Trips planned to art exhibit, luncheon and symphony

The Kennebunkport Parks & Recreation Department has planned three adult trips to close out 2012.

An outing to the Portland Museum of Art, featuring a docent-led tour of “Weatherbeaten: Winslow Homer and Maine,” will be held at 1 p.m. Nov. 28 for a fee of $5 for members and $20 for all others. Plans are to stop for early dinner on the return trip at attendees’ own expense.

A trip to the Stone Mountain Arts Center is planned for 10 a.m. Dec. 11 for a FaLaLa luncheon and viewing of famous holiday movie clips. Cost is $39 per person and includes a roast chicken meal.

A trip to see the Magic of Christmas/Portland Symphony Orchestra will be held at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 21. Cost is $42 per person.

Transportation is included in the above fees. A van will leave from 30 North St. for all planned outings.

Checks should be made payable to K’Port Parks & Recreation and be mailed to P.O. Box 566, Kennebunkport, ME 04046.

Receipt of payment will reserve a seat on the bus as space allows.

For more details, call 967-4304.


Downtown District reveals slate of free holiday events

Portland’s Downtown District officials have announced a number of free events to usher in the holidays in downtown Portland.

A Christmas tree lighting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Monument Square. Rick Charette and the Bubblegum Band will perform.

Free horse-drawn wagon rides will be offered from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, all beginning and ending at Monument Square every 30 minutes.

A Twelve Days of Christmas event, featuring daily free raffles for items at downtown merchant shops, will be held Friday through Dec. 16.

A Shop For a Cause Day will be held Dec. 1. A portion of sales from participating downtown stores will go to Junior Achievement of Maine.

Holidays in the Heart of Portland will be held Dec. 8 offering a schedule of holiday sales; art exhibitions, live music, demonstrations, raffles.

Merry Madness will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 13, beginning with a kick-off party from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Portland Regency Hotel and Spa, at 20 Milk St., and including free hors d’oeuvres, raffles and music.

For a complete list of activities and participating businesses, go to


Cancer patients, supporters invited to join indoor walks

The Cancer Care Center of York County is offering a free Whistle While You Walk program for cancer patients and their support partners, meeting from 6 to 8 a.m. on Tuesdays, from Nov. 20 to Dec. 18 at the Walmart off Route 109.

Four times around the inside perimeter of the store is a 1.2 mile walk. All walkers will receive a water bottle, whistle, and pedometer.

Attendees should meet just inside the store’s front entrance. For details, call Shannon at 459-1658 or email [email protected]

Church schedules annual Thanksgiving Pie Sale

Crossroads United Methodist Church’s annual Thanksgiving Pie Sale will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, or while supplies last.

Varieties will include pumpkin, lemon, mincemeat, pecan, cherry, blueberry and apple.

The cost is $7 each for cream pies, $8 each for fruit pies and $9 each for mincemeat and pecan pies. Come early for best selection. The church is located at Route 202 and Grammar Road.


Tree lighting to be held Sunday, with music, food

The Annual New Gloucester Tree Lighting will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the New Gloucester Town Hall, Route 231.

Emcee Kevin Fowler will introduce the Gray-New Gloucester Chorus, the holiday sing-along and the lucky child who lights the holiday tree.

Refreshments will follow at the Public Library. The Historical Society will hold an open house at the History Barn.

The event is free and open to the public. For more details, call Leonard Brooks at 926-3188.


Bring a poem to share, or just listen, at library event

York Public Library, at 15 Long Sands Road, will host “An Evening of Poetry” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Attendees are encouraged to bring poems to share, both original poems or those written by known poets.

At least one poem should relate to the November theme of hunger.

Readings occur in roundtable format and are facilitated by Priscilla Cookson.

For more details, call 363-2818 or go to


Community contradance at Wescustogo Grange Hall

The Down East Friends of the Folk Arts will hold a community contradance from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Wescustogo Grange Hall, Route 115.

The band Scrod Pudding will provide musical accompaniment and calling will be provided by Chrissy Fowler.

Each dance will be taught and all levels of dancers are invited.

Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students or first dance only, and $5 for children, with a maximum charge of $25 per family.

For more information, call Richard Green at 685-8141 or email [email protected]


Space available to rent at church holiday craft fair

Spaces are still available for artisans and crafters who wish to sell their wares during the Raymond Village Community Church’s Holiday Craft Fair, set for Dec. 1 at the church at 27 Main St., Route 121, in Raymond Village.

Tables are $15.

To rent a spot, call Brenda Stevenson at 655-3450.


‘Nutcracker’ musical opens Saturday, runs through Dec. 9

Sanford Maine Stage Theatre will offer performances of the musical “The Nutcracker” beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Nasson Little Theatre, 457 Main St.

Additional performances will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 6, 7, 8, with matinees planned for 2 p.m. on Nov. 25 and Dec. 9. Additionally, there will be two special school performances at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 6 and 7, by reservation only, for $5 per person.

Kelli Leigh Ann Connors directs the cast.

Tickets are $12 for adults, and $10 for senior citzens, students and children ages 12 and younger.

For more details, call 324-8227 or go to


‘Look Good Feel Better’ program for cancer patients

The American Cancer Society will sponsor a “Look Good Feel Better” program from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Cancer Care Center of York County, offering tips and free make-up for women who are undergoing cancer treatment.

A trained volunteer cosmetologist will teach attendees how to cope with skin changes and hair loss by offering practice make-up techniques with skin care products, information on free wigs and turbans and complimentary cosmetic products to take home. Pre-registration is required by calling Gina at 459-1601.


Registrations now accepted for Miss Maine pageant

Registrations are now being accepted for individuals who wish to participate in the 77th annual Miss Maine Scholarship Pageant, set for June 2013 at the Crooker Theater at Brunswick High School.

The Miss Maine Scholarship Pageant is the official state preliminary to the Miss America Pageant, one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and the largest source of scholarships for women in the world.

All participating contestants will receive scholarship assistance, while Miss Maine receives more than $75,000 in cash and in-kind scholarships and prizes, including to attend two or four-year universities or colleges or post-graduate or graduate school. 

Potential contestants must be United States citizen, between the ages of 17 and 24 and must be a high school graduate no later than six months after the date of the competition. 

She must be a resident of Maine, attend a Maine university or college, or work full time in Maine. 

Deadline for participation is March 1, 2013.

Contestants will compete in a talent competition and will be judged on interview, on-stage question, evening gown and swim suit competition and via an overall score.

Registration form and additional information is available at or contact Audrey Findlen at [email protected]