Chinese Dragon Boat Races

Dear CAFAM members,

Come with a CAFAM group to enjoy the Chinese Dragon Boat Races on the Charles River in Cambridge, MA, on Sunday, June 9th.

https://www.thebostoncalendar.com/events/40th-annual-boston-dragon-boat-festival

We will be traveling via a Concord Coach Co. bus from the Portland Transportation Center on Thompson’s Point in Portland on the 8:15 bus (there’s also a 9:15 bus for those who aren’t early risers) which will get us to Boston’s South Station by 10:25. We should get to Cambridge, near Harvard Square, via the Boston subway, before the Chinese cultural activities begin at noon.

The address is the Charles River Weeks Footbridge, 948 Memorial Drive in Cambridge if you want to drive there. Round trip bus fare is $36 for adults and $20 for kids between 5 & 11.

A CAFAM group went several years ago and had a great time. There will be Chinese and other food on site, plus lion dances and other dances, drumming, arts and crafts activities, plus the dragon boat races which are exciting and will last all day. If you come on the 9:15 bus I’m sure you will be able to find us.

You can get a bus home from South Station every hour beginning at 4:15 until 11:15 p.m. So, you can be home early evening or stay for a meal in Chinatown if you want and be home later. The only cost will be for your transportation and whatever food and incidentals you may buy.

CAFAM Annual Summer Picnic In The Park

When: Saturday June 22nd, 11 am – 3 pm

Where: Winslow Park, Freeport

CAFAM will be holding its annual summer pot luck picnic on Saturday, June 22nd, at Winslow Park in Freeport. Winslow Park is on the water with a beach and has plenty of room to fly kites and enjoy outdoor play. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet and enjoy time with other CAFAM members and friends. CAFAM would love to have new people join us as well.

Admission to Winslow Park will be paid by CAFAM, so just let the people at the gate know that you’re there for the pot luck picnic. We will have a sheltered picnic area. Please bring food to share—Chinese food or any kind of picnic food is welcome! We will supply beverages and paper goods.

The Slants: Musical Performance and Discussion

Dear CAFAM members,

We are excited to be sponsoring a musical performance and discussion featuring Asian American dance rock band The Slants, including a talk by the band’s founder Simon Tam. The Slants are known not only for their music, but for winning their landmark U.S. Supreme Court case involving trademark and First Amendment issues over the band’s name. They successfully made the case that they should be allowed to trademark their name, The Slants, because it was their way of “seizing control of a racial slur.”

Join us to hear The Slants play an acoustic set, and also for a discussion with Simon Tam about music, their long legal battle, racial justice, Asian American issues and more. Local student rapper Eric Ruan of Thornton Academy will open for The Slants.

CAFAM will provide samples of Chinese tea at the event, courtesy of The Little Red Cup Tea Co.

Don’t miss this special event!

What: Music and Discussion with The Slants and Simon Tam
Where: Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland
When: May 24, 2019; 7:30 pm (doors open at 7 pm)
Admission: $10 in advance; $12 day of show; $2 discount for CAFAM members
For info: http://www.space538.org/events/slanted-how-asian-american-troublemaker-took-supreme-court

Language Table Reminder May 8th and 29th

Dear CAFAM members,

Next month, May 8th and 29th, from 12pm-1pm, the Mandarin roundtable will be held at The Language Exchange, 75 Market Street, Suite 305 (3rd floor) in downtown Portland.

These roundtables are open to all interested — members and non-members of CAFAM, students and non-students of The Language Exchange — and to all levels of Mandarin Chinese.

Come and partake in fun and informal conversations in Mandarin and get to know a community of like-minded people. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Language Table Reminder April 10th and 24th

Dear CAFAM members,

This month, April 10th and 24th, from 12pm-1pm, the Mandarin roundtable will be held at The Language Exchange, 75 Market Street, Suite 305 (3rd floor) in downtown Portland.

These roundtables are open to all interested — members and non-members of CAFAM, students and non-students of The Language Exchange — and to all levels of Mandarin Chinese.

Come and partake in fun and informal conversations in Mandarin and get to know a community of like-minded people. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Attention: Mandarin & Cantonese Interpreters!

Dear CAFAM members,

House of Languages, a Portland-based translation and interpretation agency, has an ongoing need for interpreters proficient in English and Mandarin, Cantonese, or other Chinese dialects.

If you are interested, please visit their website: www.houseoflanguages.com for more information. You may also email your inquiry or application to: questions(at)houseoflanguages.com.

Language Table Reminder March 3/13 & 3/27

Dear CAFAM members,

This month, March 13th and 27th, from 12pm-1pm, the Mandarin roundtable will be held at The Language Exchange, 75 Market Street, Suite 305 (3rd floor) in downtown Portland.

These roundtables are open to all interested — members and non-members of CAFAM, students and non-students of The Language Exchange — and to all levels of Mandarin Chinese.

Come and partake in fun and informal conversations in Mandarin and get to know a community of like-minded people. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Chinese New Year parade in Bangor

Dear CAFAM members:

We are glad that some of you were able to come to our celebration on Saturday. If you’re looking for a chance to keep celebrating, here is a message from our Bangor community friends:

This Saturday (Feb. 9th) Maine China Network will be hosting our 8th Chinese New Year Parade at Bangor Mall. Participation is FREE, come as an individual or bring your business banner! Line up is at 12:30PM at the JC Penney court (the area inside of the Bangor Mall, in front of JCPenney). Parade starts at 1PM.

There will be lion dances, people dressed in their holiday dresses, children will receive red envelopes. There will be crafts for children before the parade.

Hope to see you there!

Wishing you a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year!

Language Table Reminder Feb 27th

Dear CAFAM members,

This month, February 27th, from 12pm-1pm, the Mandarin roundtable will be held at The Language Exchange, 75 Market Street, Suite 305 (3rd floor) in downtown Portland.

These roundtables are open to all interested — members and non-members of CAFAM, students and non-students of The Language Exchange — and to all levels of Mandarin Chinese.

Come and partake in fun and informal conversations in Mandarin and get to know a community of like-minded people. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Reminder: Chinese New Year Fair this Saturday Feb 2

Dear CAFAM members,

Come celebrate the Chinese New Year on Saturday, February 2, 10 am-3 pm, at Westbrook Performing Arts Center located at the Westbrook Middle School.

We have an exciting day of programs for adults and children, including:
Dance performance and lion dancers, arts & crafts, Chinese food, games, calligraphy, vendors, talks and demonstrations. We’ll also feature a performance of traditional Chinese string instrument, the erhu, by an acclaimed musician coming here from Boston.

The talks and demonstrations include a range of interesting topics, including:
– US/China Relations
– Chinese Music
– Tai Chi
– Cooking Demonstration
– Chinese Tea

Activities and crafts will be available throughout the day starting at 10:00. Chinese food will be on sale beginning at 11:30.

The event is sponsored by the Chinese and American Friendship Association of Maine and USM Confucius Institute.

Come celebrate the Year of the Pig! Check www.cafammaine.org for the schedule and program.

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