Here are some great events to fill up your social calendar this month
Women United Around the World Fashion Show
Saturday, March 3, 6–9 p.m.
Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave., Portland
New Mainers model traditional outfits inspired by their homelands and local designers showcase their spring collections in this empowering fashion show. Make an evening of it, starting with a buffet dinner and silent auction. (womenunitedaroundtheworld.org)
Jan. 23–Feb. 18
Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave., Portland
“Babette’s Feast” tells the story of how a refugee transforms a closed religious community by sacrificing all she has to throw a lavish dinner party. This adaptation from the short story by Isak Dinesen is conceived and developed by local theater artist and Bowdoin College theater professor Abigail Killeen. (portlandstage.com)
Flavors of Freeport
Hilton Garden Inn Freeport Downtown, 5 Park St., Freeport
Ice bars make for a cool ladies’ night out, especially when there’s hot stuff inside. Flavors of Freeport has two nights of indoor-outdoor good times at the Hilton Garden Inn. Friday, Feb. 16, is a Chef’s Signature Series with samples of some of the best local food and drink. Saturday, Feb. 17, is a dance party with Motor Booty Affair. These 21+ events are bound to sell out again, so get moving! ($30 per night or $50 for both nights; freeportusa.com)
Old Orchard Beach Winter Carnival
Friday, Feb. 23, starting at 4 p.m. & Saturday, Feb. 24, until 6 p.m.
Downtown Old Orchard Beach
Old Orchard Street is transformed into a giant sledding hill, the highlight of this free, family-friendly winter carnival. They’ve even got sledding tubes. No excuses. (oob365.com)
Connected Movement Dance
Saturday, Feb. 24, 7–9 p.m.
Engine, 128 Main St., Biddeford
You don’t have to know “how” to dance to enjoy this workshop with Resurgence Dance Company of Midcoast Maine. It’s about connected, improvised movement and dancing as a community. ($10 at the door/$8 in advance; resurgencedance.vpweb.com)
Girls Rock! Awards 2018
Friday, March 2, 6–9 p.m.
Maine Girls Academy, 631 Stevens Ave., Portland
Join Hardy Girls Healthy Women and National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman for a catered evening celebrating six Maine girls for their personal, academic, athletic, humanitarian and straight-up awesome achievements at this annual Girls Rock! Awards. ($40; hghw.org)
Go Red for Women
Tuesday, March 20*, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland
Everything about the American Heart Association Go Red for Women Luncheon is big: 650 people are hoping to raise more than $350,000 for research and education aimed at fighting heart disease and stroke here in Maine. There’s a silent auction, healthy lunch and inspiring speakers. Wear red for women! ($125; mainegoredluncheon.ahaevents.org) * Postponed from March 6, due to snow storm
Bangor On Tap
Saturday, March 3, 1–9 p.m. (two admission sessions)
Cross Insurance Arena, 515 Main St., Bangor
Sample some of the 100+ craft beers from more than 50 breweries from Maine and elsewhere. There will also be food and live music. ($30; americaontap.com/event/bangor-on-tap)