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Downtown Calais is going to be a busy place on Friday night, June 16th. The St. Croix Valley Relay For Life is moving to Friday night this year, with activities from 6:00 p.m. until midnight in the Triangle Park. "We thought it was a natural fit," said lead organizer Marianne Moore. "People can stop by for the opening ceremonies after work, or they might want to be there for the concert in the park."

The opening ceremonies will kick off at 6:00 pm, including the Survivors' Victory Lap, and the Caregivers' Lap, in which the groups most touched by cancer share the track in solidarity. The organizers urge any survivor or caregiver to come down, if only for the opening ceremony. "You don't need to be on a team or formally part of the event to walk with the rest of us," said Moore, who is a cancer survivor. "We just want to see you and welcome you."

On-site activities, both free and for sale, will take place throughout the evening, and needless to say, any proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Although it will be a Friday night event, this year's lead performers will be the Saturday Night Rock Band, who will perform from 7:00 to 9:00.

At 10:00 p.m., the memorable Luminaria Ceremony will take place, as candles line the pathway to honorsurvivors and remember absent friends and loved ones. The closing ceremony will follow before the end of the event at 12:01 a.m.

The Relay for Life is an opportunity to celebrate victories, remember why we fight, and arm researchers for another year of combat.  Those who can not be there June 16th can help the fight by sponsoring others with donations to the American Cancer Society.

For more up-to-the-minute information, visit the event's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/StCroixValleyRFL, visit the official page at RelayForLife.org/StCroixValleyME.