News release
Aug. 25, 2015
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Franco-American Centre concert to celebrate new after-school program

Orono, Maine — The Franco-American Centre at the University of Maine will host a free concert Aug. 31 to celebrate the launch of a new after-school program.

A 5 p.m. potluck will precede the 6 p.m. Quebec fiddle music concert by Le Bruit Court dans la Ville (The Buzz Around Town) at the center on campus.

The event will mark the start of a new French language instruction program the center will provide for elementary school children in Old Town and Orono. During the concert, parents will have the opportunity to register their children for classes that begin Sept. 21.

Guests are encouraged to bring food to share.

The program is the result of collaboration among UMaine’s Franco American Studies program, Modern Languages and Classics Department and the College of Education, as well as local school officials.

The event is sponsored by the Franco American Studies program, Canadian-American Center and University of Maine Humanities Center.

More about Le Bruit Court dans la Ville is on the group’s website.

About UMaine:
The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state’s premier public university. In 2015, UMaine is celebrating its 150th anniversary. It is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast and attracts students from across the U.S. and more than 65 countries. It currently enrolls 11,286 total undergraduate and graduate students who can directly participate in groundbreaking research working with world-class scholars. The University of Maine offers doctoral degrees in 35 fields, representing the humanities, sciences, engineering and education; master’s degrees in roughly 70 disciplines; 90 undergraduate majors and academic programs; and one of the oldest and most prestigious honors programs in the U.S. The university promotes environmental stewardship on its campus, with substantial efforts aimed at conserving energy, recycling and adhering to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine, visit

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