• BENEFITS

FRIDAY

Art with Heart Hootenanny, music, performances and silent auction, benefits the arts center; Mayo Street Arts, Portland. www.mayostreetarts.org. 7 to 9 p.m.

Live and silent auctions, with refreshments and music to benefit Gardiner Main Street; Johnson Hall, Gardiner. $25. 582-3100. 6 to 9 p.m.

SATURDAY

Pasta supper, benefits Royal Rangers Ministry; Seacoast Chapel, Saco. 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Valentine Tea and book sale, benefits Friends of Feral Felines; Friends of Feral Felines, Portland. 797-3014. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sweetheart’s Valentine’s Soiree, dance benefiting the Portland Club’s historic preservation fund; Portland Club. $20. 761-4477. 7 to 11 p.m.

JD Foundation’s Valentines Dance and Friends Night Out, benefits suicide prevention programs; Sokokis Hall, Limerick. $15; two for $25. 876-2295. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

SUNDAY

Valentine’s Fundraiser, silent auction, wine and chocolate tastings, benefits Freeport Rotary Club and Freeport Elders Association; Freeport Community Center. $30. 865-6462. 5 to 8 p.m.

Harlem Rockets, comedy basketball team plays against the Sanford Hot Shots, benefits the Sanford-Springvale Youth Athletic Association and the community center; Nasson Community Center, Springvale. $10 at door; $8 in advance. www.nassoncc.org. 3 p.m.

LUV Me 5K, road race benefiting Little Field Home; Penobscot Bay YMCA, Rockport. $15 to $40. [email protected] 9 a.m.

Time Pilots, 1980s dance music cover band performs to benefit Family Crisis Services; Italian Heritage Center, Portland. $5 to $20; free ages 12 and younger. 767-4952. 5 to 9 p.m.

MONDAY

Our Funny Valentines, cocktail and dessert party with performances by Charis Leos and Jenny Lee Stern, benefits Maine State Music Theatre; Bowdoin College (Studzinski Recital Hall), Brunswick. $100. 725-8760, Ext. 15. 7:30 p.m.

• FAIRS/FESTIVALS

U.S. National Toboggan Championships, also chili and chowder contest, children’s activities and more, Snow Bowl, Camden. Free to watch and to participate in non-sledding activities. www.camdensnowbowl.com. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Chute open to the public ($5) 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Bates Community Folk Festival, music and dance performances featuring student and local groups, Bates College (Chase Hall), Lewiston. Free. www.bates.edu. 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Winter Carnival, outdoor fun, kids’ activities, fireworks and more, Causeway, Naples. Free. www.ScottRichard.net. Friday to Sunday.

Downtown Showdown, invitation-only snowboarders and skiers perform stunts on large ramp, Monument Square, Portland. Free to watch. thedowntownshowdown.com. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday.

WinterRush Festival, family festival with a PolarBear 5K, snow-fort building, snow painting, snowshoeing, a scavenger hunt and more, Deering Oaks Park, Portland. Free. www.portlandwinter rush.com. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Snowfest and Fishing Derby, Washington Pond, Washington. washingtonme.govoffice.com. Saturday.

Fairfield Chocolate Festival, clowns, face painting, dancers and chocolate, Community Center, Fairfield. $2; $1 for children. 872-2172. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

• SPECIAL EVENTS

TODAY

Valentine’s Day Canine Cocktail Party, with dog-kissing contest, Planet Dog Company Store, Portland. Free; $5 to enter contest. 381-1516. 6 to 7:30 p.m.

IBU Biathlon World Cup, skiing and rifle markmanship competition with various community events in Presque Isle and Fort Kent, various locations, Fort Kent. discovernorthern maine.com. Various times. 

FRIDAY

PechaKucha Night, variety of artistic presenters share their work, Watts Hall, Thomaston. $5. www.lincolnstreetcenter.org. 7 p.m.

SATURDAY

Sailor’s Valentines, make your own sailor’s valentine while enjoying refreshments and stories of maritime romance, Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport. $40. 548-2529, Ext. 206. 9 a.m. to noon.

Inside the Organ, organist Ray Cornils offers a tour of the church’s 1883 organ, part of Longfellow Days; First Parish Church, Brunswick. Free. 729-7331. 2 p.m.

Popcorn Saturday, children’s program for preschool through grade 5, River Tree Arts, Kennebunk. $5; $20 per family. 967-9120. “All You Need is Love Valentine’s Day Extravaganza,” 10 a.m.

SUNDAY

Valentines Bazaar, crafts, music, family entertainment and more, Lucid Stage, Portland. $5; $3 for ages 12 and younger. 899-3993. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Open House of Alchemist Delights, tarot readings and introduction to a new line of all-natural perfumes, Union Station Office Building, Portland. www.kittywitchperfumery.com. Noon to 5 p.m.

Bath Antiques Show, Bath Middle School. $4. 443-8983. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

MONDAY

Flying Donkey Cabaret, traveling roadshow of puppetry for adults, music and more, Mayo Street Arts, Portland. $5 to $10. www.mayostreetarts.org. 8 p.m.

• FILMS

TODAY

“My Israel: Revisiting the Trilogy” (2008) with a discussion with the editor, College of the Atlantic (Gates Center), Bar Harbor. Free. www.coa.edu. 7 p.m.

“Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (1971), Sagadahoc Preservation’s Dreamland Theater, Winter Street Center, Bath. $5/donation. www.sagadahocpreservation.org. 7 p.m.

Film and Discussion Series, Rockland Public Library. Free. “Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth: Love and the Goddess” (1988), 6:30 p.m.

Down to the Sea in Film, nautical movie series, Maine Maritime Museum, Bath. $5 to $25. www.MaineMaritimeMuseum.org. “Life by Lobster” (2009), 6:30 p.m.

“art:21 — Art in the 21st Century,” followed by discussion, Harlow Gallery, Hallowell. Free. www.harlowgallery.org. 7 p.m.

Random Movie Night, series in the Teen Lounge, Portland Public Library. www.portlandlibrary.com. 3:30 to 6 p.m.

FRIDAY

Classic Cinema, monthly film series, St. Mary the Virgin Church, Falmouth. Free. “Topkapi” (1964), 7 p.m.

SUNDAY

Kids Classics at Dreamland Theater, movies for children, Winter Street Center, Bath. $5/donation. www.sagadahocpreservation.org. “Lady and the Tramp” (1955), 2 p.m.

TUESDAY

“M.C. Richards: The Fire Within,” documentary about Mary Caroline Richards, filmmakers will be present; Maine College of Art (Osher Hall), Portland. Free. www.meca.edu. 7:30 p.m.

Movies in the Afternoon, series of films from the 1930s, Bangor Public Library. Free. 947-8336. 2 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

Teens through Time, film series with teen-cenric viewpoint, Portland Public Library. Free. 1960s: “To Sir, With Love” (1967), 4:30 p.m.

• PRO SPORTS

Maine Red Claws, NBA Development League basketball game, Portland Exposition Building. $10 to $30. 210-6655. Vs. Springfield, 7 p.m. Friday; 1 p.m. Sunday.

Portland Pirates, AHL hockey team, Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland. $11 to $17. 828-4665. www.portlandpirates.com. Vs. Providence, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

• BOOKS/AUTHORS

TODAY

Book launch with Susan Conley, author of “The Foremost Good Fortune,” Longfellow Books, Portland. 772-4045. 7 p.m.

Alexander Chee, author of “The Queen of the Night,” author reading, University of Maine (Olsen Student Center), Farmington. Free. 778-7454. 7:30 p.m.

Keystone Reading Series, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland. Free. 8 p.m.

Linda Cortright, editor and publisher of “Wild Fibers” magazine, presents “The Voice of Foreign Pastures” about natural fibers from the High Himalayas to ancient Scandinavia; Frontier Cafe, Cinema & Gallery, Brunswick. $12 at door; $10 in advance. 725-5222. 5:45 p.m. (slideshow), 6:30 p.m. (author talk).

Language Arts Live, literary reading with Emily Barton, author of “Brookland,” Bates College (Chase Hall), Lewiston. Free. www.bates.edu. 7:30 p.m.

Marc Lamont Hill, author talk, Bates College (Pettengill Hall), Lewiston. Free. www.bates.edu. 7:30 p.m.

Majka Burhardt, author of “Vertical Ethiopia: Climbing Toward Possibility in the Horn of Africa,” author talk, Colby College (Diamond Building), Waterville. Free. www.colby.edu. 7 p.m.

FRIDAY

Darcy Scott, author of “Hunter Huntress,” reads from her book, York Public Library. 363-2818. 7 p.m.

SATURDAY

Conner Moore, author of “Black Bag to Blackberry,” book signing, Thornton Academy, Saco. 282-3361. 4 to 6 p.m.

SUNDAY

“Longfellow Days: Poets in the Community,” poetry readings as part of Longfellow Days events, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick. Free. 729-4439. With Alice Persons, Rob Farnsworth and Ruth Bookey, 1 p.m.

MONDAY

Alexander Weheliye, author of “Phonographies: Grooves in Sonic Afro-Modernity,” presents “Ring, Ring, Ring: Popular Music and Mobile Technologies,” Bates College (Pettengill Hall), Lewiston. Free. www.bates.edu. 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

Michael Rawson, author of “Eden on the Charles: The Making of Boston,” talks about his book, Bowdoin College (Moulton Union), Brunswick. Free. 725-3396. 7:30 p.m.

• PARTICIPANT DANCE

FRIDAY

Bangor Parks and Recreation Father-Daughter Valentines Dance, Bangor Civic Center. www.basspark.com. 6:30 p.m.

Ballroom dancing, Maplewood Dance Center, Portland. 878-0584. 7 to 11 p.m.

Contradance, Bates College (Chase Hall), Lewiston. $5. www.bates.edu. Beginner program at 7:30 p.m.; dance with Playgroup and Perpetual e-Motion at 8 p.m.

SATURDAY

Daddy-Daughter Dance, Maine State Ballet Theater, Falmouth. $25. 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Saturday Night Dance Party, American Ballroom Dance Academy, Portland. Argentine tango lesson at 6 p.m.; group lesson at 7 p.m.; dance party 8 to 11 p.m.

Valentine’s Dance, casual dress with music from the 1950s to 1970s, Nasson Community Center, Springvale. $10. www.nassoncc.org. 8 to 11 p.m.

Hearts for Harmony, Valentine’s Day dance with DJ Thunder and the Blueberry Pancakes steel drum band, Italian Heritage Center, Portland. $15/donation. 441-2507. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Valentines Dance with Night Posse, Amvets Post, Yarmouth. 846-6708. 7 to 10 p.m.

Valentines Dance with The Tony Boffa Band, Maplewood Dance Center, Portland. 878-0584. Reservations recommended. 8 to 11:30 p.m.

SUNDAY

Valentine’s Day Show and Dance with Pine Tree State Country Music Association, Trafton Senior Center, Sanford. $5, $6. www.ptscountrymusicassoc.org. 1 p.m.

Father-Daughter Dance, dancing, games, prizes, refreshments and more, Drouin Dance Center, Westbrook. $20 to $25; $5 per additional guest. www.drouindancecenter.com. 3 to 5:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

Ballroom dancing, Maplewood Dance Center, Portland. 878-0584. Advance beginner/intermediate rumba/bolero lesson at 7 p.m.; dance 8:30 to 11 p.m.