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    2013 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey (MIYHS) Data

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Sanford Strong Coalition and Allied Public Health have merged

The coalition, formerly known as the Sanford Strong Coalition, is now merged with the Allied Public Health group. This is a partnership of residents, organizations, businesses and others invested in the future of Greater Sanford.  The Allied Public Health group provides ways for the community to share information and access resources, while supporting initiatives to strengthen the health, well-being, and success of Sanford’s children, youth and their families. Membership is free and open to anyone concerned about the future of Greater Sanford and its people. Join today.

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Community Events

October – November 2017

Sanford International Film Festival
Oct 18 – Oct 22 all-day



Sanford News
April 5, 2017
By Shawn Sullivan

SANFORD — Like any good sequel, the Sanford International Film Festival will return — but this time in October.

The festival will be held from Wednesday, Oct. 18, through Sunday Oct. 22, here in Sanford. The festival, or SIFF as it is known, previously staked out the last week of May since it first premiered in 2014. James Harmon, the festival’s director, explained the move earlier this week.

“(October) seems a more festive time of the year, and a great time to see movies,” he said. “Our traditional weekend at the end of May was looking difficult for many of our staff and crowded with local events, so we thought we’d mix it up a bit.”

Moving the festival to that spookiest of months also allows SIFF to play up its most popular annual attraction: Horror Night.

“We would like to highlight our horror-themed events a little more, and we thought it would make sense to move closer to Halloween,” Harmon said. “We’re working out the details for a costume contest with a cash prize.”

This will be the festival’s fourth outing. The Horror Nights of the second and third festivals proved big draws. The second SIFF featured a special screening of “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” at Smitty’s Cinemas and included a special guest appearance by the actor Gunnar Hansen, who played “Leatherface” in that horror classic. At last year’s festival, actress Anne Bobby made a special appearance at a screening of her film “Night Breed,” written and directed by horror legend Clive Barker; Bobby also starred in two other films shown during the festival, one of which, “Suffer the Little Children,” was shot here in Sanford.

Not a horror fan? Not to worry. The festival traditionally offers all genres of film during its usual five-day stretch — comedy, drama, documentary, suspense thrillers, family fare, you name it. Movies from filmmakers in Maine and throughout the U.S. and the world are shown. Student films are also highlighted.

According to Harmon, 400 films from 45 countries have so far been submitted to the festival and are being considered for inclusion by a panel of judges.

“We are far outpacing our submissions from last year,” Harmon said. “We have a panel of 10 judges, whose tastes are vastly different. They are all extremely attentive to detail and love watching films very much.”

The festival’s committee is continuing to work on new ideas and surprises for this fall’s event. The festival will include the annual awards night, which this year will be held at the Sanford Town Club on Washington Street. During this event, filmmakers and performers are awarded as the best in their categories and, in some cases, are presented with a Tommy — SIFF’s equivalent of an Oscar, a small statue modeled after the statue of Thomas Goodall, the city’s historic benefactor, in Central Park.

For more information about SIFF, you can “like” the Sanford International Film Festival Page on Facebook.

Editor’s Note. Sanford News Editor Shawn Sullivan is on the Sanford International Film Festival Committee and is one of the judges.

Slime Workshop @ Goodall Memorial Library
Oct 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

This is a hands-on workshop for children ages 5-12 who are interested in slime. You will learn about the properties of slime through discussion and demonstration. And you will get to make slime!

Enjoy learning about and playing with slime. And in the process, learn about the chemical properties of different liquids, and the differing states of matter.

Join us for this fun and slimey program.

Spooky Flick & Float @ Sanford-Springvale YMCA
Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us at the Y for kid-friendly Halloween movies shown in the pool area.

Light snacks will be served and there will also be non-pool activities for the kids.

It will be a spooktacular good time! FREE to the community.

Learn more at http://sanfordymca.org/spooky-flick-float/.

Spooky Sprint 5K @ Sanford-Springvale YMCA
Oct 28 @ 9:00 am

Mark your calendars for this year’s Spooky Sprint 5K run (or walk!) Sport your favorite costume and join us at the Y on October 28th for family-friendly, active outdoor fun.

Preregistration is $10 for ages 14 and under, $20 for ages 15+.

Visit http://sanfordymca.org/spooky-sprint-5k/to learn more and register online.Spooky Sprint 5K

Sanford Strong Coalition has merged with the Allied Public Health group @ SMHC Sanford Campus, 1st floor Conference Room
Oct 30 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Sanford Strong Coalition has officially merged

with the Allied Public Health group!

We will continue to meet monthly at Southern Maine Health Care, Sanford Campus in the conference room on the first floor, the 4th Monday of the month from 12-2.

You are welcome to bring your lunch or to purchase lunch in the hospital cafeteria!

We look forward to seeing you there!  Please contact Nichole Ivey or Meaghan Arzberger with any questions.

Professional Training with the Center for Grieving Children @ Center for Grieving Children
Nov 2 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
3rd Annual YCCAC Ceilidh and Silent Auction @ Nonantum Resort
Nov 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Welcome, Friends!

What’s the next best thing to being in Scotland?
Bringing a bit of Scotland to you!So that’s what we’re doing—and for a very good cause!

On Friday, November 3, 2017, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., York County Community Action Corporation will host its 3rd Annual YCCAC Fall Ceilidh and Silent Auction at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport. (Ceilidh, pronounced Kay-lee, refers to a Scottish or Irish gathering where guests join in traditional dress, music, dance, food and drink.)
Music this year will be provided by The Press Gang—called “An Irish music phenomenon in America” by Irish Music Magazine.
Proceeds from the event to support YCCAC programs and services that most benefit York County seniors and children.

Make and Take Herbal Teas @ Louis B. Goodall Memorial Library
Nov 7 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Make and Take Homemade Herbal Teas

A workshop entitled Make and Take Homemade Herbal Teas will take place at Goodall Memorial Library on November 7th at 6:30PM. Learn about the ancient and modern day healing and medicinal properties of teas! Teas have been used boost immunity, alleviate headaches, and for calming and energizing. They have been used to assist in treating depression, anxiety, insomnia, arthritis, and digestive problems. Create and make your own teas and take home samples. Pre-registration is required and there is a charge of $3.00 per participant for supplies, payable on the evening of the program.

You will make 4 different teas to take home:

Serenity Tea (chamomile, orange)…helps with insomnia, tension, digestion, anxiety, aches and pains. This tea provides a tonic for the heart and is an anti-depressant.

Balance Tea (licorice root, rosemary, nettle)…aids in balancing hormones and in pain reduction, sharpens memory, treats allergy symptoms, and has anti-aging properties.

Rejuvenation (peppermint, ginger, lemon)…energizing, refreshing, anti-inflammatory and de-toxifying. This tea eases cold symptoms, upset stomach, and headaches.

Joy and Wellness (rosehips, rose petals, geranium)…anti-aging, immune boosting, promotes feelings of youthfulness. This tea boosts well-being, and promotes health, and feelings of love and peace.

The workshop is led by Cindy Simon, Healthy Lifestyle Coach and Community Educator, M.A., N.C.C., R.M.T. Join us for a fun, informative evening that may very well impact a positive change in your life.

Effective Communication Strategies @ Trafton Center
Nov 9 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

An Education Program by the Alzheimer’s Association

Thriving in Place York County in partnership with the Trafton Center

invite you to attend!

Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

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Drug Free Communities Meeting @ WSSR-TV Room/SRTC
Nov 15 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

The Drug Free Communities (DFC) initiative is a community-wide effort of youth, parents, business leaders, schools, police officers, faith communities, health care providers, and others to decrease alcohol, marijuana and prescription drug use among Greater Sanford’s youth and adults.

Contact: Nichole Ivey.



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