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Mark your calendars for November 5!

Hundreds of Maine women will come together in November for an afternoon of fun, food and shopping—all while raising money for a great cause.

Maine Women Magazine’s inaugural Maine Women’s Expo will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Portland’s Ocean Gateway on Casco Bay. Admission proceeds will go to Crossroads, a provider of gender-responsive addiction and behavioral health treatment services in Maine.

gateway-vertical“Our inaugural expo, like our magazine, is designed to provide something for every Maine woman to enjoy and to learn about,” says Lee Hews, publisher of Maine Women Magazine. “Exhibitors will offer advice on everything from home decor to retirement savings to rock climbing.”

Yoga, salsa dancing, cooking demonstrations and other interactive exhibits are part of the expo’s lineup, including a range of DIY sessions, beauty tips, fashion, food sampling, wine tasting and, of course, shopping.

“Women (and men) of all ages will be able to shop among some of Maine’s best-known retailers selling everything from jewelry and yoga clothing to bath, beauty and hair products,” says Karina Napier, sales director and event organizer. “Plus, for those who are more inclined to interact than shop, our group of demonstrators will be a really engaging piece. Kids are more than welcome.”

Retail exhibitors include LuLaRoe, Alaina Marie, Circle Stone Designs, The Salt Cellar, Shift Fitness Apparel, Portland Dry Goods.  Maine Laser Clinic and Blush Salon will be among the beauty exhibitors.

“This is only scratching the surface—our expo is still growing. The reception we’ve received from participating business owners and potential attendees has been impressive,” Karina added.

Tickets are $5 if purchased in advance, online at expo.mainewomenmagazine.com, and $10 at the door. All ticket proceeds will go to Crossroads, working in Maine since 1974 tailoring multi-level, individualized treatment plans for substance abuse recovery and mental health disorders. It offers residential programs, including a program for mothers and children, outpatient programs and group therapy sessions, including a group for friends and family. Fully accredited, it has programs in Greater Portland and Kennebunk. For more information visit their website at www.crossroadsme.org.

“At this time, when a growing number of Maine women are suffering from substance abuse, either they are addicted to alcohol or drugs themselves or are struggling with loved ones who are, we are proud to have Crossroads as our beneficiary,” Lee says.

The Maine Women’s Expo is proudly Sponsored by Prime Motor Cars, Wells Fargo Advisors, Hannaford, Riverside Golf Course & Grill, Legacy Properties, Kaplan University and F.L. Putnam.

For more information visit www.mainewomenmagazine.com.

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