• BENEFITS

TODAY

Giant Annual Book Sale, thousands of titles, Dyer Library, Saco. Free admission. 283-3861. 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. today; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.

Andrew G. Marsh Memorial Fund Golf Tournament and Dinner, benefits the memorial fund, Dunegrass, Old Orchard Beach. $125; $40 for just dinner and auction. andrewmarshfund.org. Dinner and auction today; golf tournament Friday.

Hats off for Hope, music, food, drink, silent auction, fashion show and more; benefits Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine and Family Crisis Services; Searose Garden, The Landing at Pine Point, Scarborough. $25 to $40. 774-4527. 5 to 8 p.m.

SATURDAY

Motor Booty Affair, benefit concert to purchase an iPad for an 8-year-old autistic boy, Gold Room, Portland. $15; must buy tickets in advance. 400-0898. 8 p.m. (doors)

Wine Wise Presents: A Sailing on Casco Bay, benefit for “Share our Strength, No Kid Hungry in Maine,” 21-plus; Casablanca Cruises, Portland. $50 to $60. winewiseevents.com. Noon to 3 p.m. (boarding at 11:45 a.m.)

Miss Maine Academic Scholarship Pageant, contestants compete in interview, runway fashion and evening gowns, Thornton Academy Garland Auditorium, Saco. $10 to $15. 838-2146. Preschool, primary and elementary divisions begin at 1 p.m.; junior high, high school and collegiate divisions begin at 7 p.m.

“Paint Bath,” plein air fundraiser live auction, Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath. Free admission. 442-8637. Preview at 3:30 p.m., live auction 4:30 to 6 p.m.

10th Annual Carol Dyer Memorial “Light the Way to a Cure” Luminaria Evening, with live music; benefit for the American Cancer Society; Bar Harbor Village Green. $10/donation. barharborybs.com. 7 to 10 p.m. (rain date is Sunday)

SUNDAY

WMPG Electronic Beats Dance Cruise, with DJs Corbin, ATOMIK, Jen Popgirl23, Secret Weekend, Tim D and [email protected]; benefits WMPG community radio; 18-plus; Casablanca Cruises, Portland. $20. 780-4151. Noon.

Go! Malawi Silent Auction, local art, gift certificates, jewelry and African stone and wood carvings and paintings; benefits a scholarship program to send orphaned children to school and a micro-loan program for farmers; Nonantum Resort, Kennebunkport. $20. 890-8205. 5 to 7:30 p.m. 

• FAIRS/FESTIVALS

TODAY

Maine Lobster Festival, live entertainment, races, parade, crafts, Maine Sea Goddess pageant and lots of lobster, Harbor Park, Rockland. $8 adults ($5 on Sunday); $2 ages 6 to 12; free for children ages 5 and under. Schedule at mainelobster festival.com. 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. today; 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Bangor State Fair, outdoor concerts, demolition derby, backyard circus, midway rides, food, petting zoo and pony rides, exhibits, fireworks and more, Bangor State Fairgrounds. $10; free for ages 3 and under. Schedule at bangorstatefair.com. Today to Sunday.

York Days, concerts, tournaments, sandcastle building and fairs, York. Schedule at tinyurl.com/yorkdays. Today to Sunday.

Schoodic Arts Festival, performances and workshops celebrating arts and culture in Downeast Maine, various locations, Winter Harbor. Schedule at schoodicartsforall.org. Today to Aug. 14.

FRIDAY

KahBang Music, Art and Film Festival, with film screenings, art on display and for sale, and concerts, Bangor. Various prices and locations; schedule at kahbang.com. Friday to Aug. 13.

Wilton Blueberry Festival, with live music, comedy, a parade, fireworks, arts and crafts, food and blueberries; various locations, Wilton. Most events are free. Schedule at wiltonbbf.com. Friday and Saturday.

Western Maine Storytelling Festival, with Maine storytellers and musicians, various locations, Farmington. $5 to $15. Schedule at wmsfestival.org. Friday and Saturday.

SATURDAY

Bar Harbor Summer Arts and Craft Festival, more than 75 juried craftsmen and women display and sell their work, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor. Free. castleberryfairs.com. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Dam Blues Festival and Pub Crawl, with The Delta Generators, Gumbo Diablo, The Racky Thomas Band, JP Soars and The Red Hots, Black Cat Road and others, Round Top Farm, Damariscotta. $15, $20. dambluesfest.com. Noon to 6 p.m.

Seventh Annual Greater Brunswick Peace Fair, with activities, entertainment and conversation caf? Brunswick Mall. Free. 725-7675. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

TUESDAY

Topsham Fair, with agricultural exhibits, animal-pulling events, 4-H, crafts, a midway and harness racing, Topsham Fairgrounds. $10 (includes rides). Schedule at topshamfair.net. Tuesday to Aug. 14.

AUG. 11

42nd Annual Cumberland Arts and Crafts Show, more than 250 artisans, Cumberland Fairgrounds, Cumberland. $4; free for children under age 12. unitedmainecraftsmen.com. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

• SPECIAL EVENTS

TODAY

Living History Tours, actors portray local citizens from the 1800s, Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, Livermore. $10; $25 for family. 897-4366. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Tuesday and Aug. 11.

“Bhutan: A World Away,” slide show and talk, Rockland Public Library. Free. 594-0310. 6:30 p.m.

Solar Show: “Black Holes,” University of Southern Maine (Southworth Planetarium), Portland. $4, $6. 780-4249. 1 p.m. today; 7 p.m. Friday.

“ABCs of the Sky,” learn a new outer-space word for each letter in the alphabet, University of Southern Maine (Southworth Planetarium), Portland. $4, $5. 780-4249. 11 a.m.

FRIDAY

Redneck Olympics, compete or watch a wife-carrying contest, toilet seat horseshoes, a pie-eating contest, a wet T-shirt contest, lawn mower racing and more; plus live music, a beer tent and a pig roast; 12 Harold Lane, Hebron. $20 adults ($15 in advance); $10 for children under 12. 966-3333. 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

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

Healing Concert with Gongs and Crystal Bowls, presented by Joan and Ron of Inner Tapestry magazine, Riley School, Rockport. $20. 594-2565. 7 to 9 p.m. Friday; 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Solar Show: “Eight Planets and Counting,” University of Southern Maine (Southworth Planetarium), Portland. $4, $6. 780-4249. 8:30 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. Tuesday and Aug. 11.

Art Exhibit and Classical Music, with Portland Chamber Music Festival violinist Jennifer Elowitch and cellist Marc Johnson, KeyBank, Portland. firstfridayartwalk.com. 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.

“Day Out with Thomas: Leader of the Track Tour,” rides on Thomas the Tank Engine, family activities, storytelling, music and more, Boothbay Railway Village. $18. (866) 468-7630. 9:15 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Friday to Sunday. Through Aug. 14.

SATURDAY

Art HOPE Creative Gathering with Laura Jaquays, community arts and healing program, Waterfall Arts, Montville. Free. 338-2222. 10 a.m. to 1 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. 699-2676. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

“History of Pemaquid’s Prominence in the 17th Century,” presentation by historical interpreters Gus Konitsy and George Robbins, Colonial Pemaquid Historic Site, New Harbor. 677-2423. 1 and 3 p.m.

“75 Summers,” diamond anniversary celebration, visit four historic homes on Summer Street, Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk. $10; $5 for ages 14 and under. 985-4802. 1 to 5 p.m.

Wings and Wheels Spectacular, high-speed aerobatics, classic cars, high-wheel bicycles and military aircraft, Owls Head Transportation Museum. $15; free for youths under 18. 594-4418. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

New Gloucester History Barn Open House, New Gloucester Historical Society (History Barn). Free. 926-3188. 9 a.m. to noon.

“Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast,” children’s program, University of Southern Maine (Southworth Planetarium), Portland. $4, $5. 780-4249. 3 p.m.

Children’s Art Workshop: “Create a Tinkerbelle Box,” children create a fairy environment using pine cones, dandelions, rocks and silk flowers, Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset. $5. 882-7511. 10:30 a.m. to noon.

SUNDAY

Seventh Annual Family Fun Day, family-friendly activities with a unique focus on the Standardbred racehorse, Scarborough Downs. Free. 883-4331. Noon.

Artisans Collective Art in the Park, local artisans painting, throwing clay and displaying pottery, photography and fiber, plus live music, Village Green Park, Yarmouth. 846-7967. 10 a.m. to noon. 

MONDAY

Circus Smirkus, touring youth circus, Rockin’ Horse Stables, Kennebunkport. $16 matinee; $19 evening show. 216-7075. 1 and 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

Solar Show: “Dinosaurs,” University of Southern Maine (Southworth Planetarium), Portland. $4, $5. 780-4249. 11 a.m. Monday and Wednesday.

Solar Show: “Extreme Planets,” University of Southern Maine (Southworth Planetarium), Portland. $4, $6. 780-4249. 1 p.m. Monday and Wednesday.

Summer Story Time, for ages 3 to 7 with an adult, youth room amphitheater, Scarborough Public Library. Free. 883-4723, ext. 6277. 10:30 a.m. Through Aug. 15. 

WEDNESDAY

Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Co., children’s program with giant inflatable props, Fryeburg Academy (Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center). $5, $10; $25 for family of 4. 935-9232. 7:30 p.m.

Talk with Joan Shigekawa, senior deputy chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, College of the Atlantic (Gates Center), Bar Harbor. Free. 288-5015. 5 p.m.

“Alive for $5,” Cordis Quartet (chamber music); one-hour family program includes “Talk Back” with the performer; Stonington Opera House. 367-2788. 7 p.m.

Bruce McKenzie Johnson, magician/comedian, Opera House at Boothbay Harbor. $5 students/$10 adults in advance; $12 at door. 633-5159. 7:30 p.m.

Maine-ly Harmony Women’s Chorus A Cappella Singing Classes, girls and women of all ages are welcome to learn the barbershop style of four-part harmony, Kennebec Valley YMCA, Augusta. Free. 582-5523. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Lively Lunches at Johnson Hall Mini-Park, Dave Peloquin (guitar and vocals) performs traditional tunes, Johnson Hall, Gardiner. Free. 582-7144. Noon to 1 p.m.

“Did Lincoln Really …,” illustrated program with Lincoln scholar Gerald Prokopowicz, Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, Peaks Island. $5. 766-3330. 7:30 p.m.

Family Fun Day, educational stations and fun activities, croquet, Model T toy car races and more, Seal Cove Auto Museum. $4.50, $5; free for children 12 and under. 244-9242. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

MOOSE Open Mic, plus spoken-word with Maine humorist The Humble Farmer, Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium. $5/donation. 829-9346. 7 p.m.

AUG. 11

Circus Smirkus, touring youth circus, Merriconeag Waldorf School, Freeport. $20; $17 for children and seniors. 865-0045. 1 and 6 p.m.

• FILM

“Innocent Interlude: Scenes of Life in Portland, Maine, 1940-41,” 60-minute film narrated by Historian Joel Eastman, Maine Historical Society, Portland. $7, $8; $2 for ages 6 to 17. 774-1822. Noon today, Friday and Monday to Aug. 11.

“Woman Art Revolution,” documentary on how the feminist art movement fused free speech and politics into art, Strand Theatre, Rockland. $7.50, $8.50. rocklandstrand.com. 8 p.m. Friday.

Summer Silent Film Series, silent films with live music, Leavitt Theatre, Ogunquit. $5. leavittheatre.com. “Paths to Paradise” (1925) and “Hands Up” (1926), 2 p.m. Sunday.

“The Chosen” (1981), York Public Library. Free. york.lib.me.us. 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Summer Documentary Series: “Kings of Pastry,” Portland Public Library Rines Auditorium. Free. 871-1700. 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Summer Film Festival: “If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle” (thriller from Romania), Patten Free Library, Bath. Free. 443-5141. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Vinalhaven Film Festival: “Queen of the Sun,” Vinalhaven High School Auditorium. $5/donation. 338-6575. 7 p.m. Wednesday.

“Art Videos at the Gallery,” Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre, Barn Gallery, Ogunquit. Free. 646-7055. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.•

• BOOKS/AUTHORS

FRIDAY

William D. Andrews, author of “Breaking Ground,” Owl & Turtle Bookstore, Camden. 236-4769. 6 p.m.

Lily King, author of “Father of the Rain,” Maine Coast Book Shop and Cafe, Damariscotta. 563-3207. 5 p.m.

SATURDAY

Ammi-Joan Paquette, author of “The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies,” Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset. 882-7511. 10 a.m. to noon.

Don Carrigan and Togus the Cat, authors of “Togus: A Coon Cat Finds a Home,” reading and book signing, South Portland Public Library. 767-6770. 1 to 4 p.m.

SUNDAY

Spencer Seidel, author of “Dead of Wynter,” Maine Coast Book Shop and Cafe, Damariscotta. 563-3207. 2 p.m.

MONDAY

Spencer Siedel, author of “Dead of Wynter,” Bangor Public Library. 947-8336, Ext. 111. 5:30 p.m.

TUESDAY

Emily Bracale, author of “In the Lyme-Light: Portraits of Illness and Healing,” Bangor Public Library. 947-8336, Ext. 111. 5:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

Jamie Wyeth and Barbara Walsh, illustrator and author of “Sammy in the Sky,” book launch and signing, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. 596-5789. 1 to 4 p.m.

AUG. 11

Caitlin Shetterly, author of “Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home,” Kennebooks, Kennebunk. kennebooks.com. 6:30 p.m.

Ellen Prager, author of “Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime: The Oceans’ Oddest Creatures and Why They Matter,” Opera House at Boothbay Harbor. Free. boothbayoperahouse.com. 5:30 p.m.

• FOOD/DRINK

Biddeford Farmers and Artisans Market, Biddeford Farmer’s Market, corner of Main and Alfred Streets. 3 to 6 p.m. today and Aug. 11. Through Sept. 8.

Lobster Bake, First Baptist Church, Springvale. $20; reservations required. 490-0930. 6 p.m. Saturday.

• PRO SPORTS

Portland Sea Dogs, Minor League baseball, Hadlock Field, Portland, $7, $9. portlandseadogs.com. Vs. Akron, 7 p.m. Tuesday to Aug. 11.

• PARTICIPANT DANCE

Contra Dance, with caller Diane Silver, bring clean non-street shoes for dancing, Falmouth Congregational Church. $5 to $10; free for children under 5. 756-2201. 7:15 p.m. Saturday.

International Folk Dance, traditional music and dance from the Balkans, Israel, France, Greece and around the world; beginners welcome; Pownal Town Hall. $5; $3 for children. 688-2293. 9 p.m. Sunday (lessons, 7 to 8 p.m.)