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    Thursday April 24
  • 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    "New Lives/New England" Opening Reception @ Michael Klahr Center, University of Maine at Augusta

    exhibition that explores the role traditional arts play in helping newcomers create a new home in New England view event

  • 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

    Maine Craft Distilling Tasting @ Maine Beer and Beverage in the Publc Market House

    Join us as we host Craig Blake of Maine Craft Distilling and sample some of their locally made spirits. With cheese pairings from K. Horton Specialty Foods and baguettes from Big Sky Bread Co. Free! Must be 21 to sample alcohol. view event

  • 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Oak Hill Ace Hardware Garden Party @ Oak Hill Ace Hardware

    Join us for a spectacular sale, expert advice from local pros and great giveaways! Experts attending this event include Beekeeping with Margo Roy, Gardening with Highland Avenue Greenhouse, Chicken Rearing with Dan Kelleher and more. view event

  • 5:00 pm - 6:45 pm

    Writing Workshop @ York Public Library

    Come and write. Bring a laptop, pen or pencil, some paper. We will write individually on a common theme, you may read your writing out loud or not, then we will go on to the next theme. All ages, feel free to come and go. Light refreshments. view event

  • 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Ted Arnold Wedding Paintings "To Have and to Hold" @ Maine Jewish Museum

    Ted Arnold will be showing a group of paintings from his long running series of Wedding Paintings, opening April 27th at the Maine Jewish Museum in Portland. These paintings have taken many forms and formats over the years, exploring the complex beauty of the wedding. They offer the pageantry and intricacy of this rare moment in life, when private emotions are made public, friends and family become actors in a staged drama, complete with lines to speak and costumes to wear. Undercurrents, fears and hopes flow throughout the event and the marriage that follows. The complexity of humanity offers this brief theatrical followed by the life of those hopes, fears, contradictions, inconsistencies, accidents and understandings. Ted works in oils, encaustic and collage. The bride and groom, bridesmaids and groomsmen, musicians and uninvited guests all will visit the Maine Jewish Museum from April 24 until June 22. Museum hours are Monday- Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and by appointment. www.mainejewishmuseum.org (207) 773-2339. view event

  • 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Blue Wrap Project Runway @ Hannaford Hall, USM

    Designers from Maine take recycled medical material (blue wrap) and make wearable works of art! Start the night off with tasty nibbles, wine and other libations...and end with a memorable fashion show, including a performance by the Port Ballet. Free parking onsite. view event

  • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Down East My Maine Home Seminar: Savvy Sustainability @ Marvin Design Gallery by Eldredge

    Savvy Sustainability will focus on simple ways to increase home efficiency. Looking at today's options for windows, insulation, and the benefits of natural gas, this seminar is a must attend for those considering home improvements. The speakers are: - Jeremy Bate, Marvin Design Gallery - Bill Mueller, Anderson Insulation - Mike Duguay, Summit Natural Gas The seminars are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. To register, email events@downeast.com or call 207-594-9544. view event

  • 6:00 pm - 3:45 pm

    Adam Babcock @ Old Mill Pub

    view event

  • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Treating Interstitial Cystitis with Diet @

    Join dietitian, Kay Mullin, R.D., CDE, in an instructional class
    and discussion about using foods to help treat Interstitial Cystitis.
    We'll cover potential irritating foods and how to follow a healthy
    diet without these foods.

    For more information:
    Kay Mullin, R.D., CDC
    (207) 523-5774
    view event

  • 6:30 pm

    Poet Laureate Wesley McNair @ Falmouth Memorial Library

    Join us when we welcome Maine Poet Laureate, Wesley McNair as he reads from his works and answers your questions. McNair has won grants from the Rockefeller, Fulbright and Guggenheim foundations and two NEA grants in creative writing. He has twice been invited to read his poetry by the Library of Congress and was recently selected for a United States Artists Fellowship as one of America's "finest living artists." This event is free and open to the public. No reservations necessary. Seating is on a first-come first-serve basis. Copies of various works by the author will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of the author. view event

  • 6:30 pm

    2014 Annual Wardens Appreciation Dinner @ Skowhegan Sportsman's Club

    come join us and give thanks to the Maine State Wardens view event

  • 6:30 pm

    2nd District Congressional Candidates Forum @ L-A College

    The Androscoggin County Democratic Committee is sponsoring a Second Congressional District Democratic Candidates Forum, featuring State Senators Emily Cain and Troy Jackson, on Thursday, April 24, at 6:30PM in Room 170 at Lewiston-Auburn College, 51 Westminster Street, Lewiston. These two candidates for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. House seat being vacated by Congressman Mike Michaud will respond to questions from local individuals who have been selected for their expertise in the following areas: Education, Healthcare, Environmental Issues, Jobs, the Economy, International Affairs, Immigration, Veterans Affairs, Senior Citizen Issues, Infrastructure, and Social Services. The public is welcome to attend this discussion to learn more about the candidates' positions prior to the primary election on June 10th. For more information, please contact Elaine Makas at 784-5726 or makas@maine.edu view event

  • 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    Evening of Poetry & Music @ Lithgow Public Library

    Celebrate National Poetry Month with an evening of poetry and music, featuring poets Dave Morrison and Kristen Lindquist, along with Portland singer/songwriter Sara Hallie Richardson. view event

  • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    "Spring Flowers: Andy Warhol and James Rosenquist" @ Bowdoin College Museum of Art

    LECTURE: Thursday Night Salon at the Museum of Art: "Spring Flowers: Andy Warhol and James Rosenquist" view event

  • 7:00 pm

    Teachers Lounge Mafia Improv Comedy Festival @ Mountain Valley High School

    The three night, three venue Western Maine Improv Comedy Festival is just what the doctor ordered to fight off that cabin fever. The festival kicks off April 24th in Rumford at 49 Franklin with a show featuring Mountain Valley High School's Room for Improvment and Western Maine's Teachers Lounge Mafia.
    Night two, on April 25th, takes place at the University of Maine's Lincoln Auditorium in the Robert's Learning Center. This is a night featuring mature content comedy from UMF's own Lawn Chair Pirates, Running with Scissors from Portland, and Teachers Lounge Mafia.
    The festival wraps up on the Mt. Blue Campus in Bjorn Auditorium on April 26th. This final evening brings together the MBHS Curtain Raisers, the Lawn Chair Pirates, Teachers Lounge Mafia and features a traveling group from Rhode Island's Boom Scones/Providence Improv Guild. These four groups will compete in the second annual Laughletics Mud Bowl. Will the Lawn Chair Pirates defend their title as reigning champs? Will Teachers Lounge Mafia ever make it out of fourth place? Will the folks from Rhode Island get stuck in a rut on the way to the show?
    Proceeds benefit the Curtain Raisers and Room for Improvment as they make their way to Improv Boston for a day of workshops and performances.
    Teachers Lounge Mafia photo by Sweet Zinnias Photography: Teachers Lounge Mafia Improv Comedy (Kyla Wheeler, Natalie Simmons, Dan Ryder, Jeff Bailey view event