"Compassionate Friends" Memorial Garden

Each year, tragically, approximately 53,000 children die before achieving their latent potentials, leaving behind devastated, grieving parents and siblings.

                A few years ago, recognizing those cold, hard statistics do little to help keep alive the memories of their lost ones, a  small group grieving parents, calling themselves the "Compassionate Friends," came up with the idea of how to keep their deceased children's memories alive. That idea was to plant a small garden honoring these loved ones, an idea that received swift approval from the then pastor of St. Martin's Church.

                The memorial garden is located on the lawn on the Colby St. side of St. Martin of Tours Church, near the Holy Innocents Chapel. And a small statue of St. Francis of Assisi keeps watch over the memorial flowers.

Learn How to Do Hands-Only CPR to the Beat of Stayin' Alive

Learn How to Do Hands-Only CPR to the Beat of Stayin' Alive

You see someone collapse. You panic and stand there wringing your hands, thinking, "OMG, what am I supposed to do? CPR? I took that class several years ago — what was it I learned?"

Here's your chance to learn two simple steps that will empower, not derail you — and potentially save a life. Read more ...




Riverside Athletic Center
1173 Riverside Street
Portland, Maine

4:00 pm

Take Steps is the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s national walk program. These walks raise funds for critical research and increase awareness of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, painful and unpredictable digestive diseases. Thousands of people will gather this year at 170 Take Steps walks nationwide to join the fight against Crohn’s and colitis. The walks are family friendly festivals with activities for everyone including games, music, and great food. Funds raised through Take Steps will help transform the lives of those impacted by these diseases.

Pine Tree Hospice Golf Open 2014

Pine Tree Hospice Golf Open 2014


Area golfers looking to play for a good cause should SAVE THE DATE for the Pine Tree Hospice’s 2014 Golf Open on Saturday, June 28 at Dexter Municipal Golf Course and on Sunday, June 29 at Foxcroft Golf Club. There will be a scramble format with 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. flights each day. Golfers can play either one or both days. Lunch will be provided for all. An overall tournament prize will be awarded along with several daily prizes. This event is open to the public and all area golfers are welcome. Call 564-4346 or email for more info.


Health Events in Maine May 13 to May 23

Health Events in Maine May 13 to May 23

Free Skin Cancer Screening

Mercy Oncology-Hematology Center
Fore River Medical Office Building
195 Fore River Parkway
Portland, Maine

Care Packages to Those Overseas

With Memorial Day nearing and many servicemen and women on deployment defending our country, Valley Rivers Middle School’s Student Council will be collecting care packages items to be shipped to those overseas in combat/war stricken areas.

Donations can be dropped off in collections boxes placed at the front office of Community High School / Valley Rivers Middle School. The Student Council team will then meet on May 20th to prepare the packages and for our troops to receive their packages in time for Memorial Day.

Donations are needed by May 19th, the day before the packing date, to allow all prepared care packages to be mailed the following day to be received in time for the holiday.

Items needed are:

Micro ready foods in bowls: Chef Boyardee,Hormel.Delmontes spaghetti, beef stew, chili, roast beef with potatoes, turkey with dressing, macaroni n cheese, cup of soups or any microwave foods.

Pine Tree Hospice Presents Author, Val Walker and "The Art of Comforting"

What Do I Say or Do?

Val Walker, author of The Art of Comforting: What to Say and Do for People in Distress (Penguin, 2010), will be the guest speaker at Pine Tree Hospice’s community forum on how to support and communicate with individuals who are going through serious illness, bereavement, or other difficult life circumstances.

Val Walker provides training in the art of comforting at hospitals, universities, government agencies, and businesses.  Her articles have appeared in AARP Bulletin, Good Housekeeping, and Whole Living magazines. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University, with specialized study in grief, loss and disability.