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  • Snacktime: It’s Beaujolais Nouveau Day, new Otto in SoPo close to opening, revamped brunch menu at Zapoteca, and more

    Celebrate the annual release of France's famous "new" wine, stock up on holiday cookies without having to bake, and get ready for Otto Pizza near the Maine Mall. Read on

  • Shop local at Etsy Maine team’s 3rd annual cash mob

    Rather than worry about a 4 a.m. wake-up call to get a flatscreen TV next Friday, start your shopping tomorrow and support the wonderful local purveyors on the Etsy Maine Team. Read on

  • What the heck is the Maine Charitable Mechanics Association? A library, a gallery and maybe the next great arts venue in Maine

    They won't give you free oil changes, but this might be the next best music venue in Portland. Read on

  • Stephen King’s musical thriller “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County” at Portland’s Merrill Auditorium Thursday

    "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" stars film and TV actors Billy Burke and Gina Gershon, with songs by John Mellencamp Read on

  • Absinthe, Santa Hustle, Warren Miller & BY LOCAL: 10 things to do in Maine this weekend

    Catch Warren Miller's newest ski film on Thursday nights and be inspired by winter. Hear new works from Maine playwrights at Mad Horse Theatre or see Spybird Theater's Egg Noir at Mayo Street Arts. Lots of sampling this weekend, too: Absinthe in Oakland and beer and wine in Portland. And just over the border in New Hampshire, check out the open studio at The Artists of Salmon Falls Mills. Read on

  • 5 ways to bring beer into your Thanksgiving

    When I first started writing about beer, the idea of bringing beer to the Thanksgiving table was one that would elicit more than a few brow raises and questionable looks. Read on

  • Check out Carbon Leaf & Tall Heights at Port City Music Hall tonight

    Plus Consider The Source, Elephant Wrecking Ball & Jordan Kaulback perform at The Asylum, Kilcollins returns to rock RiRa, Royal Hammer throw downs some raging reggae tunes at Brian Boru, Spark The Rescue play a free show upstairs at Oasis, and tons of other party spots to check out this Thursday! Read on

  • A look inside the just-opened Portland Food Co-op! Grand opening Dec. 10

    Portland shoppers, most of whom were members, arrived en mass at the newly opened Portland Food- Co-op. Lines were slow at the check-out but no one minded so thrilled for the store to be finally open. Read on

  • 11 things I learned on social media this week

    I learn something new from social media every day. From the brilliant to the mundane to the insulting. Read on

  • 5 holiday gift ideas for the Maine beer lovers in your life

    Here are five gift ideas ranging from $10 to $100 that will satisfy the beer lover in your life and help support the local Maine economy. Read on

  • Order the ribs and the fried catfish. Seriously. Moe’s Original Bar B Que in South Portland

    If you're like me and occasionally find yourself pining for some good catfish, what they're serving up at Moe's is the real deal. South Portland, near the mall, is the last place I expected to find it. Read on

  • Shop local, buy wonderfully unique gifts & stay on budget at these 5 holiday craft fairs

    The wonderful thing about craft fairs is that there is truly something for everyone on your list and something that fits everyone's budgets. Read on

  • Local musicians perform benefit concert for Noyes Street fire victims at One Longfellow

    The music community here in Portland understands that music can help, music can heal, music can honor, music can raise awareness, music can bring people together and music can most certainly raise much needed funds. Read on

  • Living in the moment: How to make it really work for your real life

    I need to start living in the moment. If I had a dime for every time I’ve heard a wiped out, over-extended adult say that to me, I’d be the wealthiest psychologist this side of the Mississippi. This concept of living in the moment is a mirage, a panacea, an intangible goal that many adults… Read on

  • For Thanksgiving dinner without the fuss, make a reservation at one of these 23 Maine restaurants

    Don't feel like doing all that cooking, cleaning up and catering to everyone's different dietary requirements on Thanksgiving? Maine restaurants are here to save your turkey day. Read on

  • Ski deal: Get a ride to the mountain and a lift ticket for a bargain with the Mainely Ski & Ride meetup

    There's a new meetup in Maine that wants to relieve some of the skiing hassle for you. You can get a bus ride to the mountain, a full-day lift ticket, coffee and a light breakfast during the drive up and snacks for the ride back - all for less than a lift ticket alone if you'd gone on your own. Read on

  • This is what Maine looks like to Superman: Maine fly-over footage from Skyworks HD

    Maine looks mighty fine from the ground, but man, check her out from above. Read on

  • Happy Hour: 29 places for deals on drinks in Portland

    "Happy Hour" used to mean a time when sailors on board Navy ships were allowed to fight to let off steam. Now, of course, it's all about kicking back with discounted drinks and relaxing at the end of the work day. Here's a guide to 29 noteworthy Happy Hours in Portland. Read on

  • Take an open trolley ride through the wintry Maine woods (with hot toddies, too!)

    The Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport is offering a trolley-meets-hot-toddy experience during the Golden Chariot Ride & Cocktail Party, which takes place two evenings only, Friday, December 5 and Friday, December 12. Read on

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