December 5, 2013

Et Cetera Listings

Benefits, books and authors, children’s activities, fairs and festivals, films and special events

• BENEFITS

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“The Punk Singer,” a documentary about Kathleen Hanna, will be screened at Space in Portland on Wednesday.

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Brunswick Downtown Association’s annual silent auction fundraiser, Curtis Memorial Library, $5. brunswickdowntown.org. Irish music by Tamara Goltz and David Stimson, refreshments, hors d’oeuvres, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center’s Auction for the Animals, hors d’oeuvres and cash bar, items will include travel, art, entertainment and gift certificates for everything from gourmet meals to spa services. Handmade holiday cookies and Christmas stockings also will be sold. High Mountain Hall, Camden. pawsadoption.org. Preview at 6 p.m., live auction at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Art for Everyone: A Collection of Donated Art, more than 200 pieces of artwork donated to Goodwill stores, including oils, watercolors, drawings, mixed media and prints, Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland. goodwillnne.org. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

USM School of Music 23rd annual Scholarship Gala, A Venetian Season of Light, live performances by acclaimed student ensembles, festive holiday banquet with tableside serenading, live and silent auctions, raffle drawing and centerpiece concert, Abromson Center, University of Southern Maine, Portland, $90-$150. usmmusicgala.org. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday.

Christmas Tree and Wreath Sale, to benefit Portland’s combined high schools girls and boys hockey teams, Deering High School. 874-8260. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis, Freeport High School. freeportjbr.kintera.org. Registration at 9 a.m., race at 10 a.m. Sunday.

• BOOKS AND AUTHORS

Peri Broadbent and Cheryl Johnson, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland. localsprouts.coop. Children’s book author and illustrator, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday.

Colin Woodard, author of “American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America,” York Public Library. www.york.lib.me.us. 6 p.m. Thursday.

Artist Dahlov Ipcar, Georgetown Historical Society. 371-9200. Signing copies of the restored and re-issued 1957 book “Animal Hide and Seek,” 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Dorothy T. Ratigan, Nonesuch Books, South Portland. nonesuchbooks.com. Author of “Knitting Know How,” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Kate Nevius, Sherman’s Books and Stationery, Freeport. 869-9000. Author of children’s book “Penguina’s Bedtime Story,” 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

“Summer Stories,” writers Claire Guyton and Anna Noyes will be reading, joined by illustrator Leslie Anderson, Camden Public Library. 236-3440. Book with 10 stories by Maine writers and artwork by Anderson, 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Lincoln Paine, Maine Historical Society, Portland, admission by donation. mainehistory.org. Author of “The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World,” 7 p.m. Dec. 12.

Norbert Nathanson, Camden Public Library. 236-3440. Author of “A Secretly Disabled Man: a Memoir,” 7 p.m. Dec. 12.

• PARTICIPANT DANCE

Salsa Dancing with DJ Baulio, The Pearl, Portland, $5, 21-plus. 523-9600. Latin, merengue, salsa, reggaeton, bachata and Latin hits. Dance lessons included, 8 p.m. Thursday and Dec. 12.

Port City Swing Dance, Woodfords Club, Portland, $10. portcityswing.com. Music by The Blue Willow Band, Lessons at 8 p.m., dance at 9 p.m. Friday.

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.

Greater Portland Community Contra Dance Series, Falmouth Congregational Church, $10; under 21 $7; children 5-12 $5; under 5 free. 358-9354. Live music with Don Roy Quarter, caller Bill Olson. Lessons 7:15 p.m., dance at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Family Contra Dance and Winter Spiral, Belfast Dance Studio, $4, $2 children. 408-903-3710. Live music by John Pranio and Toki Oshima and caller Chrissy Fowler, 3 p.m. Sunday.

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