Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Ethiopian Coffee Ceremonywith stories & history of this special ceremony
The Museum of African Culture
13 Brown Street, Portland, ME 04101Opening Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10:30 - 4:00. Saturday 12:00 to 4:00
Phone: (207) 871-7188Info: email@example.comWebsite: www.museumafricanculture.org
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 1 to 1½ hours
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 tablespoon cocoa
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
3 cups sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cocoa, and set aside. In a separate bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together butter, shortening, and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to butter mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Add vanilla and mix well. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 1 to 1½ hours, or until cake is done. Remove from oven and allow cake to cool in pan for 10 minutes. Invert onto cake plate and serve.
Topping: Those of you who are chocoholics will enjoy this cake topped with your favorite chocolate frosting.
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Servings: 4 Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 25 minutes Cool Time: 15 minutes
1/2 cup butter, cut into pieces, plus extra for pan
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
5 ounces semisweet chocolate
2 large eggs, separated
2 large egg yolks
1 pint coffee ice cream (or your favorite flavor)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter 4 cups of a jumbo muffin tin, leaving the 2 center ones empty. Coat lightly with extra 2 tablespoons sugar, and set aside.
Place chocolate and butter in a double boiler over simmering water. Stir occasionally, until melted, and set aside.
Combine 4 egg yolks with 2 tablespoons sugar and whisk until mixture is pale yellow and thick. Stir in melted butter and chocolate. Whisk egg whites until soft peaks form, add remaining sugar, and continue to whisk until stiff and shiny but not dry. Fold into chocolate mixture.
Pour into prepared pan and bake until slightly springy to the touch, about 25 minutes. Allow to cool in pan for about 15 minutes. Carefully slide a knife around the edges and remove from the pan. Serve with a scoop of ice cream.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Fortunately, you don’t have to cancel your plans to host a party this holiday. Instead, you can cut the cost of throwing a fete—trimming a few dollars here and a few dollars there—without hampering your guests’ abilities to have a good time. Whether you’re hosting your extended family for dinner or inviting your closest work colleagues over for a New Year’s Day brunch, we’ve gathered the tips to help you entertain well on a budget this year....Click here to view all the tips!
Sunday, December 20, 2009
--Leave lights on in several rooms until bedtime to indicate a presence in the house; put lights on a timer to come on at dusk, before you get home.
--If you have Christmas tree up, do not leave presents under the tree where they might be seen from a door or window.
--Do not leave purses, computers, etc. where they may be seen from a door or window.
--Do not live valuables in your car.
--If you have a house alarm, use it.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Here’s what they told her:
Credit score deductions:
Effect on a 680 score
Maxed out card: -10 to -30
30-day late payment -60 to -80
Debt Settlement -45 to -65
Foreclosure -85 to -105
Bankruptcy -130 to -150
Effect on a 780 score
Maxed out card: -25 to -45
30-day late payment -90 to -110
Debt Settlement -105 to -125
Foreclosure -140 to -160
Bankruptcy -220 to -240
You can see that bad behavior really kills a good credit score. Since credit scores reflect you as a credit risk, all of these behaviors for a good scorer could be signs of trouble to FICO.
Also, each individual’s credit profile will be affected differently depending on how many credit cards, loans, etc., they have.
By Ellen Cannon-Bankrate.com
Thursday, December 17, 2009
$3,000 toward your first home!
Add the Gift of Green financial incentives of $3,000 to the federal First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit worth up to $8,000.
This, in turn, lets you invest in home energy-efficiency improvements that may qualify for additional federal tax credits worth up to $1,500.
The combination of financial incentives through the Gift of Green and federal tax credits could add up to $12,500 and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
For more information click here:
or let us know how we can help you find a home! The interest rates are at an all time LOW; choose your home for the new year.
The Hatcher Group: 207-775-2121
search for homes: www.JohnHatcher.us
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
In addition to the healthful benefits, this menu features some key ingredients—spinach, apples, red wine, olive oil—that offer the added advantage of being high in cancer-fighting and anti-aging antioxidants. Both healthy and hearty, this menu perfectly fits the winter season.
Click here for these great recipies:
Appetizer: Roasted Eggplant and Tomato Crostini
Vegetable: Sauteed Spinach and Wild Mushrooms
Entree: Chichen Braised in Red Wine Sauce
Starch: Oven Roased Rosemary New Potatoes
Dessert: Apple Crisp
"We are writing this to ask you for a little help during this already busy holiday season. The Portland Fire Department has the opportunity to apply for a grant that is FREE MONEY from the federal government that would bring back firefighters whose positions have been cut.
We need these men and women to protect the citizens of Portland! We have had our lawyers read the grant details and they say it's a good deal for everyone! It puts "boots on the streets". The Portland Fire Chief does not have plans at this time to apply for this money! This is wrong. Please help!!! Please call or e-mail Portland City Counselors and ask them to support us. You can find their numbers and e-mails at this link: http://www.ci.portland.me.us/council.htm "
Would you like to see taxes go up or grant money used? Think about it. Thank you so much and have a safe and happy holiday season!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Here are the top 10 things the IRS wants you to know about the expanded credit and the qualifications you must meet in order to qualify for it.
1. You must buy, or enter into a binding contract to buy a principal residence, on or before April 30, 2010.
2. If you enter into a binding contract by April 30, 2010 you must close on the home on or before June 30, 2010.
3. For qualifying purchases in 2010, you will have the option of claiming the credit on either your 2009 or 2010 return.
4. A long time resident of the same home can now qualify for a reduced credit. You can qualify for the credit if you've lived in the same principal residence for any five consecutive year period during the eight year period that ended on the date the new home is purchased and the settlement date is after November 6, 2009.
5. The maximum credit for long time residents is $6,500. However, married individuals filing separately are limited to $3,250.
6. People with higher incomes can now qualify for the credit. The new law raises the income limits for homes purchased after November 6, 2009. The full credit is available to taxpayers with modified adjusted gross incomes up to $125,000, or $225,000 for joint filers.
7. The IRS will issue a December 2009 revision of Form 5405 to claim this credit. The December 2009 form must be used for homes purchased after November 6, 2009, whether the credit is claimed for 2008 or for 2009, and for all home purchases that are claimed on 2009 returns.
8. No credit is available if the purchase price of the home exceeds $800,000.
9. The purchaser must be at least 18 years old on the date of purchase. For a married couple, only one spouse must meet this age requirement.
10. A dependent is not eligible to claim the credit.
For more information about the expanded First-Time Homebuyer Credit, visit http://IRS.gov/recovery.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
· Children and young adults, ages 6 months through 24 years,
· Pregnant and postpartum* women (*recently given birth),
· Household contacts and caregivers for children under 6 months of age,
· Adults ages 25 through 64 years old who have chronic health conditions that put them at risk, and
· Health care personnel who are in frequent contact with high risk patients and infectious materials.
Boosters will be made available for children six months through nine years who show record of a first shot at least one month earlier.
For more information specific to the Friday clinic, call (207) 482-5000. For information about H1N1 flu, the H1N1 flu vaccine and flu clinics statewide, visit: www.maineflu.gov, or dial 211.
Where: Portland Community Health Center
180 Park Avenue (first floor), Portland
When: Friday, December 11, 2009
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM and 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Portland to Offer Two Seasonal Flu Clinics Starting Next Week
Next week, the City of Portland, HHSD's Public Health Division will offer the first of two seasonal flu clinics open to the public. Vaccine will be available for $10.00, or at no cost for individuals with a Medicare Part B card.00 . Pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine will also be available for $45.00. The clinics are open to adults, eighteen and older.
Where & When:
Harbor Terrace, 284 Danforth Street, Portland, Maine
Monday, December 14th, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
St. Pius X Parish Hall, 492 Ocean Avenue, Portland, Maine
Tuesday, December 22nd, 9:00AM - Noon and 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
For more information about upcoming clinics, please call the City of Portland Flu Hotline at (207) 874-8946, visit www.maineflu.gov, or dial 211. For more information about Seasonal flu and the Seasonal Flu Vaccine, visit http://publichealth.portlandmaine.gov.
As many as 36,000 adults in the U.S. die from seasonal influenza and its complications every year. Vaccination against both flu and bacterial pneumonia (pneumococcal vaccine) are essential to protect the health of seniors and others with chronic health conditions. Vaccinations reduce health care costs by limiting expensive therapies and unnecessary hospitalizations and decrease the spread of disease in the home, workplace, and community.
Groups at especially high risk of seasonal influenza and its complications include:
§ People People over age 50;
§ People with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease, or immune system problems;
§ Pregnant women;
§ People in long- term care or institutional settings;
§ Health care workers;
§ Caregivers and household contacts of those at high risk; and
§ Young children aged 6 months and up.
It should be noted that this year's vaccination for the seasonal flu is recommended for everyone. Parents and caregivers of young children are advised to get flu vaccine from their regular doctor in the community.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
"Business After Hours" networking event on:
Tuesday, December 155:30pm-7:30pmHarmon's & Barton's
584 Congress Street (map) · (207)774-5946
Bring colleagues & friends and join us this month in networking & talking shopwith other local like-minded, GLBT & gay-friendly business professionals.Beer, wine & lite fare will be provided · Photography by Gay Life Photography
Daniel Kaleo of Kau Kau Katering brings his unique Hawaiian heritage & culinary experience to people on the mainland of the United States. Cooking Hawaiian food is unique, distinct & continues to grow in popularity worldwide. Taste & feel Hawaii in every bite - with an amazing mix of delicious flavors that only Hawaii can offer!
Members of the Maine Gay Men's Chorus will sing! MGMC's mission includes being dedicated to excellence in the choral arts, delivering the message of social acceptance & diversity, and being committed to providing a positive, productive, educational, social & entertaining experience for its members, friends & audience.
By Brenda Schertz, Lecturer, University of Southern Maine
Friday, December 11, 2009, 2:00 p.m.Tickets $11/Adult and $3/Child
During the holidays, Victoria Mansion is transformed into a spectacular holiday wonderland by local designers and florists, including Sawyer & Company and Harmon's & Barton's. This year's holiday theme is "Let the Christmas Bells Ring: Celebrating 25 Years of Christmas at Victoria Mansion!". Please join us in our celebration.
Space on this tour is limited, and reservations are required. Please email Tracy Quimby at email@example.com with ASL Tour as the subject or call 207.772.4841 ext. 15. Participants will meet in the Carriage House prior to the tour's start.
Monday, December 7, 2009
In short, these forgettable gifts are the very sort you want to avoid if you’re hoping to create a memorable holiday this year. Fortunately, there exists a solution: Stop gifting trite trinkets and toys and instead give an experience or activity to the special names on your list.
Giving an experience breaks away from the commercialism of the season and makes for an entirely customizable gift suited to individual personalities...To read the entire article, click on the link below:
Saturday, December 5, 2009
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Friday, December 4, 2009
Rainbow Business & Professional Association
“A Winter Wonderland”
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Holiday Inn by the Bay
88 Spring St., Portland
Buffet Dinner & Cash Bar
5:30–7:00 pm: Silent Auction/Cash Bar/Appetizers
7:00–8:30 pm: Buffet Dinner/Raffles/Live Auction
Advanced Reservations: $30.00 per person or $220 for a table of 8
At the door: $40.00 per person
Reserve Now: 207.775.0077 or firstname.lastname@example.org
RSVP by December 4, 2009
MasterCard and Visa Accepted.
RBPA is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization
Membership dues are tax deductible
as a business expense.
Free Parking beside the hotel at the
Holiday Inn By the Bay parking lot.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Maine has won a $1.1 million federal grant to provide consumers with rebates for buying energy efficient appliances. Maine First District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, who announced the program today, says it allows Mainers to get rebates of up to $75 for energy efficient air conditioners, dehumidifiers, clothes washers and refrigerators.Pingree says the program saves families money and will help stimulate the economy by boosting appliance sales. Pingree says the federal grant will allow the program to continue into next year.
Unlike the "cash for clunkers" car program, consumers don't need to trade old appliances to be eligible for rebates, Pingree says. She says consumers can get mail-in rebate forms from retailers and send them in with a receipt.
with Musical Instruments of Sub-Saharan Africa
Friday, December 11 - 6:30 pm - African Film Night
Friday, December 18 Friends of Africa: TBA
On New Year's Eve! Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony with stories & history of this special ceremony
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
And dare I say, “Happy Holidays to All”, as well! I didn’t think I would be listening to Christmas tunes quite so early, but, it is after all, December 1st and we have less than 4 weeks before Christmas, so, I’ve succumbed to the Spirit and say, ‘ Bring it on! The shopping, the lights, the parties, the music, the insanity, the fun – it’s all good – take the time to enjoy!’
We love so many of our artists who join us at The Gallery, but Blue is like family to us, and, like family, we are so proud to share her talent with all of you! So many of you know Blue already for all the wonderful things she and her husband and boys bring to our community, and the fact that her art reflects the community she is dedicated to, makes our Friday night social a true reason to celebrate! There are so many things to do and see and be a part of this time of year. This weekend alone – the MECA show, the SEA show, the East End Walk, Holiday Tours at the Victoria Mansion, and the list goes on. How do you choose? I say, “Choose to do it – all!” The Season is fleeting and there are so many good and gracious and talented people who create among us – this is the time of year for us to recognize and celebrate the gift they bring to our community!
We so look forward to seeing all of you this Friday night and, hopefully, many times over throughout the Holidays! On behalf of everyone at The Hatcher Group, we wish you Holidays sparkling with joy and wonder and heart and that you be surrounded by all that makes you happiest and bright!
Holiday Gala, Thursday December 3, 6-8 p.m.
Join us for a festive evening to benefit Victoria Mansion.
Tour the dazzlingly decorated Mansion, hear the Choral Arts Society singers, meet the talented Christmas designers, enjoy fabulous food and festive drinks.
Special performance by the Pine Tree Academy Bell Ringers
Tickets are $50 each, for reservations please call 207.772.4841
Member's Shopping Day
Enjoy a very special 20% discount off all merchandise in Victoria Mansion's Carriage House gift shop on Monday, December 7, 2009 from 11-5.
The shop is full of beautiful gifts, decorations, ornaments, jewelry, toys, and books! For house warming presents, Christmas gifts, or any occasion, the Carriage House gift shop has something for everyone on your list.
Christmas at the Victoria Mansion
Open daily, 11-5 through January 3, 2010
Closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Please make a visit today and bring a friend!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
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December 2nd/ 7-9am / Holiday Inn By the Bay
Eggs & Issues- comedian Juston McKinney
Back by Popular Demand! Juston McKinney: From Maine to Comedy Stardom
Maine native Juston McKinney has been headlining across the country and has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Comedy Central, including his own half hour Comedy Central “Presents” show. He has appeared on TBS and has his own weekly show on Sirius Radio called Juston McKinney - Live from the Woods. The New York Times says he’s "Destined for stardom” The New York Daily News calls him "Hysterical.” Details (pdf) or Please call the chamber at 772-2811 to register.
December 4th / HolidayFest 2009.
Join us at Mill Creek Park in South Portland with co-sponsors City of South Portland, the South Portland/Cape Elizabeth Rotary and the Waterfront Market Association. Jennifer Rooks will be the Master of Ceremonies. There will be horse drawn carriage rides, food to warm you, photos with Santa, Christmas carols and the tree lighting at 6 pm!
No registration is necessary. View Details (pdf)
December 6th / Tree Lighting in Westbrook
The Westbrook Community Chamber will be having its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Sunday, December 6, from 5-6pm at Riverbank Park. Join your friends and neighbors for caroling, hot chocolate, Santa and the tree lighting at 5:30! No registration is necessary. View Details (pdf)
December 6th/ Sparkle on Ice at Family Ice Center, FalmouthBring the whole family to this free, festive event at the Family Ice Center, Lee Twombly Pond Skating Venue, 20 Hat Trick Drive, Falmouth. Join us for a day of outdoor and indoor family skating, a great figure skating show featuring the North Atlantic Figure Skating Club, pictures with Santa and hot beverages and food selections. For a full schedule, click here or View Details (pdf)
December 8th/ 5-7pm/ Holiday Inn By the Bay
You're invited... Legislative Reception
Please join the members of the Greater Portland legislative delegation to continue the Chamber’s tradition of relationship building, networking and thank them for their efforts in 2009 as well as to wish them well as they begin another challenging legislative session.
Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar available.
Please register by December 3rd. Register online or Details
December 9th/ 5-7pm/ Amato’s in Freeport.
The Falmouth/Cumberland Community Chamber December Business After 5 will be at Amato’s in Freeport. Come join us for great food, networking and holiday cheer! Space is limited so register early! Click here to register. View Details (pdf) NO WALK-INS for this event!
December 16th / 12-1:30pm/ Portland
The next Portland Community Chamber Lunch & Learn presents a panel of City officials, as well as experts in both affordable housing and commercial real estate. Topic:
Portland’s Housing Replacement Ordinance (HRO) is controversial. Last month, one property owner was ordered to pay $150,000 to an affordable housing fund if he removes three apartments. Days earlier another owner removing apartments was granted a fee exemption. Does the HRO do harm or good? How does it affect commercial development? Should market forces prevail? How much affordable housing do we need?
Pre-registration is required. No walk-ins. Click here to register.
December 17th/ 7:30-9am / Homewood Suites
The Scarborough Community Chamber’s December Membership Meeting is being hosted by Homewood Suites by Hilton. Deb Whitworth of Lebel & Harriman will be speaking on the following topic: Do you ever wonder if you’re making mistakes on behalf of your organization? Can you identify the biggest mistake organizations can make regardless of their size? Find out what your colleagues around southern Maine have identified as THE 10 BIGGEST MISTAKES ORGANIZATIONS CAN MAKE in this interactive workshop. See if you are making any of these mistakes and learn what you can begin doing today to stop making them.
To register, click here
December 17th/ 5-7pm / Business After Hours at the Wyndham Hotel
Join us at the Wyndham Portland Airport Hotel in South Portland (across from the Maine Mall) for networking, great food, cash bar, door prizes and the big 50/50! In keeping with the spirit of the season, please support PROPEL by bringing canned goods to be donated to the Good Shepherd Food Bank.
Register online or Details (pdf)