July + Calendar of events

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 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 26-30: Bangor Pride Festival w/films, art walk, dance, parade, and programs with faith communities. Includes art walk on Thursday, 6-9 PM downtown, PRIDE dance on Friday, 7:30 PM on, Jeff’s Catering, Parade and festival on Saturday, 11 AM-5 PM, West Market Square, religious services on Sunday at 10 AM at four churches in Bangor, Orono, Hampden. Try https://www.facebook.com/#!/BangorPrideFestival. 

June 28: Sally Kohn, Fox commentator, is featured speaker at annuAL Rising Tide Award Dinner, 6 PM, Woodfords Congregational Church, Woodford St., Portland. Maine People’s Alliance, 797-0967 or jennie@mainepeoplesalliance.org

June 29: WERU community radio 25th anniversary open house, 11 AM-3 PM, 1186 Acadia Highway, Orland. WERU, 469-6600 or info@weru.org

July 1: Monday Night summer programs begin at the Good Life Center with “Ayurvedic Diet and Lifestyle” w/Charlotte Clews, 7 PM, Good Life Center, 372 Harborside Rd., Harborside. GLC, 374-5386 or www.goodlife.org for a complete list of summer programs in Harborside, Blue Hill, and Camden.

July 4: Bring Our War $$ Home marches in July 4 parade in Bath, gather 10:30 AM at corner, Lincoln and Congress Aves., Bath. Bring signs. Bruce Gagnon, 443-9502 or globalnet@mindspring.com.

July 4: Eastern Maine Labor Council July 4th Solidarity Celebration (food, entertainments, speakers, fireworks), 6 PM, Eastern Maine Labor Council, 20 Ivers St., Brewer. Call 989-5860 or fam@foodandmedicine.org.

July 7-14: “Camp Commons” multi-generational camp (workshops, outdoor activities, residential) for community resilience (ecological and economic justice), World Fellowship Center, near North Conway, NH. Also other programs throughout the summer. WFC, (603) 447-2280 or reservations@worldfellowship.org.

July 8: Monday Night summer program at the Good Life Center with “Thoughts on Scott Nearing” w/Bill Coperthwaite, 7 PM, Good Life Center, 372 Harborside Rd., Harborside. GLC, 374-5386 or www.goodlife.org

July 14-21: GAYLA gathering for gay (friendly) men, Ferry Beach conference center, Saco. www.gaylagroup.org.

July 15: “Connecting Farmland w/Farmers” w/Jo Barrett, 7 PM, Library, Blue Hill. Good Life Center, 374-5386 or www.goodlife.org.
July 26-28: Low Impact Forestry workshop on draft animals, Bethel. MOFGA, 568-4142 or mofga@mofga.org


July 27: Organic Orcharding Workshop, Thorndike. MOFGA, 568-4142 or mofga@mofga.org

July 29: “Early Writings of Scott Nearing on the Modern Homestead” w/Jennifer Adams, 7 PM, Good Life Center, 372 Harborside Rd., Harborside. GLC, 374-5386 or www.goodlife.org.

July 30: “Who Were Helen and Scott Nearing” w.Greg Joly, 7 PM, Camden Library, Camden. Good Life Center, 374-5386 or www.goodlife.org

July 29-August 2: “Sustainable Communication: Theory and Practice” class w/Peggy Smith, Hutchinson Center, Belfast. Peggy Smith, 789-5299.

July 30-August 6: Annual Burdock Gathering in new location in Pittston w/skillshares, workshops, music, food, barter fair on August 3, cabaret. Burdock, burdock@riseup.net or google.com/site/burdockgatheringmaine.

August 3: Annual Peace Fair on the Green, all day, downtown Brunswick. Christine DeTroy, 729-0023 or frieden@gwi.net.

August 6: Hiroshima commemoration with symbolic “die-in,” noon, Peirce Park (next to Library), Harlow St., Bangor. Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 942-9343 or info@peacectr.org.

August 7-8: Annual Maine AFL-CIO and Bureau of Labor Education Summer Institute, all day, U/Maine, Orono. Maine AFL-CIO, 622-9675 or www.maineaflcio.org.  


“Organic Maine” is the 2013 directory of MOFGA certified organic farms, food, and food products. It’s “your all-organic guide to buying local foods in Maine.” The 68-page booklet includes a county-by-county listing of just about any kind of organic food available in the state. It lists each farm or food producer, contact information, the foods they produce, where they are sold, and more. There are also “why buy organic?” and lots of ads. To get a copy, contact Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, 568-4142 or mofga@mofga.org. They are probably available at various organic food sellers around the state as well. Just in time for the garden season!
Concerned Citizens of South Portland has formed to stop the proposed pumping of tar sands oil from Canada to Maine, ending in South Portland where it would be shipped out. They are promoting a “Waterfront Protection Ordinance” to prevent this oil from being sent to the city, and to stop two 70 foot smokestacks that would pollute the nearby air. For more on how to join and find out what the group is doing: Bob Klotz, 317-1692 or 350maine@gmail.com
Maine Citizens for Clean Elections (MCCE) has, thru its “Money in Politics Project,” produced a series of reports on how money has been influencing the political process in Maine. Report #7 (out of 12) discusses how the GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) industry has influenced policies in Maine on labeling and other food safety issues. The report is brief but includes facts and numbers to show how dominant the industry is in putting money into lobbying for its own interests. For a copy of that and a list of other reports; MCCE, 831-6223 or info@mainecleanelections.org

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