The fun starts at 4pm with a bonfire and s'mores on Main St., along with extended holiday shopping at many Main. St. businesses. At 5pm, Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive to visit with kids, and we'll be offering up train rides on the "Polar Express" as well! The evening will wrap up with a performanc by Acadia Community Theater at NHH, as well as the First Friday Coffee House at the NEH Library.
Neighborhood House and the NE Harbor Library are proud to once again bring "The Grinch" back to town, for this FREE one-time performance. The show is open to all ages, and starts at 3:30pm. Parents of MDES students who would like their child to attend should send a note to their teacher, and NHH staff will walk all the kids down to the show (at NHH) after school.
We'll be holding our first ever road race on Sat., Dec. 14, along with a kid's fun run, all to raise critical funds for the MDI Campfire Coaltion heating assistance fund. Race day registration starts at 9am, with the kids run at 9:30, and 5k run/walk at 10am. Registration is just $10, and you can sign up the day of the race, or register in advance online or print out a form.
The Mt. Desert Chamber of Commerce invites all children to join them on Sat., Dec. 14 between 9:00 and 11:00am at Neighborhood House to do a little holdiay "shopping" for mom or dad. Local businesses have donated a plethora of items, and in exchange for a small donation of a non-perishable food item, volunteers will be on hand to help the kids shop and even give them a hand with wrapping.
We would like to thank our friends at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, as well as the dozens of local businesses and artisans who helped make this year's NHH Summer Gala & Auction an overwhelming success. A big thank you is also in order for our many fantastic volunteers who helped make the evening possible.
The event, held on July 11, featured a plethora of unique silent auctin items, a "paddle raise," as well as three items that were sold via "live auction" under the humorous guidance of guest auctioneer, Jerry Miller. Best of all, we were able to celebrate all of the hard work that went into the event as well as the fact that every dollar raised goes directly the fund the many year 'round programs and events offered by NHH with food, fun, and dancing to the sounds of "Swinging' Overtime." To top it all off, several gala patrons, volunteers, and NHH staff and board members gathered at Watermark afterwards to toast to an important and successful event.
A big thank you is in order to The First and First Advisiors for once again generously sponsoring our community's Memorial Day cookout. Special thanks also to our Board of Directors, Committee members, and numerous volunteers for helping make the event another success. CLICK HERE to view a photo gallery of the Parade, Cookout, and Observances.
Our Spring Newsletter is off to the printers and will be hitting your mailbox soon! For those of you not fortunate enough to call MDI home all year long and participate in NHH events and programs throughout the year, it's a great way to see all tha happened over the past several months. CLICK HERE to see a preview version of the newsletter.
We're also excited to announce that in addition to being printed on recycled paper, for the first time ever, our newsltter will be printed with vegetable based inks rather than those which contain chemicals.
The Neighborhood House has teamed up with the MDI YMCA, Harbor House, Acadian Youth Sports, and the MDI High School Basketball program to offer the "Future Trojans" Basketball Camp for players entering grades 3-9. This week long camp is scheduled for July 22 thru July 26, and will be held at the MDI YMCA. The camp will replace the very popular "KC Jones" Camp, which has been offered the last several summers at the YMCA. Cost of the program is $100 for players entering grades 3-6, and $125 for players entering grades 7-9.
Registration forms are available by clicking here, and players should return their forms to either The Neighborhood House, Harbor House, or MDI YMCA, depending on which town they reside in (either year-round or seasonally).
Monday, July 22 - Friday, July 26
Entering Grades 3-6: 9am-11am
Entering Grades 7-9: 12pm-3pm
All sessions will be held at the MDI YMCA in Bar Harbor. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Girls, get your dancing shoes out and join us on Friday, February 8th for our 11th annual “Father-Daughter Valentine Dance.” The Great Hall will be decked out for the occasion, with music provided by Nessa & Peter Reifsnyder. In addition to dancing, they’ll be plenty of kid and dad-friendly hors d’oeuvres, sweets, and of course, fun! After an evening of fun and excitement, each guest will be given balloons and a goodie bag to mark the occasion!
Limited tickets still remain, and may be RSVP’s by calling us at 276-5039, or emailing us. The cost is $20 per “couple” ($10 for ea. additional child), and once on our guest list you can pay at the door. If Dad can’t make it, please feel free to bring a grandfather, uncle, etc… or even just tag along with a friend.
Purchase a 2 month membership for The Neighborhood House Fitness Room ($60) prior to Dec. 31, and you'll receive an additional month at no charge! This special offer is perfect for those looking to remain active over the holidays, or finally fulfilling those New Year's resolutions.
Gift Certificates are also available, and the offer can be used for either new memberships, or to extend current memberships. The Fitness Room is open 7 days a week, from 5:00am to 10:00pm, and a free orientation session is available for all new members upon request.
The 2012/2013 Youth Basketball Schedule is now available. Games are on Saturday mornings, and practices are on Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 at MDES in the month of December, and in January practice days will switch to Tuesdays.
The Neighborhood House would like to welcome Indoor Cycling instructor, Kelly Dean, who will be offering several new classes throughout the week.
Fall is here, and as the air grows crisp and the days get a little shorter, it's the perfect time to stay active with the NHH Community Fitness Room. If you've been outside all summer enjoying the trails, it can be a difficult transition to head back indoors for the winter, so we've decided to help with a little added motivation with a special offer...
You'll get two monts for just $45, and access to the Fitness Room seven days a week, from 5am to 10pm!
*Offer expires Friday, October 5, and may be used for new memberships or renewals of lapsed memberships. Current members may use the offer to extend their existing memberships by two months.
After proving to be a tremendously popular addition to last year's slate of activities, the NHH Community Cafe will be returning for another season beginning on Thursday, October 18! Be sure to mark your calendar for the 1st & 3rd THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH, as the Cafe will continue to run throughout the fall, winter and spring!
Originally conceived as a simple way to give folks a "gathering spot" for lunch a couple of times a month, the Community Cafe has already evolved into an anticipated event, sometimes seeing over 60 people meet for lunch-- pretty amazing for the middle of winter in Northeast Harbor! The Cafe attracts a diverse crowd, ranging from our neighbors who work along Main Street and around town during the day, to folks who come up from the Harbor for lunch, stay-at-home parents, and seniors.
Thanks to a fantastic group of volunteers hard at work in our kitchen, each Cafe includes a choice of two "lunch specials," as well as dessert. Those who already packed a lunch but are just looking for a spot to socialize are welcome to join in on the fun as well. The suggested donation is just $5, and we encourage all seniors to enjoy their meal "on the house." If you're looking for an excuse to get out of the office or off the sofa during lunchtime, the Community Cafe is the perfect opportunity!
School is back in session, and that means soccer season is here! Once again, we have a terrific group of dedicated volunteers who will be teaching young players the basic fundementals and rules of the game, as well as teamwork and sportsmanship, all while providing them with a great opportunity to get some fresh air and exercise in a fun and social environment. Practices are held during the week right after school (3:15ish), and games, which will start later this month, will be held on Saturday mornings at various locations around MDI (schedule TBA). For players in Kindergarten, we will also be offering a special Monday afternoon practice session to introduce them to this exciting sport.
Soccer Practice Schedule (starts Monday, September 10)
Mondays 3:15-4:15pm - All players in Kindergarten
Tuesdays/Thursdays 3:15-4:30pm - All players in grades 1-5
The soccer season is also a great opportunity for parents or teens to get involved and volunteer to help run and supervise practices and games, or simply provide an extra set of eyes and and some encouragement to the kids. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us.
The popular After School Youth Club program is back for another season, starting on Tuesday, September 4. The program runs every Monday-Thursday, from after school until 5pm. Participants must fill out a registration form, but do not need to pre-register for specific days, as it is a "drop-in" based program. Youth Club is open to school age children in grades K and above.
Each day, your child will be provided with a snack, and also the chance to participate in a planned activity, including active group games and craft projects. Children also have the option to utilize their time working on homework, or simply socializing with friends in a supervised environment.
Cost of the program is $200 for Sept. 4 - Dec. 31, and $200 for Jan. 1 through the last day of school, and $100 for each additional sibling. There is also a $10 daily drop-in rate for children who attend infrequently.
CLICK HERE for a registration form.
Join us on Monday, May 28, as we observe Memorial Day and kickoff the unofficial start of the summer season with our Fourth Annual Community Cookout, on the Town Green in Northeast Harbor. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, The First, and First Advisors, we’ll once again be serving up your choice of classic Maine red hotdogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and even veggie burgers (not to mention chips, soda, and dessert!).
Now in its fourth year, this popular annual celebration attracts several hundred folks from around MDI, and is a hit amongst year ‘rounders, summer residents, and visitors alike. With the redevelopment of the Marina, this year will also serve as a great chance to get a look at the changes as the project nears completion.
The Memorial Day festivities get underway at 10:30 am, with a parade down Main Street, which will wind its way down to the Harbor. In addition to talented musicians from Mt. Desert Elementary School, the parade will also feature fire trucks, police cars, the MDI High School Marching Band, members of American Legion Post 103, and of course… staff and volunteers from NHH handing out balloons, flags, t-shirts, and candy!
At approximately 11am, after the parade, American Legion Lurvey Wright Post 103 will hold a Memorial Day observance ceremony on the Green, which will be followed by the cookout, sponsored by The First and First Advisors (approximately 11:30am).
We hope to see you there!
The Neighborhood House is pleased to announce that instructor, Sarah Powell, will be offering Thursday mornign Indoor Cycling classes from 7-8am beginning on Thursday, May 31. Beginners and drop-ins are always welcome to join in and take part in this fun, energizing, group excercise class.
With spring finally here, and folks already gearing up for Summer, The Neighborhood House will be taking a brief hiatus from the popular Community Café program. After a successful first season, which sometimes saw as many as 60 guests stop by for lunch, the Community Café is already on the calendar for next fall (late October). Additionally, be on the lookout for some upcoming information about a couple of special “Community Café” type of events tentatively scheduled to occur in July and August.
In the mean time, NHH would like to thank all of the fantastic people who joined in on the Café, and especially those who volunteered their time and skills to make it all possible.
The "Relay for Life" team from Bar Harbor Bank & Trust will be holding their 5th Annual "Spudtacular" Dinner here at The Neighborhood House on Thursday, March 29 starting at 5:30pm. There is a $9 suggested donation, and all proceeds from the evening will go to benefit the American Cancer Society.
The meal includes a jumbo potato cooked to perfection and garnished with a smorgasbord of toppings, as well as coffee, soda, iced tea, and dessert! The festivities will also include a silent auction featuring some fantastic items from numerous local merchants as well (including two 6-month memberships to the NHH Fitness Room!). Bring your appetite, and help support a great cause!
Spring is here, and that means it's time for Little League baseball and softball. The Acadian Little League is now accepting registrations for players ages 7-16, in both baseball and softball. Registration forms are available at The Neighborhood House, or you can print a copy here. Online registration is also available through the Acadia Youth Sports website.
The Neighborhood House will be going “international” with the menu at our upcoming “Community Café” on Thursday, March 15…
First, for all the lads and lasses looking to get a wee bit o’ a jump on their St. Patrick’s Day festivities, Tasha Higgins of “Mother’s Kitchen” will be preparing some of the best Corned Beef & Cabbage east of Galway. There might not be any Guinness, but this rib-sticking meal will still leave you saying, “Slainte!”
Meanwhile, volunteer Sally Black will be whipping up some homemade “African Peanut Stew.” This vegetarian dish is sure to warm you up as we enter the homestretch towards spring.
As always, EVERYONE is invited to join us at the Community Café, so grab your friends and co-workers, and join us for a little lunchtime fun! Doors open at 11:30am, and we’ll be serving up lunch until 1:00. Donations are appreciated, but not required, and we invite all Seniors to enjoy their meal “on the house.” If you’re in a rush, we have take-out containers as well, and will even be serving up dessert courtesy of our multi-talented Office Manager, Jean Fosillo.
Hope to see you on Thursday!
On Thursday, March 1, despite the snow and wind, approximately fifty folks from around the community turned out to enjoy lunch together at NHH. Due to the inclement weather, the NHH staff originally planned for around twenty or so guests (roughly half the number that show up to a typical “café”).
With seating for just over twenty set up in the new Aunt Hibou Room (adjacent to the kitchen), the idea was to provide a cozy setting for the few hearty souls who braved the elements to enjoy lunch. Shortly after 11:30, the room began to fill, and guests made their way into the kitchen where a “baked potato bar” was set up on the spacious island. Shortly after that, however, as guests continued to arrive, it was obvious that more seats would be needed for the unexpectedly large crowd.
After additional seating was added in the Great Hall (and more potatoes rapidly added to the oven), folks continued to arrive. When all was said and done, roughly fifty people gathered for lunch at NHH on an otherwise raw day in which Mother Nature reminded us that winter isn’t quite over just yet. With such a large turnout and show of support for the program, we were also reminded of what a fantastic community we get to be a part of! CLICK HERE to see the photo gallery.
Look for our next Community Café event on Thursday, March 15. As always, EVERYONE is welcome to attend (the more, the merrier). Donations are appreciated but not required, and we invite seniors to enjoy their meal “on the house.”
On Saturday, March 10, The Village Center for Childcare will be filling the air at Neighborhood House with the delicious smells of homemade chowders, soups, breads and desserts! This fundraiser for The Village will also include live Celtic music from Chuck Donnelly and Emma Walsh. The fun gets underway at 11am and lasts until 2pm, and admission is just $3 for kids and $7 for adults, and the event also includes a raffle with several fantastic prizes.
On Friday, March 2, the Mt. Desert Elementary School’s 8th grade class will be holding an “Everything Pasta” dinner and auction at The Neighborhood House. Viewing of the auction items begins at 5pm, with dinner at 5:30. The auction will begin following dinner at 6:15. Admission is $5 for children, $7 for adults, and a maximum of $20 per family. All proceeds from the event will help fund the 8th grade class trip this spring. Hope to see you there!
Over the past few years, NHH has greatly expanded the reach and speed with which we can communicate and let folks now about all the exciting happenings here on the end of Main Street. Primarily, the use of our e-newsletters along with our Facebook page made this a simple process. As we have continued to grow both as an organization, and within our “online presence,” however, our website began to lag behind thanks to our focus being placed on these other areas.
In short, despite a fantastic volunteer who would make any additions to the site with just an email, with our focus other places and with so many of you already connected with us via Facebook, e-newsletters, etc., the website started to become a bit of an afterthought.
Recently, however, we decided it might be beneficial for us to make website updates something we did “in house.” Somehow, that spiraled into us actually doing a full website redesign “in house” as well. This has been a bit of a chore (especially considering we literally had no knowledge of how to go about doing this), but after many hours spent watching online tutorial videos, pondering why our Dreamweaver design program doesn’t come with an actual instruction manual, and plenty of mistakes… we finally have something that’s starting to resemble a website.
Although there is still plenty of content (text, pictures, etc.) that needs to be added, the basic structure and layout of the site is up and running. If making mistakes is the best way to learn, then we have definitely learned a lot in this process. The good news, however, is that we now feel capable and confident in our own abilities to keep the site up-to-date and full of the information that you’re looking for, as well as add new features whenever needed (our new online calendar, for example). We’re also looking forward to incorporating a more seamless flow between our e-newsletters, our social networking pages, and the website as well.
If your club, group, or organization is holding an event or activity at NHH, please email us and we’d be more than happy to add it to not only our Facebook page and e-news, but our website as well.
There is always a lot going on at The Neighborhood House, and we're always looking to add more!
If you have an idea for a program or activity, please stop by, give us a call, or drop us an email
The Neighborhood House depends on private financial support so that it may continue to provide a wide array of programs and events to the entire community throughout the year. Any gift, no matter the size, is greatly appreciated and will aid us in achieving that goal. Equally important are the volunteers, without whom non of this would be possible.