Fashion Show and Luncheon, fashions from Amisi, The Closet, Dannah’s, The Green Tangerine and The Pink Tangerine; benefits the Kennebunk Free Library; Kennebunk Inn. $35. 985-2713. 1 to 3 p.m.

“Flaws for a Cause,” third annual Maine-made fine pottery sale; benefits Cultivating Community’s New American Sustainable Agriculture Project; Maine Potters Market, Portland. mainepottersmarket.com. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday.


Fifth Annual Thornton Fund Auction, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, live and silent auctions; benefits Hill Stadium project; Thornton Academy, Saco. $20. thorntonacademy.org/auction. 6:30 p.m.

South Portland High School Football Boosters Comedy Night, with George Hamm and friends, Events on Broadway, South Portland. $15. 699-5855. 7:30 p.m.

Pitchfork to Plate: An Evening of Champagne and Desserts, Wolfe’s Neck Farm spring gala and auction, Harraseeket Inn, Freeport. $50. wolfesneckfarm.org/gala. 7 to 10 p.m. Friday.

Fandango: Arts, Food and Culture Night, international music and dance concert; benefits El Salvador urban group Mano Hermana; College of the Atlantic (Gates Center), Bar Harbor. $5; $2 for students. 288-5015. 8 p.m.


“Give Love Away,” yard sale benefiting World Vision water well projects, White Pine Ministry Center, North Yarmouth. Free admission. 657-6978. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WERU Spring Fling Music and Gear Sale, used records and CDs, instruments and music gear; music from WERU DJs; Belfast Boathouse. weru.org. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“The Vagina Monologues,” monologues performed by women for ages 16-plus; benefits Safe Voices and Women of Haiti; First Universalist Church, Auburn. $5 to $10. auburnuu.org. 7 p.m.

The Freedom Gala, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music and live and silent auctions; Maine Freedom Project fundraiser for Love 146, which focuses on human trafficking prevention and after-care for victims; Portland Company Complex. $35. freedomme.com. 6 to 9 p.m.


Second Annual Coastal Youth Orchestra 5K and Fun Run, race starts at intersection of Old Pennellville and Pennellville Roads in Brunswick. $25; $20 for ages 18 and under; $10 for fun run. tinyurl.com/goforbaroque. Fun run at 9 a.m.; 5K at 9:30 a.m.


Fishermen’s Festival, pancake breakfast, children’s activities, arts and crafts, trap-hauling competition and more, various locations, Boothbay Harbor. Various prices. boothbayharbor.com. Friday to Sunday.

Fiddlehead Festival, day-long cooperative celebration of the benefits of local food, University of Maine, Fort Kent. Free. sustainablecampus.umf.maine.edu. Starts at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Feathers Over Freeport, birding festival with live bird presentations, talks, hawk watch and children’s activities, Bradbury Mountain State Park, Pownal. $3; $1 for ages 5 to 11; free for children under 5 and seniors older than 65. maine.gov/feathersoverfreeport. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.



Pecha Kucha Night, informal and fun gathering for creative people to share their ideas, work and thoughts, River Tree Arts, Kennebunk. $5. rivertreearts.org. 7:20 p.m.

“Ulysses for the Fun of It,” weekly listening session of a recording of Joyce’s “Ulysses” performed by Irish actors, Maine Irish Heritage Center, Portland. Free. maineirish.com. 6 to 7:30 p.m. today and May 3. Through June 28.


Take Back the Night March and Rally, with Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine, Monument Square, Portland. Free. sarsonline.org. 6 p.m.

“red, black & GREEN: a blues,” multi-media production about the deteriorating environment by Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Lewiston Memorial Armory. $20; $10 for seniors and students. batestickets.com. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.


World T’ai Chi and QiGong Day 2012, art building quad, Bowdoin College (Walker Art Building), Brunswick. (Rain location is Morrell Gymnasium.) Free. mainecoasttaichi.com. 10 a.m.

Obscura Day: An International Celebration of Unusual Places, International Cryptozoology Museum, Portland. $7; $5 for ages 12 and under. cryptozoologymuseum.com. 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Great Maine Bike Swap, buy or sell used bicycles, USM Sullivan Gym, Portland. $3 admission; free for USM and UMaine students and ages 12 and under. bikemaine.org/events/bike-swap. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Film Chowdah, student film festival, Nickelodeon Cinemas, Portland. $5. filmchowdah.org. 7 p.m. today.

“Lubec Arts Alive!,” short film by award-winning television and film producer Jon Wing Lum, Harlow Gallery, Hallowell. Free. harlowgallery.org. 7 p.m. today.

“Around the World-One Man’s Journey,” narrated by veteran travelogue producer Doug Jones, Araxine Wilkins Sawyer Memorial, Greene. Free. sawyer-foundation.com. 2 and 7 p.m. Friday.



Catherine Tumber, author of “Small, Gritty and Green: The Promise of America’s Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low Carbon World,” Longfellow Books, Portland. longfellowbooks.com. 7 p.m.

Elizabeth Peavey and Marguerite Robichaux, author and illustrator of “Glorious Slow Going: Maine Stories of Art, Adventure and Friendship,” Camden Public Library. Free. 236-3440. 6:30 p.m.

“A Swarm of Poets,” an evening of readings by many Maine poets, Rockland Public Library. Free. 594-0310. 6:30 p.m.


Friday Local Author Series, with Carolyn Gelland Frost, author of “Four-Alarm House,” Portland Public Library. Free. portlandlibrary.com. Noon.


Poetry Month Celebration with Lady Zen, jazz/funk poet presents “Collaborations,” Portland Public Library (Rines Auditorium). Free. portlandlibrary.com. Noon.

Sis Deans, author of “Riding Out the Storm,” Books-A-Million, South Portland. Free. 253-5587. 2 p.m.

Poets Nancy Henry, Bruce Spang and Martin Steingesser, The Local Buzz, Cape Elizabeth. Free. capelocalbuzz.com. 2 p.m.


Chris Van Dusen and Matt Tavares, author and Illustrator of “Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit” and “There Goes Ted Williams,” Longfellow Books, Portland. Free. longfellowbooks.com. 1 p.m.


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


John McDonald, author of “John McDonald’s Maine: A Storyteller’s Useful Guide to Useless Information,” Portland Public Library. Free. portlandlibrary.com. Noon.

Storywalk with Children’s Author Cathryn Falwell, combines physical activity and reading, Bath Library Park. Free. 373-6585. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Portland Sea Dogs, Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, Hadlock Field, Portland. $4 to $9. milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t546. Vs. Reading, 6 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; vs. Trenton, 6 p.m. Monday.


Contradance and Dinner, dinner by Seagrass Bistro, caller Maggie Robinson, music by 317 Contradance Band, for ages 10-plus; Wescustogo Hall, North Yarmouth. $10; $20 for family. 846-9559. 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.