Here are some calendar items for March and later. FEEL FREE TO PICK AND CHOOSE AND NOT USE EVERY ITEM.
February 26: Premiere film showing of "Neighbor by Neighbor: Mobilizing an Invisible Community in Lewiston, Maine" (stopping a highway through the middle of downtown Lewiston), 6:30-8:30 PM, Public Library, Lewiston. Kate Brennan, 782-7876 or email@example.com.
February 26: "Inheritance" film shown (confronting the Jewish Holocaust), 6:30 PM, Klahr Center, U/Maine, Augusta. Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, 624-3530 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 28 (snow date: March 1): "The Co-op Model: Transition to a Democratic Economy" (fifteenthe annual Changing Maine gathering) day long event to organize new cooperatives and support existing ones, 8:30 AM-4 PM, Pine Tree State Arboretum, 153 Hospital St., Augusta. Cooperative Maine, 525-7776 or email@example.com to register or www.cooperativemaine.org.
February 28 (+ next six Saturdays): Lenten vigil for peace and disarmament, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM, across from Bath Iron Works, Washington Street, Bath. Smilin’ Trees Farm, 763-4062 or Jack, 772-1442 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March: A month of events by MaineShare member groups celebrating MaineShare’s 20th anniversary of raising money for root-cause oriented Maine nonprofit groups. For a complete list: www.maineshare.org.
March 3 (also March 16-17, 24, 31, and April 7): Growing Peace within Me & the World" workshop on nonviolent communication, 6:30-8:30 PM, Addams-Melman House, 212 Centre St., Bath. Call 443-9502.
March 5: Palestine Teach-In w/"Readings from Rachel Corrie," 6:30-9 PM, Public Library, Portsmouth, NH. Palestine Education Network, 603-436-2424 or email@example.com.
March 6: Midcoast Maine Maine workshop for war tax resisters in Maine, 7-9 PM, Curtis Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick. Maine WTR Resource Center, 525-7776, firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 7: Annual Southern Maine workshop for war tax resisters in Maine, 10:30 AM-1 PM, Meg Perry Center, 644 Congress St., Portland. Maine WTR Resource Center, 525-7776, email@example.com.
March 7: "Gaining Ground in Maine" workshop to protect farms and affordable farmland, 10 AM-3:30 PM, MOFGA Education Center, 294 Crosby Brook Rd., Unity. Call 338-9509 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 7-8: "Building a PV Module" workshop (how to build it yourself), 17 Rockwell Rd. SE, Jonesport. To register or FMI: Soni Biehl, 733-1095.
March 8: "Introduction to Nonviolent Communication" w/Peggy Smith, 9 AM-5 PM, MOFGA Education Center, Crosby Brook Rd., Unity. Peggy Smith, 789-5299 or www.nvc4me.com.
March 8: International Women’s Day.
March 10: "The International Movement for Food Sovereignty" slides and discussion w/Logan Perkins about recent conference in Mozambique, 6:30 PM, Free Library, Belfast. Belfast Food Co-op, 338-2532.
March 12: "A Case for Socialism in a Time of Crisis and Change" talk by author Ashley Smith, 6:30 PM, Meg Perry Center, 644 Congress St., Portland. Jamilla El-Shafei, email@example.com.
March 13-15: "Introduction to Nonviolent Communication" training weekend w/Peggy Smith, Ellsworth. Peggy Smith, 789-5299 or www.nvc4me.com.
March 14: "Spring Growth" conference on growing grains in Maine, 9 AM-4 PM, MOFGA Education Center, 294 Crosby Brook Rd., Unity. Call 568-4142 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.mofga.org.
March 14: Community Cultural Celebration to promote ethnic diversity with exhibits, foods, presenters, videos, etc., 10 AM-3 PM, Lake Region HS. George Bradt, 647-2389 or email@example.com or www.cccofmaine.org.
March 18: Eric Hooglund speaks and shows slides about the crisis in the Middle East–Israel/Palestine, Iraq, and more, 6 PM, Free Library, Belfast. Cathy, Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County, 338-4920.
March 19: Maine Women’s Policy Center hosts Girls’ Day at the State Capitol, bringing 100 girls to show them the legislative process and how young women can be involved in it, 8:30 AM-3:30 PM. Call 622-0851 or www.mainewomen.org.
March 21: "New Organizing Strategies in the Obama Era," "ACT (Active Community Teach-in) w/speaker Joseph Gerson and workshops and panel, 1-5 PM (tent.), Unitarian-Universalist Church, 120 Park St., Bangor. Peace and Justice Center, 942-9343 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.peacectr.org.
March 21: Michael Gregor speaks on "The Latest in Human Nutrition" as part of the Great American Meat-Out, 7 PM, Luther Bonney Hall, USM, Portland. Maine Animal Coalition, 773-2215 or www.maineanimalcoalition.org.
March 21: EqualityMaine’s 25th anniversary awards dinner w/speakers, awards, history displays, celebration of progress, etc., 6 PM, Holiday Inn by the Bay, Spring St., Portland. EqualityMaine, 761-3732 or email@example.com or www.equalitymaine.org.
March 21: "Organic Orcharding Workshop" (pruning and caring for fruit trees), 10 AM-3 PM, MOFGA Education Center, 294 Crosby Brook Rd., Unity. Call 568-4142 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.mofga.org.
March 21: "Leading to War" (US in Iraq) film with discussion following with Iraqi refugees, 7 PM, Meg Perry Center, 644 Congress St., Portland. Call 772-0680 or email@example.com or www.peaceactionme.org.
March 22: "Motherland Afghanistan" film shown (women’s health and education in Afghanistan), 7 PM, Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 170 Park St., Bangor. Call 942-9343 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.peacectr.org.
March 24: "Tableland" film shown (small, sustainable food production projects), 6:30 PM, Free Library, Belfast. Belfast Food Co-op, 338-2532.
March 24: Dud Hendrick speaks on US bases in other countries and US influence on their policies, 7 PM, Bailey Library, Winthrop. (Also talks early in the day in Augusta area.) Tom Sturtevant, Veterans for Peace, 377-2370 or www.vfpmaine.org.
March 28: Seed swap and scion exchange for gardeners and orchardists, noon-4:30 PM, MOFGA Education Center, 294 Crosby Brook Rd., Unity. Call 568-4142 or email@example.com or www.mofga.org.
April 1: Sexual Assault Awareness Month w/events sponsored by Maine’s sexual assault prevention projects. Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault, 626-0034.
April 1: "Grow Your Own Organic Garden" classes, evening, various locations throughout Maine. Call MOFGA, 568-4142 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.mofga.org.
April 2-8: Tour of Maine by Cheri Honkala, coordinator of Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign speaking on the need for economic human rights, Bangor area (2-3), Portland (5-6), Lewiston (7), Augusta/Waterville (8). ROSC, 525-7776 or email@example.com for complete schedule and location of talks.
April 3: Town Hall Meeting to address economic, health care, foreign policy, and war/peace issues (plus others), 6:30-9:30 PM, Lecture Hall, Abromson Building, USM, Portland. Global Network, 443-9502 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 4: "Action Plan for Economic Human Rights Organizing in Maine" all-day workshop to promote economic human rights in Maine w/Cheri Honkala, 9 AM-4 PM, Pine Tree State Arboretum, 153 Hospital St., Augusta. Larry Dansinger/ROSC, 525-7776 or email@example.com.
You might still have time to get a share of fresh shrimp this winter and early spring. Port Clyde Fresh Catch, part of the Midcoast Fishermen’s Cooperative, is offering a community supported fishery shares on a weekly pickup basis in several midcoast locations, from Damariscotta to Belfast. To find out if the shrimp are still available this year or to sign up for next winter, contact Glen Libby, 372-0628 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.portclydefreshcatch.com.
"Neighbor by Neighbor: Mobilizing an Invisible Community in Lewiston, Maine" is a film about what turned into "The Visible Community," a group of low income downtown Lewiston residents who stopped a city-sponsored highway running through the middle of town. Had the road been built, an estimated 800 people would have been displaced and affordable housing would have been almost impossible to find. The Visible Community has forced the city to listen to its low income residents especially when plans or proposals affect them and the downtown area. To get a copy of the film to show in your area, contact Kate at 782-7876 or www.roundpointmovies.org.
As the layoffs continue, finding a job is getting tougher. "Transitions: A Resource Guide to Restarting Career and Community" is a state of Maine resource that can provide ideas and places to contact around job hunting, unemployment insurance, maintaining healthcare coverage, financial resources, legal issues, taxes, and more. Probably any Career Center (employment) office would have one, or call 1-888-457-8883.
The Bees are buzzing again, looking for groups to sponsor the Beehive Collective’s latest set of art/politics murals on mountaintop removal (especially in coal field areas). They also have previous displays on Plan Colombia, the Free Trade Area of the Americas, and globalization. If you can book the Bees for your area, contact them at email@example.com or 255-6737.