The Neighborhood House

News & Notes from The Neighborhood House




Tuesday, December 12

Four o'clock / FREE All Ages Show!

Join The Neighborhood House and the Northeast Harbor Library on Tuesday December 12, when we welcome the amazingly talented Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers to town for a performance of "The Grinch." This FREE all ages show is a unique take on the Dr. Seuss classic, and sure to have audience members of all ages laughing along.

The show starts at 4pm. Staff members from The Neighborhood House will be at Mt. Desert Elementary to lead any students who would like to attend from the school to The Neighborhood House (with caroling along the way). If you would like your child to take part, please email us and be sure to call the main office at MDES or send a note to your child's teacher. The show runs approximately one hour, and popcorn is included.










Come kick off the NEH Christmas Festival, Sat., Dec 2, with a little fresh air and a whole lot of fun! Pre-registration for all runners and walkers is just TEN BUCKS ($15 day of) and the first 50 to sign up will receive an amazingly stylish yet functional Frosty 5K knit hat! Strollers and four-legged friends welcome as well!






Campfire Coaltion Continues to Make a Difference

Click Here for Application Form

As the air turns colder and fall turns towards winter, the members of the MDI Community Campfire Coalition are once again gearing up for the heating season. The mission is simple; to provide heating assistance to families in need on Mount Desert Island, Swan’s Island and the Cranberry Isles. 

To qualify, an individual or family must complete an application and provide proof of income. All applications and correspondence are confidential. Completed applications can be faxed, mailed or dropped off at Harbor House or The Neighborhood House. The program is not intended for emergency fuel and applicants should allow up to a week for their request to be processed prior to receiving benefits.

Applications are available in town offices, libraries, at The Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor and Harbor House in Southwest Harbor. For more information about the Coalition or to get an application contact Harbor House at 244-3713 or The Neighborhood House at 276-5039. 

The Coalition is solely dependent upon donations. Every penny received purchases fuel oil or the equivalent in alternate heating sources. There are no administrative costs taken by either Harbor House or The Neighborhood House for their management of the program. If you would like to make a donation to the Campfire Coalition checks can be sent to: MDI Community Campfire Coalition c/o The Neighborhood House, PO Box 332, Northeast Harbor, ME 04662. All contributions are fully tax deductible.



Tickets $5 ea. or 3 for $10; Available Online or at NHH or Harbor House

The Island Quilters have generously provided this gorgeous handmade queen size quilt in support of the MDI Community Campfire Coalition. As with all contributions to the Coalition, 100% of the proceeds will go directly towards the purchase of heat for families in need, with nothing taken out to cover administrative costs.




Fitness Offerings Grow Stronger

We are happy to announce that our fitness offerings are growing. In addition to the Community Fitness Room, which is open seven days a week from 5am to 10pm with lots of membership options, class offerings have been growing as well…

“Beat the Bulge” Boot Camp with Radha Hilery
December 14-18, 8-9am | $40 for week, or $10/class | Acadia Boot Camp Website

January New Year Boot Camp with Radha Hilery
Tuesday thru Thursday, all month long, 8-9am | $100/mo or $10/class | Website

Morning Indoor Cycling
Monday & Thursday with Anna Carr, 7-8am | $10/class, beginners welcome

Afternoon Indoor Cycling
Tuesday & Thursday with Deb Miller, 4-5pm (starts Jan. 5) | $5/class, all levels welcome

Active Older Adults
FREE class with NHH Health & Fitness Director, Debra Neal
Wednesdays, 11am-12pm

Hatha Yoga with Mary Kate Murray
Mondays, 5-6:30pm | $20/class or $15/student rate, all levels welcome

Personal Training
Call for information.

… more coming soon! Stop by, give us a call, or email for rates and information.

Fitness Room Upgrades:
Thanks to the generosity of one of our Fitness Room Patrons, the treadmills and elipticals were recently updated with the latest models from Precor and LifeFitness. Additionally, a new bench has been added, and we’re working with “Gronk Fitness” to upgrade the free-weights and medicine balls. Stop by and we'd be happy to give you a tour!



Youth Soccer Kicks Off September 9

Any child in grades K-5 who would like to participate in our Youth Soccer program is invited to join us for an organizational practice on Wed., Sept. 9, after school until 4:30pm on the MDES field. ALL PLAYERS are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to attend. Registration forms are available online and in our main office, as well as at the field.

Practices start September 14, with players in grades K-5 meeting every Monday, after school until 4:30. Players in grades 3-5 will have a second weekly practice, every Wednesday after school until 4:30 as well. Fridays will be reserved for make-up practices when necessary. Once the season starts (schedule TBA), games will be held Saturday mornings.



Hot Off the Presses! Our Spring/Summer 2015 Newsletter

CLICK HERE to View Our 2015 Spring/Summer Newsletter

We've been busy all winter, and there's no slowing down now that summer is right around the corner. Our Spring/Summer 2015 Newsletter is at the printer now and will be arriving in mailboxes shortly, but for now here's a sneak peek at what we have in store for the coming months.

As always, it's impossible to fit all of the happenings at NHH into a single newsletter, so we invite you to follow us on social media-- Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter-- to keep up to date on all the happenings at the end of Main Street...








NHH Note Cards

Make the Perfect Gift

Just in time for the holidays, we're excited to announce that we have a limited number of Neighborhood House Note Cards reamining. Each assorted set of 10 cards features the amazing work of local artists, and includes envelopes.

Special thanks to artists Jennifer Judd-McGee, Lindsay Hopkins Weld, Timothy Muprhy, Ellen Kappes, Cristy Benson, and Kathe Gates McCoy for lending their talents and support to this unique project.

Cards can be purchased right here at Neighborhood House, and are available for just $15 per set, or three sets for $40. For those out of town, you can order via telephone (207)276-5039, or order right online (a small shipping charge will be added).

All proceeds benefit The Neighborhood House.




Bon Appetitt!

Main St. Variety & F.T. Brown to Sponsor Community Cafe

The Community Cafe is back for another season, and we're excited to announce that two of our Main Street "neighbors," Main Street Variety & F.T. Brown hardware are co-sponsoring our Nov. 20 luncheon.

We'll have all the "fixings" you could possibly want to assemble your own sandwich, as well as chips, homemade desserts, and more! The fun gets underway at 11:30am and runs until 1pm. The suggested donation is just $5, and takeout containers are available for those on the run.

If you can't make it, no need to worry. We have two Cafes scheduled for Decmeber-- Thursday the 4th, and Thursday the 18th.





Youth Activities Offered During Thanksgiving Break

The Neighborhood House will be offering two days of fun and adventure during the upcoming Thanksgiving school vacation. On Monday, November 24th, we'll work on some holiday crafts, prepare lunch, and journey outside for a nature walk. Next, on Wednesday, November 26th, we'll hit the road and head to the Maine Children's Discovery Museum in Bangor.

Acitivities on each day commence at 9am, and will run until 4pm. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required. The cost is $20/child or $35/siblings, and you may register for an individual day, or both days. Please contact us if you have any questions, would like further information, or want to reserve a spot.







On your Mark, Get Set, Go!

2nd Annual Frosty 5k

Our Second Annual Frosty 5k Road Race + Kids Fun Run is scheduled for Saturday, December 6th. Registration forms are available at NHH, can be printed, or you can even fill it out and pay right online as well. Racday registration is also an option, beginning at 9am on Dec. 6. The Kids 1-Mile Fun Run will get underway at 9:30am, and the 5k will start at 10am. The registration fee is just $10, and all proceeds will go to Neighborhood House. Walkers and four-legged friends are also encouraged to join in the fun.

Frosty 5k + Kids Fun Run Links...

Frosty5k Website

Frosty5k Facebook Event Page

Frosty 5k Online Registration

Frosty5k Registration Form (to print)




Save 33% on Fitness Memberships this Holiday Season

Starting Monday, December 1st, sign up for two months of the NHH Community Fitness Room (or add two months to a current membership), and receive a third month "on the house"-- that's a 33% savings!

This offer also applies to gift certificates. Don't forget that a gym membership makes a perfect stocking stuffer!









Ho! Ho! Ho! 2014 Northeast Harbor Christmas Festival

Friday, December 12th / Main Street, Northeast Harbor


3-7PM: "Santa's Workshop" shopping & wrapping for kids (at Neighborhood House)

4:30-6:30PM: Horse & Carriage Rides along Main Street

5PM: Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive (Carter's Real Estate)

5-7PM: Bonfire outside Great Harbor Maritime Museum, with Food Inside







Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers Present: The Grinch

Monday, December 15 @ 4pm

Co-Sponsored by Neighborhood House & The NE Harbor Library

Free to the Public, All Ages Welcome

The amazingly talented Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers will return for what has become a holiday tradition in Mt. Desert. Their humorous and unique take on the classic tale will leave audience members of all ages in stitches.

Mark your calendar and see why folks happily return year after year to catch of glimpse of this zany performance!









Halloween Treat Truck Ready to Roll!

Once again this year, we’re taking the Halloween fun on the road with our NHH Halloween Treat Truck. We’ll be navigating all over the Island on Friday, Oct. 31, making numerous stops for kids of all ages to knock on the door and “trick or treat” at the truck. Meet us at these locations (all times approximate), or flag us down along the way…

Official Treat Truck Schedule:

4:15pm - Northeast Harbor Library

4:30pm - Northeast Harbor (Summit, Millbrook, Sylvan area)

5:00pm - Somesville (Main Street & E. Pat Foster's Office)

5:45pm - Seal Harbor (Main Street, Jordan Pd., Uppder Dunbar)

6:00pm - Otter Creek (Rt. 3)

6:15pm - Bar Harbor (Ledgelawn area)




If you visit our Treat Truck while in Somesville, be sure to stop by the Somesville Library for free books and other treats (and perhaps a few tricks)!










2nd Annual "Starlight, Moonbright" Auction & Gala presented by the Mt. Desert Elem. PTO

While Halloween is for kids (although you’re never too old for a mini twix bar), the following evening, Nov. 1, we’re happy to play host to the Mt. Desert Elementary PTO and their 2nd Annual “Starlight, Moonbright” fundraiser. This festive adults-only evening will include an auction, cash bar, hearty appetizers, and dancing with Clusterfunk! The fun starts at 6pm, and runs until 10pm—hope to see you there!

Saturday, November 1

6pm - 10pm @ The Neighborhood House

Auction, Cash Bar, Hearty Appetizers, dancing with Clusterfunk!

Sponsored by the Mt. Desert Elemetnary PTO





Dig In! Cafe Back for Another Season

Our Community Café is up and running for another season, and will continue to meet on the first & third Thursday of each month, from 11:30am to 1:00pm. EVERYONE is invited to join us for lunch, and while half the fun is having a chance to socialize during your lunch break, takeout containers are also available for those in a hurry.

For just a $5 suggested donation, enjoy a hearty helping of lunch and laughter, often homemade and always delicious! If your club group, or organization is interested in "sponsoring" one of our Cafe events, or if you'd simply like to inquire about lending a hand (we never turn down help doing the dishes!), feel free to stop by, give us a call at 276-5039, or email us.

Upcomign Cafe Schedule:

Thursday, Nov. 6th

Thursday, Nov. 20th

Thursday, Dec. 4th

Thursday, Dec. 18





Town of Mt. Desert Event Committee Presents: Winter Lights Festival


Friday, November 7th

Main Street, Northeast Harbor

4:00 - 6:00PM




Carriage Rides

MOVIE: "Mr. Popper's Penguins," 6pm at Neighborhood House






Fall 2014 Neighborhood House Newsletter

Our Fall Newsletter is set to hit mailboxes shortly, but in the meantime we invite you to check out a special online preview...

CLICK HERE to view Fall Newsletter









Program & Event Calendar

The Neighborhood House Calendar

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

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Show Your Support for NHH

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.