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Music calendar

Wednesday, Dec. 17

David Beam & The Custom House Gang, blues and Bluegrass, Andy’s Old Port Pub, 94 Commercial St. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
http://www.andysoldportpub.com

CLASH: Death Row vs Bad Boy at Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland, $6; Doors at 10 p.m.
www.portlandempire.com

APG, Hinote, Twist of Fate, and Sketch Rokk at Flask, 117 Spring St., Portland. 9 p.m.
http://flasklounge.com

Matisyahu with Judith Hill at the State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland. $25 adv/$30 day of show; Doors at 7 p.m.
www.statetheatreportland.com

Thursday, Dec. 18

Whale Oil and friends at Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland, $6; Doors at 9:30 p.m.
www.portlandempire.com

Crushed Out at Flask, 117 Spring St., Portland,
http://flasklounge.com

The Portland Jazz Orchestra Holiday Show at One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $5; 8 p.m.
www.onelongfellowsquare.com

MKTO with Alex Preston and the Maine Youth Orchestra at the State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland. $20/$40; Doors at 6 p.m.
www.statetheatreportland.com

Friday, Dec. 19

Yuletide Revelry with Castlebay and friends. Ancient folksongs and stories of the solstice and Yule, 7:30 p.m., doors open at 7. Admission $10. Unitarian Universalist Church, 15 Pleasant St., Brunswick.  For info call 443-5487 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
http://castlebay.net/

Flannabis Ball with Wisdom, J. Keck, ill by instinct, Northern Lights Nation, and DJ KTF at Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland, $7; Doors at 9 p.m.
www.portlandempire.com

The Penny Arcade and Tan Vampires at One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $6; 9 p.m.
www.onelongfellowsquare.com
Micromasse, Jaw Gems, and Maine Marimba Ensemble at the SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, $8 adv/$10 day of show; 8:30 p.m.
www.space538.org

Saturday, Dec. 20

Live and Local: Holiday Spectacular with Zach Jones and Dominic Lavoie at One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $10; 9 p.m.
www.onelongfellowsquare.com

PDank Christmas: Spose with Ock Cousteau and Cam Groves at Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland. $12 adv/$15 day of show; Doors at 8 p.m. www.ticketmaster.com/event/01004D74A5333C29?SREF=TWEventKeyword
www.portcitymusichall.com

Choro Louco and Snaex (all ages concert) at the SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, $5-$8; 2 p.m.
www.space538.org
1UP: A Night of Beat Culture featuring Mike Clouds, Mosart 212, Trele the God, Bad Smell, and DJ Rew at the SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, $5 adv/$8 door; 8:30 p.m.
www.space538.org

Sunday, Dec. 21

Inanna’s 25th Winter Solstice Concert at One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $12; 7 p.m.
www.onelongfellowsquare.com

The Box Tiger, Tall Horse, and Dana Massive at the SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, $6 adv/$8 door; 8 p.m.
www.space538.org

Monday, Dec. 22

Benefit Concert for Striking FairPoint Workers. The evening will be headlined by the eight-piece band Model Airplane. Adam Waxman and Joe Farrell and special guest Kenya Hall will also perform. Tickets $10 at the door, doors open at 8:30 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m. Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland.
www.portlandempire.com

Tuesday, Dec. 23

Silent Night, Piano Night at Mama’s Crowbar: During one of the longest nights of the Crowbar’s final year, it’s time for one last holiday season piano night. Bring your sleigh bells, your dumb holiday clothes, and gift wrapped $1 bills for the piano man. 9:05 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/mamascrowbar

Wednesday, Dec. 24

James Wholey at Andy’s Old Port Pub, 94 Commercial St., Portland
http://www.andysoldportpub.com or http://www.reverbnation.com/jameswholey

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Moon Hooch at Port City Music Hall. Moon Hooch have been proving themselves the hard way, first busking in the New York City subway, and now at rock clubs and music festivals nationwide. Doors: 8 p.m./show: 9 p.m., Ages 18 and up. $10 advance/$12 day of show.
http://www.portcitymusichall.com.

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Events calendar

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
The 25th Christmas with Cornils
7:30 p.m. “Featuring Municipal Organist, Ray Cornils; the Kotzschmar Festival Brass; the Parish Ringers and Musica de Filia. Tickets: $39, $34, $23 Reserved seating. ... Founded in 1981, the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ (FOKO), a nonprofit organization, supports the Kotzschmar Organ.” http://www.foko.org/kotzschmar/concerts-events
Mama’s Crowbar piano night
9:05 p.m. Mama’s Crowbar, 189 Congress St., Portland. “During one of the longest nights of the Crowbar’s final year, it’s time for one last holiday season piano night. Bring your sleigh bells, your dumb holiday clothes, and gift wrapped $1 bills for the piano man. Post your wishlist to Jolly Old Saint Dority on here and if you’ve been a good little regular and finished all your beers and played air drums each Tuesday, he’ll bring you the holiday songs you dreamed of. Holiday Bonus Time: If you request a song in advance and volunteer to bring at least five copies of the lyrics on treepaper for folks to sing with, you get your pick of a happy hour priced beer. I’m not saying we are trying to avoid scaring a time travelling Charles Dickens but ... let’s stay analog for this last Christmas, just in case.” https://www.facebook.com/mamascrowbar

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
Candelight Worship Service in OOB
6 p.m. The Salvation Army, Church and Sixth Street, Old Orchard Beach, Christmas Eve Service Candelight Worship Service. 934-4381
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
6 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, First Baptist Church, Westbrook. “Join us at 6 p.m. for a very special Christmas Eve service that will include music, video and spoken word. Bring your family and celebrate Christmas with us.”
The Calderwood Consort in Norway
7 p.m. Music for a Medieval Christmas, The Calderwood Consort, at Christ Episcopal Church, 35 Paris St., Norway. $10 admission (children free). “Here is an unusual telling of the Christmas story taken from the Wyclif Bible of 1380, the first English translation from the Latin, narrated in Middle English and accompanied by music from the 11th through the 17th centuries: Gregorian chants, secular and sacred motets, sung and played on replica period instruments.” 797-0212 or 933-4922.

Thursday, Dec. 25

Merry Christmas!

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention lunch
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program will be providing a free community lunch on Christmas from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Area restaurants including The Frontier, Richard’s and The Brunswick Hotel & Tavern have generously agreed to donate food for this event. Please call 725-2716 if you have any questions.” http://brunswickdowntown.org
Westbrook-Warren Church free dinner
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Westbrook-Warren Church, 810 Main St., Westbroo, 854-9157, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . “Our eighth year.”

Friday, Dec. 26

Wadsworth-Longfellow House tours
noon. Through Dec. 28: Holiday tours offered Thursday through Sunday on the hour, noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. https://www.mainehistory.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.): 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
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

Wadsworth-Longfellow House tours
noon. Through Dec. 28: Holiday tours offered Thursday through Sunday on the hour, noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. https://www.mainehistory.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.): 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
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

Morning Worship Service in OOB
10:45 p.m. The Salvation Army, Church and Sixth Street, Old Orchard Beach, Morning Worship Service. 934-4381
Wadsworth-Longfellow House tours
noon. Through Dec. 28: Holiday tours offered Thursday through Sunday on the hour, noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. https://www.mainehistory.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.): 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
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/
Red Cross Blood Drive in Bath
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Red Cross Blood Drive at Maine Maritime Museum, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Long Reach Hall, Maine Maritime Museum, Bath. On Tuesday, Dec. 30 from 10-3, the Maine Maritime Museum will be hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive in Long Reach Hall. The first 30 donors will receive $10 Gift of Bath certificates generously provided by Main Street Bath. All donors will receive a free pass to the museum, 20 percent off in the museum store, a Red Cross t-shirt and Subway gift certificate. For more information, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.” http://www.mainemaritimemuseum.org

Wednesday, Dec. 31

NRCM Polar Bear Plunge and 5K Race
9:30 a.m. NRCM Polar Bear Plunge and 5K Race, Wednesday, Dec. 31, East End Beach, Portland. “Be bold in the cold with a plunge and/or a walk or run in Portland’s East End to support the Natural Resources Council of Maine’s work to reduce climate changing pollution. Pre-register online at: http://nrcm.kintera.org/dipdash. Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31 at the Back Cove parking area (across from Hannaford). The 5k begins at 11 a.m. and the dip will be at noon — the ‘warmest’ part of the day! A shuttle will return you to your car after the dip at East End Beach. More information: http://nrcm.kintera.org/dipdash.
New Year’s Eve Family Contra Dance
11 a.m. to noon. “New Year’s Eve Family Contra Dance with Maggie Robinson and Jenny Van West.in the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library. All ages welcome! Children and families are invited to ring in the New Year with a family contra dance on New Year’s Eve morning at the Portland Public Library! Contra Dance is a type of social dance where parallel lines of dancers stand opposite — or ‘contra to’ — their partners. A caller, usually working with a group of live musicians, guides new and experienced dancers alike through a variety of dances. Contra dancing is about social interaction, meeting people, and making new friends, set to music. The accompanying music for contra dances includes, but is not limited to Irish, Scottish, and French-Canadian folk songs. The fiddle is considered the core instrument, though other stringed instruments such as the guitar and mandolin are used as well. Music in a dance can consist of one or multiple songs, and key changes during the course of a dance are common. Children and their accompanying adults will be able to learn a variety of fun and easy dances at this event. No experience necessary! Maggie Robinson plays and teaches fiddle. She has been calling dances for over seven years throughout the state! The band will include Jenny Van West on fiddle with her 11 year old son, Baxter on guitar and surprise guests! Jenny Van West is a Portland based singer/songwriter with her roots in country, blues, gospel and traditional fiddle styles. She and her son have played for numerous contra dances and Jenny has appeared on radio and television.”
New Year’s Eve Service
6 p.m. The Salvation Army, Church and Sixth Street, Old Orchard Beach, New Year’s Eve Service. 934-4381
Maine’s First Ship
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. “Maine’s First Ship will celebrate New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. with music, light refreshments, a roaring bonfire at the shipyard on the Kennebec, to raise funds for the construction of Virginia. Henry & Marty’s Restaurant will supply light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar starting at 6 p.m. Orman’s Fish Chowder at 7 p.m. Earl Bigelow and The Cilantro Trio will supply music inside the Bath Freight Shed  from 6:30 to 8:00 Silent Auction running from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Live auction 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. The price is $20 per person. Tickets are available by calling Maine’s First Ship at 443-4242, or can be purchased at the Saturday morning Bath Farmer’s Market at the Freight Shed or purchased at the door. Virginia’s shipyard is located on the riverfront side of the Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial St., Bath.”
Jeans and Jewels New Year’s Eve Party
6:30 p.m. Appetizers and cocktails; 7 p.m. Buffet Dinner ­— beef, pork, turkey, fish, pasta and more; champagne toast; 8 p.m. Dancing to King Pin; 10 p.m. Dessert Buffet; $45 per person includes tax and gratuity. Reserve your table of 8 or 10, or purchase individual tickets. Italian Heritage Center, IHC Columbus Room. Kim 329-0845. http://italianheritagecenter.com/home-banquet
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
‘New Year’s Planetarium’
7 p.m. “A celebration of the new year down in our star dome theatre. We started this program as a small addition to New Year’s Portland.  We later learned that New Year’s Portland ended sometime in the Mid-Victorian and therefore we were adding to something that no longer existed. So, the event is not a bit metaphysical, which is just danday. During New Year’s Planetarium, you may see any of our shows, can explore the night sky as it will appear in the new year and you may watch the TIMES SQUARE countdown from our underground dome and then flee away from any traffic congestion. Wednesday, Dec. 31, begins at 7 p.m, and ends, of course, at midnight. One donation will buy a pass to see any or all of the shows tonight. (Suggested:  $6-8). 7:15 p.m. Rusty Rocket in Full Dome! 8 p.m. Eight Planets and Counting: full dome version; 8:45 p.m. Night Sky Tour; 9 p.m.  Ibex Full Dome Show; 9:45 p.m. Two Small Pieces Of Glass Full Dome Show; 10:15 p.m.  Eight Planets And Counting: Full Dome Version; 11 p.m. Dinosaurs At Dusk! 11:45 p.m.  Night Sky Tour; 11:55 p.m. Watch The Times Square Countdown.  For more information: 780-4249, www.usm.maine.edu/planet
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.”

Monday, Jan. 5

City’s Fire/Code Inspections Task Force
2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. “Phase one of the City’s Fire/Code Inspections Task Force is now complete following three meetings in December with the internal members. The Task Force will now move into phase two, which will include the addition of the external members representing landlords and tenants as well as the Portland Housing Authority. This group will meet four times during the month of January in order to develop final recommendations that will be presented to the City Council’s Public Safety, Health & Human Services Committee at its February 10 meeting. ... The Task Force, staffed by Julie Sullivan, Acting Chief of Staff, is currently weighing all options in which the City, landlords, and tenants can do in order to provide safe housing for Portland residents. Thus far the Task Force has discussed the following ideas: the creation of one department that houses both fire prevention inspectors and code enforcement inspectors; an improved centralized database to track complaints and inspections, portions of which the public could access online to view property information; a proactive inspections program vs. an enhanced complaint-driven program; increased enforcement policies. Task Force member Keith Gautreau, newly named Acting Assistant Chief of Fire Prevention & Community Outreach for the Portland Fire Department, has also stressed the importance of an educational campaign on fire safety and prevention methods that would specifically reach college students and young professionals who live in rental units.” Upcoming task force meetings: Monday, Jan. 5, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 24, City Hall; Monday, Jan. 12, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 24, City Hall; Monday, Jan. 26, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 209, City Hall; Thursday, Jan. 29, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 209, City Hall. Week of Feb. 2, Public Hearing. February 10, at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers — Presentation to Public Safety, Health & Human Services Committee.” For anyone who has fire safety questions or concerns that they’d like to talk about, call City Fire Prevention officials at 482.LIFE or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Tea time for ‘Downton Abbey’ fans
4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick. “If the popular British period television drama ‘Downton Abbey’ series is your cup of tea, you are in for a treat when Curtis Library hosts a ‘Downton Abbey Tea Party’ in honor of the release of the fifth season of the incredibly popular TV series. ... The library invites anyone interested in the show to attend a Downton Abbey Tea party on Jan. 5 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Morrell Meeting Room. Come enjoy tea, trivia, games, and crafts. Participants are asked to bring their favorite tea cup to use (and show off) and their best high tea treats to share. Millinery and attire from the era is optional, but highly encouraged. Free and open to the public. For more information please visit curtislibrary.com or contact the reference desk at 725-5242 x 510. Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick.” http://brunswickdowntown.org/events/downton-abbey-tea-party

Tuesday, Jan. 6

Workshop on enhancing facilitation skills
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. “University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant are offering a workshop on enhancing facilitation skills at Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, 342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells. Five sessions of Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills, Level 1, will be held 1-5 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 6 and ending March 3; snow dates are March 17 and March 31. Workshops will include opportunities to practice skills and receive feedback in a safe environment. For 20 years, instructor Kristen Grant has created programs that develop individual and group facilitation skills. Grant provides interactive, educational programs and works extensively in team settings. The $120 fee covers instruction, materials and refreshments. Enrollment is limited to 17; registration is required by Dec. 29. To register, or to request a disability accommodation, call 324.2814. People also may register and access additional information at umaine.edu/ext-community/strengthening-your-facilitation-skills/level-1 or by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 207.646.1555, ext. 115.”

Wednesday, Jan. 7

‘Technical Pipeline for Economic Prosperity’
7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Portland Regional Chamber, Eggs and Issues: “Growing Talent: Technical Pipeline for Economic Prosperity,” Chris Joyce, Texas Instruments, Holiday Inn By The Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland. 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. — Networking; 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. — Breakfast; 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. — Program, featuring Chris Joyce, Plant Manager of Texas Instruments. As Plant Manager for Texas Instruments’ facility in South Portland, Chris Joyce is committed to the education and growth of future innovators.  Developing technical talent requires long term commitment, tenacity and collaboration across diverse industry sectors. Innovations resulting from the technical pipeline will drive successful changes to business, cost, quality, product values and manufacturing capabilities.” http://web.portlandregion.com/events
Inauguration of Gov. Paul LePage
11:30 a.m. “Wednesday, January 7, 2015 will be a special day as we welcome the Maine Senate, the Maine House of Representatives, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, the Governor’s cabinet, foreign dignitaries from around the globe, the First Family, members of the armed services, Maine’s media, and citizens from across Maine to gather together for the Inauguration of our Governor, Paul LePage, for his second term. ... The Inauguration will take place before a Joint Session of the Maine State Legislature.  The Maine State Senate President will preside over the event. The ceremony will be held in Augusta Civic Center. LePage Inaugural 2015 was established as a registered non-profit organization in the State of Maine to pay for the expenses of the Inaugural, the transition to Governor Paul LePage’s 2nd term, and associated events. The Maine taxpayers will not be responsible for any core expenses of the Inaugural. All funds are being raised privately. Due to security requirements and capacity issues, all Inaugural events can be attended only with a verified ticket issued by LePage Inaugural 2015.” http://lepageinaugural2015.com/tickets/

Thursday, Jan. 8
 
‘Breakfast with Charlie’
7 a.m. University of Southern Maine economic forecast. “USM Muskie School Professor Charles Colgan’s economic forecast for 2015, otherwise known as ‘Breakfast with Charlie,’ will take place at 7 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, in USM’s Hannaford Lecture Hall in Portland. Some 300-400 members of the business community are expected. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required and may be made by visiting http://usm.maine.edu/corporatepartners/rsvp-breakfast-0  or calling 780-4714. ... Charlie will share his economic forecast for Maine, the region, and the nation by looking at the data, the trends, and the economic climate here and around the world. He will review last year’s forecast for 2014 and share his outlook for the upcoming year. “Breakfast with Charlie” is sponsored by the University of Southern Maine Corporate Partners.”
Scarborough Community Chamber of Commerce BA5
5 p.m. Scarborough Community Chamber of Commerce BA5, Morrison Center, 60 Chamberlain Rd., Scarborough. “Join the Scarborough Community Chamber of Commerce for an evening of networking at Morrison Center.  For more than 60 years, Morrison Center has provided education, training, and support services to adults and children with developmental disabilities through diverse programs including: integrated preschool and childcare; K-12 school-age program; adult community support services; case management; and an integrated therapy program. Enjoy light refreshments prepared by the adult culinary program and complimentary beer and wine while reconnecting with colleagues after the holidays.”
‘The Black Press’ at the PPL
6:30 p.m. Portland Public Library presents a Civil Rights Film Series. “The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords.” Produced by acclaimed filmmaker Stanley Nelson. “In light of the recent resurgence in Civil Rights activism, and in honor of the birth month of the Reverend Martin Luther King, the Library presents a series in January of films from California Newsreel.  Since 1968, California Newsreel has collected, produced, and distributed films documenting the movement for social justice in America. The Library is proud to own several films from their catalog, and pleased to present this series to the public. ... Screenings will be held in the Library’s Rines Auditorium on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. They are free and open to the public.”                  
‘A Storm of Witchcraft’ with MHS
7 p.m. “‘A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience.’ Speaker: Emerson ‘Tad’ Baker. In 1692 more than 150 people would be accused of witchcraft, and 25 would die in the Salem witch trials, the largest witchcraft outbreak in American history. In this illustrated talk about his new book, Tad Baker explores the catalogue of explanations that have been put forward over the years to solve the mystery of what happened in 1692. Behind the events in Salem and surrounding towns was a unique convergence of conditions, including a new charter and government, a grim and bloody frontier war in Maine, and sectarian and political power-struggles. Indeed, the destruction of Falmouth in 1690 (present-day Portland) and York in 1692 were key triggers to a witch hunt that would see Falmouth’s minister, George Burroughs tried and executed for witchcraft. Cost: Free for MHS members; $8 for non-members. Baker is a professor of history at Salem State University and the award-winning author of many works on the history of early Maine and New England. His previous book is ‘The Devil of Great Island: Witchcraft and Conflict in Early New England.’ A resident of York, he has served as an advisor for PBS-TV’s ‘American Experience’ and ‘Colonial House,’ and has also co-authored an iPhone app on the witchcraft crisis.” Maine Historical Society. https://www.mainehistory.org/programs_events.shtml#event_432.

Saturday, Jan. 10

A Benefit for Mimi
8 p.m. A Benefit for Mimi feat TWISTED ROOTS, BIG MEAT HAMMER, THEE ICEPICKS, Geno’s Rock Club, 625 Congress St., Portland; 21 plus, $10 (ticket link above) 8 p.m. “Mimi Feld, one of our Punk scene fixtures, Godmother to many, and extraordinary photographer has fallen on extremely hard times. She’s got a family and cats to support but finds herself without a car, without a husband, and stranded in the country in a home the bank is trying to take away. Come to this show (or not) — we’d love to see as many of you as possible but, feel free to buy a ticket and spread the word! Band who want to donate a set please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Monday, Jan. 12

Fiddle-icious at Falmouth
7 p.m. “Fiddle-icious, Maine’s largest fiddle orchestra of traditional Celtic music, announces the beginning of a new season. Join Don Roy, and his 80-plus member orchestra for their first rehearsal on Monday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Falmouth Congregational Church in Falmouth, on Falmouth Road, right next to Falmouth Town Hall. Dust off your neglected fiddle, mandolin, guitar, or harp, and get ready to tune it up. Fiddle-icious is comprised of musicians from all walks of life, across the spectrum from beginners to professional players and led by Master Fiddler, Don Roy. FMI go to the Fiddle-icious website: fiddleicious.com, or send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Tuesday, Jan. 13

William Butler Yeats lunch talk
noon. Maine Historical Society in partnership with Maine Humanities Council. “Taste of the Humanities: William Butler Yeats. Bring your brown bag lunch for an inspiring hour about Irish poetry and history with facilitator John Ward in this Maine Humanities Council program. The presentation include readings, historical context, and discussion about Yeats -- a poet whose works reveal the power of art to transform destruction and despair. This program is free and open to the public. Beverages and sweets will be provided.” https://www.mainehistory.org/programs_events.shtml#event_432

Thursday, Jan. 15

Snow carving competition in Westbrook
5 p.m. Riverbank Park, Westbrook. Third annual Snow Carving Competition. Jan. 15-17. First prize $300; second prize $200; third prize $100; 10 teams up to three persons per team. Participants can start Thursday at 5 p.m. and must be finished by Saturday at 2 p.m. awards at 2:30 p.m. Judges are panel of three. Rules. 1. Participants must be 18 years or older. 2. All snow must be carved with hand tools. No power tool with the exception of cordless drills. 3. No dyes, paint or coloring of the snow. 4. No objects, cloth or items can be added to the sculpture. 5. Teams can be no more than three people but at least two. To sign a team up please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
‘Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice’
6:30 p.m. Portland Public Library presents a Civil Rights Film Series. “Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice.” Produced and directed by filmmaker William Greaves. “In light of the recent resurgence in Civil Rights activism, and in honor of the birth month of the Reverend Martin Luther King, the Library presents a series in January of films from California Newsreel.  Since 1968, California Newsreel has collected, produced, and distributed films documenting the movement for social justice in America. The Library is proud to own several films from their catalog, and pleased to present this series to the public. ... Screenings will be held in the Library’s Rines Auditorium on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. They are free and open to the public.”                   

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.”
Maine Tourism Association farewell event
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Vaughn Stinson of the Maine Tourism Association farewell. “Help us celebrate his accomplishments as CEO of the Maine Tourism Association (February 1998 to December 2014) on Jan. 16 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland.”

Saturday, Jan. 17

Artisanal baker Sheri Fistal
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. “Make sourdough onion bread with artisanal baker Sheri Fistal on Saturday, Jan. 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Cumberland County office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth. Fistal will lead the third in a yearlong series of ‘From Scratch: Your Maine Kitchen’ workshops that highlight and connect Maine foods, local cookbook authors and experts. Michael Scholz, miller at Maine Grains in Skowhegan, will discuss locally grown, stone-milled grains. Workshop participants will make sourdough starter and bread to take home and will be entered to win one of four antique sourdough starter crocks. Maine Grains and King Arthur Flour are workshop sponsors. Cost is $40; register online at umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/from-scratch-your-maine-kitchen. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, contact 207.781.6099, 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Proceeds benefit the UMaine Extension Cumberland County Nutrition Program.”

Sunday, Jan. 18

2015 Indoor Insanity 5K event in Waterville
7 a.m. “Online registration is open for the 2015 Indoor Insanity 5K event scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 18, at Colby College in Waterville. Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are welcome.  Free Tshirts for registrations received by 01/07/2015.  Event day registration for all heats opens at 7 a.m., with the first heat starting at 8 a.m. The event ends by 11 a.m. In addition to being a fun, family-friendly activity, the funds raised by the race will be used to install radon gas mitigation systems in low income housing where radon gas has been detected at dangerous levels. ... For more information and to register for this event visit the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council’s website at www.maineindoorair.org and click on events.”

Wednesday, Jan. 21

Clean Elections Initiative petition event
10 a.m. “Signed. Sealed. Delivered. You signed the initiative. You helped seal the deal by collecting and verifying thousands of signatures. Now, join Maine citizens as they deliver the signatures needed to qualify the Clean Elections Initiative for the ballot. On January 21st, the fifth anniversary of the Citizens United decision, Maine citizens are uniting to reclaim their democracy.” Participants will “deliver signatures to Secretary of State to qualify the Clean Elections Initiative for the ballot. Maine State House Hall of Flags, Augusta. “To restore Clean Elections, disclose dark money, and bolster accountability. Carpools and buses will be coming from all corners of the state. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to organize a carpool from your area.”

Thursday, Jan. 22

‘A. Philip Randolph: For Jobs and Freedom’
6:30 p.m. Portland Public Library presents a Civil Rights Film Series. “A. Philip Randolph: For Jobs and Freedom.” Directed by Dante James. “In light of the recent resurgence in Civil Rights activism, and in honor of the birth month of the Reverend Martin Luther King, the Library presents a series in January of films from California Newsreel.  Since 1968, California Newsreel has collected, produced, and distributed films documenting the movement for social justice in America. The Library is proud to own several films from their catalog, and pleased to present this series to the public. ... Screenings will be held in the Library’s Rines Auditorium on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. They are free and open to the public.”          

Friday, Jan. 23

SMCC annual meeting in Brunswick
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. New Southern Maine Community College annual meeting. Former Borders Bookstore, Merrymeeting Plaza, Bath Road, Brunswick. “All evening long: Continuous Networking, variety of food stations, passed hors d’ouevres, cash bar, expansive member to member exhibition, Strolling Entertainment. Capture the evening at the Photo Booth. Election of Board Directors and Officers for 2015. Presentation of Annual Awards. https://www.midcoastmaine.com/calendar/registration/e/cmVnaXN0cmF0aW9uLTY2NDI.

Saturday, Jan. 24

Women in Harmony
4 p.m. “For 20 years, Women in Harmony has sung for and about women in all aspects of their lives: body and mind, work and relationships, struggle and survival. Underlying all of these, and affecting every facet of a woman’s life, is health. This fall, Women in Harmony is embarking on a two-year concert series on the subject of Women and Health. We will kick off our Women and Health series with the January 2015 concert on Women and the Heart, entitled Rooted in the Heart. This program will interweave music about the concerns of the heart — including both romantic and parental love — with readings related to women’s experiences with cardiac disease. Our concerts are on Friday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 24 at 4 p.m., at Woodfords Congregational Church on 202 Woodford St. in Portland.  Tickets are available at the door, online at www.wihmaine.org, or at Nonesuch or Longfellow Books, or Starbird Music.  Prices range from $10-15 with children under 12 free.”

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Falmouth/Cumberland and Yarmouth chambers
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. McVety’s Hearth and Home, 893 Route 1, Yarmouth. “Come enjoy a fun evening of networking with members of the Falmouth/Cumberland Community Chamber of Commerce and the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce! This is always a popular event! Here’s an opportunity to meet new people, make connections, get new ideas and promote your business to an expanded circle of contacts. This event is hosted at McVety’s Hearth and Home, and is co-hosted and catered by Ricetta’s Brick Oven Ristorante.” http://web.portlandregion.com/events
Superintendent’s Book Club
7 p.m. “Portland Public Schools Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk will host the winter meeting of the Superintendent’s Book Club on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. at Longfellow Books in Monument Square in Portland. Caulk will lead the discussion of ‘21 Trends for the 21st Century: Out of the Trenches and Into the Future’ by Gary Marx. The public is invited to attend the event free of charge and no sign-up is required.”

Thursday, Jan. 29

BDA’s annual meeting
7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. The Brunswick Downtown Association’s Annual meeting: “BDA — Partners in Building a Strong Community” scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 29, 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Bowdoin College’s Moulton Union.
‘The Strange Demise of Jim Crow’
6:30 p.m. Portland Public Library presents a Civil Rights Film Series. “The Strange Demise of Jim Crow.” Produced by Thomas R. Cole and directed by David Berman.  “In light of the recent resurgence in Civil Rights activism, and in honor of the birth month of the Reverend Martin Luther King, the Library presents a series in January of films from California Newsreel.  Since 1968, California Newsreel has collected, produced, and distributed films documenting the movement for social justice in America. The Library is proud to own several films from their catalog, and pleased to present this series to the public. ... Screenings will be held in the Library’s Rines Auditorium on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. They are free and open to the public.”          

Saturday, Jan. 31

MHS: Post Mortem Mourning Practices
1:30 p.m. Maine Historical Society. Presented in partnership with Spirits Alive. Post Mortem Mourning Practices in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century New England. Speaker: Libby Bischof. “In addition to wearing only black apparel for up to a year, mourners in New England abided by fashions and customs that demonstrated intense grief. Libby Bischof, Associate Professor of History at the University of Southern Maine and a board member of Spirits Alive, the friend’s group of Portland’s historic Eastern Cemetery, will lead us in an exploration of these practices, utilizing examples from Maine Historical Society’s collections. This program is free and open to the public.” https://www.mainehistory.org/programs_events.shtml#event_432

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Portland Board of Public Education meeting
“Beginning in February, the Portland Board of Public Education will hold its regular meeting on the first Tuesday of each month in City Council Chambers at City Hall. The board will hold its second regular monthly meeting — which takes place on the third Tuesday of each month — at alternating schools around the city. A calendar of meeting locations will be posted on the Portland Public Schools’ website for the year to provide predictability and greater public notification. ... ‘This move is about the community,’ said Board Chair Sarah Thompson. ‘The Casco Bay High School meeting location is a challenge for some of our families and community members. The school board has been exploring meeting in Council Chambers for years, and this solution is the best of both worlds.’ ... The changes will become effective as of the board’s Tuesday, Feb. 3 board meeting.” http://www2.portlandschools.org

Saturday, Feb. 7

Sweethearts Ball in Bath
5 p.m. Sweethearts Ball in Bath. “Third annual fundraising event to benefit Maine Children’s Cancer Program.” Bath Lodge of Elks No. 934. 443-9852 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday, Feb. 12

The Telling Room’s Slant series
7:30 p.m. “The Telling Room’s Slant series returns to SPACE Gallery with another installment of ten minute stories told from the heart — no notes, no props. ‘Home’ will feature five stories about the joys and perils of domestic life. This event is free and open to the public.”

Monday, March 2

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons
8 p.m. Hosted by Michelle Visage, featuring: Alaska 5000, BenDeLaCreme, Darienne Lake, Ivy Winters, Jiggly Caliente Brooks, Jinkx Monsoon, Pandora Boxx (subject to change). State Theatre, Portland. Doors: 8 p.m./show: 9 p.m. $60 (includes VIP ticket), $40, $30, $25 — reserved seating. $60 ticket comes with a VIP meet and greet starting at 7 p.m. VIP tickets include early entry into show and an exclusive Meet & Greet with all performers. Buy tickets in person at the Cross Insurance Arena Box Office and charge by phone at 800-745-3000.

Wednesday, March 4

Professional development for after-school providers
9 a.m. to noon. “University of Maine Cooperative Extension will provide professional development for after-school providers Wednesday, March 4 and Wednesday, March 18, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Androscoggin-Sagadahoc counties UMaine Extension office, 24 Main St., Lisbon Falls. The 10-hour training will highlight positive youth development concepts suitable for after-school programs and the interactive 4-H science curriculum. The agenda includes webinar overviews of the 4-H Afterschool Academy and 4-H science resources; an e-learning course for 4-H volunteers; and two in-person training sessions on the 4-H program model and the 4-H science curriculum. Course fee is $60. CEU credits are available. Registration deadline is Friday, Dec. 19; register and find more information online at umaine.edu/4h/youth/how-can-you-participate-in-4-h/afterschool/academy. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Jennifer Lobley, 207.255.3345, 800.287.1542 (in Maine), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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