• BENEFITS

The Feature, benefit concert for Keep ME Warm Fund, One Longfellow Square, Portland. $10. onelongfellowsquare.com. 7 p.m. today.

Labyrinth Walk, indoor Chartre-style labyrinth for meditative walks; benefits Center for Grieving Children; Trinity Episcopal Church, Portland. Donation. 772-7421. 4 to 7:30 p.m. today.

Holiday Sing-A-Long, fundraiser for Lincoln County Animal Shelter and CHIP Energy Fund, Savory Maine, Damariscotta. 563-2111. 4 to 6 p.m. today.

Unity Barnraisers Community Meal Fundraiser, with the Gawler Family; Unity Centre for the Performing Arts. $20. 648-9005. Meals at 5 and 7 p.m.; music at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 29.

Second Annual Red Cross Fairpoint Bundle Up Blood Drive, raffle prizes of iPods, laptops, Kindles, Nooks and digital cameras, Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland. redcrossblood.org. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 29. 

• SPECIAL EVENTS

TODAY

“Polar Express” Train Rides, holiday-decorated train rides to “The North Pole,” Narrow Gauge Railroad, Ocean Gateway Terminal, Portland. $25 to $40. porttix.com. Rides start at 2:45 p.m. today and Friday.

Victorian Christmas at Donnell House, Victorian Christmas decor, kids’ crafts and live musical entertainment, Maine Maritime Museum (Donnell House), Bath. $5; $3 for ages 12 and under; $15 per family. 443-1316. 3 to 7 p.m.

“Deck the Halls: The Carols of Christmas,” holiday celebration, Victoria Mansion, Portland. $15; $13.50 for seniors; $5 for ages 6 to 17. victoriamansion.org. Today to Jan. 8.

“A Little More Heartwood Christmas,” Christmas poetry, readings and music, Skidompha Library, Damariscotta. $8; $5 for students. heartwoodtheater.org. 7 p.m.

“Everything Under the Tree” Holiday Sale, works of 10 local artists, SoPo Art Studios, South Portland. 899-5939. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Friday. 

FRIDAY

“Come All Ye Art Lovers” Holiday Art Fest and Sale, all prints and originals under $100, plus light refreshments, Constellation Gallery, Portland. 409-6617. 5 to 7 p.m.

Wine Tasting, Ned Swain of Devenish Wines brings “geeky” and adventurous wines, Rosemont Market & Bakery, Portland. Free. rosemontmarket.com. 4 to 7 p.m. 

SATURDAY

Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: “Hansel and Gretel,” screening of abridged version sung in English, Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta. $10. 563-3424. 1 p.m. 

MONDAY

“Season of Light,” history and astronomy of the winter solstice, New Year’s, Hanukkah and Christmas, University of Southern Maine (Southworth Planetarium), Portland. $4 to $6. usm.maine.edu/planet. 11 a.m. Through Dec. 30.

“Two Small Pieces of Glass,” shows about the history and science of telescopes, University of Southern Maine (Southworth Planetarium), Portland. $4 to $6. usm.maine.edu/planet. 1 p.m. Monday and Wednesday.

“Search for the Solar System’s Edge,” astronomy show, University of Southern Maine (Southworth Planetarium), Portland. $4 to $6. usm.maine.edu/planet. 8:30 p.m. Monday; 1 p.m. Tuesday and Dec. 29.

TUESDAY

Port Veritas Spoken Word Night, weekly poetry reading, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland. Free/donation. localsprouts.coop. 7 p.m.

Cafe en Francais, stories of family histories and experiences told in French with guest speaker Richard Lord, People Plus, Brunswick. Call for price: 729-0757. 2:30 p.m.

“Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast,” kid-friendly solar system tour, University of Southern Maine (Southworth Planetarium), Portland. $4, $5. 780-4249. 11 a.m. Tuesday and Dec. 29. 

DEC. 29

First Annual Hula Hoop and Juggling Contest, open to children in grades K-12, Nasson Community Center, Springvale. 324-5657. Noon to 3 p.m. 

• FILMS

“A Christmas Carol” (1951), Rockland Library. Free. 594-0310. 6:30 p.m. today.

National Lampoon’s “Christmas Vacation” (1989), Strand Theatre, Rockland. Free. 3 p.m. Friday.

“A Small Act,” 2010 documentary for Boxing Day, Strand Theatre, Rockland. Donations will help support United Mid Coast Charities. rocklandstrand.com. 5 p.m. Monday.

“Ram Dass: Fierce Grace,” 2002 documentary with post-film discussion led by Bill Halpin and Saskia Huising, Rockland Public Library. Free. 594-0310. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 29. 

• PRO SPORTS

Maine Red Claws, NBA Development League affiliate of the Celtics, Bobcats and 76ers, Portland Exposition Building, Portland. $6 to $30. 210-6655. Vs. Iowa, 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday.

Portland Pirates, AHL affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes, Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland. $12 to $20. 828-4665. Vs. Worcester, 6:30 p.m. Monday; Vs. Providence, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

 

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