Monday, March 27, 2017

Healthy Acadia Offers Free “Tai Chi for Health” Series




What: Free class series to improve heart and lung function, strength, flexibility and balance and reduce stress

Where:  The Moore Community Center, Ellsworth, Maine 

Dates and Time:  Thursdays from 10:45 – 11:45amApril 13 through June 4, 2017

Ellsworth. Healthy Acadia and Friends in Action are pleased to offer a free “Tai Chi for Health” class series beginning April 13, 2017. The classes will meet on Thursdays from 10:45 am to 11:45 am at the Moore Community Center, 133 State Street, in Ellsworth. While classes are free, a $5 donation is suggested.

This class series will use the Tai Chi for Health Institute’s diabetes curriculum. The class is appropriate not just for people who have pre-diabetes or diabetes, but for anyone who wants an opportunity to learn how to improve their heart and lung functions as well as their strength and balance. The course teaches exercises that promote movement control through the integration of mind and body. In addition, practicing tai chi increases confidence while reducing stress, further promoting health and wellbeing.

To enroll in this class series, or for more information about other “Tai Chi for Health” programs, contact Nina Zeldin at 667-7171, or nina@healthyacadia.org.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Welcome to New Chamber Member, The Southwest Harbor Public Library

Southwest Harbor Public Library

Please join us in welcoming the Southwest Harbor Public Library 
to the Chamber family!

Most of you are aware of our wonderful treasure, the Southwest Harbor Public Library.  Fulfilling so many needs in our community, from a good book to curl up with on a cold winter night, to resources for genealogical research, local history research, fabulous lectures, talks, programs for all ages, to involvement in the community through collaborations with are authors, artists and other, the Library has come to be a cornerstone in our town.

Here is just a preview of their fascinating history, more of which can be found at: http://www.swhplibrary.org/library_history.php :

"The Southwest Harbor Public Library was built in 1895, although its history goes back to 1884, the year Mrs. Annie Sawyer Downs gathered some discarded books from the summer hotels and placed them on a shelf in a corner of Dr. R. J. Lemont’s drug store, which was located on Clark Point Road.

"By 1886, the book collection had grown substantially and was moved to a former coffin shop that sat across the street from what is now Harbor House. This ex-coffin shop/ library building was later moved to site of the "Lawton Block," currently Sawyers Market on Main Street."
Main Street looking where Sawyer’s Market is now


















If you have not yet visited the Southwest Harbor Public Library or it's very useful web site, be sure to drop by soon and welcome the to our Chamber family.  

Monday, March 13, 2017

Hungry for Health 2016 Raises Over $6,100 For Substance Prevention



Healthy Acadia would like to thank our incredible partners and community members for their support of Hungry for Health 2016.  The campaign raised more than $6,122.20* to support substance misuse prevention, education, and treatment programming across Hancock and Washington counties.

Healthy Acadia thanks the following generous community-minded restaurants for their support and leadership in Hungry for Health 2016: Choco-Latte, Flexit CafĂ© & Bakery, Freshies, Havana, Islesford Dock Restaurant, Marlintinis Bar and Grill, McKays Public House, Morning Glory Bakery, Riverside Takeout, Rose Eden Lobsters, Serendib, Siam Orchid, Burning Tree Restaurant, Pickled Wrinkle, and 44 Degrees North Restaurant. 

Between August 2016 and January 2017, these restaurants held fundraisers, contributed cash donations, or donated gift cards to increase substance awareness efforts on #GivingTuesday, the annual national day of giving. Each partnership has brought new awareness and resources to help turn the tide on the opioid epidemic throughout our communities.

Healthy Acadia is planning the launch of Hungry for Health 2017, an effort to challenge cancer Downeast. Stay tuned to learn about events starting in April and occurring throughout the year to come. To host an event, volunteer, or otherwise get involved, please contact Shoshona at shoshona@healthyacadia.org or by calling 667-7171.

*This tally is short donations from one event for which calculations are still in progress.