November Ditch The Couch!

Upcoming events worth checking out

I Love the 80s Fundraiser
Saturday, Nov. 4, 7–11 p.m.
Mariner’s Church, 11 Moulton St., Portland
Rock your favorite 80s gear for a night of dancing to the super rad 80s cover band Girls Just Want to Have Fun. There will be a silent auction and light hors d’oeuvres, and 100 percent of the money raised will be donated to Maine Cancer Foundation. Tickets are $20.

The Maine Women’s Expo. Photo by Lauryn Hottinger

Maine Women’s Expo
Sunday, Nov. 5, 12–5 p.m.
Thompson’s Point, Portland
Join Maine Women’s Magazine at the fall Expo at Thompson’s Point, featuring a host of vendors, speakers and workshops, ranging from home design and yoga to fashion and stress management. The morning kicks off with an all-women’s boot camp with SheJAMs, and Melissa Smith, president & CEO of WEX, will be the event’s featured speaker. Admission is $8. Go to the website for more information and tickets.

Strong Women Summit. Courtesy photo

Strong Women Summit
Friday, Nov. 10, 5–10 p.m.
EVO Rock and Fitness,
65 Warren Ave., Portland
It’s ladies’ night at EVO Rock + Fitness. In appreciation of female climbers, EVO is hosting a Strong Women Summit that includes free climbing, intro classes and yoga as well as food and beer, giveaways and membership deals. Newbies welcome! Just show up.

100+ Women Who Care
Monday, Nov. 13, 5–7:40 p.m.
Italian Heritage Center,
40 Westland Ave., Portland
So many nonprofits, so little time. These ladies get together quarterly and vote on a nonprofit to support, and each woman writes a check for $50. The Southern Maine group of 100 Women Who Care—which now has 275 members—has donated $88,000 to 11 nonprofits, including Family Hope, Maine Inside Out and Women United Around the World. This third anniversary meeting starts with a silent auction at 5 p.m., followed by the regular quarterly meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Cocktails at the Camp
Friday, Nov. 17, 7–9 p.m.
Camp Hammond, Main Street, Yarmouth
Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres and live music within the historic surroundings of Camp Hammond while supporting Yarmouth Historical Society. Tickets are $75–$100.

Ultimate Women Holiday Expo
Sunday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Alfond Center Sports Complex, Saint Joseph’s College, 278 Whites Bridge Road, Standish
More than 40 exhibitors will bring a wide variety of products, services, samples and demonstrations. And, because it’s the week before Thanksgiving, bring some non-perishable food to donate the local food pantry.

Small Business Saturday
Nov. 25
Don’t forget to shop small the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It’s a fun way to support the local economy, vibrant downtowns and women-owned businesses—and get some one-of-a-kind gifts!

SheSpeaks. Photo by Melissa Mullen Photography

Thursday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m.
One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland
Six Maine women tell their stories of stepping into, standing out in, and making their way in the arena of life. They’ll touch upon their glowing moments, hot messes of nasty, and varied experiences of courage, vulnerability and rising to the occasion. And, they’ll share why those experiences were necessary and worth it to create the life they want for themselves and the change they want for our world. Tickets are $18.50 in advance and, theoretically, $20 at the door… if there are any seats left. (Men are welcome.)

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Tuesday, Dec. 5, doors 6 p.m., show 7 p.m.
State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland
No disrespect to Maine State Ballet’s Nutcracker (Nov. 24–Dec. 3) or Portland Ballet’s Victorian Nutcracker (Dec. 16–17 and 22–23), both of which are spectacular (buy tickets through But seeing this great Russian ballet performed by the Moscow Ballet on its 25th anniversary tour is an experience not to be missed.

Nutcracker Burlesque. Photo by Genevieve Coombs

Nutcracker Burlesque
Dec. 15–17 and 19–23, 7:30 p.m.
St. Lawrence Arts, 76 Congress St., Portland
Neither for purists nor children, this quirky, funny and risqué locally produced show sells out almost as fast as a smoldering Sugar Plum Fairy can spin. This year’s production has a 1980s theme with the Fairy channeling Flashdance and the cast cutting footloose in the finale. Tickets go on sale Nov. 24.

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