The Bates Dance Festival returns with limited-capacity performances and events open to the public through July. Visit batesdancefestival.org/performances for schedule. (Photo: a canary torsi, “Performance | Portrait”)
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BENEFITS

Guiding Eyes for the Blind needs puppy raisers and sitters in Greater Portland | 14-16 month commitment | Visit guidingeyes.org/how-to-help/volunteer/puppy-raising/ | For information visit guidingeyes.org/how-to-help/volunteer/puppy-raising/| Email for details: [email protected]

Tri for a Cure virtual event | Maine Cancer Foundation | Through July 18 | Info and registration at triforacure.org/event-info

JULY 17

Cape Elizabeth Garden Tour to benefit Friends of Fort Williams Park and its Ecology Project | 9am-4pm | $30 | For more information, to get tickets, or to volunteer, visit fortwilliams.org/upcoming-event/garden-tour-2021/

COMEDY

JULY 8

New England’s Funniest Comedian, Round 4 | Comedy competition | Aura, 121 Center St, Portland |  8pm | $10 | Tickets, ticketmaster.com/venue/9225

ONGOING

Stroudwater Comedy Series | Every Thursday 7-10pm | $10 | Stroudwater Distillery, 4 Thompsons Point, Portland | Tickets at bit.ly/3vFcFvc

DANCE

JULY 14-31

“Performance/Portrait” | with a canari torsi | Bates Dance Festival | Interactive  video installation | Wed-Sat 12-6pm | Through July 31 | $5/$20 | L/A Arts Gallery, 221 Lisbon, Lewiston | More information and tickets at bit.ly/3j9vGDf

JULY 17-18

Processions Toward, Being Future Being by Emily Johnson/Catalyst | Bates Dance Festival | A work in development performance and walking experience in Lewiston |  Kennedy Park, 120 Park St, Lewiston | 6pm | $5/$20 | bit.ly/3zXzi10

FILM

Maine International Film Festival | Through July 18 | Schedule and tickets at miff.org

“In The Making” | Free screening, PMA with Indigo Arts Alliance | Short film series about emerging BIPOC artists | For more info and to register, portlandmuseum.org/filmscreenings/in-the-making

Local virtual film venues: Portland Museum of Art: portlandmuseum.org/filmscreenings | Frontier, Brunswick: explorefrontier.com/events/virtual-cinema | The Apohadion:
theapohadiontheater.com/

Lydia Lunch: The War is Never Over | Documentary presented by SPACE and Apohadion Theater | $10 | Through July 16 | space538.org/event/lydia-lunch-the-war-is-never-over-7-2-7-16/

JULY 9

Sigur Rós: Inní | Icelandic post rock band live film | Presented by PMA films | Free | 8-10pm | Congress Square Park, corner of Congress and High St. | More at bit.ly/2SnzMwC

JULY 15

“Inside Out” | Freeport Community Services Drive-in Movies | Free | Concession sales benefit local organizations | 8:30-10pm | 53 Depot St, Freeport | fcsmaine.org/
community_movies/

JULY 18

“Just One Step” | LL Bean Adventure Film Night at Discovery Park | 7:30pm | Free | bit.ly/3A4qOWj

“Dope is Death” | Free screening in Congress Square Park presented by SPACE and the Church of Safe Injection | Film at 8:30pm preceded by panel discussion at 7:30pm | Info at bit.ly/3wcyBy9

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Maine Farms Scavenger Hunt | Discover local farms and learn about Maine’s food system | 30 tasks, prizes | Free | Through Sept. 30 | Maine Farmland Trust | Information and registration at bit.ly/3xxz3YQ

JULY 13

Awareness Inspires Conservations: White Sharks | Online with the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy | Thomas Memorial Library | 6 Scott Dyer Rd, Cape Elizabeth | 6:30pm via Zoom | thomasmemoriallibrary.org/22552-2/

JULY 17

Ulster Scots Migrations in Early America | MHS Historian’s Forum | Online conversation with Ian Saxine, Patrick Griffin, T.H. Breen | Free, open to public | 9:30am-12pm | Info and registration: mainehistory.org/programs_events.shtml

ONGOING

Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Portland Chapter | First Saturday of every month | 9-10:30am | Free | email to receive link: [email protected] |
To learn more, visit citizensclimatelobbymaine.weebly.com/ | 415-6556

HEALTH/SUPPORT

ONGOING

T’ai Chi and Qigong | Free classes in Congress Square Park at Congress and High St. | Mondays 9:30-10:30am | Wednesdays 10-11am | Through Sept. 29 | congresssquarepark.org/events/

Virtual Breastfeeding Support Group | Weekly support group as well as mom-to-mom support on an ongoing basis | Fridays 10am | Free to Maine residents | Private facebook group with Doula/Lactation consultant, bit.ly/3wgsycS

Relation-Ship-It book group for teens, discussing LGBTQ relationships through YA fiction | Portland and Lewiston Libraries in partnership with SARSSM and TTD | For info visit: portlandlibrary.com/series/relation-ship-it-teen-book-group/

OUTMaine Youth Programs for LGBTQ+ youth | Weekly programs, retreats, leadership, support | Free | outmaine.org/

Cultivating Mindfulness | Meditation and discussion with Anne Gosling | Fridays 3-4pm | Thomas Memorial Library | 799-1720 | Info at thomasmemoriallibrary.org/events/

Remote Support Groups, Mon-Thurs, hosted by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) | For info and schedules visit namimaine.org/remotesupportgroups

Recovery Yoga | SeaChange Yoga | for people in recovery from substance use disorder | Tues/Thurs 1:30-2:20pm | Free | seachangeyoga.org/recovery-yoga

Chair Yoga with Martha Williams | Thomas Memorial Library Zoom | 2nd Wednesday of the month | 11:30am-12:30pm | More info at thomasmemoriallibrary.org/chair-yoga-3/

LITERARY ARTS

JULY 7

“Panic in the Senate” | Book talk with Michael Trapani | Maine Historical Society | 6-7pm | Free, open to the public | Zoom registration required | mainehistory.org/programs_events.shtml

“The Exiles” | A virtual night with Christina Baker Kline hosted by John Searles | 7-8pm | Longfellow Books, 1 Monument Way, Portland | Book purchase required to receive link | Info at bit.ly/2S9WlF3

JULY 8

Book Blurb Club in Congress Square Park | Every other Thursday 12-1pm | Informal book discussion | Food truck or bring lunch | Corner Congress and High St. | Rain venue: Mechanics Hall, 519 Congress St.

Virtual book talk: “Rock the Boat” | Beck Dorey-Stein with Kate Russo | 7-8pm | Print: A Bookstore | More info and registration at bit.ly/3wDlLty

JULY 15

Read Me: Kerri Arsenault discusses “Mill Town” | 6-7pm | Portland Public Library | Information and link at bit.ly/35ONyeT

Spotlight Lecture | Tess Gerritsen and Gary Braver discuss “Choose Me” | Virtual Portland Public Library event | 7-8pm | Info and link at bit.ly/2T5pUYP

JULY 18

Summertime, and the Living is Easy | The Poets Corner Open Mic | Read a 3-min or less piece of poetry or prose | First-registered basis for readings | 4-5:30pm | Info and RSVP: thepoetscorner.org/events/summertime-and-the-living-is-easy-open-mic

ONGOING

Be a part of Maine history by contributing your story of life during COVID-19 to the Maine Historical Society’s Maine Memory Network | Details and guidelines for story submission on mainememory.net/mymainestories.

Free Ebooks for Students | Commemorate the end of World War II | Free military history downloads | also African-American and Latino history downloads | ebooksforstudents.org/.

MUSEUMS

Skyline Farm Carriage Museum | 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth | skylinefarm.org

Maine Jewish Museum | Toby Gordon, Richard Wexler, Janis Goodman | 267 Congress St. | mainejewishmuseum.org/ | Exhibit runs through Aug. 13

Tate House Museum open for the season | Tours on the hour 10-3pm, Thurs-Sat |
$7-$15 | 1267 Westbrook St, Portland | Masks required | Tickets and more info online, tatehouse.org/

MUSIC

JULY 7

Casco Bay Islands Concert Series / Portland Conservatory of Music presents Titus Abbott Collective | Original jazz compositions | 6:30-7:30pm | Free | Peaks Island Lions Club, 2 Garden Place | More info at bit.ly/3zvEhpA

Online Open Mic Night | 317Main | 7-8:30pm | Hosted by Chris Moore and Cass Baker | For information on how to join in or just listen, visit 317main.org/event/
online-open-mic-night-2/

JULY 8

Memphis Lightning | Blues & Rock ‘n’ Roll | 7pm | Cadenza, 5 Depot St, Freeport | $18 advance / $20 door | also livestreamed on Facebook | cadenzafreeport.com

JULY 10

Southside Blues | Chicago Blues | 7pm | Cadenza, 5 Depot St, Freeport | $18 advance / $20 door | also livestreamed on Facebook | cadenzafreeport.com

JULY 14

Opera On Tap | Opera in Congress Square Park | Crepe Elizabeth food truck | Free | 6:30-8pm | Corner of Congress and High St. | More at bit.ly/2SnzMwC

JULY 15

Casco Bay Islands Concert Series / Portland Conservatory of Music presents Reflections on the Tango | Music with a Latin flavor | 3-4pm | Parade Green, Great Diamond Island, Portland | bit.ly/3h7ir3z

JULY 16

Brian Cullen – Bach, Brazil, Beatles and Bohemian | Classical Guitar | 7pm | Cadenza, 5 Depot St, Freeport | $18 advance / $20 door | also livestreamed on Facebook | cadenzafreeport.com

JULY 17

An Evening of Guitar Greats | Muriel Anderson, Denny Breau, Sean Mencher and more | 7pm | Cadenza, 5 Depot St, Freeport | $23 advance / $25 door | also livestreamed on Facebook | cadenzafreeport.com

ONGOING

Summer Sunsets LIVE at Thompson’s Point | Every Thurs, Fri 4pm-sunset | Music, food, family games | Free | More info: thompsonspoint.com/the-calendar

Noonday Concert Series Online from the Portland Conservatory of Music | Free online | for program schedule and viewing, visit bit.ly/3oXE2hM

THEATER

Maine Playwrights Festival | Streaming through July 10 | Five plays fully staged and filmed by Maine-based filmmakers | Acorn Productions | $12-$32 | For more info and to register, visit acorn-productions.org/events/

JULY 8-31

The Comedy of Errors | Fenix Theatre Company | Deering Oaks Park bandstand | Free | Bring picnic & something to sit on | Every Thurs, Fri, Sat at 6:30pm | fenixtheatre.com/#!

JULY 10

24-Hour Plays | Teams of local playwrights perform plays written in 24 hours | Free | 6:30-9pm | Congress Square Park, corner of Congress and High St. | More at bit.ly/2SnzMwC

VISUAL ARTS

“Slack Tide” | 2-person exhibition with Caroline and John Rufo | Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St, Bath | Exhibition through Aug. 7 | Artist’s Talk July 10

JULY 8

“Double Trouble” | Through Sept. 17 | Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA | 522 Congress St. | Wed-Sun 12-5pm | Free | Register for timed admission at bit.ly/3i5iWuX

ONGOING

The Bealtaine Exhibition | 6 artists showcased in the Gaelic seasonal festival exhibit | Carrickahowley Gallery at the Maine Irish Heritage Center | Through July 31 | Online, maineirish.com

Where Will We Go From Here? Travel in the Age of COVID-19 | Exhibition pairing historical maps, travel guides, travel ephemera with crowd-sourced reflections on where we didn’t go in 2020-2021 | Osher Map Gallery, USM, 314 Forest Ave, Portland | Free, timed entry | For more info and to schedule a visit: oshermaps.org/news | Through Oct. 15

Cove St. Arts | 71 Cove St, Portland | M-F 10-5:30, Sat. 10-5 | 808-8911 | Maurice Freedman “Rising Fog” thru July 10 | covestreetarts.com

Richard Boyd Art Gallery | “Contrasts” group exhibit of visual art through July 30 | 15 Epps St., Portland | Fri -Sun 10am-5pm | Free | richardboydartgallery.com | 712-1097

Greenhut Galleries | 146 Middle St, Portland | 772-2693 | M-F 10-5:30, Sat. 10-5 | Colin Page solo exhibition July 1-31 | greenhutgalleries.com

Maine Museum of Photographic Arts | “MMPA Antidote,” mainemuseumofphotographicarts.org, featuring Maine art and artists | updated regularly with interviews and Q&As.

Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA | 522 Congress St. | Wed-Sun 12-5pm | Free | Register for timed admission at bit.ly/3i5iWuX

“Love/Rage: Goddess” | Online exhibit | Union of Maine Visual Artists | 516 Congress St, Portland | umvaportlandgallery.blogspot.com/