• BOOKS AND AUTHORS

Steve Pinkham will talk about the stories he has collected in “Old Tales of the Maine Woods” and answer questions. Free. Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth. www.falmouth.lib.me.us. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco will discuss his new book, “For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey,” and his new role as a public voice. $20. Lincoln Theater, 2 Theater St., Damariscotta. www.skidompha.org. 3 p.m. Saturday.

“Against Equality: Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion” author Ryan Conrad will sign copies of his book. Free. Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St., Portland. www.meca.edu. 6 p.m. Sunday.

Birds, Books and Beers Author Event with Will Russell, co-author of “Rare Birds of North America,” includes visit to Maine Beer Company. Freeport Wild Bird Supply, 541 Route One, Freeport. www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/ birdingtoursinMaine.asp. 6-8 p.m. Monday.

Annette Dorey, author of “Maine Mothers Who Murdered.” Free. Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth. www.falmouth.lib.me.us. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Paul Betit talks about his series of mystery-suspense novels, including the recently published “The Man In The Canal.” Topsham Public Library, 35 Republic Ave., Topsham. www.topshamlibrary.org. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

• PARTICIPATORY DANCE

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.

Dance features Sounds Unlimited, with John Plummer, downstairs; no smoking. $5. VFW Post 1285, Waterville, Water Street. 453-2089. 7-11 p.m. Saturday.

• SPECIAL EVENTS

Out of Body Experience Through Sound, healing through sound with a local sound healer and the Reverend Christina Sillari. Free. First Parish UU Church, 425 Congress St., Portland. 773-5747. 6 p.m. Friday.

Longfellow Park Neighborhood Block Party. Free. Longfellow Park, 10 Longfellow St., Portland. www.facebook.com. 12-3 p.m. Saturday.

The Enlightenment Expo, Greater Portland’s gathering of spiritual and holistic practitioners, products and services. $5. The Fireside Inn and Suites, 81 Riverside St., Portland. www.themagickcloset.com. 1 p.m. Saturday.

Magician Dennis Watkins, tickets can be purchased at the Maine Education Credit Union, at CATC (next to Cony) or the KV Federal Credit Union or night of the show. $15. Viles Auditorium, Cony High School. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Vassalboro’s Got Talent, singing, music, comedy and acts performed by local people. Proceeds will benefit Vassalboro Minister’s Association Emergency Fuel Fund. $10/person, $15/couple, $20/family. Vassalboro Grange, Route 32, East Vassalboro. 485-4595. 7 p.m. Saturday.

WMPG 10th Annual Fashion Show, local designers of wearable art for women, men and children show their most creative fashions on the WMPG runway. $10 in advance, $12 day of show, $20 preferred seating, $5 with student ID, 18-plus. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland. www.portcitymusichall.com. 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

Merriconeag Poetry Festival, featuring renowned poet, Richard Blanco and finalists from 11 area high schools. Free. Community Hall, Merriconeag Waldorf School, 57 Desert Road, Freeport. www.merriconeag.org. 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Pecha Kucha, presenters show 20 slides for 20 seconds each in this fast-paced exploration of the latest in creative thinking. $5. Stonington Opera House, 1 School St., Stonington. www.operahousearts.org. 1 p.m. Wednesday.

• BENEFITS

Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine’s Annual Auction, hundreds of items ranging from original artwork to sports tickets and cross-country getaways. $40 in advance, $45 at the door; 10-person group ticket option available for $350. Ocean Gateway Terminal, 14 Ocean Gateway Pier, Portland. www.kitetails.org. 6 -10 p.m. Friday.

Thornton Academy Annual Auction and Gala, benefit for free breakfast and lunch program for students, $20. Thornton Academy, 438 Main St., Saco. www.thorntonacademy.org/auction. 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Southern Maine 5K AIDS Walk/Run on Ogunquit Beach. $25 registration fee. Ogunquit Beach, Main Beach, Ogunquit. peabodycenter.kintera.org. Registration at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Silent Floral and Art Auction, terrariums, May Day floral baskets, local photographers and artists, to benefit efforts to bring clubfoot treatment to Kenya. Free. Willis Farm, 131 Mosher Road, Gorham. www.facebook.com. 1-5 p.m. Saturday.

Kentucky Derby Day Charity Event, enjoy the 140th Run for the Roses, fancy hat contest, mint julep and a variety of food stations with music and dancing. $25. Province Lake Golf Club, 18 Mountain Road, Parsonsfield. 793-4040. 1-7 p.m. Saturday.

Auction: Silent and Live, bid on handmade items, gift cards and more. Live music, hors d’oeuvres and desserts, cash bar and 50/50 raffle. All welcome. $10. Yarmouth Amvets Hall, 148 North Road, Yarmouth. www.cumberlanducc.org. 5-9 p.m. Saturday.

Chair-ity Auction, one-of-a-kind, artist-painted chairs and tables. Cash only. $5. Unitarian Universalist Church, Brunswick, corner of Pleasant and Middle streets, Brunswick. www.uubrunswick.org. 6-9 p.m. Saturday.

NYA Soiree, a fundraising event for North Yarmouth Academy featuring music, an auction, food and more. $55. North Yarmouth Academy gymnasium, 154 Main St., Yarmouth. www2.nya.org/giving/nya-soire. 6-10 p.m. Saturday.

“Dance ’Til You Drop Murder Mystery Party and Fundraising Extravaganza,” dancing, live and silent auction, tapas, cash bar and murder mystery. All proceeds support Mad Horse Theatre Company. $30; $55 per couple. Madhorse Theater at The Hutchins School, 24 Mosher St., South Portland . www.madhorse.com. 7-10 p.m. Saturday.

“Holy Smokes! A Kosher BBQ,” a community-wide celebration of Levey Day School’s 60th anniversary with live music from the Jerks of Grass. $25-$75. Temple Beth El/Levey Day School, 400 Deering Ave., Portland. www.leveydayschool.org. 5-9 p.m. Sunday.

New Beginnings: Providing Shelter, Finding Hope, gala dinner, live and silent auction to benefit the Cumberland County Domestic Violence Shelter. $75. Grace Restaurant, 15 Chestnut St., Portland. conta.cc/1t9RVqY. 6 p.m. Wednesday.

• FILM

“Inequality for All,” documentary about income inequality. York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Road. 363-2818. 7-9 p.m. Sunday.

• FAIRS/FESTIVALS

Kennebunk May Day Festival, family-friendly event includes dancing, markets, food, demos and a parade to celebrate spring. Downtown Kennebunk. www.kennebunkmaine.us/mayday. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday.

Sebasticook Valley Chamber of Commerce 18th Annual Trade Show and Community Fair, features bike safety rodeo, blood drive, craft fair and farmers’ market as well as other events. $2, free with non-perishable food donation. Sebasticook Valley Middle School, Newport. www.ourchamber.org. 9 a.m. Saturday.

Bath Mayfair, festival featuring traditional Maypole dancing and a citywide yard sale. Free. Bath Downtown. visitbath.com/events/mayfair. 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Comic book day, comic strip workshop with Doug Thornsjo 10-11 a.m.; comic strip workshop with Tyson Pease, 12:30-1:30 p.m.; create a superhero workshop, 2-3 p.m. Waterville Public Library, 73 Elm St., Waterville. www.watervillelibrary.org. 10 a.m. Saturday.

Maine Pottery Tour, get an inside look into life of a potter, enjoy refreshments, tour studios, peek into kilns. Free. Various locations statewide. www.mainepotterytour.blogspot.com. 10 a.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. Sunday.

• OUTDOORS

Volunteer Day with Garbage to Garden. Local Flames volunteer group will be focusing on the cleanup of Deering Oaks in Garbage to Garden’s City Wide Clean Up. Free. Deering Oaks park, Park Avenue, Portland. localflamesmaine.com/event/garbage-garden-city-wide-clean/. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday.

Urban Skills Challenge, put your emergency skills to the test by joining Prepared Associates in an urban adventure traversing overland through the city of Portland. $40. Deering Oaks park, Park Avenue, Portland. preparedassociates.com/urbanskillschallenge. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

Sundays on the Boulevard: Baxter Boulevard by Payson Park will be closed to traffic every Sunday this summer. Baxter Boulevard, Portland. trails.org. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.

• FOOD AND DRINK

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

Local Flames UFF Tour and Tasting, tour of the Urban Farm Fermentory followed by a tasting of cider and kombucha. Music by Peter Miller. Free. Urban Farm Fermentory, 200 Anderson St., Bay 4, Portland. localflamesmaine.com/event/urban-farm-fermentory-tour-tasting. 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Cheese Making Fundamentals, four-hour course, hands-on experience in making a variety of cheeses. $60. Long Branch School, 20 Main St., Bowdoinham. longbranchschool.com. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

HOOK Madness, music, beer, food and a variety of basketball challenges benefit the Rock On Foundation. $5 in advance, $10 at the door. Redhook Brewery, 1 Redhook Way, Portsmouth, N.H. www.hookmadness.eventbrite.com. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

Street Eats and Beats, food trucks, cold beer and live music. $10. Ocean Gateway Terminal, 14 Ocean Gateway Pier, Portland. wjbq.com. 12 p.m. Saturday.

Annual Kentucky Derby Party, with discounted pints, mint juleps, games and prize for best Derby hat. Dock Fore, 336 Fore St., Portland. 3-7 p.m. Saturday.

Cinco de Mayo Mexican Dinner and Fundraiser, to benefit concrete destination MDI Skatepark. $20 adults, $10 children 12 and under. 2 Cats Restaurant, 130 Cottage St., Bar Harbor. www.mdiskatepark.org. 5-7 p.m. Saturday.

Cinco de Mayo party, guest bartenders mix the margaritas and Lola’s Tacos will be serving up fiesta food. No cover. The Brunswick Inn, 165 Park Row, Brunswick. www.brunswickbnb.com. 6-9 p.m. Saturday.

Brunch and raffle to benefit the Animal Welfare Society. Biddeford Eagles, 57 Birch St., Biddeford. 985-3244. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Chocolate Sunday at Par Sem, chocolate-covered fruit, gourmet cakes, succulent specials, sundaes. $8. Parsonsfield Seminary, 504 North Road, Parsonsfield. www.parsonsfieldseminary.org/page0003.html. 2-4 p.m. Sunday.

From Farm … To Flask!, from Cold River to New England Distillers and Maine Craft, discover the different spirits being produced in our backyards. $29 to $34. Bow Street Market, 79 Bow St, Freeport. www.bowstreetmarket.com. 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday.

Preserving the Harvest: Preserving Low-Sugar Jam. Learn the basics of hot water bath canning and freezing from University of Maine Cooperative Extension staff and Master Food Preserver volunteers. $15. Scarborough High School, 11 Municipal Drive, Scarborough. scarborough.maineadulted.org. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Cooking Matters (free meals for people with SNAP), learn how to prepare healthy, delicious meals from a real chef and nutritionist while stretching your food dollars. Free. MSAD 11 Adult Education, 40 West Hill Road, Gardiner. www.msad11.maineadulted.org. 6-8 p.m. Wednesday.

Making Low-Sugar Jam from Maine Fruit, with University of Maine Cooperative Extension staff. $20. Kittery Adult Education, 12 Williams Ave., Kittery. www.kittery.maineadulted.org. 5:30 p.m. May 8.

Pad Thai and Summer Rolls, learn to make fresh, crispy summer rolls and Pad Thai noodles in this cooking workshop with Chris Toy. $35. Freeport Middle School, 19 Kendall Lane, Freeport. 865-6171. 6-8:30 p.m. May 8.

• AGRICULTURE

The Joy of Chickens: Meet our chickens and learn how to feed and care for them. We’ll collect eggs and look inside to see where chicks start out. $5. Pineland Farms Education Center, 15 Farm View Drive, New Gloucester. www.PinelandFarms.org. 10 -11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Frogs, Fish and Fun: Explore life around the farm pond looking for amphibians and learning about their habitat. $5. Pineland Farms Education Center at the Big Pond, 15 Farm View Drive, New Gloucester. www.PinelandFarms.org. 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Raised Beds and Lasagna Gardening: Learn about the benefits of composting in place, making rich soil from waste, planting by soil temperature, and building gardens. $12 to $17. Freeport High School, 30 Holbrook St., Freeport. 865-6171. 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Knox-Lincoln Conservation Plant and Backyard Sale, bare-root fruit trees, berries and native conifers, flowering trees, shrubs, perennials, compost bins/rain barrels and more. Free. Union Fairgrounds, Fairgrounds Lane, Union. www.knox-lincoln.org/spring-plant-sale. 9 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. Sunday.

May Day Open Farm Celebration, 400-acre organic farm will be open to all visitors, with live traditional music, food, Maypole dancing and crafts for children. Free. Broadturn Farm, 388 Broadturn Road, Scarborough. www.broadturnfarm.com. 1-4 p.m. Saturday.

• FOR KIDS

Meet Knight Nelly and her Stick-horse, Rufus!, a special interactive performance at the Children’s Museum and Theatre. Great for ages 3-6. $3, $4 plus admission. Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland. www.kitetails.org. 11:30 a.m. Friday.

Summer Farm Camp Open House, learn about our summer day camp and other educational programs. Visitors will be able to meet the staff and animals. Free. Wolfe’s Neck Farm, 184 Burnett Road, Freeport. www.wolfesneckfarm.org/maine-farm-summer-day-camp. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday.

Slime Making, mix up a batch to take home. $4 members, $5 visitors, plus admission. Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland . 828-1234. 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

KinderKonzert: Percussion: The Elements of Music, Portland Symphony Orchestra’s percussion ensemble uses mallets, brushes, sticks and their hands. $4. Olin Arts Center, Bates College, 75 Russell St., Lewiston. www.portlandsymphony.org. 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

• LECTURES

“The Mills of the Androscoggin River,” talk by architectural historian Scott Hanson. A Brunswick Downtown Association event. $20. Fort Andross Mill Complex-Gallery, 14 Maine St., Brunswick. brunswickdowntown.org. 7:30-9 a.m. Thursday.

“Grow It! The New Food Economy 2014,” food tours, case studies and networking about growing food economy. $50-$70. Hannaford Hall, Abromson Center, University of Southern Maine, 88 Bedford St., Portland. www.eventbrite.com. 1:30-7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday.

“Active Hope: The Work That Reconnects,” Sarah Vekasi, M.Div, an eco-chaplain, discusses the Great Turning. $25. Allen Avenue Unitarian Church, 524 Allen Ave., Portland. www.chimeofmaine.org. 7-8:30 p.m. Friday.

“Earth, Life, and Abrupt Climate Change,” illustrated talk by Dr. Alder Stone Fuller. Camden Public Library, 55 Main St, Camden. www.librarycamden.org. 6:30 -8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“She Speaks,” an evening of storytelling hosted by SheChanges that explores the places we go to inspire, inform and ignite change for ourselves. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland. mayostreetarts.org. 7-9:30 p.m. Thursday.