Film screenings, a soirée and women’s bike ride

8 reasons to get out this spring

Maine Women’s Conference speaker, Maysoon Zayid.

Maine Women’s Conference
Wednesday, May 9, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland
This first-time event will be an inspirational and educational experience for women of all ages. Speakers include Caroline Paul, author of “The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure,” and Maysoon Zayid, co-founder of The Muslim Funny Fest. Breakout sessions will be led by Maine women who are experts in managing social media, negotiating, leading authentically, being an active bystander, rewiring the brain for success,  branding businesses and lots more. Lunch included. ($125;

Birds and Bees Soirée
Saturday, May 5, 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Portland Country Club, 11 Foreside Rd., Falmouth
If you know about the birds and the bees but not about the Birds and Bees Soirée, you’ve been missing out on some fabulous fundraising for Maine Family Planning. The State Street Traditional Jazz Band will set a jazzy tone for this fifth annual Soirée, which includes food and drink, a silent auction and a chance to win a five-day trip to New Orleans. ($50–$75;

Marianne Williamson’s Love America Tour
Sunday, May 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Hannaford Hall at University of Southern Maine, 88 Bedford St., Portland
As with other extraordinary times in US history—from the country’s founding, to abolition, to women’s suffrage, to the Civil Rights era—internationally acclaimed self-help guru Marianne Williamson says it is time once again to break free of an old way of being and embrace a new story going forward. A book signing follows this lecture. ($6575;

RBG: A Film About Ruth Bader Ginsburg

RBG: A Film About Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Six screenings May 18–20
Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress St., Portland
At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. This 2018 Sundance Film Festival Selection tells her story. Co-presented by Maine Women’s Lobby and the ACLU of Maine. ($8 general admission;

Street Eats and Beats
Saturday, May 19, noon to 5 p.m.
Thompson’s Point, Portland
Food trucks, cold beer and live music—Street Beats and Eats is the ultimate 21+ lawn party. Bring cash, sunglasses and a lawn chair or blanket. Anticipate this will sell out. ($10 online in advance via

SafeVoices’ 5K to End Domestic Violence. Photo courtesy of Striking Images

SafeVoices’ 5K to End Domestic Violence
Saturday, June 2, 9 a.m. to noon
Bates College, Lewiston
Here’s a chance to make a difference in the issue of domestic violence simply by walking—or running a 5K or 1 mile. Strollers and dogs on leashes are welcome, too. All proceeds go toward meeting the needs of people affected by domestic violence in Androscoggin, Oxford and Franklin counties. (Registration is $20–25 by May 31 at

Maine Women’s Ride. Photo courtesy of L.L. Bean

Maine Women’s Ride
Sunday, June 10, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Rides begin and end at L.L.Bean Flagship Store, Discovery Park, Freeport
It’s time to register for the Maine Women’s Ride, a fundraiser for the Bicycle Coalition of Maine as well as a celebration of women who bike. Route options (10, 25, 50 or 62 miles) follow quiet roads with beautiful views of the Maine coast and countryside. There are rest stops, healthy snacks and support vehicles along the way. Back at Discovery Park, you’ll be welcomed with music, lunch and a party. ($35–$60 for adults, $30 for youth;

Dirty Dancing Broadway Tour
Monday and Tuesday, June 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Merrill Auditorium, Portland
Heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing—this Broadway Tour smash hit has it all. You’ll have the time of your life! ($4570;

Amy Paradysz is a writer, editor and photographer who lives in Scarborough.

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