Worcester Weekly: stART at the Station, two strolls, ‘Wonderful Life’ + more, Dec. 3-9

The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you just might learn something, too.

Sunday, Dec. 3 — stART at the Station, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Grand Hall and Concourse, Union Station, Washington Square  This is the stop to get gift shopping stARTed and your holidays on track. Some 135 local artisans will be on hand with items that are beautiful, unusual, useful or whimsical. There will be a stART Lounge, too, with a lineup of local performers, offering a break from the crafts and/or crowds. Organizers promise wider aisles this year, but trust us, this thing is chaotic — in a merry sort of way.

Admission is free; early entry from 9 to 11 a.m. costs $10, which will support stART and could get you first dibs on some of the delights. Parking is $1 at the Union Station Garage at 225 Franklin St.

A Mother’s Journey: The tipping point

Editor’s note: Since September 2015, Worcester Sun has chronicled the trials and triumphs of Sun contributor Giselle Rivera-Flores as she explores ways to help her daughter and other Worcester families find affordable educational support and assistance. We used to describe her as an aspiring business owner; now, she’s an inspiring one. During her journey to establish and grow her nonprofit tutoring collaborative she has, you could say, stepped beyond the walls of her dream.

Giselle Rivera-Flores

In his debut book “The Tipping Point,” Malcolm Gladwell wrote: “In the late 1960s, a television producer named Joan Ganz Cooney set out to start an epidemic. Her target was three-, four-, and five-year-olds. Her agent of infection was television, and the ‘virus’ she wanted to spread was literacy. The show would last an hour and run five days a week, and the hope was that if that hour was contagious enough it could serve as an educational Tipping Point: giving children from disadvantaged homes a leg up once they began elementary school, spreading pro-learning values from watchers to non-watchers, infecting children and their parents, and lingering long enough to have an impact well after the children stopped watching the show. … She called her idea ‘Sesame Street.’ ”

Gladwell calls this the stickiness factor. In discovering that making “small but critical adjustments in how they presented ideas to preschoolers,” Malcolm wrote, “they could overcome television’s weakness as a teaching tool and make what they had to say memorable.”

In concept, I, too, look to produce such an epidemic of proportionate educational value that the children who attend The Learning Hub will generate a level of stickiness for us, so that we start to discuss more serious methods of how we teach our children in our public schools. We want them to have a leg up as they make their way through the winding paths of what is our current school system.

But as many parents like me believe, the current school system is not up to par, and with that void in the market, the Hub’s stickiness factor can be a bit more contagious.

Read Giselle’s previous chapter, The shape of the city, or scroll down to explore more of her story.

‘Healing Fibers’ exhibit: Between cultural appropriation and activism

The “Healing Fibers” exhibit on a recent Saturday night was a place to hear the silent cries of those who do not have a voice. The artwork displayed all incorporated fibers in some way, and highlighted the event’s theme of indigenous culture and activism using various perspectives from history, philosophy, aesthetics and politics.

Worcester Weekly: Holy Cross hoops, ‘Christmas Carol’ + more, Nov. 19-25

The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you just might learn something, too.

Tuesday, Nov. 21 — “Favorite Places” opening reception, 5-6:30 p.m., first floor, Denholm Building, 484 Main St.  The Denholm Building isn’t quite what it used to be, but then the same could be said for most of us. Yet, with its old department store vestiges and nostalgic place in the literal and figurative heart of the city, it continues to stand tall as a “favorite place” for myriad folks who call Worcester home.

In Preservation Worcester’s new exhibit, featuring “a set of photographs of 20 Worcester citizens who are active in the community, each interacting with his or her favorite Worcester historical building,” city photographer Randle Stock brings you closer to some of the most significant architecture and locations in the Seven Hills.

Painting frames pathway to healing: Local artist Campion seeks to end silence of sexual assault

A couple of years ago, Jane M. Campion was showing some of her paintings at Electric Haze, a Green Island bar and live music venue. Jane always believed she was meant to reach out and help others through her art, but little did she know that selling one of her paintings to a Pathways for Change volunteer coordinator would be the catalyst for a new future.

The Quad [Nov. 8]: Four things to know from Anna Maria, Worcester State, QCC and UMass Medical School

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Anna Maria College hosts sculpture walk with Gloria Hall

Anna Maria College announced that Art in the Park Executive Director Gloria Hall will join the Department of Art and Design for a sculpture walk at noon today.

The tour will start in front of the Bishop Flanagan Campus Center and continue down Sunset Lane. During the walk, Ms. Hall will discuss Art in the Park, the partnership with Anna Maria College and stories and nuances of each sculpture. The walk will conclude at the Art Center Gallery in Miriam Hall with hot apple cider and the current exhibit, “Frank Poor, From the Road.” This event is free and open to the public.

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Inbox [Nov. 8]: News and notes from Worcester Cultural Coalition, Mercantile Center, Bravehearts, Applebee’s, city and YWCA

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Williams to be honored at State House

Erin Williams, cultural development officer for the city of Worcester, was one of five Champion of Artists award winners who will be honored this morning at the State House.

The award of the Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition will be given at 10 a.m. as part of the 11th annual Artists Under the Dome event.

Williams currently serves on the Central Massachusetts Creative Economy Network, is a founding board member of MASSCreative, and a board member of Discover Central Mass.

Worcester Weekly: Municipal Election, ‘A Christmas Story’ + more, Nov. 5-11

The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you just might learn something, too.

Sunday, Nov. 5 — Worcester Railers vs. Reading Royals, 3:05 p.m., DCU Center, 50 Foster St.  The Railers may not pack the DCU Center every night, but it appears the team’s decision makers loaded the roster with talent.

Patrick McNally is tied for eighth in the ECHL with 5 goals, after scoring again in Friday’s 4-2 win over the Royals. (He scored four goals in two AHL seasons with the San Jose Barracuda after a standout career at Harvard.) McNally’s plus-11 rating was tops in the league after Friday’s games, and the T&G’s Bill Ballou, who’s seen a few hockey games in his long career, says McNally looks like one of the best players in the ECHL.

The Quad [Nov. 5-11]: Four things to know from Becker, QCC, Anna Maria and New England College of Business

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Becker announces unique esports partnership

Becker College and Gamer Sensei, the top esports coaching platform, has announced a partnership to create a first-of-its-kind program for students this semester. Becker students who are members of the college’s esports club will have access to professional coaches from around the globe who will help them train and play in tournaments for some of the top competitive games, both individually and as a team.

“Offering a college coaching program has been a dream of ours ever since we launched the platform,” said William Collis, co-founder of Gamer Sensei. “With one of the nation’s leading game design programs and a student body that was already plugged in to the competitive gaming scene, Becker was a natural partner for us and we are excited to see how it takes off.”

Inbox [Nov. 1]: News and notes from Cultural Coalition, UMass Medicine Science Park, North High, MassDevelopment and Central Mass. PPAL

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City accepting submissions for winter exhibit

The Worcester Cultural Coalition is now accepting submissions for its next show, “Fire and Ice.”

Photographers and creators of 2-D and 3-D works that can be suspended are eligible.

The coalition maintains two galleries that host several shows a year: one located in the windows of Bay State Savings Bank facing Franklin Street and the other in the basement level of Worcester City Hall just off the building’s parking lot basement.

“Fire and Ice” will be presented in conjunction with the city’s Festival of Lights celebration.