Community News – Book launch planned at Lighthouse Bikes

A book launch is scheduled for 7 p.m. on May 26 at Lighthouse Bikes in South Portland. Leah Day and her son, Oakley, will give a brief talk on the book, “Changing Gears: A Distant Teen, a Desperate Mother, and 4,329 Miles Across the Transamerica Bicycle Trail,” followed by a Q&A session and a signing session. .

A book launch is scheduled for 7 p.m. on May 26 at Lighthouse Bikes in South Portland for “Changing Gears: A Distant Teen, a Desperate Mother, and 4,329 Miles Across the Transamerica Bicycle Trail” by Leah Day. Courtesy Image

According to an April 21 press release, “Leah Day could feel herself growing apart from her 16-year-old son, Oakley. Like most teenagers, Oakley was aloof. In order to strengthen their bond, Leah decided to drop everything to cross the country by bicycle with her son. At a time when people have grown apart, especially after years of not seeing each other, and used to broken relationships, Leah Day has made the drastic decision to reconnect.

“On the TransAmerica Bike Trail, they struggle to climb hills in the pouring rain, they feel muscle aches they didn’t know they had, and they learn more about each other than they did. didn’t know before. In this memoir about the journey of a lifetime, Leah and Oakley discover that if they can push themselves to accomplish physically grueling and emotionally taxing stages on a bike, they are capable of anything. Today, the mother-son duo is closer than ever.

“Riding across America is much more than cycling a few thousand miles. Leah Day writes about her adventures, both internal and on the road, with insight and empathy, leading readers to discover magical moments big and small,” wrote Alex Strickland, editor of Adventure Cycling Magazine.

Cape Elizabeth student wins Upcycle Challenge

Aurora Milton, a second year student at Cape Elizabeth Secondary School, has won ecomaine’s annual Upcycle Challenge for her design and manufacture of pants made from old curtains and fabrics that would otherwise have been discarded. The announcement was made in a May 2 press release from ecomaine.

Aurora Milton of Cape Elizabeth Secondary School has been voted the winner of ecomaine’s annual Upcycle Challenge. Milton has created a pair of upcycled street style pants made from an old curtain and old clothes. Courtesy Image

Voted on during the two weeks surrounding Earth Day 2022, the competition featured two other entries as finalists – old jeans turned into functional aprons by RSU 13 (Rockland)’s afterschool program with The Landing Place, and a large tree sculpture by Aria Pines and Portland’s Casco Bay High School Waste to Art Intensive with artist Kim Bernard.

In less than two weeks, the contest garnered over 1,500 votes. Milton’s pants garnered over 61% of the vote, winning the grand prize of $500.

Excerpt from Milton’s contest entry: “Step back to the 90s with these street chic pants. Recently inspired by 90s fashion, designer Aurora Milton has drawn inspiration from many 90s idols such as Friends, TLC and Destiny’s Child. By replacing a darker color with this off-white, retro becomes modern while embodying the true nature of that era. No one would know that the creamy, cargo material of the legs is actually a window curtain rescued from a swap shop. Or that the deep, utilitarian pockets are made with old Goodwill flannel. Wear it winter, summer, spring and fall, any top paired with these pants would make a fabulous runway ready look.

“The three finalists did an amazing job,” ecomaine communications manager Matt Grondin said in an email. “It’s important to commend each of them for their great creativity, and we’re thrilled to see Aurora’s sleek, upcycled design take home the grand prize.”

The Upcycle challenge asked students from ecomaine communities to use items that would normally have been thrown away to make new and functional ones. ecomaine’s awareness and recycling committee selected the three finalists based on the incorporation of post-consumer materials, the ingenuity and functionality of the new creation, the inclusion of students in the process , as well as the approval of a teacher or counselor.

Community Cares Game Day set for May 22

The Opportunity Alliance, a local community nonprofit, in partnership with the Portland Sea Dogs, announced a new event called Community Cares Game Day to support the 55 programs it offers to care for vulnerable Maine families throughout year round. Scheduled for May 22, the event will provide an afternoon of fun for all ages.

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Community Cares Game Day will include an on-field pre-game ceremony recognizing select partners and community members, an all-you-can-eat buffet lunch of stadium fare, opportunities to meet and get autographs from Slugger, Kids Creation Station including games, crafts, ball artist, face painting, silent auction with lots of family-friendly items and baseball memorabilia, and the opportunity for kids 12 and under to run the bases at the end of the game.

Joe Everett, President and CEO of The Opportunity Alliance, said, “After two long years of the pandemic, this event is a much-needed opportunity for our community to come together and celebrate with a day of fun. It is also a crucial fundraiser that will strengthen our programs and the essential services we provide to Maine’s most vulnerable. The Sea Dogs have always been a great partner to The Opportunity Alliance and we look forward to seeing everyone at the game.

Community Cares Day will provide vital support to Opportunity Alliance programs, including those that support the youngest at-risk Mainers and their families, such as visiting services for pregnant women and infants, child care centers and wards. Head Start classroom, mental health support for children, parent education, WIC and Homeless Youth Services.

For more information and tickets to the family event, visit The Opportunity Alliance website, follow the event page on Facebook, or contact Connor Archibald at [email protected]

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