May Calendar of events

Newsletter editors,

Here are some calendar items for May (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

April 26: “Orlando” play performed (queer talkback night after the play), 7:30 PM, Russell Theater, USM, Gorham. Call 780-5767 or

April 27: Annual HOPE Festival with “Do One Thing” theme, 11 AM-4 PM, Fitness Center, U/Maine, Orono. Peace and Justice Center, 942-9343 or or

April 27: Empty Bowl supper to benefit El Salvador Sister City program, 6 PM, U-U Church, 37 Miller St., Belfast. MOFGA, or 568-4142.

April 28: Workers Memorial Day observance for workers killed on the job, details TBA. Maine Labor Group on Health, 622-7823 or

April 28: Young Hee Jeong of Committee to Stop the Naval Base at Jeju Island,d S. Korea, 3-5 PM, Curtis Library, Brunswick. Global Network, 443-9502 or

May 1: MayDay celebrations of International Workers Day in various locations in Maine. Kara Oster, or
Events planned in Portland, Augusta, and other locations.

May 1: WERU  Community Radio’s 25th anniversary of broadcasting, with special programs and events. WERU, 469-6600 or

May 1: International Workers Day art display of cartoons by members of the Cuban Five political prisoners, program begins at 6 PM with food and discussion/speakers at 7, Meg Perry Center, 644 Congress St., Portland. Tom Whitney, 743-2183.  

May 2: Louis Skolnik Award Dinner with Anthony Romero of the ACLU and Orlando Delogu, evening, Harraseeket Inn, Freeport. ACLU of Maine, 774-5444 or

May 2-3: “Implementing Restorative Practices in a Whole School Approach” workshop on restorative strategies for schools, 8:30-3:30. Augusta. Restorative Justice Project, 338-2742 or Register by 4/11.

May 3: House concert for PICA w/Dean Stevens and David Dodson to benefit sister city and Dignity for All projects, 7:30 PM, Orono.. PICA, 947-4203 or 299-4377.

May 4: Symposium on Food Security and Climate Change, 9 AM-5 PM, First Congregational Church, Camden. Call 691-4893 or web info:

May 5: Portland Walk-athon to raise awareness of Multiple Chemical Sensitivities,  1 PM, Green Building Supply, 111 Fox St., Portland then around Back Cove. Carrie Young,

May 5: Cinco de Mayo party, location TBA, Portland. Centro Latino, 409-5280 or

May 5: Annual Green Party convention, time TBA, Free Library, Belfast. Lynne Williams, 266-6327.

May 5: “Birth Story” (midwives as birthing experts) film shown, 4 PM, Blue Hill public library. Suzanne Norgang,

May 5: Ebune–All People’s, All Creatures Spring Parade and Celebration, 11 AM (parade gathers), noon (parade), and 1 PM (music, performances, food, more), Maine College of Art to Eastern Promenade, Portland. Contact Marita Kennedy-Castro,

May 11: Konbit Sante’s fourth annual “Maine Walks with Haiti” walk and run, 8:30 AM, Back Cove/Preble Street, Portland. w/music, parade, crafts to follow. Call 347-6733. 

May 11-12: Nonviolent Training Workshop w/Training for Change, 10 AM-6 PM (11th) and 10 AM-2:30 PM (12th), McClellan Multi-Purpose Room, Brunswick. To register or for more info:

May 18: “War Trauma Symposium: Caring Communities Coming Together,” 9 AM-4 PM, Abromson Center, USM, Portland. Doug Rawlings , Veterans for Peace, 293-2580 or for more info. 

May 19: “Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?” film shown, 7 PM, Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 96 Harlow St., Bangor. Call 942-9343 or or

June 1: “Ring Around the Bay” six hour celebration of Penobscot Bay, 9 AM-3 PM, various locations. Ron Huber, or 593-2744. 

June 1: Benefit concert for expenses for Thanks But No Tank to cover costs in defeating the proposed LPG Tank in Searsport with music, paintings by Rob Shettrly of “Americans Who Tell the Truth,” and more, 7 PM, Unitarian-Universalist Church, 37 Miller St., Belfast. Ken Agabian,

June 8: Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition statewide strategy meeting, 9:30 AM, First Church, 8 Court St., Belfast. Contact:

Sign up now for the 2013 season of Food AND Medicine’s Union Supported Agriculture program. It includes fresh, organic veggies from Happytown Farm in Orland and other sources of local foods. People need to sign up by May 1, altho someone reading this later should contact if interested. They can pay up front for their share or, if using the SNAP program with EBT cards, they can pay weekly. WorkShares are also an option. Several programs, depending on the number in the household and the amount eaten per week, are available. Pickup of food is available in several locations, from Ellsworth to Orono. For more details on this unique CSA, contact Food AND Medicine at 989-5860 or
Don’t like all the trashy legislation this session, or all the bills that enable us to create more trash that will be landfilled or burned? How about all that out of state waste that has been coming and could continue, some of it hazardous or toxic? The new web site has a complete list of waste-related legislation, public hearings, work sessions, and more details. Anyone can contribute content to the site just by going to the site or emailing Hillary Lister at
Let Cuba Live is alive and well. This 20+ year old group has started a membership drive for new people and funds. It’s goal is still increasing awareness of Cuba-US relations and being in solidarity with the people of Cuba. LCL has worked many times with Pastors for Peace in bringing medical supplies, tools and other items of need to Cuba. Recently, Hurricane Sandy devastated the island, requiring many more resources for the island. LCL does events, such as an art show beginning May 1 in Portland, delegations to Cuba, and annual aid trips with Pastors for Peace. For more info, contact Tom Whitney, 743-2183 or Barbara West, 443-2899 or

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