Film Festivals & Maple Syrup

March brings hints of spring and plenty of things to do, from the popular Maine Flower Show to Maine Maple Sunday

Maine Restaurant Week. Photo by Molly Haley

Maine Restaurant Week
March 1–12
During this statewide celebration of culinary talent, select restaurants offer specially priced three-course meals. Special events include the Incredible Breakfast Cookout (Feb. 28, South Portland), the Crave Event (March 4, Portland) and Spirit Quest (March 11, Portland). (

Hedy Lamarr; Maine Jewish Festival

Maine Jewish Film Festival
March 10–18
More than 30 films from around the world will be screened in six Maine communities—Portland, Bangor, Brunswick, Lewiston, Rockland and Waterville—over eight days featuring parties, special guests and discussions. Feature-length and short films span drama, comedy and documentary. “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” explores the difficulty of being recognized for both beauty and brains; “Heather Booth” presents a portrait of a woman at the forefront of social activism; and “Supergirl” tells the story of an Orthodox Jewish girl with an unusual talent for weightlifting. (

Loretta Ross

Reproductive Justice in the Age of Trump
Thursday, March 8, 7–8:30 p.m.
University of Southern Maine,
Glickman Library, 314 Forest Ave., Portland
Loretta J. Ross isn’t just an expert on reproductive justice, she’s one of the creators of the term more than two decades ago.  Ross, who is teaching “White Supremacy in the Age of Trump” at Hampshire College and co-founded the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, is delivering USM’s annual Women’s History Month keynote speech. (Free;

Mix & Mingle
Thursday, March 15, 5–7 p.m.
Westin Portland Harborview, 157 High St., Portland
The Portland chapter of Maine Women’s Network hosts a monthly schmooze at the Top of the East Lounge. Make connections and socialize over drinks and appetizers. ($10, free for MWN members; pre-register at

Learn to Curl. Photo courtesy of Pine Tree Curling Club

Learn to Curl
March 17, March 31, April 7 or April 14, 4:30–7:30 p.m.
Troubh Ice Arena, 225 Park Ave., Portland
You’ve seen it on the Olympics—that game that’s like chess on ice or hockey with funny shoes and brooms. Here’s your chance to give it a go with other newbies one Saturday. You might even decide to join the 50+ members of the co-ed Pine Tree Curling Club, one-quarter of whom are female. No experience or equipment necessary. (Pre-register for $35;

Maine Flower Show. Photo by Taylor Wood

Maine Flower Show
March 22–25
Thompson’s Point, Portland
Spring has sprung! At least it has at the first Maine Flower Show’s display gardens and exhibits of plants, hardscape and garden supplies. Learn something new at educational workshops and demonstrations. Or dress up and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and live music premiere night (March 21, $50). ($20;

Friday, March 23, 5:30 p.m.
Ocean Gateway Terminal, Portland
Enjoy an international buffet from local immigrant-owned restaurants, raffles and musical entertainment by the Aban Zirickly Trio at one of Portland’s most picturesque venues. CeleSoiree is the largest annual fundraiser for Maine’s Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP), a non-profit that provides free and low-cost immigration information and legal assistance to low-income Maine residents. ($70–75;

Maine Maple Sunday
Sunday, March 25
Thanks to the Maine Maple Producers Association, the fourth Sunday of March is practically a holiday in Maine. Most sugarhouses offer free syrup samples and demonstrations on how pure Maine maple syrup is made. For information on what’s going on where—from pancake breakfasts to sugarbush tours—go to Don’t forget your mud boots.

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