Saturday, Dec. 14 through Dec. 23

“The Velveteen Rabbit,” 1 and 4 p.m., Children’s Museum of Maine, Portland. $8/$9. Visit

Through Sunday, Dec. 29

“The Dybbuk of Park Slope,” presented by Acorn Productions, Acorn Studio Theater, Westbrook, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. or 854-0065. Special benefit performance on Sunday, Dec. 22 at 6 p.m. replacing the matinee, Congregation Bet Ha’am, 81 Westbrook St., South Portland. Tickets $15 and can also be purchased online or by calling Acorn. Proceeds to benefit Congregation Bet Ha’am and Acorn Productions.

Through Saturday, Dec. 21

“Annie,” Lyric Music Theater, 176 Sawyer St., South Portland, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m. $17.99-$21.99., 799-1421.

Wednesday, Dec. 18

“The Victorian Nutcracker,” presented by Portland Ballet, 7:30 p.m., Merrill Auditorium, Portland. 842-0800 or

Saturday, Dec. 21

“The Victorian Nutcracker,” presented by Portland Ballet, 2 and 7:30 p.m., Westbrook Performing Arts Center, Stroudwater Street. 842-0800 or

Through Sunday, Dec. 22

“The Snow Queen,” presented by Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave., Portland. 774-0465 or

“The Santaland Diaries,” Portland Stage Studio, 25A Forest Avenue, 774-0465 or


Thursday, Dec. 12

Portland Jazz Orchestra, 8 p.m. at One Longfellow Square. Dr. Chris Oberholtzer and 18-piece band. $5 advance, $9 at door. Visit

Thursday, Dec. 12

USM School of Music Youth Ensembles Vocal Concert, 7 p.m., Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham. $5-$8 suggested donation. Visit

Saturday, Dec. 14

“The Many Moods of Christmas,” performed by Casco Bay Concert Band, 3 p.m., McCormack Performing Arts Center, Gorham High School. $7-$9 adult advance, at door, $7-$10 at the door, kids free. Silent auction and reading of “Night Before Christmas.”

Sunday, Dec. 15

“Sounds of the Season,” concert by The Boy Singers of Maine, 2 p.m., Cumberland Congregational Church, Cumberland. $8-$10 at the door. Reception follows.

Monday, Dec. 16

Holiday Concert performed by Downeaster’s Barbershop Chorus and Quartet, 7:30 p.m., Tuttle Road United Methodist Church, Cumberland. $10. Under age 10, free.


Friday, Dec. 13

“Deck the Walls,” opening reception for year-end exhibit of works by nine guest artists and seven regular members, 5-8 p.m., Saccarappa Art Collective Gallery, Main Street, Westbrook. Hors d’ouevres and wine. Gallery open Wednesday-Saturday, noon-7 p.m. or by appointment. [email protected], or 591-7300.

Saturday, Dec. 14

Holiday Fine Arts and Craft Show, presented by Designing Women, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. at Ocean Avenue School, Portland. Handcrafted artwork, jewelry, accessories, and cosmetics. Lunch available. Visit

Saturday, Dec. 14

Book signing, children’s author Scott Nash, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Nonesuch Books, Mill Creek, South Portland.

Through Dec. 23

Polar Express train, Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, Portland. $25, $40.

Tuesday, Dec. 31

Polar Bear Plunge and 5K Race, East End Beach, Portland, sponsored by Natural Resources Council of Maine. Race at 11 a.m., dip at noon. Pre-registration and information at Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. Dec 31 at the Back Cove parking.

Through Sunday, Jan. 5

Christmas at Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St, Portland, daily except for Christmas and New Year’s Day, 11 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., to 7:30 p.m. Mondays. $7-$15. 772-4841.


Through Dec.22

Faculty exhibition, Maine College of Art, Congress Street, Portland. Visit

Through Dec. 24

“Beings,” sculpture by Eva Goetz and Nanci Khan, Maine Jewish Museum, Portland. Visit

Through Jan. 26

“A Graphic Designer Remembered,” works of Joe Guertin at University of New England Art Gallery, Portland. Visit

Through Jan. 31

Self-portraits by Southern Maine Community College students, at Portland Public Library, Portland. For information, visit

Susan Orfant’s “Tidepools at Wolf Neck” is one of many in the new “Deck the Walls” exhibit at Saccarappa Art Collective Gallery, Westbrook.

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