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Portland’s tree-lighting ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
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Annual Lighting of the Nubble, holiday lighthouse lighting with Christmas carols, hot chocolate, cookies and more; complimentary shuttle service from Ellis Park in Short Sands Beach from 3:30 to 7 p.m.; York Beach. 5 to 7 p.m.
Christmas in Kennebunk Tree Lighting, caroling by the Kennebunk High School Chamber Choir, downtown plaza, Kennebunk. kennebunkdowntown.com. Free. 5 p.m.
Gorham Light Parade and Tree Lighting, bring non-perishable food items to donate, South Street to Robie Park, Gorham. Free. 222-1630. 4 p.m.
Art on the Hill Open Studios, Wentworth Dennett Studios, Kittery. wentworthdennettstudios.com. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Tree Lighting, with seasonal songs by the Gray-New Gloucester High School Chorus and History Barn Open House, New Gloucester Town Hall. Free. 926-3188. 4:30 p.m.
Port Veritas Spoken Word Series, Women of the World Poetry Slam, 18-plus; Bull Feeney's, Portland. $3. 773-7210. 7:30 p.m.
Christmas Prelude, holiday festival with candlelight caroling, tree lighting, arts and crafts shows, pancake breakfast, lobster bake, arrival of Santa by lobster boat and more, Kennbunkport. Various prices. Schedule at christmasprelude.com. Nov. 29 to Dec. 9.
"Derby Baby" (2011), women's roller derby documentary, Space Gallery, Portland. $7. space538.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Global Lens International Film Series, "Qarantina" (2010, Iraq), Bates College (Olin Arts Center), Lewiston. Free. bates.edu/museum. 7:30 p.m. Monday.
"How to Survive the Plague" (2012), award-winning documentary chronicles the efforts of ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) and TAG (Treatment Action Group); benefit for the Frannie Peabody Center; University of New England (Alfond Center), Biddeford. Donation. surviveaplague.com. 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Don Carrigan, author of "Togus: A Maine Coon Cat," Maine Coast Book Shop and Cafe, Damariscotta. mainecoastbookshop.com. Noon to 2 p.m. Friday.
Cartoonist Jeff Pert, author of "Cartoons from Maine," Maine Coast Book Shop and Cafe, Damariscotta. mainecoastbookshop.com. Noon to 2 p.m. Friday.
Dana Heacock, "Abacus" calendar artist, Nonesuch Books, South Portland. nonesuchbooks.com. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.
Paul Doiron, author of "Trespasser," Nonesuch Books, South Portland. nonesuchbooks.com. 2 to 4 p.m. Friday.
Susan Poulin, author of "Finding Your Inner Moose: Ida LeClair's Guide to Livin' the Good Life," Kittery Trading Post. 888-587-6246. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
John McDonald, author of "John McDonald's Maine Trivia," Nonesuch Books, South Portland. nonesuchbooks.com. 2 p.m. Saturday.
Tom Dowd, author of "The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas," Camden Public Library. 236-3440. 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Bill Diamond, author of "The Evil and the Innocent," Portland Public Library. portlandlibrary.com. Noon Wednesday.
Thomas Gaffney, author of "A Prophecy of Love," Bookstacks, Bucksport. 469-8992. 6 p.m. Nov. 29.
• PRO SPORTS
Portland Pirates, AHL affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes, Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland. $15 to $20. portlandpirates.com. Vs. Springfield, 7 p.m. Friday; vs. Worcester, 7 p.m. Sunday.
• PARTICIPANT DANCE
Portland Deering Alumni Dance, with The Jen Thayer Band, cash bar, raffles and light snacks, 21-plus; Italian Heritage Center, Portland. $15; must purchase tickets in advance. 807-8490. 8 p.m. to midnight Friday.
Down East Friends of the Folk Arts Contradance, music by Scrod Pudding and Sassafras Stomp, calling by Chrissy Fowler, Wescustogo Grange Hall, North Yarmouth. $15; $25 per family; $5 for children under 12. 685-8141. 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.