Wednesday, March 12, 2014
The bravehearted take the plunge in the 2012 Camp Sunshine “Freezin’ for a Reason” Polar Dip at Portland’s East End Beach. The 2013 dip takes place at noon Saturday.
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Camp Sunshine "Freezin' for a Reason" Polar Dip, benefits Camp Sunshine, East End Beach, Portland. Free admission; free T-shirt awarded for $100 in donations. freezinforareason.com. Noon Saturday (rescheduled from Feb. 9).
Wescustago Youth Chorale: 15th Annual Spaghetti Supper Serenade, benefits chorale's scholarship fund, Freeport Community Center. $10; $5 for ages 8 and under. 846-0705. Seatings at 5 and 7 p.m. Saturday.
Beat the Winter Blues Bash, music by The Juke Rockets Blues Band, food and cash bar; benefits Restorative Justice Project of Midcoast Maine; Point Lookout, Northport. $25. 338-2742. 7 p.m. Saturday.
Japanese Cultural Evening: Dinner and Fashion Show, Japanese music, food and kimono fashion show with silent auction; proceeds go to Pineland Suzuki School's student trip to Japan; Hall-Dale High School, Farmingdale. $15; $23 per couple; $30 per family. 621-4166. 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Art Preview Party, for Cancer Community Center's 10th Annual Online Auction, with live piano music, hors d'oeuvres and cash bar, Portland Hotel Regency & Spa. RSVP to 774-2200. 4 to 7 p.m. March 7.
Second Annual Japanese Culture Weekend, Ikebana class, Japanese arts family festival, dragon parade, kimono fashion show, gardening presentation, Japanese movie and more, Bath Middle School and various locations. Most events are free (donations accepted). Schedule at bath-tsugaru.org. Thursday to Sunday.
Maine Restaurant Week, more than 75 restaurants offer reduced fixed prices for lunch and dinner, plus Incredible Breakfast Cook-Off contest, Signature Event and other special events throughout Maine. Various prices. Schedule at mainerestaurantweek.com. Friday to March 10.
Mostly Puppets Festival, featuring Bonnie Duncan in "Squirrel Stole My Underpants," Mayo Street Arts, Portland. $8; $4 for children. mayostreetarts.org. 2 p.m. Sunday; festival runs through April.
"Jiro Dreams of Sushi" (2011), documentary about an 85-year-old sushi master, part of Japanese Culture Weekend, Patten Free Library, Bath. Free. patten.lib.me.us. 7 p.m. Friday.
"Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin & The Farm Midwives" (2012), documentary about women who began delivering each other's babies in 1970 on a caravan of hippie buses, 18-plus; Port City Music Hall, Portland. $15. portcitymusichall.com. 6:30 p.m. Friday.
"Argo" (2012; Rated R), drama about the 1979-81 Iranian hostage crisis and winner of Best Picture Oscar, York Public Library. Free. www.york.lib.me.us. 3 p.m. Sunday.
"Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979; Rated PG), drama about a custody battle and Best Picture Oscar winner, Patten Free Library, Bath. Free. patten.lib.me.us. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
• SPECIAL EVENTS
Sachiyo Ito, performance of kabuki and traditional Japanese dance, Bowdoin College (Kresge Auditorium), Brunswick. Free. 725-3552. 7 p.m. Thursday.
Tea Tasting, sample five different teas, Jacqueline's Tea Room, Freeport. jacquelinestearoom.com. 6 p.m. Friday.
First Friday: Port Wines, sommelier Erica Archer leads tastings of port wines, 21-plus; The Wine Bar & Restaurant, Portland. $40. winewiseevents.com. 6 p.m. Friday.
WormMania, learn all about worms in family event, Prince Memorial Library, Cumberland. Free. 829-2215. 9 a.m. Saturday.
Japanese Dinner, prepared by local chefs and restaurants, part of Japanese Culture Weekend, Bath Middle School. $10; $5 for children ages 6 and older; free for ages 5 and younger. bath-tsugaru.org. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday.
Bowdoin College Taiko Drumming Group, with Japanese archery demonstration and kimono fashion show; part of Japanese Culture Weekend; Bath Middle School. Free. bath-tsugaru.org. 7 p.m. Saturday.
Woodside One Wheelers 4th Annual Craft 'n' Flea Market, more than 40 crafters and flea market tables, Woodside Elementary School, Topsham. woodsideonewheelers.org. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Open House, New Gloucester History Barn. Free. 926-3188. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Dick Curless Memorial Scholarship Student Talent Contest, youth musicians from elementary to high school age are eligible; winner will receive an Ibanez guitar package and six guitar lessons; American Legion Hall, Westbrook. $5. 490-1232. 1 p.m. Sunday.
Pecha Kucha, broad mix of participants present their designs, thoughts and ideas, all ages; Space Gallery, Portland. $5. space538.org. 7 p.m. March 7.
Poets Gary Lawless and Sarah Woolf-Wade, Patten Free Library, Bath. Free. patten.lib.me.us. 7 p.m. Thursday.
Barbara Walsh, author of "August Gale: A Father and Daughter's Journey into the Storm," Firehouse Gallery, Damariscotta. $12; includes lunch from Damariscotta River Grill. 563-3207. Noon Thursday.
Walter Brannon, author of "The White Pocketbook," Portland Public Library. Free. portlandlibrary.com. Noon Friday.
Isabeau Esby, author of "Cracking Open: Adventures of a Reluctant Medium," York Public Library. Free. www.york.lib.me.us. 7 p.m. Saturday.
Lee Morris, author of "The Greyhound God," Massachusetts Hall Faculty Room, Bowdoin College, Brunswick. Free. 725-3552. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
David Buchanan, author of "Taste, Memory," Maine Historical Society, Portland. Free. mainehistory.org. Noon Tuesday.
James Arthur, author of "Charms Against Lightning," Portland Public Library Rines Auditorium. Free; bring bag lunch. portlandlibrary.com. Noon Wednesday.
Susan Poulin, author of "Ida LeClair: Finding Your Inner Moose," Scarborough Public Library. Free. 883-4723. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Michele Albion, author of "The Quotable Henry Ford," York Public Library. Free. www.york.lib.me.us. 7 p.m. March 7.
Kate Braestrup, author of "Here If You Need Me" and "Marriage and Other Acts of Charity," Rockland Public Library. Free. 594-0310. 6:30 p.m. March 7.
Monica Wood, author of "When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine," University of New England Westbrook College Campus (Abplanalp Library), Portland. 221-4375. Noon March 7.
Layne V. Witherell, author of "Wine Maniacs: Life in the Biz," Longfellow Books, Portland. Free. 772-4045. 7 p.m. March 7.
• PRO SPORTS
Maine Red Claws, NBA Development League affiliate of the Boston Celtics, Portland Exposition Building. $6 to $30. www.nba.com/dleague/maine. Vs. Erie, 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
Portland Pirates, AHL affiliate of the NHL Phoenix Coyotes, Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland. $16 to $20. portlandpirates.com. Vs. Worcester, 7 p.m. Saturday.
• PARTICIPANT DANCE
Port City Swing Dance, music by the Blue Willow Band, Woodfords Club, Portland. $10. portcityswing.com. Lessons at 8 p.m.; dance at 9 p.m. Friday.
Greater Portland Community Contra Dance Series, music by Rock the Boat and calling by Bill Olson, Falmouth Congregational Church. $10; $7 for ages 13 to 20; $5 for ages 5 to 12; free for children under age 5. 358-9354. Lessons at 7:15 p.m.; dance at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Contra Dance, music by Big Moose Band and calling by Chrissy Fowler, College of the Atlantic (Gates Center), Bar Harbor. $6; $1 for children; $2 for family dance. 288-5015. Family dance at 6:30 p.m.; lessons at 7:30 p.m.; dance at 8 p.m. Saturday.