BENEFITS

TODAY

A Night to Remember Fashion Show, benefit for Southern Maine Dress for Success hosted by fashion designer Ashley Lauren Kerr; People’s Choice Credit Union, Saco. $10. 282-1201. 5:30 p.m.

FRIDAY

Rotary Concert for Famine Relief in the Horn of Africa, Orion Performing Arts Center, Topsham. $12; $6 for students. 729-3172. 7 p.m.

Ellsworth’s Got Talent Competition, eight local acts performing; benefits Robert and Mary’s Place, an adult day-care center is Ellsworth; Grand Auditorium, Ellsworth. $15; $7 for children. 374-2516. 7 p.m.

SATURDAY

Maine State Music Theatre Valentine’s Benefit Concert, love songs by professional actors Gregg Goodbrod and Denise Whelan; benefits MSMT’s summer internship program; Bowdoin College (Studzinski Recital Hall), Brunswick. $100. 725-8760, Ext. 15. 7:30 p.m.

JD Foundation’s Valentines Dance, music by the Tim Theriault Trio, benefits suicide prevention programs; Sokokis Hall, Limerick. $25. 876-2295. 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Camp Sunshine “Freezin’ for a Reason” Polar Dip, East End Beach, Portland. $100. freezinforareason.com. Noon.

11th Annual Chocolate Fest and Silent Auction, Healthy Kids fundraising event for adults with fine chocolate, hors d’oeuvres, live music and more; Lincoln Home, Newcastle. $37.50 in advance; $45 day of event. healthykidsmaine.com. 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Rick Charette, family-friendly benefit concert for the Responsible Pet Care Animal Shelter; Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School auditorium, South Paris. $6. 743-8679. 2 p.m.

Valentine’s Brunch, benefit for the Friends of Parsonsfield Seminary; Parsonsfield Seminary. $12; $5 for ages 10 and under. 793-8519. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (snow date is Sunday).

Midnight Explore Valentine’s Ghost Hunt, romantic dinner, paranormal equipment briefing and Rufus Flye House paranormal tour; benefit for the Pemaquid Watershed Association; Salt Bay Cafe, Damariscotta. $45. 380-4677. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

SUNDAY

Great Chili and Chowder Challenge, sample and vote for recipes by area chefs; benefits Altrusa International; Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland. $17.50; $10 for children under 10. 772-2701. 12:30 to 3 p.m.

TUESDAY

Eastport’s Hearts Warming Hearts: Annual Bikini and Speedo Run, benefits fuel assistance for the elderly; run starts at Eastport Post Office.

853-9400. 3:30 p.m.

• FAIRS/FESTIVALS

Longfellow Days, monthlong celebration of readings, tours, dinners, films and more honoring Henry W. Longfellow, various locations, Brunswick. Various prices. brunswickdowntown.com/longfellowdays. Through Feb. 26.

Naples Winter Carnival, snowmobile radar runs, snowmobile poker rally, helicopter rides, antique snowmobiles, hay rides, fireworks and more; Naples Town Dock on Long Lake. Friday to Saturday. 318-6965.

La Fete d’Hiver, photo show, concert by Boreal Tordu, sledding, kid’s carnival, snowman making, craft vendors, snowshoeing, snow volleyball, crepe breakfast and more, various locations, Biddeford. Friday to Sunday; schedule at heartofbiddeford.org/cultural-events.

“Be My Green Valentine” Sustainability Fair and Potluck, screenings of “After the Harvest,” children’s activities and fair trade gifts for purchase; Cumberland Congregational Church, Cumberland Center. $5 per family. 829-3419. 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

• SPECIAL EVENTS

TODAY

Disney on Ice: “Treasure Trove,” national touring production of ice show with Disney characters, Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland. $15 to $60; discounts for children ages 2 to 12 and groups of 15 or more. theciviccenter.com. 7 p.m. today and Friday; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

National Theater in London Live: “Travelling Light,” Nicholas Wright’s new play, Strand Theatre, Rockland. $23; $15 for ages 18 and under. rocklandstrand.com. Live at 2 p.m.; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

National Theater in London Live: “Travelling Light,” Nicholas Wright’s new play, Fryeburg Academy (Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center). $18; $15 for seniors; $10 for students. fryeburgacademy.org/pac. 2 p.m.

National Theater in London Live: “Travelling Light,” Nicholas Wright’s new play, Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta. $15. 563-3424. Rebroadcast, 7 p.m.

FRIDAY

“Search for the Solar System’s Edge,” planetarium show, University of Southern Maine (Southworth Planetarium), Portland. $4, $6. usm.maine.edu/planet. 7 p.m.

Inside Africa Fashion Show, students model apparel from 10 African nations, plus dancing and live music, Bates College (Olin Arts Center), Lewiston. Free. bates.edu. 8 p.m.

U.S. National Toboggan Championships, 400 teams compete, plus music, food, tailgate parties, a costume contest and more, Camden Snow Bowl. Free to watch. camdensnowbowl.com. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday to Sunday.

SATURDAY

Longfellow Days Tour, tour the house where Henry Wadsworth Longfellow lived from 1830 to 1832, Joshua Chamberlain House, Brunswick. Free. 721-0141. Tours begin on the hour Saturday.

Maine Roller Derby, Port Authorities vs. Queen City Roller Girls’ Lake Effect Furies, Happy Wheels Skate Center, Portland. $5. mainerollerderby.com. 5 to 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY

Bath Antiques Show, 50 dealers, Bath Middle School. $4. 443-8983. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kitchen Garden Dinner Series, with chefs Tim and Marc of Trattoria Athena, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay. $90; $75 for members. 633-4333, Ext. 101. 6 p.m.

MONDAY

Storytime in the Garden, hourlong stories read by Pat Jeremiah, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay. Free. 633-4333. 10 a.m.

TUESDAY

“Longfellow and Bull: The Virtuoso and the Poet,” Charles Kaufman explores the friendship of violin virtuoso Ole Bull with poet Henry W. Longfellow, Ocean View at Falmouth. Free. 781-4727. 2 p.m.

Port Veritas Spoken Word Night, weekly poetry reading, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland. Free/donation. localsprouts.coop. 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

Valentine’s Day Canine Cocktail Party and Dog Kissing Contest, winner gets $75 worth of products, Planet Dog Company Store, Portland. $5 entry fee. 347-8606. 6 to 7:30 p.m.

FEB. 16

“Leonardo Live: Leonardo da Vinci — Painter at the Court of Milan,” live in HD presentation of exhibition from the U.K. National Gallery, Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, Fryeburg. $18; $15 for seniors; $10 for students. fryeburgacademy.org/pac. 7:30 p.m.

Longfellow Days with Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair, lunch buffet with readings, Bowdoin College (Moulton Union), Brunswick. $25; reservations required. 729-4439. 1 p.m.

• FILMS

TODAY

Foreign Films in February, Rockland Library. Free. 594-0310. “Welcome” (2009), in French, English and Kurdish with English subtitles, 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY

Concert and a Movie, screening of 1921 silent movie “Miss Lulu Bett” accompanied by live music from Duane Edwards, Marc Chillemi and Tom DelRossi; River Tree Arts, Kennebunk. $5. rivertreearts.org. 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY

“The Help” (2011), rated PG-13, Long Branch School & General Store, Bowdoinham. Free. 699-8900. 6 p.m.

SUNDAY

“Midnight in Paris” (2011), rated PG-13, York Public Library. Free. 363-2818. 3 p.m.

MONDAY

Banff Mountain Film Festival, presented by National Geographic, TNF and Parks Canada, all ages; State Theatre, Portland. $17 in advance; $20 day of show. statetheatreportland.com. 7 p.m.

TUESDAY

“Fake It So Real” (2012), documentary about independent pro wrestling, Space, Portland. $7. space538.org. 7:30 p.m.

The Valentine’s Day Film Festival, collection of local films followed by performances by local bands Huak and Thee Ice Picks, Geno’s Rock Club, Portland. Free. 221-2382. 7:30 p.m.

“Oliver!” (1968), celebration of the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens with family potluck, Camden Public Library. Free. 236-3440. 5 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

“Mother: Caring for 7 Billion” (2011), documentary presented by CONA (Citizens Offering New Alternatives); screening followed by audience discussion; Skidompha Library, Damariscotta. conamaine.com. 3 p.m.

FEB. 16

“The Movie Queen of Sanford” (1935), with commentary from historians Harland Eastman, Gilles Auger and Charles Nickerson; Sanford-Springvale Historical Society, Springvale. Fee. 324-2797. 7 p.m.

Foreign Films in February, Rockland Library. Free. 594-0310. “Alamar” (2009), Mexican film in Spanish and Italian with English subtitles, 6:30 p.m.

• BOOKS/AUTHORS

TODAY

Dawn Potter and Meg Kearney, poetry reading, Bates College (Edmund S. Muskie Archives), Lewiston. Free. 786-6256. 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY

“Brown Bag Books,” Susan Orlean discusses “Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend” live in HD from Montgomery Auditorium in Philadelphia; Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta. $10. lcct.org. Noon.

“Slant,” writers, performers and notable community members tell 10-minute stories without notes, presented by The Telling Room, all ages; Space, Portland. Free. space538.org. 7:30 p.m.

MONDAY

“Weaving Conversations with the Sky,” original work celebrating women in poetry, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland. $12 to $15; $10 for seniors and students. stlawrencearts.org. 1 and 7 p.m.

Kate Shaffer, author of “Desserted: Recipes and Tales from an Island Chocolatier,” Falmouth Memorial Library. Free. 781-2351. Noon.

TUESDAY

Jane Honeck, author of “The Problem with Money? It’s Not About the Money!” Falmouth Memorial Library. Free. 781-2351. Noon.

WEDNESDAY

Anne Brennan Belden, discussion on Martha Beck’s book “Finding Your Way in a Wild New World,” Books-A-Million, South Portland. Free. 253-5587. 7 p.m.

Ted Bookey and Helene McGlauflin, Maine poets read from their work, The Highlands, Holden Frost House, Topsham. 725-2650. 10:30 a.m.

Carl Little, author of “Eric Hopkins: Above and Beyond,” Thos. Moser Showroom, Freeport. Free; reservations suggested, 865-4519. 6 to 8 p.m.

Onscreen Author Lecture Series, David Brooks, author of “The Social Animal,” Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, Fryeburg. $10; $7 for seniors; $5 for students. fryeburgacademy.org/pac. 7:30 p.m.

FEB. 16

Michael Kimmel, author of “Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men,” Bowdoin College (Kresge Auditorium), Brunswick. 725-3375. 7 p.m.

Poet Kristin Lindquist, author of “Transportation,” Owl & Turtle Bookstore, Camden. owlandturtle.com. 6 to 8:30 p.m.

• PARTICIPANT DANCE

FRIDAY

North Yarmouth Contradance, with music by Playgroup and caller Dave Eisenstafter, Wescustogo Hall, North Yarmouth. $7, $10. 233-4325. 6 p.m. (dance), 7 p.m. (potluck), 7:30 p.m. (beginners), 8 to 11:30 p.m. (dance).

Legion True Country Dance, American Legion Post 42, Damariscotta. $10. 563-3578. 7 to 11 p.m.

Club Series Dance Party, with VJ Pulse and DJ Hanzo, Franco-American Heritage Center, Lewiston. $7. francocenter.org. 8:30 p.m.

Valentine’s Dance, music by Pam Vaillancourt from Vintage, VFW Post 1603, Auburn. $5.  783-2561. 7 to 11 p.m.

SATURDAY

Valentine Dance, showcase and open dancing, American Ballroom Dance Academy, Portland. $15 in advance; $20 day of dance. avantmaine.com. Doors at 7 p.m.; dance at 8 p.m.

Annual Daddy-Daughter Dance, Maine State Ballet Theater, Falmouth. $25 per father-and-daughter pair; includes party favor and photograph. 781-3587. 6 to 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY

Country Valentine Show and Dance, music by Down East Country Music Association award winners, Silver Spur, Mechanic Falls. $5, $6; $2 for children under 12. 793-8884. Noon.

22nd Annual Father-Daughter Valentine’s Dance, music by Northeast DJs, Harrison Middle School, Yarmouth. $25 in advance; $30 day of show; includes portrait photo. 846-2407. 4 to 6 p.m.

• PRO SPORTS

Maine Red Claws, NBA Development League affiliate of the Celtics, Bobcats and 76ers, Portland Exposition Building. $6 to $30. 210-6655. nba.com/dleague. Vs. Texas, 5 p.m. Sunday; vs. Dakota (with Maine State Ballet performance), 7 p.m. Feb. 16.

Portland Pirates, AHL affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes, Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland. $12 to $20. portlandpirates.com. Vs. Worcester, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.


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