Snaps on the Haps- February 2017

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Snaps on the Haps, February 2017

 

Warm greetings all,

For those who don’t like winter, I hope you are enjoying this mild winter and those, like me, that miss the snow… we still have time! As always please let me know if you’d like me to add anything to the next Snaps. Feedback is always welcome, too!

January 25-February 26

Varying dates and times: The St. Lawrence Arts presents “The May Queen” by Molly Smith Metzler, directed by Brian P. Allen. 76 Congress Street.

February 1

6-7 pm: International Gruit Day Open 12-8 pm with a special demonstration at 6pm. Gruits (pronounced grew-it) are old-style beers brewed before the extensive use of hops, often focusing on local herbs and spices to produce unique flavors. Urban Farm Fermentory, 200 Anderson St.

February 2

4:30-7 pm: Cloudport Pop Up Market Shop local at Cloudport‘s 1st Pop Up Market. Cloudport CoWorking MultiSpace facilities is a unique networking environment that offers private offices, meeting spaces and memberships. 63 Federal St.

February 3

3-6 pm: Join the Portland Museum of Art for “Lights Across Congress,” the grand reopening celebration and the Maine arts event of the year. 7 Congress Square.

First Friday Art Walk

7-8:30 pm: The Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Portland First Friday Slow Ride is an urban social ride at a relaxed pace, coinciding with Portland’s First Friday art walk event. We generally ride up and down Congress Street once, then take off to the West End, East End, and/or Old Port as our desire takes us. ages, experience levels, and types of bikes are welcome. Monument Square

7-9 pm:  The Things We Do for Love put on by the Portland Playback Theater, 516 Congress St.

February 4

10:30 AM – 2:30 PM: The Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance is offering “A Slice of Life: A Memoir Writing Workshop” with Mira Ptacin. In this class, attendees will engage in the skills essential to great memoir and literary writing—scene, characterization, dialogue, and point of view. Registration required. USM’s Glickman Library, Portland.

7 pm: The Wood Brothers with the T Sister at the State Theater. All ages. 609 Congress Street.

February 6

7-9 pm: The Handmaiden: A film by Park Chan-Wook at Space Gallery. Park presents a gripping and sensual tale of two women – a young Japanese Lady living on a secluded estate, and a Korean woman who is hired to serve as her new handmaiden, but is secretly plotting with a conman to defraud her of a large inheritance. 538 Congress Street.

February 7

6-9 pm: Salon: Hygge. In Danish, hygge (pronounced “HUE-gah”) is a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being. Salon is an opportunity to gather and meet friends of friends. There are no requirements other than BYOB! (BYOSlippers optional!) I’ve met a lot of great people at these–welcoming and fun! Please let me know if you are interested and I’ll send you the address.

February 8

6-9 pm: Baby It’s Cold Outside! Join Stroudwater Distillery for a tasting and food pairing event. Enjoy small bites from Nosh and complimentary marshmallow pairings from The Marshmallow Cart. 4 Thompson’s Point.

February 9-12

Valentine Dog Biscuit Sale for the animal lovers! Brought to you by Lucky Pup Rescue.

February 10

7-10 pm: Fire & Ice Fete hosted by the Jr. League of Portland. This event will have a live auction, raffles, hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine. CellarDoor Winery. 4 Thompson’s Point, Suite 110.

February 10 & 11

7:00 pm: Space Gallery. 2017 Oscar-nominated Shorts: Animation. For the 12th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films, opening on Feb. 10th. This is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country (and now the world), don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. 538 Congress Street.

February 12

11 am-1 pm: Day of Decadence at The Eye of Henna Treat Yo’self to hot stone massage, yoga, meditation, Reiki and henna. 142 High Street, suite 417.

7 pm:  The State Theater presents The Banff Mountain Film Festival, the largest and the most prestigious mountain festival in the world. The World Tour showcases award-winning films and audience favorites from approximately 300 films entered from over 35 countries with stops planned at 790 locations in all seven continents. 609 Congress Street.

February 14

11:30 am -1:30 pm: The Heart of The Matter presented by The Maine Women’s Network. It’s Valentine’s Day, and we’re celebrating the human heart — more specifically the female human heart! Plus we’re holding a raffle to benefit Hope Rising, Maine’s first residential treatment program and safe house for survivors of human trafficking. What better day to celebrate the heart? Portland Country Club, 11 Foreside Rd, Falmouth.

February 16

5-7 pm: Essential Oil Workshop at Urban Farm Fermentory. Taught by Heather Wilson, RN & doTERRA Essential Oil Educator, you can learn how to incorporate essential oils into your life. We will discuss how to naturally address things such as seasonal threats to the body, healthy skin, digestive & respiratory issues, muscle tension & discomfort, stress, sleep, moods, and more…  200 Anderson Street.

6:30-8:45 pm: PechaKucha Portland presents “Technology: Friend or Foe” at Portland House of Music & Entertainment. PechaKucha events are “community networking nights for telling passionate stories in a fast-paced format of 20×20: 20 slides at 20 seconds per slide.” I really enjoy these. It’s always interesting to see each person’s take on the theme. 25 Temple Street.

February 17-19

Cupid’s Night Circus at Thompson’s Point. Check out the link for times and tickets. 4 Thompsons Point.

February 18

10 am-5 pm: (and Sun 10 AM – 4 PM): 27th Annual Maine Home & Remodeling Show. Discover the latest products and services for your home in areas such as building & remodeling, kitchens & bathrooms, outdoor living, green living, décor and more! Cross Insurance Arena, 1 Civic Center Square.

February 19

9 am-7 pm: Arcana Yoga Studio Grand Opening: Free classes & Mini-treatments. Join us on Sunday, February 19th for our open house and yoga studio reveal! We’ll kickstart the day with at 9am with a FREE yoga class with Arcana’s Amanda Clark. Then at 10am, Arcana Co-owner Jennie Tavares will lead a FREE Pranayama & Medtiation class. The open house from 10am-6pm will include snacks, raffles, shop sales, and FREE mini-treatments in Massage, Reiki, Polarity, Access Consciousness BARS, Ayurvedic Bodywork and more from Arcana’s talented team of practitioners. 81 Market Street.

February 20-24

9 am-3 pm: Portland Stage February Vacation Camp: Winter in Narnia. Spend a week in the wardrobe! Campers explore the world of C.S. Lewis’s classic The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe through games, artwork, and performance. Portland Stage, 25A Forest Avenue.

February 19

3-6 pm: Dance away the winter blues with Portland Tango at the Custom House Milonga. Golden Age tango with a few newer tidbits thrown in. All levels welcome. Please bring a change of shoes. Light refreshments and water provided. FMI: call Emma (207-415-7204). Please knock on the Fore St. side door, as it is locked from the outside. Be patient – someone will see you very quickly. US Custom House, 321 Fore Street.

February 23

7-9:30 pm: Thursday Night Swing Dance with Portland Swing Project If you have never tried swing show up at 7:00 for the beginners run through. Maine Ballroom Dance, 614 Congress Street.

February 25

7:30 PM (and Feb 26th at 2:30 PM):  POPS! Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band at 50. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles’ ground-breaking album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street.

 

Real Estate Update:

I’ve had many buyers ask about the predicted rise of rates. Ten days ago, rates were 3.85 and today they are 4.15. Professionals are predicting that rates will top off around 5 percent this year and residential loans are as safe as they’ve been in the last 15 years, according to CoreLogic.

Winter is typically a time for low inventory and this winter is no exception. There are many buyers waiting for new homes on the market. We are seeing many go with multiple offers. Recently my buyer was part of 10 other offers.

 

Stay safe and warm,

Sarah Delisle