Browse the community calendar below for a listing of coalition member events. Use the ‘Categories’ drop down menu to select an area of interest and the ‘Agenda’ drop down menu to select how you wish to view the calendar. You may also post an event or provide a feed from your organization’s calendar by selecting from the green menus below at right (your submission will be reviewed for suitability).

The Sanford Strong Coalition has merged with the Allied Public Health group.

Contact: Nichole Ivey or Meaghan Arzberger

Ongoing Events:

  • Parks and Recreation Youth Basketball; Tues. nights; Sanford Jr. High School Gym; 7 to 9:00 PM. Basketball Open Gym for Jr High School and SHS students throughout the fall and winter. $1/night. Pay at the gym.  No school that day – No Gym that night. Contact: Lori or phone: 324-9130.
  • Nasson Bike Center is looking for volunteers! The Nasson Bike Center is a resource for local youth looking for a bike, fix a bike, needing some community service time, or wanting to learn some mechanical and problem solving skills. We are looking for volunteers to mentor our kids as they rebuild bikes making them safe and reliable. We are open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 2 to 5:00 year round. There is no requirement that the volunteer participate a certain number of hours. It is helpful that they participate on a regular schedule. Read more.
  • York County Community Action Corporation Early Headstart and Headstart. We currently have openings in our pre-school classrooms! In the following towns: Biddeford, Berwick, Buxton, Kittery, OOB , Saco, Sanford and Waterboro. FMI.
  • Wellness at Walmart:  Daily @ 6:00 am – 8:00 am; Partners for Healthier Communities, Let’s Go!, Sanford YMCA, and Walmart have partnered to offer a space for the public to walk 7 days a week from 6:00 to 8:00 AM. All are welcome to join!  Contact:  Betsy Kelly. 
  • Families READ is an adult education program that strives to enable each adult to reach their academic, career, and parenting goals, while simultaneously offering a quality early childhood literacy program that assists parents in preparing their child for school. Contact:  Jeanne MacDonald.


December 2017 – February 2018

Winter Wonderland Family Night @ Sanford-Springvale YMCA
Dec 15 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us at the Y

Friday, December 15th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm for an evening of holiday cheer and family fun!

Celebrations will include public swim, games in our game room, crafts, snacks and more.

FREE to the community!

Drug Free Communities Meeting @ WSSR-TV Room/SRTC
Dec 20 @ 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.



December Vacation activities for Kids!
Dec 26 @ 7:30 am

Sanford Parks & Recreation
Holly Daze Activities 2017
Recreation: Daily Dose required for Better Health…

Week long “Day Camp” for children grades K-6 – An action-packed week is planned at Carl Lamb which includes arts & crafts, snow sculptures, gym activities, board games, swimming, bowling and just plain fun. The Parks and Recreation Staff will keep your children safe and busy. Dec 22 from 7:30-5:30pm, then camp resumes on Tues. Dec 26- Dec 29 7:30-5:30pm. Bring a snack and a lunch with beverage. Be sure to wear hats, mittens, boots and snow pants if weather is such. Cost is $65/week + $10 CASH first day of camp for field trip. Registration online required. Go to our web site

MOONBOUNCE and OBSTACLE COURSE– Friday. 12/29 from 11am-12:30pm at the CJL Gym. $5/person – let the kiddo’s get some energy out. Carl Lamb Gym.

WHEELS GO ROUND – Wed. 12/27 FREE Bring YOUR wheels (hover boards, electric 4 wheelers, scooters, skateboards, roller blades, skates, bikes, etc) to the Jr High gym from 12:30-4:30pm. We will let the little ones 5 years and younger ride from 12:30-1pm. All ages welcome after 1pm. We will all ride in one direction. Free for all ages. Parents must stay if your children are in the 3rd grade or younger.

BASKETBALL/DODGEBALL OPEN GYM – Meet at the Jr High Gym Tuesday12/26 and Thurs. 12/28. 12:30-2:30pm. FREE Gym time will be supervised and organized by Summer Playground staff. Free Ages 4th grade up

TEENS TO MALL $5 Wed. 12/27- call 324-9130 the Rec Office and get on the list. Leave at 10am return at 4pm. We will take the town van. Limit 11.

BOWLING: Rock n Glo from 12-2pm Reservations Suggested. $12 includes shoe rental, slice of pizza and a soda. Call Bowl-A Rama at 324-2401. This offer is good Dec 22 thru Jan 1 (not on Sundays or Christmas)
Morning-Glo Bowl 9:15am-11:15am 12/22, 12/26, 12/29. $7 includes bowling and shoe rental. Reservation are required so Call Bowl-A Rama at 324-2401.
New Years Eve Bowl – Family 4-6pm or 6:30-8:30pm. 2 hours/$25 + Shoes, includes pizza and drink. Reservations required call 324-2401.

SWIMMING– Join us at the YMCA from 2:30-3:30 on Wednesday 12/27 we have rented the pool. $1/person. All ages are welcome to participate – YMCA Rules request children 7 and under must have adult accompany in pool area, All non-swimmers must have adult accompany in water. Call Rec Dept at 324-9130 to register (limit 45 swimmers). See all rules online

Recreation: Just for the Fun of It!
Daily dose required for Better Health….

Drug Free Communities Meeting @ WSSR-TV Room/SRTC
Jan 17 @ 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.



Center for Grieving Children – Sanford @ Center for Grieving Children
Jan 17 @ 4:00 pm

For more than 30 years, the Center for Grieving Children has been an oasis of loving support for children, teens, young adults, and others experiencing loss and grief. The services of the Center are free, and made possible because of trained, dedicated volunteers, and community support.

Each week, trained volunteers give four hours of time to facilitate the groups. Supervised and supported by professional staff and mental health consultants, facilitators use art, music, movement, play, and discussion to help participants express feelings, share experiences and give and get support from each other.

Learn more about becoming a part of our healing community by attending one of our monthly one hour Volunteer Orientations. FMI and to register, contact Beth Quinlan at or call 207-775-5216.

Table Top Gaming Social @ Louis B. Goodall Memorial Library
Jan 20 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Table Top Gaming Social

Goodall Memorial Library is hosting a Table Top Gaming Social on January 20 from 10:00AM-3:30PM in the Community Room.

Table Top Games will be provided, but you’re welcome to bring your own to share with the group. All experience levels are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be provided. Covered drinks and outside food are welcomed in the Community Room for this event.

Some of the games at the event will be: Forbidden Desert, Forbidden Island, Ticket to Ride, Zombie Dice, Munchkin, Tsuro of the Sea, Qwirkle, Quartex, Race to the North Pole, Fluxx (multiple versions), Get Bit!, Gingerdead House, Kingdomino, Pixel Glory, Eminent Domain and others. Come in from the cold and have some fun with us.

Sanford Strong Coaliton has merged with Allied Public Health Group @ SMHC Sanford Campus, 1st floor conference room
Jan 29 @ 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 last 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 with any questions.

5th Annual Chocolate Benefit Spectacular @ Nasson Community Center
Feb 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm


 Chocolate Benefit Spectacular!

Fifth annual chocolate tasting event to benefit the 

Sanford Backpack Program

When:  February 3, 2018

Time:  6:00 to 9:30 PM

Where:  Nasson Community Center; Springvale, ME

The Sanford Backpack Program, an initiative of Strategies for a Stronger Sanford, partners with the Sanford School District to prove children who are food insecure with backpacks filled with nutritionally dense food. We serve about 200 children (and their families) in grades K through 12 and send over 100,000 individual meals home with Sanford children.

To help sustain the program, we are currently planning our FIFTH annual Chocolate Benefit Spectacular, on Sat. Feb. 3, 2018. This fun community-wide event will include chocolatiers from local restaurants, bakeries, and community members who will provide samples of chocolate treats to over 250 attendees.

We are looking for event sponsors! The 2017 Chocolate Benefit was a huge success and raised almost $20,000 for our program. The Sanford Backpack Program needs your help to make this happen again!

FMI:  visit this page, or contact Ayn Hanselmann at 207-206-2294 or
















































Aromatherapy Make and Take Class @ Louis B. Goodall Memorial Library
Feb 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Aromatherapy Make and Take Class

We all need some pampering, especially this time of year! Join us Monday, February 5th @ 6:30 PM for an Aromatherapy Make and Take Class at the Goodall Memorial Library. You will learn about the healing properties of essential oils, and make an aromatherapy bath soak and salt scrub, and a sugar exfoliating scrub. Oils include a wide variety to calm, heal, energize, de-stress, help with chronic pain, uplift mood, cleanse, inspire, purify, balance, and more. Revitalize your spirits along with your winter-ravaged skin!

Leading the class will be Cindy Simon, Healthy Lifestyle Coach and Community Educator.

A fee of $5.00 per participant is payable to Cindy on the evening of the program. To sign up for this program, or FMI, call or visit the Goodall Memorial Library.

Snow date: February 12th.

Sweetheart Dance @ St Ignatius Gym
Feb 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Young ladies in grades K-8 accompanied by an adult family member or friend are invited for a magical evening of dancing and fun.

Semi-formal attire is requested.

Call 324-4942 or register online HEREPlease bring registration confirmation to the dance.