Portland Press Herald’s Toy Fund Kick-off, benefits toy fund in the spirit of Bruce Roberts, $40 includes 2 drink vouchers and light hors d’oeuvres, MJ’s Wine Bar, One City Center, Portland. pressheraldtoyfund.eventbrite.com. 5 p.m. Friday.
23rd annual Holiday Benefit Concert with Rick Charette, Saint Joseph’s College, Standish, admission to the concert is a new, unwrapped toy or gift card. 893-7794. 2 p.m. Sunday.
• BOOKS AND AUTHORS
Carol M. Maloney, author of “Finding My Voice with Aphasia,” York Public Library. www.york .lib.me.us. Noon Thursday.
Jason C. Anthony, author of “Hoosh: Roast Penguin, Scurvy Day and Other Stories about Antarctic Cuisine,” Portland Public Library. portlandlibrary.com. Noon Friday.
Elizabeth Lydia Bodner, author of “Seven Women in Maine,” Nonesuch Books, South Portland. nonesuchbooks.com. 11 a.m. Saturday.
Anita Shreve, author of “Stella Bain,” Longfellow Books, Portland. longfellowbooks.com. 6 p.m. Saturday.
Dr. Joan MacCracken, author of “The Winter House,” Camden Public Library. 236-3440. 7 p.m. Tuesday.
• PARTICIPANT DANCE
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.
Fifth annual ArtFull Gifts Fine Art & Craft Holiday Show, benefits Coastal Mountains Land Trust, features 50 exhibitors of fine art, crafts and gourmet foods. $10 admission Friday night with music from Shades of Blue and food tastings; $3 admission on Saturday and Sunday, Point Lookout Resort, Northport. artfullgifts.com. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Holiday Fair, Mill Brook Estates, Westbrook. 856-0018. Crafts, jewelry, baked goods, books, candy, white elephant and more, 8:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
Holly Daze Bazaar Christmas Fair, wreaths, knit goods, books, lunch, First Congregational Church, South Portland. 799-2235. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Freeport Lioness-Lions Club Holiday Craft Fair, Harraseeket Grange Hall, Freeport. 865-6188. Local crafters, hourly raffles, food, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Christmas Craft Fair, crafts, baked goods, white elephant tables and more, West Falmouth Baptist Church, Falmouth. 797-4066. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Casco Bay High School/PATHS annual Holiday Craft Fair, Casco Bay High School, Portland. 415-0657. Three floors of handmade crafts, food, raffles and entertainment, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Holiday Fair, First Baptist Church, Springvale. 324-4266. Greens, cookie walk, kids room, crafts, gifts and more, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Christmas Fair, St. Patrick’s Church, Newcastle. 563-1886. Gifts, local crafts and artwork, religious items, baked goods and more, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
47th annual Village Christmas Fair, Cumberland Congregational Church, Cumberland Center. 829-3419. Handcrafted baskets, knits, wood and eco-friendly items, raffle and much more, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Once Upon a Holiday Fair, First Lutheran Church, Portland. FirstLutheranPortland.org. Live music, food, Thanksgiving and Christmas items, crafts, books and more, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Christmas Fair, Sebago Lake Congregational Church, Standish. 892-3874. Silent auction, baked goods, crafts, white elephant table, ornaments, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Thanksgiving Crafts Show, Tranquility Grange, Lincolnville. 763-4280. Homestyle crafts, jewelry, weaving, wools and more, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Fair Trade Craft Fair, Karma Fair Trade, Portland. 831-4531. Local and globally made crafts that help to eradicate poverty, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
Art Guild of Freeport Fine Arts and Crafts Sale with silent auction, Freeport Community Center. 844-4934. Jewelry, paintings, glass art, winter scarves, calendars and more, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
St. Christopher Church Holiday Faire, York. 337-0637. Includes silent and live auctions, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Santa’s Workshop Christmas Fair, North Yarmouth Congregational Church. 829-3644. Unique country gifts, handmade knits, cheese, wreaths and more, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Christmas Bazaar, Rainbow United Methodist Church, Portland. 774-1617. With Korean meals, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Country Christmas Fair, West Gorham Union Church. 839-4208. Crafts, baked goods, candy, jewelry, raffles, more, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
30th annual Hannaford Associates’ Holiday Craft Fair, all proceeds benefit the United Way, Portland Elks Lodge #188, Portland. 885-3632. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Holly Berry Fair, Unity Union United Methodist Church, 948-3863. Handmade crafts, decorated wreaths, cookie walk, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Christmas in the Country Fair, Tuttle Road United Methodist Church, Cumberland. 829-3766. Baked goods, candy, doll clothes, crafts, wreaths and more, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Gingerbread Fair, First Universalist Church of Auburn. 783-0461. Wreaths, crafts, silent auction, books and more, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Snowflake Fair, Thornton Heights United Methodist Church, South Portland. 415-7098. Handmade kids’ accessories, knit goods, baked goods, art work, decorations and more, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Holiday Craft Fair, Sunny Acre Farm, Falmouth. 781-2943. Handmade gifts from Maine artisans and crafters, decorated evergreens and more, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Christmas Fair, North Congregational Church, Buxton. 929-5600. Baked goods, homemade candies, white elephant table and much more, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Holiday Craft Fair, Harmony Masonic Hall, Gorham. 892-4249. Crafts, basket raffles, baked goods, jams and relishes and more, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Holiday Craft Fair, American Legion, Old Orchard Beach. 468-6092. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness Film Series, Rockland Public Library, free. 594-0310. “Montaigne on Self-Esteem,” 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
National Novel Writing Month Film Series, Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, free. portlandlibrary.com. “Capote” (rated R) 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
“Amour,” York Public Library. www.york.lib.me.us. (PG-13, French with English subtitles), 3 p.m. Sunday.
“Hark! Cinema Angels” holiday film series, Patten Free Library, Bath. patten.lib.me.us. “Only Angels Have Wings” (1939), 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
• FOR CHILDREN
Frozen Turkey Hunt, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, free. mainegardens.org. Search for hidden apples to win prizes including frozen turkeys, gift certificates and more, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Caring Claus Days, visits with Santa for children with sensory conditions, in front of JCPenney in the Maine Mall, allowing families to park next to the bus stop and walk straight to the set and back out to the car if needed. Overhead music will be turned off in the mall and most stores will not have opened. Families whose children are hyper-alert are advised to come on Nov. 24, as that will likely be the quietest time. maineautism.org. 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Sunday. Continues Dec. 1.
• SPECIAL EVENTS
David Sedaris, author and humorist, presented by Portland Ovations, Merrill Auditorium, Portland, $45-$55. portlandovations.org. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
MET Opera Live in HD: Puccini’s “Tosca,” Strand Theatre, Rockland, with Patricia Racettein and Roberto Alagna, $23-$27, $15 students. rocklandstrand.com. Encore broadcast at 1 p.m. Thursday.
A “Wicked” Evening with Gregory Maguire, author of the book that became a Broadway sensation, Camden Opera House, $15, $25 includes copy of book. librarycamden.org. 7 p.m. Thursday.
Inked Magazine presents Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque, Port City Music Hall, Portland, $20 advance, $25 door, $40 VIP, 18-plus. port citymusichall.com. Tribute to pop culture with performance and music, 9 p.m. Friday.
The Beet Poets of Wayne, Maine, David Moreau, Jay Franzel and Stan Davis, evening of poetry, storytelling and music, Harlow Gallery, Hallowell, $4. harlowgallery.org. 7 p.m. Friday.
Family Friendly Hypnosis Show, with award-winning hypnotist Roderick Russell. Funny and mysterious show, The Freeport Theater of Awesome, $17 advance, $20 door, $12 seniors and 12 and under. awesometheater.com. 8 p.m. Friday; 7 p.m. Saturday.
“Le Corsaire” Ballet Broadcast in HD, Strand Theatre, Rockland, $15, $10 students. rockland strand.com. 2 p.m. Sunday.