Food festival, Halloween and Maine Women’s Lobby Gala

Taste Maine’s culinary delights during Harvest on the Harbor and celebrate 40 years of the Maine Women’s Lobby during an anniversary gala

Photo courtesy of Harvest on the Harbor

Harvest on the Harbor
Oct. 16–21
Events during this Portland-based food-and-drink festival include Market on the Harbor, Lobster Chef of the Year, Oyster Fest, Different Roads (a tasty journey through Maine’s culinary history), an On the Rocks cocktail party, and Hair of the Dog, an epic Bloody Mary battle and pig roast. These events support Maine Farmland Trust, Maine Aquaculture Association and the Southern Maine Community College Culinary Arts Program. For more information:

Maine Women’s Lobby 40th Anniversary Gala
Thursday, Oct. 4, 6–9 p.m.
Innovation Hall, 772 Stevens Avenue, Portland
The Maine Women’s Lobby, which established Maine’s Family and Medical Leave Act and passed the country’s strongest law to address sexual harassment, is turning 40 and throwing a party. Honorees include Mary Bonauto, champion for LGBTQ+ rights; Joanne D’Arcangelo, champion policy leader for women and girls; Fatuma Hussein, champion for refugee and immigrant women and girls; Julia Kahrl, champion for reproductive rights; and Pat Ryan, champion for human rights and women’s equality. For tickets:

Wabanaki Film ‘Dawnland’
Oct. 5 at 2 and 6 p.m., Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. and Oct. 7 at 2 p.m.
Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland
For most of the 20th century, government agents systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. “Dawnland” follows the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to contemporary Wabanaki communities in Maine to witness intimate moments of truth-telling and healing. The Oct. 7 screening will be followed by a panel discussion. Tickets for this 86-minute film are $8 general admission/$6 for students with ID:

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
Saturday, Oct. 14, registration at 9:30 a.m. and opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m.
Fort Williams Park, 1000 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth
This 3-mile fundraising walk in one of the most beautiful stretches of Maine shoreline is a workout for the soul as well as the body and an empowering fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Sign up in advance and start gathering pledges:

Ghoulwill Ball. Photo by Amy Paradysz

Ghoulwill Ball
Saturday, Oct. 20, 7:30–11 p.m.
The Portland Club, 156 State St., Portland
Load your glue guns, ladies! Goodwill of Northern New England’s annual 21+ Halloween dance party, with several costume contests, is the perfect opportunity to showcase your creativity and get freaky with Motor Booty Affair. Proceeds benefit Goodwill’s Workforce Fund. Tickets are $15 online:

Women Veterans Luncheon
Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
184 Congress St., Rumford
This free annual program and luncheon, open to all female veterans, is hosted by the Department of Maine American Legion, which works to ensure women veterans are providing the Department of Maine with their issues and being properly considered as equal veterans in both ideas and action. RSVP to Tricia Thurston at 207–357–3289.

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