Unity Town News

By Sonia Antunes | Jun 02, 2014

IN MY WORLD

 

With the onset of warm weather comes a whirlwind of things to do, both fun and tedious. As such, I’m getting this column in just under the wire ...

 

IN YOUR WORLD

 

Comprehensive Plan Committee meeting

Thursday, June 5 at 6:30 pm

Koons Hall, Room 201 (upstairs) at Unity College. Observers welcome. Read the Minutes from Past Meetings. www.unityme.org/gov/minutes/index.html Follow us on Facebook

www.facebook.com/unitymaine

 

Cooking & Nutrition Class

June 5, 12, 19, & 26 from: 10 to 11:30am

FREE - You are invited to attend EAT SMART, LIVE STRONG, a Healthy Waldo County SNAP-Ed program that runs 4-weeks. This course encourages older adults to focus on making healthy choices and being physically active. During class we will practice 4 easy exercises and set goals related to increasing fruit and vegetable consumption, including money saving tips for purchasing them.  Free nutrition information and recipes, Learn to stretch your snap dollars, Unity Union Church on Depot St

Space is limited, sign up early! Call or email Beth to sign up: 620-4578; bchamberlain@rsu3.org

 

State Primary Election and Vote on School Budget

Tuesday June 10 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Voting will be  at the Town Office.

 

Blood Drive

Wednesday, June 11 from 1 - 6 PM

American Legion, 108 Windemere Lane

 

Participatory English Country Dancing

Wednesday June 11 from 7-9:30 pm

At the Unity Center for the Performing Arts on Depot Street. On second Wednesday of every month. Live music by the North Star sisters. All are invited, no need to bring a partner. All dances taught by Nancy Rosalie & John McIntire. Donation requested, except for UC students, to cover musicians' expenses. For more information, call 568-7597.

 

Thorndike Congregational Church Public Supper

Friday, June 13 from 4:30-6:00

Smothered Beef, Mashed Potatoes, Veggies, Baked Beans, Homemade Rolls and Pies. $7.00, and children under 12  $2.00. Rt. 139, Thorndike

 

Waldo County Open Space Festival

Friday - Saturday, June 13 - 15

A casual, non-commercial gathering with music, food and local color.

Information-sharing about precious local resources, woods, farmlands, waters, air and space, to strengthen grassroots solutions to their rapid decline. www.waldocountyopenspace.me

 

JUNE 13,  Friday,   A farm supper  under the full moon in Freedom

 

JUNE 14,  Saturday,  Farm & Homestead Day,  free workshops at MOFGA. Free, hands-on and interactive sessions on farming and homesteading skills. http://www.mofga.org/Default.aspx?tabid=302

A Hands-on Skill Sharing Event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gates will be open at 7:00 a.m. for scything. Thinking of alternative ways to cook? Want to build a solar cooker or a bake oven? Thinking of sharpening your own tools? Farm & Homestead Day, a free event, offers hands-on and interactive sessions on farming and homesteading skills. It will be held on Saturday, June 14, at the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association's Common Ground Education Center on Crosby Brook Road in Unity.

Learn how to

  • weave and spin

  • make your own cording with a lucet or learn rug hooking

  • operate a treadle sewing machine to make a drawstring bag

  • sharpen your own tools

  • make cheese, ice cream, bean hole beans, and kimchi

  • bake bread in a earthen bake oven, cook on a rocket stove

  • manage your herbs for a long season harvest

  • prune and mulch orchard trees

  • build a garden cart, or a bike trailer

  • make paper pots

  • build really raised beds

  • make a pollinator bee box

  • make a coffin

  • build a solar cooker, or a rocket stove for cooking with wood

  • make basic leather shoes

  • handle rabbits and trim their nails and learn how to tattoo their ears

  • learn how to tan rabbit hides using a non-toxic method

  • learn how to mow with a scythe and maintain and sharpen it

 

Children of all ages are invited to learn how to

  • build bluebird nesting boxes

  • make paper

  • make paper pots, sow seeds and transplant seedlings

  • plant the really raised beds

Participants are welcome to bring any extra transplants and seeds for a Plant and Seed Exchange.

Those who would like to help continue the long tradition of mowing MOFGA's berm and amphitheater with scythes are welcome to join the Sunrise Mowers at 7 a.m. Scythe Supply will bring tools of the trade, help mowers in fitting a scythe and mowing, and teach blade maintenance. Learn to make hay using horse power.

Dress appropriately for this rain or shine event. We will be sampling the morning's food preparation efforts, but bring a dish to share or bring a picnic lunch and enjoy MOFGA’s beautiful grounds.

Volunteers are welcomed. To help during, before or after the event, please contact Anna Libby atalibby@mofga.org or 568-4142, or the Farm & Homestead Day Rabble Rousing Committee atfarmandhomesteadday@myfairpoint.net.


JUNE 15, Sunday, Fathers' Day,  Block party in Thorndike Village, in the old silo yard beside the tracks.

waldocountyopenspace@gmail.com 568-3523 to take part.

Support the festival, buy a calendar!

A limited number of these are still available for $7+ $3 shipping!

A calendar for Waldo County that contains the work of seven local artists, tides, moons, suns and all sorts of holidays, not to mention a wind chill chart, wood heating values, local trivia and nature facts. The calendar can be ordered through gardenvariety25@gmail.com for $16 postpaid.  We are also interested in ideas for the 2015 edition, titled Living  Our History:  Waldo County, Maine.

 


IN YOUR WORLD

 

Maine Fiber Frolic.

Saturday - Sunday, June 7-8

www.fiberfrolic.com Windsor Fairgrounds, Rt. 32, $5/adult, $2/senior adult, and children under 12 are free.

 

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