August activities at the Cancer Resource Center

NORWAY – The Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine (CRCofWM), located at 59 Winter Street, Norway on the campus of Stephens Memorial Hospital, announces its schedule of free in-person classes and activities and virtual for the month of August. Participants in face-to-face classes must wear a mask. Anyone affected by cancer (cancer survivors and caregivers) can participate.

Special activity:
Kayak – Mondays: August 1, 8 and 15 | 9am-11am
The meeting site is at the Pennessewassee Park public boat launch on the road. 118 on Norway, the lake. Everyone affected by cancer (including patients, survivors, family members and caregivers) is invited to participate. Kayaking will provide physical, social and emotional well-being and camaraderie to all who participate. It may also help improve shoulder flexibility and range of motion, especially for people who have had breast cancer surgery. A limited number of kayaks, paddles and PFDs (personal flotation devices) will be available. Come every day or every day! For more information, please call CRCofWM at 890-0329.

Weekly public hours: Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; other days of the week by appointment. Mandatory masks.

Ongoing Weekly Virtual Classes: Pre-register for the virtual classes listed below at www.crcofwm.org.

MBSR: “One Hour of Mindfulness” Thursdays, 9-10 a.m. Learn how the practice of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) can help reduce stress through breathing, movement, and meditation . Join Kat Larsen as she leads this weekly class, incorporating other practices from her work as a Certified Yoga Therapist and Registered Yoga Instructor.

Weekly in-person classes:

Chair Yoga at Harrison, Caswell House Conservancy, 42 Main Street, Harrison Mondays and Wednesdays: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (new schedule). Chair yoga can lessen the impact of chronic disease and pain. It can also help deal with feelings of isolation. Being calmer and more relaxed inevitably leads to a greater sense of happiness and well-being. Susan Kane teaches this course, which can easily be adapted to one’s ability level.

Craft & Chat at CRCofWM, 59 Winter Street, Norway: Tuesdays 1-2pm Come discover your creative side and meet new friends at the same time. All supplies are provided; masks are mandatory.

Chair Yoga at CRCofWM 59 Winter Street, Norway: Thursdays 1-2 p.m. Join Kat Larsen for this gentle form of yoga, which utilizes both seated and standing poses using a chair as support to provide all the benefits traditional yoga. Chair yoga can help improve core strength and balance, promote better breathing techniques, increase flexibility, and reduce stress. Masks are mandatory.

Yoga Warriors for Cancer Care & Wellness: virtual and in person at Posabilities, 15 Tannery Street, Norway. Fridays, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. This gentle yoga class will support a healthy lifestyle for those facing the challenges of cancer through gentle movement and breathing, supportive restorative yoga poses, and guided meditation and relaxation. Please bring a yoga mat and a bottle of water. To register for an in-person course on Posabilities, https://bit.ly/CRCYogaWarriors-Instudio. For the virtual, https://bit.ly/CRCYogaWarriors-Online.

Special groups
Women’s Support Group (August 17): CRCofWM, 59 Winter Street, Norway 1:00-2:30 p.m. For more information, please call 890-0329.

Men’s Rally Group & Healthy Cookout (August 18): CRCofWM, 59 Winter Street, Norway 4:00-6:00 p.m. For more information: Nel Bernard, 207-312-9955 or Vance Jordan, 207-583-2975. This group will host a BBQ at the August meeting and a variety of healthy dishes will be served. New members are encouraged to participate in the barbecue!

Monthly activities
Wellness Share – 2nd Saturday of each month, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Center for Healing Arts & Treatment, 180 Main St., Norway. Reiki is always available, other modalities are available depending on the availability of practitioners: reflexology, massage, foot bath, Crone sessions, meditation, and more. This is a free event, sponsored by the Western Maine Cancer Resource Center and hosted by Teresia REIKI & Friends. You do not need to register in advance. For more information: Charlotte LaBelle, 207-890-2177.

Drum Circle – 4th Saturday of each month, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Center for Healing Arts & Treatment, 180 Main St., Norway. You do not need to register in advance. This is a free event, sponsored by the Western Maine Cancer Resource Center. For more information: Dan Gravel, 207-604-0323 or Nel Bernard, 207-312-9955

Sara H. Byrd