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Kennebec Montessori School Groundbreaking Ceremony


Children's Discovery Museum

The Children’s Discovery Museum was recently selected as one of 200 nationwide causes to compete in State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist voting phase for a $25,000 award! If awarded, we will use these funds to launch an exciting new program called “Museum without Walls,” a mobile museum that will bring fun interactive exhibits to schools, libraries, farmers’ markets, and community events throughout central Maine.

Help bring this fantastic program to life by placing your votes each day August 16th - 25th. Visit https://www.neighborhoodassist.com/entry/1997276 to place 10 votes each day for our Museum Without Walls project.

The mobile museum will predominantly feature exhibits and activities focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (or STEM). Central Maine is home to many vibrant arts and cultural organizations; however, opportunities to engage with STEM in a fun, hands-on way are more limited. CDM’s mission is to present an immersive experience that ignites curiosity and celebrates learning through play, and STEM themes allow for a bounty of fun tinkering and experimentation. Mobile exhibits will range from the mechanics of a make-your-own marble run to the visualization of geometry using a spirograph.

We need YOUR help to make this a reality for our community!

Thank you!

Change in Leadership with Maine International Film Festival

Recently our friends at WABI TV 5 aired a news story featuring the change in leadership at the Maine International Film Festival in Waterville. Mike Perreault is taking over the top post from our President and CEO, Shannon Haines, who served as Festival Director for 15 years. Shannon will certainly remain involved with the festival in her role as President and Chief Executive Officer of Waterville Creates! To watch the video visit WABI TV 5 online!


2017 - 2018 Call to Artists! Art in the Lobby at Railroad Square Cinema

2017 - 2018 Call to Artists! Art in the Lobby at Railroad Square Cinema 

Entry Deadline: September 1
Exhibition Period: October 2017 - September 2018 
Location:17 Railroad Square 

The Maine Film Center's Art in the Lobby exhibition series at Railroad Square Cinema provides an opportunity for Maine visual artists of various ages, media, and lifestyles to exhibit their work in a high-profile venue. While the Maine Film Center's primary focus is film, the organization has always been committed to the promotion and incorporation of visual arts into its programs and venues, and they are excited to pursue new, multi-disciplinary programs and partnerships. The Call to Artists residing in Maine. All work must be original and ready to be delivery. For more information manner to the public at the time of the Railroad Square Cinema website. 

Lovejoy Health Center Welcomes Dr. Harik to the Team

Lovejoy Health Center Welcomes Dr. Harik to the Team

Daniel Harik, DO, will join the family practice for a one-year position

Danielle Harik, DO

ALBION – Danielle Harik, DO, will be joining Lovejoy Health Center’s medical team in a one-year position this summer to provide primary care to people of all ages. She recently completed the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center Family Medicine Residency in Oregon. In 2010, she obtained a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Michigan State University. Previously, Danielle obtained a Bachelor of Science degree at Lee Honors College of Western Michigan University. Her areas of clinical interest include women's health, international medicine, and nutrition in medicine.

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Waterville Summer Activities

Waterville Offers Summer Activities for All Ages, Including Food Festival & Concert Series

Recently our friends at WABI TV 5 aired a news story featuring all the amazing summer community events happening right here in Waterville, including Waterville Creates! free summer music concert series, Waterville Rocks!To watch the video visit WABI TV 5 online!

Holiday Bazaar 2017: Call for Entry!

Holiday Bazaar 2017: 
Call for Entry! 

Common Street Arts 

Annual Holiday Bazaar

Entry Deadline: August 14th

 Common Street Arts is preparing for another amazing Holiday Bazaar in downtown Waterville this November and December. Right before the winter holidays, when shoppers are looking for the perfect gift, the Common Street Arts gallery will be transformed into a marketplace filled with handmade items created by Maine artists and craftspeople through this juried exhibition. This call for fine art + craft is open to all artists and craftspeople. If you throw mugs, make ornaments and cards, design jewelry, knit hats, or create other imaginative gift items, we invite you to participate. All artists will be paid a 60% commission; Common Street Arts Artist-Level members will be paid a 70% commission. For more information or to enter, visit the Common Street Arts website or call us at 207-872-ARTS.


Greetings from the L.C.Bates Museum

L.C. Bates museum August Newsletter

Summer has brought many wonderful visitors from Maine and away to tour the museum and learn about the local wildlife. 

Visitors seem to most like the exhibited birds, moose and black bear. We have been telling all visitors about the upcoming 

solar eclipse on August 21 and inviting them to return that day to the museum to watch the eclipse with us. 

School Street Yoga


August 2017

"Life is a balance of holding on and letting go," says Rumi, who knew a few things about making it through each day. We believe yoga and meditation are essential components in finding this balance. Join us.

Jeri Wilson and Susan Golden


The Yoga: A Home Practice Workshop 

We're delighted to have NYC-based teacher Carla Stangenberg for a workshop that will give you tools to find your inner path, your deep interests, and the confidence to follow through. Learn how to develop a home practice and how to look into yourself for the path to take at any given moment. 

Sunday, Aug. 20

5:30-7:30 p.m.

$25 in advance, $30 at the door

Krama (sequence) of asana, mudra, meditation, and pranayama will all come into play in the workshop. The yogic concept of Svadyaya, self-study, will also be discussed.

Click here for more information or to register.

Join us for Ame Wren's Workshop 

We trust you'll love spending time with Boston-based teacher Ame Wren. Her workshop is intended for the curious and dedicated student and will combine precision work with flow. Expect a blend of vinyasa yoga and structural work aimed at creating clarity in asana and body mechanics.

Sunday, Sept. 24

10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

$25 in advance or $30 at the door

Ame will be available after the workshop to discuss the 300-hour teacher training we'll be hosting in 2018. 

Learn more about Ame Wren here.

Water's Edge Wellness Retreat

Just two months until our Water's Edge Wellness Retreat Sept. 29-Oct. 1. Register now for a delightful experience close to home at Snow Pond Center for the Arts in Sidney, Maine.

School Street Yoga is hosting all aspects of this retreat, and Jeri and Susan will teach yin and yang classes.

Three-day, two-night all-inclusive retreat

Sept. 29-Oct. 1

$325 per person

Additional charge for accommodations, which vary. 

Make your reservations today!

New Body Worker Diane Von Oesen

We're pleased to welcome massage therapist Diane Von Oesen, who brings more than 10 years experience as an LMT. Diane incorporates deep tissue massage and Thai massage into each bodywork session. 

Diane is available Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays but can accommodate other times as needed.

To schedule an appointment, contact her at 207-509-5231.

Price Reduction for One-Year Pass

We are reducing the price of our yearlong class pass to $1,200.

Enjoy the convenience and cost savings of this pass, which allows for unlimited classes for one year.

Please pay by cash or check only.

Parking Reminder

Please leave time for on-street parking. 

Parking is not allowed in any of the lots around the studio.

The only exception is after 5 p.m. and on weekends when you can park in the Marden Dubord corner lot. 

Thank you for your cooperation.

School Street Yoga
207-330-1450 |  | schoolstreetyoga.com
5 School Street
Waterville, ME 04901

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Waterville Area Habitat for Humanity New Hours

Waterville Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore has new hours:

The ReStore is a Discount Home Improvement Center that is open to the public.

Located:   24 Silver Street, Waterville, Maine

Hours:      Tuesday - Saturday    10 - 4 p.m.

You never know what treasurers you will find at the ReStore,  We have

Furniture, Appliances, Lighting, Plumbing, Tiles, Doors, Windows, Hardware, Dishes, Pictures, Antiques and so much more..........

Like us on facebook ...Waterville Area Habitat for Humanity

All items are donated, and to schedule a pick up of items you would like to donate call 616-0166

Kennebec Valley Community College -online Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education

Bring College to ME Scholarship Expands KVCC’s Online Degree in
Early Childhood Education to rural Somerset and Knox County
FAIRFIELD, HINCKLEY ME – Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) is expanding its capacity to reach individuals who want to become child care and preschool teachers, educational technicians, or home childcare providers the opportunity to enroll in its online Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education program with FREE TUITION!

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Sweet People Production

Bella'a Bartok w/ West End Blend in Waterville 

Waterville Rocks! 
Castonguay Square 
Downtown Waterville 
5:30pm, All Ages 


To understand Bella's Bartok, imagine what you would get if Salvador Dali and Toulouse Lautrec were fronting the Moulin Rouge's house band, and toy have the exuberant spectacle that is Bella's Bartok.  

Sweet People Production

The Fossils 

Camden Green Pocket Park, Waterville 
5:30pm, All Ages 
$8 adv / $10 dos 

Tickets available now online via Paypal. and alt all Bull Moose Music Locations. 

Sweet People Production

Adam Ezra Group w/Chris Ross & The North in Waterville

Castonguay Square 
Downtown Waterville 
5:30PM, All Ages 


The Adam Ezra Group (AEG) is not just a band; they are a force to be reckoned with musically, personally and socially. Selling records and tickets is important to AEG, but they are committed to changing the world with their songs and their actions along the way. 

Sweet People Production

Blues Traveler in Waterville 

Waterville Opera House 
8PM, All Ages 
$40-$60, available online

2017 marks the 30th anniversary of Blues Traveler's monumental carrer after emerging in the late 80's. Known for their improvisational live shows and tireless touring, their breakthrough, multi-platinum selling album, "four,"  features the hit selling "Run-Around" and "Hook," earning them a GRAMMY for the best Rock Performance. Throughout their extensive career, Blues Traveler has earned a massive fanbase of didicated and loyal followers and continue to do so with each performance. 

Sweet People Production

Waterville Rocks! Concert Series

Castonguay Square
owntown Waterville 
5:30PM, All Ages 


Spencer Albee is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer. His efforts with Rustic Overtones, As Fast As, and as a solo artist have seen him through four record contracts and two publishing deals. He has worked alongside industry legends such as David Bowie, producers Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T-Rex), David Leonard (Prince, Paul McCartney), and Matt Wallace (Faith No More, Maroon 5). All in all, Spencer is a man of many hats and an all-around good guy to know. His new body of work is an impressive departure from his past and he's looking very forward to the upcoming release of his EP in November and LP on New Year's Eve, 2014.  

"SPencer is a 21st century master in the lost art of Beatlesesque hooks."  -Rolling Stone 

Sweet People Production

Waterville Rocks! Concert Series
Castonguay Square

Downtown Waterville
5:30PM, All Ages 


Pete Kilpatrick has been names Maine's best act four times in the Portland Best Music Awards and has performed over 1,400 shows. Pete and his band have shared the stage with Dave Mathews Band, Pearl Jam's Mike Mccready, David Gray, Jason Mraz, Ray Lamontagne & Barenaked Ladies. 



MIFFONEDGE: Volume 5 at Common Street Arts "challenging the way we look at, listen to and think about film"

Common Street Arts' intern Alyssa Chesney watches a film by Kerry Laitala on Sunday in Waterville at MIFFONEDGE Volume 5, a part of the Maine International Film Festival, which is billed as a way to explore the intersections of art and film. Photo by Jeff Pouland


MIFFONEDGE: Volume 5 at Common Street Arts "challenging the way we look at, listen to and think about film"

Amy Calder from the Morning Sentinel recently visited the Common Street Arts studio to take in the Maine International Film Festival's MIFFONEDGE: Volume 5. The exhibit opened Saturday and is free and open to the public from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily through Saturday, July 23rd. The work of Kerry Laitala, a San Francisco-based artist, is featured, as are works by Aaron Valdez and Jodie Mack. Like Harry Smith's work, Laitala's "Conjuror's Box" uses a variety of techniques including the imprinting of objects via photogram directly onto a strip of film and then giving them color, texture and rhythm to produce colorful shapes that move and morph. Laitala will give a live performance of her work at 9 p.m. Thursday at Common Street Arts, using a multi-projector. Her projections will be accompanied by a recorded soundtrack of original music by Wobbly, Laitala's collaborator. To learn more about this year's Maine International Film Festival MIFFONEDGE: Volume 5 exhibition, read the Morning Sentinel article here. We hope to see you at the exhibition!

Missoula Children's Theatre Summer theater camp! at the Waterville Opera House

Missoula Children's Theatre Summer theater camp! at the Waterville Opera House

The Waterville Opera House collaborates with Missoula Children's Theatre, an internationally recognized touring group, to present three awesome sessions of theater camp during summer vacations for students in the 1st through 8th grades. Each week concludes with a fully realized performance, with scenery, costumes, and props. Theatre camp provides children with hands-on opportunities to learn about the theatrical process. The cost is $200 per session, or $500 for all three summer sessions. A sibling discount and some scholarship money is available. A non-refundable deposit of $50 per session is required at time of registration. If you have any questions, please call (207) 873-7000. 

Summer 2017 Shows

July 24 - 29: Beauty Lou and the Country Beast

July 31 - August 5: Cinderella

August 7 - 12: The Wiz of the West

For more information, visit the Waterville Opera House website!

Chamber Music Series & More!

Chamber Music Series & More!

Performances scheduled nearly every day this week!

Lorimer Chapel, Colby College

Join musicians from the Atlantic Music Festival for evenings of electric performances! There are concerts happening nearly every night this week, so to keep up on all the happenings and concerts be sure to visit the Atlantic Music Festival website

Summer Arts Camp at Common Street Arts offers theme weeks of fantastic arts-focused fun!

Summer Arts Camp at Common Street Arts offers theme weeks of fantastic arts-focused fun!

Maine Modern Arts Week

July 24th - 28th 

Half-Day and Full-Day Camps Available!

Sign up today for Maine Modern Arts week at Common Street Arts! Maine modern masters the week starts with a visit to the Colby Museum to experience the works of Marsden Hartley and Alex Katz. We'll spend the rest of the week creating drawings, sculptures and paintings inspired by Hartley and Katz as well as other Maine artists such as Dahlov Ipcar and Louise Nevelson. Instructors: Doreen and Rachel Hamlin visit the Common Street Arts website, email us at  or call us at 207-872-ARTS.

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