[HCCN] Calendar of Events for January, 2015

Larry Dansinger rosc at psouth.net
Mon Dec 15 21:57:05 EST 2014


Newsletter editors and emailers (I hope you will send this to others  
in your group or area if you don't already),

FOLKS, I PLAN TO STOP DOING THIS CALENDAR IN MAY OR JUNE OF 2015, AT  
THE LATEST. I'M SURE IT'S NOT THAT BIG A BENEFIT FOR ALL OF YOU, BUT  
IF ANYONE WANTS TO TAKE THIS LITTLE PROJECT ON, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

Here are some calendar items for January (plus a few earlier and/or  
later).  FEEL FREE TO PICK AND CHOOSE AND NOT USE EVERY ITEM. If you  
know of things that should be publicized, please send them to me by  
the 15th of the month preceding the month when the event occurs. I  
don't have time to search for things, so your assistance is really a  
big help in getting notice of more upcoming events.

Larry Dansinger
(207) 525-7776 or rosc at psouth.net

December 31: Annual Polar Bear Plunge and 5K run to support work  
against climate disruption, 9:30 AM, Back Cove, Portland. Judy Berk,  
Natural Resources Council of Maine, 430-0103 or judy at nrcm.org.

January 8: Third annual Rally for Unity on legislative priorities  
sponsored by the Alliance for the Common Good, 10 AM-noon (info  
tables, 10 AM-2 PM), Hall of Flags, State Capitol, Augusta. Jim  
Freeman, 570-4145 or packrats at mainisms.com.

January 10: Maine Green Independent Party winter assembly and  
convocation, 8 AM-5 PM, Mediation and Facilitation Resources, 11 King  
St., Augusta. Jacqui Deveneau, 284-3358 or jacquio50 at yahoo.com.

January 13: Maine Agricultural Trades show and annual MOFGA (Mine  
Organic Farmers and Gardeners Assn.) annual meeting, all day, Civic  
Center, Augusta. MOFGA, 568-4142 or mofg.org.

January 17-19: Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebrations around the  
state. No specific details yet available. They take place annually in  
Portland, Waterville, Belfast, Bangor, Orono, and other locations.  
Contact various local calendars for details.

January 21: "Plastic Planet" film shown (what plastics are doing to  
our planet), 6 PM, Free Library, Belfast. Cathy, Peace and Justice  
Group of Waldo County, 323-5160.

January 21: "Pay 2 Play: Democracy's High Stakes" film shown  
(influence of money on political process), 7 PM, Olin Room 104, Bates  
college, Lewiston. Kristen Cloutier, 786-6202 or kcloutie at bates.edu.

January 29: "Growing Local" film shown (local food production economy)  
noon and 6:30 PM, COESPACE, 48 Columbia St., Bangor. Heather Omand,  
Bangor Area Food Council, bangorareafoodcouncil at gmail.com.

January 30: "A Fierce Green Fire" film shown (history of the  
environmental movement), 6 PM, Community Center, Turner Ridge Rd.,  
Palermo. Connie Bellet, 993-2294 or pwhitehawk at fairpoint.net.

January 30 (tent.): Human Rights Dialogue and creation of a platform,  
time TBA, MacArthur Library, Biddeford. Lindiwe Krasin, 423-8744 or lpk at sexandsafari.com 
.

January 30: "Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin" film shown  
about a famous civil/human rights organizer, 7 PM, Public Library,  
Blue Hill. Peninsula Peace and Justice, 326-4405 or Judy at RobbinsAndRobbins.com 
.

January 31-February 1 (+ 2 more weekends in February and March):  
Cooperative Design Lab (how to set up a cooperative business  
structure), New Gloucester. Jonah Fertig, Cooperative Fermentation, info at cooperativefermentation.org 
.


Notices:

The Good Life Center, the final home of Helen and Scott Nearing in  
Harborside (near Brooksville and Blue Hill) is looking for a Resident  
Steward (one or preferably a couple) for the 2015 garden season. The  
home, called Forest Farm, includes the Nearing's garden, home, barn,  
and property on Penobscot Bay. In addition to housing and plenty of  
garden food, resident stewards receive a small salary and the unique  
opportunity to learn a lot about homesteading and simple living. They  
also greet hundreds of visitors each year. Those interested should  
apply by January 15 to Nearing Residency, The Good Life Center, P.O.  
Box 37, Blue Hill, ME 04614 or look on line at goodlife.or/residency.

MUUSAN is the Maine Unitarian-Universalist State Advocacy Network. It  
encourages U-U's to get active on issues and U-U programs such as  
"Democracy in Action," Health Care, and Climate Change. People can do  
this within churches but also in the larger community, and the network  
is a way for people of other or no specific faith to link with the  
work of U-U's. It has also recently been involved with racial and  
other forms of justice issues as well. To contact, email MUUSAN at augustauu.org 
  for local groups or contacts.

In FY 2014, the Genesis Fund loaned out over $3.2 million to ten Maine  
groups working for affordable housing and other community development  
projects. It also provided lots of technical support to 28 groups  
during the FY. Since its inception in 1992, Genesis has provided 187  
loans for over $25 million. Their focus is on housing for people with  
disabilities and for elders, affordable housing for anyone, and for  
mobile home part residents who want to buy and own their own parks,  
plus other community facilities such as child care centers, teen  
facilities, and land trusts. If you know a group that needs a loan or  
technical assistance, contact Genesis Community Loan Fund in  
Damariscotta, 563-6073 or info at genesisfund.org.
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