Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Maine State Ballet will present "The Nutcracker" at Merrill Auditorium in Portland.
Courtesy Maine State Ballet
The indie-pop band Lucius is at Port City Music Hall in Portland on Wednesday.
Peter Larson photo
Shop ’til You Drop and Pancake Breakfast, proceeds go to local charities, Chaps Saloon, Buxton. 929-4290. Pancake breakfast and several vendors, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Annual Cookie Fair, Cressey Road United Methodist Church, Gorham. 839-3111. Homemade cookies, candy and fudge, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Holiday Fair, United Methodist Church, Cape Elizabeth. 883-5344. Baked goods, candy, knitted items, wreaths and more, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Winter Craft and Vendor Fair, Portland High School. portlandschools.org. Crafts, home products, food, raffles and kids’ activities, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Christmas Fair, St. Paul’s Church, Portland. 828-2012. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Craft Fair, Highland Lake Grange, Westbrook. 854-2379. Baked goods, handcrafted items, jewelry, pottery, jams and more, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 8.
“Just An Old Fashioned Fair,” St. Ansgar Lutheran Church, Portland. saintansgar.org. Gifts from Scandanavia, homemade items, pies and more, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Merryspring Holiday Bazaar, decorated balsam wreaths, unique birch bark wreaths, evergreen swags, miniature boxwood trees, centerpieces and much more, Merryspring Nature Center, Camden. merryspring.org. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Le Petit Noel Christmas Fair, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Rockland. 594-8191. Holiday items for decorating, giving and eating, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Friends of Bonney Memorial Library Annual Cookie Fest, Bonney Memorial Library, Cornish. 625-8083. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Holiday Fair, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Falmouth. 781-3366. Jewelry, antiques, cookie walk, wreaths, candy, attic treasures and much more, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Annual Bake and Gift Basket Sale, Raymond Village Library. 655-4283. Pastries, Christmas cookies, pies, breads and holiday gift baskets, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 8.
Annual Christmas Craft Fair and Festival, Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield. stonemountain artscenter.com. With live music by The Tricky Britches, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 8.
“Hark! Cinema Angels” holiday film series, Patten Free Library, Bath. patten.lib.me.us. “Field of Dreams” (1989), 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
“Dear Mr. Watterson: An Exploration of Calvin & Hobbes,” MECA Illustrators Film Series, Space, Portland, $8. space538.org. Documentary about the influence of Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
“Fire in the Blood,” presented with the Frannie Peabody Center in recognition of World AIDS Day, Space, Portland, $8. space538.org. Documentary about pharmaceutical companies’ use of patent laws, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness Film Series, Rockland Public Library, free. 594-0310. “Schopenhauer on Love,” 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
“Rain in a Dry Land,” Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, free. portlandlibrary.com. Documentary by Anne Makepeace that chronicles Bantu families, 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
• FOR CHILDREN
Polar Express, Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, Portland, $25-$40. porttix.com. Holiday train travels to the “North Pole,” with hot cocoa and cookies, stories and Santa, trains at 2:45, 4, 5:15 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday; 4, 5:15 and 6:30 p.m. Friday; 2:45, 4, 5:15 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 8.
Caring Claus Days, visits with Santa for children with sensory conditions, in front of JCPenney in the Maine Mall. Overhead music will be turned off in the mall and most stores will not have opened. maineautism.org. 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Sunday.
“The Hard Nut,” presented by The Strand and the Farnsworth Art Museum. Set in a dark American suburb in the 1960s, Barbie dolls, go-go boots, G.I. Joe soldiers and a gender-bending cast contribute to the campy thrill. Filmed live in Brussels in 1991, with accompaniment by the Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie, Strand Theatre, Rockland, free. rocklandstrand.com. 8 p.m. Friday.
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Swedish classical guitarist Goran Sollscher performs at Bates College in Lewiston on Dec. 8.