Road races, galas and birding; spring is here.

Maine Women’s Fund Award Luncheon
Tuesday, April 2, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland
Maine Women’s Fund, with a focus on the economic security of Maine women and girls, celebrates community leaders Kimberly Acker Lipp of educational nonprofit JMG, Gilda Nardone of New Ventures Maine, Susan Roche of Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project and Fowsia Musse of Maine Community Integration. Tickets are $100 at

Cali Donnarumma, Victor Trepanier, Savannah Green and Kaitlyn Munsey at last year’s Equality Maine Gala. Photo by Amy Paradysz

EqualityMaine Gala
Saturday, April 6, 5:30–10 p.m.
Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland
Maine’s LGBTQ+ community and allies mark the 35th anniversary of EqualityMaine with this big bash, including a cocktail party, live and silent auctions, dinner and awards (and a Just Dance after-party at Portland House of Music and Events). Honorees include Ian-Meredythe Lindsey, who successfully challenged the state to add a non-binary gender designation on state-issued IDs and licenses; Joyce Maker, former state senator from Calais who has been a champion for LGBTQ+ equality in the Republican Party and state Legislature; and community activist Ev Norsworthy, a sophomore at the University of Maine Farmington. Tickets are $100 at

Driven Women
Thursday, April 11, 5:30–8 p.m.
On the Marsh Bistro, 46 Western Ave., Kennebunk
Business leaders at various stages of their careers will share stories of their professional journeys at this fourth annual women’s event hosted by the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport & Arundel Chamber. Mingle, enjoy bites and beverages and be inspired. Tickets are available at

Patriots Day Race for the Kids
Saturday, April 13, 9–10 a.m.
Ocean Gateway, Thames Street, Portland
Pick your course—5 miles or 5K—and register for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maine’s 90th annual Patriots Day Race to raise funds for local youth scholarships. The first 250 to register get a T-shirt, and the first 700 runners to cross the finish line get a pint glass and a ticket to a Portland Sea Dogs regular season game. Registration is $25 via

Meg Dombroski, an orthodontist and Army wife, modeling a camouflage Goodwill find at last year’s Little Black Dress Event. Photo courtesy of Samuel Cousins

Goodwill’s Little Black Dress Event for Veterans
Thursday, April 25, 6–9 p.m.
Ocean Gateway, Portland
Love to dress up and humble brag about your secondhand finds? Goodwill’s down-to-earth annual fashion show doesn’t take itself too seriously, but it does raise money for veterans in the Job Connections program who need temporary emergency assistance. General admission tickets are $50 via

Maine Spring LIVE: Wildlife, Science & You
Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Maine Audubon, 20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth
Enjoy bird and nature walks, presentations on citizen science projects, solar energy tours, live animal presentations and birdhouse construction demonstrations (leave with your own kit!). Add in food trucks, games and face painting and it’s a festival. This free family event is hosted by Maine Audubon in partnership with Maine Public as part of a nationwide project with PBS and the acclaimed Nature series. (Watch for American Spring LIVE on PBS April 29–30 and May 1, with live broadcasts from around the nation, including from a sheep farm in Unity.)

Girls on Fire
Sunday, April 28, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
CoworkHERS, 411 Congress St., Portland
Sex therapists Jennifer Wiessner and Kristin Areglado Hurley lead this free annual forum for high school-age girls to ask questions and talk about healthy relationships, consent and anatomy of pleasure. It’s a safe space just for females ages 14–18 (with anyone under 16 requiring parental consent). Parents can stay for the first hour for Sexual Literacy 101 for Parents and Caregivers.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Alvin Ailey’s Revelations. Photo by Pierre Wachholder

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Wednesday, May 1, 7:30 p.m.
Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland
Portland Ovations presents the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater with an evening of distinctive choreography set to a wide range of musical styles, concluding with the beloved work Revelations, set to African American spirituals, song-sermons, gospels and blues. Before the show, Dr. Myron Beasley, associate professor of African American Studies at Bates College, will give a free talk, Alvin Ailey and the Reinvention of American Dance and Performance. Tickets are $35–$75 at

Amy Paradysz is a writer, editor and photographer who lives in Scarborough.

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