December 12, 2013

Et Cetera Listings

Benefits, books and authors, children’s activities, fairs and festivals, films and special events

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“The Nightmare Before Christmas” will be shown along with “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the State Theatre in Portland on Sunday.

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Holiday Fair and Open House, Thrifty Kitty Thrift Store, Portland. 797-3014. Crafts, books, cat-themed and holiday merchandise, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Picnic Holiday Sale, Portland Company Complex, Portland. picnicportland.com. Juried indie craft fair. Photos with Yeti, DJs, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

• FILMS

Holiday Movie Extravaganza: “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “It’s a Wonderful Life,” State Theatre, Portland, $5. statetheatreportland.com. 4 p.m. Sunday.

“Hark! Cinema Angels” holiday film series, Patten Free Library, Bath. patten.lib.me.us. “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946) 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness Film Series, Rockland Public Library, free. 594-0310. “Nietzsche on Hardship,” 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19.

Maine-Made Film Series: “How to Make Movies at Home,” Space, Portland, $7. space538.org. Shot in Biddeford and surrounding areas, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19.

• FOR CHILDREN

North Pole Express, Boothbay Railway Village, $10, reservations suggested. railwayvillage.org. Entertaining train ride includes storytelling and visit from Santa, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (every 30 minutes) Thursday and Saturday.

“The Velveteen Rabbit,” Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, Portland, $8-$9. kitetails.org. Performed by actors ages 8 to 13. 4 p.m. Friday; 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Through Dec. 23.

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 4, 5:15 and 6:30 p.m. Friday; 2:45, 4, 5:15 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Tea with Mrs. Claus, afternoon tea, a craft and story, children must be accompanied by an adult, Dyer Library, Saco, free, reservations required. 283-3861 ext. 102. Seatings at noon and 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Reading of “The Polar Express,” Amtrak conductor Jim Nawrocki will read the classic holiday book, hot chocolate will be served after the reading, Samuel L. Cohen Children’s Library, Portland, free. portlandlibrary.com. 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

“Polar Express,” family event and film showing, Schoolhouse Arts Center, Standish. schoolhousearts.org. $10 donation. Cocoa and cookies, pictures with Santa, kids invited to wear pajamas and bring a banana box to decorate as a train car to watch movie from, 5:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.

Visits with Santa Claus, Saco Museum, Saco, free. sacomuseum.org. Noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

• SPECIAL EVENTS

Merry Madness, downtown Portland, portland maine.com. Horse and wagon rides, participating stores open until 10 p.m. 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday.

“Joy to the World” Christmas at Victoria Mansion, Portland, victoriamansion.org. $15, $13.50 seniors, $7 college students, $5 for children ages 6 to 17, free for under 6. 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday through Dec. 19.

13th annual Festival of Trees, Westbrook-Warren Congregational Church, Westbrook. westbrookfestivaloftrees.com. 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday.

The Dough Ball Party, Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, proceeds benefit the opera house, $20 advance, $30 door. boothbayoperahouse.com. Music, dancing, hors d’oeuvres, Gingerbread Spectacular winners announced, 7 p.m. Friday.

Christmas Prelude, rides on heated streetcars with stories read aloud, afternoon Christmas karaoke on Saturday and Sunday, Seashore Trolley Museum, Kennebunkport, $6. trolleymuseum.org. Noon to 4 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Holiday Open House, Foss Mansion, decorated for the season, Auburn, $8, $5 students, under 12 free. Presented by the Women’s Literary Union of Androscoggin, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday; 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The Original Peacox Productions “A Magical Christmas 2013,” Hallowell City Hall Auditorium, $10. peacoxproductions.org. Professional touring theater troupe known for artful male and female impersonations, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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