Worcester Weekly, Aug. 16-22

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There’s a lot going on in the city. Many of the events don’t need our help in drawing a crowd, but some do. Here’s our take on some of this week’s most worthwhile events.

Have an event you want considered? Send a link to info@worcester.ma

Mechanics Hall

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Mechanics Hall

Sunday, Aug. 16 — Laugh Out Loud, 6-8 p.m., Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. After a weekend full of back-to-school shopping and summer chores, what better way to kick back than with a few laughs echoing off the opulent Mechanics Hall walls?

MC Omo, a local entertainer and radio personality, brings the funny with comedians including Seyi Brown, Wamilele and MCPC. Also performing are DJ Emteezy and the Bamidele Dancers and Drummers. Tickets, $35 at the door ($45 VIP).

For more information:
Email: info@mechanicshall.org

Monday, Aug. 17 (also Fridays, through Oct. 30) — Farmers Market, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Beaver Brook Park, 306 Chandler St. Managed by the Regional Environmental Council of Central Mass., the seasonal community market provides locally grown produce to folks who might not otherwise find or be able to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables.

There is also a Saturday market for the Main South neighborhood, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at YMCA Fuller Family Park, 104 Murray Ave.; and a mobile market that makes up to 16 stops from Tuesday to Thursday (through October). Oh, and 50% off purchases under $40 for folks using SNAP/EBT.

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Tuesday, Aug. 18 (also Wednesday, Thursday) — Free Tennis Lessons, starting at 7 a.m., Lake Park, 284 Lake Ave. High school and middle school kids, don’t miss the last week of free summer tennis instruction on the courts at Lake Park. Lessons are provided by instructors from Tenacity, a firm that administers programs for urban youth built around tennis and reading. Equipment is provided and all experience levels are welcome.

For more information:
Email: mmprhegedus@charter.net

Wednesday, Aug. 19 — “D.W. Counts Down to Kindergarten,” 11:30 a.m., EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way Ah, yes, the school year approaches. Parents rejoice, and the children run and hide! They may just come out from behind the couch long enough to enjoy a special presentation by City Stage Co., in partnership with Boston Children’s Museum, of “D.W. Counts Down to Kindergarten” on the Nature Explore stage.

Nature Explore Outdoor Exhibit is an interactive feature, with themed play areas and abundant educational opportunities. (You may want to bring play clothes, the EcoTarium says.) The performance features characters from the PBS Kids show “Arthur” and follows Arthur’s sister as she braces for her first day of kindergarten.

Free with EcoTarium admission ($14 adults; $8 children 2-18; $10 seniors 65+ and students with ID). Free for EcoTarium members and children under 2. ($2 discount available with your WOO Card.)

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Thursday, Aug. 20  — Canal District Horse and Wagon Tours, from 5 p.m., starting at the Crompton Building, 192 Harding St. Today is your last chance this summer to explore the historic-yet-blossoming Blackstone Canal district in a horse-drawn wagon — and maybe even learn a thing or two about the city’s past.

The free tours start every half hour from 5 to 7:30 p.m., and last around an hour.

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Friday, Aug. 21 — American Red Cross Blood Drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., DCU Center, 50 Foster St. Giving blood is a good deed unto itself, sure, but perks? We got perks! Oh, positive. Donors will receive a free voucher to Marvel Universe Live!, running Aug. 27-30 at the DCU Center; one free ticket to the Big E (Sept. 18-Oct. 4); and a coupon for a free carton of Turkey Hill ice cream. Sweet!

Make an appointment at redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

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Saturday, Aug. 22 — “Heroines of the Homefront,” 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Worcester Art Museum cafe, 55 Salisbury St. Your kids will hate us for this, but, hey, it’s the last full week of summer vacation and we got ’em some free tennis early in the week … a little educational interlude won’t hurt anyone! Check out historian and storyteller Nancy Bell as she spins tales of rebellious, industrious and very important young women during the Colonial Revolution. Oh, and it’s “Free August” at WAM, so admission is — you got it — free. (Sorry, kids.)

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BONUS PICK NO. 1: Out to Lunch Summer Concert Series and Farmers’ Market, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Worcester Common How do you know it’s the end of summer? This is the 10th and final Thursday lunchtime celebration. The Drunken Uncles will perform. Come down for lunch, peruse the fresh fruits and vegetables, and check out the arts and crafts. Next week the kids will be back in school and you’ll be back eating lunch in your cubicle wondering where summer went.

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BONUS PICK NO. 2: Italian Festival, 3-11 p.m. Friday, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Mulberry Street  We’ll give you five days to lose the weight you gained eating all the great food at the Latin American Festival. If you need more time, the festival also runs 11-11 Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. We’re going Friday because Joe Cariglia will sing tunes from the Rat Pack era from 3 to 6 p.m. (not sold yet?), jazz trio Jazzed Up featuring Mauro DePasquale plays from 6 to 8 p.m. (how about now?), and The Issues play Top 40 from 8 to 11 p.m. (sold!). All this plus the food, oh, the food. Mangiare bene!

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