• BENEFITS

Glitterati, benefit for The Telling Room, mingle with celebrated authors, bid on live and silent auction items, $50-$75. Grace Restaurant, 15 Chestnut St., Portland. glitterati2014.com. 6-9:30 p.m. Thursday.

SailMaine benefit, evening of cocktails, nibbles and Vendee Globe racer Rich Wilson’s presentation on his solo sailing adventures, $75. Portland Yacht Services, 58 Fore St., Portland. sailmaine.org. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Windham High School presents “Dancing with the Stars,” Project Graduation benefit, $10, $5 students. Windham High School Performing Arts Center, 406 Gray Road. windham.k12.me.us/wpac. 7 p.m. Thursday.

Dance Party featuring Time Pilots, benefits Wescustago Youth Chorale, $15. Harraseeket Inn, 162 Main St., Freeport. wescustago.wordpress.com. 7-10 p.m. Friday.

Camp Susan Curtis Leadership Celebration Dinner and Fundraiser. $150. Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks, 200 Sable Oaks Drive, South Portland. www.susancurtisfoundation.org. 6-9 p.m. Friday.

Benefit dance for OneMission, The Kid’s Cancer Buzz-Off and Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, $20. Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave., Portland. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Public skate and Bikes on Ice benefit, skate and stay to watch the ice bike races, $5 suggested donation. Biddeford Ice Arena, 14 Pomerleau St., Biddeford. communitybike.net/events/bikes-on-ice.html. 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

YMCA Adaptive Services Auction Gala, hors d’oeuvres and desserts, beer and wine bar, live music, silent and live auction and more. Freeport Hilton Garden Inn, 5 Park St. www.ymcaofsouthernmaine.org/casco-bay-ymca/auction. 1 p.m. Wednesday.

• BOOKS & AUTHORS

Bates College presents first Maine reading by Colson Whitehead. Free. Muskie Archives, Bates College, 70 Campus Ave., Lewiston. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Author Milena Banks, starred review in Kirkus and voted one of the best self-published books in 2013. Free. Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath. www.patten.lib.me.us. 6:30-8 p.m.Tuesday.

• DANCING

Salsa Dancing with DJ Baulio, Latin, merengue, salsa, reggaeton, bachata and Latin hits, lessons included., $5, 21-plus. Pearl Lounge, 444 Fore St., Portland. pearloldport.com. 8 p.m. Thursday and April 3.

Folk Dance Brunswick. $8, $5 seniors and students. People Plus, 35 Union St., Brunswick. www.peopleplusmaine.org. 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Grand Opening dance party. Free. Aquarius Ballroom Dance Studios, 62 Forest Ave., Portland. www.aquariusballroomdance.com. 1 p.m. Saturday.

The Exchange: Maine’s best street dancers compete, an exciting display of street talent, including a group dance showcase. $10; $5 if you enter to battle. Avant Dance & Event Center, 865 Spring St., Westbrook. www.theportlandbuzz.com/ai1ec_event/4264/. 2-8 p.m. Saturday.

Snowshoe Benefit Dance, live music by Straight Lace. All proceeds will benefit snowshoe racers for entrance fees, equipment and travel expenses. $25 per couple. Rochambeau Club, 329 South St., Biddeford. 7 p.m. Saturday.

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

• FILM

Coastal Senior College Class: The Jewish tradition, Camden Public Library, 55 Main St. coastalseniorcollege.org. 1-4 p.m. Thursday.

“Switch Energy Project,” presented by Falmouth REAC, exploring future world energy supplies and production, free. Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road. switchenergyproject.com/screenings. 7 p.m. Thursday.

“The East-West Corridor: Why Not?” film and discussion, free. First Parish UU Church of Kennebunk. stopthecorridor.org. 7 p.m. Friday.

“Toxic Hot Seat,” documentary, Maine’s phasing out of unnecessary uses of toxic flame retardants features in this new HBO documentary. Q&A follows; free with registration. Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland. www.space538.org/events/toxic-hot-seat. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

“Toxic Hot Seat,” documentary, Q&A follows; free with registration. The Strand Theatre, 354 Main St., Rockland. www.rocklandstrand.com/event/toxic-hot-seat. 2-4 p.m. Sunday.

“Chasing Ice,” documentary about a man’s mission to change the course of history by gathering evidence of global warming; time-lapse photography of glaciers disappearing at a breathtaking rate. Rated PG-13. York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Road. 3-5 p.m. Sunday.

Portland Children’s Film Festival: “I am Eleven,” the film explores the lives and thoughts of children from 15 countries. $5 suggested donation. Hannaford Hall, Abromson Center, University of Southern Maine, 88 Bedford St., Portland. www.portlandchildrensfilmfestival.com. 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Portland Children’s Film Festival: “Flying Paper,” resilient Palestinian youths in Gaza Strip go on a quest to shatter the Guinness World Record for the most kites ever flown, despite blockade. Free. Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, 5 Monument Square. www.portlandchildrensfilmfestival.com. 6:30 p.m. April 3.

• FOOD AND DRINK

Barolo wine dinner, hosted by Wine Wise and Cinque Terre Vignola. $100 per person. Cinque Terre Vignola, 10 Dana St., Portland. www.facebook.com. 6 p.m. Thursday.

Tea Tasting, sample five teas, free. Jacqueline’s Tea Room, 201 Main St., Freeport. www.jacquelinestearoom.com. 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Gulf of Maine Seafood Celebration, enjoy views of Casco Bay from three floors as you sample delectable seafood dishes by local culinary partners. $35 includes all food, two drinks. Gulf of Maine Research Institute, 350 Commercial St., Portland. gmri.org/seafoodcelebration. 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 3.

Toast on the Coast, enjoy a wine tasting and sample treats from the area’s top restaurants. All proceeds to benefit Easter Seals Maine’s programs and services. $60. Ocean Gateway Terminal, Portland. www.toastonthecoast14.eventbrite.com. 6-9 p.m. April 3.

• FOR KIDS

Portland Symphony Orchestra KinderKonzerts, a retelling of Aesop’s Fables. $3. Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center (PAC), 18 Bradley St., Fryeburg. 9:30 a.m. Friday.

Planetarium Show: In My Backyard, ages 4-8 and their families, $3 per person, UM students free with MaineCard. Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium, University of Maine, 5781 Wingate Hall, Orono. www.GalaxyMaine.com. 2 p.m. Sunday.

Dragon Egg Hunt, meet the characters from “Shrek the Musical” (coming to the Waterville Opera House April 4-11). Families can assemble at the steps of City Hall. Children collect a dragon egg from Castonguay Square and take it to the Opera House ticket lobby at City Hall to claim a prize. Activities and snacks will be offered until 3:30 p.m. at downtown businesses. All activities free to children 10 and younger. Will take place in any weather. Hosted by Waterville Opera House. www.watervillemainstreet.org. 2 p.m. Sunday.

Nature Time at Maine Audubon: stories, movement, art projects and an outdoor adventure for preschoolers. Child members $50, non-members $60. Maine Audubon’s Fields Pond Center, 216 Fields Pond Road, Holden. www.maineaudubon.org/events. 10-11 a.m. Monday.

• HOME & GARDEN

Kennebunkport estate auction. Free. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries, 51 Atlantic Highway, Thomaston. www.thomastonauction.com. 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Seed Swap and Scion Exchange, Mark Fulford will teach grafting. Other workshops include permaculture, organic orcharding and seed saving. Bring any seeds, scionwood or cuttings to share. Free. MOFGA Common Ground Education Center, 294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity. www.mofga.org. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.

Grow Your Own Organic Garden, learn how to enrich your soil to produce healthy, high-yielding plants and the basics of crop rotation and how to incorporate green manures to manage nutrients in the garden. $5. Bonny Eagle Middle School, 92 Sokokis Trail, Buxton. www.sad6.maineadulted.org. 6-9 p.m. Wednesday.

Kitchen Licensing Workshop, designed for people interested in home-food processing for resale. Licensing, food safety and liability insurance will be covered. $35 for MOFGA members, $40 for non-members. MOFGA Common Ground Education Center, 294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity. www.mofga.org. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday.

Grow Your Own Organic Garden, evening-long workshop, $5. MSAD 11 Adult Education, 40 West Hill Road, Gardiner. www.msad11.maineadulted.org. 6-9 p.m. Wednesday.

Low Maintenance Gardening, Maine Gardener Tom Atwell will lead a workshop about creating healthy plants and beautiful blooms without spending a lot of time on them. Free. South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway. 6:30-8 p.m. April 3.

• LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS

Dr. Wendy Pollock discusses trip with Homeopaths Without Borders to teach homeopathic medicine to Haitian citizens in their communities. Free. Wildwood Medicine, 83 India St., Portland. wildwoodmedicine.com. 6-7 p.m. Thursday.

Laughter Yoga with Nina Walsh. Free. Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland. www.CancerCommunityCenter.org. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Friday.

Spirits Alive Winter Lecture Series, University of Southern Maine, Room 102 Wishcamper Center, Bedford Street, Portland. $5 suggested donation. www.spiritsalive.org. 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday.

“The Past Before Us: Maine Labor Stories Behind the Labor Mural,” talk by Mazie Hough and Carol Toner will focus on themes reflected in the Maine labor mural currently displayed. Free. Maine State Museum, 230 State St., Augusta. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday.

Technology Petting Zoo, staff from the Maine State Library will demonstrate a variety of e-readers and tablets. Free. McArthur Library, 207 Main St., Biddeford. 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday.

MaineGeneral’s Healthy Living Resource Center launch, sample food, yoga and sound healing. Seating is limited. Free. Alfond Center for Health, 35 Medical Center Parkway, Augusta. www.mainegeneral.org/event/healthy-living-resource-center-program-launch. 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Michelle Mitchell on cultural identity and photography, sharing her experiences as a South African immigrant living in Maine. Free and open to the public. University of New England, Art Gallery, 716 Stevens Ave., Portland. 1 p.m. Wednesday.

“Walking the Camino de Santiago,” Phippsburg resident Art Charles talks about his 2007 pilgrimage in Spain. Free. Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath. www.patten.lib.me.us. 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday.

• OUTDOORS

Morning Bird Walk, an easy stroll to look for birds, wildlife and plants. $5 members, $8 non-members. Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, 20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth. www.maineaudubon.org/events. 8-10 a.m. Thursday and Saturday.

• SPECIAL EVENTS

Farewell to Engine No. 4, last chance to see historic Monson Engine No. 4 in action this year., $10 adults, $9 seniors, $6 children, under 2 free. Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company & Museum, 58 Fore St., Portland. mainenarrowgauge.org. Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Scarborough High School project graduation, live and silent auction, Scarborough High School Cafeteria, 11 Municipal Drive. 5-8 p.m. Saturday.

Celebration of Adoptable Animals, join the Animal Welfare Society and other animal advocates, free. North Berwick Community Center, 264 Lebanon Road. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.

2014 Bridal & Event Showcase, free. The Captain’s Galley Banquet Center, Route 5, 168 Saco Ave., Old Orchard Beach. facebook.com/events/534188400028396. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.

Maine Water & Sustainability Conference, Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Drive. umaine.edu/mitchellcenter/home/news/maine-water-conference. 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday.

Port Veritas (Performance Poetry), weekly nonprofit spoken word series. Open mic followed by a feature by Pages Matam. $3-$5 suggested donation. Bull Feeney’s, 375 Fore St., Portland. www.portveritas.com. 7:30-10 p.m. Tuesday.

Open Bench Project crowdfunding launch party. Free. Space Gallery, 538 Congress St. www.space538.org/events/open-bench-project-launch-party. 6-8 p.m. April 3.