December Ditch The Couch and Holiday Sales & Craft Fairs

Lunchtime Meditation
Tuesdays, Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19, 12:10–12:45 p.m.
Think Tank Co-Working, 533 Congress St., Portland
For a beginner’s intro to meditation, drop in on the OmBody Health free lunchtime meditation on Tuesdays at Think Tank. Most of each 35-minute class is dedicated to instructor-led group meditation.

Old York Christmas Tea. Courtesy Photo

Old York Christmas Tea
Saturday, Dec. 2, noon to 4 p.m.
Museums of Old York, 3 Lindsay Road, York
The old-fashioned Christmas tea at Old York’s historic Jefferds Tavern is a cozy tradition sure to warm your heart. Young colonial reenactors serve homemade desserts and White Heron Teas at fireside tables in a festively decorated tavern. Forgo the selfies and have your silhouette cut by artist Leona Hosack. Admission at the door: $10 per adult, $5 for children ages 5–14 and free for little ones.

“Enough As She Is”
Wednesday, Dec. 13, 6–7:30 p.m.
Maine Girls’ Academy, 631 Stevens Ave., Portland
Rachel Simmons, author of the New York Times bestseller “Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls,” will lead an interactive workshop on the topic of her upcoming book, “Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy, and Fulfilling Lives.” This interactive presentation incorporates technology that allows participants to text responses to questions. The event is free and is open to girls as well as adults.

Cocktails & Comedy. Courtesy Photo

Cocktails & Comedy
Thursday, Dec. 14, doors open at 8 p.m.
Portland House of Music & Events, 25 Temple St., Portland
Comediennes, lady comics, funny ladies—whatever you call them, they rule the roost at Cocktails & Comedy. Tickets are $12 in advance online; $15 at the door. Drink. Laugh. Repeat.

“Nevertheless She Persisted”
Thursday, Dec. 14, 6:30–7:45 p.m.
Camden Public Library, 55 Main St., Camden
The Midcoast Women’s Collective presents Collective Voices: Maine Women Share Their Stories, with the final talk of the series: “Nevertheless She Persisted.” Free and open to the public.

Rock My Soul
Sunday, Dec. 17, 4 p.m.
One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland
Rock My Soul, a 30-member secular gospel choir known for its “raise the rafters” style, brings its “gospelized” Christmas carols and R&B and doo-wop-flavored arrangements of popular holiday numbers. The show includes upbeat favorites like “Joy to the World” and “White Christmas” as well as a rendition of “Merry Christmas, Baby” inspired by Otis Redding and a Temptations arrangement of “Silent Night.” Tickets are $20 in advance online, $25 at the door.

Lobster Dip. Photo by Amy Paradysz

Lobster Dip
*Saturday, Jan. 13 2018 at high noon
The Brunswick, 39 West Grand Ave., Old Orchard Beach
What better way to start a new year than with a noontime plunge in the frigid Atlantic with hundreds of Maine-iacs? On your mark, get set, start fundraising for Special Olympics Maine ($100 minimum fundraising per participant). Stay for the post-dip party with free buffet. *Postponed from Jan. 1 due to extreme temperatures.

Derby Skate Club. Photo by Amy Paradysz

Derby Skate Club
Tuesdays 5:30–7 p.m., starting Jan. 9, 2018
Happy Wheels Skate Center, 331 Forest Ave., Portland
Derby Skate Club is an empowering, supportive all-women derby-style skating class where you can learn to own the skating skills that are the foundation of Roller Derby—and burn off those holiday cookies. Registration is open for the beginners’ winter session that starts Jan. 9. The cost for 12 weeks is $162, not including skates and gear. (More advanced skaters have class on Thursday nights.)


Shop the handmade wares of local crafters and artisans this holiday season

Shop ‘Til You Drop
Dec. 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, 278 Whites Bridge Road, Standish
Find a variety of services, products, fashion, winter accessories, books, photography and more. And to make sure you’re staying calm and relaxed during the season, there will also be workshops on health awareness, holistic health, nutrition and yoga. Free admission and parking.

Last Call Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair
Dec. 9–10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Westbrook Armory, 120 Stroudwater St., Westbrook
Featuring artists and crafters from Maine and New England, this two-day fair features one-of-a-kind handmade goods like wood items, quilt work, knits and crochet, jams and jellies, jewelry and more. Admission is $2 for adults, free for children under 12.

PICNIC Holiday Sale
Dec. 10, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thompson’s Point, Portland
A whopping 130 craft and vintage vendors take over the Brick South Building at Thompson’s Point. Be sure to get your photo taken with the Yeti and enjoy some food and beverages (shopping fuel, of course). Free admission.

Vintage Bazaar—Holiday Edition
Dec. 16, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Dec 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thompson’s Point, Portland
Eighty-five vendors selling vintage treasures, holiday treats, upcycled salvage styles and unique handmade gifts. General admission is $10 and early bird/weekend passes are $15 (buy online in advance for a discount).

CONFETTI. A Holiday Craft Bazaar
Dec. 17, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Pepperell Mill Campus, 2 Main St., Biddeford
Shop more than 25 vendors selling unique art and gifts at the Pepperell Mill. There will also be a festive photo booth and a bake sale, with proceeds benefiting Seeds of Hope. Free admission and parking.

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