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.


October – December 2017

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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The Psychology of Money @ Louis B. Goodall Memorial Library
Nov 14 @ 5:00 pm

The Psychology of Money, presented by Robin Barstow, Goodall Memorial Library, November 14, 6PM.

Money influences how we see other people and how we see ourselves. The decisions we make about it may have more to do with emotions than with math. By talking about money on a personal level we can discover a better understanding of our psychological relationship with it and that can help us lead happy lives.

As a clinical social worker Robin Barstow uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in her work. The premise of CBT is that our thoughts affect our actions. Robin has discovered that a great many people have never wondered about their personal understanding and relationship with money. So, they do not know their thoughts about money and how they may be affecting their actions with money. Money has extraordinary power over our minds. We invest in it the promise of so many things that we value. If we are to understand ourselves, and how money helps us to create the things we need and want, then we benefit by talking about it. Simple memories of what one learned as a child can be a gentle and fascinating place to begin. Please join in the dialogue with us.

Dr. Robin Barstow is a clinical social worker at Maine Behavioral Healthcare. She earned her BA from Sarah Lawrence College, her MS in physical anthropology from Columbia University, her PhD in evolutionary biology at Yale University, and her MSW from University of Maine.

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.



Mosaic Plexiglass Suncatcher Workshop @ Louis B. Goodall Memorial Library
Nov 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A workshop entitled Mosaic Plexiglass Suncatchers will take place at Goodall Memorial Library on November 28 @ 6PM. Learn how to make a one of a kind suncatcher with small pieces of colored plexiglass. This could be the perfect unique gift for that hard to buy for special person.

The cost for the workshop is $10 for material (due on the night of the program) and pre-registration is required.

Leslie Doherty, Ways of Color artist/owner, has over 25 years of experience designing, creating and teaching stained glass art. Combining her Masters of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy with her expertise in the art of stained glass, Leslie has welcomed opportunities to work in a myriad of settings with diverse populations. Ways of Color has been featured in The Boston Globe Magazine, “A Touch of Glass” and Merrimack Valley Home Magazine. Leslie has also been a featured artist at Newburyport Art Association in Newburyport, Massachusetts and The Saltbox Gallery in Topsfield, Massachusetts. She currently exhibits and creates at Potlatch Studio and Gallery in Amesbury, Massachusetts.

FMI and to register call 324-4714 or contact at

Narcan Training @ Nasson Community Center's Little Theatre
Nov 30 @ 6:00 pm


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FMI: Contact Nichole

Songs with a Purpose @ South Gorham Baptist Church
Dec 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm




Dear Friends of Not Here Justice in Action Network,

Our friends at Potluck With a Purpose are hosting what we hope will become a holiday tradition of generosity for many of our friends here in Maine, and we wanted to share this event with you. As a partner and friend in the effort to combat human trafficking and exploitation, we hope you’ll come out and join us at this special evening of music and raising funds to bless our local survivors this Christmas.

DOORS OPEN AT 6:00 PM, event starts at 6:30 PM


TICKET Price: 100% of all donations will be used to directly bless local survivors and their children this Christmas. We thank you for being generous!