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Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St, Portland, ME

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Victoria Mansion to host Night of the Nutcracker: A Special Evening for Children

By Gregory Sundik on Nov. 26, 2015, at 9:09 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Location: Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St, Portland, ME For more information: 207-772-4841 ext 104; Victoria Mansion and Portland Ballet present an event filled with holiday wonder. Children are invited to bring their parents to see the Mansion, decorated for the …

Gorham family gives back on Thanksgiving

By CBS 13 on Nov. 26, 2015, at 8:40 p.m.
For the sixth year in a row, a Gorham family is putting the “giving” in Thanksgiving by making sure people in the community get a meal.
Beth Ansheles of Saint Andre Home speaks to members of 100+ Women Who Care Southern Maine in November about a new project, Hope Rising, a residential treatment program for survivors of human trafficking.

Maine women gather to ‘give back,’ build community

By Beth Brogan on Nov. 26, 2015, at 11:13 a.m.
Deb Bergeron was overwhelmed to find 100 women arrive at the first meeting of 100+ Women Who Care Southern Maine.

The funniest Portland Thanksgiving story ever: ‘The Turkey Day Streaker’

on Nov. 26, 2015, at 9:44 a.m.
On Thanksgiving Day, fifteen years ago in 2000, a teenaged Jon DiDonato stood shivering in an obscure corner of the west end of Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland, under the shadow of Hadlock Field. Roughly ten thousand people had shown up for that year’s annual Thanksgiving Day football game between storied …

Shipyard Brewing owner suckers media on benefit of TIFs

on Nov. 26, 2015, at 7:49 a.m.
I certainly hope the editors at Maine’s second- and third-largest newspapers aren’t snickering about the Maine Sunday Telegram’s recent misstep — its publication of a front-page story about a drug addict who claimed, falsely, as we now know, to have been a Maine State Trooper. That’s because both the Lewiston …

Suspect flees after attempting to rob Sanford motel at knifepoint

on Nov. 25, 2015, at 4:13 p.m.
Police are searching for a man who attempted to rob the Super 8 motel at knifepoint on Main Street on Tuesday night.
Deputies say 57-year-old Debra Baptista of Limerick saw a coyote in her backyard while her two dogs were on her porch. Baptista took her dogs in the house because she surmised the coyote was watching them. Baptista loaded her rifle and it discharged accidentally

Bullet fragments hit friend after woman attempts to shoot coyote in Limerick

By CBS 13 on Nov. 25, 2015, at 12:41 p.m.
The York County Sheriff’s Office responded to an accidental discharge of a weapon on Tuesday, which resulted in a woman’s hand being injured. Deputies say 57-year-old Debra Baptista of Limerick saw a coyote in her backyard while her two dogs were on her porch. Baptista took her …

There once was a porn star kamikaze and other things you learn from old magazines

on Nov. 25, 2015, at 11:22 a.m.
I buy old magazines at antique shops and swap meets. I love reading them to get a better sense of how culture and news was being presented in the various times and eras represented by each publication, and I enjoy seeing all of the dated pictures and advertisements. Also, in the context of …

Zodiac Zone

on Nov. 25, 2015, at 11:21 a.m.
Saturn starts a trend Thanksgiving Eve, opposing Full Moon, moving on to meet the Sun and challenge Neptune, planet of illusion and romanticism.  Saturn puts the hammer down on lack of commitment, respect and honesty. Reality checks surround us this week. Aries: Be real with yourself, even painfully honest if …

Dive into deals this ski season

on Nov. 25, 2015, at 11:21 a.m.
You bought your ski season pass. Good for you. The sooner you bought it, the less you paid. Smart. Depending on which one you’re wearing, don’t forget the discount goodies that come with it. So, what about everyone else looking to score a deal? There are frequent skier cards out …

Maine Friends of Animals benefits from pizza orders

on Nov. 25, 2015, at 11:18 a.m.
Supporters of Maine Friends of Animals can show their support over pizza at OTTO’s at 225 Congress St. on Tuesday, Dec. 8, between 5 and 9 p.m. A portion of the profit from all dine-in and takeout orders will be donated to MFOA as a part of OTTO’s Good Food …

Five-Course Interview: ‘Feel like Frank Sinatra or Dean Martin for a night’

on Nov. 25, 2015, at 11:16 a.m.
Stepping into the posh interior of Crooners and Cocktails is akin to stepping back in time to the 1950s. As Sinatra’s voice envelops you, you can’t help but feel you should be wearing an elegant evening gown and sipping an Old-Fashioned. And that’s exactly how owner and chef Chris Harris …

A ‘ripple of benefits’: Portland Food Co-op celebrates $3 million in sales after first year of retail store

on Nov. 25, 2015, at 11:09 a.m.
What a difference a year makes, especially in the life of a grocery cooperative. Nearly a decade ago, the Portland Food Co-op was little more than a meeting topic among hopeful residents. But the last year has been a doozy for the cooperative. Its retail grocery store at the base …

Coffee beers: A fusion of my two favorite drugs

on Nov. 25, 2015, at 11:06 a.m.
Don’t judge me, but I’ll spend most days suspended between two of my favorite mood-altering chemicals: alcohol and caffeine. It’s not simply the pharmacological effects I enjoy, it’s the flavors of the beverages that these chemicals are dissolved in. Hence my recent late night realization that our tasting journey has …

A franchise with depth: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 provides a satisfying end

on Nov. 25, 2015, at 11:04 a.m.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2, which concludes the hugely popular series about political and social unrest in a dystopian future, offers more of the same which, in this case, is a good thing. This is a blockbuster franchise that from the beginning was more about ideas and has …

N.C. Wyeth Caper on display: PMA exhibits recovered works of art as FBI continues probe

on Nov. 25, 2015, at 11:02 a.m.
The N.C. Wyeth Caper, widely regarded as Maine’s most significant fine art theft, is one step closer to reaching its conclusion, after an 18-month, nationwide investigation. A pair of historically significant Wyeth paintings, speculated to be worth about $500,000 each, were recovered thanks to the combined efforts of the Federal …

A Twist for the holidays: Oliver! offers steampunk Victorian drama in time for Thanksgiving

on Nov. 25, 2015, at 10:59 a.m.
The holidays are upon us, which means there will soon be a lot of Dickens on a lot of stages. But it’s not the Dickens of Scrooge and the ghosts that takes the stage this season at Seacoast Repertory Theatre, in Portsmouth, where audiences can instead revisit the Dickens-inspired musical …

Odd Ball for a good cause: Dance party helps supply musical instruments for children

on Nov. 25, 2015, at 10:55 a.m.
The grownups get together and get down so that kids can get their musical beginnings. That’s the plan for Kimmy’s Odd Ball, a dance party at Portland House of Music and Events on Friday, Dec. 4. For the sixth consecutive year, Kimmy Wilson has turned her birthday party into a …

Featured Show: Model Airplane brings the funk to Portland venue

on Nov. 25, 2015, at 10:53 a.m.
Listening to Model Airplane performances alone in your living room, through headphones, is kind of like being the pizza delivery boy at a spectacularly festive party. You can catch impressions through the window and doorway of people having an amazing evening, but you’re missing out on what it’s like to …

8Days: From Rhum tastings to mansion viewings to tree-lighting excitement

on Nov. 25, 2015, at 10:37 a.m.
THURSDAY, Nov. 26 GAZE INTO HER EYES | Take some time to visit the cozy PhoPa Art Gallery on Washington Avenue. This small viewing space often gets left out of all the First Friday fun. There you can enjoy the works of Ni Rong, a Chinese photographer, who finished a …