CCC Wednesday Communique — April 3, 2024

The 2024 total solar eclipse will pass through Maine on April 8, 2024, beginning at 3:28 pm and ending at 3:35 pm. Learn more here

Happy Wednesday!

New this week:

April 1-7 is National Public Health Week 2024

Join Healthy Acadia, American Public Health Association (APHA), and community-serving organizations nationwide in celebrating the many public and private spheres working together to make individuals, families, communities, and our nation healthier, stronger, and more resilient. This year’s Public Health Week theme is, “Protecting, Connecting, and Thriving: We Are All Public Health.”  Learn more here.

FFCC’s 7th Annual Fundraising Dinner

Save the date of September 14th at Big Cat’s Catering for Family First Community Center’s 7th annual fundraising dinner, with Bobby Cleveland Music, live & silent auctions, amazing food and more.  This year’s theme is “There’s no place like home.”

Hope is the Key

The Elder Abuse Institute of Maine invites you to celebrate 20 years of service at their 5th annual Hope is the Key fundraising event on June 13th, 5 — 8 pm at the Harraseeket Inn, Freeport.  Learn more here.

 Farm Animal Care FUNdamentals

University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H will offer an online club for youth ages 9–18 about the basics of farm animal care on Wednesdays, 4 – 5 pm, April 24 – May 8, 2024. The 4-H Farm Animal Care FUNdamentals Workshop Series will introduce the basics of caring for livestock. In this workshop, youth will learn how to care for farm animals, what to feed them, how to do regular health checks and more. Participants do not need to have any prior animal experience or currently own livestock. This is a beginner/introductory level program. An optional in-person field day with hands-on animal science is scheduled for Saturday, May 4th. The workshop is free; participation is limited to 15. Required registration closes April 8. Register on the event webpage to receive the link and at-home materials. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact 207-581-8206;

Addressing Substance Use Disorder in Older Adults

On April 10, 1 – 2 pm, join the National Center for Equitable Care for Elders for their webinar Beyond the Ask: Person-Centered Approaches to Addressing Substance Use Disorder in Older Adults, an in-depth discussion with Dr. Steve Martin, a family medicine physician and addiction medicine specialist, who will offer insights on creating a supportive service environment that meets the unique needs of this population.  Learn more here.

Finding Our Way

Wayfinder is excited to announce the return of Finding Our Way, a live storytelling event featuring Wayfinder grads and other notable Mainers. Join us on May 2nd at the Camden Opera House as our storytellers share funny, poignant, and heartfelt stories of finding their way in theater, art, business, writing, dance, education, and the great outdoors!  This year’s speakers include: Ellen Baker, Molly Gawler, Penny Guisinger, Paul Hodgson, Daisy Ingraham, Noah Kleiner, Abbie Leonard, Nicolle Littrell, Brianna Merrill, Robert Shetterly, and Dwayne Tomah.  Buy tickets here.

April StoryWalk®

The April 2024 StoryWalk® at Porter Memorial Library in Machias will feature the beloved children’s classic, The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. Potter’s most popular and well-loved tale follows the story of mischievous young Peter Rabbit as he squeezes under the gate into Mr. McGregor’s garden, where he finds himself in all kinds of trouble.  Learn more here.

Updated Needs for NextStep Shelter

NextStep DV Project is gratefully accepting donations of new & unused household items for their shelter guests.  See updated list of needs. Please contact Brandi Mason to drop off of items or for more information.

7 Ways to Best Preserve Spring Herbs

It’s feeling springy in Maine, and while herbs won’t be ready in Maine gardens for months, springtime feels like the season to start adding fresh flavors to your meals using herbs. But oftentimes, purchasing herbs leaves you with much more than you need, …. Read more.  (From Spoonful: A Bite-Sized Food and Nutrition Blog, By Kate McCarty, Food System Professional, University of Maine Cooperative Extension)

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