• BENEFITS

TODAY

Fundraising Card Party, benefits Falmouth Historical Society, Holy Martyrs Church, Falmouth. Donation. 781-2705. Noon to 4 p.m.

Casco Bay YMCA Adaptive Services Programs Auction, silent and live auctions, hors d’oeuvres and desserts, cash bar and music; Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport. $35, $40; two for $60. 865-9600. cumberlandcountyymca.org. 6 to 9 p.m.

 

FRIDAY

I Pity the Fool, dinner, dance and prizes to benefit Youthlinks, 21-plus; Lincoln Street Center, Rockland. $15 to $20. 594-2221. youthlinksonline.org. 7 to 10 p.m.

Hockey Benefit, former members of the Boston Bruins and others play a hockey game to benefit the Portland Firefighters IAFF Local No. 740, Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland. $10/donation; free for children under 12. [email protected] 7 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.)

Chemistry Club Demonstration, University of Southern Maine’s chemistry club performs demonstrations and hosts short discussions on the chemistry behind the Japan nuclear disaster; benefits Red Cross efforts in Japan; Talbot Auditorium, Luther Bonney Hall, USM Portland. $5/donation. usm.maine.edu. 4:30 p.m.

 

SATURDAY

Blue Point Chowder Challenge, fourth annual event; portion of proceeds benefits Project G.R.A.C.E.; Blue Point Congregational Church, Scarborough. $7. 883-3773. 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Poker Tournament, Texas Hold ‘Em (no limit); benefits building fund for new South Berwick Library; participation is limited to 100; Regatta Banquet and Conference Center, Eliot. friendsofsouthberwicklibrary.org. Check-in prior to 12:45 p.m.

Antiques Appraisal, benefits Hospice of York; limit two items per person with a suggested donation of $10 for one or $17 for two items; Atlantic Design Center, York. 363-3004. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Escapists, high-energy improv performers; benefits school theater program; Cheverus High School, Portland. $7. 7 p.m. Saturday through Monday.

 

SUNDAY

Chocolate Lovers’ Fling, annual event to benefit Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine; Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland. $20 in advance; $25 at door; free for under age 10; VIP tickets cost $10 and $50. chocolateloversfling.org. 1 to 4 p.m.

 

MONDAY

Scrabble Fest, sponsored by Androscoggin Literacy Volunteers; Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch, Auburn. 333-4785. Deadline to register for April 10 event is Monday.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

TODAY

Hot Chocolate Jubilee, variety show, comedy and music with the theme “Spirit of the Kennebec,” Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath. Free. 442-8455. 7:30 p.m. today to Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.

Gym Dandies Children’s Circus, 30th anniversary performance, Scarborough High School. $4, $5; free for children with an adult. 6:30 p.m. today and Friday.

SMCC Women’s History Project, series about women of the college with discussion and reception, Southern Maine Community College, South Portland. Free. 741-5865. “Claudia Story and the Great Library Campaign of 1964,” 12:30 p.m.

 

SATURDAY

Rural Living Day, Maine Cooperative Extension and MOFGA team up for workshops and seminars on raising food and growing plants, Mt. View High School, Thorndike. $20; includes lunch. umaine.edu/waldo. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Green Beginnings, with musician Hope Hoffman, poetry, artist Debby Atwell and Master Gardener Sharon Turner, Round Top Farm, Damariscotta. Free. 563-1216. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Horse-Drawn Vehicles in Maine,” slide presentation and discussion with Nick Buck, Owls Head Transportation Museum. Free. 594-4418. 1 p.m.

Djembe Intensive Workshop with instructor Annegret Baier, Portland Friends Meeting House. $60. 871-8859. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

SUNDAY

Shape Note Singing, four-part singing tradition also known as Sacred Harp; not a performance, everyone welcome to participate; The New Church, Portland. Donation. theportlandchurch.org. 1 to 4 p.m.

Open House of Alchemist Delights, with food and drink, KittyWitch Perfumery, tarot reading and a full menu of magical healing services, The Oak and the Ax, Biddeford. Free admission. theoakandtheax.blogspot.com. Noon to 5 p.m.

 

MONDAY

Documenting Community Heritage, panel discussion with members of the Documenting Maine Jewry Project, Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library. portlandlibrary.com. Free. 4 p.m.

 

TUESDAY

Institute for International Studies Open House, Institute for Italian Studies, Portland. Free. iismaine.com. 5:30 to 7 p.m.

 

WEDNESDAY

Tragic Tales of Mill Girls Gone Wrong, illustrated lecture by Elizabeth DeWolfe, Maine State Museum, Augusta. Free. mainestatemuseum.org. 6:30 p.m.

 

FILMS

TODAY

Maine Jewish Film Festival, 14th annual festival, all films are Maine premieres; Nickelodeon Cinemas, Portland. $8 per screening ($6 for students and seniors age 66 and older). mjff.org. “Duck Soup” (1933), 5 p.m.; “Maya” (2010), 7 p.m.

“In the Realms of the Unreal” (2004), Strand Theatre, Rockland. $7, $8.50. 594-0070. 8 p.m.

 

SATURDAY

Lewiston Auburn Film Festival, various venues, Lewiston. $22 for festival pass. lafilmfestival.org. All day Saturday.

Anything But Silent, series of classic silent films, Bangor Public Library. Free. 947-8336. Noon. Through April 23.

First Saturday Film Series, Southwest Harbor Public Library. Free. swharbor.lib.me.us. “Helena from the Wedding” (2010), 2 p.m.

 

SUNDAY

“With My Own Two Wheels” (2010), documentary on bicycles, Space, Portland. $5, $7. space538.org. 7:30 p.m.

 

MONDAY

“Being in the World” (2010), USM Philosophy Symposium film, Space, Portland. $5, $7; free for USM staff and students with ID. space538.org. 7:30 p.m.

 

WEDNESDAY

Teens through Time, film series with teen-cenric viewpoint, Portland Public Library. Free. 871-1700. 1980s: “The Warriors” (1979), 4:30 p.m.

 

BOOKS/AUTHORS

TODAY

James Nelson, author of “With Fire and Sword: The Battle of Bunker Hill,” author talk, Rockland Public Library. Free. rocklandlibrary.org. 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, author of “I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity,” co-sponsored by Maine Voices for Palestinian Rights, University of Maine (Jewett Hall Auditorium), Augusta. Free. uma.edu. 11 a.m.

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, author talk co-sponsored by Maine Voices for Palestinian Rights, Hannaford Hall, USM, Portland. Free. usm.maine.edu. 6 p.m.

Amy Wood, author of “Life Your Way: Refresh Your Approach to Success and Breathe Easier in a Fast-Paced World,” author talk, Longfellow Books, Portland. Free. longfellowbooks.com. 7 p.m.

 

FRIDAY

Maine Festival of the Book, readings, signings, performances, workshops and panel discussions, University of Southern Maine, Portland. Most events are free; opening reception at 7:30 p.m. Friday costs $10. mainereads.org. Various times Friday to Sunday.

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, author of “I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity,” author talk co-sponsored by Maine Voices for Palestinian Rights, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick. Free. curtislibrary.com. 7 p.m.

 

SATURDAY

David Sedaris, best-selling humor author shares stories and readings from his writings, Merrill Auditorium, Portland. $52 to $62. 842-0800. 8 p.m.

Melanie Joy, author of “Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows,” author talk with free hors d’oeuvres catered by Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland Public Library. Free. 773-2215. 3 p.m.

 

SUNDAY

Shonna Milliken Humphrey, author of “Show Me Good Land,” book-release party with food, wine and music by Travis James Humphrey, The Danforth, Portland. Free. danforthmaine.com. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

An Evening with Author Ron Currie Jr., readings from the novel “Everything Matters!” and other works; part of the Maine Festival of the Book; Portland Stage Company (Studio Theater). Free. mainereads.org. 7 p.m.

 

WEDNESDAY

Brown Bag Lecture Series with Susan Conley, author of “The Foremost Good Fortune,” Portland Public Library. Free; bring own lunch. 871-1710. Noon to 1 p.m.

An Evening of Poetry and Images with Carolyn Locke, author of “Always This Falling,” Bangor Public Library. Free. 947-8336. 6:30 p.m.

 

PRO SPORTS

Maine Red Claws, NBA Development League, Portland Exposition Building. $5 to $30. 210-6655. Vs. Erie, 7 p.m. today.

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

 

DANCE

Ballroom Dancing, Maplewood Dance Center, Portland. Call for prices: 878-0584. 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Wednesday.

Community Contra Dance, refreshments served, Southwest Harbor Public Library. $5; $10 per family. 244-7065. 6:30 p.m. (dances taught at 6 p.m.) Saturday.

Contra Dance with Perpetual e-Motion, all dances taught, dessert potluck, partner not necessary; Falmouth Congregational Church. $5 to $10; free under age 5. 756-2201. 7:15 p.m. Saturday.

International Folk Dance, traditional music and dance from the Balkans, Israel, France and Greece, beginners welcome; Pownal Town Hall. $5; $3 for children. 688-2293. Teaching 7 to 8 p.m. followed by dance party until 9 p.m. Sunday.