Today
Dec. 3, 4, 5: AUBURN, the Woman’s Literary Union annual Holiday Open House will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 19 Elm St. $6/$2

Dec. 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12: AUBURN, a Christmas Spectacular will be held at the East Auburn Baptist Church, corner of Turner and Church Streets. Performance times are Wednesday-Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 3 and 7 p.m. and Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. 782-0348

Dec. 3: BRUNSWICK, the Annual Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mid Coast Hospital in the Cafe conference rooms, 123 Medical Center Drive. 373-6015

Dec. 3: BRUNSWICK, a Caribbean poetry slam will be held at 4:45 p.m. at Bowdoin College Moulton Union. Free 725-3217

Dec. 3, 4: BRUNSWICK, the Young People’s Theater will perform “Androcles and the Lion,” at the Theater Project, 14 School St. Show times are Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 4 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $^ 729-8584

Dec. 3: BRUNSWICK, the Portland Symphony Orchestra will present woodwind instruments for children ages 4-7 at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Crooker Theatre. $3 773-6128

Dec. 3: BRUNSWICK, Bowdoin students enrolled in the applied music program will present a concert at noon at Bowdoin College Gibson Hall. Free 725-3747

Dec. 3: BRUNSWICK, Sol y Canto will perform Caribbean music at 7:30 p.m. at Bowdoin College Kresge Auditorium. Free 725-3217

Dec. 3, 4: BUCKFIELD, the Early Evening Show with Mike Miclon will be held at 7:30 p.m.at Oddfellow Theater, Rt. 117. $10/$6 336-3306

Dec. 3, 4, 5: CAMDEN, “Christmas By the Sea,” with shopping, musical entertainment, community tree-lighting ceremony, horse-drawn wagon rides, Holiday House Tour and Santa arriving by lobster boat, wil be held in Camden, Rockport and Lincolnville. 236-4404

Dec. 3-12: FREEPORT, Freeport’s 11th Annual Sparkle, with parade of lights, carolers, talking Christmas tree, Santa, horse drawn carriage rides, Holly Trolley and more, will be held in Freeport Village. 865-1212

Dec. 3: LEWISTON, a craft and bake sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Montello Manor/Commons, 540 College St.

Dec. 3, 4: LEWISTON, “Superflu: The Politics and Principles of Islander Life,” will be performed at 10 p.m. at Bates College Black Box Theater. $6/$3 786-6161

Dec. 3, 4: LEWISTON, the Bates College Choir will perform at 8 p.m. at Bates College Olin Arts Center Concert Hall, 75 Russell St. 786-6135

Dec. 3: LISBON, a stuffed peppers or chicken supper will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m., followed by a dance, at the VFW Hall, Rt. 196. $5/$2.50 353-5291

Dec. 3, 10: PORTLAND, a benefit haddock chowder, lobster roll or ham salad luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at North Deering Congregational Church, 1364 Washington Ave. $6/$3.75 797-2487

Dec. 3: PORTLAND, a Hanukkah Celebration will be held at 1 p.m. at Children’s Museum of Maine, 142 Free St. 828-1234

Dec. 3-11: PORTLAND, original work by students will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 3, 4, 5, 7-10 and Dec. 5 and 11 at 5 p.m. at at St. Lawrence Arts Community Center, 76 Congress St. $12/$5 780-5151

Dec. 3: PORTLAND, the Perceptionists, featuring Mr. Lif and Akrobatik, will perform at The Big Easy, 55 Market St. $10/$12 871-8817

Dec. 3: PORTLAND, Childsplay will perform a violin concert extravaganza at 7:30 p.m. at Portland High School, 284 Cumberland Ave. $20 845-2140

Dec. 3-24: PORTLAND, Portland Stage Company will perform “A Christmas Carol,” at 25A Forest Ave. Show times are 2 and 7 p.m. 774-0465

Dec. 3, 4, 5: POWNAL, the Bradbury Mountain Arts 2004 Holiday Show will be held at Mallett Hall, Rt. 9. The hours are Friday, 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 688-4153

Dec. 3: RUMFORD, Throwback, Indie-pop band, will perform at the Rumford Town Hall. 562-7360

Dec. 3-19: SEBAGO, Schoolhouse Arts Center members will perform “A Christmas Carol the Musical,” at the center, Rt. 114. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. and Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. 642-3743
Tomorrow
Dec. 4: AUBURN, the Annual Holiday Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sixth Street Congregational Church, 109 Sixth St. 783-2522

Dec. 4: AUBURN, Turner Rescue Unit is holding a bake sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Shaw’s Supermarket.

Dec. 4: AUGUSTA, a Christmas Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church, 9 Summer St. 622-2424

Dec. 4: BETHEL, the Taste of Bethel and Theme Wreath Auction will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at Telstar High School cafeteria. 824-2282

Dec. 4, 5: BETHEL, “The 12 Dogs of Christmas,” a film about kids, dogs and faith in small miracles, will be shown at 7 p.m. on Dec. 4 and 1 and 3 p.m. on Dec. 5 at Telstar High School Helen C. Berry Auditorium. $15/$10 824-0202

Dec. 4: BOOTHBAY HARBOR, the 20th Annual Harbor Lights Festival with Santa arriving by boat, horse-drawn wagon rides, craft fair, lighting of Christmas tree and the lighted boat parade will be held all day in downtown Boothbay Harbor. 633-2353

Dec. 4, 5: BRIDGTON, the Rock Maple Racing Snowmobile Snow-X series will be held at Shawnee Peak. $15/$25

Dec. 4: BRUNSWICK, the 68th Annual Christmas Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant St. 725-5342

Dec. 4: BRUNSWICK, the Unique Holiday Gift Fair will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at Curtis Memorial Library.

Dec. 4: BRUNSWICK, the Bowdoin Chamber Choir and the World Music Ensemble will perform at 3 p.m. at Bowdoin College Chapel. Free 725-3747

Dec. 4: BRUNSWICK, Max Cilla and Martinique Flute des Mornes will perform traditional Martinique music at 7 p.m. at Bowdoin College Gibson Hall. Free 725-3217

Dec. 4: BUXTON, the Village Christmas Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bar Mills Parish House, Rt. 4A.

Dec. 4: CAMDEN, the Annual Craft Fair and Open House will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Windward Gardens, 105 Mechanic St. 236-4197

Dec. 4: FARMINGTON, the Franklin County Arts and Crafts Association Christmas Craft Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the UMF Olsen Student Center. 778-6967

Dec. 4: FARMINGTON, the 28th Annual Chester Greenwood Day parade will be held at 11 a.m., along with the Seventh Annual Festival of Trees, in Farmington. 778-4215

Dec. 4: FARMINGTON, the Emblem Club Craft Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at West Farmington Elks Lodge. 645-4314

Dec. 4: FARMINGTON, a Holiday Craft Fair and luncheon will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. 778-4720

Dec. 4: FARMINGTON, a Children’s Celebration will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at Franklin Memorial Hospital.

Dec. 4: FARMINGTON, the UMF Bands will perform at 7 p.m. at UMF Olsen Student Center. Free 778-7346

Dec. 4, 5: FARMINGTON, Andy Buckland and Northfield will perform at 7:30 p.m. at UMF Nordica Auditorium. $6/$5 778-7072

Dec. 4: FREEPORT, a Winter Celebration, with children’s program, holiday fair and more, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Wolfe Neck Farm, 184 Burnett Road. 865-4363

Dec. 4: GARDINER, the Open Book Players will perform “A Christmas Carol,” at 2 and 7 p.m. at Johnson Hall. $5 582-5717

Dec. 4: GORHAM, the Casco Bay Concert Band will present “The Many Moods of Christmas,” at 3 p.m. at Gorham High School Performing Arts Center, 45 Morrill St. $7/$6 892-8812

Dec. 4: LEWISTON, the 19th Annual Holiday Festival for Children will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Multi-Purpose Center, 145 Birch St. $7/$3 783-3990

Dec. 4: LEWISTON, the Festival de Joie Annual Christmas Concert “Winter Fun,” will be performed by the Just Us entertainers at 7:30 p.m. at Franco-American Heritage Center at St. Mary’s Church.

Dec. 4: LISBON, the holiday tree lighting will be held at 5 p.m. at the gazebo park. 353-2728

Dec. 4: LIVERMORE, Christmas at Norlands, with holiday decorations, food, building tours, carol singing, jingle bell rides, cookie walk and more, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Norlands Living History Center, 290 Norlands Road. 897-4366

Dec. 4-9: HINCKLEY, the Annual Festival of Trees will be held at Good Will-Hinckley School. Donations 238-4280

Dec. 4: KENTS HILL, the New England Community Christmas Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Readfield (Torsey) United Methodist Church.

Dec. 4: NEW GLOUCESTER, the Annual Shaker Christmas Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, off Rt. 26. 926-4597

Dec. 4: NEW GLOUCESTER, the Annual Christmas Craft Fair and Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sabbathday Lake Grange. 998-4731

Dec. 4: NORWAY, a benefit breakfast with Santa will be held at Pizza Hut. $6

Dec. 4: PERU, a Christmas Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Peru Grange Hall.

Dec. 4: POLAND, a Christmas Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Poland Community Church, Rt. 26. 786-6872

Dec. 4: PORTLAND, the Union of Maine Visual Artists Winter Celebration Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at One City Center. 879-2279

Dec. 4: PORTLAND, the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance holiday book sale and signing will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Portland Public Market. 386-1400

Dec. 4, 5: PORTLAND, the Society of Southern Maine Craftsmen 27th Annual Holiday Craft Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at University of Southern Maine Gym, Falmouth Street. Free 621-2818

Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19: PORTLAND, “Remembering the Holidays” holiday tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tate House, 1270 Westbrook St. $7/$2 774-6177

Dec. 4: PORTLAND, the Maine Music Society will present the Androscoggin Chorale and Maine Chamber Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. at Portland High School John Ford Auditorium. $17.50/$14 782-1403

Dec. 4: PORTLAND, Carbon Leaf will perform at The Big Easy, 55 Market St. $6 871-8817

Dec. 4: PORTLAND, the Silver Leaf Singers will present a gospel holiday concert at 8 p.m. at Center for Cultural Exchange, One Longfellow Square. $18/$21 761-0591

Dec. 4, 5: PORTLAND, the Choral Art Society will present the 15th Annual Christmas Concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday and 2:30 and 7 p.m. on Sunday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 317 Congress St. $15/$25 828-0043

Dec. 4: RANGELEY, breakfast with Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. at Wilhelm Reich Museum, Dodge Pond Road. $3 864-3443

Dec. 4-19: ROCKLAND, the Farnsworth Homestead Open House will be held Dec. 4, 11 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Dec. 5, 12, 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Farnsworth Homestead. 596-6457

Dec. 4: RUMFORD, a Christmas in the Valley Craft Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mountain Valley High School.

Dec. 4, 5: RUMFORD, the Rumford Association of Performing Arts will present “The Joys of Christmas,” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Muskie Auditorium.

Dec. 4: SKOWHEGAN, the Kennebec Performing Arts Company will present a holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Skowhegan Opera House Municipal Building, 225 Water St. $7 474-6900

Dec. 4: WAYNE, the Annual Holiday Craft Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wayne Elementary School, Pond Road.

Dec. 4: WINTHROP, a Christmas Craft Fair will be held from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. at Winthrop High School. 377-2228

Dec. 4: WINTHROP, a Christmas Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Winthrop Congregational Church. 377-8639

Dec. 4: YORK, an old-fashioned Christmas tea will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at Jefferd’s Tavern in Old York. $5 363-4974


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