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.
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Sunday, Sept. 13 — Walk to Cure Arthritis, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Bancroft School, 110 Shore Drive Most folks can identify arthritis as the inconvenient-to-crippling foe of a favorite uncle or grandmother, but did you know an estimated 300,000 children grapple with painful joint inflammation or worse? The Arthritis Foundation’s annual walks raise money to go toward research and cures for the more than 100 arthritis-related diseases.
Monday, Sept. 14 (through Nov. 19) — Fall Art Classes begin, Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St. There are myriad ways to foster one’s artistic flair. Me, I’m a doodler — the scribble-swamped margins of my legal pad would have Bansky reconsidering his motivation. If only I had some formal training from experienced instructors available nearby, I could be surreptitiously decorating town common gazebos near and far in short order. WAM’s got me covered, and you and your kids, too. From calligraphy to sculpture, mixed media to swordplay (not a typo), there are classes and workshops from morning through evening, seven days a week, to hone your skills or develop a new hobby. Fees vary depending on course.
Tuesday, Sept. 15 (through Nov. 17) — Italian Language Classes, 6:30-8 p.m., Gene J. deFeudis Italian American Cultural Center, 28 Mulberry St. Always wanted to learn Italian — maybe only to find out what Michael and Sollozzo are really saying to each other while Capt. McCluskey works on the best veal in the city at Louis, but hey, we all have our reasons. If the best you can do is “Buca di Beppo,” start off with the beginners class on Tuesdays. But the center also offers Beginners II and Intermediate courses on Wednesdays and Thursdays, respectively. Cost is $130 for nonmembers ($100 for members).
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Wednesday, Sept. 16 — City Council At-Large Forum, 6-7:30 p.m., Family Health Center, 26 Queen St. The Initiative for Engaged Citizenship presents its first of four events to inform and encourage voters in the councilor-at-large race ahead of the Nov. 3 general election. This discussion centers on Community Development and Neighborhood Revitalization. Three more follow — on the economy, civic engagement and public safety — every other Wednesday through October.
Thursday, Sept. 17 — United Way Day of Caring, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., register online Join the United Way of Central Massachusetts for its annual volunteer extravaganza. More than 1,300 folks gave their time last year, painting, cleaning and gardening their way through service projects across the city and region. Come for the volunteerism, stay for the free T-shirt and lunch. The Sun will see you there. We’d be there with bells on, but that’s just weird — and the other painters would hate us.
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Friday, Sept. 18 — Third Annual Women in Action Symposium, 5:30-7:30 p.m., YWCA of Central Mass., 1 Salem Square Women in Action Inc.’s mission is to “unify and empower everyday women.” This event will feature a panel of five women, including community leaders such as pioneering Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong and 2014 Woman of Consequence Athena Haddon-Stephens. Networking and Q&A opportunities before and after the panel discussion. Admission is $10 ($5 for students) and child care will be provided.
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Saturday, Sept. 19 — Holy Cross athletics doubleheader: Field hockey vs. Colgate, 1 p.m., Hart Turf Field; Men’s soccer vs. Monmouth, 7:05 p.m., Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium There are 10 Crusaders sports teams scheduled to be in action today, but only two on the College Street campus. … It’s these two right here — did you forget already?! Anyway, coming off a difficult 2014 campaign, field hockey is piloted by first-year coach Lindsay Jackson. The Crusaders have already matched last season’s victory total after winning their first three home games this season. Under fourth-year skipper Marco Koolman and following a similarly down campaign, the HC men will be looking to warm up vs. Monmouth and begin their trek back to the postseason, a la 2013.
BONUS PICK: Sunday, Sept. 13 — 50 Cent personal appearance, 4-6 p.m., Austin Liquors, 117 Gold Star Boulevard, Worcester We journalists are a skeptical bunch so when we saw that rapper and actor Curtis James Jackson III, aka 50 Cent, would be in town Sunday we had to check it out. It’s been a tough couple of months for “Fiddy.” He filed bankruptcy in July and lately is taking heat for showing off his new mansion in Africa. His latest endeavor, the one that brings him to town, is his spirit, Effen Vodka. 50 will be signing bottles of his vodka. Needless to say you need to be 21 or older to purchase one, so if you’re of age swing down to Austin’s. Perhaps he’ll answer 21 questions and you can buy some Effen vodka.