Friday, November 7, 2014

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.