Nov 13: Elsmere BBQ Fundraiser to benefit CNS

Join us for a delicious dinner and drinks and get in touch with the happy bunch of our CNS teachers, some of our CNS families and their kiddos during our non-profit fundraiser night at Elsmere BBQ & Wood Grill in their new Portland location on 476 Stevens Avenue in Portland!

Besides BBQ type food, they have a variety of vegetarian and vegan meals as well! The newest Elsmere restaurant has been mentioned as the new hot spot in the Deering Center neighborhood. Come and check it (and us) out this coming Tuesday, November 13th!

A portion of the proceeds between 4 and 9pm will directly benefit the continuous existence of our school!

We have a very talented group of CNS families and are very thankful for the beautiful things our parents are able to do for our school, like the poster below, which has been designed by a CNS parent and local artist Michael C.

Click on the poster and a link will send you to our Facebook event where you can RSVP and where we post the most current event updates.



Annual Grand Bazaar and Silent Auction


 Save the date!

December 8, 10 am – 2 pm. 



Join us for the 43rd annual Grand Bazaar and Silent Auction!

Featuring hours of free family events, including family-friendly
entertainers, face painting, lots of children’s activities, and plenty of delicious, local food.

Some entertainment highlights:
Sparks’ Ark performs at 1:00 pm.
Sweetums the clown – balloons animals and fun clowning.
Local artist Michael Connor – drawing with kids.

This event is free, with a variety of food and great items for sale and auction.

All proceeds benefit The Children’s Nursery School directly; a parent run, NAEYC accredited preschool in the heart of Portland’s West End.

More information to come!

The Grand Bazaar was a huge success. Thank you to all of our sponsors and donors!


Entertainment will include: Matiss Duhon the juggler, Spark’s Ark live animal show, and music by Tucker Daniels.

Food options will include: Bake sale items, pizza by Portland Pie Co. and Otto, and soup by Karmasouptra

Silent auction donors include:

Allspeed Cyclery & Snow
Andy’s Old Port Pub
Aprill Newman
Art Mart
Art This
Bar Lola/Hilltop Coffee Shop
Bei Capelli Salon
Black Bear Medical
Blue Spoon
Lindsay Bourassa Flamenco Classes
Broadway Gardens
Bunker Brewing Co.
Casco Bay Lines
Casco Bay Movers Dance Studio
Catherine Lo
Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine
Coast City Comics
Coastal Maine Popcorn Co.
Cyroni Glass Works
Field Sustainable Floristry
Good Theater
Gorgeous Gelato
Gorham Grind
Great Lost Bear
Green Clean Maine
Harbor Fish Market
Homegrown Herb & Tea
Hot Suppa!
Hugo’s Restaurant
In’finite/ Novare res Bier Cafe
Jen Dean Photography
Jennifer Everett Pottery
Kenya Hall
Kitty Hudson Smith
Kriya Davis Jewelry
Lila East End Yoga Studio
Lindsey Bourassa
Longfellow Books
Maine Audubon
Maine Center for Taijiquan and Qigong
Maine Home + Design
Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad
Maine State ballet
Maine YogaFest
Material Objects
Mayo St Arts
Meineke (forest Ave)
Nurture Throught Nature
O’Donals Nursery
O2 Salon
Opportunity Skate Family Ice Center
Play it Again Sports
Port City Running Tours
Portland Museum of Art
Portland Players
Portland Symphony Orchestra
Portland’s Greener Cleaner
Doug Rogers
Sandy Conlogue
Sarah MacLaughlin
Scratch Baking Company
Spencer Albee
Spiral Tree Yoga & Wellness Studio
Starbird Music & Piano Gallery
Stephanie Doyle
Terra Cotta Pasta Company
Ten Ten Pie
The Thirsty Pig
Trader Joe’s
Treehouse Toys
Union Bagels
Wildwood Medicine
Willa Wirth Silver Designs
Winkie Geary

We hope to see you there!