Happy New Year, everyone! Have you made those 2007 New Year’s resolutions yet?
If not, I have a few suggestions for you.
Some of those resolutions can, perhaps, help improve the lives of others; some of them might help improve your life by offering you new opportunities and the chance to make new friends.
Anyone who has had cancer knows what it means to have someone to talk with who has had a similar experience.
If you are a cancer survivor, you might like to make a New Year’s resolution to join the Cancer Community Center Maine Buddy Program.
Jani Druck (her name is pronounced Yani) is manager of volunteer services for CCC, which is located in South Portland but serves all of Maine.
The program, she explained, “matches people who are either newly-diagnosed or just realizing that they are in a place in their cancer experience that they want support. We match them with someone who has had a similar experience.”
The program is available to people with cancer, family members, loved ones, caregivers or those who have lost a loved one to cancer.
“The program reaches all through Maine,” Druck said. “It is not limited by geography. A lot happens by phone or e-mail.”
Volunteers are invited to attend a one-day, free training program for this statewide, one-on-one peer matching network 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, in Rangeley Hall at Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor.
To register, or learn more about the program, call Druck toll-free at (877) 774-2200, or e-mail jdruck@Maine.rr.com.
Buddy Program members typically meet once a week, often by phone, although some do meet in person, Druck said.
To become a volunteer you should be at least six months out of treatment, fill out an application form with a reference and have an interview with Druck.
The program is flexible and can connect people in a variety of ways. Location or stage of treatment are not limiting factors.
Matches can be made anywhere in Maine, and how often you connect is up to you.
Additional information about CCC and its free programs is available at www.cancercommunitycenter.org.
Here is a healthy New Year’s resolution you might consider.
Cardiac Wellness of Maine is offering a “Five Pounds in Five Weeks” weight-loss and get-into-shape class that features discussions about the science behind effective weight loss and current trends in weight-loss strategies.
The cost is just $5. Classes begin with a weigh-in from 5:15 to 6 p.m. and discussion from 6 to 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 3, and the same times Jan. 17 and Feb. 7 on the second floor of the Irving Kagan Building at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
To register, or for more information, call 973-4600.
Perhaps your New Year’s resolution is to learn to quilt, or improve your quilting skills. If so, here are two free opportunities.
The St. Croix International Quilters Guild is conducting a workshop, Woven Swedish Heart Baskets, with Joline Cook at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, at the Methodist Homes Recreation Center on Palmer Street in Calais.
You should bring “lots of embellishments” to share, and there is no charge, Cook wrote.
For more information, call 454-0654.
You are also invited to another quilter’s workshop, Smokey Mountain Stars, at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at the Methodist Homes Recreation Center.
Information provided to me promises the Smokey Mountain Stars quilt “is the easiest star quilt you’ll ever make.” Again, there is no charge for this workshop.
Call 726-5117 for more information.
President Marie Saucier and members of UPtown Business & Professional Women know many of you make that New Year’s resolution to get into shape, and offer you the opportunity to get helpful tips on how to do that, without a lot of expensive equipment, from certified personal trainer Judy Pomeroy.
Pomeroy will make her presentation during a lunchtime event beginning at noon Wednesday, Jan. 3, at the Muddy Rudder Restaurant in Brewer.
All who are interested are welcome to attend, and you are asked to RSVP by 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, by calling Saucier at 992-5042.
UPtown BPW is a member of the BPW/USA.
Founded in 1919, its mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information.
For more information about this meeting or the organization, call Saucier at the number above.
Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; 990-8288.