Community Spirit

Home Baked Bean & Ham Supper

A home baked bean and ham supper will be held on Saturday, May 26, 5:00pm to 6:30pm at the Lisbon Methodist Church, School Street, Lisbon Falls, Maine.  Adults $7:00, children 6-12 years $3.00 and children 5 years and younger are free.  Sponsored by the Methodist Women.

Dempsey Center Offers Support For Children Affected By Cancer

The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing at Central Maine Medical Center is offering a free support group for children (ages 6-11) affected by cancer and their parents or adult caregivers. CLIMB (Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery) is a six-week program designed by the Children’s Treehouse Foundation and will take place Mondays, beginning May 7, from 5 – 7 p.m. at CMMC, 12 High Street, conference room H.

National Charter Schools Week – Maine has joined the movement

National Charter Schools Week – Maine has joined the movement

National Charter Schools Week – Maine has joined the movement

In 2011, Maine joined 40 other states in allowing public charter school options for families of all income levels.  On May 1, 2012, the Maine Charter School Commission issued its first application package for potential founders of these new public education options, which are free to parents and open to all children without admissions tests.

          The Maine Association for Charter Schools (MACS) will celebrate the great work accomplished by public charter schools across the country, where over 5,000 public chartered schools are serving 1.8 million students.

Dempsey Center Offers Coping Workshop for Children

The Healing Tree Children’s Program of The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing is offering a free cancer coping workshop children ages 9-and-over. ‘Words in Motion’ will take place Wednesday, Wednesday, May 9 from 4 - 5:30 p.m. at CMMC, 12 High Street in conference room I.

This workshop, presented by Elizabeth Park, Certified Expressive Arts Educational Facilitator; and Tookie Bright, LMSW-CC, Children’s Program Coordinator, will help young people identify their personal struggles surrounding cancer.

Participants will learn new ways to cope through the use of words, movement, music, and drawing.

Free Dental Clinic on May 11

Free Dental Clinic on May 11

Dentistry with a Heart, an annual one-day clinic offering free dental care, will be hosted by three Auburn dental offices on Friday, May 11.

The following practices will be participating: Riverview Dental Associates, 155 Center St., Auburn, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Center of Advanced Dentistry, 220 Main St., Auburn, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Willow Run Dental, 4 Willow Run, Auburn, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This will be the seventh year this event has been held locally. The care will be on a first-come first-served basis. No appointments will be made ahead of time. Patients must sign up on that day and will be given an estimated time of treatment to avoid having to wait at the office. No phone calls will be taken.

Dempsey Center Offers Meditation Workshop

The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing at Central Maine Medical Center is offering a free meditation workshop for cancer survivors and caregivers. ‘Mindful Meditation: A Tool for Working with Change’ will take place Mondays May 14 through June 4 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at CMMC, 12 High Street in conference room H.

Staying present in the midst of difficulty and change takes some conscious practice. Often we develop reflexive patterns of avoidance, distraction or reaction.

Presenter Angela Lutzenberger, Bereavement Coordinator and Inter-Religious Chaplain for Beacon Hospice, will introduce Mindfulness Meditation, a tool and practice that helps us recognize and feel our experience in each moment with nonjudgmental attention. It is about truly letting ourselves be exactly who we are.

Dempsey Center Offers Music Workshop

The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing at Central Maine Medical Center is offering a free music workshop for cancer survivors and caregivers. ‘Using Music for Support’ will take place Wednesday, May 9 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. at CMMC, 12 High Street in conference room A.

Music has been used as a healing capacity for thousands of years. It can support us through difficult times as well as positive ones. Elizabeth Munger, BA in Music Therapy, MHRT-C will discuss ways to use music to help process emotions and present a variety of options including the benefits of live and recorded music. No musical background required.

Pre-registration is available by calling the Dempsey Center at (207) 795-8250; toll-free 1-877-336-7287 or online at www.dempseycenter.org.