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Protective Factors Training for Professionals


with Steve Madera

Protective Factors are conditions in families, communities and organizations that, when present, increase the health and well-being of children and families. Protective Factors/ Strengthening Maine Families 101 Training is for those who provide programs that support families. The training will offer opportunities to increase capacity to build protective factors that promote optimal development and prevent abuse and neglect.

FRI 3/2 11am-1pm FREE Penquis in Dover-Foxcroft

Lunch & Learn (lunch provided)


TUES 5/22 5:30-7:30pm FREE Penquis in Dover-Foxcroft

  For more information, or to register, please call Steve Madera at 974-2479. 

Raku Pottery Spring 2018


with Jemma Gascoine

Calendar Apr 26, 2018 at 4:30 pm, runs for 7 weeks

The Raku class starts at the Monson Arts Center on April 26th from 4.30 - 7pm and runs until June 7th with the raku firing on June 9th. The class will be mainly a hand-building class so no experience is necessary but there are potters wheels available if students want to 'have a go'.  All clay, glaze and firing costs are included in the tuition which is $110.

Raku dates back to the 16th century Japanese Tea Ceremony and means 'Joy'.  It's a low-fire process whereby the glazes produce metallic lusters and crackling.  No two pots ever come out the same.  With Raku firing, the potter removes the vessel from the kiln while it is still very hot, red, and glowing. He or she then uses tongs to move the piece from the kiln to a prepped trash can or 'reduction chamber' with combustible materials inside.

It's fun but it's messy so wear old clothes or bring an apron and tie hair back. Bring clean up rags and any pottery tools if you have them. It's not as easy as it looks so bring some patience too!

Twilight - Paint and Mingle


with Gale Robinson

Calendar May 21, 2018 at 6 pm

Join Gale Robinson of Leaves & Blooms Greenhouse for one, a few, or all six of the following paint nights! If you have never picked up a paintbrush, or you’re an expert painter, you are welcome to attend. Please bring a hair dryer if you have one (to speed up the drying process). All supplies are included.

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Volunteer with Pine Tree Hospice!
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Volunteer with Pine Tree Hospice!


with Pine Tree Hospice

Become a Pine Tree Hospice Volunteer

Pine Tree Hospice volunteer education programs, in compliance with Maine State regulations, prepare volunteers to offer hospice and/or bereavement care for families in our community during and after a progressive life-limiting illness.

Hospice 101: Introduction to Hospice for Indirect Care Volunteers

This 4-hour orientation program prepares volunteers to serve as indirect care providers.  "Indirect care" includes services such as cooking, picking up prescriptions, working in the office or library, fund raising, serving on the board or on a committee, but does not include direct interaction with clients or families.  Upon completion, participants interested in becoming a direct care volunteer may choose to be mentored by an experienced Pine Tree Hospice direct care volunteer during visits with hospice clients and families for a maximum of 20 hours.  Hospice 101 is offered as a class and also offered as an Independent Study.  Certificates are awarded after completion.

H101 Class to be scheduled.   H101 Independent Study can be scheduled at any time.  Optional mentor hours will be scheduled individually.  For more information visit  To register please call 564-4346.

Core Curriculum for Direct Care Hospice Volunteers and Bereavement Facilitators

This 11-hour program is the first part of the educational preparation for direct care hospice volunteers and for bereavement facilitators.  Direct care volunteers serve hospice clients and families, but do not provide physical, nursing, or medical care.  Bereavement facilitators support bereaved adults, children and families in structured group settings. Certificates are awarded after completion.

Times and location to be scheduled.  For more information visit  To register please call 564-4346

Direct Care Hospice Volunteers

After completing the Core Curriculum, this 9-hour program prepares volunteers to provide direct service to hospice families, but does not include physical, nursing, or medical care.  “Direct care” involves being with a hospice client and family and may include quiet companionship, respite care, transportation, or activities such as fishing, playing cards, reading or excursions.  Direct care volunteers may choose to participate in any direct or indirect care Pine Tree Hospice function.  Certificates are awarded after completion.

Times and location to be scheduled.  For more information visit  To register please call 564-4346.

Volunteer Bereavement Facilitators

After completing the Core Curriculum, this 14-hour program prepares volunteers to provide bereavement support to adults, children and families through the Pine Tree Hospice Bereavement Programs.  Bereavement Facilitators may choose to participate in structured group settings, which include the Nights of Service program for grieving children and families, the Lunch and Learn program for grieving adults; and an adult evening grief support group.  Certificates are awarded after completion.

Times and location to be scheduled.  For more information visit  To register please call 564-4346.


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