A workshop, Cultivating Connections: Communities Supporting Prevention and Recovery, is planned for Augusta and Gardiner. The events will focus on ways to foster a better and deeper sense of belonging and connection in the respective communities.

The Gardiner event will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Gardiner, 14 Pray St.

The Augusta event is set for 5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the Buker Community Center, 22 Armory St.

The events are being held in response to the need to support prevention and recovery and the recognition that increasing connections to family, friends and community helps prevent youth and adults from using substances.

At each event, after an initial welcome, overview and sharing of community information, those gathered will explore all that we can do to support prevention and recovery, such as:

• Finding ways to help all community members feel welcome and accepted;

• Connecting more people to existing events; and

• Learning more ways to support our neighbors of all ages.

The goal of the events is to discover opportunities for everyone to work together.

Both events will include a light supper and free child care on site.

For more information or to reserve a spot contact Joanne Joy, executive director, Healthy Communities of the Capital Area, at 588-5011 or [email protected].

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