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Music and scholarship
LEWISTON – The Ryan Guay Memorial Scholarship fundraiser at Cafe Bon-Bon will feature performances by Greg Guay on classical guitar and Tom Guay on bass, with singer-songwriter Ken Colman. >>When: 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Jan. 4 >>Where: 205 Main St. >>Tickets: Donations accepted at the door >>FMI: 783-8200
BATH – The Annual Juried Photography Exhibit at The Chocolate Church Arts Center kicks off this week with an opening reception, then will be on display through mid-February. Admission to the center Art Gallery is free. >>When: Reception is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday; Exhibit is open noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, through Feb. 17 >>Where: 798 Washington St. >>FMI: 442-8455 or chocolatechurcharts.org
Latin rhythm and blues
PORTLAND – The rhythms of Grupo Esperanza, a 10-piece Afro-Cuban band, are hard to resist, so expect to get up out of your chair as soon as the bongo drums and horn section start warming up. With Please Be Ours and Moses Atwood, who is gaining a reputation for folksy lyrics with bluesy undertones a la Tom Waits. >>When: 9 p.m. Saturday >>Where: 538 Congress St. >>Tickets: $8 >>FMI: 828-5600 or space538.org
NEWRY – Kids may get to meet SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer at Nickelodeon’s Family Festival Night at Sunday River. With a bounce house, arts and crafts and more. Also check out the Juggling Workshop with Trickster Fox. >>When: Festival starts at 5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday; juggling workshop from 6 to 7 p.m. >>Where: Grand Summit Resort Hotel >>Tickets: Free admission, 5 to 8 p.m.; juggling workshop, $4 to $8 (free for children under 5) >>FMI: 824-3575 or sundayriver.com
Toby Keith, w/Miranda Lambert and Flynnville Train, 8 p.m. Jan. 27, Cumberland County Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Square, Portland >>FMI: 775-3458 or theciviccenter.com
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