IF YOU’RE LOOKING to party, network or support a good cause this week, check out: 


DOWNEAST PRIDE ALLIANCE, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Pearl, Portland. Enjoy cocktails and network with members of the gay and gay-friendly business community. Free. www.depabusiness.com


VINALHAVEN PRESS OPENING, 5 to 7 p.m., June Fitzpartick Gallery at MECA, Portland. View works from the prestigious printmaking shop that closed in 2002. Proceeds from sales benefit the Portland Museum of Art. Free. 699-5083.

MARGARET LAWRENCE OPENING, 5 to 7 p.m., Greenhut Galleries, Portland. Check out the latest body of work from this Maine artist. Free. www.greenhutgalleries.com


FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK, 5 to 8 p.m., throughout Portland. More than 70 galleries, shops and coffeehouses mount art shows and offer refreshments. Free. www.firstfridayartwalk.com.

MILL-ENNIAL, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Saco Museum & North Dam Mill, Biddeford. Visit two venues to see 61 works of art from 39 local artists. Awards presented at 6 p.m. at the museum. Free. 283-3861. 


SPRING FOR THE KIDS AUCTION, 5 to 8:30 p.m., Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine, Portland. Bid on silent and live auction items, enjoy dinner and sip drinks from the open bar, including signature Cold River Vodka cocktails. $50. 874-1069, Ext. 243.

MICHAEL PERKINS BENEFIT FURNITURE AUCTION, 7 to 10 p.m., Coleman Burke Gallery, Brunswick. Enjoy light fare and a cash bar, while you bid on custom furniture. All proceeds go to the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program. Free. [email protected]