• BENEFITS

Art Preview Party, for Cancer Community Center’s 10th Annual Online Auction, with live piano music, hors d’oeuvres and cash bar, Portland Hotel Regency & Spa. RSVP to 774-2200. 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

“Freeze Out Hunger,” Junior League of Portland’s annual gala with music, auctions, food and cocktails, Ocean Gateway Terminal, Portland. $45 in advance; $55 day of event. jlpmaine.org/freezeouthunger. 6 to 10 p.m. Friday.

“Take It Outside,” sledding, snow painting, skating, dog sleds, cross-country, food and more; fundraiser for Midcoast Maine Community Action; Wing Farm Business Park, Bath. Free/donation. midcoastmainecommunityaction.org. 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Book Sale, benefits the library’s book fund, Camden Public Library. Free admission. 236-3440. 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

“Arts and Crafts,” fundraiser for L/A Arts with live music, five-course dinner tasting and craft beers by Sebago Brewing; everyone leaves with a piece of locally donated artwork; Fishbones Restaurant, Lewiston. $100. laarts.org. 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Bid Alzheimer’s Goodbye Auction, music from Cathaus plus silent and live auctions, benefits people in Maine living with Alzheimer’s disease, The Landing at Pine Point, Scarborough. $50. alz.org/maine. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. March 14.

• FAIRS/FESTIVALS

Portland Flower Show, exhibits, displays, workshops, lectures and auction of live plants and flowers, Portland Company Complex. $10 to $50. Schedule at portlandcompany.com/flower. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Maine Restaurant Week, more than 75 restaurants offer reduced fixed prices for lunch and dinner, plus Signature Event and other special events throughout Maine. Various prices. Schedule at mainerestaurantweek.com. Continues Thursday to Sunday.

Farmington Fire & Ice Festival, snowman-making contest, scavenger hunt, indoor kids’ carnival, ice sculptures, bonfire, snow tubing, fireworks and more; various locations, Farmington. $5/donation. Schedule at farmingtonfireandicefestival.net. 11 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. Saturday; fireworks at 6:20 p.m.

Mostly Puppets Festival, featuring Michael Lane Trautman in “King Pong’s Ping Pong Rodeo,” Mayo Street Arts, Portland. $8; $4 for children. mayostreetarts.org. 2 p.m. Sunday; festival runs through April 28.

Bath Blarney Days, weeklong St. Patrick’s Day celebration with live music, Irish films, “midnight madness” sale, parade and more, downtown Bath. Most events are free. Schedule at visitbath.com/events/bath-blarney-days. Monday to March 17.

• SPECIAL EVENTS

Pecha Kucha, broad mix of participants present their designs, thoughts and ideas, all ages; Space Gallery, Portland. $5. space538.org. 7 p.m. Thursday.

Open Mic and Poetry Slam, music and spoken word, First Universalist Church, Auburn. Free. 783-0461. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

AudioBody, high-tech comedy show, Freeport Theater of Awesome. $18 ($12 for ages 12 and younger) Friday and Saturday night; $12 for all seats Saturday afternoon. awesometheater.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Opera DVD Screening, Humperdinck’s “Hansel & Gretel,” Kennebunk Free Library. Free. 985-2173. 1 p.m. Saturday.

Bath Antiques Show, 50 dealers of antiques and collectibles, Bath Middle School. $4. 443-8983. bathantiquesshows.com. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

“Stars on Ice,” ice show starring Dorothy Hamill and Kurt Browning, Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland. $25 to $130. theciviccenter.com. 4 p.m. Sunday.

Port Veritas Spoken Word Series, with poet Rachel McKibbens and a poetry slam, Bull Feeney’s, Portland. $15. 357-7678. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“NPilar Live,” live taping of analog radio program, Space Gallery, Portland. Free; all ages. space538.org. 6 p.m. Wednesday.

MOOSE (Maine Organization of Storytelling Enthusiasts), meeting open to public features storyteller Katy Rydell reading “Almost Spring,” Portland Public Library Rines Auditorium. $5/donation for Rydell reading; free for meeting and open mic. moosetellers.ning.com. 6:30 p.m. meeting; 7 p.m. open mic; $8:10 p.m. storytelling Wednesday.

• FILMS

“Mother Caring for 7 Billion” (2011), documentary about population explosion; Hilary Clark of Maine Population Matters will facilitate discussion after film; York Public Library. Free. york.lib.me.us. 7 p.m. Friday.

“Departures” (2008, Rated PG-13), drama about an unemployed cellist who takes a job preparing the dead for funerals, in Japanese with English subtitles, Blue Hill Public Library. Free/donation. 667-7170. 7 p.m. Friday.

“The Golem” (1920), classic silent German horror movie accompanied live by guitarist Gary Lucas, University of Maine (Performing Arts Center), Machias. $10; $15 per couple. 255-1229. 8 p.m. Saturday.

“The Magnificent Pigtail Shadow” (2012), short, Zero Station Art, Design & Framing, Portland. $5. zerostation.com. 7 p.m. Saturday.

“Hotel Transylvania” (2012, Rated PG), animated family film, York Public Library. Free. www.york.lib.me.us. 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Maine Outdoor Film Festival, Maine-made films with outdoor theme; benefits Teens to Trail; Windham High School. $10. teenstotrails.org. 7 p.m. Saturday.

16th Annual Maine Jewish Film Festival, shorts, features and documentaries with Jewish themes or connections plus special events, Nickelodeon Cinemas, Portland, and various venues. $8 per screening ($6 for students and seniors ages 65 and older); $109 for all-festival pass. Schedule at mjff.org. Saturday to March 16.

“Gaslight” (1944), classic thriller starring Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman and Joseph Cotten, Dunaway Center, Ogunquit. Free. ogunquitperformingarts.org/arts. 2 p.m. Sunday.

“The Invisible War” (2012), Oscar-nominated documentary about sexual assault in the military, Stevens Brook Elementary School, Bridgton. Free. tcmhs.org. 6:30 p.m. Monday.

“A Few Good Men” (1992, Rated R), military courtroom drama starring Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson, Patten Free Library, Bath. Free. patten.lib.me.us. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

• BOOKS/AUTHORS

Michele Albion, author of “The Quotable Henry Ford,” York Public Library. Free. www.york.lib.me.us. 7 p.m. Thursday.

Kate Braestrup, author of “Here If You Need Me” and “Marriage and Other Acts of Charity,” Rockland Public Library. Free. 594-0310. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Monica Wood, author of “When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine,” University of New England Westbrook College Campus (Abplanalp Library), Portland. 221-4375. Noon Thursday.

Layne V. Witherell, author of “Wine Maniacs: Life in the Biz,” Longfellow Books, Portland. Free. 772-4045. 7 p.m. Thursday.

Reza Jalali, author of the children’s book “Moon Watchers”; Jelali will also teach children how to write their names in Arabic; Samuel L. Cohen Children’s Library, Portland. portlandlibrary.com. 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Kieran Shields, author of “A Study in Revenge,” South Portland Public Library. Free. 767-7660. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Susan Lebel Young, author of “Food Fix: Ancient Nourishment for Modern Hungers,” Falmouth Memorial Library. Free. www.falmouth.lib.me.us. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Poet Marianne Branch, author of seven poetry collections including “The Book of Hours,” University of Southern Maine (Woodbury Campus Center), Portland. Free. 780-8393. 7 p.m. Wednesday.

• PRO SPORTS

Maine Red Claws, NBA Development League affiliate of the Boston Celtics, Portland Exposition Building. $6 to $30. www.nba.com/dleague/maine. Vs. Canton, 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Sunday; vs. Fort Wayne, 7 p.m. March 14.

Portland Pirates, AHL affiliate of the NHL Phoenix Coyotes, Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland. $16 to $20. portlandpirates.com. Vs. Manchester, 7 p.m. Friday; vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 7 p.m. Saturday; vs. Adirondack, 7 p.m. Wednesday.

• PARTICIPANT DANCE

Contra Dance, music by Anadama with caller Dugan Murphy, Wescustogo Grange Hall, North Yarmouth. $10; $7 for seniors and students; $3 for family dance; $12 per family. 233-4325. 6 p.m. family dance; 7 p.m. potluck (bring dish); 7:30 p.m. beginner’s session; 8 p.m. dance Saturday.