Second Congregational Church, 252 Main St., hosts a Lyme Disease and Tick Awareness evening Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. with speakers Paul Jackson Jones, Dr. Elizabeth Yori and Paul McFarland.

Jackson Jones is executive director of Midcoast Lyme Disease Support and Education group. A native of Nobleboro, she is a survivor of late stage neurological Lyme disease and co-infections. It was during her own battle that she noticed a need for information and connection to resources in the Midcoast among those suffering from Lyme.

Through her own personal journey, research and fight, she began to gather resources to share with those around her. MLDSE is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and Maine-partner of the national Lyme Disease Association. It raises awareness, fosters education, advocates change and provides support to those affected by Lyme and tick-borne disease across Midcoast Maine.

Yori is a doctor at Belfast Natural Medicine. Her interests include family medicine, herbal medicine, hydrotherapy, nutritional counseling, mental health counseling and working with chronic disease and chronic pain. While in school, Yori sought out clinical experience working with patients who had diabetes, cardiovascular health issues, kidney disease and other chronic diseases, such as Lyme and MS. She trained in intensive therapy shifts and biofeedback shifts as well. She is also trained in the use of Scenar, a medical device that is FDA approved for the treatment of acute and chronic pain.

McFarland is the owner of Tick Talk Maine in Camden, which offers services to reduce the number of ticks on a homeowner's property. He is certified by the state of Maine Board of Pesticides Control after extensive study and passing a rigorous series of exams, as well as the oral board exam.

His goal for his business is to help people enjoy their time outdoors by drastically reducing the number of ticks on their property. His studies and training will allow him to apply treatments that are safe for use around people, pets and plants.

The event is free and open to everyone who wants to know more about Lyme and tick-borne disease and available community resources. For more information about this event, contact Pat Weaver at 273-2592.