New Addiction Recovery Support Group at Community Center

Join us from 6 to 7 pm every Tuesday. There’s a new peer support group available to those recovering from opioid addiction, alcoholism, or any other addiction on Tuesday evenings at the Community Center.

This is a free, open, non-12-step Recovery Support Group which uses the Resilience & Innate Health Framework currently being used in a number of recovery programs, including Farnum Center in NH. It is perfect for those who are recovering from any substance mis-use or any type of addiction.

Join Patty Seybold and Molly Stark to discover that you are not broken and don’t need to be fixed. We’ll explore the Inside Out paradigm that is based on Sydney Banks’ Three Principles of understanding how your Mind, Consciousness and Thought actually work. You’ll learn how to experiment with observing how your Thinking effects your Feelings and your Experience of reality. We’ll talk about the importance of living every moment in the present. And you’ll learn how to live each day Inside Out–realizing that YOUR thoughts create your experiences; rather than Outside In–thinking that people or circumstances can cause you to feel a certain way.

Our Summer Hours: 10 to 2

Summer is upon us. Our Community Center volunteers get lonely waiting for folks to drop in when the weather is fine and local people are out with their summer visitors or working at their summer jobs. So, to give our volunteers a break, we’re scaling back our summer hours. You’ll find the Community Center jumping and lively from 10 am til 2 pm. And, our evening classes and support groups continue throughout the summer.

Mental Health Support Group Wed. June 21st

Are you coping with your own, or a loved one’s mental health challenges? NAMI Maine (the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Maine) is sponsoring a free combined support group in the Boothbay region for individuals living with mental health challenges and family members supporting individuals with those challenges. The group is confidential. Meetings take place from 6 to 7:30 PM at the Community Center.

They are a safe place to join a caring group of individuals helping one another through their learned wisdom.

Mental Health Support Group for Individuals and Families

This support group is offered monthly on the third Wednesday of the month, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Community Center at the Meadow Mall, 185 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor. Contact Debbie Graves (207) 380-3550 or Jane Good at 633-2563 (after 5 p.m.) for more information.

These groups are peer-led by trained volunteer facilitators who have been affected by these challenges themselves or in their own family. By attending the group, people can gain insight, learn new coping skills, gain hope and see that they are not alone. No registration is necessary for NAMI support groups. They are set up as drop-in groups for people to attend as often or as little as they want. Attendees must be 18 years old or older.

“These groups are tremendously helpful in providing concrete, practical information and skills through the learned experience of others experiencing similar concerns in a non-judgemental, caring and confidential setting. The groups assist people in moving forward with mental health recovery and coping with current issues than can arise with mental health and co-occurring mental health and substance us disorders,” says Christine Canty Brooks, director of Peer and Family Programs at NAMI Maine. “These groups provide emotional support, self-care, empowerment and hope. NAMI Maine encourages individuals and families with relatives who have mental health challenges to take advantage of this unique opportunity.”

For more information about NAMI support groups, contact Christine at the NAMI Maine office at 1-800-464-5767, ext. 2305, or email:

FREE Climate Change Movie: Wed. May 24th

Join film-maker Andy Burt for a viewing and discussion about her film, Down to Earth. The movie features stories told by Maine climate activists of all ages–people who are working to slow down climate change–each in his or her own way. You’ll also hear from Andy about her Down to Earth Storytelling project and learn how you can contribute YOUR story.

Here’s an excerpt from Mary Gilbert’s movie review:

HOW DO PEOPLE BECOME ACTIVISTS? Are they born that way? ….

Andy Burt, a Quaker from Maine, has made a sensitive, well-planned, and beautifully edited one-hour film, Down to Earth: Climate Justice Stories (, in which she interviews a dozen or so earthcare activists about how they became involved in activism and what it means to them.

We see that it takes a certain type of courage to take on the role of “activist,” but the ordinary people in this movie have done it in a variety of ways and over their lifetimes. Some speak of important experiences of nature in childhood; their wish to protect the natural world has always been part of who they are. Some became activists later in life once they perceived the complexity of the world in a more informed way. For some, connections with others drew them in. Some simply had a feeling that “I must do this.” Once across the threshold, they all found an enhanced inner sense of meaning in their lives.

Join us at the Community Center at 6 pm on Wednesday, May 24th to watch and discuss this 1 hour movie.

Kentucky Derby Party THIS Saturday

Join us for our second annual Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday, May 6th. This event is hosted by the Boothbay Harbor Rotary Club and co-sponsored by the Community Center and the Rotary Club. Doors open at 5 pm. Admission is $15 which includes a chance to win the grand prize by betting on the winning horse.

Doors open at 5 pm. The Race, which we’ll be watching on a big screen TV, starts at 6:15 pm. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, Drinks, and a Cash Bar. Awards for the most spectacular hats and race-going fancy dress. This is a fundraiser for the Community Center, and will include a Silent Auction with impressive prizes.

Valentine’s Day Cookie Walk

EXTENDED HOURS TODAY: 10 am to 5 pm. Pick up some treats for your loved ones!

Chicago Bridge 9:30-12:30

Join us for Chicago Bridge every Wednesday am.

Volunteers Wanted for Alzheimer’s Social Activity Group

On Friday, January 27, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm, at the Community Center learn how you can help local people with memory problems engage in social activities. Want to make a real, positive difference in the lives of neighbors and friends living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia? Then consider joining the new Boothbay Area Social Engagement Committee. This committee of volunteers will plan and present one to two social activities for local persons diagnosed with dementia and their care partners in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter and the Boothbay Region Health and Wellness Foundation.

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens offers Therapeutic Horticulture Visits

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens offers Therapeutic Horticulture Visits

You’ll make it possible for participants to enjoy guided nature walks, trips to the theater, museum tours and other meaningful social activities.

Learn more by attending the Boothbay Area Social Engagement Committee Training on Friday, January 27, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm, at the Boothbay Region Community Center, located at 185 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor.

To register, please contact Patricia Seybold of the Boothbay Region Health and Wellness Foundation at: or 207-633-4368.


Early Stage Alzheimer’s Support Group Forming

On Friday, Nov. 11th  from 2 to 3:30 pm at the Community Center, there will be an introductory meeting for a Midcoast Maine Social Engagement Program for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Families, facilitated by Mark Pechenik, of the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
















A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or a related dementia is likely not the life path one envisions. The best way to face this disease is to continue to enjoy life. The Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association has been successful in helping patients with early stages of Dementia and Alzheimer’s design and carry out activities they can enjoy with others. These Social Engagement Programs offer a fun and comfortable way for people in the early stage of the disease to get out, get active and get connected with like individuals through a variety of community-based activities and social events.

Mark Pechenik, the Director of Outreach from the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will be speaking at the November meeting of People Helping People on Friday, November 11th from 2 to 3:30 pm at the Community Center in the Meadow Mall in Boothbay Harbor. This event is open to the public and families with individuals who are in the early stages of memory loss are encouraged to come.

Mark will explain how the Social Engagement program works and will teach us how to interact respectfully with people who are experiencing memory loss. He hopes to recruit interested patients and families from the Midcoast Region to start planning activities they’d enjoy doing. This is not intended primarily as a caregiver support group, but rather as a way for those experiencing early stage dementia to keep our brains active by designing programs and activities we will enjoy.

Activities might include going out to lunch together, going on an excursion to a local attraction, sharing memories, writing/telling your life story, sing alongs, walking or hiking outdoors, visiting museums, attending musical events, sharing a favorite hobby, playing brain-enhancement games, exercising together…. The possibilities are endless.

If you, or someone in your family, is beginning to experience memory issues, show signs of dementia, or has been diagnosed with early stages of Alzheimer’s, take this opportunity to take charge of your life and slow down the progression of memory loss and disability by becoming even more socially engaged and active. This program is being sponsored locally by the People Helping People Program of the Boothbay Region Health & Wellness Foundation.


Chinese Lanterns $5 to Benefit People Helping People program

The People Helping People Senior Support Network needs your support. Members’ fees don’t cover the costs of providing a coordinator to ensure that members’ and volunteers’ needs are met. So we rely on donations and contributions. This month we are featuring dried Chinese Lantern plants for your fall bouquets at a suggested donation price of $5. At the Community Center. Select a bunch, or sign up for one of the next batch.chinese-lanterns