SeniorsPlus coming events include volunteer fair, crafts, classes

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LEWISTON — The SeniorsPlus Education Center has announced the October calendar of activities.

Unless stated otherwise, classes are free and located at 8 Falcon Road. FMI or to register: SeniorsPlus, 207-800-427-1241.

Volunteer Fair: From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3: A variety of agencies, including Central Maine Medical Center, SEARCH at Catholic Charities, BookReach, Girl Scouts and American Red Cross, will be present. There will be staff available from each agency to answer questions.

Converting to an Employee-Owned Co-Op: From 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, instructor, Marcel Gagne, Cooperative Development Institute. Maine has many baby boomer business owners who will need to retire in the next decade or so, and few of them have concrete succession plans. What is going to happen to these businesses? Who is going to buy them and sustain the jobs and services those communities have relied on? Business Ownership Solutions, a program of the Cooperative Development Institute, is working to promote and perfect this beneficial model of development. The presentation will explain the development strategy and share conversion success stories.

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Merging L/A: From 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, instructor, Holly Lasagna and Charles Morrison, members of the Joint Charter Commission. On Nov. 7 the question will be on the ballot for voters to decide. Two of the commissioners elected to study the issues will present the facts and answer questions.

Your Journal, Your Journey, Your Gift: From 10 to 11 a.m. Saturdays, Oct. 14 to Nov. 18, instructor, Natalie Ladd, columnist and freelance writer for Sun Media Group. During a six-week verbal and literary workshop, participants will review, record and collectively gather life lessons learned over time. Bring a 1- or 1½-inch binder. Limit eight in class.

Spooky Crafts: From 2 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, instructor, Corinne Saindon, local artisan. Cost is $5 for supplies for all three projects. Class members will make a Halloween card and two Halloween treat holders. One will be for a non-candy treat.

Safe Driving: From 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, instructor, George Davis, AARP. Cost is $20, payable to AARP; $15 for AARP members. Drivers 55 and older who complete the class are eligible for discounts on auto insurance for three years. Bring driver’s license, lunch and membership card.

Essential Oils: From 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, instructor, CJ Jerry. Participants will hear how the oils might benefit them, how to use them, smell them and ask any questions.

How Lead Gets into the Home and What We Can Do about It: From 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, instructor, Wendy Collet, Green & Healthy Homes Initiative. Learn how to create a safer and healthier home, and how to better protect kids and grandkids from lead poisoning.

Digital Dentures and Dental Implants: From 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20, instructors, Kristie Lake, DMD, and Megan Higgins, LD, Drew’s Dental Services. Lake and Megan will explain how digital denture design with the integration of dental implants can give patients a more natural and secure smile.

Five Wishes Program: From 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, instructor, Angela Moore, Beacon Hospice. Five Wishes, popular advanced directive, meets the legal requirements for Maine. The presentation reviews the document and provides information on how to start discussions with family and friends.

Ongoing classes include:

Gentle Chair Yoga: 9 to 10 a.m. Mondays, Oct. 30 to Dec. 18, instructor, Tisha Bremner; cost: $40 for eight weeks; $8, drop-in. Designed to increase vitality, gain a deeper sense of balance and find inner calm. Combines meditation, easy warm-ups, light stretches and gentle yoga postures.

Total Strength & Balance: From 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Mondays, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, instructor, Linn Morin; cost, $3 for one class a week; $5 for two classes a week; $6 for three classes a week. FMI or to register: Linn, 207-523-9055

These classes are for all, beginner or advanced, who are interested in improving strength, balance and bone density. Some insurance companies offer reimbursement.

FMI: 207- 513-3727, 800-427-1241, www.seniorsplus.org.

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