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5 things to do in and around Boston

World-class Irish dancing, a sheepshearing spectacle, an Easter Bunny photo op, and more.

Sheila Eghabil and the Iranian Dance Artists.

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Sheila Eghabil and the Iranian Dance Artists.

March 24

NEW YEAR, PERSIAN STYLE

Iranian dancing, Sufi and folk music performances, a film, story hour, craft-making activities, and talks are on tap for the Museum of Fine Art’s Nowruz: The Persian New Year Festival, free with museum admission, from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. 617-267-9300; mfa.org

March 24-31

ALIVE AND KICKING

More than 5,000 Irish dancers from as far away as South Africa and New Zealand will swarm the Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center and the Sheraton Boston Hotel for the World

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Irish Dancing Championships. Only the second time in the United States, it showcases some of the finest Irish dancing, from solo events to flashy team dancing. Don’t miss Sunday’s opening ceremony and Friday’s Dance Drama, which mixes traditional steps with theatrical expression. Tickets $25 per day with New England ID.clrg.ie/boston2013

March 26

LIVES IN LETTERS

Award-winning authors Walter Mosley and China Mieville will read from and discuss their work at Wellesley College as part of the Newhouse Center for the Humanities’ Distinguished Writer Series starting at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. 781-283-2698; newhouse-center.org

March 30

SHORN TO RUN

It’s sheepshearing time at Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln, and the farm’s annual Woolapalooza offers a chance to watch shearing and sheepherding demos, see fiber artists at

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work, browse handmade products, and take a peek at spring’s newborn creatures. Tickets cost $14 on-site or $12 in advance. 781-259-2200; massaudubon.org/drumlin

March 30

HELLO, RABBIT

Take the tots to Stoneham’s Stone Zoo on Saturday for the Bunny Bonanzoo, where you can snap their picture with the Easter Bunny ($5 donation), play games, make crafts, and hear stories, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 617-541-5466; zoonewengland.com

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