SOUTH PORTLAND – The Brain Injury Association of Maine will host its 13th annual Individual, Family and Professional Conference on Brain Injury from Wednesday through Friday, April 23 to 25, at the Sheraton Hotel. Keynote speakers will be June O’Donal, Dr. Tim Feeney and Dr. Randall Otto, and workshops will be offered. Call 1-800-275-1233 for details.

Health fair

AUGUSTA – The Maine State Grange will sponsor its second annual health fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at its headquarters at 146 State St.

The event, free and open to the public, will include a Red Cross blood drive. Health care representatives will be on hand, and raffles will be held throughout the day.

Free raffle tickets will be given to those who bring in used eyeglasses, used hearing aid batteries, Campbell soup labels, used books, used tote bags, pennies for Hinckley Cottage, hats for cancer patients or an application for Grange membership.

For more information or to make an appointment for the blood drive, people can contact the Grange, at 1-800-464-3421 or mestategrange@prexar.com.

Fund-raising ideas

BELFAST – A fund-raising workshop for nonprofits will be held Wednesday, April 30, at the Hutchinson Center.

The workshop, “Fund-Raising in Challenging Times – Preparing for a Successful Campaign,” will focus on annual and capital campaign planning, grant writing, marketing and public relations, and conclude with a problem-solving forum.

For details, people can call 866-288-8080 or visit www.garyfriedmann.com.

Mediators needed

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AUGUSTA – The Attorney General’s Consumer Mediation Service is recruiting volunteer, consumer complaint mediators for its May 5 class.

Volunteers will mediate consumer complaints over the phone or by mail in the Attorney General’s Augusta office. The Attorney General’s Office trains its mediators in consumer law and mediation techniques.

Mediators are asked to volunteer approximately six hours a week on a schedule convenient to them. During the past year, the service recovered more than $593,000 for Maine consumers. The office will also train volunteer mediators in October.

If interested, call Assistant Attorney General James A. McKenna, at 626-8842 or e-mail jim.mckenna@state.me.us.

Help for caregivers

AUGUSTA – The Department of Human Services, in conjunction with the state’s area agencies on aging, has a new guide for caregivers. The publication, “Connections, A Guide for Family Caregivers in Maine,” is the first of its kind in Maine. It includes information about resources available to people caring for friends, neighbors or members of their family who are frail older or disabled people.

Connections contains information about caring for grandchildren, long-distance care giving, home-care services, housing options and health insurance options, including MaineCare.

The guide is available free to the public at any of the five area agencies on aging or by calling, toll-free, 877-353-3771 (877-ELDERS1).

Trek openings

AUGUSTA – The American Lung Association of Maine says there is still room for cyclists on its 19th annual bike trek. The Trek Across Maine Sunday River to the Sea is a three-day bike ride. It will begin at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Bethel on Friday, June 13, and finish in Belfast on Sunday, June 15. Call 1-800-499-5864 for details.


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