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Music calendar

Wednesday, Dec. 17

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

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

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

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

Thursday, Dec. 18

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

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

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

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

Friday, Dec. 19

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

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

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

Saturday, Dec. 20

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

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

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

Sunday, Dec. 21

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

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

Monday, Dec. 22

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

Tuesday, Dec. 23

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

Wednesday, Dec. 24

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

Tuesday, Dec. 30

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

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Events calendar

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Ocean acidification in the Gulf of Maine
4:30 p.m. “Ocean acidification is changing the chemistry of the ocean and is caused primarily by the buildup of carbon dioxide and reductions in pH and calcium carbonate in its waters. Runoff and river discharges, as well as changes in the climate are contributing to the problem. The Gulf of Maine is particularly susceptible and its bounty of shell-producing resources like lobster, clams, mussels and oysters are at risk. Maine is taking the lead to find solutions and a new state commission is studying ocean acidification and its environmental impact on shellfish and its economic impact on coastal economies. Speakers include representatives from the Friends of Casco Bay, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and Maine Ocean Acidification Commission. Senator Chris Johnson & Rep. Mike Devin, Co-Chairs - Commission to Study the Effects of Coastal and Ocean Acidification on Commercially Harvested and Grown Species; Joe Payne, Casco Baykeeper — Friends of Casco Bay; Dr. Mark Green, Professor — Saint Joseph’s College. The Ocean Acidification Forum runs from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the E2Tech Winter Networking event will run from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Forum only: members $15; non-members $30. Forum and networking event: members $25; non-members $40.” Gulf of Maine Research Institute, 350 Commercial St., Portland. http://e2tech.org
Creative Portland, PMF featured at Greendrinks
5:30 p.m. Creative Portland Dec. 3 update: “Representatives from Creative Portland and the Portland Music Foundation (PMF) announced this week that the organizations have merged and PMF president Patrick May has been elected to the Creative Portland Board of Directors. ... Creative Portland will be the featured non-profit on December 16 at Portland Greendrinks (www.portlandgreendrinks.com) to be held at Port City Music Hall. Board members from the PMF and Creative Portland will be on site to talk about the merger and highlight upcoming initiatives.” PtldGreendrinks @PtldGreendrinks on Twitter: “We connect good green folks, businesses and non-profits that drive the culture, economy and creative spirit of Portland, ME. 2nd Tues of every month at 5:30 p.m.” This event is on the third Tuesday.
Chanukah Party at Portland City Hall
5:30 p.m. Grand Menorah Lighting Event of the Year. Chanukah Party at Portland City Hall. Lighting of the menorah on the steps. Chanukah party in the State of Maine room. Juggler Steve Corning, donuts, latkes, dreidles, live music, chocolate gelt, photos with Judah the Maccabee. Chabad of Maine, http://www.chabadofmaine.com
The Parkside Neighborhood Connection Night
6 p.m. “The Parkside Neighborhood Connection Night takes place on the third Tuesday of each month at Sacred Heart Church in Portland, and the Redbank Neighborhood Connection Night takes place the following night, the third Wednesday of each month at the big Redbank Community gym.  Both events start at 6 p.m. The evenings start with a dinner prepared and served by volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering for either Neighborhood Connection Night, contact Chris Gorman: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . On Nov. 5, we kicked off our 50th anniversary celebration with a reception at the Parkside Neighborhood Center. The story of The Opportunity Alliance began 50 years ago as a part of the Johnson Administration’s ‘War on Poverty’ and the creation of Community Action Agencies. .... Both of our monthly Neighborhood Connection Nights, in the Parkside neighborhood of Portland and the Redbank neighborhood of South Portland, serve as wonderful opportunities for neighbors to get  know one another, get more connected with their community, and start building relationships with their neighbors and community leaders.”
Sacrament of Reconciliation in Portland
6 p.m. to 7 p.m. “Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation in parishes and clusters across the Diocese of Portland.”  Portland, St. Peter, 72 Federal St., Monday through Friday, Dec. 15-18, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. or until the last confession is heard. The Sacrament of Reconciliaton will be offered in both English and French on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, as well as on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. St. Joseph Church, 673 Stevens Ave.,Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 16 and 17, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. See more at: http://portlanddiocese.org
Sacrament of Reconciliation in South Portland
6 p.m. to 7 p.m. “Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation in parishes and clusters across the Diocese of Portland.” South Portland, Church of the Holy Cross, 124 Cottage Road, Tuesday through Thursday, Dec. 16-18, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. See more at: http://portlanddiocese.org
Sacrament of Reconciliation in Windham
6 p.m. to 7 p.m. “Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation in parishes and clusters across the Diocese of Portland.” Windham, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 619 Roosevelt Trail, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. See more at: http://portlanddiocese.org
Sacrament of Reconciliation in Yarmouth
6 p.m. to 7 p.m. “Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation in parishes and clusters across the Diocese of Portland.” Yarmouth, Sacred Heart Church, 326 Main St., Tuesday, Dec. 16, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. See more at: http://portlanddiocese.org

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Maine Heritage Policy Center talk in Auburn
noon to 1:30 p.m. “Join The Maine Heritage Policy Center for December’s Maine Prosperity Event: ‘Now What? A Blueprint for Maine’s Path Forward’ with Matthew Gagnon, CEO of The Maine Heritage Policy Center, Hilton Garden Inn, 14 Great Falls Plaza, Auburn.” MHPC member: $20, non-member: $25. http://mainepolicy.org
Maine Charitable Mechanic Association open house
noon to 2 p.m. “The Maine Charitable Mechanic Association’s annual Holiday Open House will be on Wed., Dec. 17 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Library at Mechanics’ Hall, 519 Congress St. There will be live music and great holiday treats plus a tour of our historic 1859 building at 1 p.m. Stop by and see why we are one of Portland’s hidden gems. All are welcome to join us for some holiday cheer!”
King Middle School concert
6 p.m. The public is invited to hear young musicians perform at several free concerts in Portland’s public secondary schools during December. The schedule is: Dec. 17, 6 p.m., King Middle School; Dec. 17, 7 p.m., Deering High School; Dec. 18, 6 p.m., Lincoln Middle School. http://www2.portlandschools.org
Coastal Humane Society’s Holiday Party
6 p.m. Coastal Humane Society’s Annual Holiday Party and Membership Gathering at The Harraseeket Inn, Freeport. “Join Coastal Humane Society adopters, staff, volunteers, members and other supporters for our festive annual holiday gathering! Everyone is invited! We’ll mix and mingle — and eat, drink and be merry — while celebrating our successes from the past year. The event is catered by the Harraseeket Inn, so be sure to save plenty of room! Suggested donation is $25. RSVP required. Family and friends are encouraged to attend! RSVP at: www.coastalhumanesociety.org/holiday.”
SCORE: ‘Managing by the Numbers’
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. “Portland SCORE offers a workshop on “Managing by the Numbers: What your Income Statement and Balance Sheet Tell You,” Wednesday, Dec. 17 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at SCORE Offices, 100 Middle St., Portland. Cost is $35 with online registration. For more details or to register check scoremaine.com or call 772-1147 weekday mornings.”
Sacrament of Reconciliation in Westbrook
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. “Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation in parishes and clusters across the Diocese of Portland.” Westbrook, St. Hyacinth Church, 268 Brown St., Wednesay, Dec. 17, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30  p.m. See more at: http://portlanddiocese.org
Neighborhood Watch meeting in OOB
7 p.m. Town-wide Neighborhood Watch meeting in Old Orchard Beach. “Open to all residents of Old Orchard Beach and Ocean Park. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 7 p.m. at the OOB Police Department Community Room. Meet your neighbors! Do you have neighborhood issues? Let’s find solutions to these issues. Did you know you can report suspicious activity anonymously? Handouts and other material will be available.”
Deering High School concert
7 p.m. The public is invited to hear young musicians perform at several free concerts in Portland’s public secondary schools during December. The schedule is: Dec. 17, 7 p.m., Deering High School; Dec. 18, 6 p.m., Lincoln Middle School. http://www2.portlandschools.org
Fairy Tale Christmas Carol in Bath
7 p.m. Fairy Tale Christmas Carol at the Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath. “Enjoy the fun twist to the old Dickens’ story of Scrooge played by fairy tale characters! Scrooge is, of course, the Big Bad Wolf. There are the three little pigs, Mary had a little lamb, Cinderella, Jack (of beanstalk fame), Humpty Dumpty, Mother Goose and many, many more. Show time 7 p.m. for Dec 18-19-20 and 2 p.m. on Dec 21. $10 tickets.”
‘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. ...  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

Wadsworth-Longfellow House tours
noon. Through Dec. 28: Holiday tours offered Thursday through Sunday on the hour, noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. https://www.mainehistory.org
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Charles Dickens
noon. “This holiday season, Maine Historical Society explores the friendship between the man who is said to have ‘invented America’ and the man who is said to have ‘invented Christmas’ — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Charles Dickens. Guests who tour the house will learn about both men, Dickens’s visit to Portland, Christmas traditions of the Longfellow family (including stories about Christmas cooking!), and the enduring effects of A Christmas Carol on our modern understanding of the holiday. Tours are on the hour, noon to 5 p.m. (last tour leaves at 4 p.m.): Dec 18-21; Dec 26-28. Tours feature A Christmas Carol echoes throughout the rooms, a Dickens mini-exhibit, holiday décor by the Longfellow Garden Club, a scavenger hunt for kids, Scrooge Selfies, and sweet treats. As always, our museum store will feature special products — including those inspired by ‘A Christmas Carol’ in a holiday bazaar that stretches into the Shettleworth Lecture Hall. Select weekend days will also feature pianist David Maxwell playing the Chickering piano in the parlor, or Portland blacksmith Sam Smith demonstrating his trade (and selling his wares) on the front lawn.” www.mainehistory.org
Beatrix Potter’s Christmas
4 p.m. Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland. “Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle Duck, and Mrs. Tittle Mouse all began as pets in Beatrix Potter’s upstairs bedroom. With Victorian socialite parents and a brother at boarding school, young Beatrix found solace and comfort in her animal friends. Making up stories about these pets in her care helped Beatrix feel loved over the Christmas holiday. The playful stories later became popular books that continue to inspire generations of children. The imaginative world of Beatrix Potter will come to life in our Dress Up Theatre this holiday season. Come see our theatre actors tell a story of the young Beatrix Potter and her animal friends.” Thursdays and Fridays, Dec. 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 4 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 22 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine. Purchase Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/972664 or call 800. 838.3006.
Holiday Open House at Portland City Hall
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. “Portland Mayor Michael Brennan and members of the Portland City Council will host a holiday open house on Thursday, Dec. 18, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This holiday gathering is open to the public and is an opportunity for citizens to meet with the Mayor and Councilors and discuss any priorities.” Portland City Hall, State of Maine Room, second floor. http://www.portlandmaine.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=500
#ThirdThursPMA
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. “Dance to Celtic tunes while drinking local brews!” #ThirdThursPMA presents: British Pub Night. “Foundation Brewing Company and Bunker Brewing Company will be pouring whilst The Galley Rats play your favorite sea shanties.” Portland Museum of Art. http://www.portlandmuseum.org
Lincoln Middle School concert
6 p.m. The public is invited to hear young musicians perform at several free concerts in Portland’s public secondary schools during December. The schedule is: Dec. 18, 6 p.m., Lincoln Middle School. http://www2.portlandschools.org
Sacrament of Reconciliation in Brunswick
6 p.m. to 7 p.m. “Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation in parishes and clusters across the Diocese of Portland.” Brunswick, St. John the Baptist Church, 39 Pleasant St., Thursday, Dec. 18, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. See more at: http://portlanddiocese.org
‘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.
Fairy Tale Christmas Carol in Bath
7 p.m. Fairy Tale Christmas Carol at the Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath. “Enjoy the fun twist to the old Dickens’ story of Scrooge played by fairy tale characters! Scrooge is, of course, the Big Bad Wolf. There are the three little pigs, Mary had a little lamb, Cinderella, Jack (of beanstalk fame), Humpty Dumpty, Mother Goose and many, many more. Show time 7 p.m. for Dec 18-19-20 and 2 p.m. on Dec 21. $10 tickets.”
‘A Christmas Carol’ at The Footlights
7 p.m. “‘A Christmas Carol,’ the award-winning adaptation starring Michael J. Tobin as Scrooge, is now playing at The Footlights in Falmouth through Dec. 21. The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future come to life with a large cast, special effects, over 150 costumes pieces and a haunting underscore that will make this Carol the one to see this holiday season. Pay What You Can Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. $18 / $15. Tickets 747-5434. Visit thefootlightsinfalmouth.com. You not only see live theatre, you experience it.”
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. ...  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.”
Westbrook Cinemagic Cult Classics
8 p.m. Westbrook Cinemagic Cult Classics series, with “Die Hard.” All shows are at 8 p.m. with an $8 ticket and have trivia and prizes. “John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save wife Holly Gennaro and several others, taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles. The Cult Classics series brings back the magic of going to the cinema. Join us for a great film, trivia and prizes the third Thursday of every month! Tickets only $8. Check out the trailer! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TQ-pOvI6Xo.http://cinemagicmovies.com/news
Friday, Dec. 19

Wadsworth-Longfellow House tours
noon. Through Dec. 28: Holiday tours offered Thursday through Sunday on the hour, noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. https://www.mainehistory.org
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Charles Dickens
noon. “This holiday season, Maine Historical Society explores the friendship between the man who is said to have ‘invented America’ and the man who is said to have ‘invented Christmas’ — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Charles Dickens. Guests who tour the house will learn about both men, Dickens’s visit to Portland, Christmas traditions of the Longfellow family (including stories about Christmas cooking!), and the enduring effects of A Christmas Carol on our modern understanding of the holiday. Tours are on the hour, noon to 5 p.m. (last tour leaves at 4 p.m.): Dec 18-21; Dec 26-28. Tours feature A Christmas Carol echoes throughout the rooms, a Dickens mini-exhibit, holiday décor by the Longfellow Garden Club, a scavenger hunt for kids, Scrooge Selfies, and sweet treats. As always, our museum store will feature special products — including those inspired by ‘A Christmas Carol’ in a holiday bazaar that stretches into the Shettleworth Lecture Hall. Select weekend days will also feature pianist David Maxwell playing the Chickering piano in the parlor, or Portland blacksmith Sam Smith demonstrating his trade (and selling his wares) on the front lawn.” www.mainehistory.org
‘Coastal’s Holly Jolly Holiday Spectacular’
noon to 6 p.m. “The Coastal Humane Society of Brunswick is planning to place many deserving animals in new homes between now and year’s end. All December long, a special cat adoption promotion called ‘Catmas’ takes place at the Coastal Shelter, which offers 50 percent off adoption fees for cats 6 months and older. The Shelter will also be hosting a festive open house and holiday weekend event, ‘Coastal’s Holly Jolly Holiday Spectacular’ from Dec. 19 through 21.” Coastal’s Holly Jolly Holiday Spectacular is noon to 6 p.m. daily, located at the animal care facility at 30 Range Road. Visit Coastalhumanesociety.org or call 725-5051.
‘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. SOLD OUT. “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
Beatrix Potter’s Christmas
4 p.m. Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland. “Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle Duck, and Mrs. Tittle Mouse all began as pets in Beatrix Potter’s upstairs bedroom. With Victorian socialite parents and a brother at boarding school, young Beatrix found solace and comfort in her animal friends. Making up stories about these pets in her care helped Beatrix feel loved over the Christmas holiday. The playful stories later became popular books that continue to inspire generations of children. The imaginative world of Beatrix Potter will come to life in our Dress Up Theatre this holiday season. Come see our theatre actors tell a story of the young Beatrix Potter and her animal friends.” Thursdays and Fridays, Dec. 18 and 19 at 4 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 20 and 21 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 22 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine. Purchase Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/972664 or call 800. 838.3006.
Horse & Wagon Rides in Portland
4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Portland Downtown District: “Horse & Wagon Rides are from now until Dec. 21, Fridays (4-8 p.m.), Saturdays (2-6 p.m.) and Sundays (1-5 p.m). Free rides on a horse drawn carriage throughout enchanting downtown. Pick up and drop off every half hour in Monument Square!”  https://www.facebook.com/visitportland?hc_location=timeline
Fairy Tale Christmas Carol in Bath
7 p.m. Fairy Tale Christmas Carol at the Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath. “Enjoy the fun twist to the old Dickens’ story of Scrooge played by fairy tale characters! Scrooge is, of course, the Big Bad Wolf. There are the three little pigs, Mary had a little lamb, Cinderella, Jack (of beanstalk fame), Humpty Dumpty, Mother Goose and many, many more. Show time 7 p.m. for Dec 18-19-20 and 2 p.m. on Dec 21. $10 tickets.”
Winter Solstice Celebration
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Maine Audubon, Gilsland Farm in Falmouth. Winter Solstice Celebration. Members: $5, non-members: $7. “Join Maine Audubon and Evelyn Rysdyk and Allies Knowlton from Spirit Passages to honor nature by celebrating the Winter Solstice. We will have story telling by Margi Huber, rituals from around the world, a fire ceremony and more. Refreshments will be served afterwards.” http://maineaudubon.org/events/category/gilsland-farm/
‘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 Carol’ at The Footlights
7:30 p.m. “‘A Christmas Carol,’ the award-winning adaptation starring Michael J. Tobin as Scrooge, is now playing at The Footlights in Falmouth through Dec. 21. The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future come to life with a large cast, special effects, over 150 costumes pieces and a haunting underscore that will make this Carol the one to see this holiday season. Pay What You Can Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. $18 / $15. Tickets 747-5434. Visit thefootlightsinfalmouth.com. You not only see live theatre, you experience it.”
‘A Christmas Story, The Musical’
7:30 p.m. Directed by Joelle Clingerman. Musical Direction by David Delano. “A musical adaptation of the beloved holiday film, ‘A Christmas Story, The Musical,’ takes place in small-town Indiana in the 1940s and focuses on nine year-old Ralphie, who desperately wants, very specifically, a ‘Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model BB rifle with a compass in the stock’ for Christmas. ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,’ says his mother! ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,’ warns his teacher, Mrs. Shields! ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,’ proclaims Santa Claus! Don’t miss this nostalgic and very humorous tale of quirky childhood innocence, perfect for young and old alike!” Portland Players, Dec. 5-21, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. http://portlandplayers.org
‘A Christmas Story’ in Standish
7:30 p.m. “Schoolhouse Arts Center’s is proud to present the hilarious Christmas comedy ‘A Christmas Story’ by Jean Sheppard.  It is the wonderful story of a nine-year-old boy in Holman, Indiana whose foremost desire in life is to receive a Red Ryder air rifle for Christmas. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Schoolhouse Arts Center is located at 16 Richville Road (Route 114) in Standish, just north of the intersection of Route 114 and Route 35. For reservations call 642-3743 or log onto our website at www.schoolhousearts.org.”
Holiday Jazz performance in Gorham
8 p.m. Holiday Jazz performance with the Sammie Davis Trio, curtain at 8 p.m., doors open at 7:30 p.m. For info see our website,  Spire29.com; tickets at holdmyticket.com on sale now. Spire29 on the Square, 29 South St., Gorham, 222-2069.
The Nutcracker Burlesque
8 p.m. ”The Nutcracker Burlesque takes the holiday tale and transforms it into something sultry and modern. Performed with a live band at the St. Lawrence Arts Center on Munjoy Hill in Portland, the show features a wide array of dance genres including ballet, disco, swing, and classic burlesque. The music is adapted from the Nutcracker Ballet to fit a keyboard, drum set, electric guitar, and bass. Some patrons will recognize their favorite standards reinvented as Tchaikovsky never could have imagined. ...  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

Holiday Tree Sale on the Eastern Prom
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and Saturday, Dec. 20, Sunday Dec. 21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cutter Street Lot, Eastern Promenade, second annual Holiday Tree Sale. “Please join the Friends of the Eastern Promenade and Hall’s Tree Farm at the Cutter Street Lot on the Eastern Promenade and get your holiday trees, wreathes, and more! Join us for a fun atmosphere and a great selection of holiday decorating items. For special sizes, color schemes or request, please call 207-939-1194. A portion of all proceeds will benefit Friends of the Eastern Promenade.”
Victorian Christmas celebration at railway museum
10 a.m. Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum: “Saturday, Dec. 20 is our annual Victorian Christmas celebration. Train rides today are free! First train departs Sheepscot Station at 10 a.m., travels to Alna Center where riders can disembark to visit Santa Claus, ride behind a horse-drawn wagon or sleigh (depending on snow level), enjoy a bonfire, and light refreshments before returning to Sheepscot. Patrons who decide to stay between trains should count on an hour-and-a-half visit.  Also there’s often a long line to take the train, which could be another hour.  There are light refreshments in the gift shop. This event will be held rain, snow, sleet, or shine.” Alna, north of Wiscasset. http://wwfry.org/?page_id=60
Maine Artist Collective ‘Miniatures’ exhibit
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. “The Constellation Gallery’s, home of the Maine Artist Collective (MAC), call for art received entrees from all over Maine. As a result MAC’s Miniatures exhibit is the collective’s largest exhibit ever, with over 110 original works. The show runs from Nov. 21 to Jan. 27. ... To celebrate the response from the call for art and the holiday season the gallery will hold a special holiday reception and will be open all day on Dec. 20 from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. ...” The Constellation Gallery located at 511 Congress Street is open Monday noon to 4 p.m., Wednesday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Friday noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Gallery is also by appointment. Call 409.6617.
Wadsworth-Longfellow House tours
noon. Through Dec. 28: Holiday tours offered Thursday through Sunday on the hour, noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. https://www.mainehistory.org
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Charles Dickens
noon. “This holiday season, Maine Historical Society explores the friendship between the man who is said to have ‘invented America’ and the man who is said to have ‘invented Christmas’ — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Charles Dickens. Guests who tour the house will learn about both men, Dickens’s visit to Portland, Christmas traditions of the Longfellow family (including stories about Christmas cooking!), and the enduring effects of A Christmas Carol on our modern understanding of the holiday. Tours are on the hour, noon to 5 p.m. (last tour leaves at 4 p.m.): Dec 18-21; Dec 26-28. Tours feature A Christmas Carol echoes throughout the rooms, a Dickens mini-exhibit, holiday décor by the Longfellow Garden Club, a scavenger hunt for kids, Scrooge Selfies, and sweet treats. As always, our museum store will feature special products — including those inspired by ‘A Christmas Carol’ in a holiday bazaar that stretches into the Shettleworth Lecture Hall. Select weekend days will also feature pianist David Maxwell playing the Chickering piano in the parlor, or Portland blacksmith Sam Smith demonstrating his trade (and selling his wares) on the front lawn.” www.mainehistory.org
‘Coastal’s Holly Jolly Holiday Spectacular’
noon to 6 p.m. “The Coastal Humane Society of Brunswick is planning to place many deserving animals in new homes between now and year’s end. All December long, a special cat adoption promotion called ‘Catmas’ takes place at the Coastal Shelter, which offers 50 percent off adoption fees for cats 6 months and older. The Shelter will also be hosting a festive open house and holiday weekend event, ‘Coastal’s Holly Jolly Holiday Spectacular’ from Dec. 19 through 21.” Coastal’s Holly Jolly Holiday Spectacular is noon to 6 p.m. daily, located at the animal care facility at 30 Range Road. Santa will be at the shelter for Saturday only.  For a complete schedule of events, and details about photos with Santa, visit Coastalhumanesociety.org or call 725-5051.
‘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
Live Nativity in Deering Center
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Deering Center Community Church, 4 Brentwood St., Portland, 773-2423. “Make this a memorable Christmas experience.  See the wonder of Christ’s birth with live animals, characters and scenery.  Fun for the whole family. Visit deeringcentercommunitychurch.org or on Facebook.”
Portland Carol Slam
2:30 p.m. “The third annual Portland Carol Slam will take place on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 2:30 p.m., at Bull Feeney’s Restaurant & Pub on Fore Street in Portland’s Old Port. It will be free and open to the public. The Slam features new holiday carols written by local composers, sung by a choir of local singers.  Audience members will pick a favorite carol, and that carol’s composer will be presented with a holiday wreath. The event is intended to bring fun and merriment to the cold and dark of winter.  It also aims to re-invigorate the music of the holiday season, much of which is repeated year after year.  Carols may feature traditional Christmas texts, but other themes and perspectives on celebrating winter are also encouraged. All comers are welcome! The organizer of the Carol Slam is Benjamin Heasly, a Portland native and resident, and amateur musician. He believes the Portland Carol Slam is unique to Portland, in combining the ‘slam’ format of creative competition with choral composition and singing. Benjamin may be contacted by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Visit the Portland Carol Slam’s blog at http://carolslam.me.
Why Is It Dark At Dinnertime?
3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Gilsland Farm, Falmouth. “Come to Gilsland Farm in the daytime and leave when it is dark.  We will learn more about the solstice through crafts, interactive learning centers and educator-led group time.  We will then head outside for a night hike!  Please bring a snack and flashlight.” Child members: $15, child non-members: $20.     Member $5 each additional sibling, non-member $10 each additional sibling; siblings under 2 are free. Advanced registration encouraged!  Drop-ins are welcome if space is available. http://maineaudubon.org/events
Bean Supper in South Portland
5 p.m. to 6 p.m. “Bean Supper, Saturday, Dec. 20, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at People’s United Methodist Church, 310 Broadway, South Portland. Baked beans, casseroles, homemade pies and more; $8 each, $17 family.”
Mid Winter’s Eve at Stonehenge
7 p.m. Southworth Planetarium. “The planetarium’s official Stonehenge scholar, Lawrence Price, guides you through the world’s most famous megalithic structure.” http://usm.maine.edu/events
‘A Christmas Story, The Musical’
7:30 p.m. Directed by Joelle Clingerman. Musical Direction by David Delano. “A musical adaptation of the beloved holiday film, ‘A Christmas Story, The Musical,’ takes place in small-town Indiana in the 1940s and focuses on nine year-old Ralphie, who desperately wants, very specifically, a ‘Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model BB rifle with a compass in the stock’ for Christmas. ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,’ says his mother! ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,’ warns his teacher, Mrs. Shields! ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,’ proclaims Santa Claus! Don’t miss this nostalgic and very humorous tale of quirky childhood innocence, perfect for young and old alike!” Portland Players, Dec. 5-21, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. http://portlandplayers.org
‘A Christmas Carol’ at The Footlights
7:30 p.m. “‘A Christmas Carol,’ the award-winning adaptation starring Michael J. Tobin as Scrooge, is now playing at The Footlights in Falmouth through Dec. 21. The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future come to life with a large cast, special effects, over 150 costumes pieces and a haunting underscore that will make this Carol the one to see this holiday season. Pay What You Can Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. $18 / $15. Tickets 747-5434. Visit thefootlightsinfalmouth.com. You not only see live theatre, you experience it.”
‘A Christmas Story’ in Standish
7:30 p.m. “Schoolhouse Arts Center’s is proud to present the hilarious Christmas comedy ‘A Christmas Story’ by Jean Sheppard.  It is the wonderful story of a nine-year-old boy in Holman, Indiana whose foremost desire in life is to receive a Red Ryder air rifle for Christmas. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Schoolhouse Arts Center is located at 16 Richville Road (Route 114) in Standish, just north of the intersection of Route 114 and Route 35. For reservations call 642-3743 or log onto our website at www.schoolhousearts.org.”
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. ...  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.”
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

Holiday Tree Sale on the Eastern Prom
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and Saturday, Dec. 20, Sunday Dec. 21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cutter Street Lot, Eastern Promenade, second annual Holiday Tree Sale. “Please join the Friends of the Eastern Promenade and Hall’s Tree Farm at the Cutter Street Lot on the Eastern Promenade and get your holiday trees, wreathes, and more! Join us for a fun atmosphere and a great selection of holiday decorating items. For special sizes, color schemes or request, please call 207-939-1194. A portion of all proceeds will benefit Friends of the Eastern Promenade.”
Brunch with Santa in Windham
noon. Msgr. William G. Cunneen Council 10020, Windham. “The Knight of Columbus will host a Brunch with Santa from 11 a.m. until noon. The menu includes homemade pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, fresh donuts from the Village Bake Shop in Raymond, coffee, tea, milk and juice. The price is $6 per person. The proceeds from this brunch will go to the Social, Peace and Justice Commission at Our Lady’s Catholic Church in Windham. The Commission provides foods for families in need and this year the need is very great. We will hold the brunch at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 919 Roosevelt Trail (Route 302) Windham.”
Wadsworth-Longfellow House tours
noon. Through Dec. 28: Holiday tours offered Thursday through Sunday on the hour, noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. https://www.mainehistory.org
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Charles Dickens
noon. “This holiday season, Maine Historical Society explores the friendship between the man who is said to have ‘invented America’ and the man who is said to have ‘invented Christmas’ — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Charles Dickens. Guests who tour the house will learn about both men, Dickens’s visit to Portland, Christmas traditions of the Longfellow family (including stories about Christmas cooking!), and the enduring effects of A Christmas Carol on our modern understanding of the holiday. Tours are on the hour, noon to 5 p.m. (last tour leaves at 4 p.m.): Dec 18-21; Dec 26-28. Tours feature A Christmas Carol echoes throughout the rooms, a Dickens mini-exhibit, holiday décor by the Longfellow Garden Club, a scavenger hunt for kids, Scrooge Selfies, and sweet treats. As always, our museum store will feature special products — including those inspired by ‘A Christmas Carol’ in a holiday bazaar that stretches into the Shettleworth Lecture Hall. Select weekend days will also feature pianist David Maxwell playing the Chickering piano in the parlor, or Portland blacksmith Sam Smith demonstrating his trade (and selling his wares) on the front lawn.” www.mainehistory.org
‘A Christmas Carol’ at Portland Stage
noon and 5 p.m. “A Christmas Carol” at Portland Stage, Nov. 28 – Dec. 24. “Celebrate the holidays with this timeless tale that embodies the season: love, family, and the spirit of goodwill. See it brought to life on-stage, with charming costumes, delightful music, and a few ghostly apparitions. This magical production is perfect for the entire family, guaranteed to warm the heart of every Scrooge. Start a family tradition of your own. Order your seats today.” Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sundays at noon and 5 p.m. http://www.portlandstage.org/events/a-christmas-carol
‘A Christmas Story’ in Standish
2 p.m. “Schoolhouse Arts Center’s is proud to present the hilarious Christmas comedy ‘A Christmas Story’ by Jean Sheppard.  It is the wonderful story of a nine-year-old boy in Holman, Indiana whose foremost desire in life is to receive a Red Ryder air rifle for Christmas. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Schoolhouse Arts Center is located at 16 Richville Road (Route 114) in Standish, just north of the intersection of Route 114 and Route 35. For reservations call 642-3743 or log onto our website at www.schoolhousearts.org.”
‘A Christmas Carol’ at The Footlights
2 p.m. “‘A Christmas Carol,’ the award-winning adaptation starring Michael J. Tobin as Scrooge, is now playing at The Footlights in Falmouth through Dec. 21. The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future come to life with a large cast, special effects, over 150 costumes pieces and a haunting underscore that will make this Carol the one to see this holiday season. Pay What You Can Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. $18 / $15. Tickets 747-5434. Visit thefootlightsinfalmouth.com. You not only see live theatre, you experience it.”
Casco Bay Walk at Wolfe’s Neck Woods
2 p.m. “Enjoy views of islands and rocky shores on this one-mile walk along the beautiful Casco Bay trail. ... Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Freeport. 865-4465. Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park offers nature programs on Sundays at 2 p.m. through Dec. 28. Most programs start at the circle of benches at the end of the second parking lot unless otherwise noted, and may include walks, talks, and activities in a beautiful natural setting. ... Programs last about one hour, weather permitting. No reservations needed except for group use, and the nature programs are free with park admission. ... For more information or to arrange for group visits, please call 865-4465.”
‘A Christmas Story, The Musical’
2:30 p.m. Directed by Joelle Clingerman. Musical Direction by David Delano. “A musical adaptation of the beloved holiday film, ‘A Christmas Story, The Musical,’ takes place in small-town Indiana in the 1940s and focuses on nine year-old Ralphie, who desperately wants, very specifically, a ‘Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model BB rifle with a compass in the stock’ for Christmas. ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,’ says his mother! ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,’ warns his teacher, Mrs. Shields! ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,’ proclaims Santa Claus! Don’t miss this nostalgic and very humorous tale of quirky childhood innocence, perfect for young and old alike!” Portland Players, Dec. 5-21, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. http://portlandplayers.org
‘Magic of Christmas 2014’
5 p.m. “The Magic of Christmas” concert at Merrill Auditorium. Friday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 20, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 21, at 1 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 21, at 5 p.m. Merrill Auditorium. “Robert Moody strikes up the biggest band in town for the 35th anniversary of Maine’s finest holiday extravaganza. Celebrate the traditions, story and spirit of the season — experience the Magic for yourself!” http://www.portlandsymphony.org/content/tickets/browse-performances/magic
Christmas Pageant and Candlelight Service
6 p.m. Deering Center Community Church, 4 Brentwood St., Portland, 773-2423. “Jesus the Greatest Gift of All.” www.deeringcentercommunitychurch.org
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

Landscapes & Gardens Class Holiday Sale
8:30 a.m. “The Landscapes and Gardens Program at the Portland Public Schools’ Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) is holding its annual holiday sale at the greenhouse from now until Dec. 23. The students have made wreaths, evergreen swags, botanical products and table arrangements. Delivery is available or stop by the greenhouse during school hours or by appointment. The following items are available: wreaths, $15; swags, $10; holiday table decoration, $10; soap, $2-$4; lip balm, $2; hand salve, $4; potted plants, $2-$8; other small botanical gifts. The green house is open Mondays 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or by appointment. PATHS is located at 196 Allen Avenue in Portland. For more information, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
State Menorah Lighting
noon to 1 p.m. “Latkes, doughnuts, menorah lighting, chocolate gelt, dreidels, clown, arts & crafts, and much more! Join us with Governor Paul Lepage in attendance! Hall of Flags, State Capitol.” www.chabadofmaine.com
Portland’s Homeless Persons Annual Memorial Vigil
4 p.m. Preble Street Resource Center. “Please join us at Portland’s Homeless Persons Annual Memorial Vigil sponsored by Preble Street, Mercy Hospital and the City of Portland. Monday, December 22, is a time to remember our homeless friends who have died and to recommit ourselves to the task of ending homelessness. A candlelight procession will start at 4:00 pm at Preble Street Resource Center and proceed to Monument Square. There will be a ceremony at 4:30 p.m. dedicated to those homeless persons in our community who have died. All persons who are homeless, who have been homeless, who work with the homeless or who are thankful they are not homeless are welcome to participate. See more at: http://preblestreet.org/events/Portlands-Homeless-Persons-Annual-Memorial-Vigil/820/#sthash.nAOdHWQW.dpuf.
Poetry Aloud Winter Poem Spectacular
5:45 p.m. Portland Public Library. “Please join us for PPL’s Poetry Aloud Winter Poem Spectacular! Bring a poem you love by a published poet to read aloud in the Rines Auditorium on Monday, Dec. 22. Doors at 5:45; reading from 6-7 p.m. Since our readings have gone so quickly in the past, feel free to bring up to two poems to read as time allows. We’ll have wonderful treats as usual. And we don’t usually focus on specific themes, but this time around, feel free to share one of your favorite wintry, festive, or holiday poems. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Reader’s Advisory desk at 871-1700, ext. 705, if you have any questions about the group.”
‘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
‘FunkFest for FairPoint Strikers’
8:30 p.m. Benefit Concert for Striking FairPoint Workers, tickets $10 at the door. Monday, Dec. 22, doors open at 8:30 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m. Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland. “A lineup of some of Portland’s most prominent musicians is holding a ‘FunkFest for FairPoint Strikers’ on Monday, December 22, at Empire music hall. The evening will be headlined by the eight-piece band Model Airplane. Adam Waxman and Joe Farrell and special guest Kenya Hall will also perform. The announcement of the benefit concert at Empire marks the latest surge in public support for the FairPoint strikers. Since the strike began on October 17, the workers’ relief fund has received nearly $150,000 in donations.” https://www.facebook.com/maineaflcio?fref=nf

Tuesday, Dec. 23

‘A Christmas Carol’ at Portland Stage
2 p.m. and 7 p.m. “A Christmas Carol” at Portland Stage, Nov. 28 – Dec. 24. “Celebrate the holidays with this timeless tale that embodies the season: love, family, and the spirit of goodwill. See it brought to life on-stage, with charming costumes, delightful music, and a few ghostly apparitions. This magical production is perfect for the entire family, guaranteed to warm the heart of every Scrooge. Start a family tradition of your own. Order your seats today.” Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sundays at noon and 5 p.m. http://www.portlandstage.org/events/a-christmas-carol
The 25th Christmas with Cornils
7:30 p.m. “Featuring Municipal Organist, Ray Cornils; the Kotzschmar Festival Brass; the Parish Ringers and Musica de Filia. Tickets: $39, $34, $23 Reserved seating. ... Founded in 1981, the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ (FOKO), a nonprofit organization, supports the Kotzschmar Organ.” http://www.foko.org/kotzschmar/concerts-events
Mama’s Crowbar piano night
9:05 p.m. Mama’s Crowbar, 189 Congress St., Portland. “During one of the longest nights of the Crowbar’s final year, it’s time for one last holiday season piano night. Bring your sleigh bells, your dumb holiday clothes, and gift wrapped $1 bills for the piano man. Post your wishlist to Jolly Old Saint Dority on here and if you’ve been a good little regular and finished all your beers and played air drums each Tuesday, he’ll bring you the holiday songs you dreamed of. Holiday Bonus Time: If you request a song in advance and volunteer to bring at least five copies of the lyrics on treepaper for folks to sing with, you get your pick of a happy hour priced beer. I’m not saying we are trying to avoid scaring a time travelling Charles Dickens but ... let’s stay analog for this last Christmas, just in case.” https://www.facebook.com/mamascrowbar

Wednesday, Dec. 24

‘A Christmas Carol’ at Portland Stage
noon. “A Christmas Carol” at Portland Stage, Nov. 28 – Dec. 24. “Celebrate the holidays with this timeless tale that embodies the season: love, family, and the spirit of goodwill. See it brought to life on-stage, with charming costumes, delightful music, and a few ghostly apparitions. This magical production is perfect for the entire family, guaranteed to warm the heart of every Scrooge. Start a family tradition of your own. Order your seats today.” Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sundays at noon and 5 p.m. http://www.portlandstage.org/events/a-christmas-carol
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
6 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, First Baptist Church, Westbrook. “Join us at 6 p.m. for a very special Christmas Eve service that will include music, video and spoken word. Bring your family and celebrate Christmas with us.”

Thursday, Dec. 25

Merry Christmas!

Westbrook-Warren Church free dinner
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Westbrook-Warren Church, 810 Main St., Westbroo, 854-9157, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . “Our eighth year.”

Friday, Dec. 26

Wadsworth-Longfellow House tours
noon. Through Dec. 28: Holiday tours offered Thursday through Sunday on the hour, noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. https://www.mainehistory.org
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Charles Dickens
noon. “This holiday season, Maine Historical Society explores the friendship between the man who is said to have ‘invented America’ and the man who is said to have ‘invented Christmas’ — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Charles Dickens. Guests who tour the house will learn about both men, Dickens’s visit to Portland, Christmas traditions of the Longfellow family (including stories about Christmas cooking!), and the enduring effects of A Christmas Carol on our modern understanding of the holiday. Tours are on the hour, noon to 5 p.m. (last tour leaves at 4 p.m.): Dec 26-28. Tours feature A Christmas Carol echoes throughout the rooms, a Dickens mini-exhibit, holiday décor by the Longfellow Garden Club, a scavenger hunt for kids, Scrooge Selfies, and sweet treats. As always, our museum store will feature special products — including those inspired by ‘A Christmas Carol’ in a holiday bazaar that stretches into the Shettleworth Lecture Hall. Select weekend days will also feature pianist David Maxwell playing the Chickering piano in the parlor, or Portland blacksmith Sam Smith demonstrating his trade (and selling his wares) on the front lawn.” www.mainehistory.org
Comedian Bob Marley at Merrill
7 p.m. “Maine’s Own Guinness World Record Holder, Bob Marley, returns the week after Christmas to host his 15th annual holiday shows at Merrill Auditorium with the Marley guarantee — every year it’s a brand new show! Don’t miss out on this Maine holiday tradition.” At Merrill Auditorium. Presented by FB Productions, with special guest Krazy Jake. Tickets $48 (includes $5.50 fee). Friday, Dec. 26; Saturday, Dec. 27; Sunday, Dec. 28; Wednesday, Dec. 31. https://tickets.porttix.com/public/show.asp

Saturday, Dec. 27

Wadsworth-Longfellow House tours
noon. Through Dec. 28: Holiday tours offered Thursday through Sunday on the hour, noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. https://www.mainehistory.org
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Charles Dickens
noon. “This holiday season, Maine Historical Society explores the friendship between the man who is said to have ‘invented America’ and the man who is said to have ‘invented Christmas’ — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Charles Dickens. Guests who tour the house will learn about both men, Dickens’s visit to Portland, Christmas traditions of the Longfellow family (including stories about Christmas cooking!), and the enduring effects of A Christmas Carol on our modern understanding of the holiday. Tours are on the hour, noon to 5 p.m. (last tour leaves at 4 p.m.): Dec 26-28. Tours feature A Christmas Carol echoes throughout the rooms, a Dickens mini-exhibit, holiday décor by the Longfellow Garden Club, a scavenger hunt for kids, Scrooge Selfies, and sweet treats. As always, our museum store will feature special products — including those inspired by ‘A Christmas Carol’ in a holiday bazaar that stretches into the Shettleworth Lecture Hall. Select weekend days will also feature pianist David Maxwell playing the Chickering piano in the parlor, or Portland blacksmith Sam Smith demonstrating his trade (and selling his wares) on the front lawn.” www.mainehistory.org
Comedian Bob Marley at Merrill
7 p.m. “Maine’s Own Guinness World Record Holder, Bob Marley, returns the week after Christmas to host his 15th annual holiday shows at Merrill Auditorium with the Marley guarantee — every year it’s a brand new show! Don’t miss out on this Maine holiday tradition.” At Merrill Auditorium. Presented by FB Productions, with special guest Krazy Jake. Tickets $48 (includes $5.50 fee). Friday, Dec. 26; Saturday, Dec. 27; Sunday, Dec. 28; Wednesday, Dec. 31. https://tickets.porttix.com/public/show.asp

Sunday, Dec. 28

Wadsworth-Longfellow House tours
noon. Through Dec. 28: Holiday tours offered Thursday through Sunday on the hour, noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. https://www.mainehistory.org
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Charles Dickens
noon. “This holiday season, Maine Historical Society explores the friendship between the man who is said to have ‘invented America’ and the man who is said to have ‘invented Christmas’ — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Charles Dickens. Guests who tour the house will learn about both men, Dickens’s visit to Portland, Christmas traditions of the Longfellow family (including stories about Christmas cooking!), and the enduring effects of A Christmas Carol on our modern understanding of the holiday. Tours are on the hour, noon to 5 p.m. (last tour leaves at 4 p.m.): Dec 26-28. Tours feature A Christmas Carol echoes throughout the rooms, a Dickens mini-exhibit, holiday décor by the Longfellow Garden Club, a scavenger hunt for kids, Scrooge Selfies, and sweet treats. As always, our museum store will feature special products — including those inspired by ‘A Christmas Carol’ in a holiday bazaar that stretches into the Shettleworth Lecture Hall. Select weekend days will also feature pianist David Maxwell playing the Chickering piano in the parlor, or Portland blacksmith Sam Smith demonstrating his trade (and selling his wares) on the front lawn.” www.mainehistory.org
Winter in the Woods in Freeport
2 p.m. “Discover the ways both plants and animals survive the winter here in Maine. Program is for both children and adults. ... Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Freeport. 865-4465. Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park offers nature programs on Sundays at 2 p.m. through Dec. 28. Most programs start at the circle of benches at the end of the second parking lot unless otherwise noted, and may include walks, talks, and activities in a beautiful natural setting. ... Programs last about one hour, weather permitting. No reservations needed except for group use, and the nature programs are free with park admission. ... For more information or to arrange for group visits, please call 865-4465.”
Comedian Bob Marley at Merrill
7 p.m. “Maine’s Own Guinness World Record Holder, Bob Marley, returns the week after Christmas to host his 15th annual holiday shows at Merrill Auditorium with the Marley guarantee — every year it’s a brand new show! Don’t miss out on this Maine holiday tradition.” At Merrill Auditorium. Presented by FB Productions, with special guest Krazy Jake. Tickets $48 (includes $5.50 fee). Friday, Dec. 26; Saturday, Dec. 27; Sunday, Dec. 28; Wednesday, Dec. 31. https://tickets.porttix.com/public/show.asp

Monday, Dec. 29

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

Wednesday, Dec. 31

NRCM Polar Bear Plunge and 5K Race
9:30 a.m. NRCM Polar Bear Plunge and 5K Race, Wednesday, Dec. 31, East End Beach, Portland. “Be bold in the cold with a plunge and/or a walk or run in Portland’s East End to support the Natural Resources Council of Maine’s work to reduce climate changing pollution. Pre-register online at: http://nrcm.kintera.org/dipdash. Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31 at the Back Cove parking area (across from Hannaford). The 5k begins at 11 a.m. and the dip will be at noon — the ‘warmest’ part of the day! A shuttle will return you to your car after the dip at East End Beach. More information: http://nrcm.kintera.org/dipdash.
New Years Gorham with Spire 29
7 p.m. New Years Gorham with Spire 29; Dj, dancing, and appetizers. Doors open at 7 p.m.! For info see our website; Spire 29.com. Tickets at holdmyticket.com on sale now. Spire29 on the Square, 29 South St., Gorham, 222-2069
Comedian Bob Marley at Merrill
7 p.m. “Maine’s Own Guinness World Record Holder, Bob Marley, returns the week after Christmas to host his 15th annual holiday shows at Merrill Auditorium with the Marley guarantee — every year it’s a brand new show! Don’t miss out on this Maine holiday tradition.” At Merrill Auditorium. Presented by FB Productions, with special guest Krazy Jake. Tickets $48 (includes $5.50 fee). Friday, Dec. 26; Saturday, Dec. 27; Sunday, Dec. 28; Wednesday, Dec. 31. https://tickets.porttix.com/public/show.asp
‘New Year’s Planetarium’
7 p.m. “A celebration of the new year down in our star dome theatre. We started this program as a small addition to New Year’s Portland.  We later learned that New Year’s Portland ended sometime in the Mid-Victorian and therefore we were adding to something that no longer existed. So, the event is not a bit metaphysical, which is just danday. During New Year’s Planetarium, you may see any of our shows, can explore the night sky as it will appear in the new year and you may watch the TIMES SQUARE countdown from our underground dome and then flee away from any traffic congestion. Wednesday, Dec. 31, begins at 7 p.m, and ends, of course, at midnight. One donation will buy a pass to see any or all of the shows tonight. (Suggested:  $6-8). 7:15 p.m. Rusty Rocket in Full Dome! 8 p.m. Eight Planets and Counting: full dome version; 8:45 p.m. Night Sky Tour; 9 p.m.  Ibex Full Dome Show; 9:45 p.m. Two Small Pieces Of Glass Full Dome Show; 10:15 p.m.  Eight Planets And Counting: Full Dome Version; 11 p.m. Dinosaurs At Dusk! 11:45 p.m.  Night Sky Tour; 11:55 p.m. Watch The Times Square Countdown.  For more information: 780-4249, www.usm.maine.edu/planet

Thursday, Jan. 1

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

Tuesday, Jan. 6

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

Thursday, Jan. 8

‘A Storm of Witchcraft’ with MHS
7 p.m. “‘A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience.’ Speaker: Emerson ‘Tad’ Baker. In 1692 more than 150 people would be accused of witchcraft, and 25 would die in the Salem witch trials, the largest witchcraft outbreak in American history. In this illustrated talk about his new book, Tad Baker explores the catalogue of explanations that have been put forward over the years to solve the mystery of what happened in 1692. Behind the events in Salem and surrounding towns was a unique convergence of conditions, including a new charter and government, a grim and bloody frontier war in Maine, and sectarian and political power-struggles. Indeed, the destruction of Falmouth in 1690 (present-day Portland) and York in 1692 were key triggers to a witch hunt that would see Falmouth’s minister, George Burroughs tried and executed for witchcraft. Cost: Free for MHS members; $8 for non-members. Baker is a professor of history at Salem State University and the award-winning author of many works on the history of early Maine and New England. His previous book is ‘The Devil of Great Island: Witchcraft and Conflict in Early New England.’ A resident of York, he has served as an advisor for PBS-TV’s ‘American Experience’ and ‘Colonial House,’ and has also co-authored an iPhone app on the witchcraft crisis.” Maine Historical Society. https://www.mainehistory.org/programs_events.shtml#event_432.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

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

Friday, Jan. 16

Sea Dogs 2015 Hot Stove Dinner, Silent Auction
5:30 p.m. “Former Boston Red Sox outfielder Johnny Damon will be the featured guest at the Sea Dogs 2015 Hot Stove Dinner and Silent Auction, which benefits the Maine Children’s Cancer Program.  The event will take place on Friday, Jan. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Sable Oaks Marriott in South Portland.  Additional guests will be announced. Tickets for the event are now on sale. Tickets are $50 and are limited to 300. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Hadlock Field Ticket Office, by phone at 207-879-9500 or online at www.seadogs.com. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the Silent Auction running from 5:30 to 7 p.m.  A buffet dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 7 p.m. Everyone who attends will receive an autographed 8 X 10 photo of Damon. All proceeds from the dinner and silent auction will benefit the official charity of the Portland Sea Dogs’; the Strike Out Cancer in Kids Program.  The Strike Out Cancer in Kids Program was established in 1995 to raise money for the Maine Children’s Cancer Program. For every strikeout that a Sea Dogs’ pitcher throws money is raised through generous pledges of businesses and individuals.  In the 20 year history of the program more than four million dollars has been raised.  For more information on the Strike Out Cancer in Kids Program log onto www.seadogs.com.”
Maine Tourism Association farewell event
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Vaughn Stinson of the Maine Tourism Association farewell. “Help us celebrate his accomplishments as CEO of the Maine Tourism Association (February 1998 to December 2014) on Jan. 16 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland.”

Sunday, Jan. 18

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

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Superintendent’s Book Club
7 p.m. “Portland Public Schools Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk will host the winter meeting of the Superintendent’s Book Club on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. at Longfellow Books in Monument Square in Portland. Caulk will lead the discussion of ‘21 Trends for the 21st Century: Out of the Trenches and Into the Future’ by Gary Marx. The public is invited to attend the event free of charge and no sign-up is required.”

Saturday, Jan. 31

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

Tuesday, Feb. 3

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

Saturday, Feb. 7

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

Monday, March 2

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

Wednesday, March 4

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

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