• BENEFITS

TODAY

Preble Street Benefit Concert, with Grammy-winning pianist Paul Sullivan and vocalist Theresa Thomason, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Cape Elizabeth. $25. stalbansmaine.org. 7 p.m.

SATURDAY

WMPG Eighth Annual Fashion Show, local designers show their fashionable creations with pre-show entertainment by Dark Follies vaudeville, 18-plus; Asylum, Portland. $10; $5 for students. portlandasylum.com. 6:30 p.m.

North Yarmouth Academy Annual Charity Auction, dinner, music by Steel Industry and cash bar; benefits financial aid and enrichment programs at NYA; Travis Roy Ice Arena, Yarmouth. $30 in advance; $35 day of auction. 847-5423. 6 to 10 p.m.

“A Celebration of Growth,” second annual auction benefitting Boys to Men with live bluegrass, food, drinks, and live and silent auctions, Portland Public Library (Rines Auditorium). $40 in advance; $45 day of auction; $75/$85 per couple. maineboystomen.org. 6 to 10 p.m.

Spring Art Festival, jewelry, lawn ornaments, quilted items, paintings, notecards, pottery and more; benefits Cancer Community Center; Thornton Heights United Methodist Church, South Portland. $3 admission. 939-6966. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Antiques Appraisal Day, benefits the museum, Saco Museum. Appraisal fees are $15 for one object, $25 for two objects and $30 for three objects. sacomuseum.org. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Walk-A-Thon, all-ages fun walk to benefit the Dead River Area Historical Society, Stratton Elementary School. 246-2271. 10 a.m.; rain date is May 21.

SUNDAY

Cruisin’ to Graduation Car Show, benefits Project Graduation, Medomak Valley High School, Waldoboro. $4; $3 for students. 542-0848. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WRFR’s Fourth Annual Fashion Show and Silent Auction, runway show with clothing from Maine boutiques and designers, silent auction, live music and Rock Coast Rollers roller derby skaters, Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education, Rockland. $5 in advance; $8 day of show. rajoartworks.com. 7 p.m.

Fourth Annual Maine’s Got Talent Competition, benefits the Miss Maine Scholarship Program, Morgan Hill Event Center, Hermon. $25; $15 for children under 12. 848-7100. 3 p.m. (doors open at 1 p.m. with a silent auction from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.)

Chocolate Sunday, gourmet cakes, chocolate-covered fruit, sundaes, beverages and more; benefits the seminary restoration fund; Parsonsfield Seminary. $8. 793-8825. 2 to 4 p.m.

SPECIAL EVENTS

TODAY

“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 10. Through June 28.

FRIDAY

Puppet Show, art exhibit of puppets made by kids in the Children’s Puppet Workshop plus live performances of Africa-style dancing and drumming, Mayo Street Arts, Portland. Free. mayostreetarts.org. 5 to 7 p.m.

The Telling Room’s “Big Night,” live performance celebration of newest print-making anthology, Hannaford Hall, University of Southern Maine, Portland. Free. tellingroom.org. 7 to 9 p.m.

SATURDAY

SLAP (Superhero Lady Armwrestlers of Portland), inaugural women arm-wrestling tournament, Mayo Street Arts, Portland. $5. mayostreetarts.org. 8 p.m.

Annual Plow Day, draft horse demonstrations, wagon rides, blacksmith and Carriage Museum exhibit, Skyline Farm, North Yarmouth. Free; $5 for pony rides. skylinefarm.org. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; rain date is May 12.

Maine State Ballet’s “Black and White Ball,” dancing, socializing, cash bar and DJ, Maine State Ballet Theater, Falmouth. $25. mainestateballet.org. 7 p.m.

Fourth Annual Lewistunning Dragapalooza, presented by Out Right L/A and Outfront at Bates College, Bates College (Schaeffer Theatre), Lewiston. $10. outrightla.org. 7 p.m.

City-Wide Yard Sale, Bath. Free admission. visitbath.com. Various times.

Into the Mud Challenge, 2.5-mile race with obstacles and mud pits, Gorham Middle School. $25; $10 for youth racers. 780-4313. 9:30 a.m.

SUNDAY

Coin and Stamp Show, medals, tokens, postcards and supplies, Knights of Columbus Hall, Brunswick. Free. 721-7872. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Shape Note Singing, everyone welcome to participate, The New Church, Portland. Free/donation. 216-3890. 1 to 4 p.m.

MONDAY

Storytime in the Garden, hourlong stories read by Pat Jeremiah, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay. Free with admission: $12; $6 for children. 633-4333. 10 a.m.

MAY 10

Taiji, Qigong, Music, Science and Healing, an evening of fusion between the best of the East and the West, One Longfellow Square, Portland. $15 in advance; $18 day of show. onelongfellowsquare.com. 6:30 p.m.

“This American Life LIVE!” HD broadcast, Strand Theatre, Rockland. $15. rocklandstrand.com. 7 p.m.

• FILMS

COA Student Short Films, “Reasonable Doubt” and “As Above So Below,” College of the Atlantic (Gates Center), Bar Harbor. Free. 288-5015. 4 p.m. today.

“Under African Skies,” new documentary about the making of Paul Simon’s “Graceland” album, Talbot Auditorium, Luther Bonney Hall, USM Portland. Free. usm.maine.edu. 8 p.m. today.

“Harold & Maude” (1971), Patten Free Library, Bath. Free. 443-5141. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“Driving Miss Daisy” (1989), Dunaway Center, Ogunquit. Free. 646-7055. 7 p.m. Wednesday.

• BOOKS/AUTHORS

TODAY

Ellan Baker, author of “I Gave My Heart to Know This,” Rockland Public Library. Free. 594-0310. 6:30 p.m.

Michael Shuman, author of “Local Dollars, Local Sense,” Space, Portland. Free. space538.org. 7 p.m.

Ellen Alderman, co-author of “The Right to Privacy” and “In Our Defense (The Bill of Rights in Action),” Falmouth Memorial Library. Free. falmouth.lib.me.us. Noon.

FRIDAY

Friday Local Author Series, with Jan Pieter van Vorst van Beest, author of “New Mainers,” Portland Public Library. Free. portlandlibrary.com. Noon.

Carl Little, author of “Eric Hopkins: Above and Beyond,” Legacy Properties Sothebys International Realty, Portland. Free. 770-2228. 5 to 8 p.m.

SATURDAY

Richard and Kate Russo, authors of “Intervention,” Longfellow Books, Portland. Free. longfellowbooks.com. 6 p.m.

Jean Ann Pollard, author of “The New Maine Cooking,” Children’s Book Cellar, Waterville. Free. 872-4543. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

TUESDAY

Writers’ Night: Aine Greaney and Richard Hoffman, authors of “Dance Lessons” and “Love and Fury,” York Public Library. york.lib.me.us. 7 p.m.

LunchBox Friends’ Annual Meeting with Marcia Leonard, author of “Fingerprints: A Mystery Suspense Novel,” with potluck lunch, Falmouth Memorial Library. 781-2351. Noon.

WEDNESDAY

Earl Smith, author of “The Dam Committee,” Lithgow Public Library, Augusta. Free. lithgow.lib.me.us. 6:30 p.m.

MAY 10

Jane Harvey Meade, author of “The Summer of the Disco King,” Bookstacks, Bucksport. Free. bookstacksmaine.com. 6 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. Trenton, 6 p.m. today; vs. New Hampshire, 6 p.m. Monday to Wednesday.

• PARTICIPANT DANCE

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.

Contradance, with Big Moose Contra Dance Band and caller Chrissy Fowler, College of the Atlantic (Gates Center), Bar Harbor. coa.edu. Lessons at 7:30 p.m., dance at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Greater Portland Community Dance Series Contra Dance, live music and caller Maggie Robinson, Falmouth Congregational Church. $10; $7 for ages 13 to 21; $5 for ages 5 to 12; free for children under age 5. 358-9354. Lessons at 7:15 p.m.; dance at 8 p.m. Saturday.

International Folk Dance, dances from the Balkans, Israel, France, Greece and around the world, The New Church, Portland. $5, $3 for children. 776-5351. 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday.