Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Harbor House Happenings October 2014

Harbor House Happenings
October 2014
Halloween Party  
Save the date for our annual Community Halloween Party on Saturday, October 25th from 5:30-7:30 pm.

We will need a few volunteers for decorating and helping with games. If you are interested please contact Crystal at  244-3713 or email her at
Lifestyle Change Program

Harbor House has partnered with the MDI Hospital to offer the Diabetes Prevention Program known as the "Lifestyle Change Program". This program consists of 16 weeks of one hour sessions followed by  4-6 months of one hour a month meetings. The goal of this program, with the help of Dieticians, Physical Therapists, Health Coaches and Personal Trainers is to aid participants in adopting a lifestyle of healthy eating and exercise that will keep you on the path of wellness and the prevention of Diabetes. 

This program starts onFriday, October 10th and meets weekly 1:00-2:00pmat Harbor House's Main Street building. 
To sign up for this program please contact Heather Lewis at MDI Hospital 
Health & Fitness 


Lisa Tweedie has earned the Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist Advanced Qualification through the Cancer Exercise Training Institute.  She attended a 2 day training at the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing in Lewiston, Maine. Lisa will be instructing a free class called BE ACTIVE at the 
Harbor House Fitness CenterTuesdays 1:00-1:45Oct. 21Dec. 23.  All levels are welcome as long as you have a medical clearance from a physician prior to starting.  For more information contact Lisa Tweedie, 207-244-9555, or

For a full list of our classes 
check our website
 For more information contact Lisa at 244-9555 or email at
Youth Sports Athletics
Harbor House will be sponsoring travel basketball teams again this year. If you have a child in grades 3 through 6 who is interested in playing on a travel team, please contact Harbor House so we can determine the level of interest in this program. Call us at 244 - 3713.
We are also looking ahead to the beginning of our youth basketball program in December. If you would be interested in coaching one of our youth teams, helping out as team manager, or refereeing some of ourSaturday games, please contact our Sports Director Mark at
Children's Center Children's Center

Happy Fall from the Children's Center!  As always, it is a busy time here at the Center.  Fall is bringing lots of outdoor exploration, observations of the changing season and a variety of science experiments.  Space is currently available in our Busy Bee room (3's & 4's) and in our Dragonfly room (Pre-K), full or partial weeks.  Our Ladybug Room (18-36 months) is currently full but we are accepting names for our waiting list,as we will have some Ladybugs moving into the Busy Bee room in January.  If you would like to learn more about the Children's Center or would like to schedule a visit, call Mary Ellen at 244-9824.
During the month of October, Children's Center families will be selling "Mixed Bag Design" products to raise money for the Center.  The star products from Mixed Bags are reusable shopping bags of various sizes and designs.  These bags are made from recycled materials, they are sturdy and stand up while you are filling them!  You can order through a Children's Center family or staff (you pay no tax or shipping and HHCC earns 50% ) or you can order on line at pay tax & shipping and HHCC earns 40%).  You are welcome to stop by the Center on Herrick Road to check out our display of samples. If you have questions, call 244-9824.
Youth Center
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There has been a significant change to the layout of the Youth Center this year. Mark and Crystal's former office has been converted into a "Quiet Zone" where kids can get away from the bustle and excitement of the game room for more focused activities. It is a place where they can read, work on homework, quietly use their personal electronics, or just collect their thoughts. It has quickly become a popular place and clearly filled an important need for the Underground.

Besides providing a fun and comfortable place to hang out after school,the Underground also offers a variety of enrichment programs over the course of the year. One popular program that will be starting up again this week is Cafe Book. Cafe Book is a collaboration between the Underground and the Southwest Harbor Library that makes it convenient for students to get across the street and benefit from another valuable community resource. A librarian will pick participants up from the Underground on Wednesday afternoons at 3:30, then walk them over to the library, where they can enjoy a simple snack while reading, working on homework, listening to an audiobook, and using the computer or any of the many resources our library provides. Participants are walked back to the Underground by 5:00, or parents can pick their children up at the library.

Parents, please remember that while participation in the Underground Youth center is totally free, we do ask that you fill out a new registration form each year. This ensures that our information is accurate and up to date.