Calendar of events for December +

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 December (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

November 24: “Soldiers of Peace” film shown (demonstrating that war is not natural or inevitable), 7 PM, Peace and Justice Center, 96 Harlow St., #100, Bangor. Call 942-9343 or or

November 30 + December 7, 14, 21: Advent vigil at entrance to Bath Iron Works in support of ending construction of weapons of mass destruction at the facility, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM each Saturday, Washington Street, Bath. Smilin’ Trees Disarmament Farm, 763-4062.

December 3 (also 10, 12): “Grant Writing Basics” workshop, sponsored by the Maine Community Foundation’s People of Color Fund for members of people of color groups especially, 9:30 AM-1 PM, location TBA, Lewiston. Also December 10 in Portland, 9:30 AM-1 PM and December 12 in Bangor (10 AM-1:30 PM. Lelia DeAndrade, or 1-877-700-6800.

December 6: “Maine Food Summit” conference (the designing Maine’s food systems) with emphasis on local food resources, 8 AM-4 PM, Wells conference center, U/Maine, Orono. Call 581-3241 or

December 7-8: “From Conflict to Connection” workshop w/Peggy Smith on nonviolent communication to benefit Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, MOFGA Education Center, Crosby Brook Rd., Unity. Peggy Smith, 789-5299 or  

December 11: Community Celebration with info about the Good Food Council of Lewiston-Auburn, 5 PM, Public Library, downtown Lewiston. Call 513-3848 or

December 12: Maine Fair Trade Commission meets with testimony on how Maine affected by trade agreements like TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), 4-8 PM, Hutchinson Center, Route 3, Belfast. Contact

December 14: “Human Needs; Human Rights” presentation and film on economic human rights and class discrimination, noon-3 PM, B Street Community Center, 57 Birch St., Lewiston. Call Larry, 525-7776. 

December 15: “Bidder 70” film shown (stopping sale of public lands for corporate gain), 7 PM, Peace and Justice Center, 96 Harlow St., #100, Bangor. Call 942-9343 or or

December 18: “The Economics of Happiness” film shown (more human scale, local economies) w/potluck preceding the film, 5:30-7:45 PM, Belfast Free Library, Belfast. Call Meredith, 338-5089.

December 31: Annual Polar Bear Dip and 5 kilometer run to support efforts against climate disruption, begins 9:30 AM with run at 11, dip at noon, Back Cove parking area, Portland. Natural Resources Council of Maine, 430-0127 or

January 7: Maine Agricultural Trades Show with a day-long focus on organic agriculture, all day, Civic Center, Augusta. MOFGA, 568-4142 or (Show continues Jan. 8-9.)

January 11: Organizing meeting to form MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association) chapter in Penobscot County, 1 PM (with pltlck at 2:30 PM), Bangor Grange, 1192 Ohio St., Bangor. Contact:

Episode #1 of “My So-Called Housing Cooperative,” by filmmaker Craig Saddlemire, is now on Vimeo, Youtube, and Facebook. How can young people live together with cooperation and compassion. Several of them are doing that in a cooperatively owned and run house in downtown Lewiston called Faire Bande å Part Housing Cooperative, or, for short, Faire-Op. Another episode should be coming later in 2013 as well. Members of the household talk about the ups and downs of cooperative living and the benefits of a housing cooperative. We learn about the way it works as they learn how it’s working for them. For more info, view the episode or email Craig Saddlemire,
HOME Inc. (Homeworkers Organized for More Employment) offers its usual holiday smorgasbord of crafts and holiday gifts–from wreaths to crafts to pottery to food products to lumber for your next building project. These things are available at their Route One location in Orland or, in most cases, by mail order. (Don’t try it for lumber tho.) HOME also is seeking volunteers to continue its services and programs, such as low-income housing, shelter operations, food distribution, and adult education. Contact: HOME, 469-7961.
The Good Life Center (GLC), former home of Helen and Scott Nearing, has a position for a 2014 Nearing Residency steward. A couple is preferred (tho a single person is possible) to live at the homestead in Harborside from late May to mid-October. The person would be working about 25 hours per week on gardening, light maintenance, giving tours to visitors, and introducing educational programs held at the homestead. They would receive a modest stipend along with housing at the GLC and food. Letters of interest must be sent by January 15, 2014, to PO Box 332, Blue Hill, ME 04614. For more information, call 374-5386 or

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