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Music calendar

Friday, Nov. 21

Aztec Two Step at One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $27; 8 p.m.
www.onelongfellowsquare.com

Saturday, Nov. 22

Tiger Man Woah with The Silks at Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland, $6; 10 p.m.
www.portlandempire.com

The Press Gang at One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $8; 8:00 p.m.
www.onelongfellowsquare.com

Okbari and Aleric Nez at the SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, $5-$8; 2:00 p.m.
www.space538.org

Nels Cline and Julian Lage at the SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, $15 adv/$18 door; 8:30 p.m.
www.space538.org

Saco River Theatre presents rising star, violinist Francesca Anderegg performing with her father David Anderegg accompanying her on piano. 7:30 p.m.
http://www.sacorivertheatre.org

Lake Street Dive with Amy Helm at the State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland. SOLD OUT (see preview in this paper); Doors at 7 p.m.
www.statetheatreportland.com

Sunday, Nov. 23

Quintron and Miss Pussycat with Mr. Neet at the SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, $8 adv/$10 door; 8:30 p.m. www.space538.org
Monday, Nov 24

Noyes St. Fire Benefit at One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $10; 7 p.m.
www.onelongfellowsquare.com

Tuesday, Nov 25

Superorder and Herbcraft at One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $5; 9:00 p.m.
www.onelongfellowsquare.com

O.A.R. with Andy Grammer at the State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland. $30 adv/$35 day of show; Doors at 7 p.m.
www.statetheatreportland.com

Wednesday, Nov 26

CLASH: Def Leppard vs Guns N Roses at Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland, $6; Doors at 10:00 p.m.
www.portlandempire.com

Model Airplane at Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland. $10 adv/$12 day of show; Doors at 8:00 p.m.
www.portcitymusichall.com

Thursday, Nov 27

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, Nov 28

Vinyl Instinct CD release party at One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $9; 8:00 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 8:00 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; 7:00 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

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Friday, Nov. 21

69th annual Prides Corner Harvest Fair
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The 69th annual Prides Corner Harvest Fair, Nov 21, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Nov 22, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 235 Pride St., Westbrook. “We’ll have scrumptious meals in our Country Kitchen including the ever-popular fish chowder and home-made mac & cheese! Don’t miss out on homemade bakery items, jams, relishes and candies. Our guild features hand-made knits, kitchen items and Christmas decorations. It’s a perfect opportunity to find a unique holiday gift. We hope to see you there!” Admission: Free. Phone: 797-4636. Facebook: pridescornerchurch.org
‘Much Ado About Nothing’ 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. November: 11/21: Much Ado About Nothing, 6:30 p.m.; 11/22: Twelfth Night, 2 p.m.; 11/23: Richard III, 2 p.m.; 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.”
Annual Claddagh Award Celebration
5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. “We are delighted to announce that the recipient of its seventh annual Claddagh Award is Sara J. Burns, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Central Maine Power a subsidiary or Iberdrola USA. Ms. Burns’ career with CMP began in 1987. She became President in 1998 and Chief Executive Officer in 2005. A graduate of Colby College, she serves on the Boards of Maine Health, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, Maine & Company, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute and the George Mitchell Institute. The recipient of many business and community service awards, Ms. Burns was also named Business Leader of the Year for Maine’s largest companies by Maine Biz in 2013. The Claddagh, which exemplifies the ideals of friendship, loyalty and love, is a beloved symbol of Irish people all over the world. Each year, the Maine Irish Heritage Center honors a distinguished Irish-American in Maine who has devoted his or her life to serving our community and State, and who has made us all proud of our Irish roots.” http://www.maineirish.com/event/annual-claddagh-award-celebration
Premier: ‘Days of my Youth’
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Rising Tide Brewing Co., Portland. “Join Rising Tide and Volition Ski for a premier screening of the ski movie ‘Days of my Youth.’ $10 at the door. Doors at 6:30, screening at 7 p.m. Rising Tide beer and Volition’s hand made skis and apparel available for purchase.” http://www.risingtidebrewing.com/events
‘Urinetown’ at Yarmouth High
7 p.m. “Urinetown” in Yarmouth. Performances Nov. 19-22 at Yarmouth Performing Arts Center at Yarmouth High School (286 West Elm St.). Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critic’s Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, and two Obie Awards, ‘Urinetown’ is a tale of love, greed, and revolution. ... $2 from each ticket sale supports Water.Org helping to provide safe water and sanitation in Africa, South Asia and Central America. Water.org was cofounded by Gary White and Matt Damon.” Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. Open dress rehearsal, general admission $5. Thursday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.; Saturday Matinee, Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. and a show at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for reserve/purchase at the Yarmouth High School Box Office and at Yarmouth Community Services. https://sites.google.com/a/yarmouthschools.org/yarmouth-performing-arts-center/ticket-information
Snowlion Repertory’s ‘Wyoming’
7:30 p.m. Snowlion Repertory Theater. “Our fall production is utterly unique — searingly funny, disturbingly relevant, a show that turns political satire on its head as it celebrates the unquenchable spirit of theater. In Moral & Political Lessons on ‘Wyoming,’ playwright Vincent Sessa reveals a world in which repression and the desire for freedom are locked in a mortal battle for the souls of three young students. In a society where theatrical plays have been stamped out, students read excerpts from the contraband play Wyoming at a ‘Commitment Talk’ run by a panel of community leaders who celebrate the death of theater. As scenes from Wyoming are enacted, the lecture transforms into an actual theatrical event as the young readers find themselves swept away by the power of the dramatic experience created by the material they are reading.  Imaginations soar, long-repressed emotions are reawakened, and the spirit of theater bursts forth, igniting a fierce battle over the very soul of free expression.  Don’t miss this unique comically dramatic offering running November 14 -23 at Portland Stage Studio Theater. http://snowlionrep.org.
‘Mrs. Mannerly’ by Good Theater
7:30 p.m. “Good Theater will open the Maine premiere of Jeffrey Hatcher’s delightfully wacky comedy ‘Mrs. Mannerly’ beginning Oct. 29 and continuing through Nov. 23. Good Theater is the professional company in residence at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland. For tickets and more information call 885-5883 or go to the Good Theater website, www.goodtheater.com. Performances for ‘Mrs. Mannerly’ are Oct. 29-Nov.  23 with shows Wednesdays at 7 p.m. ($20), Thursdays at 7 p.m. ($20), Fridays at 7:30 p.m. ($25), Saturdays at 3 p.m. ($25), Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. ($28), and Sundays at 2 p.m. ($28).  Wednesday evenings are 10/29 & 11/5 and Saturday matinees are 11/15 & 11/22 only.”
‘A Number’ by Dramatic Repertory Company
7:30 p.m. “Dramatic Repertory Company (Keith Powell Beyland, Artistic Director) launches its 2014-2015 season — A Year of the Woman Playwright — with the Maine Premiere of A Number by Caryl Churchill. The show will run for 7 performances only in Portland, Nov. 14-22 at the Portland Ballet Studio Theatre, 517 Forest Avenue, Portland. The cast of ‘A Number’ features Corey M. Gagne (PSC’s Brighton Beach Memoirs, DRC’s Equivocation) and Charles Michael Howard* (AIRE’s Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me). The show is directed by Daniel Burson (Penobscot Theatre’s One Blue Tarp, DRC’s Swimming in the Shallows).” November 14-16 at 7:30 p.m., and then Nov. 19-22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for “A Number” range from $10 to $20 with Premium Tickets also available. Tickets are available now from Brown Paper Tickets online at www.dramaticrep.org or by phone at 800-838-3006.
Warren Miller’s ‘No Turning Back’
8 p.m. Warren Miller’s “No Turning Back” screening. “Introducing Warren Miller Entertainment’s highly anticipated 65th celebrating a legacy that dates back to before skis had edges, and we’re taking it to every end of the winter world. From the top of Greece’s Mount Olympus, to Japan and the Swiss Alps, we’ll leave fresh tracks on faces that have never seen skiing and snowboarding quite like this before. Find details at warrenmiller.com.” State Theatre, Portland. http://www.statetheatreportland.com
‘Oliver!’ at Lyric Music Theater
8 p.m. “Oliver!” plays Nov. 21 to Dec. 7 at Lyric Music Theater in South Portland. “The timeless classic, ‘Oliver!’ comes to life on the Lyric stage! These delightful urchins and the boy who dared ask for more will warm your heart this holiday season. This Tony-award winning musical is filled with a sensational score including ‘Consider Yourself,’ ‘As Long As He Needs Me,’ ‘Food Glorious Food’ and ‘You’ve Got to Pick-a-Pocket or Two’! Be sure to make this a part of your holiday season!” Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. http://www.lyricmusictheater.org/
Saturday, Nov. 22

Gingerbread Fair in Auburn
8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Gift baskets, pies, wreaths, crafts, silent auction, books, rainbow elephant sale.  Luncheon with Phil House on piano 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. First Universalist Church of Auburn, 169 Pleasant St. (enter on Spring St. across from Dairy Joy). Parking; accessible. FMI 783-0461.”
Holly Daze Bazaar in South Portland
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Holly Daze Bazaar at First Congregational Church of South Portland, 301 Cottage Rd. Wreaths, gifts, baked goods, Grandma’s attic, and Cookie Walk. Luncheon 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., lobster and crabmeat rolls, haddock chowder, chicken salad rolls and apple crisp. Handicapped accessible.
69th annual Prides Corner Harvest Fair
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The 69th annual Prides Corner Harvest Fair, Nov 21, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Nov 22, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 235 Pride St., Westbrook. “We’ll have scrumptious meals in our Country Kitchen including the ever-popular fish chowder and home-made mac & cheese! Don’t miss out on homemade bakery items, jams, relishes and candies. Our guild features hand-made knits, kitchen items and Christmas decorations. It’s a perfect opportunity to find a unique holiday gift. We hope to see you there!” Admission: Free. Phone: 797-4636. Facebook: pridescornerchurch.org
Casco Bay High craft fair
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Casco Bay High School, 196 Allen Ave., Portland. “Our eighth annual craft fair. Knitted Goods, Jewelry, Stained Glass, Pottery, Metal Art,Wood Crafts, Clothes. Silent Auction! Fabulous Artist-Made Ornaments. One of a Kind Originals by local and away artists. Free admission and free entertainment.”
Designing Women Freeport 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 10th Annual Freeport show at The Merriconeag Waldorf School & Community Center, located at 57 Desert Road in Freeport on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. ... For additional information regarding Designing Women’s upcoming show, please contact Michelle Henning at 207-833-5556 or visit Designing Women’s website at http://www.designingwomen.org.
Our Lady of Hope Annual Bazaar:
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Our Lady of Hope Annual Bazaar at St Pius Church, 492 Ocean Ave., Portland. “Things not to miss: Annual Raffle-Grand Prize $1,000 Lucky 7, Classic Raffles, Big Wheel spins. Lobster stew and rolls, and other yummy food items! FMI: call: Paul @ 415-8508. Hope to see you there!”
‘Let Us Be Thankful’ with Maine Audubon
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Gilsland Farm, Falmouth. “Let us come together to celebrate all that nature provides for us. We will learn some Native American traditions around appreciating the earth through story, song and crafts.  We will continue the learning and fun outside for the last part of the class.  Please bring a snack.” 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/
CNS annual Grand Bazaar & Silent Auction
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. “The Children’s Nursery School will be holding their 39th annual Grand Bazaar and Silent Auction on Saturday, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the State Street Church in Portland’s West End. The auction will coincide with a full day of free family events, featuring a visit from David Sparks, music with Tucker Daniels, face painting, lots of children’s activities and plenty of delicious, local food! Come join the fun while supporting the Children’s Nursery School at the same time!”
Art Exhibit and Holiday Fair
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Mary Brooking’s  beautiful watercolors will be on display and for sale at Karma Fair Trade, 570 Brighton Ave., in Portland: choose from Original watercolor paintings in ‘easily giftable’ sizes, 2015 Calendars and Cards Stop in, support local art and fairly traded items from around the globe, and enjoy hot cider and cookies! FMI: Karen 831-4531 or www.karmafairtrade.com.”
Portland Breakwater Lighthouse ornaments
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “The South Portland Historical Society is pleased to announce the arrival of its first holiday ornament. This ornament depicts the Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, more affectionately known as Bug Light in South Portland.  Each ornament is cast in a durable metal with a beautiful brass finish, and comes in a protective cloth bag with a booklet outlining the lighthouse’s history.  These ornaments are priced at $20 each and available for sale at the South Portland Historical Society’s museum at Bug Light Park in South Portland during the museum’s gift shop fall hours — Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additionally, the ornaments are available at Broadway Variety on Broadway and Drillen Hardware in South Portland. All proceeds will benefit the South Portland Historical Society.” For more information, contact the South Portland Historical Society at 767-7299.
Maine author Ellen Cooney
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Maine author Ellen Cooney will be signing her novel, “Thanksgiving,” published by Portland-based Publerati, at the Books-a-Million store on Gorham Road/Maine Mall. “Book will be printed on one of the world’s first Espresso Print-on-Demand Networked Book Machines, fun to watch in action. … Ellen Cooney is the author of nine acclaimed novels.”
The USM Youth Ensembles
2 p.m. University of Southern Maine: “The USM Youth Ensembles, administered by the USM School of Music, presents the annual fall concert of the Southern Maine Youth Choral conducted by Rebecca Green, and the Southern Maine Children’s Chorus, conducted by Paul McGovern. The USM Youth Ensembles are sponsored by Macy’s.”  Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham campus. http://usm.maine.edu/music/usm-youth-ensembles-fall-choral-concert-0
‘Urinetown’ at Yarmouth High
2 p.m. and 7 p.m. “Urinetown” in Yarmouth. Performances Nov. 19-22 at Yarmouth Performing Arts Center at Yarmouth High School (286 West Elm St.). Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critic’s Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, and two Obie Awards, ‘Urinetown’ is a tale of love, greed, and revolution. ... $2 from each ticket sale supports Water.Org helping to provide safe water and sanitation in Africa, South Asia and Central America. Water.org was cofounded by Gary White and Matt Damon.” Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. Open dress rehearsal, general admission $5. Thursday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.; Saturday Matinee, Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. and a show at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for reserve/purchase at the Yarmouth High School Box Office and at Yarmouth Community Services. https://sites.google.com/a/yarmouthschools.org/yarmouth-performing-arts-center/ticket-information
‘Mrs. Mannerly’ by Good Theater
3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. “Good Theater will open the Maine premiere of Jeffrey Hatcher’s delightfully wacky comedy ‘Mrs. Mannerly’ beginning Oct. 29 and continuing through Nov. 23. Good Theater is the professional company in residence at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland. For tickets and more information call 885-5883 or go to the Good Theater website, www.goodtheater.com. Performances for ‘Mrs. Mannerly’ are Oct. 29-Nov.  23 with shows Wednesdays at 7 p.m. ($20), Thursdays at 7 p.m. ($20), Fridays at 7:30 p.m. ($25), Saturdays at 3 p.m. ($25), Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. ($28), and Sundays at 2 p.m. ($28).  Wednesday evenings are 10/29 & 11/5 and Saturday matinees are 11/15 & 11/22 only.”
Signed mass at St. Joseph Church
4 p.m. “Fr. Shawn Carey, Director of the Deaf Apostolate for the Archdiocese of Boston, will celebrate a signed mass at St. Joseph Church, located on 178 Elm Street (Route 1) in Biddeford, on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 4 p.m. Fr. Carey, who is deaf himself, will be joined by an interpreter who will voice the Mass for the hearing community in attendance. A reception will follow the Mass. The interpreted Mass is part of the Diocese of Portland’s effort to enhance Catholic Deaf Ministry by supporting and encouraging deaf Catholics living in Maine.” Anyone interested in helping out, or know of someone who would benefit from this ministry, can contact Rachel Daigle in Diocesan Ministerial Services at  773-6471 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
‘Twelth Night’ 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. November: 11/22: Twelfth Night, 2 p.m.; 11/23: Richard III, 2 p.m.; 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.”
Snowlion Repertory’s ‘Wyoming’
7:30 p.m. Snowlion Repertory Theater. “Our fall production is utterly unique — searingly funny, disturbingly relevant, a show that turns political satire on its head as it celebrates the unquenchable spirit of theater. In Moral & Political Lessons on ‘Wyoming,’ playwright Vincent Sessa reveals a world in which repression and the desire for freedom are locked in a mortal battle for the souls of three young students. In a society where theatrical plays have been stamped out, students read excerpts from the contraband play Wyoming at a ‘Commitment Talk’ run by a panel of community leaders who celebrate the death of theater. As scenes from Wyoming are enacted, the lecture transforms into an actual theatrical event as the young readers find themselves swept away by the power of the dramatic experience created by the material they are reading.  Imaginations soar, long-repressed emotions are reawakened, and the spirit of theater bursts forth, igniting a fierce battle over the very soul of free expression.  Don’t miss this unique comically dramatic offering running November 14 -23 at Portland Stage Studio Theater. http://snowlionrep.org.
‘A Number’ by Dramatic Repertory Company
7:30 p.m. “Dramatic Repertory Company (Keith Powell Beyland, Artistic Director) launches its 2014-2015 season — A Year of the Woman Playwright — with the Maine Premiere of A Number by Caryl Churchill. The show will run for 7 performances only in Portland, Nov. 14-22 at the Portland Ballet Studio Theatre, 517 Forest Avenue, Portland. The cast of ‘A Number’ features Corey M. Gagne (PSC’s Brighton Beach Memoirs, DRC’s Equivocation) and Charles Michael Howard* (AIRE’s Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me). The show is directed by Daniel Burson (Penobscot Theatre’s One Blue Tarp, DRC’s Swimming in the Shallows).” November 14-16 at 7:30 p.m., and then Nov. 19-22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for “A Number” range from $10 to $20 with Premium Tickets also available. Tickets are available now from Brown Paper Tickets --online at www.dramaticrep.org or by phone at 800-838-3006.
Portland Symphony Orchestra POPS!
7:30 p.m. PSO POPS! Piano Men: The Music of Elton John and Billy Joel. Saturday, Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 23 at 2:30 p.m. Merrill Auditorium. “The ultimate homage to the epic music of Billy Joel and Elton John. The combination of a four-piece pop group with the PSO makes this a rare chance to hear these songs in full symphonic glory. Elton and Billy themselves have performed with orchestras on only a few occasions.”
‘Oliver!’ at Lyric Music Theater
8 p.m. “Oliver!” plays Nov. 21 to Dec. 7 at Lyric Music Theater in South Portland. “The timeless classic, ‘Oliver!’ comes to life on the Lyric stage! These delightful urchins and the boy who dared ask for more will warm your heart this holiday season. This Tony-award winning musical is filled with a sensational score including ‘Consider Yourself,’ ‘As Long As He Needs Me,’ ‘Food Glorious Food’ and ‘You’ve Got to Pick-a-Pocket or Two’! Be sure to make this a part of your holiday season!” Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. http://www.lyricmusictheater.org
‘Give Spanks’ at Port City Music Hall
8:30 p.m. Red Hot & Ladylike presents “Give Spanks” at Port City Music Hall. “Red Hot & Ladylike was founded in 2008 by MissE. Her goal was to empower to the everyday woman to help her feel confident & sexy. She has created a show that is enjoyable to both men & women leaving some things to your imagination. The 25 dancers of RHL will take you on a journey from the 50s housewife, to the jungle, from the cowgirl ranch to the bedroom! Comedian George Hamm will be bringing you laughs & DJ Ross will be spinning your favorite tunes into the night! We will also be holding our annual silent auction to benefit the Family Crisis Center in the fight against Domestic Violence. For more information www.redhotladylike.com.” http://www.statetheatreportland.com

Sunday, Nov. 23

Santa Hustle Half Marathon & 5K
7 a.m. “Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, you’re warmly welcomed to join in on some jolly fun at the First Ever Santa Hustle Half Marathon & 5K presented by Bon-Ton on Sunday, Nov. 23 as thousands of people dressed as Santa hit the streets of South Portland! Race participants will receive a Santa hat and beard along with a dri-fit sweatshirt to show off their holiday spirit. Throughout the course-which starts and ends at Maine Mall and runs through the streets of South Portland-holiday cheer will abound with seasonal music, candy and cookie stations, signs and other goodies. An After Party Celebration will be held at the Maine Mall. Since the holiday season is the perfect time to give back, proceeds from The Santa Hustle will benefit Easter Seals, and the race is an official drop off spot for Toys for Tots. ... Santa’s can register today at www.santahustle.com. Now through Oct. 31, registration for the 5K is $45, and from Nov. 1 until Nov. 21, the cost is $50. Half marathon registration is $60 through Oct. 31 and $65 between Nov. 1 and Nov. 21. For race packet and lodging information, please visit www.santahustle.com or contact Adrenaline Sports Management at 847-829-4536. Questions can also be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Turkey Trot 5K
9 a.m. Cape Elizabeth Middle School, 14 Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth. Cost: $20 through 10/31 or $25 after 10/31
Contact: Bob Ayotte, 956-1122. “Race beneficiary: Wayside Food Programs (please bring nonperishable food item to packet pick-up or on race day).” See more at: http://mainetrackclub.com. Wayside: “As we head toward November, now’s the time to think about the Maine Track Club’s popular Nov. 23 Turkey Trot 5K, a Cape Elizabeth road race that provides generous support to Wayside. In fact, last year the Maine Track Club presented Wayside with a check for $3,250 from the net proceeds from the race. In addition, 2,646 pounds of non-perishable food was donated to Wayside on race day. Volunteers are always needed on race day. For information about volunteering email Bob at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . To find out how to get involved in Wayside’s race-day efforts, call the Wayside office at 207.775.4939. For those interested in running.”
Kirkin of the Tartan at St. Margaret in N.H.
10 a.m. “In anticipation of the Feast Day of St. Andrew, Patron Saint of Scotland, St. Margaret of Scotland will include the Kirkin of the Tartan in the Sunday service on Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. The service recounts the days when the wearing of the Tartan was restricted by the English during the English-Scot wars. The service dates back to WWII when there was concern that Americans were not joining the war effort on behalf of Britain. The Rev. Peter Marshall, then Chaplain of the USA Senate, attempted to instill pride in their homeland among Scots living in the USA. The Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan ceremony was created by the Rev. Marshall and held in churches across the USA. Later the ceremony was held in churches in Nova Scotia, and gained wide popularity until the first International Gathering of the Clans in Nova Scotia in 1979. The Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan is often found in Anglican, Protestant and Roman Catholic services. Those with Scottish, Irish or English heritage, or have association with organizations are encouraged to attend and wear their Tartans in celebration of the day.  The service will include special prayers and bagpipe music and will follow the traditional service of the Book of Common Prayer which came to the U.S. Church through the Church of Scotland.” The church is located at 85 Pleasant St. in Conway, N.H. The Rev. Jeffrey Monroe is Rector.
‘Mrs. Mannerly’ by Good Theater
2 p.m. “Good Theater will open the Maine premiere of Jeffrey Hatcher’s delightfully wacky comedy ‘Mrs. Mannerly’ beginning Oct. 29 and continuing through Nov. 23. Good Theater is the professional company in residence at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland. For tickets and more information call 885-5883 or go to the Good Theater website, www.goodtheater.com. Performances for ‘Mrs. Mannerly’ are Oct. 29-Nov.  23 with shows Wednesdays at 7 p.m. ($20), Thursdays at 7 p.m. ($20), Fridays at 7:30 p.m. ($25), Saturdays at 3 p.m. ($25), Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. ($28), and Sundays at 2 p.m. ($28).  Wednesday evenings are 10/29 & 11/5 and Saturday matinees are 11/15 & 11/22 only.”
The USM Concert Band
2 p.m. University of Southern Maine: “On Sunday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m., the USM Concert Band will perform live under the direction of  Peter Martin. $8 general admission, $5 students and seniors. Open seating. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or online in advance for no additional fee at www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice, or call the USM Music Box Office at (207) 780-5555.” McCormack Performing Arts Center, Gorham High School, 41 Morrill Ave., Gorham.
‘Richard III’ 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. November: 11/23: Richard III, 2 p.m.; 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.”
Snowlion Repertory’s ‘Wyoming’
2 p.m. Snowlion Repertory Theater. “Our fall production is utterly unique — searingly funny, disturbingly relevant, a show that turns political satire on its head as it celebrates the unquenchable spirit of theater. In Moral & Political Lessons on ‘Wyoming,’ playwright Vincent Sessa reveals a world in which repression and the desire for freedom are locked in a mortal battle for the souls of three young students. In a society where theatrical plays have been stamped out, students read excerpts from the contraband play Wyoming at a ‘Commitment Talk’ run by a panel of community leaders who celebrate the death of theater. As scenes from Wyoming are enacted, the lecture transforms into an actual theatrical event as the young readers find themselves swept away by the power of the dramatic experience created by the material they are reading.  Imaginations soar, long-repressed emotions are reawakened, and the spirit of theater bursts forth, igniting a fierce battle over the very soul of free expression.  Don’t miss this unique comically dramatic offering running November 14 -23 at Portland Stage Studio Theater. http://snowlionrep.org.
Benefit performance for FairPoint workers
5:30 p.m. Harlan Baker will appear as Jimmy Higgins in a one-man show he has written, “Jimmy Higgins: A Life in the Labor Movement,” Sunday, Nov. 23 at the Maine Irish Heritage Center. “This is a benefit performance to aid FairPoint workers who have been out on strike since October 17th and have lost their health care and have a depleted strike fund. The play is set on the eve of the 1960 presidential race; Jimmy Higgins is being interviewed by a college student about his life. Higgins recounts his days as a newspaper boy in Sandusky Ohio during the First World War, his meeting with Eugene Debs and other radicals opposed to American participation in the war, his experiences in the LaFollette campaign for president in 1924 and his experiences a labor reporter covering the union organizing drives of tenant farmers and auto workers in the 1930s. Baker is an adjunct lecturer for the Theater department for the University of Southern Maine and teaches at Southern Maine Community College. He is a former member of the Maine legislature, where he served on the Joint Standing committee on Labor. He is currently a member of the Part Time Faculty Association at the university, local 4593 of The American Federation of Teachers AFL-CIO. As an actor he has performed with numerous professional theater companies throughout New England. ‘Jimmy Higgins’ has long stood for the name of the rank-and-file union and socialist activist. Admission is free for Fairpont workers and by donation on a pay what you can basis for the general public.” For more information contact Harlan Baker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 712-0228.

Monday, Nov. 24

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/
‘Boston Light: A History’ in Windham
7 p.m. Windham Historical Society presents a program called “Boston Light: A History,” Illustrated talk by Sally Snowman, Ph.D. “Noted author and historian and Keeper of Boston Light, the last Coast Guard manned light station in the U.S. located on Little Brewster Island at the entrance of Boston Harbor. It was the first established lighthouse in colonial America in 1716. Public invited. Donation $5; refreshments. For more information,call 892-1306 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
‘Italy’s Fabled Isles, Sicily, Capri & Elba’
7:30 p.m. “The Maine Charitable Mechanic Association will present another exciting travel lecture in our series for 2014/2015. On Nov. 24 we will present ‘Italy’s Fabled Isles, Sicily, Capri & Elba.’ Our ports of call include  places mentioned in Richard Halliburton’s ‘Glorious Adventure’ and Homer’s ‘Odyssey.’ We’ll walk the land once ruled by Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs and Normans while soaking up centuries of culture. Join us at McAuley H.S. auditorium on Stevens Ave. in Portland at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. There is on-site parking and the auditorium is wheelchair accessible. All are welcome, free of charge.”

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Health Insurance Assistance Wednesdays
10 a.m. to noon. Portland Public Library offers Health Insurance Assistance Wednesdays, Nov. 15 to Feb. 15, 10 a.m. to noon in Meeting Room No. 3. “Unsure about the Affordable Care Act? Need to know how it affects you? Portland Public Library has partnered with the Opportunity Alliance to create a workshop for those thinking about signing up for The Affordable Care Act but need help. Meet with a Health Insurance Assistance volunteer to enroll or re-enroll for insurance.” http://www.portlandlibrary.com/programs-events/

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

‘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

Saturday, Nov. 29

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
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

‘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

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
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. .

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.  He performed on Broadway as Chris in Miss Saigon, played Marius in Les Miz and was featured in Stephen Sondheim’s Passion. ... 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

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.”
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.”

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
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
‘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.”

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.”
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, 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.”
‘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.”
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.   
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

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

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.”

Thursday, Dec. 11

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
Libbytown Public Workshop
6 p.m. “Libbytown Public Workshop: Area residents and business owners who want to provide ideas on how Libbytown could develop over the long term are invited to a meeting at the Airport Clarion on Congress Street, Dec. 11 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.”
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
‘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
‘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 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.”
‘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
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.”

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
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/
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
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, 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

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

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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