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“What Is Christmas All About?” 2 p.m., free presentation by the choir and drama ministries. First Baptist Church, 360 Canco Road, Portland. 773-3123.

Acoustic concert with several Christian musicians, 7 p.m., sponsored by First Fruits Ministries and held at First Evangelical Free Church. 355 Bridgton Road, Westbrook. Free.


Holy Eucharist and Confirmation, 9:30 a.m., celebrated by The Rt. Rev. Stephen Lane, Ninth Bishop of Maine. St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, 350 Route 1, Scarborough.

“Christmas In The Barn,” 1 p.m., Christmas pageant with live animals, caroling and refreshments; presented by Faith Lutheran Church of North Windham and held at Hartwell’s Shady Maple Farm, 443 Sebago Lake Road, (Route 237), Gorham, The snow date is Dec. 19.

“The Christmas Story: A Concert of Baroque Carols,” 2 p.m., with Music’s Quill and Friends at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 143 State St., Portland. The cost is $15 or $10.

Christmas Concert with the Don Dutil Fanfare Band, 2 p.m., North Congregational Church of Buxton (Groveville). Admission is a gift for a home-bound senior, or cash donations will be accepted. Refreshments will be available.

Christmas Handbell Concert, 4 p.m., Rockland Congregational Church, 180 Limerock St., Rockland. Offering of $8 is suggested.

Pageant of the Nativity, 4:45 p.m., 84th annual pageant inspired by the paintings of the 15th-century artist Fra Angelico. First Parish Church, 425 Congress St., Portland.

Christmas caroling, 6 p.m., visitors are welcome to join the Blue Point Congregational Church Choir to sing for residents at Pine Point Rehab Center, 67 Pine Point Road, Scarborough.

“What Is Christmas All About?” 6 p.m., free presentation by the choir and drama ministries. First Baptist Church, 360 Canco Road, Portland. 773-3123.

“33 Miles: The Believe Tour,” 6 p.m., family event at Windham High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets $10, or $20 for front-row seats. To charge tickets, call 622-1340; to reserve for payment by cash or check, call 632-8147. Tour is sponsored by Grace Fellowship, Windham, and Worship-FM in Augusta.

Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting, 6:30 p.m., one-hour ceremony in rememberance of children who have died. Cathedral Hall, Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 143 State St., Portland. For details, call Triss Critchfield at 799-4183, Center for Grieving Children at 775-5216 or visit www.cgcmaine.org.


Blue Christmas, 7 p.m., worship service for those dealing with pain during the holidays. Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland.


Indoor labyrinth, 4 to 8 p.m., walkers should allow about 30 minutes to complete the 28-foot Chartres-style labyrinth. Trinity Episcopal Church, 580 Forest Ave., Portland.

Religions of the Axial Age, 6:30 p.m., other classes and programs offered. Abrahadabra Oasis, 991 Forest Ave., Suite 203, Portland.

Beyond Blue Christmas, 7 p.m., service for those dealing with pain or loss, St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, River and Windham Center roads, Windham. Transportation is available by calling 892-8447.


Drum circle with Rick Cormier, 6:30 p.m., no experience or drum necessary; attendance is by donation. Sadhana, the Meditation Center, 100 Brickhill Ave., South Portland.


Holy Grounds Coffee House, 6:30 p.m., with acoustic Christian rock artist Lisa Gallant Seal. Church of the Holy Spirit, 1047 Congress St., Portland. Free.

Live Nativity, 4 to 6 p.m., also Dec. 19, at Park Avenue Church of God, 28 Park Ave. Portland. The event is free and there will be hot chocolate and cookies, also free.