CCC Wednesday Communique — March 27, 2024

The Easter Bunny is early this year!
(Photo courtesy of ABC News)

Happy Wednesday!

New this week:

Intro to Neurographic Art for Providers

The CCC invites you to unlock your inner calm and relax your brain with Introduction to Neurographic Art for Providers, presented by Elin MacKinnon, LCSW,  a FREE, 90-minute in-person introduction to a technique you can add to your coping skills toolbox for yourself and those you work with.  April 23rd, 1 — 2:30 pm in the large conference room at Sunrise County Economic Council (7 Ames Way, Machias).  Limited capacity — register now!

Safe Families Lunch N’ Learn
Safe Families for Children invites you to a virtual Lunch N’ Learn about our impact, who we are, what we offer, whom we serve, how to refer, and our vetting process. There will be time for Q&A. Two dates to choose from:
  1. Wednesday, April 10 · 12:00 – 1:00pm
    Click here to add to your Google Calendar
    Time zone: America/New_York
    Google Meet joining info
    Video call link:
    Or dial: ‪(US) +1 413-327-0293‬ PIN: ‪569 776 100‬#
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  2. Thursday, May 16 · 12:00 – 1:00pm
    Click here to add to your Google Calendar
    Time zone: America/New_York
    Google Meet joining info
    Video call link:
    Or dial: ‪(US) +1 443-776-0701‬ PIN: ‪811 207 570‬#
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Becoming a Trauma-Informed Parish

The Catholic Church in Calais is offering a non-clinical trauma seminar on two Saturday’s in April, Whole Hearted: Becoming a Trauma-Informed Parish.  This is a transformative program that integrates spirituality and behavioral health to create a trauma-aware parish and community. In these challenging times, understanding trauma’s impact and fostering healing are essential.  See flyer for details.  Join us from 9:30 am — 12 Noon on April 13th and 20th.  To register or for more information contact: St Kateri Tekakwitha Parish Ministries Outreach Coordinator at 207-272-1503.

TSLCA Inclusion Summit

The Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging invites you to their 2024 TSLCA Inclusion Summit at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH on May 1st from 8 am — 3 pm.  To ensure that we all have the opportunity to live fulfilling lives throughout our lifespan, individuals, community members, and program leaders need to plan with intention to engage, include, and learn from older adults of all ages and all different walks of life. This intentionally inclusive planning includes listening and learning what matters and elevating this information through leadership and advocacy to ensure that older adults continue to have a seat at the table, especially later in life.  At the Inclusion Summit, participants will explore how to engage in this work within their community, no matter their role – as a lifelong community leader, healthcare provider, funder, advocate or legislative representative, or organizational leader.  Register here.

Biz Fit — Heroine’s Journey

Friday, April 5th 8-9 am: Business and life can be viewed as a journey. Where are you on your journey? Your business cycle? How are you leading the life of a heroine as you start / grow your business? In 1990, Maureen Murdock wrote The Heroine’s Journey: Woman’s Quest for Wholeness as a response to Joseph Campbell’s traditional model of the Hero’s Journey. She felt his model failed to address the specific psycho-spiritual journey of contemporary women. She developed a model describing the cyclical nature of the female experience. Join us to share, to listen, to learn in this safe forum for conversation. Through informal dialogue, we  will explore what it means to experience all of the phases of meeting challenge, finding inspiration and recognizing success; sometimes all in the same day!  You might be interested in reading about the Heroine’s Journey before or after we meet:

Register Today!

GEAR Spring Workshop Calendar

Download the GEAR Parent Network flyer of Spring 2024 workshops.  Each year gives us the opportunity to shine the light on children and youth – to focus on equity and inclusion for our young people who are impacted by mental health challenges. Only through acceptance, advocacy, and action can we move toward social justice for families and impact social change – beginning with our children and youth. This Children’s Mental Health Acceptance Week, May 5th – 11th, we invite you to join us in lighting the path to social justice for children and youth (see flyer for details).

MAMP Training

The Maine Agricultural Mediation Program (MAMP) will offer a 16-hour training program on Wednesdays in April for individuals interested in learning more about conflict resolution or becoming a MAMP co-mediator. The four program sessions will meet from 9 am – 1 pm online via Zoom on April 3, 10, 17. The last session on April 24 will be held in person in Augusta. This 16-hour training will introduce a range of topics including conflict theory, stress response, participant rapport, interventions and ethics and provide daily opportunities to practice and review case studies around the types of conflicts and issues that arise within Maine’s agricultural community. Upon completion of this training and a 40-hour basic mediation course, participants can apply to be a MAMP co-mediator and work with a wide range of issues and needs involving producers, loan holders, and members of the ag community.  For more information and to register, visit the event website. To request reasonable accommodation, please contact Lucy Wess,, 207-974-9637.

What Caregivers Really Want Their Friends to Know

(From Blog by Anne Tumlinson) Remember when your first friends entered parenthood and you thought they seemed so boring and self-absorbed.  And, then… you had a baby and you got it?  Well, that’s happening again. Only this time, it’s because some of us have started taking care of our aging parents. And others are wondering what happened to their fun friends…. (read more).

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