ST. ALBAN’S Episcopal Church has dedicated a $74,000 grant from the United Thank Offering to the parish’s three-year effort to rebuild a crumbling school in northern Haiti. The grant, the first awarded to a Maine congregation in more than a decade, will be used to complete St. Luc’s School in Trou du Nord, Haiti.


SPECTRUM GENERATIONS is sponsoring a free four-day leader training for the Living Well for Better Health Chronic Disease Self Management workshop. Training will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 20, 21, 27 and 28 at Sweetser, 329 Bath Road. The workshop is a series of classes for people with different chronic health problems. To sign up, visit or call Vicki Foster at 282-0764 ext. 126.


THE PORTLAND POLICE Department is offering its Rape Aggression Defense Training in September. The course is open to women ages 13 and older and consists of four classes and one scenario day, from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 14, 16, 21 and 23 and 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 25. A donation of $25 for the course is suggested. Registration and payment for the class must be completed in advance. To sign up and for more information, email [email protected] or call 874-8643.


ANIMAL RIGHTS MAINE will staff a food drive table from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at Deering Oaks Farmers Market in Deering Oaks to collect donations of fresh fruits and vegetables. August’s donations will be given to Preble Street, where more than 6,000 free meals are served to neighbors in need each week.


JOYFUL HARVEST Community Center and United Way of York County will collect school supplies for low-income Biddeford students in kindergarten through grade 12. Monetary donations also are welcome. Parents, whose income is 125 percent or less of the poverty level, are eligible to enroll their children in the program. Preregistration is required, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday through Aug. 16. School supplies will be distributed by appointment before school begins. For more details, call 286-9105.