April Ditch The Couch!

Upcoming events worth checking out

The Art of Action
Saturday, April 8, 6–9 p.m.
58 Main, 58 Main St., Bangor
Here’s a chance to celebrate Maine’s talented artists donating their work, like this piece courtesy of Lydia Cassatt, to make a statement about the importance of free speech and civil liberties. Local artists have donated work to this auction, and 100 percent of bids will go to the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine. Drinks and appetizers will be served starting at 6 p.m. Bidding on silent auction items will close at 8:30 p.m. No cover charge. 58 Main is a pop-up event venue in the heart of downtown Bangor.

SoundBites: She Persisted
Tuesday, April 11, 6–8 p.m.
Grace Restaurant, 15 Chestnut Street, Portland
SoundBites, a Maine storytelling series, is partnering with Frannie Peabody Center for a special event to commemorate founder Frannie Peabody’s birthday. With the theme “She Persisted,” SoundBites will bring together Moth storytelling champion Sandi Marx, comedian and Vermont Moth producer Sue Schmidt along with Coast 93.1 host Blake Hayes and prominent locals to share stories of women who have inspired them. All proceeds go to Frannie Peabody Center’s direct services for people living with HIV/AIDS in Maine. Tickets are $20.

“Sacred Earth”
Thursday, April 13, 7:30 p.m.
Westbrook Performing Arts Center, 471 Stroudwater St., Westbrook
This certainly isn’t your average night out in Maine. But different is good! The Ragamala Dance Company performs to live music set against projections of Warli paintings. “Sacred Earth” is choreographed by a mother-daughter duo, Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy, who explore the interconnectedness and fragile relationship between nature and mankind. Tickets are $35–40; $15 student deal.

Patriots Day Race for the Kids
Saturday, April 15, 9 a.m.
The Portland Company to the Boys & Girls Club, Portland
Spring has sprung, and it’s time to Race for the Kids—college-bound high school seniors associated with Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine. There’s a point-to-point 5-miler course and—new this year—a 5K. The finish line is at the Boys & Girls Club at 277 Cumberland Ave., where there will be post-race awards, prizes and food. Race T-shirts will be given to the first 300 to register (for either course). Registration is $25 in advance, $30 on race day.

Sunday, April 23, noon to 2 p.m.
Monument Square, Portland
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Sure, it sounds weird. But if you’ve ever been shocked to hear rape explained or excused because of how the rape victim looked or dressed, SlutWalk is for you. It’s a movement of protest marches calling for an end to rape culture. The Portland walk is hosted by the University of Southern Maine Huskies for Reproductive Health and the Queer Straight Alliance, meeting at Portland’s Monument Square and walking a mile or so through the downtown district. If you can, bring donations of period products for local homeless shelters or a cash donation for Family Crisis Services or Sexual Assault Support Services.

Driven Women
Thursday, April 27, 6–8 p.m.
On the Marsh, 46 Western Ave., Kennebunk
Stop by On the Marsh bistro to network with female business leaders in the Kennebunks. Social hour will be followed by brief talks by three community leaders with tips for success. $35 ticket includes two cocktails and light bites.

Graze at Camp Hammond
Friday, April 28, 6–9 p.m.
275 Main St., Yarmouth
The Graze dinner series is all about farm-to-table dining and supporting local and sustainable producers. This final event of the season features Shipyard Brewing Company and includes a cocktail social, passed hors d’oeuvres, a five-course plated dinner and dessert. The feast includes everything from a savory herb-and-apple donut with salted cinnamon clove glaze, to braised North Star lamb with cardamom pan gravy, to smoked maple crème brulée. Tickets are $60 per person or $50 per person for groups of six or more, so get the girls together for a night out!

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