Monday

“State of the U.S. Economy: Looking toward the Future,” 4 p.m., presented by Maine Maritime Academy’s Loeb-Sullivan School of International Business and Logistics with guest Jerry Bazata, a financial and banking expert and author. The talk is free and open to the public and will be held in the Delano Auditorium, Leavitt Hall, on the Castine campus.

“The Uncertain Fate of the Great American Desert: The American West, Water, and the World.” 6 p.m., presented by the Center for Global Humanities at University of New England and held at the WCHP Lecture Hall, Portland campus. A reception will begin at 5 p.m. at the UNE Art Gallery. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.une.edu/cgh.

“Fuel in Fisheries,” 5 to 7 p.m., first of three workshops for commercial fishermen to learn about reducing fuel use and other options. Penobscot East Resource Center, 13 Atlantic Ave, Stonington. Free. Call the Island Institute at 594-9209 for more information.

Tuesday

CLIMB, Christian Leaders in Maine Business, 7:15 to 9 a.m., with guest speaker Becky McGilp, women’s advocate at Family Crisis Services, at the Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave., Portland

SCORE workshops: “Quickbooks Fundamentals No. 2,” from 9 to 11 a.m. and “Starting Your Own Business: Everything you need to know,” from 6 to 9 p.m. Both workshops are held at SCORE offices, 100 Middle St., second floor, East Tower, Portland. The fee is $35 for each workshop with online registration. For more information and reservations, visit www.scoremaine.com or call 772-1147 weekday mornings.

“Taking Your Business to the Next Level,” 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., presented by Maine Women’s Network and held at Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland. For details and to register, visit www.mainewomensnetwork.com or call 878-7760.

Wednesday

Business Breakfast series, 7:30 to 9 a.m., “Guerilla Tactics: A Field Guide to What Works Cheap,” with Brenda Garrand, CEO of Garrand marketing firm. The series is held at the Student Commons Atrium, Thomas College, 180 West River Road, Waterville. The cost is $14 for chamber members in advance, $16 for members at the door and $20 for general admission. Contact the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce at 873-3315 or [email protected] for registration information.

“Heating Old Buildings Just Shouldn’t Be This Expensive: Deep Energy Retrofits,” MEREDA breakfast program starting at 7:30 a.m. at Martindale Country Club, 527 Beech Hill Road, Auburn. Register at www.gardinermainstreet.org. The cost is $35 for members and $45 for non-members.

“Customer Service Makes Great Business Sense,” 7:30 to 9 a.m., featuring James McConnon Jr. Part of a series of workshops sponsored by Gardiner Main Street and Maine Small Business Development Centers through CEI. The sessions are held at Bank of Maine, executive board room, 190 Water St., Gardiner. The cost for each session is $25. Register at www.gardinermainstreet.org, or for more information call 582-3100.

“Marketing on a Zero Dollar Budget,” noon to 2:30 p.m., with Susan Ruhlin and Laurie Johnson from Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development. Held at Wishcamper Center, room 133, University of Southern Maine, Portland. The cost is $10 per person and is free for USM students with ID and current MCED Onsite or Affiliate Client companies. Register at [email protected] or call 774-8111 for more information.

“How AEC Firms Are Strategizing to Adjust to the New Normal,” 4 to 6 p.m., presented by Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) and held at Consigli Construction, 15 Franklin St., Portland. The cost is $40 for members and $55 for non-members. For more information or to register, visit http://www.smpsmaine.org/smps/

Thursday

Stepfamily Dynamics and Child Custody Disputes, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Kids First annual fall conference and professional education program with Leslie Todd, LCSW, ACSW. Held at Harraseeket Inn, 162 Main St., Freeport. The cost is $175. Call 761-2709 or visit www.kidsfirstcenter.org for details.

“In the Limelight,” annual event of the Maine Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council with a focus on green learning and buildings in Maine schools. A luncheon and discussion will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Maine Audubon Gilsland Farm Center, Falmouth, followed by green school building tours beginning at 3 p.m. at Ocean Avenue Elementary School in Portland or at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School in Brunswick. The annual meeting and networking social is from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, 561 Congress St., Portland. For details, visit www.maineusgbc.org/event/limelight-2011-symposium-tours-annual-meeting.

Champions for Children and Giraffe Awards, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 17th annual event with hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, live music and children’s art display. Held at Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport. For details, call Bonnie Colfer at 623-1868, ext. 201.

Portland Society of Architects Fall Social, 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Grace Restaurant, 15 Chestnut St., Portland. Free. Pre-registration is requested at events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e56f9bjr259c77f0&oseq=

Saturday and Sunday

Maine Harvest Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, featuring local chefs and vendors including growers, bakers, vintners and brewers. There will also be seminars, demonstrations and discussions. Items will be available for purchase. Bangor Auditorium and Civic Center, 100 Dutton St., Bangor. Admission is $5. Visit www.maineharvestfestival.com for details.

Coming up

Certified public accountants continuing education workshop, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17, at Harold Alfond Hall, Saint Joseph’s College, 278 Whites Bridge Road, Standish. To register, visit online.sjcme.edu/cpa or call 800-752-4723 for more information. The fee is $129 and includes refreshment breaks and lunch.

Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, Nov. 17, with annual meeting at 3 p.m. followed by reception and dinner from 5 p.m., at Hilton Garden Inn, 5 Park St., Freeport. The guest speaker is Ron Cantor, president, Southern Maine Community College and the cost is $50 per person. Contact Heather Precopio at 798-6512 or [email protected] to register or for details.