March Calendar of events

Newsletter editors,

Here are some calendar items for March (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. 

If you know of events coming up, please send these to me so I can include in this calendar. 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

February 25 (+ next 6 Saturdays): Lenten Vigil for Disarmament at Bath Iron Works, 11:30-12:30 PM, Washington Street (front of Administration building), Bath. FMI: Smilin’ Trees Disarmament Farm, 763-4062.

February 26: “Mexico’s Tarahumara: Running out of Time” film shown w/Dud and filmmaker Dick Hendrick, 3-5 PM, Curtis Library, Brunswick. Call Dud Hendrick, 348-2511 or Also shown Monday, February 27, 5-7 PM, Meg Perry Center, 644 Congress St., Portland. Call 772-1051.

February 28: “Inside Job” film (financial institutions’ manipulation of the economy) shown, Fire Station, Somesville. Call Ed Snyder, 288-8968.

February 28: “Windfall” film shown (problems with industrial wind facilities), 7 PM, Unity Centre for the Performing Arts, Unity. Friends of the Highland Mountains, Also shown on March 1, 6 PM, Skowhegan Library; March 3-4, 2 PM (3rd) and 3 PM (4th), Strand Theater, Rockland;  March 4, 2 PM, Dirigo High School, Dixfield; March 7, 7 PM, UMF, Farmington; and March 30, 6:30 PM, Snowmobile Club, Island Falls.

February 28-29: “We Can Feed Maine” conference on soil quality, Bangor Motor Inn, Bangor. Heart of Maine RC&D, for details.

February 29: “Before the Killing Begins: The Politics of Mass Violence” film, panel, and discussion, 6 PM, Public Library, Bangor. Citizens for Global Solutions, Lee Davis, 866-4785 or

February 29: Chris Brown talks about farm recycling at Green Drinks, 7-8:30 PM, St. Savior’s Church library, Bar Harbor. Ron Greenberg, or

March 3: “The Energy Efficient Home” talk and tour, 9 AM-3 PM, New Forest Institute, 66 Monroe Hway, Brooks. Call 722-3625 or Also New Forest programs on March 13 on “Future Electricity” and March 22 on “Home Scale Photovoltaics.”
March 3-4: “Building Bridges of Communication” workshop with Peggy Smith to benefit WERU community radio, 9 AM-4 PM both days, Peace and Justice Center, 96 Harlow St, Bangor. Call 789-5299 or

March 8: International Women’s Day poetry reading, 2-4 PM, Public Library, Lisbon St., Lewiston. Bibi Krasin, 213-221-5432 or

March 9: Vital Connections gathering with short presentations on faith, community building, and hunger prevention, 6 PM (potluck followed by talks), Sweetser, 329 Bath Rd., Brunswick. Call Rosie, 371-2077 for more details.

March 10: Spring Growth conference on “The Tomato” w/various tomato-related workshops, all day, Common Ground Education Center, Unity. MOFGA, 568-4142 or

March 10: “Class Matters: Tools for Unpacking Privilege” workshop (interactive workshop on class oppression and breaking down barriers) w/Sonia Acevedo, 9 AM-5 PM, New Forest Institute, 66 Monroe Hway, Brooks. Call 722-3625 or

March 18: “Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy” (globalization and effects on women in Haiti) film shown, 7 PM, Peace and Justice Center, 96 Harlow St., Bangor. Call 942-9343 or or

March 20: “March against Fiscal Madness: Fund Human Needs” march and rally for a state budget without painful budget cuts, 2-4 PM, Hall of Flags, Maine Capitol Building, Augusta. Bruce Gagnon, 443-9502 or

March 21: “Mexico’s Tarahumara: Running out of Time” film shown w/Dud and filmmaker Dick Hendrick, 6 PM, Free Library, Belfast. Call Dud Hendrick, 348-2511 or

March 24: Equality Maine’s 28th annual awards dinner, 5:30-9 PM, Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland. Equality Maine, 761-3732 or

March 25: Maine Tree Crop Alliance, Maine Seed Saving Network, and MOFGA Seed Swap and Scionwood Exchange day, noon-4 PM, Common Ground Education Center, Unity. MOFGA, 568-4142 or
The newest edition of “Saving Seeds,” from Food for Maine’s Future, has articles on Farmer Dan Brown, being sued by the state of Maine for selling raw milk, challenges to Monsanto’s seed patents, “Occupy the Food System,” and seed saving. Other articles discuss food self-reliance, local food and community self-governance ordinances, the Keystone XL pipeline, and other articles related to local food self-sufficiency and safety. For a copy, or to distribute multiple copies: FMF, 244-0908 or

Three Solidarity scholarships ($500 and 2 x $250) are being offered to members of the Eastern Maine Labor Council or Food AND Medicine and any family member of a laid off worker. Applicants need to define what “solidarity” means to them in their application. Students also need to explain briefly what their education plan is and type their response of about 250-300 words. Send responses by April 25 to Food AND Medicine, 20 Ivers St., Brewer, ME 04412, 989-5860.

A new video on solitary confinement from the National Religious Campaign against Torture is available for showing in Maine. Titled “Solitary Confinement: Torture in Our Backyard,” the 15-20 minute film describes the 2010 campaign in Maine to reduce or eliminate solitary confinement as a form of punishment. The film is available from the Maine Council of Churches, 772-1918 or

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