Category Archives: COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS


The following is a letter from Don Drake, Pastor of the Deering Center Community Church. Pastor Don is writing to inform community members of the current situation with the building and grounds.

Dear Deering Community,

I am writing to inform you folks of current events at the Deering Center Community Church. I apologize that it has taken this long to let the community know what is going on; we have been going through a flurry of events. Continue reading DEERING CENTER COMMUNITY CHURCH BUILDING CRISIS

Volunteers Needed for Friends of Evergreen’s 3rd Annual Memorial Day Procession

Friends of Evergreen’s annual tribute to the fallen of all U.S. wars and conflicts is scheduled for Monday, May 30, at 2:00 p.m.

Stevens Avenue will be closed to traffic from Deering High to Evergreen Cemetery’s gate near the chapel. The procession committee is seeking volunteers who will be posted at each street that will be closed. The duties are simple and the reward is a clear view of the procession as it passes. Volunteers move the sawhorse barricades into place about 20 minutes before the procession starts. If cars approach, a volunteer explains why entry to Stevens Avenue. is closed. Once the procession passes the location, the volunteers move the barricades to the side of the road. They are then free to follow the vintage fire truck at the end of the procession to Evergreen for the concluding brief ceremony. Volunteering at your street or a nearby street closing is a simple task and is a fun holiday activity for a family or a group of neighbors. Please consider volunteering and contact either Bobbi Cope or Mary Anne Wallace

WRAP UP 2015

By Squirrel Staff

If you have never attended one of the City Council’s annual district meetings, I highly recommend that you do so. Not only are these meetings highly informative, but they also provide an inside view of the democratic process in action. At these meetings, district councilors as well as councilors at large and city officials are available to answer questions and listen to the concerns of district residents. City government may not be the most glamorous institution, but it is where so many of the decisions that affect our lives directly and on a daily basis are made. It is well worthwhile to take the time to participate in this important process. The meetings happen in November and December of each calendar year. We will keep you informed of the dates, times, and locations of next year’s meetings. In the meantime, here is a brief wrap-up of the 2015 District 4 and 5 meetings with Councilors Justin Costa and David Brenerman. Continue reading WRAP UP 2015


Attention Squirrel Readers who can draw: We are looking for volunteer contributing illustrators for various projects in 2016. For the launch of our Squirreletiquette column in January, we will need an illustration that includes the title Squirreletiquette. This illlustration will be the permanent heading for the column and the artist will be credited online and in print. Please send ideas to


Celestial Sounds Concert | Saturday, November 14 at 8:00 p.m.

Laughter Playshop | Sunday, November 15 1:30-3:30 p.m.

IN2UIT productions presents two innovative concerts featuring Sound Pioneer and Sonic Healer Laraaji and his collaborative partner Arji OceAnanda, a noted sound healer, Shakti Reiki Master and Hellenic DreamWorks Guide.

Both concerts will be held at the Portland New Church, 302 Stevens Avenue.

Celestial Sounds concert $12 advance/$15 at the door.

Laughter Playshop $20 advance only

Information and tickets: or 207-239-6808