ELLSWORTH — Heart of Ellsworth has announced the next offering in its 2018 Community Conversations series will be “Ellsworth — An Age-Friendly Community” 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Flexit Cafe & Bakery, 192 Main St. Free and open to the public.
The February conversation will include a presentation by Patricia Oh, LMSW, an age-friendly consultant with AARP Maine. She works with communities that want to adopt policies, make infrastructure changes, create social and recreational opportunities, and develop services that encourage everyone–from toddlers to centenarians– to be fully engaged in the community and enjoy good health and well-being.
Ellsworth joined the network of AARP Age-Friendly Communities in December of 2014. The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities defines this designation as follows: “Age-friendly or livable communities have walkable streets, housing and transportation options, access to key services and opportunities for residents to participate in community activities. The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities encourages states, cities, towns, and counties to prepare for the rapid aging of the U.S. population by paying increased attention to the environmental, economic and social factors that influence the health and well-being of older adults. By doing so, these communities are better equipped to become great places, and even lifelong homes, for people of all ages.”
Heart of Ellsworth’s board president, Beth Fendl said, “ We are so pleased that Patricia will be here to present and have a conversation with community members on what it means for Ellsworth to be denoted as one of Maine’s age-friendly communities.”
On March 21, the Heart of Ellsworth will participate in the Community Open House hosted by the City of Ellsworth, the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce and the Ellsworth Public Library. The Community Conversation series will continue on April, 18, with Tick Talk presented by Tony Sohns, who is known locally as The Bug Man and is a natural history educator. Along with his sisters and parents, Tony owns The Rock & Art Shops in Ellsworth, Bangor and Bar Harbor. On May 23, a lively presentation on“ Ellsworth’s Amazing Waterfront – Then and Now” will be explored with a local Ellsworth historian and Nate Hansen a member of the Our Union River committee. On Saturday, June 30, “Taste of Ellsworth,” the incredible outside, community dining experience that was a sell-out in 2017 returns for its second year. The series breaks for July and August, and returns on September, 19 with a topic to be announced and will conclude with a facilitated, Meet the Candidates Night on October, 17.
Complete details on the series will be made available as plans are finalized in coming months.
Visit the Heart of Ellsworth Facebook page for up-to-date information on programs and activities. According to executive director, Cara Romano, “Community Conversations is a refocus of the public forum series we held in 2017. Our board wanted to host a series that was both informative and interactive. Great ideas can come from engaged participants. The chosen topics for the series hit a variety of topics and age groups. Each conversation will have a presenter and include time for audience questions and input.”
Heart of Ellsworth promotes artistic, cultural, economic, educational, environmental and historic activities in the “Downtown” area to promote a vibrant community for all.