The Salvation Army of Greater Portland is in need of volunteers for the holiday season. Positions include: ringing bells at a kettle (great for groups or families), packing food baskets, toys, drivers to take volunteers and equipment to and from kettle locations, call 774-4172 ext. 265 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Toy Drive Drop Off Locations:
To Benefit Youth Alternatives, Ingraham of Maine, drop-off new, unwrapped toys to Cape Elizabeth Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office, 295 Ocean House Rd., Cape Elizabeth now through Dec. 8, Roni Barbera, 799-5000.
To Benefit Toys for Tots, drop off new, wrapped or unwrapped toys to Weichert, Realtors – Waterglen Group, 100 Commercial St., Portland, Diane Churchill, 773-2425; or to Jim O’Clair, Edward Jones financial advisor, 94 Auburn St. Suite 209, Portland, Jim, 797-4104.
Holiday Grief Support Meetings, hosted by VNA Home Health & Hospice, 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 18, Dec. 2, 16, 30, Jan. 13, 50 Foden Rd., South Portland, Linda Hopkins, 400-8714.
Winter Coats for Seniors Collection, donate winter coats at L.L. Bean Flagship Store Nov. 20-22, distributed by Maine Agencies on Aging, Betsy Cantrell, 386-0508.
Crossroads Cafe Holiday Craft Fair, proceeds go to provide Thanksgiving baskets for Gray/ New Gloucester families, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Crossroads Coffeehouse, Main Street, Gray Village, www.crossroadsmaine.org.
Designing Women Fine Art, Craft Show & Sale, suggested admission donation to benefit Coastal Studies for Girls, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Merriconeag Waldorf School Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd., Freeport, Michelle Henning, 833-5556.
Holiday Fun Day, with crafts, cookie decorating, family photos, face painting, to benefit Operation Christmas Child, 10 a.m. – noon, free / bring small gifts for children ages 2-14; 12 p.m. assemble shoebox gifts for charity, hosted by The Rock Church, 7 Braeburn Ave., South Portland, Eric Samuelson, email@example.com, 730-2693.
“Stuff-the-Truck,” food drive to benefit Good Shepherd Food-Bank, donate non-perishable foods, cash donations greatly needed, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Maine Mall parking lot at Gorham Road and Philbrook Ave., South Portland, www.gsfb.org, 782-3554.
46th Annual Rotary Christmas Tree Sale, to benefit community charitable causes, Nov. 27-29; Dec. 5-6; Dec. 12-13; Mill Creek Park, South Portland, hosted by The South Portland- Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club, Adrienne Murphy, 243-3292.
Holiday Wreath Display and Silent Auction, to benefit Maine Alzheimer’s Association, 5-7 p.m., Bay Square at Yarmouth, 27 Forest Falls Dr., Yarmouth, Mary Willson, 846-0044.
Giving Tree of Hats and Mittens, bring new unwrapped hats, mittens of all sizes to Yarmouth tree lighting on Dec. 5 at 5 p.m.; after Dec. 5, drop off donations to Yarmouth Town Hall, Merrill Memorial Library, or Yarmouth Community Services, sponsored by Yarmouth Fire-Rescue, Margaret Downing, 846-9295.
Santa Steamed Clam Supper, to benefit Santa Fund of the Maine Clammer’s Association, bring new unwrapped toy, 4-7 p.m., $12 adult/ $6 child, ages 5 and under free, Freeport Masonic Lodge, Mallet Dr., Freeport, Adam, 615-5640.
Jingle Bell Run and Walk for Arthritis, 5K timed race or leisure walk, 8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. race, meet at Freeport Middle School gym, 19 Kendall Ln, Freeport, register, www.freeportjbr.kintera.org, 1-800-639-2113.
Fairs, Festivals, Food and Fun
4th Annual Casco Bay High School / PATHS Craft Fair, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., free admission, cookie walk, entertainment, more, 196 Allen Ave., Portland, 754-6843.
Annual Christmas Fair, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., West Falmouth Baptist Church, 18 Mountain Rd., Falmouth, 797-4066.
Christmas in the Country, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Tuttle Road United Methodist Church, 52 Tuttle Rd, Cumberland, 829-3766.
Holiday Craft Fair and Fish “Chowdah” and Chili Luncheon, hosted by the Freeport Lioness-Lions Club, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. fair; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. luncheon, Harraseeket Grange, Elm St., Freeport, Cheryl Smith, 504-1946.
Holiday Craft Fair, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Greely High School, Main St., Cumberland, 829-4805.
Holiday Prelude Christmas Fair, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Thornton Heights United Methodist Church, 100 Westbrook St., South Portland.
Holiday Arrangements Class, make boxwood trees, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday; extra class 2 p.m. Sunday only at Falmouth Skillins, $20, Gray Road, Cumberland, 829-5619; Foreside Road, Falmouth, 781-3860.
Holiday Pie-Making Workshop, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., $5, Eureka Center, Durham, Mary Fallon, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holly Days Fair, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Falmouth Congregational Church, 267 Falmouth Rd, Falmouth, 781-3413, www.falmouthcongregationalchurch.org.
Holly Daze Bazaar, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., First Congregational Church, 301 Cottage Rd., South Portland, 799-4001.
Santa’s Workshop, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., handmade items, silent auction, First Congregational Church of North Yarmouth, 3 Gray Rd, North Yarmouth, 829-3644.
“A Village Christmas,” Cumberland Congregational Church Christmas Fair, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Main St, Cumberland.
Thanksgiving Dinner, free for needy and elderly, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Toddy Brook Golf Course and Cafe, 925 Sligo Road, North Yarmouth, Mike Smith, 829-5100.
Home For The Holidays Craft Show, by the Society of Southern Maine Craftsmen, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Scarborough High School, 20 Gorham Rd., Scarborough, Stone Soup Artisans, 283-4715.
The Polar Express, Thursdays-Sundays, Nov. 27 – Dec. 21; trains leave at 4, 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m., $24 child, $26 adult, $40 first class coach car, Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad, Ocean Gateway Depot, 58 Fore St., Portland, extra dates/times at www.mngrr.org/polar_express.html, tickets at www.porttix.com.
Jane Freeberg and Astrid Sheckels, author and illustrator of children’s book, “The Scallop Christmas,” 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., L.L. Bean flagship store, Main St., Freeport.
“Artsy Crafts on 88,” a juried artisan holiday show, with photography, painting, jewelry and more, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., 267 Foreside Road, Falmouth, email@example.com.
DIY Gift-Making Open House, “Art Night Out” inspired kits, $10-$25, 2-5 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 29, Dec. 13, Dec. 20, Artascope Studios, 352 Cottage Rd., South Portland, Suzanne, 799-5154.
Holly Jolly Fair, cake party, 6-8 p.m. Friday; fair, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, First Parish Congregational Church, 40 Main St., Freeport, Andrea Conner, 865-3573.
Annual Christmas Fair, with silent auction, lobster stew lunch, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sacred Heart Church, 326 Main St., Yarmouth, Cathy Ferretti, 846-1039.
Annual Yarmouth Town Carol Sing and Tree Lighting, 5 p.m., Town Hall Memorial Green, Main St., Yarmouth, Margaret Downing, 846-9295.
Christmas Fair, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.; haddock chowder luncheon, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Blue Point Congregational Church, 236 Pine Point Road, Scarborough.
Christmas Fair, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., with silent auction, crafts, luncheon, Foreside Community Church, 340 Foreside Rd., Falmouth.
Holiday Craft Fair, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Bay Square at Yarmouth, 27 Forest Falls Dr., Yarmouth, Mary Willson, 846-0044.
Holly Jolly Fair, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., First Parish Congregational Church, 40 Main St., Freeport, Andrea Conner, 865-3573.
New Gloucester Historical Society Open House/ Holiday Sale, with exhibit of historic town photos and antique vehicles, New Gloucester History Barn, 9 a.m. – noon, behind Town Hall, U.S. Route 231, New Gloucester, 926-3188.
Old Fashioned Christmas Fair, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church Portland, 580 Forest Ave., Portland.
Winter’s Glow Gala, Holiday Art Show & Sale sponsored by Freeport Creative Arts, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., free admission, Freeport Square Gallery, 140 Main St., Freeport, 865-1616.
Fraser Art Studio’s Group Holiday Art Sale, Dec. 11-13, 5-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, 81 Congress St., Munjoy Hill, Portland, www.fraserartstudio.com.
Music and Theater
Oratorio Chorale Yuletide Music Festival, 3 p.m., $20 advance/ $25 door, students half-price, Sacred Heart Church, Main St., Yarmouth, www.oratoriochorale.org, 725-1420.
“The Nutcracker,” presented by Maine State Ballet and Orchestra, with Musica de Filia Girlchoir and Wescustago Youth Chorale, 2 p.m., 7 p.m., Nov. 28; 2 p.m. Nov. 29; 7 p.m. Dec. 4; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 5; 2 p.m. Dec. 6, $15-$45, Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, tickets, PortTix, 842-0800, www.mainestateballet.org.
“The Bells of Christmas,” performance by Casco Bay Ringers and Falmouth Community Handbell Group, hosted by The Falmouth Historical Society, 7 p.m., open to public, OceanView Community Room, Falmouth, reservations, 781-4727.
“PSO’s Magic of Christmas,” a Portland Symphony Orchestra production, Dec. 11-13; Dec. 18-20; 7:30 p.m. Fridays ; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sundays; extra show Dec. 18 at 2 p.m., $25 and up, Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, tickets, www.porttix.com, box office at 20 Myrtle St., Portland, 842-0800.
83rd Annual “Pageant of the Nativity,” presented by The First Parish in Portland, Unitarian Universalist, non-denominational pageant with cast of 80; 4:45 p.m., free and open to public, 425 Congress St., Portland, 773-5747.
“Victorian Nutcracker,” presented by Portland Ballet, 7:30 p.m., Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, tickets, PortTix, www.porttix.com, or 842-0800.
Halls Of Holly Fair, proceeds benefit First Parish Church, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Christmas table, books, jewelry, pony rides, more; muffin bar 9-11, lunch items 11-2; 9 Cleaveland St., Pilgrim House, First Parish Church, Brunswick, 729-7331.
InspireME’s 6th Annual 5k Turkey Trot, informal walk run for families, registration 7-8:15 a.m., trot 8:30 a.m., requested cash donation $10/minimum or non-perishable food contribution, tote given for $20 donation, for pre-registration contact Perian, 443-2509 or firstname.lastname@example.org, InspireME Personal Fitness Training Studio, 30 Front St., Bath, race starts at Cafe Creme.
“Holiday Gala,” to benefit the Bath Area Family YMCA, with champagne and appetizers, performance by Oratorio Chorale, 5:30-8 p.m., $25, Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St., Bath, tickets, Springer’s Jewelers, Now You’re Cooking, Bath YMCA, 443-4112 or www.bathymca.org.
Ridin’ Steel Fundraiser Holiday Party, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. kids’ events and holiday craft fair, with Santa, food, free admission; 7-11 p.m. adult party, with music, raffles, food, $20 single/ $35 couple, Topsham Legion Post 202, Foreside Road, Topsham, bring non-perishable food item or unwrapped toy for donation, Amanda, 841-3518, www.ridinsteel.com.
37th Annual Spirit of Christmas Craft Fair to benefit the Bath Police D.A.R.E program, with Santa, face painting raffles and more, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Bath Middle School, 6 Old Brunswick Road, Bath, Shelley Merrill, 443-8339.
Fairs, Festivals and Fun
Christmas Fair, wreaths, crafts, children’s shopping area, visits with Santa, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; 11 a.m. luncheon, free admission, Brunswick United Methodist Church, 320 Church Road.
Made in Maine Christmas Craft Show, by the Society of Southern Maine Craftsmen, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday, Mt. Ararat High School, Topsham, Stone Soup Artisans, 283-4715.
Annual Gingerbread Social, raffle, bake sale, 12-4 p.m., $2/child, $4/adult, everyone welcome, Cosmopolitan Club, 894 Washington St., Bath, Diane Nicol, 443-6134.
Victorian Christmas Open House & Cookie Walk, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Phippsburg Historical Society Museum, 24 Parker Head Rd., Phippsburg, 443-6309.
15th Annual Festival of Trees, hosted by the Bath Area Family YMCA; “Tots & Trees,” with storytelling by Mrs. Claus, Santa visit, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; tree viewing, 4-5:30 p.m., with refreshments, holiday activities; ongoing silent auction to benefit the Bath YMCA, all events at Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St., Bath, FMI, Bath Area Family YMCA, 443-4112 or www.bathymca.org.
35th Annual St. John’s Christmas Craft Show, by juried craftsmen and artists, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., free admission, St. John’s Parish Hall, Pleasant St., Brunswick.
St. Paul’s Christmas Fair, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; cafe 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 27 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 725-5342.
Santa Visit, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., free and open to public, Skolfield-Whittier House, 161 Park Row, Brunswick, bring camera, refreshments next door at Pejepscot Historical Society, 159 Park Row, Brunswick, 729-6606.
Music and Theater
Oratorio Chorale Yuletide Music Festival, 7:30 p.m., $20 advance/ $25 door, students half-price, United Church of Christ, Bath, www.oratoriochorale.org, 725-1420.