With the holidays approaching, now is a great time to be a little more conscious of the effect our consumption – as both individuals and a population – has on the environment. By now, a lot of us have heard about the ways “fast fashion” contributes to water, air and soil pollution; but what about other forms of excess consumption? It goes without saying that with days devoted to shopping like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the manufacturing and purchasing of goods is at an all-time high during the holiday season. While gifts are a great way to show appreciation and gratitude to your loved ones, buying an excess of unnecessary gifts every year will do more harm than good in the long run. This year, challenge yourself to be more creative in the ways in which you give. Start by brainstorming ways to give memories. This includes gifts like event tickets, memberships and experience days. Next, look into ways to give your time. Share your skills with others by making a homecooked meal for a busy friend or lending a hand on a daunting project. When you’ve exhausted your options and decide you would like to buy a gift, try to buy second-hand. Picking out a one-of-a-kind vintage item for a loved one can be a great way to show them how well you know them and their style. Another option is to buy local. This is a win-win for both you, and the independent business you decide to support. Finally, if the perfect gift is not available in your local charity shop or small business, look to purchase from ethical brands who use sustainable practices, pay their workers a living wage, and reduce waste wherever possible.
Foliage season is almost over and winter is fast approaching, so get outside and enjoy where we live before the snow gets here! Here's a guide by quick guide with options for everyone at any level by our own hiking expert Cassie Panetta:
1. Sebago lake Songo River Trail (EASY )
2.1 miles 82 feet elevation gain
40 mins from Portland
Very easy to do, not very high up but hike along water most of the time
Great for sunrise or sunset
2. Maiden Cliff Trail (EASY)
2 miles 734 feet elevation gain
2 hours from Portland
Beautiful small hike with Megunticook lake views at the summit
3. Bradbury Mountain Summit & Northern Loop Trail (EASY)
2.2 miles 305 feet elevation gain
35 mins from Portland
Great place for all skill levels and pets. An easy hike to get to a great view and have a picnic.
4. Whitecap Mountain (MODERATE)
5.2 miles 1,578 feet elevation gain
1hr 30min from Portland
Steep to start and sweet to end with 360 views of mountains in the background
5) Tumbledown Mountain (HARD)
5.3 miles 1,952 feet elevation gain
2 hours from Portland
There is a “chimney” portion where you have to pull yourself up using metal rungs if you chose the loop trail. The peak leads to a charming pond and grand views
6) Pleasant Mountain (EASY)
3.3 miles 1,512 feel elevation gain
1hr from Portland
Trail can be buggy when the weather is warm, but there are beautiful views the whole way up, and is the tallest mountain in Southern Maine
7) South Moat Mountain (MODERATE)
5 miles 2,103 feet elevation gain
1hr 30min from Portland
Forest setting to start followed by panoramic views of surrounding ranges
8) Blueberry Mountain (Evans Notch) (MODERATE)
6.6 miles with 1502 feet elevation gain
1hr 30min from Portland
Can be a difficult trail to navigate as there are not many signs, but do your research and you will not be disappointed. Beautiful rivers and waterfalls along the hike to a beautiful summit
9) Bald Mountain (MODERATE)
2.3 miles 931 feet elevation gain
2 hours from Portland
Short but challenging passing over boulders. The top has an old fire tower with great views
10) Champney Brook Trail to Mt. Chocorua (MODERATE)
6.6 miles 2224 feet elevation gain
1hr 30min from Portland
Long cascading waterfall with many small pools to start. The summit sits along large boulders with full 360 views of mountains
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There are so many fun things happening in our area this fall! Below is a list of some things coming up and an updated list of new restaurants that have opened up in our area recently.
Fryeburg Fair- September 30-October 7
Cheap Monday’s at Bayside Bowl:
20th Annual Freeport Fall Festival- October 5-7
Portland Harvest Festival- October 7, 11am-5pm at Deering Oaks Park
Portland Yard Sale- October 14, 11am-4pm at Thompson’s Point
2018 L.L. Bean Pumpkin Festival- October 20, 12pm-8pm
The Great Pumpkin Hunt at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens- October 20, 1-3:30pm
This month’s ASDA Wellness Challenge is to build your network!
Networking is an important part of personal and professional/occupational well being and good habits. Sign up for the challenge on ASDA’s Facebook page (and post your start and completion dates) or visit https://www.asdanet.org/index/dental-student-resources/health-and-wellness/wellness-challenges to learn more about ASDA’s 5 dimensions of wellness and this month’s challenge.
Occupational wellness is about finding richness and contentment in your chosen career. But it’s more than just “liking your job.” It involves a healthy mix of work-life balance, enthusiasm for lifelong learning and managing professional relationships.
It’s important to start making connections while you’re in dental school (or earlier, if you’re still a predental). Meeting faculty members, practicing dentists in your area and more-senior dental students will help you start building your professional community. While the idea of approaching a stranger may seem intimidating, remember that the professionals around you want you to succeed and are often willing to help you do that. You never know when someone you meet at a conference or networking event this year will help you get your foot in the door for your dream job five years down the road.
Start small: attend a professional networking event and approach someone you don’t know. Choose an event at your school or with an association you’re interested in (e.g. dental specialty or state dental association), and introduce yourself to at least one person who’s more senior than you. Share your career aspirations, or ask them for some advice. You’ll be taking the first step toward establishing professional relationships, the kind that will help you find satisfaction in your chosen occupation.
For networking help, read these stories from Mouthing Off:
• Top 5 networking tips for introverts
• Never miss a networking opportunity
• Networking as a predental student
• RSVP to our challenge event on Facebook.
• Attend a dentistry-related event and approach someone more senior than you. Introduce yourself, share a career goal you have or ask them their favorite thing about dentistry.
Share your experiences on social media with #BeWellASDA.
Lastly, check out some local networking opportunities:
Summer is here! Now that the weather is warm and we're done hibernating, many of us want to spend as much time enjoying the sunshine as we can when not in clinic. Thankfully, Portland and other nearby towns have lots of options for us. This list includes Portland, South Portland and a couple of places in Yarmouth, but I encourage you to check out many of the other coast towns we're lucky enough to live near! Feel free to reach out and ask for other recommendations if you're curious.
and live music.
made in the shade as you hang by the fire put or snag one of the couches.
This Sunday is the 35th annual Maine Maple Sunday! Most sugarhouses offer free maple syrup samples and demonstrations on how pure Maine maple syrup is made. Many farms offer pancake breakfasts, games, activities, treats, sugarbush tours, music, and so much more. Visit Maine sugarhouses to observe the process of Maple Syrup being produced. There is a Maple Sunday Map for participating Sugar houses, and listed below are some of the sugar houses closer to our area.
If you don’t feel like leaving Portland this weekend, there are plenty of maple-centered events happening around here too!
Where to go around Windham/Gorham:
Where to go further south/ Saco area:
Many of us are still on that healthy life trend from January or are wanting to get back on track after indulging for Valentine's Day, but also want to enjoy ourselves and maybe get some comfort food without feeling guilty. Here are some options for having a feel good winter without as much of the guilt, as well as some Portland-area food delivery services. Portland has a little something for everyone, whether you’re in full hibernation mode or not!
If you’re feeling the juice/smoothie vibe:
Grab a Healthy Bite:
And for those of you who may still want to enjoy eating from your favorite places without leaving the comfort of your couch, here are some takeout delivery services that will help!
Fun/active things to do:
As we gear up for finals, don’t forget to take a break and start getting into the Holiday spirit! Here’s a list of events happening around Portland in the next couple of weeks- check them out and give yourself some stress relief while getting festive.
All of November & December 2017
Holiday Window Display Contest
Feast your eyes on the gorgeous displays and vote for your favorite!
November 24 - December 17 (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only)
Horse & Wagon Rides
Enjoy free rides on a horse-drawn carriage throughout enchanting Downtown Portland. Pick up and drop off every half hour in Monument Square. Hours: Fridays 4-8pm, Saturdays 2-6pm, Sundays 1-5pm
November 29, Dec 6, and Dec 13 (3 Wednesdays)
12-2pm: Elfternoon Lunchtime Shopping
Enjoy free lunch & snacks while you shop downtown at participating shops, listed on the website.
Friday, Dec 1
2pm-11 Vena’s Holiday Parlor
Check out Vena’s Holiday Parlor: December 1st from 2 pm-11 pm, December 2nd 11am- 11pm and December 3rd from 2 pm-9pm. Enjoy vintage cocktailware, local art, Vena's Hot Toddies & Cocktail Infusion Kits, & live music for the warmest way to celebrate the season – Vena’s Style! Electric Flora will be on hand with fresh floral designs in vintage cocktail glassware – perfect hostess gift!
5-8pm First Friday Art Walk -- Managed by Creative Portland
Enjoy shopping, art exhibitions and live performances.
5-9pm 2017 MECA Holiday Sale & #MECAmade showcase
The juried 2017 Holiday Sale will include over 50 alumni vendors, selling handmade
ceramics, jewelry, furniture, prints, and textiles. Student vendors include the Printmaking, Illustration, Metalsmithing & Jewelry, and Drawing departments. Admission is free! Happening Dec 1st 5-9pm and Dec 2nd 10am-5pm. https://www.meca.edu/article/holiday-sale-mecamade/
5:30pm Kennebunkport tree lighting ceremony in Dock Square
7pm Lobster Trap Tree Lighting in Kennebunkport
Saturday, Dec 2
4pm-1am Portland Santacon X
Tenth annual Santacon Portland, ME! Come dress up with hundreds Santas, Mrs. Clauses, Rudolphs, Missletoes, Christmas trees, Abominable Snowmen, Leg Lamps, Yukon Corneliui, and "Anthony Weiner-in-a-Box" Elves joining the Santarchy! They'll be spreading holiday "cheers" and "ho ho hos" to Santa's favorite Old Port watering holes! They’ll also be collecting donations for Family Crisis Services, a domestic violence support and prevention agency in Portland.
Thursday, December 7
4-10pm Merry Madness
Shop 'til you drop! Get your Merry Madness wine glass, then shop downtown 'til 10pm!
Friday, December 8
4-8pm 5th Annual RWS Holiday POP UP SHOP & Open Studios
Held at Running With Scissors Studios (250 Anderson Street), Dec 8th 4-8pm and Dec 9th 10am-4pm. Shop in a wonderful studio environment filled with locally made art works and fine crafts by resident RWS artists and invited guest artists while sampling local brews, and food. Over 40 Studio artists will OPEN their studios in our 16,000 sq makers space. Filled with jewelry, ceramics, paintings, prints, textiles, photographs, gifts and home keepsakes, this is THE holiday one stop shop
Saturday, Dec 9
6pm Ugly Sweater Crawl ($25-30)
The 1st annual Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl is here and we want the city of Portland to join in on the fun. Get that Goodwill sweater, find those tacky holiday pants, and get ready to jingle bell ROCK!
•Signature Ugly Sweater T-Shirt (available at last bar)
•Registration party to kick off the crawl
•Exclusive Drink and Food specials at participating bars
•Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl Lanyard for bar and giveaway access
•Holiday music rocking at each participating bar
•Hundreds of crawlers dressed in the ugliest holiday gear
•More giveaways to come!
Saturday, Dec 16 & 17
10am Holiday edition- Vintage Bazaar New England (Thompson’s Point)
85 talented vendors, spread inside a historic 25,000sqft brick industrial building, will offer thoughtfully decorated and curated booths with exceptional vintage treasures, holiday treats, upcycled salvage styles and unique handmade gifts. Join in the merriment as VBNE Holiday Edition kicks off Saturday, December 16th from 10am to 6pm and Sunday, December 17th from 10am to 4pm. General Admission is $10 and Early Bird/Weekend Passes $15. (order your tickets online for discount ticket rates of $8 and $13)
For more events happening around Portland check out: https://www.portlandmaine.com/events-downtown/