Community News – Fundraising Dinner Planned at West Kennebunk


The West Kennebunk Village Committee will be hosting a spaghetti fundraising dinner for the Tracy family on Saturday May 15th. All proceeds from the dinner will go to Shannon Tracy and her two children, Lillian (12) and Vincent (10) following the sudden death of Philip Tracy, who was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer approximately a month and who died on April 13. Profits will be used to pay medical bills, household expenses and children’s needs.

The West Kennebunk Village Committee will be hosting a spaghetti fundraising dinner for the Tracy family on Saturday, May 15. Dinner is scheduled from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Dorothy Stevens Center in West Kennebunk. For more information, call Rebecca Manikian at 207-420-4756 or email [email protected] Photo by Dan King

Dinner is scheduled from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on May 15 at the Dorothy Stevens Center, 80 Thompson Road in West Kennebunk. Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12, free for children under 5. There is also a family rate of $20.

The menu will include spaghetti with meatballs, salad, bread and desserts. Dessert donations (cookies, brownies, pies) are welcome.

For more information, call Rebecca Manikian at 207-420-4756 or email [email protected]

Kennebunk Coffee House benefits Doctors Without Borders

The annual Kennebunk Coffee House is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 in the cafeteria at Kennebunk High School. Students will perform music over coffee and dessert and proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières. Courtesy picture


The annual Kennebunk Coffee House is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 in the cafeteria at Kennebunk High School. Students will play music over coffee and dessert.

All proceeds go to Médecins Sans Frontières/Médecins Sans Frontières. The suggested donation is $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Kennebunk Coffee House was established in 2018 by Mary Hauser, currently a senior at Kennebunk High School, as part of her eighth-grade community service project at Middle School of the Kennebunks. Hauser continued his project throughout high school and has raised nearly $2,000 over the past five years.

The cafeteria is transformed with fairy lights, candles and tablecloths for the event. More information about Médecins Sans Frontières will be available during the event.

The Learning to Earning fair will take place from April 29 to 30

The Learning to Earning trade show, featuring people in a variety of skilled trades, is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, April 29 at the Kennebunk Town Hall Auditorium and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 30.


Admission is free for the event hosted by the Kennebunk Department of Parks and Recreation. Attendees can meet professionals engaged in local excavation, plumbing, heating, sheet metal, automotive, manufacturing and other industries.

According to organizers, attendees can talk to experts and learn how they got their start, find out which industry matches their strengths, and get interviews and resume advice on the spot.

Registration is encouraged at, but walk-in visits are welcome.

Chaya Studio opens new space in Biddeford

Chaya Caron, founder and designer of Chaya Studio Jewelry, has launched a new location at 90 Saco Falls Way, Suite 201, Biddeford. The name of the new location is Chaya Studio Jewelry at The Hidden Gem. A grand opening is scheduled for May 7 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. It will be a festive event, featuring new work by Caron, a live DJ, and free food and drink.

According to an April 19 press release, “A 1999 graduate of Maine College of Art and Design, Caron has always had a studio in or outside Portland. A space opened up in the factory district of Biddeford town center and it was the perfect time to expand his business.


“Biddeford is full of artists and it seemed like a natural fit for my new studio,” Caron said in an email. “I’m surrounded by wonderful companies like Suger, Engine, Common Roots, The Compass Project, Bike Part Art, Trillium, Kyle Binette and Screwloose Arts and great restaurants like Palace Diner and Cowbell Burger.”

Caron creates all of its jewelry by hand – wedding bands and wedding bands, bespoke work, and pieces from its collections including necklaces, earrings, and more. One of her specialties is designing a new piece from old jewelry.

“I like to take jewelry that has been passed down over the years and create something unique and special for my client,” Caron said. “We design the piece together – I guide them with form, function and design – the client is as involved as they want.”

Caron’s process is characterized by sustainability by using recycled precious metals and ethically sourced gemstones. For more information, visit or visit the new studio by appointment.

Newcomer Meeting Features Genealogist

The Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel Newcomers and Neighbors Club will host a meeting on Thursday, May 5. The meeting will feature Seema Kenney, a professional genealogist. The presentation will provide information on researching family histories. Kenney will share his expertise and methods of researching family trees on the Internet and introduce ways to share history.


The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. with social time and the speaker will begin at 7 p.m. The meeting is held at the Community House, 8 Temple St., in Kennebunkport.

Pereira earns Dean’s List honors

John Pereira, of Kennebunkport, was named to York County Community College’s list of full-time deans in the spring.

Kennebunk Beach Classic returns from pandemic hiatus

Organizers have announced the return of the Kennebunk Beach Classic 5K. The road race is back for its 30th year, in person. Walk, jog or run the USATF-certified route on Sunday, June 5. Registration starts at $25, with preferred rates through May 1 and discounts for students (18 and under) and seniors (60 and over).

Cotton event t-shirts offered to the first 150 registered runners. Teams are encouraged. Prizes and awards to the best riders in age categories and team prizes.


Proceeds from the event support programming and outreach at the Center, a Lower Village nonprofit that serves adults 50 and older. For more information, visit or call the Center at 967-8514.

Southern Maine Planeteers Plan Clothing Drive

The Planeteers of Southern Maine are teaming up with HELPSY, the Northeast’s largest clothing drive, to host a clothing drive on Saturday, April 30. Donations of clothing and other unwanted textiles will be accepted at the Kennebunk Transfer Station (next to Treasure Chest location) at 36 Sea Road, Kennebunk, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The Planeteers of Southern Maine are a group of individuals dedicated to helping create a sustainable future for the planet by encouraging action on climate change, clean oceans, and other local environmental issues.

“The Planeteers hope that many will come on Saturday, April 30 to show their support for this initiative,” Planeteers founding member Andrea Roth Kimmich said in a March 21 press release. “We hope to exceed the amount we raised in September, which was over 7,000 pounds worth of clothing. We are very grateful for the continued support received from the city and the community. With the ever-increasing tons of textile products being produced, more than ever we need to find ways to recycle them. »

According to the organization, “Textile waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the United States. The EPA estimates that more than 100 pounds of clothing is thrown away each year by the average person, or double what it was 20 years ago. Of that, 95% can be reused or recycled. HELPSY partners with municipalities and organizations in 10 states to collect unwanted clothing and other textiles. Thanks to a combination of clothing drives, curbside pickups, thrift store partners and clothing receptacles, HELPSY diverts nearly 30 million pounds of textiles from landfills each year.


Clothing collection will accept clean, dry, packaged clothing and clothing, including dresses, shirts, pants, suits, coats, gloves, hats, belts, ties, scarves, wallets , handbags, backpacks, bags, shoes, towels, bedding, costumes, curtains, placements, tablecloths, stuffed animals and plaids. Textiles in any condition are acceptable – worn, torn or stained are fine. Items must be clean, dry, free of oil stains and tidy – as these items cannot be reused or recycled.

Items not accepted include breakable household items or glass, electronics, furniture, building materials, scrap metal, appliances, mattresses, encyclopedia sets, telephone books or magazines. Once the clothes are collected, 50% are reusable; and 45% is recyclable. It is first sorted by HELPSY partners and divided into grades. Premium qualities are resold to thrift stores in North America and other second-hand markets around the world. Lower grades are for industrial use or things like padding and insulation.

“HELPSY’s mission is to keep clothes out of the trash,” HELPSY co-founder and CEO Dan Green said in an email. “HELPSY is committed to changing the way people think about apparel recycling while adhering to the highest level of social and environmental performance, which has earned it a Certified B Corporation designation; use business as a force for good.

For more information about HELPSY and clothing recycling, visit For more information about the Planeteers of Southern Maine, visit

The school around us is planning a fundraiser

The school around us will host the Hustle for Holistic Education 5K race on Saturday May 14th. The event is billed as a family fundraising run. In addition to supporting School Around Us, 10% of all proceeds from the event will be donated to UNICEF to support Ukrainian children affected by military conflict.


The event will take place at 10 a.m. at the Eastern Trail, from Kennebunk Elementary School. A fun half-mile children’s run will be held at 11 a.m. A virtual option is also offered, with participants running between May 1-14.

Kennebunk Elementary School is located at 177 Alewive Road, Kennebunk. The rainy date is Sunday, May 15.

Registration is $75/family, $35/adult, $20/teen and $15/child. To sign up, visit and search for Hustle for Holistic Education.


Comments are closed.