April 22nd is Earth Day and in celebration of protecting the environment and finding peace in the world, the 16th annual HOPE Festival will be held in Orono this weekend. Children were practicing songs with members of Voices for Peace and other community members of all ages in Bangor. They are coming together to form the HOPE Festival Singers. About 60 people will be lending their voices to these songs. HOPE stands for Help Organize Peace Earth-wide. Organizers say many peace groups will be coming together for the festival. They say it is a way to encourage involvement, provide a peace group networking day and provide research and information on peace, justice, and environmental advocacy. It’s also a chance for groups to sing songs with HOPE related messages. The festival is this Saturday, starting at 11 o’clock in the morning in the Student Recreation and Fitness Center on the UMaine Campus.