Our picks for the month’s best events across Maine.
Born to hand jive? Slick back your hair and dust off that pink jacket for Sing-a-Long-a Grease at the Merrill Auditorium on February 1. This special screening of the 1978 film features on-screen lyrics plus a pre-show vocal warm-up to keep those rama-lamas sharp. 8 p.m. $17. 20 Myrtle St., Portland. 207-842-0800. porttix.com
Plum Creek Wilderness Sled Dog Race
Cheer on world-class mushers and their furry teams from three different spectator points (including the finish line in Greenville) . 207-695-2702. mooseheadlake.org
U.S. National Toboggan Championships
High-speed toboggan races headline this beloved winter event, but there’s plenty to enjoy off the slopes, too: live music, a chili cook-off, mechanical bull rides, a bonfire, and more. Hosmer Pond, Camden. 207-236-3438. camdensnowbowl.com
Sate your sweet tooth this month at the 11th annual Chocolate Extravaganza in Kennebunk. Enjoy free chocolate samples from Maine businesses, plus music, door prizes, and the pièce de résistance: an eight-foot-tall chocolate heart, just in time for Valentine’s Day. 12 to 3 p.m. Free. Kennebunk Town Hall, 1 Summer St., Kennebunk. 207-985-8888.
Sebago Lake Ice Fishing Derby
The lake is frozen but competition is hot — especially with a $100,000 prize on the line for the angler who catches a record-breaking togue. $25–$35. Sebago Lake. 207-577-6654. icefishingderby.com
With catchy jams like “Feels Like the First Time,” “Cold as Ice,” and “I Want to Know What Love Is,” it’s no wonder Foreigner is one of history’s best-selling bands — they’ve sold nearly 80 million albums since their 1977 debut. Their hairstyles have lost some volume over the decades, but these stadium superstars are still rocking and rolling with gusto. They perform at the State Theatre on February 18. 8 p.m. $45–$75. 609 Congress St., Portland. statetheatreportland.com
Saddleback Mountain Ski Patrol’s Annual Torchlight Parade
Ski down the mountain at night by the light of torches, or watch the light show from the base lodge. 6 to 7 p.m. 976 Saddleback Mountain Rd., Rangeley. 207-864-5671. saddlebackmaine.com
Fill up on knowledge, discussion, and debate at the 27th Annual Camden Conference, sponsored in part by Down East. This year’s theme is The Global Politics of Food and Water, and the weekend-long program employs a panel of distinguished speakers to cover topics like genetically modified foods, fresh water scarcity, and industrial agriculture versus small-scale farming. February 21–23. $140–$250. Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St., Camden. 207-236-1034. camdenconference.org
Enter the Haggis
Canadian folk band Enter the Haggis wrote and developed their latest studio album using only the events reported in The Globe and Mail newspaper on a randomly chosen day: March 30, 2012. Hear these newsworthy songs and more when their tour stops at the Strand Theatre. 345 Main St., Rockland. 7:30 p.m. $15–$18. 207-594-0070. rocklandstrand.com
February 28–March 7
IBU World Youth/Junior Biathlon Championships
More than 300 top biathletes under age 21 compete in cross-country skiing and rifle marksmanship in this international contest. Nordic Heritage Sport Club, 450 Fort Fairfield Rd., Presque Isle. 207-762-6972. nordicheritagecenter.org
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Photo Courtesy of the Camden Snow Bowl.