Community Newsletter

AUGUST 2015   


Support Groups

Events & Doings This Month

Looking Ahead

Volunteers Needed




September 6 and 20: Behind Our Eyes Group The first and third Sunday of every month through phone calls. During these calls discussion on writing, listening to speakers and networking with fellow writers occur. FMI Elisa Busch by phone at 571-257-7355 or through email at .


September 1 and 15: Visually Impaired Support Team Alliance (VISTA) Meets the first and third Tuesday of every month from 5 PM to 6:30 PM. This meeting is done by telephone so individuals with visual impairment can join from any location. FMI  Leona McKenna by phone at 207-333-7087. Contact VISTA directly at 1-866-305-2467, guest access code is 471707# (pound sign) toll free.


September 14: The Rainbow Club Meets the second Monday of each month at the American Legion Post 205 located at 396 Eastern Avenue in Augusta. Lunch costs $7 per person. FMI or RSVP Barbara Potter call 207-622-3512.

September 24: Education and Support Group The VIS team will be hosting an education and support group at the VA in Augusta from 10 AM to 11:30 AM. This group meets in person or by phone. This group meets the 4th Thursday of every month, except in November and December they will meet the 3rd Thursday of the month. Call to find out room location or to find out about the topic. FMI call Amy Tague at 1-877-421-8263 Ext. 5944. The number to call into the meeting is 1-800-767-1750 access code 63953#.


September 2: Diabetes Support Group A free support group for diabetics and their family members from 2-3 PM at the Willette Conference Center, Building 1, at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Park at 900 Broadway. FMI call 207-907-1187 

September 3: Bangor Disability Peer Support Group Meets the first Thursday of every month from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at Advanced Modification in Hermon, Maine. The number is 207-848-8226. Contact Alpha One in Bangor at 207-941-6553 or TTY at 877-229-8954. 


September 1: VIP Group of Boothbay Harbor  Meets the first Tuesday of every month. This meeting takes place in the main building at Saint Andrews Village on Emery Lane in the private dining room at 1 PM. FMI Call Joan Stark at 207-633-2498.


September 11: Dover Low Vision Group At the Thayer Parkway Community Room in Dover-Foxcroft from 10 AM to 11:30 AM. On the agenda is planning the White Cane Walk in October. Get support and learn about resources. FMI call Nancy Matulis at 207-270-2730 or email her at


September 8: Caregivers Support Group The second Tuesday of each month this support group meets at the Cohen Center in Hallowell from noon to 1 PM. The Family Caregiver Support Program is there to listen, to care and to help. Everyone is welcome. FMI call Liz at 1-800-282-0764. 


September 8: Caregivers Support Group The second Tuesday of each month this support group at the Knox ADR Center in Rockland at noon. The Family Caregiver 

Support Program is there to listen, to care and to help. Everyone is welcome. FMI call Liz at 1-800-282-0764.


September 15: Waterville Disability Peer Support Group From 6 PM to 7:30 PM at the United Methodist Church on Pleasant Street in Waterville a peer support group will meet. This group will meet every third Tuesday of the month. FMI Alpha One at 207-941-6553 or TTY at 877-229-8954. 


September 1: The Wells Support Group Meets the first Thursday of the month from 10 AM to 12 PM at Wells Congregational Church on Post Road (U.S. Route 1) for people with vision impairment, as well as their significant others. Call Brenda Bacon at 207-646-7079 if interested.


September 1: The Sunshine Club  Meets the first Tuesday of every month from 11 AM to 1 PM at the Lobster Trap on 25 Bay Street in Winslow, Maine. FMI Betty Soule at 207-872-2967 or 207-557-5181.



September 4: ADA 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act At the Capital Park in Augusta there will be a picnic to celebrate from noon to 2 PM. The event is free and everyone is welcome. FMI call or email Riley Albair at 1-800-452-1948 or


September 17: Deaf Tea at the Hall of Flags From 2 PM to 4 PM. For Interpreters email and for SSP’s contact the Iris Network.


September 19 and 20: “For Support Service Providers and Interpreters: Trends in Working with DeafBlind People” Workshop At Maine General Health in Augusta from 9 AM to 6 PM Saturday and 9 AM to 1 PM Sunday. FOR SSP’s and Interpreters email



September 5, 19, and 26: Mount Hope Cemetery Walking Tour At 1048 State Street there will be a walking tour of Mount Hope Cemetery at 11:30 AM. FMI call 207-942-1900



September 10—14: Acadia Night Sky Festival Community celebration to promote the protection and enjoyment of the Downeast & Acadia night sky through education, science and art. FMI call 207-404-2921



September 19, 2015: Annual Bethel Harvest Fest and Chowdah Cookoff A family fun festival with a variety of events will be occurring. FMI call 207-824-2282


September 16: Golf Maine Adaptive Sports will be hosting golfing at the Bethel Inn. FMI call 800-639-7770



September 3—7: Blue Hill Fair On 1 Mountain Road there will be a “Down to Earth” Country Fair showcasing Maine’s best agriculture while providing carnival thrills, food and major entertainment. FMI call 207-374-3701



September 4—13: Annual Boothbay Harbor Fest A  10 day community celebration with unique and vibrant events that celebrate local lifestyle and heritage. The wide range of festivities offer something for everyone. FMI call 207-671-7676.



September 11—13: Brewer Days At the Brewer Auditorium  events including a Family BBQ, Family Street Dance & Block Party, Fireworks, Pancake Breakfast, Giant Yard Sale, Children’s Carnival & Activities, Musical Entertainment, Pony Rides, Children’s Money Grab, Giant Water Slide and Free Public Skate. FMI call 207-989-5199



September 5 and 6: Great State of Maine Air Show At the Naval Station displays and exhibits will be occurring featuring the US Navy Blue Angels. There will be activities for the whole family. FMI call 207-607-4187.



September 4—6: Camden Windjammer Festival In Camden Harbor a festival to reminisce of the days when hundreds of coastal schooners lined the waterfront. FMI call 207-236-4404.



September 10—13: Clinton Lions Agricultural Fair At the Clinton Fairground located at 1450 Bangor Road a family atmosphere fair including a midway, animal pulling events, mechanical pulls, exhibits and stage entertainment will be occurring. FMI contact Blair “Buddy” Frost  at 207-897-2681.



September 26: Cornish Apple Festival On Route 2 at the historic Thompson Park the event will feature apples, fresh pressed cider and other local products. FMI call 207-625-4993



September 27— October 3: Cumberland County Fair Features a large exhibit hall, midway, animal pulling events, harness racing and livestock exhibits. FMI call 207-797-2789



September 17: Aging in Place At the Coastal Community Center from 9 AM to 3 PM the 4th Annual Symposium is occurring, titled There’s No Place Like Home. FMI call 1-800-639-1553


September 27: Pemaquid Oyster Festival From noon to dusk at Schooner Lake a festival will host educational exhibits, recreational activities and more. FMI call 207-380-9912



September 5 and 6: Eastport Salmon & Seafood Festivals A gathering and celebration of local resources will be occurring. Salmon Sunday meal is the main event. FMI call 207-853-4644.


September 11—13: Eastport Pirate Festival On the historic waterfront Thousands of Pirates, The Pirate Ball, Pirate Ship Race, Pirate Paradise, Pirates Bed Race and more will be taking place. A great weekend for the entire family. FMI call 207-853-4343



September 26: Deaf Culture Festival At the Governor Baxter School from 9 AM to 4 PM. Email for interpreters and SSP’s.



September 20—26: Farmington Fair A large midway, exhibit halls, livestock exhibits, animal pulling events, harness racing and more will occur. FMI call 207-778-6083



September 19: Annual Barks in the Park In Downtown & Waterfront Park from 10 AM to 2 PM an event to promote a dog friendly community. FMI call 207-582-3100



September 10—13: International Seaplane Fly-In Float Plane Competitions, Educational Exhibits, the Moosehead Lake Region’s largest craft fair, food and more. FMI call 207-695-2928



September 8: Movie Presentation: Genius of Marion A free presentation on the family portrait of  an individual with Alzheimer's Disease. FMI call the Cohen Center at 207-626-7777

September 19: Yard Sale At the Cohen Community Center Spectrum Generations will be hosting a yard sale to raise money for the center. FMI call 207-626-7777


September 23: Falls Prevention Seminar From 1 PM to 2 PM at the Cohen Center a seminar will presented to anyone that has concerns about falling. FMI contact Jennifer Fortin at 207-620-1657 or email



September 4—7: Harmony Free Fair On Route 154 a small, licensed fair with rides, crafts, food, motor sports, animals, stage shows, mechanical pulling, antique auto, midway and livestock exhibits. FMI call 207-683-5873



September 19, 2015: Annual Holden Fall Frolic On 570 Main Road a touch-a-truck, food vendors, kids games and more will be happening from 10 AM to 3 PM. FMI call 207-843-5151



September 19: Houlton Riverfront Harvest Festivals At the Riverfront Park great old fashioned family events including a 5K River Run, games, vendors and more. FMI call 207-532-4216



September 10—12: Lewiston/Auburn Greek Festival This festival on located at 155 Hogan Road includes Greek folk music, dancing and more. FMI 207-783-6795



September 11—13: Litchfield Fair On 44 Plains Road a fair with a large midway, agricultural exhibits, livestock, and animal pulling events. FMI call 207-353-8105



September 22: Golf Maine Adaptive Sports will be hosting golfing at Maple Lane Golf Course. FMI call 800-639-7770



September 26: Apple Pumpkin Festival A cultural celebration and harvest festival. FMI call 207-897-6755



September 26: Manchester Apple Festival On 318 Readfield Road a family festival with activities occurring all day long. Some of the events include a pancake breakfast, 5K road race, a parade, food, games and music. FMI call 207-215-5161



September 18—20: Trail’s End Festival At Veteran’s Memorial Park celebration of Katahdin and the region with music, food, arts and crafts, horseshoe tournament, water activities, public suppers and kid’s activities will occur. There will also be a variety of bands performing. FMI call 207-723-4443



September 12 and 13: Multiple Activities at Acadia National Park Maine Adaptive will be hosting a weekend with multiple activities at Acadia National Park. FMI call 800-639-7770



September 18—20: New Portland Lions Fair Midway, exhibit hall, animal pulling events, crafts and livestock exhibits will all be part of the fair. FMI call 207-566-5722



September 1—13: Capriccio in Ogunquit A town wide festival of art, music, poetry, ballet, live theater, concerts and architectural tours. FMI call 207-646-6170


September 12: Capriccio Festivals of Kites From 10 AM to 2 PM, mass ascension at 12 PM. Part of the Capriccio Festivals in Ogunquit. FMI call 207-646-6170



September 16—19: Oxford County Fair Livestock shows, animal pulling events, midway, musical entertainment, crafts, exhibits and more. FMI 207-743-9594



September 9: Hike Maine Adaptive Sports is hosting a hike. FMI call 800-639-7770



September 2: Intro to Maine Historical Society: Library Tour 45 minute tour of the Brown Library at 12 PM. The tour is free but the limit it 10 people. FMI call 774-1822 x207 or email


September 5, 12, 19, 26: Old Port Culinary Walking Tour At 10:30AM there will be a walking tour for 2.5 to 3 hours in the Old Port starting at 223 Commercial Street. 14 people per tour and wear comfortable clothing and shoes. FMI call 207-233-7485


September 12: Portland Greenfest Southern Maine’s premier eco-event from 10 AM to 4 PM featuring music, art, eco-fashion, local foods, kid's activities, exhibits, workshops, films and demonstrations. Event is free to all! FMI call 207-632-8440


September 17: 50th Anniversary Year for Opportunity Alliance At the Portland Company Complex located at 58 Fore Street from 6 PM to 8 PM there will be a Lift event to celebrate this anniversary. FMI contact Opportunity Alliance at 207-874-1175.


September 19–25: Deaf Culture Week In both Portland and Augusta there are events occurring throughout the week including the Deaf Culture Tea, Deaf Rights Group meeting, Deaf Paint Day, Blind Volleyball, Deaf Culture Festival and ASL Slam. FMI visit their Facebook page.


September 26: ASL Slam At Studio 55 in the Old Port from 7 PM to 9 PM. Email for interpreters and SSP’s.


September 29: Sounds Unseen  A musical exploration of the sense in the dark. SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress Street, Portland. Starts at 7:30 p.m. More information to come!



September 20, 2015: Annual Saddleback Mountain Fall Festival At Saddleback Mountain a number of activities including crafters, live music, BBQ, pie eating contest, pumpkins for kids, ski swap and more from 10 AM to 3 PM. FMI call 207-864-5671



September 5—7: Scarborough Marsh Labor Day Weekend Extravaganza At 92 Pine Point Road there is a end of season sale from 9 AM to 5:30 PM in the store, a bake sale (Saturday), yard sale (Sunday) and more. FMI call 207-883-5100.



September 12: Mt. Desert Island Garlic Festival At the Smuggler’s Den Campground numerous local restaurants, musicians, brewers and garlic growers draw a large crowd. The festival has raised thousands of dollars for local non-profit organizations. FMI call 207-288-0269



September 4—7: Springfield Fair On Route 169 a fair including a stage show, animal events, antique auto, midway and more. FMI contact Kirk Ritchie at 207-738-2888.



September 25—27: Common Ground County Fair A celebration of rural life including demonstrations, organic food, crafts, livestock and more. FMI call 207-568-4142



September 8: “Healthy Habits for a Healthier You” The Muskie Center will be hosting a free informational program from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM on how to age healthfully, addressing food, cognitive engagement and exercise. FMI call 207-873-4745

September 23: Fall Prevention Seminar From 10 AM to 11 AM at the Muskie Center a seminar for individual who are concerned about falling. FMI contact Jennifer Fortin at 207-620-1657 or email her at


September 25: Common Ground Fair The Muskie Center of Spectrum Generations is taking a field trip to the fair! Bus leave at 9 AM. Individual must pay admission and the $10 transportation cost. FMI call 207-873-4745



September 19: Annual Wells Family Jamboree At 1054 Branch Road a family fun event including hayrides, apple picking, pumpkins, games, prizes, craft vendors, great food and more. Parking and admission are free. FMI call 207-646-2451

September 26: Punkinfiddle: A National Estuaries Day Celebration An event from 10 AM to 4 PM featuring old-time games, traditional art, lively music, hands-on activities, tasty food, farm animals and more. FMI call 207-646-1555



August 30 to September 7: Windsor Fair A large progressive fair with agricultural, crafts and art exhibits on Ridge Road and Welcome Street in Windsor. Also has large midway, animal pulling events, harness racing and mechanical pulls. FMI contact Lincoln Orff at 207-549-7121.



September 12: Open Lighthouse Day The U.S. Coast Guard, the State of Maine, and the American Lighthouse Foundation announce the 3rd annual Open Lighthouse Day.  Designed to provide access to the public to all participating lighthouses.



September 5: National Book Festival “I cannot live without books.” Thomas Jefferson wrote to John Adams in 1815. This quote is the theme of the 15th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival, to be held in Washington, D.C. This free public event, which brings together authors, poets, illustrators, and literary fans, will feature the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) in the Library of Congress Pavilion. NLS is a free library program of braille and talking books and magazines circulated to enrolled patrons who are blind, or who have a visual impairment or physical disability that prevents them from reading or using regular print materials. Through its accessible offerings, NLS patrons can experience a life with books. FMI visit the That All May Read website and “like” the Facebook page.





October 17: The 20th White Cane Walk for Independence This year’s 1.4 mile walk starting and ending at Monument Square in Portland, Maine. This year marks a very special anniversary and promises to be a fun-filled event. Registration begins at 9 AM and the walk will begin at 10 AM. Come learn about The Iris Network, the use of guide dogs, Maine White Cane Law, or the puppy-kissing booth to support a great cause. Register as an individual or gather a team and contribute $20/person to receive a Walk t-shirt in an Iris color this year. For more information visit the following website


Volunteer to  help us with the WHITE CANE WALK FOR INDEPENDENCE. To do so, simply email Terri at   or call Terri at 207-518-5040. 

Independent Transportation Network (ITN) provides needed transportation to seniors and visually impaired individuals in the greater Portland area. If you are interested in volunteering to drive please phone them at 207-854-0505.

COME WALK WITH US on October 15, 2016!


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