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.

Important Free Movie: Opioid Epidemic

Please come to the Harbor Theater on Friday, July 14th at 4 pm for a free screening of the movie, Dying in Vein. The movie will be followed by  a community discussion and Q&A with award-winning director Jenny Mackenzie, Police Chief Robert Hasch, and addiction/recovery experts.

Many people of all walks of life and income in the Boothbay region are suffering from addiction to opioids. This film addresses the causes, the ramifications, and treatment options.

Dying in Vein is a deeply personal exploration of opiate and heroin addiction through a cinéma vérité style that drops you directly into the lives of an addict in recovery, a couple trying to get clean, a family grieving the loss of their son and an Emergency Room Physician trying to save one patient at time. Through these stories, the film explores the contemporary belief of ‘living life pain free’ and the shame and blame that exists around addiction. The film looks at the impact of socioeconomic class on our broken treatment system, and how a group of emergency care physicians are working to save their patients from the opiate crisis.

From Academy Award Winning Producer Geralyn White Dreyfous

Closed on the 4th of July!

We are closed for the 4th of July. We hope to see you on the other days this week!

Still Room for Maine Maritime Trip on July 1!

REMINDER: Our second Enrichment Trip will be on Saturday, July 1 at 10am. “Into the Lantern: A Lighthouse Experience”. Maine Maritime Museum, Bath ME. Sign up or call The Community Center, 633-9876 to reserve your spot in the van.

For more information about this exhibit, read this article about the exhibit entitled “Into the Lantern: a Lighthouse Experience in the Coastal Journal.


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.

“The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease,” Oct. 12 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, Oct. 12th, from 2 to 3:30 pm at St. Andrews Village, Mark Pechenik from the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will present a session entitled “Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease.

The program will focus on the symptoms and effects of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, including how it affects the brain, as well as causes and risk factors and how people can find out if they have the condition.

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, including about one in nine people 65 and older. Roughly one in three seniors will die with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Among the signs of Alzheimer’s are memory loss that disrupts daily life and goes beyond the normal age-related change of forgetting names or appointments but remembering them later.

According to a number of studies, people who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s felt a sense of empowerment and relief knowing what they were up against. They could also make plans and prepare for the future and no longer felt like a passive victim, according to Pechenik.

For example, said Pechenik, research underscores the benefits of social engagement for people who have Alzheimer’s, to help lessen the isolation and anxiety that is often associated with the disease.

He said the Alzheimer’s Organization is hoping to start a social engagement committee in the Midcoast and would like to work with people in the Boothbay area on that project.

For more information about the Alzheimer’s Organization, go to This presentation is free and open to the republic but please RSVP by calling 633-0920.

How Yoga, Massage, Herbs Help Lyme Disease Sufferers

Join the Midcoast Lyme Disease Support & Education from 6 to 8 pm on Thursday, Sept. 15th at the Community Center. Heather Lee Casey, yoga instructor and massage therapist, will share how yoga, massage and healing herbs have such a great impact for healing and well being. Heather grew up traveling all over the country and has lived in Hawaii, Colorado, Alaska and Maine. She trained in Integral Yoga in Maui, HI in 2000 and studied Massage Therapy and Reiki at The Namaste Institute for Holistic Studies in Rockland, ME in 2007. Heather truly believes in the healing arts and is passionate about inspiring others. She is a yoga instructor as well as massage therapist at Crow Point Yoga in Boothbay Harbor.

Midcoast Lyme Disease Support & Education (MLDSE) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that serves the needs of Midcoast Maine’s Lyme community through awareness, education, advocacy and free support resources.

For those who can not make the evening meetings, they also have a daytime Lyme support meeting that meets every month. Next daytime meeting is coming up on Monday, Sept. 19 at the Damariscotta Baptist Church from 1-3 p.m.

For more information about meetings or the organization, visit or contact Paula Jackson Jones, 207-446-6447 or Angele Rice at 207-841-8757.

Preview of the BRHC Thurs. Aug. 25

If you’re wondering what the planned Boothbay Region Health Center will look like, the directors of Boothbay Region Health Care, Inc. invite you to join us for a movie and discussion at 2 P.M. on Thursday, August 25th at The Harbor Theatre in the Meadow Mall. We will view the first segment (approximately 30 minutes) of a film, Rx: The Quiet Revolution. This film segment features the Seaport Community Health Center in Belfast and Dr. David Loxterkamp, a dedicated primary care doctor who makes house calls, rides a moped, sings in a choral group, and leads a substance addiction group.

Doctors at the Seaport Community Health Center

Doctors at the Seaport Community Health Center in Belfast

The Seaport Community Health Center is an example of the kind of collaborative team of physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals working in partnership with patients, delivering comprehensive primary care and striving for good health that we plan for the Boothbay Region Health Center.

Dr. David Loxterkamp will be our special guest and following the film he will answer questions and explain how and why a modern community health center can provide great access including convenient office hours, walk-ins and house calls and help patients and the community achieve better health.

Dr. David Loxtercamp making a house call in Belfast, ME.

Dr. David Loxtercamp making a house call in Belfast, ME.

Boothbay Region Health Care directors will also answer questions and discuss details about their plans for the Boothbay Region Health Center and its phased launch.

“e-Patient Dave” deBronkart, who survived Stage 4 Kidney Cancer by doing his own research and partnering with his doctors, will introduce the film. Dave previously spoke to our community about “e-patients” being empowered, engaged, equipped and enabled. Dave is excited about the fact that Boothbay Region Health Center will be designed and governed by patients and that patients will be in the driver’s seat, partnering with their healthcare providers as their coaches.

"e-Patient Dave" deBronkart consulting with his doctor, Danny Sands, M.D.

“e-Patient Dave” deBronkart consulting with his doctor, Danny Sands, M.D.

Admission is free. Donations will be gratefully accepted.

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Screening of the film is possible thanks to the generosity of David Grubin Productions and WTTW Chicago, co-producers of the film. Thanks also to Jason Sheckley and The Harbor Theatre for giving us access to the theater and for all of his technical assistance in actually showing the film.

Annual Members’ Meeting August 22nd 6:30 pm

The Boothbay Region’s Health & Wellness Foundation’s fourth Annual Members’ meeting will take place at 6:30 pm on Monday, August 22nd at the Community Center. All members, supporters, and interested parties are encouraged to join. Light refreshments will be served. You’ll have an opportunity to become a member and/or to renew your membership.

On the agenda for the Annual Meeting will be the election of board members, committee assignments for 2016/2017, review of accomplishments and finances for the last 12-18 months, discussion of priorities to address unmet health & wellness needs in the region, overview of currently planned programs for the next 18 months, and approval of the 2017 preliminary budget, which includes the budgets for the expanding Community Center, the People Helping People senior support network, and some of the new programs planned for this Fall: Positive Parenting and a Tailored Medical Exercise Program.

The Community Center is located in the Meadow Mall. The annual meeting will run from 6:30 to 8 pm.