April is Autism Awareness Month

April 2011 is Autism Awareness Month

Winthrop, Maine.  April 2011— The Autism Society of Maine, the voice and resource of the autism community, announced today that April is Autism Awareness Month. This year’s theme “Improving the Lives of all Affected by Autism”  as the key to individuals with autism reaching their full potential.

What is Autism?
Autism is a developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. The result of a neurological disorder that affects functioning of the brain, autism and its associated behaviors occur in approximately 1 of every 110 individuals.



March 5 through April 23, 2011

Every other year, the Saco Museum comes alive with artwork produced by students in our public schools. This year, for the first time, the student art show will be on view simultaneously at the Saco Museum and Dyer Library, featuring artwork by students from Dayton Consolidated School in Dayton; Jameson Elementary School, Loranger Middle School, and Old Orchard Beach High School in Old Orchard Beach; and C. K. Burns School, Young School, Governor John Fairfield School, and Saco Middle School. The more than 2,000 objects on display include paintings, pastels, sculpture, and more. The exhibit is organized and curated by local art teachers Piper Bolduc, Debra DiGregorio, Martha Gagne, Joanne Matusko, Diane Noble, Judy Puiia, and Dawn Strandburg. All student artists and their guests will receive complimentary admission to the show.

The 16th Annual “Bid Against Child Abuse” Auction

The 16th Annual “Bid Against Child Abuse” Auction will take place on Friday, April 15, 2011 at The Nonantum Resort, Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport. Preview & Registration: 6:30 p.m, Auction: 7:00 p.m. Tickets $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Admission includes: Hors d’oeuvres, Coffee and Dessert; Cash Bar.  For tickets and more information: 207-985-5975, E-mail:  Also see our website for Auction Updates All proceeds benefit the programs of the Child Abuse Prevention Council of York County.

Monthly Senior Food Distribution at York County Shelter Programs has been postponed

The monthly Senior Food Distribution (CSFP) at York County Shelter Programs has been postponed from Friday morning, April 1, to Friday morning, April 8. FMI call 1-207-324-1137.

A Family Guide to supporting a loved one with Alzheimer's & Dementia

A Family Guide to Supporting a Loved One
Scarborough, ME – Hospice of Southern Maine and the Alzheimer’s Association will present several workshops across southern Maine to help families cope with and support a loved one dealing with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
The 90-minute workshop will be presented by Carol Palmer, an RN and program director with the Maine chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.  Ms. Palmer, a former trauma nurse, hospice nurse and lead nurse for the office of adults with mental illnesses also served as a director of forensics and is a Viet Nam era veteran. She has been providing training about dementia and related conditions and behaviors for nearly ten years.
The workshops are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

Maine premiere of “The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass” by renowned composer Carol Barnett

On Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2, 2011, vocal music students from Westbrook High School, Massabesic High School, Oxford Hills High School and South Portland High School will gather at South Portland High School to rehearse and then subsequently perform the Maine premiere of “The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass” by renowned composer Carol Barnett, under the direction of Dr.Robert Russell. 

The culmination of the students’ work in this year's Choral Masterworks festival will be the performance of this unique vocal piece for the first time ever in the state of Maine, complete with a bluegrass band providing accompaniment, on Saturday, April 2 in a 4pm public concert at the Auditorium at South Portland High School. 

Admission for this unique musical experience is $5 per person with a maximum admission of $15 per family.  Tickets will be available at the door. 

This show is the penultimate presentation of “March Is Music In Our Schools”

The Sexual Assault Crisis & Support line needs volunteer advocates

Volunteers are needed to train as Advocates for Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine’s (SARSSM) 24-hour Crisis & Support Line.

Applications are now being taken for a free training session, beginning Wednesday May 4th, and concluding Wednesday May 25th. Held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m., and two Saturdays, May 7th and 21st 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the 40-hour comprehensive training covers topics such as: the brain’s response to trauma; communication and listening skills; and victim advocacy.  “If you are someone who is willing to listen, who wants to have a rewarding experience, who cares and who wants to make a difference, this is a wonderful opportunity,” says Charlene Powell, SARSSM’s Crisis & Support Line Manager.

The 24-hour Crisis & Support Line assists callers in York and Cumberland counties. Volunteer Advocates work from home, have flexible hours, choose their shifts and do not need any experience.