• BENEFITS

TODAY

“Runway: Fashion For Life,” fashion show, local food and beverages, and live music; benefits Home Healthcare for Children; MaineHealth, Portland. $45 in advance; $50 at door. homehealth.org/runway. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

SATURDAY

Homeless Animal Rescue Team Annual Litterbox Auction, silent auction, appetizers and live music, Italian Heritage Center, Portland. $25 in advance; $35 door. hartofme.com. 7 p.m.

Third Annual Benefit Harvest Dance, with live music, supports the York County Shelter Programs’ Thanksgiving Basket Program, 21-plus; Mousam View Place, Sanford. $10. 324-7156. 7 to 11 p.m.

Painting for a Purpose Auction, live and silent auction, benefits Portland Youth Services; Portland Public Library Rines Auditorium. $10; $25 per family. 874-8165. 4 to 6:30 p.m.

• SPECIAL EVENTS

TODAY

“Humor as Medicine: Viral Indians and Social Smallpox,” presentation by Ryan Red Corn and Dallas Goldtooth of the 1491s, Bowdoin College (Kresge Auditorium), Brunswick. Free. 725-3815. 7 p.m.

 

FRIDAY

Veterans Day Parade, with several guest speakers, begins at Longfellow Square and heads east, downtown Portland. portlandmaine.com/events. 10:30 a.m.

“Youth Voices Onstage,” anti-bullying show drawn from real-life stories of peer support in times of need, Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, Portland. $9. kitetails.org. 4 p.m. Friday; 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday; 4 p.m. Sunday.

SATURDAY

Traditional Russian Tea Party with Marina Forbes, York Art Association, York Harbor. Free. (603) 332-2255. 10 a.m.

Second Annual State Street Stroll, shopping, eating and entertainment, State Street Church, St. Luke’s Cathedral, Mercy Hospital, Irish Heritage Center, 75 State St. and Black Tie Catering; State Street, Portland. 775-2673. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Psychic and Crystal Fair, psychic readers, chair massage, henna and aura photography, Leapin’ Lizards, Portland. 221-2363. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

National Gaming Day, play Wii, PlayStation 2 and Xbox, Bangor Public Library. 947-8336. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Chili and Chowder Challenge, includes silent auction, Schoolhouse Arts Center, Standish. $5; $3 for ages 5 to 12. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

SUNDAY

Bath Antiques Show, Bath Middle School. $4. 443-8983. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

NOV. 17

Pecha Kucha Night, informal and fun gathering for creative people to share their ideas, work and thoughts, River Tree Arts, Kennebunk. $5. rivertreearts.org. 7 p.m.

• CRAFT FAIRS

FRIDAY

Carol and Friends 13th Annual Country Craft Fair, 117 Spiller Road, Gorham. 839-3479. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday;10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Christmas Fair, crafts and other handmade items, North Pownal United Methodist Church, Pownal. 688-4101. 2 to 7 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Holiday Fair, baked goods, books, crafts, silent auction and white elephant tables, St. Stephen the Martyr Episcopal Church, Waterboro. 247-6244. 2 to 7 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

 

SATURDAY

Craft Show and Church Fair, with raffles and baked goods, St. John the Evangelist Church, South Portland. 772-1136. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Home for the Holidays, arts, crafts, decorations, raffles, baked goods and candy, St. Anne’s Church, Gorham. 839-4857. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Village Square Fair, baked goods, crafts, bargain basement, chowders and more, Standish Congregational Church. 642-2503. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Just an Old-fashioned Fair,” St. Ansgar Lutheran Church, Portland. 774-8740. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Celebrate the Seasons” Christmas Fair, baked goods, jewelry, knitted items, books, decorations and more, Grace United Methodist Church, Bangor. 942-8230. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Christmas Fair, crafts, Santa, children’s activities, quilts, jewelry, crafts, food and more, Cornerstone United Methodist Church, Saco. 286-9829. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Holiday Fair, crafts, knitted and crochet items and woodcrafts, Windham Hill United Church of Christ, Windham. 892-7420. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Our Lady of Hope Christmas Bazaar, white elephant table, crafts, baked goods and more, St. Patrick’s Church, Portland. 773-8619. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Vendredi Club Reindeer Craft Fair, Casco Community Center. 627-7138. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fish Chowder Lunch, Craft Fair and Silent Auction, St. Jude’s Church, Freeport. $7 for lunch. 353-8282. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (lunch served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Christmas Craft Fair, Portland Elks Lodge. 773-7396. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Holiday Craft Fair, sponsored by Windham Athletic Boosters, Windham High School. 807-6910. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Fall Craft Show, benefits the university’s soccer and softball programs, University of Southern Maine (Field House), Gorham. 780-5328. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

17th Annual Christmas Craft Fair, local and New England exhibitors, Augusta Armory. 946-7079. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

30th Annual United Maine Craftsmen’s Arts and Crafts Show, with 126 Maine artisans, Augusta Civic Center. $2. unitedmainecraftsmen.com. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

 

• FILMS

“Like There’s No Tomorrow,” winter sports film featuring Maine natives Ben Wheeler and Seth Wescott, Merrill Auditorium, Portland. $27. porttix.com. 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday.

“The Far North,” 90-minute film narrated by Donal B. MacMillan, Sail Power and Steam Museum, Rockland. Free. 6:30 p.m. coffee and cookies; 7 p.m. screening Friday.

Fright Night Film Series, Patten Free Library, Bath. Free. 443-5141. Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” (1963), 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

• BOOKS/AUTHORS

Elizabeth Collins Cromley, author of “”Food Axis: Cooking, Eating and the Architecture of American Houses,” York Public Library. 363-2818. 11 a.m. Saturday.

“Let’s Talk About It,” monthly book and discussion group, Portland Public Library. Free. 871-1700, Ext. 728. “Civil War Fiction” facilitated by Eve Ramon, USM arts and humanities professor, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday.

John Connolly, author of “The Infernals,” Glickman Library, USM Portland Campus. Free. 780-4072. 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Language Arts Live, poetry reading by Sydney Lea, Bates College (Edmund S. Muskie Archives), Lewiston. Free. 784-0416. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17.

• PARTICIPANT DANCE

North Yarmouth Contradance, music by The Shark Tones, Wescustogo Hall, North Yarmouth. $7, $10. 233-4325. 6 p.m. (dance), 7 p.m. (potluck), 7:30 p.m. (beginners), 8 to 11:30 p.m. (dance) Saturday.

Harvest Dance, with music by DJ Rick Fredette, a cash bar and raffles, Nasson Community Center, Springvale. $10. 324-5657. 8 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

International Folk Dancing, with instruction, Watts Hall, Thomaston. Free/donation.542-2283. 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday.