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April 18: LEWISTON, speed dating for single professionals, ages 29 to 43, will be held at 7 p.m. at Dudley’s at the Ramada Inn, 490 Pleasant St. $35 877-477-3328

April 18: ROCKPORT, a reading by three Maine poets will be held at 7 p.m. at Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 162 Russell Ave. Free 236-2875

April 19: FARMINGTON, the Third Maine Conservation Expo will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Maine at Farmington.778-4279

April 19: OQUOSSOC, a ladies breakfast will be held at Oquossoc’s Own. 864-5584

April 19: PORTLAND, a poetry read-a-thon will be held at 11 a.m. at the Portland Public Library front courtyard, 5 Monument Square. 871-1710

April 19, 26: PORTLAND, the Comedy Connection Improv Comedy will be held every Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. at the Comedy Connection, 16 Custom House Wharf. $6 774-2006

April 19: STONINGTON, Maine poets Stuart Kestenbaum and Karin Spitfire will present readings at the Stonington Opera House. 367-2788

April 20: AUGUSTA, the annual silver tea benefit will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at St. Mark’s Home for Women, corner of Winthrop and Pleasant Streets. 623-3124

April 20: BANGOR, Poet Laureate Betsy Sholl will present a reading at 6 p.m. at Borders Books. Free 228-8263

April 20: BANGOR, Mary Hartt, former kindergarten teacher, will present a program on bears at 11 a.m. at Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St. 947-8336

April 20: PORTLAND, poetry readings will be held at 7 p.m. at the Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square. 871-1710

April 20: WATERVILLE, comedian Bob Marley will perform at 8 p.m. at Thomas College. $15 859-1299

April 21: BANGOR, a member of Sprague’s Nursery and Garden Center will present a program on trees at 11 a.m. at Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St. 947-8336

April 21: PORTLAND, a “Comedy Jam,” with Ray Rodrigues, Tammy Pooler and Eskunder Boys, will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Liquid Blue, 440 Fore St. $5 854-9778

April 21, 28: PORTLAND, a benefit haddock chowder, lobster roll or ham salad luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Friday at North Deering Congregational Church, 1364 Washington Ave. $6.50/$3.75 883-3568

April 22: AUBURN, a community baby shower will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the YMCA Teen Center, 62 Turner St. 783-3990

April 22: AUBURN, a scrapbooking event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the First Universalist Church. $30 783-0461

April 22: BANGOR, Alex Turallo and Denise Gault will present a program on appliqué at 11 a.m. at Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St. 947-8336

April 22: BETHEL, comedian Bob Marley will perform at 7 p.m. at Telstar High School auditorium. $15 824-2444

April 22: PORTLAND, a “Comedy Jam,” with Mary Beth Cowan, Jeremie Remian and Derek Gerry will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Liquid Blue, 440 Fore St. $5 854-9778

April 22: SABATTUS, an open house will beheld from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sabattus Fire Department, 72 Main St.

April 22: UNITY, Earth Day will be celebrated in early afternoon at Unity College, 90 Quaker Hill Road. 948-3131

April 22: UNITY, the Eco Challenge adventure race will be held at 9 a.m. at Unity College. 948-3131

April 22: UNITY, a volunteer work day will be held at the Common Ground Education Center. 568-4142

April 23: AUBURN, the Literacy Volunteers Eighth Annual Scrabble Fest will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 14 Great Falls Plaza.

April 23: PORTLAND, a parade of masks, puppets and music in celebration of spring will be held at noon in front of MECA Porteous Building, 522 Congress St. 871-7188

April 23: UNITY, the second annual Unity College climbing competition will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Student Activities Center. 568-3037

April 24: FARMINGTON, an Education Job Fair/Career Fair will be held at 1 p.m. at UMF Dearborn Gym. Free 778-7029

April 25: BRUNSWICK, a benefit dinner and auction will be held at 6 p.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church, McKeen Street. 729-9650

April 25: LISBON, the second annual book swap will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lisbon Community School cafetorium, 33 Mill St. 353-4132

April 25: RUMFORD, comedian Bob Marley will perform at 7 p.m. at Mountain Valley High School auditorium. $15

April 26: FARMINGTON, a poetry reading will be held at 7:30 p.m. at UMF Olsen Student Center. Free 778-7081

April 26: FARMINGTON, Alpha Phi Omega from UMF will hold a bake sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of Wal-Mart.

April 26: PORTLAND, Dr. Peter Saccio will present a reading at noon at Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square. 871-1710

April 27: AUGUSTA, Mark Labonte will present a program on woody plants at 6:30 p.m. at the Pine Tree State Arboretum, 153 Hospital St. $5 621-0031

April 28, May 1: AUGUSTA, Larry the Cable Guy will perform at 8 p.m. at Augusta Civic Center. $39.75 626-2400

April 28: LEWISTON, the L-A Youth Fine and Performing Arts Celebration will be held from 4 to 10 p.m. at the Marsden Hartley Cultural Center at the Lewiston Public Library, 200 Lisbon St. $3 784-2951

April 28: LEWISTON, an adult spelling bee will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Holy Family Church Hall, 607 Sabattus St. $1 782-1867

April 28, 29: LEWISTON, the “Monster Spectacular,” with ATV races, jet car and stunts, will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday and 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Colisee, 160 Birch St. $25/$9 783-2009

April 28-30: OXFORD, the Fifth Annual Oxford Hills Manufactured Housing Show will be held in the Oxford area. 743-2281

April 28: PORTLAND, a “Comedy Jam,” with Shane Mauss, Rocko and Tammy Pooler, will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Liquid Blue, 440 Fore St. $5 854-9778

April 29: FARMINGTON, a march for violence-free communities will be held at 9 a.m. at the Meeting House Park, Main Street. 778-9522

April 29: FARMINGTON, the Fifth Annual Kid Stuff Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Old South Church. 779-0589

April 29: FARMINGTON, a Spring Fling will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, Farmington Falls Road. 778-3921

April 29, 30: FARMINGTON, the annual used book sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Elks Lodge, School Street. 778-3460

April 29: GARDINER, a night of humor relief therapy entitled “Changing Woman,” will be held at 7 p.m. at Johnson Hall, 280 Water St. $12 582-2318

April 29: JAY, a benefit wine tasting will be held at 7 p.m. at the VFW Hall, 64 Jewell St. 897-5112

April 29: PHILLIPS, a jumble sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Phillips Community House.

April 29: PORTLAND, a “Comedy Jam,” with Tommy Johnson, Dave Thompson, Brian Brinegar and Tammy Pooler, will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Liquid Blue, 440 Fore St. $5 854-9778

April 29: RANGELEY, a program on “Boys to Men: Knights and Armor,” will be presented at 1 p.m. at the Rangeley Public Library, 7 Lake St. Free 864-5529

April 29: RUMFORD, a benefit talent show and supper will beheld from 1 to 5 p.m. at Mountain Valley High School. 562-8959

April 29: STRONG, a scrapbooking fund-raiser will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Strong School.

April 29: WOOLWICH, the Miss Maine Scholarship Program will host the annual dinner, talent presentation and auction at 6 p.m. at the Taste of Maine Restaurant. $25/$35 725-6009

April 30: BRUNSWICK, the 13th Annual Spring Fund-Raising Walk will be held at Fairhaven Assembly of God Church.

April 30: NAPLES, comedian Bob Marley will perform at 5 p.m., preceded by a fried chicken dinner at 3 p.m., at Lake Region High School, Route 302. $15 693-6815

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