Class on childhood trauma and long-term consequences offered Jan. 21

VIRTUAL — Traumatic childhood experiences like abuse, neglect or substance abuse can have long-term physical, psychological, behavioral and economic consequences.

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is a study that demonstrates the connection between childhood trauma and a wide array of physical and mental health problems. Despite trauma in their lives, children can survive and even thrive.

Learn about ACEs and how individuals, families and communities can influence the development of protective factors in a child’s life that can mitigate the impact of ACEs on his or her development. The target audience for this class include parents, caregivers and educators of children with behavioral health issues, however all are welcome. Class is from 6 to 8 p.m.

Saturday Tai Chi at Thomaston Public Library Jan. 23

THOMASTON — Thomaston Public Library has announced that Daniel Saucier will be leading a free Tai Chi group Saturdays at 11 a.m. to noon in the gym of the Academy Building (downstairs from the library).

The group will be limited to eight participants, to allow for social distancing. Face masks are required.

Whether new to Tai Chi or experienced in this form of exercise, all are welcome to join. Contact Thomaston Public Library at 354-2453 or for more information.

Half-day meditation retreat via Zoom Jan. 24

ROCKLAND — On Sunday, Jan. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon, Rachel Nixon will lead a half-day meditation retreat, hosted by The Dancing Elephant on Zoom. The program is open to the community by donation. Registration is required to receive the link.

This half-day retreat is an opportunity to respond to the call, to soften and let go into the present moment. The morning will be a blend of guided practice, deep listening, mindful movement, silence and guided relaxation. All are welcome. No previous meditation experience is required.

Nixon has been exploring Buddhist teachings since 1999. She has trained at Shambhala Buddhist Centers in the U.S. and Canada. Rachel has also studied with the Mangala Shri Bhuti community and at the Insight Meditation Society.

For more information and to register, visit or contact Rachel at or 594-1694.

Naloxone training offered Jan. 26

VIRTUAL — Naloxone is a life-saving medication that is used to counter the effects of drugs like heroin and prescription narcotics. Join providers Tuesday from Pen Bay Medical Center to learn how to use naloxone to save the life of anyone who is experiencing an opioid overdose.

This noon to 1 p.m. class is free but registration is required to obtain virtual access. Visit or call 301-3950 to register.

Free virtual parenting program on substance abuse Jan. 28

VIRTUAL — The focus of this program is on the effects substance use has on a caregiver/child relationship.

This is open to parents, guardians, partners or any adult who cares for a child. Parents that are in treatment or in recovery are also encouraged to attend. This 15-week program will be held via Zoom.

Classes are held every Thursday, starting Jan. 28 until May 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. Registration is required. To register, contact Dawn Flagg at 442-7963, ext. 230.

This program is supported by Department of health & Human Services and Maine Children’s Trust.

Virtual introduction to nature therapy held Jan. 28

VIRTUAL — Join Susan Fortin on Zoom for a reflection of nature’s way of nurturing, hosted by the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center Thursday, Jan. 28, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Fortin will share basic Shinrin-Yoku techniques and tips that can be practiced at home and in anyone's daily life.

This free event is open to all. For more information or to register, call the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center at 664-0339 or email

Takeaway chili supper offered at church Jan. 30

SOUTH THOMASTON — On Saturday, Jan. 30, from 4 to 5 p.m., The People's United Methodist Church will be offering homemade chili, corn muffins and brownies for a public take-out dinner. Visitors can choose between traditional, taco or vegetarian chili. Each meal is $13, or two dinners for $25.

The church is located at 13 Chapel St, and is accepting pre-orders only. Call Priscilla at 593-8698 or 571-227-5184 by 9 p.m. Jan. 27 to place an order. Make checks payable to PUMC or have exact change. Proceeds will be used to support church programs and mission.