August calendar of events


Newsletter editors (apologies, thought this was sent out Friday but it wasn’t),

Here are some calendar items for August (plus a few earlier and/or later and a few later in the summer).  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.

Larry Dansinger

July 24: (+ other programs almost monthly thru December): 11/11 forums on poverty with topics such as food issues, literacy, jail, transportation, mental health, classism, 11 AM, Unitarian-Universalist Church, 37 Miller St., Belfast. Call Jennifer Hill, 722-3383 or rooted@fairpoint.net.

July 25-29: Permaculture for Educators course, Newforest Institute, 66 Monroe Hway, Brooks. Call 722-3625. Also other intensive programs and one day workshops on herbs, ecology, and food production.
July 27: Noam Chomsky speaks at World Fellowship Center’s 70th anniversary celebration, 7:30 PM, N. Conway, NH. World Fellowship Center,  603-447-2280 or www.worldfellowship.org.

July 31: “Reduce Your Environmental Impact with Backyard Composting” workshop, 2-4 PM, Seacoast New Hampshire. Amy Antonucci, 603-664-2796 or amyla44@juno.com.
August 2-9: Tenth annual Burdock gathering with workshops, skillshares, cabaret, swimming, Barter Fair, etc. focusing on a sustainable future, Sandy River, Starks.  Burdock, burdock@riseup.net or www.burdockgathering.org.
August 6: Annual Hiroshima commemoration, Bangor, 11 AM w/film to follow, Pierce Park, Harlow St., Bangor (film shown at Center, 96 Harlow St., Bangor). Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 942-9343 or info@peacectr.org or www.peacectr.org.

August 6: 7th Annual Peace Fair, 10 AM-4 PM, Village Green, Brunswick. Peaceworks, 371-2077 or frieden@gwi.net or gaia@gwi.net.

August 6: Annual Hiroshima commemoration, evening, South Mill Pond, Portsmouth, NH. Email: info@seacoastpeaceresponse.org.

August 7: Herbs for Family Health workshop w/Lauren Buyofsky, 10 AM-4 PM, Newforest Institute, 66 Monroe Hway, Brooks. Call 722-3625. 
August 8-12: “Sustainable Communication” course w/Peggy Smith, Hutchinson Center, Belfast. Call U/Maine Peace Studies, 581-2609.

August 10-11: Maine AFL-CIO Labor Summer Institute (learn about important labor issues), U/Maine, Orono. Maine AFL-CIO, 622-9685.
August 12-14: CampOUT 2011 Session Two camp for queer/LGBTQA youth (ages 15-22), western Maine. Contact campOUTmaine@gmail.com or www.campoutmaine.com.

August 28: (+ other programs almost monthly thru December): 11/11 forums on poverty with topics such as food issues, literacy, jail, transportation, mental health, classism, 11 AM, Unitarian-Universalist Church, 37 Miller St., Belfast. Call Jennifer Hill, 722-3383 or rooted@fairpoint.net.

September 10: Maine Grassroots Media Conference (workshops on media strategies), all day, Unity Center for the Performing Arts, Unity. Meaghan LaSala, WERU Radio, theroom210@gmail.com or 469-6600.

September 11: It’s Time for Light (candlelight gathering for humanity, justice, and peace on 10th anniversary of tragedies of 9/11/01, 6-8 PM, Back Cove, Portland. Grace, Peace Action Maine, 774-1995.

September 16-18: Annual GROW (GrassRoots Organizing Workshops) weekend for new and experienced organizers for new skills and techniques, 4-H Camp, Bryant Pond (near Bethel and Norway). Iggy, 415-4458 or Jacqui, 284-3358 or rosc@psouth.net.  
Notices: 
Want to sign the people’s veto petition to get the maintaining of same day voter registration on the ballot? Want to help collect those signatures? There are people in almost every county who are collecting signatures and looking for others to do that as well. For a list of people to contact to sign or sign up, try the Maine Civil Liberties Union, 774-5444 or info@mclu.org or Martha Dickinson, 667-5863 or marthad@gwi.net or on the web at http://protectmainevotes.com.
Some people in the Portland area want to start a community center serving the lesbian/gay/bisexual/trans/queer/questioning/intersex/allies people and organizations especially in southern Maine. They want feedback (is this a good idea, do you want to help, know of a place to rent). The space could be a safe space for offices, meeting, social events, what have you. To fill out a survey form and get more information, email communityincmaine@gmail.com

MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Assn.) has a Maine Local Twenty list of tweny local foods you can buy and eat pretty much every month of the year. It includes apples and blueberries (frozen and fresh), root vegetables, greens, tomatoes, garlic, squash, dairy and meat products, maple syrup and honey, dried beans, and wheat. For a list and where to buy these products: MOFGA, melissa@mofga.org or 568-4142.

The Penny Poll Project (P3) is a combined effort of the Maine WTR Resource Center and Bring Our War $$ Home campaign in Maine. Our goal is to do penny polls (federal budget priorities polls asking the public where they would like their tax money to be spent by giving them ten pennies to “spend” on various parts of the government budget) in every Maine county. This should be done by the end of July, but the campaign also hopes to find volunteers to do polls outside voting locations on Election Day, November 8th. Leaders so far in most polls have education, health care, veterans benefits and the environment doing well but “defense” has not received more than 10% in any poll. People who can do a poll in their area should contact Larry Dansinger, 525-7776 or rosc@psouth.net. 


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