Community Thanksgiving service, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m., Community of Christ, 49 Park St., Freeport. Guest preacher will be the Rev. Peter Heinrichs, pastor of the First Congregational Church. People are asked to donate canned or non-perishable food the Freeport Community Services Food Bank or cash for the Freeport Community Services Fuel Fund. For more information, contact the Rev. Sandy Williams at 865-4404.
Santa arrives on the Amtrak Downeaster, Thursday, Nov. 22, 11 p.m., Depot Street, Freeport. See Santa get off a special run of the Downeaster from Boston, part of Freeport’s “Moonlight Madness” Black Friday event.
Freeport “Moonlight Madness”, Friday, Nov. 23, midnight, downtown Freeport. Sponsored by FreeportUSA, the event includes a “fun run” led by Santa down Main Street and the following businesses will be open for shopping and late-night/early morning dining: American Eagle, The Children’s Place outlet, Cole Haan, Island Treasure Toys, J. Crew Factory, Jockey, Jones New York, Jos. A. Bank factory store, L.L.Bean, L.L.Bean Home store, L.L.Bean Bike, Boat & Ski, L.L.Bean Outlet, the Lobster Cooker, Mexicali Blues, Nine West, North Face, Polo Ralph Lauren, Sea Bags, Tommy Hilfiger, as well as all the stores of Freeport Village Station, Haggar, Brooks Brothers factory store, Coach, Talbot’s outlet, Wilson’s Leather, Johnny Rockets, Dairy Queen, VanHuesen, Oakley Vault, Calvin Klein, Sunglass Hut, PacSun, Izod, Famous Footwear Outlet, Lids, Bass, Corningware and Lindt Chocolate. For more information, visit www.freeportUSA.com.
Freeport Community Library closed, Nov. 22-24 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Reopens Monday, Nov. 26,11:30 a.m.
Durham Town Office closed, Friday, Nov. 23, in observance of Thanksgiving.
Joint meeting of Durham and Pownal selectmen, Monday, Nov. 26, 6 p.m., Mallett Hall, Pownal.
Maine author Monica Wood, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 7 p.m., Freeport Community Library Community Meeting Room. Wood’s new book is a memoir, “When We Were the Kennedys.”
Country Christmas Fair, Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1, North Pownal United Methodist Church, 851 Lawrence Road, Pownal. On Friday, the fair runs from 3-8 p.m. and on Saturday, the hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. White elephant sale, a children’s craft corner, baked goods, crafts, hand-made items and a silent auction. The special guest will be Santa, who will be there on Saturday from 1-2:30 p.m. For more information, email email@example.com.
Freeport general assistance public hearing, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 8 p.m., Merriconeag Waldorf School, 57 Desert Road, Freeport.
“A Christmas Carol,” one-man show featuring Broadway veteran Will Rhys, Dec. 6 -7 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. and Dec. 14-15 at 7:30 p.m., Freeport Factory Stage, 5 Depot St., Freeport. For more information, go to www.freeportfactory.com. For tickets, go to www.brownpapertickets.com.
Freeport Players’ “WFCP Home Time Radio Hour,” Dec. 7-8 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 2 p.m., Freeport Performing Arts Center, 30 Holbrook St., Freeport. Features music from the 1940s-early ’60s, as comedy sketches and special guest appearances by local bands Crabapple Jam, Not Too Shaap and NE Town. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, available at www.fcponline.org , the Freeport Community Thrift Shop, at the door, and by mail at Freeport Community Players, P.O. Box 483, Freeport, Maine, 04032.
Free movie at Freeport Community Library, Thursday, Dec. 20, 1 p.m., “The King’s Speech,” with Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter. Popcorn will be served.
Free movie at Freeport Community Library, Thursday, Jan. 3, 1 p.m., “The Artist,” starring Berenice Bejo and Jean Dujardin. Popcorn will be served.
Free movie at Freeport Community Library, Thursday, Jan. 17, 1 p.m., “Sweet Land,” with Tim Guinee and Elizabeth Reaser. Popcorn will be served.
Free movie at Freeport Community Library, Thursday, Feb. 7, 1 p.m., “The Long, Hot Summer,” with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. Popcorn will be served.
Free movie at Freeport Community Library, Thursday, Feb. 21, 1 p.m., “Undertaking Betty,” with Brenda Blethyn, Alfred Molina, Naomi Watts and Christopher Walken. Popcorn will be served.
Free movie at Freeport Community Library, Thursday, March, 1 p.m., “To Kill a Mockingbird,” with Gregory Peck. Popcorn will be served.
Firewood raffle, to benefit Alexandra Daniel, a Freeport teenager with epilepsy. The raffle prize is one cord of firewood delivered to the winner’s home. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The firewood will be on display at the North Freeport General Store until the drawing on Nov. 23. Tickets are available at the store, or by calling Becky and James Daniel at 865-0645.
“Buttons, Rum & Rakes,” Freeport Historical Society exhibit celebrating Freeport’s mercantile past, runs through March 2, 45 Main St., Freeport, Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays 1-4 p.m. For more information, visit www.freeporthistoricalsociety.org.
Weekly story time, for toddlers and pre-schoolers, Tuesdays, Freeport Community Library. Three different sessions. 9:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m., separate 15-minute story times for toddlers. Thirty-minute story time for pre-schoolers at 10 a.m. For more information, visit www.freeportlibrary.com or call 865-3307.
Freeport Community Thrift Shop, open Mondays through Fridays 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and closed on Sundays, Freeport Community Center.
Freeport Rotary, breakfast meetings every Wednesday from 7-8 a.m., Broad Arrow Tavern, Harraseeket Inn, Main Street, Freeport. Prospective new members welcome.
North Pownal United Methodist Church food pantry, open every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m.-noon. All are welcome.
Durham Town Office, open Mondays from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-7 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m., the office is closed all day on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, call 353-2561.
Pownal Town Office, open Mondays from 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and Tuesdays through Thursdays from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The town office is closed Fridays and weekends. For more information, call 688-4611.
Freeport Town Hall, open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. The offices are closed on Fridays. For more information, call 865-4743.
Pownal selectmen, meet every Monday at 7 p.m. in Mallett Hall. Check the community calendar for dates or call the town office at 688-4611.
Freeport Third Friday, through December. Visit local merchants and check out arts and crafts from local artisans. Freeport residents receive 10 percent off purchases at select merchants. For more information, visit Freeportusa.com.
Aikido class, Wednesdays, 4 -6 p.m.- Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St.
Open play, Thursdays,10-11 a.m., Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St. Open for kids from infants to age 5, for more information, contact the Freeport Families Network at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Religion and spirituality
Durham Congregational Church, 73 Royalsborough Road, Durham. Sunday services each week at 10 a.m. All are welcome.
Durham Friends Meeting, 532 Quaker Meeting House Road.Worship services every Sunday 10:30 a.m. Adult Sunday school at 9:30 a.m.
First Parish Church, 422 Hallowell Road, Pownal, Sunday services at 9:30 a.m. All-ages Sunday school follows at 11 a.m. For more information, call 688-4846.
First Baptist Church, 185 Main St., Freeport, Sunday services at 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday school from nursery school to adult, Sunday at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 865-4404.
First Parish Church Congregational, UCC, 40 Main St., Freeport. Sunday services at 10 a.m. For more information, call 865-6022.
North Pownal United Methodist Church, 851 Lawrence Road, Pownal. Worship service Sundays at 9 a.m.
St. Jude’s Roman Catholic Church, Main Street, Freeport. Masses Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 846-5584
Seventh-day Adventist Church, Pownal Road, Freeport. Saturday worship at 11 a.m. Sabbath School, Saturdays at 10 a.m. For more information, call 865-3990.
South Freeport Church, UCC, South Freeport Village. Sunday worship 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 865-4012.
Shiloh Chapel, Shiloh Road, Durham. Nondenominational services Sundays at 10 a.m. For more information, visit www.shilohchapelmaine.org.
We love to eat
Free Thanksgiving feast, Thursday, Nov. 22, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Freeport Community Center. A free Thanksgiving dinner, hosted by Jonas and Kate Werner of Azure Café and cooked by executive chef Christopher Bassett, will be served to family, friends and neighbors. The public is invited for a whole meal or a cup of coffee and homemade pie. Hot, boxed dinners are available for those in need. Contact Sue Mack for an application at 865-3985.
Freeport Elders Pancake Breakfast, first and third Saturday of the month, 8-10 a.m., Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St. Deluxe: Pancakes, eggs, sausages, biscuits, OJ, tea and coffee, $4.50. Regular: Pancakes, sausages, OJ, tea or coffee, $3.50. Seniors deduct $0.50.
Third Friday free lunch, third Friday of every month, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St.