News Notes: June 20

Join the Power of Produce Club and your kids can get fresh fruits and veggies all summer long! The PoP Club is a free farmers’ market incentive program for children entering grades K-8. Each week, stop by the info both at Sanford Farmers’ Market for your children to receive a $2 voucher each to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables at the market. The Sanford Farmer’s Market is held each Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to noon at Central Park, corner of Main and Washington Sts. Questions? Email Megan at mletendre@une.edu. The PoP club is a federally-funded program of Maine SNAP-Ed. Visit their website to learn more about healthy eating on a budget.

Speaking of fruit, Lavigne’s is open for the season! Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates.

Kids still hungry? Grab and Go Summer Meals are available for all Sanford/Springvale kids and teens 18 and under again this summer! There are no eligibility requirements and registration is not required. For more information, follow this link or contact the School Nutrition Program at (207) 608 8762. Summer meals are available for pick up at Carpentier Park and Sanford High School (at Door #3) from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Monday through Friday through August 13.

Want to buy a fire engine? The Sanford Fire Department is selling its retired Engine 3, a 2005 Emergency-One Cyclone Pumper. It has 154,000 miles on it and needs some work. Great to dismantle and piece out, if you have the space to do it. The auction on Municibid ends Thursday, June 24. See the listing for more details or to bid.

Advance registration is now open for the YMCA Trafton Center’s 7th Annual Stepping Out for Seniors walk on Saturday, August 21. Walk-day registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with yummy breakfast foods, and the walk begins at 9:00 a.m. Walk the whole 3 mile route, or choose one of the shorter alternate routes. Registration is just $25, with the first 50 registrants receiving a T-shirt (which is why you should register now instead of waiting until August!) This fun day will also include some fabulous raffles. (They are accepting raffle prizes as well!) Stop by the Trafton Center to register in person or call them at 457-0080 to register by phone.

If you’d like to help Operation Ray of Light’s mission of empowering veterans and their families, stop by the office at 909 Main St., second floor, and pick up some Clynk bags, or call them at 233-1332. The bags are pretagged, all you need to do is put your empty returnable bottles and cans in, and when the bags are full drop them off at the Hannaford Clynk.

Seventy of Sanford’s young musicians participated in Summer Band Camp. Check out their concert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9nYLzR7UfM.

The Center for Grieving Children’s annual Pets and People Walk is coming up on Saturday, July 10. Rain or shine, near or far, take your lovable friends out for a walk in celebration of the healing power of pets. To keep everyone safe, this year the Pet Walk is being held virtually with participants choosing their own routes. Wondering how you can join the fun? Join their Facebook event & invite your friends to join too: https://www.facebook.com/events/166369405421806. Share this page to help them reach their goal or create your own, personalized fundraising page by clicking the purple button on the page. On July 10th, choose your favorite path and take your best pal for a nice long walk. Share a selfie with your pet on social media and tag the Center.

The North Parish Congregational Church will reopen for in-person worship on July 11.

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