SACO

Thornton Academy players doing ‘Pride and Prejudice’

The Thornton Academy Players will present “Pride and Prejudice” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Garland Auditorium on the TA campus at 438 Main St.

Tickets are $5 to $8, with discounts available to those who bring a nonperishable food item to benefit the Saco Food Pantry.

Tickets are available at the door or by calling Doug Stebbins at 602-4471 or emailing [email protected]

Animal Watch hosting Christmas fair on Friday

The Community Animal Watch will host a Christmas fair from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Elks, 68 Ocean Park Road.

There will be many tables available to rent at $15 per space. For more details, call Beverly Russell at 934-1677.

SCARBOROUGH

United Methodist Church having Christmas craft fair

The West Scarborough United Methodist Church will host a Christmas craft fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Route 1 and Church Street.

The sale will include handmade crafts, grandma’s attic items, gift baskets, evergreen wreaths and arrangements, a bake sale and a fish chowder luncheon.

Congregational church plans ‘Maine Christmas’ fair

A Maine Christmas yuletide holiday fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the First Congregational Church of Scarborough in the Parish Hall adjacent to the church, 167 Black Point Road.

The event will feature sales of holiday greens, books, quilts, homemade baked goods, candy and cookies.

Proceeds will go to the church¹s charitable efforts. A lobster roll luncheon will be available for $15 to eat in or take out.

For more details, call the church at 883-2342.

ELLSWORTH

‘Books of Christmas’ event will start with open house

Woodlawn Museum, Gardens and Park will kick off its Christmas at Woodlawn: The Books of Christmas event with a holiday open house reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at 19 Black House Drive. Refreshments will be served.

The holiday display will run through Dec. 23, with the house and gift shop open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Cost of the reception is $25 per person and $22 for Woodlawn members. All proceeds benefit Woodlawn. Space is limited and reservations are recommended by calling 667-8671.

For the full calendar of events, visit www.woodlawnmuseum.org.

NEW GLOUCESTER

Shaker Christmas Fair set for Saturday at village

The Shaker Christmas Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, Route 26.

The event will include old-fashioned boiled fruit cakes, baked goods, pickles, preserves, honey, handcrafted goods, woodenware, baskets, handmade brooms and brushes, knit goods, original Shaker antiques, furniture, books, fresh-cut Christmas trees and wreaths, and homemade doughnuts with hot coffee and hot cider.

For more details, email [email protected] or go to www.shaker.lib.me.us.

History Barn open house celebrating anniversaries

The monthly New Gloucester History Barn open house will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at 387 Intervale Road, Route 231, behind the Town Hall.

The current exhibits feature photos of the town in celebration of the fifth anniversary of the barn’s dedication and the publication of the town’s photo history and the 80th anniversary of the founding of the local historical society.

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

PORTLAND

Christmas at the Cathedral concert series this weekend

The Choral Art Society will ring in the holiday season with its 27th annual Christmas at the Cathedral concert series. Performances are set for noon and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

All concerts will be held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland.

Tickets are $22 to $35 and can be purchased at www.choralart.org, at Longfellow Books in Portland, the Book Review in Falmouth and Nonesuch Books in South Portland.

A limited number of youth tickets (under age 21) are available for $5. Patrons attending the Saturday noon preview concert will pay at the door an admission price of $12 for adults and $5 for those under 21.

Christmas carols to be sung at shape note singing Sunday

Some unusual Christmas carols and other tunes will be offered at a shape note singing event from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the New Church, 302 Stevens Ave.

This four-part singing tradition, also known as sacred harp, originated in 18th-century New England. Tune books may be borrowed or purchased. Everyone is welcome to participate free of charge.

For more details, go to www.maineshapenotesinging.org.

Trinity Episcopal Church holding Christmas fair

Trinity Episcopal Church’s Old-fashioned Christmas Fair will be held from 8:30 a.m to 2 p.m. Saturday at 580 Forest Ave.

The event will feature baked goods, cheese, homemade candy, wreaths and green arrangements, ornaments, crafts, fiber arts, jewelry, antiques and collectibles, books, a children’s shopping room, a lobster stew luncheon and visits with Santa.

SOUTH PORTLAND

Cemetery association holds annual meeting on Monday

Highland Memorial Cemetery Association will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the South Portland Community Center, 21 Nelson Road.

All officers, directors, lot owners and heirs, South Portland Lions and the public are invited to attend.

For more details, call Denise Michaud at 318-5878.

UNION

Historical society meeting includes ‘Boon Island’ talk

Union Historical Society will host its final meeting of the year at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at People’s United Methodist Church, 21 Depot St.

The meeting will include a talk “Boon Island: A True Story of Mutiny, Shipwreck and Cannibalism,” to be presented by author Andrew Vietze of Appleton.

Refreshments will be served.

All meetings are free and open to the public. For more details, call 785-5444 and leave a message.

CAMDEN

Merryspring bazaar moves to new venue for holidays

This year’s Merryspring Holiday Bazaar moves to 8 Mechanic St., with extended operating hours beginning this weekend.

An advance sale for Merryspring members will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday. The event continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Merryspring members receive a 10 percent discount on purchases. Nonmembers may purchase a Merryspring membership during the bazaar to take advantage of the discount.

All bazaar proceeds benefit Merryspring’s programs and workshops and help maintain the 66-acre park’s trails and gardens.

For more details, call 236-2239 or go to www. merryspring.org.

ROCKLAND

Winter dance performance will feature Swing & Sway

Swing & Sway Dancing will present “Lights, Camera, Dance!” at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Camden/Rockport Regional High School Strom Auditorium.

Performances are set to songs of Hollywood movie musicals and the Broadway stage.

More than 50 students from the midcoast, Portland and Bangor, ranging in age from 5 to 73, will perform.

Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. They are available at The Right Stuff and HAV11 in Camden, The Grasshopper Shop and The Reading Corner in Rockland, and online at www.swingnsway.com.

A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Pope Animal Shelter. For more details, call 594-0940.

YORK

Annual Gingerbread House, Festival of Lights starts Friday

The 10th annual Gingerbread House and Festival of Lights Celebration will be held this weekend.

Houses for the gingerbread display should be dropped off at the York Public Library at 15 Long Sands Road between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday.

Friday festivities will include a holiday story hour at 10:30 a.m. and the kickoff of the two-day holiday book sale.

Saturday events, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will include visits with Santa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Family Holiday Film Festival Carnival of Cartoons from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Library hosting evening of poems with two authors

York Public Library will host “The Power of Words: An Evening of Poems and Memoir” with authors Kathleen Aguero and Richard Hoffman at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 15 Long Sands Road.

Aguero and Hoffman will read excerpts from their recent books “After That” and “Love and Fury.”

There will be opportunity to speak with the writers, purchase books and have them signed.

For more details, call the library at 363-2818 or go to www.york.lib.me.us.

KENNEBUNK

Parenting class on Friday will share joys, challenges

Stevie Westmoreland, LMFT, LCPC, will lead a parenting class at 10 a.m. Friday at the Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main St.

The classes meet on the first Friday of each month to discuss topics that help parents, grandparents and caregivers share the joys and challenges of parenthood.

The event is free, wheelchair accessible and open to all.

For more details, call 985-2511 or go to www.katherine stevenswestmoreland.com/the-well.html.

Sea Road School hosting 33rd annual holiday fair

Sea Road School will host its 33rd annual holiday fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at 29 Kennebunk Beach Road.

The event will feature more than 30 craft tables, a white elephant table, silent auction, theme basket raffles, baked goods and more. For more details, call 985-1105

JEFFERSON

Hidden Valley Nature Center offers three programs

Hidden Valley Nature Center will offer three education and recreation opportunities over the next two weeks.

 “Growing Good Timber,” led by forester Paul Miller, will be presented from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday to introduce basic tenets of growing trees for future markets. Miller will cover topics such as crop tree management as well as skills such as grading standing trees and pruning. Cost is $12 for HVNC members and $15 for all others.

 HVNC will hold its first full-moon hike of the season from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday. The night will include calling for owls, star-gazing and warming up by the woodstove with a hot drink after the walk, which is suitable for all ages. Suggested donation is $5.

 Naturalist Sue Kistenmacher will offer the workshop “Winter Plant ID” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 12. Participants can expect to learn about basic identifying characteristics and clues, to collect many diverse samples and to work with a few different guide books. Cost is $12 to $15.

For more details, go to www.hvnc.org, email [email protected] or call 200-8840.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

‘Season by the Sea’ events set for Sunday afternoon

The town will present its annual “Celebrate the Season by the Sea” festivities from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Visitor’s Information Center in the Chamber of Commerce building on First Street.

The event will include visits with Santa. Parents should bring cameras to take photos. Each child will receive a special goodie bag as a holiday gift.

Free popcorn, cider with candy canes, coffee, hot chocolate, cookies and other snacks will be available.

For more details, call the Old Orchard Beach Chamber of Commerce at 934-2500.

American Legion Auxiliary Christmas Fair set for Sunday

The American Legion Auxiliary Christmas Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at 14 Imperial St.

GRAY

Ladies auxiliary will host annual craft fair Saturday

The Gray American Legion Unit 86 Ladies Auxiliary will host its annual craft fair from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the post home at 15 Lewiston Road. Crafters and vendors will sell their wares, local Boy Scout troops will sell freshly made wreaths, and Santa will visit with children from 10 a.m. to noon.

BATH

Salvation Army craft fair will be held on Saturday

The Salvation Army’s third annual Christmas craft fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 25 Congress Ave.

For more details or to rent a table, call Libby at 442-0834 or email [email protected]