Humane Education Institute Celebrates 15th Anniversary

The Institute for Humane Education is marking its 15th anniversary with a “Crystal Ball” from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 2.

SURRY — Champagne will flow, desserts will be served and Japanese-born pianist Masanobu Ikemiya will perform ragtime and classical music as part of the Institute for Humane Education’s “Crystal Ball” from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 2. The celebration is being held to mark the nonprofit group’s 15th anniversary.

“Community members who have been passing by the Institute for Humane Education sign on the Surry Road and have always wondered what the organization does now have a fun way to find out!” Executive Director Sarah Speare said. “Community members can learn about the many resources IHE has to offer, the milestones it has achieved, become part of IHE’s future.”

IHE offers graduate degrees, humane education certificate programs, online courses, workshops and summer institutes, along with a free resource center. Its students and participants gain the knowledge, tools and motivation required to create healthy, peaceful and sustainable lives for themselves, other people, all species and the planet. They learn about the interconnected global issues of human rights, animal protection and environmental sustainability and examine ways that they can help create better systems and solutions to pressing issues.

“The Institute is better known outside of Maine than in its own back yard, and we are out to change that. We want people to know that we are a great resource for everyone who lives nearby,” Speare continued. “We have programs for parents, students, teachers and concerned citizens, and we are currently expanding with more programs for the community. Through this event, we hope members of the community will feel more welcome to explore, partner, share, learn and create with us.”

Called “Envisioning the Future: the Crystal Ball”, the July 2 celebration will include tributes and remarks by introductions to humane education by IHE’s co-founder and president, Zoe Weil, a silent auction and a public art display of “crystal balls” created by students across Maine to illustrate their visions of a healthy future. Auction items include: a two-person kayak, a chartered sailing trip, fine art, theater tickets, yoga classes and services from local businesses. Local sponsors include: WERU, Computer Essentials, Robert M. Sullivan, CPA, Full Circle Printing, Hannaford Supermarkets, UPS Stores, Blue Hill Therapeutic Massage, The Maine Grind and Wallace Tent.

For the Crystal Ball reception, tickets cost $50 per person and $20 for IHE graduates.

To reserve, call 667-1025 and visit

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