2015-11-13 / Community

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Sierra Club to screen two films at First Parish in Kennebunk

The Maine Chapter of the Sierra Club will show two films that connect issues of indigenous people in Maine and Canada on Friday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church on Main Street in Kennebunk. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Dessert will be served at 6:30 p.m.

The two films are “The Penobscot: Ancestral River, Contested Territory” by Sunlight Media Collective and, “Down the Mighty River--One Less River,” which explores river damming by Hydro Quebec.

“The Penobscot: Ancestral River, Contested Territory,” traverses the landscape of deal-making and deal-breaking which has historically defined tribal-state relations in Maine. Spanning from the 1700s to the present-day legal battle being played out in Penobscot Nation vs. Mills, the film illustrates the history of the Penobscot’s fight to retain their territory and their inherent, treaty-reserved sustenance fishing rights for future generations.

“The Penobscot: Ancestral River, Contested Territory” features the Penobscot peoples’ traditional, centuries-long stewardship to ensure a healthy ecosystem for all of Maine. It tells the story of a struggle for justice and cultural survival in the face of an astonishingly open abuse of state power.

Andy Burt will speak after the films. Burt has been working on climate justice and related activities within faith communities in Maine and beyond since 2000. She has volunteered with the Sierra Club on community based clean and efficient energy projects, such as Green Sneakers.

Burt has allied with the Penobscot Nation and the Dawnland Environmental Defense organization to support Maine’s Indigenous Peoples on treaty-based land sovereignty, and rights to cultural practices such as sustenance fishing in riverine and marine environments. Andy also serves on the Friends (Quakers) Committee on Maine Public Policy and its subcommittee focused on Wabanaki concerns.

According to Joan Saxe of the Sierra Club, “These two films illustrate the saga of Indigenous People fighting for sovereign rights to the land and waters in Maine and Canada. The films present the continuing fight of the native peoples over rights to their lands and water, ex- ploitation of natural resources and--more often than not- -our country’s need to satisfy its ever-growing thirst for energy. John Muir’s oft-quoted statement applies: ‘When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.’”

The event is co-sponsored by the FPUU Social Responsibility Committee.

All filmgoers are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to be given to the York County Shelter Pantry in Alfred.

For more information, call 985-3700.

Chamber gearing up for Small Business Saturday

The Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce is coordinating the new Pajama Sale event for local businesses in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel on Saturday, Nov. 28, which is nationally known as “Small Business Saturday” and shares the day with Kennebunk’s annual downtown tree-lighting ceremony.

The marketing committee of the chamber will compile a list of participating businesses and their sales, along with a shopping map and a collectible reusable bag for guests to carry during their shopping adventure, thanks to sponsor Berkshire-Hathaway.

Participation in the event is free for chamber members. The deadline to register is Nov. 18.

All area businesses are encouraged to open early as part of the festivities.

For information, call the chamber at 967-0857.

Positively third Bob Dylan show is scheduled for Nov. 21

First Person Plural will present An Evening of Bob Dylan Songs, Volume 3 at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Kennebunk on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. A cover charge will be accepted at the door. The show was originally scheduled for Sept. 19, but had to be postponed.

Volume 1 at Kennebunk’s The Hive in August 2014 and Volume 2 at the Unitarian Church in November 2014 were both sold-out shows, with Dana Pearson and Monica Grabin performing nothing but Bob. For this third goround, the Kennebunk duo – which plays acoustic and electric guitar, bass, banjo, keyboard, and harmonica – has arranged a new set list spanning the 50-plus-year career of the legend from Hibbing, Minnesota.

Village Art Walk series continues on Friday, Nov. 13

Village Art Walk, coordinated by Kennebunk-Kennebunkport Arundel Chamber of Commerce, will continue Friday, Nov. 13. The free self-guided walking tour of art galleries, studios and organizations of Kennebunk’s Lower Village and Kennebunkport’s Dock Square and Ocean Avenue will be held the second Friday of every month from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission to all galleries is free and open to the public.

Participating galleries still open this season include the Chris Becker Gallery, the Galleries at Morning Walk, Maine Art, Mast Cove Galleries, River Tree Arts, The Sharpe Gallery, Sue Rioux Designs, and Wendy Webster Good Fine Art, The Port Gallery.

The Village Art Walk season will wrap up on Dec. 11, which will also feature the Passport to Prelude. Visitors will be given given passports and asked to collect stamps from at least six of nine participating galleries. With a passport complete, guests will check in at the chamber kiosk to enter their name in a drawing for prizes.

Guests have until Sunday at noon, Dec. 13, to complete their passport, and participation is free and open to the public.

For information, call the chamber at 967-0857.

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