“Love Really Counts,” hosted by WCSH6 news anchor Cindy Williams with a live auction, a cocktail hour and a dinner gala; benefits Center for Grieving Children; Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland. $90 (includes wine with dinner). cgcmaine.org. 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Silent and Live Auction, live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar; benefits St. Thomas School; The Town Club, Sanford. $15 in advance; $20 day of event. saintthomassanford.org. 7 p.m. Saturday.
Portland Sunrise Rotary Club 15th Annual Wine Social and Auction, benefits the Maine Children’s Cancer Program, DiMillo’s Floating Restaurant, Portland. $30 in advance; $35 day of event. mmc.org. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Portland on Ice, celebration of winter activities and music, various venues, downtown Portland. Various prices. Schedule at portlandmaine.com. Thursday to Saturday.
WinterFest 2013, family festival with snowshoeing, rail jam contest, skating, sleigh rides, lobster stew, chili, lip-syncing competition, pie contest, sidewalk sales and more, downtown Biddeford. Most activities are free. facebook.com/WinterFest2013. Friday to Sunday.
Kennebunk Winterfest, family festival with pancake breakfast, snowman scavenger hunt, horse-drawn wagon rides and more, downtown Kennebunk. Most activities are free. Schedule at kennebunkfestivals.com/winterfest.html. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Winter Ecology Festival, sugar maple tapping demonstration, talk on groundhogs, falconry demonstration, children’s crafts, guided nature hikes and more, Merryspring Nature Center, Camden. merryspring.org. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
Brunswick Longfellow Days, month-long celebration honoring Henry W. Longfellow with community poetry, lectures, tours, dining, film events and more, various locations, Brunswick. Most events are free. Schedule at brunswickdowntown.com/longfellowdays. Saturday to Feb. 27.
• SPECIAL EVENTS
“Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music,” sing along to 1965 classic film and participate in a costume parade, Merrill Auditorium, Portland. $14. portlandovations.org. 7 p.m.
“Baby, It’s Cole Outside,” songs of Cole Porter with five-course “Downton Abbey”-style dinner, Freeport Community Center. $18. 865-3985. 6 p.m.
Halfway to Summer Party, entertainment by Kids at Play, Jumpin’ Jakes Seafood Cafe, Old Orchard Beach. 937-3250. 7:30 p.m.
Tea Tasting, sample caffeinated and caffeine-free teas, Jacqueline’s Tea Room, Freeport. Free. 865-2123. 6 to 7 p.m.
Wine Tasting: The Rhone Valley, France, tasting of eight wines led by sommelier Erica Archer, 21-plus; The Wine Bar & Restaurant, Portland. $45. winewiseevents.com. 6 p.m.
“Eight Planets and Counting,” star show, Southworth Planetarium, University of Southern Maine, Portland. $6.50; $6 for children and seniors. 780-4249. 7 p.m.
“The Search for the Edge of the Solar System,” star show, Southworth Planetarium, University of Southern Maine, Portland. $6.50; $6 for children and seniors. 780-4249. 8:30 p.m.
College Ice Bar and Snow Ball, Saint Joseph’s College, Standish. $20. (877) 752-2586. 7 to 9 p.m.
“The Little Star that Could,” star show, Southworth Planetarium, University of Southern Maine, Portland. $5.50; $5 for children and seniors. 780-4249. 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Coin and Stamp Show, more than 20 dealers, Knights of Columbus Hall, Brunswick. 721-7872. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Port Veritas Spoken Word Series, with Canadian performance poet Lucia Misch, 21-plus; Mama’s CrowBar, Portland. Free. 773-9230. 9 p.m.
Port Veritas Spoken Word Series, with poets Duff Plunkett and Marita O’Neil, 18-plus; Bull Feeney’s, Portland. $3. 773-7210. 7 p.m.
Disney on Ice: “Worlds of Fantasy,” figure-skating show featuring classic Disney characters, Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland. $25 to $65. theciviccenter.com. 7 p.m. Wednesday and Feb. 7. Through Feb. 10.
“Seven Minutes in Heaven” (1985), teen dramedy, post-film discussion with Bill Halpin and Saskia Huising, Rockland Public Library. 594-0310. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
“A Better Life” (2011, PG-13), York Public Library. Free. www.york.lib.me.us. 3 p.m. Saturday.
Maine Outdoor Film Festival, features and shorts with Maine roots, Unity Centre for the Performing Arts. $10. unity.edu/uccpa. 7 p.m. Saturday.
“The Challenge of Rudolph Steiner,” part one, documentary, Rockland Public Library. Free. 594-0310. 2 p.m. Sunday.
“Joni Mitchell: A Woman of Heart and Mind” (2003), music bio with post-film discussion by Bill Halpin and Saskia Huising, Rockland Public Library. Free. 594-0310. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7.
Wesley McNair, Maine poet laureate and author of “The Words I Chose: A Memoir of Family and Poetry,” Portland Public Library Rines Auditorium. portlandlibrary.com. 6 p.m. Thursday.
Kieran Shields, author of “A Study in Revenge,” University of Southern Maine (bookstore), Portland. 780-4070. 7 p.m. Thursday.
Alison Johnson, author of “Wallace Stevens: A Dual Life as Poet and Insurance Executive,” Portland Public Library Rines Auditorium. portlandlibrary.com. Noon Friday.
Kieran Shields, author of “A Study in Revenge,” Falmouth Memorial Library. www.falmouth.lib.me.us. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Bill Roorbach, author of “Life Among Giants,” Portland Public Library Rines Auditorium. portlandlibrary.com. Noon Wednesday.
Monica Wood, author of “When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine,” Raymond Village Library. 655-4283. 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Josh Pahigian, author of “Strangers on the Beach,” North Gorham Public Library. 829-4290. 7 p.m. Feb. 7.
• PRO SPORTS
Portland Pirates, AHL affiliate of the NHL Phoenix Coyotes, Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland. $16 to $20. portlandpirates.com. Vs. Worcester, 7 p.m. Friday; Vs. Albany, 7 p.m. Saturday.
Maine Red Claws, NBA Development League affiliate of the Boston Celtics, Portland Exposition Building. $6 to $30. nba.com/dleague/maine. Vs. Rio Grand Valley, 7 p.m. Saturday.
• PARTICIPANT DANCE
Port City Swing Dance, music by the Big Chief Quartet, Woodfords Club, Portland. $10. portcityswing.com. Lessons at 8 p.m., dance at 9 p.m. Friday.
Contra Dance, with the Big Moose Band and caller Chrissy Fowler, College of the Atlantic (Gates Center), Bar Harbor. $6; $1 for children; $2 for family dance. 288-5015. Family dance at 6:30 p.m., lessons at 7:30 p.m., dance at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Ecstatic Dance Series, drug-free community of dancers and DJs, Ecstatic Dance Maine, South Portland. $10 to $15; sliding scale. ecstaticdanceme.com. 10 a.m. to noon Sunday.