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Fabric sewing. Photo by Catherine Worthington

Designing Women Fine Arts & Crafts Shows
Nov. 3 in Bangor, Nov. 17 in Freeport, and Dec. 8 in Portland
Designing Women, a nonprofit organization of juried women artists in New England, is hosting three arts and crafts shows: Nov. 3 at Husson University, Richard Dyke Center for Family Business, 64 Kagan Drive, Bangor; Nov. 17 at Maine Coast Waldorf School, 57 Desert Road, Freeport; and Dec. 8 at Ocean Avenue School, 150 Ocean Ave., Portland. All three shows run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (

Get out the vote!
Tuesday, Nov. 6
You’ve protested, rallied and marched. Now vote.

Trailblazers Gala. Photo courtesy of Katherine Frost

Empower Conference & Trailblazers Gala
Conference: Nov. 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,
University of Southern Maine, Wishcamper Center, 34 Bedford St., Portland
Gala: Nov. 10, 5:30 p.m.,
Congregation Bet Ha’am, 81 Westbrook St., South Portland
The Empower Network, a diverse group of immigrant women and supportive American-born Maine women, is hosting two events on Nov. 10. The conference on the theme of “Inclusive Democracy and Civic Engagement: The Next Generation” includes panel discussions and a resource fair. After the conference, the ladies will get glammed up and reconvene for the Trailblazers Gala, honoring immigrant women doing empowering things here in Southern Maine. Sara Gideon, Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, will deliver the keynote. These events are free and open to the public. (

Power of SHE Yoga Bootcamp
Nov. 10, 10:45–11:45 a.m.
Former Bon-Ton space, 364 Maine Mall Road, South Portland
Celebrate the power of what women can do with this yoga event for all fitness levels. Women and girls (ages 8 and up) are invited to this prelude to the Maine Women’s Expo; registration for the bootcamp includes admission to the Expo, which starts at noon. The bootcamp is co-hosted by sheJAMS and Maine YogaFest, and each ticket includes a $5 donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine. Register online:

Maine Women’s Fall Expo
Saturday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Maine Mall (former Bon-Ton space), South Portland
With tons of space and more than 100 exhibitors in beauty, health, nutrition, fitness, spirituality, home décor and more, we’re pulling out all the stops to make this Expo an event to remember. Shop, do interactive DIY stuff and join breakout sessions on everything from emotional health to skincare. Tickets are $8 in advance, $15 at the door. All ticket and silent auction sales benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine. (

“Women Mean Business—Investing in Women at All Levels”
Nov. 15, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
University of Southern Maine, Hannaford Hall, 88 Bedford St., Portland
Experts will discuss the benefits of investing in women-owned and led companies for a higher rate of return, creating corporate cultures that ensure women have equal standing in their work environments. Panelists include Sara Gideon, Speaker of the House; Barbara Babkirk, Heart At Work; Kerem Durdag, GWI; Katherine Joyce, Bernstein Shur; Janice Rogers, Diversified Communications; and moderator Robin Lin Hodgskin of Morgan Stanley. The keynote speaker is Joseph Keefe, president and CEO of Pax World Funds. Registration $35 ($10 for students) online:

Elf: The Broadway Musical. Photo courtesy of Portland Ovations

“Elf: The Broadway Musical”
Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 17 at 1 and 7 p.m.
Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland
Based on the beloved 2003 film “Elf,” this traveling Broadway musical comedy will lift your holiday spirits so you can be more like Buddy when it’s time to hit the mall. For tickets:

Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude. Photo by Robert Dennis.

Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude
Nov. 29 through Dec. 9
Throughout Kennebunkport
If you’re looking for some Christmas spirit, you’re sure to find it in Kennebunkport. Events include the tree lighting on Dock Square and the Cape Porpoise lobster trap tree lighting, a Golden Chariot ride and cocktail party at the Seashore Trolley Museum, a hat parade and a pooch parade, candlelight caroling at the Franciscan Monastery and a candlelight “walk to Bethlehem” in the inn district, Santa arrivals by both boat and firetruck, the Fire & Ice party and fireworks. The fun starts Nov. 29 with the Maine Women in the Arts Pre-Prelude show opening, a 12 Beers of Prelude Tap Takeover and a Christmas reception at White Columns. (

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