High School Plans Fund-Raising Events

The kids at Mount Desert High School are busy planning two nice events.

The first gives the community a chance to dress up and look nice. On Friday, April 10 from 7 to 10 p.m., put on your dancing shoes and dance the night away to music at The Bar Harbor Club on West Street in Bar Harbor by the high school’s award- winning jazz bands and combos, complete with a surprise vocal or two. The admission price of $20 per person or $35 per couple includes entrance to the dance and hors d’oeuvres. A cash bar will be available. This is a benefit for the MDIHS Music Boosters. For more information and reservations, call Stacey Smith at 288-4043.

The second is a pancake breakfast at the Masonic Hall in Bar Harbor on Saturday, April 11, from 6:30 to 11 a.m., organized by the Mt. Desert High School’s Habitat for Humanity Club.

A special event for the kick-off of the upcoming Mt. Desert Elementary School’s “Arts Week” on Monday, April 13 includes a musician performer who is working with students in grades one through five. Martin Swinger will give a concert in the Forum to help raise funds for the elementary school’s Visiting Artist Program.

There will be a potluck in the school cafeteria at 5 p.m. before the concert, which will start at 6 p.m. The PTO is asking parents to bring a savory pie (quiches, chicken or vegetable pies), casseroles and sweet pie desserts as a contribution to the potluck. Admission is $5/ticket or $15 for a family. This seems a nice way to support the “Arts Week” and visit and meet with friends and enjoy a meal in the school.

All parents of students in kindergarten through fourth grade need to know that your children will need to bring in one plain cotton t-shirt in white or a light color by Friday, April 10. This is a project planned for the children to create a personalized shirt using special paints and stamping techniques. The t-shirt can be old or new. Volunteers are still needed, if you have any time from the April 13 to April 17.

Keeping with the theme of this year’s “Green Arts Week,” a stationary exercise bike is wanted. If you have an old one around your house that is no longer being used, Mr. Brian Cote, the science teacher at Mt. Desert Elementary School, has a plan for it in his classroom during the upcoming Arts Week.

Get ready for the Lip Sync Talent Show at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 16 at MDES. All families and friends who want to cheer on the kids and have a fun time watching them ham it up, this is the night!

Nurse-Midwife Linda Robinson has planned a slide show/talk about her year with Doctors Without Borders, working with victims of war in the Congo as a nurse- midwife, at the Northeast Harbor Library beginning at 7 p.m. on April 15.

Judith Blank would like to get the news out that she is planning an art show this summer on the subject of the sea. The exhibit will take place during June, July and August. Artists who would like to exhibit their work can loan it to the library for a portion of that time or change the exhibit so that it doesn’t remain constant for that period of time. A small collection of pieces from any one artist is better than a single item for the show. Some old fishing equipment will be exhibited and there will be some “sea” related programs in the same space as well. People interested in participating should call 276-3333 on Monday, Thursday or Friday to speak with Judith.

Have a Happy Easter holiday week with your friends and family if this is the holiday that you celebrate at this time of year. And the same wish goes to those who celebrate Passover.

Reminder that spring break in our district does not begin Easter week. It begins the following week, so there will be no classes in all elementary schools and the high school from April 20 through April 24.

The Herb Watson Scholarship has once again been made available to MDES students for those planning to attend an athletic summer camp. The applications are available in the school office. All applications need to be returned to the office no later than April 27. Thanks should go to Mr. Watson, our former Mount Desert Elementary Gym teacher.

The Neighborhood House will have a Summer Camp Sign-up and Ice Cream Social on Thursday, April 16 starting at 4 p.m. Get this kids? Camp will begin June 29. It seems far away but I know how fast the last trimester of school goes!! Hoorah!

College of the Atlantic’s Earth-Day Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s theme is “What on Earth are ‘YOU’ Doing?” How can you make a difference in your community, in your home and in your everyday life? For information and a schedule of events, check the website at www.coa.edu/earthday or e-mail Lyn Berzinis at [email protected]

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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]