I like things that are planned for the middle of the week. Weekends seem always to be taken up way ahead of time. Something to do on a Wednesday in May sounds good to us and from what we know so far, it will be a very informative, fun and helpful day.

The latest edition of Southern Maine Agency on Aging’s newsletter, Senior News, has arrived, and included among many interesting features, is more information about the Wednesday, May 23, Active Aging Expo, to be held from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Portland Sports Complex at the Dome on Warren Avenue, Portland. Admission is free.

This annual event, formerly called Elders’ Day, is in its 29th year. This year it has a new name and a new place with plenty of parking. Events are still being planned. but here is the latest update, according to the Senior News.

On the night before, Tuesday, May 22, comedian Susan Poulin will give a 7 p.m. special performance of “The Full Angel.” This performance features vignettes about a family reshaped by a mother’s illness and death. The memoir is designed to make you laugh, cry and be grateful for the people in your life. Words will be projected on a screen for people who are hard of hearing. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., at the Portland Sports Complex at the Dome. Suggested donation is $3.

Wednesday, the day of the full-fledged expo is crammed full of exciting opportunities.

A free antiques appraisal by Julianne Kane of Front Porch Appraisal Services sounds appealing to me. You may bring one small item per person. I guess that means we don’t roll in an antique desk, but wouldn’t it be fun to know what that old teaspoon is really worth – or how much the necklace we’ve hoarded all these years is worth. This is just one of many features of the expo.

Need answers to a problem about plants? Visit “The Garden Expert,” Eileen Scalli of Badgewick Design. She can help with your plant and landscaping questions.

Eight health and legal seminars are in the works, as well as health screenings and you can get your blood pressure checked, as well.

Lunch will be available for $5, but admission to the special day is free.

Visit the Art Van Exhibit and create a piece of the “Aging with an Active Spirit” collage, or take a break and listen to the Daybreak Quartet, Al Doane Quartet or the Maine State Music Theatre.

Dozens of exhibits will be available and if this event is like SMAA’s other events, there will be a lot of free and very helpful information. (For those interested in exhibiting, the deadline is March 20; call Susan Wilder at 396-6513 or [email protected])

Door prizes and a special grand prize raffle will make the day extra special.

Sponsors of Active Aging Expo include Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution, Northeast Community Care, TD Banknorth, Anthem, Hannaford, Home Instead Senior Care, L.L. Bean, MacDonald Page & Co., MaineHealth, The Park Danforth and Medicare Complete by United Healthcare.

See you at the expo!

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