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    A Celebration of Prince

    "Sometimes It Snows in April: A Celebration of Prince" was a rather impromptu booking at Port City Music Hall on the one-week anniversary of Prince's death. Dean Ford and the Keepsakes typically put on a Prince tribute show at Halloween, but ... sometimes it snows in April.

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    Portland Trails

    Arabica Coffee on Commercial Street hosted a fundraising event for Portland trails. The event maxed out at 100 guests. There were activities such as a raffle and a cake walk.

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    Into the Mud Challenge

    About 800 people took the Into the Mud Challenge in Gorham, sliding through wrestling jello, jumping in mud, dodging plastic snakes and rubber chickens, rolling in sawdust and capping the run off with a military-inspired climbing wall. Pre-registered participants in the 2.5-mile course ranged from 8 to 81 years old.

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    Makers @ Portland Public Library

    The second annual Makers@PPL was a free all-ages event celebrating maker culture and bringing together the talents and creativity of people with a wide range of interests--from making custom light sabers to frying up vegan Japanese dumpling. 3D printing was popular, as was hands-on sautering and tinkering, as well as anything edible. From screenprinting to fermenting to coding, there was something for everyone.

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    WMPG Fashion Show

    A dozen local designers showed their work at the WMPG Fashion Show at Port City Music Hall in Portland. The widely varied aesthetics ranged from historical reproductions and vintage inspirations to the ultra modern, with everything from earth-inspired wearable art to sustainable organic ensembles to pinup, corsetry and erotic apparel. Mood-setting house funk by Pine Militia and performance art by Alexis Powers and friends rounded out a creatively entertaining Sunday evening.

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    MAMM Slam: Maine’s High School Rock Off!

    Ten teenage rock bands and one solo performer--Liam Swift--competed in the Maine Academy of Modern Music (MAMM) Slam at Bayside Bowl in Portland, with just six acts moving on the Finals. Finalists are: Fading Dawn, Pyscho Brahe, Liam Swift, Work in Progress and Yard Sail, as well as MaineToday Wildcard Winners The Rubber Band. Finalists will compete the afternoon May 14 at Portland House of Music and Events (HOME)--another all-ages show. Winners have a crack at $1,000, sponsored by the Rusty Rocket Music Fund, and college scholarships to the Maine College of Art (MECA) of up to $16,000 per year to each member of the winning band.

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    Gulf of Maine Seafood Celebration @ Gulf of Maine Research Institute

    Tonight Gulf of Maine Research Institute worked with culinary partners to raise awareness about seafood sustainability and the under utilization of certain sea life as a food source.

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    Chocolate Lovers’ Fling

    The annual Chocolate Lovers' Fling celebrated not only 30 years of delicious indulgence but 30 years of supporting the work of Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine (SARSSM). Winners in the chocolate contests included Christopher Hastings Confections, Country Chocolates, Aprilla's Cakes of Maine, Southern Maine Community College, Dulce Vivian, Izzy's Cheesecake and Reilly's Bakery.