June and beyond Calendar of events

Newsletter editors,

Here are some calendar items for June (plus a few earlier and/or later and a few later in the summer).  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.

Larry Dansinger

May 27: “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” film shown, 7 PM, Public Library, Blue Hill. Peninsula Peace and Justice, 326-4405 or jprobbins@myfairpoint.net.

May 28 (rain: May 29): Field of Flags (Iraq War Dead Memorial) planting of 6,000 flags for US troops and noting about 1.3 million Iraqis also, 10 AM-noon, Main St. near Library and Congregational Church, Blue Hill. Peninsula Peace and Justice, 326-4405.

June 2-5: “It Gets Better: First LGBT Film Festival, Ellsworth. Web: www.grandonline.org/lgbt-film-festival-2.

June 5 (+ other programs almost monthly thru December): 11/11 forums on poverty with topics such as food issues, literacy, jail, transportation, mental health, classism, 11 AM, Unitarian-Universalist Church, 37 Miller St., Belfast. Call Jennifer Hill, 722-3383 or rooted@fairpoint.net

June 7: Tour and workshop for Maine master gardeners, Newforest Institute, Brooks. Call 722-3625.

June 12-19: 25th annual Southern Maine Pride events, including biking to Portland, Dyke March on June 17 (7:30 PM, Monument Square) and a parade on June 18 (about 1 PM, from Monument Square to Deering Oaks Park). Email info@southernmainepride.org or www.southernmainepride.org.   

June 15: “Taking Root” film shown (Nobel Prize winner Wangari Matthei of Kenya and her tree planting projects) with potluck preceding the film, 5:30 PM, Abbott Room, Free Library, Belfast. Meredith, Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County, 338-5089.

June 17-19: “Raytheon, Missile Offense, and Endless War: Working Together to Demilitarize and Create a Sustainable Future” conference, vigil, and concert, N. Andover, MA. Bruce Gagnon, 443-9502 or globalnet@mindspring.net or www.space4peace.org

June 18: “Summer Solstice Celebration: A Growing Time” w/peace and justice music from several groups and choirs, 6 PM, U-U Church, 120 Park St., Bangor. Call 947-7009 or 942-9343.

June 18: “Maine Workers Forum on Jobs: Time to Fight Back,” effects of attacks on Maine workers testimony, 9 AM-2 PM, Brewer Auditorium. Eastern Maine Labor Council/Workers Center of Eastern Maine, 989-4141.

June 24-26: Harry’s Hoe Down festival (music, speakers, dance, camping) with opportunities for peace and justice groups to have information tables, Starks. Web: www.FriendsofTheHill.com.

June 25: Pride Festival, noon-5 PM for organizational fair, 6-9 PM for dance, Bangor. More details TBA. Web search: Pride Festival Bangor.

June 25: Managing Fruit Trees Organically workshop, 10 AM-2 PM, Common Ground Education Center, Unity. MOFGA, 568-4142 or mofga@mofga.org or www.mofga.org.

June 26 (+ other programs almost monthly thru December): 11/11 forums on poverty with topics such as food issues, literacy, jail, transportation, mental health, classism, 11 AM, Unitarian-Universalist Church, 37 Miller St., Belfast. Call Jennifer Hill, 722-3383 or rooted@fairpoint.net.

July 1: Deadline for nominations for Maryann Hartman awards to distinguished Maine women. To nominate or for more info: Angela.Hart@umit.maine.edu or 581-1228. 

August 2-9: Tenth annual Burdock gathering with workshops, skillshares, cabaret, swimming, Barter Fair, etc. focusing on a sustainable future, Sandy River, Starks.  Burdock, burdock@riseup.net or www.burdockgathering.org

Over twenty caravans to Cuba have been sponsored nationally by Pastors for Peace, with help from Let Cuba Live and people in Maine. Another is planned for this July, with people collecting various items to send on the caravan. People are encouraged to apply to join the caravan as it travels thru the US, crosses the border into Mexico, and makes its way to Cuba. Donations are also needed. Past caravans have brought medical supplies and helpful technology to Cubans. This year’s caravan will go throughout the country during the first half of July, then several days at the border and in Mexico, then 8 days in Cuba, then back home at the beginning of August. For more info on the Caravan: Judy or Peter Robbins, 326-4405 or jprobbins@myfairpoint.net.

From the Maine Peace, Justice, and Environmental Network: MPJEN.org is an online cooperative website hub offering FREE interactive tools: an online petition center, actions center, calendar, message center, hundreds of resources and more to enhance the coordination and communication of the actions of many Maine environmental, peace and justice groups.  We invite your group to participate in this statewide network website, MPJEN.org.  Founded in 2007, already 43 Maine organizations participate in the network website, part of a national initiative, the Peace Justice and Environment Project.  More than 1500 local peace, justice and environmental organizations in 40 statewide peace, justice & environmental networks serving 50 states, use the shared programming of PJEP.org, created by activists for activists.  Contact: Laurel Lambert Schmidt, laurel@pjep.org or 773-991-8751.

The Maine Breast Cancer Coalition seeks donations for its Support Service Fund, which helps people with breast cancer to get the health care they need. Altho the special license plate fund provides some funding, it doesn’t cover all those who need it.  Benefit events are also welcome. To donate to the fund and for more information about the coalition, contact Chris Haiss, 938-4018 or czh1@roadrunner.com

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