicious hors d’oeuvres from Black Tie Catering, desserts from Izzy’s Cheesecake, great live music by Big Chief, and more than 200 exciting silent auction items! For more info…
May 11-15, 2009 – Commute Another Way Week
Bicycle Coalition of Maine and GoMaine co-sponsor this annual, statewide event that encourages alternatives to driving. Commute Another Way Week promotes carpools, vanpools, public transit (bus, ferry and rail), bicycling and walking as cost-effective, healthy and enjoyable alternatives to driving alone to work. Friday, May 15 has been designated as National Bike to Work Day. Why do it? Because healthy, economical and environmentally-friendly transportation choices means energy savings, improved health, less stress, higher morale and more money saved for commuters and employers. For more information, go to www.commuteanotherwayweek.org or call 800.280.RIDE.
Save the Date: May 12 – 2009 Active Communities Conference: Walking, Biking, Physical Activity and the Built Environment,
Who should attend: public health, safety, planning, economic development and public works professionals, citizens, municipal officials and others interested in learning more! Keynote Address: “Creating Healthy and Successful Communities in Challenging Times”, Todd Litman, founder and executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute. Todd has written or co-written (with public health, transportation, planning and other partners) several guides and technical manuals dealing with transportation and land use planning issues. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and workshops. His presentations range from technical and practical, to humorous and inspirational.
Participants will learn what “active community environments” means for Maine’s large and small communities, how investing in active community environments can result in benefits to the local economy, and the planning and funding processes and resources available. There will also be sessions on Safe Routes to School encouragement programs. Plus a chance to meet other people from across the state working hard to improve their communities.
Presented by Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Maine Department of Transportation, Maine Department of Conservation, Maine State Planning Office. Harraseeket Inn, Freeport; Free. Registration information to follow.
May 31 – Eighth Annual Women’s Ride for Heart Health
This all-women ride is suited for all ages and fitness levels, with distances of five, 10 and 25 miles. The ride offers beautiful views of the countryside and coast. Free yoga, massage therapy, nutrition presentations and heart health exhibits for participants. Proceeds benefit the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s safety education programs. For more information or to pre-register, go to http://www.bikemaine.org/womensride/index.html or call (207) 623-4511. The fee will be announced on the website. 9 a.m. at L.L. Bean’s Casco Conference Center, Casco Street, Freeport, Maine
Spring Saturday or Sunday Getaway to Boston on the Train!
Early Bird Special! Early risers are rewarded on Saturdays and Sundays. Pay just 50% of the full adult fare when departing on train 690 and returning on 695, 697, or 699. Tickets must be purchased at least three days in advance of travel. Please reference promotion code v175. Some blackout dates and restrictions may apply. SEE ALL DOWNEASTER DEALS – CLICK HERE
Donate a Bike to the CBC in Biddeford
The Community Bicycle Center in Biddeford needs gently used bikes for its programs that teach bicycle repair to youth and community members. Email the center to find out more about the types of bikes that they can use.