Women’s self-defense class at YWCA

LEWISTON — The YWCA of Central Maine has teamed up with Donna Harris of Phoenix Karate Academy to offer a free introductory women’s self-defense class from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1.

Harris will provide an overview of how to be aware of surroundings, how not to appear as a victim, and how not to be a victim of patterns of behavior. Women will learn the importance of “muscle memory” (learning to react instinctively) as well as defenses against common attacks.

The class is something for women of all ages and body types. For more information, call the YWCA at 795-4050.

Film on Question 1 at L/A forum

LEWISTON  — Question 1 will be the featured film in the third L/A Film Forum, a monthly series of independent film showings co-sponsored by the Auburn Public Library (APL), Lewiston Auburn Film Festival (LAFF) and LPL. 

The film will be shown at Lewiston Public Library on Thursday, Nov 1.  Popcorn, candy and soda available at a 6 p.m. social; the film starts at 6:15. A discussion will follow, led by Bates College Rhetoric Professor Stephanie Kelley-Romano.

The forum is free and open to adults. For more information on the series, contact the LPL Adult Services Desk at 513-3135 or [email protected]

LHS holding benefit bottle, coin drive

LEWISTON — The Lewiston High School community will hold a bottle and coin drive from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 3, to benefit the Hale family. Mrs. Hale, parent of a student, is awaiting a heart transplant and facing financial hardship.

Donations will also be accepted at Lewiston High School through Saturday. Checks may be made out to LHS with Hale family in the memo line.

Two programs on diabetes prevention

LEWISTON — “Diabetes Prevention” will be the subject of two Central Maine Medical Center Accenting Your Health presentations set for November. Diabetes educator Mercedes Peralta, RN, will explain type 2 diabetes and how it can affect one’s health. Her presentation will emphasize diabetes prevention.

Peralta recently joined Central Maine Endocrinology and Diabetes Center as a diabetes educator, where she helps those with diabetes learn to manage their condition for optimal quality of life.

Peralta has worked at Central Maine Medical Center for nine years and has gained nursing experience ranging from intensive care to medical-surgical nursing to outpatient pulmonology.

The free program will be presented at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in Chairmen’s Room, lower level, 12 High Street Medical Office Building.The second session will be offered at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in Conference Room H,  lower level, 12 High Street.

Those interested in attending should register in advance by calling 795-8448, emailing [email protected], or registering online atwww.cmmc.org. Interpreter services are available upon advance request.

Girl Scout meeting on Monday

GREENE — Girl Scouts of Maine will host a parent information and registration meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at Greene Central School.

Girls and adults are invited to attend to find out about the ways girls are participating in Girl Scouting and how the programs and activities inspire them to reach their personal best.  Participants will also learn about the flexible options and benefits of becoming a Girl Scout volunteer.  

For information on Girl Scouts or to volunteer, call Jeanie Duguay at 364-3639 or toll free 1-888-922-4763 or visit Girl Scouts at www.girlscoutsofmaine.org.

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