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    Planet Dog Ball

    The inaugural Planet Dog Ball was held on April 8, 2017 at the Westin Harborview Hotel. In celebration of Planet Dog’s twentieth anniversary, community members and their dogs joined together to honor two important organizations: America’s Vetdogs and K9s On The Front Line. WCSH-6 TV’s meteorologist Keith Carson hosted the benefit, and all proceeds from the…

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    The Source Sustainability Awards

    The Maine Sunday Telegram presents the 2017 Source Sustainability Awards – a celebration honoring the people, nonprofits and businesses connecting Maine to its roots and making the state a healthier place to live. Awardees include Alfred Padula, Jackie Lipsky, The Sunrise Guide, Manomet U360, Dental Lace, Glenn Taylor, AMC & The Maine Woods Initiative, Elizabeth…

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    Chocolate Lovers’ Fling

    Sugar rush be damned. About 350 Mainers enjoyed three courses of chocolate--10 goodies per person--at the 31st annual Chocolate Lovers' Fling to benefit Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine (SARSSM). Award winners included Maine Gourmet Chocolates (People's Choice), Sweet Kisses Confections (Judges' Best Overall) and Reilly's Bakery (President's Award). The Chocolate Lovers' Fling is the largest annual fundraiser for SARSSM, which has a statewide crisis and support hotline that received 13,000 calls last year.

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    Stache Pag, the 10th anniversary show

    For the 10th year of Facial Hair Fest, event organizers Nick and Zeke Callanan brought the original event, the Stache Pag, to Portland House of Music and Events (P-HOME) for what turned out to be a zany evening both on and off the stage. Eleven mustachioed men competed in 5-Second Statue, Kung-Fu Challenge and Facial Hair-oake with style, showmanship and more than a bit of humor. Awards went to Adam Nappi ("Animal Gonzo'd"), Mike Guethle ("Bigman McLargeHuge"), Neil and Collin Spillane ("The Original Bang Brothers") and Logan "butterknife hands" Puck.

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    MaineLife season launch party with MaineToday Media

    Erin Ovalle, host of the Maine lifestyle show MaineLife, celebrated the show's season 2 launch and partnership with MaineToday Media with a reception at the Press Hotel for behind-the-scenes supporters of the show. Season 2, which starts April 2, will have wider distribution because it will be available through MaineToday.com and PressHerald.com as well as WCSH-TV on Sundays at 11:30 a.m. New co-host Kevin Oates, founder of the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra, is bringing more music into the content mix. But fans of Erin's in-the-Fiat interviews will see more of that as well.

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    Spirit Quest Portland

    Spirit Quest, Maine Restaurant Week's self-guided tasting tour of downtown Portland, named Timber Steakhouse & Rotisserie winner of the bite-and-sip pairing, with TIQA coming in second. Fifteen other establishments, from the Armory Lounge to Zapoteca, welcomed Spirit Quest participants, who filled some of the restaurants to capacity on a Sunday afternoon and cast votes via text. Spirit Quest sold out. #MRW17

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    Perfect Pairing Challenge

    At this delectable Maine Restaurant Week event hosted by Coffee By Design, guests tried coffee in many forms paired with sweet and savory treats created by local bakers and pastry chefs. This year’s lineup included: Baristas & Bites; Cakes by Babbs; C-Salt; Dean’s Sweets, Foley’s Cakes; Frisky Whisk; Landry’s Confections; Stones Cafe & Bakery; Tin Pan…

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    Sunaana Winter Festival

    Whoever described Portland's first Sunaana as a "Winter Festival" must have known we'd have one more bone-chilling weekend, perfect for bundling up for a full day of live music and beer with friends. In Greenlandic, "Sunaana" means "What is it?" Likewise, the spirit of this festival is about discovery: new bands you haven't heard, new craft beers you haven't tried, and new food combinations (lobster roll grilled cheese!). About 1,000 people turned out for the first-year festival at Thompson's Point, which organizers anticipate bringing back next year.