Things to do: Family festival, two dog-themed events and a Charlie Chaplin film


Scene from a previous year’s Dam Jam. Photo courtesy of Arts Center Denmark

The revival of Dam Jam
Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday. Bicentennial Park, 50 West Main St., Denmark, $25.
The Arts Center Denmark is bringing back its Dam Jam event in a big way this year. Doors open at noon and a ton of fun will be packed into eight hours. Music-wise, you’ll hear children’s rock from Bee Parks & The Hornets, followed by sets from The Mallett Brothers Band and Jason Spooner Band. Children will have fun with several art projects, and everyone can enjoy stilt walks, the Neveah Dance Circus, vaudeville skits, and traditional crafts including wood carving and fly tying. When hunger strikes, stroll through food trucks including Street Eats and Ironclad Eats.

The Fashion for Compassion event will take place in New Gloucester on Sunday. WilleeCole Photography/

fashion for compassion
3 p.m. Sunday. Coolidge Family Farm. 1084 Lewiston Road, New Gloucester, $25, $50 for VIP front row.
Here’s a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon while supporting a good cause. Fashion for Compassion features a canine fashion show, live performances, raffle prizes, and treats for dogs and humans. Proceeds benefit Compassion Animal Project’s mission to provide financial assistance for lifesaving veterinary treatments, as well as cultivate a community of support and education for pet owners.

Spend the day celebrating dogs in Deering Oaks Park. Diedov Denys/

Pet Rock in the Park
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Deering Oaks, Portland, free.
Rewind 100.9 Radio Station and Portland Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Care invite you and your dog to Deering Oaks Park for their annual celebration. Pet Rock in the Park includes demonstrations, food trucks, pet vendors, entertainers, animal shelters and rescue groups, veterinarians and more. Heck, you might even adopt a pet while you’re at it. There will also be live music and you will hear tons of 70s, 80s and 90s covers from The Time Pilots. All proceeds will directly benefit the Animal Cancer Foundation.

Charlie Chaplin plays in “The Circus”. Courtesy of Kinonik

‘The circus’
7:30 p.m. Congress Square Park, Portland, free.
Kinonik, a Portland-based nonprofit, continues its mission to enlighten and entertain audiences with screenings of classic celluloid movies. Gather in Congress Square Park for a screening of a 1928 silent comedy starring Charlie Chaplin. “The Circus” has Chaplin portraying a clown called Tramp, and the film is considered one of Chaplin’s best. You’ll be in the heart of downtown Portland, so several dining options are just steps away.

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