LEWISTON – SeniorsPlus and Family Connections are working with businesses and nonprofits, asking them to reach out to relatives raising kids by placing posters in entryways and waiting rooms.

Throughout Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties, the two organizations are letting people know they have services to help relatives raising children.

Family Connections provides help with legal, financial, educational, health and family challenges. For more information, people can check the Web site, www.kinshipconnections.org, or call 1-800-833-9786.

SeniorsPlus provides counseling to people over 60 who are raising a child under age 18. For more information, call 1-800-427-1241.

A group of grandparents, aunts and uncles meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. New people are welcome. For more information, call Family Connections.

Missions session

POWNAL – Missions Conference 2003 will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 6 and 7, at First Parish Congregational Church.

Ray Watson of the International Board of Jewish Missions and Daniel Litchfield of Campus Crusade for Christ will be speakers

The public is invited to attend the services beginning Saturday at 6:30 p.m. with a slide/video presentation followed by a service at 7. A potluck supper will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Displays and refreshments will follow the evening service. The Sunday service will be at 9:30 a.m. followed by Sunday school at 11. The evening service will begin at 6.

For more information, people can call the Rev. M. Lester Strout at 688-4846.

Pirates at museum

ROCKLAND – The Farnsworth Art Museum’s Education Department is offering a September Open House for Schools featuring “Pirates! From the Golden Age of American Illustration.”

The exhibit will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18. Students and teachers will be able take a closer look at the pirate-inspired illustrations of Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth and other illustrators.

Students will create their own pirate gear and see performances by narrators dressed in pirate regalia. Actors from Likely Stories Productions will read from a selection of seafaring literature.

People can call (207) 596-0949 for details.

Senior Expo

AUGUSTA – Senior Spectrum, an agency that offers independent living options to mature adults and their families, will host the annual Mature Lifestyle Expo on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26 and 27, at the Augusta Civic Center.

Holly Couture, Expo coordinator, said it will have exhibits on travel, hobbies, exercise, health, financial planning and family caregiving. Visitors also can attend up to eight presentations on varied topics and hear musical entertainers. Door prizes, free massages, mini-manicures and special exhibitor activities and raffles will be part of the event.

Free tickets will be available at more than 100 locations. Admission is $3 at the door. For a full schedule, people can visit www.seniorspectrum.com or call Senior Spectrum at 1-800-639-1553.

Forming a corps

PORTLAND – Community Musical Arts and the Atlantic Guardian Drum and Bugle Corps have received a start-up gift of $1,000 from a Portland donor. The groups hope to bring a junior drum corps to the youths of southern Maine.

The funds will be used to send fund-raising letters to Elks lodges, and VFW and American Legion posts in the state, as well as to alumni of the Portland drum and bugle corps.

The donation will also be used as a down payment on used instruments and insurance.

Students wishing to audition for horn, drum or color guard spots are being encouraged to contact the corps through its Web site, www.AtlanticGuardian.org. Audition dates will depend on the success of the initial fund-raising.

Donations can be made through the corps Web site or by calling Jim Alberty at 775-1661.



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