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Fashion show benefits Visiting Nurses

WATCH the latest looks from Joseph’s, Helene M., lululemon athletica, Simply You and L.L. Bean on the runway and enjoy a tasting buffet and silent auction during Runway: Fashion for Life, a benefit for HomeHealth Visiting Nurses.

WHEN: 5:30 to 8 tonight

WHERE: MaineHealth, 110 Free St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $50

INFO: homehealth.org/runway

Craft brew pairings at David’s beer dinner

KICK OFF Maine Beer Week tonight with a five-course Nano Brewery Beer Dinner at David’s, paired with beers from five of Maine’s smallest craft brewers — Oxbow, Rising Tide, Marshall Wharf, Maine Beer Co. and Baxter Brewing Co.

WHEN: 6:30 tonight

WHERE: David’s, 22 Monument Square, Portland

HOW MUCH: $65; excluding tax and gratuity

INFO: 773-4340; davidsrestaurant.com

‘Beowulf’ begins final weekend

MIDCOAST-BASED Heartwood Theater presents the final weekend of “Beowulf,” a 75-minute production with storytelling, puppets, music, poetry, battles and special effects.

WHEN: 7 tonight; 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Parker Poe Theater, Lincoln Academy, 81 Academy Hill, Newcastle

HOW MUCH: Tonight is pay-what-you can; other performances are $8 for students and $15 for adults.

INFO: 563-1373; [email protected]

A funny thing happens Saturday in SoPo

GAY COMIC Kate Clinton — celebrating 30 years in the comedy biz — brings her 2011 Glee Party Tour to Maine this week. Part of the proceeds benefit EqualityMaine.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: South Portland High School Auditorium, 637 Highland Ave.

HOW MUCH: $35 show only; $60 show and reception

INFO: womentwowomen.org

CHEAP THRILLS

Mallett Brothers Band at Empire

IT’S ALL in the family for rock ‘n’ roll as The Mallett Brothers Band plays the Empire. Also on the bill are The Lights Out and Town Founder.

WHEN: 9 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Empire Dine and Dance, 575 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $8

INFO: portlandempire.com

State Street Stroll headed your way

TAKE a leisurely walk down historic State Street in Portland and get some holiday shopping done at the same time during the annual State Street Stroll.

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: State Street Church, St. Luke’s Cathedral, Mercy Hospital, Irish Heritage Center and 75 State Street, Portland

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 775-2673

Tea: Learn the oolong and the short of it

LEARN ABOUT oolong teas in a workshop that includes a guided tasting of six teas accompanied by light snacks. Wang Wei Jia, a Chinese teacher at the Waynflete School, will lead a traditional Gong Fu ceremony.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Dobra Tea, 151 Middle St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $15; advanced registration required

INFO: 210-6566

Portland Ballet making a pointe

PORTLAND SCHOOL OF BALLET presents a free program highlighting well-known ballet classics and contemporary works as well as an introduction to the school. The program includes excerpts from “Swan Lake,” “Don Quixote” and “Pas de Trois.”

WHEN: 6 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: John Ford Theater, Portland High School, 284 Cumberland Ave.

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 772-9671