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Back to school fair

The educators of the Boston Teachers’ Union invite students, parents and community members to the fifth annual back to school fair from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Boston Teachers’ Union Hall, 180 Mount Vernon St. and Carson Beach.

This afternoon of fun, food and entertainment will include 40,000 free books, music and activities, educational materials and resources from community partners.

Call 617-288-2000 or visit www.btu.org for more information.

Dance performance

The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., will present Trajal Harrell in “Caen Amour” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22.

In this new production, Harrell and his dancers resurrect the hoochie-coochie show, an exotic and erotic spectacle that debuted at World’s Fairs in Europe and America in the 19th century, as precursors to vaudeville and striptease. For Harrell, the hoochie-coochie was a pioneering moment when female artists presented performances on the boundary between entertainment, erotic dancing and early experiments in modern dance.

Part fashion show, part striptease, the performance weaves a spellbinding tableau of history, spectacle and imagination.

Call 617-478-3103 or visit www.icaboston.org to purchase tickets and for more information.

5K run

The fifth annual Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Island Run will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22 on Spectacle Island. The ferry will depart from Fan Pier at 9 a.m. and return to Boston at 12:30 p.m.

Runners can chose between a 5K or a 5-mile run on the island and then enjoy a post-race party and award ceremony. Registration is $50 and includes lunch, two post-celebration beverages and the boat ride on the Provincetown II. Spectators can cheer on their friends by purchasing a spectator ticket that includes ferry transportation to and from the island, as well as drinks and refreshments at the party on the pier.

Registration is required. This event is 21 plus.

For more information and to register, call 617- 223-8666 or visit www.islandrun.boston.com.

Island stewardship

The Boston Harbor Islands will host a Stewardship Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22 on Grape Island. The boat will depart from Courthouse Dock, 2 Northern Ave.

Volunteers will study changes in park biodiversity. They will explore the local flora and fauna and discuss the ecology and natural history of the park, working to improve the habitat for the native birds, bugs and flowers of the local national park. There will also be opportunities to search for invasive pest insects and plants and to catalog bird use in the park.

Participants should dress appropriately in layers for the weather, wear closed-toe shoes and bring a water bottle and lunch. Sunscreen and a hat are recommended. Tools will be provided.

To register, visit www.bostonharborislands.org or call 978-360-0421.

Open studios

Artists for Humanity at 100 West Second St. will host an open studio event from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

The evening will include a tour of the student artwork and facilities, wine and cheese.

Artists for Humanity’s mission is to bridge economic, racial and social divisions by providing under-resourced urban youth a chance for self-sufficiency through paid employment in art and design. Admission is free.

Further information is available at afhboston.org/openstudios.html or by calling 617-268-7620.

Octoberfest

The 29th annual Octoberfest will take place from 5:30 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28 and from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave.

There will be three stages with live bands providing the entertainment. Participants must be at least 21 years old with proper I.D. Tickets are $25 and will be sold online and at the door. Early access passes for Saturday can be purchased online. Free shuttles will be available from South Station.

Visit www.harpoonbrewery.com or call 888- 487-1666 for more information.