CCC Wednesday Communique — May 15, 2024

Learn about the third annual Rhubarb Festival on Saturday, June 1st, in the announcements below.  More info here.

Happy Wednesday!

New this week:

MCWE 29th Annual Conference

Registration is open for the 29th Maine Child Welfare Education Conference at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on June 27th.  Keynote speaker is Scarlett Lewis, founder of Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement.  See finalized flyer for all details.

Pine Tree Camp

At Pine Tree Camp, children with developmental and physical disabilities experience freedom, independence and life-changing experiences through barrier-free access to the outdoors and connection with peers.  Choose from:
  • Children’s Overnight (ages 8-18)
  • Sensory Sensitive Week
  • Camp Pine Cone Day Camp (ages 5-13)

Dates and other details in this flyer.

Maine Shared CHNA Focus Group

Downeast Community Partners will be hosting a discussion on Tuesday, June 21st, 10 — 11:30 am at 7 Ames Way, Machias, as part of the Maine Shared Community Health Needs Assessment to gather your input on health in your community, including strengths and challenges, and exploring ways to make improvements.  Stipends and snacks will be provided to participants.  See flyer for details.

Summer Conference for Educators

Cobscook Institute invites educators to Unlock the Power of Trauma-Responsive and Equitable Practices, a summer conference for educators on June 27th & 28th, 9 am — 5 pm, with Mark Tappan and Cat Biddle.  Learn more here.

Hospice Volunteer Training

Down East Hospice Volunteers is holding a 5-day hospice volunteer training at Down East Community Hospital, June 6, 7, 11, 13, & 14 from 10 am — 3 pm.  Volunteers must attend all days.  Pre-interview is required.  Gas cards are available.  Download an application, email or call 454-7521 x9126.  Download a flyer to share.

2024 Rhubarb Festival

The third annual Rhubarb Festival is happening on Saturday, June 1, 2024, at Kendall Farm in Perry from 12-5 pm. Don’t miss this authentic Downeast Maine event featuring local art, music, and rhubarb delights! Live music by Oatmeal Bear, craft vendors, family-friendly activities, and the famed rhubarb stalk eating contest await. Admission is by donation. No smoking, vapes, or pets are permitted. Vendor applications and rhubarb dish submissions still welcome. Contact Georgie at 207-214-1124. Mark your calendars and join the fun! Visit for more info.

33rd annual Cobscook Bay Races
3 ways to participate:
  1.  In-person  SUNDAY, June 2 –  Run or Walk from the Triangle to Reversing Falls in Pembroke.  Specific race day instructions will be sent June 1st via email. Online registration will Open at 7 am January 1st, 2024. Online registration will close at 5 pm on Saturday June 1st, 2024.
  2. Run on Your Own (ROYO) – Run/walk the Course Between Saturday May 21 and June  2 – submit a time and picture of your run/walk via email or on
  3. Virtually – Run/walk in support of Cobscook Bay races wherever safe and convenient for you. submit a time and picture of your run/walk via email or on

Proceeds go to Down East Hospice Volunteers.

Prevention Council Playgroups
  • Machias area: The Sunrise Prevention Council is excited to announce that our Machias Area Playgroup has started up at the Machias Playground on Salem Street, Machias.  This group meets every Friday at 10 am.  Download a flyer to share.
  • Calais area: our Calais Infant & Toddler Playgroup will be moving back outside.  This group meets every Tuesday at 10 am at Calais Memorial Park – between Germain & Lafayette Streets, Calais.  Download a flyer to share.

May StoryWalk®

For the Month of May 2024, the StoryWalk® at Porter Memorial Library in Machias will feature the children’s book, The Vegetables We Eat, by Gail Gibbons. Celebrate the arrival of the spring planting season with this engaging exploration of various vegetables, from planting to harvesting and consumption. Through vibrant watercolor illustrations and clear explanations, Gibbons takes young readers on a journey through the colorful world of vegetables.  Learn more here.

FFCC Live-in House Assistant

Families First Community Center in Ellsworth is seeking a live-in House Assistant, with flexibility to work your own separate job offsite ($400 off entire rent).  Do you want to be part of a community environment with a home-like atmosphere? Do you want to be part of the solution? Call Arielle at 207-460-3711 after emailing your resume and cover letter to

Daughterhood The Podcast

Episode #57 Deprescribing Medications with DeLon Canterbury, certified community pharmacogenomics (PGx) consultant. In this episode, we discuss the importance of knowing the medications your care partners are taking, what he considers dangerous drugs, the most over prescribed drugs and how to discuss deprescribing with your care partner’s physician. Listen anywhere you stream your podcasts or HERE.

MSCM Open House
Check out the Updates section below for information on Maine Seacoast Mission’s open house celebrating their new Downeast Engagement Center.

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