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


AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL OPENING PARTY, 5:30 to 7:15 p.m., Mayo Street Arts, Portland. View work by Nigerian artist Lemi Ghariokwu and enjoy Caribbean food, drinks and an African dance performance. Donations accepted. tmaff.org.

WELCOME BACK SEA DOGS, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Portland Expo. Meet the team members, take photos with Slugger and enjoy ballpark eats. $20 adults/$10 kids. 874-1175, Ext. 1111.


METHODS FOR MODERNISM OPENING RECEPTION, 5:30 p.m., Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick. View American art from the early 20th century and enjoy appetizers, drinks and live music from Bowdoin’s New Music Ensemble. Free. 725-3120.

HEROS WITH HEART AWARDS DINNER, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland. Enjoy dinner, drinks and silent auction. The Community Counseling Center will honor Major General John W. Libby. $55. 874-1030.

DUNEGRASS COUNTRY CLUB KICK OFF PARTY, 6 to 9 p.m., Old Orchard Beach. Get ready for summer with appetizers, cash bar and tunes from a Jimmy Buffet cover band. Free. 934-4513.

FEARLESS, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., The Portland Company. This benefit for the Center for Preventing Hate includes refreshments, exhibits and presentations about student leaders. Free. www.preventinghate.org.

MAINE ART & DESIGN DINNER, 6:30 p.m., Harraseeket Inn, Freeport. Join an intimate five-course dinner with artist Eric Hopkins, fashion designer Alex Carleton, furniture designer David Moser, interior designer Tracy Davis and artist Jill Hoy. $100. RSVP required. 800-708-9041.


BLACK & WHITE OPENING, 5 p.m., Freeport Square Gallery. View work that is predominately black and white. Free. 865-1616.

SUSAN CURTIS LEADERSHIP CELEBRATION, 6 to 9 p.m., Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland. This benefit for the organization’s outdoor education centers features cocktails, dinner and a talk by Education Commissioner Susan Gendron. $150. 774-1552.

LADIES NIGHT FOR MAKE-A-WISH OF MAINE, 6 to 10 p.m., Ramada, Saco. Enjoy a cash bar, cheese and crackers and check out vendors. Donations accepted. 590-8631.


TROUT UNLIMITED CONSERVATION BANQUET, 5 p.m., Keeley the Katerer, Portland. Enjoy a buffet dinner, drinks and live and silent auctions. $30. 772-2660.


CHOCOLATE LOVERS’ FLING, 1 to 4 p.m., Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland. Sample chocolates from 20 restaurants and vote for your favorites. All proceeds benefit Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine. $20/$50 VIP. www.chocolateloversfling.org.