Southern Maine Events Calendar
December 3rd to December 9th
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Events for Tuesday, December 3rd
Christmas at Victoria Mansion – Joy to the World. Christmas at the Victoria Mansion will be daily until January 6th (excluding Christmas day and New Years) from 11am to 4:30pm. This year, the talented local designers have decorated the Mansion to the theme of Joy to the World. No admission is required. FMI and prices visit victoriamansion.org
Patron Page to Stage Discussion: “The Sound of Music” at the South Portland Public Library from 6:30pm to 8pm. “The Sound of Music” comes to the South Portland Public Library in the latest installment of the “Patron Page to Stage.” Join production director Joshua Chard, musical director Bob Gauthier, and the children featured in this theater classic, as they discuss the long process of bringing this much-loved musical to life. FMI call 207-775-1835.
Joyous Sounds for a Festive Season at the Williston-Immanuel United Church in Portland starting at 7:30pm. The USM Chamber Singers, the university’s’ premiere a capella ensemble will perform their spirited annual tradition conducted by USM music professor, Robert Russell. FMI call 207-780-5265.
Events for Wednesday, December 4th
Welcoming: Energizing Community Connections at the Portland Public Library from 4pm to 6pm. When have you felt most welcome in community spaces? What is the connection between welcoming and civic engagement? All members of the community are welcome to participate in this World Café-style conversation about welcoming as a civic value and practice. FMI call 207-871-1700.
Community Report: Wind Power & Wildlife in Maine at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center in Falmouth from 6pm to 8pm. This community presentation and discussion about Maine Audubon’s latest scientific report will assess where wind power development can be sited in Maine that avoids or minimizes impact on critical wildlife resources. Susan Gallo, a wildlife biologist will be joined by Dave Publicover, senior staff scientist at the Appalachian Mountain Club. A Q&A will follow the presentation with refreshments at 5:30pm. FMI call 207-781-2330
Screening of Sundance Award-Winning Documentary Blood Brother at Westbrook Cinemagic from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. The movie is an intimate portrait of Rocky Braat, an American graphic designer who stumbled upon an HIV orphanage in Indian and left all that he had to create a family with the kids. 34 million people live with HIV worldwide. See the film, make a difference. Cost is $11.50 per person. FMI visit bloodbrotherfilm.com
Events for Thursday, December 5th
Annual Silent Auction at Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick from 5pm to 7:30pm. Join the Brunswick Downtown Association at their Annual Fundraising Event. Enjoy a festive evening of holiday shopping, musical entertainment, complimentary refreshments and hor d’ oevres. FMI visit curtislibrary.com
Tri-CountyTechnical Center Holiday Auction at their Dexter location starting at 6pm. The students of TCTC will hold a holiday auction with all proceeds supporting the Student Leadership fund, which enables students to participate in the Skills USA state, National Competitions, and Maine State Vocational Truck Driving Competition. Free admission. FMI call 207-924-7670 ext 6225.
FREE Car Seat Checkup at Falmouth Fire-EMS from 3pm to 6pm. Safe Kids Maine conducts a variety of public events statewide in partnership with Maine Chevrolet Dealers and other agencies and organizations. They are fully equipped to conduct a car seat inspection to make sure your child is safe and secure. FMI call Safe Kids Maine at 207-899-9461.
Events for Friday, December 6th
Jingle Jam 2013 with Craig Morgan, Jana Kramer, and Uncle Kracker at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee starting at 6:30pm. FMI and tickets visit waterfrontconcerts.com
First Friday Art Walk in downtown Portland. The event is all day with all Art exhibits free and open to the public. FMI visit liveworkportland.org
Festival of Trees “All Creatures Great and Small” at The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor from 12pm to 5pm. There will be a silent auction of more than sixty spectacularly decorated trees and related items, a raffle, and shops including The Stitchery, Décor Galore, Sweets and Savories, ETC, Natures Gift Corner. FMI call 207-441-2512.
23rd Annual Scholarship Gala La Stagione Della Luce Veneziana: A Venetian Season of Light from 5:30pm to 10pm at the Abromson Community Education Center on the USM Portland Campus. A glittering return in the warmth of the holiday season. Enjoy an elegant evening in support of scholarships for USM School of Music students. A Venetian Season of Light includes hors d’oeuvres, a festive holiday banquet, table-side serenading, a champagne toast, dessert, and coffee. FMI and tickets call 207-780-5003 or visit usmmusicgala.org
Maine State Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” continues at Merrill Auditorium starting at 7pm. With nearly 300 talented dancers in gorgeous costumes, a lush set-design that inspires wonder and awe, and music that celebrates the season, the Maine State Ballet’s Nutcracker is Maine’s grandest ballet presentation and a beloved holiday tradition. Tickets range $20-$60. Discounts are available for children, seniors, and groups. FMI call 207-842-0800.
Events for Saturday, December7th
Baked Bean Supper at Prides Corner Church in Westbrook at 5pm. The dinner includes baked beans with ham, macaroni & cheese, cole slaw, Italian bread, homemade pies and beverages. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12. FMI call 207-797-4636.
Holiday Festival for Children sponsored by Advocates for Children at St. Dominic Academy from 9am to 2pm. This festival is a celebration of children and that magical time of year the holidays create. The fun-filled day attracts upwards of 800 parents and children, features children’s entertainer, Rick Charette, Sparks Ark (the wild animal guy), a bounce house, and lots of free crafts to make and take home. FMI call 207-783-3990 or visit advoatesforchildren.net
Wine Tasting at Browne Trading Market on Commercial St. in Portland from 1pm to 5pm. Customers can take their time sampling wine and their knowledgeable wine staff will answer questions to assist those looking to purchase. FMI call 207-775-7560.
The Polar Express returns to the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad! Holiday decorations inside the train add to the festive atmosphere as guests on board meet the Conductor; enjoy hot chocolate and cookies serves by the hot chocolate chefs, and listen to a reading of the story as they journey to the “North Pole.” This event will be held from 3pm to 8pm. FMI and tickets visit mainenarrowgauge.org
Maine State Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” continues at Merrill Auditorium starting at 2pm and again at 7pm. With nearly 300 talented dancers in gorgeous costumes, a lush set-design that inspires wonder and awe, and music that celebrates the season, the Maine State Ballet’s Nutcracker is Maine’s grandest ballet presentation and a beloved holiday tradition. Tickets range $20-$60. Discounts are available for children, seniors, and groups. FMI call 207-842-0800.
Events for Sunday, December 8th
Christmas at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Congress St. in Portland starting at 7:30pm. The Choral Art Society will ring in the holiday season with their traditional Christmas at the Cathedral concert series. Performances will be held at 2:30pm and 7:30pm. Popular holiday songs will include “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” and “Silent Night.” The Portland Brass Quintet will join the Society for the celebration. FMI visit choralart.org
An Afternoon with Santa from 2pm to 5pm at Life Ideals in Lisbon. This family-friendly event to benefit Many Hands Montessori School will feature Christmas crafts and activities for children, pictures with Santa (don’t forget your camera!), a bake sale, craft vendors, raffles, and classic holiday movies. $10 suggested donation per family. FMI: 207-333-3507
My Grown-Ups and Me: Dance it Out with Nyiesha at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine on Free St. in Portland at 11:30am. Join this special parent-child program with special guest Nyiesha de Lima, dancer extraordinaire. Learn some exciting dance moves to try together. Parent participation is required. Ideal for ages 5 and up. FMI call 207-828-1234
Maine State Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” continues at Merrill Auditorium starting at 2pm. With nearly 300 talented dancers in gorgeous costumes, a lush set-design that inspires wonder and awe, and music that celebrates the season, the Maine State Ballet’s Nutcracker is Maine’s grandest ballet presentation and a beloved holiday tradition. Tickets range $20-$60. Discounts are available for children, seniors, and groups. FMI call 207-842-0800.
Victoria Mansion presents- Night of the Nutcracker with Portland Ballet. Join members of the Portland Ballet as they perform scenes from the Victorian Nutcracker in the Stair Hall at Victoria Mansion. This family friendly event is fun for kids of all ages. With each paying adult, two children are admitted free. $5 for additional kids. FMI visit victorianmansion.org
Events for Monday, December 9th
Bluegrass Night at OTTO from 8pm to 10pm. Every Monday night is Bluegrass Night at OTTO’s new 574 Congress Street expansion. Listen to Joe Walsh & Friends crank out world-class bluegrass for FREE! FMI call 207-773-7099
MCMA Film Series. The Maine Charitable Mechanic Association will present the film “Nanook of the North” by documentary film maker, Robert Flaherty. This event will be held from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. FMI mainecharitablemechanicassociation.com
The Holly and the Ivy Festival of Trees continues at the Dyer Library/Saco Museum at 5pm. This will be the 9th annual Festival of Trees, a community event to benefit the programs of the Dyer Library and Saco Museum. There will be dozens of gorgeously decorated trees and wreaths based upon this year’s theme of The Holly and the Ivy-from Sir Henry Walford Davies classic English choral tune and Cecil Sharp’s published text and music. FMI or if you’d like to volunteer call, 207-283-3861.
Waldorf Evening at Birth Roots in Portland from 7pm to 9pm. Waldorf Schools strive to honor and protect the important phase of life that is childhood. Come learn about the Waldorf approach to parenting and early childhood education. They will discuss how we can shape our time and space in ways that best support the healthy development of the young child. FMI call 207-865-3900 ext 163.