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5,000 square feet of indoor rock walls outfitted for top-rope belaying and bouldering entertain guests of all experience levels at Maine Rock Gym, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2014. Suitable for ages four and older, visitors can partner up to climb meandering problems across varying angles and overhangs. Indoor, onsite clinics instruct climbers at introductory or advanced levels, and guides lead outdoor excursions to Maine's granite cliffs and New Hampshire's White Mountains.

Opening in December 2014, Evo Rock Gym will be decked in over 16,000 square feet of climbing space on its 42-foot-high walls, with a large top-out bouldering area. A separate climbing area for kids will also be tucked away in the facility, along with rooms to host birthday parties for young revelers. In addition to an aerial silk yoga room and cardio machines, visitor amenities will also include changing rooms, showers, and lockers on-site.

127 Marginal Way
Portland,
ME
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Since radical limitations have never appealed to me, I became an artist before I even knew what an artist was. I colored outside of the lines on purpose and I continue to do so as an adult. I have a studio outside of my home where I spend as much time as possible developing my craft. I have a BA in fine art with a focus in painting and I have studied art extensively across the U.S., Mexico and Spain. I teach private lessons to teens and adults where I strive to be an ally in the process of discovering one’s own creative path. I live and work in Portland, Maine.

250 Anderson St.
Portland,
ME
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A patient fretboard cartographer gives students the key to unlock their own melodious maps in private lessons that chart harmonic scales and outline the murky waters of musical theory. With more than 17 years of playing experience in jazz and classical styles, instructor Nick Caine Rausch passes on guitar knowledge—from harmonic scales to musical theory—that he gleaned from supple-fingered songsmiths such as locals Keith Crook and Gary Wittner. Beginners and advanced players alike will benefit from one-hour lessons tailored to accommodate each student’s needs and preferences, with styles ranging from the popular (rock and blues) to the obscure (Russian disco-blues and twelve-tone twee).

525 Forest Avenue
Portland,
ME
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Open seven days a week, World Gym houses the full line of shoulder-sculpting and trapezius-toning strength equipment for aspiring Adonises and Aphrodites of all ages and skill levels. Sweat through a cardio routine on one of World Gym's machines with personal televisions or work out with some fitness friends in any of the available group classes, including expert instruction in Zumba, yoga, Pilates, and extreme dragon slaying. Portland's World Gym stocks tanning booths for fitness mavens seeking to match the Olympic bronze medals they will someday win. If three lunar cycles just isn't enough time to satisfy all shirt-bursting needs, the annual fee (a $39 value) is waived with this deal and memberships may be extended nine more months ($19.99–$29.99/month) before ponying up.

275 Marginal Way
Portland,
ME
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Pilates Baxter Place is a fully equipped studio located in the historic Old Port district of Portland on the waterfront. By day the studio is flooded with natural light and at night by full-spectrum, color-corrected lights. Free parking is available right next to the building.

305 Commercial Street
Portland,
ME
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Acclaimed artist with 12 years of teaching experience, Sarah Sorenson-Coppi inspires aspiring potters through four hours of instruction in the back of her Portland gallery. Throughout the instruction, would-be pottsmiths, from all skill levels will learn the fundamentals the craft and create customized ceramic souvenirs through small class sizes limited to 6 students. Individualized classes are relaxed and tailored to each student, letting ceramic enthusiasts create a mosaic masterpiece, sculpt a stunning platter, or spin cylindrical pieces on the wheel, such as a vase, bowl, or bowling ball display case. Glazing and firing pieces to a shiny sheen is included in the deal and lets keepsakes tug on smile strings for years to come, or until smiling is done for you by robo butlers. All materials are provided.

34 Washington Ave
Portland,
ME
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