Snaps on the Haps – April 2015

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Sarah Delisle, resident of the Rosemont Neighborhood, Community Coordinator of 2Degrees, and Realtor with our agency, puts together a monthly roundup of all the great events happening in the Greater Portland area. And now, we are pleased to offer “Snaps on the Haps,”  as a feature on our website. From neighborhood harvest festivals to networking opportunities–there’s always something for everyone!


April 2015

April 1: 6 pm Open Bench Project Lecture Series Chasing the Progressive Insurance Automotive X-Prize.  Jake Staub will speak about creating the World’s Fastest Diesel-Electric Hybrid Car!  10 Thompson’s Point.

7 pm For some laughs, head to Westbrook for Laugh Shack comedy night. 212 Brown St., Westbrook.


April 3: 12-1:15 pm An Authentically Audacious Approach Are you ready to bring into  alignment your clients, the work you love, and income that you feel good about? RSVP to Portland Regional Chamber, 443 Congress St.

5:30-9:30 pm Portland Record Fair Vendors from all over New England will be selling and spinning 33s and 45s of all genres. They’ll be surrounded by vintage vendors selling clothing, housewares, collectibles, and accessories. All of this will be happening on all three floors of Portland’s Flea-for-All vintage shop. 125 Kennebec St.

April 6: 7 pm Word Portland at LFK this months mixture of prose-ists features a few veterans and a new face to our scene–all amazingly talented. Come on out to hear Dave PattersonLynn Shattuck, Writer, and Dana Bialek! 188A State St.


April 7: 6 pm Red Lipstick Book Project at Etain, Emily Straubel hosts a conversation about “To Fall in Love With Anyone Do This.” She wants to hear your thoughts on this exercise and what you think. Do we need a scientific process to create intimacy? She thinks you might… 646 Congress St.


April 8: 4-7 pm MITA Release Party at Thirsty Pig. If you haven’t tasted the rage that is MITA it’s a piny session ale treat. A portion of each MITA purchase will go directly to Maine Island Trail. 37 Exchange St.


April 9: 6 pm The Spanish Table: An evening of food and wine with importer Carlos Hubner-Arteca with Rosemont Market Productions at the Think Tank 533 Congress St.

7 pm Portland Chamber Music Festival presents Hear on Earth  at Space Gallery. 538 Congress St.


April 10-12: Circus Conservatory of America The Garden of Circus Delights Opening night (10th) is the interactive benefit bash ($25 tickets). Thompson’s Point, 4A Thompson’s Point Rd. (behind the bus station).


April 10-11:— A Mid Summer Night’s Dream presented by Portland Ballet Company at Westbrook Performing Arts Center at Westbrook Middle School. 471 Stroudwater Street, Westbrook.


April 11: 8 pm TAP into SLAP Superhero Lady Armwrestlers of Portland are a troupe of women who bring over-the-top characters to the stage in an effort to raise money for local charities. RSVP to at Geno’s Rock Club, 625 Congress St.


April 12: 10 AM Memorial Middle School 5K Race Come out to support Memorial Middle School’s efforts to increase health and wellness in our communities. All proceeds will benefit Memorial students. Certified Course ME07007RF,  First 50 pre-registered participants receive t-shirts; age group trophies awarded. South Portland High School Track, 637 Highland Ave, South Portland.


April 13: 7 pm Local 188/Oxbow Tasting Dinner “Join Local 188 and Oxbow brewery as we pair some brew favorites and dip into Tim’s private bottle stash. Using ingredients both sourced locally and from the brewery’s own farm, we are fired up to offer a 5 course meal that’ll give you bragging rights for some time. After your meal, stick around for live jazz with Ryan Blotnick.”


April 14: 5:30-7:30 pm The Maine Women’s Network Monthly Meeting: Human Trafficking. Saint Andre Home, located in Biddeford, is a social service agency that provides a wide array of services to women, children, and families in need. It recently received a $400,000 grant from The Next Generation Foundation of Maine to open Maine’s first safe house for the victims of human trafficking in our state. Cumberland Club, 116 High St.


April 15: 6:00-8:00 pm Women’s Bourbon Tasting at Salvage BBQ. Join the Portland Spirits Society to explore the wonderful, sippable world of bourbon. Pay as you go. 919 Congress St.


April 16: Jenny Van West CD Release Party at Aucostic Artisan BYOB and BYOI (Instruments) Price of ticket includes CD. 594 Congress St.


April 17-26: Robin Hood at The Children’s Museum. Pop star minstrels, merry bands, and a hip hop Lil’ J put a modern twist on this classic tale. Free St.


April 19: 5-8 pm Rosemont Market’s  Bean Suppah at Deering Grange Hall. The best local food, music and community fun. I had such a great time at the 1st one! 1408 Washington Ave.


April 22: 6:30-7:30 pm 2 speakers will talk about massage therapy and a new product that is said to relieve stress. Health Body Fit Mind South Portland.


April 26: 11 am- 4 pm Open Bench Project Maker’s Fair at the Portland Public Library. 5 Monument Way.

10 am- 1 pm Portland Great Maine Bike Swap USM Sullivan Recreation and Fitness Complex 66 Falmouth St.

5-8 pm Cooking Matter Chopped Challenge at Grace Restaurant, Chestnut St. Taking part in this year’s Chopped Challenge are Chef Justin Walker (Earth at Hidden Pond), Chef David Levi (Vinland), Chef Adam Flood (Grace), and Chef Emil Rivera (Sur Lie).


April 30: 6- 10 pm Goodwill’s Little Black Dress Event at Ocean Gateway. 14 Ocean Gateway Pier.


Ongoing and Upcoming:

  • There is a Little Free Library in front 126 Wolcott Street, Portland. Neighbors are invited to take a book or leave a book for others to take. It is overflowing at the moment!

Real Estate Update:

The spring market is in full bloom! Inventory is low and many agents and buyers are surprised by how quickly homes are selling at, or over asking price. Rates are still low – around 3.75% APR. If you are looking to buy, I recommend that you to speak with a mortgage lender and, if you are thinking of selling, I advise you sell as soon as possible.


Sarah Delisle