May 27, 2024

Walk, race to raise awareness of domestic abuse

Womancare-Aegis Association of Dover-Foxcroft volunteer program coordinator Ginger Hutchins reports its annual walk and race to end domestic abuse begins with registration and breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Piscataquis Community Middle School on Blaine Avenue in Guilford.

It features a family walk and 5K race and a Sub-5 Track Club Series 12K race. The race entry fee is $15. There is no fee for walkers, but everyone is encouraged to obtain pledge sheets, which are available by calling 564-8165.

Breakfast, from 8 to 11 a.m., is $5, $12 for families.

Hutchins urges you to “take the children to Toddler Town for balloons, games and more,” and to “take a stand against violence in the home” by supporting this worthy cause.

Charlie Bernstein of Maine Initiatives reminds “organizations working for social, economic and environmental justice” the deadline to apply for funds from its new program, Grants for Change, is Friday, Oct. 3.

This program, Bernstein wrote, grew “out of the foundation’s 15-year-old major grants program. Grants from the new program will range from small, one-time grants, to three-year grants totaling $75,000 each.”

A public foundation, Maine Initiatives is “dedicated to cultivating social justice at the grass-roots level,” he wrote of the organization that has granted more than $1 million to nonprofits.

For application information, visit or call 622-6294.

The Scottish Rite Masonic Leaning Center in Bangor will hold the Richard H. Winship Jr. Memorial Walk-A-Thon To Help Children with Dyslexia.

Ronda Hogan, daughter of the late Shriner, encourages people to lace up their sneakers and participate in Dick’s Walk to Help Children with Dyslexia, beginning with registration at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, at the Bangor City Forest on Tripp Drive off Stillwater Avenue.

The registration fee is $15, or $15 in pledges; the event will be held rain or shine; and you can choose a 3.1-mile or 1-mile loop.

Proceeds will help dyslexic children learn to read and write through this program offered at the center on Harlow Street in Bangor.

For information about this event, or this program, call Hogan at 990-5704.

Lydia Richard wrote that the Great Strides for Mental Health Recovery Walk begins with registration at noon and the walk at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Together Place, 150 Union St., Bangor.

Sponsored by the Advocacy Initiative Network of Maine, proceeds “will support AIN in continuing to inform and present the collective voice of people who use mental health services to impact system change and support the quality of life for people with mental health issues,” she said.

Ultimate Fighter Marcus “Irish Hand Grenade” Davis is expected to attend and sign pictures for those who obtain a walk pledge.

Registration sheets are available by calling 888-375-5969. People raising $10 or more in pledges receive a walk T-shirt.

You do not need to walk to donate, Richard added.

Wayne Griffin reports the Institute for Civic Leadership will hold one of its most popular workshops, “Nonprofit Board Financial Oversight: You Don’t Have to be an Accountant.”

The workshop to help nonprofit board members better understand their financial reports begins with a continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and the workshop from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave. in Belfast.

The presenter for this introductory workshop is Tracy Harding of Berry Dunn McNeil & Parker in Bangor.

The registration fee is $70 for the first person of an organization and $55 for each additional person from the same organization. You are asked to cancel within 48 hours.

To register, e-mail or call him at 773-3254, ext. 100.

UPtown Business & Professional Women of Bangor invites the public to make reservations to attend an open meeting featuring David Gilpatrick, energy director for the Kennebec Valley Community Action Program.

Gilpatrick will discuss “ways to cut your energy costs before spending a lot of money” at the event beginning with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. and followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and Gilpatrick’s speech at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Howard Johnson’s Restaurant on Odlin Road in Bangor.

Food will be ordered from the menu, and there is no additional fee.

You are asked to call Pat Leture at 942-8237, ext. 3314, leaving your name and the number of people attending with you.

Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402;; 990-8288.

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