Group to look at keepsakes
The Scarborough Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the society’s museum and meeting room, located at 647 Route 1 (adjacent to the Dunstan Fire Station).
A brief business meeting will be followed by a presentation titled “Keepsakes Night.”
Members and guests are invited to share either a keepsake and/or a story related to their Christmas holiday as a child or an adult.
Refreshments will be served.
All monthly meetings are free to members of the public. However, donations are welcomed. The presentation is about one hour in length.
For more details, call Dr. Bruce Thurlow at 883-5445.
Engine hosts arts and crafts fair
Engine, a community arts organization, will host its second annual Anti-Freeze! Art + Craft Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 110 Main Street, Saco, next door to the Saco River Market on Saco Island. Additionally, the Oak and the Ax will be hosting artisans at 140 Main St. in Biddeford.
Shoppers will have a chance to browse and buy unique gifts made by over 40 local artists and crafters.
Saturday also is “Shop Mom & Pop” day, an initiative sponsored by the Heart of Biddeford, which encourages people to support local small businesses.
Food, fun at ‘kick-a-thon’
Let’s Go! Cumberland County joins forces with Riverview Foundation’s Kids Who Care to hold the sixth annual Kick for Kids “kick-a-thon” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Ocean Gateway Terminal.
In addition to food, music and other family fun, the event will feature eight kicking teams – more than 100 kickers of all ages and abilities– that have been sponsored by friends and supporters to reach their kicking goals.
Kick for Kids raises money for Riverview’s Kids Who Care, a community service initiative that aims to support and improve the lives of Maine children through access to award-winning after-school and summer programs.
For more details, go to www.riverviewfoundation.org or call 729-7399.
Gift wrap-making workshop
A “Make Your Own Gift Wrap Workshop for Kids” will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Portland Public Library’s Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library at 5 Monument Square.
Children are invited to come and create their own designs using sponge shapes and tempera paints.
All materials will be provided.
This workshop is free and offered for children ages 12 and younger.
Driver safety for seniors
An AARP Driver Safety for Seniors class will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the AARP State Office, 1685 Congress St.
Open to age 50 and older, the class serves to refresh and teach the latest in driving techniques and changes. Individuals who successfully complete the course can earn a discount on their auto insurance.
Registration is $12 for AARP members and $14 for all others.
Sign-up deadline is Thursday by calling Ralph McLean at 829-4664 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Art walk has extras
Portland Public Library will host a plethora of events for December’s First Friday Art Walk this week, including a 6:30 p.m. performance by Portland Ballet Company in Monument Square; a talk on buying wine for the holidays at 5:30 p.m. in Rines Auditorium, a Southern Maine Community College student-work exhibition from 5 to 8 p.m., and the “Material Matters” closing reception, from 5 to 8 p.m. in Lewis Gallery.
For more details, call 871-1700, ext. 723.
Be Scandinavian for awhile
St. Ansgar Lutheran Church will host a Scandinavian-themed weekend at 515 Woodford St. and Brighton Avenue.
The church’s annual fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and the St. Lucia Festival occurs from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, featuring the bestowing on this year’s young St. Lucia with a crown of candles.
Traditional Scandinavian treats will be available at both events.
Admission is free and open to the public.
For more details, call Julie Davidson at 756-0606 or email [email protected]
Tour of decorated trees
A Christmas Tree Tour of uniquely decorated trees, created by local artisans and displayed in family homes, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in conjunction with the Christmas Prelude.
Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 on the day of event.
They can by purchased at The Sugar Shack, 17 Western Ave., Kennebunk.
For more details, call 967-9988 or email [email protected]
Get help with Obamacare
The Stonington Public Library will host a navigator event, from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at 64 Main St., to help invididuals make sense of applying for Obamacare health insurance.
The navigators are trained volunteers whose help is free and confidential.
Time slots are limited and available on a first come, first-served basis. A second session is tentatively planned pending enough interest.
To make an appointment, call the library at 367-5926 or the Healthy Island Project at 367-6332.
Open house at music center
Join the faculty, staff, and Board of Directors at 317 Main Community Music Center for the annual holiday open house, featuring refreshments and hot cider, cookie decorating, tours and music from students and faculty of all ages.
The 13-week Winter Session of lessons, classes, and ensembles begins Monday, with registration now being accepted.
For more details, call 846-9559 or go to www.317main.org.
Book sale, baked goodies
Falmouth Memorial Library’s winter book sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, with a special sneak preview of titles set for 4 to 6 p.m. Friday courtesy of the Friends of the Library.
A bake sale also will be held during the sale on Saturday.
All events will unfold at the Motz School, 192 Middle Road.
For more details, call Jeannie at 781-2351 or email [email protected]
Community Chorus on stage
Accompanied by harp, piano and oboe, the Community Chorus at South Berwick will present two holiday concerts spotlighting modern choral composers this week.
Performances of “A Boy was Born,” will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Newington, N.H., and at 3 p.m. Sunday at Kennedy Arts Center, Marshwood High School, South Berwick.
The program consists of 20th- and 21st-century arrangements of traditional carols and texts on the theme of the Nativity dating from the 1400s to the 1900s, including works by Benjamin Britten and Francis Poulenc.
Tickets are $10 in advance and for seniors and students, and $12 at the door. To encourage family attendance, the cost is $5 for children under age 12, but please leave very young ones at home.
Tickets are on sale at Gary’s Guitars, 800 Islington St., Portsmouth; South Berwick Pharmacy, 287 Main St., South Berwick; and York Flower Shop, 241York St., York.
Purchases may also be made online via PayPal at ccsb-sing.org.
Holiday festival Friday
The downtown revitalization organization Heart of Biddeford announces more unique twists for this year’s Downtown Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting on Friday.
A live ice-carving show, storytellers, musicians and maybe even dancing vegetables will entertain from 5 to 7 p.m. at City Square, off Main Street.
Santa will travel by horse-drawn sleigh to City Square to light the tree at 5:30 p.m.
The evening also will include photos with Santa at Joseph McKenney Photography Studio (photos by donation), free horse-drawn sleigh rides, cookie decorating at Reilly’s bakery, and concessions provided by La Kermesse. While downtown, visitors will be invited to take a walk through time to visit “The Holidays through the Ages,” window lighting displays in vacant windows, each showing holiday treasures from a different decade over the last century.
A “Shop Mom & Pop Day” shopping event will offer special promotions at participating local small businesses.
Holiday short movies will be shown for free in City Theater from 1 to 3 p.m.
Musicians and performers will include Wicked Good Ice’s on-stage speed carving show; a McArthur Library recitation of “The Night Before Christmas,” the University of New England’s TABS a cappella singers, Biddeford Intermediate School Choir and The Easy Money Band playing holiday favorites!
For a complete schedule, call Delilah Poupore at 284-8520 or email [email protected]
Holiday at a historic house
The Pejepscot Historical Society will sponsor a visit with Santa Claus from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the parlor of the historic Skolfield-Whittier House, 161 Park Row.
Guests are invited to take guided tours of the house at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., and Bowdoin College’s a cappella group Miscellania will be on hand to provide musical entertainment.
Next door, at the Pejepscot Museum, PHS will offer refreshments, holiday shopping and a viewing of the new exhibit “Books, Boots & Beyond: Shopping in Brunswick, 1889-1969,” and Brunswick resident George Tetu’s stained-glass holiday village, featuring local landmarks such as the Chamberlain Museum and the old Town Hall.
Among the items for sale are 2014 calendars featuring vintage images of “Bygone Brunswick,” greeting cards, and ornaments.
Admission to this event is free.
Families are asked to bring their own cameras to photograph their children’s visit with Santa.
For more details, call 729-6606.
St. Paul’s Christmas Fair
The 77th annual Christmas Fair at St. Paul’s Church will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 27 Pleasant St.
The event will feature treasures and antiques, handmade Christmas items and gifts, jewelry, fine art, knitted goods, holiday greens, a country store with ornaments, pet stockings, homemade salsas, pickles, free pictures and face painting with Santa. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
All proceeds benefit St. Paul’s Outreach Programs.
For more details, call 725-5342 or email [email protected]
Presentation by WWII veteran
Union Historical Society will host a talk with Society member Walter Rich at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the sanctuary of the People’s United Methodist Church, 21 Depot Street, just off Union Common.
Rich will give an illustrated presentation on “Reminiscences of World War II.”
In 1942 Rich enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was assigned to the 8th Air Force, 96th Bomb Group in England, where he served as a ball turret gunner aboard B-17 bombers, flying 15 missions.
He will talk about his experiences of being captured and of being repatriated to the U.S. on a Liberty ship.
Rich has compiled a great deal of information about World War II, including memorabilia, books and magazines,and has written a memoir of his experience.
Following the presentation, refreshments will be served in the church fellowship hall.
For more details, call 785-5444 and leave a message, or go to www.unionhistoricalsociety.org.
Christmas past at Norlands
The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center will open for an interactive Christmas celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 290 Norlands Road, recreating an 1870s Christmas at Norlands.
Activities include wagon rides, period crafts in the one-room schoolhouse, story-telling, parlor games, cooking in the farmer’s cottage, and tours of the simply-decorated Washburn family mansion.
A piano performance will be given by Kimberly Fleury and Jenavieve Feith, and a Christmas carol sing-along also will be held.
Soup, cider and cornbread will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $5 and attendees can fill a bag with homemade cookies to take home.
Handmade aprons from vintage fabrics will be sold, with proceeds benefiting Norlands’ “Raise the Barn: Rebuild the Magic” fund.
The gift shop will be open.
Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for ages 12 and younger and $25 for families.
For more details, call 897-4366 or go to www.norlands.org.
How’s your gingerbread?
Penobscot Marine Museum will kick off its annual Gingerbread Christmas By the Sea gingerbread house competition the week.
Children and adults can bring their creations to the Museum Shop and Framer at 40 East Main St. by Thursday.
The public is invited to vote for its favorite gingerbread house during the opening party for the winter exhibit “Underfoot” from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday.
The Searsport Christmas Tree Lighting is planned for 4 p.m. Friday. Children are invited to come and hang their handmade decorations on the tree.
After Saturday, the gingerbread houses may be entered in the annual Chocolate Drop Shoppe Gingerbread House competition; a representative from Chocolate Drop Shoppe will be at Penobscot Marine Museum on Friday with registration forms.
The entry fee is $5, with proceeds benefiting the Belfast Rotary 100 Fund, which provides holiday gifts for struggling families in Waldo County.
For more details, call Lin Calista at 548-0334 or 338-0566.
Barbershop chorus concert
The Downeasters Barbershop Chorus will give a concert at 7 p.m. Monday at the First Parish Church, 12 Beach St.
Admission is by donation of cash or a nonperishable food item.
For more details, call 370-8181.
Holiday fair at UU church
The Holiday Cheer Fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Unitarian-Universalist Church, 60 School St.
It will include a bake sale, jewelry, Grannie’s Attic, collectibles, crafts, Country Treasures, plants, live green arrangements, a children’s table and holiday music.
Cafe brunch and lunch items will be available for purchase, as well as take-out foods.
For more details, call 282-0062.
Saco Spirit festival Saturday
The 2013 Saco Spirit Holiday Festival will unfold in the downtown area beginning at noon Saturday.
Highlights include a cookie walk from noon to 4 p.m, horse-drawn hayrides at 2 p.m., visits with Santa at City Hall from 2 to 4 p.m., Christmas tree lighting and caroling from 4 to 4:30 p.m., a Toys for Tots Benefit Baked Bean Supper from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the Parade of Lights at 6:30 p.m.
Parade participants will assemble at C.K. Burns School at 5:30 p.m. for the march down Main Street to Pepperell Square at 6:30 p.m.
Purchase Toys for Tots and cookie tin tickets from Saco Spirit’s office at 286-3546.
Writers’ group to read works
The Writers’ Group of the Coastal Senior College will give a reading of their latest creations at 1 p.m. Monday at Camden Public Library at 55 Main St.
The group meets regularly at the library to discuss and polish their work.
The public is invited to attend.
For more details, call Ken Gross at 236-3440.
Lake monitors’ party nears
Friday marks the deadline to make reservations to attend the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitors & Friends annual holiday potluck party, set for 4 p.m. Dec. 13 at 24 Maple Hill Road.
Attendees should bring food to share with others, including appetizers, casseroles, salads, breads or desserts.
To reserve a spot, call 783-7733.
WMPG’s bluegrass show
WMPG Community Radio will present its 11th Annual Bluegrass Spectacular at 6:30 p.m. Monday at The Barn at Flanagan Farm, 668 Narragansett Road.
Local Bluegrass bands Tricky Britches The Grassholes, the Jerks of Grass and Flight 317 will perform.
WMPG’s Ceci Gilson, host of Thursday morning’s “Kitchen Party” program, will emcee the evening.
Doors open at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $10 in advance at any Bull Moose location and at [email protected]. Student discount $5 at the door with school ID. General admission tickets are $12 at the door.
For more details, go to www.wmpg.org.
Bring a toy, boogie down
A Toys for Tots Benefit Dance will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Sanford Amvets Post No. 3 at 160 School St.
Music will be provided by Just For Fun.
Appetizers will be served and there also will be a cookie and bake sale with proceeds to benefit Auxiliary charities.
Cost of admission is a new, unwrapped toy of at least a $10 value.
For more details, call Shirley Girard at 432-4462 or the Amvets facility at 324-1661.
Santa, cookies at museum
Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves will visit with children from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Conference Center at the Wilhelm Reich Museum on Dodge Pond Road.
Come and enjoy “Breakfast With Santa” and decorating Christmas cookies.
Admission is $5 per person.
Proceeds will benefit The Wilhelm Reich Museum.
For more information call: 864-3443.
Library’s bake sale Sunday
The Raymond Village Library will hold its Annual Bake and Gift Basket Sale from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at 3 Meadow Road, Route 121.
For more details, call Sheila Jacobson at 655-5217.
Three-day Festival of Trees
“All Creatures Great and Small” is the theme of the Boothbay Region Garden Club’s 2013 Festival of Trees event that will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Opera House in Boothbay Harbor, 86 Townsend Ave.
There will be a silent auction of more than 60 decorated trees and related items, a raffle of a theme tree, and items from shops including The Stitchery, Décor Galore, Sweets and Savories, ETC, Natures Gift Corner.
There is no admission charge and on-site parking is free.
The Opera House is handicapped accessible.
For more details, call Leslie Cook at 441-2512 or visit www.boothbayregiongardenclub.org.
‘Made in Maine’ holiday fair
The “Made in Maine” Christmas Fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, at 919 Roosevelt Trail in Windham.
The fair will feature handmade items, gift baskets, baked goods and jewelry, and raffle items including Boston and Portland art museum passes, gift certificates to restaurants and spas, Portland theatre tickets, vintage hand-sewn quilt, a dollhouse and more.
Homemade breakfast and lunch will be served at Snowflake Café to eat in or take out.
For more details, call Molly McCormick at 655-1215.