March Ditch The Couch!

5 upcoming events worth checking out

Trailblazer Gala
March 18, 6–9 p.m.
Congregation Bet Ha’am, South Portland
Empower the Immigrant Woman celebrates our immigrant communities’ trailblazing ladies with this inspiring annual red carpet event. Enjoy international music and dance; a keynote address by Danielle Conway, dean of the Maine School of Law; and a short film featuring the Trailblazers. This event is free, but registration is required. Donations accepted.

March 18, 8 p.m.
Westbrook Performing Arts Center
March 19, 7 p.m.
Collins Center for the Arts, Orono
Whether you’re in the Portland area or up near Orono, you’ve got the chance to see inventive modern dance company BodyTraffic when they’re here from L.A.—meaning Los Angeles, not Lewiston-Auburn. Tickets for Westbrook are $28–$36 and tickets for Orono are $21–$26.

CeleSoiree 2017
March 24, 5:30 p.m.
Ocean Gateway, Portland
CeleSoiree 2017 pairs an international buffet from local immigrant-owned restaurants with entertainment by Boston-based international Latin Jazz band Feijoada for a salsa dance party at one of the Portland’s most picturesque venues. CeleSoiree is the largest annual fundraiser for Maine’s Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, a nonprofit that provides free and low-cost immigration information and legal assistance to low-income Maine residents. Tickets are $65.

Learn to Curl
March 25, April 1, April 8 or April 15, 4:30 p.m.
Troubh Ice Arena, 225 Park St., Portland
You’ve seen it on the Winter Olympics, but it’s way more fun to get out on the ice rink with a broom and funny shoe covers during learn-to-curl sessions with the Pine Tree Curling Club. Attend any of these three-hour events and you’ll get on- and off-ice instruction and a short game of curling. The regular curling season runs from September through March. Tickets are $35.

Maine Flower Show
March 30–April 2
Thompson’s Point, Portland
Spring has sprung! At least it has at the first Maine Flower Show at Thompson’s Point, organized by the Maine Landscape & Nursery Association. Explore 16 display gardens and 100 exhibits of plants, hardscapes, arbor and garden supplies, and just about everything a flower lover needs (or wants). General admission is $15, $8 for seniors, $5 for veterans and $50 for premiere night event on March 29, all benefiting the Good Shepherd Food Bank.

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