Southern Maine Events Calendar
December 10th to December 16th
Have an event coming up this fall? Let everyone know about it with the Local Events Calendar! Email Jen Harkins at email@example.com with a brief description or press release.
Events for Tuesday, December 10th
A Celebratory Fundraiser for The Meg Perry Center. Enjoy a wonderful night of food, celebration, and insight into where the new center is headed! There will be a Pay-What-You-Can dinner catered by Jonah Fertig, a silent art auction (with works donated by the Artist Rapid Response Team, the Hidden Ladder Collective, and other local artists), musical performances, and much more! FMI or to RSVP visit facebook.com If you cannot attend the event, but would still like to make a donation, please visit indiegogo.com
Maine Public Relations Council Networking Event from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Conundrum Wine Bistro in Freeport. The MPRC board of directors invites members and non-members to join them for appetizers, drinks, and networking with a room full of Maine-based public relations and communications professionals. FMI email firstname.lastname@example.org
Christmas with Cornils, A Kotzschmar Christmas at the Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul, Lewiston. The event will start at 7:30pm. Join Ray Cornils, Portland’s Municipal Organist; the Festival Brass; St. Mary Schola, Bruce Fithian, Director; and the Parish Ringers for an evening of your favorite holiday music. Enjoy familiar Christmas music, some new arrangements and celebrate the joy of the season. A wonderful experience for the entire family! For FMI or for tickets please call 207-553-4363.
Events for Wednesday, December 11th
The Affordable Care Act: what does it Mean to You? A public forum on the ACA will be held at the South Portland City Hall Council Chambers at 6pm. Policy and health care professionals will provide an overview of the Affordable Care Act and of Maine’s health care exchanges. Q&A will follow. This event is free and is open to the public and will be aired live on South Portland’s Public Channel 2. FMI contact Representative, Kim Monaghan-Derrig at email@example.com
Lunch & Theatre featuring “The Gift of Magi” at the Brunswick Station and Falmouth Footlights from 11:30am to 3pm. Enjoy lunch at the Inn at Brunswick station and board a chartered bus that will take the group to the new Falmouth Footlights theatre for a live performance of “The Gift of Magi”. Return to Brunswick around 3:30pm. FMI call the Brunswick Downtown Association at 207-729-4439.
Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce Boast ‘n Toast Auction from 5pm to 8pm at The Muddy Rudder restaurant on Route One. Enjoy terrific food, drinks, luve music and great Silent and Live Auctions. Tickets are $30 for individuals, $175 for a table of 6. FMI call 207-846-3984.
Events for Thursday, December 12th
USM Youth Ensembles Vocal Concert at 7pm at Corthell Concert Hall on the USM Gorham campus. This annual concert brings together the Southern Maine Youth Chorale, conducted by Shannon Chase, and the Southern Maine Children’s Choir, conducted by Paul McGovern. The chorale is comprised of singers in grades seven-12, and the choir is comprised of singers in grades four and up. FMI call 207-780-5555.
The Happiness Course from 7pm to 8:30pm every Thursday until December 20th at The Heart Opening on Congress St. in Portland. Everyone wants to be happy, but we spend a lot of time looking for happiness in the wrong places. To feel real joy and happiness, we need to realize that they don’t come from material goods or high achievement, but from our outlook on life and the quality of our relationships. This course will provide practical advice on how to transform your life by transforming your mind. No experience necessary. Each class includes a short talk and two guided meditations. FMI call 207-228-1139 or visit theheartopening.com
Merry Madness from 5pm to 10pm in downtown Portland! Shop ‘til you drop, eat and be merry. The night will start off with free hor d’oeures, raffles, and music from 5-6pm. You can purchase souvenir 2013 Merry Madness glasses and mugs. Participating stores remain open until 10pm. FMI visit portlandmaine.com
Events for Friday, December 13th
The Nutcracker Burlesque presented by Vivid Motion begins at 7:30pm at St. Lawrence Arts on Munjoy Hill in Portland. This adult show is performed by a live band and features a wide array of dance gnenres including ballet, gogo dancing, disco, hoedown, and classic burlesque. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at vividmotion.org or by calling 1-800-838-3006.
The Nutcracker presented by Bossov Ballet Theatre begins at 7:00pm at the Waterville Opera House. Visit the magical world of The Nutcracker with each performance bringing to life toy soldiers, dancing mice, and even a Christmas tree. Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for seniors and youth. This show is great for children of all ages. FMI call 207-873-7000.
Fine Winter’s Night Celtic Holiday Show at The Strand in Rockland starting at 7:30pm. The music will feature traditional Irish music duo, Matt and Shannon Heaton along with New England Fiddler & Folk Singer, Lissa Schneckenburger and Corey DiMario. FMI visit rocklandstrand.com
Hilarious Christmas Variety Show at The Freeport Theater of Awesome beginning at 7:00pm. Jason and Matt Tardy host an unforgettable Christmas Variety Show packed with performers and musicians from all over Maine and New England. Featuring music, juggling, comedy, magic and lots and lots of Christmas spirit. There is no better way to celebrate the holidays with your family then to see this Awesome Christmas Show! Tickets are $12-$17. FMI call 207-518-8839.
Events for Saturday, December 14th
Community Chorus to present ‘Moods of Christmas’. The Greater Freeport Community Chorus will share “The Many Moods of Christmas” in two concerts. The program features 18 traditional carols arranged into four suites by Robert Shaw and Robert Russell Bennett. The 70 singers are directed by Virgil Bozeman and accompanied by Dorothy Cuprak. The concert begins at 7:30pm at the Freeport Performing Arts center. Admission is $10 for adults, and anyone under 18 is admitted for free. FMI visit, gfccweb.org
Make a Chocolate Cozy Cottage between 9:30am and 3pm at Wilbur’s of Maine Chocolate Confections in Freeport. The popular Cozy Cottage has returned for another season! Bring your family to the factory to assemble and decorate a chocolate house. Time slots include 9:30am, 11am, 1pm or 3pm. Call 207-865-4071 to reserve your spot. Cost is $25 per house.
Theatre Performance: The Velveteen Rabbit at 1pm and 4pm at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine. “There are two ways to become real,” the Skin Horse tells the Velveteen Rabbit, who wants more than anything to become real. “The first is when you are real to one special child, and the second is when you are real to the world.” With love, devotion and a little bit of the Toy Fairy’s magic, can the Velveteen Rabbit find the love he needs to become real? Join us for a performance of Margery Williams’ classic holiday story. FMI call 207-828-1234.
Dickens: An Evening with the Master. Join Victoria Mansion Trustee, Carlene Magno and Andrew Harris of Deertrees Theater in the stair hall for an exciting night of history and entertainment about one of the world’s most beloved authors, Charles Dicken. The emphasis of the evening will be on Dickens’ life experiences and how they influences his writing as well as how his writing influenced readers around the world. Tickets are $25 for adults, and $20 for members. FMI visit victoriamansion.org
Events for Sunday, December 15th
Community Chorus to present ‘Moods of Christmas’. The Greater Freeport Community Chorus will share “The Many Moods of Christmas” in two concerts. The program features 18 traditional carols arranged into four suites by Robert Shaw and Robert Russell Bennett. The 70 singers are directed by Virgil Bozeman and accompanied by Dorothy Cuprak. The concert begins at 2:30pm at the First Parish UCC Church in Freeport. Admission is $10 for adults, and anyone under 18 is admitted for free. FMI visit, gfccweb.org
4th Annual Portland Brewers’ Holiday Dash 5K at RiRa Irish Pub at 11am. Participate in a fun 5K race/walk along the Eastern Prom Trail to benefit Portland Trails and Toys for Tots. Includes buffet lunch and complimentary adult beverages for those 21+. FMI call 207-775-2411 or to register visit trails.org
“Les Miserables” at The Portland Players Theater at 2pm. Watch a student production of world famous musical Les Miserables. Tickets are $13. FMI call Stages Academy at 207-699-3330.
Events for Monday, December 16th
The Holly and The Ivy Festival of Trees continues at the Dyer Library/Saco Museum in Saco at 5pm. Join them for their 9th annual Festival of Trees to benefit the programs of the Dyer Library and Saco Museum. There will be dozens of gorgeously decorated trees and wreathers based upon this year’s theme of The Holly and the Ivy. FMI call 207-283-3861.
Mansion Mondays from 5pm to 7:30pm at Victoria Mansion. Take a break from the stress of the Christmas season and visit Victoria Mansion’s Joy to the World after dark each Monday during the holiday season. See the stunning décor in a whole new light, the skylight will be illuminated, the trees will sparkle, and the original 19th Century wall paintings and furnishings will be washing in a holiday glow. FMI visit victoriamansion.org
Bluegrass Night at OTTO from 8pm to 10pm. Every Monday night is Bluegrass Night at OTTO’s new 574 Congress Street expansion. Listen to Joe Walsh & Friends crank out world-class bluegrass for FREE! FMI call 207-773-7099
Team Trivia Night at Sebago Brewing Company in downtown Portland from 4pm to close. Monday is also Burger and a Pint night at Sebago. Get 1 beer and 1 burger for only $9.99! FMI call 207-775-2337.