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., Pat’s Pizza, Old Port, Portland. Network with members of gay-owned and gay-friendly businesses and enjoy drinks and appetizers. Free. www.depabusiness.com.


  Kids & Claws, 5:30 p.m., Portland Expo, Portland. Shoot hoops with members of the Portland Red Claws and then enjoy dinner while supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine. $25 adults/$10 kids. 874-1069. 


  Business After Hours, 5 to 7 p.m., Italian Heritage Center, Portland. Network with members of the Portland Regional Chamber and enjoy appetizers and a cash bar. Free members/$15 nonmembers. 772-2811. 

  Day One 37th Annual Celebration, 6:15 p.m., Marriott Sable Oaks, South Portland. Enjoy dinner and hear a keynote address from actress Patty Duke. $60. 767-0991, ext. 120.