Portland events to celebrate recovery, remember overdose victims

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PORTLAND — National Recover Month will be celebrated twice this month by local recovery groups.

On Sunday, Sept. 18, the Portland Recovery Community Center and local chapter of Young People in Recovery will host the third annual Rally 4 Recovery from noon-5 p.m. in Deering Oaks Park, with live music, disc jockeys, games, a dunk tank and testimonials from people in active recovery from substance use disorders.

On Saturday, Sept. 24, The Family Restored 5K will begin at 2 p.m. at Back Cove. Afterwards there will be family-friendly events in Payson Park, including games, music and face painting.

The Family Restored provides family counseling and financial assistance to people needing treatment for substance use disorders. The nonprofit hopes to raise $30,000. Online registration for the 5K can be found at thefamilyrestored.org.