“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.
Book and Bake Sale, benefit for Friends of Lithgow Library, Lithgow Public Library, Augusta. www.lithgow.lib.me.us. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Benefit Auction, live and silent auction, music, games and festival food, Root Cellar, Portland. therootcellar.org. 6 to 9 p.m.
“Stepping Out for a Cure” Walk-A-Thon, benefit to support scleroderma patients and to fund medical research, with a raffle, face painting and snacks, Riverbank Park, Westbrook. Free admission; walkers raise pledges. scleroderma.org. 10 a.m. to noon.
“Palette A Taste of Local Art,” benefit for Fiddlehead’s community enrichment programs with live auction of hand-painted local artist Adirondack chairs and birdhouses, Fiddlehead Center for the Arts, Gray. $15; $25 VIP reception. 6 p.m. (VIP); 6:45 p.m. (regular admission)
Cucina Italiana Cash Bash and Auction, cash bar, lasagna dinner and live and silent auction; benefits the Corner Cupboard food pantry; Nasson Community Center, Springvale. $15 in advance; $17 day of show. 324-3191. 5:30 p.m.
“A Tribute to Edward A. Boucher,” live music and silent auction hosted by Bill Cloutier and Nick Knowlton; benefits medical costs for musician and recording engineer Boucher; Royal Oak Room at IronHorse Court, Lewiston. $50. eabtribute.event
brite.com. 4 to 10 p.m.
WestFest4, art and craft show, talent show, sidewalk chalk drawing contest and more presented by West End Neighborhood Association, Maine Irish Heritage Center, Portland. Free. wenamaine.org. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.
Monmouth May Faire, plant, bake and book sales, food, quilt raffle and more sponsored by Friends of Cumston Library, 796 Main St., Monmouth. Free. 441-7071. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Benton Alewife Festival, free batting cages and mini golf, horse carriage rides, alewife harvesting demonstration, birds of prey, live music and more, various locations, Benton. Free. bentonmaine.info. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.
Maine Comics Arts Festival, more than 100 comic book and comic strip creators from around the country, Portland Public Library and Ocean Gateway Terminal, Portland. Free artist talk on Saturday; $5 (free for ages 12 and under) for full convention on Sunday. mainecomicsfestival.com. 1 p.m. Saturday (library); 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday (Ocean Gateway).
• SPECIAL EVENTS
Fourth Annual Southern Maine Coastal Classic, four days of AKC all-breed dog shows and obedience and rally trials, Wassamki Springs Campground, Scarborough. yorkcountykennel club.org. 8 a.m. Thursday to Sunday.
Kirtan Chanting with Kirtonium, Portland Yoga Studio. $5 to $15/donation. 799-0054. 7 p.m.
Annual Plow Day, draft horse demonstrations, wagon rides, blacksmith and Carriage Museum exhibit, Skyline Farm, North Yarmouth. Free; $5 for pony rides. skylinefarm.org. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Chocolate Factory Open House, 30th anniversary celebration with refreshments, music and children’s activities, Wilbur’s of Maine Chocolate Factory, Freeport. Free. 865-4071. 2 to 5 p.m.
Maine Marble Show, Governor’s Restaurant, South Portland. $3; free for children under age 12. 657-4165. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Got Moloko?”, burlesque show inspired by “A Clockwork Orange,” The Oak and the Ax, Biddeford. $10 in advance; $15 day of show. theoakandtheax.com. 8:30 p.m.
Spring Bike Tour, 5.5-mile guided tour of North Berwick’s Historic Village Area, begins at North Berwick Primary School. Free; please pre-register. 676-7600. 9 a.m.
Maine Nordmenn Constitution Day Celebration, celebrate Viking history and Scandinavian culture, Maine Wildlife Park, Gray. $3.50. 622-3096. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Pine Tree State Country Music Association Award Show, with The Wildhorse Band, DeeDee Record Allen, Peter Allen, Dennis Moro, Gloria Jean and others, Silver Spur, Mechanic Falls. $6 in advance; $7 day of show. 490-1232. 1 p.m.
Tea and Tulips, celebrate spring and more than 11,000 tulips, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay. $22 for members; $25 for nonmembers. mainegardens.org. 4 p.m.
Crabgrass Puppet Theatre: “Haiku, Hip Hop and Hotdogs,” fusion of poetry and puppetry, Public Theatre, Lewiston. $10; $5 for ages 18 and under. thepublictheatre.org. 2 p.m.
Seanachie Nights: Spoken Word and Music, featuring Castlebay’s “A May Garland,” music and lore celebrating the ancient Celtic festival of Beltane, Bull Feeney’s, Portland. $9/donation. 253-0288. 7 to 9 p.m.
“They Might Be Giants” (1971), George C. Scott stars as a retired judge who believes he is Sherlock Holmes, Rockland Public Library. Free. 594-0310. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
“Leviathan” (2013), documentary on the contemporary commercial fishing industry, Space Gallery, Portland. $8. space538.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Sunday.
Bluestocking Film Series, international roster of award-winning short films made by women filmmakers, Maine College of Art (Osher Hall), Portland. $9; $6 for students. bluestockingfilms.com. 7 p.m. Saturday.
“OLAS: The Film,” musical documentary of Maine band followed by dance and live concert by OLAS, The Frontier, Brunswick. $15. explorefrontier.com. 8 p.m. Saturday.
Short Films by Walter Ungerer, screenings followed by Q&A with Ungerer, Lisa Dombek and Dianna Rust, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland. $6. stlawrencearts.org. 7 p.m. May 23.
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 Thursday.
“Fourfold,” celebration of new collections by poets Christopher Locke and David Sloan plus “Take Heart: Poems from Maine” anthology edited by Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair, Engine, Biddeford Arts, Biddeford. Free. feedtheengine.org. 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Robert A. Shaines, author of “Secrets, In a Time of Peace,” York Public Library. Free. www.york.lib.me.us. 7 p.m. Friday.
Alison Dibble, author of “A Skeptic’s Luck,” Betsy’s Sunflower Store, Brooklin. Free. 359-5030. 4 p.m. Friday.
Lowry’s Lodge Monthly Poetry Series, with poets Gary Lawless and Claire Hersom, Saccarappa Art Collective, Westbrook. $3. 591-7300. 7 p.m. Saturday.
Layne Witherell, author of “Wine Maniacs: Life in the Wine Biz,” Louis T. Graves Library, Kennebunkport. Free. 967-2778. 2 p.m. Sunday.
Poetry Evening, facilitated by Priscilla Cookson, York Public Library. Free; bring poems to share. www.york.lib.me.us. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Tom Atwell, “Maine Gardener” columnist for the Maine Sunday Telegram, Raymond Village Library. Free. 655-4283. 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Gail Rowe, author of “The Roots of a Family,” Prince Memorial Library, Cumberland Center. Free. 829-2215. 2 p.m. May 23.
• PARTICIPANT DANCE
Port City Swing Dance, music by Maine Swingin’ DJs, Woodfords Club, Portland. $10. portcityswing.com. Lessons at 8 p.m., dance at 9 p.m. Friday.
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.
Contradance, with Scrod Pudding and caller Bill Olson, Bowdoinham Town Hall. $9. 666-3090. Beginners’ workshop at 7:30 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.
• PRO SPORTS
Portland Sea Dogs, minor league baseball affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, Hadlock Field, Portland. $9, $10. 874-9300. Vs. Binghamton, 6 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; vs. New Hampshire, 6 p.m. Monday to Wednesday and 11 a.m. May 23.
• PLANT SALES
“Spring Sale in the Greenhouse,” geraniums, house plants, orchids, bedding plants, hanging plants and unusuals; benefits Morrison Center’s Seedling Program; Morrison Center, Scarborough. morrison-maine.org. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
Morris Farm Plant Sale, heirloom tomatoes, dahlias and other hardy Maine-grown perennials, Morris Farm, Wiscasset. 882-4080. 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Friends of the Berwick Library Plant Sale, Berwick Public Library. 698-5737. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Plant Sale Extravaganza, annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, trees, shrubs and houseplants, University of Maine Cooperative Extension York County, Springvale. 324-2814. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Plant Sale, perennials, annuals, vegetables and yard sale items, Falmouth Congregational Church. 781-3413. 8 a.m. to noon.
20th Annual Cumberland County Master Gardener Plant Sale, herbs, vegetable seedlings, perennials, houseplants and annuals, Barron Center, Portland. 781-6099. 8 a.m. to noon.
Longfellow Garden Club Spring Plant and Pie Sale, perennials, baked goods, used garden items and geraniums, North Deering Congregational Church, Portland. 797-8880. 8 a.m. to noon.
Yarmouth Village Improvement Society Plant Sale, Village Green Park, Yarmouth. yarmouthvis.org. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Plant Sale, perennials, annuals and vegetable plants, Peoples United Methodist Church, South Portland. 799-1413. 9 a.m. to noon.
Tate House Museum Herb and Plant Sale, perennials and herbs from the historic Tate House garden plus popular annuals, Tate House Museum, Portland. tatehouse.org. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
South Portland Land Trust Annual Plant and Bake Sale, annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, wildflowers and groundcovers, American Legion Post, South Portland. communitygardencollective.org. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Plant Sale, annuals and perennials and bake sale; benefits the Women’s Mission Circle and building fund, West Bowdoin Baptist Church, Bowdoin. 353-9447. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Plant and Book Sale, with yard sale items, benefits Riverton PTO, Riverton Elementary School, Portland. 874-8210. 8 a.m. to noon.
Bowdoinham Plant Sale, perennials, herbs, vegetable and annual seedlings, trees and shrubs, Bowdoinham Town Hall. 666-8405. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saco Bay Gardening Club Plant Sale, hardy perennials, shrubs and vegetable seedlings, Dyer Library, Saco. sacobaygardenclub.com. 9 a.m. to noon.
Belfast Garden Club Annual Green Thumb Plant Sale, benefits club’s community activities and scholarship fund, Belfast Boathouse. 323-6360. 11 a.m.
Old York Garden Club Annual Plant Sale, rain or shine, Grant House, York. oldyorkgardenclub.org. 9 a.m. to noon.
School Around Us Plant Sale, 281 Log Cabin Road, Arundel. 967-3143. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Coastal Humane Society 11th Annual Plant Sale, annuals, vegetables, shrubs, perennials and animals available for adoption, Coastal Humane Society, Brunswick. coastalhumanesociety.org. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Southern Maine Daylily and Hosta Society Plant Sale, plants from members’ gardens, Southern Maine Community College, South Portland. smdhs.info. 8 a.m. to noon.