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  • Top 5 afterwork adventures close to Portland

    Find the top five destinations within a few minutes of Portland. Escape after work for serene views that'll make you appreciate the state in which you live. Read on

  • Fried seafood all year – and prices that won’t break the bank – at Docks Seafood in South Portland

    Not only were there several dozen choices – lunch plates, dinner plates, sandwiches, specials, chowders – but they were priced more reasonably than I expected. Read on

  • Social media can help you lose weight | It’s actually doing something good!

    Social media makes you unhappy. Social media makes you feel inadequate, fat, and ugly. Social media dooms your marriage. Those are just a few of the uplifting topics I've written on in the last couple of months. Fear not, because today I have good news! An impressive academic study out of the UK has documented that social media can actually help you lose weight. Read on

  • Fall menu: hearty tomato soup, roast chicken, local sweet potatoes and velvety corn medley

    Fall menus call for robust flavors that still rely on late summer and fall vegetables available at the markets now. Read on

  • 18 Maine museums are free Saturday, Sept. 27: Celebrate Museum Day with fancy cars, pigeons, surf boards, art and old homes

    Sept. 27 is free museum day. Go see moccasins in Bar Harbor, WWII food propaganda posters in Kennebunck, extinct carrier pigeons in Augusta or Hinckley or maybe an 1890s traveling dentist chair in Bangor. Whatever interests you, it's free for a day. Read on

  • Inflatable 5K, Trail to Ale, Common Ground & Dirty Dance Party: 8 things to do in Maine this weekend

    Run! Run for beer! Run for giant inflatable obstacles! Portland Trails' Trail to Ale 10K is this weekend, as is the Insane Inflatable 5K, which means you can run for whatever motivates you. Common Ground Fair this weekend, there's a party on a boat (with masks!), and a celebration of Patrick Swayze - including a Dirt Dance Party and screening of "Road House." Read on

  • Reviving a classic: ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ opens season at Portland Stage

    This Neil Simon classic is getting a makeover. It's the story of 15-year-old Eugene Jerome, who is growing up in post-Depression Brooklyn in a lower-middle class Jewish household. He wants to play baseball professionally. But what he really wants is to see a naked girl, and his older cousin, Nora, would be fine. Read on

  • Use your dirty words: Erotica 101 writing workshop at Nomia

    Authors of erotica have the potential to rake it in. Or at least write one amazing Valentine's Day card. Besides, why should "Fifty Shades of Grey" author E. L. James should be having all the fun? Read on

  • Almost time to jump for joy: Massive trampoline park coming to Portland in October

    Want to jump into a foam pit? How about play the best, most fun basketball game of your life? A big trampoline park is planning on opening in Portland in the next month where all your inner child's wishes will come true. Read on

  • Can’t get your beer here? Brew it yourself with a clone kit from Maine Brewing Supply

    The homebrew shop has started selling clone recipes of world-renowned beers both from Maine and beyond. A sign outside the store urges: "If you can't get 'em, brew 'em!" Read on

  • Get an intuitive reading with your 3-course dinner at Clay Hill Farm

    Clay Hill Farm in Cape Neddick is bringing back New Age Night - a three-course dinner paired with an intuitive reading. The readings are 6 p.m. Mondays Sept. 29, Oct. 6, Oct. 13, Oct. 20 and Oct. 27. Read on

  • Raisa Pelletier – seamstress

    She's a disco dancing, sequin-loving seamstress from Russia. Meet Raisa. Read on

  • 15 Maine fall and winter races that put ‘fun’ before ‘run’

    Want to be chased by zombies? Want to be a running zombie? This is the list for you. We rounded up the funnest races in Maine this fall and winter. Most of them are 5k. You can do that. Read on

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