• BENEFITS

Otto fundraiser for Maine Ultimate, Otto, 225 Congress St., Portland. ottoportland.com. 5-9 p.m. Tuesday.

Blue Wrap Project Runway, recycled medical material is transformed into wearable designs by creative /Maine artisans. Fashion show, wine and ballet performance. $50. Hannaford Hall, USM, 88 Bedford St. www.partnersforworldhealth.org. 6-9 p.m. April 24. 

• BOOKS & AUTHORS

Susan Q. Stranahan, award-winning journalist and author will speak about the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the subject of her latest book, free. Thomas Memorial Library, 6 Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth. www.thomasmemoriallibrary.org. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Richard J. King will discuss his book “The Devil’s Cormorant,” and the history, ecology and economy of this misunderstood waterfowl. Free. Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 9 Water St., Rockland. 7 p.m. Thursday.

Richard J. King, author of “The Devil’s Cormorant,” free. Join us for a talk with King and some conversation at the Maine Beer Company. Freeport Wild Bird Supply, 541 Route One, Freeport. 5-7 p.m. Friday.

Helen Peppe signs her new memoir, “Pigs Can’t Swim,” Nonesuch Books, Mill Creek Shopping Center, South Portland. www.nonesuchbooks.com. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

Lowry’s Lodge Poetry Series, featuring Megan Grumbling and David Stankiewicz, hosted by Jim Donnelly and Anna Wrobel, $3 donation. Saccarappa Art Collective, 861 Main St., Westbrook. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair will read from and sign copies of “The Words I Chose: A Memoir of Family,” Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath. www.patten.lib.me.us. 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday.

Poetry Open Mic, enjoy poetry and read a poem or two at this evening to celebrate Earth Day and National Poetry Month. Camden Public Library, 55 Main St. www.librarycamden.org. 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Port Veritas, weekly open mic, featuring Lauren Zuniga and Poetry Slam Semi-finals, $3. Bull Feeney’s, 375 Fore St., Portland. www.portveritas.com. 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.

“The Maltese Falcon,” book discussion. York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Road. 7-8 p.m. Tuesday.

World Book Night, book givers will pass out free titles to non-readers to encourage reading, free. Letterpress Books, Northgate Plaza, 91 Auburn St., Portland. www.Letterpress-Books.com. 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Poet Laureate Wesley McNair, will read from his works and answer questions. Free. Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road. www.falmouth.lib.me.us. 6:30 p.m. April 24. 

• DANCING

Salsa Dancing with DJ Baulio, Latin, merengue, salsa, reggaeton, bachata and Latin hits. Dance lessons included. $5, 21-plus. Pearl Lounge, 444 Fore St., Portland. www.pearloldport.com. 8 p.m. Thursday and April 24.

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

Latin Night, with DJ Johnny Mambo, includes beginner lesson, $10. Avant Dance and Event Center, 865 Spring St, Westbrook. www.avantmaine.com. 8 p.m. Saturday.

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

• FILM

“Lost Boundaries,” award-winning 1949 movie filmed at various locations in Southern Maine and N.H. Free. Rice Public Library, 8 Wentworth St., Kittery. www.rice.lib.me.us/rice/. 6-8 p.m. Thursday.

“The Ghosts in Our Machine,” Maine premiere of award-winning documentary that illuminates the lives of individual animals in our modern world, free, followed by roundtable discussion “Human, Animal and Environmental Rights.” Hannaford Hall, Abromson Center, University of Southern Maine, 88 Bedford St., Portland. www.facebook.com/events/691063614270655. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

New England Film Academy, short films by young aspiring filmmakers and actors from St. Lawrence Arts and film academy camp programs. $8 advance, $10 door. St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland. www.stlawrencearts.org. 7 p.m. Thursday.

“Flood Tide,” follows a group of artists and musicians who live in a small, post-industrial town, $10. Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland. www.space538.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

“Big Men,” film explores oil deals in Africa, $8. Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland. www.space538.org. 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Maine Outdoor Film Festival, join Maine Audubon and the Appalachian Mountain Club for a special Earth Day screening. $5, $7. Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, 20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth. maineaudubon.org/events. 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday.

12th annual Maine Deaf Film Festival, “The House Across The Street,” Q&A with director and writer Arthur Luhn, $8, free for USM students with ID. Nickelodeon Cinemas, 1 Temple St., Portland. mainedeaffilmfest.com. 7 p.m. Wednesday.

12th annual Maine Deaf Film Festival, “A Life Without Words,” and Q&A with director Adam Isenberg. $10, free for USM students with ID. Talbot Auditorium, Luther Bonney, University of Southern Maine, 95 Bedford St., Portland. mainedeaffilmfest.com. 7:30 p.m. April 24. 

• FOR KIDS

Brass: What a Wonderful World of Music! The PSO brass quintet takes you on a journey to explore the many places we hear music in our daily lives. $4. Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, 18 Bradley St., Fryeburg. www.portlandsymphony.org/content/tickets/browse-performances/kinderkonzerts-2. 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Friday.

Cinderella: The World’s Favorite Fairy Tale, special retelling of the classic story with Cinderellas from three cultures, $8/$9. Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland. www.kitetails.org. 4 p.m. Friday; 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday; 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday and April 24.

Planetarium Show: Origins of Life, tour the far reaches of the universe and our Earth as the evolution of life is examined in this immersive space experience. Ages 9 and up, $3 per person; UM students free with MaineCard. Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium, University of Maine, 5781 Wingate Hall, Orono. www.GalaxyMaine.com. 7 p.m. Friday.

Animal Welfare Society educator and a shelter pet will present a hands-on program about animal care. Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Planetarium Show: Earth’s Wild Ride , a show set 200 years in the future, a tour of the season’s night sky after show. For ages 8 and up. $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.

Train rides during April school vacation, $6-$10. The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum, 58 Fore St., Portland. www.mainenarrowgauge.org. On the hour from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting Monday.

Sparks Ark Live Animal Show, wildlife rehabilitator Josh Sparks brings live animals and tells stories of animal rescue, $4, plus admission. Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland. www.kitetails.org. Noon Monday.

Wind Over Wings, meet birds of prey and animal rehabilitator Hope Douglas. Open to ages 3 and up. $5. Pineland Farms Education Center, 15 Farm View Drive, New Gloucester. www.pinelandfarms.org. 1 p.m. Monday.

Earth Day at Children’s Museum, meet caterpillars and moths up close with David Champlin, USM biology professor, and his collection of tobacco hornworms and many other activities. $9. Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland. www.kitetails.org. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday.

Storytelling and crafts, free with museum admission. Maine State Museum, 230 State St., Augusta. www.mainestatemuseum.org. 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday.

Earth Jams Concert with Matt Loosigan, sing, play and dance along with special Earth Day songs. $4, plus museum admission. Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland. www.kitetails.org. 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Animal Adaptations: Survival in the Wild, learn how three live animals have adaptations that help them thrive in their habitat. Sponsored by Cornerstones of Science. Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick. www.curtislibrary.com. 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

• LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS

“What Is in Your Cabinet of Curiosities?” opening of new exhibit, “Cape Dorset and Beyond: Inuit Art from the Marcia and Robert Ellis Collection,” with a lecture and reception to follow. Free. Kresge Auditorium, Bowdoin College, Brunswick. www.bowdoin.edu. 4-5 p.m. Thursday.

Development and Social Importance of Bicycles, Zip Zamarchi, free. Sanford-Springvale Historical Museum, 505 Main St., Springvale. 7 p.m. Thursday.

Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center talk, free. Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., Belfast. www.belfastgardenclub.org. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Writing Workshop, write individually on a common theme; you may read your writing out loud or not. York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Road. www.york.lib.me.us. 5-6:45 p.m. April 24.

“Spring Flowers: Andy Warhol and James Rosenquist,” Thursday Night Salon lecture. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 245 Maine St., Brunswick. www.bowdoin.edu/art-museum. 7-9 p.m. April 24. 

• OUTDOORS

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

• PETS

Adoptable dogs and volunteer crafters from the Animal Welfare Society, Mardens, 1247 Main St., Sanford. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

• SEASONAL/HOLIDAY

Easter egg hunt, scavenger hunt and celebration of spring, free. Downtown Gardiner. www.gardinermainst.org. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

Easter egg hunt, bring your own basket and see how many candy-filled eggs you can find, $6 members, $7 visitors, plus admission. Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland. Register at kitetails.org. 9 a.m. Saturday.

• SPECIAL EVENTS

Longfellow Park Earth Day Clean Up, located at Oakdale, Noyes and Longfellow streets in Portland. [email protected] 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday.

Stars on Ice, featuring Olympic medal winners, $24.50 to $132. The Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Square, Portland. www.theciviccenter.com. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Spring Mediums Day, readings, vendors, auric photography, food table and much more. Free admission. Stephen Manchester Legion Post 62, 17 Dunn St., Westbrook. www.portlandspiritualistchurch.org. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.