December 3, 2010

Weekend events feature craft fairs, holiday parties

Kennebec Journal Staff

SATURDAY

AREA

Potluck and poetry: Citizens Offering New Alternatives Potluck and Poetry event, Second Congregational Church, Newcastle; featuring David Moreau of Wayne and Claire Hersom of Winthrop; potluck at 6 p.m. and poetry reading at 7 p.m., followed by open microphone where participants are welcome to bring a poem to read.

AUGUSTA

Christmas fair: Christmas fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 209 Eastern Ave.; Christmas wreaths, flower arrangements, home baked goods, crafts and the Christmas Recycle Room; homemade lunch.

Jazz music: University of Maine at Augusta's Fall 2010 Jazz Week, university's Jewett Hall Auditorium; Envok Vocal Ensemble with Marcia Gallagher, 7 p.m., and UMA Tour Band with Steve Grover, 8 p.m. ; presented by the Jazz and Contemporary Music Program; free admission; 621-3385.

Church fair: Annual Holly Mart Church Fair, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., South Parish Congregational Church, UCC, 9 Church St.; wreaths and greens, baskets, used books, baked goods and cookies, jewelry, scarves, knit goods, wood crafts, candy; children's room with items for children to purchase for gifts; lobster roll luncheon; 622-0552.

Santa Claus party: Free Santa Claus party, 9 a.m.-noon, Gilbert School cafeteria; free pictures with Santa, cookie decoration station, craft station, story time with Mrs. Claus, and goody bags for children; sponsored by Kennebec Community Church of Augusta; for more information, call 623-0911 or visit www. kennebecchurch.org.

Shelter benefit: P.A.L.S. no-kill animal shelter fundraiser and bake sale, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., PETCO, Turnpike Mall; proceeds benefit the shelter.

Railroad event: Model Railroad Celebration, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Maine State Museum, 230 State St.; the Great Falls Model Railroad Club of Auburn and Maine 3-Railers based in Augusta will share their collections and knowledge about model trains; free admission; for more information, call 287-2301.

Coats for Kids: 12th annual Coats & Toys For Kids Day, Hannaford Supermarkets at 29 Whitten Road or 118 Cony St.; drop off a new or gently used children's coat, or a new, unwrapped toy; coats can be dropped off until Dec. 31 and toys until Dec. 17; for more information, call Debbie Sample at (800) 464-1213 or e-mail at communityrelations@wcsh6.com.

For children: Children's Discovery Museum, 171 Capitol St., open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; $5 for children and $4 for adults; 622-2209 or www.chil drensdiscoverymuseum.org.

Clothing bank: Addie's Attic clothing bank, open 1-4 p.m., St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 9 Summer St.; free clothing; donations accepted; for more information, call 622-2424.

Dance: American Legion Post 2, dance, 8 p.m.-midnight, Post home, Capitol Street Extension; $4; members and guests only; 622-2194.

Essentials pantry: Every Day Basics Essential Pantry, open 1-4 p.m., St. Mark's Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 9 Summer St.; the pantry provides basic essentials including bar soap, toothpaste, shampoo, dry laundry detergent, toilet paper, diapers and more; free; no eligibility requirements; 622-2424.

BELGRADE

Craft fair: Sixth annual holiday craft fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Belgrade Community Center for All Seasons, 1 Center Drive, Route 27; homemade woodworks, theme gift baskets, decorative paintings, ornaments, wind chimes, wreaths, photography, jams, candy and more; brunch and lunch in the Holiday Cafe; and village holiday stroll at 4 p.m.

CHINA

Food pantry: China Community Food Pantry open noon-1 p.m., east side of Lakeview Drive.

GARDINER

Library events: Book sale and annual holiday bazaar, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and scavenger hunt, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Gardiner Public Library, 152 Water St.; hardcover books cost $1 and children's books and most paperbacks, 50 cents; videos and audio books priced as marked; children -- those younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult -- should pick up sheets for the scavenger hunt at the library for the search, which will be on Water Street between the library and the Post Office; for more information, call 582-3312.

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