May Ditch The Couch!

Upcoming events worth checking out

Painting by Rachel Herter

Spring for Women Studio Art Sale
Saturday, May 6, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
250 Anderson St., Portland
Here’s how to make your mom happy, support a local artist and contribute to local female-centric organizations: Shop at Spring for Women, a studio art sale at Running With Scissors in East Bayside. Buy a Mother’s Day gift—buy anything, actually—and half the proceeds will go to A Company of Girls, In Her Presence, Maine Family Planning and Hardy Girls Healthy Women. More than 30 artist studios will be open, offering a diverse collection of ceramics, prints, photos, paintings and jewelry.

Saturday, May 6, 4–8 p.m.
(body painting 4–5:30, then the class)
University of Southern Maine, 37 College Ave., Gorham
Get your glow on at the ultra-chill blacklight yoga party and raise money for a Sports Management scholarship at USM. No yoga experience required. Glow paint provided, and each participant will get a YoGlow207 bracelet, two glow-in-the-dark bracelets and a glow necklace. Bring your own mat or buy one when you register. Tickets are $35 per person.

The Birds & The Bees Spring Soirée
Saturday, May 6, 7–11 p.m.
Portland Country Club, 11 Foreside Road, Falmouth
Maine Family Planning’s annual fundraising party has the cutest name ever. If you want to help them out and enjoy dressing up for a jazzing evening, The Birds and the Bees Spring Soirée is for you. Enjoy jazz and Broadway tunes by Shadow Play featuring Larry “Flask” Allen, as well as a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Black tie optional. Tickets are $75 for one or $125 for two. All proceeds will stay in Maine to serve Mainers.

“Mama Mia” at Ogunquit Playhouse
May 17–July 1
102 Main St., Ogunquit
Whether you practically know the movie by heart or don’t even know the story, “Mama Mia” is the perfect feel-good musical for a girls’ night out. One bride on a Greek island, three potential men who might be her father and a whole lot of laughs, all set to ABBA’s hit songs like “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance on Me” and “Money Money Money.” Tickets are $52–87.

Maine Island Trail Association Makes a Splash
Thursday, May 18, 6–9 p.m.
East Coast Yacht Sales, 106 Lafayette St., Yarmouth
MITA Makes a Splash is a fundraising evening of food, music, drinks and, of course, bidding. Enjoy music by 317 Main, food from the Royal River Grill House and drinks by Rising Tide Brewing Co., Louis Latour and Hardshore Distilling. Plus, you’ll learn a little about the Maine Island Trail, a 375-mile water trail from Kittery to the Canadian Maritimes, and how you can get involved. Tickets are $50.

Courtesy of South Portland Historical Society

Bug Light Kite Festival
Saturday, May 20, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Bug Light Park, South Portland
If no one ever taught you how to fly a kite as kid, here’s your chance to right that wrong. Members of the Nor’easter Kite Club and Kites Over New England are offering a “How to Fly a Kite” workshop, demonstrations of show kites and bol racing. Enjoy live music from the Maine Marimba Ensemble (until 1 p.m.) and barbecue food available for purchase. Bug Light will be open during the festival, thanks to volunteers from the South Portland/Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club.

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