CALENDAR OF EVENTS
More information about specific events is included below the monthly calendar.
Upcoming Event Information
Free to the Public
February 3-5, 2023
Join us downtown for the 2023 Biddeford Winterfest, February 3 - 5th! CHCC will have a prize wheel and giveaways by the sledding hill on Saturday, February 4th from 10am-4pm.
Friday night will once again have limited tickets available for the annual adult sledding event, with drink discounts at participating locations downtown! Joe Boucher and his band will also be present at City Theater.
Saturday brings a free day of fun! Stop by for sledding, community booths, horse-drawn wagon rides, performances by local groups, and more. Warm up with s'mores by the fire, or grab a hand-knit hat and mittens from New Life Church. There may be a pony to ride when you need a break from sledding.
Look for fun contests, great prizes, and delicious food!
Be sure to catch Juston McKinney in the evening at City Theater.
The fun continues Sunday with free sledding and rentals at West Brook Skating Rink on Pool Road!
Click the image below for more information on each day, including links to purchase tickets (when available).
NATIONAL TEEN DATING VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH
HELPLINE: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or Text "START" to 88788
During February, Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month encourages parents and adolescents to take an inventory of their relationships. Abuse includes physical, psychological, or sexual abuse. Visit youth.gov and loveisrespect.org for conversation starters and resources.
HOW TO OBSERVE #TeenDatingViolenceAwarenessMonth:
Break the cycle. Start the conversation. Use #TeenDatingViolenceAwarenessMonth, #TeenDVMonth, and #Loveisrespect to share on social media. If you or someone you know has been the victim of dating violence, free and confidential help is available 24 hours a day through the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline. Click here.
NATIONAL ANTI-420 DAY
Youth Marijuana Prevention Video Contest
Submissions Due by March 1, 2023
Tell other teens why they should #JustSayKNOW to marijuana!
To counter 420 Day (April 20, weed day) this year, Johnny’s Ambassadors is starting an ANTI-420 social movement around teens preventing marijuana use in other teens, encouraging them to be marijuana free and discover a natural high in life!
The contest officially kicked off on January 1, and the final day of submissions will be March 1. Voting will commence from 3/1/23-4/20/23, and winners will be announced on April 21. We want to inspire as many teens as possible to participate and encourage other teens to avoid marijuana use and become the best version of themselves.
Click the image below for the complete contest rules.
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING
Free to the Public
Upcoming Training Dates: February 16, March 23, April 13, or May 18
8:30am-3:15pm via Zoom (Register for link)
United Way of Southern Maine is partnering with NAMI Maine to provide free Mental Health First Aid training to the public. Mental Health First Aid teaches individuals how to identify, understand, and respond to the signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. As rates of depression, anxiety, suicide, and overdose deaths increase in our community, these training opportunities are more necessary than ever. Together, we can take action to help more people live longer, better lives.
If you are interested in attending, please complete the link above or reach out to Nina Misra at email@example.com.
For more information, click here.
EARLY CARE & EDUCATION CONFERENCE
Saturday, April 29, 2023
The York County Early Childhood Coalition will be holding an Early Care & Education Conference at the Sanford Regional Technical Center on Saturday, April 29, 2023. Professionals from all over York County will spend the day in workshops and visit vendor tables meant to inspire and support their practices. FMI Contact Tammy Dwyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION
Open to All
Youth Full Maine provides free food distribution weekly in Dayton and monthly in Biddeford to those in need within our communities.
For dates and locations, visit their online calendar linked here.
KIDS FREE TO GROW