Goodwill’s Little Black Dress Event, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, music by The Wetsuits, and live and silent auctions; benefits veterans and their families; Ocean Gateway Terminal, Portland. $35; two tickets for $60. goodwillnne.org. 6 to 9 p.m.
King Middle School Faculty Talent Show and Auction, fundraiser for seventh-grade trip to Camp Kieve, King Middle School, Portland. $6; $3 for students. king.portlandschools.org. 5:15 to 8 p.m.
Chocolate Buffet, chocolate confections by Wilbur’s of Maine, silent auction and music by Morse musicians; benefits Morse High School Project Graduation; Bath Middle School. $20. 798-0269. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
“Flaws for a Cause,” sale of handmade tableware including unique, slightly flawed pieces to benefit Cultivating Community, Maine Potters Market, Portland. Free admission. mainepottersmarket.com. Thursday to Tuesday.
16th Annual Happy Trails Big Bash & Silent Auction, music by Primo Cubano, games and hors d’oeuvres with Cuban and Spanish flavor; benefits Portland Trails; Portland Club. $35. trails.org. 5:30 to 10 p.m.
Blue Point Chowder Challenge, sixth annual event; portions benefit Project G.R.A.C.E.; Blue Point Congregational Church, Scarborough. $8; $4 for children under 12. 883-6540. 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Fifth Annual “Bowling for Veterans,” benefits programs that provide financial aid, food, clothing and other essentials for veterans, homeless veterans and veterans’ families, Bowl-a-Rama, Sanford. $10. 892-5333. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WERU Spring Fling Music and Gear Sale, used vinyl, CDs, instruments and music gear for sale, plus music from WERU DJs; benefits community radio station; Belfast Boathouse. weru.org. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dance for Autism, Pulse Dance Company performance benefit for the Autism Society of Maine, Studio for the Living Arts, Gray. $10 in advance; $12 day of show ($8 in advance and $10 day of show for seniors and students). studioforthelivingarts.com. 7 p.m.
North Yarmouth Academy’s 29th Annual “NYA Soiree,” benefit for North Yarmouth Academy with auction, art sale, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and music by North of Nashville, Priscilla Savage Middle School, North Yarmouth. $30 in advance; $35 day of event. nya.org. 6 to 10 p.m.
Annual “Secret Spaces” Fundraiser, self-guided tours into historic and secret locations in downtown Biddeford; benefits Heart of Biddeford to support downtown community events and revitalization efforts; downtown Biddeford. $15; $10 for seniors and students. heartofbiddeford.org. 2 to 6 p.m.
Level Day School’s Bagel Boogie 5K and Kids Fun Run, runners, walkers and families welcome; bagel reception follows race; Back Cove, Portland. $15 in advance; $20 day of event. 774-7676. 5K at 9 a.m.; kids fun run at 10 a.m.
Memorial Middle School 5K and Kids Fun Run, benefits students, South Portland High School. $15 in advance; $20 day of event; $10 for students. running4free.com. Fun run at 9 a.m.; 5K at 10 a.m.
“Spring for 317!”, multi-genre faculty concert to benefit the scholarship fund of 317 Main Community Music Center with Kate Beever, Erica Brown, Ron Cody, Amanda Gale, Diana Hansen, Robin Jellis and more, One Longfellow Square, Portland. $25. 317main.org. 4 p.m.
“So You Think You Know Rockland,” Main Street Quiz with six teams; benefits Rockland Main Street Inc.; Strand Theatre, Rockland. $10; $5 for children under 18. rocklandstrand.com. 6 p.m.
• SPECIAL EVENTS
Take Back the Night March and Rally, annual event to raise awareness of sexual assault co-hosted by Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine, Monument Square, Portland. Free. sarsonline.org. 6 p.m.
Hypnotist Roderick Russell, family-friendly stage hypnosis show, Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, Fryeburg. $10. fryeburgacademy.org/pac. 7 p.m.
Fishermen’s Festival, 40th annual festival with Miss Shrimp contest, trap hauling, codfish relay, old-fashioned fish fry, lobster crate races and more; various locations, Boothbay Harbor. Most events are free. boothbayharborevents.com/index.html. Friday to Sunday.
Rosa Noreen’s Fifth Annual Springtime Spectacular Variety Show, belly dance, blues, hip hop, aerial arts and more, One Longfellow Square, Portland. $15 in advance; $18 at door; $20 for reserved front row. onelongfellowsquare.com. 8 p.m.
Rhythmic Cypher Slam Team Fundraiser, Dominique Ashaheed, Marty McConnell and Speaker for the Dead raise funds for 2013 Rhythmic Cypher Slam Team, Mayo Street Arts, Portland. $10 in advance; $15 day of event. mayostreetarts.org. 7 p.m.
Spring Fling, chicken dinner followed by show with pianist Phil House, Clark Memorial United Methodist Church, Portland. $7; $6 for seniors; free for ages 12 and under. 799-2428. 5:30 p.m.
Into the Mud Challenge, 2.5-mile race with obstacles and mud pits, Gorham Middle School. $35; $10 for youth racers. intothemudchallenge.com. 9:30 a.m.
Mostly Puppets Festival Performance, featuring Paper Bull Puppets’ “Wishes,” Mayo Street Arts, Portland. $8; $4 for children. mayostreetarts.org. 2 p.m.
PSO Youth Concert: “Meet the Orchestra,” introduces youths to instruments in the Portland Symphony Orchestra and demonstrates the individual sounds of woodwinds, brass, strings and percussion as well as the sounds of the orchestra together; Merrill Auditorium, Portland. $5. portlandsymphony.org. 9:20 and 11:20 a.m. (11:20 a.m. sold out).
Tea Tasting, sample five different teas, Jacqueline’s Tea Room, Freeport. jacquelinestearoom.com. 6 p.m.
Institute for Civic Leadership 20th Anniversary Celebration, 300 leaders from all sectors share inspirational stories of community impact with hors d’oeuvres, networking, storytelling, live entertainment, short film, and cash bar, Ocean Gateway Terminal, Portland. $75. goo.gl/Yb0uC. 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Pixel Hunter Video and Animation Festival Screening, the best video and animation projects from UMF students over the past year, Emery Community Arts Center, Farmington. Free. 778-7515. 7 p.m. Monday.
“A Place at the Table,” documentary about hunger in America followed by panel discussion led by local anti-hunger leaders and neighbors dealing with food insecurity, Nickelodeon Cinemas, Portland. $5. 772-4022. 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Third Annual Sprout Film Festival, short films about autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities presented by Spurwink, One Longfellow Square, Portland. Free/donation. onelongfellowsquare.com. Program 1, 11 a.m.; Program 2, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
“Upstream Color,” romantic thriller, Space Gallery, Portland. $8. space538.org. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
“A Swarm of Poets,” readings by Maine poets and the winners of this year’s poetry contest, Rockland Public Library. Free. 594-0310. 6:30 p.m.
Brown Bag Lecture Series, with Augusten Burrows, author of “This is How: Surviving What You Think You Can’t,” Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library. Free; bring bag snack. portlandlibrary.com. 7 p.m.
Poet Seth Steinzor, author of “To Join the Lost,” Callahan Hall, Lewiston Public Library. Free. 513-3135. 7 p.m.
Poetry Slam, poets from across the nation will compete for prizes, Unity College (Student Center). 948-9292. 7 p.m.
Poetry Reading, celebration of National Poetry Month and publication of poetry anthology “Sun Shining on Snow,” Harlow Gallery, Hallowell. $3. harlowgallery.org. 7 p.m.
Port Veritas: “Poetry on Tap,” with Marty McConnell, Tatyana S. Brown and Sean Patrick Mulroy, Rising Tide Brewery, Portland. $15 in advance; $17 day of event; $10 for students. portveritas.com. 7 p.m.
Howie Carr, author of “Rifleman,” Nonesuch Books, South Portland. Free. nonesuchbooks.com. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Alison Johnson, author of “Wallace Stevens: A Dual Life as Poet and Insurance Executive,” Rockland Public Library. Free. 594-0310. 2 p.m.
Imogen Binnie, activist, musician and author of “Nevada,” Space Gallery, Portland. Free. space538.org. 6 p.m.
Amy Waldman, author of “The Submission,” Jewett Auditorium, Augusta. www.lithgow.lib.me.us. 7 p.m.
Margaret Hathaway, author of “Portland, Maine Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes from Casco Bay,” Falmouth Memorial Library. Free. www.falmouth.lib.me.us. 6:30 p.m.
Duane Robert Pierson, author of “Annie and the Prince of Wales: Portland, Maine 1860,” Camden Public Library. Free. 236-3440. 7 p.m.
Brown Bag Lecture Series, with William Barry, author of “Maine: The Wilder Half of New England,” Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library. Free; bring bag lunch. portlandlibrary.com. Noon.
• PRO SPORTS
Portland Pirates, AHL affiliate of the NHL Phoenix Coyotes, Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland. $16 to $20. portlandpirates.com. Vs. Syracuse in Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, 7 p.m. May 2.
• PARTICIPANT DANCE
Ecstatic Dance Maine, expressive dance with DJ, Reiche Community School Gymnasium, Portland. $10 to $20; sliding scale. 408-2684. 10 a.m. to noon Sunday.
Scottish Country Dancing, new dancers welcome, no experience necessary, Community House, Kennebunkport. Donation at door. 839-8637. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
Annual Spring Dance Concert, Bowdoin College (Pickard Theater), Brunswick. Free. 725-3375. 8 p.m. May 2.