Calendar for March, 2014 (more complete version)

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

Here are some calendar items for March (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

February 25: Citizen Action Day on environmental legislation (w/update and lobbying to follow), 9 AM-1 PM, State Capitol, Augusta. Natural Resources Council of Maine, 430-0115 (Todd) or

February 28-March 2: CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Fairs to connect farmers with eaters, Waterville, Skowhegan, Rockland, Portland, Norway, Hallowell, Belfast, Bangor, Augusta, Auburn. For times, days, locations, contacts: MOFGA,

March 1: “Queering the Media” conference on bring LGBTQ issues to the media and having a larger presence within it, time TBA, Colby College, Waterville. Contact The Bridge, or

March 2: Keystone KL Pipeline direct action training, 9 AM-1 PM, Portsmouth, NH area. Lee Chisholm,

March 7: “Wise and Strong Women Speak” on eve of International Women’s Day, 5 PM, Center for Wisdom’s Women, 97 Blake St., Lewiston. Call Klara, 577-0607 or

March 8: Washington County Food Summit w/updates, counseling for (potential) farmers, 8 AM-4 PM, location TBA. Maine Farmland Trust, 338-6575 or

March 8: A Peaceful Vigil for Mothers and Families (who have lost children to DHS), 1 PM, Gazebo and Park, 3 Main St., Biddeford. Lindiwe, 391-0062 or

March 12: Climate Solutions expo, plenary, and summit, 9 AM-5 PM, Civic Center, Augusta. Call 622-5330 or

March 15: Maine Grain Conference (how to grow grains),  9 AM-5 PM, Spectacular Events Center, Bangor. MOFGA, 568-4142 or

March 15: We the People kickoff parties in various locations to promote “Corporations Are Not People and Money Is Not Speech” campaign. Steve Burke, 691-0322 or   

March 19: “Half the Sky” film shown (women creating social change), 6 PM, Free Library, Belfast. Call Meredith, 338-5089.

March 22 (snow date: March 23): Creating and Sustaining Vibrant Local Economies in Maine” gathering to promote local economies, 9 AM-4 PM, Randall Student Center, U/Maine, Augusta. Register at or (207) 525-7776.

March 22: Annual Awards Dinner, “Realizing Our Dreams,” 5:30 PM on, Holiday Inn by the Bay, Spring St., Portland. EqualityMaine, 761-3732 or or

March 23: “The Next American Revolution” film shown (beyond capitalism and state socialism, 6 PM, Peace and Justice Center, 96 Harlow St. #100, Bangor. Call 942-9343 or or

March 28-30: Winter Gathering 2014 for all those HIV+ and partners, Bangor area. FMI: Kent, 400-7518. 

March 30: Seed Swap and Scion Exchange (get new fruits and veggies), 10 AM-4 PM, Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, 568-4142 or


The new issue of Saving Seeds, the occasional newspaper from Food for Maine’s Future, is out. Saving Seeds reviews FMF’s 2013 activities, remembering elders in the organic and local foods movements, legislation, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, strategies for local foods development, and much more. Former FMF director Bob St. Peter has moved on to new projects, and Betsy Garrold has taken over the reigns, at least temporarily. For a copy of the paper or more info about FMF’s new initiatives and projects, call 244-0908 or

“Facts about Wind Energy Development in Maine” is a fact sheet to demonstrate that industrial wind as an energy producer will not solve climate or energy supply and cost problems. These facts question whether wind can even be a significant part of a future energy mix for a number of reasons, including intermittancy, large upfront costs, the need for subsidies, and about 15 other reasons. According to ISO New England, the overall source of electricity in New England, wind only makes up 1% of electricity currently. For a copy of this fact sheet, contact Paula Moore,

A new monthly newspaper is making its debut in March in the Lewiston-Auburn area. “Bridges” is coming out of the Lewiston Unites effort that began after several fires roared thru the downtown area last spring. The paper wants to include local articles that especially concentrate on the downtown areas of both cities. It will be in English but at a reading level that should appeal to new English speakers. There will also be audio files in French, Somali, and English. To get a copy of the new paper or to contribute an article, photo, or anything relevant to the community, contact Shanna Rogers,

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