Calendar of events for July and more


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

FOLKS, I PLAN TO STOP DOING THIS CALENDAR IN MAY OR JUNE OF NEXT YEAR, 2015, AT THE LATEST. I’M SURE IT’S NOT THAT BIG A BENEFIT FOR ALL OF YOU, BUT IF ANYONE WANTS TO TAKE THIS LITTLE PROJECT ON, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

Here are some calendar items for July (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 rosc@psouth.net


June 25-29: Bangor Pride Festival including Pride Art Walk (with theme “Beyond Binary”) on June 27, more events. Contact bangorprideartwalk@gmail.com

June 27: Public forum on “Ships, Shoes, and Submarines,” (jobs and the war economy), 5:30-6:30 (potluck) and 6:30 PM (forum), Winter Street Church, 880 Washington St., Bath. Call 443-5777 or globalnet@mindspring.com

June 27: Occupy Meryl’s Conference,” 26th annual Maine Dear/Hard of Hearing/Late Deafened/Deaf-Blind/Non-Verbal conference, 8:30 AM-4 PM, Colby College, Waterville. Maine Center on Deafness, 797-7656 (voice/TTY) or info@mcdmaine.org.

June 29: Program on “Mandela’s Legacy, 

part of Heritage Film and Discussion Series, 12:15 PM, Maine State Prison, Warren. Portland NAACP, 553-5851 or rtalbotross@gmail.com

Anyone attending needs to register ahead to get access to the prison for this event (you can’t just walk in!!).


July 1: “A Place at the Table” film shown (hunger and food insecurity in the US), 7 PM, Congregational Church, Route 1, Hancock. Peter Rees, rees909@roadrunner.com


July 4: Walk with Veterans for Peace in Bangor-Brewer Fourth of July parade, 10 AM, Acme Road, Brewer.Al Larson, oronoal41@gmail.com.

July 4: Fourth of July celebration (food, music, more), late afternoon-evening, Eastern Maine Labor Council/Food AND Medicine, 20 Ivers St., Brewer. Call 989-5860 or fam@foodandmedicine.org.

July 4-6: Northeast Permaculture Convergence (field trips on 4th, workshops and more on 5-6), MOFGA Education Center, Unity. Go to neconvergence.com or Resilience Hub, 370-7697.

July 6: Stop the Oil Trains teach-in, 4:30 PM, Happy Acres Dance Hall, 3704 Bennoch Rd., Alton. Read Brugger, read@350maine.org or 382-6477. Also vigils and commemorations earlier in the day in Waterville, Belfast, and maybe other locations. Contact Read for details.

July 7: “American Imperialism and Hegemony” talk w/Dud Hendrick of Veterans for Peace, 7 PM, Good Life Center, 372 Harborside Rd., Harborside, part of Good Life Center’s Nearing Lyceum series for 2014. Call 326-8211 or info@goodlife.org

July 8: Let Cuba Live send-off for people going to Cuba with Pastors for Peace Caravan (and celebration for the social action work of Loukie and Stan Lofchie), 5-8 PM, U-U Church, 1 Middle St., Brunswick. Let Cuba Live, 691-0322 or www.letcubalive.org

July 14: “Simple Ways to Grow and Cook a Year Round Harvest” talk w/Barbara Damrosch, 7 PM, Good Life Center, 372 Harborside Rd., Harborside, part of Good Life Center’s Nearing Lyceum series for 2014. Call 326-8211 or info@goodlife.org.

July 21: “Nearing Stone Buildings–Maine and Vermont” talk w/Greg Joly, 7 PM, Good Life Center, 372 Harborside Rd., Harborside, part of Good Life Center’s Nearing Lyceum series for 2014. Call 326-8211 or info@goodlife.org.


July 23: Slow Money Maine quarterly presentation for funding of local food projects in Maine, 1-4 PM, Viles Arboretum, 153 Hospital St., Augusta. Slow Money Maine, 236-4703 or bonnierukin@slowmoneymaine.org

July 27: Open Farm Day and 60th anniversary of publication of “The Good Life” by Helen/Scott Nearing, 10 AM-5 PM, Good Life Center, 372 Harborside Rd., Harborside, part of Good Life Center’s Nearing Lyceum series for 2014. Call 326-8211 or info@goodlife.org.

July 28-August 1: “Sustainable Communication: Theory and Practice of Nonviolent Communication” course w/Peggy Smith, U/Maine, Hutchinson Center, Belfast. U/M Peace Studies, 581-2609, Passman@maine.edu

August 2: Annual Peaceworks” Peace Fair, 10 AM-4 PM, Village Green, downtown Brunswick. Call 725-7675 or Christine, frieden@gwi.net

August 3: “Songs and Stories for a Small Planet” (for kids and adults) w/Jackson Gillman, 2 PM, Good Life Center, 372 Harborside Rd., Harborside, part of Good Life Center’s Nearing Lyceum series for 2014. Call 326-8211 or info@goodlife.org.

August 4: “Celebration of the Life of Bill Coperthwaite,” 7 PM, Good Life Center, 372 Harborside Rd., Harborside, part of Good Life Center’s Nearing Lyceum series for 2014. Call 326-8211 or info@goodlife.org.


August 6: Commemoration of atomic bombing of Hiroshima, noon, Bangor (location TBA). Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 942-9343 or www.peacectr.org

August 8: Solidarity Benefit Auction for Harvest/Thanksgiving project of Food and Medicine, 5 PM, Solidarity Center, 20 Ivers St., Brewer. Call 989-5860 or kevin@foodandmedicine.org

August 15: Feminist singer Holly Near and Emma’s Revolution in concert to benefit Peace and Justice Center, 7:30 PM, Hauck Auditorium, U/Maine, Orono. Call 942-9343 or info@peacectr.org or www.peacectr.org


Notices:

In tandem with the We the People initiative petition to end corporate influence in the electoral and legislative process, Maine Citizens for Clean Elections (MCCE) is also sponsoring a ballot initiative, the “Clean Elections Initiative.” MCCE hopes to have this item on the 2015 ballot; it would increase public funding for campaigns, require interest groups to disclose their donors, and increase penalties for election law violations. Petitions are now available, and MCCE hopes to collect signatures over the next few months, including during the November election. For more info: BJ McCollister, 831-6444 or bj@mainecleanelections.org or www.mainecleanelections.org

The Competitive Skills Scholarship Program (CSSP) provides adults with incomes below 200% of poverty (about $40K for household of 3) access to higher education degree programs. CSSP is now taking applications from June 23 to July 3 (forms available after June 19 at http://www.maine.gov/labor/careerctr/services-programs/training/cssp/index.shtml). Despite efforts from the Maine Dept. of Labor to restrict opportunities, the Maine legislature passed legislation to double the size of the program. For questions, try the Maine Dept. of Labor or Maine Equal Justice, 1-866-626-7059. 

The Water Street Learning Center’s mission is to provide a dynamic, inspiring, and inclusive space in Liberty village where both children and adults can gather together to learn from each other. It’s goal is to revitalize this rural community with resources, opportunities for youth and adults to get together and co-educate, and  to be a resource for the local community. Right now, the WSLC is raising funds to renovate an old cannery in which to house the center. It could be a model for other small rural communities with available buildings and a desire for local development/education and community building. For more info or to donate to the effort, email: afterthefallfarm@gmail.com or call 589-3733.

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