Music and Auction, hors d’oeuvres, auction and live jazz by Frank Vigneau and Friends; benefits Midcoast Early Childhood Development; Maine Maritime Museum, Bath. $25. 386-1662,
Ext. 136. 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Big Brothers Big Sisters 17th Annual Bids for Kids Auction, live and silent auction, dinner buffet and live jazz by The Tony Boffa Trio, Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland. $75 ($750 for table of 10). somebigs.org. 5 p.m.
Fifth Annual Theater Project Benefit Auction, silent and live auction, hors d’oeuvres by El Camino and a cash bar, The Theater Project, Brunswick. $10. theaterproject.com. Silent auction at 6 p.m.; live auction at 8 p.m.
Sweetser’s 21st Annual Sold on Kids Auction and Dinner, theme is “Honoring 185 Years of Hope,” Marriott at Sable Oaks, South Portland. $60. sweetser.org. 5:30 to 10 p.m.
Fourth Annual Maine Walks with Haiti, walk and 4-mile run to benefit Konbit-Sante Cap-Haitien Health Partnership, Back Cove, Portland. $15; $10 for youths; free for ages 12 and under. mainewalkswithhaiti.org. 9:30 a.m.
“Walk for Wishes,” Maine Make-A-Wish Foundation fundraiser, Payson Park, Portland. maine.wish.org. Registration and entertainment at 5 p.m.; walk at 6 p.m.
2013 Kids First Gala, music and dancing to the Deep River Band, signature cocktails, silent and live auctions and emcee Lee Goldberg; The Woodlands Club, Falmouth. $75. kidsfirstcenter.org. 6 p.m.
May Celebration & Medieval Faire, family day of festive activities including maypole dancing, games, food and drink; medieval garb encouraged; Merriconeag Waldorf School, Freeport. Free. merriconeag.org. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Mother of a Craft Fair and Festival, local crafters and artistans plus music by Tricky Britches and Kirkmount, Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield. $7. stonemountainartscenter.com. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
• SPECIAL EVENTS
“A Chickadee Sings,” parent/child interactive musical experience for infants to age 5, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay. Free with gardens admission. mainegardens.org. 10 a.m.
Hot Club of San Francisco: “Cinema Vivant,” evening of vintage silent films accompanied by live gypsy swing, Bates College (Olin Arts Center), Lewiston. $20; $10 for students. laarts.org. 7:30 p.m.
All Species Parade, fourth annual parade presented by Spindleworks and Arts Are Elementary; participants should meet at 4 p.m. at Brunswick Mall; downtown Brunswick. Free. spindleworks.org. 4:30 p.m.
Roderick Russell: “Almost Psychic,” sword-swallowing mentalist, Freeport Theater of Awesome. $18 in advance; $20 at door ($12 in advance and $14 at door for ages 12 and under). awesometheater.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Portland Kitchen Tour, tour intriguing kitchens on the Portland peninsula; portion of ticket sales benefit the St. Lawrence; St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland. $25 in advance; $30 day of tour. portlandkitchentour.com. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Circus Ole! and Feast of Fools, trapeze artists, stilt walkers, jugglers, giant puppets, hoop dancers, music and more, Four Seasons Conference Center, South Paris. $10; $6 for ages 12 and under. 890-0545. 7 p.m.
Mother’s Day: National Train Day, free train rides to all mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers, Boothbay Railway Village. $5 for non-mothers. railwayvillage.org. Rides at 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and noon.
“Mother Lovers: A Musical & Comedic Tribute to Moms and Love,” cabaret collaboration by David Swander Jacobs and Charles Brown Jr. with special guests, The Hutchins School, South Portland, $10. 329-5005. 7:30 p.m.
“Gorham’s Got Talent,” talent show featuring performers from throughout Cumberland County with special performances by the Gorham School of Music, Gorham Middle School. $5. 749-2837. 7 p.m.
Antiques Appraisal Day, benefits the museum; regular museum admission fee waived until 2 p.m.; Saco Museum. Appraisal fees are $15 for one object, $25 for two, $30 for three, $40 for four and $50 for five (no stamps, coins or bottles). sacomuseum.org. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“Mother’s Day with ‘The Rat Pack,’ ” dinner and show featuring local entertainers, Anthony’s Dinner Theater, Portland. $39.95; includes meal. anthonysdinnertheater.com. 7 p.m.
World Fair Trade Day, live music, raffles, free henna, chocolate samples, recycling crafts and more, Karma Fair Trade, Portland. 831-4531. 10 a.m. to 6 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.
Mother’s Day at the Gardens, free admission for moms, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay. mainegardens.org. All day Sunday.
Fourth Annual Southern Maine Coastal Classic, four days of AKC all-breed dog shows and obedience and rally trials, Wassamki Springs Campground, Scarborough. yorkcountykennelclub.org. May 16-19.
“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. Thursday.
“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. Thursday.
“Carefree” (1938), musical starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Skidompha Library, Damariscotta. $5/donation. 563-5513. 6:30 p.m. Monday.
“Education Under Fire,” 30-minute documentary followed by discussion, Callahan Hall, Lewiston Public Library. Free. 333-3027. 6 p.m. Tuesday.
“The Institute,” feature-length documentary examines a San Francisco-based alternate reality game, followed by live video Q&A with filmmaker Spencer McCall, Space Gallery, Portland. $8. space538.org. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Layne Witherell, author of “Wine Maniacs: Life in the Wine Biz,” Portland Public Library. Free. portlandlibrary.com. Noon Friday.
Barbara Damrosch, author of “The Four Season Farm Gardener’s Cookook,” Falmouth Memorial Library. Free. falmouthmemoriallibrary.org. Noon Friday.
Michael Chase, author of “The Radical Practice of Loving Everyone,” Nonesuch Books, Biddeford. Free. nonesuchbooks.com. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Joe Hill, author of “Heart-Shaped Box” and “Horns,” Books-A-Million, South Portland. Free. 253-5587. 2 p.m. Saturday.
Steve Hobson, author of “A Blind Man in the Land of Zen,” Prince Memorial Library, Cumberland Center. Free. 829-2215. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Master Poet Lola Haskins, author of “Fifteen Florida Cemeteries: Strange Tales Unearthed,” Bull Feeney’s, Portland. $3. portveritas.com. 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Cathie Pelletier, author of “One-Way Bridge,” Nonesuch Books, South Portland. Free. nonesuchbooks.com. 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Eva Murray, author of “Island Schoolhouse: One Room for All,” Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library. Free; bring bag lunch. portlandlibrary.com. Noon Wednesday.
Maine Women Writers Collection, brown-bag lunch and book discussion with Barbara Walsh, author of “August Gale,” University of New England, Westbrook College Campus (Abplanalp Library), Portland. Free. une.edu/mwwc. Noon May 16.
• PARTICIPANT DANCE
Folk Dance Brunswick, world music and dance from the Balkans, Israel and northern Europe; many dances taught, no partner needed; People Plus, Brunswick. $8; $5 for seniors and students. folkdancebrunswick.wordpress.com. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday.
Contra Dance, music by T-Acadie with caller Bill Olson, Wescustogo Grange Hall, North Yarmouth. $10; $7 for seniors and students; $3 per person or $12 per family for family dance. 233-4325. 6 p.m. family dance; 7 p.m. potluck; 7:30 p.m. beginner’s session; 8 p.m. dance 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.
• PLANT SALES
Perennial Swap, bring a plant and take a plant, Prince Memorial Library, Cumberland Center. 829-2215. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.
St. Mary’s Garden Club of Falmouth Plant Sale, perennials, grasses, herbs, heirloom peach trees and more, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Falmouth. 358-9312. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Buxton Garden Club Plant Sale, 779 Narragansett Trail, Buxton. 929-8283. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Bath Garden Club Annual Plant Sale, plants, garden items, tools, baked goods and more, Bath City Park. mainegardenclubs.org/bath.html. 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Merryspring Nature Center Annual Plant Sale, roses, native plants, flowering vines and annuals, more than 20 varieties of tomatoes, Merryspring Nature Center, Camden. 236-2239. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Foreside Garden Club, annual plant and bake sale, Falmouth Public Library. $3. 829-3578. 9 a.m. Saturday.
Maine Iris Society Spring Perennial Plant Auction, United Methodist Church, Auburn. irisgarden.org/mismain.html. 7 p.m. Tuesday.
“Spring Sale in the Greenhouse,” geraniums, house plants, orchids, bedding plants, hanging plants and unusuals; benefits Morrison Center’s Seedling Program, which provides adults with disabilities the opportunity to grow plants and sell them to the community all year long; Morrison Center, Scarborough. morrison-maine.org. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 16-17.