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Week of January 25, 2015

Public Notice:
Nomination papers are available at the Town Office for the following position: Selectman (3 year term)
Papers need to be returned to the Town Office by 2:30 p.m. on February 10, 2015.

Free Digital Literacy Classes Being Offered

Beginning in 2015, the Unity Foundation will be offering free digital literacy classes in Unity. In addition to these classes, low cost or no-cost computer equipment may be available to attendees. These opportunities are designed to help local businesses and individuals learn to access the internet safely and conveniently and to develop skills to take full advantge of its benefits. Read More...

Sunday January 25

  • Nia In Unity. Movement for health, wellness, and fitness Sundays 4:00-5:00pm at the Unity Community Center, 32 School St. Classes are sliding scale ($5-10/class). Drop in any time. Your first class with Anna is free! - and feel free to bring a friend. For more information: annania.wordpress.com, or contact Anna Fiedler: fiedlerak@gmail.com or 948-3925.

Monday January 26
  • Ananda Meditation and Prayer Group 6 -7:30 pm at Unity College Harrison Aldrich Wellness Center - Ananda means "Bliss" -- learn to meditate to reduce stress and increase peace and JOY in your life. Simple meditation technique taught for beginners with experienced meditators having an opportunity to deepen their practice. UC staff and students FREE, community members "free will" donation ($5 suggested). FMI email Dhyana Blanchard or call 568-3183.

  • Public Notice. The Town of Unity Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm to review Unity's College plan to build a new residence hall at their main campus on Quaker Hill Road. The hearing will be held at the new Unity Town Office, 74 School Street.
Tuesday January 27
  • Knitting Workshop. 6:00 to 7:30 pm at The Unity Community Center, 32 School Street in Unity. Informal workshop with some experienced knitters around to help you start your first project. Know how to knit already? Come on down with your project and knit with us! Materials for beginners will be provided. FREE. Questions? Contact Mary at 948-9005 or programs@unitybarnraisers.org

  • The Unity Tax Increment Financing Advisory Committee (UTAC) will meet at the Town Office at 6:30 p.m. Members of the Comprehensive Plan Committee will share information on the economic development goals and strategies of the Comp Plan. Read the minutes of the last meeting.
Wednesday January 28
  • Yoga in Unity 5:30-6:45 pm Unity Community Center on School Street. Slow flow yoga for all levels. Reduce stress, sleep better, improve overall health with mindful movement followed by short meditation/stillness practice. For this class you will need to be able to get down on the floor/yoga mat - no other requirements. If you have ongoing medical conditions you should consult with your doctor before starting any new exercise programs. $5 to $10 pay what you can, join us even if you can't. FMI Dhyana Blanchard yogainunity@uninets.net 568-3183

  • Ordinance Review Comittee meeting 6:30 pm at the Town Office. Observors welcome. Read minutes of past meetings.

Thursday January 29
  • Nia In Unity. Movement for health, wellness, and fitness Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm through February 12th at the Unity Community Center, 32 School St. Cost:$5-10/class, drop in any time. For more information: annania.wordpress.com, or contact Anna Fiedler: fiedlerak@gmail.com or 948-3925.

  • Comprehensive Plan Committee meeting 6:30 pm in Koons Hall, Room 201 (upstairs) at Unity College. Observors welcome. Read the Minutes from Past Meetings.
Saturday January 31
  • Yoga in Unity 9-10:15 am at the Unity Community Center on School Street. Slow flow yoga for all levels. Reduce stress, sleep better, improve overall health with mindful movement followed by a short meditation/stillness practice. For this class you will need to be able to get down on the floor/yoga mat - no other requirements. If you have ongoing medical conditions you should consult with your doctor before starting any new exercise programs. $5 to $10 pay what you can, join us even if you can't. FMI Dhyana Blanchard yogainunity@uninets.net 568-3183
Tuesday February 3
  • Options For Health Insurance 6pm at the Unity Community Center, 32 School Street in Unity. Sponsored by Healthy Waldo County, Maine Community Health Options, and Unity Barn Raisers. Did you know that Open Enrollment on the Health Insurance Marketplace ends on February 15 for coverage in 2015? Learn more by attending this informational session with Malory Shaughnessy from Maine Community Health Options. The discussion will include new options for health insurance, how to enroll in a health plan on the Health Insurance Marketplace, what you are eligible for in assistance, and what wellness and preventive services are included in a Qualified Health Plan. Light refreshments served.

  • Unity Board of Selectmen Meeting 6:30 at the Town Office. Read minutes of past meetings.
Saturday February 7
  • Waldo County Trail Coalition Winter Hike. 10 am until Noon. Meet at the kiosk at MOFGA. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. For more information, please call Sebasticook Regional Land Trust at 207-948-3766.

Sunday February 8
  • The Final Affairs committee invites the public to a free film series on End of Life issues. Running four Sundays through the winter months, our second film will be “Griefwalker” on Sunday, February 8, beginning at 1:30pm at MOFGA’s Education Center in Unity. “Griefwalker is a National Film Board of Canada feature documentary film, directed by Tim Wilson and produced in 2008. It is a lyrical, poetic portrait of Stephen Jenkinson’s work with dying people. Filmed over a twelve year period, Griefwalker shows Jenkinson in teaching sessions with doctors and nurses, in counselling sessions with dying people and their families, and in meditative and often frank exchanges with the film’s director while paddling a birch bark canoe about the origins and consequences of his ideas for how we live and die. A few of the themes appearing in the film: Where does our culture’s death phobia come from? Is there such a thing as good dying? How is it that grief could be a skill instead of an affliction? Who are the dead to us? How can seeing your life’s end be the beginning of your deep love of being alive? FMI contact Nancy at 568-7597.
Wednesday February 11
  • Comprehensive Plan Public Forum to discuss to major parts of the plan: The Goals & Strategies Framework, and the Future Land Use Plan. Time and place to be announced. Read the Goals & Strategies Document and send any comments to feedback@unitymaine.org.

  • Participatory English Country Dancing 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.
Monday February 16
  • Advanced Business Planning Workshop 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Led by Richard Wiswall, owner/operator of Cate Farm and author of "The Organic Farmer's Business Handbook." $75; $35 extra for another person from the farm. Includes lunch. Information and registration.