Group Fashions Fund-Raiser

Northeast Harbor is really getting creative and chic this spring! “A Fashion Show” featuring children’s clothing worn by youthful local models will take place beginning at 10 a.m. at the Neighborhood House on Saturday, May 2. During the event, an auction of a painting by Walter Dunton also will take place.

Clothing to be featured was donated by Hatched on MDI in Southwest Harbor, Cadillac Mountain Sports, Cool as a Moose and Stone Soup, all of Bar Harbor. L.L. Bean in Freeport and Ruth Fosters of Ellsworth also contributed. Tickets are $15 per person and include the entertainment, drinks and home-baked treats. Board president, Stephanie Kelley-Reece stresses that “The Fashion Show” will have a family-friendly atmosphere and people of all ages are encouraged to attend.

The Island can look forward to the MDI Marathon once again on Sunday, Oct. 18. As it did last year, the Mount Desert Nursery School is once again working with the marathon on the race’s mile-marker banners. Area artists are invited to create wonderful mile-marker banners (26 in total.) The banners painted last year created several bidding wars. The funds raised from the “banner project” goes directly to Mount Desert Nursery School children to keep the costs of tuition low and more affordable to parents and helps maintain the safe facility. If you would like to be a contributing artist, please contact Heather Jones at 207-276-5563. The banners must be 20-by-48 inches and finished horizontally or vertically with the words “MDI Marathon 2009.”

St. Ignatius will be starting the pre-sale of the cookbooks which local Catholic churches have put together. The MDI Cookbooks are being printed and should arrive before the start of summer season. This compilation of recipes will sell for $15. Pre-sale orders will be taken after masses as St. Ignatius, Holy Redeemer and St. Peter’s.

Judith Blank is announcing that Lucy Tracy will be leading a workshop in the Northeast Harbor Library on Saturday, May 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lucy will bring materials including card stock and give instructions for making a pressed-flower card for Mother’s Day. Bring a photo, a poem or text and then make a pressed-flower border framing it. The workshop is limited to 20 people, teenagers and older. Those wishing to participate should call Judith during library hours at 276-3333. A material charge of $8 will cover the costs of the workshop.

The MDI Historical Society’s Old Schoolhouse and Museum on Route 198 in Mount Desert features a new exhibit organized by Annette Carbajal that features work from island residents in a variety of media including fiber, ceramics, basketry, aluminum sculpture as well as oil and watercolor paintings and mixed media collage. The artwork is for sale, with 40 percent of the proceeds going to the historical society. The talented artists included in this “Big and Small” show include Kate Henry, Leanne Nikon, Linda Perrin, Jeanne Seronde Perkins, Ellen Church, Chris Breedlove, Cristy Benson, Scott Balz, Jeff Freeman, Nicole Herz, Melita Westerlund and Desiree Dow.

Friends of Acadia is asking to “Love your Mother” as in Mother Earth and will once again be conducting a roadside cleanup in honor of Earth Day. The cleanup is scheduled for this Saturday, April 25, from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. FOA is looking for groups and individuals to volunteer. Last year crews collected more than 8,500 pounds of trash from 150 miles of roadsides. Call Theresa Begley at 288-3340 or terry

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Nicole Ouellette

Nicole Ouellette

When Nicole isn't giving advice she's completely unqualified to give, she runs an Internet marketing company in Bar Harbor, where she lives with her husband Derrick and their short dog Gidget. She loves young adult novels, cooking and talking French to anyone who'll talk back. [email protected]