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WALK DEDICATED TO MARATHON VICTIMS: The first annual 5K Purple Walk/Run to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Hampshire County on Sunday at Look Memorial Park in Florence will be dedicated to those affected by the tragedy at this week’s Boston Marathon.

The registration fee is $15 per participant, and $5 of each registration taken from now through the start of the event will go toward relief efforts for Boston’s victims. The remaining $10 will benefit the ACS.

To register for the event, visit www.hamprelay.org/5k. For more information, contact race coordinators at 5k@hamprelay.org.

Check-in will begin for all walkers and runners at 8 a.m. at Look Park’s Dow Pavilion, with the race starting at 9 a.m. Refreshments and entertainment will be offered.

BELLYDANCING CLASS: A free workshop taught by Emuna the Bellydancing Librarian will take place Wednesday from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. at Forbes Library in Northampton.

The class will introduce participants to the art of Middle Eastern dance. No dance experience is necessary.

Participants should wear comfortable clothing that allows for moving and stretching.

Bare feet or ballet slippers are recommended. You do not need to bare your belly.

This class will be geared to adults and teens, ages 12 and up; 8 and up are welcome with a parent participating.

The workshop will be held in the downstairs community room. For information, call 587-1013.

South Hadley

AUTHOR TALK: Joe Ellis, American historian, educator and author, will speak on his newest book, “Revolutionary Summer,” on April 30 at 3 p.m. at Loomis Village, 20 Bayon Drive. Ellis is professor of history at Mount Holyoke College and is the author of seven books. The talk is free and open to the public. For information call Pat Creaser 532-5325.

WRITING WORKSHOP: A writing workshop, “Writing and Reading through Illness: A Reading and Writing Workshop,” will be held on April 30 at 11 a.m. at Loomis Village, 20 Bayon Drive. The workshop will be based on “On Being Ill with Notes from Sick Rooms” by Julia Stephen, Virginia Woolf’s mother. The workshop will be presented by Jan Freeman and members of the Loomis Village community. It will include readings from the book and sharing of participants’ experiences with illness and care-giving. After the readings, all are invited to write their own narratives and discuss the transformative experiences of illness and care-giving. The workshop is free and open to the public.

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