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We'll help you plan your best summer yet with our annual roundup of can't miss events! Plus we've got a Face the Music interview with vocal powerhouse Josh Groban who is performing in Portland on 6/24. And as always, we'll help you have a terrific weekend with our hand-picked selection of events. Have fun out there!
Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at MaineToday.com and a music writer for MaineToday.com and the Portland Press Herald.
She has been obsessed with - and inspired by - music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She bought her first Rolling Stones record at a flea market when she was in 7th grade and discovered David Bowie a year later. She's a HUGE fan of the local music scene and covers it along with national musical happenings in her "Face the Music" column and with artist interviews that appear in print in the Portland Press Herald and online at Mainetoday.com. You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets. Aimsel is also the host of Music from 207 on 98.9 WCLZ and appears monthly on the News Center Maine TV show “207” to talk about...music of course.
Ice cream train, superhero training & photography: 5 things to do with your kids this weekend
Your kids already have some superhero in them – bring it out with superhero training on Thursday. There’s also an ice cream train, DIY camera-making workshop, concert with Mr. Harley and more.
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
Children's Concert with Matt Loosigian
10:30 a.m. Thursday. North Gorham Public Library, 2 Standish Neck Road. Free. north-gorham.lib.me.us/events.html
Kiddos can jump on the Song Toboggan and sing their hearts out with Matt Loosigian, a Brunswick-based folksinger, guitarist and songwriter. Loosigian is known for playful, funny songs about ecology and being green so along with fun, your kids might learn a thing or two.
Superhero Training: Flying Lessons
2 p.m. Thursday. Winslow Public Library, 136 Halifax St. Free. 207-872-1978
Head to Winslow where your kids can learn about what it takes to fly. Practice with paper airplanes included.
DIY Camera-Making and Photography Workshop
1 p.m. Saturday. Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland. Free. 207-828-1234 ext. 231 to register
Say cheese! Kids will partake of an interactive DIY-camera-making workshop where they'll make their own pinhole camera using common household tools. The fun starts with a private tour of the museum's Camera Obscura and then the camera-making begins with the help of USM Professor of Art, Rose Marasco, and photographer Amy Hagberg. The session ends with a trip to the Maine College of Art to develop an image. Parents and siblings are all invited to join. Per-registration is required.
Ice Cream Train
5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum, 58 Fore St., Portland, $7.50, $5 kids
On Fridays through August 21, you and your kids can do two wonderful things simultaneously; ride a train and eat ice cream! Cruise along the waterfront at East End Beach aboard the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad and cool off with a scoop of ice cream. What could be better?
Mr. Harley Concert
10:30 a.m. Saturday. Winslow High School, Danielson Street. Free. 207-872-1978
Kids of all ages will have a ball with Mr. Harley. With a lively guitar, a heaping stack of fun songs and a mile-wide smile, Mr. Harley will have your kids – and likely you – hopping along to his original children's songs like "Blue Shirt," "The Sneeze Song" and "Stegameganoodlefudanappysaurus."