Essential Happenings Saturday, May 5th

Becoming Your Best Self – Fulfilling Your True Potential, 10am-2pm. Meadow Wind, 100 Falmouth Rd., Falmouth. Optimizing our lives so we can actualize our potential and become our best self is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves. When we live in alignment with our core values we flourish as human beings and live with more happiness, meaning and vitality. Becoming Your Best Self is a personal empowerment workshop designed to connect you to your inner power and reignite your passion for life! Through experiential exercises, journaling and small group breakouts, you will discover how you can sparkle, flourish and succeed in your life. It’s never too late to start the journey towards becoming your best self! $75 investment.

The Enlightenment Expo, 10am-5pm (also Sunday, May 6th, 10:00am-4:00pm). Fireside Inn & Suites, 81 Riverside St., Portland. Greater Portland’s largest gathering of Spiri- tual & Holistic Practitioners, Products and Services. Join us for two days of learning, sharing, inspiration, One-ness and Com- munity! Psychic, Medium & Angel Readings, Spiritual & Wellness Authors, Aura/Chakra Photography, Chair Massage, Energy Healing, Reiki, Live Music, Crystals, Stones, Jewelry, Art. Workshops available throughout both days and are included in the cost of admis- sion. Door Prizes and much more! Admis- sion $5.00.Portion donated to local charity.

Portland Mom & Baby Expo, 10am-4pm. Portland Expo Center, 239 Park Ave., Port- land. The Portland Mom & Baby Expo is a celebration of new moms, moms-to-be, babies and families in the Greater Portland area. It is also a chance to learn about the wonderful resources, services and products available to you to help you have a healthy pregnancy, birth and new parenting experi- ence! Tickets at door: $5/adult; children free.

Sunday, May 6th

Marianne Williamson – Love America Tour, 6:30-8:30pm. USM Hannaford Hall, 88 Bed- ford St., Portland. Marianne Williamson will be discussing how a revolution in conscious- ness paves the way to both personal and na- tional renewal. In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., “Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.” Let us embrace the pos- sibility of both. Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed author and lecturer. For the last 35 years, she has been one of America’s most well-known public voices, having been a popular guest on television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live,

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Good Morning America, & Bill Maher. Seven of her twelve published books have been New York Times Best Sellers and four of these were #1. The mega best seller A Return to Love is considered a must-read of The New Spirituality. $65-$75.

Monday, May 7th

100+ Women Who Care Southern Maine, quarterly meeting, 5:45pm-7:40pm. The Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave., Portland. 100+ Women Who Care Southern Maine is a group of local women who are interested in supporting our communities by contributing to Southern Maine charities together as a group to increase the impact. As an individual, it’s often difficult to make a large impact alone. But as a group, we be- lieve we have the ability to contribute to the growth of our communities in ways that we never before thought possible. Our mission is to reach out and help our community by finding 100 and more women to each con- tribute $50 four times a year in order to give $20,000+ annually to local charities.

Wednesday, May 9th

Maine Women’s Conference, 8:30am-6:30pm. Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland. The mission of The Maine Women's Conference is to draw women together to connect, educate, inspire, and empower one another to assume new and expanded roles in the workforce, our lives and communities. Energizing Breakout Sessions and an interactive Exhibition and Experience Hall will provide insight and advice on relevant topics for women seek- ing guidance in professional and personal development. $125 includes lunch. www.

Movie Night: Opioids in Maine- A Public Health Conversation, 5:30-7:00pm. Join us to view short two documentaries about the opioid crisis from two perspectives, with a question and answer forum follow- ing. We will watch The Opiate Effect, created by Green River Pictures; the true story of Maine’s Will Gates, through the eyes of his loved ones, Senator Leahy, Attorney General Holder, and others. The second movie we will watch is The Opioid Effect: Maine's Fishing Community Battles with Heroin, created by VICE. It shares real stories of Maine fisher- men and their families to show the effects that opioids have had on Maine’s fishing community. After that, participants will have the opportunity to learn real-life skills like: How to recognize when someone is having an overdose; What to do if you find someone having an overdose; and How to store your medicines safely and how to dispose of your unused medication. $5. Register at: www.

Friday, May 18th

Integrative Health & Chronic Pain Sympo- sium, 8am-4:30pm. USM Abromson Center/ Hannaford Hall, 88 Bedford St., Portland. Learn how integrative and alternative ap- proaches complement conventional medicine in the treatment of chronic pain through in- sightful, informative panels and presentations. Come enjoy breakfast, lunch and one-on-one experiences with exhibitors and learn from local Integrative and Alternative Practitioners through interactive discussions. Topics to be discussed: Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Osteopathy, Homeopathy, Yoga, Qigong, Medical Cannabis and the relation- ship between Cancer and PTSD to Chronic Pain. Premier of “HEAL”, a Documentary Film about the Healing Power of the Mind-Body Connection. Master of Ceremonies: Dr. Lisa Belisle of Love Maine Radio. Hosted by The Center for Wellness Leadership. $75 includes all day activities plus breakfast and lunch. $10 tickets available to attend HEAL film only. For more information, visit: ELM2018.

Saturday, May 19th

Practical Spirituality for Daily Living, 5- 7 pm, Center for Balanced Living, 74 Lunt Rd., Lunt Auditorium, Falmouth. In this live intimate experience, longtime soul sisters, Lauri Ivers & Patsy Culp, will unpack some of life's biggest questions and deliver "Practical Spirituality for Daily Living" from stage. This event will be an "in real life" version of their podcast. As intuitive teachers, Lauri & Patsy will share valuable tools for accessing your own intuition. Cost: $44. For More informa- tion and tickets: https://www.practicalspiritu-

Why Do People Talk and Animals Speak, 10am-4pm. Solid Ground Equine Assisted Life Coaching, 10 Elizabeth Lane, Scarbor- ough. Learn how to connect, listen and talk with animals. In the morning we will learn how to communicate with animals. There will be time for practice and building confidence. Participants receive and share message from various types of animals, both present and distant. In the afternoon it will be all about you. You will spend time one to one with the horses to receive messages and spiritual healing. In addition to this workshop you will receive: Writing journal, Certificate of com- pletion and two drawings to win an equine assisted session or animal communication reading. $80. Register at: https://lindasaraco. com/why-do-people-talk-and-animals-speak

Monday, May 21st

Cooking with Health Educators: Portable Meals- Everything Goes in a Jar, 6-7pm. MaineHealth, Falmouth Learning Resource Center, 5 Bucknam Rd., Falmouth. 31

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