SEXUAL ASSAULT Response Services of Southern Maine is looking for volunteers to train as advocates for its 24-hour crisis and support line serving York and Cumberland counties. The free training will be from 6-9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays from May 4-25; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 7 and 21. The 40-hour training covers communication and listening skills and victim advocacy. Volunteers can work from home, have flexible hours and choose their shifts. The deadline to apply is Friday. For details, call 1-800-313-9900.

STUDENTS in the University of Southern Maine’s Free Enterprise program won first place at the 2011 regional SIFE competition in New York. Presenting at the competition were Nevin Duffy of Falmouth, junior marketing major; Patrick Brophy of Industry, junior marketing major; Lindsey Manseau of Scarborough, junior entrepreneurship and small business major; Mindy Thompson of Sidney, sophomore marketing major; Joanne Hemond of Rockingham, N.H., junior marketing major; and Tyler Wells of Holden, Mass., junior marketing major.

The team will travel to Minnesota next month to compete in the national competition. For more information, go www.usm.maine.edu.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES is looking for donations for its new thrift store, which is expected to open on June 4 in the Union Station Plaza, St. John Street. Workers will be at the store location to accept donations of clothing, books, movies, furniture and other home items from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.


RESIDENTS WILL HAVE a chance to dispose of expired and unwanted prescription drugs Saturday. Local police and the Drug Enforcement Administration are offering the free, anonymous service. South Portland sites, open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., are the community center, 21 Nelson Road, and the Community Partnership for Protecting Children, HUB trailer, 580 Westbrook St. The Falmouth site, open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is the Police Department, 2 Marshall Drive.


A SECOND-GRADER at Pleasant Hill School in Scarborough was recently recognized with the American Red Cross Real Heroes Youth Service Award. Brimwin Peabody, 8, raised more than $700 for victims of last year’s earthquake in Haiti.


STUDENTS from Freeport High School will compete in the national Academic WorldQuest competition Saturday in Washington, D.C.

The competition tests competitors’ knowledge of world affairs, history, geography, economics and culture. Participants include Zach Greene, Miles Boucher, Bennett Wade and Spencer Egan. The team alternate is Charles Baker, and the group is coached by Karen Massey.

WorldQuest is a program of the World Affairs Council of Maine. For details, go to www.wacmaine.org.