NORWAY — The Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine, (CRCofWM) located at 59 Winter Street, Norway, on the Stephens Memorial Hospital campus, announces its schedule of free in-person and virtual classes and activities for the month of April. They do ask participants of in-person classes to please wear a mask. Anyone impacted by cancer (cancer
survivors and caregivers) can participate.

*Please note: With the exception of virtual class offerings, the CRCofWM’s storm policy is that the Center will be closed when MSAD/RSU 17 schools are closed.

Weekly Public Drop-in Hours
Every Thursday from 9 – 3 p.m. Appointments are available on other days. Masks required.

Special Activities
Stress – A New Perspective
The diagnosis of cancer usually brings a great deal of stress and anxiety. This stress can be harmful and make it difficult to cope. Please join Christopher and Paula Easton here at the Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine for a class on managing stress. Christopher and Paula will walk you through many of the linkages we associate with stress in our day-to-day lives and discuss ways to recognize your relationship with each stressor. Using a variety of tools, you will learn ways to reframe that relationship. Begin to see yourself differently, improve your well-being and reclaim your peace of mind! There will be two classes: Wednesday, April 26 at 3 p.m. or Tuesday, May 9 at 10 a.m. You may attend either class or both classes. There is no charge.  Please call 207-890-0329 to sign up.

Stamping Up! – Make Beautiful Greeting Cards– April 3 (First Monday of every month) – 1-2:30 p.m. Join Cathy Pulsifer for this free, fun, social activity and make some beautiful greeting cards to take home. Space is limited; masks are required. Materials are provided. Call (207) 890-0329 to sign up.

New Cancer Support Group in Porter
A new support group has started at Sacopee Valley Health Center. It is an initiative of The Grateful Undead in collaboration with the Sacopee Valley Health Center and sponsored by the Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine. The Grateful Undead is a non-profit organization providing programs and services to support older adults living in southwestern Maine. The group meets on the second and fourth Fridays. For more information, please call Marianne Wyer at (207) 749-0392.


Weekly Virtual Classes
Please pre-register for the virtual classes listed below at

“Mind full of Good” – Monday morning meditation – Mondays, 9-9:30 a.m. This enrichment series offers new ways to grow the good in one’s life. Built upon the science of positive neuroplasticity, each week will focus on cultivating an opportunity to grow inner resources for peace, satisfaction, and joy. Classes include instruction and discussion and are suitable for anyone who meditates or is interested in starting a meditation practice. Led by Karen Vasil-Busch, LMT, CAP, a PNT Teacher, Licensed Massage Therapist, Karuna™ REIKI Master, and Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

“A Mindful Hour” MBSR – Thursdays, 9-10 a.m. Learn how the practice of Mindful-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) can assist with reducing stress through breath, movement, and meditation. Join Kat Larsen as she leads this weekly class, integrating other practices from her work as a certified yoga therapist and registered yoga instructor.

Weekly in-Person classes
Chair Yoga in Bridgton, Bridgton Community Center, 15 Depot Street, Bridgton.
Weekly on Mondays – 10-11 a.m. and on Fridays – 9-10 a.m. Taught by Susan Kane, this class can easily be modified to anyone’s ability level. You do not need to register in advance.

Strength & Balance for Cancer Wellness – Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Rush Fitness, 141 Western Avenue, So. Paris. This full body workout class, led by Lori Britting, is tailored to the comfort level and ability of each individual to maintain mobility and strength. Resistance training (with the use of bands, free weights, and body weight) has been shown to enhance flexibility and decrease bone loss, reduce stress, and increase overall well-being. Train at your own pace while
receiving encouragement and assistance toward achieving your goals. Call the CRCofWM at 890-0329 to register.

Craft & Chat at CRCofWM, 59 Winter Street, Norway: Tuesdays 1-2 p.m. Drop in and explore your creative side and meet new friends at the same time. All supplies are provided; masks are required. No pre-registration is required.


Chair Yoga at the CRCofWM 59 Winter Street, Norway: Thursdays 1-2 p.m. Join Kat Larsen for this gentle form of yoga which utilizes both seated and standing poses using a chair for support to provide all the benefits of traditional yoga. Chair yoga can help improve core strength and balance, promote better breathing techniques, increase flexibility, and help reduce stress. Masks are required. Please call the CRCofWM at 890-0329 to register.

Recorded classes: A variety of recorded classes are available via our YouTube Channel: @cancerresourcecenterofwest2792 or via the YouTube link on our website:

Special Groups
Women’s Support Group and Coffee Hour: Third Wednesday of each month, 10:30 a.m. to noon. The next meeting will be on April 19 at the CRCofWM, 59 Winter Street, Norway. No registration is needed. For more information, call Barb Perry at (207) 890-0205.

Men’s Rally Group, Third Thursday of each month from 4-6 p.m. at CRCofWM, 59 Winter Street, Norway. The next meeting will be on April 20. For more information, call Nel Bernard at 207-312-9955 or Vance Jordan at 207-583-2975.

Cancer Support Group for Men and Women at Sacopee Valley Health Center. This group meets on the second and fourth Friday of each month. For more information, please call Marianne Wyer at (207) 749-0392.

Other Local Wellness Activities
Wellness Share at Center for Healing Arts, 180 Main St., Norway – 2nd Saturday of each month, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free event offering Reflexology, Massage, and more. For more information: Charlotte LaBelle – 207-890-2177.

Drum Circle at Center for Healing Arts, 180 Main St., Norway – 4th Saturday of each month, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free event, drums available for use. For more information, Dan Gravel – 207-604-0323 or Nel Bernard – 207-312-9955.

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