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The Fifth Annual Alive in Lewiston

Join neighbors and friends for a night of delicious food and local
creativity.  The fifth annual Alive in Lewiston: A Celebration of Local
Maine Food, Farms, and Talent will feature a harvest meal using food from
community gardens in Lewiston and surrounding farms, and feature music,
art, and dance by local artists.  Come celebrate the bounty of local at
this fun family event on Friday, October 15, 2010 at
6:30 pm, held at the St. Mary's Nutrition Center located at 208 Bates
Street in Lewiston.

This year's wholesome menu starts off with an appetizing spread of hearty
local breads, fresh churned butter, local cheeses, and a sweet and savory
cranberry roué dip made with fresh Maine cranberries.  Next up will be mini
vegetable frittatas, oven baked omelets using farm fresh eggs and an
assortment of colorful vegetables and herbs topped with a blend of aged
cheeses.

The main course will feature a colorful Three Sisters Salad - a mixture of
shredded kale, cabbage, carrots, and apples tossed with a honey-lime
balsamic, and a selection of four soups to warm the soul: Cuban Black Bean,
Beef Stew, Potato Leek, and Summer Squash Confetti, a savory blend of
summer squash, zucchini, roasted red peppers, potatoes, and carrots.

To bring this delicious menu to a close, guests will choose from a
selection of homemade desserts, including apple cider donuts and fall
favorite, pumpkin apple crisp.

But Alive in Lewiston won't just fill stomachs; guests can enjoy a complete
"night out on the town" experience, filled with visual art, a live dance
troupe, local music and slam poetry.

To begin the performance part of the evening, L-A's own Androscoggin Dance
Company will highlight some of their newest dances, featuring a handful of
their talented and professionally trained dancers.  Androscoggin Dance was
founded to enable qualified high school students in Lewiston-Auburn and
surrounding communities to study and train at a pre-professional level.
See these young performers on their way to stardom.

Our second act will feature slam champion poets performing as a duo and
separately.  Wil Gibson and Sean McGovern-Waite are both active members and
core organizers of Portland’s Slam Poet Group, Port Veritas.  They have
performed both locally and nationally.

Our headliner for the evening is Portland's award winning singer/songwriter
Vanessa Torres. Inspiring, tender, and passionate, Torres’ songs and
performance are soulful personal portraits rooted in universal themes of
compassion and hope.  It is her unique blend of authenticity and grace that
makes Torres' music both refreshing and inspiring.  Torres' songs draw you
in by being both catchy and lyrically moving. Vanessa has toured
nationally, sharing stages with numerous acclaimed artists from Kaki King
to Erin McKeown to Anais Mitchel.  She is on tour with her new album, so
see her while she's in town!

Proceeds from this event will help support Lots to Gardens' programs.
Tickets are $12 for registrants who call in advance and $15 at the door. To
register, please contact Lots to Gardens at 513-3844 or email
mailto: lotstogardens@gmail.com.  For more information about our organization,
visit http://www.lotstogardens.org/

Lots to Gardens is a youth and community driven organization that uses
sustainable urban agriculture to create access to fresh food, and to
nurture healthy youth and a healthy community.  We teach people how to grow
their own food, provide affordable access to fresh food, and involve youth
as leaders. We help families and youth develop skills and build power for
lifelong and community-wide change.
Since 1999, we have built 15 gardens and green spaces in four diverse
neighborhoods in Lewiston, Maine. We are sponsored by St. Mary's Health
System.

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