Ice bar, charity summit and cool winter skills

Maine Video Portland (MVP) Awards
Thursday, Jan. 10, 7 p.m.
One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland
Remember the MTV Video Music Awards? With that as its eclectic inspiration, year two of the MVPs gives Maine’s surprisingly diverse field of music video artists a chance to vie for audience votes and take home the coveted Golden Lobster. (21+; tickets are $8 in advance, $10 day of show;

Women’s March Maine 2017. Photo by Taylor Roberge

Women’s March Maine
Saturday, Jan. 19
Get involved—either by marching or by donating to help Mainers get to the Jan. 19 #WomensWave organized by Women’s March in Washington, D.C. Women’s March Maine is organizing a bus from Portland to D.C. For the latest information on that march and other goings on in Maine: Resisters are also on Facebook ( and Instagram (@womenmarchmaine).

Ice Bar
Jan. 24–26, 5–9 p.m.
Portland Harbor Hotel, 468 Fore St., Portland
This popular three-night event includes an ice sculpture garden and an outdoor cocktail party with DJ Jon, with food and more drinking and dancing indoors. Buy tickets online in advance and bundle up. (

Strong Women Summit. Photo by Shannon Bryan

Strong Women Summit
Friday, Jan. 25, 5–10 p.m.
Evo Rock + Fitness, 65 Warren Ave., Portland
Get stoked, because the Strong Women Summit is back with more climbing, yoga, vendors, food, wine and craft beer. The $10 registration includes climbing, rentals and clinics for all levels, as well as yoga, hooping and community with hundreds of local ladies. Attendance is limited to 400, with the first 100 receiving a free Strong Women Summit tank top. Participate in the raffle and you’ll be supporting Through These Doors, a domestic violence support and resource center serving Cumberland County. (

Meredith Strang Burgess and Julie Marchese at the Sugarloaf Charity Summit. Photo courtesy of Sugarloaf

Sugarloaf Charity Summit
Jan. 25–27
Sugarloaf, 5092 Access Road, Carrabassett Valley
The Sugarloaf Charity Summit is a full weekend for Sugarloafers, old and new, to come together to raise a mountain of money to fight cancer here in Maine. The Summit benefits Maine Cancer Foundation, the Martha B. Webber Breast Cancer Center and the Dempsey Centers. (

Junior League of Portland leaders Eliza Warren Giberson and Shikha Vasaiwala. Photo by Amy Paradysz

The Junior League of Portland’s Annual Gala
Friday, Feb. 8, 7–10 p.m.
Cellardoor Winery at The Point, Thompson’s Point, Portland
Support the efforts of the Junior League of Portland while enjoying wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres at this 11th annual gala featuring an award ceremony and silent auction. The League is currently focused on creating positive change for local youth at risk through its more than 250 female community volunteers. Join League members, partners and supporters—some of the most connected women, and men, in Southern Maine—at the gala. Tickets are $75 per person and available at

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Winter Skills Weekend. Photo courtesy of Ronald Fournier

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Winter Skills Weekend
Feb. 22–24
University of Maine 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Bryant Pond, Woodstock
Join a couple dozen women and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s knowledgeable and dedicated instructors in a weekend of ice fishing, snowshoeing, building a shelter, tracking wildlife, cooking wild game and other outdoor survival skills. Accommodations are at Lakeside Lodge. (Registration is $230 and ends Feb. 19;

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