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More than 1,000 Mainers turned out to volunteer at Deering High School on Sunday as part of Million Meals Maine, packing 217,728 meals to be distributed by Feed My Starving Children, a global hunger relief charity. www.millionmealsmaine.org.
The Stache Pag at the State Theater was a marvelous sight to behold. The circus performances and magic acts were appetizers for the facial hair competition with categories such as "Castaway" and "The Thigh Tickler". Contestants donned their well groomed bristles down a catwalk while eliciting cheers from the audience.
The Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP), the only immigration legal aid organization in Maine, has just one fundraiser a year: CeleSoiree. This year ILAP paired up with Circus Conservatory of America to put on an unforgettable show for guests at the $75/person event. "Circus has a history of traveling around the world and introducing different cultures to each other," said Peter Nielson, president of the Circus Conservatory. The evening included Indian, Thai and Mexican food; extraordinary vocals by local pan-African chorus Les Voix des Anges; and heart-warming stories of how ILAP guides immigrants through legal hurdles in pursuit of the American dream.
Long's Board Shop in South Portland put out the call, and local skateboarders answered. "We've never had snow on the ground this late in the season, and we're supposed to have temperatures in the 50s tomorrow, so we thought we'd give the melting a head start," said Tom Long, owner Long's Board Shop. More than a dozen young men from all over the Greater Portland area showed up with shovels--and skateboards--Wednesday afternoon at the Portland Skate Park on St. James. "It's good to see them all taking ownership of the park," Long said.
State of The State 3 at The State Theater in Portland. Presented by Katalyst and Maine Youth Rock Orchestra. Sponsored by Down East Magazine, WCLZ, Baxter Brewing, and Maine College of Art.
So what do beards, backwoods, beer, mustache wax, pizza, and music have in common? They're all things to be found at The Bearded Brew Fest in the Sullivan Gym on the USM campus in Portland.
Maine Restaurant Week went out with a bang at Prime Mercedes-Benz in Scarborough with a Dessert and Cocktail Pairing Competition. Music filled the air as patrons mingled and tasted samples of beautifully prepared food dishes and their corresponding spirits from different restaurants around the state.
The Trash to Fashion show at Woodfords church was the hottest place to be Saturday night. The event was a fundraiser presented by Maine Center on Deafness. It was a colorful and lively evening. Contestants donned outfits made out of anything from old 45 records to plastic bags to dresses made from credit cards and Starbucks cups. The event was spearheaded by Meryl Troop, a Portland native and sign langue interpreter, who in the spirit of the event was sporting a shiny pair of red ruby slippers. If the fundraiser takes place next year it's certainly not to be missed.