Start things off on Thursday with a beneficial night of comedy and/or ample samples of Maine cider. The Vegetarian Food Festival returns Saturday, which is also National Trails Day (so go walk/hike/ride on a trail) and on Sunday, catch a free screening of “Casabalanca” and say happy anniversary to Bayside Bowl.
For the weekend of June 4-7, 2015
7:30 p.m. (doors) Thursday, Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland. $8 at the door. bluestockingfilms.com
The Bluestocking Film Series showcases well-produced films that feature complex female protagonists. It is great. To support the Bluestocking efforts, Empire is hosting a comedy benefit featuring an awesome all-female lineup: Cindi Brown, Stef Doyle, Kate Ghiloni, Sally Kent, Karen Morgan, and Hope Rogers.
7 p.m. Thursday, Deering Grange, 1408 Washington Ave., Portland. $15, 21+. maine-fare.org
Fall is generally considered apple season. But hard cider season last all year long. And in Maine, a number of cidermakers have popped up over the years. Taste samples from some – like Urban Farm Fermentory in Portland) and Norumbega Cider in New Gloucester – and learns more about Maine’s cider culture from David Buchanan and Todd Little-Siebold.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. East End School, 195 North Street, Portland. Free. maineanimalcoalition.org
The Maine Animal Coalition invites you to their 10th Annual Vegetarian Food Festival. Learn about vegan and vegetarian food with music, vendors, local films, authors and experts. You just might leave wanting to actually eat your veggies (and you should, because vegetables are awesome).
8 a.m to 3 p.m. Saturday, meet at Blueberry Road trailhead, Stroudwater Trail, Portland. $7 suggested donation, $5 for Portland Trail members. trails.org
Join Portland Trails founder, Tom Jewell, on an incredible walk, crossing multiple trails and landmarks, as you explore the Forest City Trail. Founded in honor of our 20th anniversary, the Forest City Trail is an extensive trail system and a great way to explore the city’s natural places. Snacks and water provided, bring your own lunch and gear!
9 p.m. Saturday. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland. $18 in advance, $20 at the door,$40 preferred seating, 18-plus. portcitymusichall.com
Led by Dave Gutter, Rustic Overtones is the Maine-based seven-piece band that will be serving up their brand of guitar and horns soaked rock, soul and funk. They’re known for their live shows so don’t miss out on this one.
8:15 p.m. Sunday, Congress Square Park, Portland. Free. portlandsummerfilms.com
Bring a chair and maybe something to munch on (what’s a movie without munchies, right?) and enjoy a free Sunday evening screening of “Casablanca.” This is the first in the Portland Summer Films series, which will screen films on Sunday nights all summer.
Read more: MENSK’s 2015 Portland Summer Film Series begins Sunday with “Casablanca”
4 p.m. Sunday, Bayside Bowl, 58 Alder St., Portland. Free admission, $25 per team for tournament. baysidebowl.com
Happy birthday, Bayside Bowl. Seems like we first met your lanes just yesterday. In honor of the bowling alleyÆs anniversary, there will be hourly giveaways, half-price drafts and $5 pitchers of Moosehead. And a bowling tourney (but of course). Sign up anytime for the tournament ($25 for a team of five) – winners get a month of free bowling.
Saturday & Sunday, eight waterfront trails in Harpswell. Free. hhltmaine.org/harpswell-hiking-challenge
In honor of National Trails Day: Hike eight scenic coastal walks with the challenge of completing all 10 miles of trail in two days. Pick up a registration form at the Harpswell Town Office. Complete them all and win prizes! PRIZES!
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Penobscot County Conservation Association, Brewer. Free. conservationassociation.org
Fly tying and fly fishing lessons, beginning basics of using air rifles, archery for beginners, canoe rides on the Penobscot River and much more. Lunch from noon to 1 p.m. All activites are free and lunch is by donation. Lots of trails and shoreline to explore, too!
Ralph Stanley: “An Eye for Wood”
7 p.m. Thursday, Penobscot Marine Museum, 11 Church St., Searsport.$8, $5 for members. penobscotmarinemuseum.org
Catch an award-winning documentary by filmmaker Jeff Dobbs about Maine master boat builder Ralph Stanley. “An Eye for Wood” tells of Stanley’s life as the son of a lobsterman on Mt. Desert Island. his boat building beginnings in the early 50s and the story of the entire Stanley family. Ralph Stanley has built more than 70 fine wooden boats including lobster boats, Friendship sloops, yachts, dories and rowboats.
6:30 p.m. Thursday, Walker Memorial Library, 800 Main St., Westbrook. Free. walker.lib.me.us
Portland attorney Brenda Buchanan makes her debut as an author with the mystery “Quick Pivot.” The mystery centers around old-school crime reporter for the Portland Daily Chronicle, Joe Gale. A 1968 unsolved murder case is re-opened after a body is found during a present-day renovation of a long-shuttered textile mill. Scenes are set in the fictional town of Riverside along with the real life locales of Portland, Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth, Kennebunkport and Peaks Island, the latter of which was Buchanan’s home for many years.
United States Air Force Heritage of America Brass Band
7:30 p.m. Friday, The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, 86 Townsend Ave.. Free, donations accepted. boothbayoperahouse.com
This band has delighted audiences with dazzling musicianship and entertaining showmanship from the Mid-Atlantic and New England states. You’ll hear classical, jazz and popular music ranging from Bach to Beatles. The show is free though donations are very much appreciated.
Portland Playback: Father Stories
7:30 p.m. Friday, CTN5 Studio, 516 Congress St., Portland. $8. portlandplayback.com
Bring them your favorite tale involving dear old dad and the Portland Playback actors will bring it to the stage…on the spot. From funny to poignant, the acting staff is ready to reenact whatever you can throw at them pertaining to your father.