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UMass 5K Dash and Dine — UMass Dining Services hosts annual race to benefit the Amherst Survival Center today at 11 a.m. Check-in at 9 a.m. at Berkshire Dining Commons. $15 public; $5 UMass community. For more information go to www.umassdining.com.

Vernal Pools Hike — Kestrel Land Trust sponsors a hike with biologist Brandon Abbott today from 1 to 3 p.m. at Fitzgerald Lake, Northampton. Children accompanied by adult welcome. Heavy rain cancels. For more information call 549-1097 or go to kestreltrust.org to register.

Family Night Hike — A hike for families with children ages 5 to 12 takes place today from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton. Fee: $10. Preregistration required; call 584-3009.

Helping Hearts for Hadley Schools 5K Run/2 Mile Walk — Event takes place Sunday at 10:30 a.m., at Hadley Elementary School, 21 River Dr., Hadley. Community block party follows. For more information go to www.helpingheartsforhadleyschools.org.

Run for Autism — UMass Autism Speaks, chapter hosts 5K run/3K walk Sunday at noon, Kendrick Park, at Triangle, North Pleasant and East Pleasant streets, Amherst. Registration starting 11 a.m. For more information go to http://events.autismspeaksu.org.

Dance of the American Woodcock at Park Hill Orchard — Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary sponsors a program on woodcock courtship display Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m., Park Hill Orchard, 82 Park Hill Road, Easthampton. Fee: $15. Preregistration required; call 584-3009.

Northampton Cross-Country Races — 5K races starting and ending at Northampton Community Gardens, Burts Pit Road, Northampton take place Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m., with registration starting at 5:45 p.m. Fee: $5 adults; under 18 free. For information call Don Grant at 584-7725.

Sky Dance: Woodcocks at Twilight — Observation of woodcock courtship display takes place Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Northfield Mountain Recreation Center, Route 63, Northfield. Free. Preregistration required; call (800)859-2960.

Join the Weed Mob — Franklin Land Trust sponsors pulling of invasive wild chervil on April 13 from 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Henderson Farm, Colrain. Free. RSVP Mike Bald, (802)345-8299.

West Mountain Sanctuary Hike — Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary sponsors a hike at the sanctuary in Plainfield on April 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fee: $15. Preregistration required; call 584-3009 or email arcadia@massaudubon.org.

Great Blue Herons and Bald Eagles — Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary sponsors an indoor/outdoor program on April 13 from 3 to 6 p.m., Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton. Fee: $15. Preregistration required; call 584-3009 or email arcadia@massaudubon.org.

Trail Work Boot Camp — Basic trail maintenance session takes place April 14 from 9 a.m. to noon, Northfield Mountain Recreation Center, Route 63, Northfield. Ages 8 and up welcome. Preregistration required; call (800)859-2960.

Signs of Spring Guided Nature Walk — Event takes place April 15 from 10 a.m. to 12:12 p.m., Notch Visitor Center, 1500 West St. (Route 116), South Amherst. Approximately two miles with frequent stops downhill along the Sweet Alice Brook and uphill on the Trolley Bed Trail. Free. For more information call 584-6788.

Walk and Roll for Aphasia — Annual 2.6 mile walk to benefit aphasia research is April 20. Registration 10 a.m. on the Amherst Town Common. For more information email umass.aphasiawalk@gmail.com.

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