Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Harbor House Happenings December 2013

Health & Fitness

December Special: Buy a 3 month membership and get a fourth month for free! What a great Christmas gift to give someone or yourself.  LetHarbor House Fitness help you stay on track during the holidays and stick to your resolutions! 

As a Health and Fitness member, you can attend Cardio Sculpt and Active Older Adult classes for FREE! Members also receive a discount on Indoor Cycling classes. 

Try out new Power Hour Class taught by Lisa Tweedie
Strengthen and sculpt your body head to toe in this action packed class set to motivating music. Mondays 8:45-9:45am and Wednesday 8:30-9:30 am at Harbor House on Main St. $5 for members and $10 for non members.
Do you need some Yoga in your life? We have lots to choose from with great offerings from MaryKate Murray, Phoebe Barnes and Machelle Lahaye. Treat yourself to some YOU time and check our brochure for class times and descriptions. 

Happy Holidays from Harbor House Health and Fitness! 
Call 244-9555 or 244-3713 for rates.
Children's Center 
Things are busy at the Children's Center as the holidays approach. We will be having fun with all sorts of winter and holiday activities in the weeks ahead. We're looking forward to some snow to play in. It is always great fun to see how winter transforms our PlayGarden! Our weekly trips to the Library and our yoga with Machelle will continue as well.
Harbor House Children's Center was the first licensed childcare center on Mount Desert Island, opening our doors in September 1985. We currently have openings in all classes.For more information or to schedule a visit contact 
Mary Ellen at 244-9824
Happy Holidays from all of us at the Children's Center!
Harbor House Happenings
December 2013
 Friday December 13th & 14th

Friday December 13th
3:00 pm-8:00 pm Craft Fair. Local crafters will be selling beautiful gifts for the Holiday season in
the Old Yellow Schoolhouse.
5:30 pm Southwest Harbor's finest fire truck brings Santa to town to light the Village Christmas Tree.
5:45 pm Santa lights the Christmas Bonfire & the Pemetic/Tremont Brass ensemble play Christmas music to get you in the Holiday Spirit.
6:00-8:00 pm Storytelling and then Photos with Santa by Mary Ellen Martel at Harbor House. Refreshments and cookies donated by the Southwest Harbor Congregational Church.  
Saturday December 14th 
9 am-2 pm Craft Fair. Local crafters will be selling beautiful gifts for the Holiday season in the Old Yellow Schoolhouse.
8:30am-5:30pm Kids can shop at Carroll Drug Store with a special 20% off Storewide Discount. 
Be sure to Think. Shop. Buy local from in town businesses that will be offering great deals for the Holiday season
Youth Center
There are several important dates on the Underground schedule you will want to mark on your calendar this month. For starters, our third annual winter holiday costume party will be held after school onDecember 13th from 12:30 until 5:00. While costumes with a winter holiday theme are not required to attend, each year we have had some wonderfully creative outfits, and prizes will be awarded in several  categories. The party will also include special games, activities, and loads of treats. This is a time for everyone who has attended our afterschool programming to get together and have a good time before the holidays and I hope the turnout is tremendous.

Our new CafĂ© Book program is up and running to good reviews. Every Wednesday children's librarian Susan Plimpton comes to the Underground and walks participants over to the Southwest Harbor Library, where they enjoy hot drinks, do some quiet reading or get homework help, assist with simply library tasks, and generally make use of the fantastic community resource we have across the street from Harbor House. At five o'clock the kids are walked back to Harbor House. Parents, if you think your child would benefit from this program be sure to let Mark know!

Students will have some extra days off from school at the change of the year, and we will be offering vacation activities to help out. There will be four days of K-5 vacation camp: Monday and Tuesday December 30th and 31st, and Thursday and Friday January 2nd and  3rd. The cost for each of these four days will $35.Enrollment is somewhat limited, so be sure to sign up ahead of time to guarantee space is available for your child.
Youth Sports
Pre-K-5th Basketball information sign up at Harbor House       Monday-Friday from 9 AM - 5PM.
Practice Schedule At Pemetic December 7th: 
8am for Pre-K & K 
9 am 1-2 grades 
10:15am for 3, 4 & 5 grade
Game Schedule for December 14th & 21st at Pemetic: 
8am for Pre-K & K 
9 am 1-2 grades 
10:15am for 3-4 grades 
11:30am for 5th grade
Practice Schedule will be given out at first practice
Mark Woida Pre-K & K 
Eric Novella 1 & 2 grade 
David Gray 3,4 & 5 grade

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Wendell Gilley Museum News

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Gilley friends carve birds
large and small this fall
A determined flock of Gilley members and visitors joined resident carver Steven Valleau to craft their own hanging carolina wren ornaments this November.

This shy bird can be hard to spot out in the woods, but during this one-day workshop carvers had an up-close look at the carolina wren's cinnamon plumage, white eyebrow stripe, and long, upward-cocked tail. The photo above shows Nancy Andrews working intently on her wren, while Janice Janes shows off her finished bird below.

A more extensive class is also underway now through mid-December, in which carvers are creating the much larger and very handsome whimbrel. Whether you have always wanted to try bird carving, or want a creative way to hone your identification skills, carving workshops at the Gilley enhance your artistic and naturalist talents.  

Inspiring words about birds Thank you to longtime Gilley friend and former trustee Ron Cohen for bringing to our attention a recent letter to the New York Times. Eliot Brenowitz, professor of psychology and biology at the University of Washington, wrote some stirring and thoughtful words about the beguiling creatures that caught and held Wendell Gilley's attention for so many years.

"Birds all over the world participate in the great annual migration, finding their way over thousands of miles using a complex learned network of landmarks and star constellations...

"Crows and jays are able to innovate clever solutions to novel problems...

"Every spring, birds in our backyards construct ornate nests with whatever materials are at hand... Songbirds all over the globe learn songs from their fathers...analogous to babbling in human infants.

"Birds do all of this with brains that may be no larger than a marble. So next time someone calls you a birdbrain, thank him for the compliment."
Through December 15: Friday, Saturday
and Sunday from
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.,
with last new entry
to the galleries
at 3:30 p.m.


December 15:
Noon - 4:00 p.m.

Won't you consider the Gilley as 2013 winds down?The end of the year often signals the time when we reflect on our priorities. We humbly ask that you keep the Gilley in your thoughts as you consider your year-end philanthropic priorities. Your contribution, no matter its size, will make a great impact toward our future and help us maintain our tradition of keeping membership, admission, and class fees affordable. 
You can CLICK HERE to make a year-end contribution online. Friends like you are why we exist. Thank you for your support!

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4 Herrick Road
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Maine 04679
(207) 244-7555
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