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SOUTH INFORMER

A health fair, photography, and Walt Whitman’s life

Crowds peruse the booths at last year’s South Shore Health & Wellness Fair.
Crowds peruse the booths at last year’s South Shore Health & Wellness Fair.(Heather McCall Photography)

The South Shore Chamber of Commerce is hosting the seventh annual South Shore Health & Wellness Fair in Hanover. More than 35 wellness-focused organizations from across the region will perform health screenings and demonstrations, as well as educate and engage attendees with samples, giveaways, and prizes. The fair will feature a community blood drive conducted by the American Red Cross. Visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter code SSCHAMBER to make an appointment to donate. The event will take place on Friday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Emilson YMCA, 75 Mill St., Hanover. It is free for all ages.

The Braintree Choral Society presents “Songs of Story, Stage, and Screen” on Saturday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. The concert includes familiar tunes from well-loved musicals, as well as offerings from the works of William Shakespeare and Thomas Morley. The concert takes place at First Congregational Church of Braintree, 12 Elm St. Tickets — which are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors — are available at the door or on the chorus’s website at www.braintreechoralsociety.weebly.com.

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The Plymouth Center for the Arts announces Fine Art of Photography, an international juried photography show, which opens on Saturday, May 4, from 7 to 10 p.m. The reception and award ceremony has music, dancing, food, and a cash bar. The free event is open to the public, and all photography will be for sale. More than 1,120 photos were submitted, and only 178 were accepted. They depict images from locations such as China, Israel, Tyrol, and the United States. The show will last until June 15. The enter is located at 11 North St., Plymouth.

Walt Whitman’s poetry and life will be revisited at the Pembroke Public Library, 142 Center St. Actor Stephen Collins, who has played Whitman for 20 years, reads his works, letters, and the journey of Whitman’s life on May 28 at 7 p.m. . The event is free and open to the public. Contact 781-293-6771 or visit www.pembrokepubliclibrary.org for more information.

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A series of spring parties will be lined up across the South Shore to raise funds for the James Library and Center for the Arts in Norwell. The Spring Pop-Up Party Fund-raiser aims to have 15 events held by gracious hosts or cohosts in the area that guests would attend with a dedicated donation to the James. Parties come in all forms, so don’t be afraid to break out of conventional norms and host a craft night or a garden brunch. The James can assist with invitations and planning; they just need a location and a date in May or June that the host chooses. Those who’d rather attend than host can contact the James and sign up as a party guest, pending space. The James hopes to raise $10,000 by June 30 and will also be accepting donations at JamesLibrary.org. Contact Megan Ward at mward@jameslibrary.org or call 781-659-7100.

The Marshfield Council On Aging Lifelong Learning will host a class revolving around local 17th-century cuisine on May 1. Historian Regina Porter will give recipes and teach how 17th-century Marshfield residents gathered, hunted, prepared, and preserved food, at the Jetty Restaurant, 278 Ocean St. At 10:30 a.m. registration and coffee starts. The lecture goes from 11 a.m. to noon, and a buffet luncheon follows from noon to 1 p.m. The registration limit is 40 and advance signup is required at the Marshfield Council On Aging, 230 Webster St. Contact 781-834-5581 for more information.

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Ysabelle Kempe can be reached at ysabelle.kempe@globe.com. Annika Hom can be reached at annika.hom@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnikaHom.