Sunday, March 26, 2006

State Leaders to Address Underage Drinking Forum

Attorney General Steve Rowe, District Attorney Stephanie Anderson, local youth, and other community leaders will address issues surrounding underage drinking at a forum on March 29th and discuss what is happening to create change in the community. Similar meetings are being held across the state and throughout the nation in March to highlight underage drinking as a priority issue.

Portland’s Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol (CMCA), will be hosting the city-wide forum entitled Myth vs. Reality: What do you REALLY know about underage drinking? from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29 at Merrill Rehearsal Hall. There will be refreshments and informational tables from 5:30-6:00. The meeting is free, open to the public, and accessible. Childcare will be provided.

CMCA is also working with the One Maine/One Portland Coalition (OMOP) to gather information through a community survey to create a Substance Abuse Prevention Plan for Portland. Their goal is to get over a thousand participants representing all sectors of the community (including at least 250 youth). The survey is only 6 questions and is anonymous. People who live or work in the city can participate in the survey by contacting CMCA directly or going online at
The deadline for survey collection is Friday, March 31. The results will be announced at a second city-wide public forum on April 26, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Merrill Rehearsal Hall.
For more information, please call Portland CMCA at 773-7737 or email

Short Plays at ST. LAWRENCE ARTS AND COMMUNITY CENTER 76 Congress Street. If you want to come for free, we are looking for an extra set of hands every night to run box office or help seat people or whatever.
SUNDAY, MARCH 26 at 7:30 p.m.
"Bad Case of Loving You," by Jay Lawrence
"Heaven," by Lynne Cullen
"Mrs. White's Little Girls Get Dirty," by Danie Connolly
"'Til the Fat Lady Sings," book and lyrics by Carolyn Gage and music by Andrea Jill Higgins


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