• BENEFITS

TODAY

Second Annual Cupcake War, benefits Maine Alzheimer’s Association, Sedgewood Commons, Falmouth. $15 per entry. 781-5775, Ext. 227. Set-up at 10 a.m., judging at 11:30 a.m., winners announced at 2 p.m.

FRIDAY

“So You Think You Know Bath?” teams of local historians face off in quiz contest about the city; benefits Main Street Bath; Winter Street Center, Bath. $30. visitbath.com. 6 p.m.

Diva Night Dance and Auction, live music, food, prizes and silent auction for women only; benefits South Berwick Library; Red Barn at Outlook Farm, South Berwick. $40, includes boa, cocktail and gift bag. 384-5187. 7 to 11 p.m.

SATURDAY

Pizza Madness! sample 14 slices from seven pizza vendors; benefits Freeport High School Class of 2012 Project Graduation; Freeport High School. $8. 865-4706. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

SUNDAY

Ice Cream and Tea Social with the Princesses, with Disney princesses and author Elizabeth Tardif reading from her book “A Bunny Named Apple”; benefits Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland’s Women Build Home in Freeport; Scarborough High School. $5. 837-9192. 1 to 3:30 p.m.

“Sitting Pretty: The Paddle is the Canvas,” community painting project and auction; benefits Freeport’s teen center; Freeport Community Center. theportteencenter.org. 3 to 6:30 p.m.

Fundraiser to Benefit People Plus and the Brunswick Teen Center, portion of the day’s proceeds will be donated, Wild Oats Bakery and Cafe, Brunswick. 729-0757. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

Benefit for Equest Foundation, portion of proceeds will go to scholarships for students with special needs who participate at Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports in Lyman; 50 Local, Kennebunk. 467-3242. 5 to 9 p.m.

MARCH 29

Benefit Tasting, sample mead and artisan cheeses from Maine Mead Works and Silvery Moon Creamery; benefits Wayside Food Programs; Maine Mead Works, Portland. $5. 699-3170. 5 to 7 p.m.

Second Annual Best Whoopie Pie Competition, benefits Muskie Center; Spectrums Generations Muskie Center, Waterville. $5 entry fee. 873-4745. Bring three whoopie pies between 7:30 and 11 a.m., judging begins at 11 a.m.

• FAIRS/FESTIVALS

Franco-American Cultural Festival, live music, authors, art exhibit and more, downtown Biddeford. Schedule at citytheater.org. Friday to Sunday.

Maine Maple Sunday, sugarhouses open to the public with various attractions, statewide in Maine. Schedule and locations at mainemapleproducers.com and getrealmaine.com. Saturday and Sunday.

Maine Festival of the Book, readings, signings, performances, workshops and panel discussions, downtown Portland. Free. Schedule at mainereads.org. March 29 to April 1.

• SPECIAL EVENTS

TODAY

GymDandies 31st Annual Community Performance, more than 200 Scarborough students perform circus acts, unicycling, juggling, stunts and more, Scarborough High School Alumni Gymnasium. $5; $3 for seniors; $1 for school-age children. gymdandies.org. 6:30 p.m. today and Friday.

FRIDAY

“Poetry Out Loud,” 10 high school students compete in poetry contest broadcast live on MPBN, Bates College (Olin Arts Center), Lewiston. Free; reservations required at tinyurl.com/poetryoutloudtix. 1:45 p.m.

Wine Tasting, new wines from Chile, Austria and Italy, Rosemont Market & Bakery, Portland. rosemontmarket.com. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

SATURDAY

Textile Day Celebration, demonstrations, hands-on activities and displays, Scarborough Public Library. Free. library.scarborough.me.us. 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Chili and Chowder Cookoff, tastings, bread, drink and dessert, Pride’s Corner Congregational Church, Westbrook. $6; $4 for children under 12. pridescornerchurch.org. Noon to 1:30 p.m.

“We’ve Got Talent,” variety show presented by Sanford Maine Stage Theatre, Nasson Community Center (Little Theatre), Springvale. $10; $20 for dinner and show. sanfordmainestage.com. 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday.

Mid-Coast Model Festival, Owls Head Transportation Museum. $12; free for youths under 18. 594-4418. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

March Madness Book Sale, paperbacks, cookbooks, art books, history, fiction and more, Camden Public Library. 236-3440. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

SUNDAY

Maple Syrup Day, various maple syrup demonstrations, Old Fort Western, Augusta. Free. getrealmaine.com. 1 to 3 p.m.

Psychic Sunday, tarot readings, psychic readings, rune readings and more, Double Tree Hotel, South Portland. $2 admission; additional fees for services. onthenewedge.com. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Early Spring Birds at Wolfe’s Neck, meet at benches by second parking lot and bring binoculars, Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Freeport. Free with park admission. 865-4465. 2 p.m.

Southern Maine 2012 Antique Paper Show, postcards and paper collectibles, Fireside Inn, Portland. $4 admission. 828-8065. 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

MONDAY

Storytime in the Garden, hour-long stories read by Pat Jeremiah, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay. Free. 633-4333. 10 a.m.

WEDNESDAY

Kitchen Garden Dinner Series, with chef Chris Bassett of Azure Cafe, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay. $90; $75 for members. 633-4333, Ext. 101. 6 p.m.

MARCH 29

“Collection 2012,” fashion show featuring original student garments, silent auction and refreshments, by Fashion Marketing at Portland Arts and Technology High School, Portland Public Library (Rines Auditorium). $5. 874-8165. 6:30 p.m.

• FILMS

Maine Jewish Film Festival, independent documentaries, feature films and shorts, Nickelodeon Cinemas and elsewhere, Portland. Schedule at mjff.org. Today to Saturday.

“Inside Job” (2010), Academy Award-winning documentary about the 2001-07 financial crisis, Friends Meeting House, Damariscotta. Free/food pantry donations. conamaine.com. 6:30 p.m. today.

“Water for Elephants” (2011, Rated PG-13), York Public Library. Free. 363-2818. 3 p.m. Sunday.

Global Lens International Films Series, Bates College (Olin Arts Center), Lewiston. Free. 786-6158. “The Invisible Eye” (Argentina, 2010), 7 p.m. Monday. Through April 2.

“Splinters” (2011), documentary about the evolution of indigenous surfing in Papua New Guinea, Space, Portland. $7. space538.org.  7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“Raw Footage from Alan Lomax’s American Patchwork 1978-1985,” screening plus performances by Nathan Salsburg and Matt Rock, The Oak and the Ax, Biddeford. $5. theoakandtheax.blogspot.com. 8 p.m. Wednesday.

• BOOKS/AUTHORS

Renea De Liz, signing and discussion by founder and creator of anthology comic “Womanthology” with other creators of the book, Casablanca Comics, Portland. Free. casablancacomics.com. 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

John Farrell, recitation of T.S. Elliot’s “Four Quartets,” Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland. Free/donation. 865-6355. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Maine Historical Society Book Group, Mark Curlansky’s “Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World,” Maine Historical Society, Portland. $10 to $20 for four sessions. mainehistory.org. 7 p.m. Tuesday. Through May 22.

Crash Barry, “Tough Island: Live,” 45-minute monologue taken from Barry’s book “Tough Island: True Stories from Matinicus, Maine,” Camden Public Library. Free. camden.lib.me.us. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Kieran Shields, author of the gothic novel “The Truth of All Things,” University of Southern Maine (bookstore), Portland. Free. usm.maine.edu. 7 p.m. Wednesday.

• PRO SPORTS

Portland Pirates, AHL affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes, Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland. $12 to $20. portlandpirates.com. Vs. Manchester, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

• PARTICIPANT DANCE

Contra Dance, live music by Soupbone and live caller, Mayo Street Arts, Portland. $8. mayostreetarts.org. 7 p.m. lessons, 8 p.m. dance Saturday.