• BENEFITS

Painting for a Purpose Mirrors Auction, 45 mirrors painted by local high school students and made by carpentry students will be auctioned, proceeds benefit grants for youth-led service learning projects designed by students in Portland schools, DiMillo’s Floating Restaurant, Portland, $10, $25 per family. paintingforapurpose.net. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

HART Litter Box Auction, appetizers, desserts, door prizes; proceeds benefit HART, a local nonprofit that prepares cats and kittens for adoption, Ocean Gateway Terminal, Portland. $30 advance, $40 door. hartofme.com. 6 p.m. Saturday.

Bea Gardner Benefit, games, raffles, food, dancing to a DJ and live band Soul Front; proceeds will help send local resident Bea Gardner to Boston’s Dana Farber Institute for a stem cell transplant, Memory Lane, Standish, $10. 590-6343. 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday.

• BOOKS AND AUTHORS

John Fricke, author of “The Wonderful World of Oz: An Illustrated History of an American Classic,” Camden Public Library. www.library camden.org. 7 p.m. Thursday.

Pope Brock, author of “Indiana Gothic” and “Charlatin: America’s Greatest Huckster,” Falmouth Memorial Library. falmouth memoriallibrary.org. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

John Ford, author of “This Cider Still Tastes Funny,” Scarborough Public Library. scarboroughlibrary.org. 2 p.m. Sunday.

Author Brown Bag Lecture Series, Lincoln Paine, author of “The Sea and Civilization,” Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium. portland library.com. Noon Wednesday.

Carol M. Maloney, author of “Finding My Voice with Aphasia,” York Public Library. www.york.lib.me.us. Noon Nov. 21.

• PARTICIPANT DANCE

Port City Swing Dance, Woodfords Club, Portland, $10. portcityswing.com. Music by Maine Swingin’ DJs, 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.

• FAIRS/FESTIVALS

Fall Fair, crafts, gifts and more, Clark Memorial United Methodist Church, Portland. 773-5423. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Saco Valley Fiber Artists, annual craft show and sale with demonstrations, North Scarborough Grange Hall, Scarborough. www.sacovalley fiberartists.com. Hand woven items, soaps, hand knits, knitting supplies and more, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas Prelude Craft Fair, St. Bartholomew Church, Cape Elizabeth. 799-5528. Local artisans and craftspeople, bake sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

20th annual Portland Christmas Arts & Craft Show, Stevens Avenue Armory, Portland. newenglandcraftfairs.com. Artwork and crafts by New England artisans, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Annual Pine Cone Fair, Christ Church, Kennebunk. christchurchkennebunk.org. Christmas decorations and crafts, tree ornaments, quilts, jams and much more, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas Fair, North Windham Union Church. nwucucc.org. Fine crafts, fudge, baked goods, wreaths and more, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Spiritual Arts and Services Sale, benefit for the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine, One Longfellow Square, Portland. chimeofmaine .org. Books, prints, cards, jewelry and more with live music and brunch, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Designing Women 9th annual Fine Art & Crafts Show, benefiting Partners for Rural Health in the Dominican Republic, Merriconeag Waldorf School, Freeport. designingwomen.org. Jewelry, paintings, handmade apparel, pottery and much more, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

44th Home for the Holidays Christmas Fair, St. Anne’s Church, Gorham. 839-4857. Baked goods and candy, homemade crafts and raffles, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Holiday Antique and Gift Show, Lincolnville Community Building. 785-3521. Local crafts, antiques and gift-quality donated items, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Temple Beth El Chanukah Gift Sale, Temple Beth El, Portland. 774-2649. Candles, Jewish games, children’s books, jewelry, seder plates, dreidels and much more, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

• FILMS

“Chasing Ice,” the film follows photographer James Balog, who in 2005 headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate, Waterfall Arts, Belfast, $5, suggested donation. waterfallarts.org. 7 p.m. Thursday.

Warren Miller’s “Ticket to Ride,” newest installment of the legendary film series takes ski fans on an action-packed journey to some of the world’s most exotic destinations, Merrill Auditorium, Portland, $27. porttix.com. 8 p.m. Friday.

Global Lens Film Series, Bates College Olin Arts Center, Lewiston. bates.edu. “Students” (Kazakhstan, 2012), 7:30 p.m. Monday.

”Hark! Cinema Angels” holiday film series, Patten Free Library, Bath. patten.lib.me.us. “Here Comes Mr. Jordan” (1941), 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness Film Series, Rockland Public Library, free. 594-0310. “Montaigne on Self-Esteem,” 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21.

• FOOD AND DRINK

Kitchen Garden Series Dinner, includes wine and gratuities, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, $90. 633-4333. Multi-course meal by Chef Ray Franklyn of Solo Bistro in Bath, 6 p.m. Sunday.

• SPECIAL EVENTS

The Cedars Auxiliary: Pop-Up Holiday Gift Boutique, wine and appetizers while shopping for a good cause; handcrafted jewelry, striking accessories, skincare and spa, home decor and storage, pocketbooks and bags, kitchen and garden, dolls and toys and much more, Cedars Atrium, Portland, $12. 221-7007. 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Lowry’s Lodge Monthly Poetry Series, hosted by Jim Donnelly and Anna Wrobel, Saccarappa Art Collective, Westbrook, $3. 591-7300. Featured poets Carolyn Gelland Frost and Jim Glenn Thatcher, 7 p.m. Saturday.

Susan Poulin, performing “The Best of Ida,” Dunaway Center, Ogunquit, $15 advance, $18 door. ogunquit.org/shop.php. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Storyteller Odds Bodkin, performing “The Harvest: Stories of Thanksgiving,” Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth. thomas memoriallibrary.org. 3 p.m. Saturday.

Portland Boxing Club presents professional and amateur bouts, Portland Exposition Building, $30-$55. portlandboxingclub .org. Featured boxer lightweight Ryan Kielczweski, 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Seanachie Nights: Spoken Word and Music, Bull Feeney’s, Portland, $9, suggested donation. 253-0288. Folktales from Russia with Debb Freedman, Meg Gilman and others, 7 to 9 p.m. Monday.

Poetry Evening, facilitated by Priscilla Cookson, York Public Library. www.york .lib.me.us. Bring poems to share, either your own or favorite poems by someone else, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Tuesday Night Throwdown Latte Art Competition, with live music, Elements: Books Coffee Beer, Biddeford, $5. elements bookscoffeebeer.com. 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Portland Ovations presents David Sedaris, author, humorist, Merrill Auditorium, Portland, $45-$55. portlandovations.org. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21.

MET Opera Live in HD: Puccini’s “Tosca,” Strand Theatre, Rockland, $23-$27, $15 students. rocklandstrand.com. With Patricia Racettein and Roberto Alagna, encore broadcast at 1 p.m. Nov. 21.

A “Wicked” Evening with Gregory Maguire, author of the book that became a Broadway sensation, Camden Opera House, $15, $25 includes copy of the book. www.librarycamden.org. 7 p.m. Nov. 21.