Here are some calendar items for July (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.
June 24-26: Harry’s Hoe Down festival (music, speakers, dance, camping) with opportunities for peace and justice groups to have information tables, Starks. Web: www.FriendsofTheHill.com.
June 25: Pride Festival, noon-5 PM for organizational fair, 6-9 PM for dance, Bangor. More details TBA. Web search: Pride Festival Bangor.
June 25: Planning meeting for Maine Peace Caravan to plan actions for September 11-October 10, (9:30 AM-12:30 PM), then showing of “Cultures of Resistance” film, Railroad Square Cinema, Waterville. Lisa Savage, 643-2356 or email@example.com.
June 25: Managing Fruit Trees Organically workshop, 10 AM-2 PM, Common Ground Education Center, Unity. MOFGA, 568-4142 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.mofga.org.
June 26 (+ 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 email@example.com.
June 30: Talk on “Earth’s Climate and How It May Affect Our Future” w/Robert Thomas (studied ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica and worked with IPCC), 6:30 PM, Thompson Free Library, Dover-Foxcroft. Clare Thomas, Clare_Thomas@umit.maine.edu.
July 1: Deadline for nominations for Maryann Hartman awards to distinguished Maine women. To nominate or for more info: Angela.Hart@umit.maine.edu or 581-1228.
July 4: July Fourth Solidarity Celebration with potluck, music, and fireworks, late afternoon/evening, Solidarity Center, 20 Ivers St., Brewer. Food AND Medicine, 989-5860 or www.foodandmedicine.org
July 22-24: Speakers on Palestine/Israel, including sessions on US aid, Palestine statehood, and settlements, World Fellowship Center, N. Conway, NH. WFC, 603-447-2280 or www.worldfellowship.org
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
August 2-9: Tenth annual Burdock gathering with workshops, skillshares, cabaret, swimming, Barter Fair, etc. focusing on a sustainable future, Sandy River, Starks. Burdock, email@example.com or www.burdockgathering.org.
August 6: Annual Hiroshima commemoration, Bangor, details TBA. Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 96 Harlow St., Bangor. Call 942-9343 or firstname.lastname@example.org
August 8-12: “Sustainable Communication” course w/Peggy Smith, Hutchinson Center, Belfast. Call U/Maine Peace Studies, 581-2609.
Wondering how bad state budget cuts hurt low income Mainers? The MAIN Update from the Maine Association of Interdependent Neighborhoods can tell you some of those. MAIN and Maine Equal Justice have been working on preventing the worst proposals from being enacted. Health care for most people and general assistance were preserved. But, legal immigrants bore some of the brunt of cuts, losing some benefits that others could get, including MaineCare. New 5-year limits were placed on people being able to receive TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) benefits, and some of those convicted of drug offenses may have to pass drug tests to continue receiving them. For more details: MAIN/MEJ, 1-866-626-7059 x204 or 205.
A Youth Organizing Fund for Maine? Thanks to an anonymous donor, this fund may come to pass in the coming months. A group of younger organizers in Maine has been meeting to decide how the fund should be structured, who should take leadership, what to do with the money, and how a fund will be expanded. The fund would focus on supporting youth-based or youth-served organizations and grassroots efforts. No name for this fund yet, but it is seeking more younger people, especially those in their teens and twenties, to help establish this fund. FMI: Chris Buchanan, email@example.com
or Rob Korobkin, firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer means lots of locally grown vegetables and fruits. The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) has published its 2011 directory of MOFGA certified food producers, called “Organic Maine!.” It lists growers by county and also alphabetically. MOFGA also sponsors many open farm day visits to organic farms and gardens thruout the state, especially in July and August. Almost every county is represented on this list. For a complete schedule, try email@example.com