This year’s HOPE Festival reflects its mission

Posted April 23, 2009, at 12:19 a.m.

During these difficult times, at home and abroad, the 15th annual HOPE Festival, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the University of Maine Student Fitness and Recreation Center in Orono, more than ever reflects its mission: Help Organize Peace Earthwide.

Ilze Petersons of the sponsoring Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine in Bangor invites you to enjoy the free activities this event offers, from the keynote address of Eliot Coleman to the performance by folk singer David Mallett and the juggling of Zachary Field to watching the puppets, dancers, singers and drummers.

More than 70 organizations “working for social change and sustainability” will participate in this year’s HOPE Festival, Petersons wrote of the event that has something for everyone, thanks to all the participants and the leadership of volunteer coordinator Kay Carter.

From information about fitness to a 5K fun run and 1-mile fun run for children to locally produced food for sale, the atmosphere at this event will be filled with hope for better days ahead.

Volunteers are always needed to set up and clean up, so call 942-9343 if you can help.

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Folks in the Pembroke area are invited to a “fun family evening” featuring folk singer and instrumentalist Jim Sherman at 7 tonight at the Pembroke Library.

“Jim always encourages audience participation,” wrote Linda Gralenski.

“There is no charge” to attend, and “refreshments will be served.”

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Diane Stimpson reports that Save Our Strays, “a local companion animal resources group,” will conduct a Plant Sale 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 25, in the parking lot at Camden Hall at University College of Bangor.

“We will have perennials as well as annuals,” Stimpson wrote of the sale that also will include “many pet items including T-shirts, pet toys, pet DVDs” car magnets and a 50-50 cash raffle.

Proceeds benefit the SOS voucher program to help families with the expense of spaying or neutering pets.

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Ann Carter of Charlotte reports the “long-awaited re-opening” of the Calais Free Library Used Books Store is 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, April 25, at the store on Main Street next to Unobskey College.

If there are enough volunteers “to cover the hours,” Carter added, the store will be open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. “most Saturdays.”

Adult books are $1 for hardcover and 50 cents for paperbacks, and children’s books are 50 cents for hardcover and 25 cents for paperbacks.

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Ivy Turner of the Perry Congregational Church Women’s Fellowship invites you to its Huge Spring Yard Sale 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday April 25, at the church on Shore Road.

You will find baked goods, lunch, crafts and cookbooks, Turner wrote.

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Susan Dunham Shane of the Eddington Clifton Civic Center invites you to enjoy the “bluegrass, country, sorta rocky, sorta jazzy” music of Anna Mae Mitchell and Rising Tide at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Comins Hall, 1387 Main Road, East Eddington.

Opening for the featured performers will be Eddington Fire Department member, state Rep. Ben Pratt, “a highly talented folk singer.”

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12 and $20 for a family.

Proceeds benefit Eddington Fire Department and the civic center’s Americans with Disabilities Act Capital Improvement Fund of which “step one” has been completed: Renovated, handicap-accessible bathrooms.

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Reservations are required for the Monroe Community Church public supper, Zorba’s Taverna, featuring Greek cuisine 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the church.

The cost is $10. Call 525-9908 for reservations.

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In an earlier column, Marjorie Longwood of the Blue Hill Historical Society reported a few openings remain for its Third annual Blue Hill Historical Society Tour Sept. 13 to the Lake Champlain Area, and that you should call Jan Crofoot for more information.

Longwood e-mailed she had given the incorrect telephone number for Crofoot. The correct number is 374-3277.

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Don Hallenbeck of Pittsfield e-mailed he is seeking former directors and staff members who “worked at the old Pittsfield community pool from its birth,” in the late ’50s, through 2008.

Hallenbeck reports a “reunion of old staff” is planned to coincide with “the dedication of the new Paul Bertrand Pool at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 13, in Pittsfield.

You can write Hallenbeck at Apt. 202, 107 Ryan Court, Pittsfield 04967-4148 or e-mail photoman_flash@yahoo.com or photoman_flash@mail.com.

Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; javerill@bangordailynews.net; 990-8288.

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