Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Harbor House Happenings December 2014

Giving Tuesday
December 2, 2014
We have a day for giving thanks. We have two days for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a  day dedicated to giving back.
 On Tuesday, December 2, 2014,   
Thank you for your continued support.
December Vacation Camp!

Our December vacation camp will run from December 29-January 2 for kids from kindergarten to 5th grade. Cost is $35 per day. 

For more information click here for the Camp flyer.

Youth Center & After School Program

Our annual winter holiday costume party will be held after school on December 12th 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 after school programming to get together and have a good time before the Community holiday celebration.

Children's Center

The Children's Center provides Early Care and Education for children ages 18 months until kindergarten.  Our "graduates" always receive rave reviews from the local Kindergarten teachers because they are so prepared for public school.  Our pre-K classroom is headed by Pam Reed.  Pam has over 25 years in the Early Care and Education field and does a wonderful job instilling a love of learning, along with teaching some of the social skills that are needed to successfully transition to "The Big School".  If you would like to learn more about our programs, please call to arrange a visit (244-9824).  Come see what The Children's Center has to offer your family

Harbor House Happenings
December 2014
 Friday December 12th & 13th

Friday December 12th

3:00-7:00 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.
5:45-6:45 pm Hayrides around town
5:45-7pm Photos with Santa by Mary Ellen Martel at Harbor House. Refreshments and cookies will be offered by the Southwest Harbor Congregational Church.
7:00 pm Acadia Community Theater production of "A Downeast Christmas Carol" at the Pemetic School.* 
Saturday December 13th
9am-2pm Craft Fair. Local crafters will be selling beautiful gifts for the Holiday season in the Old Yellow Schoolhouse.
3:00 pmAcadia Community Theater production of "A Downeast Christmas Carol" at the Pemetic School.*
4:30pm Contra Dance after the show at Pemetic.
*From December 5-13th bring your ticket stub to Sips in Southwest Harbor and receive 1/2 off your second entrĂ©e 
Youth Sports
K-5th  Basketball INFORMATION

Sign up at Harbor House Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm or during  the first practice. FEE FOR SEASON: $40.00
Practice Schedule for December

12/6  9:00-9:45am
12/10- 3:30-4:30pm

3-5 grade  
12/1- 5:30-6:30pm
12/4- 5:30-6:30pm
12/8- 6-7pm
12/15- 5-6pm
12/18- 5:30-6:30pm
1-2 grade 
12/2- 5:30-6:30pm
12/8- 5-6pm 

Saturday games start December 13th
Game schedule & locations will be handed out
at the first practice.

We will start our NEW Pre-K program for kids ages 4-5 (not yet in Kindergarten) on Saturday December 20th from 8-8:45am.           Look for more information coming soon about this fun program!

For a registration form click here
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. Let Harbor 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.
Keep yourself stress free during the holiday season with one of our great Yoga classes. We have lots to choose from with great offerings from MaryKate Murray, Phoebe Barnes, Machelle Lahaye and Meghan Witham. 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.

Friday, November 7, 2014

2014 Christmas Bird Count, from Michael Good at Downeast Nature Tours

Hello everyone,
November is here already and time to start thinking about this years Christmas Bird Count.  I am being pro-active again this year because I will be leading another Cuban Bird Survey   from December 1-14.  You will not hear from me until I get back on Sunday December 14 so it would be good for me to have an understanding about who will be here and the area you’ll cover.  
This years CBC is on Saturday December 20.   I would like to ask everyone to join in our efforts again this year. Those of you who have participated for many years know your locations and I trust that everyone will be participating again. 
For those of you that have not been involved, the MDI CBC  could really use your help. If you could contact me I will assign  you a location to bird. As of today,  I do not know who would like to cover Sand beach to Otter Cove and Blackwoods.  Bass Harbor folks should contact me as well. 
I am also hoping that the Seal Cove group has enough people and if not,  I will find someone to help. Perhaps Rich McDonald can help you with this substantial section of MDI.
I am reaching out to everyone so that we can maximize the talent we have.   It would be helpful if you contacted me, especially if you will not be participating.  
Thank you very much and I can’t wait for this years CBC.
Michael Good
Compiler MDI
479-4256 or 288-0172

Harbor House Happenings for November 2014

Harbor House Happenings 
November 2014
We have a few "No school"
 days coming up.
 Veterans day Nov. 11th, and    Nov. 24th-26th
Cost is $25-$35 a day depending on if your child is enrolled in the program

If you need care for your child call to see if there is space. We will be playing games, doing art projects, and taking field trips 

For more information on the After School Program call us at

Children's Center  
We currently have spaces available in each of our classrooms. Whether you are looking for loving and enriching care for a toddler, preschooler or pre-kindergartner, stop by, call or email to learn more about our program. We are open from6:30am to 5:30pm 51 weeks of the year, including school vacations, many holidays and even snow days. Let us show you why Harbor House Children's Center has been the childcare choice of families on the west side of MDI for nearly 30 years

To learn more or for a registration packet contact
 Mary Ellen ~ 244-9824

 Mount Desert Island 
Community Campfire Coalition was started in 2008 by three island non-profits, Maine Sea Coast Mission, Harbor House and the Neighborhood House. 

The coalition's mission is to provide heating assistance to families in need on Mount Desert, Swan's and Cranberry Islands. 

Applications are available in town offices, libraries and at the Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor, Harbor House in Southwest Harbor and the Maine Sea Coast
Mission in Bar Harbor.

The new Health and Fitness session began this Monday, November 3rd and runs throughDecember 28th
We have some exciting new classes for the late fall session.  
Zumba Tuesdays at 5:30 pm, LIFT(Low.Impact.Functional.Training) with Kristy Mondays and Wednesdays at 8:30 am, and Chi Gong Mondays and Thursdays at 11:00am. Jackie's Spin Fusion is starting back up Tuesdays and Thursday at 9:00am. We have something for everyone!  Please check out our website,, for the full schedule.

Freeport Shopping Trip for Active Older Adults on Monday
November 24th .We will be leaving from the Main Street building at7:30am and returning at approximately 5:30pm. Cost is $15 per person to cover the cost of gas.
Call Lisa at 244-9555 to reserve your spot. Come join the fun! 

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Apparently it is not too early to think about snow days here at the Underground. There is a simple rule of thumb to help you know whether or not we will be open: if school is cancelled then the Underground will be closed as well. However, if school is let out early because of a weather event we will open up early to help give parents a little extra time to arrange pick-ups and home care for their children. In this situation we will try to close as soon as we can so that everyone, including Harbor House staff, can get home safely before the weather gets any worse.

There are a few days coming up which we know for sure the Underground will be open. We will be open from 8:30 to 5:30, on Veteran's Day November 11th. We will also be open all day onNovember 24 & 25th.  There is no charge for these days or advance registration required. Children are free to come for the whole day or any part of it - we will be here with activities to keep them busy and engaged!

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Soccer season ended just before the snows came, and thanks to a great crew of coaches and helpful parents the players showed tremendous growth in their individual skills and team play. Several changes in the way the season was organized received a lot of positive feedback and we are working to carry these changes over into the basketball season as well. Organizing players into consistent teams, having a set schedule of other teams to play, and finding volunteers to officiate games are all steps we plan to add to this year's program.
Although the final details of the basketball season are being worked out as everyone's winter gym schedules take shape, there are some things we know already. Practices for all age levels will begin the first week of December, andSaturday games will begin on December 13th. There will be a seven game schedule of games which runs until February 7th. As soon as we can finalize the practice schedule we will send out more detailed information, but it is not too early to sign up for anyone who already knows their child plans to participate. Early sign ups help us plan ahead and are much appreciated. You can pick up a registration form at Harbor House or download one here.

One change to the basketball program this year will be the absence of a pre-K option. Our youngest players must be kindergarteners. We are in the planning stages of developing a separate, age-appropriate option for pre-K children and apologize for any disappointments caused by this change.