Calendar of events for April + before/after

Newsletter editors,

Here are some calendar items for April (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. 

If you know of events coming up, please send these to me so I can include in this calendar. 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

March 30: “Windfall” film shown (problems with industrial wind facilities), 6:30 PM, Snowmobile Club, Island Falls. Friends of the Highland Mountains,
March 31: Celebration of the birthday of Cesar Chavez, time TBA (9 AM?), First Parish Church, 425 Congress St., Portland. Centro Latino Maine, 749-8823 or

March 31: Gathering of Occupy groups around Maine, 9:30-4, Mediation and Facilitation Resources (tent.), 11 King St., Augusta. Larry Dansinger, 525-7776 or

March 31: Training for speakers supporting marriage equality, time TBA, U-U Church, Bucksport Rd., Ellsworth. Laurie Fogelman,

March 31 (+ April 7): Lenten Vigil for Disarmament at Bath Iron Works, 11:30-12:30 PM, Washington Street (front of Administration building), Bath. FMI: Smilin’ Trees Disarmament Farm, 763-4062. 

April 4: “Grow Your Own Organic Garden” presentations (basic how-to information) around the state, 6-9 PM, 25+ locations around the state. MOFGA, 568-4142 or or A few more later in April also. 

April 5: “King Coal and Appalachian Activism” talk by environmental justice historian Chuck Keeney, 7 PM, Sills Hall, Bowdoin College, Brunswick. Emmie Theberge, Natural Resources Council of Maine, 430-0105 or

April 5: “Tapped: Defending Water in Maine” film and discussion on water issues w/Chris Buchanan and Kathy Kahler, 6 PM, Newforest Institute, 66 Monroe Hway, Brooks. Call 722-3625 or

April 6: “Mother: Caring for 7 billion” film on population and consumption shown, 7 PM, Sills Hall, Bowdoin College, Brunswick. Beedy Parker, 236-8732 or

April 12: “How to Talk Cooperative” workshop on learning to speak in support of cooperatives and a co-op economy, 9:30 AM-3:30 PM, Viles Arboretum, 153 Hospital St., Augusta. Jim Murphy, Cooperative Maine,

April 14-15: Maine Medical Cannabis Expo, 10 AM-8 PM, Civic Center, Augusta. Go to

April 14-16: Annual Youth Activism Gathering, location TBA. Emily Hill, or 699-9729.

April 17 (and before): Leafletting on Tax Day and earlier about skewed budget priorities (too much for military, not enough for human needs) in various towns and cities throughout Maine. For flyers or a sample copy and more info: Larry Dansinger, Maine War Tax Resistance Resource Center, 525-7776 or

April 17: Tax Day action at Portsmouth NH  Post Office with leafletting and penny poll, 10 AM-2 PM, 80 Daniel St., Portsmouth. Seacoast Peace Response, 603-436-2424. 

April 19: “Mother: Caring for 7 billion” film on population and consumption shown, Time TBA, Public Library, Thomaston. Beedy Parker, 236-8732 or

April 19: Tour of Maine State Prison to focus on humane treatment of prisoners, 10:30 AM (meet at prison), Warren. Maine Council of Churches, Leslie Manning, 592-2659 or

April 21: Annual HOPE (Help Organize Peace Earthwide) Festival w/speaker Bill McKibben of, music, organizational fair, children’s program, 11 AM-4 PM, Student Recreation and Fitness Center, U/Maine, Orono. Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 942-9343 or or

April 21-22: Earth Day in Maine, with various events around the state. Includes Earth Day Work Day at Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, MOFGA, 568-4142 or or 

April 28: Empty Bowl Supper to benefit sister city between MOFGA and El Salvador, 6 PM, U-U Church, Belfast. MOFGA, 568-4142 or or 

April 29: Solarfest (music, arts, environment), 11 AM-sunset, Boulder Field, U/New Hampshire, Durham. Wes Flierl, 603-335-6240 or

April 29: “The Age of Stupid” (stopping climate catastrophe) film shown, 7 PM, Peace and Justice Center, 96 Harlow St., Bangor. Call 942-9343 or or

April 29: “Steps toward Discovering the Intrinsic Nature of Water” presentation and experiments w.Jennifer Greene, 9 AM-4 PM, Newforest Institute, 66 Monroe Hway, Brooks. Call 722-3625 or

May 1: International Workers Day and possible workers strike in Maine and beyond.


The Maine Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) need facilitators, especially men, to facilitate workshops in the Maine State Prison, Warren; the Maine CorrectionalCenter, Windham, and Community Workshops to be scheduled throughout the state. Facilitators work in teams preferably one female and one male completing weekend workshops in Windham and weekday workshops in Warren. As Facilitators we work with tested and proven material that gives all of us–inmate and facilitator–an opportunity to live less violently. The AVP community currently has a number of female facilitators and we need more males to compliment our teams.  Training includes participation in Basic, Advanced, and Training for Trainers workshops.  You then apprentice with trained volunteers. There is no cost for any of the three preparation workshops. Facilitators are not paid for the workshops they attend or co- facilitate, but you can be reimbursed for any expenses. For more information, contact Pat Moynahan,

Wondering where the proposed East-West Highway, whose promoters are trying to get money for a feasibility study from the state of Maine, will actually go? Defending Water in Maine, has a somewhat detailed map to show the proposed route. It also is working to prevent state money from going toward a feasibility study of this private toll road that would save the developers money and to put that money instead toward basic needs programs in the state. To keep up on the progress of this legislation, contact Chris Buchanan, 357-1443 or

It’s not enough to end wars if we aren’t peaceful ourselves and with each other. Lynn Ellis is looking for others who can attend a 1 and 1/2 day course on BePeace in Maine, probably in June or July. The workshop would enable more people to become BePeace coaches and spread the word about how to be peaceful personally as well as on a society-wide level. For details, contact Lynn Ellis,

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