WALK/RUN FOR HAWC. Sunday, May 5, 9 a.m. registration, noon walk/run, 1 p.m. festivities, Salem Common. Olympian gold medalist Kayla Harrison will serve as this year’s honorary chairwoman. Event raises awareness of domestic violence; HAWC, Healing Abuse Working for Change, works to provide advocacy to victims of domestic violence. http://hawcdv.donorpages.com/WalkRunforHAWC/.
MOTHER’S DAY CUT-A-THON FOR BREAST CANCER PREVENTION. Sunday, May 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Radiance Aveda Lifestyle Salon & Spa, 316 Derby St., Salem. In honor of Mother’s Day, join Miss Pink 2010, 2012 and 2013 for a haircut, raffle, refreshments and a DJ. All proceeds from haircuts will be donated to the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition, a grass-roots advocacy organization that seeks to prevent environmental causes of breast cancer through community education, research advocacy and changes to public policy. $15 haircut for men, women and children; new customers only. email@example.com or 978-741-8110.
Poetry, writing and literature
“A NIGHT OF MYSTERY ... AND GOLF.” Thursday, May 2, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Beverly Farms Branch Library, Conrad Lecture Hall, 24 Vine St. Authors Sharon Cook and Gary Larrabee will discuss their new books, one a collection of mysteries and the other a sports history. Copies of both books will be available for purchase. Free. 978-921-6066 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
KEROUAC SYMPOSIUM: “BEBOP AND BEATS: AN EVENING OF MUSIC AND BEAT POETRY.” Thursday, May 2, 8 p.m., Gulu-Gulu Cafe, 247 Essex St., Salem. Commemorate Salem State’s first academic conference on Jack Kerouac and the Beats in 1973. SSU students and faculty will read poetry by Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso, as well as play music from the artists who inspired the Beat Generation writers. Special guest reading by Laura Boss, editor of Lips poetry magazine and a contemporary of Gregory Corso. Kicks off the opening of the 2013 Mass Poetry Festival. Free. www.salemstate.edu/arts/kerouac/.