Portland Trails anniversary

Portland Trails is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a party and silent auction at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Portland Club, 156 State St.

There will be more than 200 items available to bid on, along with hors d’oeuvres from Black Tie Catering. The desserts are being donated by El Rayo Taqueria, the 13th Cookie, Maple’s Organics and Bomb Diggity Bakery.

Tickets cost $25; $20 for Portland Trails members, or 10 tickets for $150. For more information, call 775-2411.

Panel on school rights

The University of Southern Maine is hosting a panel discussion, “A Matter of Survival: School Climate for Maine’s LGBTQ Youth,” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Masterson Hall.

Emily Paine, a senior in USM’s women and gender studies and sociology programs, has spent the past year researching the Maine Human Rights Act, which is intended to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students from harassment and discrimination.

The panel will discuss the current climate in Maine schools for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth and offer suggestions for what residents can do to ensure a safe learning environment.

Free Comic Book Day

Coast City Comics is giving away comic books to anyone who walks into its store from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 7 at 634 Congress St.

The annual event is part of Free Comic Book Day, held the first Saturday of May each year. Comics available include Spider-Man, Green Lantern, Thor, Captain America, Smurfs, Archie, Geronimo Stilton and many more.

There will be snacks, raffles and a costume contest. Participants will also have a chance to meet published comic book creators. Batman and Green Lantern will be available for photos.

For details, call 450-6085 or email [email protected]

Choral Arts Society auditions

The Choral Arts Society will hold auditions for its masterworks chorus at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Allen Avenue.

The chorus consists of 80 to 120 people who perform mostly symphonic works and are often guests of the Portland Symphony Orchestra. For more information, call 828-0043 or go to www.choralart.org.

Cheverus 25th auction

Cheverus High School will hold its 25th annual auction Saturday at the school on Ocean Avenue.

The theme will be the Roaring 1920s, with jazz, flappers, gangsters and G-men. The silent auction will be 6-7:30 p.m., and the live auction will begin at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $50 per person and will benefit the Cheverus Scholarship Fund. For more information, call 774-6238 or go to www.cheverus.org.

Indian dance performance

Anca Gooje will give an Indian classical dance performance at 7 p.m. Friday at Mayo Street Arts Center, 10 Mayo St.

Gooje has performed Bharata Natyam, the Indian classical dance across India and Europe. She is now presenting a unique composition of this ancient mystical art form: “The Journey Within.”

Tickets are $10 and available online and at the door. For more information, call 776-5808.

Education critic to speak

Alfie Kohn, an outspoken critic of testing, homework and rewards, will present a free public lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the University of Southern Maine’s Abromson Community Education Center. Friends School of Portland organized the talk as part of its Parenting for Peace speaker series.

A special workshop for educators – “Traditional Education and its Victims: The Perils of Going Back to Basics” – will be held before the discussion at 3:30 p.m. at Friends School on Mackworth Island. For more information, call 781-6321.

Shape-note singing lesson

A lesson for shape-note singing will be offered from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at The New Church, 302 Stevens Ave.

This is a four-part singing tradition, also known as Sacred Harp Singing, which features robust harmony. Everyone is welcome to participate. A small donation is appreciated.


Little League opening day

The South Portland National Little League will hold its opening day ceremonies at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Majors Field on Pine Street.

Nearly 300 boys and girls from ages 5- to 14-years-old are expected to participate in South Portland’s junior league, little league and T-Ball league.

The opening ceremonies will also honor the league’s 2010 District 6 Junior League champion and the 2010 South Portland High School State Championship softball team. The South Portland girls will team up for the ceremonial first pitch.


Second-grader’s fundraiser

Truly Chillemi, a second-grader at Pond Cove Elementary School, has helped organize a musical event and food drive from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Local Buzz, 327 Ocean House Road.

The event, “Food is Hope,” will benefit Wayside Food Programs in Portland. The musicians scheduled to perform include jazz trumpeter Marc Chillemi and the SoPo Trio; Chris James, a singer-songwriter; and traditional Cuban group Primo Cubano.

Donations of nonperishable food will be collected at the event.


Dementia caregivers course

Savvy Caregiver, a training program for family caregivers of people with disorders causing dementia, will offer a training session starting next week.

The program will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays from May 3 to June 7 at the Southern Maine Agency on Aging in Scarborough. There is no cost, but pre-registration is required. For more information, call 1-800-427-7411.


Crop Walk fundraiser

The annual Crop Walk will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday beginning at the First Congregational Church, 19 Gloucester Hill Road.

The 6.2-mile walk will extend from the church to Woodman Road, Meadow Lane and Cobb’s Bridge Road. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds will support the New Gloucester Food Pantry. The remaining proceeds will support the Church World Service.

To register a team or support a walker, go to www.cropwalkonline.org/newgloucesterme.


Book sale at the library

A used book sale will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road. Thousands of books will be for sale for all ages.

The cost Sunday is $3 for anything you can fit in a bag. All proceeds go to benefit the library. For more information, call 781-2351 or go to www.falmouth.lib.me.us.

HART shelter bake sale

The Homeless Animal Rescue Team will be holding a bake/craft sale on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Walmart in Falmouth. All proceeds will benefit the no-kill cat shelter, located in Cumberland. Donations of food and crafts will be greatly appreciated. Call 829-4116.


Log Cabin book sale

The Log Cabin will hold a book sale from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the cabin, 196 Main St.

The book sale will have hardback and paperback books, as well as puzzles, games, DVDs and CDs.


Rally for humane society

Coastal Humane Society will hold a Foster Family Rally and orientation from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at 30 Range Road to train volunteers to provide temporary foster home care for pets in transition.

No prior experience is necessary, and CHS provides all necessary animal supplies, training and materials. To register, call Kathy Sullivan at 725-5051, ext. 14, or email [email protected]