April 1, 5 p.m. Masquerade Ball-Paper Faces on Parade, hide your face so the world can never find you, a night of mayhem and tomfoolery, dress in costume, be anyone, be absurd or be amazing, dance the night away enjoying an array of musical genius, crazy food and punch, free, open to the public, UMF Art Gallery, 246 Main Street, Farmington. FMI: 207.778.7002, www.umf.maine.edu.
April 2, 5-8 p.m. "Eternal Whispers," Opening Reception, an exhibition of paintings by Petrea Noyes of Brooks and relief carvings by Lynne Joddrell Baggett of Steuben, Harlow Gallery, 160 Water Street, Hallowell. FMI: 207.622.3813, www.harlowgallery.org.
April 2-3, 7 p.m. Robinson Ballet LIVE 2010, an exhilarating dance show certain to entertain and delight, $14/adults, $8/children and students, Penobscot Theatre at the Bangor Opera House, 131 Main Street, Bangor. FMI: 207.942.3333, www.penobscottheatre.org.
April 3, 10 a.m. Maple Sugar Tour, easy nature walk at Wishing Well Farm, Norridgewock, to view native sugaring trees led by Warren Balgooyen, call Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance for directions. FMI: 207.495.6039, www.belgradelakes.org.
April 3, 1-3 p.m. Children's Book Character Party with Geronimo Stilton, storytelling, cookie decorating and more, free, Colby College Bookstore, Cotter Union, 5400 Mayflower Hill, Waterville. FMI: 207.859.5400, www.colby.edu.
April 3, 2 p.m. L/A Arts presents "Hansel and Gretel," the Classic Brothers Grimms' Fairy Tale brought to life by the National Marionette Theatre, slightly modified version eliminating negative maternal stereotypes and deemed appropriate for all ages, $7/adults, $5/students, seniors and children, Lewiston Middle School, 75 Central Avenue, Lewiston. FMI: 207.782.7228, www.laarts.org.
April 3, 8 p.m. James Cotton Band, blues, $27/person, Skowhegan Opera House, 225 Water Street, Skowhegan. FMI: 207.242.9412, www.skowhegan.org.
April 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Planning and Starting Your Own Vegetable Garden, Kennebec County Extension Agent Caragh Fitzgerald will present information to help beginning gardeners learn the fundamentals of how to plan and start a home garden, first in a series of 6 workshops that will focus on growing healthy food from start to finish, Barrels Community Market, 74 Main Street, Waterville. FMI: 207.660.4844, www.chambermaster.com.
April 7, 6-9 p.m. Wheel Chair Races, hosted by the Wheel Chair Sports Association, races open to the public, wheel chairs available for use during the races, free, Skowhegan Community Center, 39 Poulin Drive, Skowhegan. FMI: 207.399.4086, www.skowheganchamber.com.