• BENEFITS

TODAY

Third Annual “Flaws for a Cause” Sale, fine pottery handmade in Maine; benefits Cultivating Community’s New American Sustainable Agriculture Project; Maine Potters Market, Portland. mainepottersmarket.com. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday to April 26. Through April 30.

FRIDAY

Youth Baseball Fundraiser Dance with OdLaW, rock/country band, American Legion Hall No. 143, Belfast. $5. 342-2471. 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY

Pianist George Lopez, music by Ginastera, Villa-Lobos, Gershwin and Rachmaninoff; benefits the rebuilding of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick; Orion Performing Arts Center, Topsham. $15. 729-5311. 7:30 p.m.

12th Annual Barbershop Quartet Concert and Silent Auction, with the Nor’Easters, Maine-ly Harmony, the O’Migosh Quartet, the Back Bay Four, and Heart and Soul; benefits Brunswick Area Respite Care; United Methodist Church, Brunswick. $8 in advance; $10 day of show; free for children under 12. 729-8571. Doors at 6 p.m.; concert at 7 p.m.

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” Dance, music by The Night Rockers, appetizers, desserts, cash bar and drawing, 21-plus; benefits June Relay for Life of Greater Portland; Portland Elks Lodge No. 188. $20; $120 for table of eight. 396-8514. 7 to 11 p.m.

“Dancing with the Community,” local celebrities dance with local dance instructors for a “Dancing with the Stars”-like competition and dinner; benefits South Portland Rec Department’s senior fitness class; Italian Heritage Center, Portland. $60. 767-7650. 6 p.m.

“Marry Me,” ’80s dance party with Time Pilots; benefit for Equality Maine, 21-plus; Seasons Grille, Portland. $12. ticketriver.com/event/3222. 8 p.m.

APRIL 26

Fashion Show and Luncheon, fashions from Amisi, The Closet, Dannah’s, The Green Tangerine and The Pink Tangerine; benefits the Kennebunk Free Library; Kennebunk Inn. $35. 985-2713. 1 to 3 p.m.

• SPECIAL EVENTS

TODAY

“Mother Goose on the Loose,” children get free books and photos with Mother Goose, Buker Community Center, Augusta. $5. 582-3110, Ext. 29. 10 a.m. today and Friday.

Laser Mania, various laser light shows, University of Southern Maine (Southworth Planetarium), Portland. $5; $1 for 3-D glasses. Schedule at usm.maine.edu/planet. Today to Sunday.

“From Store to Shore,” Earth Month celebration with indoor sailing exhibits, aquarium touch tanks, a fashion show and aquatic robots, Maine Mall, South Portland. mainemall.com/events. Today to Sunday.

“Ulysses for the Fun of It,” weekly listening session of a recording of Joyce’s “Ulysses” performed by Irish actors, Maine Irish Heritage Center, Portland. Free. maineirish.com. 6 to 7:30 p.m. today and April 26. Through June 28.

Food + Farm Grow Fair, a variety of events, films, workshops and hands-on learning to promote sustainable food practices, Space, Portland. Free. Schedule at space538.org. Today to Saturday.

FRIDAY

Storytelling Dinner, featuring Deborah Freeman and her fairytales based on people’s personal stories, Calzolaio Pasta Co., Wilton. $19.95. 645-9500. 6:30 p.m.

Kora Shrine Circus, aerial acts, clowns, music and circus animals, Augusta Civic Center. $10 to $12; $5 for children under 12. korashriners.org. 2 and 7 p.m. Friday; 9:30 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday.

SATURDAY

Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Co., family-friendly touring comedy show featuring large inflatables, Hall-Dale High School, Farmingdale. $19; $10 for children under 13. johnsonhall.org. 3 p.m.

Green Neighbor Family Fest, children’s activities, face painting, live music. storytelling and more, Deering High School, Portland. Free. www.urbanrunoff5k.com/p/festival.html. 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

29th Annual Gem and Mineral Show, more than 25 vendors, St. Joseph’s College (Harold Alfond Center), Standish. $4; $3 for seniors and students; free for ages 12 and under. 893-6627. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

SUNDAY

Urban Earth Day Celebration, Green Technology demos, urban gardening, parade, live music, bike decorating and more, Monument Square, Portland. menskmaine.org. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Gustafer Yellowgold: “Year in the Day,” children’s event with illustrator, songwriter and musician Morgan Taylor, Space, Portland. $8. space538.org. 2 p.m.

Nature Art, Photography Show and Sale, more than 40 artists, Unity College Tozier Gymnasium. unity.edu. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Earth Day Celebration, live music, speakers, children’s activities, local food vendors and more, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor. coa.edu. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

National Poetry Month Celebration: Read, Share, Listen…, Louis T. Graves Library, Kennebunkport. Free. 967-2778. 2 p.m.

Sacred Harp Singing, participatory event, potluck after singing, Home of Corrone and Ruth Ann Bryant, Damariscotta. Free; bring dish for potluck. 563-6083. 2 to 5 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.

TUESDAY

Barridoff Galleries Public Auction of American and European Art, including John Daly 20th-century collection of paintings and sculptures from Monhegan Island, Maine College of Art (Institute of Contemporary Art), Portland. barridoff.com. Previews 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday; auction at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

WEDNESDAY

Children’s Puppet Workshop Presents “River of Time,” puppetry with live Cuban drumming and West African dance, Samuel L. Cohen Children’s Library, Portland. Free. portlandlibrary.com. 3:30 p.m.

APRIL 26

Pecha Kucha Night, informal and fun gathering for creative people to share their ideas, work and thoughts, River Tree Arts, Kennebunk. $5. rivertreearts.org. 7:20 p.m.

• FILMS

“Locavore,” Food + Farm Grow Fair documentary, Portland Food Co-op. Free. portlandfoodcoop.org. 7:30 p.m. today.

“The Harvest (La Cosecha),” Food + Farm Grow Fair documentary, Space, Portland. Free. space538.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

“Madwoman of Chaillot” (1969), Skidompha Library, Damariscotta. $5/donation. 563-5513. 6:30 p.m. Monday.

“Linotype: The Film,” documentary, Space, Portland. $7. space538.org. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“The Lost Son of Havana,” Luis Tiant documentary, Frontier Cafe, Cinema & Gallery, Brunswick. Free. brunswicktrinidad.org. 3, 5 and 7 p.m. Wednesday.

• BOOKS/AUTHORS

TODAY

Organic Chef Sarah Fioroni, author of “A Family Farm in Tuscany,” Longfellow Books, Portland. Free. longfellowbooks.com. 7 p.m.

Architect Jack Silverio, author of “The Book of the Hut,” “Hearthspire” and “Radiance Indwelling,” Rockland Public Library. Free. 594-0310. 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY

Friday Local Author Series, with Martha Manning, author of “Trackless Snow: One Woman’s Journey from Shame to Grace,” Portland Public Library. Free. portlandlibrary.com. Noon.

SATURDAY

Jim Witherell, author of “L.L. Bean: The Man and His Company,” Books-A-Million, South Portland. Free. 253-5587. 2 to 5 p.m.

MONDAY

World Book Night Celebration, book swap and readings from Maine authors Monica Wood, Jim Baumer and Henry Bird; Patten Free Library, Bath. Free. tricountyliteracy.org. 5:30 to 7 p.m.

TUESDAY

K.D. Mason, author of “Dangerous Shoals,” York Public Library. Free. york.lib.me.us. 7 p.m.

Port Veritas Spoken Word Night, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland. Donation. localsprouts.coop. 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

Maine Historical Society Book Group, Henry Petroski’s “The Toothpick” and other selected readings, Maine Historical Society, Portland. $10 to $20 for four sessions. mainehistory.org. 7 p.m.

Lunchtime Fireside Poetry, with Carol Bachofner, Rockland Public Library. Free. 594-0310. Noon.

Joanne P. McCallie, head women’s basketball coach at Duke University and author of “Choice Not Chance,” Brunswick Golf Club. 729-5156. 5:30 to 7 p.m.

APRIL 26

Catherine Tumber, author of “Small, Gritty and Green: The Promise of America’s Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low Carbon World,” Longfellow Books, Portland. longfellowbooks.com. 7 p.m.

Elizabeth Peavey and Marguerite Robichaux, author and illustrator of “Glorious Slow Going: Maine Stories of Art, Adventure and Friendship,” Camden Public Library. Free. 236-3440. 6:30 p.m.

• PARTICIPANT DANCE

Bath Family Dance, live fiddle music and lessons, Bath Dance Works. $3; $12 per family. 522-3900. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Swing Dance, music by Maine Swingin’ DJs, Wescustogo Hall, North Yarmouth. $8. 653-5012. Lesson at 7 p.m., dance at 8 p.m. Friday.