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Aimsel Ponti

Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at and a music writer for 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 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 of course.

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Posted: August 5, 2015

Music, film and candy-making: 4 free (or nearly free) things to do this weekend

Because we’re all on a budget these days, here are four free (or so cheap they’re nearly free) things to do this weekend.

Written by: Aimsel Ponti

Jerks of Grass

7 pm. Thursday. Fort Allen Park, Eastern Promenade, Portland, free.

Hear some of Maine’s finest bluegrass tunes while lounging on the green grass by Casco Bay. The Friends of Eastern Promenade Concert Series continues with a show by Jerks of Grass and you’ll hear plenty of harmonies with fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, dobro and upright and electric bass.


7:30 p.m. Sunday. Denmark Arts Center, 50 West St., $5 suggested donation.

The Films For Young and Old Series continue in Denmark with a screening of Ignacio Ferreras’ award-winning “Wrinkles.” It’s a poignant tale of three old men in a nursing home, one of whom has Alzheimer’s. Told with powerful animation, the film is both heartbreaking and full of hope. Dubbed in English. Recommended for ages 16 and older. After the film there will be a discussion about Alzheimer’s and available care choices.

‘Weird Science’

8 p.m. Wednesday, Bayside, 58 Alder St., Portland, free.

Grab a seat on the patio and relive the glory of the 80s via the John Hughes classic film “Weird Science.” Starting Anthony Michael Hall, Kelly LeBrock and Bill Paxton, “Weird Science” is what happens when two tormented teens’ computer project goes haywire and a supermodel comes to life before them. Suddenly the boys are the talk of the town and their new friend “Lisa” exacts hilarious revenge on brother Chet and elevates the pair to new levels of popularity.

Chipwich Assembly

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Wilbur’s of Maine, 174 Lower Main St., Freeport $3.50 per chipwich, 865-4071

Soothe your sweet tooth with a visit to Wilbur’s of Maine where you can head into the factory and assemble your own chocolate chip cookie sandwich. You even get to run down to the enrober to drench it in delicious chocolate. Yum!

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