Gift Basket Silent Auction

SEARSPORT — Through Thursday, Dec 15, at 4:45 p.m.: Bid during Carver Memorial Library’s open hours at 12 Union St. and by phone at 207-548-2303. Festive baskets with themes such as tea, food, crafts and many more. All proceeds benefit the library. FMI: carverlibrary.org.

Sip & Splurge

BELFAST — Thursday, Dec. 15, 5 to 8 p.m.: Downtown businesses will stay open late for a night of festive shopping. Registration begins at 5 p.m. at Delvino’s. $10 for appetizers, a cup for sipping, and a bag for splurging, with a list of participating businesses as well as a “wish list” you can fill out and give your loved ones.

Waldo GOP supports Zoe

BELFAST — Thursday, Dec. 15, 6 p.m., 230 Searsport Ave.: The Waldo County Republican Committee will hold a short business meeting with desserts. Attendees are asked to bring disposable baby diapers for holiday donation to Zoe, A Women’s Center in Rockport. FMI: 992-3172.

Spice Club

SEARSPORT — Friday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m. -5 p.m.: December’s spice is cinnamon and kits are available beginning the third Friday of the month at Carver Memorial Library, 12 Union St. Try new flavors, explore new recipes, or just get out of a cooking rut. Enjoy at your own pace. FMI: carverlibrary.org.

‘Nutcracker’

BELFAST — Friday-Sunday, Dec. 16 (6 p.m.), 17 (11 a.m.) & 18 (11 a.m.) at the Crosby Center: A holiday event for the whole family.

National Wreaths Across America Day

Saturday, Dec. 17: In morning ceremonies, wreaths will be laid on the graves of veterans in cemeteries around Waldo County in conjunction with the laying of wreaths in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia in this annual event. Check with your town office to learn about locations in your town.

Repair Café

BELFAST — Saturday, Dec. 17, 9 a.m. to noon at the Waldo YMCA: It’s holiday time! Light up your lights, toast your toast and wind up the toys. And if they don’t work bring them to us to try to fix and there it’s free. (Bring replacement parts, please.) Fix your favorite sweater and sew up holes in your clothes. Keep stuff out of dump and save some $.

Festival of Trees

SEARSPORT — Saturday, Dec. 17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, and Sunday, Dec. 18, 9 a.m. to noon: The Searsport District High School holds its annual Festival of Trees. Sponsors and companies may bring their tree and/or donations on the 16th from 3 to 6 p.m.

Crafts sale

SEARSPORT — Saturday, Dec. 17, noon to 3 p.m.: Crafters will be offering their wares at Mermaid Plaza. Antique jewelry and handsewn items are the highlights.

Solstice Art Showcase

MONTVILLE — Saturday, Dec. 17, 4 to 8 p.m.: Maine Makers Society, 804 Acadia Highway, hosts this celebration of the season and local creators. Bundle up for winter fun in the old 10-4 Dance Hall! Art show and sale featuring visual artists Christina Barr, Kimba Cseh, Meghan Duncan and Colette Shumate-Smith. Gallery opens at 4 p.m. Live music by Cliff Gelina from 5 to 8 p.m. Also craft stations, bonfire and hot cocoa. Suggested $5 donation at the door. FMI: mainemakerssociety.com.

Special Music Sunday

STOCKTON SPRINGS — Sunday, Dec. 18, 9:30 a.m.: Sunday School children at The First Congregational Church of Sandy Point will singing several songs, and other musicians and singers will play and sing Christmas music.

Children’s Christmas Pageant

BELFAST – Sunday, Dec. 18, 10 a.m.: First Church in Belfast, UCC Children’s Christmas Pageant on the fourth Sunday of Advent.

Advent education series

BELFAST — Sunday, Dec. 18, 10:30: St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 95 Court St.: “Waiting with Expectation” session in the parish hall. No prior knowledge is required. Dec. 18, Signs of Hope.

Carols in the Round

LINCOLNVILLE CENTER — Sunday, Dec. 18, 3 p.m.:  Mount View High School Chamber Singers perform in the Meeting House, home of the United Christian Church (UCC), 18 Searsmont Road, Route 173. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.  The Meeting House, built in 1821, is the perfect venue for this candlelit concert. Masks are recommended.  FMI: 763-3800.

Menorah lighting

BELFAST — Sunday, Dec. 18, 4 p.m.: The annual menorah lighting will take place at sundown on the first night of Hanukkah. The community celebrates with music and readings. An additional candle will be lit each night of Hanukkah.

Children’s Quilt Raffle

SEARSPORT — Ends Monday, Dec. 19, at 3 p.m.: Carver Memorial Library, 12 Union St., is raffling off a beautiful and nostalgic quilt featuring Liberty Graphics children’s book images. Handmade by local quilter Louise Seekins. Proceeds will benefit children’s materials and programs. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and are available at the front desk. Come see the quilt on display in the Reading Room.

Teens Create: Paper Cone Gnomes

SEARSPORT — Tuesday, Dec. 20, 3 p.m. (third Tuesdays): Create and decorate your own unique gnome using paper and other art supplies at Carver Memorial Library, 12 Union St. If you want, bring your favorite wrapping paper to use as decoration. For teens and preteens ages 11-19. FMI: carverlibrary.org.

Winter solstice celebrants on Sears Island in a past year. Courtesy of Ashley Megquier

Solstice by the Sea celebration

SEARSPORT — Wednesday, Dec. 21, 4 to 6 p.m.: Come celebrate with a walk past hundreds of luminaries on the path with an illuminated StoryWalk, free cookies, cocoa and recorded music, courtesy of the Friends of Sears Island. The featured book is “The Shortest Day” by Susan Cooper, illustrated by Carson Ellis. FMI: carverlibrary.org. A decorated tree will look over donations of nonperishable food items and toiletries for the Congregational Methodist Food Cupboard in Searsport.

Christmas Eve at Sandy Point

STOCKTON SPRINGS — Saturday, Dec. 24, 4 p.m.: The Christmas Eve service at The First Congregational Church of Sandy Point will end with an outdoor circle around a fire pit to sing “Silent Night” if the weather is fine.  There will be no service Sunday morning, Dec. 25.

Candlelight service

SEARSMONT — Saturday, Dec. 24, 6 p.m.: Candlelight Christmas Eve Service with carols at Searsmont United Methodist Church, Route 131.

Christmas Eve service

STOCKTON SPRINGS — Saturday, Dec. 24, 6:30 p.m.: Service at Stockton Springs Community Church, 20 Church St.

Candlelight service

BELFAST — Saturday, Dec. 24, 7 p.m.: First Church Christmas Eve Candlelight Service in the First Church sanctuary, 104 Church St.

Christmas Eve service

SEARSPORT — Saturday, Dec. 24, 7 p.m.: First Congregational Church of Searsport, 8 Church St., service with music.

Family Christmas Eve service

FRANKFORT — Saturday, Dec. 24, 7 p.m.: Frankfort Congregational Church welcomes all to a community event. The service will feature old, beloved carols, with accompanying scripture readings, from an initial overview and through the scriptures to the birth of Christ. This service is both stirring and uplifting, a joyous, colorful time. Also featured are a solo vocalist and other, special music.

Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist

BELFAST — Saturday, Dec. 24, 8 p.m.: St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 95 Court St., Holy Eucharist with choir in the church.

Come as You Are

BELFAST — Sunday, Dec. 25, 9:30 a.m.: Christmas Day “Come as You Are” Holy Eucharist in St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 95 Court St. An all-request Christmas carol service you can attend in your pajamas.

Carol Sing

BELFAST — Sunday, Dec. 25, 10 a.m.: Christmas Day Carol Sing in The First Church in Belfast sanctuary, 104 Church St.

Virtual Christmas service

SEARSMONT — Sunday, Dec. 25, 10:45 a.m.: Christmas Day worship, online only via Zoom, go to the Searsmont United Methodist Church Facebook page for the Zoom link.

Free Community Meal

BELFAST — Sunday, Dec. 25, noon: First Church Christmas Community Meal, free for everyone, begins at noon in the Parish House Fellowship Hall (55 Spring St. entrance).

Christmas Day Community Dinner

ROCKLAND — Sunday, Dec. 25, 12:30-1:30 p.m.:Adas Yoshuron Synagogue will sponsor its annual Christmas Day Community Dinner at St. Peter’s Church, 11 White St. It’s a turkey dinner with all the fixings and dessert prepared by Primo Restaurant. It will be a takeout meal available from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. For more information, call 594-4523.

New Year’s worship

BELFAST — Sunday, Jan. 1, 10 a.m.: First Church in Belfast, UCC New Year’s Day Worship in the First Church sanctuary, 104 Church St.

ONGOING …

Prayer meetings

SEARSMONT — Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m.: Searsmont United Methodist Church (located next to Fraternity Village General Store) is planning to offer weekly prayer meetings at the church, with coffee and light refreshments. All in the community are welcome. Feeling stressed? Can’t sleep? Want to learn the Breath Prayer? Need someone to listen and pray with you? Their doors and their hearts are open. Questions? Call the pastor: 785-4140.

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