Lobster brunch, heartwarming theater and some friendly competition on the toboggan chute

U.S. National Toboggan Championships. Photo by Shannon Bryan

U.S. National Toboggan Championships
Feb. 8–10
Camden Snow Bowl, 20 Barnestown Road, Camden
You don’t need any special training to compete in these toboggan championships, held on a 400-foot-long chute built in the 1930s (and rebuilt in 1990). You do need a wooden sled and a fun team name like Chuting for Neverland or Nothing to Luge. And, ladies, there are bragging rights for the fastest all-female team. (Team pre-registration is required, $30 per person; camdensnowbowl.com/toboggan-championships)

“The Vagina Monologues”
Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. and Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. (snow dates Feb. 15 and 16)
Metta Studios, 40 Main St., Suite 136, Pepperell Mill, Biddeford
Proceeds from three upcoming performances of “The Vagina Monologues” in downtown Biddeford will benefit Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine, an organization dedicated to ending violence against women and girls, and OneBillionRising, an outreach effort for incarcerated or formerly incarcerated women, girls and transgender people who have also experienced sexual violence. This production is in collaboration with V-Day, the global fundraising campaign started by playwright Eve Ensler, and will feature new monologues inspired by real women in Maine’s prison system. ($20 in advance, $25 at the door; mettastudios.me)

Bangor on Tap
Feb. 9
Cross Insurance Center, 515 Main St., Bangor
Better than 100 bottles of beer on the wall, this is 100 releases on tap from some of America’s best craft breweries, with the Mallett Brothers Band setting the tone. Sessions start at 1 p.m. (21+, $35 for general admission, $55 for VIP early admission to second session; americaontap.com/event/bangor-on-tap)

Legally Blonde. Photo courtesy of Portland Ovations

“Legally Blonde”
Feb. 13 and 14, 7:30 p.m.
Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland
With the same general plot line as the beloved movie, this Broadway National Tour musical is a fabulously fun tribute to girl power. With memorable songs and explosive dance numbers, the story of sorority president Elle Woods looking at law school and discovering that she can use the law for the greater good will warm your heart and tickle your funny bone. ($45+; portlandovations.org)

Flavors of Freeport
Feb. 15–17
Multiple locations in Freeport
From chocolate factory tours and a lobster brunch to free demonstrations all over town, Freeport shows off its culinary side. Highlights include the Chef’s Signature Series & Ice Bar on Friday and the Ice Bar with live music by Motor Booty Affair on Saturday at The Hilton Garden Inn Freeport Downtown. (21+; visitfreeport.com)

“The Half-Light”
Feb. 26–March 24
Portland Stage, 25 Forest Ave., Portland
“Papermaker” by Maine writer Monica Wood was the best selling play ever performed at Portland Stage. And now she’s back with “The Half-Light,” a heartwarming drama about love, purpose and the ghosts that live within us all. Be among the first to see this original work Feb. 26, or at least catch it before the run ends March 24. ($31–$68; portlandstage.org)

Sandy Cao, an immigrant from Vietnam, with Patience Ottaviano, Danielette Johnson and Sahar Habibzai, daughters of immigrants at the 2018 Women United event. Photo courtesy of Amy Paradysz

Women United Around the World Gala
March 9, 6–9 p.m.
Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave., Portland
New Mainers model traditional outfits inspired by their homelands and local designers showcase their spring collections in this empowering fashion show hosted by the non-profit organization Women United Around the World. Make an evening of it, starting with a buffet dinner and silent auction. Even if you’re not signing up for the fashion show, consider wearing clothing that represents your ethnic heritage. Ticket proceeds go to industrial stitching classes for immigrant women. ($60; womenunitedaroundtheworld.org)

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