DE Children’s Council NOV 2009 calendar

Hi All —

The November 2009 calendar will soon be posted to our website at  The complete 16 page calendar may be accessed online, which includes ongoing activities, support and workshops.  Below, you will find some activities to get you started.  Please do not hesitate to ask for a printable version of the complete calendar including recurring weekly & monthly events throughout our area.

Thanks for sharing this information with your friends, clients, colleagues and community.  Wishing you a spooky halloween!  Cheers, Candy

Candy Eaton, Program Director
Hancock County Children’s Council
a program of Downeast Health Services Inc.
52 Christian Ridge Road, Ellsworth, ME  04605
207-667-5304, ext. 261  


 This information is also online at for your convenience.


Dial 2-1-1 from any landline or go online to get connected or get answers about community resources and services.

“Let’s Talk 30 Day Challenge” October 15th – November 15th, 2009:  Win $50 for a fun family activity of your choice.  To celebrate “Let’s Talk Month”, the Women and Adolescent team at Downeast Health Services has developed a contest to get families talking.  Stop by any office of Downeast Health Services to pickup your packet of suggestions for activities and reasons why it is important for parents and kids to talk and spend time together.  Send in your entry form explaining which activity you chose, and the team will choose the best entry.



·         National Adoption Month – FMI, contact Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine, Inc. (AFFM) at 1-800-833-9786 or visit

·         National Diabetes Month – FMI, visit

·         National Family Caregivers Month – FMI, visit

·         National Runaway Prevention Month – FMI visit


11.03.09 ELECTION DAY – Please VOTE FOR YOUR Kids – FMI:

11.03.09 Sullivan 5:30pm-7:30pm:  FREE Workshop – “Family Reading Strategies” — As parents we all have strengths to share with our children.  Come to an informal workshop to learn some tips on using the five literacy strategies-phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension so you can support your children as confident readers.  Presented by Sumner Adult Education / Adult Learning Center, located in the Town Hall, 1888 US Highway 1, Sullivan.  FMI & registration:  Call 422-3889.


11.04.09 Bangor 9:00am-4:00pm:  “Ethics – Making the Right Decisions for Substance Abuse and other Mental Health Professionals” presented by Michele Hylen, LCSW, CCS.  Fee $35.00.  Download brochure or register online at


11.04.09 Machias 9am-noon & 1pm-4pm: 4 Skillbuilder non-profit workshops available:  “Planned Giving: An overview and Tales from the Trenches” or “How to Carry Out a Feasibility Study that Works for your Organization” in the morning; and “What Does Governance Have to Do with Marketing Your Non-profit?” or “Collaborations vs. Mergers” in the afternoon at Helen’s Restaurant, Machias.  FMI:


11.05.09 Ellsworth 6:00pm-8:30pm:  “Attachment and the Love Languages of Children” presented by Special Children’s Friends and Child Care Opportunities RDC at St. Andrews Church, Route One, Ellsworth.   This FREE workshop with Carole Pascale and Joy Crockett gives participants a look at the various ways a child expresses love and the importance of attachments. Learn ways to encourage attunement and what to do when attachment goes wrong. Pre-registration is required by calling Joy at 667-2467.  


Save the Date 11.04.09 WEBINAR 2:00pm-4:00pm:  Teen Dating Violence:  CDC’s Division of Injury Response is collaborating with STIPDA and CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention.

11.06.09 Unity: “To a Higher Degree IV” Engaging Boys in School – a conference sponsored by the Maine Boys Network at Unity College.  FMI: or 207-774-9994.

11.06.09 Augusta (9:00am-4:00pm):  MAIN Annual Conference, “Whose House? OUR House! Back to Basics” State House, Augusta.  Learn how to speak and write what’s on your mind! Whether you’re dealing with friends, working with community members or lobbying public policy makers, there are many tools that will help you stand up for yourself and others in your personal life and in your wider community.  FMI: 866-626-7059.  To Register:

11.06.09 Bangor:  Maine Alliance to Prevent Substance Abuse’s 3rd Annual Prevention Convention with keynote speaker Kim Laramy from ETHOS Marketing “Telling Your Story: The Power of Prevention”.  There will be a variety of presentations and an afternoon workshop regarding new Liquor Laws and statewide strategies.  Brochure & registration on website.

11.07.09 Augusta 9:00am-4:00pm:  Maine Homeless Veterans Stand-Down to be held at Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Togus Hospital, Augusta, ME.  (registration limited to 9:00am-11:00am).  Available to you:  Clothing, Footwear, Toiletries, Legal Information, Great Food, Medical Screening, Haircuts, Foodstamps, MaineCare, Reading Glasses, Social & Community Services, Veterans Benefits Counselors, Employment Opportunities, Housing information and much more.  FMI, call 623-8411, ext. 4344

11.08.09 Bangor 9:00am-5:00pm:  “Growing Peace within Me and the World” workshop on nonviolent communication with Peggy Smith, at Families & Children Together, 304 Hancock Street, Bangor.  FMI, call Barbara Kates at 947-6858 or email

11.10.09 Ellsworth 6:00pm-8:00pm:  Hancock County Children’s Council “Relatives as Parents” FREE Monthly Support Group at Downeast Health Services, 52 Christian Ridge Road, Ellsworth.  Call Candy at 667-5304 ext. 261 FMI & to register.  Special showing of DVD “Maine Grandfamilies”

11.10.09 Trenton 6:00pm-8:30pm:  A Call to Men is holding an event with the movie “Breaking Out of the Man Box” at Faith Community Fellowship, Bar Harbor Road, Trenton.  Pizza & popcorn will be served during the movie, followed by a discussion panel, moderated by DJ Bill DaButler, on how Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault impacts professions in Hancock County. FMI, call the Next Step DV Project at 667-0176. 

11.10.09 Bangor 6:00pm-7:30pm:  Free Infant & Toddler Development presentations at Penobscot County Cooperative Extension Office, 307 Maine Ave., Bangor.  Topics include:  Safe Sleeping & the Importance of Bedtime Routines; Obesity in Early Childhood & Appropriate Nutrition; and Toilet Training.  Offered by UMaine students & Umaine Cooperative Extension.  Light snack provided.  To register, call Leslie at 207-581-3487.

11.11.09 Holden 7:00pm-9:00pm:  FREE Legal Affairs Workshop Series for Families and Guardians of People with Disabilities – Workshop #1:   Special Needs Trusts.  If you currently provide care or support for a loved one with special needs (such as mental or physical disabilities), you must have worried about what may happen to them when you are no longer able to provide that care and support.   Space is limited to 30.  Call 843-5104 to reserve your space and assist in workshop preparations.  Light refreshments will be served.

11.12.09 WEBINAR (2:00pm ET):  “Safe & Sound:  How to Prevent Medication Mishaps” presented by National Family Caregivers Association.  To sign up for the 2009 teleclass/webinar send an email to: or call 800-896-3650 and provide us with your email address or postal address. NFCA will send you the registration information as soon as it is available. The teleclass/webinar is FREE to all family caregivers.

11.12.09 Orono 6:00pm-7:30pm:  Free Infant & Toddler Development presentations at Merrill Hall, Room 114, University of Maine Orono campus.  Topics include:  Television & Young Children’s Development; Appropriate Guidance and Discipline; and Literacy & the Youngest Child.  Offered by UMaine students & UMaine Cooperative Extension.  Light snack provided.  To register, call Leslie at 207-581-3487.

11.15.09 Trenton 10:30am-5:00pm:  Christmas for Families annual fundraising event at American Legion Post 207, Bar Harbor Rd.  Donations at the door – music (7 groups), food, raffles, fun.   FMI, call 667-9918.

11.12.09 & 11.19.09 Sullivan (6:00pm-9:00pm):  “Getting Started in Family Child Care (Part 2) (6hrs) with Faith Perkins.  This training introduces the aspects of child development, health and safety and curriculum as well as professional development in a family childcare setting. This revised curriculum identifies the many resources needed to support the family childcare provider in their professional journey in working with children and their families in their care.  Cost: $15.00, preregistration is required, contact Joy at or 1-800-834-4378.

11.12.09 & 11.19.09 Ellsworth (6:00pm-9:00pm):  Weaving Diversity into Our Work with Children and Families (6 Hrs) with Hector Sapien at Child Care Opportunities, 18 Avery, Ellsworth.  Participants will explore personal memories, be introduced to concepts of the cultural lens and anti-bias approach, and practice responses using work-based scenarios. Cost: $15.00, preregistration is required, contact Joy at or 1-800-834-4378.

11.16.09 Ellsworth 10:00am-11:30am:  Hancock County Children’s Council presents “Mommy and ME” weekly group for Moms and their babies (newborn to one year) at Downeast Health Services, 52 Christian Ridge Road, Ellsworth.  Facilitated by Barbara Seura, come meet other mothers (first-time or experienced) and their babies for 6 weeks of weekly fun and tips to develop healthy strong bonds between you and your new baby.  FMI, call Candy at 667-5304 ext. 261 to register for this FREE activity.


11.18.09 Ellsworth 6:00pm-8:00pm:  “National Families Week:  Working Together – Providers and Families”, presented by Rachael Tyler, LCSW and Cindy Seekins, at KidsPeace, 16 Kidspeace Way, Ellsworth.  To register, call 800-264-9224.  Workshop listings & registration forms are also located at  All workshops are free to parents / grandparents / caregivers of children with emotional or behavioral health concerns.


11.20.09 Ellsworth 9:00am-12noon:  FREE “Recognizing Signs of Stress in Families” training for mandated reporters of suspected child abuse and neglect presented by the Hancock County Children’s Council.  The training will help you understand the role of mandated reporters, recognizing child abuse and neglect, responding to disclosures of abuse and neglect, how to make a report, DHHS CPS process and the linkage of child abuse and animal abuse.  Limit 15.  To register & FMI, please call Candy at 667-5304 x 261.

11.20.09 Ellsworth 10:30am-12:30pm:  “National Families Week:  Working Together – Providers and Families”, presented by Rachael Tyler, LCSW and Cindy Seekins, at KidsPeace, 16 Kidspeace Way, Ellsworth.  To register, call 800-264-9224.  Workshop listings & registration forms are also located at  All workshops are free to parents / grandparents / caregivers of children with emotional or behavioral health concerns.

11.20.09 Blue Hill 7:00pm:  “Hidden in Plain Sight” film presented by Peninsula Peace & Justice at Blue Hill Library.  FMI, call 326-4405.  FREE and open to the public.


11.20.09 Belfast “Suicide Assessment for Clinicians” is a daylong workshop designed to prepare a new or seasoned therapist to understand the risk of suicide in a variety of populations and how to approach and complete an effective suicide risk assessment.  Please register by following the link below to reserve your spot.



11.21.09 Waterville 8:00am-4:00pm:   “Life After High School” – preparing students with disabilities for transition to adulthood, presented by LDA of Maine at Thomas College, Waterville.  Keynote presenter will be Dr. Arlyn Roffman, Ph.D.  FMI or registration, call 1-877-208-4029, or


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