November 25, 2013


Rotary tree sale to begin / Doughraiser and toy drive / Wilderness experience talk / Ninth Festival of Trees ... and more


Rotary tree sale to begin

The South Portland-Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club’s 51st Annual Christmas Tree Sale begins Friday at  Mill Creek Park, at Ocean Road and Broadway.

The  lot will sell a variety of sizes, from 5- to 9-foot trees, as well as tabletop trees and wreaths.

The club has ordered 2,200 Maine-grown Christmas trees, which will be sold to raise money for community charitable causes

The lot will be open from 3 to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 20 or until the trees sell out.

For more details, call Adrienne Murphy at 807-1837.

Doughraiser and toy drive

Local firefighters and police officers will hold the Cumberland County Public Safety Doughraiser and Toy Drive on Friday at Uno Chicago Grill by the Maine Mall.

Complimentary Tim Horton’s donuts and coffee will be served from 6 to 10 a.m. to anyone who donates a toy and buys a $25 gift card.

A portion of proceeds from lunch, to be served beginning at 10 a.m., also will help area families in need this holiday season.

The restaurant also will offer a gift with all gift certificate purchases.


Wilderness experience talk

Windham Historical Society will present “Maine Wilderness Experience” with Nate Skvorak at 7 p.m. Monday at the Historical Society Building, 234 Windham Center Road.

A Windham High School student, Skvorak will share his Baxter State Park experiences of completing a service project with park rangers, learning about the Penobscot Indian culture, studying the geology and ecology of the park and learning how to lead a wilderness trip.

Admission is a suggested donation of $5.

Light refreshments will be served.

For more details, call 892-1433 and leave a message or email


Ninth Festival of Trees

The ninth annual Festival of Trees holiday display begins with a tree lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. Friday at the Saco Museum, 371 Main St.

The event will include seasonal music and hot chocolate.

Dozens of decorated trees and wreaths, based on this year’s theme of “The Holly and the Ivy” – from Sir Henry Walford Davies classic English choral tune and Cecil Sharp’s published text and music – are on display.

A special Guests Day will be held Monday when local retired and extended care facility members are invited to attend a private showing of the festival.

To reserve a spot, email Catherine Glynn at

Additional events to be held in conjunction of the festival include a Children’s Crafts Day from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Deering Room at Dyer Library; Tea with Mrs. Claus from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Deering Room; Drawing Contest Awards Ceremony, 11 a.m. Dec. 14 in the Dyer Library; Visits with Santa Claus, noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Saco Museum.

Extended hours for the festival are from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday; noon to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is free throughout the Festival of Trees thanks to the generous sponsorship of local businesses and individuals.

For more details, call 283-3861, Ext. 2.


YMCA’s 5K Turkey Trot

The Penobscot Bay YMCA 5K Turkey Trot will be held at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the facility, located at 116 Union St.

The course is fast and scenic and features just one hill.

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