• BENEFITS

Casino Night at Maine State Music Theatre, 22 Elm St., Brunswick. Studios will be transformed into a Las Vegas casino, with live entertainment. $35 ticket includes $100 worth of gaming chips, with prizes given to the big winners of the night, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and valet parking. Must be 21 and over to attend. 725-8769. 7 p.m. Friday.

Silent Auction, bid on items from local artists, stores and restaurants; enjoy snacks, a cash bar and live music. Benefits Presumpscot School. Free, 21-plus, Bruno’s Restaurant, 33 Allen Ave., Portland. www.facebook.com/events/ 590040121077393. 7 p.m. Friday.

Deering Pickleball Classic, proceeds benefit Project Graduation. Free. Deering High School gym, 370 Stevens Ave., Portland. pickleballtournaments.com. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Westbrook Feud, teachers and students square off in this fundraiser for the Westbrook High School Class of 2014. $7 for adults, $5 for students. Westbrook Performing Art Center, 471 Stroudwater St. www.westbrookpac.org. 7 p.m. Feb. 13.

“Freezin’ for a Reason,” polar dip benefits Camp Sunshine, a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families, $100 in pledges, East End Beach, Eastern Promenade Trail, Portland. www.campsunshine.org. Noon Feb. 15.

• BOOKS & AUTHORS

Barbara Kautz, author of the memoir “When I Die I’m Going to Heaven ’Cause I Spent My Time in Hell,” York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Road. www.york.lib.me.us. 7 p.m. Thursday.

Margy Burns Knight and Anne Sibley O’Brien, writer and illustrator of children’s book “Talking Walls: Discover Your World.” Mainely Frames and Gallery, 534 Congress St., Portland. www.mainelyart.com. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Dominick Jones, author of “All at Sea: Twenty Years at the Helm of Tall Ships,” Penobscot Marine Museum, 5 Church St., Searsport. www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Elizabeth Lydia Bodner, author of “Seven Women in Maine,” Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main St. www.kennebunklibrary.org. 11 a.m. Saturday.

Paul Betit, author of “The Man in the Canal,” Morrell Meetingroom at Curtis Memorial Library, 32 Pleasant St., Brunswick. www.paulbetit.com. 1 p.m. Saturday.

Port Veritas Performance Poetry, with Jeanann Verlee and the Second Tuesday Slam. $5. Bull Feeney’s Yeats’ Room, 375 Fore Street, Portland. www.portveritas.com. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday.

• DANCE

Salsa Dancing with DJ Baulio, Latin, merengue, salsa, reggaeton, bachata and Latin hits. Dance lessons included, $5, 21-plus. The Pearl, 275 Main St., Rockland. www.thepearlrockland.com. 8 p.m. Thursday.

Contradance with Celador, family dance at 6 p.m. finger food potluck at 7 p.m. beginner lesson at 7:30 p.m. and dance at 8 p.m. $10, $7 seniors and students. Topsham Grange, 47 Pleasant St., Topsham. 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Wednesday Night Stomp Swing Dance, Acoustic Artisans, 594 Congress St. 2nd floor, Portland. $5 to $10 suggested donation. www.acoustic artisans.com. Beginners swing lesson at 7 p.m., music at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Salsa Dancing with DJ Baulio, Latin, merengue, salsa, reggaeton, bachata and Latin hits. Dance lessons included, $5, 21-plus. The Pearl, 275 Main St., Rockland. www.thepearlrockland.com. 8 p.m. Feb. 13.

• FESTIVALS

Chinese New Year Celebration, dance and music, food and more. $6, $4 for 12 and under, $20 for families of five. Westbrook Performing Art Center, 471 Stroudwater St. www.westbrook pac.org 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

15th annual Sleigh Day, horses and drivers demonstrate their skills in the outdoor arena, dog sledding demo and more, $8, $25 per family. Skyline Farm, 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth. skylinefarm.org. Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Maine Organization of Storytelling Enthusiasts (MOOSE), Lynne Cullen presents “Bellyflopping into the Unknown.” $5 suggested donation. Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, 5 Monument Square. www.portlandlibrary.com. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

• FILM

“12 O’Clock Boys,” dynamic documentary provides a compelling and intimate personal story of a young boy and his dangerous, thrilling dream. $8. Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland. space538.org. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Maine Loves Movies, film games, quizzes, conversation, fun and prizes. Free. Borealis Bakery & Bistro, 182 Ocean Ave., Portland. 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.

“Some Like It Hot,” 1959 comedy starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe. Free. Ogunquit Performing Arts, Dunaway Center, School St. www.ogunquitperformingarts.org. 2 p.m. Sunday.

Banff Mountain Film Festival, inspiring and thought-provoking films. $17 in advance, $20 day of show; students $14 in advance, $17 day of show. The State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland. www.statetheatreportland.com. 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

“Carbon Nation” movie night, with introduction by George Jacobson, professor emeritus, University of Maine. Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, 5 Monument Square. www.portlandlibrary.com. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 13.

“For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska,” documentary about an Alaskan woman who became an unlikely hero in the fight for civil rights. Free. Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium at Bowdoin College, 3725 College St., Brunswick. www.bowdoin.edu. 7 p.m. Feb. 13.

• FOOD & DRINK

Ice Bar, two carved ice bars, specialty cocktails, local beer, plus live music and entertainment. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. The Inn at Brunswick Station, 4 Noble St., Brunswick. innatbrunswickstation.com. 5 p.m. Thursday to Saturday.

The Chocolate Extravaganza, featuring an 8-foot chocolate heart, many chocolate treats, music and door prizes. Free. Kennebunk Town Hall Auditorium, 1 Summer St. www.kennebunkmaine.us. Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Chocolate Festival, confections donated by auxiliary members, Wilbur’s of Maine Chocolate Confections and Izzy’s Cheesecake. Proceeds support The Cedars Auxiliary’s mission to enhance the lives of the residents of The Cedars. $12 advance, $15 door. The Atrium at The Cedars, 640 Ocean Ave., Portland. thecedarsportland.org. 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Sparkle & Shine, fun and educational tasting of sparkling wines of the world, from Champagne to Prosecco, $50. Vignola and Cinque Terre, Dana St. Portland. www.americansommelier.com/maine. 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

• FOR KIDS

Play Me a Story, join Theater for Kids to bring stories to life. $50 for the month or $15 per session. Portland Stage Co., 25A Forest Ave., Portland. www.portland stage.org. 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday.

OUTDOORS

U.S. National Toboggan Championships, teams from across the U.S. compete in toboggan races. Other winter activities are ongoing during the races. Camden Snow Bowl, 20 Barnestown Road. www.camdensnowbowl.com. Saturday and Sunday.

Moonlight XC ski or snowshoe, a leisurely snowshoe or ski along the Eastern Trail. No pets or flashlights. Children welcome. Eastern Trail, Pine Point Road, Scarborough. 590-3505. 6:30 to 8:30 Wednesday.

• LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS

Visiting Artist Jenna Crowder (’07) with writer Douglas W. Milliken will discuss their recent series of performative installations. Free. Maine College of Art, Osher Hall, 522 Congress St., Portland. www.meca.edu. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Ben Martens of the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association will speak at the Yarmouth History Center, 118 East Elm St. $3 for members, $5 for non-members. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Aerial Yoga Class, Zone 3 Fitness, 71 U.S. Route One, The Elevation Center, Scarborough. $25. www.zone3fitness.biz. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Writing Workout Workshop presented by Words with Wings, keep the hand moving across the page faster than the critic and watch the pages fill up with your words, East End Community Center, 10 North St., Portland. www.wordswithwings.org. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday.

Project Puffin: History and Success with Seabirds, presented by partnership with Belfast Garden Club, Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. belfastgardenclub.org. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Mining in Maine: Open for Business, featuring Pete Didisheim, senior director of advocacy at the Natural Resources Council of Maine. Free. Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick. www.facebook.com/events/276266039194950. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Visiting Artist Tim Gaudreau, Maine College of Art MFA alumnus and eco artist will talk about his current projects and environmental stewardship. Free. Maine College of Art, Osher Hall, 522 Congress St., Portland. www.meca.edu. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 13.