BENEFITS

TODAY

Decorator Show House, tour home decorated by interior designers; benefits the Museums of Old York; Emerson House, York. $20. oldyork.org. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and July 28. Through Aug. 13.

Annual Tasting for Victor Ale, beer tasting, food, music, tours of the arts center, ping-pong, a short film and performances by Sean Mencher and His Rhythm Kings; benefits the arts center; St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland. $15. stlawrencearts.org. 5:30 p.m. 

SATURDAY

Wiscasset Old Jail Antiques Show and Sale, benefits the Lincoln County Historical Association’s efforts to maintain and restore the historic building; Lincoln County Museum and Old Jail, Wiscasset. Free. 882-9628. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Arts, Crafts and Photography Fair, benefits the Libby Memorial Library, Memorial Park, Old Orchard Beach. 934-4351. Noon to 6 p.m.

Herb Noble Memorial Charity Ride, with raffles and live music by The Alan Roux Band and The Dirty 3rds; benefits the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center; Bentley’s Saloon, Arundel. $25. bentleyssaloon.com. 8:30 a.m. registration and breakfast; ride starts at 10:30 a.m.

“Came to Believe,” benefit concert by Dream in Purple (instrumental rock) and Salvation House (Christian rock) for Our Father’s House, a drug and alcohol recovery home; Our Father’s House, Saco. 467-5697. Noon to 9 p.m.

Run for the Sun 5K Road Race, benefits the Cathance River Education Alliance, Downtown Brunswick Mall/gazebo area on Maine Street, Brunswick. $15, $20. 837-5480. 9 a.m.

“Music and Treasures Among the Trees,” family yard sale with barbershop singers; fundraiser for the Maine-ly Harmony Chorus; Hill Gardens Nursery, Palermo. 622-1273. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Rain date is Sunday.)

Arts and Crafts Fair, on the lawn of the library and at Veteran’s Memorial Park; benefits the library; Edith Belle Libby Memorial Library, Old Orchard Beach. Noon to 6 p.m. 

JULY 28

Bark in the Park, dogs available for adoption, wading pool, dog treats and games prior to Sea Dogs game; benefits Portland Police Department’s K-9 Unit; Hadlock Field, Portland. $7 for people; $7 for dogs. (Dogs must have tickets.) 346-8606. Pre-game parade for dogs and people led by Slugger, 6:15 p.m. 

FAIRS/FESTIVALS

Central Maine Egg Festival, parade, egg dishes, a street dance, barbecue, carnival rides and the world’s largest frying pan, Crosby Street, Pittsfield. Most events are free. Various times today to Saturday; schedule at pittsfield.org.

Western Maine BBQ Festival, entertainment, food vendors, demonstrations and family activities; Maine Lions Club fundraiser; Fryeburg Fairgrounds. $5; free for children 10 and under. westernmainebbqfestival.com. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

42nd Annual Watertown Intown Arts Fest, more than 100 artists, children’s activities, food and more, Main Street, Waterville. 680-2055. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kids Fest, games, food and craftmaking, live animals and more, L.L. Bean Discovery Park, Freeport. Free. 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; schedule at llbean.com/shop/retailStores/summerInThePark.

Eighth Annual Harpswell Festival, Shindig & Lobster Boat Races, food, entertainment, live music, rides, games, arts and crafts, fireworks and more; George J. Mitchell Field, Harpswell. Free. harpswellfestival.org. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Maine Open Farm Day, farms throughout Maine will open to the public with activities and demonstrations from milking to felting; pet farm animals, pick berries, tour a barn or go on a hay ride; various locations statewide. List of participating farms at getrealmaine.com. Sunday.

SPECIAL EVENTS

TODAY

Tate House Museum Architecture Tours, 90-minute tours, Tate House Museum, Portland. $6, $8; $3 for children. 774-6177. 10 and 11:30 a.m.; 1 and 2:30 p.m.

“Tastefully Maine Midsummer Food and Spirits in the Gardens,” gala party with local food and spirits, music by The Edith Jones Project big band, 21-plus; Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay. $75; reservations required. 633-4333. 5 to 8 p.m.

FRIDAY

“Nature Odyssey,” slide film narrated by photographer John Green, Araxine Wilkins Sawyer Memorial, Greene. 946-5311. 2 and 7 p.m.

Wood Island Lighthouse Tours, guided tours, Wood Island Lighthouse, Biddeford. $10; reservations required. 286-3229. 10 and 11 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Wednesday. Through Aug. 31.

“Midsummer Market at the Gardens: A Gathering of Sustainable Choices,” live entertainment, demonstrations and vendors, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay. 633-4333. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday to Sunday.

Fresh Art Show and Sale, photography, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, woodwork, fiber art, sculpture and more, Sprague Hall, Cape Elizabeth. 318-1049. 6 to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

SATURDAY

Penobscot Bay Day 75th Anniversary Celebration, live music, guided tours, crafts and a birthday cake, Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport. Free. 548-2529. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lighthouse tours, one of only 40 caisson-style lighthouses in the U.S. and the only one open to visitors; must be more than 55 inches tall; canceled in case of rain or fog; Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, South Portland. $5; free for children under 14. springpointlight.org. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Weapons of the 17th and 18th Centuries, demonstrations of weapons including a 3-pound cannon and matchlock and flintlock muskets, Colonial Pemaquid Historic Site, New Harbor. 677-2423. 1 and 3 p.m.

Antique Truck, Tractor and Aeroplane Show, plus commercial and military vehicles and vintage earth-movers, Owls Head Transportation Museum. $12; free for children under 18. owlshead.org. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

ATV Maine Exhibit, Maine Wildlife Park, Gray. $5, $7; free for children under 3. 657-4977. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Weaving Demonstration, with Marjie Thompson, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, New Gloucester. Free. 926-4597. 10 a.m.

Sidewalk Art Sale, all Maine original art, Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset. 882-7511. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

SUNDAY

Sunday Shindig on the Bay: Celebrating 25 Years of Land Conservation in Casco Bay, food and live music by Local Circus, Diamond’s Edge Restaurant, Portland. $40; free for children under 12. 699-2989. landtrustcollaborative.org. 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Merrymeeting Art Association Show, annual art exhibit and sale, Schoolhouse, Orrs Island. 725-8855. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

TUESDAY

Port Veritas Youth Poetry Slam, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland. Free/donations. 899-3529. 7 to 10 p.m.

Thrifty Model Fashion Show, how to dress fashionably on a budget, Jordan Hall, Ocean Park. $5/donation. oceanpark.org. 7:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

“Alive for $5,” one-hour family program includes “Talk Back” with the performer, Stonington Opera House. $5. 367-2788. Karen Montanaro in Tanzspiel (mime and dance), 7 p.m.

An Evening of Storytelling, Dobra Tea, Portland. 210-6566. 7 p.m.

Kids are Alright, family-friendly performance by psych-rocker Jeff Beam and an instrument petting zoo, Space, Portland. $2 for children; $3 for adults. space538.org. Noon.

FILMS

TODAY

Maine International Film Festival, almost 100 independent, classic and documentary films, Colby College (Given Auditorium) and Railroad Square Cinema, Waterville. $9 per film; $12 for special events. Schedule at miff.org. Today to Sunday.

“The Dhamma Brothers,” documentary about a Vipassana meditation retreat in an Alabama prison; followed by discussion, Rockland Library. Free. 594-0310. 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY

“Homeland,” documentary about environmental and social issues of today’s Native Americans, discussion with Barry Dana of Penobscot Nation follows, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay. 633-4333. 1:30 p.m.

SUNDAY

Summer Silent Film Series, silent films with live music, Leavitt Theatre, Ogunquit. $5. leavittheatre.com.. Double-bill of “Tolable David” (1921) and “Hell’s Hinges” (1918), 2 p.m.

“Queen of the Sun: What Are The Bees Telling Us?,” documentary on the bee crisis, Strand Theatre, Rockland. $7.50, $8.50. rocklandstrand.com. 3 and 7 p.m. 

MONDAY

“City Dark,” new documentary about light pollution, Strand Theatre, Rockland. $7.50, $8.50. rocklandstrand.com. 7 p.m. Monday; 1 p.m. Tuesday.

TUESDAY

Summer Documentary Series, Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium. Free. 871-1700. “POV Short Cuts,” 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Summer Film Festival, Patten Free Library, Bath. Free. 443-5141. “Nurse. Fighter. Boy” (drama from Canada), 6:30 p.m.

“Rapid River Races, 1940,” 17-minute silent color film, Maine Historical Society, Portland. Free. 774-1822. Noon.

“The Roaring Twenties” and “ArtWorks,” two films made by local teenagers, Strand Theatre, Rockland. Free. rocklandstrand.com. 5 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

“Art Videos at the Gallery,” Barn Gallery, Ogunquit. Free. 646-7055. “Antonio Gaudi,” 7:30 p.m.

JULY 28

“Olmsted Legacy,” documentary, Stonington Opera House. 367-2788. 7 p.m. 

BOOKS/AUTHORS

TODAY

Susan Conley, author of “The Foremost Good Fortune,” Kennebooks, Kennebunk. Free; RSVP requested. kennebooks.com. 6:30 p.m.

Jim Nichols, author of “Hull Creek,” Maine Coast Book Shop and Cafe, Damariscotta. 563-3207. 5 p.m.

FRIDAY

Joseph Dane, author of the memoir “Dogfish Memory,” Maine Coast Book Shop and Cafe, Damariscotta. 563-3207. 5 p.m.

SATURDAY

Karel Hayes, author of “Summer Visitors,” Maine Coast Book Shop and Cafe, Damariscotta. 563-3207. 11 a.m.

Elinor Klivans, author of “Cupcakes,” Keys to the Kitchen, Kennebunk. 967-4904. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Jim Nichols, author of “Hull Creek,” Owl and Turtle Bookshop, Camden. 236-4769. 1:30 to 3 p.m.

MONDAY

Frederick T. Golder, author of “The Soda Jerk,” Libby Memorial Library, Old Orchard Beach. 934-4351. 7 p.m.

TUESDAY

Sandra Garson, author of “How to Fix a Leak,” Thornton Oaks Retirement Community, Brunswick. thorntonoaks.com. 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

“Coffee and Conversation Series,” with professors John Allen Paulos and Dave Feldman (Paulos is the author of “Innumeracy,” a 1988 bestseller), College of the Atlantic (Deering Common), Bar Harbor. Free. 288-5015. 9 a.m.

WEDNESDAY

Melissa Coleman, author of “This Life is in Your Hands,” Waterman’s Community Center, North Haven. watermans.org. 5 p.m.

Mitchell Zuckoff, author of “Lost in Shangri-La,” Kennebooks, Kennebunk. Free; RSVP suggested. kennebooks.com. 6:30 p.m.

JULY 28

Katrina Kenison, author of “Gift of an Ordinary Day,” Kennebooks, Kennebunk. Free; RSVP suggested. kennebooks.com. 6:30 p.m.

Eric Normand, author of “The Nashville Musician’s Survival Guide,” book signing and workshop, Buckdancer’s Choice, Portland. 774-2219. 6 to 8 p.m.

FOOD/DRINK

Victory Brewing Company Beer Tasting, 21-plus; Whole Foods Market, Portland. 774-7711. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

“Feeding and Reading,” three-course dinner and holistic energy reading from Ruth Kramer, Clay Hill Farm Restaurant, Cape Neddick. $35. 361-2272. 6 p.m. Monday.

“Adventures with Raw Foods: A Refreshing Summer Supper,” with Elizabeth Fraser of Girl Gone Raw, Whole Foods Market, Portland. $15; pre-registration required. 774-7711. 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. 

PRO SPORTS

Portland Sea Dogs, Minor League baseball, Hadlock Field, Portland. $7, $9. portlandseadogs.com. Vs. Altoona, 7 p.m. July 28.