• BENEFITS

Old Berwick Historical Society’s “Lighting Up Fall” fundraiser, Spring Hill Restaurant, South Berwick, $40. 384-4039. Live jazz from Brian Richardson and Bob Woodbury, soup and a silent auction, 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

“Let’s Dance with the Stars,” benefit for the Maine Children’s Cancer Program, Sanford Memorial Gym, $15, $10 bleacher seats. 490-7027. Local dancers paired up with local business people to compete in dance performances, 7 p.m. Saturday.

Thanks for Giving Gala, benefit for the Dean Snell Cancer Foundation, The Tavern at the Inn at Brunswick Station, Brunswick, $40. 837-9919. Silent auction, live jazz trio, cash bar, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Bayside Trail 5, benefit for Portland Trails, Casco Bay Lines, Portland, $20 advance, $25 day of, $10 seniors and under 12. runreg.com/Net/3672. Dog-friendly race, 8 a.m. Sunday.

BOOKS AND AUTHORS

Charles Simic, reading by former United States poet laureate, University Special Events Room, 7th Floor Glickman Library, USM Portland Campus, Portland, free. 228-8393. 5 p.m. Friday.

Gunnar Hansen, actor who starred as Leatherface and author of “Chain Saw Confidential,” Gulf of Maine Books, Brunswick. 729-5083. 3 p.m. Saturday.

Tim and Debbie Bishop, Books-A-Million, South Portland. 253-5587. Author of “Midlife Newlyweds Bicycle Coast to Coast,” noon Sunday.

Dana Pearson, Elements: Books Coffee Beer, Biddeford. Author of “Two Birds,” 1 p.m. Sunday.

Author Brown Bag Lecture Series, Julia Spencer Fleming, author of “Through the Evil Days,” Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium. portlandlibrary.com. Noon Wednesday.

Julia Spencer Fleming, Nonesuch Books, South Portland. nonesuchbooks.com. 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Susan Dahlgren Daigneault, York Public Library. www.york.lib.me.us. Author of “In the Shadow of a Mountain: A Soldier’s Struggle with PTSD,” 7 p.m. Nov. 7.

Christoph Irmscher, Maine Historical Society, Portland. mainehistory.org. Author of “Louis Agassiz: Creator of American Science,” 7 p.m. Nov. 7.

DANCE

Port City Swing Dance, Woodfords Club, Portland, $10. portcityswing.com. Music by

The Delta Knights. Lessons at 8 p.m., dance at 9 p.m. Friday.

Folk Dance Brunswick, world music and dance from the Balkans, Israel, northern Europe and around the globe, many dances taught, no partner needed. People Plus, Brunswick, $8, $5 students and seniors. 200-7577. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday.

Greater Portland Community Contra Dance Series, Falmouth Congregational Church, $10; under 21, $7; children 5 to 12, $5; children under 5, free, 358-9354. Live music by Midnight Toast with caller Sue Rosen. Lessons 7:15 p.m., dance 8 p.m. Saturday.

FAIRS/FESTIVALS

Annual Harvest Fair, St. David’s Episcopal Church, Kennebunk. 985-3073. Jewelry, ladies accessories, handmade art and craft items, knitted goods and much more, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas Fair, Longfellow Place, Westbrook. 856-6110. Baked and handcrafted goods, white elephant tables, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas Fair, Elijah Kellogg Church, Harpswell. 833-6240. Bake sale, crafts, country store, items for sale and bid, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Bells of St. Mary’s Christmas Craft Fair & Cafe, St. Mary’s Church, Bath. 443-5389. Silent auction, cookie walk, Grandma’s Attic, local crafts, Santa visit, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

League of Maine Craft Show, Wells Junior High School. 646-5172. Unique handmade gifts from 65 Maine and New England crafters, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Festival of Crafts, Brunswick High School. 737-8459. Maine-made crafts, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Craft Fair, Portland Elks Lodge #188, Portland. 773-6939. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Maine Crafts Guild presents 17th annual Crafts at the Museum Show, Maine State Museum, Augusta. mainecraftsguild.com. Wood-fired work, jewelry, fiber clothing, much more, 10 a.,m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Maine Brewers Festival, Portland Exposition Building, Portland, $41, 21-plus. mainebrewersfestival2013.eventbrite.com. Sample several craft beers; live music and food, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Craft Fair, Dedham Congregational Church. 944-0074. Local crafts, raffles, home-baked food and more, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas Craft Fair, Italian Heritage Center, Portland. 772-2500. Italian pastries, over 50 vendors, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

FILMS

The Banned Book Film Series, Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium. portlandlibrary.com. “Cujo” (rated R), 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

“A Place at the Table,” discussion about hunger in Maine follows the screening, Kennebunk Town Hall. 985-3700. Documentary tells the stories of three people who suffer from hunger, 7 p.m. Friday.

Global Lens Film Series, Bates College, Olin Arts Center, Lewiston. bates.edu. “Shymal Uncle Turns Off the Lights,” India, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Monday.

“Peaches Does Herself,” followed by live video Q&A with Peaches, Space, Portland, $8. space538.org. Film about the “Peaches Does Herself” musical, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Teton Gravity presents “Way of Life,” Royal Hammer performs after the film, State Theatre, Portland, $12 advance, $15 door. statetheatre portland.com. Ski film takes you on a journey to the mountains and inside the minds of today’s top athletes, 8 p.m. Nov. 7.

Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness Film Series, Rockland Public Library, free. 594-0310. “Seneca on Anger,” 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7.

FOOD AND DRINK

Tea Tasting, Jacqueline’s Tea Room, Freeport. jacquelinestearoom.com. Sample five different teas with a focus on Thanksgiving, 6 p.m. Friday.

FOR CHILDREN

Halloween Parade, Prince Memorial Library, Cumberland Center. 829-2215. Story time and costume parade through the library, 10 a.m. Thursday.

Vandini’s Magic Show, Schoolhouse Arts Center, Standish, $10, $5 kids. schoolhousearts.org. Family-friendly extravaganza with magic, comedy and music. 1 p.m. Saturday.

Tracey Campbell Pearson, children’s author-illustrator, fun activities, reading and chatting with the author of “Elephant’s Story,” Maine Coast Book Shop and Cafe, Damariscotta. 563-3207. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Spirits Alive “Walk Among the Shadows,” Eastern Cemetery, Portland, $10, $5 for under 12. spiritsalive.org. Living history performance with focus on the Civil War, 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

“POE: Tales of Mystery & Suspense,” dinner show with local actor Kirk Simpson, costumes encouraged for Halloween performance with prizes awarded, Clay Hill Farm Restaurant, Cape Neddick, $15, with a la carte menu. clayhillfarm.com. 6 p.m. Thursday and Wednesday.

An Evening of Chilling Tales from Michael Howard, for adults and older teens, Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth. thomasmemoriallibrary.org. Author will read ghost stories from M.R. James, Shirley Jackson, Edgar Allan Poe and others, 7 p.m. Thursday.

Boo! Haunted House, benefit for the Animal Welfare Society, Federal Jack’s Brewpub, Kennebunk. 967-4322. Scary and fun walk for all ages, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

Plague presents annual Goth Ball “Day of the Dead,” Asylum, Portland, $6 advance, $8 door, 21-plus. portlandasylum.com. DJs Znuh, DeHuman8 and 8bit and live performance by Zyguneh, 9 p.m. Friday.

King Friday’s Dungeon Puppet Slam: Saints and Souls, Mayo Street Arts, Portland, $10. mayostreetarts.org. Variety of local and imported puppeteers, 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

National Theatre of Great Britain 50th Anniversary Celebration: “50 Years on Stage” live in HD, Strand Theatre, Rockland, $23, $15 students. rockland strand.com. Live performances and archival footage. With Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Maggie Smith and many others, 4:45 p.m. Saturday.

Divas & Demons Drag Show, funds raised benefit church, First Universalist Church, Auburn, $10. auburnuu .org. Hosted by Christoper DuFour with Shaneeda Diet, Jacinda, Roxie Deveau and Mystyk, 7 p.m. Saturday.

Health & Wellness Expo, educational seminars, benefit walk, free gift bag and door prizes, Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks, South Portland, $1 or nonperishable food item (to be donated to Good Shepherd Food-Bank). www.healthexpomaine.com. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Psychic Sunday, individual fees for readings, products and services, Fireside Inn & Suites Portland, Portland, $2. onthenewedge.com. Tarot readings, psychic readings, crystals, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

“The Thinking Heart: The Life and Loves of Etty Hillseum,” not recommended for ages under 16 without parental guidance, Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta, $15, $5 for youth 15 to 18. atthelincoln.org. The love story of a woman who moves through romantic love to a deeper, more inclusive one, 2 p.m. Sunday.

Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: Shostakovich’s “The Nose,” Strand Theatre, Rockland, $23, $5 students. rocklandstrand.com. Starring Paulo Szot. Valery Gergiev conducts, encore performance at 1 p.m. Tuesday.