• BENEFITS

TODAY

Camden Cake Walk, fundraiser for Rockport Historical Society, various locations, Camden Harbor. $20; $10 for children under 12. 236-2257; list of participating businesses at conwayhouse.org. 1 to 4 p.m.

FRIDAY

Sold on Kids Auction and Dinner, live and silent auctions with music; benefits Sweetser’s youth crisis programs; Marriott Hotel, South Portland. $60. sweetser.org. 5:30 to 1 p.m.

Silent Auction, live music by Straight Lace and silent auction to benefit Seaglass Performing Arts, Old Marsh Country Club. $20. 985-8747. 7:30 to 11 p.m.

Mother’s Day Sale and Fundraiser, for South Portland High School student’s trip to France as an exchange student; SoPo Art Studios, South Portland. 619-2783. 4 to 8 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

SATURDAY

“The Best of Broadway 2012,” an evening of song and dance to benefit the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, Merrill Auditorium, Portland. $25 to $35. porttix.com. 7:30 p.m.

“Mud Boots & Black Tie,” Hollywood-style fundraiser with hor d’oeuvres, desserts, silent auction and music by Leila Percy and The Scott Davis Jazz Quintet, Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath. $55. 442-8455. 6 p.m.

Maine Walks for Haiti, Haitian music, artwork, storytelling and more; to benefit Maine’s Konbit Sante Cap-Haitien Health Partnership; Payson Park, Portland. $10 to $20. mainewalksforhaiti.org. 8:30 a.m. registration; 9:30 a.m. runners start; live entertainment 10 a.m. to noon.

“Pints for Peace,” event promoting world peace at the local level; benefits Friends Forever; Andy’s Old Port Pub, Portland. $50. 603-433-7607. 4 p.m.

Annual Book Sale, Bangor Public Library. bpl.lib.me.us. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All Star Evening of Pops, annual benefit for Leavitt’s Mill Free Health Center, Saco River Grange Hall, Bar Mills. $15; $13 for seniors and students; free for ages 12 and under. 929-6472. 7:30 p.m.

Bar-B-Que Barn Dance, dinner from New England Brisketeers, music by the Don Campbell Band and live auction, Cancer Community Center, South Portland. $100. cancercommunitycenter.org. 6 to 11 p.m.

SUNDAY

Portland Sea Dogs Mother’s Day 5K, benefit for breast cancer research, Hadlock Field, Portland. cgcmaine.org/events. Free kids run at 8:30 a.m.; $25 5K at 9:15 a.m.

Temple Grandin, autism self-advocate, fundraising lecture to benefit Northeast Hearing & Speech; Hannaford Hall, University of Southern Maine, Portland. $35. nehearingandspeech.org. 3 p.m.

Mothers and Others Against Hunger Fundraiser, music, silent auction, desserts, tea and coffee, bagels and more, Dining Commons, York County Shelter Programs, Alfred. mothersandothersagainsthunger.org. 1 to 4 p.m.

• FAIRS/FESTIVALS

The Big Thaw Craft Fair, two floors of artists and vendors, Mayo Street Arts, Portland. mayostreetarts.org. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

May Celebration & Medieval Faire, family day of festive activities with maypole dancing, games, food and drink; Medieval garb encouraged; Merriconeag Waldorf School, Freeport. Free. merriconeag.org. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

World Fair Trade Day, live music, raffles, free henna, chocolate samples, recycling crafts and more, Karma Fair Trade, Portland. 831-4531. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

• 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 17. Through June 28.

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.

FRIDAY

All Species Parade, presented by Spindleworks and Arts Are Elementary, Brunswick Mall. spindleworks.org. 4:30 p.m.

“1 and 64” Extravaganza and One-Year Birthday Bash, music by Matt Fogg, food by Linda Bean’s Maine Kitchen and Topside Tavern; Freeport Factory Stage. $32. freeportfactory.com. 7 p.m.

Yarmouth Kitchen Tour, participants will be given a map to tour 10 houses/kitchens, various locations, Yarmouth. $20. brownpapertickets.com. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

SATURDAY

“Tea and Tulips,” tea sandwiches, scones, Devonshire cream and jam, reservations required, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay. $27; $20 for members. mainegardens.org. 4 to 5:30 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.

Victorian Fashion Show, presented by Maine Living History Association; live music, tea and Civil War-era uniforms; Good Will Hinckley School, Hinckley. $5. 200-6542. 1 to 3 p.m.

Aserela: Celebration for the Children, African dishes, traditional dancing and singing to celebrate the first school in Kit, South Sudan; raffle for an iPad will be held; Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland. $20; $5 for ages 11 to 18; free for children under 11. aserela.org. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Old Port Wine Walk, sommelier Erica Arche leads tour at four area restaurants pairing food and wines, 21-plus; begins at Zapoteca, Portland. $35 in advance; $40 day of event. winewiseevents.com. 3 to 5 p.m.

Mad Science Saturday “Radical Reactions,” crazy chemistry demonstrations, University of Southern Maine (Southworth Planetarium), Portland. $10; $8 for children. 780-4249. 1 p.m.

SUNDAY

Mother’s Day Wine Dinner, chef Jeff Landry and sommelier Erica Archer pair wines with food, 21-plus; The Farmer’s Table, Portland. $60. winewiseevents.com. 5 p.m.

Victorian Mother’s Day Tea, seated afternoon tea with all the trimmings, Cabot Mill Antiques, Brunswick. Free. 725-2855. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Rory Raven, mentalist, historian and performer, Lucid Stage, Portland. $15; $12 for students and seniors. lucidstage.com. 7:30 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.

• FILMS

“Nefarious: Merchant of Souls,” documentary about global human slavery and the sex-trafficking industry, First Baptist Church, Portland. Free. firstbaptistportland.org. 6 p.m. Saturday.

“Marley,” documentary on musician Bob Marley, Space, Portland. $7. space538.org. 7:30 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday.

“It’s Complicated” (2009), Patten Free Library, Bath. Free. 443-5141. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

• BOOKS/AUTHORS

TODAY

Jane Harvey Meade, author of “The Summer of the Disco King,” Bookstacks, Bucksport. bookstacksmaine.com. 6 p.m.

Richard and Kate Russo, author and artist of “Interventions,” Nonesuch Books, South Portland. nonesuchbooks.com. 7 p.m.

FRIDAY

“Lowry’s Lodge,” monthly reading series with Claire Hersom and David Moreua, Acorn Studios, Westbrook. $5/donation. acorn-productions.org. 7 p.m.

Friday Local Author Series, with Russel Warnberg, author of “Edge of Redemption,” Portland Public Library. Free. portlandlibrary.com. Noon.

SATURDAY

Domenic Pugliares, author of “Famiglia Fabrasia,” JJ’s Eatery Too, Old Orchard Beach. 934-0222. 2 to 5 p.m.

Jo Ann Simon, author of “Beloved Captain: A Nantucket Love Story,” Beyond the Sea, Belfast. 338-2100. 1 to 4 p.m.

Richard and Kate Russo, author and artist of “Interventions,” Owl & Turtle Bookstore, Camden. 236-4769. 1 to 3 p.m.

Carole Lambert, author of “Sea Glass Crafts,” Archipelago, Rockland. 596-0701. 2 to 4 p.m.

Kate Shaffer, author of “Desserted: Recipes and Tales from an Island Chocolatier,” Liberty Library. 589-3161. 1 p.m.

Russell Warnberg, author of “Edge of Redemption,” Walker Memorial Library, Westbrook. 854-0630. 1 to 3 p.m.

TUESDAY

“The Poet as Art: A Poetry Series,” with Megan Grumbling, Gibson Fay-LeBlanc and Chris Seid, Lewiston Memorial Armory. laarts.org. 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

Barbara Walsh, author of “August Gale: A Father and Daughter’s Journey into the Storm,” Lithgow Public Library, Augusta. lithgow.lib.me.us. 6:30 p.m.

Paul Doiron, author of “The Poacher’s Son” and “Trespasser,” McArthur Library, Biddeford. 284-4181. 6:30 p.m.

• PARTICIPANT DANCE

“This Joint is Jumpin,” swing dance with WMPG DJ, Mayo Street Arts, Portland. $8. mayostreetarts.org. Lessons at 7 p.m., dance at 8 p.m. Saturday.

American Legion Sponsored Dance, with live band, American Legion Post No. 42, Damariscotta. $10. 563-3738. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Contra Dance, music by Firefly with caller Maggie Robinson, Wescustogo Hall, North Yarmouth. $10; $7 for students and seniors. 233-4325. Family dance at 6 p.m., potluck at 7 p.m., dance at 8 p.m. Saturday.