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Calendar of Events

'Polar Express'

Sat 'Polar Express'
Sat Ed Gerhard's 32nd Annual Christmas Guitar Concert
Sat Center for Wildlife's Annual Holiday Bazaar
Sat An 1836 Portsmouth Nutcracker
Sat 'A Christmas Carol'
Sat Kittery Art Association Holiday Art Show & Sale

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Pop-Up Galleries Spring Up in Downtown Portsmouth

This holiday season Seacoast artists are taking advantage of vacant storefronts in downtown Portsmouth with an innovation --short-term "pop-up" galleries.

At 33 Bow St. (a.k.a. Izzy's Ice cream), Port City Artisans offers a trove of of handcrafted wares. Check out beautiful nature-inspired jewelry by Carol Endicott Designs, custom-made bags by Elizabeth Berthound, colorful scarves by Weaving Willows, paintings by Rose Bryant, and belts, pottery and novelty items handmade of bronze. 10 a.m.-7 p.m, Sunday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday. (603) 988-6264

At 150 State St., the ice cream of Clark's Creamery has been displaced by George Beland's pop-up gallery, featuring his fine furniture, pottery by Erin Moran, jewelry by Mesala Jewelry, and items like calendars, watercolors, dyed-cloth tableware, beeswax candles, leather bags and wallets, and soap made from beer(!). Beland says the shop will remain open through the end of December and then offer a variety of wares until April, when ice cream season arrives and Clark's Creamery operates from the space once again. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday; and Sundays 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. except this weekend during the Button Factory Studios Open House. (603) 436-9800

Finally, at 86 Pleasant St., in the former space of the Green Monkey Restaurant, artists Ron Crusan, DeWitt Hardy, Ali Goodwin and Kate Doyle host an exhibit, studio party and sale 5-8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5 with gallery hours noon-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6.

December Movie Pass Winners

Four people have won movie passes for writing a movie review last month at PortsmouthNH.com! Passes are good at The Music Hall in Portsmouth or Fox Run Stadium in Newington. To be eligible to win next month, write a comment in the PortsmouthNH.com movie poll.

• 7 from Durham about Interstellar ("Meta");
• Fox Run from Newington about Gone Girl ("Awesome");
• threepronged from Lee, NH about Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) ("movie star in middle age tries to mount serious Broadway play");
• nhman11 from rochester about Fury (" great but same old theme").

Things to Do

Woodman Institute Museum
Woodman Institute Museum , Dover NH. Dover's Woodman Institute offers an eclectic collection of natural science, local early history, and art. On display are rocks and minerals, butterflies, stuffed animals, Native American items, early furniture and artifacts from the Civil War, as well as an original 1675 fortified garrison house.

Islington Street Guide

Islington Street in Portsmouth, aka the West End, has seen a explosion of business activity over the past couple years. Once the area was known for Hannaford's supermarket, The Button Factor and few businesses like Tony's Radio and TV. Nowadays it houses more than 100 retail stores, service businesses and small offices, from beer sellers to yoga studios. Recognizing the change, PortsmouthNH.com has added a guide to the neighborhood. See www.portsmouthnh.com/west_end/.

 

Portsmouth Harbor Cam

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Buy Movie Tickets

Movie listings for the Fox Run Stadium 15 theater in Newington now include links to Fandango for those who want to purchase tickets in advance. To buy tickets, click on a show time and you'll be taken directly to the ticket purchase page. Fandango will add a "convenience fee" to the ticket price. Online ticketing for other theaters will be added as it becomes available.

Portsmouth NH - Downtown

Aerial View of Portsmouth NHThis section of PortsmouthNH.com focuses on the Portsmouth's city center with information about many shops, restaurants, accommodations, and historical sites, as well as an interactive map.

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Going Out of Town?

If you're headed out of town for the holidays or for someplace warm, you can book through PortsmouthNH.com. Hotel rates are comparable to any site online.

Parking Shuttle Extended Again

PortsmouthNH's free downtown parking shuttle will continue to operate thru January, city officials have announced. During its 27 weeks of operation, the shuttle has transported approximately 18,000 one-way riders between the Connect Community Church parking lot near on Market Street (near I-95 Exit 7) and the Hanover Parking Garage. The shuttle will continue to run afternoons and evenings Friday thru Sunday. For details, see www.parkportsmouth.com. For a map of parking locations, both free and paid, click here.

Tours: Walking, Driving, Floating

A directory of Seacoast tours has been added to PortsmouthNH.com's Things to Do. Guided and unguided. By foot, motor vehicle or boat. Fom Portsmouth to Dover and York. The dozen or so tour companies and organizations listed can give you a unique view of the Seacoast. Things to Do: Tours. (Single site tours are often available at historic homes, breweries and other attractions.)

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Clean Air-Cool Planet
An environmental organization working with New England businesses, universities and communities to find solutions to global warming

Kittery Art Association
A nonprofit organization supporting art in the community with art exhibits, workshops and classes.

Families First Health and Support Center
Offering comprehensive health care services and family support programs to individuals and families in the greater Seacoast, regardless of their ability to pay.

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