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Music calendar

Friday, Nov 28

Vinyl Instinct CD release party at One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $9; 8 p.m.
www.onelongfellowsquare.com

Pardon Me, Doug at Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland. $8 adv/$10 day of show; Doors at 8 p.m.
www.portcitymusichall.com

The Wizards of Winter at the State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland. $20-$40; Doors at 7 p.m.
www.statetheatreportland.com

Saturday, Nov 29

Mr. Sun featuring Darol Anger, Grant Gordy, Ethan Jodziewicz, and Joe Walsh at One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $20; 7 p.m.
www.onelongfellowsquare.com

Butcher Boy, Lunch Cult, The Flies? and Morgan Lindenschmidt at the SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, $5 adv/$7 at the door; 8:30 p.m.
www.space538.org

12th annual Beatles Night, Doors open at 7 p.m.; show at 8 p.m. State Theatre, Portland. $15 advance/$25 two shows/$45 four-pack/$20 Day of Show.
http://www.statetheatreportland.com

Sunday, Nov 30

Obbligato with Lady Zen and special guest Amos Libby (see related story, page 13) at MJ’s Wine Bar, One City Center, Portland, Free, 7 p.m.

12th annual Beatles Night, Doors open at 7 p.m.; show at 4 p.m. State Theatre, Portland. $15 advance/$25 two shows/$45 four-pack/$20 Day of Show.
http://www.statetheatreportland.com

Monday, Dec 1

Flogging Molly with The Mighty Stef and The Pasadena Band at the State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland. $30 adv/$33; Doors at 7 p.m.
www.statetheatreportland.com

Tuesday, Dec 2

Afraid and S.S. Cretins at One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $5; 9 p.m.
www.onelongfellowsquare.com

Wednesday, Dec 3

CLASH: Maroon 5 vs Matchbox 20 at Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland, $6; Doors at 10 p.m.
www.portlandempire.com

Salem Wolves at Flask, 117 Spring St., Portland, Free; 9 p.m.
http://flasklounge.com

Jazz workshop with John Clark at One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $5; 8:30 p.m.
www.onelongfellowsquare.com

Thursday, Dec 4

Kris Rodgers & The Dirty Gems with Worried Well at Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland, $5; Doors at 9:30 p.m.
www.portlandempire.com

John Brown’s Body with Mighty Mystic and Roots of Creation at Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland. $12 adv/$15 day of show; Doors at 8 p.m.
www.portcitymusichall.com

Dark Star Orchestra at the State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland. $28 adv/$30 day of show; Doors at 7 p.m.
www.statetheatreportland.com

Friday, Dec 5

Art Alexakis of Everclear at ASYLUM, 121 Center St., Portland. $15.50-$25.50; 8 p.m.
www.portlandasylum.com

Brenda with Purse and Fur at Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland, $8; Doors at 9:30 p.m.
www.portlandempire.com

Tom Rush at One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $40; 8 p.m.
www.onelongfellowsquare.com

W. Kamau Bell at Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland. $15 adv/$18 day of show; Doors at 6 p.m.
www.portcitymusichall.com

The Fogcutters at the State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland. $15 adv/$20; Doors at 7 p.m.
www.statetheatreportland.com

Saturday, Dec 6

Holly Nunan’s Big 30 with Murcialago, Eldemur Krimm, and Dominic and the Lucid at Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland, $8; Doors at 9:30 p.m.
www.portlandempire.com

The Holiday Session: Kids and Teens Open Stage at One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $5; 1 p.m.
www.onelongfellowsquare.com

Kimmy’s Odd Ball at One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $10; 7 p.m.
www.onelongfellowsquare.com

Ryan Montbleau with Jesse Dee at Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland. $15 adv/$18 day of show; Doors at 8 p.m.
www.portcitymusichall.com

Grime Studios Benefit with Five of the Eyes, If & It, Nuclear Boots, The Wicked Woods, and Lung at the SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, $5-$15 sliding scale donation; 8:30 p.m.
www.space538.org

The Head and The Heart with Phox at the State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland. SOLD OUT; Doors at 7 p.m.
www.statetheatreportland.com

Sunday, Dec 7

The Alexis P. Suter Band at One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $18; 7 p.m.
www.onelongfellowsquare.com

Trey Anastasio Band at the State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland. $42.50; Doors at 6:30 p.m.
www.statetheatreportland.com

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Thursday, Nov. 27

St. Augustine’s Anglican Church service
9 a.m. “Members of St. Augustine’s Anglican Church are inviting everyone to come share the joys and gratitude of Thanksgiving at 9 a.m, Thursday, Nov. 27 at 168 North Street in Saco (in the Grange Building). The Deacon’s service will include readings for the day including the Gospel. This is a wonderful service for anyone looking for a special way to celebrate the Thanksgiving with the Giver. For More Information contact Deacon Al Ryan at 229-8700.”
Benefit free Thanksgiving Day dinner
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. “Wayside Food Programs will be partnering with the United Way of Greater Portland and Black Tie Catering to host its annual free Thanksgiving Day dinner at the Portland Club on Thursday, Nov. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information on dinner service, please call 775-4939.” To learn about volunteer opportunties with Wayside on and leading up to Thanksgiving Day, visit http://waysidemaine.org/article/annual-thanksgiving-meal.
OOB Thanksgiving Day Dinner, Delivery Service
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. “The Old Orchard Beach United Methodist Church will be holding their 10th annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner and Delivery Service and they are looking for donations and volunteers. The church plans to serve close to 300 meals on Thanksgiving Day throughout the Saco Bay area. That means they need a lot of volunteers and a lot of food. If you would like to help them cook, clean, drive, deliver, pack, serve, prepare, or share in the meal they can certainly use the help. Plans are still being made, but updates as to what they will need are going to be posted on their website and Facebook page. The meal itself is a free Thanksgiving Day meal and will be served at the OOB United Methodist Church from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church also offers rides to and from the meal for people living in either OOB, Saco, or Biddeford. Of course, they can also deliver meals to individuals and families within that same area. Signups for either of those services can be made by leaving a message on the church phone or by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
The Polar Express train at Maine Narrow Gauge
2:45 p.m. “The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company & Museum presents another season of enchantment as The Polar Express train departs Portland for a journey to the ‘North Pole.’ The adventure begins at the Ocean Gateway Train Depot where passengers arrive to meet the Conductor and board the train. Holiday decorations inside the train will add to the festive atmosphere as guests on board mingle with the Conductor, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies served in style by our chefs, and listen to a reading of the enchanting story over the sound system. Santa will greet children aboard the train, while passengers sing along to carols as they journey back to the train station from a special outpost of the North Pole. Every child receives a special bell as a souvenir of the event.” 2:45 p.m. First Class Limited; Coach; 4 p.m.: First Class Limited; Coach; 5:15 p.m.: First Class Limited; Coach; 6:30 p.m.: First Class Limited; Coach. This event lasts from Nov. 28 to Dec. 23. https://tickets.porttix.com/public/show.asp

Friday, Nov. 28

40th annual Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Especially for Christmas Shoppers! The long weekend is a perfect time to get out and shop before everything is gone. Free gift giveaways. Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $2.” Nov. 28 to Nov. 30. “United Maine Craftsmen is a non-profit membership organization founded in 1969 to promote Maine artists by providing opportunities for marketing, education and collaboration.” Brewer Auditorium, 203 State St., Brewer. http://www.unitedmainecraftsmen.com/
Christmas at Victoria Mansion
11 a.m. “Christmas at Victoria Mansion opens on Friday, Nov. 28 and runs through Sunday, Jan. 4. Doors open daily at 11 a.m. and last admission is at 4:30 pm.., except for Mondays when last admission is at 6:30 p.m. to allow visitors to see the rooms transformed after dark. The Mansion will be closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.” http://victoriamansion.org
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Charles Dickens
noon. “This holiday season, Maine Historical Society explores the friendship between the man who is said to have ‘invented America’ and the man who is said to have ‘invented Christmas’ — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Charles Dickens. Guests who tour the house will learn about both men, Dickens’s visit to Portland, Christmas traditions of the Longfellow family (including stories about Christmas cooking!), and the enduring effects of A Christmas Carol on our modern understanding of the holiday. Tours are on the hour, noon to 5 p.m. (last tour leaves at 4 p.m.): November 28-30; Dec 4-7; Dec 11-14; Dec 18-21; Dec 26-28. Tours feature A Christmas Carol echoes throughout the rooms, a Dickens mini-exhibit, holiday décor by the Longfellow Garden Club, a scavenger hunt for kids, Scrooge Selfies, and sweet treats. As always, our museum store will feature special products — including those inspired by ‘A Christmas Carol’ in a holiday bazaar that stretches into the Shettleworth Lecture Hall. Select weekend days will also feature pianist David Maxwell playing the Chickering piano in the parlor, or Portland blacksmith Sam Smith demonstrating his trade (and selling his wares) on the front lawn.” www.mainehistory.org
Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
5:30 p.m. The tree that signals the start of the holiday season in Portland has arrived in Monument Square. Now it’s time for the Christmas tree lighting. “The tree will be lit with over 3,000 LED lights, donated by Efficiency Maine, during the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 28 at 5:30 p.m. Produced by Portland’s Downtown District (PDD), the festive night includes entertainment by Rick Charette and the Bubblegum Band and the Maine State Ballet. A Make-A-Wish child will light the tree this year with help from a very special guest! The tree will be surrounded by a white picket fence making it the perfect place for downtown holiday photographs. For more information contact PDD at 207.772.6828 or visit portlandmaine.com.”
‘A Christmas Carol’ at Portland Stage
7 p.m. “A Christmas Carol” at Portland Stage, Nov. 28 – Dec. 24. “Celebrate the holidays with this timeless tale that embodies the season: love, family, and the spirit of goodwill. See it brought to life on-stage, with charming costumes, delightful music, and a few ghostly apparitions. This magical production is perfect for the entire family, guaranteed to warm the heart of every Scrooge. Start a family tradition of your own. Order your seats today.” Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sundays at noon and 5 p.m. http://www.portlandstage.org/events/a-christmas-carol
After Thanksgiving Weekend Sale in Kittery
midnight. “Kittery Premium Outlets After Thanksgiving Weekend Sale starts the Holiday savings off on the right foot. Specials and savings all weekend long make everyday a shopping adventure for treating your loved ones to great gifts at a price you can afford. Fri, Nov. 28: Midnight to 10 p.m.; Sat, Nov. 29: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 30: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Kittery Premium Outlets, www.premiumoutlets.com/kittery, 375 US Route 1, Kittery.
Black Friday in Freeport
midnight. “A Very Special Black Friday in Freeport, Maine! At midnight, work off the turkey with a Fun Run led by Santa on his red Harley, then hit the shops for all night shopping and great deals! This year, the Fun Run is hosted by the Freeport High School Interact Club, with proceeds from the race benefiting the Freeport Community Services Fuel Assistance Fund. Shopping fun begins when many of our outlets and boutiques open their doors at midnight for great deals throughout the evening to make your holiday shopping easier.” http://www.freeportusa.com/event/moonlight-madness-black-friday-event/

Saturday, Nov. 29

Benefit for the Kakamega Orphans Project
9 a.m. to noon. “Christmas Crafts Fair of Kenyan-made crafts, to benefit the Kakamega Orphans Project, at the Portland Friends Meetinghouse, 1837 Forest Ave. Woven bowls, scarves, nativity sets, angels, carved animals, wooden bowls, Christmas tree ornaments, soap stones and much  more. ...” The site is on outer Forest Avenue (Route 302) on the right past the Riverton Industrial Park, next to the entrance to Hannaford, just before Tortilla Flat. Parking at the Meetinghouse. For information, call 318-8531 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
40th annual Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Especially for Christmas Shoppers! The long weekend is a perfect time to get out and shop before everything is gone. Free gift giveaways. Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $2.” Nov. 28 to Nov. 30. “United Maine Craftsmen is a non-profit membership organization founded in 1969 to promote Maine artists by providing opportunities for marketing, education and collaboration.” Brewer Auditorium, 203 State St., Brewer. http://www.unitedmainecraftsmen.com/
Local authors at Longfellow Books
11 a.m. “Longfellow Books is pleased to announce that it will be hosting local authors Richard Russo, Monica Wood, Brock Clarke, Colin Woodard and Genevieve Morgan as guest booksellers on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 29. The authors will be in the store from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. chatting with customers and recommending their favorite books, including signing copies of their own books.  As part of the Small Business Saturday/Indies First festivities, Longfellow Books will also be hosting a draw off between local children book’s author/illustrators Chris Van Dusen and Scott Nash from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children in the audience will be encouraged to give ideas to the illustrators for the draw off as well as ask questions about their work in books. Chris and Scott will also be signing copies of their books for customers.” http://www.longfellowbooks.com
Annual Downtown Brunswick Tree Lighting
1 p.m. “Join your neighbors, family and friends at the  Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, Saturday, November 29 on the Town Mall. Ring in the season with Free Carriage Rides (1 to 5 p.m.), hot cocoa and cookies and a visit from Frosty and Santa (3 to 5 p.m.)! Tree will be lit at 5 p.m.! ... Small business Saturday: Support local businesses and Shop Small in Downtown Brunswick all day then head to the Town Mall for BDA’s Annual Tree Lighting!” FMI: www.brunswickdowntown.org
Maine State Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’
2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Merrill Auditorium. Saturday, Nov. 29 to Sunday, Dec. 7: “Maine State Ballet’s annual holiday production of ‘The Nutcracker,’ under the direction of Artistic Director and former New York City Ballet member Linda MacArthur Miele, features classic choreography, glorious sets, dazzling costumes by Gail Csoboth, and live music by the Maine State Ballet Orchestra conducted by Karla Kelley. Thirty ballet company members comprise the large cast. Maine State Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ is a perennial favorite of Portland’s holiday season.” Saturday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 30 at 2 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. https://tickets.porttix.com
‘A Christmas Carol’ at Portland Stage
2 p.m. and 7 p.m. “A Christmas Carol” at Portland Stage, Nov. 28 – Dec. 24. “Celebrate the holidays with this timeless tale that embodies the season: love, family, and the spirit of goodwill. See it brought to life on-stage, with charming costumes, delightful music, and a few ghostly apparitions. This magical production is perfect for the entire family, guaranteed to warm the heart of every Scrooge. Start a family tradition of your own. Order your seats today.” Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sundays at noon and 5 p.m. http://www.portlandstage.org/events/a-christmas-carol
The Polar Express train at Maine Narrow Gauge
2:45 p.m. “The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company & Museum presents another season of enchantment as The Polar Express train departs Portland for a journey to the ‘North Pole.’ The adventure begins at the Ocean Gateway Train Depot where passengers arrive to meet the Conductor and board the train. Holiday decorations inside the train will add to the festive atmosphere as guests on board mingle with the Conductor, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies served in style by our chefs, and listen to a reading of the enchanting story over the sound system. Santa will greet children aboard the train, while passengers sing along to carols as they journey back to the train station from a special outpost of the North Pole. Every child receives a special bell as a souvenir of the event.” 2:45 p.m. First Class Limited; Coach; 4 p.m.: First Class Limited; Coach; 5:15 p.m.: First Class Limited; Coach; 6:30 p.m.: First Class Limited; Coach. This event lasts from Nov. 28 to Dec. 23. https://tickets.porttix.com/public/show.asp
‘Coffee Smuggler’ book launch
3:30 p.m. “‘Coffee Smuggler’ is historical fiction novel based on the true story of Gabriel De Clieu. De Clieu began his career in the early 1700s as a French soldier on the Carribbean island of Martinique. He had a vision of how to change the island and the entire French economy. He did what others had tried and failed to do. He smuggled a forbidden new plant to Martinique whose popularity was spreading across Europe like wildfire; coffee.” Coffee by Design, 1 Diamond St., Portland. Via Portlandfoodmap.com
12th annual Beatles Night
8 p.m. “In 2002, Spencer Albee (Rustic Overtones, AS FAST AS, School Spirit Mafia) got together with his friends and played a night of Beatles music at The Big Easy in Portland, ME. The show sold out. 12 years and 4 larger venues later, this beloved night has grown in to an annual holiday family tradition. ... This year Spencer, with Dominic Lavoie (Dominic and The Lucid, Sha Sha Sha), Chuck Gagne (Dominic and the Lucid, Pete Kilpatrick Band), Sean Morin (The Cambiata, Mai Mai, Sara Hallie Richardson), Jon Roods (Paranoid Social Club, Rustic Overtones), Sara Hallie Richardson and Dan Capaldi (Sea Level) and a host of others will play a greatest hits of Beatles songs ranging from the early days up through choice gems from the Beatles solo careers.” Doors open at 7 p.m.; show at 8 p.m. State Theatre, Portland. $15 advance/$25 two shows/$45 four-pack/$20 Day of Show. http://www.statetheatreportland.com

Sunday, Nov. 30

40th annual Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Especially for Christmas Shoppers! The long weekend is a perfect time to get out and shop before everything is gone. Free gift giveaways. Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $2.” Nov. 28 to Nov. 30. “United Maine Craftsmen is a non-profit membership organization founded in 1969 to promote Maine artists by providing opportunities for marketing, education and collaboration.” Brewer Auditorium, 203 State St., Brewer. http://www.unitedmainecraftsmen.com/
Christmas tree lighting at Children’s Museum
11 a.m. to noon. “Help kick off the holiday season by joining us for hot cocoa, festive tunes, and ornament making as we light our Christmas tree!” Free with admission. Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, 828-1234, www.kitetails.org
‘A Christmas Carol’ at Portland Stage
noon and 5 p.m. “A Christmas Carol” at Portland Stage, Nov. 28 – Dec. 24. “Celebrate the holidays with this timeless tale that embodies the season: love, family, and the spirit of goodwill. See it brought to life on-stage, with charming costumes, delightful music, and a few ghostly apparitions. This magical production is perfect for the entire family, guaranteed to warm the heart of every Scrooge. Start a family tradition of your own. Order your seats today.” Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sundays at noon and 5 p.m. http://www.portlandstage.org/events/a-christmas-carol
Meet the author: Josh Christie
noon to 3 p.m. Rising Tide Brewing Co., Portland. “Meet Josh Christie, author of Maine Beer: Brewing in Vacationland and co-author of new release ‘The Handbook of Porters & Stouts: The Ultimate, Complete, & Definitive Guide,’ at Rising Tide. Enjoy a special ‘book & beer’ deal and get your Maine Beer and Handbook of Porters & Stouts signed.” http://www.risingtidebrewing.com/events
Maine State Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’
2 p.m. Merrill Auditorium. Saturday, Nov. 29 to Sunday, Dec. 7: “Maine State Ballet’s annual holiday production of ‘The Nutcracker,’ under the direction of Artistic Director and former New York City Ballet member Linda MacArthur Miele, features classic choreography, glorious sets, dazzling costumes by Gail Csoboth, and live music by the Maine State Ballet Orchestra conducted by Karla Kelley. Thirty ballet company members comprise the large cast. Maine State Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ is a perennial favorite of Portland’s holiday season.” Saturday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 30 at 2 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. https://tickets.porttix.com
The Polar Express train at Maine Narrow Gauge
2:45 p.m. “The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company & Museum presents another season of enchantment as The Polar Express train departs Portland for a journey to the ‘North Pole.’ The adventure begins at the Ocean Gateway Train Depot where passengers arrive to meet the Conductor and board the train. Holiday decorations inside the train will add to the festive atmosphere as guests on board mingle with the Conductor, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies served in style by our chefs, and listen to a reading of the enchanting story over the sound system. Santa will greet children aboard the train, while passengers sing along to carols as they journey back to the train station from a special outpost of the North Pole. Every child receives a special bell as a souvenir of the event.” This event lasts from Nov. 28 to Dec. 23. https://tickets.porttix.com/public/show.asp
12th annual Beatles Night
4 p.m. “In 2002, Spencer Albee (Rustic Overtones, AS FAST AS, School Spirit Mafia) got together with his friends and played a night of Beatles music at The Big Easy in Portland, ME. The show sold out. 12 years and 4 larger venues later, this beloved night has grown in to an annual holiday family tradition. ... This year Spencer, with Dominic Lavoie (Dominic and The Lucid, Sha Sha Sha), Chuck Gagne (Dominic and the Lucid, Pete Kilpatrick Band), Sean Morin (The Cambiata, Mai Mai, Sara Hallie Richardson), Jon Roods (Paranoid Social Club, Rustic Overtones), Sara Hallie Richardson and Dan Capaldi (Sea Level) and a host of others will play a greatest hits of Beatles songs ranging from the early days up through choice gems from the Beatles solo careers.” Doors open at 3 p.m.; show at 4 p.m. State Theatre, Portland. $15 advance/$25 two shows/$45 four-pack/$20 Day of Show. http://www.statetheatreportland.com
Cumberland Tree Lighting
5:30 p.m. “The Cumberland North Yarmouth Lions, the Recreation & Fire Department, and Santa Claus, are pleased to announce our new and improved Christmas Tree Lighting for 2014. The Christmas Tree Lighting will take place at the Cumberland Congregational Church on Sunday, Nov. 30. Refreshments and an opportunity to visit with Santa will take place in the Parish Hall immediately following the lighting of the Christmas Tree.”

Monday, Dec. 1

Markathon 7 at WCYY
noon. “It’s unreal to think another Markathon is upon us soon. Markathon 7 to be exact! December 1st at noon is the launch of this year’s radio telethon, musicathon… Markathon! Mark on the air 5 days straight, around the clock, 102 hours steady! Sorry…. In the first six years, CYY listeners have raised over $180,000 for our good friends at The Center For Grieving Children. Aside from the crucial funds you’ve donated to the CGC, you’ve also spread the word so families going through a loss of their own can find support when needed. This week does so much good thanks to your help!” http://wcyy.com
Portland school board inauguration
4 p.m. “The Portland Board of Public Education will hold a ceremony to inaugurate its newest members on Monday, Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. in Portland City Council Chambers at Portland City Hall. The board will inaugurate two new members who won seats in the Nov. 4 election: Stephanie S. Hatzenbuehler, the new District 4 representative; and John M. Eder, who was elected to an at-large seat. Also inaugurated will be Marnie S. Morrione, who was re-elected to serve a third term as the District 5 school board representative. Board members’ terms run for three years. At-large school board member Sarah Thompson, the current school board chair, was chosen unanimously for a second one-year term as board chair at a caucus on Nov. 18. An official vote for school board chair will take place at the inauguration.”
Signal plans for Saco, Biddeford on Route 1
6 p.m. “Representatives of the Maine Department of Transportation will be available on Monday evening, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. to discuss upgrading and interconnecting ten signalized intersections along Route 1 (a.k.a Main Street in Saco and Elm Street in Biddeford) from Ross Road in Saco to South Street in Biddeford. Signal equipment upgrades and ADA improvements (where applicable) will be made at each intersection.”
Food Safety Modernization Act workshop
6 p.m. “University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a free workshop about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that starts at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at the UMaine Extension office, 24 Main St., Lisbon Falls. Ben Tettlebaum, a Rhodes Fellow with the Farm and Food Initiative at the Conservation Law Foundation Maine, and Dave Colson, a farmer from Durham and director of agricultural services at Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, will make presentations. Each year, about 3,000 people in the United States die and 128,000 are hospitalized due to foodborne diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The FSMA, signed into law in 2011, seeks to build in prevention throughout the food safety system and requires farmers to incorporate steps to avoid food contamination. Through Dec. 15, the FDA is accepting public comments about FSMA; computers will be available at the workshop to send suggestions. For more information, to register or request a disability accommodation, contact KymNoelle Sposato, 207.353.5550, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Tuesday, Dec. 2

McCullough’s ‘1776’ at the MCMA
noon. “The Maine Charitable Mechanic Association’s First Tuesday Book Club, Dec. 2,  will feature David McCullough’s ‘1776.’ McCullough, America’s distinguished historian presents the stirring story of the year of our nation’s birth in exciting detail and from both sides of the conflict. Join us at Mechanics’ Hall, 519 Congress St., Portland, at noon for a lively discussion. Bring a lunch, tea/lemonade and sweets will be served. Pre-reading of the book is not required and all are welcome. FMI, call Pat 773-8396 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Rescheduled Portland Pirates game
7 p.m. Regarding a Thursday, Nov. 27 game that was postponed: “The Portland Pirates today, in conjunction with the American Hockey League, announced that tonight’s game against the Worcester Sharks, scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Cross Insurance Arena, has been postponed due to expected inclement weather.  Forecasts are calling for 8-12 inches of snow in northern New England today and tonight.  The game has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. ... Tickets for tonight’s postponed game will be honored on Dec. 2. Fans holding tickets for tonight’s game can also exchange them for another future Portland Pirates home game, subject to availability. Exchanges can be done either through the Portland Pirates by calling 207-PIRATES (207-747-2837) or at the Trusted Choice Box Office at the Cross Insurance Arena. The Pirates host Providence Bruins at the Cross Insurance Arena on Black Friday at 7 p.m.”

Wednesday, Dec. 3

Pulp Fiction: A Workshop
3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Pulp Fiction: A Workshop with the Portland Public Library. Ages 13-18. Wednesdays: Dec. 3, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17. Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Portland Public Library. “Where does the Shadow hide from human sight? The Phantom Detective solve crimes? A Starman of Llyrdis have galactic adventures? In the Pulps! A new exhibit of definitive pulp fiction covers is at the Portland Public Library. In this three-week, after-school workshop, we’ll use these sensational, colorful covers as our jumping-off point for original stories of action, adventure, mystery, horror, and damsels (or dudes) in distress. Participants will also create their own pulp covers. *Please note that some images in the exhibit depict violence or near nudity. This workshop will be taught by local YA author Kathryn Williams, author of ‘Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff that Made Me Famous.’” http://www.portlandlibrary.com
Victoria Mansion Christmas Gala
6 p.m. Victoria Mansion is holding the annual Christmas Gala at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3. “Enjoy complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres amid the glittering decorations enhancing the museum’s interiors. This is also an opportunity to speak with this year’s designers and be inspired for your own holiday decorating. Food will be prepared by the Cumberland Club and, as a special offer, all attendees will be invited to join the club as a ‘Member for a day’ to experience all the Club has to offer.”  Advance reservations are required for this event. Tickets are $50 per person and space is limited.  Call 772-4841 ext. 101. Visit http://victoriamansion.org for details.
Broadway at Good Theater
7 p.m. “Good Theater, the professional company in residence at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, presents its 11th edition of Broadway at Good Theater Dec. 3-7. These annual fundraising concerts combine Broadway tunes with holiday favorites for a sensational musical event. For the first time in its history, Broadway at Good Theater has a theme — a salute to the 1960s.  All of the Broadway songs come from shows that opened on Broadway during that decade.  Plus all of the holiday music debuted during the 1960’s as well. This year’s Broadway guest stars are Aaron Ramey and Christopher A. Pecoraro. Aaron Ramey has been seen on Broadway in The Bridges of Madison County (last year’s Tony winner for Best Score), Curtains, Young Frankenstein and Thoroughly Modern Millie.  He has also starred in many regional productions including productions of Miss Saigon, The Visit and 1776.  Ramey will bring his big voice to such songs as “The Lees of Old Virginia,” “My Cup Runneth Over” from I Do! I Do! and “The Impossible Dream.” Pecoraro is a Westbrook native who starred in last year’s edition of Broadway at Good Theater.  ... Performances for Broadway at Good Theater are: Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. ($25), Thursday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. (sold out), Friday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. ($30), Saturday, Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. ($30) and 7:30 p.m. ($40) and Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. ($40). Tickets may be purchased on line by going to the Good Theater website www.goodtheater.com or calling the Good Theater box office at 207-885-5883.”
John Edward live on tour
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. “See John Edward live on tour in Portland, ME! This is your chance to be part of a live group audience to watch John Edward connect with the other side. There will be question and answer sessions and messages from the other side. Is someone waiting to talk to you?” Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland,  www.etix.com. “The date and time of this event has changed. People with tickets for June 12th can keep their original tickets and use them for the December 3rd date. For details or further information please go to etix.com.” Tickets available now only at: http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1796691. Doors open at 6 p.m.; event 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. This event is general admission, first come first serve seating.

Thursday, Dec. 4

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Charles Dickens
noon. “This holiday season, Maine Historical Society explores the friendship between the man who is said to have ‘invented America’ and the man who is said to have ‘invented Christmas’ — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Charles Dickens. Guests who tour the house will learn about both men, Dickens’s visit to Portland, Christmas traditions of the Longfellow family (including stories about Christmas cooking!), and the enduring effects of A Christmas Carol on our modern understanding of the holiday. Tours are on the hour, noon to 5 p.m. (last tour leaves at 4 p.m.): November 28-30; Dec 4-7; Dec 11-14; Dec 18-21; Dec 26-28. Tours feature A Christmas Carol echoes throughout the rooms, a Dickens mini-exhibit, holiday décor by the Longfellow Garden Club, a scavenger hunt for kids, Scrooge Selfies, and sweet treats. As always, our museum store will feature special products — including those inspired by ‘A Christmas Carol’ in a holiday bazaar that stretches into the Shettleworth Lecture Hall. Select weekend days will also feature pianist David Maxwell playing the Chickering piano in the parlor, or Portland blacksmith Sam Smith demonstrating his trade (and selling his wares) on the front lawn.” www.mainehistory.org
FYI! I’ve Fallen and I CAN Get Up!
1 p.m. “Christine Levesque from Head to Toe Physical Therapy visits People Plus on Thursday, 12/4, 1 p.m., for an informative presentation on how to get up off the floor! She will cover the risk factors for falling, give demonstrations and strategies on multiple methods for standing up following a fall, build confidence in your ability to stand up safely and show exercises to reduce the risk of falling. Free and open to the public. Registration is appreciated. People Plus, 35 Union Street, Brunswick. FMI 729-0757.”
Affordable Care Act Compliance and Reporting
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. “Cross Insurance, one of the largest independent insurance providers in New England, will host a seminar dedicated to Affordable Care Act Compliance and Reporting for businesses on Thursday, Dec. 4, at Atlantic Wharf’s Fort Point Room, second floor, 290 Congress St., Boston. The ACA requires applicable large employers (ALEs) to either provide affordable, minimum value health coverage to full-time employees, or face penalties which could be as much as $100 per day per employee. Employers and plan sponsors must also comply with new reporting and disclosure requirements. Additionally, the ACA imposes several taxes and fees on health plan sponsors. Affordable Care Act (aka ‘Obamacare’) reporting for businesses gets underway January 1, 2015, which will open the floodgates to potential billions of dollars in penalties as businesses with 50 or more employees struggle to navigate their way through associated health care regulations and filings with the IRS. Cross Insurance’s seminar, led by Keith Ferdinando, Cross Insurance SVP, Benefits, will break down some of the toughest components of the Affordable Care Act’s Reporting Requirements for businesses. NOTE: If interested in attending, please RSVP via the following link: www.crossseminar2015.eventbrite.com.”
Route 22 community growth meeting
6 p.m. “South Gorham/North Scarborough area residents and business owners who want to provide ideas on how these adjoining areas on Rte. 22 could develop over the long term are invited to a meeting at the North Scarborough Grange Hall on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Carol Morris, Morris Communications, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 329-6502.”
‘The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union’
6:30 p.m. “The Camden Conference free Community Events series presents ‘The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union: 1917–1991’ by John Doughty on Thursday, Dec. 4, 6:30 p.m. at Falmouth Memorial Library.  This event is free and open to the public and is being held in anticipation of the 28th Annual Camden Conference: Russia Resurgent, February 20-22, 2015. The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues.  Location: Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth.  FMI: Jeannie at 781-2351 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Broadway at Good Theater
7 p.m. “Good Theater, the professional company in residence at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, presents its 11th edition of Broadway at Good Theater Dec. 3-7. These annual fundraising concerts combine Broadway tunes with holiday favorites for a sensational musical event. For the first time in its history, Broadway at Good Theater has a theme — a salute to the 1960s.  All of the Broadway songs come from shows that opened on Broadway during that decade.  Plus all of the holiday music debuted during the 1960’s as well. ... Performances for Broadway at Good Theater are: Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. ($25), Thursday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. (sold out), Friday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. ($30), Saturday, Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. ($30) and 7:30 p.m. ($40) and Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. ($40). Tickets may be purchased on line by going to the Good Theater website www.goodtheater.com or calling the Good Theater box office at 207-885-5883.”
Maine Red Claws at home
7 p.m. NBA Development League affiliate Maine Red Claws play a home game at the Portland Expo. “The Boston Celtics ... announced that Scott Morrison has been named the head coach of the Maine Red Claws, their NBA Development League affiliate. ... Morrison, a native of Prince Edward Island, brings over 10 years of coaching experience having served as the head coach of Lakehead University’s Men’s Basketball team in Canada since 2003. During his tenure at Lakehead, he led the Wolves to four straight CIS Final 8 appearances (2010-2013). Under his leadership, Lakehead went from the worst team in the nation in 2006 to a perennial top five program from 2008 to 2013. Notably, Morrison was named OUA Conference Coach of the Year in 2010.” http://www.nba.com/dleague/maine/schedule/
‘Dance USM!’
7:30 p.m. “The University of Southern Maine (USM) Department of Theatre will present ‘Dance USM!,’ an interdisciplinary fusion of the visual and performing arts, at Russell Hall on the USM Gorham campus, Dec. 4-7. ... ‘Dance USM!’ brings together more than 25 USM students across multiple academic disciplines including Theatre, Music, Art, Business, Health Science, Communication and Media Studies, Social Work, Psychology, English, Education, Art and Entrepreneurial Studies, and Industrial Technology. The production showcases the students’ talents not only in dance, but also in choreography, composition, vocal performance, painting, and lighting and costume design.” Showtimes: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4; 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5; 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6; 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 7. Tickets: $15, general public; $11, seniors, USM employees and alumni; $8 students. A season Flex Pass is just $45 for six tickets. Call the USM Theatre Box Office at 780-5151 or go to http://www.usm.maine.edu/theatre.

Friday, Dec. 5

Spindleworks Kiln Raiser
7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Little Dog Coffee Shop, 87 Maine St., Brunswick. “Spindleworks is joining forces with the Little Dog Coffee Shop to host a fundraiser for to purchase a new kiln for the art center on Lincoln Street. The Spindleworks artists, staff, and even some community members have been busy decorating mugs of various shapes and sizes which will be for sale at the Little Dog Coffee Shop on Dec. 5 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. For this one day only, customers can purchase a mug, fill it with coffee donated by the Little Dog Coffee Shop, and also choose a small piece of Spindleworks art — all for just $20. All of the proceeds will go directly towards the purchase of a new kiln for the 2015 pottery season at Spindleworks.”  www.spindleworks.org
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Charles Dickens
noon. “This holiday season, Maine Historical Society explores the friendship between the man who is said to have ‘invented America’ and the man who is said to have ‘invented Christmas’ — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Charles Dickens. Guests who tour the house will learn about both men, Dickens’s visit to Portland, Christmas traditions of the Longfellow family (including stories about Christmas cooking!), and the enduring effects of A Christmas Carol on our modern understanding of the holiday. Tours are on the hour, noon to 5 p.m. (last tour leaves at 4 p.m.): November 28-30; Dec 4-7; Dec 11-14; Dec 18-21; Dec 26-28. Tours feature A Christmas Carol echoes throughout the rooms, a Dickens mini-exhibit, holiday décor by the Longfellow Garden Club, a scavenger hunt for kids, Scrooge Selfies, and sweet treats. As always, our museum store will feature special products — including those inspired by ‘A Christmas Carol’ in a holiday bazaar that stretches into the Shettleworth Lecture Hall. Select weekend days will also feature pianist David Maxwell playing the Chickering piano in the parlor, or Portland blacksmith Sam Smith demonstrating his trade (and selling his wares) on the front lawn.” www.mainehistory.org
Victoria Mansion’s $5 First Friday
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Victoria Mansion’s $5 First Friday. “Once again the Mansion will stay open late on First Friday with admission lowered to just $5 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.” http://victoriamansion.org
Artist Zoo Cain at Oak Street Lofts
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. “Artist Zoo Cain will be showing his abstract artwork Friday, Dec. 5, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Oak Street Lofts gallery. Says the artist about his work: ‘Abstract art is my life and my passion. As I create, I feel a celebration of life. Whether I am working on a lively, multi-colored abstract painting or drawing on wood, or fine-tuning a collage, or piecing together one of my ‘found objects’ sculptures, I always feel that the work comes straight from my heart. I think that the expression of oneself virtually is as important as the rest of life’s needs.’ Cain’s artist inspiration includes Alberto Giacometti, Camille Claudel, Maria Elena Vieira Da Silva, Pablo Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg, Paul Klee, Louise Nevelson and Polly Brown.” For more information on Oak Street Lofts, visit http://www.avestahousing.org/property-development/landmark-projects/oak-street-lofts/oak-street-lofts-gallery.
Sparkle Weekend in Freeport
6 p.m. “FreeportUSA presents one of Maine’s most popular holiday celebrations. The weekend kicks off Friday night with a Parade of Lights down Main Street, and the fun continues all weekend with a Sparkle Express Train Adventure, free horse drawn wagon rides, visits with Santa, a talking Christmas Tree and much more! ... Parade of Lights 6 p.m. rain or shine! See Main St. come alive with twinkling lights and song. Concludes with Santa bringing Freeport’s Talking Christmas Tree to life!” www.sparklecelebration.com
Maine State Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’
7 p.m. Merrill Auditorium. Saturday, Nov. 29 to Sunday, Dec. 7: “Maine State Ballet’s annual holiday production of ‘The Nutcracker,’ under the direction of Artistic Director and former New York City Ballet member Linda MacArthur Miele, features classic choreography, glorious sets, dazzling costumes by Gail Csoboth, and live music by the Maine State Ballet Orchestra conducted by Karla Kelley. Thirty ballet company members comprise the large cast. Maine State Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ is a perennial favorite of Portland’s holiday season.” Saturday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 30 at 2 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. https://tickets.porttix.com
The Polar Express train at Maine Narrow Gauge
4 p.m. “The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company & Museum presents another season of enchantment as The Polar Express train departs Portland for a journey to the ‘North Pole.’ The adventure begins at the Ocean Gateway Train Depot where passengers arrive to meet the Conductor and board the train. Holiday decorations inside the train will add to the festive atmosphere as guests on board mingle with the Conductor, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies served in style by our chefs, and listen to a reading of the enchanting story over the sound system. Santa will greet children aboard the train, while passengers sing along to carols as they journey back to the train station from a special outpost of the North Pole. Every child receives a special bell as a souvenir of the event.” This event lasts from Nov. 28 to Dec. 23. https://tickets.porttix.com/public/show.asp
First Friday at the MCMA
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. First Friday at Maine Charitable Mechanic Association, Dec. 5, Mechanics’ Hall, 519 Congress St., Portland. In addition to the art exhibit, ‘Whimsical Maine’ by Kristine Biegel, MCMA Library will host several authors including Prof. Edward Rielly, whose most recent book is ‘Bread Pudding and other Memories: a Boyhood on the Farm’;  his grandson, Morgan Rielly, whose touching book ‘Neighborhood Heroes: Life Lessons from Maine’s Greatest Generation’ has recently been published; David Morse, a writer from Wells who has written a children’s book ‘Julie’s Climb,’ illustrated by Steve Hrehovcik; and Jean Mary Flahive, author of the civil war stories ‘Billie Boy, the Sunday Soldier’ and its sequel, ‘Railroad to the Moon.’ Join us for art and literature, refreshments will be served. FMI call Pat, 773-8396 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
‘More Than a Little Night Music’
6 p.m. University of Southern Maine School of Music 24th annual Scholarship Gala, “More Than a Little Night Music,” 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5, Abromson Community Education Center, 88 Bedford St., USM Portland campus; reservations required; go to  http://www.usmmusicgala.org.
‘Hour of Power’
7 p.m. “Ignite, a new Catholic young adult ministry group in Portland, will welcome Bishop Robert P. Deeley at the ‘Hour of Power’ on Friday, Dec. 5, in the chapel at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland. The event will begin at 7 p.m. and is open to people of all ages, with a special invitation to young adults in their twenties and thirties. ... For more information about Ignite or upcoming opportunities to join the organization in performing charitable service in the community, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
‘A Christmas Carol’ at Portland Stage
7 p.m. “A Christmas Carol” at Portland Stage, Nov. 28 – Dec. 24. “Celebrate the holidays with this timeless tale that embodies the season: love, family, and the spirit of goodwill. See it brought to life on-stage, with charming costumes, delightful music, and a few ghostly apparitions. This magical production is perfect for the entire family, guaranteed to warm the heart of every Scrooge. Start a family tradition of your own. Order your seats today.” Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sundays at noon and 5 p.m. http://www.portlandstage.org/events/a-christmas-carol
‘A Christmas Story, The Musical’
7:30 p.m. Directed by Joelle Clingerman. Musical Direction by David Delano. “A musical adaptation of the beloved holiday film, ‘A Christmas Story, The Musical,’ takes place in small-town Indiana in the 1940s and focuses on nine year-old Ralphie, who desperately wants, very specifically, a ‘Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model BB rifle with a compass in the stock’ for Christmas. ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,’ says his mother! ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,’ warns his teacher, Mrs. Shields! ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,’ proclaims Santa Claus! Don’t miss this nostalgic and very humorous tale of quirky childhood innocence, perfect for young and old alike!” Portland Players, Dec. 5-21, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. http://portlandplayers.org
Dylan Thomas, Truman Capote holiday events
7:30 p.m. “Local actors Claudia Hughes and David LaGraffe will present a costumed reader’s theatre performance of Dylan Thomas’s time-honored ‘A Child’s Christmas In Wales’ and Truman Capote’s ‘A Christmas Memory,’ a story describing Capote’s boyhood Christmases in the American South. These holiday classics are sure to transport the audience into two richly-textured experiences of Christmas in childhood.  Friday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 301 Cottage Road, South Portland. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children at the door. (No reservations). Recommended for adults and children eight years of age and older.”
Broadway at Good Theater
7:30 p.m. “Good Theater, the professional company in residence at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, presents its 11th edition of Broadway at Good Theater Dec. 3-7. These annual fundraising concerts combine Broadway tunes with holiday favorites for a sensational musical event. For the first time in its history, Broadway at Good Theater has a theme — a salute to the 1960s.  All of the Broadway songs come from shows that opened on Broadway during that decade.  Plus all of the holiday music debuted during the 1960’s as well. ... Performances for Broadway at Good Theater are: Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. ($25), Thursday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. (sold out), Friday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. ($30), Saturday, Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. ($30) and 7:30 p.m. ($40) and Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. ($40). Tickets may be purchased on line by going to the Good Theater website www.goodtheater.com or calling the Good Theater box office at 207-885-5883.”
 ‘A Christmas Story’ in Standish
7:30 p.m. “Schoolhouse Arts Center’s is proud to present the hilarious Christmas comedy ‘A Christmas Story’ by Jean Sheppard.  It is the wonderful story of a nine-year-old boy in Holman, Indiana whose foremost desire in life is to receive a Red Ryder air rifle for Christmas. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Schoolhouse Arts Center is located at 16 Richville Road (Route 114) in Standish, just north of the intersection of Route 114 and Route 35. For reservations call 642-3743 or log onto our website at www.schoolhousearts.org.”
‘Dance USM!’
7:30 p.m. “The University of Southern Maine (USM) Department of Theatre will present ‘Dance USM!,’ an interdisciplinary fusion of the visual and performing arts, at Russell Hall on the USM Gorham campus, Dec. 4-7. ... ‘Dance USM!’ brings together more than 25 USM students across multiple academic disciplines including Theatre, Music, Art, Business, Health Science, Communication and Media Studies, Social Work, Psychology, English, Education, Art and Entrepreneurial Studies, and Industrial Technology. The production showcases the students’ talents not only in dance, but also in choreography, composition, vocal performance, painting, and lighting and costume design.” Showtimes: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4; 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5; 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6; 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 7. Tickets: $15, general public; $11, seniors, USM employees and alumni; $8 students. A season Flex Pass is just $45 for six tickets. Call the USM Theatre Box Office at 780-5151 or go to http://www.usm.maine.edu/theatre.

Saturday, Dec. 6

Trinity’s Old Fashioned Christmas Fair
8:30 a.m to 2 p.m. Trinity Episcopal Church, 580 Forest Ave., Portland. “Baked goods, cheese and homemade candy, wreaths, arrangements, ornaments, crafts, fiber arts, jewelry, antiques and collectibles and books,  children’s shopping room, lobster stew luncheon, Santa’s diner and visits with Santa!”
Scarborough: ‘A Maine Christmas’
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. “Scarborough: ‘A Maine Christmas’ will be the focus of the annual 2014 Holiday Fair at the First Congregational Church of Scarborough (167 Black Point Road) on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Featured in the Parish Hall adjacent to the church will be handmade items with a Maine theme, holiday greens, books, quilts, homemade baked goods, candy and cookies. Proceeds will go to the church¹s charitable efforts. A lobster roll luncheon will be available at a cost of $15 to eat there or take out. Contact the church office for more information: 883-2342.
UMC’s 37th annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Show
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. United Maine Craftsmen presents: 37th annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Show, Dec. 6 and 7, Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. USM Sullivan Gym, 66 Falmouth St., Portland. Visit www.unitedmainecraftsmen.com for more information.
The Shaker Christmas Fair
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. “The Shaker Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Join this decades-old, annual holiday shopping tradition in the 1880 Trustees’ Office where holiday treats await!  Baked goods of all kinds, including Sister Frances’ famous, old-fashioned boiled fruit cakes, along sweet breads, and cookies are just a sampling. Hot from the oven Shaker herb biscuits will be available along with Brother Arnold’s herbal biscuit mixes and Shaker pancake mix.  We will also have garlic, dill and hot pickles along with sharp cheddar cheese, culinary herbs and herbal teas, old-fashioned candies, jellies, jams, Shaker honey, handcrafted goods, woodenware, baskets, handmade brooms and brushes, knit goods, original Shaker antiques, furniture, books, fresh-cut Christmas trees and wreaths.  Fresh Shaker-made doughnuts with hot coffee and hot cider will be offered & so much more!  Don’t miss the White Elephant Room — where one person’s cast-offs are another person’s treasure — and proceeds benefit three local food pantries!  Shaker Village, home to the world’s only active Shaker Community, is located on Route 26 (707 Shaker Road) in New Gloucester.  FMI:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , www.shaker.lib.me.us or follow us on Facebook at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village.”
Ninth annual Cheverus Christmas Tree, Wreath Sale    
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Fresh, Maine-grown Balsam and Fraser Christmas trees, from $20 to $100. Wreaths come in two sizes and prices range from $12 to $20. Who: The Cheverus High School Christmas Tree Sale has earned its reputation as the best local tree sale venue! Join as we kick off the holiday season, selling beautiful Christmas trees to benefit various global initiatives. Why: This year, Cheverus language clubs are sponsoring the sale; all proceeds will support a variety of global initiatives, including our sister school (just outside of Port Au Prince, Haiti) and the Safe Passage Program, to name a few.  When: December 6-7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Santa will be present at the sale on Saturday morning from 10:30 to 12:30.” Cheverus High School, 267 Ocean Ave., Portland. Contact: Fernanda Darrow at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
Bradbury Mountain Arts show, sale
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. “Bradbury Mountain Arts 16th annual Holiday Show & Sale of Fine Art & Crafts will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at historic Mallett Hall, 429 Hallowell Rd, Rte 9, Pownal, Me. 18 Artists and Artisans to show their work, including painting, photography, sculpture, print-making, jewelry, pottery, sail cloth bags, turned wood, paper & glass arts, textiles & ceramics. Girl Scouts will sell lunch and wreaths. Handicap accessible. For more information, 207-688-6555.”
Christmas at the Cathedral concert series
noon and 8 p.m. “The Choral Art Society (CAS) will ring in the holiday season with its 27th annual Christmas at the Cathedral concert series. Performances take place on Saturday, Dec. 6 at noon (preview), and at 8 p.m., and on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. All concerts will be held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland. A holiday season favorite, Christmas at the Cathedral attracts over 2,000 listeners with stirring and reflective music presented in a gorgeous setting. Music Director Robert Russell conducts one of Portland’s most eagerly anticipated annual concerts. The CAS Singers ensemble will be joined by the Portland Brass Quintet and organist Dan Moore. ... These popular concerts sell out quickly. Tickets purchased in advance range in price from $22 to $35. Tickets can be purchased online at www.choralart.org or by cash or check at Longfellow Books in Portland, the Book Review in Falmouth, and Nonesuch Books in South Portland. A limited number of youth tickets (under age 21) are available for $5. Patrons attending the Saturday noon preview concert pay at the door an admission price of $12 for adults and $5 for those under 21.”
MAMM Kids & Teens Open Stage Holiday Session
1 p.m. One Longfellow Square. “In this holiday special Kids & Teens Open Stage, open stage performers will be joined by bands from Maine Academy of Modern Music for a holiday celebration full of songs performed by rising stars. Audience members are encouraged to bring a toy to support MAMM’s holiday toy drive. Come ring and rock in the holidays with MAMM and OLS.” 12:30 p.m. doors, 1 p.m. show. www.onelongfellowsquare.com
‘A Christmas Carol’ at Portland Stage
2 p.m. and 7 p.m. “A Christmas Carol” at Portland Stage, Nov. 28 – Dec. 24. “Celebrate the holidays with this timeless tale that embodies the season: love, family, and the spirit of goodwill. See it brought to life on-stage, with charming costumes, delightful music, and a few ghostly apparitions. This magical production is perfect for the entire family, guaranteed to warm the heart of every Scrooge. Start a family tradition of your own. Order your seats today.” Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sundays at noon and 5 p.m. http://www.portlandstage.org/events/a-christmas-carol
Maine State Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’
2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Merrill Auditorium. Saturday, Nov. 29 to Sunday, Dec. 7: “Maine State Ballet’s annual holiday production of ‘The Nutcracker,’ under the direction of Artistic Director and former New York City Ballet member Linda MacArthur Miele, features classic choreography, glorious sets, dazzling costumes by Gail Csoboth, and live music by the Maine State Ballet Orchestra conducted by Karla Kelley. Thirty ballet company members comprise the large cast. Maine State Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ is a perennial favorite of Portland’s holiday season.” Saturday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 30 at 2 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. https://tickets.porttix.com
An American Family Holiday in Windham
2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. An American Family Holiday, Windham Performing Arts Center, 406 Gray Road, Windham. www.windhamchambersingers.com. “Special guests Ashley Liberty, Daniel Strange and Rachel York. Kim Block of WGME will host. Tickets are $10 to $30 and go on sale Monday, Oct. 6 at 8 a.m. Show times are 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.”
The Polar Express train at Maine Narrow Gauge
2:45 p.m. “The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company & Museum presents another season of enchantment as The Polar Express train departs Portland for a journey to the ‘North Pole.’ The adventure begins at the Ocean Gateway Train Depot where passengers arrive to meet the Conductor and board the train. Holiday decorations inside the train will add to the festive atmosphere as guests on board mingle with the Conductor, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies served in style by our chefs, and listen to a reading of the enchanting story over the sound system. Santa will greet children aboard the train, while passengers sing along to carols as they journey back to the train station from a special outpost of the North Pole. Every child receives a special bell as a souvenir of the event.” This event lasts from Nov. 28 to Dec. 23. https://tickets.porttix.com/public/show.asp
Broadway at Good Theater
3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. “Good Theater, the professional company in residence at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, presents its 11th edition of Broadway at Good Theater Dec. 3-7. These annual fundraising concerts combine Broadway tunes with holiday favorites for a sensational musical event. For the first time in its history, Broadway at Good Theater has a theme — a salute to the 1960s.  All of the Broadway songs come from shows that opened on Broadway during that decade.  Plus all of the holiday music debuted during the 1960’s as well. ... Performances for Broadway at Good Theater are: Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. ($25), Thursday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. (sold out), Friday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. ($30), Saturday, Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. ($30) and 7:30 p.m. ($40) and Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. ($40). Tickets may be purchased on line by going to the Good Theater website www.goodtheater.com or calling the Good Theater box office at 207-885-5883.”
Kimmy’s Odd Ball
7 p.m. One Longfellow Square. Providing Musical Instruments and Creative Opportunities to children in Maine since 2009, Music and Magic Maine invites you to our biggest annual event!  Live Music by local bands who donate their talents, food from Divided Sky Café, a fun photo booth with photographer Liz Bieber, raffles, and some very special guests. For FIVE years A Band Beyond Description has played this benefit concert. Each year raising more funds and more FUN than the year before. They keep Magic Making this year at One Longfellow Square and add Pardon Me Doug and the Friday Night Lites to the line up!! Costumes are encouraged and donations of gently used instruments are welcome. $12, 6:30 p.m. doors — 7 p.m. show. www.onelongfellowsquare.com
‘A Christmas Story’ in Standish
7:30 p.m. “Schoolhouse Arts Center’s is proud to present the hilarious Christmas comedy ‘A Christmas Story’ by Jean Sheppard.  It is the wonderful story of a nine-year-old boy in Holman, Indiana whose foremost desire in life is to receive a Red Ryder air rifle for Christmas. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Schoolhouse Arts Center is located at 16 Richville Road (Route 114) in Standish, just north of the intersection of Route 114 and Route 35. For reservations call 642-3743 or log onto our website at www.schoolhousearts.org.”
‘Dance USM!’
7:30 p.m. “The University of Southern Maine (USM) Department of Theatre will present ‘Dance USM!,’ an interdisciplinary fusion of the visual and performing arts, at Russell Hall on the USM Gorham campus, Dec. 4-7. ... ‘Dance USM!’ brings together more than 25 USM students across multiple academic disciplines including Theatre, Music, Art, Business, Health Science, Communication and Media Studies, Social Work, Psychology, English, Education, Art and Entrepreneurial Studies, and Industrial Technology. The production showcases the students’ talents not only in dance, but also in choreography, composition, vocal performance, painting, and lighting and costume design.” Showtimes: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4; 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5; 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6; 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 7. Tickets: $15, general public; $11, seniors, USM employees and alumni; $8 students. A season Flex Pass is just $45 for six tickets. Call the USM Theatre Box Office at 780-5151 or go to http://www.usm.maine.edu/theatre.
‘A Christmas Story, The Musical’
7:30 p.m. Directed by Joelle Clingerman. Musical Direction by David Delano. “A musical adaptation of the beloved holiday film, ‘A Christmas Story, The Musical,’ takes place in small-town Indiana in the 1940s and focuses on nine year-old Ralphie, who desperately wants, very specifically, a ‘Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model BB rifle with a compass in the stock’ for Christmas. ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,’ says his mother! ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,’ warns his teacher, Mrs. Shields! ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,’ proclaims Santa Claus! Don’t miss this nostalgic and very humorous tale of quirky childhood innocence, perfect for young and old alike!” Portland Players, Dec. 5-21, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. http://portlandplayers.org
Dylan Thomas, Truman Capote holiday events
7:30 p.m. “Local actors Claudia Hughes and David LaGraffe will present a costumed reader’s theatre performance of Dylan Thomas’s time-honored ‘A Child’s Christmas In Wales’ and Truman Capote’s ‘A Christmas Memory,’ a story describing Capote’s boyhood Christmases in the American South. These holiday classics are sure to transport the audience into two richly-textured experiences of Christmas in childhood.  Friday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 301 Cottage Road, South Portland. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children at the door. (No reservations). Recommended for adults and children eight years of age and older.”
‘Ho Ho Holiday Drag Show’ in Auburn
8 p.m. “‘Ho Ho Holiday Drag Show at the Legion’ at 8 p.m.  Christopher Dufour hosts this seasonal benefit for Auburn UU. Legion Post No. 31, 426 Washington St. North. Tix $10. FMI 783-0461 or www.auburnuu.org.”

Sunday, Dec. 7

Christmas Fair in Old Orchard Beach
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Christmas Fair, American Legion Auxiliary 57, 14 Imperial St., Old Orchard Beach.
Bradbury Mountain Arts show, sale
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Bradbury Mountain Arts 16th annual Holiday Show & Sale of Fine Art & Crafts will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at historic Mallett Hall, 429 Hallowell Rd, Rte 9, Pownal, Me. 18 Artists and Artisans to show their work, including painting, photography, sculpture, print-making, jewelry, pottery, sail cloth bags, turned wood, paper & glass arts, textiles & ceramics. Girl Scouts will sell lunch and wreaths. Handicap accessible. For more information, 207-688-6555.”
Ninth annual Cheverus Christmas Tree, Wreath Sale    
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Fresh, Maine-grown Balsam and Fraser Christmas trees, from $20 to $100. Wreaths come in two sizes and prices range from $12 to $20. Who: The Cheverus High School Christmas Tree Sale has earned its reputation as the best local tree sale venue! Join as we kick off the holiday season, selling beautiful Christmas trees to benefit various global initiatives. Why: This year, Cheverus language clubs are sponsoring the sale; all proceeds will support a variety of global initiatives, including our sister school (just outside of Port Au Prince, Haiti) and the Safe Passage Program, to name a few.  When: December 6-7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Santa will be present at the sale on Saturday morning from 10:30 to 12:30.” Cheverus High School, 267 Ocean Ave., Portland. Contact: Fernanda Darrow at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
‘A Christmas Carol’ at Portland Stage
noon and 5 p.m. “A Christmas Carol” at Portland Stage, Nov. 28 – Dec. 24. “Celebrate the holidays with this timeless tale that embodies the season: love, family, and the spirit of goodwill. See it brought to life on-stage, with charming costumes, delightful music, and a few ghostly apparitions. This magical production is perfect for the entire family, guaranteed to warm the heart of every Scrooge. Start a family tradition of your own. Order your seats today.” Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sundays at noon and 5 p.m. http://www.portlandstage.org/events/a-christmas-carol
‘Celebrate the Season by the Sea’ in OOB
1 p.m. “The holidays get off to a happy start on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. as Old Orchard Beach presents its annual ‘Celebrate the Season by the Sea.’ The festivities will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Visitor’s Information Center in the Chamber of Commerce building on First Street. At 1 p.m., children will have the opportunity to visit with Santa, letting him know what to bring them on their special day. There will be an opportunity for picture taking so don’t forget your camera to take photos while children sit on Santa’s lap. Each child will receive a special goodie bag as a holiday gift. Free popcorn, cider with candy canes, coffee, hot chocolate, cookies and other snacks will be available. Warm your hands over the fire pits located in Memorial Park. Holiday music will be ongoing during the event and Santa will light the holiday tree located in the gazebo in Memorial Park. A wonderful community event with lots of family fun, ‘Celebrate the Season by the Sea’ is sponsored by Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution, the OOB Chamber of Commerce, the Local Firefighters Union IAFF 2247 and area businesses. FMI: Contact the OOB Chamber of Commerce at 934-2500.”
Ready, Set, Sleep! in Freeport
2 p.m. “Discover how nature prepares for winter in this program for children and fun-loving adults. ... Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Freeport. 865-4465. Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park offers nature programs on Sundays at 2 p.m. through Dec. 28. Most programs start at the circle of benches at the end of the second parking lot unless otherwise noted, and may include walks, talks, and activities in a beautiful natural setting. ... Programs last about one hour, weather permitting. No reservations needed except for group use, and the nature programs are free with park admission. ... For more information or to arrange for group visits, please call 865-4465.”
‘A Christmas Story’ in Standish
2 p.m. “Schoolhouse Arts Center’s is proud to present the hilarious Christmas comedy ‘A Christmas Story’ by Jean Sheppard.  It is the wonderful story of a nine-year-old boy in Holman, Indiana whose foremost desire in life is to receive a Red Ryder air rifle for Christmas. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Schoolhouse Arts Center is located at 16 Richville Road (Route 114) in Standish, just north of the intersection of Route 114 and Route 35. For reservations call 642-3743 or log onto our website at www.schoolhousearts.org.”
Maine State Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’
2 p.m. Merrill Auditorium. Saturday, Nov. 29 to Sunday, Dec. 7: “Maine State Ballet’s annual holiday production of ‘The Nutcracker,’ under the direction of Artistic Director and former New York City Ballet member Linda MacArthur Miele, features classic choreography, glorious sets, dazzling costumes by Gail Csoboth, and live music by the Maine State Ballet Orchestra conducted by Karla Kelley. Thirty ballet company members comprise the large cast. Maine State Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ is a perennial favorite of Portland’s holiday season.” Saturday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 30 at 2 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. https://tickets.porttix.com
Broadway at Good Theater
2 p.m. “Good Theater, the professional company in residence at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, presents its 11th edition of Broadway at Good Theater Dec. 3-7. These annual fundraising concerts combine Broadway tunes with holiday favorites for a sensational musical event. For the first time in its history, Broadway at Good Theater has a theme — a salute to the 1960s.  All of the Broadway songs come from shows that opened on Broadway during that decade.  Plus all of the holiday music debuted during the 1960’s as well. ... Performances for Broadway at Good Theater are: Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. ($25), Thursday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. (sold out), Friday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. ($30), Saturday, Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. ($30) and 7:30 p.m. ($40) and Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. ($40). Tickets may be purchased on line by going to the Good Theater website www.goodtheater.com or calling the Good Theater box office at 207-885-5883.”
‘A Christmas Story, The Musical’
2:30 p.m. Directed by Joelle Clingerman. Musical Direction by David Delano. “A musical adaptation of the beloved holiday film, ‘A Christmas Story, The Musical,’ takes place in small-town Indiana in the 1940s and focuses on nine year-old Ralphie, who desperately wants, very specifically, a ‘Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model BB rifle with a compass in the stock’ for Christmas. ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,’ says his mother! ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,’ warns his teacher, Mrs. Shields! ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,’ proclaims Santa Claus! Don’t miss this nostalgic and very humorous tale of quirky childhood innocence, perfect for young and old alike!” Portland Players, Dec. 5-21, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. http://portlandplayers.org
Christmas at the Cathedral concert series
2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. “The Choral Art Society (CAS) will ring in the holiday season with its 27th annual Christmas at the Cathedral concert series. Performances take place on Saturday, Dec. 6 at noon (preview), and at 8 p.m., and on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. All concerts will be held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland. ... Tickets can be purchased online at www.choralart.org or by cash or check at Longfellow Books in Portland, the Book Review in Falmouth, and Nonesuch Books in South Portland. A limited number of youth tickets (under age 21) are available for $5. Patrons attending the Saturday noon preview concert pay at the door an admission price of $12 for adults and $5 for those under 21.”
The Polar Express train at Maine Narrow Gauge
2:45 p.m. “The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company & Museum presents another season of enchantment as The Polar Express train departs Portland for a journey to the ‘North Pole.’ The adventure begins at the Ocean Gateway Train Depot where passengers arrive to meet the Conductor and board the train. Holiday decorations inside the train will add to the festive atmosphere as guests on board mingle with the Conductor, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies served in style by our chefs, and listen to a reading of the enchanting story over the sound system. Santa will greet children aboard the train, while passengers sing along to carols as they journey back to the train station from a special outpost of the North Pole. Every child receives a special bell as a souvenir of the event.” This event lasts from Nov. 28 to Dec. 23. https://tickets.porttix.com/public/show.asp
Service of Lessons and Carols in Saco
3 p.m. “St. Augustine of Canterbury Anglican Church will celebrate its annual Service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. St. Augustine’s meets at 168 North Street in Saco (the Grange Building). This will be the fourth annual celebration of this special Advent service. One of the best known Advent services in the Western world is the festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. This service celebrates the anticipation of Christ’s birth by telling the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus in a series of short readings from the Bible. The readings are interspersed with the congregational singing of hymns. The format of this service originated in England in 1918 at King’s College, Cambridge, England, and thus began a tradition that is now almost 100 years old.” For information call 229-8700.  
‘Dance USM!’
5 p.m. “The University of Southern Maine (USM) Department of Theatre will present ‘Dance USM!,’ an interdisciplinary fusion of the visual and performing arts, at Russell Hall on the USM Gorham campus, Dec. 4-7. ... ‘Dance USM!’ brings together more than 25 USM students across multiple academic disciplines including Theatre, Music, Art, Business, Health Science, Communication and Media Studies, Social Work, Psychology, English, Education, Art and Entrepreneurial Studies, and Industrial Technology. The production showcases the students’ talents not only in dance, but also in choreography, composition, vocal performance, painting, and lighting and costume design.” Showtimes: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4; 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5; 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6; 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 7. Tickets: $15, general public; $11, seniors, USM employees and alumni; $8 students. A season Flex Pass is just $45 for six tickets. Call the USM Theatre Box Office at 780-5151 or go to http://www.usm.maine.edu/theatre.
International Dancing
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Portland New Church, 302 Stevens Ave. Learn dances from Eastern Europe, Israel, France, Mexico and more. No partner needed — most are line dances. More info:688-2293, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . First Sunday of every month. First time donation $5.

Monday, Dec 8

‘Beatrix Potter’s Christmas’ preview
6 p.m. Victoria Mansion: “Preview with Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine. Actors will present scenes from their upcoming play, ‘Beatrix Potter’s Christmas’ by Thomas W. Olson at 6 p.m. in the Mansion. The performance is free with admission to the Mansion and reservations will not be taken.” http://victoriamansion.org
Good Night, Nature
6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Gilsland Farm, Falmouth. “Join us for this gentle moonlit hour based around a bedtime story about animals of the night. Come in your pajamas, but be prepared to venture outdoors. We will play, sing and create art before you head home to sleep. Please bring a snack. This Session: Night Tree. No charge for siblings under age two. Advanced registration encouraged! Drop-ins are welcome if space is available.” Child members: $10, child non-members: $15. Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling. http://maineaudubon.org/events

Tuesday, Dec. 9

‘Starting Your Own Business’ workshop
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. “Portland SCORE offers a workshop on ‘Starting Your Own Business: Escape the Pitfalls,’ Tuesday, Dec. 9 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at SCORE Offices, 100 Middle St., Portland. Cost is $35 with online registration. To learn or to register visit scoremaine.com or call 772-1147 weekday mornings.”

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Green Independent Party meeting
5:30 p.m. “The Portland Greens meet next on Wednesday, Dec. 10 at Portland City Hall at 5:30 p.m. All Green Independent Party meetings are free and open to the public.”
‘Historical Atlas of Maine’ event
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. “The forthcoming ‘Historical Atlas of Maine,’ which includes numerous map images from the University of Southern Maine Osher Map Library, presents the historical geography of Maine from the end of the last ice age to the year 2000. The Atlas project is based at the University of Maine and has received major funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Maine Legislature, the University of Maine System, the University of Maine, and the Bernard Osher Foundation. WHO: Susan J. Hunter, president of the University of Maine, will introduce Stephen J. Hornsby, co-editor of the ‘Historical Atlas of Maine,’ and Michael J. Hermann, cartographic designer.”  Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, 314 Forest Ave., Portland. Free parking is available at the USM parking garage, 88 Bedford St.

Thursday, Dec. 11

Age-Friendly Communities event
7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Age-Friendly Communities: Adapting to Maine’s Changing Population, Maine Real Estate & Development Association: “The AARP’s Age-Friendly Community initiative envisions an inclusive and accessible urban or suburban environment that encourages active and healthy aging. Join MEREDA on Dec. 11 at the Portland Regency Hotel as Lori Parham, AARP Maine state director, and Peter Morelli, AARP Maine Age Friendly Community manager, discuss Maine’s changing demographics and the age friendly community approach. In addition, Speaker of the House, Mark Eves, will share with us details of his Senior Housing Bond Initiative to address the fundamental mismatch between Maine’s housing supply and Maine’s housing needs.” http://www.mereda.org/eventdetail.php?ID=537
Camden Conference advance program at the PPL
noon. “Portland Public Library has partnered with the Camden Conference once again to present community programming in advance of this year’s Camden Conference held annually in Camden. This diverse series of free programs will focus around the theme of the 28th annual Camden Conference, Russia Resurgent. The 2015 Conference on ‘Russia Resurgent’ will go behind the news to examine Russia’s role in the world from multiple perspectives, including not just that of the U.S. but also those of Russia’s own citizens, Eastern and Western Europeans, and the Chinese. Greater Portland and Archangel Russia — Sister Cities since 1942, Thursday, Nov. 20 at noon in the Lewis Gallery. Neale Duffett, chair of the Portland Archangel Sister City Committee. This talk will focus on the historical connection between Portland and Archangel dating back to 1942 and the link between the Liberty Ships being produced in Maine and sailing directly to Archangel. The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union — 1917 to 1991. Thursday, Dec. 11 at noon in the Rines Auditorium. John D. Doughty, Vice President, Director of Research R. M. Davis, Inc. This lecture will cover the history of the Soviet Union from the invasions of the Mongols in the 13th century to Perestroika and everything in between.” http://www.portlandlibrary.com
Meeting on the future of Libbytown
6 p.m. “Area residents and business owners of Libbytown who want to provide ideas on how this area could grow are invited to a meeting at the Clarion Hotel at 1230 Congress St. on Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. As home to the new Thompson’s Point commercial and residential development and the thriving multimodal Portland Transportation Center, Libbytown is one of many areas in Portland slated for change. A recent study made recommendations on improving traffic circulation and making Libbytown more walkable and bikable. Now, the city is interested in thoughts on where new housing and commercial growth should take place over the long term. ... The meeting is open to the public and residents, business owners and property owners in Libbytown are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Carol Morris/Study Public Outreach, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 329-6502.”
A Benefit for Preble Street
8 p.m. One Longfellow Square. “‘Gee, Baby It’s Cold Outside’: When you live in Maine, where the weather in winter ranges from numbingly chill to so cold you can’t control your chattering mouth enough to even say that it’s cold, a warm coat can make the a world of a difference for someone. Join Mama’s Boomshack, Mehuman Trio and host Michelle Arcand for a night of soulful, warming music that will help Preble St. keep the souls of Portland warm this winter! Suggested Donation of $10 with one warm winter clothing item; 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show. www.onelongfellowsquare.com.”

Friday, Dec. 12

‘Magic of Christmas 2014’
2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. “The Magic of Christmas” concert at Merrill Auditorium. Friday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 20, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 21, at 1 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 21, at 5 p.m. Merrill Auditorium. “Robert Moody strikes up the biggest band in town for the 35th anniversary of Maine’s finest holiday extravaganza. Celebrate the traditions, story and spirit of the season — experience the Magic for yourself!” http://www.portlandsymphony.org/content/tickets/browse-performances/magic/
The Polar Express train at Maine Narrow Gauge
2:45 p.m. “The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company & Museum presents another season of enchantment as The Polar Express train departs Portland for a journey to the ‘North Pole.’ The adventure begins at the Ocean Gateway Train Depot where passengers arrive to meet the Conductor and board the train. Holiday decorations inside the train will add to the festive atmosphere as guests on board mingle with the Conductor, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies served in style by our chefs, and listen to a reading of the enchanting story over the sound system. Santa will greet children aboard the train, while passengers sing along to carols as they journey back to the train station from a special outpost of the North Pole. Every child receives a special bell as a souvenir of the event.” This event lasts from Nov. 28 to Dec. 23. https://tickets.porttix.com/public/show.asp
The Creative Trails Soulstice Shindig
5 p.m. “The Creative Trails Soulstice Shindig and CD Release, featuring an album release concert by Listen Up! Music’s The Slipstreeming Mondays and Ellen Schink; delicious and unique holiday finger foods courtesy of the YUM Culinary Artists; handmade holiday ornaments for sale from the artists of CREATE; special ‘Fun-Raiser’ to send the C.T. Karate Chops to the Winter Special Olympics.” 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; music at 6:30 p.m. Creative Trails, 369 Forest Ave., Portland. “Free admission but donations gladly and warm-heartedly appreciated! www.creativetrails.org, www.listenupmusic.org, https://soundcloud.com/listen-up-music/theme-song. The Slipstreeming Mondays are a band made up of participants of the Listen Up! Music Program for adults with intellectual uniqueness who write and record original pop-rock songs. Ellen Schink is another participant of the program who has recently completed recording a Phil Collins tribute album.”
‘Nicholas Nickleby’ at PMA
6:30 p.m. “This fall, the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) will present 16 of the most revered British films of all time. From David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia, filmed over a year in Jordan and Morocco in 1962, to Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing, shot in just 12 days and released in 2012, the British Film Series has something for everyone. Don’t miss your chance to see these British classics on the big screen! Tickets are $8/$6 for PMA members (for each film). The British Film Series is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Treasures of British Art 1400-2000: The Berger Collection, on view at the PMA from Oct. 2 through Jan. 4, 2015. For information, visit www.PortlandMuseum.org. December: 12/12: Nicholas Nickleby, 6:30 p.m.; 12/13: The 39 Steps, 2 p.m.; 12/14: The Lady Killers, 2 p.m. Treasures of British Art 1400–2000: The Berger Collection is organized by the Denver Art Museum. The exhibition is made possible by the Berger Collection Educational Trust. Foundation support is provided by the F.M. Kirby Foundation. Corporate support is provided by Unum and The Bear Bookshop, Marlboro, Vt., and media sponsorship is provided by WCSH 6.”
Festival of Lessons and Carols
7 p.m. “In preparation for the Christmas season, all are encouraged to join Bishop Robert P. Deeley for a traditional Advent prayer service known as the Festival of Lessons and Carols at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland on Friday, Dec. 12, starting at 7 p.m. The festival, first celebrated on December 24, 1880, in Cornwall, England, proclaims the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus Christ. The story is shared through nine Scripture passages which are interwoven with prayer, carols, and music provided by a large chorus, a string quartet, and other local musicians. ... For more information, contact Dave Guthro, Communications Director at the Diocese of Portland, at (207) 321-7810 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
‘A Christmas Carol’ at Portland Stage
7 p.m. “A Christmas Carol” at Portland Stage, Nov. 28 – Dec. 24. “Celebrate the holidays with this timeless tale that embodies the season: love, family, and the spirit of goodwill. See it brought to life on-stage, with charming costumes, delightful music, and a few ghostly apparitions. This magical production is perfect for the entire family, guaranteed to warm the heart of every Scrooge. Start a family tradition of your own. Order your seats today.” Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sundays at noon and 5 p.m. http://www.portlandstage.org/events/a-christmas-carol
‘A Christmas Story, The Musical’
7:30 p.m. Directed by Joelle Clingerman. Musical Direction by David Delano. “A musical adaptation of the beloved holiday film, ‘A Christmas Story, The Musical,’ takes place in small-town Indiana in the 1940s and focuses on nine year-old Ralphie, who desperately wants, very specifically, a ‘Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model BB rifle with a compass in the stock’ for Christmas. ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,’ says his mother! ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,’ warns his teacher, Mrs. Shields! ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,’ proclaims Santa Claus! Don’t miss this nostalgic and very humorous tale of quirky childhood innocence, perfect for young and old alike!” Portland Players, Dec. 5-21, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. http://portlandplayers.org
The Nutcracker Burlesque
8 p.m. ”The Nutcracker Burlesque takes the holiday tale and transforms it into something sultry and modern. Performed with a live band at the St. Lawrence Arts Center on Munjoy Hill in Portland, the show features a wide array of dance genres including ballet, disco, swing, and classic burlesque. The music is adapted from the Nutcracker Ballet to fit a keyboard, drum set, electric guitar, and bass. Some patrons will recognize their favorite standards reinvented as Tchaikovsky never could have imagined. Tickets for this production of The Nutcracker Burlesque will go on sale at 12:01 a.m., Nov. 28. The entire run of the show is typically sold out in a few days, so planning to purchase tickets on “Black Friday” is encouraged.  Sponsored by: St. Lawrence Arts Center, Drouin Dance Center, Yelp, The Portland Phoenix, and Gorham Self Storage. Nutcracker Burlesque, at St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St. Portland. December 12-14 and 17-20 at 8 p.m. Adults only. Tickets $18, available Nov 28, at www.vividmotion.org through Brown Paper Tickets or by calling 1-800-838-3006.”

Saturday, Dec. 13

Designing Women show
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Designing Women, a non-profit volunteer corporation that works directly with organizations that benefit women and girls in local communities, will hold their last show of this year at Ocean Avenue School, located at 150 Ocean Ave., Portland, on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. Over thirty-five female artists and craftwomen will display their high-quality and beautifully handcrafted pottery, handbags, glasswork, handwoven clothing and accessories, home accents, stained glass, and sculptural ceramic art. Large treasures as well as small, unique items will be thoughtfully presented and available for purchase. The suggested $2 door donation and all lunch/refreshment proceeds will be donated directly to the Ocean Avenue PTO.  Attending this show is a great way to complete your Holiday shopping list, support local artisans and businesses, and benefit a wonderful community cause! For additional information regarding Designing Women’s upcoming show, please visit Designing Women’s website at http://www.designingwomen.org.
AWS Christmas Open House
noon to 3 p.m. The Animal Welfare Society invites everyone in the community to its annual Christmas Open House.” The event will be held on from noon until 3 p.m. at the shelter on Holland Road in West Kennebunk. “Enjoy some holiday treats, have your pet’s photo taken with Santa, do some holiday shopping and celebrate another amazing year with the staff and volunteers from AWS.” See more at: http://animalwelfaresociety.org/news_and_events/christmas-open-house-december-13/#sthash.RXMORM4N.dpuf
‘Homes Down East’ authors event
noon to 4 p.m. Victoria Mansion: Book signing with Earle Shettleworth, Jr., Christopher Glass, and Scott Hanson. The Carriage House Museum Shop hosts the authors of the new book ‘Homes Down East’ from noon to 4 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.” http://victoriamansion.org
‘The Victorian Nutcracker’ in Westbrook, Portland
2 p.m. Portland Ballet Company presents: “The Victorian Nutcracker” at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center, 471 Stroudwater St., Westbrook, Dec. 13 and 14 at 2 p.m. with a post-show meet and greet with the dancers on the stage. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. with a live orchestra and chorus. “Join Portland Ballet for a magical journey through Victorian Portland to the enchanted Kingdom of the Sweets! This classical Nutcracker story is set in beautiful Victorian Portland, with sets and costumes inspired by the Victoria Mansion. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Oct. 28 through PortTix. www.porttix.com. Prices range from $20 - $55.”
‘The 39 Steps’ at PMA
2 p.m. “This fall, the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) will present 16 of the most revered British films of all time. From David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia, filmed over a year in Jordan and Morocco in 1962, to Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing, shot in just 12 days and released in 2012, the British Film Series has something for everyone. Don’t miss your chance to see these British classics on the big screen! Tickets are $8/$6 for PMA members (for each film). The British Film Series is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Treasures of British Art 1400-2000: The Berger Collection, on view at the PMA from Oct. 2 through Jan. 4, 2015. For information, visit www.PortlandMuseum.org. December: 12/13: The 39 Steps, 2 p.m.; 12/14: The Lady Killers, 2 p.m. Treasures of British Art 1400–2000: The Berger Collection is organized by the Denver Art Museum. The exhibition is made possible by the Berger Collection Educational Trust. Foundation support is provided by the F. M. Kirby Foundation. Corporate support is provided by Unum and The Bear Bookshop, Marlboro, VT, and media sponsorship is provided by WCSH 6.”
‘A Christmas Carol’ at Portland Stage
2 p.m. and 7 p.m. “A Christmas Carol” at Portland Stage, Nov. 28 – Dec. 24. “Celebrate the holidays with this timeless tale that embodies the season: love, family, and the spirit of goodwill. See it brought to life on-stage, with charming costumes, delightful music, and a few ghostly apparitions. This magical production is perfect for the entire family, guaranteed to warm the heart of every Scrooge. Start a family tradition of your own. Order your seats today.” Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sundays at noon and 5 p.m. http://www.portlandstage.org/events/a-christmas-carol
‘Magic of Christmas 2014’
2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. “The Magic of Christmas” concert at Merrill Auditorium. Friday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 20, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 21, at 1 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 21, at 5 p.m. Merrill Auditorium. “Robert Moody strikes up the biggest band in town for the 35th anniversary of Maine’s finest holiday extravaganza. Celebrate the traditions, story and spirit of the season — experience the Magic for yourself!” http://www.portlandsymphony.org/content/tickets/browse-performances/magic/
The Polar Express train at Maine Narrow Gauge
2:45 p.m. “The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company & Museum presents another season of enchantment as The Polar Express train departs Portland for a journey to the ‘North Pole.’ The adventure begins at the Ocean Gateway Train Depot where passengers arrive to meet the Conductor and board the train. Holiday decorations inside the train will add to the festive atmosphere as guests on board mingle with the Conductor, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies served in style by our chefs, and listen to a reading of the enchanting story over the sound system. Santa will greet children aboard the train, while passengers sing along to carols as they journey back to the train station from a special outpost of the North Pole. Every child receives a special bell as a souvenir of the event.” This event lasts from Nov. 28 to Dec. 23. https://tickets.porttix.com/public/show.asp
‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’
6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. “Victoria Mansion invites you to a special performance of Dylan Thomas’s ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’ on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. in the Mansion’s stair hall. Andrew Harris, a Victoria Mansion Trustee and Artistic Director of Deertrees Theater in Harrison will bring to life Thomas’ nostalgic prose and will also put into context Thomas’ significance as a writer and the importance of his rich language-a language as stimulating in its own way as the Mansion’s rich ornamentation. Dylan Thomas is one of the twentieth century’s best known poets, and this year’s Christmas theme provides us with the opportunity to showcase this important author on the centennial of his birth. Before the performance, attendees are invited to partake in some light refreshments and tour the house. This year’s beautiful decorations, provided by local designers, speak to Christmas 100 Years Past. Tickets are $25 or $20 for Victoria Mansion members and may be purchased by calling Lucinda Hannington at 207-772-4841 ext. 104.” http://victoriamansion.org
‘A Christmas Story, The Musical’
7:30 p.m. Directed by Joelle Clingerman. Musical Direction by David Delano. “A musical adaptation of the beloved holiday film, ‘A Christmas Story, The Musical,’ takes place in small-town Indiana in the 1940s and focuses on nine year-old Ralphie, who desperately wants, very specifically, a ‘Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model BB rifle with a compass in the stock’ for Christmas. ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,’ says his mother! ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,’ warns his teacher, Mrs. Shields! ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,’ proclaims Santa Claus! Don’t miss this nostalgic and very humorous tale of quirky childhood innocence, perfect for young and old alike!” Portland Players, Dec. 5-21, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. http://portlandplayers.org
The Nutcracker Burlesque
8 p.m. ”The Nutcracker Burlesque takes the holiday tale and transforms it into something sultry and modern. Performed with a live band at the St. Lawrence Arts Center on Munjoy Hill in Portland, the show features a wide array of dance genres including ballet, disco, swing, and classic burlesque. The music is adapted from the Nutcracker Ballet to fit a keyboard, drum set, electric guitar, and bass. Some patrons will recognize their favorite standards reinvented as Tchaikovsky never could have imagined. Tickets for this production of The Nutcracker Burlesque will go on sale at 12:01 a.m., Nov. 28. The entire run of the show is typically sold out in a few days, so planning to purchase tickets on “Black Friday” is encouraged.  Sponsored by: St. Lawrence Arts Center, Drouin Dance Center, Yelp, The Portland Phoenix, and Gorham Self Storage. Nutcracker Burlesque, at St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St. Portland. December 12-14 and 17-20 at 8 p.m. Adults only. Tickets $18, available Nov 28, at www.vividmotion.org through Brown Paper Tickets or by calling 1-800-838-3006.”

Sunday, Dec. 14

Eyes On Owls: Three Shows
10:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, Maine Audubon center. “Join naturalist Marcia Wilson and photographer Mark Wilson for Maine Audubon’s annual live owl show. Each show includes a hooting lesson, an entertaining slideshow and a close-up look at several different owl species. People of all ages love this show — come get close and personal with live owls!” Adult members: $10, child members: $10. Adult non-members: $15, child non-members: $10. http://maineaudubon.org/events
Fifth annual Portland Brewers’ Holiday Dash 5K
11 a.m. “Runners assemble on the Eastern Promenade Trail between Ocean Gateway and the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad. The course heads down the trail toward Back Cove and turns around at the intersection of the Eastern Promenade Trail, Back Cove Trail, Bayside Trail & Loring Memorial Stairs. The start and finish: on the Eastern Promenade Trail in front of the Narrow Guage Railroad. *Please note that, due to the size of the race, we can no longer allow strollers and doggies. ... The After-Party: RiRa Irish Pub will provide brunch and a beverage for race participants.” http://trails.org
‘A Christmas Carol’ at Portland Stage
noon and 5 p.m. “A Christmas Carol” at Portland Stage, Nov. 28 – Dec. 24. “Celebrate the holidays with this timeless tale that embodies the season: love, family, and the spirit of goodwill. See it brought to life on-stage, with charming costumes, delightful music, and a few ghostly apparitions. This magical production is perfect for the entire family, guaranteed to warm the heart of every Scrooge. Start a family tradition of your own. Order your seats today.” Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sundays at noon and 5 p.m. http://www.portlandstage.org/events/a-christmas-carol
‘Magic of Christmas 2014’
1 p.m. and 5 p.m. “The Magic of Christmas” concert at Merrill Auditorium. Friday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 20, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 21, at 1 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 21, at 5 p.m. Merrill Auditorium. “Robert Moody strikes up the biggest band in town for the 35th anniversary of Maine’s finest holiday extravaganza. Celebrate the traditions, story and spirit of the season — experience the Magic for yourself!” http://www.portlandsymphony.org/content/tickets/browse-performances/magic/
‘The Victorian Nutcracker’ in Westbrook, Portland
2 p.m. Portland Ballet Company presents: “The Victorian Nutcracker” at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center, 471 Stroudwater St., Westbrook, Dec. 13 and 14 at 2 p.m. with a post-show meet and greet with the dancers on the stage. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. with a live orchestra and chorus. “Join Portland Ballet for a magical journey through Victorian Portland to the enchanted Kingdom of the Sweets! This classical Nutcracker story is set in beautiful Victorian Portland, with sets and costumes inspired by the Victoria Mansion. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Oct. 28 through PortTix. www.porttix.com. Prices range from $20 - $55.”
‘A Christmas Story’ in Standish
2 p.m. “Schoolhouse Arts Center’s is proud to present the hilarious Christmas comedy ‘A Christmas Story’ by Jean Sheppard.  It is the wonderful story of a nine-year-old boy in Holman, Indiana whose foremost desire in life is to receive a Red Ryder air rifle for Christmas. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Schoolhouse Arts Center is located at 16 Richville Road (Route 114) in Standish, just north of the intersection of Route 114 and Route 35. For reservations call 642-3743 or log onto our website at www.schoolhousearts.org.”
Hike with the Ranger
2 p.m. “Enjoy the best that the park has to offer in this season on a hike with a knowledgeable guide. ... Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Freeport. 865-4465. Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park offers nature programs on Sundays at 2 p.m. through Dec. 28. Most programs start at the circle of benches at the end of the second parking lot unless otherwise noted, and may include walks, talks, and activities in a beautiful natural setting. ... Programs last about one hour, weather permitting. No reservations needed except for group use, and the nature programs are free with park admission. ... For more information or to arrange for group visits, please call 865-4465.”
‘The Lady Killers’ at PMA
2 p.m. “This fall, the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) will present 16 of the most revered British films of all time. From David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia, filmed over a year in Jordan and Morocco in 1962, to Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing, shot in just 12 days and released in 2012, the British Film Series has something for everyone. Don’t miss your chance to see these British classics on the big screen! Tickets are $8/$6 for PMA members (for each film). The British Film Series is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Treasures of British Art 1400-2000: The Berger Collection, on view at the PMA from Oct. 2 through Jan. 4, 2015. For information, visit www.PortlandMuseum.org. December: 12/14: The Lady Killers, 2 p.m. Treasures of British Art 1400–2000: The Berger Collection is organized by the Denver Art Museum. The exhibition is made possible by the Berger Collection Educational Trust. Foundation support is provided by the F. M. Kirby Foundation. Corporate support is provided by Unum and The Bear Bookshop, Marlboro, VT, and media sponsorship is provided by WCSH 6.”
‘A Christmas Story, The Musical’
2:30 p.m. Directed by Joelle Clingerman. Musical Direction by David Delano. “A musical adaptation of the beloved holiday film, ‘A Christmas Story, The Musical,’ takes place in small-town Indiana in the 1940s and focuses on nine year-old Ralphie, who desperately wants, very specifically, a ‘Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model BB rifle with a compass in the stock’ for Christmas. ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,’ says his mother! ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,’ warns his teacher, Mrs. Shields! ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,’ proclaims Santa Claus! Don’t miss this nostalgic and very humorous tale of quirky childhood innocence, perfect for young and old alike!” Portland Players, Dec. 5-21, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. http://portlandplayers.org
The Polar Express train at Maine Narrow Gauge
2:45 p.m. “The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company & Museum presents another season of enchantment as The Polar Express train departs Portland for a journey to the ‘North Pole.’ The adventure begins at the Ocean Gateway Train Depot where passengers arrive to meet the Conductor and board the train. Holiday decorations inside the train will add to the festive atmosphere as guests on board mingle with the Conductor, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies served in style by our chefs, and listen to a reading of the enchanting story over the sound system. Santa will greet children aboard the train, while passengers sing along to carols as they journey back to the train station from a special outpost of the North Pole. Every child receives a special bell as a souvenir of the event.” This event lasts from Nov. 28 to Dec. 23. https://tickets.porttix.com/public/show.asp
Songs of the Season Holiday Concert
3 p.m. “The Boy Singers of Maine present their ‘Songs of the Season’ winter holiday concert. Please join us at First Parish Congregational Church in Gorham on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. Please come celebrate the holiday season with The Boy Singers of Maine as they celebrate their 35th season.” 1 Church St., Gorham (First Parish Cong. Church), snow date is the following Monday at 5 p.m.
Advent Vespers in South Portland
5:30 p.m. “Finding Peace Within as we journey toward Bethlehem. A service of prayers and music: anthems, duets, solos and hymns. Featuring a French horn solo by Sally Keiter and a violin solo by Tess Wiggins. Light refreshments following Vespers in the Wright Pavilion. All are welcome. First Congregational Church UCC, 301 Cottage Road, South Portland. 799-3361, www.fccucc.org.”
The Nutcracker Burlesque
8 p.m. ”The Nutcracker Burlesque takes the holiday tale and transforms it into something sultry and modern. Performed with a live band at the St. Lawrence Arts Center on Munjoy Hill in Portland, the show features a wide array of dance genres including ballet, disco, swing, and classic burlesque. The music is adapted from the Nutcracker Ballet to fit a keyboard, drum set, electric guitar, and bass. Some patrons will recognize their favorite standards reinvented as Tchaikovsky never could have imagined. Tickets for this production of The Nutcracker Burlesque will go on sale at 12:01 a.m., Nov. 28. The entire run of the show is typically sold out in a few days, so planning to purchase tickets on “Black Friday” is encouraged.  Sponsored by: St. Lawrence Arts Center, Drouin Dance Center, Yelp, The Portland Phoenix, and Gorham Self Storage. Nutcracker Burlesque, at St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St. Portland. December 12-14 and 17-20 at 8 p.m. Adults only. Tickets $18, available Nov 28, at www.vividmotion.org through Brown Paper Tickets or by calling 1-800-838-3006.”

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Ocean acidification in the Gulf of Maine
4:30 p.m. “Ocean acidification is changing the chemistry of the ocean and is caused primarily by the buildup of carbon dioxide and reductions in pH and calcium carbonate in its waters. Runoff and river discharges, as well as changes in the climate are contributing to the problem. The Gulf of Maine is particularly susceptible and its bounty of shell-producing resources like lobster, clams, mussels and oysters are at risk. Maine is taking the lead to find solutions and a new state commission is studying ocean acidification and its environmental impact on shellfish and its economic impact on coastal economies. Speakers include representatives from the Friends of Casco Bay, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and Maine Ocean Acidification Commission. Senator Chris Johnson & Rep. Mike Devin, Co-Chairs - Commission to Study the Effects of Coastal and Ocean Acidification on Commercially Harvested and Grown Species; Joe Payne, Casco Baykeeper — Friends of Casco Bay; Dr. Mark Green, Professor — Saint Joseph’s College. The Ocean Acidification Forum runs from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the E2Tech Winter Networking event will run from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Forum only: members $15; non-members $30. Forum and networking event: members $25; non-members $40.” Gulf of Maine Research Institute, 350 Commercial St., Portland. http://e2tech.org

Wednesday, Dec. 17

‘The Victorian Nutcracker’ in Westbrook, Portland
7:30 p.m. Portland Ballet Company presents: “The Victorian Nutcracker” at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center, 471 Stroudwater St., Westbrook, Dec. 13 and 14 at 2 p.m. with a post-show meet and greet with the dancers on the stage. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. with a live orchestra and chorus. “Join Portland Ballet for a magical journey through Victorian Portland to the enchanted Kingdom of the Sweets! This classical Nutcracker story is set in beautiful Victorian Portland, with sets and costumes inspired by the Victoria Mansion. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Oct. 28 through PortTix. www.porttix.com. Prices range from $20 - $55.”
The Nutcracker Burlesque
8 p.m. ”The Nutcracker Burlesque takes the holiday tale and transforms it into something sultry and modern. Performed with a live band at the St. Lawrence Arts Center on Munjoy Hill in Portland, the show features a wide array of dance genres including ballet, disco, swing, and classic burlesque. The music is adapted from the Nutcracker Ballet to fit a keyboard, drum set, electric guitar, and bass. Some patrons will recognize their favorite standards reinvented as Tchaikovsky never could have imagined. Tickets for this production of The Nutcracker Burlesque will go on sale at 12:01 a.m., Nov. 28. The entire run of the show is typically sold out in a few days, so planning to purchase tickets on “Black Friday” is encouraged.  Sponsored by: St. Lawrence Arts Center, Drouin Dance Center, Yelp, The Portland Phoenix, and Gorham Self Storage. Nutcracker Burlesque, at St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St. Portland. December 12-14 and 17-20 at 8 p.m. Adults only. Tickets $18, available Nov 28, at www.vividmotion.org through Brown Paper Tickets or by calling 1-800-838-3006.”

Thursday, Dec. 18

‘Creating the Communities We Wish To Live In’
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. “Creating the Communities We Wish To Live In”: Community Conversations presented by Portland Public Library’s Choose Civility initiative; at the Riverton Branch Library. “The Portland Public Library’s Choose Civility Initiative is pleased to partner with the Maine Humanities Council to offer a series of small group conversations on the topic ‘Creating the Communities We Wish For.’ Facilitated by Dr. Anna Bartel, and featuring a great poem and fabulous prompts, we’ll have a fantastic conversation — all we need is you! The very act of leaving our routines and choosing to take part in a neighborhood conversation is an important act of creating a community we wish to live in … this conversation won’t ask you to do anything more but listen a bit, share a bit, and connect with others over cookies and conversation but the conversation might open up new ideas and interactions that inspire us in unpredictable ways!”
Tim Sample at Letterpress Books
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. “​Letterpress Books presents the launch of Tim Sample’s new book, ‘Answers to Questions Nobody was Askin’.’ Tim will read from and sign his new collection of short essays. Our Maine humor icon shares some of the quirkier aspects of growing up and living in Maine. Along the way he offers readers a behind the scenes glimpse into his long career in the entertainment business.” Northgate Plaza, www.Letterpress-Books.com.
The Nutcracker Burlesque
8 p.m. ”The Nutcracker Burlesque takes the holiday tale and transforms it into something sultry and modern. Performed with a live band at the St. Lawrence Arts Center on Munjoy Hill in Portland, the show features a wide array of dance genres including ballet, disco, swing, and classic burlesque. The music is adapted from the Nutcracker Ballet to fit a keyboard, drum set, electric guitar, and bass. Some patrons will recognize their favorite standards reinvented as Tchaikovsky never could have imagined. Tickets for this production of The Nutcracker Burlesque will go on sale at 12:01 a.m., Nov. 28. The entire run of the show is typically sold out in a few days, so planning to purchase tickets on “Black Friday” is encouraged.  Sponsored by: St. Lawrence Arts Center, Drouin Dance Center, Yelp, The Portland Phoenix, and Gorham Self Storage. Nutcracker Burlesque, at St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St. Portland. December 12-14 and 17-20 at 8 p.m. Adults only. Tickets $18, available Nov 28, at www.vividmotion.org through Brown Paper Tickets or by calling 1-800-838-3006.”

Friday, Dec. 19

‘Magic of Christmas 2014’
2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. “The Magic of Christmas” concert at Merrill Auditorium. Friday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 20, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 21, at 1 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 21, at 5 p.m. Merrill Auditorium. “Robert Moody strikes up the biggest band in town for the 35th anniversary of Maine’s finest holiday extravaganza. Celebrate the traditions, story and spirit of the season — experience the Magic for yourself!” http://www.portlandsymphony.org/content/tickets/browse-performances/magic/
The Polar Express train at Maine Narrow Gauge
2:45 p.m. “The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company & Museum presents another season of enchantment as The Polar Express train departs Portland for a journey to the ‘North Pole.’ The adventure begins at the Ocean Gateway Train Depot where passengers arrive to meet the Conductor and board the train. Holiday decorations inside the train will add to the festive atmosphere as guests on board mingle with the Conductor, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies served in style by our chefs, and listen to a reading of the enchanting story over the sound system. Santa will greet children aboard the train, while passengers sing along to carols as they journey back to the train station from a special outpost of the North Pole. Every child receives a special bell as a souvenir of the event.” This event lasts from Nov. 28 to Dec. 23. https://tickets.porttix.com/public/show.asp
‘A Christmas Carol’ at Portland Stage
7 p.m. “A Christmas Carol” at Portland Stage, Nov. 28 – Dec. 24. “Celebrate the holidays with this timeless tale that embodies the season: love, family, and the spirit of goodwill. See it brought to life on-stage, with charming costumes, delightful music, and a few ghostly apparitions. This magical production is perfect for the entire family, guaranteed to warm the heart of every Scrooge. Start a family tradition of your own. Order your seats today.” Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sundays at noon and 5 p.m. http://www.portlandstage.org/events/a-christmas-carol
‘A Christmas Story, The Musical’
7:30 p.m. Directed by Joelle Clingerman. Musical Direction by David Delano. “A musical adaptation of the beloved holiday film, ‘A Christmas Story, The Musical,’ takes place in small-town Indiana in the 1940s and focuses on nine year-old Ralphie, who desperately wants, very specifically, a ‘Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model BB rifle with a compass in the stock’ for Christmas. ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,’ says his mother! ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,’ warns his teacher, Mrs. Shields! ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,’ proclaims Santa Claus! Don’t miss this nostalgic and very humorous tale of quirky childhood innocence, perfect for young and old alike!” Portland Players, Dec. 5-21, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. http://portlandplayers.org
‘A Christmas Story’ in Standish
7:30 p.m. “Schoolhouse Arts Center’s is proud to present the hilarious Christmas comedy ‘A Christmas Story’ by Jean Sheppard.  It is the wonderful story of a nine-year-old boy in Holman, Indiana whose foremost desire in life is to receive a Red Ryder air rifle for Christmas. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Schoolhouse Arts Center is located at 16 Richville Road (Route 114) in Standish, just north of the intersection of Route 114 and Route 35. For reservations call 642-3743 or log onto our website at www.schoolhousearts.org.”
Holiday Jazz performance in Gorham
8 p.m. Holiday Jazz performance with the Sammie Davis Trio, curtain at 8 p.m., doors open at 7:30 p.m. For info see our website,  Spire29.com; tickets at holdmyticket.com on sale now. Spire29 on the Square, 29 South St., Gorham, 222-2069.
The Nutcracker Burlesque
8 p.m. ”The Nutcracker Burlesque takes the holiday tale and transforms it into something sultry and modern. Performed with a live band at the St. Lawrence Arts Center on Munjoy Hill in Portland, the show features a wide array of dance genres including ballet, disco, swing, and classic burlesque. The music is adapted from the Nutcracker Ballet to fit a keyboard, drum set, electric guitar, and bass. Some patrons will recognize their favorite standards reinvented as Tchaikovsky never could have imagined. Tickets for this production of The Nutcracker Burlesque will go on sale at 12:01 a.m., Nov. 28. The entire run of the show is typically sold out in a few days, so planning to purchase tickets on “Black Friday” is encouraged.  Sponsored by: St. Lawrence Arts Center, Drouin Dance Center, Yelp, The Portland Phoenix, and Gorham Self Storage. Nutcracker Burlesque, at St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St. Portland. December 12-14 and 17-20 at 8 p.m. Adults only. Tickets $18, available Nov 28, at www.vividmotion.org through Brown Paper Tickets or by calling 1-800-838-3006.”

Saturday, Dec. 20

‘A Christmas Carol’ at Portland Stage
2 p.m. and 7 p.m. “A Christmas Carol” at Portland Stage, Nov. 28 – Dec. 24. “Celebrate the holidays with this timeless tale that embodies the season: love, family, and the spirit of goodwill. See it brought to life on-stage, with charming costumes, delightful music, and a few ghostly apparitions. This magical production is perfect for the entire family, guaranteed to warm the heart of every Scrooge. Start a family tradition of your own. Order your seats today.” Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sundays at noon and 5 p.m. http://www.portlandstage.org/events/a-christmas-carol
‘Magic of Christmas 2014’
2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. “The Magic of Christmas” concert at Merrill Auditorium. Friday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 20, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 21, at 1 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 21, at 5 p.m. Merrill Auditorium. “Robert Moody strikes up the biggest band in town for the 35th anniversary of Maine’s finest holiday extravaganza. Celebrate the traditions, story and spirit of the season — experience the Magic for yourself!” http://www.portlandsymphony.org/content/tickets/browse-performances/magic/
Portland Carol Slam
2:30 p.m. “The third annual Portland Carol Slam will take place on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 2:30 p.m., at Bull Feeney’s Restaurant & Pub on Fore Street in Portland’s Old Port. It will be free and open to the public. The Slam features new holiday carols written by local composers, sung by a choir of local singers.  Audience members will pick a favorite carol, and that carol’s composer will be presented with a holiday wreath. The event is intended to bring fun and merriment to the cold and dark of winter.  It also aims to re-invigorate the music of the holiday season, much of which is repeated year after year.  Carols may feature traditional Christmas texts, but other themes and perspectives on celebrating winter are also encouraged. All comers are welcome! The organizer of the Carol Slam is Benjamin Heasly, a Portland native and resident, and amateur musician. He believes the Portland Carol Slam is unique to Portland, in combining the ‘slam’ format of creative competition with choral composition and singing. Benjamin may be contacted by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Visit the Portland Carol Slam’s blog at http://carolslam.me.
Why Is It Dark At Dinnertime?
3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Gilsland Farm, Falmouth. “Come to Gilsland Farm in the daytime and leave when it is dark.  We will learn more about the solstice through crafts, interactive learning centers and educator-led group time.  We will then head outside for a night hike!  Please bring a snack and flashlight.” Child members: $15, child non-members: $20.     Member $5 each additional sibling, non-member $10 each additional sibling; siblings under 2 are free. Advanced registration encouraged!  Drop-ins are welcome if space is available. http://maineaudubon.org/events/
‘A Christmas Story, The Musical’
7:30 p.m. Directed by Joelle Clingerman. Musical Direction by David Delano. “A musical adaptation of the beloved holiday film, ‘A Christmas Story, The Musical,’ takes place in small-town Indiana in the 1940s and focuses on nine year-old Ralphie, who desperately wants, very specifically, a ‘Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model BB rifle with a compass in the stock’ for Christmas. ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,’ says his mother! ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,’ warns his teacher, Mrs. Shields! ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,’ proclaims Santa Claus! Don’t miss this nostalgic and very humorous tale of quirky childhood innocence, perfect for young and old alike!” Portland Players, Dec. 5-21, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. http://portlandplayers.org
‘A Christmas Story’ in Standish
7:30 p.m. “Schoolhouse Arts Center’s is proud to present the hilarious Christmas comedy ‘A Christmas Story’ by Jean Sheppard.  It is the wonderful story of a nine-year-old boy in Holman, Indiana whose foremost desire in life is to receive a Red Ryder air rifle for Christmas. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Schoolhouse Arts Center is located at 16 Richville Road (Route 114) in Standish, just north of the intersection of Route 114 and Route 35. For reservations call 642-3743 or log onto our website at www.schoolhousearts.org.”
Live and Local Holiday Spectacular
9 p.m. “One Longfellow Square’s Live and Local series is bringing together some of Portland’s finest musicians for a holiday extravaganza! A collection of artists, including Samuel James, Dominic Lavoie, Zach Jones and many more will play some of their favorite Christmas songs, everything from the classics you love to the odd tunes you haven’t heard of. We’ll have a special holiday drink selection to make merry with (including nog, of course). And what is a holiday celebration without a little bit of giving? We’re offering free admission for anyone who brings a toy to donate to Toys for Tots, so bring your friends and get into the spirit of giving. All tickets $10 or free with donation of a toy; 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show. www.onelongfellowsquare.com.”

Sunday, Dec. 21

‘A Christmas Carol’ at Portland Stage
noon and 5 p.m. “A Christmas Carol” at Portland Stage, Nov. 28 – Dec. 24. “Celebrate the holidays with this timeless tale that embodies the season: love, family, and the spirit of goodwill. See it brought to life on-stage, with charming costumes, delightful music, and a few ghostly apparitions. This magical production is perfect for the entire family, guaranteed to warm the heart of every Scrooge. Start a family tradition of your own. Order your seats today.” Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sundays at noon and 5 p.m. http://www.portlandstage.org/events/a-christmas-carol
‘A Christmas Story’ in Standish
2 p.m. “Schoolhouse Arts Center’s is proud to present the hilarious Christmas comedy ‘A Christmas Story’ by Jean Sheppard.  It is the wonderful story of a nine-year-old boy in Holman, Indiana whose foremost desire in life is to receive a Red Ryder air rifle for Christmas. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Schoolhouse Arts Center is located at 16 Richville Road (Route 114) in Standish, just north of the intersection of Route 114 and Route 35. For reservations call 642-3743 or log onto our website at www.schoolhousearts.org.”
Casco Bay Walk at Wolfe’s Neck Woods
2 p.m. “Enjoy views of islands and rocky shores on this one-mile walk along the beautiful Casco Bay trail. ... Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Freeport. 865-4465. Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park offers nature programs on Sundays at 2 p.m. through Dec. 28. Most programs start at the circle of benches at the end of the second parking lot unless otherwise noted, and may include walks, talks, and activities in a beautiful natural setting. ... Programs last about one hour, weather permitting. No reservations needed except for group use, and the nature programs are free with park admission. ... For more information or to arrange for group visits, please call 865-4465.”
‘A Christmas Story, The Musical’
2:30 p.m. Directed by Joelle Clingerman. Musical Direction by David Delano. “A musical adaptation of the beloved holiday film, ‘A Christmas Story, The Musical,’ takes place in small-town Indiana in the 1940s and focuses on nine year-old Ralphie, who desperately wants, very specifically, a ‘Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model BB rifle with a compass in the stock’ for Christmas. ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,’ says his mother! ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,’ warns his teacher, Mrs. Shields! ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,’ proclaims Santa Claus! Don’t miss this nostalgic and very humorous tale of quirky childhood innocence, perfect for young and old alike!” Portland Players, Dec. 5-21, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. http://portlandplayers.org
‘Magic of Christmas 2014’
5 p.m. “The Magic of Christmas” concert at Merrill Auditorium. Friday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 20, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 21, at 1 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 21, at 5 p.m. Merrill Auditorium. “Robert Moody strikes up the biggest band in town for the 35th anniversary of Maine’s finest holiday extravaganza. Celebrate the traditions, story and spirit of the season — experience the Magic for yourself!” http://www.portlandsymphony.org/content/tickets/browse-performances/magic/
Inanna Sisters In Rhythm
7 p.m. Inanna Sisters In Rhythm 25th Winter Solstice Concert: One Love — One Heart, One Longfellow Square. “With gratitude we offer our music in joyful celebration of the return of the light! Inanna, Sisters in Rhythm, is a percussion and vocal ensemble that explores the heritage and rhythms of West Africa, through original arrangements and compositions invoking ancient traditions of the drum. Inanna was originally created by the participants of a drum class in Alna, Maine twenty three years ago. Since that time, Inanna has recorded and released six, full-length albums and has performed at numerous percussion festivals and community events. Inanna is deeply dedicated to the education and cultivation of peace and sharing among cultures through the power of music. $12 adv., $15 day of; 6:30 p.m. doors — 7 p.m. show. www.onelongfellowsquare.com.”

Monday, Dec. 22

‘A Christmas Carol’ at Portland Stage
7 p.m. “A Christmas Carol” at Portland Stage, Nov. 28 – Dec. 24. “Celebrate the holidays with this timeless tale that embodies the season: love, family, and the spirit of goodwill. See it brought to life on-stage, with charming costumes, delightful music, and a few ghostly apparitions. This magical production is perfect for the entire family, guaranteed to warm the heart of every Scrooge. Start a family tradition of your own. Order your seats today.” Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sundays at noon and 5 p.m. http://www.portlandstage.org/events/a-christmas-carol

Tuesday, Dec. 23

‘A Christmas Carol’ at Portland Stage
2 p.m. and 7 p.m. “A Christmas Carol” at Portland Stage, Nov. 28 – Dec. 24. “Celebrate the holidays with this timeless tale that embodies the season: love, family, and the spirit of goodwill. See it brought to life on-stage, with charming costumes, delightful music, and a few ghostly apparitions. This magical production is perfect for the entire family, guaranteed to warm the heart of every Scrooge. Start a family tradition of your own. Order your seats today.” Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sundays at noon and 5 p.m. http://www.portlandstage.org/events/a-christmas-carol

Wednesday, Dec. 24

‘A Christmas Carol’ at Portland Stage
noon. “A Christmas Carol” at Portland Stage, Nov. 28 – Dec. 24. “Celebrate the holidays with this timeless tale that embodies the season: love, family, and the spirit of goodwill. See it brought to life on-stage, with charming costumes, delightful music, and a few ghostly apparitions. This magical production is perfect for the entire family, guaranteed to warm the heart of every Scrooge. Start a family tradition of your own. Order your seats today.” Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sundays at noon and 5 p.m. http://www.portlandstage.org/events/a-christmas-carol

Friday, Dec. 26

Comedian Bob Marley at Merrill
7 p.m. “Maine’s Own Guinness World Record Holder, Bob Marley, returns the week after Christmas to host his 15th annual holiday shows at Merrill Auditorium with the Marley guarantee — every year it’s a brand new show! Don’t miss out on this Maine holiday tradition.” At Merrill Auditorium. Presented by FB Productions, with special guest Krazy Jake. Tickets $48 (includes $5.50 fee). Friday, Dec. 26; Saturday, Dec. 27; Sunday, Dec. 28; Wednesday, Dec. 31. https://tickets.porttix.com/public/show.asp

Saturday, Dec. 27

Comedian Bob Marley at Merrill
7 p.m. “Maine’s Own Guinness World Record Holder, Bob Marley, returns the week after Christmas to host his 15th annual holiday shows at Merrill Auditorium with the Marley guarantee — every year it’s a brand new show! Don’t miss out on this Maine holiday tradition.” At Merrill Auditorium. Presented by FB Productions, with special guest Krazy Jake. Tickets $48 (includes $5.50 fee). Friday, Dec. 26; Saturday, Dec. 27; Sunday, Dec. 28; Wednesday, Dec. 31. https://tickets.porttix.com/public/show.asp

Sunday, Dec. 28

Winter in the Woods in Freeport
2 p.m. “Discover the ways both plants and animals survive the winter here in Maine. Program is for both children and adults. ... Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Freeport. 865-4465. Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park offers nature programs on Sundays at 2 p.m. through Dec. 28. Most programs start at the circle of benches at the end of the second parking lot unless otherwise noted, and may include walks, talks, and activities in a beautiful natural setting. ... Programs last about one hour, weather permitting. No reservations needed except for group use, and the nature programs are free with park admission. ... For more information or to arrange for group visits, please call 865-4465.”
Comedian Bob Marley at Merrill
7 p.m. “Maine’s Own Guinness World Record Holder, Bob Marley, returns the week after Christmas to host his 15th annual holiday shows at Merrill Auditorium with the Marley guarantee — every year it’s a brand new show! Don’t miss out on this Maine holiday tradition.” At Merrill Auditorium. Presented by FB Productions, with special guest Krazy Jake. Tickets $48 (includes $5.50 fee). Friday, Dec. 26; Saturday, Dec. 27; Sunday, Dec. 28; Wednesday, Dec. 31. https://tickets.porttix.com/public/show.asp

Monday, Dec. 29

Nature Explorers with Maine Audubon
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Gilsland Farm, Falmouth. “Join us for a one hour, drop-in exploration program! Children will have individual time with self-guided learning stations and group time to read a story, explore a mystery bag and learn about a mystery animal.  We will head outside to investigate some of the questions raised in class and everyone will go home with resources on how to further explore the different nature questions we’ve explored. This Session: How do bees survive the winter? No charge for siblings under age two. This is a drop in program – no registration is required.” Child members: $10, child non-members: $15. Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling. http://maineaudubon.org/events/

Wednesday, Dec. 31

New Years Gorham with Spire 29
7 p.m. New Years Gorham with Spire 29; Dj, dancing, and appetizers. Doors open at 7 p.m.! For info see our website; Spire 29.com. Tickets at holdmyticket.com on sale now. Spire29 on the Square, 29 South St., Gorham, 222-2069
Comedian Bob Marley at Merrill
7 p.m. “Maine’s Own Guinness World Record Holder, Bob Marley, returns the week after Christmas to host his 15th annual holiday shows at Merrill Auditorium with the Marley guarantee — every year it’s a brand new show! Don’t miss out on this Maine holiday tradition.” At Merrill Auditorium. Presented by FB Productions, with special guest Krazy Jake. Tickets $48 (includes $5.50 fee). Friday, Dec. 26; Saturday, Dec. 27; Sunday, Dec. 28; Wednesday, Dec. 31. https://tickets.porttix.com/public/show.asp

Thursday, Jan. 1

Special Olympics Maine Lobster Dip
noon. “Looking for something really cool to do on New Years Day? Perhaps one of your resolutions for 2015 is to help a great cause or to start the year off with a splash! We have an excellent opportunity that covers all of these! It’s time NOW to register for the 2015 Lobster Dip for Special Olympics Maine. This is Maine’s largest and original ocean plunge. The event will take place on New Years day at noon in front of the Brunswick Hotel at Old Orchard Beach. In 2014 dippers raised close to $100,000 for our statewide, year-round program of sports training and athletic competitions for more than 3,800 adults and children who have intellectual disabilities! New incentives this year for individual and team dippers. Each dipper must raise a minimum of $100 to get a premium long sleeve T-shirt. NEW additional incentive prizes for additional monies raised and turned in at registration. Individual and team incentives. Registration:  (All Dippers must register properly, which means you MUST turn in a minimum of $100. & your completed Lobster Dip release form) Visit our website at www.somaine.org to download a registration packet or call 879-0489 for details on registering early at the Special Olympics Maine office.”

Friday, Jan. 16

Sea Dogs 2015 Hot Stove Dinner, Silent Auction
5:30 p.m. “Former Boston Red Sox outfielder Johnny Damon will be the featured guest at the Sea Dogs 2015 Hot Stove Dinner and Silent Auction, which benefits the Maine Children’s Cancer Program.  The event will take place on Friday, Jan. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Sable Oaks Marriott in South Portland.  Additional guests will be announced. Tickets for the event are now on sale. Tickets are $50 and are limited to 300. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Hadlock Field Ticket Office, by phone at 207-879-9500 or online at www.seadogs.com. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the Silent Auction running from 5:30 to 7 p.m.  A buffet dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 7 p.m. Everyone who attends will receive an autographed 8 X 10 photo of Damon. All proceeds from the dinner and silent auction will benefit the official charity of the Portland Sea Dogs’; the Strike Out Cancer in Kids Program.  The Strike Out Cancer in Kids Program was established in 1995 to raise money for the Maine Children’s Cancer Program. For every strikeout that a Sea Dogs’ pitcher throws money is raised through generous pledges of businesses and individuals.  In the 20 year history of the program more than four million dollars has been raised.  For more information on the Strike Out Cancer in Kids Program log onto www.seadogs.com.”

 

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