Reindeer Dash to benefit Toys for Tots campaigns

The Reindeer Dash, a four-mile run or walk road race, will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at The Landings Restaurant in Rockland.

Proceeds will benefit the Toys for Tots campaigns in Knox, Waldo and Lincoln counties.

Santa will be on hand for pictures. Awards will be given for the top three male and female finishers as well as for the ugliest sweater.

Registration is $15 with a donation of a new unwrapped toy, or $20 without a toy. Long-sleeve tech T-shirts will be given to the first 50 registered.

For more details, call Trina Johnson at 975-0165 or email [email protected]


Boy Singers holiday concert ‘Songs of the Season’ Sunday

The Boy Singers of Maine will perform their winter holiday concert “Songs of the Season” from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the First Parish Congregational Church, 1 Church St. Snow date is 5 p.m. Dec. 15.

For more details, go to


Guided tour with ranger offered at Wolfe’s Neck Park

Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park is offering a hike with a ranger at 2 p.m. Sunday at 426 Wolf Neck Road.

The program starts at the circle of benches at the end of the second parking lot and includes a guided tour around the park.

No reservations needed and the program is free with park admission of $1 to $4.50.

For more details, call 865-4465 or go to


Civil War round table talk on Joseph K. Manchester

The next Joshua L. Chamberlain Civil War Round Table Lecture will be held 7 p.m. Thursday at Curtis Memorial Library’s Morrell Room, 23 Pleasant St.

Guest speakers Carol and David Manchester will give a talk “Joseph K. Manchester:  Northern Son in the South 1861-1863.”   

Lectures are free and open to the public. For more details, call Al Prest at 443-2296.

Appalachian Mountain Club to host winter skills workshop

The Maine Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club will host a daylong winter outings skills workshop beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St.

During a morning session chapter leaders Peter Broderick and Laura Flight will discuss clothing, gear, snow travel and other essentials and techniques to prepare for outdoor outings in the winter. Then, after a potluck lunch, attendees may participate in an optional short outdoor session.

The event is intended as an introduction course for experienced three-season hikers and a refresher for experienced winter adventurers. For more details, email Laura Flight at [email protected] or call 215-5306.

PeaceWorks winter meeting to honor Human Rights Day

PeaceWorks will hold its annual winter gathering at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Charles Church, 132 McKeen St.

This Human Rights Day celebration will include some words by Mary Beth Sullivan and music by Full Circle. The event also includes a pot luck for favorite dips and desserts.

For more details, call 406-2273.

Filmmaker Yoruba Richen to screen, discuss her new film

Filmmaker Yoruba Richen will be at Bowdoin College from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday for a screening and discussion of her new, award-winning documentary “The New Black” on the campus at 255 Maine St.

For more details, go to


Church to host benefit concert, kids only shop

St. Matthew’s Church will host a benefit Christmas concert at 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday featuring performances by the Grace trio of Janice Sargent, Tamesin Fleenor and Melissa Ciccarelli at 496 Lisbon St., Route 196.

In addition to the Sunday concert, the church will host a Kids Only Christmas Shop from 1 to 4 p.m. that features free gifts and those for $1 and under, that children can afford to buy for a loved one.  There also will be live lambs in the church lobby from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday .

Proceeds will benefit the Lisbon Area Christian Outreach Food Pantry.  Members of the church will provide desserts and coffee during both concert’s intermission.

For more details, call 353-8453 or go to  Please bring nonperishable food or a donation.


‘Christmas by the Sea’ arts, crafts show set Saturday

The “Christmas by the Sea” juried arts and craft show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Ogunquit Fire and Rescue, 15 School St.

The sale will feature handmade products by Maine artisans and gourmet foods, raffles and more.  For more details, call 646-4947.


Schoolhouse Arts Center to host holiday craft fair

Schoolhouse Arts Center will host its holiday craft fair from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 16 Richville Road, Routes 114 and Route 35.

The sale will feature jewelry, antiques and holiday center pieces.  For more details, go to


Church to hold European-style Christmas market

Christkindlsmarkt, a European-style village Christmas market, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Nicholas Episcopal Church on Route 1.

The event will include music, crafts, a children’s shopping area, baked goods, jewelry, a raffle, visits with St. Nicholas and a cafe that will serve German-style foods.

For more details, email Nancy Agan at [email protected] or call the church at 883-9437.


River Association  offers ‘Staying Found’ program

Sarah Gladu, Damariscotta River Association education director, will offer a program on ‘Staying Found’ and basic orienteering from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the DRA Salt Bay Farm, 110 Belvedere Road.

Program participants will be taught basic tips on how to avoid getting lost, reading maps and using a compass. This program is suitable for anyone over age nine.  Compasses will be provided.

Preregistration is required. The program fee is $2 for members and $5 for all others.  For more details, call 563-1393, email [email protected], or go to


DAR members asked to bring clothing donations

The Rebecca Emery Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at 33 Longwood Drive.

Members are asked to bring clothing items for veterans for Christmas which will be delivered to the Maine Veterans Home in Scarborough.

For more details, call 985-1223

Group Mosaic to perform at River Tree Arts Friday

The music group Mosaic will perform a mix of Christmas music from medieval times to the present in the program “‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime” at 7 p.m. Friday at River Tree Arts, 35 Western Ave. Lower Village.

Carl Mabee, Vicki Adams, Karen Stathoplos and David O’Brien will perform with mandolin, guitar and a cappella harmony. Tickets are $7. For more details, call 216-3890.

Brick Store Museum hosting Polar Express party, tea

The Brick Store Museum will host two holiday events this weekend at 117 Main St.

 A Polar Express party will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Children and parents are invited to wear their pajamas to the museum to hear a reading of the book “The Polar Express,” enjoy hot chocolate and create a take-home craft. The is free event with family admission to the museum of $10.

 The 11th annual Holiday Tea will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday in a private home. Attendees are invited to come for a rare look inside a historic Kennebunk home, learn a bit about tea, etiquette customs, and the storied history of the residence. Refreshments will be served.

Advance reservations required. Cost is $25 for adults or $20 for museum members, and $7.50 for children ages 14 and younger. Ages 4 and younger may attend free.

For more details, call 985-4802 or visit


Library hosting craft session, performance by bell ringers

The Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library will host two events this week in conjunction with Christmas prelude activities being celebrated in the Kennebunks.

A December drop-in craft session will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Junior Room at 18 Maine St. All materials are provided.  All ages are invited. Young children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.

On Saturday, at 1 p.m., the Kennebunkport Bell Ringers will perform “A Garland of Carols,” featuring a mix of seasonal favorites.

Light refreshments will be served. For more details, call 967-2778.


Seaglass Chorale to perform ‘Drive Winter Away’ concerts

The Seaglass Chorale, under the direction of Jean Strazdes, will offer to holiday performances of its “The Drive the Cold Winter Away” concerts this weekend.

The first concert will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the South Congregational Church of Kennebunkport, and the second is at 3 p.m. Sunday at the North Parish Congregational Church of Sanford.

Tickets are $12 for students and seniors and $15 for adults.

To purchase tickets or for more details, call 985-8747, go to, or go to Morse Hardware in Wells, at 646-5700.


Cartooning workshop for teens scheduled at library

Patten Free Library will host a free cartooning workshop for teens from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday in the library’s community room, 33 Summer St.

Cartoonist and professional illustrator Vance Bessey will share some of his work and demonstrate techniques.

Students in grades 7-12 are invited to bring samples of their own work.  The workshop is open to beginners as well as more advanced students.