Calendar of things to do in Maine this summer

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Ongoing events

Androscoggin Bank Colisee, 190 Birch St., Lewiston. Venue for graduation ceremonies, Androscoggin Business to Business Trade Show, concerts, festivals, and more. Visit http://www.thecolisee.com for more information.

Auburn Public Library, 49 Spring St., Auburn. Great resource for books, DVDs, WiFi access, and more. You’ll want to check out The Library Cafe, too. Visit http://www.auburn.lib.me.us/ for more information.

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Bates Museum of Art, 75 Russell St., Lewiston. “The Museum works collaboratively with artists, students, faculty, and fellow museums throughout the region to create educational programming and original exhibitions that offer innovative and diverse scholarly explorations that commit us to expanding the traditional study of the history and practice of art, while addressing local and global issues.” Vist http://www.bates.edu/x218203.xml for more information.

Franco American Heritage Center, 46 Cedar St., Lewiston. Located in the former St. Mary’s church, the Center is the site of many events including comedy fundraisers, musical events, the Festival FrancoFun and a Medieval Feast. Visit http://www.francoamericanheritage.org/ for more information.

Gallery 5, 49 Lisbon St., Lewiston. Hosts art exhibits and other public events including Pecha Kucha nights. Visit http://www.laarts.org/visual/gallery-5.htm for more information.

L/A Arts, 221 Lisbon St., Lewiston. “L/A Arts programs include: a presentation series of world-class performing artists, a cabaret series of more locally known artists, an international film series, a nationally acclaimed arts-in-education program, and community building activities.” Visit http://www.laarts.org/ for more information.

Lewiston Auburn Community Little Theatre, 30 Academy St., Auburn. CLT “has provided entertainment, participated in community activities, provided education and been the stepping stone for many young people who have gone on to work in various parts of the entertainment field.” Visit http://laclt.com for more information.

Lewiston Public Library, 200 Lisbon St., Lewiston. Great resource for books, DVDs, computer use, WiFi access, and more. Visit http://lplonline.org/ for more information.

Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St., Portland, 780-0118, maineirish.com.

Maine Music Society, 211 Lisbon St., Lewiston. “Professional music-performing organization resident in central Maine, which seeks to serve the area communities through a commitment to bring performances to the public, through educational and youth-oriented activities, through imaginative programming, and through artistic excellence.” Visit http://www.mainemusicsociety.org for more information.

Museum L/A, 35 Canal St., Lewiston. “Currently offers a broad and expanding variety of public and private events and programming.” Visit http://museumla.org for more information.

Portland Comedy Connection, 16 Custom House Wharf, Portland, 774-5554, full schedule at mainecomedy.com.

The Public Theatre, 31 Maple St., Lewiston. “The Public Theatre was founded to bring high quality professional theater to the people of Central Maine, at an affordable price.” Visit http://www.thepublictheatre.org for more information.

YPLAA, Lisbon St., Lewiston. http://yplaa.com/ In cities big and small, the presence of a dynamic downtown core plays a vital role in the recruitment and retention of young adults. As L-A pursues a plan for future economic growth and community development, it is essential that young adults play an active role in shaping this development according to their present and future needs. This group of young professionals hosts events to promote awareness of the community and its attractions.

Local activities and attractions

Outdoor activities and events can be found at Thorncrag Nature Sanctuary, the Riverwalk, golf courses, Mount Apatite, Lake Auburn, Lewiston Skate Park, Androscoggin River, Auburn Municipal Beach, the Dempsey Challenge, and biking and walking trails. Area attractions include Androscoggin Historical Society, Knight House Museum, Sts. Peter & Paul Basilica, Bates Dance Festival, Greek Festival, Orphan Annie’s, and much more.

Save the date

June 4

Racing and dining returns to The Downs Club at Scarborough Downs. Every Saturday, enjoy a light dining menu during the races. No reservations necessary. Live racing post time: 4 p.m.

June 4-5

Civil War Reenactment Weekend, Norlands, 290 Norlands Rd., Livermore. “Civil War historians scrimmage with replica weaponry at the 19th Century historic settlement. Engaging event features raids and battles, artillery fire, farm-life, field music, traditional Saturday bean supper and contra-dance, period Sunday church service, 1864 town ball game, lectures, good food.” Visit http://norlands.org/ for more information.

June 11

Scarborough Downs presents The Belmont Stakes, the Final Jewel of the Triple Crown, live via simulcast from Belmont Park, NY. The Downs Club will feature buffet dining from Henry VIII Carvery of Scarborough. Special live racing post time: 2 p.m., Belmont feature race at 6 p.m.

June 17-19

Maine Blues Festival, Naples.

June 17-July 4

Whatever Family Festival activities range from seaplane rides from the Kennebec River to free music concerts, a half-marathon and multiple 5K races, fireworks shows, open houses and free tours at local attractions and historic sites, arts and craft shows, and Kid’s Day in Augusta’s Capitol Park on June 26. www.augustamaine.com/chamber_whatever.asp

June 19

Father’s Day at Scarborough Downs. Get Dad to the track and enjoy a Chicken BBQ in the Grandstand. Beer specials for Dad and a special giveaway! Live racing post time: 1:05 p.m.

June 25

30th annual Pottle Hill Road Race, 10K, 5K, and 1-mile Fun Run, prizes for male and female winner in each age category. All proceeds benefit Pathways and its programs. North Main St., Mechanic Falls. Visit www.pathwaysmaine.com for more information.

July 2

Black Fly Follies, 12th annual variety show, Cumston Hall, Theater at Monmouth, 796 Main Street, Monmouth. Visit http://www.theateratmonmouth.org/ for more information.

July 3

Rangeley Independence Day celebration. Children’s Day Parade, cook-outs, silent auction, fireworks.

July 4

Freeport. “10K Race, parade, free concert at Discovery Park and fireworks at night.”

Lewiston-Auburn Liberty Festival. “Held along the riverfront. Begins at 4 p.m. with bands, entertainment and food vendors.” Fireworks. Visit http://libertyfestival.org for more information.

July 6-9

Maine Festival of American Music, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, Route 26 New Gloucester.

July 8-10

Moxie Festival, Lisbon Falls. Fireworks, carnival, parade, Pow Wow, Chief Worumbo Androscoggin River Race. Visit http://www.moxiefestival.com for more information.

July 9

Norway Arts Festival featuring 100 of the finest artists and artisans of Maine and a variety of performing arts including dance, theatrical, and musical performances for all ages. 265 to 480 Main street Norway, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free to the public

July 14

Rangeley Strawberry Festival. Strawberry shortcake, crafts, pies, gifts.

July 15-17

Yarmouth Clam Festival. “A long, hilarious parade; spectacular fireworks; clam shucking contests; a firefighter’s muster; road, kayak, and bike races; a pancake breakfast; concerts; and … an array of food.” Visit http://www.clamfestival.com for more information.

July 17

The Seacoast Country Music Festival presents Brad Paisley’s H2O II: The Wetter and Wilder Tour at Scarborough Downs. For ticket information, contact SpeedyTix at (888) 333-3101 or online at www.SpeedyTix.com.

August 19-21

Great Falls Balloon Festival, Lewiston-Auburn.

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