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


• Youth Alternatives Scoops & Supplies, 2 to 4 p.m., Brick Hill, South Portland. Donate new school supplies for Youth Alternatives families and enjoy ice cream, lemonade and family activities. Free. www.yimaine.org.

Habitat for Humanity House Dedication, 4 to 5:30 p.m., West Street, Freeport. Meet the new homeowners and those who’ve helped build this newest house, while taking a house tour and enjoying refreshments. Free. www.habitatportlandme.org.

Maine Summer Shorts Festival, 5:30 p.m., Nickelodeon Cinemas, Portland. Meet local actors and filmmakers at the red carpet at 5:30 p.m. followed by a screening of five short films. $10 advance/$15 at door. www.mainefilms.org.

DownEast Pride Alliance, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Havana South, Portland. Enjoy light fare and a cash bar while networking with members of the gay and gay-friendly business community. Free. www.depabusiness.com.


Planet Dog Yappy Hour, 5 to 8 p.m., Planet Dog store, Portland. Sip beer and wine while watching a training demo with master dog trainer Sarah Wilson, who will also sign books. $5 suggested donation. 761-1515.