AUBURN – The Down East Sled Dog Club will host speakers Martin Buser and Albert Townshend, DVM, from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at Central Maine Technical College’s Jalbert Hall. Buser is a four-time winner of the Iditarod sled dog race. Martin holds the fastest time in completing the race. He will share tales from the trails.

Light refreshments will be provided, and donations will be accepted at the door. For more information, call Kathy Pickett at 539-4324, [email protected], or Lindy Howe at 539-8662.


AUGUSTA – Observance of Yom HaShoah, the Days of Remembrance for victims of the Holocaust, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at Temple Beth El, Woodlawn Avenue.

A panel comprised of Holocaust survivors Julia Skalina, Jerry Slivka and Charles Rotmil will speak. The commemoration, sponsored by the Holocaust Human Rights Center of Maine, is free and open to the public. The Week of Remembrance is April 27 through May 4, with the Day of Remembrance on Tuesday, April 29.

For more information, contact the Holocaust Human Rights Center at 993-2620 or at [email protected]

Grief workshop

PORTLAND — The Center for Grieving Children will offer a free workshop from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at the Center for Grieving Children, 49 York St.

The workshop will feature activities for children, teens and adults surrounding how to support each other during times of crisis and terrorism. From artwork to discussion groups and a “quiet room,” ways of dealing with “big emotions” will be introduced. All are welcome. Reservations are required, as space is limited. Donations for supplies are appreciated. Call the center at 775-5216 for details.

For information about the center write to P.O. Box 1438, Portland, ME 04104, or visit

Cards for troops

WESTBROOK – The Maine Credit Union League is collecting calling cards for the United Service Organizations. In less than two weeks, credit unions collected more than 300,000 minutes in phone cards through “Operation Phone Home.”

With a goal to collect cards and/or cash equal to 50,000 minutes of calling time, the credit unions established the program as a way to help support troops and their families by helping them stay in touch.

The package of donations, which will encompass several boxes, will also include a check for $12,000 to purchase additional phone cards and will be mailed to the USO.


FREEPORT – Flying Changes Center plans to offer five weekly sessions of summer horsemanship day camp for youngsters ages 8 to 18.

Each session gives campers the opportunity to ride, carriage drive and vault as well as exposure to the work and responsibility of equine care. Special activities may include visits from equine care professionals who will discuss health issues in greater depth, drill team exercises choreographed to music and field trips to enrich knowledge of breeds and styles of horsemanship.

The cost is $290 a week with a $100 deposit due with registration. Sessions are June 23 to 27, July 7 to 11, July 14 to 18, July 21 to 25 and July 28 to Aug. 1. For more information, contact the center at 729-0168 or at

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