• BENEFITS

FRIDAY

“Celebrate Children,” Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine annual auction with live and silent auctions, hors d’ouevres, cash bar and emcee Lori Voornas, Ocean Gateway Terminal, Portland. $40 in advance; $45 day of auction. kitetails.org. 6 to 10 p.m.

SATURDAY

SLAP: Superhero Lady Arm Wrestlers of Portland, female armwrestling tournament with emcee Rachel Flehinger and music by Zombie Beach; benefits A Company of Girls; Mayo Street Arts, Portland. $7. mayostreetarts.org. 7 p.m.

“It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Horse Prom,” fundraiser for Mad Horse Theatre with dancing and a prom theme, Maine State Ballet Theater, Falmouth. $25; $45 per couple. madhorse.com. 7 to 11 p.m.

Walkathon Across America, national event to raise awareness of environmental concerns with

4-mile walk around Back Cove; benefits the Jennifer Parker Foundation, starts at Green Building Supply Store, Portland. $25; free for ages 14 and under. 495-2031. 1 p.m.

14th Annual American Heart Association Northeastern Maine Heart Ball, cocktail hour, dinner, live and silent auctions and music by NEVAH, University of Maine, Orono. $125. heart.org/maine. 6 p.m. to midnight.

“The Moose in Me, the Moose in You,” one-woman comedy show with Ida LeClair (Sarah Poulin), benefits the South Berwick Library, Spring Hill Restaurant, South Berwick. $20 in advance; $25 day of show. friendsofsouthberwicklibrary.org. 7:30 p.m.

11th Annual Duck Race, benefits the Unity Area Rotary Club, Sandy Stream, Unity. $5 for two ducks; $10 for five ducks. unityrotaryclub.com. 4:30 p.m.

Third Annual 5K Run/Walk for Autism to Benefit Preschoolers, hosted by Woodfords Family Services, United Masonic Lodge, Brunswick. $20; $10 for ages 8 to 17; free for ages 7 and under. woodfords.org. 9 a.m.

Community Fun Run, 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun run to benefit capital improvements and a scholarship fund, Kennebec Montessori School, Fairfield. $15 in advance; $20 day of run ($5 in advance; $10 day of run for children under 12). kennebecmontessori.org. 9 a.m.

“Mad Hatter Affair,” Maine Historical Society fundraiser with Kentucky Derby on TV, live music by the Tony Boffa Band, auction, cocktails and dinner, The Woodlands Club, Falmouth. $100. mainehistory.org. 5 to 11 p.m.

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

SUNDAY

Fourth Annual Shake-N-Bake Benefit, music by the Wicked Blues Band and Married with Chitlins; benefits Aubrey Padilla and Wayne Crooker, who are facing life-threatening illnesses; Railroad Restaurant and Tavern, Lisbon. $15. 666-3601. 1 p.m.

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

Cinco de Mayo Cruise, salsa dancing, food and music by guitarist Chad Cummings; benefit NAFSC programs; Bay Mist, Casco Bay Lines, Portland. $30. 647-4534. 3 to 5 p.m.

• FAIRS/FESTIVALS

Mayfair, May pole dancing, family activities, live music, food and citywide yard sales, various locations, Bath. Most events are free. Schedule at visitbath.com. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Kennebunk May Festival, pancake breakfast, faerie crowns and gardens, make your own May basket, May pole dancing, parade and more, various locations, downtown Kennebunk. Most events are free. Schedule at kennebunkmaine.us. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

• SPECIAL EVENTS

THURSDAY

Institute for Civic Leadership 20th Anniversary Celebration, join 300 leaders from all sectors to share inspirational stories of community impact with hors d’oeuvres, storytelling, live entertainment, a short film and a cash bar, Ocean Gateway Terminal, Portland. $75. goo.gl/Yb0uC. 5:30 to 8 p.m.

FRIDAY

Kirtan, Brenda McMorrow and John de Kadt, ecstatic song and poetry, The New Church, Portland. $20 in advance; $25 at door. 233-6846. 7:30 p.m.

Roderick Russell, sword-swallowing mentalist, Freeport Theater of Awesome. $18 in advance; $20 at door ($12 in advance; $14 at door for ages 12 and under). awesometheater.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

SATURDAY

Cuatro de Mayo Music Night, performance slots will be open for individual acoustic acts plus a jam session for anyone who wants to play; storytellers and poets also welcome; Fuego Diablo Studios, Pownal. Free. 408-3185. 5 to 8 p.m.

“May the Fourth Be With You,” Maine Academy of Modern Music “Star Wars” bash with music by Emergency Sirens, Yard Sail, Illegal Eagle, Metal Sideburns, Battle Taxi and Rupture the Fish; Breakwater School, Portland. $5; $3 if in costume. maineacademyofmodernmusic.org. 5 p.m.

Juggler and comedian Brent McCoy, Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, Fryeburg. $8; $4 for students. fryeburgacademy.org/pac. 7 p.m.

Spring Carnival and Open House, games, face painting, crafts, food and more, French School of Maine, Freeport. Free. 865-3308. 11 a.m.

New Gloucester History Barn Open House, permanent and temporary exhibits about local history, New Gloucester Historical Society (History Barn). Free. 926-3188. 9 a.m. to noon.

SUNDAY

“Fiesta! Cinco De Mayo at El Rayo,” outdoor bar and barbecue, mechanical bull riding, face painting and music by The Pete Kilpatrick Band, Anna & The Diggs, Builder of the House, Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies, Jaw Gems, Maine Marimba Ensemble and Primo Cubano; El Rayo Taqueria, Portland. Free admission. elrayotaqueria.com. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Shape Note Singing, four-part singing tradition also known as Sacred Harp, everyone welcome to participate, The New Church, Portland. Free. maineshapenotesinging.org. 1 to 4 p.m.

• FILMS

Third Annual Sprout Film Festival, short films about autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities presented by Spurwink, Franco-American Heritage Center, Lewiston. Free/donation; $25 for reception. francocenter.org. Reception, 5:30 p.m.; films, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

“The Blind Banker” (2010), stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes, Rockland Public Library. Free. 594-0310. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

“The Woodmans” (2010), documentary/biopic of photographer Francesca Woodman presented by Strand Theatre and Farnsworth Art Museum, Strand Theatre, Rockland. $8.50. rocklandstrand.com. 8 p.m. Friday.

Maine Outdoor Film Festival, benefit for Teens to Trails featuring Maine-made films “Turning Tail,” “For Those Who Love Paddlers,” “Moments from Hogback” and more, Cony High School Auditorium, Augusta. $10. teenstotrails.org. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Movies with S.T.E.V.E.N.: “Satan’s School for Girls,” make fun of bad 1973 horror movie, 21-plus; Geno’s Rock Club, Portland. Free. 221-2382. 10 p.m. Monday.

“Yankee Doodle Dandy” (1942), classic George M. Cohan biopic starring James Cagney, Dunaway Center, Ogunquit. Free. ogunquit performingarts.org/arts. 7 p.m. Wednesday.

“Girl Rising” (2013), Opera House Arts presentation of documentary about nine girls and the power of education to change the world, Stonington Opera House. $7. operahousearts.org. 7 p.m. May 9.

“Girl Rising” (2013), documentary about nine girls and the power of education to change the world, portion of ticket sales will help fund programs for the girls; Strand Theatre, Rockland. $10. rocklandstrand.com. 7:30 p.m. May 9.

• BOOKS/AUTHORS

George Daughan, author of “1812: The Navy’s War,” Prince Memorial Library, Cumberland Center. Free. 829-2215. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Susan Dahlgren Daigneault, author of “In the Shadow of a Mountain: A Soldier’s Struggle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,” Falmouth Memorial Library. Free. falmouthmemoriallibrary.org. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Sixth Annual Merriconeag Poetry Festival, with Megan Grumbling and finalists from several area high schools, Merriconeag Waldorf School, Freeport. Free. merriconeag.org. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Maine Poetry Express, conducted by Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair and including readers Ellen Taylor, Dave Morrison, Steve Pixley, Dan Bookham, Ted Kanellakis and Clio Berta, Camden Public Library. Free. 236-3440. 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Debra Spark, author of “The Pretty Girl,” Prince Memorial Library, Cumberland Center. Free. 829-2215. 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Carol Lilleqvist Welsh, author of “360 Square,” a memoir about adoption, Raymond Village Library. Free. 655-4283. 6 p.m. Wednesday.

• 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. Thursday (and a Friday game if necessary). Portland Sea Dogs, minor league baseball affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, Hadlock Field, Portland. $9, $10. 874-9300. Vs. New Britain, 6 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; vs. Reading, 6 p.m. Monday to Wednesday.

• PARTICIPANT DANCE

Annual Spring Dance Concert, Bowdoin College (Pickard Theater), Brunswick. Free. 725-3375. 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday.

Port City Swing Dance, music by the Tom Whitehead Swing Quartet, Woodfords Club, Portland. $10. portcityswing.com. Lessons at 8 p.m.; dance at 9 p.m. Friday.

Contra Dance, music by the Big Moose Band and calling by 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.

Greater Portland Community Contra Dance Series, music by Sassafras Stomp and calling by Mary Wesley, Falmouth Congregational Church. $10; $7 for ages 13 to 17; $5 for ages 5 to 12; free for children under 5. 358-9354. Lessons at 7:15 p.m.; dance at 8 p.m. Saturday.

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. Donations at door. 839-8637. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday.