Linda Cullivan, Unheard Melody
Linda Cullivan's "Unheard Melody" is one of the photographs in Cove Street Arts' exhibition, "Birds," running through Feb. 19.
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BENEFITS

Virtual 5K and Polar Bear Dip & Dash | Benefit for The Natural Resources Council of Maine fighting climate change | Registration thru Dec. 25 is $50 / $60 Dec. 26 – Jan. 2 | nrcm.org/events/polar-bear-dip-dash/

DANCE

“A Victorian Nutcracker” | Portland Ballet | Dec. 18-23 | $27+ | Westbrook Performing Arts Center, 471 Stroudwater St, Portland | Info and tickets at bit.ly/3luylb6

FAIRS/MARKETS

Portland Winter Farmers’ Market | Saturdays 9am-1pm | Stevens Sq. Community Center Gym, 631 Stevens Ave | portlandmainefarmersmarket.org

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Tuition-Free Classes December and January | Offered by New Ventures Maine, an education and economic development program through UMA System | For more info and to sign up, call 800-442-2092 or visit bit.ly/NVMEClasses

DECEMBER 28

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” | Winter Wildlife Adaptations with the Center for Wildlife | Thomas Memorial Library Zoom event | 6:30pm | Register for link: bit.ly/3C0fuu6

ONGOING

Osher Map Library’s Monday Map Lunch Series | Every Monday thru June, 2022 | 12pm | Free, open to public | Zoom event with limited participants | Register at oshermaps.org/news

Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Portland Chapter | First Saturday of every month | 9-10:30am | Free | email to receive link: [email protected] | To learn more, visit citizensclimatelobbymaine.weebly.com/ | 415-6556

Veterans Membership Drive | American Legion Munjoy Hill Post 161, 42 Atlantic St, Portland | Have a beverage and check out our Post | Saturdays 10am-4pm | For more info, call 772-9314

HEALTH/SUPPORT

ONGOING

The Opportunity Alliance Senior Volunteers Program seeks senior companion volunteers over the age of 55 to help in Cumberland and York counties | Qualifying volunteers receive a stipend | More information at opportunityalliance.org/senior-companion-program

OUTMaine Youth Programs for LGBTQ+ youth | Weekly programs, retreats, leadership, support | Free | outmaine.org/

Remote Support Groups, Mon-Thurs, hosted by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) | For info and schedules visit namimaine.org/supportgroups

Recovery Yoga | SeaChange Yoga | for people in recovery from substance use disorder | Tues/Thurs 1:30-2:20pm | Free | seachangeyoga.org/recovery-yoga

Virtual Breastfeeding Support Group | Weekly support group as well as mom-to-mom support on an ongoing basis | Fridays 10am | Free to Maine residents | Private facebook group with Doula/Lactation consultant, bit.ly/3wgsycS

LITERARY ARTS

DECEMBER 23

“Beware of the Banker” | Crime fiction book talk by Barry Somes followed by “Season of Light” Planetarium show | 6:30pm | Southworth Planetarium, USM campus, Falmouth St | $7.50 at door | To reserve up to 2 free advance tickets, contact Barry at [email protected]

ONGOING

Guerilla Poetry Whoop | Thomas Memorial Library: Poets and poetry enthusiasts group meeting every second Thurs of the month | 6:30pm via Zoom | More info and registration at thomasmemoriallibrary.org/poetry-at-tml/

Free Ebooks for Students | Commemorate the end of World War II | Free military history downloads | also African-American and Latino history downloads | ebooksforstudents.org/.

MUSEUMS

Maine Historical Society | 489 Congress | Timed admission | Members free, public $10 | 207-774-1822 | mainehistory.org

Skyline Farm Carriage Museum | 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth | skylinefarm.org

Maine Jewish Museum | Current exhibits: “Dialogue” “The Pumpkin Patch” “Sojourn Israel” through Jan. 3 | 267 Congress St, Portland | mainejewishmuseum.org/

MUSIC

Chocolate Church Arts Center | 804 Washington St, Bath | For performance and ticket information, visit chocolatechurcharts.org/

One Longfellow Square | 181 State St, Portland | For schedules and info, visit onelongfellowsquare.com/shows/

Portland House of Music | 25 Temple St, Portland | for schedule of shows, visit portlandhouseofmusic.com

Portland Symphony Orchestra | For concert, venue and ticket information visit portlandsymphony.org

State Theatre | 609 Congress | For up-to-date concert information, visit statetheatreportland.com/

DECEMBER 22

Clifford Cameron performs ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ | 6-7:30pm | Blue, 650A Congress St, Portland | portcityblue.com

Blue Christmas with Colleen Clark & Friends | 8-10pm | Blue, 650A Congress St | portcityblue.com

Christmas with Kennerley | 7pm | $33+ | On Demand, $15 | Merrill Auditorium | bit.ly/3GwbRyv

DECEMBER 23

Frank Fotusky, KF3 | 7-11pm | Blue, 650A Congress St, Portland | portcityblue.com

Eileen Rose and the Silver Threads | Country/Rock originals | 7pm | Cadenza, 5 Depot St, Freeport | $18-$20 | cadenzafreeport.com

DECEMBER 26

Pianists Play for a Piano | 5pm | Blue, 650A Congress St | portcityblue.com

Home for the Holidays | Dimensions in Jazz | 8-9:30pm | $5-$25 | Portland Conservatory of Music, 28 Neal St | bit.ly/30hMj8U

DECEMBER 27

Rachel Eckroth | 8 pm | Sun Tiki Studios, 375 Forest Ave | suntikistudios.com

Dar Williams w/Crys Matthews | $45-$55 | 8pm | One Longfellow Sq, 181 State St, Portland | Info at onelongfellowsquare.com/shows/

Home for the Holidays | Dimensions in Jazz | 8-9:30pm | $5-$25 | Portland Conservatory of Music, 28 Neal St | bit.ly/30hMj8U

Create With ME Holiday Party with Monday of the Minds | Hip Hop Showcase with New Years Card Making for Barron Center Nursing Home | $5-$10 | 8pm-1am | 21+ | Flask Lounge, 117 Spring St | bit.ly/3q3mQZz

DECEMBER 28

Jazz Sesh | 9-11pm | Blue, 650A Congress St, Portland | portcityblue.com

Home for the Holidays | Dimensions in Jazz | 8-9:30pm | $5-$25 | Portland Conservatory of Music, 28 Neal St | bit.ly/30hMj8U

DECEMBER 29

Miller, Gallagher, McHenry | Free Blues, Jazz | 8pm & 10pm sets | $5-$10 suggested | The Apohadion, 107 Hanover St, Portland | theapohadiontheater.com

DECEMBER 30

The Hansen Bros, Arcadia Band, The Mill Burners | 5-11pm | Blue, 650A Congress St | portcityblue.com

Midwestern Medicine & Amiright? | 9 pm | $10-$13 | Sun Tiki Studios, 375 Forest Ave | suntikistudios.com

Miller, Gallagher, McHenry | Free Blues, Jazz | 8pm & 10pm sets | $5-$10 suggested | The Apohadion, 107 Hanover St, Portland | theapohadiontheater.com

DECEMBER 31

NYE with Hunter Lefebvre & Friends | 7pm-1am | Blue, 650A Congress St |
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Citrus New Years Eve Black & White Formal | Dance the night away in your finest formal attire | 9pm-2am | Citrus, 1 City Ctr, Portland | citrusportland.com/events

Miller, Gallagher, McHenry | Free Blues, Jazz | 8pm & 10pm sets | $5-$10 suggested | The Apohadion, 107 Hanover St, Portland | theapohadiontheater.com

Green Lion Crew, Yung Abner, Slaythoven, & Carols! | Reggae & EDM NYE party | 21+ | 9pm | $20 | Urban Farm Fermentory, 200 Anderson St | Tickets at theticketing.co/events/uffnye

JANUARY 1

Michaell Beling, Weird Turn Pro | 6-9:30pm | Blue, 650A Congress St | portcityblue.com

Ellis Paul w/Laurie MacAllister | $25-$32 | 8pm | One Longfellow Sq, 181 State St, Portland | Info at onelongfellowsquare.com/shows/

JANUARY 2

Greg Klein & Friends | 5-6:30pm | Blue, 650A Congress St | portcityblue.com

JANUARY 4

Jazz Sesh | 9-11pm | Blue, 650A Congress St |portcityblue.com

JANUARY 5

Irish Session | 9-11pm | Blue, 650A Congress St | portcityblue.com

THEATER

“HUMBUG! A Spirited Christmas Carol” by Michael S. Tobin | Thru Dec. 22 | Footlights Theatre, 190 US Route 1, Falmouth | For more info, call 747-5434 or visit thefootlightstheatre.com/

“Frederick, The Musical” | Thru Dec. 30 | Ages 2-9 | Fri. 4pm, Sat. 11am, Sun. 11am & 4pm | $15 | Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, 250 Thompson’s Point Road | kitetails.org/frederick-the-musical

DECEMBER 23

“A Christmas Carol” with Michael J. Tobin | 7pm | Footlights Theatre, 190 US Route 1, Falmouth | For more info, call 747-5434 |  thefootlightstheatre.com/

VISUAL ARTS

“Illustrated Monsters by Monster Illustrators” | Thru Dec. 24 | Lewis Gallery, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Sq | Info at portlandlibrary.com/events/first-friday-art-walk-monsters/

Holiday Show: Peace and Joy | Through Dec. 30 | Meetinghouse Arts, 40 Main St, Freeport | meetinghousearts.org/

JANUARY 1

“Ringing in the New Year” | Annual exhibit of visual art thru Jan. 30 | Richard Boyd Art Gallery, 15 Epps St. | Free | 10am-3pm Fri, Sat, Sun | richardboydartgallery.com | 712-1097

Milly Bachrach and Andre Benoit | Two solo shows running through Jan. | Union of Maine Visual Artists Gallery, Portland Media Center Building, 516 Congress St. | Exhibits and more info at theumva.org/

ONGOING

Chocolate Church Arts Center | 804 Washington St, Bath | chocolatechurcharts.org/

Cove St. Arts | “Myth” thru Jan. 15 | “Great and Small” thru Jan. 29 | M-F 10-5:30, Sat. 10-5 | 808-8911 | covestreetarts.com

Grant Wahlquist Gallery | 30 City Center | W-Sat 11-6 | Henri Paul Broyard Jamboree | Through Aug. 17 | grantwahlquist.com/

Greenhut Galleries | 146 Middle St, Portland | Group holiday show thru Jan. 29 | 772-2693 | M-F 10-5:30, Sat. 10-5 | Visit greenhutgalleries.com/

Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA | 522 Congress St. | bit.ly/3i5iWuX

Richard Boyd Art Gallery | “Holiday Offerings” – An Annual Exhibition of Visual Art | 10am-3pm Fri, Sat, Sun thru Dec. 28 | Free | 712-1097 | richardboydartgallery.com

“MMPA Antidote” | Maine Museum of Photographic Arts virtual newsletter featuring Maine art and artists | Updated regularly with photographs, interviews, reviews, Q&As | Visit mainemuseumofphotographicarts.org

Union of Maine Visual Artists Gallery | Annual exhibit showcasing artwork by members of The Union of Maine Visual Arts | Thru December | Portland Media Center Building, 516 Congress St. | Exhibits and more info at theumva.org/

UNE Art Gallery | 716 Stevens Ave, Portland | “Home Fires,” part of the statewide “Freedom and Captivity” exhibition partnership | Thru Jan. 23 | bit.ly/2XhtukB