October Ditch The Couch!

“From Here to Eternity”
Oct. 4–29
Ogunquit Playhouse, 10 Main St., Ogunquit
This epic new musical, based on the novel by James Jones, is set in Hawaii in the weeks before the 1941 attack on Pearl harbor. As the infamous date of Dec. 7 approaches, two U.S. soldiers embark on doomed and dangerous love affairs with the wrong women. Tickets $52–$73.

A Pink Tie Party

A Pink Tie Party
Thursday, Oct. 5, 5:30–10 p.m.
Vinegar Hill Music Theatre, 53 Old Post Road, Arundel
Pink cocktail attire is encouraged at this reception and silent auction to support Maine Cancer Foundation’s 20/20 initiative to cut cancer rates by 20 percent by 2020. Tickets are $75 per person at www.eventbrite.com.

Freeport Fall Festival

Freeport Fall Festival
Oct. 6–8
L.L. Bean and Freeport Village Station
Freeport is a great place for shopping—especially during this annual three-day festival featuring music, food and the work of more than 130 artisans. You’ll find photography, fine crafts, jewelry, and oil, watercolor and mixed media works. On Saturday, Oct. 7, don’t miss the Chowdah Challenge hosted by Freeport Community Services from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the porch of the L.L Bean Home Store ($10 per person).

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Oct. 15, Fort Williams Park, Cape Elizabeth
Oct. 22, The First, Damariscotta
Oct. 29, Brunswick Town Mall, Brunswick
If you’ve never walked in a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event, it’s time! Witnessing an enormous crowd of breast cancer survivors gather together is incredibly moving and powerful—something every woman should experience. Sign up through the American Cancer Society and start fundraising.

Harvest on the Harbor

Harvest on the Harbor
Oct. 16–22
Various Portland locations
Sample the tastiest stuff from local chefs, restaurants, makers, distillers and brewers at Portland’s annual food and drink festival. Events include the Maine Lobster Chef of the Year Competition, the Flavors of Maine and Market on the Harbor sessions, a Harvest Crawl and Sustainable Suppers. Event tickets are $40–85 and benefit Full Plates Full Potential, working to put an end to childhood hunger in Maine.

Ghoulwill Ball. Photo by Samuel Cousins

Ghoulwill Ball
Saturday, Oct. 21, 7:30–11 p.m.
The Portland Club, 156 State St., Portland
Ladies, get your glue guns warmed up. This 21+ costumed dance party calls for imagination, craftiness and a sense of humor. Compete for cash prizes in the costume competition and boogie the night away with Motor Booty Affair while supporting Goodwill’s Workforce Fund. $15 a head … and $15 even if you don’t have a head. Tickets available online through Goodwill Industries of Northern New England and www.eventbrite.com.

Women Veterans’ Luncheon
Saturday, Nov. 4, 9:30 a.m.
American Legion Post 24, 184 Congress St., Rumford
This annual luncheon is a chance for female veterans to connect, enjoy some pampering (9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.), lunch (at about 12:30 p.m.) and guest speakers. RSVP by Nov. 1 by calling Tricia Thurston at (207)?357–3289.

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