BRUNSWICK — A free and expanded Family Resource Fair will be held at the new St. John’s Community Center, located on 43 Pleasant St. in Brunswick, on Saturday, March 30, from 9 a.m. to noon. 

“This fair gives people the chance to make connections, whether between a family and a youth group, a volunteer and an organization, or an individual and an agency,” said Amy Ford, a faith formation director at All Saints Parish in Brunswick. “It’s a way for the parish to offer community members guidance on how to become involved, supported, or collaborative.” 

Representatives from over 30 area groups will have a presence at the fair, like summer camps, youth development programs, and support services. The organizations include Bath Area Family YMCA, Bath Youth Meeting House and Skatepark, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bath-Brunswick, Blueberry Cove Summer Camp, Boy Scouts, Brunswick Area Teen Center, Brunswick Parks and Recreation Department, Care-Net of Mid-Coast Maine, Cathance River Education Alliance, Catholic Charities Maine, China Lake Summer Camp, Chop Point Summer Camp, Cub Scouts, Finance Authority of Maine, Girl Scouts, Habitat for Humanity, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust Nature Day Camp, Independence Association, Mad Science of Maine, Maine Maritime Museum Kennebec Explorers Day Camp, Maine Moms Demand Action: Be SMART, Mid-Coast Community Action Head Start, Midcoast Community Alliance, Midcoast Humane Animal Camp, Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, Safe Families for Children, Tanglewood Summer Camp, Topsham Public Library, and more.  

In addition, free haircuts will be offered to children by local hair salons and dieticians will be available for nutrition and meal planning. 

The event will also feature special events like Mad Science’s “Up, Up, and Away Show” at 11 a.m. and a performance by award-winning singer/guitarist Matt Loosigian of Earth Jams from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. 

During the fair, free refreshments will be available; a variety of items will be raffled off, including tickets and passes to the Maine State Music Theater and the Maine State Aquarium; and tours of St. John’s Catholic School and the new community center will be offered throughout the day. 

“The fair is a perfect event to showcase what the parish had in mind with the new community center,” said Fr. Thomas Murphy, pastor of All Saints. “The center will be a marvelous aid to bring the community together at moments like this for years to come. Our churches have always been welcoming and open to others, this facility will be as well. I think we’re going to see great things happening here, signs of the Lord’s presence.” 

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