• BENEFITS

TODAY

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.

“Flaws for a Cause,” third annual Maine-made fine pottery sale; 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 and Monday.

FRIDAY

Fifth Annual Thornton Fund Auction, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, live and silent auctions; benefits Hill Stadium project; Thornton Academy, Saco. $20. thorntonacademy.org/auction. 6:30 p.m.

South Portland High School Football Boosters Comedy Night, with George Hamm and friends, Events on Broadway, South Portland. $15. 699-5855. 7:30 p.m.

Pitchfork to Plate: An Evening of Champagne and Desserts, Wolfe’s Neck Farm spring gala and auction, Harraseeket Inn, Freeport. $50. wolfesneckfarm.org/gala. 7 to 10 p.m. Friday.

Fandango: Arts, Food and Culture Night, international music and dance concert; benefits El Salvador urban group Mano Hermana; College of the Atlantic (Gates Center), Bar Harbor. $5; $2 for students. 288-5015. 8 p.m.

SATURDAY

“Give Love Away,” yard sale benefiting World Vision water well projects, White Pine Ministry Center, North Yarmouth. Free admission. 657-6978. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WERU Spring Fling Music and Gear Sale, used records and CDs, instruments and music gear; music from WERU DJs; Belfast Boathouse. weru.org. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“The Vagina Monologues,” monologues performed by women for ages 16-plus; benefits Safe Voices and Women of Haiti; First Universalist Church, Auburn. $5 to $10. auburnuu.org. 7 p.m.

The Freedom Gala, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music and live and silent auctions; Maine Freedom Project fundraiser for Love 146, which focuses on human trafficking prevention and after-care for victims; Portland Company Complex. $35. freedomme.com. 6 to 9 p.m.

SUNDAY

Second Annual Coastal Youth Orchestra 5K and Fun Run, race starts at intersection of Old Pennellville and Pennellville Roads in Brunswick. $25; $20 for ages 18 and under; $10 for fun run. tinyurl.com/goforbaroque. Fun run at 9 a.m.; 5K at 9:30 a.m.

• FAIRS/FESTIVALS

Fishermen’s Festival, pancake breakfast, children’s activities, arts and crafts, trap-hauling competition and more, various locations, Boothbay Harbor. Various prices. boothbayharbor.com. Friday to Sunday.

Fiddlehead Festival, day-long cooperative celebration of the benefits of local food, University of Maine, Fort Kent. Free. sustainablecampus.umf.maine.edu. Starts at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Feathers Over Freeport, birding festival with live bird presentations, talks, hawk watch and children’s activities, Bradbury Mountain State Park, Pownal. $3; $1 for ages 5 to 11; free for children under 5 and seniors older than 65. maine.gov/feathersoverfreeport. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

• SPECIAL EVENTS

TODAY

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.

“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 May 3. Through June 28.

FRIDAY

Take Back the Night March and Rally, with Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine, Monument Square, Portland. Free. sarsonline.org. 6 p.m.

“red, black & GREEN: a blues,” multi-media production about the deteriorating environment by Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Lewiston Memorial Armory. $20; $10 for seniors and students. batestickets.com. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

SATURDAY

World T’ai Chi and QiGong Day 2012, art building quad, Bowdoin College (Walker Art Building), Brunswick. (Rain location is Morrell Gymnasium.) Free. mainecoasttaichi.com. 10 a.m.

Obscura Day: An International Celebration of Unusual Places, International Cryptozoology Museum, Portland. $7; $5 for ages 12 and under. cryptozoologymuseum.com. 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

SUNDAY

Great Maine Bike Swap, buy or sell used bicycles, USM Sullivan Gym, Portland. $3 admission; free for USM and UMaine students and ages 12 and under. bikemaine.org/events/bike-swap. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• FILMS

Film Chowdah, student film festival, Nickelodeon Cinemas, Portland. $5. filmchowdah.org. 7 p.m. today.

“Lubec Arts Alive!,” short film by award-winning television and film producer Jon Wing Lum, Harlow Gallery, Hallowell. Free. harlowgallery.org. 7 p.m. today.

“Around the World-One Man’s Journey,” narrated by veteran travelogue producer Doug Jones, Araxine Wilkins Sawyer Memorial, Greene. Free. sawyer-foundation.com. 2 and 7 p.m. Friday.

• BOOKS/AUTHORS

TODAY

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.

“A Swarm of Poets,” an evening of readings by many Maine poets, Rockland Public Library. Free. 594-0310. 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY

Friday Local Author Series, with Carolyn Gelland Frost, author of “Four-Alarm House,” Portland Public Library. Free. portlandlibrary.com. Noon.

SATURDAY

Poetry Month Celebration with Lady Zen, jazz/funk poet presents “Collaborations,” Portland Public Library (Rines Auditorium). Free. portlandlibrary.com. Noon.

Sis Deans, author of “Riding Out the Storm,” Books-A-Million, South Portland. Free. 253-5587. 2 p.m.

Poets Nancy Henry, Bruce Spang and Martin Steingesser, The Local Buzz, Cape Elizabeth. Free. capelocalbuzz.com. 2 p.m.

SUNDAY

Chris Van Dusen and Matt Tavares, author and Illustrator of “Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit” and “There Goes Ted Williams,” Longfellow Books, Portland. Free. longfellowbooks.com. 1 p.m.

MONDAY

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

WEDNESDAY

John McDonald, author of “John McDonald’s Maine: A Storyteller’s Useful Guide to Useless Information,” Portland Public Library. Free. portlandlibrary.com. Noon.

Storywalk with Children’s Author Cathryn Falwell, combines physical activity and reading, Bath Library Park. Free. 373-6585. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• PRO SPORTS

Portland Sea Dogs, Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, Hadlock Field, Portland. $4 to $9. milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t546. Vs. Reading, 6 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; vs. Trenton, 6 p.m. Monday.

• PARTICIPANT DANCE

Contradance and Dinner, dinner by Seagrass Bistro, caller Maggie Robinson, music by 317 Contradance Band, for ages 10-plus; Wescustogo Hall, North Yarmouth. $10; $20 for family. 846-9559. 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.