Mechanics’ Hall on Congress Street in Portland. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

Get your weekend off to an early, but low-key, start with a free reading by the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance’s Ashley Bryan Fellows at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mechanics’ Hall in Portland.

Director Mariah Larocque, center, on the set of “Good Morning Sunshine,” which was filmed at Sanford High School. Photos by DJ Monteith

On Friday night, catch a screening of the Maine-made film “Good Morning Sunshine,” based on a true story of a teacher’s abuse, at the Sanford Performing Arts Center.

From left, Kayt Houghton as Anna, Tracy Mullen Cosker as Ludmilla and Monique Peasle Foote rehearsing “In the Garden of Z.” Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer

Or keep heading south for the premiere of “In the Garden of Z,” a Cape Neddick couple’s play about the war in Ukraine, at New Hampshire Theatre Project at 7:30 p.m.

SnoGo rentals are available at Sugarloaf. Photo courtesy of Sugarloaf

If you’re heading to Sugarloaf this weekend, sign up for a time slot to rent a SnoGo bike.

A scene from last year’s Big Rockland Chill winter fest. Photo by Marti Stone

Spend Saturday in the Midcoast at the outdoor Big Rockland Chill winter festival.

Lonnie Holley. Photo by David Raccuglia

That night, visual artist and musician Lonnie Holley, who released the acclaimed album “Oh Me Oh My” last year, is performing at Space in Portland.

Sample several hot cocoa choices on Jan 21 in Congress Square Park. Elina Manninen/

On Sunday, make a plan to grab brunch with friends from one of these 35 spots in Greater Portland, then head to Congress Square Park for dessert – a Hot Cocoa Sip-Off starts at 1 p.m.

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