December 31, 4:30-6:30 p.m. First Annual "First Night" celebration, bonfire, family-friendly activities, fireworks at 5:30, bring the family to the beach for an early kick-off of your New Year's celebration, various locations, Old Orchard Beach. FMI: www.oob365.com.
December 31, 7:00 p.m.-1:30 a.m. New Year's Eve Gala, featuring the Jim Ciampi Band, counting down 2009 with the greatest hits of all time, reserved seating, prices vary, The Landing at Pine Point, 353 Pine Point Road, Scarborough. FMI: 207.774.4527, www.thelandingatpinepoint.com.
January 1, 10:30 a.m. (sorry - postponed until January 9th) Atlantic Plunge, polar dip in the Atlantic Ocean to benefit Caring Unlimited domestic violence program, pledge form on-line, Gooch's Beach, Beach Avenue, Kennebunk. FMI: 207.490.3227 x 100, www.caring-unlimited.org.
January 1, noon, Lobster Dip, Maine's ORIGINAL Dip, to benefit Special Olympics of Maine, sponsored by Portland Rugby Club, Oceanside Grille/The Brunswick, 39 West Grand Avenue, Old Orchard Beach. FMI: 207.879.0489, www.thebrunswick.com, www.specialolymppicsmaine.org.
January 1, 11 a.m. New Year's Hike, two-mile hike on snowmobile trail, leashed dogs welcome, Sacopee Valley Health Center, 70 Main Street, Porter. FMI: 207.625.3082, www.svhc.org.
January 5, 12 -1 p.m. Contaminants in Estuary Food Webs: How Do They Affect Us? Jenn Dijkstra, Ph.D., George Ford Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Wells Reserve will share her current research on contaminants in estuaries and the effects of climate change, Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve at Laudholm Farm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells. FMI: 207.646.1555, www.wellsreserve.org.
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