Thursday, May 31, 2007

The West End NEWS
June 1-13, 2007
Volume 7, Number 7

Portland, ME

Liz Looks at the Stars

June 1 - June 13
*** Your leg bone’s connected to your ankle bone***

ARIES (March 21 - April 19)
Your self-confidence hits a high note this June. Last summer you experienced a disillusionment, or disappointment, but by the end of June you will have completely worked through that. Your positive nature is back!
Aries governs: The head. You are prone to headaches, particularly migraines, sunstroke, neuralgia and depression. Your “leap before you look” mentality makes you liable to accidents and physical injuries. Your high-strung personality is related to the high amount of activity whiz-banging around in your head. Not a negative, btw, just who you are.

TAURUS (April 20 - May 20)
The first week of June may be a whirlwind of emotions, and could cause you to worry about how you are seen by others. My advice? Take lots of naps, drink Airborne, and be grateful you don’t have oozing abscesses all over your body.
Taurus governs: The neck and the throat. While Taurans often have beautiful voices, they are vulnerable to laryngitis, sore throats, and thyroid problems. You should also beware of goiter (swelling in thyroid gland), respiratory ailments like asthma, diseases of abscesses and rheumatism.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
Happy Birthday on June 9th to Anne Bagley, composer Cole Porter and Johnny Depp. Gemini friends, is there a small mistake or personal failure that keeps bugging you? Just keep moving forward, and when the thought comes nagging at you, make a decision to think about something else. Hope this helps. On another note, many planets are passing through fire signs right now. Your mercurial nature allows you to take the most positive qualities from these alignments, meaning, instead of anger, you absorb the intensity of the heat and turn it into brightness, cheeriness, and energy. Wonder twins, activate!
Gemini governs: Hands, arms, shoulders, and lungs. Geminis are susceptible to accidents and strains involving the arms and hands. You’re also inclined to get bronchitis and respiratory ailments.

CANCER (June 21 - July 22)
You may have earned something wonderful, like a new job, a raise, or compliments on your weight loss, and yet you put the accomplishment in your back pocket and sit on it. Go out there and accept what you’ve earned with pride, and don’t be afraid to let other people know how great you are!
Cancer governs: Breasts and stomach. Cancers are often great cooks, and enjoy eating. They are also liable to gain weight and experience digestive problems. Tension and emotional stress will bring on stomachaches for many Crabs. The disease Cancer, which can affect any part of the body, is sometimes said to have taken its name from this sign. The real derivation of the word, however, is the Latin “cancer” meaning gangrene as well as crab.

LEO (July 23 - August 22)
Vivacious Venus will be in your sign on June 5th, lending a certain “Je ne sais quoi” to your aura. Take stock of your quest for approval from others, though. Sometimes you need extra attention and praise, and in order to get it, you go to extremes showing off. It can turn from a cute personality quirk into an annoyance before you realize it!
Leo governs: The back, spine, and heart. Back and spine ailments plague Leos, especially during physical exertion and/or emotional stress. Leos are also vulnerable to diseases of the heart and blood, sickness in ribs and sides, convulsions, and fevers including, (in the olden days, when they were common) plague, pestilence, and jaundice.

VIRGO (August 23 - September 22)
The image I have for you this June, Virgo, is of a line of equipment ready to start working. The weed whacker, the calculator, the mountain bike, the power drill, the metal-detector, the turbo-hydraulic crane…they are the personification of you standing and waiting to be used. You are raring to go inside, but you need that spark of something to get you going. I don’t know where you’ll find it, but once you do, look out West End!
Virgo governs: The spleen, the central nervous system, and the intestines. Virgos are susceptible to ulcers, catarrh, cold, coughs, pleurisies, pneumonia and nervous instabilities. Your tendency to worry makes you vulnerable to stomach and bowel troubles, including colic and ulcers. Though you may’ve experimented with drugs, alcohol, and spicy food, your delicate stomach rarely tolerates abuse.

LIBRA (September 23 - October 22)
Mid-June you’ll experience the effects of Mercury in retrograde (spinning backwards). Prepare for it by planning anything for the last two weeks of June ahead of time. Any trips or jobs you’re doing will need extra attention to detail in order to avoid communication screw-ups and missed connections.
Libra governs: The lower back, lumbar region, butt, and kidneys. Librans often suffer from low back strain, problems in the lumbar region, and kidney infections. Be careful not to let your back get weak. Watch out for troubles in the kidneys and bladder, especially gravel and stone. Avoid bingeing on food and/or drink, and you’ll be much healthier!

SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21)
You may be faced with some choices to make, small or large, in which you’re uncertain of the right way to go. There may be temptations on one side that will stroke your ego, or reward you financially, but please stop and consider which decision bolsters your integrity. In the long run, choosing the path that will lead to a clear conscience will benefit you the most.
Scorpio governs: The genitals, pelvis and reproductive systems. Scorpios are susceptible to urinary infections and venereal disease. Beware of Scorp’s volatile emotions, which can cause exhaustion. (That was meant to be cryptic.) Abscesses, boils, carbuncles, fistulas, piles, and ruptures may also affect Scorpions. Blecch, see the doctor, already!

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 21)
Expect tons of energy and razzle-dazzle for the first week of June. My only caution to you, Sags, is to respect the feelings of those non-Sags around you who may find your superhuman-like strength intimidating. Have some mercy and shove some of that light under a bushel.
Sagittarius governs: The liver, hips, and thighs. Sags need lots of outdoor exercise to keep happy. You have a sensitive liver, which makes them susceptible to hepatitis. Sciatica and rheumatism are common, and because you often engage in adventurous pastimes, you are subject to sporting accidents. The ancient astrologers mention falls from horses and injuries from them and other four-footed animals, and for some reason you are also apt to have accidents with fire and heat. Yikes!

CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 19)
Unfortunately, the stars show me some tension in your life come early June. You may be feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, or concerned about an ongoing situation. You could try to relinquish some control, and show trust in others to take on more responsibility. Try to rely more on friends and family, and talk through the issues rationally. Analyzing something objectively is one of your strong suits, so even though tempers may be flaring, step back and apply those lawyer/politician/academician skills to yourself.
Capricorn governs: Bones, joints, knees and skin. Capricorns have strong bone structure, but are prone to stiff joints, rheumatism, and orthopedic problems. You may be liable to fractures and strains of the knees and other defects of the legs. Digestive trouble may be caused by the tendency of Capricorns to stress out or suppress emotions. Anemia, Bright's disease, catarrh, skin diseases from rashes and boils to leprosy and rickets are also said to threaten the natives of this sign. Don’t worry too much about the leprosy. Unlikely.

AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18)
High-energy days in early June may cause irritability, from road rage to losing your patience with someone you care about. Take deep breaths and think of the word “expansive”. No, not expensive, expansive. During any bout of crankiness, remind yourself of the bigger picture. An annoying driver, your co-worker’s laziness, your sister’s bossiness… these things will all become trivial when you image your life in the universe. Your life is about being a positive force, gratitude and love. At least I hope it is.
Aquarius governs: The circulatory system (blood flow), and the legs from the knees to the ankles. You’re prone to ankle sprains, varicose veins, and hardening of the arteries. You could put those lyrics to music!

PISCES (February 19 - March 20)
Your competitive side is rarely seen, but when provoked can turn combative. Use the force for good, Han Solo. The Moon in Pisces June 6th - 9th is an important time for you to face any addictions and attempt a change. Sometimes the attempts don’t last, and you need to try again, but this week the Moon is on your side! If you need a project, how about making a reflecting pool in your garden?
Pisces governs: The feet. You have beautifully shaped feet. Unfortunately, they are sensitive, and vulnerable to aches, bunions, and corns. Watch out for poorly fitting shoes! Pisces also governs the lymphatic system, making you predisposed to anemia, boils, ulcers, gout and inflammation of the eyelids. Ouch.

May Brown
May Brown was a lovely lass;
Golden curls and lots of class.
She went out for a walk
On the first day of June
By the railroad tracks.
The train came too soon.
And so, my friends, I'm sorry to say
That the first of June
Was the last of May.

Saturday, June 2
Harry S Truman Awards Dinner

Portland Democrats will host their Harry S. Truman Awards Dinner at the East End Community School on North Street on Munjoy Hill, June 2nd from 5:30 to 8:30pm.

Receiving awards will be former Mayor and Portland City Councilor Nathan Smith and civil rights activist Darlene Huntress.

Speakers will include Governor John Baldacci, Attorney General Steven Rowe and Representative Tom Allen. The keynote speech will be delivered by Ed Gorham, President of the Maine AFL-CIO. Nathan Smith is currently President of the United Way, and President and Co-Founder of Portland Trails and a Commissioner of the Maine State Housing Authority. He is currently a Trustee and vice President of the Portland Public Library.
Darlene Huntress is currently the Public Policy Director for Equality Maine. She was one of the leaders of the successful Maine Won't Discriminate campaign in 2005.
The dinner will include spaghetti with marinara sauce (meatless) with meatballs on the side, salad, desert and beverage. Suggested donations are $10 for individuals and $20 for a family. Tickets can be reserved in advance by contacting 772-9640.
Saturday, June 2
Bayside International Fair & MarketCrafts, Food, Entertainment, Flea Market
The Bayside International Fair & Market fills the old Portland Public Market on Cumberland Avenue Saturday, June 2 from 1-8 p.m.
This vibrant event includes a flea market and a festival, where food, music, dance, kids activities, arts and crafts from a diverse range of cultures will be showcased. Hosted by the ethnically diverse Bayside Neighborhood Association (known for its annual Black Frame Art Sale), the event allows neighbors and others in the Greater Portland community to experience the international flavor of Maine’s most urban neighborhood.

A limited number of flea market tables are still available and rent for $20. Call Emily Koehn at 749-1008 to reserve a table.

Admission to the market is free. Parking is available in the attached garage. For more information call: Dory Waxman at 415-0769.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED from 8AM to 10PM on June 2 and 2-7:00 on Friday June 1. Please call 415-0769 or email
Saturday, June 2
Hike the Forest City
National Trails Day

Celebrate National Trails Day by hiking the Forest City with Tom Jewell, Portland Trails Co-founder, 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and see Portland in a whole new way!
This 10-mile walk starts on the Stroudwater Trail at the end of Blueberry Road, off Outer Congress Street. There will be shuttles back to the starting point at the end of the walk. Please bring: plenty of water and snacks, a cap, sunglasses, bug spray, sunscreen, and any other provisions you may need for the day. There is one stop for lunch and several rest stops along the way.
Open to the public; free admission. Reservations suggested. Register for the hike by calling Portland Trails at (207) 775-2411 or emailing

For more information contact:
Isabel Aley, Development and Outreach Associate
207 775-2411 or


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