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Oct 14, 2016

Orientation for adult literacy tutors

Literacy Volunteers of Waldo County is offering an orientation session for anyone thinking about becoming a tutor or who has recently signed up to tutor. It is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22, 8:30 a.m. to noon, at Belfast Adult Ed Learning Center, 6B Lion's Way.

Key components of the orientation include literacy matters, who we are (Literacy Volunters of Waldo County), best practices for tutoring adults, understanding adult learners, stories from active tutors and students, and expectations for volunteers. Refreshments will be available.

RSVP to Denise Pendleton, coordinator, at 338-3197 or For more information, visit

Rotary walk to help eradicate polio worldwide

Belfast Rotary Club will hold an “End Polio Now Community Walk” Saturday, Oct. 22, starting at 9 a.m. at the Belfast Shrine Club, rain or shine.

Pledges and donations for the 3.4-mile walk are being taken by any Belfast Rotary Club member. Pledge forms can be found on the Belfast Rotary website at

Since 1988, polio cases worldwide have declined by 99.9 percent, from 350,000 children per year in 125 countries to 25 cases in three countries to date this year.

Rotary has contributed more than $1.5 billion to ending polio worldwide, including over $5,000 from Rotary Club of Belfast over the past three years. Contributions to Rotary are tripled by a 2:1 match by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For further information and to donate, visit

Speaker to demonstrate nonviolent communication

Certified trainer Peggy Smith leads an interactive presentation that will demonstrate nonviolent communication — listening and responding from our empathic nature, even in the face of conflict — in this month's Destination Wellness Series Monday, Oct. 24, from noon to 1 p.m. at Belfast Free Library.

Participants will gain concrete skills to use in daily conflicts to relate more authentically and compassionately to the people around them. A certified trainer of nonviolent communication as developed by Marshall B. Rosenberg, Smith will teach that disagreeing doesn’t have to mean compromising your relationship. She demonstrates how the fundamentals of nonviolent communication can improve the quality of your life and those around you.

Smith has been sharing this in Maine for over 10 years and has worked with educators in the Middle East and South Asia through Seeds of Peace International. She is also an ordained Dharma teacher in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. For more information, go to

Vendors sought for craft fair

Winterport Rec is looking for vendors for its craft fair Nov. 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Leroy Smith School.

A limited number of tables are available at $15 for crafters who make such items such as jewelry, clothing, stained glass, pottery, woodworking, soaps, candles, cards, hand painted art, dolls, tutu skirts or pet gifts.

The fair includes a 50/50 raffle to benefit Winterport Fire/Rescue, and concession stand profits will benefit a local family in need. Contact Greg DaSilva by Nov. 4 to register at 370-1815 or

Cornerspring earmarks UMCC grant for tuition aid

Cornerspring Montessori School announced it will use a $2,500 grant from the United Mid-Coast Charities for tuition assistance for low-income families who wish to send their children to Cornerspring.

The Belfast Montessori school offers programs for toddlers, preschool, kindergarten and elementary age children, as well as programs for before care, after school care and summer camp.

Cornerspring was among 58 nonprofits to receive grants from UMCC this fall.

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