October 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 October (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

September 15-October 15: Hispanic Heritage Month in Portland and possibly other Maine locations. Ricardo Cabezas, Centro Latino Maine, 409-5280 or centrolatinomaine@gmail.com
September 27-29: GROW (GrassRoots Organizing Workshops) annual organizer training weekend, Bryant Pond 4-H Camp, Bryant Pond. Iggy, 415-4458 or Jacqui, 284-3358 or rosc@psouth.net to register.

September 27-29: “War Tax Resistance in Connection: Helping Us Help Each Other” annual gathering of war tax resisters/supporters, Amazing Planet Farm, Williamsville, VT. For travel from Maine, Larry Dansinger, 525-7776 or rosc@psouth.net.

September 28: “What Do We Do When the Grid Goes Down?” workshop on home-generated energy, 9 AM-12:30 PM, Town Hall, Dexter and other locations in the PM. Dexter-Dover Area Towns in Transition, 277-4221 or info@ddatt.org

September 29: “War on Whistleblowers” film shown, 7 PM, Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 96 Harlow St., Bangor. Call 942-9343 or info@peacectr.org

October 1: Maine Women’s Summit on Economic Security, 9 AM-5 PM, Civic Center, Augusta. Maine Women’s Policy Center, 622-0851 x25 or mewomensummit.bpt.me.

October 2: Mental Health Community Commitment workshop, part of Mental Illness Awareness Week, 4-7 PM, Jewett Hall, U/Maine, Augusta. NAMI Maine, 1-800-464-5767.

October 4-6: “Awakening Our Passion, Living in Compassion: The Embodied Spirituality of Nonviolent Communication” workshop, Bar Harbor. Peggy Smith, 789-5299 or www.mainenvcnetwork.org

October 4-6: Harvest Ball with music, social action information, info on marijuana liberation, Bijah Hill, Starks. Contact via www.HarrysHill.net

October 5: Transition Towns gathering with national organizers, 10 AM-4 PM, Allen Ave. U-U Church, Portland. Rachel Lyn Rumson, 332-7224 or resiliencehub. wordpress.com. Also talk on Oct. 4, 6 PM, Portland location TBA, by national organizer Rob Hopkins, 

October 5: Vigil and walk for disarmament, 11:30 AM, Bath Iron Works, Washington St., Bath. Smilin’ Trees Disarmament Farm, 763-4062.

October 5: Benefit for Children in Palestine traumatized by war w/Middle Eastern food, music, dance, 6:30 PM, First Parish U-U Church, 425 Congress St., Portland. Middle East Children’s Alliance, 809-0953 or danny@mecaforpeace.org

October 5-12: Keep Space for Peace Week with events in Maine and beyond, Global Network against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, 443-9502 or www.space4peace.org

October 6: Annual Harvest Supper and recognition of peace and justice activists, 6 PM, Unitarian-Universalist Church, 120 Park St., Bangor. Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 942-9343 or info@peacectr.org.

October 6: WERU 25th anniversary celebration and concert w NP Stookey, D Mallett, T Sample, others, 4-6 PM, The Grand, Ellsworth. WERU, 469-6600 or info@weru.org

October 6: “Rachel’s Run and Kids Fun” to benefit environmental programs, time TBA,  Kennebec River Rail Trail and Capitol Park, Augusta. Natural Resources Council of Maine, 430-0103 or 430-0127 or www.nrcm.org.  

October 10-19: Maine Drone Peace Walk, “Preserve Our Privacy: No Drone Spying in Maine,” from Limestone (former Loring AFB to Caribou, Presque Isle, Old Town, Bangor, Skowhegan, Farmington, Waterville, Augusta, and Bath, with stops each day. Call 443-9502 or www.bringourwardollarshome.org

October 11-12 or 14-15: Democracy School to learn rights-based organizing, 6:30-9 PM and 9 AM-5 PM, Dexter-Dover area. Call 924-7976 or ourmainetown@yahoo.com.  

October 15: Physicians for Social Responsibility Maine annual dinner w/speaker Angus King, 5:30 PM, Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave., Portland. PSR Maine, 210-0084 or karen@psrmaine.org.

October 19: Protest of “christening” of Navy destroyer, 10 AM-1 PM, Bath Iron Works, Washington Street, Bath. Global Network, 443-9502 or globalnet@mindspring.com

October 19-21: Trans and Womyn’s Action Camp training for direct action, Augusta area. Meg Gilmartin, 495-3648 or twac.wordpress.com. 

October 20: “The Economics of Happiness” film shown (localizing the economy), 7 PM, Peace and Justice Center, 96 Harlow St., Bangor. Call 942-9343 or info@peacectr.org.

October 23: Tree of Life conference as part of Maine’s Palestine Month w/speakers from Palestine and Israel, 6-9 PM, Abromson Center, Univ. of Southern Maine, Portland. Call 239-8060 or www.mvprights.org

October 24-27: Make Beautiful Tribe Retreat for gay, bisexual, and trans men, Lincolnville. Contact: http://makebeautifultribe.org
October 25: ESTIA annual EcoPeace Conference, “Reclaiming the Water Commons,” 8:30 AM-5:30 PM, Hutchinson Center, U/Maine, Belfast. Diana McSorley, 338-8000 for details and registration. 

October 25-27: Various workshops by Paul Chappell on peace, conflict resolution, leadership development, action strategies, Hutchinson Center, U/Maine, Belfast. Tammy Scully, tlscully@myfairpoint.net

October 25-27: “From Conflict to Connection: The Fundamentals of Nonviolent Communication” workshop w/Peggy Smith, South Portland. Call Peggy, 789-5299. 

October 27: Great Maine Apple Day, noon-4 PM, Common Ground Education Center, Crosby Brook Rd., Unity. MOFGA, 568-4142 or mofga@mofga.org.

October 31: Former cong. represenative Barney Frank speaks on “Politics Then and Now,” 4 PM, Abromson Hall, USM, Portland. Susan Morrow, 228-8181 or smorrow@usm.maine.edu.

November 2-4: Farmer to Farmer Conference to connect and educate farmers in Maine, Point Lookout, Northport. MOFGA, 568-4142 or mofga@mofga.org

Bring the Bees to your area. The Beehive Design Collective does talks and visuals about their political art around the country each fall and winter, including some in Maine. October and early November are times they are especially available in the Northeast. They will be releasing the “Mesoamerica Resiste!” graphic, the last in a trilogy about globalization. Beehive graphics are very detailed and tell many stories about the effects of global corporate capitalism and resistance to it all at once in their unique way. To arrange for a presentation or more about Beehive’s various resources, call 669-4117 or pollinators@beehivecollective.org
Mabel’s Book 2013 is available again. Published each year, it gives a comprehensive list of local food sources and other home made items in western Maine. The brainchild of Mabel Dennison of Temple, who died in 2001, the directory is published each year in part in Mabel’s honor. The booklet includes food resources in Oxford, Franklin, Somerset, and Piscataquis counties, farmers markets, community supported agriculture offers, community food councils, and much more. To get a copy, contact the Western Mountains Alliance, 778-3885 or westernmountainsalliance.org or look for copies in local stores in these areas.
NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) of Maine is looking for people who want to establish local NAMI family and peer support groups for LGBTQI people. If individuals, or their families, have been in mental health facilities, they can get more details on how to start a local group from NAMI. Because of discrimination, LGBTQI people may be more at risk for suicide, and NAMI also sponsors suicide prevention trainings. Details on these programs are from NAMI Maine, 1-800-464-5767 or www.namimaine.org

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