LEWISTON – The YWCA of Central Maine has announced the 10th annual Week Without Violence Oct. 17 through 23. Events are designed around a specific theme. All events are free and open to the public.

Sunday, “A Day of Remembrance”: Join in a communitywide prayer to remember those whose lives were lost as victims of violence.

Monday, “Protecting Our Children”: Violence awareness and prevention will be done throughout the week at the Auburn and Lewiston school departments.

Tuesday, “Making Our Schools Safer”: “Bullyproofing Your Child” will be the topic at the B Street Community Center, 57 Birch St. Parents can teach their children ways to stand up to students that bully them in a peaceful yet assertive manner. Sponsored by Advocates for Children.

Wednesday, “Confronting Violence Against Women”: March Against Domestic Violence across Longley Bridge to Heritage Park in Lewiston at noon. Speakers, Silent Witness Project and Clothesline Project.

Thursday, “Facing Violence Against Men”: “Tough Guise” at 6 p.m. in Room I at Central Maine Medical Center. A 90-minute video presentation that looks at the media and how it portrays what it means to be male in society and male violence in general. Hosted by Abused Women’s Advocacy Project, with speakers from the community.

Friday, “Elimination of Racism and Hate Crimes”: Race Unity Potluck Dinner at the YWCA, 130 East Ave., from 6 to 8 p.m. People with diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds are invited to celebrate the beauty and oneness of the human family. Free.

Saturday, “Replacing Violence with Sports, Recreation and Fun”: Magic Y-World and Autumn Dance at YWCA from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m., 130 East Ave. The YWCA pool turns into an indoor water park with a huge inflatable float, “Tropical Obstacle” (maximum people 30). Free autumn dance for sixth, seventh and eighth grades (11 to 14) from 6 to 9 p.m., Wade Center.


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