While you eagerly wait for the Valentine Bandit this weekend ….

  While everyone is waiting to see if the Valentine Bandit will visit us again this year – as locals have since 1976 – [valentines+2+portland+maine+february+2010.jpg]there are a few fun activities going on this Valentines Weekend in Portland.

Love Really Counts on Friday, February 11th when dozens of Portland, Maine musicians will gather on Empire’s stage to share their music, celebrate love, and support the generous, loving and caring work of The Center for Grieving Children. 100% of the proceeds benefits The Center for Grieving Children.

Downtown Showdown kicks of WinteRush with 32  top skiers and snowboarders in New England competing on the  man-made slopes of Monument Square. The fun begins Friday at 5:30.

Listen to romantic songs from Kelly Cuafield (and ladies get a free rose) at Anthony’s Dinner Theater on Saturday.

Holiday Inn By the Bay hosts the Chili & Chowder Challenge – Sunday, Feb 13th. Local restaurants will compete to be named the best chili & best chowder by the judges and by the Peoples’ awards.  Attendees get to sample the chilis & chowders and funds raised will be used by Altrusa of Portland to fund their scholarships and community service projects. If you have any questions about the event, please contact Anita Chandler at 772-2701

Photo by Corey Templeton, more of his photos can be found here ! portlandmainedaily.blogspot.com/

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