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Peacox Productions Present: A Magical Christmas

Join us on December 7th & 8th at 7:30 PM at Hallowell City Hall for "A Magical Christmas" fundraiser for our Christmas Program! Peacox Productions is Maine's Premier Male & Female Impersonation Troupe with music, dance, and comedy, and this performance will have a special appearance by Maine Humorist, Gary Crocker! Please bring an unwrapped toy or warm mittens for children ages birth to 12 years old!

AAA Car Care Clinic

AAA Car Care Clinic 

 

Join us November 1st, 2018 for our annual Car Care Clinic!

 

Free to Members & Non-Members

 

Come learn how to maintain your vehicle, plus take advantage of the following services:

Free 38-point Vehicle Maintenance
Inspection (a $45 value), including:
✓ Belts
✓ Hoses
✓ Fluid levels
✓ Tire pressure
✓ Windshield wipers

 

AAA Battery Service:
✓ Battery test
✓ Charging system test
✓ Failed battery
replacement available
for purchase

 

Phone: 207.622.2221

 

Location: AAA Augusta

Turnpike Mall 

20 Whitten Rd

Augusta, ME 04330

 

 

Name Change Announcement

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We are excited to announce that Capitol Computers is changing its name to Unlimited Technology, effective September 1, 2018.

You will continue to receive the same great service and dedication to excellence you’ve come to rely on, now as Unlimited Technology. As part of our continued commitment to providing end to end security services to our clients, we will be adding to the services we already offer, including Cyber Security and Exero services.

Unlimited Technology was started in 1989 and has become a fully integrated solutions provider. Our owners and top managers have over 90 years of expertise in the security and technology industries. We have multiple offices throughout the country, and acquired Capitol Computers in 2015, which now serves as our Maine office.

We look forward to continuing to manage your technology needs so you can manage your business.

Let's Shine a Light on Domestic Violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time where we shine a light on this very large but often hidden issue that greatly impacts our families, friends, and communities. We are asking you to join us by putting purple lights in your storefront window. Let's show our community that we support survivors and hold those who use violence accountable. 

To show your support, contact the Family Violence Project at 620-9043. For $20.00, you will receive a string of purple lights to display in your window and a small poster that explains the meaning of the lights as well as our helpline information. 

Together, we can end domestic violence.

Volunteer With Us!

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Are you a good listener?

Are you comfortable talking on the phone?

Do you have a passion for helping others?

If you answered yes to these questions, I have an opportunity that may be perfect for you!

Family Violence Project has an ongoing need for volunteer advocates to help answer our 24-Hour Helpline for those affected by domestic violence. As a volunteer advocate on the helpline, you will make a difference in people’s lives by volunteering once a month from the comfort of your home. Do you worry that you won’t know what to say? Family Violence Project offers a free training that prepares you for this volunteer role; also, a staff person will always be available to assist you by phone while you are volunteering. Participants in the training will learn about the complex issue of domestic violence, the staff and services of Family Violence Project, and how to talk with callers and help them create safety plans. Although successful completion of our training is required for this volunteer role, no other experience is necessary.

Family Violence Project’s next volunteer training will be held in Waterville Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting September 18th. If you are interested in participating in this training and volunteer opportunity, you must be 18 years of age or older, complete a volunteer interview, and pass background / reference checks prior to being accepted into the training. Volunteer interviews must be completed by the end of the business day on Tuesday, September 11th. While the training itself is free of charge, we ask for a $25 donation from those who are financially able to provide it; this will help cover the cost of background checks. The inability to make a donation will not prevent a person from participating in this opportunity!

If you would like to learn more about this opportunity or schedule an interview, please contact Jaime Mooney (Advocacy Director) at 207-620-9044 or .

35th Annual Trek Across Maine

Join the American Lung Association for the 35th annual Trek Across Maine on Father's Day Weekend - June 14 – 16th, 2019. Featuring a new route for our 35th Anniversary, cycle 180 miles across the state of Maine, with the starting and finishing line hosted at the Brunswick Landing and overnight stops at Bates College in Lewiston and Colby College in Waterville. This ride is fully supported by volunteers and trained medical staff, including support vehicles along the route and three rest stops daily.

-2 day option for those of you that can’t get away for a 3 day vacation! Join us Saturday and Sunday and enjoy the Trek experience!

-1 Day option for those that want to just experience a taste of the Trek Across Maine! Join us on Sunday for the last leg of the ride starting at Colby College!

VOLUNTEER WITH US! We are always looking for volunteers to help us support the Trek Across Maine. We have many volunteer opportunities available. Please contact Erica at 857-302-6646 or for more information.

ROUTE OPTIONS:

The Regular Route:

Day 1: Brunswick Landing to Bates College in Lewiston  (approx. 60 mi) - 3 rest stops located on route

Day 2: Brunswick to Colby College in Waterville (approx. 60 mi) - 3 rest stops located on route & 1 water stop

Day 3: Colby College to Brunswick Landing  (approx. 60 mi) - 3 rest stops located on route & last mile staging stop

NOTE: Although we try to be consistent, mileage may vary from year to year depending on local and state construction projects.

2 Day Option

Date: June 15 – 16, 2019
Start Location: Colby College, Waterville, ME
Finish Location: Brunswick Landing, Brunswick ME
Mileage: Approx. 100 Miles
Fundraising Minimum: $400 ($300 ages 7-17)
Age Limit: 7 years and up 

1 Day Option

Date: Sunday, June 16, 2019
Start Location: Colby College, Waterville, ME
Finish Location: Brunswick Landing, Brunswick ME
Mileage: Approx. 60 Miles
Fundraising Minimum: $250 ($200 ages 7-17)
Age Limit: 7 years and up

FEES & FUNDRAISING:

Registration is $65 registration fee.  This is non-refundable & non-transferable.  Registration fee does not count toward fundraising minimum. 

3 Day Fundraising: $550 per person ($400 for ages 7 -17)**

2 Day Fundraising: $400 per person ($300 for ages 7 - 17)**

1 Day Fundraising: $250 per person ($200 for ages 7-17)**

** Fundraising must be submitted before the start of the ride or you will not be able aloud to ride**

For more information, visit: www.trekacrossmaine.org email call: 207-624-0312

***Note***Age Limit is 7 years and up.  Children between the ages of 7 - 12 must ride a tandem or tag-a-long bike with adult guardian. All children under the age of 18 must have an adult guardian with them at all times on the route. Child and guardian are both required to meet the fundraising minimum.

Celebrating Resilience

On Thursday, September 20th, we will be 'Celebrating Resilience' at O'Brien's Event Center at the Best Western in Waterville. This year's celebration recognizes the hard work and dedication of some past and present pregnant or parenting teens to complete their high school education and become successful parents.

Past and present teen parents will share their stories of the Sharon Abrams' Teen Parent School Program and we will also have a number of silent auction items to bid on and support our fundraising! The event will start at approximately 6:00 PM with a social and silent auction bidding available at 5:30.

Tickets are $40 and are available online or by calling (207) 872-0261.

2018 MTUG Information Technology Summit & Tradeshow is May 31 - Please join us! Early bird rate ends 5/23

The MTUG 2018 Summit & Tradeshow is a great chance to learn of new trends in tech and security, network with IT professionals, and enjoy a tradeshow floor of innovative products and services. Please join us for Maine's largest business tech event!

WHEN: Thursday, May 31, 2018, 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

WHERE: Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring Street, Portland, ME 04101

WHAT: 14 Workshops, 50+ Exhibitors, 500 attendees, Continental Breakfast, Buffet Lunch, Dessert, Prizes!

SIGN UP: Visit https://www.mtug.org/summit 

COST: $45 by Wednesday 5/23 (extended from previous postings); $50 standard advance; ($60 on the event day); $25 for pre-registered students with credential.

HIGHLIGHTS: 

--> WORKSHOPS: Tracks include Cloud, IT Career Development, IT Infrastructure, Security, and "Tech Sandbox." Workshops selected by our nonprofit board. FMI: https://www.mtug.org/summit#Workshops

--> KEYNOTE: Dr. Rafael J. Grossmann, Trauma/General Surgeon & Health Technology Innovator, presents "Mixed Reality & Beyond: The Smart Use of Technology Without Limits!" Following the Keynote, MTUG will present the 7th Annual MTUG Co-Sponsored Scholarships with donor representatives and scholarship recipients. For keynote bio and presentation details: https://www.mtug.org/summit#Keynote 

--> TRADESHOW: 50+ Exhibitors -- Check them out! -- https://www.mtug.org/summit#BoothMap

The Maine Technology Users Group (MTUG) is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to bringing IT professionals and business leaders together to network, educate, and share technology experiences.

MAINE’S LARGEST INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT AND TRADESHOW FEATURES TECHNOLOGY INNOVATORS, WORKSHOPS, EXHIBITORS

The Maine Technology Users Group (MTUG) will hold its 31st Annual Information Technology Summit and Tradeshow on Thursday, May 31st 2018, 7:30am to 4pm, at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring Street, Portland. An expected 500+ IT professionals will gather to share technology experiences and the latest in techniques, services and products. 

The registration fee is $45 “Early Bird” rate by 5/16/18, $50 advanced purchase, and $60 on the event day. $25 rate available for Students who pre-register. Fee includes continental breakfast, buffet lunch, keynote, workshops, exhibit hall access and afternoon refreshments. To receive updates via Twitter, follow @MTUG_Maine and search for #MTUG2018. For complete details or to register, visit the Summit Page online at:  https://www.mtug.org/summit.

This year's Keynote Speaker is Dr. Rafael Grossmann, Trauma/General Surgeon and Health Technology Innovator. In his address, "Mixed Reality & Beyond: The Smart Use of Technology Without Limits!" Dr. Grossmann will explore current trends and the future of the smart application of Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Mixed Reality technologies in healthcare and education.  Dr. Grossmann was the first surgeon to pioneer the use of Google Glass during live surgery, and is an ardent telemedicine, global health, and digital medicine advocate.

The event features 15 workshops and demonstrations across 5 tracks: Cloud, IT Career Development, IT Infrastructure, Security, and “Tech Sandbox” (hands on technology demonstrations) on topics such as redesigning a campus-wide network, using DevOps in chaotic situations, Microsoft Azure migrations and deployments, cost effective security techniques, Maine’s neutral internet exchange, security threat hunting, IT certification and education programs, and more. Most workshops will be led or co-led by “end-user” IT professionals at Maine-based organizations; sectors represented include retail, education, biotechnology, government services, and manufacturing.

The exhibit hall of 59 vendor booths will be open all day, with ample time to visit between sessions. Exhibitors include representatives from IT and telecom infrastructure, IT services, technology consulting, and tech education vendors from Maine and across the nation.

The expected 500+ attendees will include IT and telecom professionals and senior business and operations managers from Maine and Northern New England, representing all sectors and industries, including finance, education, government, retail, manufacturing, construction, healthcare, nonprofit organizations and more. With three food events around the sessions, there will be plenty of time to network, share ideas, and ask questions of presenters and vendors.

At the Summit Lunch, the 7th Annual MTUG Co-Sponsored Scholarships will be announced jointly with partnering business donors Connectivity Point, Consolidated Communications, Great Works Internet, Lincolnville Communications, Maine Fiber Company, Norway Savings Bank, Systems Engineering, and Tyler Technologies. The scholarships will be managed by the University of Maine Foundation, and will benefit nine students from Maine studying in IT fields at a University of Maine System campus.

MTUG’s 2018 IT Summit Sponsors include: Casco Bay Hall Sponsor Avaya; Lunch Sponsor Consolidated Communications; Gold Sponsors: Carousel Industries, Fortinet, Lincolnville Communications, and Skyterra / Workspot; Silver Sponsors: Enghouse Interactive, Extreme Networks, ITS Inc., New England Communications, Nutanix, PCM, Thrive, TPx Communications, U.S. Cellular, and WEI; Bronze Sponsors: Purdue University Global and Headlight Audio Visual.

The Maine Technology Users Group (MTUG) is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to bringing IT professionals and business leaders together to network, educate, and share technology experiences. MTUG holds monthly events -- online and in-person -- from late August to late May. Our Webinars, "Peers & Beers" and annual I.T. Summit cover a broad range of technology topics, including infrastructure / networking, I.T. security / cybersecurity, VoIP and telephony solutions, collaboration tools, devops, video conferencing tools, contact center solutions, technical training / technical education programs and strategies, career and professional development topics, and much more. For additional details, visit MTUG’s website at www.mtug.org.

Healthy Aging Expo on June 1 will inform and entertain

Health Expo

On Friday, June 1, Spectrum Generations’ Cohen Community Center will host their annual Healthy Aging Expo, from 10:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m. 

A free event, the Healthy Aging Expo offers attendees an opportunity to meet with exhibitors (including major sponsors, Senscio Systems and Bridges Home Care), learn about different ways food can affect health, sample products, get healthy cooking tips, qualify for door prizes and get resources to meet personal goals. Be sure to stop by the Beltone booth for your free hearing test.

Lunch will be catered by Cohen on the Meadows and available for a cost of $6.50 (sandwich wraps, salads, and vegetarian options).

For more information call 626-7777. Spectrum Generations’ Cohen Community Center is located at 22 Town Farm Road in Hallowell.

Agricultural Field Labor Day on May 3 Showcases Career Opportunities

Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry (DACF), Maine Department of Labor (MDOL), and Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC), invite the public to celebrate the vitality of Maine's agricultural industry at the first Agricultural Labor Field Day on Thursday, May 3, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Alfond Recreational Center, KVCC Hinckley Campus, 16 Prescott Dr., Hinckley, ME. The event is open to the public and free to attend.

The Agricultural Labor Field Day connects those interested in professional and academic agricultural careers with local jobs and/or KVCC's undergraduate programming in a variety of agriculture fields, including Sustainable Agriculture, Culinary Arts, and Business Administration. Workforce training and professional development staff from KVCC and MDOL will be on-site to review resumes and offer job searching advice. Attendees can also take a tour of KVCC’s 120-acre farm which demonstrates organic crop production and sustainable livestock.

Schedule of Events:

  • 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Doors open to the public. Open fair format for participants to visit exhibits and for exhibitors to host interviews
  • 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. – First KVCC Farm Tour leaving the Alfond Rec Center
  • 12 Noon to 12:30 p.m. – Last KVCC Farm Tour leaving the Alfond Rec Center 

There is no cost to exhibit at Agricultural Field Labor Day. Employers and agencies in agricultural and related fields are encouraged to attend and promote their summer jobs, internships, and career opportunities. Pre-registration is required by April 26th. Visit the Farm Labor Link Network for more information or to register.

Current Exhibitors Include:

  • Aldemere Farm
  • Backyard Farms
  • Casella Organics
  • Circle B Farms
  • Eastern Maine Development Corporation
  • Hammond Tractor
  • KeeKionga Farm
  • KVCC’s Business Program
  • KVCC’s Culinary Arts Program
  • KVCC’s Sustainable Agriculture Program
  • KVCC’s Workforce Training & Professional Development
  • Maine AgrAbility.
  • Maine Conservation Corps
  • Maine Department of Labor
  • Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
  • State of Maine Bureau of Human Resources
  • Swan’s Honey
  • USDA
  • Willows Awake Farm
  • Wolfe’s Neck Farm

Maine Department of Labor staff will be available to offer technical assistance to employers in developing job descriptions, recruiting skilled employees, posting job opportunities, find funding for training, increase employee engagement, and much more. In addition, join Eastern Maine Development Corporation to discuss opportunities with the National Farmworker Jobs Program and network with staff from KVCC’s undergraduate programs in Sustainable Agriculture, Culinary Arts, and Business Administration on hosting internship opportunities for KVCC students.

Family Violence Project Volunteer Training Starts in April!

Are you a good listener?

Are you comfortable talking on the phone?

Do you have a passion for helping others?

If you answered yes to these questions, I have an opportunity that may be perfect for you! Family Violence Project has an ongoing need for volunteer advocates to help answer our 24-Hour Helpline for those affected by domestic violence. As a volunteer advocate on the helpline, you will make a difference in people’s lives by volunteering once a month from the comfort of your home. Do you worry that you won't know what to say? Family Violence Project offers a free training that prepares you for this volunteer role; also, a staff person will always be available to assist you by phone while you are volunteering. Participants in the training will learn about the complex issue of domestic violence, the staff and services of Family Violence Project, and how to talk with callers and help them create safety plans. Although successful completion of our training is required for this volunteer role, no other experience is necessary. Family Violence Project's next volunteer training will be held in Augusta on the following dates and times:

• Tuesday, April 3rd from 5:30pm to 8:30pm                           • Thursday, April 5th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

• Tuesday, April 10th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm                         • Thursday, April 12th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

• Tuesday, April 17th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm                         • Thursday, April 19th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

• Tuesday, April 24th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm                         • Thursday, April 26th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

• Tuesday, May 1st from 5:30pm to 8:30pm                            • Thursday, May 3rd from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

• Tuesday, May 8th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm                            • Thursday, May 10th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

• Tuesday, May 15th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm                          • Thursday, May 17th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

• Tuesday, May 22nd from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

If you are interested in participating in this training and volunteer opportunity, you must be 18 years of age or older, complete a volunteer interview, and pass background / reference checks prior to being accepted into the training. Volunteer interviews must be completed by the end of the business day on March 24th. While the training itself is free of charge, we ask for a $25 donation from those who are financially able to provide it; this will help cover the cost of background checks. The inability to make a donation will not prevent a person from participating in this opportunity! If you would like to learn more about this opportunity or schedule an interview, please contact Jaime Mooney (Advocacy Director) at 207-620-9044 or .

Beer & Wine Tasting and Live Auction

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On Thursday, April 26th, The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers will be hosting a beer and wine tasting at T&B's Celebration Center in Waterville. Enjoy wine and craft beer from local Maine vendors, hors-d'oeuvres, and a silent and live auction emceed by Maine humorist, Gary Crocker.

Tickets are $35 per person and are available online, at the door or by calling Kelly Couture at (207) 872-0261. Must be 21+ to attend.

Capitol Computers is now offering Office 2016 Training!

Capitol Computers is happy to announce that we have upgraded our training center and can now offer Microsoft Office 2016.

We offer classes from beginner to advanced levels for Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word. All courses offered in this series are full day, instructor-led classes. Each class is one day of training, typically held 9am-4pm. Scheduled classes are held at our facility, located at 151 Water St. Augusta. Classes can be held off-site, contact us for more info. 

Course Rate: $195 per day (Ask about our various discounts!!)

office 2016

In order to keep out rate the same, take home books are no longer included in the rate of the course. They are available for purchase and are $15. 

Visit our website for more information about each course and to view our training calendar!

WWW.CAPCOMP.COM

To register for a course; 207-623-2700 or

 

Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Center ~ 18th Annual Celebrity Dinner

The Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Center will be hosting their 18th Annual Celebrity Dinner on September 16th from 5:30 to 10pm at the Augusta Civic Center and are excited to announce the event has moved to the Main Auditorium! SAC&SC anticipates as many as 350 guests and local Celebrities to attend this premier fundraiser in support of the survivors they assist every day.

This year’s theme is “Hawaiian Luau” and festivities will include a Limbo Challenge, Hula Hoop Contest, Celebrity Waiter Performances and much more. The event includes a buffet dinner, silent and live auction, and musical entertainment. Meet event emcee, WGME’s Jeff Peterson and dance the night away to music provided by The Music Crew.

100% of the proceeds of this event will benefit the Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center and their services for survivors of sexual abuse. A fully staffed and highly trained Sexual Assault Support-line available 24hours a day, support groups, advocacy, school based prevention education, and the Children’s Advocacy Center are all provided free of charge to the Kennebec and Somerset counties’ communities. The Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center assisted over 17,000 people through their many programs within Kennebec & Somerset Counties in the past year alone!

FMI or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.silentnomore.org/cd-2017.html or call 207-377-1010.