2012-10-05 / Community News

Community News

Church to host Blessing of Animals

St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, 350 Route 1 in Scarborough, will celebrate a Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, Oct. 7 led by the Rev. David Heald.

The service honors the memory of St. Francis of Assisi, known for his love and caring for animals. It is a service to help remind us of our connection with all of creation. The service will be held at the church beginning at 9:30 a.m., outdoors if weather permits or inside if not.

All are welcome to attend and bring their pet if they would like. It is a joyful occasion.

For more information, call the church office weekday mornings at 883-9437 or email stnicksmaine@gmail.com.

Benefit Gala to help special needs kids

The Robbie Foundation is bridging the gap for special needs youth in Maine with laughter in an incredible setting.

The first Benefit Gala will be Friday, Oct. 12 at The Black Point Inn on Prouts Neck in Scarborough.

The event will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m., with Jackie Ward of WCSH channel 6 as emcee.

The gala will kick off with hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and a silent auction featuring items ranging in value from $100 to $2,000.

Bidders can compete for beauty treatments, weekend getaways and artwork. Maine’s own Tim Sample will be performing his own brand of humor. Tickets are $75 per person or $140 a couple.

Over the past two years, the Robbie Foundation has raised about $20,000 to help dozens of children with developmental disabilities in Maine.

Ninety five percent of the money raised is used to pay for things that are not covered by insurance. Recipients of the donations are based on recommendations from medical professionals, teachers and therapists.

For more information, to register and purchase tickets, visit www.robbiefoundation. com or contact Lynn Gierie, founder of the Robbie Foundation at lynn@robbiefoundation.com.

Free Alzheimer’s training available

The local Home Instead Senior Care office is offering to help area families manage the challenges of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, diseases that eventually rob seniors of their memories and independence.

Free training for families caring for these older adults is now available in classes in various locations around Cumberland County through Home Instead Senior Care in Gorham, or through online e-learning modules, available at HelpForAlzheimersFamilies.com.

Home Instead’s exclusive Alzheimer’s or Other Dementias CARE: Changing Aging through Research and EducationSM training program offers a personal approach to help families care for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease at home, where 60 to 70 percent live, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

For more information about free family caregiver training or to obtain a free copy of the Helping Families Cope booklet, call Home Instead Senior Care at 839-0441 or visit HelpforAlzheimersFamilies.com.

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