• BENEFITS

FRIDAY

Beach Olympics, games and athletic events with a variety of entertainment; benefits Maine Special Olympics; Old Orchard Beach. Donation. 934-2500. Call for times.

MS Harborfest Benefit Auction and Reception, live and silent auctions; benefits Greater New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; Portland Company Marine Complex. $20; table of 10 for $150. mammain.nationalmssociety.org. 6 to 10 p.m. 

SATURDAY

“Feed the County,” bring non-perishable food items and listen to music by country stars Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich, Neon Highway and more; benefits Catholic Charities food pantries; Spud Speedway, Caribou. $54.50 to $59.50. spud-speedway.com. Gates open at 3 p.m.

Paws for a Cause Walk for the Animals, day-long fun and educational activities for dogs and their owners; benefits Coastal Humane Society; L.L. Bean Discovery Park, Freeport. Donation. firstgiving.com/chsdogwalk. 10 a.m.

Runnymede Project Benefit Show, concert by Mountain Man, Brown Bird, Ducktails and others; benefits Runnymede farm; The Dance Hall, Kittery. $15 to $20. thedancehallkittery.org. 6 p.m.

Giant Yard Sale, rain or shine; benefits the arts center; Schoolhouse Arts Center, Standish. 642-3743. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Arts and Artisans Fair, benefits the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library, New Suncook School, Lovell. Free. 925-1135. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

SUNDAY

Community Concert, inspirational stories and songs from the ’30s and ’40s; benefits the Good Neighbors’ Fund; United Christian Church, Lincolnville Center. Donation. 763-4526. 4 p.m.

“Dog Day,” dogs and people can check out booths along Front Street and listen to live music; benefits Coastal Humane Society; various locations, Bath. visitbath.com. Noon to 4 p.m. 

WEDNESDAY

Maine Elks Association Cruising Away Cancer, refreshments, raffles, cash bar and music by Dave Windsor of WOLF 99.9 FM,; benefits the Maine Children’s Cancer Program in Scarborough; Casablanca Cruises, Portland. $25. 998-2282. 6 to 9 p.m. 

AUG. 25

“Dance by the River,” Straight Lace concert; benefits River Tree Arts scholarships and special programs; Kennebunk River Club, Kennebunkport. $50; $75 per couple; free for under age 18. 967-9120. 6:30 to 10 p.m. 

• FAIRS/FESTIVALS

Skowhegan State Fair, grandstand shows, midway, horse shows, fireworks and more, State Fairgrounds at Madison Avenue, Skowhegan. $4 to $8; free for children under age 5. 7 a.m. to between 10 and 11:30 p.m. today to Saturday; schedule at skowheganstatefair.com.

Rangeley Blueberry Festival, blueberry jams, muffins and pies, gifts and crafts, Rangeley Inn. rangeleymaine.com. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.

Great Falls Balloon Festival, Lewiston/Auburn’s annual hot-air balloon festival featuring concerts, exhibits, children’s activities, entertainment, crafts and tethered balloon rides, downtown riverfront, Auburn. Friday to Sunday; schedule at greatfallsballoonfestival.org.

MS Harborfest Regatta and Shoreside Festival, Parade of Sail, lobster boat races, barbecue, live bands, food and craft vendors, children’s programs and more; benefits people with multiple sclerosis and their families; Fort Allen Park, Portland. Friday to Sunday; schedule at eventmam.nationalmssociety.org.

First Parish Market Arts and Crafts Fair, First Parish Church, Freeport. firstparishmarket.com. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Portland Music and Arts Festival, featuring Maine artists, local and national musicians, and food and drink concessions; benefits the Maine Children’s Cancer Program; Free Street parking lot, Portland. $5. theportlandmusicandartsfestival.com. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival, live music, painting, sculpture, mixed media, graphics, drawing, photography and fine crafts, downtown Brunswick. brunswicktowntown.org. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Maine Highland Games, live music, bagpipe bands, Highland dancers and games, clan and genealogy information, and more, Topsham Fairgrounds. $15; $5 for ages 6 to 12. mainehighlandgames.org. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Belfast Harborfest and National Boatbuilding Challenge, pancake breakfast, 5K road race, live music, boat show, boatbuilding competition, children’s activities and more, Belfast waterfront. Free. 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; noon to 3 p.m. Sunday; schedule at belfastharborfest.com.

North Berwick Mill Field Festival, parade, craft vendors, food vendors, picnic lunch in the park, presentations and more, Main Street, North Berwick. Saturday; schedule at townofnorthberwick.org.

Union Fair, harness racing, old-fashioned pig scramble, wild blueberry pie baking and eating contests, fireworks, 4-H exhibits, carnival, live entertainment and more; Union Fairgrounds. $8; $4 ages 12 to 14; free for ages 11 and under. Saturday to Aug. 27; schedule at unionfair.org.

Annual Healing Arts Festival, food, music, psychics, massage, energy healing, natural products and handmade gifts, Gardens of Atlantis, Dayton. Free. 929-5088. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. 

• SPECIAL EVENTS

TODAY

34th Annual New England Auto Auction Preview Days, preview more than 175 antique cars that will be up for auction on Aug. 20, including a 1909 Overland 30 Roadster and a 1927 Buick Roadster; Owls Head Transportation Museum. $15; free for children under 18 and members. ohtm.org. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Friday; auction begins at 7 a.m. Saturday.

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

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. 25. Through Aug. 30.

Ed Webster: “Everest the Hard Way: My Storm Years on Everest,” slide show and presentation, McArthur Library, Biddeford. Free. 284-4181. 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Voyages Family Fun Series: “Heroic Shipwrecks Around Saco Bay,” talk by Sheri Poftak from Friends of Wood Island Light, Saco Museum. Free. 283-3861, Ext. 115. 6:30 p.m.

Toddler Thursdays, storytime for ages 18 months and older with an adult, Scarborough Public Library. Free. 883-4723, Ext. 6277. 10:15 a.m.

Baby Thursdays, storytime for ages birth to 18 months with an adult, Scarborough Public Library. Free. 883-4723, Ext. 6277. 11 a.m.

“Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast,” children’s program, University of Southern Maine (Southworth Planetarium), Portland. $4, $5. 780-4249. 11 a.m.

Twilight Tours, High Federal-style architecture, Nickels-Sortwell House, Wiscasset. $10 to $15; pre-registration required. 882-7169. 5 and 6 p.m. 

FRIDAY

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.

Solar Show: “Eight Planets and Counting,” University of Southern Maine (Southworth Planetarium), Portland. $4, $6. 780-4249. 7 p.m.

Solar Show: “Extreme Planets,” University of Southern Maine (Southworth Planetarium), Portland. $4, $6. 780-4249. 8:30 p.m. 

SATURDAY

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.

“Native American-English Relationships in the 17th Century,” living history interpretation by Ken Hamilton, Colonial Pemaquid Historic Site, New Harbor. 677-2423. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Solar Show: “Dinosaurs,” University of Southern Maine (Southworth Planetarium), Portland. $4, $5. 780-4249. 3 p.m.

Craft Sale, Sabbathday Lake Grange, New Gloucester. 998-2586. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Blueberry Gala, refreshments, live entertainment and silent auction, West Gorham Union Church. westgorhamchurch.org. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

R and R Spinners Spinning Demo, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, New Gloucester. Free. 926-4597. 10 a.m.

Giant Yard Art Sale, Spindleworks, Brunswick. 725-8820. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Contradance, Town Hall, Bowdoinham. $9. 666-3090. 8 to 11 p.m. (beginner’s lesson at 7:30 p.m.) 

SUNDAY

“Around Alone: An American Promise,” tribute to Dodge Morgan’s solo-circumnavigation of the globe; includes screening of documentary “Around Alone” and tours of his vessel, American Promise; Portland Company Marine Complex. $15 to $20. mainemaritimemuseum.org. 4 p.m.

Geocaching Festival, Merryspring Nature Center, Camden. 236-2239. 1 to 3 p.m.

“Garden Creatures Big and Small,” children ages 4 to 10 (with adult) explore several habitats and the creatures within, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay. $10; $28 for 3 children. 633-4333. 2 to 3 p.m. 

MONDAY

“The Modern Realism of Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth,” presentation by art historian John Wildmerding, College of the Atlantic (Gates Center), Bar Harbor. coa.edu. 5 p.m. 

WEDNESDAY

“Alive for $5,” with Yoyo People; one-hour family program includes “Talk Back” with the performer; Stonington Opera House. $5. 367-2788. 7 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. Through Aug. 31.

Lively Lunches at Johnson Hall Mini-Park, with Rick Adam, one-man band, Johnson Hall, Gardiner. Free. 582-7144. Noon to 1 p.m.

“Autographs Tell a Story,” illustrated program by historian Judith Richardson, Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, Peaks Island. $5. 766-3330. 7:30 p.m.

Maine Farm Days at Misty Meadows Farm, kid’s learning center, craft tent, farmers market, educational speakers, agribusiness exhibits and more, Misty Meadows Farm, Clinton. Free. 426-8586. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Aug. 25. 

AUG. 25

Annual Lawn Party, yard sale, games, raffles, baked goods, novelties and more, St. Peter’s Catholic Church, East Millinocket. Free; fee for 6 p.m. spaghetti supper. 746-5359. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

• FILMS

TODAY

“Henry IV, Part 2,” part of Shakespeare’s Globe London Cinema Series, Brunswick 10. $15. fathomevents.com. 6:30 p.m.

“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. 25. Through Aug. 31. 

SUNDAY

Summer Film Series: “Made in Dagenham” (2010), based on the true story of Rita O’Grady, strike leader in England, York Public Library. Free. 363-2818. 7 p.m.

Buster Keaton Comedy Classics: “Steamboat Bill, Jr.” (1928) and “The Boat” (1921), silent films with live piano by Jeff Rapsis, Leavitt Theatre, Ogunquit. $5. 646-3123. 2 p.m. 

TUESDAY

Summer Documentary Series: “Last Train Home” (2009), Portland Public Library Rines Auditorium. Free. 871-1700. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Maine Masters: “Artist as Innovator,” documentary about Beverly Hallam, Ogunquit Museum of American Art. Free. 646-4909. 6 p.m. 

WEDNESDAY

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

“The Far North,” screening and discussion with members of the Arctic Museum staff, Opera House at Boothbay Harbor. Free/donation. 633-6855. 7:30 p.m. 

• BOOKS/AUTHORS

Saloma Furlong, author of “Why I Left the Amish,” Rockland Library. 594-0310. 6:30 p.m. today.

Crash Barry, author of “Tough Island: True Stories from Matinicus, Maine,” Bull Moose Music, Scarborough. bullmoose.com. 7 p.m. today.

Summer Reading Ice Cream Social Blast!, family event with stories, music and gaming, Walker Memorial Library, Westbrook. Free. 854-0630. 5 to 7 p.m. today.

Susan Conley, author of “The Foremost Good Fortune,” Maine Coast Book Shop and Cafe, Damariscotta. 563-3207. 5 p.m. Friday.

Shonna Milliken Humphrey, author of “Show Me Good Land,” Maine Coast Book Shop and Cafe, Damariscotta. 563-3207. 5 p.m. Aug. 25. 

• PRO SPORTS

Portland Sea Dogs, Minor League baseball, Hadlock Field, Portland. $7, $9. portlandseadogs.com. Vs. Binghamton, 7 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday; vs. Harrisburg, 7 p.m. Monday, 6 p.m. Tuesday and noon Wednesday.